Thursday, April 17, 2014

Notebooking Inspiration

Every time the girls and I put pages in their notebooks, I snap a few photos to share.  These ideas are mainly the girls' completed pages that I have made plus some components I've found around the Internet.

Iroquois lapbook

American History part 1 notebook pages

American Revolution lapbook

Colonial Apothecary Drawer flap pages


Sunday, April 13, 2014

Statue of Liberty Poetry Copywork

There is a lovely poem called "The New Colossus" by Emma Lazarus.  The poem is a bit long for copywork, so I chose the most poignant part, in my opinion anyway!

For some reason, the time in history we are nearing is very moving for me, and I often have tears in my eyes.  Wait until we start reading the time-period novels!  I may need tissues with every book.

My family on my father's side came over from Germany in the late 1800s, and I recently acquired an old photo of my great grandparents, which I had framed and is sitting proudly in my room.  I think of them and the hardships they endured to get here.  I don't know anything about my mother's side except that they are Irish.  I wish I knew more, but they were a closed-up bunch.


Statue of Liberty poem copywork


Sunday, April 6, 2014

President Flashcards

I couldn't find president flashcards that I liked, so I created some for my kids.

They are very simple and to the point.  There is no extra color other than the portraits themselves.  The names are not on the cards, but on a separate list.  The number of each president is below their portrait.

There are a number of different ways to use them.  Maybe you only want your children to know a select few?  Or perhaps you want them to learn all of them, but don't care if they recognize their photo and just want the kids to learn them in order?  You could have them work on identifying them by their portrait as well.  Any other ideas on how to study the presidents?

We're using these cards with a book called Smart About the Presidents by Jon Buller.  It seems engaging for children in an otherwise dry study of the presidents of the US.

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President Flashcards


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Monday, March 24, 2014

In Flanders Fields Copywork and WW1 Propaganda Discussion Notebook Pages

My next freebie is copywork for the poem, In Flanders Fields by John McCrae, written in 1915.  It is a moving piece, and the poppy is a universal symbol of not forgetting the millions of men lost in World War 1.

Take some time to really ponder the words of this poem and let them sink in.  I am thankful to not be involved personally in this war.

As always, I just like to get on to the good stuff and skip all the words.

In Flanders Fields copywork page

WW1 Political Cartoons and Propaganda discussion pages


Thursday, March 6, 2014

Freebies Coming Soon!

It's that time of year for our family!  I'm starting to play around with new printables, new grid schedules, and comprehensive notebook pages for our history studies, which coming up next for us is American history from the Civil War to the present.  I try to find free resources from the Internet, and when I want to cover something extra and can't find anything, I'll make something up for our girls.  Then I share!

These are the things that are on the back burner now.  They've all been started, just in the throwing around phase of creation.  I hope to have them all done by July.  June is a major month for me to make my printables for our family.  Otherwise, we are still schooling now.  :)

Interactive pages just mean 3D components added to regular notebook pages.  Basically it's a mix of lapbook components and notebook pages.  My comprehensive notebook page packs usually don't have many 3D components, but require mostly summary writing from your history books.

I've already started sharing.  I've shared some George Washington Carver quote copywork pages.  Check them out!

Look for these in the next several months. Most are not ready yet.  If it is marked out, I've finished it.  Check it out in American History freebies in the right hand column at the top.

  • Wright Brothers interactive notebooking pages.
  • Simple Statue of Liberty poetry copywork. 
  • World War 1 interactive printables, including pages for In Flanders Fields copywork, Political Propaganda Cartoon discussion, Trench Warfare Hardship, and On the Homefront.
  • World War 2 interactive printables to include pages on Japanese Internment Camps, Victory Gardens, and Propaganda Posters.
  • Civil Rights interactive pages from everything to the Jim Crow Laws and Rosa Parks to Martin Luther King, Jr. and Make-Your-Own Civil Rights poster.
  • Cold War/Communism interactive pages.  There is a lot of interesting information to present here including comparing/contrasting communism and democracy, mapping, weapons, The Berlin Wall, Causes of the Cold War, leaders, Vietnam War, Korea.  This has the potential to be stuffed full.
  • President flashcards.  I couldn't find any I liked, so I whipped these up.
  • Supplemental Grid Schedule to correlate with Sonlight Core E®.  I have no affiliation with Sonlight.
  • Notebooking pages to correlate with Sonlight Core E®.  I have no affiliation with Sonlight.
  • An update to my old Sonlight Core B® supplemental grid schedule and maybe some new notebook pages, although I have quite a few already.  Still no affiliation to Sonlight.

It looks like I'll be busy for many months!  Also, please let me know if you have any ideas for pages, but you don't really want to make them.  I'm always open to ideas.  Making these pages is a labor of love to my family, and I really enjoy it!


Monday, March 3, 2014

George Washington Carver Copywork Pages

Hello there!  I'm getting ready for the new year, busy making printables and grid schedules for our second half of American history form the Civil War through the present.  I'm making these for my 5th and 6th graders.

I'll be sharing a few printables slowly over the next few weeks as I get them done.  I've got some George Washington Carver pages, Statue of Liberty pages, In Flanders Fields copywork pages, Japanese internment camp stuff, Victory Garden ideas, political cartoon notebooking, Civil Rights pages, and some Cold War/Communism pages. 

It's a lot of stuff, so they will come out slowly over the next several months.  I hope you like them and will find them useful in your homeschool!  As always, let me know if you've used them or plan to use them in the comments below, as it keeps me motivated with sharing everything I make.  ;)

Here's my first free printable from the new wave of creation!

George Washington Carver copywork pages


Friday, January 3, 2014

Minn of the Mississippi Notebooking Pages

After making the pages for Tree in the Trail and Paddle to the Sea, I needed a long break!  I'm back at it again, and this time I've made a huge set of pages (57 to be exact), and they are absolutely free.  My gift to you.  As a side, the picture above is actually an alligator snapping turtle, not a common snapper like Minn.

These pages are basically a unit study covering some science, literature, geography, and even some history here and there.  There are pages for writing, sketching, researching, and 3D manipulative minibooks for interest.  I would say these pages are for about 3rd grade through 6th grade.  There is some writing and summarizing required.  If you need help on ideas on how to get your child summarizing, no matter how old they are, check out my link for ideas or inspiration.

There is a second set of pages on animals of the Mississippi.  I made them separate, as there are just so many, and I plan to allow my girls to choose which ones they want.  There are 33 pages, plus a plain page if you want to use it for other animals.

I hope you like these!

Minn of the Mississippi notebook pages
Animals of the Mississippi notebook pages