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Free Homeschool Planner and Favorite things Friday link up

It’s another Favorite things Friday over here at Hip Homeschooling! Featured posts, free printables, fun preschool craft ideas! Don’t miss this post!

Free Homeschool Planner

I’ll start off with this weeks featured printable, a free homeschool planner! This is a super simple planner, but it is my favorite one and we use it EVERY DAY! I love it because it is so customizeable, there is lots of space for each of your subjects, and you can easily print off as many as you need for each child. This is part of a series in putting together my free homeschool planner, so be sure to check back for more great printables to add to your binder!

For a year you would need 39 copies of this for each child. To save my sanity, I tend to print off a month at a time. Grab your printable by clicking here or the image below.

Free Homeschool Planner Download

Take a look at how we use this free homeschool planner in our day!

How to plan your day with Hip Homeschoolings free homeschool planner

Favorite Mother Goose Time Activity

Alright, time to post our favorite preschool activity from our last week of Ocean Commotion with Mother Goose Time! This was our #1 fav activity. Making an ocean collage was fun for the kids and gave us an opportunity to reminisce about the month and all that we have learned. We talked about all the different fish and ocean creatures in our collage, about sea shells and boats and deep sea diving. We discussed our favorite moments and activities of the month and just enjoyed wrapping up our last week! We hung our collages all in a row to show daddy when he came home from work and the kids won’t be letting me get rid of them anytime soon!

I love Mother Goose Time because I don’t need to gather any supplies, everything is set up for me! But if you want to make your own ocean collage, you will need:

  • blue cellophane
  • 2 paper plates/child
  • paint
  • glue
  • scissors
  • pictures of ocean animals (or magazine clippings)
  • string or ribbon
  • optional: seashells

Make your own ocean collage and free homeschool planner printable

You can put the ocean animals on top of the cellophane, the kids wanted to put theirs “under” the water, so that’s what we did. Cut out the inside of one of your plates and paint it, this is your frame. On the second plate (in the middle) glue your collage and put the frame around it. We just glued ours on and then hot glued the ribbon on the top to make sure it stayed.

Favorite things Friday Featured Post

Nature Journal for Kids by Simply RachelThis weeks featured post was Nature Journals for Kids by Simply Rachel. It is a fantastic tutorial on how to make some thrifty little nature journals. The pictures are beautiful and I love that you can use the pages as little storage bags as well! Make sure you head over and check out her post or pin it for later!



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I will visit each and every post that is linked up and comment so it is a great way to gain exposure and again, each week I choose a featured post to share with my audience and feature on my blog.

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  1. Hi Rebecca,
    I have browsed through your blog and it is amazing! Your travellers notebook is just what I need in my life, as I too am an all or nothing person and love to write, jot and note things down. My husband and I are planning to homeschool and I am in desperate need to reschedule my life, and this notebook is just the thing I need! My son is 3, turning 4 in August, and are in need of reorganising our life, in order to schedule everything towards homeschooling.
    Thank you very much for your blog, it literally has been a step in stone towards my journey into.
    I pray that God will continue to be glorified in all that you say and do on the blog, as I believe it is a real blessing for many (especially me).
    God bless you, your husband and your beautiful children and thank you.
    I look forward to reading your blogs.
    Blessings in Christ Jesus.
    London, U.K.

    • Thank you so much Jen! Did you get the newest planner for the traveler’s notebook? Or see the tutorial on how to make your own? I will be doing a post next week on Bullet Journaling as well. If you are on Periscope at all, I live chat every day and you can join in and type in questions and we can chat live 🙂 @HHomeschooling is my handle on Periscope if you are.

  2. I love your fun preschool crafts. My kid loves them too. But he doesn’t like to write essays, recently we were given a very difficult history essay, we were so tired, not having planned the day properly, but it’s good that there are such services as –, they helped us out. Now we are trying to organize our day in the right way so that we can do everything in time.

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