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Summer Reading BINGO for Older Kids (with a gigantic book list)

 

In an effort to get my boys (ages 13 and 11) to branch out of their literary ruts, I created this Summer Reading BINGO for Older Kids that includes several different genres to choose from.  I have one child who only wants to read sports biographies during his independent reading time and another child who just reads the same book over and over.  We normally do some type of summer reading incentive so I am excited to force them out of their comfort zones this year!  Our local library gives out a similar BINGO for adults during the summer but I thought it would be fun for tweens and teens as well.

 

I also feel like categorizing the type of book  a child is reading is helpful in many ways, as it helps create a framework that is beneficial for comprehension.

 

>>>>  Download the Summer Reading BINGO board here!  <<<<

 

Psst- if you are looking for summer reading suggestions for younger kids, be sure to check out these summer reading printables.

 

Summer Reading BINGO Book Suggestions

Genres in order from left to right, top to bottom on the BINGO board (links are affiliate links).

**denotes our family favorites

 

Picture Book Biographies

Before She Was Harriet by Lesa Cline-Ransome and James Ransome

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkwanda and Bryan Mealer

The Camping Trip that Changed America by Barb Rosenstock

Florence Nightingale by Demi

The Oldest Student:  How Mary Walker Learned to Read by Rita Lorraine Hubbard

Through the Wardrobe:  How C.S. Lewis Created Narnia by Lina Maslo

 

 

Fantasy

**On the Edge of the Dark Sea of Darkness (and subsequent books in The Wingfeather Saga) by Andrew Peterson

Keeper of the Lost Cities by Shannon Messenger

The Scourge by Jennifer Nielsen

The Chronicles of Narnia by C.S. Lewis

Redwall by Brian Jacques

 

 

Book Based on a Video Game

Trapped in a Video Game series by Dustin Brady

Diary of a Minecraft Zombie by Zack Zombie

 

 

Science Fiction

The Maze Runner by James Dashner

The Shadow Cipher (York series) by Laura Ruby

 

 

Audio Book

**By the Great Horn Spoon by Sid Fleischman

Echo by Pam Munoz Ryan

 

 

Graphic Novels

El Deafo by Cece Bell

The Drawing Lesson by Mark Crilley

**The Faithful Spy by John Hendrix

King Arthur and the Knights of the Round Table by Marcia Williams

Rapunzel’s Revenge by Shannon and Dean Hale

 

 

Books of Poetry

**Lifeboat 12 by Susan Hood

Swimming Upstream:  Middle School Poems by Kristine O’Connell George

 

 

Adventure Novels

**The Bark of the Bog Owl by Jonathan Rogers

**The False Prince (and subsequent books in the Accendance series) by Jennifer Nielsen

Eye of the Storm by Kate Messner

Peak by Roland Smith

Jasper and the Riddle of Riley’s Mine by Caroline Starr Rose

 

Books of the Bible

Any book of the Bible will be great and although your child might choose the shortest (here’s looking at you, III John), here are a few that might be good places to start for tweens and teens:

Genesis, Luke, Acts, or Ephesians

 

 

Dystopian Novels

The obvious books that come to mind first are  The Hunger Games or Divergent.  However, these books can be pretty intense so if you aren’t ready for your child to read those books yet, here are some other options:

**The Giver by Lois Lowry

Sylo by D.J. Machale

The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau

Dry by Near Shusterman (this is YA, not middle grade – there is some language and violence in this book so only appropriate for 13+, in my opinion)

The Gifting by K.E. Ganshert

 

 

Book About Science

How We Got to the Moon by John Rocco

 

 

Picture Books

Even big kids can learn something from a good picture book!

**Redcoats and Petticoats by Katherine Kirkpatrick

Dandelions by Eve Bunting

**Ronnie Wilson’s Gift by Francis Chan

**Go and Do Likewise  by John Hendrix

 

Sports Biographies/Fiction

I originally only had intended to have biographies but there are some fun historical fiction books about various baseball players that I think kids would really enjoy as well!

Epic Athletes: Patrick Mahomes by Dan Wetzel

The Boys of Winter by Wayne Coffee

Jackie and Me by Dan Gutman

Babe and Me by Dan Gutman

The Hero Two Doors Down by Sharon Robinson

 

 

Realistic Fiction Novel

**The Vanderbeekers of 141st Street by Karina Yan Glaser

**Restart by Gordon Korman

Unplugged by Gordon Korman

 

 

Classic Literature

Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn by Mark Twain

The Call of the Wild by Jack London

 

 

Chapter Book Biography

Who Was?  books on historical figures

The Story of All-Star Athlete Jim Thorpe by Joseph Bruchac

*End of the Spear by Steve Saint (please note:  this book includes several accounts of violence, only approrpriate for 13+)

Christian Heroes then and Now books

 

 

Historical Fiction Novel

**The Wednesday Wars by Gary D. Schmidt

**A Long Walk to Water by Linda Sue Park

**A Night Divided by Jennifer Nielsen

**Refugee by Alan Gratz

Number the Stars by Lois Lowry

 

 

Comic Book

 

 

 

Mystery/Suspense

**The Mysterious Benedict Society by Trenton Lee Stewart

The Blackthorn Key by Kevin Sands

 

 

How-to Guide

Beginner’s Step-by-Step Coding Course by DK

How to Speak Chicken by Melissa Caughey

 

 

 

Nonfiction Historical Time Period or Event

Boys in the Boat by Gregory Mone

History:  From the Dawn of Civilization to the Present Day by Smithsonian Institute

**God’s Smuggler by Brother Andrew

**Shipwreck at the Bottom of the World by Jennifer Armstrong

 

Autobiography

e**The Hiding Place by Corrie ten Boom

The Diary of Anne Frank by Anne Frank

 

Travel Book

National Geographic:  Destinations of a Lifetime 

The Bucket List:  1000 Adventures Big and Small by Kath Stathers

Atlas Obscura:  An Explorer’s Guide to the World’s Hidden Wonders

 

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April 2021 Printable Calendars

Hello friends! It’s springtime here, the birds are singing, trees are budding, and the weather is warming up! I hope you have all had a good 2021 and are ready for a new monthly printable calendar !

For kiddos who need more handwriting and number writing practice, I’ve created a traceable version where they can practice number formation and counting.

I’ve also created one with numbers already printed for students not ready for handwriting, or for students who already know how to write numbers well.

To use the traceable calendar: Have students use a marker or pencil to trace each number, then have student count up to today’s number.

To use the dot calendar: Have students a bingo dabber or small stickers to mark each day as it passes. Have students start back at one and count up to today’s number for counting practice. If they’re ready you might also encourage them to count only odd or even numbers.

Alternate advanced ideas:

Have students create a pattern as they write/mark their dates!

For example write odd numbers in red and even numbers in blue (ABA pattern). For more advanced patterns, use multiple colors to create more patterns.

You can also use stickers to create patterns, for example on day 1 put a star sticker, day 2 a smiley face, day 3 a star, and so on. See below for more pattern ideas.

Here are a few patterns you can encourage your kiddos to use when working with daily calendars:

  • AAB (i.e.: red, red, blue)
  • ABBA (i.e.: red, blue, blue, red)
  • ABAB (i.e.: red, blue, red, blue)
  • ABC (i.e.: red, blue, green)

There are lots of ways to create patterns, so feel free to get creative with your calendars!

Weather: I’ve also included a small weather graph at the bottom of the monthly calendar as well. Have students either color one square or put an “x” in one square for the appropriate weather each day. At the end of the month compare each weather type to see which type of weather was most/least common.

–>> Download the April 2021 Printable Calendar pages here!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy these monthly calendars and that they make your homeschool days a little more fun and engaging!

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February 2021 Printable Calendar

Happy February friends! I have another freebie for you today, it’s time for my monthly printable calendars! Download the February 2021 FREE Printable Calendars here and add a little fun into your homeschool day. 

For kiddos who need more handwriting and number writing practice, I’ve created a traceable version where they can practice number formation and counting.

I’ve also created one with numbers already printed for students not ready for handwriting, or for students who already know how to write numbers well.

To use the traceable calendar: Have students use a marker or pencil to trace each number, then have student count up to today’s number.

To use the dot calendar: Have students a bingo dabber or small stickers to mark each day as it passes. Have students start back at one and count up to today’s number for counting practice. If they’re ready you might also encourage them to count only odd or even numbers.

Alternate advanced ideas:

Have students create a pattern as they write/mark their dates!

For example write odd numbers in red and even numbers in blue (ABA pattern). For more advanced patterns, use multiple colors to create more patterns.

You can also use stickers to create patterns, for example on day 1 put a star sticker, day 2 a smiley face, day 3 a star, and so on. See below for more pattern ideas.

Here are a few patterns you can encourage your kiddos to use when working with daily calendars:

  • AAB (i.e.: red, red, blue)
  • ABBA (i.e.: red, blue, blue, red)
  • ABAB (i.e.: red, blue, red, blue)
  • ABC (i.e.: red, blue, green)

There are lots of ways to create patterns, so feel free to get creative with your calendars!

Weather: I’ve also included a small weather graph at the bottom of the monthly calendar as well. Have students either color one square or put an “x” in one square for the appropriate weather each day. At the end of the month compare each weather type to see which type of weather was most/least common.

–>> Download the February 2021 Printable Calendar pages here!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy these monthly calendars and that they make your homeschool days a little more fun and engaging!

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November 2020 Free Printable Calendars

Hi everyone! I have a fun freebie for you today! My November 2020 FREE Printable Calendars are ready for download! 

For kiddos who need more handwriting and number writing practice, I’ve created a traceable version where they can practice number formation and counting.

I’ve also created one with numbers already printed for students not ready for handwriting, or for students who already know how to write numbers well.

To use the traceable calendar: Have students use a marker or pencil to trace each number, then have student count up to today’s number.

To use the dot calendar: Have students a bingo dabber or small stickers to mark each day as it passes. Have students start back at one and count up to today’s number for counting practice. If they’re ready you might also encourage them to count only odd or even numbers.

Alternate advanced ideas:

Have students create a pattern as they write/mark their dates!

For example write odd numbers in red and even numbers in blue (ABA pattern). For more advanced patterns, use multiple colors to create more patterns.

You can also use stickers to create patterns, for example on day 1 put a star sticker, day 2 a smiley face, day 3 a star, and so on. See below for more pattern ideas.

Here are a few patterns you can encourage your kiddos to use when working with daily calendars:

  • AAB (i.e.: red, red, blue)
  • ABBA (i.e.: red, blue, blue, red)
  • ABAB (i.e.: red, blue, red, blue)
  • ABC (i.e.: red, blue, green)

There are lots of ways to create patterns, so feel free to get creative with your calendars!

Weather: I’ve also included a small weather graph at the bottom of the monthly calendar as well. Have students either color one square or put an “x” in one square for the appropriate weather each day. At the end of the month compare each weather type to see which type of weather was most/least common.

–>> Download the November 2020 Printable Calendar pages here!

Thanks for stopping by today, I hope you enjoy these monthly calendars and that they make your homeschool days a little more fun and engaging!

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Homeschool Lesson Plan Printable

 

Once we made the decision to homeschool this year, I knew I wanted to make a super simple at-a-glance lesson plan.  I was already overwhelmed with choosing curriculum and I wanted to be able to look at ONE page for all THREE of my children, rather than having different lessons plans for each child.  I  searched online and couldn’t seem to find one that fit my needs nor did I want to pay for one.  So I made my own and decided to share it with you as well!

 

>>> Download the Weekly Homeschool Lesson Plan Printable Here <<<

 

I use a different color of marker for each child and have the combined subjects in black.  I write all three children’s lessons  for each subject using their assigned color.  This way I can quickly look to see the lessons for each subject.  If you have more than 3 children, this might get to be too tight (or you might have to write extremely small) so I would recommend this printable for 3 or fewer children.

 

I keep this form at the front of my “Homeschooling Headquarters” binder where I also keep daily attendance, standards, and other important documents.  Once we finish the week, I move the lesson plan page to a separate tab so I will have a record of all of the teaching and learning for the year.  In our state, we do not have to turn in any documentation but I want to keep these old lesson plan pages just in case anything were to be called into question.

 

 

 

*Please note that our writing curriculum just arrived (I am going through it now) and I still have not received our math curriculum as it is delayed, so I do not have detailed plans for those subjects yet.

 

**Also note, I did not include art, music, physical education, or any added subjects in our lesson plans.  These subjects will be taught very sporadically (and most likely organically in the context of our other subject) throughout the year.  The purpose of this document is to outline the predictable learning that will take place every day.