*FREE* Cursive Alphabet Worksheets with Educents Heroes

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What a FUN way to practice cursive handwriting at home! Grab this FREE pack of Cursive Alphabet Worksheets with Educents Heroes! Print them in color OR save on ink and print them in black and white!

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15 Ways to Ask Your Kids “How Was Your Day?” Without Asking “How Was Your Day?

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If you ever ask your kids "How was school?" they usually just answer with OK or don't really share what happened that day. Check out these AWESOME ideas on how to engage your child in conversations about their day (and even find FIVE bonus questions for teens)!

How to Ask Kids How Was Your Day?

Every night at the dinner table we would ask our kids “How was school?”  We’d get the obligatory “Fine.” or “OK.” response.  It seemed that was all they would say.  Both my husband and I knew that we wanted to connect with the kids more and truly find out what they did that day and possibly open up ideas to have a great family conversation.

This last year, instead of asking them “How Was Your Day?”  we started asking different questions.  These are allowing us to not only find out what went on at school, but even get to learn a little more about our kids.  We’ve learned how much our oldest loves science and that our son really enjoyed making presentations on the computer.  Without opening up our family dialogue, I do not know if we would really know as much as we do now.

I know you are wondering, how in the world can my spouse (significant other) and I do this with our own kids.  Below you will find ten different ways to ask your kids about their day without actually asking the same rhetorical question to them.  Just be prepared for some great conversations! 😉

1.  What was the best thing about your day?  (You can follow up asking what was the worst)?

2. Who did you sit by today at lunch?  What did you talk about?

3. What did you learn today?

4. What did you do at recess?  Who did you play with?

5. Who would you like to get to know more?  Why?

6. If you were teaching the class, what would you do differently than your teacher does?

7. What was the funniest thing that happened (or something that made you smile)?

8. What subject is the easiest for you? Why?  (Can follow up with which is the most difficult)

9. Who is your best friend?  Why?

10.  Who is the funniest person in your class?  Why?

11.  Is there anyone in your class who you think could use a new friend?

12. What did you to to help someone today?  What did someone do to help you?

13. If you could teach any subject, what would it be?

14. What would you do if you had one day where you were the principal?

15. What do you think you need to work on more in school?

 

BONUS:

If you have a teenager, it can be even more difficult to talk to them.  Check out these five additional questions you might ask:

A.  If you could be invisible, which place in the school would you like to visit (can’t say restroom or locker rooms).  Why?

B.  Which class is the easiest?  The hardest?

C.  If you had to write a book about today, what would the title be?

D. If you had the ability to read thoughts, whose mind would you read?

E. What do you all do when in the halls between classes?  Where do you go after school?

 

I know there are more great questions you can ask your kids, so if you have ideas, please share them below!

Exclusive Freebie! Education Pack for Grades K – 2!!

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Educents is offering this exclusive FREE offer to all Penny Pinchin’ Mom readers! It’s a bundle of resources worth $78! Free printables for your K-2 students to engage your kiddos with fun activities! This is perfect for homeschoolers, or those looking to squeeze in some extra practice at home.

Thank you, Educents!

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All You Magazine Offer & Back To School Guide

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Right now you can get 11 issues of ALL YOU with a FREE Back-to-School Organizer Guide for only $14.96! All you have to do is use the code:SCHOOL at checkout!

If you didn’t know already, we absolutely LOVE All You magazine and highly recommend it to our readers. It’s filled with great coupons all the time, along with fabulous article and more. In fact, one issue has more than enough coupons to pay for the cost of your entire subscription!

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**FREE** Homeschool or Review Printables Perfect For K-2!

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Educents is offering this exclusive FREE offer to all Penny Pinchin’ Mom readers! It’s a bundle of resources worth $78! Free printables for your K-2 students to engage your kiddos with fun activities! This is perfect for homeschoolers, or those looking to squeeze in some extra practice at home.

Thank you, Educents!

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Free Personal and Homeschool Planner ($9.99 Value)!

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Wow!  This is an awesome freebie from Life of a Homeschool Mom!!  For the next two weeks, she is offering her Personal and Homeschool Planner to everyone for FREE!  This normally sells for $9.99!!!  You will have everything you need including:

  • monthly calendars
  • reading log
  • to do lists
  • field trip log
  • prayer lists
  • weekly homeschool planning forms
  • password log
  • grade records
  • bill log
  • cleaning schedules
  • ……. and more!!!

Hurry on over HERE to get yours!!

 

Free Minecraft Themed Worksheets!

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Free Minecraft Themed Worksheets

Here’s an awesome freebie for teachers and homeschooling parents!  Now through July 27th, you can get FREE Minecraft Themed Worksheets for your kids!  Nothing like a “little Steve” to get your kids motivated!

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Free How to Plan Your School Year Book (News Teachers)

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Here is an awesome freebie for all of our NEW teachers!!  Evan-Moor has a free gift for you — How to Plan Your School Year e-book!  You will add it to your cart and then use the code HOW15 at checkout.  The book is in download format and will be available immediately after purchased.

This book is filled with more than 300 pages of ideas and printables which will help you start your school year off on the right foot:

  • Ideas for classroom rules and routines
  • First-day-of-school activities
  • Bulletin board templates
  • Reproducible name tags and passes
  • Classroom organization tips
  • Forms for parent communication

**This book is for new teachers, who are in his or her first year of teaching grades PreK through 8th grade.

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2015 Tax Free Holiday Shopping Dates (By State)

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Check out this list, by state, of all of the 2015 Tax Free Holiday Shopping Weekends (includes a FREE interactive map)

2015 Tax Free Back to School Shopping Holiday / Weekend

One way that some states help families save money during back to school shopping is to offer sales tax holidays.  This helps families save on things they need  for their kids like supplies, clothes and even electronics.  By suspending the collection of state, county or local sales tax, it keeps more money in your pocket when you have to pick up the items your school needs for your child to bring with them on the first day of class.

Below, you will find a sales tax map. To find out if your state participates, simply place your mouse on it.  If the pointer shape changes then you are in luck!  Your state participates and you can click to go directly to that states’s details including included and excluded items as well as the dates when the sales tax holiday will be offered.

 

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You can also find a list of participating states below, along with some of the details you will need to know:

State
Dates
Details
State Links
AlabamaAugust 7 - August 9, 2015
  • Clothing under $100
  • School supplies under $50
  • Books under $30
  • Computers/computer equipment under $750
  • Alabama Sales Tax Holiday Details
    ArkansasAugust 1 - August 2, 2015
  • Clothing and footwear (priced at less than $100 per item)
  • Accessories (priced at less than $50 per item)
  • School supplies
  • Arkansas Sales Tax Holiday Details
    ConnecticutAugust 17 - August 23, 2014
  • Clothing under $300 per item
  • Shoes under $300 per item
  • Connecticuit Sales Tax Holiday Details
    FloridaAugust 7 - August 16, 2015
  • Clothing, footwear, wallets and bags ($100 or less)
  • School supplies ($15 or less)
  • Computers ($750 or less)
  • Florida Sales Tax Holiday Details
    GeorgiaJuly 31 - August 1, 2015
  • School Supplies, up to $20
  • Clothing, up to $100
  • Computers, up to $1000
  • Georgia Sales Tax Holiday
    IowaAugust 7 - August 8, 2015
  • Clothing under $100
  • Shoes under $100
  • Iowa Sales Tax Holiday Details
    LouisianaAugust 7 - August 8, 2015
  • Purchases under $2,500
  • Louisiana Sales Tax Holiday Details
    MarylandAugust 9 - August 15, 2015
  • Clothing priced at $100 or less
  • Footwear priced at $100 or less
  • Maryland Sales Tax Holiday Details
    MississippiJuly 31 - August 1, 2015
  • Clothing under $100
  • Shoes under $100
  • Mississippi Sales Tax Holiday Details
    MissouriAugust 7 - August 9, 2015
  • Clothing under $100
  • School supplies under $50
  • Computer software under $350
  • Computers/computer equipment under $3,500
  • Missouri Sales Tax Holiday DetailsåÊ
    New MexicoAugust 7 - August 9, 2015
  • Clothing up to $100
  • Computers up to $1,000
  • School supplies up to $30
  • New Mexico Sales Tax Holiday Details
    Ohio *NEW*August 7 - August 9, 2015
  • Clothing up to $75
  • Instructional Materials up to $20
  • School supplies up to $20
  • Ohio Sales Tax Holiday Details
    OklahomaAugust 7 - August 9, 2015
  • Clothing up to $100
  • Oklahoma Sales Tax Holiday Details
    South CarolinaAugust 7 - August 9, 2015
  • Clothing
  • School supplies
  • Computers
  • South Carolina Sales Tax Holiday Details
    TennesseeAugust 7 - August 9, 2015
  • Clothing up to $100
  • School supplies up to $100
  • Computers up to $1,500
  • Tennessee Sales Tax Holiday Details
    TexasAugust 7 - August 9, 2015
  • Clothing, backpacks and school supplies up to $100
  • Texas Sales Tax Holiday Details
    VirginiaAugust 7 - August 9, 2015
  • Clothing up to $100
  • School Supplies up to $20
  • Virginia Sales Tax Holiday Details

    *These states have not yet released details, but have participated in the past.  The dates listed are based upon the same weekend/week from the prior year, but have not yet been confirmed. Please check back with your state to find out more details.

    Free Back to School Photo Printables

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    It is about time for Back to School. I know one thing we do each and every year is snap a photo of our kids on the first and last day of the school year.  If you want to help capture the moment in style, you can have your kids hold one of these FREE printable Back to School signs!

    We’ve got one for each grade – Kindergarten through Sixth  – which you can download and print.  Just scroll through the list to find the page number you need and then print out just that one.  Then, you can keep this same file to use next year too!

    We also just added more (at reader requests).  This second batch includes the following:  Preschool, Transitional Kindergarten, Middle School and High School.  So feel free to download those instead if they meet your own situation.

    Here is a tip:  You do not even have to PRINT one out!  Just pull it up on your tablet and have your kids hold that – and you’ll get the beauty of the printable without the ink and paper!

     

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    Don’t forget about our Back to School Price Comparison Database — free for you to use to find all of the best deals on those much needed school supplies!