Free printable valentines, children's Valentine's Day crafts

Valentine's Day, celebrated Feb. 14, usually represents a party, candy and cards for children, So how about some free printable Valentine's Day coloring pages, cut and paste, games, lessons, puzzles and activities? Here are some websites to check out for free Valentine's Day printables. Use in school or homeschool. Tie in with your regular curriculum. Free printable valentines, children's Valentine's Day crafts

Free printable Black History Month worksheets, lesson plans, book activities - Grand Rapids Holidays |

 Martin Luther King Jr. Day is celebrated in the U.S. on the third Monday in January, Jan. 19 in 2015. Black History Month is observed in February, in the US. Schools usually offer special programming and lesson plans on issues and events that are significant to African Americans. Students explore biographies and contributions of famous black Americans. They read books written specifically about or by African Americans. Students of all backgrounds benefit from such activities. Here are free printable Black History Month worksheets and lesson plansBlack History Month printables, worksheets, lesson plans, book activities - Grand Rapids Holidays |

Free printable Bible Christmas puzzles, games, mazes, crafts, word searches - Grand Rapids Holidays |

Looking for free printable Bible Christmas lesson plans? Here are dozens of free printable Catholic and Christian Christmas activities. Focus on the real meaning of Christmas. Coloring pages, crafts, mazes, word search, puzzles and lesson plans are available to print free for families and non-profits. These activities make excellent holiday lesson plans. They're great to use at Advent to count down to Christmas. Use for homeschool, Sunday school, Catholic and Christian school, CCD and Catholic religious education. These Christmas activities come right from the Bible, which of course, incorporates the Joyful Mysteries of the rosary, too.  Free printable Bible Christmas puzzles, games, mazes, crafts, word searches

Free printable Chanukah crafts and Jewish activities

Hanukkah (spelled Chanukah in Yiddish) is the Jewish Festival of Light. It begins at sundown December 16, 2014. This eight-day feast fluctuates on the western Gregorian calendar. It always lands between late November to early December on the Gregorian calendar. On the Hebrew lunar calendar it's always the 25th of Kislev.

Hanukkah is not the Jewish Christmas. The two holidays share nothing except calendar proximity on the calendar. Hanukkah celebrates the Miracle of the Maccabees, when the temple lights did not burn out for eight days. The festival involves lighting the menorah, feasting, dreidel games and other activities.

Here are websites with free printable Jewish lesson plans, Chanukah activities and Hebrew historical info. They'll help Jewish kids express their faith and non-Jews learn more about Judaism.

Free printable Chanukah crafts and Jewish activities

Free printable voting and elections lesson plans

U.S. General Election Day is always the first Tuesday in November. This year, it's November 4, 2014, says Holiday Insights. Teachers and homeschool parents, looking for free printable election lesson plans? Read on.

I remember in 1972, our school was immersed in the Nixon-McGovern election. We staged debates and mock elections, explored voting booths and campaigned for our candidate. It was a great hands-on learning experience. 42 years later, we have technology and the internet to help us teach voting, elections and politics. Here are free lesson plans, puzzles, quizzes, games, writing prompts and coloring pages to explore.  Free printable voting and elections lesson plans for Election Day - Grand Rapids Holidays |

Free Social Studies Lesson Plans: Living History Wax Museum

I'm a history nerd. So it saddens me to hear people say they hate history. But I don't blame them. People usually dislike it because they weren't taught it properly. Their only contact was via boring textbooks, uninspiring paper and pencil lessons and rote memorization of facts. Nothing could be more antithesis to the way history should be learned.

History is about more than dead people long past. It's a medium for learning new ideas and processes. It's a vehicle for change. And the best way to learn is through immersion and student-directed, hands-on activities. When students should experience history through senses and actions, they begin to see the big picture. Here's a cross-curricular activity that teaches reading, writing, speaking, research, art and drama: a Living History Wax Museum.  Interactive Social Studies Lesson Plans: Living History Wax Museum

Free Printable Origami Paper Crafts - Bubblews

Origami is Japanese folded paper art and kirigami is the art of cutting paper to create stand up, pop up or 3D figures. Here are free printable origami and kirigami patterns and templates. Use these for homeschool social studies lessons exploring Japanese culture. Serve tea and almond cookies, listen to Japanese music and read books from Japan, like my favorite, Zen Shorts!   Free Printable Origami Paper Crafts 

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