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1. 50 States Notebook
50 States Notebook
The Fifty States of America is a popular notebooking topic. It can be the basis of a unit study, or it can be a supplement to your American history curriculum. When you're finished, you have a wonderful, homemade reference book, filled with facts and memorabilia about the states of America. Here ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:19
2. Making a Shoebox Diorama
Making a Shoebox Diorama
The classic shoebox diorama is a childhood rite of passage. Although it can be used for school work, your children may enjoy making them just for fun. Make a diorama alongside your child today with this step by step tutorial. All you need is a box of some type, some paper, scissors, glue, and ba...
Arts & Design - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:00
3. Timelines for Homeschool
Timelines for Homeschool
Timelines are an important complement to any homeschool history curriculum no matter your spine or educational philosophy. They are especially good for visual learners because they offer a view of historical events in a pictoral way. Even very young children can use a timeline to see the span of...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:44
4. Homemade Calzone
Homemade Calzone
Calzone is a close cousin to pizza; you could even call it wrapped up pizza because the filling is encased in the delicious dough rather than sitting on top. Want to impress your family? Need a handy food, easy to eat at a picnic or party? Calzone fits the bill. Cut it into slices, and it can be...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:45
5. Minibook Gallery
Minibook Gallery
Whether you're new to lapbooking and are trying to get an idea of what minibooks are or whether you're an old hand at lapbooking and want some fresh ideas, welcome to the minibook gallery! Browse the images for some creative inspiration. Follow the links for directions and templates. Each photo...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:14
6. Human Body Lapbook
Human Body Lapbook
We all have one! We use it every moment of every day-- your incredible human body! What a personal and relevant topic of study for any child! For the younger students, your study may focus primarily on anatomy, so you will explore the body's organs and body's systems. For older students you may ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:49
7. Reading Journals
Reading Journals
Keeping a reading journal is a fantastic way to encourage a child to think deeply about whatever he his reading. It works especially well with fiction novels, but can be used with non-fiction as well. There is no right or wrong with a reader's response journal because it is a collection of the r...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:15
8. Math Notebooking
Math Notebooking
Whether you call them math notebooks or math journals, writing about math and documenting math activities are a great way to cement mathematical understanding. And along the way, you're creating a wonderful record of your math studies that can be useful for portfolios or homeschool evaluations. ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:14
9. Grammar for Homeschool
Grammar for Homeschool
Although teaching grammar has become slightly old fashioned, most home educators still want to incorporate at least the very basics of the parts of speech into their language arts curriculum. Here is a collection of some of the best resources available to make learning English grammar interesting...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:14
10. Lapbooking
Lapbooking can be done by any learner-- from preschoolers to adults. With this educational method, you make mini-books covering details that you've studied. After making a variety of mini-books about a larger topic, all the books are put together in a large folder. The finished product is called ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:00
11. Physics Lapbook
Physics Lapbook
Think physics is only for geeks? Think again! Physics is a fascinating facet of science that is especially relevant to children -- pushing and pulling, falling and leaping are all components of this science. Even elementary students can benefit from a study of physics. Use this page to help you d...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:25
12. Mini Offices
Mini Offices
A mini office is a particular application of lapbooks. Each child can make his own mini-office -- a lapbook filled with reference pages for his own learning. The sky is the limit on what you can include. Fill the mini office with the charts that your child needs -- maps, state abbreviations, penm...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:24:11
13. Hands-on Fractions
Hands-on Fractions
Understanding fractions is a critical foundation of math learning. But despite their daily frequency in our lives, math with fractions can be difficult to grasp. Not surprisingly, research shows that to master fractions, students need multiple opportunities to practice with many varied representa...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:25
14. Shakespeare for Children
Shakespeare for Children
When should students first be exposed to the world famous works of William Shakespeare? Should it be during high school or college years? Isn't it true that Shakespeare is inaccessible for most modern readers and certainly for all children? No, not at all. The nuances of language may be out of t...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
15. Artist Study -- Charlotte Mason Style
Artist Study -- Charlotte Mason Style
With most things Charlotte Mason (CM), once you get accustomed to her methods and they become a habit, you realize just how easy they are. Artist study is no exception. Charlotte Mason's way of studying artists is inexpensive, simple, and enjoyable. This page will lead you through the basics of ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
16. How to Make a Shadow Puppet Theater
How to Make a Shadow Puppet Theater
Making shadow puppets with your hands has been a pastime since the earliest of times as men sat around an open fire. Dress it up a bit by designing a small puppet theater and cardboard shadow puppets. Then dim the lights and treat your family and friends to some entertaining performances. Making...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:49
17. Space Lapbook
Space Lapbook
Take advantage of a child's natural fascination with outer space and space travel with this science unit study!  What child doesn't like to pretend he's an astronaut, flying a spaceship to a distant planet or yet to be discovered galaxy? Channel that curiosity into the creation of a space lapbook...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:49
18. Science Notebooking
Science Notebooking
If you're new to notebooking, you'll discover that science is a great topic to begin with. Because science is so broad and lends itself to a variety of methods of expression such as charts, diagrams, paragraphs, and photos, it's perfect for notebooking. Read on for more ways to jump into science ...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:24:13
19. Tangrams
Tangrams are geometry made into 3D, creative fun! Print off some paper tangrams or make your own from craft foam. How about tangram toast for breakfast? Then put on your visual-spatial thinking cap as you discover how to arrange the tiles to make animals, people, or objects. Put away the math wo...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:57
20. Salt Dough Maps
Salt Dough Maps
How can a little flour, water, and paint become a fantastic hands-on geography project, full of educational benefits? With salt dough maps, that's how! Get messy and make a 3D relief map of a country or state with these directions and pictures.
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:59
21. Classical Music Lapbook
Classical Music Lapbook
Music is one of those topics that we homeschool moms know we should teach our children. But whether it's because of our own lack of knowledge, a tight homeschool budget, or just a crowded schedule, music study often gets pushed to the back burner. This lens will help you painlessly educate your ...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:23:28
22. Elements of Fiction
Elements of Fiction
Every story has the elements of fiction whether it is a short story, a novel, a play, a movie, or even a television sit-com. The story you told your husband at dinner last night probably had these elements as well. And your child, even if he has not formally studied the elements of fiction, has ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:00
23. How to Plan a Lapbook
How to Plan a Lapbook
Once you understand the basics of lapbooking, you can easily plan your own lapbook to match whatever topic you are studying. You don't need to buy a kit, so you save money. And you can custom design the lapbook to reflect your children's interests and educational needs. So grab a pad and a pen (o...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
24. Ancient Egypt Lapbook
Ancient Egypt Lapbook
Ancient Egypt is one of the most fascinating of world cultures! What child isn't intrigued with mummies, pyramids, and the complicated religion of this ancient civilization? Create an interdisciplinary study by including subjects besides just history. For example, you can study the plethora of g...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:14
25. Flip Books for Fun and Learning
Flip Books for Fun and Learning
Flip books are low-tech fun that still appeal to kids today, especially if they are creating them themselves. It's not as difficult as you might think to make a flip book. Here I'll give you several easy ways to make them with normal office supplies that you probably have sitting around. If you ...
Arts & Design - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:03
26. Picasso Artist Study
Picasso Artist Study
Study the artwork of a modern artist whose very name has come to mean a masterpiece of art-- "a Picasso." If your children have been studying more traditional artists, the works of Picasso may be a most welcome change of style. Dabble into the artistic schools of Cubism and Collage as you repro...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:15
27. Composer Study -- Charlotte Mason Style
Composer Study -- Charlotte Mason Style
A rich and full homeschool education is sure to include some study of classical music and the famous composers who write its music. The Charlotte Mason style of studying composers is an easy and inexpensive way to expose your children to the masters of music so that they grow up both appreciating...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:18
28. Nature Study -- Charlotte Mason Style
Nature Study -- Charlotte Mason Style
Charlotte Mason's educational philosohpy is a great fit for homeschool families who love great books, simple methods, and academic excellence. One component of a Charlotte Mason education is the regular study of nature. Nature Study has just two parts -- the Doing and the Documenting. Doing -- th...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:49
29. Bible Notebooking
Bible Notebooking
Notebooking can be applied to any subject of study, including the Bible! Enrich your Bible study times by recording what you learn and documenting it in notebooks. The notebook is not the same as a personal prayer or devotional journal although a Bible notebook certainly could include personal r...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:10:31
30. Teaching Writing without (BUYING) a Writing Curriculum
Teaching Writing without (BUYING) a Writing Curriculum
Finding a writing curriculum can be difficult and expensive. But it doesn't have to be. Actually, as long as you have an English usage manual or two, you don't need a writing curriculum at all. You simply need to practice writing! Repeated experience writing and editing your writing is the best ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:51
31. Shakespeare Animated Tales Video Showcase
Shakespeare Animated Tales Video Showcase
Shakespeare: The Animated Tales is a BBC television program of 12 episodes, each episode showing an animated half-hour adaptation of one of Shakespeare's plays. These shows are a great way for children to experience Shakespeare's stories and become familiar with the classic plot lines. Then when...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:19
32. Hands-on Shakespeare
Hands-on Shakespeare
We know that Shakespeare wrote drama to be performed in a theater not "literature" to be analyzed during language arts lessons. So reading his plays doesn't achieve the same effect as watching a performance. But you can actually bring the theater home by acting out Shakespearean plays in your li...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
33. Hymn Study for Homeschool
Hymn Study for Homeschool
Aren't hymns old fashioned and out of style? Why study them? Even if you prefer to sing modern praise choruses, your faith will be strengthened by studying the words of the hymns. Many of them are rich in theology and Biblical truth. And they remain a part of our Christian heritage. What a shame ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:00
34. Pilgrim's Progress Homeschool Unit Study
Pilgrim's Progress Homeschool Unit Study
An uneducated working-class man armed only with his imagination and knowledge of the Bible composed a classic that is still cherished over 300 years later. John Bunyan's Pilgrim's Progress is undoubtedly one of the most influential books of Western civilization not to mention Christianity. The a...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:24:18
35. Chemistry Lapbook
Chemistry Lapbook
Finally we are studying chemistry for homeschool science! This year is going to be really fun! We will study the elements, learn about subatomic particles, read biographies of famous chemists, and the best part -- make lots of messy experiments! Besides all that, we'll record our learning in a la...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:14
36. Using Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes
Using Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes
Here is the record of our homeschool journey into drawing, using Mona Brookes' Drawing with Children as our main resource. My daughter Sprite was nine years old when we began these studies. She is a motivated artist who wants to hone her skills. I usually do the activities right alongside her. ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:49
37. Greek Classics for Children
Greek Classics for Children
Any study of ancient history would be incomplete without a stop in Ancient Greece. Why Study Ancient Greece? Western Civilization owes a great debt to this ancient society --the seeds of democracy, mathematics, philosophy, theater, and art. The great classics of this period, including the Greek ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:24
38. Mid-Autumn Festival
Mid-Autumn Festival
Most cultures have a harvest festival. China is no exception. The Mid-Autumn Festival 中秋节 (Zhong Qiu Jie) is one of the three most important, traditional Chinese holidays. (The other two are Chinese New Year and Dragon Boat Festival.) It takes place on the fifteenth day of t...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:00
39. Opera for Children
Opera for Children
Opera connotes a high brow artistic entertainment. But to put it simply, opera is a musical drama. Don't be intimidated. Plunge in and learn about an opera today! Taking children (and yourself!) to the opera is the best experience! But before you invest in expensive tickets, be sure to spend som...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:03
40. Rainforest Lapbook
Rainforest Lapbook
The tropical rainforest is a fascinating topic for a homeschool unit study! Just the botany and zoology alone could take weeks to cover. There are also the history of the rainforest, the indigenous peoples of the rainforest, and the economy of the rainforest. You can cater this topic to your you...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:18
41. Monet Artist Study
Monet Artist Study
Claude Monet is sure to be at the top of your homeschool artist study list! His paintings are everywhere and his contribution to art history is unparalleled. It is his own painting Impression-- Sunrise that gave Impressionism its name! Monet's subject matter is especially family friendly and ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:18
42. BF History of the Horse Unit Study
BF History of the Horse Unit Study
Welcome to my curriculum review of The History of the Horse. Buying homeschool curriculum is a huge decision. Not only is it a large investment in money, but the responsibility of choosing the best materials for your child is ever-present. The more feedback you can get from actual users of a pro...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
43. Building Vocabulary in Your Homeschool
Building Vocabulary in Your Homeschool
Vocabulary is a collection of words. Some words we can only guess approximate meanings in context. Other words have roots or prefixes that give us clues which we can use to make guesses. The words we have truly mastered are those that we can not only read and understand but also use correctly in ...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:24:20
44. Notebooking Exhibit
Notebooking Exhibit
You've heard about notebooking. You know it's a flexible tool that can be used with most any curriculum or homeschooling style. You've read a bit about it, but you're still not quite sure. What is notebooking? What does it actually look like, and how does it work? What can you put inside a note...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
45. Printables for Mathematicians Are People Too
Printables for Mathematicians Are People Too
Biographies are a mainstay of a living books curriculum. Therefore biographies of mathematicians are a key part of living approach to math. In my transition to living math, I bought the book, Mathematicians Are People, Too. It is composed of 15 chapters, each recounting a specific incident from ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:15
46. Make Your Own Notebooking Pages
Make Your Own Notebooking Pages
So, you've done a bit of notebooking using the freebies online. Maybe you've even bought a kit or two. But now your creativity is kicking in and you want to do it yourself! Yes, you can make your own notebooking pages, even if you're not terribly computer savvy. Just a little knowledge combined ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:25
47. Transitioning to Living Math
Transitioning to Living Math
Yes, it's hard. Very, very hard to set aside the workbook and orderly math progression through an outlined curriculum and shift to what seems to be a messy, random bunch of games and hands-on activities. You love the concept of living math. You know that it's fun. You even know that your childre...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:44:26
48. Quiz: High School Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots
Quiz:  High School Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots
Get a leg up on SAT and ACT test preparation by beginning vocabulary studies early. See where you stand right now with these quizzes. The prefixes, suffixes, and roots quizzed here are found on the Kansas Reading Assessment for high school grades. You can download this PDF with an entire list of...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:45
49. Living Geography for Homeschool
Living Geography for Homeschool
Every homeschool curriculum should include a robust study of the geography of one's own nation as well as the world. Charlotte Mason, a British educator whom many homeschoolers admire, had very definite ideas about the teaching and learning of geography. I'll outline her thoughts, including seve...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:53
50. Math Poetry Lessons for Homeschool
Math Poetry Lessons for Homeschool
When you think of poetry, math may be the last association you make. But mathematics can be enjoyed in the form of rhymes, riddles, and poems. Mixing mathematics and language arts in this way can be a secret weapon against reluctant learners. Imagine you have a child who doesn't like math. She p...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:23:34
51. How to Add a Printable Recipe Card to Your Lens or Blog Post
How to Add a Printable Recipe Card to Your Lens or Blog Post
This scenario happens to me often: I am reading a favorite blog or I've come across a great food lens and there's an incredible recipe that I really want to try. I know I will never remember the ingredients, so I reach for a pen and pad to jot it down. Or if the recipe is a bit more complicated, ...
Squidoo Community - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:53:08
52. A Super Easy Way To Begin Lapbooking : The Simplest Lapbook Ever
A Super Easy Way To Begin Lapbooking : The Simplest Lapbook Ever
So you've heard about lapbooking and seen pictures or videos of other people's finished lapbooks all over homeschooling blogs. You're intrigued and want to make a lapbook with your own children. But where to start? How can you transform that plain, boring manilla file folder into a beautiful reco...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:53
53. Flat Travelers
Flat Travelers
Trading flat travelers through the mail is an engaging way learn about geography and even other cultures! Simply create a flat traveler -- a paper or cardstock character that can fit into an envelope. Arrange a host family, and mail your flat to them. You host their flat at the same time. When th...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
54. Hink Pinks
Hink Pinks
You can create hink pinks as part of your language arts lesson or just for the sheer fun of playing with words. What is a hink pink? And what about a hinky pinky or a hinkety pinkety? Try these as examples: Hink Pink What is a sham cobra? A fake snake! Hinky Pinky What is a fantastic detective? ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:03
55. Mozart Composer Study
Mozart Composer Study
Mozart is often one of the first composers chosen for a Charlotte Mason styled composer study. He is considered one of the best known and best loved composers of all time. And the fact that he began performing and writing music at such a young age is sure to be an inspiration to your children. Le...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:53
56. Vocabulary Building with Analogies
Vocabulary Building with Analogies
Analogies are a great way to sharpen the mind because they require logical thinking to solve. Besides knowing the meanings of the words, you must also understand the relationship expressed in the analogy. For this reason, analogies are perfect for vocabulary development. Analogies can encompass s...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:23:35
57. Charlotte Mason Basics
Charlotte Mason Basics
The homeschool movement is gaining momentum all over the world, and many home educators are looking back to the ideas of Charlotte Mason as a compass for teaching their own children. Charlotte Mason was an educator who lived in England from 1841-1923. She established schools to train governesses...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
58. Bach Composer Study
Bach Composer Study
Anyone using Charlotte Mason styled composer study is sure to encounter Johann Sebastian Bach at some point. Although more famous in his lifetime as an organist than as a composer, Bach is considered today to be one of the primary Baroque composers of Western music. Let the music of Bach fill you...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:17
59. How to Make a Flag Book
How to Make a Flag Book
A flag book looks tricky, but it's not really hard. These step by step photo instructions will teach you how to make a flag book that you can fill with whatever you want. It's sure to impress! Use it as a minibook for lapbooking something you learned in homeschool, or use it purely for fun! Nee...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
60. Narration Helps
Narration Helps
Narration is a cornerstone of a Charlotte Mason homeschool. Forget workbooks, expensive craft kits, and complicated busy work. Narration is a learning method that can be used for any age and for any subject. One of the greatest things about this method is that it requires no purchases or special...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:03
61. Poetry in Homeschool
Poetry in Homeschool
April is National Poetry Month. Does your homeschool language arts curriculum include the study of poetry? Whether you're striving to incorporate more poetry into your curriculum or whether you are looking for a poetry unit study, this web page should offer some resources.Charlotte Mason suggeste...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:14
62. The Best Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Blogs
The Best Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Blogs
I enjoy reading blogs. That peek into another mom's daily life offers inspiration and focus. Yes, in fact, I am doing enough in our homeschool. Or perhaps, no, I'm not doing enough in this area, but this blog gives me some great ideas for how to get on track! Here are my favorite Charlotte Mason...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:25
63. Teaching Art Headquarters
Teaching Art Headquarters
Welcome to Teaching Art Headquarters-- a collection of excellent resources to inspire and guide you as you educate children in the arts. Are the arts vital to our children's education? Or is art an optional area that we can add on if time allows? There are many reasons why children should study,...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:53
64. Homemade Chicken Croquettes
Homemade Chicken Croquettes
Croquettes are small, rounded foods usually made of minced meat, fish, or vegetable coated with egg and bread crumbs and deep-fried. They are commonly served with a cream or tomato sauce, but they are equally good plain. Do you know how to say "croquette?" Click here for the pronunciation. My m...
Food & Cooking - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:12
65. Lapbooking Versus Notebooking
Lapbooking Versus Notebooking
Lapbooking and notebooking are both popular among homeschoolers now. I will take you through some basic characteristics of each and hopefully answer these questions: What are these learning methods? How are they similar? How are they different? Which one is best for my child? Can I mix them up i...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:49
66. How to Make a Wheel Book
How to Make a Wheel Book
Grab some cardstock and a paper fastener! We're going to make a wheel book today! This minibook is especially popular with the little ones because of the motion of the book. The wheel book is especially good for steps in a process or listing several parts of a whole. This book can stand alone o...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:26
67. How to Make a Three Square Unfolding Book
How to Make a Three Square Unfolding Book
This is a tiny book that opens up BIG. In fact, it's so big that some people call it an explosion book or a squash book! Okay, I'm not going to lie. This minibook is a bit difficult to make because it involves some origami folds. BUT it's really cool! You take three squares of the same size, any...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
68. Celebrate the Peanut -- A Unit Study
Celebrate the Peanut -- A Unit Study
The average American consumes more than six pounds of peanuts and peanut butter products each year. WOW! Americans love to snack on peanuts. In fact, four of the top 10 candy bars manufactured in the USA contain peanuts or peanut butter. Because of their popularity and versatility, peanuts contr...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:24
69. Cassatt Artist Study
Cassatt Artist Study
Mary Cassatt is an excellent choice for your homeschool artist study. She is one of the few women Impressionists, and commonly portrays domestic scenes of women and children. She was American by birth, but lived for much of her life in France, surrounded by the other great Impressionists of her ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:45
70. Winter Promise Versus Sonlight
Winter Promise Versus Sonlight
If you want a literature rich homeschool approach, you will want to evaluate these two excellent options -- Sonlight and Winter Promise. Both of these companies offer complete homeschool curriculum packages with daily assignment schedules. Although these packages cost several hundred dollars, th...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:03
71. John James Audubon Artist Study
John James Audubon Artist Study
Was John James Audubon a sketching naturalist or a nature loving artist? Actually, his bird drawings were intended to be scientific sketches instead of art. But most people would agree that his careful observation of birds brought a realism and detail to his sketches that elevated them to the le...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:52
72. How to Create an Animal Lapbook
How to Create an Animal Lapbook
Planning your own lapbook is quite do-able because of the wealth of free and instant resources available on the Internet. This lens will point you in the right directions for a free DIY animal lapbook. Once you understand the process, you can use these steps over and over for your own planning. (...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:18
73. Celebrate National Dictionary Day!
Celebrate National Dictionary Day!
October 16, the birthday of Noah Webster, is Dictionary Day in America. Show your appreciation for this most useful of reference books by celebrating Dictionary Day with your children --learn some new words, learn how dictionaries came to be, spruce up your dictionary skills, or even create your ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:06
74. Chopin Composer Study
Chopin Composer Study
If you are implementing Charlotte Mason styled composer study into your homeschool, Chopin is one of the great masters you will eventually include. Everything you need to plan a Chopin unit study or composer study is right here -- books, audio, printables, and ideas. The main element you need is...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:00
75. Thanksgiving Lapbook
Thanksgiving Lapbook
Take a break from your regular homeschool curriculum and have a Thanksgiving unit study. History, culture, and food all come together in this holiday topic. Create a Thanksgiving lapbook to record what you learn. This page will direct you to great books to read and free resources for making a Th...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:21
76. How to Keep a Poetry Notebook
How to Keep a Poetry Notebook
Notebooking is a simple learning technique by which students narrate what they've learned and form an organized portfolio of work. Any subject can be "notebooked," including poetry. Even though poetry may not be a daily topic of study in your homeschool, keeping a poetry notebook fosters an appre...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:03
77. Nature Study at the Beach
Nature Study at the Beach
Charlotte Mason considered it ridiculous that a child would study about the rainforest but not recognize the plants and animals in his own back yard. But she certainly didn't limit nature study only to a family's immediate surroundings. Nature study can extend to whatever place you visit whether ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:45
78. Penguin Lapbook
Penguin Lapbook
The penguin makes a great unit study and topic for an animal lapbook. There is the biology involved in the study of the animal itself. You can also add the earth science and geography of the penguin's habitat.  Then there are great living books about penguins as well as crafts to make. Explore th...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:24:17
79. Tchaikovsky Composer Study
Tchaikovsky Composer Study
Remember the Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairies? Even if you think you don't, I'm positive that you do! Listen to this midi file and you'll instantly recognize the tune. That famous piece was written by Tchaikovsky as part of The Nutcracker ballet. Peter Tchaikovsky lived from 1840 - 189...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:03
80. Vermeer Artist Study
Vermeer Artist Study
Vermeer is a rather mysterious artist. We have no portraits to tell us what he looked like. Even the facts of his life are few. We do know that he left only thirty-five paintings, and his creation of a few of them is still disputed. With little background information on his life and just a few d...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:53
81. Chacos are the Best Sport Sandals
Chacos are the Best Sport Sandals
I love sandals. When the weather gets warm, all other shoes are neglected for my Chaco sandals. I want my feet to stay cool and free. And I love to show off painted toe nails! But I'm also on my feet a lot, walking on uneven ground and hiking outdoors. So "pretty" but flimsy and strappy sandals ...
Fashion & Beauty - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:52:51
82. Nature Study at the River
Nature Study at the River
Rivers are a freshwater biome full of life and motion. And they make fantastic places for nature walks. Grab a bucket and a net, and let's go to the river to explore. After a few visits to your local river, lake, or stream, you may want to learn more about what you're seeing.Use any questions yo...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:21
83. Using the Kindle for Homeschool
Using the Kindle for Homeschool
After much deliberation, I finally did it! I bought a Kindle. Actually, I bought two Kindles -- one for me and one for my daughter. I at first wanted one for myself for reading books and for reading PDFs. But the more I read about Kindle, the more I realized that it would be great for homeschool...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:10:31
84. Charlotte Mason: The Simplest Homeschool Ever
Charlotte Mason: The Simplest Homeschool Ever
At first glance, Charlotte Mason's educational philosophy seems complicated. But in fact, that misconception is only because CM is so vastly different from the textbook driven education many of us received in public schools. As you read more and more about CM, you discover the simplicity of this...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:17
85. How to Make a Matchbook
How to Make a Matchbook
Called a matchbook because it's folded like a book of matches, this minibook is just a few folds away. Generally a small book, it is perfect for vocabulary words or other snippets of information. Make several and arrange them in a group inside your lapbook.
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:24:20
86. Lapbooking -- Frequently Asked Questions
Lapbooking -- Frequently Asked Questions
Most any topic comes with its own set of FAQ --frequently asked questions. Lapbooking is no exception. These questions seem to be asked by most new lapbookers. The fortunate thing is that there are lots of other lapbookers who have answers to these questions. Here you can find a compilation of th...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:26
87. Lapbooking and Unit Study Themes
Lapbooking and Unit Study Themes
This page is guide to all my other pages of lapbooking, notebooking, or unit study themes. Browse around and find some ideas for topics of study. Each lens is full of links to freebies and photographs to inspire. An entire list of all my pages here at Squidoo can be found on my profile page.
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:18
88. Mother Goose Rhymes
Mother Goose Rhymes
Not only are Mother Goose rhymes a part of our western cultural heritage, but Mother Goose has her own special holiday. May 1 is Mother Goose Day! Of course, these classic rhymes can be celebrated  any day of the year! How well do you know your nursery rhymes? Can you distinguish Old King Cole fr...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:53
89. Living Math
Living Math
In a child's early years, math is actually play. Counting, stacking, sorting, and balancing are all fun activities that develop mathematical reasoning. Don't separate math from fun. Don't kill a child's natural love of mathematical play by insisting all mathematical concepts be relegated to a te...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:18
90. How to Make a Three Fourths Book
How to Make a Three Fourths Book
A three fourths minibook is a simple fold for your lapbook that offers plenty of space inside for writing text or drawing pictures. Three fourths minibooks aren't just for lapbooking. Use one for a writing assignment or book report instead of boring lined paper. Or your children can use them for...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:20:14
91. How to Make a Four Corner Minibook
How to Make a Four Corner Minibook
Have a square of paper? Then you can easily make this minibook. Because of how it's folded, the four corner minibook is also often called an envelope book. Make it large or make it small depending on how much content you want to include in the book. Attach the back of the four corner minibook to...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:26
92. Preparing for a Trip to an Art Museum
Preparing for a Trip to an Art Museum
No amount of studying art from books or computer screens can substitute for seeing actual pieces in a museum. So visiting an art museum is a wonderful complement to a Charlotte Mason styled artist study regardless of which artist you are currently studying and the ages of your children. Preschool...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:03
93. Gauguin Artist Study
Gauguin Artist Study
Consistent artist study is a part of a Charlotte Mason homeschool. The principle is that a little bit, done often adds up to large amounts of knowledge over time. I can vouch for the effectiveness of this approach. Picture study is simple and quick. But when done repeatedly will result in a stron...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:18
94. What Do I Need to Get Started With Lapbooking?
What Do I Need to Get Started With Lapbooking?
If you're ready to take the plunge to use lapbooks in your curriculum, you should evaluate your resources: Do you have what you need to do it well? Where do you store your craft and art supplies? Do you have the essentials for lapbooking? Do you know about some extras that can make your lapbooki...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:26
95. The Squatty Potty
The Squatty Potty
When traveling internationally, there are two main areas of dread for many people -- food and toilets! You're on your own with the food, but I'm here to help you with how to use the "squatty potty" found all over Asia. This is a delicate topic, and not without some inherent humor. But this is mea...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:24
96. Charlotte Mason Quotes
Charlotte Mason Quotes
Charlotte Mason was an educator in England who lived from 1842 to 1923. Her educational philosophy, called the Charlotte Mason method, is used by many modern homeschoolers. This lens is a collection of quotes by Miss Mason on these topics: How Children Learn Teaching Children Books and Reading ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:19
97. Charts and Graphs for Learning
Charts and Graphs for Learning
We were studying the instruments of the orchestra, and my daughter had an idea to make a poll of people's favorite composers to add to her lapbook. I asked her a few questions, and she said, "Wait a minute. I know just what I want. Let me go get the book." She came back with Bart's Amazing Charts...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:00
98. Playdough
Besides a freshly baked loaf of bread, I can't think of a better use of a few cups of flour besides a batch of velvety soft playdough! The simple toys are the best, and playdough has to rank up at the top of simple toys. A handful of playdough, a plastic knife, and a rolling pin can be the inspi...
Arts & Design - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:54:06
99. Winter Promise American Story 1 Extras
Winter Promise American Story 1 Extras
Winter Promise's first year American history curriculum is fabulous! It is very thorough on its own, especially with the added Native American focus resources. BUT who can't resist adding a few extras here and there? We are finished with our WP journey with AS1. I have documented here the extra ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:17
100. How to Make a Tabbed Book
How to Make a Tabbed Book
Making a tabbed book is quite easy! So you don't really need a template. You simply need instructions. Do you have scissors (or a paper cutter), a ruler, a stapler, and some paper? Okay. Follow these step by step directions and you can make this minibook right now. This book can stand alone or ...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 10:23:38
101. Charlotte Mason on Math
Charlotte Mason on Math
Although modern CM practitioners use the term "living math," you will see that it is not in her original writings.She did talk repeatedly about "living books," and obviously the term living has been carried over to the learning of math. Charlotte Mason did refer to the "living teaching" of math ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
102. Audio Homeschool
Audio Homeschool
We all have our own preferred learning style whether it be visual, auditory, or kinesthetic. But did you know that learning is always enhanced when more than one learning style is used?Adding audio books and stories to your home offers many learning advantages. Don't listen when people say that ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:25
103. Spelling
Spelling -- didn't you dread it in school: the pages and pages full of your words written "ten times each," cramming for a test each Thursday night, and the deadly dull Spelling Bee each year? It doesn't have to be boring! Make spelling fun with games and hands-on activities. There are a multitud...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:59
104. Chinese New Year
Chinese New Year
新年快乐 Happy Chinese New Year! Take your children on a fascinating cultural experience -- celebrate Chinese New Year! Chinese New Year is the celebration of a new lunar year. It is a fifteen day holiday that starts on the evening of the second new moon after the winter ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:18
105. Delight Directed Homeschooling
Delight Directed Homeschooling
After you decide to homeschool your child, your next big decision is the style of education that you want your homeschool to take. Delight directed is a gentle style of home education that allows the child's natural interests to guide the learning rather than a purchased or prescribed curriculum ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:01
106. Charlotte Mason Quotes About Nature
Charlotte Mason Quotes About Nature
Charlotte Mason loved nature and felt that children should be outdoors among nature as much as possible each day, directly observing plants, animals, weather, and seasons. Many homeschoolers follow a Charlotte Mason style of education and incorporate nature study into their learning. Taking regul...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:03
107. 100 Strangers: a Photography Project
100 Strangers: a Photography Project
This lens has been essentially dismantled. Read more below for details. ORIGINAL INTRODUCTION: Photography is an art. However, there are skill sets that can be learned and honed as you strive to improve your photography. And of course, like any skill or talent, practice is crucial. The 100 Stran...
Arts & Design - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:26
108. Lapbook Video Showcase
Lapbook Video Showcase
Wouldn't it be great if another homeschooling mom could come over with a lapbook in hand and simply show you what lapbooking is all about? If she could let you see an actual lapbook and explain how it works, how it's made, and what her children learned, then you feel sure you could really unders...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:26
109. Junie B. Jones
Junie B. Jones
The first Junie B. Jones book was published in July 1992. Since that time, Barbara Park has written a total of twenty-seven Junie B. books and sold more than 43 million copies! Ms. Park is considered one of todays funniest children's authors. Her Junie B. Jones early chapter books are consistent...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:24
110. A Trip to a Chinese Wet Market
A Trip to a Chinese Wet Market
Although there are modern supermarkets in China, the absolutely freshest meat and vegetables are to be found at the open air wet markets. I'm going to take you on a virtual field trip to some wet markets in ordinary Chinese towns. Put on some sturdy shoes to keep your feet out of the slop, grab ...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:18
111. Backyard Bird Identification Quiz
Backyard Bird Identification Quiz
How well do you know the birds that live in the wooded areas in your neighborhood? This quiz features 18 common American birds. Test your knowledge and see if you know a chickadee from a finch and a catbird from a bluebird. After the quiz questions, you can find links to printables for learning ...
Pets & Animals - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:14
112. Dragon in the Sky Shadow Puppet Theater in Beijing
Dragon in the Sky Shadow Puppet Theater in Beijing
In 2009, we took a family vacation to Beijing. Our ten year old daughter "Sprite" is old enough to enjoy the architecture and to appreciate the history of the typical Beijing sites, but we also wanted some kid-friendly activities especially for her. Going to the Dragon in the Sky Shadow Puppet T...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:26
113. Bruegel Artist Study
Bruegel Artist Study
In selecting artists for your Charlotte Mason styled artist study, it's nice to have some of the leg work already done for you. This page is that kind of help. I've chosen a prominent artist -- Bruegel-- and assembled representative pieces of his art to give you one term's worth of picture study....
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:03
114. Top 6 Reasons to Use Hands-on Projects
Top 6 Reasons to Use Hands-on Projects
Board games, dice, dominoes, cards, arts and crafts, science experiments, nature walks and nature journaling, lapbooking, making models and dioramas, making costumes and acting -- these are all hands-on activities that can be used in education. Hands-on learning is advocated by homeschoolers of ...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:18
115. Charlotte Mason on the Bible
Charlotte Mason on the Bible
Charlotte Mason had a lot to say about educating children. What did she think of the Bible? Was it important to her that children read the Bible? In fact, she had high regard for Scripture and thought that all children should be familiar with its stories and be molded by its moral instruction. B...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:23
116. How to Make a Trifold Minibook
How to Make a Trifold Minibook
A trifold is one of the simplest and most versatile minibook out there. It's called a trifold because it's folded in thirds just like you fold a letter to put into an envelope. This lapbook option can be large or small. With lots of empty space inside, trifolds are a good option for most any to...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:04
117. Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Headquarters
Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Headquarters
Welcome to Charlotte Mason Homeschooling! This group features lenses that help homeschoolers implement Charlotte Mason's philosophy in all areas including narration, living books, poetry, Shakespeare, timelines, living math, composer study, artist study, and nature study. We hope that you fin...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:18
118. Guiseppe Verdi Composer Study
Guiseppe Verdi Composer Study
Choosing Giuseppe Verdi for your homeschool composer study will add the variety of opera to your music curriculum. In his lifetime (1813 1901), Verdi composed 28 operas! And those operas have continued to be loved right through modern days. In fact, on the list of top 20 operas performed in Ameri...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:00
119. Last Child In The Woods
Last Child In The Woods
People need nature - really need nature, not merely enjoy nature or benefit from nature. Children need experiences with nature just as they need sleep or healthy food. Why? Richard Louv spends much of his book Last Child in the Woods explaining exactly what nature offers children: emotional wel...
Books, Poetry & Writing - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:53
120. Language Arts Lessons with Acrostics
Language Arts Lessons with Acrostics
Every teacher knows that adding a game or puzzle to a lesson makes it more fun. When children are having fun, they are more motivated to learn. Acrostics are word games that can be used with almost any homeschool lesson to add some variety and encourage critical thinking. Create an acrostic today...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:10:25
121. Chan Chu the Wealth Toad
Chan Chu the Wealth Toad
The chan chu has many names -- three-legged toad, wealth toad, or prosperity toad. In Asia, the chan chu is a good luck symbol, especially in the area of prosperity. Just one look at its figure will demonstrate that. Look at all the gold coins! According to the belief of feng shui, the mythologi...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:15
122. Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Festival
Dragon Boat Festival is celebrated on the 5th day of the 5th month. But that's not May 5th. This holiday is calculated according to the lunar calendar. The next Dragon Boat Festival is Saturday, June 23, 2012. You still have time to plan some fun activities for your children! Along with the Chi...
Education - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:53
123. How to Create a Demographics Survey for Your Blog
How to Create a Demographics Survey for Your Blog
If you have a blog, you are probably curious about your regular readers and visitors. One of the best ways to get data about them is to ask them to fill out a survey that you customize for your blog. You probably have some guesses about your audience based on the content of your blog, but the fac...
Internet - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:52:51
124. Panda Fascination
Panda Fascination
The Panda Bear is most certainly one of the most famous and beloved of the world's endangered animals. Personally, I never was a huge fan of the panda until I saw them in person at a research center in China. They are amazingly beautiful animals -- gentle, slow, and BIG eaters! The two pictures b...
Pets & Animals - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:47
125. How to Make a Christingle
How to Make a Christingle
Christingles are a traditional Christmas craft that are both simple and frugal. The materials are not expensive and most of them can be eaten or otherwise used. Best of all, the Christingle is a distinctly Christian craft, displaying the truth of the holiday season -- Jesus Christ, the Savior of...
Holidays & Celebrations - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:03
126. Top Ten Cures for the Homeschool Blahs
Top Ten Cures for the Homeschool Blahs
Despite the joy we homeschool moms find in educating our children at home, there can be boring days where it feels that we're just going through the motions. We feel it, and the children feel it too! We may need to stop and assess -- why are we having these motivation issues? If we don't address...
Education - Thu, 11 Sep 2014 01:53:27
127. Jimmie -- About Me and My Lenses
Jimmie -- About Me and My Lenses
Hi! I'm Jimmie. Although I don't look much like the Victorian lady I've chosen for my avatar, I like the image that she portrays -- dignified, calm, attractive, and cultured-- all things I'd like to be. Instead I'm a bit too loud, a bit too frank. So to give you a more realistic view of me, here ...
Squidoo Community - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:13:49
128. Crazy English
Crazy English
I call it Crazy English. Others call it Chinglish or Engrish. Whatever you call it, it's hilarious! When people in China try to use English, disastrous errors often result. Enjoy a chuckle at my collection of crazy English, most of which was captured in China. All of these photos are uploaded to...
Travel & Places - Wed, 10 Sep 2014 22:14:26
129. Oreo the Homeschool Cat
Meet Oreo, one of our homeschooled cats. My daughter "Sprite" is educated at home and since the cats like to get in the middle of everything we do, I figure that these are some very educated cats! Look at the photos for the evidence. And join in the fun by adding some funny captions! What is Ore...
pets-and-animals - Sun, 22 Jul 2012 00:07:31
130. Flickr for Homeschool
My infatuation with Flickr is over. I no longer can recommend the site for photo hosting. After being a paying customer for five years and using my own Flickr images on my lenses, suddenly in the summer of 2012 Flickr began blocking those images. There was never any official notification, just le...
How-To & Education - Sat, 21 Jul 2012 23:43:18

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