Life Cycle and Anatomy of an Apple Free Printable!

Hello there!! Can you believe we are a few days away from the beginning of Fall? I’m just so excited – Fall is my favorite season. There are so many awesome things about Fall: the weather, the crisp leaves, the smell of pumpkin spices, the colors. Isn’t it amazing how lively it gets before the winter comes? You’re probably getting ready for Apple Picking with family and friends and that’s why I created this really cool  Life Cycle and Anatomy of an Apple Free Printable, so you can use it either before or after your Apple Picking outing.

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I’ve been creating some activities for V since Preschool. Sometimes I just want to add some extra fun to what we already have, or sometimes it is just  something that’s not related to what she’s learning at the moment but I would like her to take a look at it, to explore it some more. Some other times, it’s about something she showed interest in learning more.

Let’s take a look at what is inside this packet, shall we?

First, a poster showing the Life Cycle of the Apple.

Apple life cycle

Your little one can color it. Then you have an option to have the same activity with either cut and paste or to write the stages of the Life Cycle of the Apple, as shown below.

complete the life cycle of the apple

Then, some sequencing.

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Last, we want to make sure they learn about the Anatomy of the Apple.

Parts of the Apple

Did you like it? Want to have a copy for yourself? Click on the link below to download your own free copy of our Life Cycle and Anatomy of an Apple Printable.

Life Cycle and Anatomy of Apples Packet

I hope you’ll enjoy it and have fun apple picking!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!




Will Homeschool Work for Me?

If you are considering homeschooling you will probably ask yourself this very question: Will Homeschool work for me?

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My honest answer? I don’t know. Now, if you ask me should I give it a try? I would definitely say YES! I’ve been homeschooling for 5 years now and even though I homeschool only one child I still have to prepare the material we will be using, I still have to prepare myself for the week, find out which curriculum will I use every new school year. I also have to grade and file paperwork, plan fun activities, and the list goes on and on.

The list of responsibilities is a long one but the blessings that come with it are endless and priceless. That being said, how can you go on about figuring out if homeschooling might be a good fit for you and your family? As I mentioned before I don’t have the answer for you, but I do have a few things I can share with you so you can make an informed decision.

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You want to give your child the best education and discipline is a very important aspect of homeschooling. Some states are really strict regarding how many days of schooling, how many hours of school per day, what needs to be taught and in some other states you are completely and solely responsible for making sure your child receives the education that is acceptable regarding the state’s education laws. Regardless of what state you live in and what it requires, you will have to be disciplined and make sure your child has a schedule or routine for schooling and you’ll have to learn how to handle distractions that will come your way while homeschooling.

Time and Money

You’ll need to buy the material and curricula that will be used, so keep that in mind, as not many states offer support to homeschooling families. There are some parents that are great in finding used curriculum, books and they keep the costs down, but homeschooling isn’t cheap. You will also spend a lot of time planning and teaching. Some parents found ways to homeschool their children for free and in this case resourcefulness and research will be your best friends if your budget is very limited.

Homeschooling Style


Knowing your homeschooling style is important because it will help you in choosing the right curricula for your homeschool and help you succeed.

There are so many great options out there: Unschooling, Montessori, Classical, Eclectic, Charlotte Manson, Waldorf, and more.

We are Eclectic Homeschoolers because I pick something from this and that style and many families are like that too. When I started Homeschooling we basically did things like in a school but at home, then I learned more about the other styles and started adding this and that to our routine. A while back we had the opportunity for V to get her schooling for free at home but it was an online program and I chose not to do it because I wanted to be active in teaching her, I wanted to know what she was learning and I definitely didn’t want V to be in front of a screen most of the day, but that was my choice, you might like this better than the other options.

Want to find out about other Homeschooling Styles? Check the links below:

State Requirements


You will have to find out your state requirements and laws. This is a big deal, because you’ll need to comply with the education laws of the state you live in. You can find more information at the HSLDA: Homeschooling Advocates website.

Homeschooling is fun, rewarding and a great way to connect and bond with your child or children. You can explore the world with them and guide them on exploring the world themselves. Learning is fun and teaching is fun too, but there are responsibilities that come with it and they are not light ones, so I also recommend that you talk to other homeschooling families, do some more research and then you’ll be equipped to make an informed decision and will feel confident about it!

* The information presented in this post is solely provided for informational purposes and is not be used nor considered as professional advice.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum!

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Hello there, thanks for stopping by! Today, I’m sharing our 3rd Grade Homeschool Curriculum Choices. We had a few changes in our Homeschooling Curricula and I want to show you what we are using for this homeschool year (2017-2018).

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If you are new to my blog, you must know that I try really hard to find curriculum that offer lots of hands on activities. We like to have as much fun as possible while learning.

I want V to enjoy the learning process and for us it translates into lots of colorful and engaging activities. V loves coloring, cutting and pasting; she likes to be challenged; she loves hands on activities and these are specific things I look into a curriculum when I’m curriculum shopping.

Let’s get to our choices for 3rd Grade then, shall we?

Math: Teaching Texbooks Math 3

This is our first year using this curriculum. V was really excited about it and still is. I think she needed a change. We were using Math U See since Kindergarten, don’t get me wrong we still love Math U See, the only thing though is that V wasn’t really feeling motivated anymore with Math activities so I decided to make a change and try this curriculum that I hear so many good things about as well.

So far we are enjoying Teaching Textbooks. It has CD with lessons and activities, quizzes and all that is graded by the computer, so I don’t have to grade her work anymore. You can either choose to do just the CDs or add the workbook, we do both the CDs and workbook.

Spelling: All About Reading Level 4

I simply love this spelling curriculum. We have been using it since Kindergarten and it’s a great way to learn spelling rules rather then memorizing them. You get to practice a lot. I love the use of the letter tiles and the phonogram cards and phonogram app. Another plus is how easy they make it for parents to teach spelling.

Reading: All About Reading Level 4

Another great option that we have been using since Kindergarten. V is bookworm and I love that she feels confident about reading.  All About Reading also makes use of the letter tiles, phonogram cards and phonogram app.

History: Story of the World – History for the Classical Child Volume 1: Ancient Times

Our first time using this curriculum. I heard so many good comments about it and decided to try it. It offers fun activities for each unit and extra reading material as well. So far we are enjoying it.

Writing: Write Shop Primary Book B

Another new option for us with lots of hands on activities as well. I do like how they set up the lessons and that they offer various schedules for you to follow.

Grammar: 2nd Grade Grammar Bundle by Annie Moffatt

We are finishing this bundle from 2nd Grade and hoping soon she will release the 3rd Grade Grammar Bundle. Meanwhile I’ve been looking into other options as well. Will let you know what I’ll decide later on!

Geography: Expedition Earth

We used this curriculum in First Grade and now we will be using again and dig deeper. Super fun, engaging and lots of hands on and crafts activities.

Science: Chemistry for the Grammar Stage from Elemental Science

Each lesson has an experiment and they offer also other activities as well. Very hands on learning. We love lap books and we do complete all of them.

Arts: Artventure

New art program  for us and so far we are enjoying it. If you follow us on Instagram you’ve seen how Little V is truly enjoying it.

Music: Teach Your Child Piano in the Homeschool by Karen Cadera.

We started with the Free Challenge last year and I loved it. It gives us another opportunity to do something fun together. Karen’s videos are great and she is so helpful if you have a special request or a question about the course.


New for us. It’s a free online typing course.

Third Grade workload is heavier than 2nd Grade so and I try my best to make sure our lessons are shorter and that she gets to do a little bit of everything everyday. I might have to cut on some of the crafts but I’ll make sure the really fun ones will get done.

That’s it for today friends! Hope you enjoyed our curriculum choices, we are really happy and excited about each one of them.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Disclaimer:  This post contain affiliate links and I receive a small commission if a purchase is made at no extra costs to you. 

Vanessa Z. Pawlicki


First Day of Homeschool – 10 Fun Ideas

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Hello there! I’m just so excited to share this post with you today.  I like having excuses to celebrate things, and back to Homeschool is one of them. I’m going to share today 10 really fun ideas to make the first day of back to homeschool a memorable one! Are you ready?

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1)Special Breakfast

What can be more fun than start the day with your favorite breakfast? You know that will be a good day! V loves French Toast, while it is not an easy and quick as making pancakes or having cereal, I do get up extra earlier because I think having a special treat for the first day is totally worthy.

Want some cool breakfast ideas? Check my Fun Breakfast Ideas Pinterest Board

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2) First Day of School Picture

This has been a tradition in our Homeschooling since Kindergarten and we love it. Your child is starting a new grade, you have to record it because time flies.

Want some cool first day of school picture ideas? Check my First Day of School Pictures and Signs Ideas Pinterest Board

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3) Back to School Gift/Favor

Just a small gift or a little treat/favor bag so your little one will feel special. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift, it can be some cool pencils you bought but just make a cute wrapping and there you have another something special from you to your child.

Check my Back to School Treats Pinterest Board, to find out something you can make yourself.

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4) Greeting Card

I know I’m biased because I just love making greeting cards and playing with papers, but can you imagine your little one(s) opening a greeting card where you write to them how excited you are to be their teacher again, and how fun this new school year will be and how proud you are of their hard work? It’s priceless and really all you need is a piece of cardstock and some creativity.

5) End of the Year Letter

How about writing a letter with all your hopes and expectations for the new year? Write down things you want to accomplish, things you want to work on, set goals. Have your little one write a letter to themselves either as if they were on the last day of the school (This year I had…), or as the first day of school (This year I will…). Once it’s written, seal it up and save it to be read just at the end of the year.

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6) Special Lunch

Pretty much like having a nice and special breakfast, a special lunch will give you that good break in the middle of the day. You can head to a park and have a picnic, you can go to their favorite restaurant (depending on your budget) or simply make them something they really like for lunch.

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7) Play Games

Yes, it’s the first day of school and there are tons of educational games that you can use to have a great time. Some of the games we use  are:

We don’t play all of them, but I let V choose one or two so we can play.

8) Light School Work Load

You don’t want to overwhelm them on their first day back to school. Let them get acquainted with their new books. Some kids took a look at their new material and books before the first day others not, but it’s still a good idea to let them look through the program, the schedule, the books, the new materials and just start it light.

9) Decorate the School Area

We call it School Area, some call it classroom, study area. If you have a designated area for homeschooling you can decorate it ahead of time. Add new features, boards, rearrange the school area furniture so it feels like a new area. Don’t worry about spending money with this. Sometimes all I do is change the books and the manipulatives from one place to another. Sometimes we add new things to the school area. In our old place, V had access to the school are at all times so there wasn’t much to surprise her. The night before our first day, I would blow up some balloons, make her a greeting card and a little back to school favor, write a nice note on the school white board. This year, we have a door so it’s closed now as I work on the update of the School Area.

Want some ideas for School Area? Check my Homeschool Area Organization Pinterest Board.

10) Homeschool Area Tour or Open House

This is something that can be done before the school starts and also on the first day of school. If you do an open house it’s best to do it before the school starts, let them come and check the School Area and check what’s new. Show them their schedule, show where things are stored, give them a feel of how the day will flow.

If you decide to do a tour on the first day of the school just do the same as above.

As I mentioned above, Little V won’t have access to our School Area while I’m adding new features, and we will have an open house. Dad will also attend the open house and they both will get to know more about the new features, take a look at the schedule and see all that’s new. I’m so looking forward to it! I’ll make sure to share it with all of you!

I hope you enjoyed this post, feel free to leave a comment or any questions in the comment section below or send me an email through the contact form.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!


Vanessa Z. Pawlicki

Homeschool Style – Unit Study Approach

Hello there!! Today, I’m sharing what I’ve learned about this versatile and very popular  Homeschooling Style – The Unit  Study approach.

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What is The Unit Study Approach?

Unit Studies Approach is also known as:

  • cross curriculum
  • thematic units
  • integrated studies

It is a favorite among large families because all children learn about the same topic or theme but each at its own level and saves on the teaching and preparing time as well.

Think about it: if you are homeschooling 3 children,  and let’s say for Science one is learning about animals, the other one about the Human Body and the third one is learning about Weather, You have then 3 different topics to address and prepare. Now if you are using the Unit Studies approach you and your children choose a topic and all learn together about that same topic, but each one will learn according to their level.

The Unit Study Approach makes great use of hands-on activities and research. Projects and field trips can be done together and it is a great option for children with different learning styles. No wonder it’s a popular choice among homeschooling families.

Want to connect with some families that utilize this approach and see firsthand how it’s done? Check the links below.

I hope you enjoyed this series of articles regarding the most popular Homeschooling Styles. I had so much fun researching and learning more about each one and as an Eclectic Homeschooler because I can add a little bit of each one in our homeschooling routine!

If you have any questions please leave it at the comment section below or send me an email through the contact form, I’ll do my best to answer as soon as possible.

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Vanessa Z. Pawlicki

Homeschool Styles – Montessori Homeschooling

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Hello there! We are finally heading to the last posts of what I hoped to be a very informative series for you. Today, I’ll be sharing what I learned about the Montessori Homeschooling Method.

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What is the Montessori Method?

The Montessori Method is a teaching method developed by Maria Tecla Artemisia Montessori (1870-1952), an Italian physician and educator. Maria Montessori believed the children are naturally inclined to learn and that they learn best when they are provided with an organized and well thought out environment.

Montessori Method encourages as much unscheduled time as possible, and the children are encouraged also to choose their learning material. The learning happens at their own pace.

Montessori Method like Waldorf Method discourages the use of screens (TV, tablets, computers). Wooden tools are preferred and all learning material is well organized and ready to be used by the students.

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The Use of Learning Centers

In order to promote independence and to fully reach the student’s learning potential, the Montessori Homeschool will have specific areas or learning centers. The child will go from one area to another as desired.

Some examples of learning centers are:

  • Sensorial Center
  • Reading Center
  • Math Center
  • Life Skills Center
  • Music Center
  • Arts Center

You can find more information about this popular Homeschooling Method by checking the following sites:

Wow!!! I can’t believe it, our next post will be our last post of this series!!! Time flies when we are having fun. I hope you have a chance to check the websites linked above and that the information here was somewhat helpful to you.

If you have any questions, leave a comment below or send us an email through the contact form. I will try my best to answer you as soon as possible.

Have a great and thanks for stopping by!


Vanessa Z. Pawlicki