Monday, May 20, 2013

Copywork and Picture Study

I wanted more cursive practice for my daughters, and what a lovely way to combine exploring artwork and beautiful cursive!  The pages are not in cursive, upping the difficulty of translating from print to cursive.  This way, even a young child can do these if you wish.  I created printable pages that include 30 works of art with 5 to 10 sentences following each piece to help with picture study.  These should last a whole year!  The questions and comments after each painting pull out details, sometimes with vocabulary to challenge your child.  Talk it through with them, defining the words, and encourage them to search the paintings for details I didn't notice!

I recommend printing them front and back on heavy paper (not card stock, but probably an inkjet quality paper), front and back, then taking it down to your local office supply store and have them either comb bind or spiral bind the whole thing together.  Card stock can be used for the front and back for added durability, and a plain front is best, as your child can make the notebook their own by illustrating and labeling it.

I plan to make some more in the coming months, but these should last you a while. As always, I hope you enjoy these printables!

Copywork and Picture Study workbook


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Saturday, May 11, 2013

Mish-mash of American History Printables

I've made a few printables to go along with our studies.  As we move along through our school year, I may make more once inspiration hits me.  These are very simple additions to a notebooking project for an American History study.  These are new to my list of freebies.

Colonial Apothecary Lap-n-Note

Explorer's Food Lap-n-Note

Check out some of my older American History printables.


Friday, May 3, 2013

50 States Notebook

Since we're diving into American History this upcoming school year, I wanted to add a state study.  So for the first part of our 2-year American History study, we'll take a look at the states that entered the union through 1850.  Then the year after that, we'll do the rest.

I went ahead and printed these pages by Jimmie of Jimmie's Collage and The Notebooking Fairy.  To make our notebook manageable, I printed her 2 notebook pages front and back sided, added plain cardstock for the front and back of the book (letting the girls decorate it themselves to make it their own), and had it spiral-bound at our local office store.  I had them add the clear plastic page protectors on the front and back to make it more durable.

This is what I plan to do with this simple study:
  • Read inThe United States of America: A State-by-State Guide and find the state and all previously learned states on a map.
  • Work on our State Notebook (see above) and find all states learned on map.  I have made PDFs of state seals, state birds, state flowers, and state quarters to simply print on sticker paper and stick into the notebook for added fun.  See the end of this post for links to those free resources.
  • Begin designing a postcard or travel brochure of the state.  I plan to store this in the notebook, but not sure how it will work, as 50 extra pieces of paper in the spiral bound notebook probably won't work.  I may end up putting it all in a folder and just storing it beside the notebooks.  Don't forget to find all states learned on map.
  • Finish the postcard or travel brochure if not finished, and once again, find the states on a map.
  • Finally, my favorite part, make a recipe from American Grub
I think our children will enjoy this, and my intention is they learn where the states are and a general sense that they all have certain seals, flowers, flags, birds, and quarters.  They definitely can be printed on regular paper and cut and pasted instead of sticker paper.  I find the sticker paper to be rather expensive.

Front of spiral-bound notebook

Inside of notebook.

Freebie Links!


State Bird sticker sheet
State Seal sticker sheet
State Quarter sticker sheet
State Flower sticker sheet
State Flag sticker sheet
State Map sticker sheets