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Homeschooled Kids Newsletter
January 2013






January 1, 2013


Party Ideas


Bible Study-New You

Printable Activities

New Year's Main Entry




"Winter Printable Packet"

Over 50 Pages of Printable Crafts, Activites, Ideas & More!

Our "All About Winter" printable packet is filled with winter resources.
Learn All About Hibernation - Where do animals sleep in the winter?
Hibernation Printable Activity with templates
The "Letter W" printable activities
Winter vocabulary words with printable flash cards
Printable Bible verse memory cards
Winter word search, crossword puzzle, maze, coloring sheets
Temperature study with printable weather journal
Winter matching printable activity
Winter writing prompts
Snow day recipe fun
& MORE!!!





New Year's Day is the first day of the calendar year.


As January 1st approaches, many people enjoy remembering the main events of the passing year. Celebrations mark the occasion around the world and often feature fireworks at midnight on New Year's Eve.


New Year's Day was originally celebrated on March 15th in the old Roman Calendar. In the year 153 BC, the date was fixed at January 1st.


In the United States, the old year is represented by "Father Time" and the ushering in of the new year is accomplished by "Baby New Year."




"National Popcorn Day" is January 19th

Celebrate with Homeschooled Kids Online!

Our "National Popcorn Day" celebration is online now!

Printable Activities

Popcorn Word Search, Coloring Pages, Reading Suggestions & More!



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For Kids


Winter is Here!













January is the first month of the year in the Julian and Gregorian calendars, and one of seven Gregorian months with the length of 31 days.


January begins (astrologically) with the sun in the sign of Capricorn and ends in the sign of Aquarius. Astronomically speaking, the sun begins in the constellation of Sagittarius and ends in the constellation of Capricornus.


January is named for Janus (Ianuarius), the god of the doorway; the name has its beginnings in Roman mythology, where the Latin word for door (ianua) comes from - January is the door to the year. (






Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening
Whose woods these are I think I know,
His house is in the village though.
He will not see me stopping here,
To watch his woods fill up with snow.
My little horse must think it queer,
To stop without a farmhouse near,
Between the woods and frozen lake,
The darkest evening of the year.
He gives his harness bells a shake,
To ask if there is some mistake.
The only other sound's the sweep,
Of easy wind and downy flake.
The woods are lovely, dark and deep,
But I have promises to keep,
And miles to go before I sleep,
And miles to go before I sleep.
-- Robert Frost



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J is for J A N U A R Y


J is for Jesus and the new life he offers all those who believe in Him.

A is for A new beginning J

N is for the New Year 2013 and all the great adventures that lie ahead.

U is for the ubiquitous snowfall in the winter months.

A is for the Antarctica.

R is for New Year's resolutions.

Y is for the new YOU!









Cold Weather Cuisine



When the weather outside is frightful

Cook up Something Delightful ;-)


Here are a few recipes guaranteed to warm up those cold winter's evenings ahead!

These recipes require the help of your Mom or Dad.








         2 lbs. ground beef

         2 cans chopped tomatoes

         4 16-oz. cans red beans (undrained)

         1 12-oz. can tomato sauce

         1/2 cup chopped onions

         3 tbsp. chili powder

         1/2 tsp. salt

         1 bay leaf

         1/4 cup green pepper, chopped (optional)


In a large skillet brown ground beef. Combine beef with remaining ingredients in a large pot and simmer 4 to 5 hours.



















Chicken Noodle Soup

         1 tablespoon butter

         1/2 cup chopped onion

         1/2 cup chopped celery

         4 (14.5 ounce) cans chicken broth

         1 (14.5 ounce) can vegetable broth

         1/2 pound chopped cooked chicken breast

         1 1/2 cups egg noodles

         1 cup sliced carrots

         1/2 teaspoon dried basil

         1/2 teaspoon dried oregano

         salt and pepper to taste


In a large pot over medium heat, melt butter. Cook onion and celery in butter until just tender, 5 minutes. Pour in chicken and vegetable broths and stir in chicken, noodles, carrots, basil, oregano, salt and pepper. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 20 minutes before serving.









Raspberry Apple Cider

         2 quarts (2 L) sweet apple cider

         1 can (12-oz/355-mL) frozen raspberry cocktail concentrate, thawed

         1 or 2 whole cinnamon sticks, broken in half

         2 cups (500 mL) frozen raspberries



In a saucepan, stir together apple cider, raspberry cocktail concentrate and cinnamon sticks. Bring to a boil over medium heat, then lower the heat to low and let simmer for about 10 minutes. Stir in raspberries and serve directly from the saucepan or transfer to a Crock-Pot to keep warm.

















Warm Winter Apple Crisp

         6 apple - peeled, cored and sliced

         1 cup water

         1 (18.25 ounce) package white cake mix

         1 cup packed brown sugar

         1 teaspoon ground cinnamon


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.

Arrange apples in an even layer in bottom of baking dish. Pour water over apples.

In a medium bowl mix together cake mix, brown sugar, and cinnamon. Stir in melted butter or margarine until ingredients are thoroughly blended; mixture will be crumbly. Sprinkle mixture over apples.

Bake in preheated oven for 50 to 55 minutes.








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Q. What do snowmen eat for breakfast?


A. Frosted flakes


Q. Why do birds fly south for the winter?

A. It's easier than walking!


Q. Why don't mountains get cold in the winter?

A. They wear snow caps.







2 Corinthians 5:17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come!


Did you make a New Year's resolution this year? Do you know the meaning of the word, "resolution"


The word resolution means "a firm decision to do something".


It is a custom that on New Year's Day to make a resolution. January is the beginning of the new year and a good time for a fresh start.


A good New Year's resolution is one that is simple and easy to remember. Does your resolution honor God? Does it help you to become a better Christian and a better person?


Why not make a resolution to LOVE more in 2013. Love God more! Love your family more. Love your friends and neighbors more.


What does the Bible say about LOVE?


Deuteronomy 6:55 Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.


1 Corinthians 13 4Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. 5It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. 6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.


Mark 12:31 31The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'[a]There is no commandment greater than these."


If we LOVE more we will become better Christians and people!




Read the Bible in one year!













CrAfTy KiDz





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Pinecone Birdfeeder


Pine cone

Paper plate

Butter knife

Smooth peanut butter


Ribbon or yarn



Using a butter knife or a plastic knife, spread peanut butter all over the pine bone, both inside and outside.

Sprinkle birdseed over the pine cone.

Put more birdseed on a paper plate and roll the pine cone in the seed.

Cut a long length of ribbon.

Tie the ribbon in a knot around the pine cone, somewhere close to the top.

Tie a knot in the end.

Hang in a tree and watch the birds enjoy their winter's feast!








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Snow Angel





Bobbling Penguins




Milk Carton Bird Feeder







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What do you need?


Babyfood jar



Tiny plastic toys

Glue gun


Take the lid of the jar and trace it onto a piece of felt. Paint the lid to match the felt. When the lid is dry, add the toys to the lid using a glue gun. Stick the felt to the outside of the lid as a furniture protector.


For an added touch, you can paint over the glue with white enamel paint.


Fill the jar with water, add silver glitter and you will have your very own snow globe!













Penguins Love January

All about penguins


Penguins (order Sphenisciformes, family Spheniscidae) are a group of aquatic, flightless birds living almost exclusively in the Southern Hemisphere.


The number of penguin species is debated. Depending on which authority is followed, penguin biodiversity varies between 17 and 20 living species, all in the subfamily Spheniscinae. Some sources consider the White-flippered Penguin a separate Eudyptula species, while others treat it as a subspecies of the Little Penguin (e.g. Williams, 1995; Davis & Renner, 2003); the actual situation seems to be more complicated (Banks et al. 2002). Similarly, it is still unclear whether the Royal Penguin is merely a color morph of the Macaroni penguin. Also eligible to be a separate species is the Northern population of Rockhopper penguins (Davis & Renner, 2003). Although all penguin species are native to the southern hemisphere, they are not, contrary to popular belief, found only in cold climates, such as Antarctica. In fact, only a few species of penguin actually live so far south. At least ten[verification needed] species live in the temperate zone; one lives as far north as the Galapagos Islands: the Galapagos Penguin.


The largest living species is the Emperor Penguin (Aptenodytes forsteri): adults average about 1.1 m (3 ft 7 in) tall and weigh 35 kg (75 lb) or more. The smallest penguin species is the Little Blue Penguin (also known as the Fairy Penguin), which stands around 40 cm tall (16 in) and weighs 1 kg (2.2 lb). Among extant penguins larger penguins inhabit colder regions, while smaller penguins are generally found in temperate or even tropical climates (see also Bergmann's Rule). Some prehistoric species attained enormous sizes, becoming as tall or as heavy as an adult human (see below for more). These were not restricted to Antarctic regions; on the contrary, subantarctic regions harboured high diversity, and at least one giant penguin occurred in a region not quite 2000 km south of the Equator 35 mya, in a climate decidedy warmer than today.


Most penguins feed on krill, fish, squid, and other forms of sealife caught while swimming underwater. They spend half of their life on land and half in the oceans.


Penguins seem to have no special fear of humans and have approached groups of explorers without hesitation. This is probably on account of there being no land predators in Antarctica or the nearby offshore islands that prey on or attack penguins. Instead, penguins are at risk at sea from predators such as the leopard seal. Typically, penguins do not approach closer than about 3 meters (9 feet); they become nervous at about that distance. This is also the distance that Antarctic tourists are told to keep from penguins (tourists are not supposed to approach closer than 3 meters, but are not expected to withdraw if the penguins come closer). (









Penguin Word Search


         Penguin Craft With Template

         Penguins Around The World

         Club Penguin

         Learn About Emperor Penguins

         Penguin E-Card

         Emperor Coloring Book





















         Penguin Planet

         Sea World Penguins

         Make A Penguin Mask

         Label The Emperor Penguin

         Penguin Fun and Games

         Printable Penguins Coloring Pages

         Virtual Antarctica Penguins








Order "March of the Penguins" today on DVD!


In the harshest place on Earth, love finds a way


A look at the annual journey of Emperor penguins as they march -- single file -- to their traditional breeding ground.

Each winter, alone in the pitiless ice deserts of Antarctica, deep in the most inhospitable terrain on Earth, a truly remarkable journey takes place as it has done for millennia. Emperor penguins in their thousands abandon the deep blue security of their ocean home and clamber onto the frozen ice to begin their long journey into a region so bleak, so extreme, it supports no other wildlife at this time of year. In single file, the penguins march blinded by blizzards, buffeted by gale force winds. Guided by instinct, by the otherworldly radiance of the Southern Cross, they head unerringly for their traditional breeding ground where--after a ritual courtship of intricate dances and delicate maneuvering, accompanied by a cacophony of ecstatic song--they will pair off into monogamous couples and mate. The females remain long enough only to lay a single egg. Once this is accomplished, exhausted by weeks without nourishment, they begin their return journey across the ice-field to the fish-filled seas. The male emperors are left behind to guard and hatch the precious eggs, which they cradle at all times on top of their feet. After two long months during which the males eat nothing, the eggs begin to hatch. Once they have emerged into their ghostly white new world, the chicks can not survive for long on their fathers' limited food reserves. If their mothers are late returning from the ocean with food, the newly-hatched young will die. Once the families are reunited, the roles reverse, the mothers remaining with their new young while their mates head, exhausted and starved, for the sea, and food. While the adults fish, the chicks face the ever-present threat of attack by prowling giant petrels. As the weather grows warmer and the ice floes finally begin to crack and melt, the adults will repeat their arduous journey countless times, marching many hundreds of miles over some of the most treacherous territory on Earth, until the chicks are ready to take their first faltering dive into the deep blue waters of the Antarctic.









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An adaptation of the traditional tale of Cinderella with penguins rather than humans as characters.



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Just as in the story that Grand Nanny Penguin is telling, Little Penguin slides down hills, dances with wild, silly, goony birds, and almost gets eaten by a whale. The deep greens, bright yellows, and glacial blues depict a northern world of fun and frolic that is warm and appealing.




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Pete is the smallest penguin in his colony, and he is eager to grow up quickly so that he can swim in the sea. This story tells about his small adven tures, including his efforts to walk gracefully, his friendship with a bird who tries to teach him to fly, and finally his first day swimming.




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None of the penguins can tolerate Tacky's loud habits--until they scare off a pack of hunters. PW declared that "this book is must reading for any kid--or grown-up--who refuses to follow the pack.





Happy Feet On DVD


This is the story of a little penguin named Mumble who has a terrible singing voice and later discovers he has no Heartsong. However, Mumble has an astute talent for something that none of the penguins had ever seen before: tap dancing. Though Mumble's mom, Norma Jean, thinks this little habit is cute, his dad, Memphis, says it "just ain't penguin." Besides, they both know that, without a Heartsong, Mumble may never find true love. As fate would have it, his one friend, Gloria, happens to be the best singer around. Mumble and Gloria have a connection from the moment they hatch, but she struggles with his strange "hippity- hoppity" ways. Mumble is just too different--especially for Noah the Elder, the stern leader of Emperor Land, who ultimately casts him out of the community. Away from home for the first time, Mumble meets a posse of decidedly un-Emperor-like penguins--the Adelie Amigos. Led by Ramon, the Adelies instantly embrace Mumble's cool dance moves and invite him to party with them. In Adelie Land, Mumble seeks the counsel of Lovelace the Guru, a crazy-feathered Rockhopper penguin who will answer any of life's questions for the price of a pebble. Together with Lovelace and the Amigos, Mumble sets out across vast landscapes and, after some epic encounters, proves that by being true to yourself, you can make all the difference in the world.








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Staying Healthy During The Winter Months


January is not only the beginning of the calendar year but it also kicks off the cold and flu season which is not too fun L There are many things you can do to help keep yourself healthy in the coming months.


The #1 thing you can do to stay healthy is to WASH YOUR HANDS!!!!! This simple measure is one of the easiest and most effective ways to stay well this winter. It is also a good idea to carry hand sanitizer with you.


The 2nd most important thing you can do to maintain good health is EXERCISE! Try to get at least 30 minutes of exercise every day.


The 3rd most important thing you can do to stay well is to eat healthy! Try to eat a well balanced diet including lots of fruits and vegetables. Make an effort to cut out sugar and fat and your immune system will thank you ;-)


The 4th important thing you can do to be healthy is to get a good night's sleep. Try to get to bed early and get at least 8 to 9 hours sleep every single night.


The 5th important thing you can do is to drink LOTS of water. It is recommended that you drink 8 8(0z) glasses of water every day.


The 6th important thing you can do to avoid illness is to dress properly for the weather. Bundle up and keep your toes covered when the winter chill hits.


The last tip we have for you to stay well this winter is to be extra careful when using public restrooms. ALWAYS wash your hands after visiting the boys/girls rooms when in public.












Online Fun & Games

Winter Weather Scavenger Hunt

Snowball Fight

Halfpipe Hero

Havoc Mountain

Winter Match Game

Penguin Push

Winter Slide Puzzle

Snowman Skiing



















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