Free Elementary Art Curriculum

Free Elementary Art Lessons

Art lessons can be priceless for those budding artists, but sometimes they are just not possible.  Price, location, logistics or other reasons can prevent us from joining a class weekly or so for in person art instruction.  I found a really great resource that will certainly help with that predicament.  You can download 13 FREE Elementary art lessons from Redemptive Artistry.  These lessons seem quite thorough and contain the following according to their website:

  • Simple step-by-step art lessons
  • Progresses from basic techniques to art projects inspired by famous artists
  • Child-friendly biographies on artists with pictures of their most famous works
  • Tried-and-true lessons with student-produced examples
  • Varied techniques and mediums to allow students to explore new art forms
  • Clear supply lists provided for each lesson
  • Ideas for preschool students provided for each lesson

Check out all the FREE Homeschool Art Resources on How To Homeschool for Free.

Free DIY Project: Build a Planetarium

DIY Planetarium

Studying Astronomy this school year?  Here is a really fun project that everyone will love.  You can learn how to make a DIY Planetarium Constellation Projector here on 123homeschoolforme.  It looks like a really simple yet effective project that will make learning even more interactive.  You can make it using a box, a flashlight, and a few other resources.

Also, check out all the FREE Homeschool Science resources on How To Homeschool For Free.

Free Davy Crockett Unit Study Ideas

Davy Crockett Unit Study

No U.S. History curriculum is complete without learning a bit about Davy Crockett!  He has such a fascinating biography that will definitely interest the kiddos.  Homegrown Learners has a great post here with Davy Crockett Unit Study Ideas.  You will find book ideas, printables and more.

See all the Free Homeschool Unit Studies on How To Homeschool for Free.

Free Video Playlist: Physical Science for Kids

Physical Science for Kids Videos

We love adding videos to our homeschool.  There is a wealth of information out there on You Tube, but sorting it all out can be quite overwhelming.  I was really excited to find this playlist which includes several Physical Science for Kids videos.  There are videos about Matter, Solids, Magnets, Sound, Motion, and many more.  Check out all the free Physical Science Videos here.

Don’t miss all the free homeschool science resources on How To Homeschool for Free.

Free Printable Pattern Block Templates

Free Pattern Block Templates

Pattern blocks are such a fun manipulative.  You can do so much with them for a wide range of ages.  You can study symmetry, patterns, obviously, addition & subtraction, letter formation, shapes, and so many more things.  I love this freebie from Mama’s Learning Corner for the preschool to kindergarten crowd!  She has a set of FREE Printable Pattern Block Templates available to print.

Free Printable Patter Block Templates (Found Here)

They contain Two Different types of cards suitable for kids up to kindergarten level.  Don’t forget to check out all the FREE Homeschool printable resources here on How To Homeschool For Free.

10 Ways To Keep Learning During Your Beach Vacation

Educational Beach Vacation

One of the nice things about homeschooling is that you never have to stop learning!  There are always different things we can do as we go about our daily lives that take advantage of real life learning opportunities.  Vacation is no exception.  In fact, the beach is a fabulous place to continue that education.  The possibilities are endless!  Here are a few different ways you can keep on learning during your beach vacation!

  1. Free lapbooks –  Print these before you go, and whip them out when you want to work on them.  Be sure to toss in the glue, scissors, crayons, etc.

    Hello Ocean Lapbook from HomeschoolShare
    Ocean Lapbook Printables from Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool
    Ocean Lapbook from Rockabye Butterfly
    and another Ocean Lapbook from Layers of Learning
    Whales & Dolphins Lapbook from 1 Plus 1 plus 1 equals 1

  2. Bring some Library Books – Take a look at this list, and request them from your library a few days before you leave.

    Summer Books for Beach Trip

    Science in Seconds at the Beach: Exciting Experiments You Can Do in Ten Minutes or Less

    Sandcastles Made Simple (Step-By-Step)

    Sea Shells, Crabs, and Sea Stars: Take Along Guide

    What Lives in a Shell? (Let’s Read and Find out Science)

    One Small Square – Seashore

    Florida Seashells: A Beachcomber’s Guide

    Smithsonian Handbook: Birds of Florida

    Florida’s Living Beaches: A Guide for the Curious Beachcomber

  3. Charlotte Mason Nature Study:

    Take a look at this free Beach Nature Study for some ideas!

  4. Art Projects

    There are so many different art projects you can do at the beach.  Try to plan a few different ones during your trip.  You can even let the kiddos make them outside for a cool experience!

    Bubble Shell Painting

    DIY Foam Lighthouse

    Footprints in the Sand Beach Canvas

    16 Seashell Crafts for Kids to Make

    Jellyfish in a Bottle

    Coffee Filter Suncatchers

  5. Start a Seashell Collection

    Head out to the beach early in the morning to have a nicer selection of seashells.  You can learn lots of technical information about starting a seashell collection here on ConchologistsOfAmerica.org.  You can also complete this DIY.org challenge – Start a Seashell Collection.

  6. Sandcastle Architecture

    Pull out some scratch paper and a pencil to draw out a sketch of your sandcastle plan.  Then head out to the beach to get started on your masterpiece.

  7. Learn about Tides

    – Learn about tides before you go.  Here is a great resource for learning about the ocean’s tides!  Also check out this free resource for learning about waves and tides.


    – Once you arrive have the kids keep a chart and journal of the tides twice a day during their trip.  Try to document the times of high tide and low tide as often as you can.  Have them draw pictures of their observations.

  8. Make a Beach Sensory Bin

    Hands on learning is a fabulous way to involve younger ones in the educational activities.  You can make a really fun sensory bin made from materials you can find at the beach.  Check out these ideas for creating your own! Beach Sensory Bin by Here Come The Girls Blog

    Creative Sand Play by Gummy Lump

    Beach Themed Sensory Box by Buggy and Buddy

    Beach Sand Sensory Slime by Little Bins for Little Hands

    Sand Play Dough with Loose Parts by Mama Papa Bubba

  9. Go Fishing

    Fishing, Educational?  Yes!  There are so many things that can be learned while fishing whether in fresh or saltwater.  Make it educational by learning about the differences between fresh and saltwater, Study the different types of fish you could catch.  Learn more about the fish you do catch.  If you are deep sea fishing you can learn more about the deep ocean.  Also, cleaning and cooking your catch is an educational experience all on it’s own!

  10. Fly A Kite

    Kite Flying can lead to many different educational discussions.  Check out all the Free Kite Flying Learning resources you can find here.

Those are just a few of the ways you can make your beach trip educational.  Remember though, in the midst of all the learning, be sure to take some time to relax and just enjoy the view!

Free Printable Ancient Egyptian Cards

Ancient Egyptian Cards

Are you studying Ancient Egypt in your homeschool?  If so you will definitely want to check out this freebie from Research Parent.  These Free Printable Ancient Egyptian Cards are available to print at anytime.  Each card contains information about a historical figure from Ancient Egypt along with a picture to help with memory retention.  You’ll also find suggestions for ways to include these cards into your lessons as well as use them to play a fun learning game. Print these Free Ancient Egyptian Cards here.

Check out all the Free History Learning Resources on How To Homeschool For Free!

Free Printable Camping Math Activity Pack

Free Camping Math Pack

Are you planning a camping trip soon?  If so you will definitely want to check out this Let’s Go Camping Math Pack from Today’s Frugal Mom!  It is totally free to print and contains several math practice problems for grades K-2 with a really cute camping theme!

Check out all the free homeschool math resources on How To Homeschool For Free!

Free Little House On The Prairie Lapbook Set

Do you have Little House On the Prairie Fans in your home?  Just reading the books and watching the movies are so educational, but here’s another great way to add some more learning using a favorite classic!  Check out these FREE Little House on The Prairie Lapbooks by MarineCorpsNomads.  They contain a set of nine different lapbooks with each being based on Little House on the Prairie Series books.  All you’ll need is a set of the Little House on the Prairie Books and to print your FREE Little House On The Prairie Lapbook Set

Don’t forget to check out all the FREE Lapbook Resources here on How To Homeschool For Free!

Free STEM Project For Homeschool – Building Straw Bridges

Building Bridges STEM Project

Looking for a fun and unique building project that will also teach an important lesson?  I came across this project the other day, and I thought it looked so neat!  With this Free STEM project, students can design and build bridges using drinking straws and a few other supplies.  You’ll need the following:

  • Plastic Cup
  • Drinking Straws
  • Pennies
  • Tape

That’s it!  You can go here to see how to complete the Building Straw Bridges STEM project!  Also, don’t forget to check out all the FREE Homeschool Science resources on How To Homeschool For Free!