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Christmas Around the World Unit Study and Free Notebooking Pages

When my children were younger, it was our tradition to do a Christmas themed unit study every year in the month leading up to Christmas. One of our favorite unit studies to do was the Christmas Around the World unit study. We loved learning how Christmas was celebrated all over the world.

With the resources here, you can do a Christmas Around the World unit study with the kids this Christmas season. There are five countries here. Studying each country for three days will give you fifteen days of lessons- approximately the number of days you'll probably do school in December. Or focus just on Christmas Around the World for one week and cover a country each day.

Christmas around the world unit study
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Kids can use the notebooking pages in this FREE printable packet to record information, recipes, or writing assignments for each country studied. The unit study can be used with multiple ages, so adapt the activities, and the whole family can get in on the fun. If you've never planned out a unit study, this post has some information as well as a free unit study planner.

Five Classic Christmas Picture Books You Must Read With the Kids (And Literacy Musings Monday Linkup)

I've long collected Christmas picture books. I love to get them out each year and read them over and over again with the kids. It's a great tradition. And when the kids were little, we especially looked forward to pulling out the Christmas books and putting them under the tree where we would sit and read them throughout the season.

Of all the Christmas picture books you could choose to add to your collection, how do you know which ones to pick? Here are five great Christmas picture books you don't want to miss adding to your collection. 

Five classic Christmas picture books
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At the end of the post, don't forget to check out the Literacy Musings Monday linkup. I'm truly enjoying being a cohost and reading some great posts each week.

Great Gifts for Kids...and Adults...Who Love to Read

I'm a reader. From the time I was small, I was rarely without a good book currently in the process of being read. A few of my kids have inherited the avid reader gene. And we have quite a few friends and family members who are readers.

The question always arises about what gifts to get for an avid reader. Sure, you can give the gift of books. But what if you don't know what books the gift getter already has in his or her library? I'm always afraid of getting books they already own.

Gifts for people who love to read

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If you're looking for gifts for that avid reader on your gift list, here are a few that don't involve buying specific books.

The Story about Ping: A Literature Unit Study for PreK- 2nd Grade

This post is part of the 31 MORE Days of Literature Unit Studies series. You can find all of the links to the thirty-one studies in this post. If you'd like to use these ideas to create your own unit study, this post has step-by-step instructions as well as a free unit study planner. (Want to know more about what, exactly, a unit study is? This post will help.)

While you're reading and working on your unit study, you can dowload this free printables pack of graphic organizers for reading. It has a plot chart, venn diagram, KWL chart, two mini book report organizers, a character analysis chart, a plot outline chart, and a reading response sheet where students can record facts while reading.

Literature unit study for A Story About Ping
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The Story about Ping is a classic kids' story with a brave little duck as the hero. Kids will love hearing about Ping's adventures when he finds himself alone on the Yangtze River. The story is also a good one to use for extended study of ducks and of China and its culture.

Black Friday 2016 Deals for Homeschoolers

I confess that I was once a dyed-in-the-wool Black Friday shopper. I would wait in line from 1:30am until the stores opened at 4am. No matter what kind of deal I was looking for, much of the thrill was just being in the chase.

As I've gotten older- and since my fibromyalgia has slowly gotten worse- standing in line in the cold is no longer very appealing. Not too many deals are worth that. But...there are also so many online deals now throughout Black Friday, the following weekend, and Cyber Monday. And even homeschool curricula and resource providers are often on the bandwagon, offering some awesome deals for Black Friday.

If you're looking for some great deals on curricula or other resources for homeschoolers that you can find- without even leaving your house- check out these Black Friday (and the following weekend) deals for homeschoolers.

Black Friday for homeschoolers
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Black Friday curricula sales

Sale dates: November 25-28

Bright Ideas Press offers all kinds of curricula goodies such as North Star Geography (which my oldest daughter is loving this year), the Christian Kids Explore Science series, Mystery of History, and All American History. Their Black Friday- Cyber Monday sale offers 20% off of everything except bundles, online classes, and clearance items using the code pumpkinpie.