Mom’s Half Size Planner

Mom's Half

We made this mom’s half size planner especially for homeschoolers.  Besides the regular calendar, note, and goal sheets we also include lesson planning and grading sheets. Description This planner is half size, 4.25″ x 5.5″, pdf.  Print onto regular full size computer paper and then cut each sheet in half.  Fill a half size binder or get it bound at a copy shop.  We also have a full size Mom’s Planner. The monthly calendar pages are arranged so you can print front and back and have the months come out in the right order.  Each section of the planner is its own file so that you can easily print exactly the pages you want in the quantity you want. Many of the pages have editable fields so you can type in repeating items like your school subjects or a daily to do list and then print as many copies of … Keep on reading

Tater Tot Casserole


Tater tot casserole is an absolute staple at our house.  It’s easy to keep the ingredients on hand and yummy, yummy, yummy.  I also love that I can put it together at lunch time (or even the night before), so when dinnertime rolls around and the day has gotten the best of me, all I have to do is stick it into the oven. Here’s what you need: 1 bag of tater tots 1 pound of ground beef, cooked and drained 2 cans cream of chicken soup Grated cheese Here’s what you do: Start by placing the cooked ground beef on the bottom of a 9 x 13 pan.  Put the cream soup and tater tots in as well, then gently stir them all together until the soup is incorporated throughout.  Spread it all evenly in the pan, top with cheese, and put the casserole into the oven to bake … Keep on reading

Layers of Learning Unit 3-15

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History: The South Pacific Geography: Australasia Science: Fossils The Arts: Principles of Art Description Make an illustrated map of Captain Cook’s voyages.  Try your hand at some aboriginal style art from Australia.  Use our printables to make a mega timeline of life from the earliest bacteria to human beings all courtesy of the fossil record.  And learn about the principles that make art beautiful. Layers of Learning Unit 3-15 includes all of this, dozens more explorations, plus library lists, printables, and links to take you to the web.  60 pgs.  Full color.  This is a PDF. In each unit you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, lots of activities to choose from for kids of all ages, and sidebars with a bunch more ideas including Additional Layers, Fabulous Facts, On The Web, Writer’s Workshop, Famous Folks, and Teaching Tips.  Printable maps and worksheets are included … Keep on reading

Picasso’s One Color Paintings


Pablo Picasso was one of the most famous painters of the 1900’s.  He is most famous for his cubism, but before he painted in that style he went through his “blue period.” He focused on painting images that were lonely or sad, and he used the color blue to help express those emotions.  Click here to check out and view the self portrait he painted during his blue period. Everything in the portrait is a various shade of blue.  Even his skin has a blue tint to it.  His colors make the portrait seem sullen and forlorn. Gather some paper, crayons, paintbrushes, and various shades of paint. Choose a color that you want to have as the focus for your picture.  Gather all the crayons of that one hue that you can find. Draw a picture using a variety of shades of that one color. When you’re done drawing, … Keep on reading

Gallery of Homemade Birthday Cakes


My mom always made our birthday cakes.  She was not a professional baker.  She didn’t have special equipment or oodles of decorating supplies.  She didn’t throw us lavish birthday parties with bounce houses, entertainers, or caterers either.  She didn’t worry about what the neighbors thought of her cakes or parties nor did she worry about if our birthday parties were stellar enough to be impressive to onlookers.  It wasn’t about impressing others.  It was about OUR happiness.  Her cakes were a tiny expression of her love for us, not a spectacle. I’ve carried on that tradition of making simple, homemade cakes for my little kiddos.  Each time a birthday rolls around they know they get to choose what cake they’ll have.  They are simple, created with very few supplies, and filled up to the brim with love whether or not they turn out perfectly. I’m going to give you a … Keep on reading

Neoclassical Art Cards


Neoclassicism was a reaction to the over-the-top opulence of the Rococo style. As the Rococo exemplified and reflected the courts of the French kings so did the Neoclassical exemplify and reflect the austerity of the new French republic. The style involves symmetrical arrangements, lack of ornamentation, classical subjects such as Roman myths, and figures dressed in togas. The subjects of the paintings were often chosen to support and prop up the ideals of allegiance to the state, public virtue, and simplicity. The architecture of this period was done in Roman style, with large central domes and triangular pediments supported by pillars, all symmetrically arranged. Besides the political republicanism, this period was accompanied by the Age of Reason and the start of formal archaeology. Printable Neoclassical Art Cards Print these Neoclassical Art Cards and descriptions onto white card stock. Cut the cards out on the solid lines.   Help your kids become … Keep on reading

Rococo Art Cards


We made these free printable Rococo Art Cards to use for art appreciation with your kids. Rococo art is often called late Baroque. It is a continuation and softening of the Baroque style. Where Baroque was religious, serious, and symmetrical, Rococo was secular, lighthearted, and asymmetrical. But both styles are very ornate. Rococo was primarily a French movement, but the style spilled over into other parts of Europe. In Britain Rococo was toned down, made moral, and simplified, but it retained the flowing lines, graceful movements, and soft textures of the French style. Rococo style was manifested in paintings and sculpture, but also, perhaps even primarily, in interior design and furniture. Print these art cards and descriptions onto white card stock. Cut the cards out on the solid lines.  *This set of art cards has one painting with a nude figure. Help your kids become familiar with these paintings and artists … Keep on reading

Ocean Lapbook


We did an ocean unit in our homeschool and I made these Ocean Lapbook printables.   Ocean Lapbook Assembly Each lapbook is made of a single file folder.  We refolded the folder so it has a cover with a center opening, one flap on the left and one on the right. Learning As You Go We spent several weeks on this lapbook, making one bit at a time as we learned about oceans.  For example, we watched a YouTube clip about the ocean zones and then labeled and colored in the ocean zones paper strip and glued it into the lapbook along one side.  On another day we read several books from the library about the ocean and ocean animals and made index cards about ocean facts.  We put the ocean fact cards in a pocket that is glued to the lapbook. Kids do the Work and Use Creativity The printables … Keep on reading

Layers of Learning Unit 3-14

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History: Slave Trade Geography: Brazil Science: Gems & Minerals The Arts: Colonial Art Description Make a Triangle Trade map and a William Wilberforce craft as you learn about the infamous slave trade of the 17th and 18th centuries.   Make carnival masks as you learn about Brazil.  Learn to do mineral tests for identification and make crystals, including a model of a geode.  Finally learn about the folk art and fine art that were produced during American colonial days and make your own etchings and paintings. Layers of Learning Unit 3-14 includes all of this, plus library lists, printables, and links to take you to the web.  52 pgs.  Full color.  This is a PDF. In each unit you’ll find a recommended library list, important background information about each topic, lots of activities to choose from for kids of all ages, and sidebars with a bunch more ideas including Additional … Keep on reading

Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes


Mmmm . . . chocolate is my weakness . . . nah, chocolate is my strength.  I’m really, really good at it.  These Chocolate Fudge Cupcakes are no exception.  The centers of the cupcakes are a soft, but firm fudge.  The fudge topping is so much more decadent and rich than any frosting.  And the cake itself is moist and delicious.  It’s a trifecta of awesomeness. Also, I don’t do finicky, difficult, or complicated.  I bake only for the results, not because I enjoy the process. First, the cake this is based on is soft and moist.  The tops of the cupcakes are going to fall and be sort of flat, not like a normal muffin top.  That is the price you pay for gooey goodness. Cake Batter 2 c. sugar 1 3/4 c. flour 3/4 c. cocoa powder 1 1/2 t. baking powder 1 1/2 t. baking soda 1 … Keep on reading