Tuesday, April 30, 2013

Making Notebooking Pages Out of Lapbooking Components!

Throughout this past year, there have been times that I have wanted to do some lapbooking components with my kids but felt that it may be too young or too bulky for the notebooks to do it that way each time.  That's when I decided this: Just because it SAYS it's for a lapbook, doesn't mean you have to USE it in a lapbook.

Here's an example from my first grader so that you know what I'm talking about:

I am adding a working list of lapbooking components that could be used with my History Plans for year 2. I'll put up another one for year 3 later.

Year 2, Term 1:

1. Ancient Rome (for review): http://www.homeschoolshare.com/ancient_rome.php
2. Paris in the Middle Ages: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/marguerite_makes_a_book_unit.php
3. Vikings: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/viking_adventure.php

Year 2, Term 2:

1. Middle Ages, including knights, etc: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/sir_cumference.php
2. Robin Hood: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/robin_hood.php
3. The Plague: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/plague.php
4. Japanese culture (may be interesting during chapter 17 on Samurai): http://www.homeschoolshare.com/little_oh.php
5. Knights and Castles: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/knights_lapbook.php
6. Explorer unit (including Marco Polo): http://www.homeschoolshare.com/explorer_unit.php

Year 2, Term 3:

1. Christopher Columbus: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/goody.php
2. Reformation: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/reformation.php
3. Renaissance and reformation: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/connections__renaissance_reformation.php
4. Mary, Queen of Scots: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/mary_queen_of_scots.php
5. Gutenberg: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/marguerite_makes_a_book_unit.php
6. Shakespeare: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/shakespeare_notebook_pages.php

Monday, April 29, 2013

Free Charlotte Mason/living books/hands-on History Curriculum: Year Two, Term Two

**Updated May 8, 2013**

Here's the link for the second term in year two:


I have lots of things scheduled in here.  Some things we did, others we didn't.  Many of the main readings were done only by my oldest son as he was the one that needed a little more meat to his History.  The middle two were in fourth and first grade and so did mostly just Story of the World (with the older reading aloud to the younger).

Again, I am offering this as an option for anyone who is looking to do things for free and/or low cost.  Please take what you want from it and disregard the things that don't work for your family.  This is what worked best for our family at the time.  We will likely do this again when we get back around to the Middle Ages again. It was a fun year!

Generally speaking, we try to keep up with the time line.  I like to do it once a week.  We did a family time line this year so there was just one main one.  We also did some occasional notebook time lining so that we could put that in the portfolios.

If you'd like to do any map work, an easy way to add that in is to map whatever region/area of the world that you are working on for that week.  We did that a lot this past year.

Enjoy the second term! :)

Thursday, April 25, 2013

Portfolio Time!

It's that time of year again and this year, I have three portfolios to assemble! We're in Pennsylvania, so I have to follow their rules.  If you need some PA help, check out this site: www.askpauline.com

These are our portfolios this year.  Nothing fancy, just three three-ring binders from Walmart in my kids' favorite colors to help me keep track of which one belongs to which kid.

Inside, I have a calendar that I printed out keeping track of the days they attended, followed by our "permission paper" from the school to remind them that they approved us for this already, and then I added an evaluation of Lily's year done by me.  I'll add a list of our field trips to this front section. There's also space for the evaluator's form(s).

After that, we have a section for each subject taught this year with summaries of that subject and a resource list for each one.  They include Language Arts, Social Studies (this includes History, PA History, People and Cultures, and Geography), Science, Math, Art and Music, Health and Safety. They look like this:

And each of those sections also has examples of their work.  Because we are in PA, and my daughter attended a cyber school for kindergarten, we have to submit a portfolio for her as well in first grade.  These examples are from her portfolio:

Hopefully this helps you all out in your own portfolio assembly! Have a great weekend!

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

History Folders: Marco Polo and the Mongols

Have you seen History Pockets?  Check them out here: http://www.evan-moor.com/search?q=Name:%22History%20Pockets,%20Grades%201-3%22

I don't know about you, but I thought these looked like lots of fun and like something my kids would all love doing.  The problem? Well, there were two actually. Number one, there weren't any History Pockets for the time we were studying that I could find. And number two, the most important reason, I was out of money to spend on curriculum for the year! :O

So I came up with a variation of the idea that I like to call my History Folders.  In it, we put a map of the area we were studying at the time (China) with the Mongol Empire colored in, a Chinese flag, a timeline of Marco Polo's adventure, a map of his route, and a notebooking page that included information about Genghis Khan.

You can see the timeline notebooking page here: http://notebookingfairy.com/pixiedust/all-purpose/timeline-notebooking-page.pdf

I made the Mongol and Genghis Khan covers and notebooking pages: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1QxG4LMyj4UNFk1b0FDQVBRYWc/edit?usp=sharing

Homeschool Share has a complete explorers unit (which includes Marco Polo) here: http://www.homeschoolshare.com/explorer_unit.php

And the Chinese flag can be viewed here: http://www.enchantedlearning.com/asia/china/flag.shtml

Here is our finished product:

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Free Charlotte Mason/living books/hands-on History Curriculum: Year Two, Term One

All right, here it is! The long-awaited year two of my free History Curriculum! :)  This is mostly just things we've done this year, though it also includes some items that I wish we'd done and that we WILL do when we get back around to this year plan again! For example, I found a used copy of The Usborne Time Traveler, which I love, and want to use later. :)

Keep in mind that you can substitute your own activities and/or books where you'd like to.  I have scheduled a couple of GA Henty books in here and I know not everyone loves them.  So if you have a better alternative that you'd like to share, please comment! I'd love to hear them!

Here's the link to the term:


I'll make updates as necessary and will share some related items listed in this term later in the week. :)

Monday, April 22, 2013

Pretzel Unit Study

Pretzels are yummy.  There's no doubt about it and as I was looking for some more fun things to do with my kids at the end of this year, I discovered that pretzels play a part in Pennsylvania's history.  I love a good soft pretzel so it seemed pretty obvious to me! We needed to spend some time learning about the history of the soft pretzel.


1. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pretzel
2. http://www.ushistory.org/tour/pretzel-museum.htm
3. http://www.foodworks-intl.com/history_of_the_pretzel.htm
4. http://www.nytimes.com/1988/11/13/travel/fare-of-the-country-philadelphia-s-twist-on-the-pretzel.html?pagewanted=all&src=pm
5. http://philadelphiaencyclopedia.org/archive/pretzels/
6. http://recipes.howstuffworks.com/pretzel-facts.htm
7. http://www.juliussturgis.com/aboutpretzels.html


1. Auntie Anne: My Story by Anne Beiler
2. Pretzels by the Dozen: Truth and Inspiration with a Heart-Shaped Twist by Angela Elwell Hunt
3. Walter the Baker by Eric Carle
4. Pretzel Vending Book, pages 8 to 10 (free to look inside at these pages on Amazon): http://www.amazon.com/Pretzel-Vending-Book-Second-Popular/dp/1456580175/ref=sr_1_6?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1366301750&sr=1-6&keywords=history+of+pretzel

Pretzel Kits:

1. Auntie Anne's: http://www.amazon.com/Auntie-Annes-At-Home-Baking-1-99-Pound/dp/B007TBO6PI/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1366302026&sr=8-1&keywords=pretzel+kit
2. Fun Pack Foods: http://www.amazon.com/Fun-Pack-Foods-Carnival-Pretzel/dp/B003EGCW9O/ref=sr_1_7?ie=UTF8&qid=1366302343&sr=8-7&keywords=pretzel+kit


1. How It's Made Pretzels: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jA8PyXeeXiA
2. Pretzels Unwrapped: http://www.foodnetwork.com/videos/pretzels-unwrapped/70877.html

Pretzel Recipes:

1. Food Network: http://www.foodnetwork.com/recipes/alton-brown/homemade-soft-pretzels-recipe/index.html
2. All Recipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/mall-pretzels/
3. Another All Recipes: http://allrecipes.com/recipe/buttery-soft-pretzels/
4. CD Kitchen: http://www.cdkitchen.com/recipes/recs/352/Aunt_Annies_Soft_Pretzels13849.shtml

A pretzel notebooking page for you to use: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0B1QxG4LMyj4UaE5XVXFzMGU5MGM/edit?usp=sharing

If you have a Pretzel Factory or Bakery in your area, then you should also go there for a tour! They often give samples and a great history lesson with pretzel-making lesson as well.  We had a lot of fun on our tour a few weeks ago! Some pics:

Thursday, April 18, 2013

Free Charlotte Mason/living books/hands-on History Curriculum: Year Three, Term Three of Three

**Updated 5/21/13**

Here it is! The final of the three terms! :)

I wanted to let you all know though, this one is three weeks longer than the others.  Try as I might, I could not get those chapters squeezed into 12 weeks in a comfortable way for me and my kidlets.  You all can move things around any way that you wish.  You'll notice that I also dropped chapter 41 from SOTW3.  You can add it back in if you wish, but I had to cut something and that was what I chose. :)

As far as the book list goes, there are TONS of great books out there for this time period.  I had a very hard time choosing just a few! But in the end, I chose the ones that I had easy access to and that my kids would most likely enjoy.

Here is the link:


In the next few days I plan to get the first part of History in the Middle Ages up as well.  That is what we are finishing up this year. Have a great day!

ETA: I have updated the above link to include the rest of the George Washington's World schedule! I forgot to add it last week, sorry!

**Updated on 5/1/13

Wednesday, April 17, 2013

Free Charlotte Mason/living books/hands-on History Curriculum: Year Three, Term Two of Three

**Updated 5/21/13**

Good morning!

Below you'll find the link for the second of the three terms for the History plans I intend to use next year with my kids.  This one begins in 1675 during King Philip's War and goes through the American Constitution.  As before, I've used lots of different free resources to put this together including book lists from Sonlight, My Father's World, the SOTW/HOTUS list on Redshift, and others.

The Hands-on History books referenced in this document are constantly on sale at the Scholastic Teacher Express site during the Dollar Days so if you don't already own them, watch for another sale and grab them! They are awesome!

I've also included Liberty's Kids in this plan.  Liberty's Kids is a cartoon available on You Tube.  They actually have a channel that you can subscribe to and watch the episodes (broken up into 2 10-minute parts). They are all great episodes, but I've only included a handful of them here.  If your kids love them, feel free to watch them all!

Finally, I've linked you to the timeline we'll be using and making here at our house.  There are TONS of free ones all over the internet so if you don't like this one, try out a different one! I know the notebooking fairy (here: www.notebookingfairy.com/ ) has some great notebooking pages that serve as timelines.  Simply Charlotte Mason has a free Book of Centuries here: http://simplycharlottemason.com/store/basic-book-of-centuries/


If you see any issues or have any questions, please feel free to leave me a comment.  :)  I'll try to get the third term up tomorrow, possibly as late as next week, but it's coming! Have a great day everyone!

ETA: One other note, if you have access to Schoolhouse Rock (and there are some videos on You Tube), those are excellent for this as well! "The shot heard round the world" and "The Great American Melting Pot" are a couple that come to mind!

Also, I thought you all might be interested in some of the videos from the History Channel on the revolution:http://www.history.com/search?q=america+the+story+of+us+revolution&x=-1109&y=-148

**Updated link on 5/1/13

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Free Charlotte Mason/living books/hands-on History Curriculum: Year Three, Term One of Three

**Updated 5/21/13**

For the past several months, I've been searching and searching for the perfect-for-our-family History curriculum.  There are a TON available out there that I would LOVE to try out too! But they are a bit expensive for our family and I already have lots of awesome stuff here at my house or available through my local library.

And that's when this curriculum guide was born.  Inside, you'll see that I've broken the term down into 12 weeks and scheduled books that I already own or can easily get for free.  I used many different resources to put this together, all of them free, including some books from the Simply Charlotte Mason site, some that Sonlight and My Father's World use, and the Story of the World/History of US list on redshift.com. I chose the ones that I thought my kids would like and that I thought I would like teaching.  I also added some fun activities, video links, and broke down the Hands-on History series ($1 during the Dollar Days through Scholastic Teacher Express) to fit in with our lessons each week.

I hope you enjoy it! :)

The link: