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!

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.

life cycle apple order, free printable

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!

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

Graduation Cap Party Favor Lidded Box!

Hello friends, today I’m here to share another cool and fun craft. I love to celebrate Little V’s accomplishments, she works really hard throughout the year to get all her activities well done and I think it’s only fair to celebrate this milestone with her.

We both love handmade things and we appreciate it very much. When I was her age I didn’t appreciate handmade things like she does and I’m grateful that now I do and that I somehow managed to help her to appreciate these things like she does.

Let’s get to it, shall we?

We will show you how to make this cute Graduation Cap Party Favor – Lidded Box! Isn’t it, cute? You can also use it as a gift box, depending on the size of the gift you’re giving.

Check the video below to see the instructions.

Measurements for the lid:

1 piece of carstock measuring 2.5 x 2.5 inches or 6.5 x 6.5 cm

1 piece of cardstock measuring 4-1/16 x 4-1/16 inches or 10.2 x 10.2 cm, this piece of cardstock you will score at 1 inch or 2.5 cm on all four sides

Measurements for the base:

1 piece of cardstock measuring 6 x 6 inches or 15 x 15 cm, this piece of cardstock you will score at 2 inches or 5 cm on all 4 sides.

This project was inspired  by Sam Donald, and I added my touches and made it a graduation cap party favor box.

If you miss the video on how to make the tassel here’s the video:

Here is a list of the materials you would need to make this project:

Scoring board, this one has both imperial and metric system.
Double sided tape
Embroidery Floss
Piercing tool
– Decorative Brad

Hope you enjoyed our series of Graduation Party Theme Crafts, we sure had lots of fun crafting these cuties. If you have any questions, please feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message through the contact form.

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

Vanessa Z. Pawlicki

Graduation Party Favor!!

Hello there, first of all I want to apologize for the delay in bringing you this second project of our Gradution Theme Craft Series. Life happens and I was so really busy last week, I didn’t have a chance to get to film the video at all, but I’m hoping you’ll agree with me that it’s better later than never!

Without anymore delay lets get to it, shall we?

Today, I’ll be sharing this cute little treat box so you can make it in time for a Graduation Party. Not may tools needed and this is a quick project. I made these boxes many times before so I basically know the measurements by heart.

From a 12 x 12 inches piece of cardstock or Designer Paper, you can make 4 boxes and for me that’s a great deal!

Here a list of tools you will need:
– scoring board either in metric (cm) or imperial (inches) or one that has both metric and imperial measurements, with this last one you can also trim the paper.
– bone folder (sometimes come with the scoring tool) but in case you want a separate one
double sided craft tape
mini decorative clothespins
– designer paper in silver or gold
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Now, let’s watch the video!


Piece of 6 x 6 inches or 15 x 15 cm paper

Score at:

Score line 1: 1-3/8 inches or 3.5 cm
Score line 2: 2-3/4 inches or 7 cm
Score line 3: 4-1/8 inches or 10.5 cm
Score line 4: 5-1/2 inches or 14 cm

Flip you paper once and score at 1-3/8 inches or 3.5 cm.

Use your creativity and decorate it as you wish, have fun playing with paper!

Hope you enjoyed this project, it was inspired by the super talented Sam Donald. If you have any questions please, feel free to leave a comment below or send me a message through the contact form. If you want to show me your project tag your picture on Instagram with #athometeachingv or send me a picture! I would love to see what you create!

Have a great day and thanks for stopping by!

Vanessa Z. Pawlicki