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.


Thursday, July 11, 2013

Tree in the Trail Notebooking Pages

We will be reading Tree in the Trail by Holling C. Holling this upcoming year.  I'm excited to share these new notebooking pages.

There are 23 pages to work with, and the activities include mapping with explicit instructions on what to map and when to map it.  I've taken a few bunny trails with this book to explore flora and fauna of the various regions the Santa Fe Trail went through.  There is quite a bit of vocabulary to define, sketches to sketch, and writing summaries.

These aren't just plain notebooking pages, though.  I have included some 3D components for children to manipulate as they go through their notebooks for review or just for pleasure.  Your child will be writing or simply pasting information inside various minibooks and then affixing it to a notebook page for variety.

I hope you enjoy them!  You may download these for free, but please do not alter them in any way, do not store on any Internet site, and if you want to share with your friends, don't share the PDF directly, but direct them back to this post.  Thank you so much for that!

Here are a few examples of the pages completed.  I apologize for the quality of the photos.  My camera was dropped and now produces pics like this.

Here's your freebie!

Tree in the Trail notebooking pages


Friday, July 5, 2013

Word Root Notebooking

We are really enjoying our word root curriculum this year.  We are using Michael Clay Thompson's Building Language with my 4th grader.  It is a pleasure to do each lesson, but each lesson packs a punch. 

To allow for DD10's creativity, we have been notebooking these roots in various ways.  Mainly, we have been using several different kinds of minibooks I found at Homeschool Share.  You could cut them out and paste them to another page, but we just left the page intact.

Since word roots are like puzzle pieces, we utilized that picture to help cement some of the roots.  And it is working.  With the $15 I spent for Building Language Teacher's Manual, I think she is getting a solid introduction to Latin roots, and she is finding them in everyday life.  The curriculum may seem gentle with nothing to do, but for every stem, your child will write poems, break words down, use a dictionary, analyze words, and more.  You really don't need the student book, as the teacher's manual is the student pages plus the assignments in the margins.  Excellent!

For more creativity, the word roots are like stems, roots, and puzzle pieces.  All of these visual aids can be used by drawing a stem, root, or puzzle pieces and writing the prefixes, base words, and suffixes on them.


Monday, July 1, 2013

Freebies Coming in July!

I've got some new freebies coming this July!  As promised, I've been working on notebook pages for some of the Holling C. Holling books.  This month, I'll have 1 set of notebooking pages that have been behind the scenes for a few months now. 

These will come out in July sometime.  They aren't ready yet, as the finishing touches are being put on. 

    Tree in the Trail notebook pages


    PS:  I'm going to be working on a supplement grid schedule for Sonlight Core C®.  As usual, I must say that this schedule and author have no affiliation with Sonlight®.  I have already had this, but I lost it in my grand hard drive fail, and so I'm going to structure it up again using my hard copy.  This won't be out for several months, though.

    Stay tuned!