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!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Updated Early Elementary Ancient History Supplement

I have finally updated my outdated schedule that correlates with Sonlight Core B®.  This schedule and author are not affiliated with Sonlight® in any way.

One note, I didn't update my old Core B schedule, so this supplement schedule follows 2011 and before.  I'm still sharing, as the ideas are here, but they won't line up as nicely with the new Core B.  Hopefully it will still be helpful.

Early Elementary Ancient History supplement (Core B 2011 and before)


Thursday, July 31, 2014

Ancient History Notebooking Pages for Early Elementary

I decided to create some pages for my 2nd grade daughter.  At first, you may think, "How do I use these with my young child?"  I keep it simple and to the point.  Each page has a sketch area and lines.  There are two sets to choose from, 3-lined and single lined.  I personally still use 3-lined with my 7-year-old.

After we read about the subject, I will ask her one thing she remembers about the reading.  I transcribe exactly as she says it for her to copy her own sentence onto the page.  That's it.  Easy peasy!  If she wants to say more and write more, that's great!

If she's easily completing this, I would move onto telling me 1 or 2 of the main ideas.  Hammurabi?  He was a king who made laws for his people to keep order, and they were carved into stone.

There are more pages here than you might care to complete.  What I do is print weekly or every two weeks.  Depending on what we've got going on, gauging my student's ability that week (which changes throughout the year), I only print what I think we'll get to.  Sometimes I don't do any notebooking in a week.

I hope these will help you in your ancient history studies.  We are doing Sonlight Core B® with our 2nd grader this year, and these follow that curriculum well, but they are versatile and can be used with any ancient history curriculum.  They can even be used for older grades.

Ancient History notebook pages     single lined

For those who want to use these with older kids, here is a Page 2 lined notebook page for more room to write.

Page 2 lined notebook page


Monday, July 28, 2014

Later American Painter Appreciation

For some reason, these pages were difficult for me to finish.  I usually only did 2 paintings in one sitting.  Maybe I was just getting tired of making pages, as I've been working for several months on the sets I've already released.

These are scheduled in my American History Part 2 Supplement Schedule, and all of the artists are American.  They are arranged in chronological order, so the paintings won't line up exactly as you go through your American history studies, but it will be close.

Art appreciation, check!

Later American Painter Appreciation


Thursday, July 24, 2014

American History Part 2 Supplement Schedule

I made this schedule to supplement Sonlight Core E®.  This schedule and this author are not affiliated with Sonlight® in any way.

As usual, there are tons of ideas here, and they will work with any American history curriculum.  We certainly don't use all the ideas in this schedule, but pick and choose.  Sometimes we're just not in the mood to do something, and we simply skip it!

I've scheduled a wrap-up of the state study started in last year's schedule.  The states were scheduled as they entered the union.  Since this schedule is from Civil War to present, any states which entered after 1850 are included in this schedule.

There is also a president study starting on week 21.  I am using a book called Smart About the Presidents to help me out.  We will simply read a short 2-page spread on each president, complete some lapbook components that I found for free on Homeschool Share, and I created some president flashcards to help us remember them all.  All the links are included in the schedule.

Other than that, we've got plenty of internet links (which sometimes go dead), activities found on the internet, time period recipes, activity books, a few extra books (which we don't always get to), and lots of notebooking.

I hope you find it helpful in fleshing out your history books this year!

American History Part 2 supplement schedule


Monday, July 21, 2014

Cold War/Communism Notebook Pages

Communism and capitalism are rather abstract concepts, but 4th through 7th graders can understand basics of both.  We focus mainly on events in this short set of pages, but do get into a little of communism versus capitalism.  I've provided some nice websites to look at that include videos for kids to help traverse this topic.

Check out my other American history printables in the sidebar.  I've got interactive pages with typically less writing and notebook pages that are all writing to summarize history readings.  I also created some supplemental grid schedules.  Although I made these to coordinate with Sonlight®, the grid schedules can be used as an idea base for any American history curriculum.

Cold War/Communism Notebook Pages


Saturday, July 19, 2014

Updated From Akebu to Zapotec Notebook Pages

I inadvertantly didn't complete my From Akebu to Zapotec notebook pages.  I have updated them now to complete the set.

From Akebu to Zapotec 1
From Akebu to Zapotec 2
From Akebu to Zapotec 3
From Akebu to Zapotec 4  NEW!


Wednesday, July 16, 2014

World War 2 Notebook Pages

The WW2 pages I've made are very simple, as there were some nice free WW2 lapbooks already available.  From WW2 propaganda posters to K Rations for the soldiers, this set is filled with images. 

The second set in my WW2 series is all about the Victory Garden and rationing on the home front.  This set has a little more to do, but is filled with images as well.  Create a layout of your own Victory Garden, investigate food substitutions, make your own recipes, and more!

Lastly, I made some pages on the Japanese internment camps during WW2.

World War 2 Victory Garden notebook pages

World War 2 Propaganda and K Rations notebook pages

World War 2 Japanese Internment Camp notebook pages


Thursday, July 10, 2014

Roaring Twenties Notebook Pages

Here's my next installment of freebies for the year!  I had the most fun listening to music from the 20s as I made these, especially jazz.

As usual, my interactive notebook pages are supposed to be more fun than work, so there isn't a lot of writing or research.  I think the age range could be from about 4th to 6th grade, but they are definitely adaptable.  More writing could be included to accompany the profuse images in this set.  This one will take a lot of ink, but I felt images were needed more here, as many children just don't have a frame of reference for these times.  Plus seeing the things used during a different time is fascinating to kids!


Roaring Twenties notebook pages


Friday, July 4, 2014

Lewis and Clark Notebooking Ideas

Here are some of the notebooking pages we did for Lewis and Clark.  All of these ideas are on my American History Part 1 grid schedule, spaced out so as not to do too much notebooking in a single week.

Here is a list of the freebies I found on the web.  I didn't make any on this inspiration corner.

What Natives got from buffalo

Sketches by 9yo inspired by Draw and Write Through History

Sketch by 11yo (Sacajawea) inspired by Draw and Write Through History

Picture Writing Stories

Lewis and Clark map plus 1 component from Lewis and Clark lapbook

Lewis and Clark lapbook components


Friday, June 27, 2014

American History Part 2 Notebook Pages

Just finished my notebook pages that correlate with Sonlight Core E®.  I am obligated to mention these pages nor this author are affiliated with Sonlight®.  These pages can easily be used with any American history studies, though. 

This set bloated its way out to 90 pages!  The girls and I certainly won't use them all, but I wanted to have them available just in case.

These are simple pages with colorful graphics (that could certainly be printed in black and white) with lines to summarize history readings, and some pages have space to draw if you wish.  Sometimes we don't even use these drawing areas.  At the end of the document is a page with lines only.  Once in a while, the girls are required to write more than the lines allow on the first notebook page with the graphics

Hopefully these are useful to someone out there!  I had to separate the file, as it was so huge.

American History Part 2 (Civil War to Present) notebook pages-A
American History Part 2 (Civil War to Present) notebook pages-B


Thursday, June 19, 2014

Bubble Art

Blow bubbles

Gently lay paper on top of bubbles!

Mix 2T tempera paint with 1/4c water and 2T dish soap in pan.


Thursday, June 12, 2014

Gold Rush Notebook Pages

From the California Gold Rush in 1849 to the Klondike Gold Rush in 1898, these interactive notebook pages summarize in a (hopefully) fun way.

There are 33 pages to work with here.  These pages don't have a lot of open-ended pages, but a lot of fill in the blanks and some 3D manipulative components.

I made these pages for my 5th and 6th graders, but there just isn't a lot of work.  I realize they could do more, but these pages are for history and not writing class, so I decided to make them less work for them.  The age range for these pages widens because of this, so I'll let you be the judge of when to use them.

Let me know of any errors and if you want to share, send your friends back to this post.  Thanks for that!

Gold Rush Notebook Pages


Friday, June 6, 2014

Inspiration Corner: Language Arts Notebooking

  • Get crafty with this fun and creative poetry page for your language arts notebook.
  • This is an idea to get some creative adjectives flowing from mind to notebook page.  I included it not to print, but this would be an excellent homemade notebook page!
  • The sky is the limit for the inside of this fun little bat book.  Again, summarizing with a fun twist!
  • Give your student descriptive words of characters in a current book on a card and have them find sentences to support that trait.  Then store the cards in a character analysis pocket.
  • Here's a freebie!  I created copywork and picture study pages for my upper elementary girls.  The sentences are in print, but I required them to translate the sentences into cursive.  These could be for early elementary as well since they are in print.

I hope you've found some inspiration here today!


Thursday, May 29, 2014

Animals of World War 1 Notebook Pages

As promised, here are the pages for animals of World War 1.  Just fascinating!  I hope you and your children like them.

I was inspired to do this set of pages by the film, War Horse, which was heart wrenching and wonderful.  It's rated PG-13 for the war scenes, and I did let my kids watch it.  It was a bit much for my youngest, who is 6, though.  She is also extremely animal sensitive, and I don't recommend it for children of the same temperament.

This set has 20 pages from horses and dogs to glowworms.  I was surprised during my research not only with the statistics, but the types of animals and the jobs they actually did.  I learned a lot, and I hope your children do as well.


Animals of World War 1 notebook pages


Thursday, May 22, 2014

Inspiration Corner: Notebooking With Littles Part 2

  • Ticia really inspired me with homemade notebook pages for young ones while studying America in the 1950s.  This goes to show you don't need premade notebook pages, and the homemade ones are beautiful!
  • Eve over at Science Notebooking really knows how to notebook science.  Our science notebooks are often neglected, but her blog is packed full with new ideas!  You pick an animal at the top of the food chain and create flaps in its belly for all of that animal's prey. 
  • I did this foldable with my 1st grader this year.  Over at Third Grade Thinkers, Doris made a foldable on the Earth's seasons, including the Earth's position to the sun during each season.
  • Kindergarten, Kindergarten had some wonderful math notebook ideas!  We haven't jumped into math notebooking yet, but this post does inspire me.  She goes into shapes, and more than just circle, square, triangle, etc.  She introduces corners and sides.  Check it out!


Saturday, May 17, 2014

On the Homefront Notebook Pages

In this last set of pages I've made for World War I, you'll find pages on propaganda, women on the homefront, children on the homefront, government programs to encourage patriotism and thriftiness, and drafting procedures during WWI.

There is more writing in this set than some of my other sets, and the information is a little more abstract.  This set is good for grades 4-6, and probably could be used for a little older if they don't think minibooks are too babyish.  ;)

I hope you and your children learn from this set of notebook pages!

On the Homefront notebook pages


Friday, May 9, 2014

Inspiration Corner: Notebooking With Littles Part 1

This week the Inspiration Corner includes links to outside blogs to hopefully give us ideas for notebooking with our little ones.  My youngest would beg for pages of her own after seeing her big sisters getting their creativity out in their notebooks.  Stay tuned for Part 2.

  • Feels Like Home has shared an easy way to implement a Kindergarten journal.  This can be used after reading to your child, anything from history to just a good story.
  • At The Chaos and the Clutter, Sharla has given tips on nature notebooking that can be used with the youngest of children able to hold a crayon.  
  • I shared some ideas on how we notebooked our way through a visit to the pond.  From drawing leaves to tree identification, there was some learning going on here, even in my then 4-year-old.
  •  Saylor's Log has shared a great notebook-worthy manipulative idea for the seasons.  This is a link to Pinterest.
  • Once again, Saylor's Log is getting young children writing with rich adjectives and a fun craft to embellish this great notebook page.   This is a link to Pinterest as well.
  • Here's another of my posts about the stages of pumpkin growth.  I used some lapbook components for a 3D notebook page.
  • Amy at Step Into Second Grade posted ideas for your notebook from teeth to Dr. Seuss summaries.  These are hands-on crafty sorts of pages.


Saturday, May 3, 2014

In the Trenches Notebook Pages - World War 1

After researching for these pages, I realized how little I knew about World War 1 and the atrocities the men endured.  Many of us just don't understand.

These are interactive notebook pages with 3D components (sort of like lapbook components, but for notebook pages).  I created them for 4th through 6th, but please preview the websites and the pages before setting your children free with them.  While the details are not too detailed in either, it mentions corpses and smells and other such things.  If needed, just skip those pages (especially the poetry page) and read the website aloud to your child without them looking.  I tried to steer clear of vivid images of human death.

Usually I say, "Have fun!" here, but not today.  These pages are sobering and eye opening.

In the Trenches - WW1 notebook pages

This is the second release of World War 1 pages.  The first set is copywork of "In Flanders Fields."  Coming soon are pages to include Propaganda Poster Discussion pages, "On the Homefront" interactive pages, and "Animals of World War 1" interactive pages.


Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Wire Sculptures

I found a great art project in Discovering Great Artists by Maryann Kohl.  To get us warmed up, we drew a picture with one line.  No picking up your pencil!  This got the kids problem solving on how to get the end result they wanted by doubling back on lines.  Each child then got 10 to 15 feet of low gauge steel wire.  I got 250 feet at Lowe's for around 5 dollars.

This project was really fun, but it was more difficult than it sounds.

Here we have a bird with a nest and its egg.

Here we have a person and a flower.  Ha!  The toes are in a star shape, otherwise she wouldn't stand up.


Monday, April 21, 2014

Wright Brothers Notebooking Pages

Finally done with this one!  It took me a while to finish it, and I'm not sure why.  It might have to do with me not knowing much about it at all and having to do some research.  When I started getting into it, though, I was more and more fascinated, and now I'm looking forward to learning more about them next year with the girls.

This document of 25 pages has a direction page to help navigate through the 3D notebook figures.  You'll need scissors and a glue stick.  There is a small amount of writing required, though I really just try to make these pages more for fun and to help with summarizing.  Thus, I provide text for copywork at times, as my girls already have a full writing curriculum.

I hope you and your kids enjoy these!

Wright Brothers Notebook Pages


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.

Amazon Link

Here's your freebie!

President Flashcards


PS:  The graphic of the president book is not an affiliate link.