Sunday, January 25, 2015

Meet the Family

So who exactly is this homeschooling woman who does nothing but share freebies?  You may know my name is Julie and I like making printables for my family and then sharing, but how did we start homeschooling?  Why do we homeschool?  Who are we?

Okay, so maybe these aren't burning questions in your mind.  After all, when I look for free schooling materials, I'm usually in and out, thank you ma'am, goodbye.  I figure that's what most of you do as well, but Sonlight, our curriculum of choice, is having a blog party, and I thought it might be fun to engage my lack of writing ability.  I need to stretch myself.

First up, meet my family.  Joey and I have been married for 16 years, and we have three beautiful girls (astonishingly beautiful if I may say so), ages 12, 10, and 7.  We weren't supposed to be able to have children.  We were both tidily checked out by physicians, who told us our chances of conceiving naturally were "approaching zero quickly."  Lo and behold, enter pregnancy a mere two months after we were told that.  Hello Coconut!  Quickly after her birth, we had Dreamer and last, but not least, Beeps.

We've been homeschooling for 8 years now, if you count preschool.  In fact, I'm a little frazzled right now with the thought of a 7th grader next year.  We just take it one year at a time.

I'm getting ahead of myself, though.  Next month, check back to see how we came to homeschooling and why we are continuing for now.  So there you have it in a nutshell.  My family.  :)


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Friday, January 9, 2015

Missing Files

Unfortunately, HS Launch, where I stored many of my old files, has gone down.  I have no idea how to contact them to see if I can get my files back.  Normally, I have the files on my computer, but these old files were on a laptop that crashed several years ago, and I lost them. 

I'm looking at my backed up files now to see if I can restore some of my files.  Many will be lost, though.  Give me several days to go through these files, transfer them to Google Docs, and then update my pages.  I'm so sorry for this. 


First Aid Notebooking - History Style

The girls made a Civil War First Aid booklet after looking up what techniques would have been used during this time period.  It's a great notebooking idea for American history.

This first set is my 11-year-old's booklet.

The second set is my 10-year-old's booklet.


Friday, January 2, 2015

The Creative Writer - Photo-Story

This year we decided to use The Creative Writer by Boris Fishman.  We really enjoy it, and the girls are learning a lot on how to pull together a fiction piece.  One of the assignments was to tell a story through pictures only.  I gave my 11-year-old the camera and let her have at it.

The assignment in the book helped the kids narrow down a topic and what should be in it.  Here are the results!  I'm not even putting captions on the pictures except the first, as I hope (and think) the way she decided to pose herself and the owl speak for themselves.

I think she did an excellent job!

There once was a wooden owl who sprang to life...


Saturday, December 27, 2014

Olmec Notebooking Page

I decided to expand on my 2nd grader's ancient history study by exploring the Olmec people more.  Not much is know about them, so the page is short and sweet.

This page is geared toward lower elementary, so no writing is required.  There's a place to draw your own Olmec head and then a suggestion to carve it into a bar of white soap.

There's an opportunity to go off on a few bunny trails from this page as well.  Chocolate and rubber are briefly mentioned, and if there's interest, you and your kids can research those topics more.

I hope you find this useful!

Olmec notebooking page


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!