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Human Body Unit Study -FREE Lesson Plan & Resource Guide!

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I really wanted a Human Body Unit that worked for my family and included some great resources! This fun and engaging homeschool unit study can be used across various ages and levels and is easy to adapt! I am sharing all the resources we used as well as a FREE Lesson plan guide to help you use in your homeschool. You can download the FREE 21-page PDF, 13 Lesson Guide below!

Here is a list of all the Resources I used:

Main Course Material

Main Course Activity Books

Additional Read-Alouds

Additional Grade Extensions

Fun Add on Activities ( I used these in multiple lessons)

Download FREE Human Body Unit Lesson Plan & Resource Guide Link Below:

This Human Body Unit Study is something I put together for my family, Feel free to use as a guide to create your own unit study! I am a homeschool mom to three kids, I have 9 & 7 year old daughters as well as a 3 year old son. These lessons can be used across all elementary age levels and can be adjusted for lower and higher grades. Any resources used including books and videos should always be prescreened by the parent, just because it works in my home does not mean it will work in yours.

This guide is free, all I ask is you keep any watermarks, logos, and my name to give credit for my work.

I hope this brings inspiration to your homeschool!

Ashlee – Dash of Homeschool

Rating: 5 out of 5.

BookShark Virtual – How to Use It In Your Homeschool

As a working, homeschooling mom of multiple kids- I am always looking for curriculum that helps, not hinders our homeschool. BookShark is one of my favorite curriculums as our family has a love for books and they do a lot of the heavy lifting for us parents.

I have used BookShark the traditional way which is great, but once I saw the new Virtual option, its opened up a whole new world of possibilities.

I was able to try out BookShark Virtual in our homeschool this year thanks to my on-going partnership with BookShark! They offered me a free virtual seat that we could use- as always any opinions expressed are my own.

What is BookShark Virtual?

BookShark Virtual, takes that BIG instructors guide and binder- and places it all in a device friendly online portal. That means you can access your BookShark schedule from your phone, tablet, or computer…….no more bulky binder!

This means, BookShark can go anywhere with you! Long car rides, doctor appts, even airplane rides.! Anywhere you can think of- because its all at your fingertips (just don’t forget your reading books).

Can BookShark Virtual help with Independence?

As children grow and change, I have to adjust how much time I dedicate to each child, with my oldest going into a 4th grade level, she is bridging to more independence. Being able to let her use BookShark Virtual this year allowed BookShark to turn into a more independent course. She can sign into her account, and it walks her through step by step what needs to be completed for the day.

It asks her discussion questions, has her practice map activities, and prompts her when its time to move on to the next item.

We still do the main course books together, because I am just a big fan of learning, but having this amazing tool gives me the break I need to spend more time with another child and lets my daughter complete activities more independently.

Once your child logs on to BookShark Virtual, they have a day by day guide broken down by the same sections you would see in the traditional instructor guide, once they click on the first activity, they will see more detail instructions one activity at a time.

Did I Mention – BookShark Virtual Can Go ANYWHERE?

The beautiful thing of homeschool is you aren’t bound to your home to learn. You can learn on a nature walk, a grandparents house, or even in an airplane! The BookShark virtual option allows you more flexibility as it can be accessed on any deceive!

As a working mom, I can have my daughter complete her lessons using BookShark Virtual while she is with her grandparents, and then log into my parent portal to review her answers and complete any needed grading. It truly can go anywhere!

Using BookShark Virtual

There are so many great resources from the BookShark team that teach you how to use BookShark Virtual and all the tips and tricks. I know I learned so much and keep learning each time I want those videos. I recommend trying it at least for a year to see how much it will help in your homeschool and f you want, create more independence for your child.

BookShark Virtual can be added on to any of their programs like Science and Language arts!

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5 Ways to Keep Homeschool Kids Engaged in Learning Over Summer – For FREE

If you are like us, we chose to take a nice long break over summer! We had some trips planned as well as, my girls were attending camp multiple weeks throughout summer. Even though we were keeping pretty busy, when we weren’t busy, we were itching to have some educational time. Yes you read that correctly, my kids were actually asking to do school. That’s one joy to homeschool, kids don’t dread it (most of the time).

I didn’t want to break into our curriculum for our upcoming school year, so I came up with 5 ways to keep my kids engaged in learning over summer.

5 Ways to Keep your Kids Engaged in Learning Over Summer:

1. Summer Reading Challenge

This one was so simple, but so fun! Each of my kids found 5 books around the house that they haven’t already read, and added it to their summer reading list. We set a start date and some basic rules and my kids competed against each other to read through their books. Oddly enough my girls finished reading the exact same day. This was a simple and free way to keep them reading over summer.

2. Free Homeschool Curriculum Trials

After we quickly completed the reading challenge, I was looking for something else to keep their attention. I was so pleased to stumble across the Home School Buyers Club! Early in summer I started seeing a lot of chatter about this company and it peaked my interest. I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to work with this company and share some great things with you guys!

Homeschool Buyers Club provided Smart Points to use their product to share my honest review, as always any opinions expressed are my own. 
Summer is here, and what better way to get a jump-start on homeschooling than with free trials on top of curriculum. Explore new programs and tools that will help your child succeed this upcoming year and beyond.
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  2. Reading Skills Assessment Ongoing
  3. HomeSchoolPiano Trial
  4. Code Avengers Free Trial
  5. Monarch
  6. Kids Guitar Academy Trial
  7. Mr Henry’s Music World Freebie
  8. Nessy.com Free Trial
  9. Mark Kistler Art Lessons
  10. Creta Class 7 Day Trial
  11. Math Mammoth PDFs
  12. Brilliant.org
  13. Reading Eggs
  14. Doodlemaths
  15. Smile and Learn
  16. History Alive Grades 6-12
  17. History Alive Grades 1-6
  18. Vocabulary Quest
  19. Dynamic Earth Learning (Aquaponics Course)

3. Free Gifts from Homeschool Buyers Club

Any order you place from Homeschool Buyers Club you can also access 3 free gifts that are great learning tools over summer! These free gifts include items on staying safe online, Craft & hobby ideas, plus a whole month access to eSpried Library!

Enjoy up to 3 exclusive free gifts (a $38 value) with any purchase! Simply head to their website place your order, and upon checkout, select your free gift(s).

4. Try a Unit Study over Summer

Unit Studies can be a great way to expand learning through summer! They can be interest led topics that your child chooses, and a fun way to keep busy over summer. If you are interested in a FREE unit study– check out my Human Body Unit Study– this would be perfect for summer!

5. Take those Homeschool Field Trips

I know as a homeschool mom, you planned the most perfect year, with lots of great field trip ideas…..but also as a homeschool mom I know life can get in the way. Take the summer break to catch up on those missed field trips- your kids will love them!

Remember, you are taking a summer break for a reason, refresh and recharge. Don’t over you do it- save that for the new school year! Use these great FREE ideas and get your kids signed up for these amazing free trials…..that way when someone asks what you did over summer, you can replay, we took piano lessons and did an art study– with never learning the house!

Engaging Homeschool Learning Program – BrainPOP Homeschool Curriculum Review

As a busy mom who works full-time, homeschools multiple children, and somehow keeps our house from falling apart, I need all the help I can get when it comes to providing fun and engaging educational resources for my kids. I’ve been hearing about BrainPOP for a while in the homeschool community but didn’t quite understand how I could fit it into our homeschool. This summer I got the opportunity to work with BrainPOP and I am so excited to share my thoughts on their BrainPOP Homeschool Online Learning Curriculum!

BrainPOP provided me free access to use their product to share my honest review, as always any opinions expressed are my own. 

BrainPOP’s Mission:
BrainPOP’s mission is to empower kids to shape the world around them and within them. BrainPOP Homeschool brings high-quality, teacher-approved education tools and content home, to help every kind of learner connect deeply to what they’re exploring.

What I love about BrainPOP for Homeschool

As soon as I started introducing learning videos to my kids from BrainPOP, it grabbed their attention. The fun, educational videos kept my kids intrigued. BrainPOP creates an active learning experience that keep kids highly engaged, rather than passive and inattentive. My oldest daughter, who can be hard to please with online curriculum, LOVED playing the challenging games after watching a lesson.

The variety of topics to learn from and the variety of activities that go along with each topic will guarantee years of educational fun! The hardest thing for me was choosing where to start, there are so many great topics to choose from! They are also always adding new and exciting topics!

As soon as I started introducing learning videos to my kids from BrainPOP, it grabbed their attention. The fun, educational videos kept my kids intrigued. BrainPOP creates an active learning experience that keep kids highly engaged, rather than passive and inattentive. 

The variety of topics to learn from and the variety of activities that go along with each topic will guarantee years of educational fun!  The hardest thing for me was choosing where to start, there are so many great topics to choose from! They are also always adding new and exciting topics!

What Curriculum does BrainPOP offer?

Well, let me just say BrainPOP offers ALOT. I was a little overwhelmed with all the topic choices they have, I don’t think I have ever used an online homeschool curriculum that had such a vast array of topics. Of course they have basics like Math and Language Arts but what really got my attention were topics like STEAM and Computer Science! Check them out here! Also they offer topics for grades K-8, which covers all 3 of my kids for years to come!

As soon as I started introducing learning videos to my kids from BrainPOP, it grabbed their attention. The fun, educational videos kept my kids intrigued. BrainPOP creates an active learning experience that keep kids highly engaged, rather than passive and inattentive. 

The variety of topics to learn from and the variety of activities that go along with each topic will guarantee years of educational fun!  The hardest thing for me was choosing where to start, there are so many great topics to choose from! They are also always adding new and exciting topics!

There are main units and then a variety of Topics in each unit. Once you select a topic, you will find educational videos, games, writing practice, even coding practice and many more activities.

As soon as I started introducing learning videos to my kids from BrainPOP, it grabbed their attention. The fun, educational videos kept my kids intrigued. BrainPOP creates an active learning experience that keep kids highly engaged, rather than passive and inattentive. 

The variety of topics to learn from and the variety of activities that go along with each topic will guarantee years of educational fun!  The hardest thing for me was choosing where to start, there are so many great topics to choose from! They are also always adding new and exciting topics!

How I use BrainPOP in Our Homeschool

I use the BrainPOP Homeschool Combo which is for grades K – 8. This subscription made the most sense to me since I have multiple kids across various grades. I get access to all the learning materials in BrainPOP Jr (K-3) and traditional BrainPOP (3-8).

In our day to day, BrainPOP is easy enough to log in, and just search for a topic- this is a quick and great tool we use when we want to take a deeper dive in a topic that comes up during our homeschool. They have a super easy search, that populates any topics or lessons related to your search.

As soon as I started introducing learning videos to my kids from BrainPOP, it grabbed their attention. The fun, educational videos kept my kids intrigued. BrainPOP creates an active learning experience that keep kids highly engaged, rather than passive and inattentive. 

The variety of topics to learn from and the variety of activities that go along with each topic will guarantee years of educational fun!  The hardest thing for me was choosing where to start, there are so many great topics to choose from! They are also always adding new and exciting topics!

Not only do I have access to the entire learning library, I get teacher tools that allow me to create classes for my different children and assign lessons to them. This way I can assign something to my 2nd grader, and something different for my 4th grader. This is a great too to pre-plan some lessons if I know I might be a little busier and need some extra teaching help!

As soon as I started introducing learning videos to my kids from BrainPOP, it grabbed their attention. The fun, educational videos kept my kids intrigued. BrainPOP creates an active learning experience that keep kids highly engaged, rather than passive and inattentive. 

The variety of topics to learn from and the variety of activities that go along with each topic will guarantee years of educational fun!  The hardest thing for me was choosing where to start, there are so many great topics to choose from! They are also always adding new and exciting topics!

Get Started with BrainPOP Homeschool Combo K-8 – Free Trial for 2 Weeks!

Using BrainPOP in our Homeschool has really taken our learning to the next level. If you are interested in adding a fun and engaging program with a variety of topics, check out a free trial! All readers can save up to 28% on a Family or Homeschool annual subscription and get 2 weeks free! The free trial starts when you sign up for a subscription. To gain 28 % off, you would have to select the annual plan.

Using BrainPOP in our Homeschool has really taken our learning to the next level. If you are interested in adding a fun and engaging program with a variety of topics, check out a free trial! All readers can save up to 28% on a Family or Homeschool annual subscription and get 2 weeks free! The free trial starts when you sign up for a subscription. To gain 28 % off, you would have to select the annual plan.

A Beautiful Way to Learn the USA – Homeschool Geography Curriculum Review

This year in our homeschool, our goal is to learn the 50 States! We found the perfect unit study to help us along the way as well as brush up our geography skills. Beautiful Feet Books just released a new Geography Through Literature program and I am so excited to share it with you!

Beautiful Feet Books sent me a free copy to share my honest review, as always any opinions expressed are my own. 
Beautiful Feet Book's Primary Geography study incorporates wonderful resource books that teach basic geography terms and concepts as well as takes you on a journey through USA geography history. Learning through literature is a real winner in our home and I encourage you to try it out!

Overview of Beautiful Feet Book’s Primary Geography

I have a special place in my heart for literature based curriculum. The approach to teaching subjects using a vast variety of books works so well in our home. Beautiful Feet Book’s Primary Geography study incorporates wonderful resource books that teach basic geography terms and concepts as well as takes you on a journey through USA geography history. Learning through literature is a real winner in our home and I encourage you to try it out!

They did such a great job blending geography and learning the USA!

Beautiful Feet Book's Primary Geography study incorporates wonderful resource books that teach basic geography terms and concepts as well as takes you on a journey through USA geography history. Learning through literature is a real winner in our home and I encourage you to try it out!

What’s included in Beautiful Feet Book’s Primary Geography?

If you are new to Beautiful Feet Books, their programs include a course teacher guide and books going along with the course guide. Here is what you get in the Geography Through Literature K-3 Pack:

If you are new to Beautiful Feet Books, their programs include a course teacher guide and books going along with the course guide.
  • 1 Beautiful Teacher/ Course Guide – 36 Lessons
  • 1 USA Map – It’s Huge and will be Colored during the lessons!
  • 11 Books – From Amazing Geography Resource Books to Beautiful Picture Books

How Much Prep & How Many Lessons are in Beautiful Feet Book’s Primary Geography

The Geography through Literature K-3 is 36 pre-planned lessons. You can do 1 lesson per week, which would last a traditional school year or 2 lessons per week to finish up in half a year. Also you could be like us and work through 3-4 lessons per week, because its that good! As far as prep goes, this unit was pretty open and go. I printed out some of the picture downloads from the website and just had those ready when we got to those lessons.

What I really enjoyed was all the additional books and videos provided to take a deeper dive! If your child was really engaged in a certain topic then these help you keep that eagerness to learn and find more great resources.

 The Geography through Literature K-3 is 36 pre-planned lessons. You can do 1 lesson per week, which would last a traditional school year or 2 lessons per week to finish up in half a year. Also you could be like us and work through 3-4 lessons per week, because its that good!   As far as prep goes, this unit was pretty open and go. I printed out some of the picture downloads from the website and just had those ready when we got to those lessons.

My Favorite Part about Beautiful Feet Book’s Primary Geography

In this unit study, you are provided some books that are more of a reference guide that you utilize throughout the entire unit. Geography from A to Z and Our 50 States were some of my favorite resources in the entire unit. They are fun and engaging for kids but super educational. These resources will be used for years to come!

In this unit study, you are provided some books that are more of a reference guide that you utilize throughout the entire unit. Geography from A to Z and Our 50 States  were some of my favorite resources in the entire unit. They are fun and engaging for kids but super educational. These resources will be used for years to come!

I highly recommend this unit from Beautiful Feet Books, its a beautiful way to introduce geography and the USA to early elementary students. This is a must add to any homeschool geography curriculum. Check out this entire unit and everything else Beautiful Feet Books has to offer here: Beautiful Feet Books Geography through Literature

I also filmed an in-depth video review and unboxing video here showcasing all the GREAT things that come in this unit study!

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New Homeschool Science Curriculum Review: Blood Circulation Unit by Heron Books

This Circulation of The Blood Study is a must Have Addition to any Human Body Study. especially as an extension for older kids ages 9-12!

This year we are taking a deep dive into the Human Body, I was so exited to get my hands on a copy of the Circulation of the Blood Unit from the Young Scientist Series by Heron Books! We are currently building our own Human Body Unit Study, and this was an amazing addition for my soon to be 4th grader to give her an extra independent, self-paced activity.

If you haven’t heard of Heron Books, that might be because they are just branching out to the homeschool curriculum world. They have over 45 years of curriculum development but had been mainly focused in small private schools. I am so excited they have decided to branch out to homeschool because they are adding so many great resources for homeschoolers.

Heron Books sent me a free copy to share my honest review and compensated me for my time, as always any opinions expressed are my own.

The Circulation of the Blood study is part of Heron Books, Young Scientist Collection, a series of 11 books for curious children aged 9-12 who want look, explore, discover and experiment. They have released the first books, and plan to release the rest this year! They even offer all 5 books in a package! Take a look at all they have to offer here!

What is the Heron Books approach in their curriculum?

  • Hands-On, engaging approach to learning
  • Self-Paced- Students can work through this independently
  • Activity Packed- Fun activities to help students remember the information
  • NO LESSON PLANNING- truly an open and go!

What comes with in your purchase?

This unit came with everything you need besides a few hands-on experiment supplies, but a great supply list is provided. here is everything you get:

  • The Book/ Course Content– This is what you HAVE to have.
  • Student Learning GuideOptional, but a great tool for students to work independently (I’ll share more down below)
  • Teacher Resources Optional, but also a great resource for homeschool parents

Rather Hear and See my Thoughts?

Watch my Review Below…..

My Initial Thoughts

Going in blind, with no previous blogs or YouTube videos to watch about this curriculum, I wasn’t sure what to expect. I normally do lots of research before using a new curriculum in our homeschool. Also, with this specific course only being on blood circulation, I wasn’t sure how an entire course on one subject would keep the attention of my daughter.

I was pleasantly surprised once we received the material, how well organized and planned out it was. This is huge for me, as a working mom, homeschooling multiple kids, I need curriculum that HELPS, not hinders.

They formulate the course with the Student Learning Guide to basically create a self-paced pathway for the student, and just small check in points with the parent. This is recommended for grade 4th – 6th, after reviewing the material, if you are wanting your child to take more of an independent approach, I think starting at a 4th grade level or higher is perfect. I do think the material is written easy enough for a parent to explain to a younger child, maybe 2nd & 3rd grade could also benefit.

My Favorite Part

Besides the amazing self-paced student guide, my FAVORITE thing about this specific course is not only does it take a deep drive into Blood Circulation and the Circulatory system but it ties in other major body functions and organs to really create a bridge to connect them all. We were currently working on our Human Body Family Unit Study, and I was able to assign this to my older daughter to work independently and it as a great review and deeper look at the topics we had been discussing in our Human Body Unit. This is an amazing addition for older elementary and middle school students to take that deeper dive, independently!

This was such a fun unit to use and add on to our Human Body Unit. My daughter enjoyed having an extension and deeper dive from our family unit.

Heron Books is offering my followers 30% off your entire purchase & can be used MULTIPLE times! Use my special code Dash30 when you check out! Shop the Circulation of the Blood Unit Here!

I am excited to check out the other Young Scientist units offered by Heron Books, as well as all the other curriculum choices they offer! Be sure to check out Heron Books here: https://www.heronbooks.com/

Rating: 5 out of 5.

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