Friday, May 20, 2016

Continental vs. British Army Notebooking Pages

This is an excellent visual way for middle schoolers to record the advantages and disadvantages of both sides in the Revolutionary War.  This will lead to a great discussion as well on how the Continental Army actually pulled off an eventual win, as you can clearly see the British Army had a huge advantage.  The quarrel between England and France comes into play with this.

I hope you have gained some inspiration!


Friday, May 6, 2016

Gold Rush Notebooking Page

I used scrap construction paper to make this collage notebook page.  I think a change of colors could make this even more interesting, maybe purple for mountains, green for the treeline, etc.  My dd drew in the stick people.  She loves doing this, and she remembers a lot from history by placing them in the correct setting and giving them character by dressing them up appropriately and giving them beards, etc.

Regarding the information included, go ahead and use the books you are already reading to fill in the information and don't forget to label!  Get creative with your notebooking!


Friday, April 22, 2016

Wright Brothers Homemade Notebooking

Here is a homemade page to hopefully inspire you.  My girls seem to take more pride in their notebooking if they make it themselves, even if they have step-by-step directions.  The completed product will look different than my example, and that's the beauty of it!  I hope you like it!

If you would like a more complete unit, check out my Wright Brothers Notebooking Unit.


Friday, April 8, 2016

George Washington Homemade Notebooking

Here is the next in a series of homemade notebook inspiration.  At the bottom of the page, I shaded in the flag before the ink was dry, thus the smearing.  I've made a base page that includes the page with silhouettes of Washington and the other printable clips if you desire.  See link below for those.

I've been making up these pages myself as examples for a co-op class that we attend.  We have done some premade pages, and I just feel that these homemade ones stick more with the kids, as they become their own creation.

Stay tuned for more ideas!

George Washington base page for notebooking


Wednesday, March 23, 2016

Telegraph Notebook Page

Just wanted to share one of my latest creations.  It's a homemade page, so no printables available.  I googled Samuel Morse for his portrait and then Morse code for the dots and dashes alphabet, copied them to a Word document, then printed.

I will have the kids draw and decorate the rest themselves.  I pulled the most important information about the telegraph for the bite-sized pieces of information on this page.  See image below for how to do the telegraph key (the button).  Accordion fold a slip of scrap paper for the pushing action, cut out the key shape from an index card and tape into place.  I hope your kids enjoy!


Saturday, May 9, 2015

Eastern Hemisphere Cultural Geography Activities

This grid schedule is meant to supplement a geography and history study of the Eastern Hemisphere.  It includes websites, art and craft projects, recipes, and suggestions for notebooking for various countries.  I didn't include every single country in the selected area of the world, but more a general area-by-area focus.  There are a lot of ideas in this guide, so pick and choose at your convenience!

If you've used my schedules before, you may find this one lighter in a couple of different areas.  I haven't scheduled many printables.  As our family moves into middle school, we need to focus more on other things.  I also haven't included a lot (if any) reading suggestions either.  We use this schedule with Sonlight®, so we decidedly don't need anymore reading.  I thought I might have extra stuff to choose from just in case we didn't like the ones they suggest.  This schedule and author are not affiliated with Sonlight®.  Check out their reading list if you need some suggestions. 

Some of the recipes and activities are from two books.  The first is called Geography Through Art.  I didn't schedule all the activities in this book just because some of them were too young for my oldest daughter and some weren't from the Eastern Hemisphere.  The second book is by the same publisher (Geography Matters) and is called Eat Your Way Around the WorldThere are plenty of other recipes and activities to keep you busy without these, though.  You can take the titles of the recipes in this book and google for recipes as well.

I want to ask that if you share this schedule, please don't just send them the PDF.  Will you kindly direct them to this blog post?  This is my heart's work, and may not be sold by anyone but me.  Thank you for that!

Eastern Hemisphere Activities Grid Schedule


Saturday, April 25, 2015

A Day in the Life of a Home Educator

Share a day in the life of your family?  Sounds kinda boring, but maybe our schedule can help someone.  We have three girls, ages 12, 10, and 8 currently.  We are quite structured in our homeschool.

We start at 8:30, and I let the girls choose which subject they want to do first, which is usually math as they want to get done with it.  They work independently in math unless a snag comes up, which we deal with.  They bring their work to me on the spot and move onto their next subject while I check their work.  This way, I don't have mountains of work to correct at the end of the day, plus they get on-the-site critique of their work and fix it right away.

Math usually takes an hour, and if the older girls haven't finished, I have them stop (because there is only so much math a person can take in one sitting) and move onto grammar, which takes about 20 to 30 minutes to do.  While they are working independently, I work with my youngest on writing and phonics one-on-one.  Youngest then moves into handwriting by herself.  If she finishes, she can take a break and get a snack or whatever she likes.

By this time, one of my older girls is usually completely done with independent work (math, handwriting, and grammar).  I move onto spelling with one of them. Then the oldest girls do writing together.  Finally, we finish spelling with the last oldest.

Usually this takes us to about 11:00 a.m. to 12 noon. After eating lunch, we finish up with history and literature with Sonlight, which usually takes about a half hour to 45 minutes for older girls and 20-30 minutes for youngest.

That's how I weave our day together.  It has changed over the years of course.  I've purposely chosen several subjects that can be done as independently as possible, while choosing other programs that take more one-on-one time with subjects that need more practice.

Check out the links below for more tips and stories from other Sonlighters!

Sonlight Blog Party