New York State Study

New York

This New York State Study includes brief history about the state, geographical information, ideas for activities, interesting facts, and a printable New York map.  Join us! Super Short History New York was home to the Iroquois and Algonquin people from approximately 1100AD.  Both of these cultures had settled homes and villages and farmed corn, squash, and beans along with other crops.  They also hunted and fished.  The Iroquois were a confederacy of five tribes (later joined by a sixth) which had a federated monarchy sort of arrangement with a grand council made up of the hereditary sachems.  Their government was … Keep on reading

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Ohio State Study

Ohio

Join us for an Ohio State study, including activities and information, plus printable Ohio map.  We have State Studies, including printable maps for all 50 states.  Find your state or plan to study all 50 in in your homeschool this year. Geography of Ohio Ohio is located in what Americans have nicknamed “the Heartland”, a region of fertile farmland, waterways and highways for transport, and industry.  The northern border of Ohio is Michigan and Lake Erie, to the west is Indiana, Pennsylvania lies to the east and south of Ohio is Kentucky and West Virginia.  Most of Ohio is low … Keep on reading

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Exploring Color

Exploring Color

Color is one of the basic elements of art.  Sometimes we become almost immune to color.  We are so used to it being all around us that we fail to recognize what an important part of our lives it is.  It is everywhere!  We have reactions to it, both positive and negative.  It affects our moods and can even cause us to act in certain ways.  Color is both simple and complex at the same time. When it comes to art, the youngest child and the wisest art expert can both evaluate and discuss color.  We’ll take a look at … Keep on reading

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Virginia State Study

Virginia

A state study is a learning unit about one of the United States.  During a state study you should learn a little about the history of the state, the natural features, the man made landmarks, and the people who live in the state.  You should also color a map and maybe do another project . . . our favorite is food.  Join us for a Virginia State study, activity ideas, map, history and all. Brief History of Virginia Virginia was settled in 1607 by the London Company. The agriculture of Virginia was based on the tobacco plantations.  In early colonial … Keep on reading

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Rembrandt Art Cards

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These Rembrandt Art Cards depict six paintings by the great Dutch Golden Age painter.  You can print them and use them to play matching games to help children become more familiar with some of Rembrandt’s paintings and his style. Rembrandt van Rinj was born in the Netherlands in 1606 and died in 1669 at the age of sixty-three.  He painted in the Baroque style but much of his later paintings show a strong Reformation influence.  In 1642 his wife died.  In the years just preceding three of his four children had died.  At this same time Rembrandt’s poor financial decisions … Keep on reading

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Baroque Music Cards

Baroque Music Cards

These printable Baroque Music Cards will help you and your kids become more familiar with composers and music from the past.  Just print them, play the pieces and match the cards, composers, and pieces of music. Baroque Music Cards The Baroque Period The Baroque period followed the Renaissance and was a response to the Reformation.  The Reformation had emphasized simplicity and music and art for everyday people, not just the elite.  The Baroque period by contrast is very ornate and extravagant.  Music begins to be written for multiple instruments to play different tunes at the same time, but in symphony, … Keep on reading

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Reptiles Exploration

Reptiles

What is a reptile? Here are a few things you’ll expect to see in the class reptilia: They are cold-blooded animals. Most lay eggs (the exceptions include boas and several other snakes) They have scaly, dry skin.  Sometimes they have hard outer shells, like turtles and tortoises. They have much smaller brains compared with mammals. They breathe air. Reptiles live on every continent except Antarctica.  Because they are cold blooded they don’t need to eat as much food as warm blooded animals (like us!).  Instead they rely on their environment to maintain their temperature.  They don’t rely on their own … Keep on reading

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Baroque Art Cards

Baroque Art Cards to learn about famous paintings

These Baroque Art Cards are printable postcard sized prints of famous paintings from the Baroque period.  Use them to teach your kids art appreciation and art history.  Each card is accompanied by a description that gives a little information on the piece and helps you understand what you are looking at. *Heads up: Some of the cards include nudes. Print the cards onto white card stock and cut them apart on the solid lines.  In the document they are paired with a description of the piece, a little history, a little about the techniques, or a little about the artist. The … Keep on reading

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Making PEACE with Home Organization

Make PEACE with Home Organization

Homeschooling and housekeeping presents its own set of challenges, especially in the home organization department.  First of all, you don’t have those extra hours in the day to get the house tidy without the hurricane presence of all your little ones.  Also, it seems like homeschooling comes with lots of STUFF – we have as many books and school supplies as the average school classroom, without the ideal classroom set-up.  The only thing harder than getting organized is staying organized.  As soon as I put away the crayons and scissors we are pulling them right back out again – and … Keep on reading

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Reformation Art Cards

These printable Reformation Art Cards cover the 16th century in northern Europe and feature artists like Hans Holbein and Lucas Cranach the Elder.  The set includes ten paintings and their descriptions.  Best of all, it’s free. Reformation Art Cards A Little About Reformation Art The Reformation changed art forever.  Previously the church had been the largest patron of the arts, but now with the austerity introduced by Protestantism, artists had to appeal to wealthy merchants, tradesmen, and their guilds to buy their art.  Besides, the new religious movements taught that all knowledge and all subjects bring glory to God, not … Keep on reading

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