Monday, September 1, 2014

Picasso Rooster

Picasso's piece
Harmony Art Mom's Sketch Tuesday is inspiring and a reason to get to some fun art projects.  This week, she encouraged us to sketch Picasso's Rooster.  We had a great time.  We didn't use chalk pastels as she suggested, as DD11 wanted to try oil pastels.  They turned out really neat!

 I love the brilliantly deep colors Picasso used, as well as the messiness of it all.  The oil pastels achieved a deep color that is hard to duplicate with regular crayons or paints.  I hope you try this project out!  It was very enjoyable. 


Monday, August 18, 2014

Inspiration Corner: Human Body Notebooking

We enjoyed sketching human body systems in our freestyle notebooking

  • Cynce's Place shared another free lapbook.  This one covers the skeletal system

Image attribution:  Dover Publications
The free samples from Dover are priceless for your notebook.  As pictured above, click here to get your "What is Blood" printable

  • Jimmie, the queen of notebooking, shared what her family did with a human body lapbook

Image attribution:  Dover Publications
Another great human body printable from Dover, as seen in image above.  Color the urological system.

  • Label the parts of skin in this colorful printable.  There are also some fun hands-on activities to flesh out your studies. Pun not intended!

Image attribution:  Dover Publications

Print out this interesting bone sheet from Dover (see image above). 

  • How about a game for your human body study?  Here are free printables to create a nerve file folder game

Image attribution:  Crayola
Color the heart and label its parts at 

Image Attribution
Use this vivid printable to label the organs in your body!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Updated Early Elementary Ancient History Supplement

I have finally updated my outdated schedule that correlates with Sonlight Core B®.  This schedule and author are not affiliated with Sonlight® in any way.

One note, I didn't update my old Core B schedule, so this supplement schedule follows 2011 and before.  I'm still sharing, as the ideas are here, but they won't line up as nicely with the new Core B.  Hopefully it will still be helpful.

Early Elementary Ancient History supplement (Core B 2011 and before)


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ancient History Notebooking Pages for Early Elementary

I decided to create some pages for my 2nd grade daughter.  At first, you may think, "How do I use these with my young child?"  I keep it simple and to the point.  Each page has a sketch area and lines.  There are two sets to choose from, 3-lined and single lined.  I personally still use 3-lined with my 7-year-old.

After we read about the subject, I will ask her one thing she remembers about the reading.  I transcribe exactly as she says it for her to copy her own sentence onto the page.  That's it.  Easy peasy!  If she wants to say more and write more, that's great!

If she's easily completing this, I would move onto telling me 1 or 2 of the main ideas.  Hammurabi?  He was a king who made laws for his people to keep order, and they were carved into stone.

There are more pages here than you might care to complete.  What I do is print weekly or every two weeks.  Depending on what we've got going on, gauging my student's ability that week (which changes throughout the year), I only print what I think we'll get to.  Sometimes I don't do any notebooking in a week.

I hope these will help you in your ancient history studies.  We are doing Sonlight Core B® with our 2nd grader this year, and these follow that curriculum well, but they are versatile and can be used with any ancient history curriculum.  They can even be used for older grades.

Ancient History notebook pages     single lined

For those who want to use these with older kids, here is a Page 2 lined notebook page for more room to write.

Page 2 lined notebook page


Monday, July 28, 2014

Later American Painter Appreciation

For some reason, these pages were difficult for me to finish.  I usually only did 2 paintings in one sitting.  Maybe I was just getting tired of making pages, as I've been working for several months on the sets I've already released.

These are scheduled in my American History Part 2 Supplement Schedule, and all of the artists are American.  They are arranged in chronological order, so the paintings won't line up exactly as you go through your American history studies, but it will be close.

Art appreciation, check!

Later American Painter Appreciation


Thursday, July 24, 2014

American History Part 2 Supplement Schedule

I made this schedule to supplement Sonlight Core E®.  This schedule and this author are not affiliated with Sonlight® in any way.

As usual, there are tons of ideas here, and they will work with any American history curriculum.  We certainly don't use all the ideas in this schedule, but pick and choose.  Sometimes we're just not in the mood to do something, and we simply skip it!

I've scheduled a wrap-up of the state study started in last year's schedule.  The states were scheduled as they entered the union.  Since this schedule is from Civil War to present, any states which entered after 1850 are included in this schedule.

There is also a president study starting on week 21.  I am using a book called Smart About the Presidents to help me out.  We will simply read a short 2-page spread on each president, complete some lapbook components that I found for free on Homeschool Share, and I created some president flashcards to help us remember them all.  All the links are included in the schedule.

Other than that, we've got plenty of internet links (which sometimes go dead), activities found on the internet, time period recipes, activity books, a few extra books (which we don't always get to), and lots of notebooking.

I hope you find it helpful in fleshing out your history books this year!

American History Part 2 supplement schedule


Monday, July 21, 2014

Cold War/Communism Notebook Pages

Communism and capitalism are rather abstract concepts, but 4th through 7th graders can understand basics of both.  We focus mainly on events in this short set of pages, but do get into a little of communism versus capitalism.  I've provided some nice websites to look at that include videos for kids to help traverse this topic.

Check out my other American history printables in the sidebar.  I've got interactive pages with typically less writing and notebook pages that are all writing to summarize history readings.  I also created some supplemental grid schedules.  Although I made these to coordinate with Sonlight®, the grid schedules can be used as an idea base for any American history curriculum.

Cold War/Communism Notebook Pages