Today's resource was written and contributed by Michelle Scott from Thinking Love, No Twaddle. Granted this is not your everyday contribution for young learners, but older learners may just get inspired to learn more about Chinese History, life cycles, human anatomy, entomology, or criminal sciences.
Part two includes more information on entomology, the study of insects, and how they can be helpful to forensic science. She introduces such scientists as Franncesco Redi, Bergeret d’Arbois, and Hermann Reinhard. You will also find fold able notebooking pages for Chinese forensic medicine. Michelle has even included the answers to questions posed through out the worksheet packet. These are very well done.
Thanks for sharing, Michelle!!
Click Here to download Part 1 of Chinese Forensic Medicine
Click Here to download Part 2 of Chinese Forensic Medicine
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Most of us start the school year with great plans and high hopes but it often doesn’t take very long to realize that we just don’t live in a perfect homeschooling world.
Are any of the following true for you?
- Your children don’t like the curriculum.
- You don’t like the curriculum.
- Your meticulous scheduling isn’t working out very well.
- There are too many interruptions during the day.
- You’re already feeling isolated and cooped up.
- The house is getting messier by the moment.
- You are irritable and overreacting to minor issues.
If you see yourself in any (or all!) of the above scenarios, don’t despair. Read on for some ideas to help you move beyond these road blocks.
- Be flexible. If something isn’t working, be willing to try something different. If there are tears or tensions on either side, put aside whatever you are working on and take a breather. Try playing a game, reading aloud from a funny book or going to the park. Remember why you are homeschooling! This is a whole-life experience and if you stop for one day it is not going to ruin any child’s life.
- Limit scheduled activities. When the schedule starts feeling overwhelmingly full, you have the power to control it. Homeschool moms have a tendency to schedule way too many activities both inside and outside the home. Look over your schedule carefully and decide what is really necessary. Say no to the ‘good things’ so you can say yes to the ‘great things.’
- Get support. Get Dad involved (but you’re going to have to TELL him that you need his support and help; he’s not likely to just pick up on it). Join and attend your local Homeschool Support Group. No group in your area? Join an on-line support group or a telephone support group. YahooGroups.com has many homeschool related email groups. Hire a Life Coach who specializes in helping homeschool moms.
- Change your teaching style or curriculum. If the curriculum isn’t working, give yourself permission to stop using it. Mary Pride suggests asking yourself: “Am I overdoing it? Am I making simple subjects too fancy? What can I eliminate? Do I need to be doing this at all? Is my child not ready for this subject? Should I give it a rest? Are there other worthwhile things we would like to study or do and come back to this later?”
- Engage everyone in the household chores. Don’t do everything yourself! Take time every day to train the children to pick up their rooms, do simple chores and keep the house in a general state of order. It is well worth the time and energy it takes to get this part of your homeschool life organized.
When motherhood, homeschooling or life in general is overwhelming, stop and simplify. So often when we see problems in our life, our tendency is to try and do a major overhaul. Take some good advice from Charlotte Mason: implement only one new habit or idea at a time. With focus, diligence and consistency you will soon see improvement in this one area and you will not feel overwhelmed by trying to change too many things at once. When the new habit is solid in your life, go ahead and move on to another one….but JUST ONE. Success in changing habits depends on setting one small goal at a time and achieving it.
Charmaine Wistad has successfully homeschooled her own two children from pre-school through high school. Now she is turning her attention toward helping other homeschool moms. Through personal coaching, Charmaine helps homeschooling moms thrive… not just survive! Visit her website to try a complimentary no-obligation telephone coaching session.
Click Here to download Series I of Parables From Nature by Margaret S. Gatty
Click Here to download Series II of Parables From Nature by Margaret S. Gatty
Click Here to download Series III of Parables From Nature by Margaret S. Gatty
Click Here to download Series IV of Parables From Nature by Margaret S. Gatty
Click Here to download our Check-off Record Sheet for Parables From Nature by Margaret S. Gatty
Here is the next set of pages in the History of Early Man resources that Michelle over at Thinking Love, No Twaddle. has been sharing with us.
This set, Children of Adam, continues on from the first set. This family discussion type lesson set includes historical reading, go along online links for further exploration of topics, art and picture study, as well as introduces readers to our Holy Father of the past, Pius XII and his work, Humani Generis. So much here and lots to learn. This is a multi-age lesson but older readers will find much to think about and ponder here.
Click Here to download this history resource, Children of Adam
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Having grown up in Hawaii, I missed the simple things of God's glory that many others took for granted - ponds and meadows, woodland creatures, and seasons. It's true I learned a great deal about the ocean environment, volcanoes, and tropical plants and animals, but I'll never forget the first time I saw a Garter Snake in our backyard, the leaves turning bright red on the Maple trees, or the afternoon a baby raccoon fell out of a 30ft pine tree nearly landing our oldest daughter's head by about 10 inches. No these are not things I grew up with. Having lived in two distinct environments has made me appreciate God Glory so much more.
This brings us to Thornton W. Burgess books. They teach so much about nature in such a lovely way. He incorporates rich truths about our world and gives great examples of virtuous and those still seeking virtuous behaviour through animal characters. In today's resources we meet Grandfather Frog. He is patient but very stubborn. Oh the adventures he has in a simple little country side pond.
We offer two resources for this public domain work today. The first is a readable version and the other is a Charlotte Mason style narration tool.
The PIY Version of The Adventures of Grandfather Frog by Thornton W. Burgess
These books are nice because the print has been enlarged for little hands, they look and feel like real books when bound neatly, the original pictures are still included and they are simple and fairly cheap to make. To do this, simply print the file out as is in landscape mode, fold the pages in half keeping them in page order, select a cover, and bind on the left. Feel free to search our other posts for a step by step on how to create this resource or visit here to see our entire collection of PIY books.
The Adventures of Grandfather Frog Big Book for Narration
We look forward to putting this book and other resources to go with it on its own book study page shortly. Johnny Crow has just been added there.
We hope you enjoy these resources as they help to illustrate and teach about God's Glory in the natural world.
Click Here to download the PIY version of The Adventures of Grandfather Frog
Click Here to download the Big Book for Narration for The Adventures of Grandfather Frog by Thornton W. Burgess.
Kalei - That Resource Team
Today we offer a little F3 piece for boys and girls to help them learn about the beauty of their soul and what it provides for us now and forever. It illustrates how we are all indeed created in God's image. I have used this in my CCD class and with my own children and it has been very effective. It doesn't require too much writing but does involve cutting and pasting.
Some very simple truths about our soul are presented in this piece based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC 355,371-373).
- You can’t see your soul, but it is what gives you life!
- Your soul lives forever and never dies.
- Your soul gives you Free Will.
We will be sharing more CCC resources shortly so stop by often as we try to highlight or offer something new each day. If you know of other Catholic families or catechists who could benefit from our resources please help us reach them by sharing our blog and website with them. We have a selection of buttons for our website or an exclusive button for our blog. Loving God by serving others is what this ministry is all about.
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So we have added new notebooking sheets this week for the following historical figures and things:
The Roman Legion
St. Bridget of Sweden
Notebooking sheets are perfect for CM style narration or even short reports. Each of our sets is available in 4 line spacing options and gives you a selection of whether to print it out with a picture, blank with a little space to glue a picture in or with a space for drawing. These have worked very well for us. Our daughter fills them out and then puts each in a clear protective sheet and puts it in historical order in a large three ringed binder. It is very encouraging for her to see all the writing that she has done
Writing Tip: The Power of a Coloured Pen
Children can get easily discouraged in their daily work at times. This is especially true when they are making the transition to real writing or encountering new writing styles or academic subjects. I try to make it a policy to correct in different coloured pens. Rather than always using red, I constantly switch the colours daily. This small little step helps ease tender little hearts or young perfectionists when pointing out of errors in their work. Think of Gaudete Sunday - the third Sunday of Advent - when the pink candle is lit to offer hope and excitement towards the nativity of our Lord. Even the church knows the power of changing things up, eh? :) Just a little tip to share. If you have a favourite tip to share, feel free to leave a comment about it below. We always love to hear from our online friends.
Click Here to visit our Notebooking pages to see our entire notebooking resources collection including our newest additions in History.
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There are thousands of saints to learn about. We enjoy saint study very much in our home and are always pleased to come across a new saint that we are not all that familiar with. I did not know St. Bridget of Sweden until Michelle over at Thinking Love, No Twaddle shared this lovely resource set with us. My trivia loving daughter already knew quite a bit about this saint already, but my other daughter and I didn't know her very much at all. I just love that as homeschoolers we can feel comfortable learning right along side our children.
To use this resource, simply print it out, read and do.
Click Here to download the St. Bridget resource set.
Kalei - That Resource Team
Today we are happy to share our My Big Book for Shakespeare for Children by E. Nesbit. We had attempted in the past to do Shakespeare according to some scheduled curricula and it just didn't work. We are finding that many of the books suggested on reading lists to be read out loud in CM fashion are just so much more fun and fulfilling for my daughter to read now instead of in early primary grades. Now that we comfortably do written narration with ease, everything just seems to be falling into place for her.
To use our resource, simply print it out, fill in, fold in half and bind on the left.We have included a space for copywork either from the prose version or the real version. (See below.) We like adding a little something special to each My Big Book we do.
The book features a preface, a brief biography of Shakespeare, the works in prose, and direct quotations from the original works of Shakespeare which could be used for copywork. We do not have a PIY version of this book as it would be too big although we use the printed version from Yesterday's Classics, which we love. We own quite a few works from them.
Click Here to download My Big Book on Beautiful Stories From Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit.
*Make sure to stop in early next week as we will be sharing The Adventures of Grandfather Frog by Thornton W. Burgess both in a PIY version as well as a new go-along Big Book. If you have never read this author, you are in for a great treat!! He is perfect for children of all ages and essential in your Charlotte Mason library for Nature Study. He will soon become part of your heart and home.
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It's that time of year for most homeschoolers and catechists - time to start thinking about, planning, and purchasing for next year. As promised in our last newsletter a few weeks ago, we have finally updated our pre-dated calendars for the next learning year. We school year-round here according to the Liturgical Calendar, but find that even we have seasons of organization and preparation.
We have updated the dates and some of the styles of the calendars and we hope you find them useful. My oldest daughter kept on me to get the calendars done so that she could use them..lol. There's that necessity thing I spoke of before.
We have kept the plain b/w styles and changed the graphics on the weather and coloured calendars. There are 2 new changes that I especially wanted to point out:
I hope you enjoyed our little lesson. :) My plan is to convert each week's CCD class lesson into a printable form and share it with you all online complete with printables, F3 Lessons, notes, and experiments. It will take some doing but I think it will be worth it. I even thought about doing videos to go with the experiments but we'll see..lol..lol. Only so many hours in a day, eh?
Click Here to download this F3 piece on the 3 states of water.
Kalei - That Resource Team
It is often supposed by many who visit our website or blog that we are somehow an organization, a non-profit, a company in disguise, or a large group of people behind one monitor. We are simply a homeschooling family at the foot of the cross.
For those who know us in "real life", they know that we suffer with physical ailments, practically live in service to our church, work from home, have little family support, and have children who require quite a bit of maintenance. Our web sharing team is simply me and my husband. That's all there is too it. :) We are just a simple homeschooling family sharing what we make for our kids, with your kids. This whole project came to be almost six years ago when I prayed, "Speak Lord, your servant is listening." St. Anthony quickly spoke to my heart with the task of creating our own resources and sharing it with others. St. Conrad came on board with us as our intercessor for successful projects and we started a website. We do what we do to answer our Lord's call to service.
So today we thought it might be fun to share with you a bit of God's Glory from our own backyard garden. See, we really are just a simple family.
Today we offer a 10 page read-along resource packet created by Michelle over at Thinking Love No Twaddle that covers early humanoid or human like development and other ape like ancestors. Many parents are uncomfortable dealing with this subject. Some have not decided whether they want to teach using a young earth, creationist, or old earth timeline. Michelle offers one option and covers it quite well. You will even learn about Blessed Nicholas Steno. Don't know who he was? We didn't either...lol..That's the beauty of homeschooling, you can learn right along with your children.
This read aloud offers text, pictures, a few fill-ins, maps, and a comfortable tone as you read. This introduction to this topic is just one in a series that will eventually be shared by Michelle. We are so thankful that she is willing to share her talents with us all.
Click Here to download this history lesson.
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Help children learn to recognize common birds found in British backyards with these Montessori style picture cards. These sweet set of 15 cards were created and shared by Michelle over at Thinking Love, No Twaddle. It is always neat to see what lands in other people's backyards around the world. Thanks, Michelle!
To use this resource, simply print out the cards and cut them apart. Printing out on card stock or heavier bond paper always adds durability. Laminate for longevity or to be able to take out cards on nature hikes, etc.
Happy bird watching. :)
Click Here to download the British Bird Card set
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As part of our new Big Book collection we offer Mother Goose in Prose by L. Frank Baum. We are actually using this as a resource for slightly older children as part of our CM (Charlotte Mason) style learning year. As we have a child who hates poetry, prose and the like, we thought that this would be a great way to study simple poetry and prose, practice copywork and art, and discuss virtues and morals all at the same time. Educational multi-tasking, eh? (We love when learning works out that way!)
To use this resource simply print out, fill out, fold in half and bind on the left using a method of choice - folder, comb bind spine, rings, duo tang, or ringed binder. The pages require a picture be drawn, the story retold and the original rhyme copied into it's own space for each story. Do them all or just one. The needs of each family are different.
A Note From Mama: If you have never read this title before, you are in for a real treat. Baum attempts to explain what the Mother Goose rhymes could actually mean in a realistic sense. I fondly remember my mother reading these prose stories to me growing up, but I couldn't remember any of the plots or settings. So noticing that I had not one but TWO hard cover copies of this book at home, I began to reread it. I started with Little Boy Blue and was hooked. That such a young child could be so virtuous and sacrificing was a real joy to read. As I proceeded, each story had something that could be used as a tool to exemplify behaviour one way or another. In Hey Diddle Diddle the Cat and the Fiddle, a little boy learns that heeding the advice of one's parent is a far better choice than succumbing to his own will. And you'll never guess just how the cow manages to jump over the moon. Very ingenious on the author's part.
We hope you enjoy this work. We considered doing a PIY version to share but it would be too large a work and fairly pointless for us since we already had two copies. It is very easy to find online.
We will be sharing many of our Big Books as we organize our forthcoming learning year. We hope that many of the works we have selected will also be of use for your family too.
Click Here to download the Big Book of Mother Goose in Prose
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We are so excited to be able to offer this new wall calendar. This is a great way to teach children and those new to the faith about sacramentals and the things that really make our Catholic Faith rich and unique. We created this for our upcoming CCD classroom as we teach Sacramental prep for First Holy Communion and First Reconciliation. We will also have one of these in our home as well.
This calendar is interactive as it asks the questions "What or What am I?" for each day of the month. Monthly headers are provided for the entire year so that this calendar can be used during any liturgical season or month of the year. This really is a great teaching tool. Answers for each picture are provided on the last page. Simply cut out the pieces and affix to your poster board or bulletin board. See our webpage on our over sized monthly calendars to create your posterboard template. These are great conversation starters too! :)
As we begin our CCD year planning, we look forward to sharing more faith filled resources with you and your families or classrooms. Many newer resources will not make their way to the full website for a bit so make sure to visit us often so that you don't miss anything.
We hope you find this resource fun and useful.
Click Here to download our new Catholic Monthly Wall Calendar.
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So it has finally happened. The My Book Mini-books just got a brother - My Big Book. These resource pages are perfect for those using a Charlotte Mason style education or who have children who enjoy writing and retelling stories but really want to tell a bit more going chapter by chapter through a work. Oh yes, and these pages have a spot for drawing too. These were requested by one of our children and the idea turned out so well that we have decided to use it for much of our current learning.
To use these sheets, simply print out, fold in half with the print facing out, fill out, and bind on the left side. You can use a comb binder, rings, brads, or in our case, we decided to use a mini 3-ring binder. It is so cute and works so well. These are assembled very much like the PIY books we offer. Each page lists the individual saint, provides a space for a birth and death date, a space to draw their picture, symbol or scene from the story as well as includes lines for narration.
If you can't find the books, you may want to consider just using these sheets with other saint stories you may already have at home. Unfortunately, these stories are not yet in the public domain.
Click Here to download Story Library of the Saints from A-E
Click Here to download Story Library of the Saints from F-L
Click Here to download Story Library of the Saints from M-P
Click Here to download Story Library of the Saints from R-Z
Other works on the way include:
Our Island Story by Henrietta Marshall
Dr. Dolittle's Garden by Hugh Lofting
Mother Goose in Prose by L. Frank Baum
Parables from Nature by Margaret S. Gatty
Beautiful Stories from Shakespeare by E. Nesbit
We hope your older learners find these resources helpful.
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In keeping with the Precious Blood focus for the month of July, we have created a few sets of notebooking sheets for this topic for those homeschoolers who utilize narration, dictation, or follow a Classical Learning style or Charlotte Mason approach. Sets include sheets for new writers, young writers and older writers. Some sets include spaces for drawing or gluing in images and other sets have an image provided.
To use these multiple page sets, simply print out and fill in. Use these sheets in conjunction with the Precious Blood worksheet set shared by Michelle last week. You will find it on the side bar under Precious Blood. Feel free to use our search tool as often as you need to. It will help you locate posts and resources quickly. You can also find links to resources and our website on the side too. Keep in mind that our blog lists lots of our newer resources that we share almost on a daily basis. Our website contains even more resources - many of which are not listed anywhere on our blog. There is always something to explore. Our goal is to always have neat, fresh resources for our children along with our old faithful, stand-by ones. Our resources are then shared with you.
Click Here to download our Holy Grail Notebooking Set - with pictures
Click Here to download our Holy Grail Notebooking Set - without pictures
Click Here to download our Holy Grail Notebooking Set - with pictures and spaces to draw
Have a blessed day!!
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