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Jimmie Lanley

Joined 6 weeks ago from Memphis, TN, USA

Homeschool mother who works from home in the field of social media marketing.

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  • 8

    How to Create a Demographics Survey for Your Blog

    16 months ago

    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...

  • 4

    Flip Books for Fun and Learning

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 7

    Pilgrim's Progress Homeschool Unit Study

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 58

    Backyard Bird Identification Quiz

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 2

    Bruegel Artist Study

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 5

    Gauguin Artist Study

    2 years ago

    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....

  • 3

    Chopin Composer Study

    20 months ago

    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...

  • 2

    Delight Directed Homeschooling

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 9

    Reading Journals

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 6

    How to Keep a Poetry Notebook

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 7

    Vocabulary Building with Analogies

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 1

    Language Arts Lessons with Acrostics

    10 months ago

    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...

  • 3

    Living Geography for Homeschool

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 9

    Chan Chu the Wealth Toad

    2 years ago

    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....

  • 16

    Math Poetry Lessons for Homeschool

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 43

    Quiz: High School Prefixes, Suffixes, and Roots

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 11

    Building Vocabulary in Your Homeschool

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 26

    Hands-on Shakespeare

    2 years ago

    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. ...

  • 46

    How to Add a Printable Recipe Card to Your Lens or Blog Post

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 15

    Hink Pinks

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 8

    Nature Study at the River

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 33

    Elements of Fiction

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 24

    Using the Kindle for Homeschool

    23 months ago

    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...

  • 24

    Hymn Study for Homeschool

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 16

    How to Make a Christingle

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 3

    Guiseppe Verdi Composer Study

    23 months ago

    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...

  • 13

    Dragon in the Sky Shadow Puppet Theater in Beijing

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 18

    Printables for Mathematicians Are People Too

    2 years ago

    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,...

  • 18

    Top 6 Reasons to Use Hands-on Projects

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 278

    Homemade Calzone

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 33

    Celebrate National Dictionary Day!

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 20

    Celebrate the Peanut -- A Unit Study

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 46

    A Trip to a Chinese Wet Market

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 11

    Mozart Composer Study

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 34

    Homemade Chicken Croquettes

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 31

    Top Ten Cures for the Homeschool Blahs

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 30

    John James Audubon Artist Study

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 5

    Charlotte Mason Quotes About Nature

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 6

    Charlotte Mason on the Bible

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 16

    Composer Study -- Charlotte Mason Style

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 6

    Charlotte Mason Quotes

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 39

    100 Strangers: a Photography Project

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 6

    Charlotte Mason on Math

    23 months ago

    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...

  • 14

    Tchaikovsky Composer Study

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 13

    Bach Composer Study

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 7

    Teaching Art Headquarters

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 18

    Teaching Writing without (BUYING) a Writing Curriculum

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 48

    Transitioning to Living Math

    8 weeks ago

    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...

  • 19

    Preparing for a Trip to an Art Museum

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 21

    Bible Notebooking

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 21

    Science Notebooking

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 11

    Vermeer Artist Study

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 73

    Math Notebooking

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 57

    Hands-on Fractions

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 16

    Shakespeare Animated Tales Video Showcase

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 44

    How to Make a Shadow Puppet Theater

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 88

    Tangrams

    20 months ago

    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...

  • 21

    How to Make a Flag Book

    23 months ago

    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...

  • 8

    How to Make a Three Square Unfolding Book

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 103

    Salt Dough Maps

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 26

    BF History of the Horse Unit Study

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 19

    Chemistry Lapbook

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 38

    Ancient Egypt Lapbook

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 14

    The Best Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Blogs

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 68

    Grammar for Homeschool

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 7

    Lapbook Video Showcase

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 36

    How to Plan a Lapbook

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 40

    Picasso Artist Study

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 19

    Cassatt Artist Study

    20 months ago

    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...

  • 4

    How to Make a Trifold Minibook

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 5

    How to Make a Matchbook

    2 years ago

    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...

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    How to Make a Four Corner Minibook

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 2

    How to Make a Three Fourths Book

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 4

    How to Make a Wheel Book

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 6

    How to Make a Tabbed Book

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 66

    Minibook Gallery

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 21

    Using Drawing with Children by Mona Brookes

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 11

    What Do I Need to Get Started With Lapbooking?

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 16

    Flat Travelers

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 74

    The Squatty Potty

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 29

    Crazy English

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 20

    Panda Fascination

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 32

    Monet Artist Study

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 117

    Jimmie -- About Me and My Lenses

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 0

    Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Headquarters

    2 years ago

    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,...

  • 43

    Opera for Children

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 25

    Spelling

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 419

    Making a Shoebox Diorama

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 23

    Make Your Own Notebooking Pages

    2 years ago

    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,...

  • 16

    Lapbooking -- Frequently Asked Questions

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 16

    Chacos are the Best Sport Sandals

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 19

    Lapbooking Versus Notebooking

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 23

    Greek Classics for Children

    2 years ago

    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,...

  • 13

    Nature Study at the Beach

    23 months ago

    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...

  • 10

    Narration Helps

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 25

    Notebooking Exhibit

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 17

    Winter Promise Versus Sonlight

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 108

    Mid-Autumn Festival

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 37

    Dragon Boat Festival

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 98

    Chinese New Year

    20 months ago

    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...

  • 4

    Winter Promise American Story 1 Extras

    2 years ago

    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?...

  • 10

    Lapbooking and Unit Study Themes

    2 years ago

    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...

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    Living Math

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 27

    Audio Homeschool

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 32

    Poetry in Homeschool

    19 months ago

    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...

  • 145

    Shakespeare for Children

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 88

    Human Body Lapbook

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 43

    Last Child In The Woods

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 84

    50 States Notebook

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 28

    Physics Lapbook

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 44

    Mini Offices

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 29

    Space Lapbook

    2 years ago

    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...

  • 19

    How to Create an Animal Lapbook

    2 years ago

    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...

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    Penguin Lapbook

    2 years ago

    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. ...

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    Charlotte Mason: The Simplest Homeschool Ever

    2 years ago

    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...

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    A Super Easy Way To Begin Lapbooking : The Simplest Lapbook Ever

    2 years ago

    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...

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    Thanksgiving Lapbook

    23 months ago

    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...

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    Junie B. Jones

    2 years ago

    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...

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    Playdough

    2 years ago

    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...

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    Timelines for Homeschool

    2 years ago

    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...

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    Rainforest Lapbook

    2 years ago

    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...

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    Classical Music Lapbook

    10 months ago

    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...

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    Mother Goose Rhymes

    2 years ago

    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...

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    Charts and Graphs for Learning

    19 months ago

    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...

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    Charlotte Mason Basics

    2 years ago

    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...

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    Artist Study -- Charlotte Mason Style

    2 years ago

    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...

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    Nature Study -- Charlotte Mason Style

    2 years ago

    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....

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    Lapbooking

    2 years ago

    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...

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