Book Report Prompt – Free Printable

Hello there!! Today, I have something really cool for you. I truly hope this Book Report Prompt- Free Printable will be as helpful to your little one as it was for V.

We are enjoying so much our  Classic Literature Unit Studies from Confessions of a Homeschooler. We love making the lapbooks and we have done a few of them in the previous years but this year (Third Grade), I added the Book Report Activity. V had some difficulty writing the book report. I felt she needed something she could work on more independently, so I designed this Book Report Prompt.

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How to Assemble It?

Very simple to assemble, simply print all the pages, cut them, put them in order and staple them at the top.

Step 1: General Information

A space to add the name of the book, the author, illustrator and also the type of book (fiction, mystery, non-fiction, poetry, drama, romance, fantasy, biography, auto-biography, historical fiction, etc…).

Step 2: Setting

Where the story takes place? When?

Step 3: Main Character

Here is where your child can write all about the main character. Describe the character physically and also what kind of person he or she is.

Step 4: Other Characters

a space dedicated for your little one to describe any other character from the book the he or she liked or disliked.

Step 5: Beginning

Now your little one will start writing about the story itself. What happened in the beginning of the book, what is the problem or theme of the book.

Step 6: Middle

Have your little one write about what happened in the middle of the book. How the problem is being solved.

Step 7: End

Your little one will write what happened at the end of the book, the solution of the problem.

Step 8: My Opinion

Here your little one has a opportunity to write if he/she liked the book, what were his/her favorite characters, what they liked about the book. Will they recommend the book? What rating they would give the book?

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V really liked this activity because it made her feel confident to write it more independently. Feel free to download your own copy on the link below.

Book Report Flipbook Prompt

Hope you’ll enjoy it! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Poetry Study Free Printable

Hello there!!! Today, I’m sharing one of V’s favorite activities. We added Poetry Tea Time in our homeschooling in Second Grade and we are loving it. V is good at reading comprehension but I wanted to make sure she is really getting what we read during our Poetry Tea Time, so I decided to design a Poetry Study guide for us and I now made it available for you, so check out our Poetry Study Free Printable.

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How Often Should I Use Them?

I don’t have V fill in this worksheet every time we read a poem, because during our Poetry Tea Time we read several poems, but I choose one or two that I feel she could spend some extra time on it.

I don’t add these Poetry Study guides on every single Poetry Tea Time we have, because I want her to enjoy poetry and not relate it with worksheet activity. We always discuss each poem for a little bit after we read it  so I can have an idea if she understood the poem or not.

Feel free to use them as often as you would like to or as often as you would feel it is needed.

Poem Title

Just have your child fill in the title of the poem.


Have you child write in her own words a summary of the poem. This is an important activity to show the understanding and also a good training for summarizing texts. In the summary, make sure your child will answer “who, where, when, how, why and what”, whenever possible.


Always good to remind the student that the mood can change through the poem. You can ask the student: how’s the writer feeling? Is he/she sad, scared, happy, excited? When the student recognizes how the writer is feeling he/she is in a better position to understand the text and relate to the writing.


Identifying the setting is also important because it helps the student to visualize the poem. Find the answers to where and when in the poem.

Poetic Form

Have and help your student to identify the style of the poem.

  • Sonnet
  • Limerick
  • Haiku
  • Narrative
  • Acrostic
  • Diamante
  • Cinquain
  • Bio Poem

Your student can also add here the number of stanzas of the poem.


Now we got to the most fun part to some students. Here your student is free to draw the main idea of the poem, or the part that will best help him/her to remember the poem.

Click on the link below to download your own copy of this Poetry Study Free Printable.

Poetry Study

I hope you will like this free printable and find it helpful to your Poetry Study!

Click here to learn more about our Poetry Tea Time and a list of the books we use for Poetry.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Get Qurious Explorer Box Review

Hello there, today I’m sharing some information about a fun product we receive a few weeks ago – the Get Qurious Explorer Box. What got me “qurious” about this product is the fact that they claim your child can play with physical and virtual games at the same time.

What is Get Qurious?

In short, Get Qurious is a STEAM box filled with material to provide hours of fun learning, using both the material in the box and the free Get Qurious App.

We received the Get Qurious Explorer Box for this review. It has:

  • 16 build a story cards (front)
  • 16 build a spaceship cards (back)
  • 4 masks (strings for the masks also)
  • 4 treasure hunt worlds
  • Activity and Instruction Card

How do You Use it?

We prepared our masks. Then, we downloaded the App on my phone. We tried to download it on our iPad but for some reason it wasn’t working (our iPad definitely had seen better days). Finally, V got to start playing with it.

There are basically 4 activities that you can use the App and the material that comes in the box.

Activity 1: Build a Story

You choose the activity Build a Story on the App and get your Build a Story Cards and start playing. Your child can create many different stories each time using different cards.

Activity 2: Mask Play

Your child puts on the mask and get the App started and then he or she can record a story themselves, or just be silly and have fun.

Activity 3: Build a Spaceship

Using the back of the Build a Story Cards, you can build a Spaceship.

Activity 4: Treasure Hunt

Your child uses the App to scan the Treasure Hunt World mats and start searching for the hidden treasures.

V’s favorite activity was Build a Story, she really enjoyed it and easily spent a few hours already playing with it. All in all I do think they were able to combine virtual games and physical games in one great educational toy.

Hope this information was helpful! Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Life Cycle and Anatomy of a Pumpkin Free Printable

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Hello there!! I’m so excited to be releasing this really cool free printable. This is the season to study about pumpkins, and because of that I wanted to make it available as soon as possible. Check out our Life Cycle and Anatomy of a Pumpkin Free Printable.

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This printable has 7 pages of cool activities for your preschooler, Kinder, First and even Second Grader.

Coloring Pages

This packet has 2 coloring pages. One for the Life Cycle of a Pumpkin:

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The second one if to color the Anatomy (parts) of the pumpkin:

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Trace the Words

Tracing the words activity for the Life Cycle of the Pumpking:

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Tracing the words activity for the Anatomy of the Pumpkin:

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Fill in Activities

One for the Life Cycle of the Pumpkin:

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Another one, for the Anatomy of the Pumpkin:

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Life Cycle of Pumpkin Sequencing

This is by far one of my favorite activities. When V was littler she used to have tons of sequencing activities.

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Get your Free Download

Click on the link below to download your copy of this fun printable.

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I do hope you enjoy this free printable that I created for you and your little ones.

If you have any printable that you feel it would be useful for you, let me know. Send me an email using the contact form and I will do my best to help you out with your needs.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Science Curriculum Review – Elemental Science

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Hello there!! I’m trying new features on my blog because I want it to be packed with useful information for you! Tuesdays will be our review day and today I’ll be sharing details about our choice of Science Curriculum – Elemental Science.

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We started using Elemental Science in First Grade and it’s still our choice of Science Curriculum now in Third Grade. We are using their Classic Series – Grammar Stage (Elementary) and we simply love it.


The curriculum has 36 weeks and for each lesson they offer 2 possible schedules:

  • 2 days a week
  • 5 days a week

I prefer to do 5 days a week because this curriculum is packed with hands on activities and we love these. Hands on activities is a deal breaker for me when searching for a curriculum, specially for Science.

Books & Supplies

They offer a list of the:

  • required books
  • scientific demonstration books
  • additional reading books
  • videos
  • supplies needed

They list the items need by week, so each week you’ll know what you’ll need to have in order to teach. You’ll know what are the suggested additional reading and what supplies you’ll need to make sure you have the scientific demonstration done which is so important.

Unit Study

Each Unit Study has an initial page again with a list of the books needed, list of the supplies needed, the vocabulary that will be presented in the lessons and the memory activity – usually a poem for the kids to memorize during the Unit Study duration.  Each unit one has different lengths of duration. For example, now for Chemistry for the Grammar Stage our Units look like this:

  • Atoms and Molecules Unit (4 weeks)
  • Periodic Table Unit (12 weeks)
  • Physical Changes Unit (4 weeks)
  • Chemical Changes Unit (4 weeks)
  • Mixtures Unit (4 weeks)
  • Acids and Bases (4 weeks)
  • Organic Chemistry (4 weeks)


The first time we created a Lapbook we instantly fell in love with it. They are great tools for reviewing what was learned, and extra hands on activity to practice cutting, gluing, organizing a layout, extra writing activity. Lapbooks are fun and we complete all of them. *Please note that the lapbooks are an optional part of the curriculum.

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Scientific Demonstrations

Each week your child will have at least one scientific demonstration and parents, please try your best to get them done. The kids love it, and it’s such a great opportunity for them to see science happening in front of their eyes.

Coloring Pages

We have never used them because we work on so many other activities, but if you child loves coloring they seem to be a great addition.

Teacher’s Manual

It’s packed with good information and it’s so easy to use. It starts with the Scientific Demonstration and tells you the purpose of the demonstration. They offer you a Take it Further section  so your little ones can dig even deeper into what they are exploring that week.

Then you have the reading Assignments, the Questions for Discussion to help you see if your little one is understanding what is being taught. Next, the additional reading books’s list and the Writing Assignments guide. Then, Vocabulary, Multi-Week  Projects/Activities, and last but not least the Memorization Activity. V loves to recite the poems and they are also a great way to remember the information learned.

I try my best to add some of the extra projects they offer but we don’t always have time.

Student Workbook

The Student Workbook has the narration pages, the Lab Report and Vocabulary.

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Each week ends with a short quiz, but you’re evaluating all week long how much your child is actually absorbing.

Final Words

Elemental Science has a blog that is very informative and helpful. It’s packed with tips to make the Science learning experience more enjoyable.

Here is a short video where I share more details about this great curriculum

I hope this post was helpful. Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Homeschooling Has Taught Me 3 Practical Life Skills

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Hello there!! As homeschooling parents we do a lot of teaching throughout the day but in honest truth we do a great deal of learning as well. Lately, I’ve been thinking about it and I believe it’s something we should take the time to consider and ask ourselves: what homeschooling has taught me?

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I was happy to see improvements and I’m sure you have your own lists of things you’ve learned as well. The list of things I’ve learned is long and ever growing, so for today I’ll be sharing 3 practical and necessary life skills that Homeschooling has taught me.

Practical Life Skill #1: Patience

I know I’m not alone in this one, I’ve talked to many homeschooling moms and all of them said patience was on their top list of things they have learned. I feel that at times if we want to succeed in our homeschooling, we have no option but to learn to be patient with our kids, with ourselves, with our mate and even with our relatives and friends. It’s almost like putting ourselves in their shoes and learn to see things from their perspective instead of wanting things to be our own way.

We learn to be patient with ourselves by remind ourselves that we are not perfect and that we have limitations. Even though we have this burning desire to do so many things the truth is that there’s only so much we can do.

I still have so much room to grow in this department but from where I started and where I am today, I’m ever so grateful.

Practical Life Skill #2: Organization

If I’m not organized and disciplined about getting up each day and be ready for homeschool, my daughter’s learning experience will be affected. I will be stressed out, I will feel lost and I’ll be wasting time which is a commodity for homeschooling moms.

One of the reasons I decided to homeschool V is because I wanted her to have the best learning experience I could offer, and that requires a tremendous amount of discipline and organization on my part. Here’s a quick list of things I have to have organized:

  • all the material for homeschooling has to be prepared in advance
  • all the supplies for different activities and experiments have to be gathered and be ready to use
  •  field trips, play dates and so on.
  • her extra-curricular activites

But the organization isn’t limited to homeschooling, I also have to make sure the house is in order (very tentative), and that I’m also making sure my family eats healthy meals (very tentative as well) and that all expenses are within our budget. I feel tired just by reading it!

Practical Life Skill #3: Flexibility

Rough days are just part of the homeschooling journey, no argument there and I learned that being flexible will help me to stay sane. There was a time I would freak out if I was running behind on our schedule or if activities were taking longer than what I had planned for. My lack of flexibility was robbing us of the joy of learning, it was killing it and that is not what I wanted.

I made a few changes in our routine and schedule because I want V to spend as much time as she wants in those activities that she truly enjoys. If we are not having a good day, I realized it’s best to just stop, give it a break and try to resume it later. V is only uncooperative when she hasn’t had enough sleep or when she’s starting to get sick and on these days we won’t have much progress anyway, so it’s best to just to rest and relax. It won’t be the end of the world, we can always resume it the next day refreshed and in a much better mood.

Sometimes, I’m the one who’s having  a bad day or just not feeling well, so we also take a break. A quick break work wonders for both of us!

Now, it’s your turn!

Tell me what has homeschooling your child or children taught you? If you haven’t had a chance to stop and think about it, or put it in writing I highly recommend you to do so. Why? For one reason, you can see your progress! More reasons? It is also a way to count your blessings and have it handy to comfort you on those days when things are rough.

To help you get excited about thinking of it and writing it down, I created this cute printable. It’s free for you to download and start using right away!

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Hope you have a great day and thanks for stopping by!