Free Doctor Who and Minecraft Calendar / Planner Pages For Kids

Doctor Who Calendar Pages For Kids

We haven’t used a homeschool schedule in many years. It only took a short couple of years before I realized that planning was a hindrance to my son’s learning, so I stopped. The day we stopped planning was sort of a smack in my face. A big wallop to my Type A personality. My entire life has been full of meticulous schedules planned down to the minute detail. Spreadsheets and lists were my best friends. I let it all go for the sweetest 7 year old boy on the planet.

He has never liked being told what he can and cannot learn and he certainly doesn’t like being told he needs to do a certain amount of a certain subject on any given day. So instead of planning what he will be learning, I keep track of what he has learned. This may sound a little like unschooling, but my brain is still far too Type A to let it go that far.

My son knows the subjects that he is required to learn and he knows which resources are available to him. I am a curriculum and book junkie, so we have plenty of resources laying around. Beyond that, it is pretty much up to him how much he wants to do in a day. And I can honestly say that not one single day has gone by where I have had to make him do something. Because of his personality, this non-planning system of ours works brilliantly.

We use the following check sheet that lists all his subjects on the left. He’ll complete the subject and then tell me what he learned. I make brief notes about what was covered and it works like a charm.  Many of these subjects we do together, but at his age, more than half of his work is done independently.

Free Doctor Who Calendar Pages For Kids

I created both Doctor Who and Minecraft versions of our simple check sheet and monthly calendars. I am giving them away completely free…no sign up, subscribing, or following required. I know that a lot of non-homeschooling Doctor Who and Minecraft fans will see these on social media and will want to download them for use with other schooling and I don’t want to make those people subscribe to a homeschooling blog in order to do so.

Free Minecraft Calendar Pages For Kids

DOWNLOAD Doctor Who Calendar Pages For Kids
DOWNLOAD Minecraft Calendar Pages For Kids

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My Life This Week

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Yes, you. YOU are an adventure story. Your life, from beginning to end is one big adventure. Don’t ever get bogged down by the stress and boredom of a daily repetitive life. Remember to look for the beauty in simple every day details. Look at the world through the eyes of a child. Lead your adventure.

In one episode of Doctor Who, the Doctor says, “In 900 years of time and space, I’ve never met anyone who wasn’t important.”

Something I’ve made

Speaking of Doctor Who, my family and I made this last weekend….

Doctor Who TARDIS Cabinet: storage for sonic screwdrivers.
I copied this brilliant idea from Pinterest. We needed something special to hold all the sonic screwdrivers and other miscellaneous items from the show. It is a simple bathroom cabinet, with the mirror broken out. The sonic screwdrivers are held in place with elastic.

From around the web
  • Why I don’t worry about raising homeschooling ‘nerds’ (and you shouldn’t either) – what exactly is a nerd anyway? And who designated that nerds are not cool? My son is a total geek and I couldn’t be more proud. He loves learning anything and everything, he is peculiar – which makes life with him very fun and interesting. Who wants to be normal anyway?
  • The 10 Best Things You’re Not Doing for Your Homeschool – I told Pam that this is my absolutely favorite blog post ever written in the history of blogs. This is a list of the things that will improve the quality of education in our homes….from reading aloud to your kids (my son is 12 and I still read to him every day) to becoming a life long learner yourself (I have been reading this book and I highly recommend it.) She even included a free checklist to download.
  • 25 Random Acts of Kindness for Your Husband – I love my husband. With all my heart. It makes me warm and fuzzy all over to read posts that encourage wives to be kind to their husbands. My favorite is the last one – ask him how you can pray for him.
  • Economics in the Homeschool – as Cindy says, it is very sad that economics is barely touched upon in schools. Most homeschoolers do not even touch this much needed subject. Also, take a moment to read about my two favorite resources for teaching economics.
On my blog, in case you missed it
In our homeschool

Classic Starts book series for kids

We have the entire collection of abridged classic stories for kids. We are now reading the last book in our collection – The Secret Garden. How we choose the books varies. Sometimes he picks, sometimes I pick, sometimes pick a number, sometimes we close our eyes and point. The Secret Garden just ended up being the last. I highly recommend this series of books for young kids. They provide a gentle start to classic literature and through reading them, your kids will learn the general story, so reading the originals will be easier when they are older.

We are now into the study of the Vikings. This marks the end of the outline that I shared with you in Teaching British-European History.  We spent quite a lot of time on Alfred the Great, since he is after all our ancestor. What an admirable man to be descended from! We will soon be on to the high middle ages – full of knights, the Crusades, and castles – which I am sure will bring lots of engineering studies. I will be sure to share my history book and timeline outline with you when it is complete.

Linking up with my friends Kris and Mary.

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What I’ve Written That I Happen to Love (and hope you will too)

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A couple of weeks ago, I joined in with my network of bloggers to share our top ten most popular posts as determined by our stats and numbers of visitors. Today’s post is all about MY favorite posts on my blog from 2014.

You’ll probably see a theme here. If you don’t already know me, this collection is a deep glimpse into my psyche. These are in no particular order…

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Science for Under $10

Science for Under $10

We all know reading is important. Quality books are especially important. What better way to get your child interested in reading than to give him something interesting to read. That may be books about baseball, or Minecraft, or the World Wars. Or the books listed in this post – books about science. This is not a compilation of science curriculum or science textbooks, these are unique, fascinating, suck-you-in, science books. I own and can vouch for every book on this list.

I am a book junkie. I am not ashamed to admit that I literally cannot stop buying books. I kind of have to, with the voracious reader I am raising. Fortunately, I am married to a man who encourages my habit.

I hope these suggestions will be helpful to many of you, especially because nothing is over $9.99. You could actually buy every book in the descriptions below for a total $86. 

Science for Under $10

65 scienceOne Minute Mysteries: 65 Short Mysteries You Solve With Science!

$8.34 Kindle or $8.78 paperback

Not an ordinary mystery book, One Minute Mysteries makes science fun! Each one-minute mystery (solutions included) exercises critical thinking skills while covering earth, space, life, physical, chemical, and general science. A bonus section includes five mysteries from our upcoming title in the series, One Minute Mysteries: Solve ‘em with Math! This entertaining and educational book is great for kids, grown-ups, schools, educators, homeschoolers and anyone who loves good mysteries, good science, or both!

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Archimedes and the Door of Science

$4.95 Kindle

Jeanne Bendick, through text and pictures, admirably succeeds in bringing to life the ancient Greek mathematician who enriched mathematics and all branches of science. Against the backdrop of Archimedes’ life and culture, the author discusses the man’s work, his discoveries and the knowledge later based upon it. The simple, often humorous, illustrations and diagrams greatly enhance the text.

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mysteryMystery of the Periodic Table

$4.95 Kindle

Leads the reader on a delightful and absorbing journey through the ages, on the trail of the elements of the Periodic Table as we know them today. He introduces the young reader to people like Von Helmont, Boyle, Stahl, Priestly, Cavendish, Lavoisier, and many others, all incredibly diverse in personality and approach, who have laid the groundwork for a search that is still unfolding to this day. The first part of Wiker’s witty and solidly instructive presentation is most suitable to middle school age, while the later chapters are designed for ages 12-13 and up, with a final chapter somewhat more advanced.

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basher4Basher Science

$8.89 paperback

The Basher Science series are little books that teach big science concepts in ingenious ways. Simon Basher’s hip, kicky style and colorful characters make science learning fun and fundamental ideas easy to remember. Using his trademark personality-based approach, Basher illustrates each basic with its own character, who explains exactly what makes them tick and how they are used.

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dictionaryScience Dictionary for Kids

$9.99 Kindle

Packed with more than 350 illustrated science definitions that every child must know…this is the ultimate science homework helper!

Science Dictionary for Kids provides hundreds of science terms with kid-friendly definitions and illustrations, perfect for any teacher of science or parent helping a child with science homework. From the basic science equipment, to the physical sciences, to Earth science, kids can flip to one of eight science categories to find the definitions they need.

The perfect reference for kids and their parents and teachers, the easy-to-follow definitions in this guide will help with any science assignment, project, or experiment. Most definitions include an illustrated version to increase comprehension.

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science bookThe Science Book (Big Ideas Simply Explained)

$9.99 Kindle

The Science Book is an inventive visual take on astronomy, biology, chemistry, geology, and physics. With eye-catching artwork, step-by-step diagrams, and illustrations that break down complicated ideas into manageable concepts, The Science Book will have readers conversant in genetic engineering, black holes, and global warming in no time. Along the way are found mini-biographies of the most well-known scientists, and a glossary of helpful scientific terms.

For students, and students of the world, there is no better way to explore the fascinating, strange, and mysterious world of science than in The Science Book.

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GalenGalen and the Gateway to Medicine (Living History Library)

$4.95 Kindle

We know about Hippocrates, the Father of Medicine. But we owe nearly as much to Galen, a physician born in 129 A.D. at the height of the Roman Empire. Galen’s acute diagnoses of patients, botanical wisdom, and studies of physiology were recorded in numerous books, handed down through the Middle Ages and Renaissance. Not least, Galen passed on the medical tradition of respect for life. In this fascinating biography for young people, Jeanne Bendick brings Galen’s Roman world to life with the clarity, humor, and outstanding content we enjoyed in Archimedes and the Door to Science. An excellent addition to the home, school and to libraries.

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championsChampions of Science

$2.99 Kindle or $5.99 paperback

The great minds of the past are still with us today, in many ways. Individuals who explored the natural world hundreds and thousands of years ago have given us a treasure of knowledge in all the sciences.  Chuckle at the story of Archimedes doing his best thinking in the bathtub! Read how religious persecution gave Kepler his greatest opportunities to study astronomy. These valuable learning guides will give students accurate accounts of lives from the annals of science, and explain what those scientists believed about the world around them.

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world ofExploring the World of…

$9.99 Kindle

The Exploring the World of… series of books on physics, biology, chemistry, and astronomy bring science to life and are a wonderful learning tool with many illustrations, biographical information, chapter tests, and an index for easy referencing. The author writes from a biblical perspective and has won numerous awards for his books on science and medicine for young people.

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menMen of Science, Men of God

$5.99 Kindle or $8.99 paperback

One of the most serious fallacies today is the belief that genuine scientists cannot believe the Bible.

THE TRUTH IS that many of the major scientific contributions were made by scientists who were dedicated men of God. In Men of Science, Men of God, Dr. Henry Morris presents 101 biographies which include Christian testimonies of scientists who believed in the Bible and in a personal Creator God … scientists who were pioneers and “founding fathers” of modern scientific disciplines.

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starsStars and Their Purpose

$2.99 Kindle

Did you know that there are 200 billion stars in our galaxy alone? And that according to current data, there are at least 100 million galaxies in existence? The sheer number of stars in the universe attests to the awesomeness of God’s creation. The purpose and features of stars are discussed in this exciting and fascinating book by Dr. Werner Gitt. Learn about topics such as: How are stars different from each other? How big is the universe? Why did God create the stars? Surprising facts about the sun and moon. How and when do solar eclipses happen?

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happenIt Couldn’t Just Happen: Knowing the Truth About God’s Awesome Creation

$8.89 Kindle

This Gold Medallion Book Award winner is a perfect tool that offers solid, biblical answers to some of the tough questions kids ask about evolution and our world. Did Earth begin with a ‘Big Bang’ cosmic explosion? Does science contradict the Bible? What happened to dinosaurs? Is there life on other planets? Did we evolve from apes? What makes my body work on its own? Kids are daily exposed to the theory of evolution by the media and public schools. It’s not safe to assume that your kids will reject that theory. It’s up to us as parents and Christian leaders to make sure our children know the truth about the creation of the world. With thousands of evidences to prove He created and sustains the universe, It Couldn’t Just Happen will fascinate kids with fun activities and examples of God’s marvelous works.

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hgwellsFive Great Science Fiction Novels from HG Wells

$2.99 Kindle

Here are unabridged editions of the five most popular science-fiction novels of H. G. Wells: The First Men in the Moon, The Invisible Man, The Time Machine, The Island of Dr. Moreau, and The War of the Worlds. Five remarkably prescient works by the “father” of modern science fiction include The First Men in the Moon, a 1901 novel about lunar life; The Invisible Man, the story of a scientist whose experiments take a terrifying turn; The Time Machine, a journey into the future; The Island of Dr. Moreau, the exploits of a mad surgeon; and The War of the Worlds, a grippingly realistic tale of hostile invaders from Mars.

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Doctor Who Bathroom

Doctor Who bathroom with glow-in-the-dark TARDIS "round things" and DIY towels.

I am convinced that we have the coolest bathroom on the planet! This is my son’s bathroom, which used to be dark green with a jungle-theme border and shower curtain. It was very nice and not baby-ish at all, and he never complained about it, but one day I was looking at the shower curtain and thought to myself, “within a couple of years, he WILL start to hate this bathroom.”

Of course, when I asked him what theme he would like, his answer was Doctor Who.

We needed 3 coats of white paint to covered the original dark green. Ugh.

The “round things” on the wall are the “round things” from the inside of the TARDIS. What are the “round things”? I have no idea, but the Doctor doesn’t even know what they are. See below.

 

Our round things are made of foam and painted with glow-in-the-dark paint. Yes, the round things GLOW IN THE DARK!!! Because the foam is so lightweight, we were able to stick them to the wall with 3M mounting tape.

We purchased the TARDIS shower curtain from Think Geek for $30, but you can sometimes find them on Amazon for less.

Doctor Who Towels

I made these towels myself using my Silhouette Cameo and plain white and black heat transfer vinyl. These towels are just decorative towels and are not meant to be used. While heat transfer material ironed onto t-shirts holds up really well in the washing machine, I honestly cannot say how well it holds up on terry-cloth fabric. I am too afraid to wash them.

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Creative Vacation Announcement

DIY Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter invitation for kids

We have never been a big vacation family, mostly because of my former fear of flying. Driving long distances stinks, so every time we attempted to plan a fun vacation, we ended up changing our minds. All because silly little me used to be afraid to fly.

A couple of weeks after I took my first plane ride and realized it was no big deal, a Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter documentary came on TV. Our son’s eyes were glued to the TV and my husband and I looked at each other with that silent knowing look that only spouses can do. Let’s go, his eyes said to mine. And let’s fly, my eyes said back to him.

Hotels and vacation packages were researched and then eagerly purchased. Next came the fun part. Telling our son that we were giving him a dream-come-true birthday present.

I thought of the silliest way to tell him!

I snuck outside and placed the above package on the door step. A few minutes later I said, “Did you hear that? Probably UPS leaving a box. Can you get it?” He thought it was silly at first and shook his head at me like it is so ridiculous that I am trying to tick a 12-year-old into thinking owls really deliver mail. But seeing his face when he dumped out the contents and realized what it all meant was priceless.

DIY Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter invitation for kids

The perfect Harry Potter invitation:

The inside…

  • Plane tickets (not the real ones, but simple ones showing the date and destination)
  • Tickets to Universal Studios (again, fake ones)
  • A fake Universal gift card with an amount that made him grin ear-to-ear
  • 3 small chocolate bars with labels that read “In case of Dementor attack”
  • Park maps
  • Photos of the hotel and a list of special perks for staying at an on-site hotel
  • Menus for the Harry Potter restaurants

The outside…

  • The box template is found here. This type of box is called a pillow box.
  • The owl post label was found here. I just added our address below the owl. It is blurred out in the picture above.
  • The owl post stamp was found here. If you do not like these images, a quick search on Pinterest turns up more. That is how I found these two.
  • Twine – found in my garage :)
  • Clip-on owl – found at Hobby Lobby in the Christmas ornament section.

 

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