FREE Ultimate Field Trip Planner and Printables for Kids

October is here, and for many of us, that aren’t currently residing in the south, October means cooler outdoor temperatures! This is the perfect time of year to spend time with your family and friends and take some field trips.

FREE Ultimate Field Trip Planner and Printables for Kids

Some of the best memories that we have in our homeschool are the memories that are made when we take field trips. Even my oldest, who is now 20, still remembers places we went, and the things that happened on the field trips we took while he was elementary aged!

Field trips are a favorite among homeschooling families:

As homeschoolers, field trips can help to spark a child’s creativity and encourage them in a particular career field. They are great if you are studying a certain time period in history, or learning about a certain topic in science. Field trips will help to solidify the things they have been learning, and create an immersive learning experience.

We have the freedom to take lots of different trips, since our schedule is so flexible. As homeschoolers, we can also take advantage of group discounts. These give us the opportunities to visit places we otherwise wouldn’t be able to afford, especially if you have a large family!

The theme of this month’s printable pack is on field trip planning:

There are over 65 pages of planning tips, field trip guides and a list of must-have items for a field trip. I love the activities that are included for your children. They can create a mini book of memories from their trip, or answer the memory questions in their very own journals.

It includes all the normal monthly planning printables you have all grown to love, (calendars, meal planning sheets and 4 square planner). There are lots of extra bonuses included, like nature study and Fall themed printables. Your children can use these printables while you are taking some time to plan.

This month, you will find that the Vintage Homeschool Moms Podcast is also full of field trip topics. You will want to tune in to learn how to plan, how to find free or inexpensive trips and even virtual-field-trips. Keep on eye here on the blog, as there will be a few blog posts about field trips as well!

Included in this month’s printable pack is:

  • October Monthly Calendar
  • October Goal Sheets
  • Planner for School
  • Fall Party Planner
  • List of Free Field Trips
  • Printable Field Trip Planner
  • List of Virtual Field Trips
  • After the Trip Mini Books for Kids to Create
  • Field Trip Questions to Ask
  • Field Trip Planner Check Off Lists
  • Student Field Trip Memories and Journal
  • Scripture Copywork
  • Fall Activities
  • Fall Nature Studies
  • And Much More

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Help Your Child Become a Stronger Reader ~ Plus Limited Time Special Offer

The biggest struggle I have had in our homeschool, has been teaching my children how to read. My oldest was an avid reader at an early age. My other 3 children struggled with reading. It took them much longer to be able to read on their own without my help.

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I believe my oldest was able to read earlier because I had more free time to work with him. He is 6 years older than my next child. After my 2nd oldest was born they started coming around 2 years apart! At one point, I had one in middle school, one with dyslexia, another that needed weekly physical therapy and a baby. To top that all off, I began working from home shortly after having my fourth child.

It sure is hard to find that balance of being able to spend extra time with a struggling reader, when you have so many other things that you are juggling at once. This is where technology can come in quite handy and really be a blessing in your homeschool. I have to be honest, when I first started homeschooling I wasn’t a fan of putting a child in front of a screen, but sometimes you just have to do what you need to do! There is no judgement here. Sometimes we are in survival mode, and that’s okay, at least we are able to still be with our children everyday.  I am so thankful for the opportunities that are available to us now vs. when I started homeschooling 17 years ago.

I have a child that would get extremely frustrated sitting next to me being pushed to read words outloud that she struggled with. It was a daily fight and so exhausting. I would put this same child in front of a computer reading program, and she would excel! She really enjoys the games because it doesn’t feel like school, and it is exciting and engaging. I would have to set a timer to have her stop, because she would want to keep playing. She was actually learning to read and I didn’t have to do anything!

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FREE Everything High School Planner plus Blue Print for Life Printables

School is finally upon us, I know many of you are homeschooling a high school age student. I am sure you are still trying to navigate the waters of planning and coordinating their subjects, electives and teaching them the life skills and organization skills they need to be successful.

FREE High School Planner and Blue Print for Life with teaching tips for highschool. #homeschoolhighschool #homeforlearning

Homeschooling through high school is not an easy task. It takes a lot of prayer,  planning and organization. It will be one of most rewarding things you ever do and the time spent one on one with your teen during planning will be help to build your relationship together. If you do not have a highschooler at the moment this planner is still for you. It never hurts to think ahead to the future and have an idea of goals you want to achieve in your homeschool.

The theme of this month’s printable is all about having a blueprint for life for your homeschool. Even you have a high schooler to be this will be of great value just as much as if you are currently homeschooling high school. There are over 50 pages of encouragement from Felice who is a veteran in the homeschooling community. She has successfully graduated FIVE children from Kindergarten through High School Graduation and shares her insider tips with you!

We hope you are blessed by this month’s planner. It includes all the normal monthly planning printables you have all grown to love, (calendars, meal planning sheets and 4 square planner), but includes a very special Blue Print for Life Lesson and Bible Study just for you. There are also additional high school planning helps and goal sheets that Felice has personally used to successfully graduate her children with honors!

Included in this month’s printable pack is:

  • September Monthly Calendar
  • Fun National and USA Celebrations for the Month
  • Home School Goal Sheets
  • High School Goal Sheets
  • Goals for the Month
  • Printable Scripture Cards
  • Plans for the Month
  • BluePrint for Life – Lesson Plan and Bible Study to go along with THIS PODCAST.
  • Planning Sheet for Student and Parent
  • High School Transcript Help
  • Four Square Planning
  • Meal Planning
  • 3 Month Planner
  • And Much More!

You can receive this printable pack and a new freebie bonus pack each month by clicking HERE to sign up now!

Not “Back to School” Traditions

We have been homeschooling for over 15 years now. A lot of moms enjoy planning and organizing for their homeschool year and are excited to get back to school. I personally enjoy NOT going back to school! When summer wraps up, and the local schools go back into session, it is my favorite time of year!

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Most families have a first day of school tradition:

I have always enjoyed celebrating the first day of school with my children. We start our homeschool on Labor Day. Most times my husband has the day off so he can start our school day with us and help to lay down the rules and pray with us on our first day. He will usually go and get donuts, or we will cook a big breakfast.

After breakfast, we give them some first day of school gifts. These are usually school supplies, a homeschool t-shirt or a new water bottle. It’s like Christmas though, and they get so excited and look forward to their gifts! Then we ease into school with the annual first day of school photos. We start our day with prayer, introduce the new subjects and things we will be learning and we get to work!

We have a special “Not Back to School” Tradition as well:

Our family really enjoys camping. We have a camper that we take out often. Camping can be such a fun vacation or staycation for your family. It is inexpensive and there are great memories that can be made. Some people stress out with camping, and yes, it can be stressful getting everything packed up and set up. Once we are finally there we can breathe, relax and enjoy our family!

Since we love camping so much, and we don’t start school until Labor Day, we decided to start the tradition of a “Not Back to School” Camping Trip! We live in Florida, so we love to visit the fun, touristy places that have water or pools,  that are usually busy all summer. Come back to school time, these places are dead! Since we are not going back to school, it is the perfect time to visit these crowded locations. We enjoy camping at Fort Wilderness at Disney World, or at campgrounds on the beach that are usually booked up months in advance. End of August is usually the slow, low peak season and you can find some great deals. You will also find almost empty campgrounds. It’s the perfect time to camp, or hang out on the beach, or visit a waterpark.

We even get our oldest involved with us. We plan our trip a few days before his college classes start back up so that he can come with us. It is a cherished time together as a family. We plan a special dinner out, plan fun campfire meals, and sight seeing and local activities. Since we live in Florida, we make sure to plan a bunch of these around water because it is still super hot! When we come back, we still have a full week after our trip so that I can finish my homeschool planning. I come back refreshed and ready to say goodbye to summer and take on the new school year!

If you enjoy camping with your family you will also enjoy these posts:

Activities Kids Love – camping is a favorite!

101 Staycation Ideas – a staycation is a great “not back to school” tradition!

Teamwork Wilderness Adventure – this is a fun podcast, and would be a great tradition for older teens.

Here are some other fun ideas for “not back to school” traditions:

  • Not Back to School Waterpark Trip – lots of my friends here in Florida, will visit a waterpark on the first day of school.
  • Not Back to School Amusement Park Trip – if you can save up some of your vacation money, visiting an amusement park during the first week of school will guarantee low crowds!
  • Special Lunch out to a busy restaurant – pick a fun, busy restaurant and go during the middle of the week, during the day to celebrate not going back to school
  • Movie Day – go see a popular summer hit in the middle of the day, when everyone else is in school!
  • Beach or Lake Day – visit a beach, lake or spring and enjoy no crowds!
  • I love this tradition from Felice – “We would always go the beach the end of summer each year for dinner. There is a favorite pizza place right by the beach. After dinner, we would take our pictures dressed up with the beach in the background to mark our new year. Then we would go get ice cream!”

What are some of your favorite “Not Back to School” Traditions? We would love to hear them in the comment section!

FREE All About Teaching Planner Guide and Learning Printables for Kids

Summer is almost over, and that means that many of us have either already started school, or we are planning to very soon. Homeschool planning can be very exciting, it can also be nerve wracking and overwhelming if you are a beginner. FREE All About Teaching Planner Guide and Learning Printables for Kids #ultimatehomeschoolpodcastnetwork #UHPN #freehomeschoolplanners #homeschoolprintables

We have many veterans here at the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network that are here to encourage you that you can do this! Maybe you have been doing this homeschooling thing for awhile now and are discouraged or burnt out. We are here to inspire you to keep fighting the good fight and to continue this journey with some new tips and helps. Homeschooling is such a blessing because it allows us the freedom to teach our children in a way that they learn best. It gives us amazing opportunities to let them express themselves in the safety of their own homes and the freedom and time to pursue those interests.

Felice’s own daughter began writing her very first novel at 12 years old because she was passionate about writing. She didn’t know how to write a book, or what was involved in doing so, but together they figured out! They were so successful with this endeavor that she went on to write a trilogy of creation science books for other homeschoolers! Not only did they add more books to the series, Felice was so inspired by her own daughter that they went on to write study guides, and create an entire membership platform which includes all of the books. You can find all of those amazing resources on our Membership Site HERE.

This month’s printable pack shares their story, and it encourages you to allow your children the freedom to create and learn from their experiences in your homeschool. You will be inspired by Felice’s stories of how different her children are, and where they are at in their adult lives now, and be encouraged in your journey. Not only is there encouragement and prayers for your new school year, there are over 50 printables to help you along the way. I especially love the teaching tips! In addition to encouragement and helps for you, there are always fun printables included to keep your kids busy while you pray over and plan for your new school year!

Included in this month’s printable pack is:

  • Planner for School
  • Goals for the New School Year
  • Teaching Tips
  • Teaching with Laughter
  • Wonder Bubbles
  • Memory Work
  • Printable Check off Lists
  • Printable Journaling Pages
  • Scripture Copywork
  • Fun Printable Sheets
  • And Much More!

You can receive this printable pack and a new freebie bonus pack each month by clicking HERE to sign up now!

Get a Personalized and Custom Home Education with Bridgeway Academy

If you have multiple children that you are homeschooling, you know that every child has a different way of learning and taking in information. There can be lots of struggles and tears when your child isn’t being taught the way that they learn best. This is also how so many children can slip through the cracks in a school classroom setting. The beauty of homeschooling is that we can absolutely tailor our children’s education to be the best personal fit for them.

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If you have been homeschooling for any amount of time you know how overwhelming it can be to try to come up with curriculum that is the perfect fit for your children. This is why I am excited to share an amazing resource that we found that will do all the hard work for you! Bridgeway Academy was founded in 1989 and is a long distance, accredited academy for grades K-12. They understand that every child learns differently and they have come up with a wonderful solution with their homeschool program.

With their distance learning homeschool academy, you will get a personalized and custom home education for your children. With options to pick and choose the classes that will be the best fit for your children is a way to tailor their education just for them. They have classes for visual learners, auditory learners, and kinesthetic learners. Bridgeway Academy has so much flexibility because they understand that there is not a one size fits all curriculum!

You can choose from:

Unique Homeschool Programs

There are two different types of customized homeschool programs. Choose from the option of different curriculum kits and textbooks tailored to your children’s specific learning style. You can also choose from the popular online homeschool courses to mix and match your child’s education. These online courses have a live teacher and other children in an online classroom setting. There are tons of courses to choose from that are as unique are your child. They offer courses for Kindergarten up through the 12th grade.

Private Homeschool Academy

Bridgeways’s private homeschool academy gives you all the benefits of a private school education with the flexibility of school at home! Being an accredited private school, you know that you are protected as a private school. There is no need to worry about keeping track of your records. This is great for a family that may have two working parents and doesn’t have the extra time to teach. It also works well for a parent who needs some extra help with record keeping and guidance.

What is so special about this academy is that it will give your child a personalized and custom home education. With each Total Care Package that will be designed to your child’s learning style. It includes everything you need to homeschool them. All the curriculum, grading, record keeping and support from an academic advisor all year long.

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If you are a busy, homeschooling parent who would like some help tailoring their child’s education in a hands-off way, then Bridgeway Academy may be the perfect fit for you!

Find out how you can get started building a personalized and custom home education for your children HERE!

FREE Fun For Kids Planner

Summer is in full swing around here. We are always looking for fun things for our kids to do on these long summer days. We also like to work on activities that go along with a special theme for that month.

Some families may be doing light school work over the summer while others take the entire summer off for vacation. Regardless of what you choose to do, it always seems like kids find themselves bored during the hot summer months. This month we have you covered with fun activities to keep your kids from saying the dreaded words: “I’m bored”! 

This month’s subscriber bonus planner is packed full of activities for your kids to do with an underlying theme of truth, honor and conviction to focus on the important holiday we celebrate every July. What do the words truth, honor and conviction really mean? We can apply these to our every day lives, but when looking at the heritage of the United States of America and the cost of freedom and lives lost, it takes on a new meaning.

Our children need to learn the importance of their American heritage and you can help them with these fun question and answer activities and worksheets included. There are over 67 pages of summer planning helps, patriotic activities and even school planning for parents!

Included in this month’s printable pack is:

  • Planner for School
  • Puzzles for Kids
  • Party Planning
  • Patriotic Activities
  • Journal
  • Scripture Copywork
  • Fun Worksheets
  • Activities kids will love to do
  • And much more!

You can receive this printable pack and a new freebie bonus pack each month by clicking HERE to sign up now!

Since this month’s focus is on Truth, Honor and Conviction you will enjoy these podcasts and posts:

Military Mom to Be is an episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms that an honest portrayal of one mom’s journey to becoming a military mom.

10 Top Tips for Teaching Patriotism – Feeling united about a common cause is patriotic and our children can enjoy them even better if we focus on some key points. Enjoy these top tips to teach your children about patriotism.

The Truth Seekers Mystery Series Perfect for Summer Reading – Keys to the Past: Unlocked

The Truth Seekers Mystery Series is perfect for summer reading in your homeschool. We enjoy lots of reading over the summer and like to keep track of how many books we have read and discover new books. We choose books that have value and substance. I just don’t want them to read twaddle, but to read something they can learn from and enjoy. The Truth Seekers Mystery books fit this perfectly. Your tweens and teens will be kept on the edge of their seats with these books! They will enjoy the adventure aspect as well as learning about creationism and how to refute evolution at the same time!

The Truth Seekers Mystery Series is perfect for summer reading in your homeschool. Keys to the Past: Unlocked is a great summer book choice for your teens.

 

About The Truth Seekers Mystery Series:

We have been highlighting  The Truth Seekers Mystery Series on our blog the past couple of months. Each month we have been highlighting a new book in the series. This is a unique series. It is not just an adventure novel, it also has a Christian, Creation Science worldview. This is why these novels teach truth and justice. They teach your children how to defend their beliefs. What makes this series special is that it was written by a homeschool mother daughter team Felice and Christina Gerwitz. Her daughter decided at 15 years old that she wanted to write an adventure mystery book and the series began!

Keys to the Past: Unlocked is the third book in the series.

More Homeschool Adventures:

The Murphy teens are always getting into some kind of trouble. If your children have been following the series for awhile it won’t come as a surprise when they are thrown into another exciting adventure. The teens accompany their father on a special assignment to document the salvaging of a sunken Spanish wreck found off the coast of Key Largo. They make a new friend and find themselves in trouble again! The trouble starts when they begin helping their friend dig for answers surrounding the tragic accident that involved her own father. You will soon see that their discovery puts them in danger while seeking out the truth.

You will love the setting for this book. The location for this book can’t be beat as it covers a famous summer vacation locale in the Florida Keys. Your teens will be pulled in as they uncover a mysterious artifact that has the answers they have been looking for. This book is full of deep sea diving adventures, pirates, and finding evidence of the age of the earth in the deep-sea core drillings done by the scientists.

You can purchase the Keys to the Past: Unlocked paperback HERE and you will be excited to see that it is discounted to only $5.50 for a summer special!

More Resources:

Literature Guide:

This book is wonderful by itself, but if you are wanting to add a more educational spin to it, you will enjoy the addition of the Keys to the Past: Unlocked Literature Study Guide. This study guide has everything you need enhance the educational value of the novel. It is great to aid in reading comprehension skills with the reading comprehension questions. There are pre-reading research activities for the student who likes to research and dig deeper into topics. It is full of critical thinking questions, vocabulary words and fill-in-the-blank questions with an included answer key. The literature guide will help lead your teens through the novel every step of the way. I believe this would work well to add to a morning time, or family reading study over the summer.

You can purchase the Keys to the Past: Unlocked Literature Study Guide HERE. This is the paperback guide and it’s on sale for only $4.99 this summer only!

Podcasts:

Truth Seekers Mystery Series: Teach Creation with Novels – in this podcast Felice interviews her co-author and very own daughter. Join them as Christina discusses her homeschool experience growing up. She shares how the series came out of an idea for fun into a full fledged series with three novels!

Teach Creation to Kids With a Novel – Creation Science is a great subject to teach your children. On this podcast, Felice and Christina discuss exactly how to teach creation science to your kids using the novel and the companion literature guide.

 

FREE Summer Staycation Guide and Printables

Summer is here and for many of us that means you are ready to start planning some type of summer vacation. A vacation is a great way to take a break from the long school year, to relax with your family without having to teach.

This month's FREE subscriber bonus is just what you need to plan an amazing memory filled staycation for your family with our FREE Summer Staycation Guide and Printables. #summerfunathome #staycation #staycationguide

Summer vacations can be costly though, and unless you have been financially planning for one for a very long time, they can be hard to do last minute. They are even harder to do when you have a large family and are a one income family on a budget. If you have been wanting to plan a vacation with your family, but are nervous of the cost, you should consider taking a staycation instead! This month’s FREE subscriber bonus is just what you need to plan a fun, memory filled staycation for your family with our FREE Summer Staycation Guide and Printables.

You don’t have to leave home or spend money on an expensive vacation for your family to have a good time together. Some of the best memories can be created in your own hometown, supporting local business, exploring the city you live in, and relaxing right in your back yard. Summertime is great for making memories with your family and this guide will help you with your planning. There are over 50 pages of planning helps, crafts, activities and projects to help you create some amazing memories with your family this summer.

Included in this month’s printable pack is:

  • 100’s of Staycation ideas
  • A Staycation planner
  • Printable staycation brainstorming idea list
  • Fun Activity Sheets
  • Summer Activities that kids will love
  • Backyard Events
  • Party Planning Printables and Ideas
  • Encouraging words of wisdom and advice and so much more!

We hope that this guide is helpful to planning a frugal staycation with your family and creating some wonderful memories this summer. Please let us know in the comments which ideas you liked the best, and what your favorite staycations are.

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These are only available for a limited time only!

 

 

 

The Truth Seekers Mystery Series Great for Summer Reading – Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak

The Truth Seekers Mystery Series is the perfect summer read for your teens and tweens.  That’s right, summertime is almost here and it’s time to think about summer reading! Many families enjoy taking a summer break, but still want to get some reading and educational time in over the summer. Summer is a great time to cool off by the pool, or at the beach, with a good book. Our kids love reading whenever it’s too hot to play outside.

Truth Seekers Mystery Series | Excellent summer reading novels

About The Truth Seekers Mystery Series

We have been highlighting some wonderful summer reading books on the blog. The Truth Seekers Mystery Series is educational and exciting! The series is full of adventure with a Christian worldview. What’s so special about this series is that it was written by Felice Gerwitz and her daughter, Christina. Christina started writing the series when she was only 15 years old!

Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak is the second book in the series.

Homeschool Adventurers at Diamond Peak

If your kids like adventure novels, they will enjoy this book. A turn of events pushes the Murphy teens into the middle of a paleontological dig near the summit of Diamond Peak in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  This heart-stopping suspense story takes these teens mountain climbing, skydiving and uncovering the mysteries that surround this T-Rex dig site. They must avoid the danger around them while defending their faith. They find their knowledge of science is powerful against those who are challenging their faith with evolutionary beliefs.

You can purchase the Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak paperback HERE.

More Resources

This book is a great stand-alone leisure read, but the creation science topic will be further enhanced when you use the companion Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak Literature Study Guide. This study guide has everything you need to add even more educational value to this adventure novel. There are pre-reading research activities, literary devices, reading comprehension questions to help with accountability, critical thinking questions, a list of vocabulary words, fill-in-the-blank questions with an answer key and so much more! It will help lead your children through the novel so that they receive an amazing reading and learning experience!

This would be fun as a family read-aloud summer activity as well.

You can purchase the Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak Literature Study Guide HERE.

If you plan on taking a family vacation to the Rocky Mountains, the book and study guide would make a great addition to your trip!

These podcasts from The Creation Science Podcast will be great to listen to before reading the book:

Truth Seekers Mystery Series: Teach Creation with Novels – in this podcast, Felice interviews her co-author and daughter! Christina shares her homeschool experience and how the series evolved from an idea to three books in the series.

Teach Creation to Kids With a Novel – Felice and Christina discuss how to teach creation science to your kids using the novel and literature guide.

The Cover of Book 2 in the Truth Seekers Mystery Series