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.

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President Flashcards


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