Sunday, December 15, 2013

Plantation Crops of the South notebook component

We're studying plantations in the South during Colonial times.  I decided to go ahead and make a notebook component to remember the main cash crops they grew, thus the growth of slavery.  By a notebook component, I mean we will paste this into our notebooks on any free page there is.

I hope you find it useful!

Plantation Crops of the South notebook component


Monday, November 4, 2013

Rice Krispie Pyramid

For Ancient Egypt, we made this fun and delicious Rice Krispie pyramid!  Simple spread out Rice Krispie mixture in buttered cake pan.  After it sets and is firm, take out of pan and cut into graduated squares.  Easy!  My 6-year-old will definitely remember this!


Monday, October 28, 2013

Sea Monster Pop-up Minibook

I decided to make a Sea Monster pop-up minibook for our notebooks. 

Sea Monster pop-up minibook

The outside of the minibook will look like this.

Fold component in half first.  Cut only along lines, and fold up like this.

Invert the tab like this.

The inside will then look like this. 

Paste your sea monster where indicated (either one you sketch like here or use the one in the sea monster document).

The girls really had fun with creating their own sea monsters.  Get creative!


Friday, October 18, 2013

Columbus Notebooking Ideas

Time for more notebooking ideas!  We recently finished up Columbus, and this is what we put into our history notebooks.  We've got a lot of sketches (true to our DDs' form), some printable 3D components, and notebook pages. 

Free Columbus lapbook (used here as 3D notebooking)

Color Ptolmeic Map

Columbus notebook page (part of a large American History notebooking download)

Explorer's Food pocket/3D component

Have fun, and I hope you've been inspired!

The 3D flap booklets you see on this sketch are from the above Columbus lapbook.

This map is from a book we purchased called Interactive 3D Maps:  American History.  It is an excellent resource, and I highly recommend it for your American history studies.


Thursday, October 3, 2013

Clay Roman Coins

My first grader is taking a quick tour through world history, just learning absolute basics.  I thought it would be fun to make some clay Roman coins. 

We bought some clay you can bake.  Simple roll in a ball, then flatten with palm of hand.  Then have child scratch Romanesque designs with a toothpick.  Bake as directed.  Easy!

A note, the thicker the clay, the less likely it will crack after baking it. I hope you have fun!


Monday, September 23, 2013

Egg Paint

This is an interesting art project that mimics early artists from 1100 to 1300 AD (at least).  After looking a bit at some artwork from this time period and discussing the use of powdered dried plants, rocks, and other things, we tried our hand at this ancient paint.

1.  Mix 1 yolk with 2 teaspoons water, whisking until frothy.  It's important to do this ratio of yolk to water.
2.  Meanwhile, crush chalk (pastel chalk works best, though we used plain chalk) with a large smooth stone.  Try to get the chalk as dusty as possible, though chunks make for an interesting finished piece.
3.  Paint away!

Crush chalk. Chalk pastels work best.  This is plain colored chalk.

After whipping egg yolks with water, add crushed chalk.

Finally, paint!

Notice the interest flecks of chalk not ground into dust. (9 years)

Freestyle!  (6 years)

The paint gives a lovely glossy sheen. (10 years)

Have fun!


Saturday, September 14, 2013

Mesopotamia Fudge Brick Houses

Mud is fun.  Fudge is more fun!  We're doing a light world history study this year for my 1st grader with Sonlight Core A, and I have seen ideas to make mini mud brick Mesopotamian homes floating around.  A picture I saw looked like fudge (though it was clay) and I couldn't resist.

Here's what we did.  First, make fudge.  We used a Hershey recipe, but it was far too complicated.  Use an easy fudge recipe, possibly using marshmallow fluffy stuff.  Simply cut into rectangles and stack away! 

While this project was mostly all for fun, it did make Mesopotamia more enjoyable for my 6-year-old!  Plus, I will admit I enjoyed it too.  ;) 

Keep adding as much as you want!

We only did 3 layers.  As you can see, she couldn't keep her fingers out!


Monday, September 9, 2013

Flower Line Drawings

Our girls have been taking a drawing class at our co-op every week called How Great Thou Art.  I don't know any of the details, though, as I don't have to teach it!  Anyhow, here are some of their latest drawings.  I'm very impressed.  It took them a long time to do these, and their patience seems never ending . . . but I know better than that.  ;)  Enjoy!

DD8 decided to label it.

DD10 decided to lavish her love on me. :)


Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Pyramid Notebooking Activity

I sometimes get an idea that I actually act on.  Now is the time!  I've got this odds 'n ends component for you today.

I've made a very simple pyramid 3D notebook component for my 1st grader recently.  I wanted something for her to manipulate as she pages through her notebook.  I think it would be good for grades K-2, as it is very simple without writing.  Of course, your child could label it as desired.

I hope you like it!  

Pyramid Notebooking Activity


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

Homemade Frog Life Cycle Layer Book

We have been making our way slowly through Real Science 4 Kids Biology.  I have never had so much notebooking inspiration for science than from this book. It must be the way my mind works or something, as I can't find as much inspiration from an Usborne book.

Anyhow, the girls just made some graduated booklets for their science notebooks on the life cycle of a frog.  They turned out nicely! 


Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Print Art

Time for some art ideas!  These little messy things are made by a simple printing process.

  • First, use masking tape to tape the corners of a large sheet of waxed paper to your table. 
  • Next, spread printing ink (available at stores like Hobby Lobby or a craft store) evently with a brayer (also available at craft store).  Make sure it is thick, but not globby.
  • Then have your child scratch a picture onto the waxed paper with various tools to include paper clips, pencils, toothpicks, whatever you can think of.  Make sure you don't press too hard, or the ink will go through to your table.
  • Finally, gently press a piece of plain unlined paper on top of the ink, making sure to press all parts of the page as evenly as possible.

A few tips, the more you roll it out with the brayer, the drier the ink becomes, and the transfer process isn't as sharp.  The print ink is very thick and doesn't dry extremely fast, but you still need to work steadily and as quickly as possible without rushing.

I hope you enjoy doing this with your children!  Why don't you dig in with them to encourage and inspire them?


Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Renaissance Notebooking Inspiration

All of the inspiration this week are free resources!  Since I'm a woman of little words, I'll get on with the good stuff, links and pictures.  :)

Art by Leonardo da Vinci pocket with art cards

Renaissance notebook pages

Renaissance Matchbooks (plus so much more here we didn't use)

This homemade pocket is filled with sketches by da Vinci.  I simply copied and pasted from Google Images the sketches I wanted included to a new Word document and printed.

This is one of many notebook pages I created and shared for free.  See link above to this freebie.


Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Paddle to the Sea Notebooking Pages

After creating these, I'm ready for a break!  I do want to get the Minn of the Mississippi pages done before we reach the Lewis and Clark Expedition in our American history studies, though.  I started those, but they are a long way off yet.  I'm a little burned out and need some time to reboot to get fresh ideas!  :)

As I promised, though, the Paddle to the Sea notebooking pages are ready!  Map work, writing summaries, research, 3D components, and many bunny trails await!  On to the good stuff.

Paddle to the Sea notebook pages


Wednesday, July 31, 2013

Tempera Paint Straw Art

I love open-ended art projects like this one.  We've been exploring different art mediums this year, and this one was simple.  I set them up and could do some laundry at the same time!

These were simply tempera (poster) paints I got from the local discount store.  I had them squeeze small dollops of the paint in various positions.  Next, they simply took a straw, and without touching the paint with the straw, blew softly or forcefully, whatever met their fancy.

The end result was pretty fantastic, right?  I have a feeling DD8 (first picture below) didn't just blow, but maybe used her finger or the end of the straw?  ;)




Wednesday, July 24, 2013

Reasons for Exploration in 15th Century Layered Book

We've begun our studies, and I wanted a little something to cover the reasons for exploration in the 15th century.  This is what I came up with.

As usual, I don't require a ton of writing with every single notebooking activity.  We do enough writing with our other subjects plus our notebooking pages at least 2 times a week.  This component is light on writing, but can be easily be modified to include writing if you so desire.

I hope you like it and find it useful!

Reasons for Exploration in 15th Century layer book


Thursday, July 18, 2013

Human Body Notebooking

It's time for some notebooking inspiration!  All of these pages have been done throughout the year.  We don't do this all the time, but I aim for once a week.  It usually ends up being once every 2 or 3 weeks, though.  It is a special time for the girls, as they love doing it.

All of these notebook pages are for the human body.  Enjoy and happy inspiration!

Major Systems of Body

Close-up of simple diagram of the eye.

Sketches of esophagus and villi (on the bottom) and an illustration of how you have have to be really tall if your intestines were stretched out.

DD8's major body system sketch.

A few different types of cells.  It looks like the bottom are nerve cells without label.

Food groups and tasting.