Homeschool at The Squishable Baby with Free Cursive Printables

I haven’t done one of these updates  in a while, but I must say that I am very blessed to have extremely motivated and patient children.  I won’t say they are always eager, but 98% of the time, it’s not difficult to get them to do their work to the best of their ability.  The other 2% of the time, we cancel school because if they are not motivated, they don’t learn well.


Kindergarten – Ava




We start with the calendar.  We say the Month – and point to where it’s written . We say the days of the week, and identify the day.  I ask, yesterday was the 20th, what’s today?  She writes the date.  We say and repeat the entire date.

We then count (out loud) the number of math classes we’ve had this year.

We are solely using manipulatives to study patterning (colors and designs) and simple word problems.  This is Ava using teddy bear counters to create her own word problems – such as, there were 3 teddy bear counters in line to use the slide.  2 teddy bear counters came to play.  How many teddy bear counters total.  We also counted out loud as we slid the teddy bear counters to the side.


Using teddy bear counters


As you see from the picture, she actually drew and colored a park with a slide.  She made the swing, the monkey bars and the slide.

We have been also working on making pictographs using construction paper squares and linking cubes.  We graphed hair color – and read the graph and answered the following questions

  1. How many kids have red hair?
  2. How many kids have brown hair?
  3. How many kids have blond hair?
  4. How many kids have black hair?
  5. What hair color is most?  How do you know?
  6. What hair color is least?  How do you know?
  7. Are there any that are the same?  Why?

We do very short 10-15 minute lessons


Language Arts (phonics and cursive writing)
We have completed short vowels and are working on “L” , “T” and “B”.  We have also been practicing writing these letters and letter blends (in cursive).

This week, we decided to use a Thanksgiving Pack that we won from A Better Way to Homeschool.  It’s an excellent pack that has 19+ different printable activities – all Thanksgiving themed.  It worked really well for us.  While Ava did the short vowel craft, Hadyn did copy work.


Thanksgiving Craft - cutting
We modified this craft slightly to suit her.  Since we have not started vowel diagraphs, she wrote the vowels on the turkey’s tummy.  She then thought of words that had that vowel sound, I wrote it on a feather and she glued the feather on.  Of course, she wanted to put the feathers on any which way.  Haha!

Whatever works!

It was a really fun way to practice our short vowels as well as our fine motor skills.

4th Grade – Hadyn




Hadyn has been doing amazingly well in math.  His confidence has grown leaps and bounds.  Now, we are down to 30 minute – 1 hour classes, as opposed to all day humdrum extravaganzas of whining that it’s too hard.

It just clicked for him.

We have been working on addition and subtraction so much in the last year.  But, all the hard work paid off.  Multiplication has been a breeze.

Some of the subjects we’ve been working on

  • Addition and subtraction of a number of different types of facts
  • Multiplication of 2’s, 3’s, 4’s, 5’s, 10’s and 100’s
  • Using a thermometer to measure temperature to the nearest 2 degrees
  • Telling time using an analog and digital clock
  • Tons of word problems of all types
  • Calendar
  • Fractions
  • Counting by 2’s, 4’s, 7’s and 10’s forward and backwards.
  • Odd and even numbers
  • Rounding numbers
  • Writing dates in numbers

Phonics and cursive
Hadyn is an ace at reading so we have gone down on the phonics lessons.   When we do them, they are so easy for him.  For cursive we’ve been doing a lot of copy work.  This week, we used the Thanksgiving Pack from A Better Way To Homeschool.  I created the printable cursive handwriting pages.
Doing copy work


Included in the pack were Thanksgiving Bible Versus.  So, we used those to practice his cursive writing.


We have been studying the Byzantine Empire.  I really love our history curriculum.  It’s very adaptable.  I have been focusing a lot on the question sheets.

I really think they help – in learning how to look things up, be patient, research, etc.  I feel there are some things that one can learn on their own, and there are others that require a bit of practice and patience.  He has become faster and more confident doing these worksheets.

I really love the curriculum for a number of reasons.

For this unit, we read…
Byzatine empire books



  • We have been working on Contractions (printable coming later – as this is a difficult concept right now)
  • Abbreviations for the days of the week and months of the year
  • Writing stories
  • Reading comprehension
  • Fill in the blanks
  • Writing complete sentences


Free Cursive Writing Printables – Thanksgiving Themed

I’m not going to do a lot of themed printables.  Actually, I’m not going to do a lot of printables with color.  I only did these ones because the graphics were so darn cute, and I couldn’t resist.  However, I am mindful that it is expensive to print in color – so I will not make colored often.

I have made two printables.


  1. Cursive first – Cursive Printable for the Itty Bitty’s – for the Preschooler or kindergartener that is learning cursive first.
  2. Cursive first – older kids – For the child that has been studying cursive for at least a year.  This has secular Thanksgiving Day sayings and poems for children.  This is meant for copy work.


What are your children learning in school?

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  1. Great printables! I love Ava’s turkeys. You are doing a ton of great stuff with your kids. They are so lucky to have you. Have a super weekend ahead.
    Cool Mom (Christine M.) Tech Support for Stanley & Katrina recently posted…NaNoWrimo Come Write In: Towne Book Center & CafeMy Profile

    • Thanks Christine.

      Eh. I’m not doing enough. Many times I think that I’m not doing enough. We really need to do more crafts – but I am just not a huge craft person.

      I’m thinking about trying a lapbook, but not sure if i want to go there. It seems like a ton of work.

      However, it certainly has been a good ride.

      Thanks so much for stopping by. You have been a true blessing to our family.
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  2. Oh, Lisa, know that WHATEVER you do, it is so much more than your kids would get through in public school at their ages. Trust me! 🙂 Your pictures remind me of what we did and well, you know how that turned out. You are doing GREAT! That being said, I get it, I never felt like I was doing enough, but you are – that is the beauty of homeschooling.
    Cool Mom (Christine M.) Tech Support for Stanley & Katrina recently posted…Co-Hosting the 28th Kid Lit Blog HopMy Profile

  3. I love reading your updates and Ava’s playground drawing is so sweet – what a fun way to learn math!!
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  4. Ava is quite the artist! I hope you don’t mind I shared these on my freebie page!

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