NEW Color & Create a Story Worksheets spark CREATIVITY!

Most children have a natural creative streak but sometimes it is hard for them to get an idea out of their heads and onto a piece of paper. That’s why I’m currently creating my NEW “Color & Create a Story” Worksheets.

These are all designed to spark children’s imagination by providing them a picture on which to base their story. First, your child (or students) will color a picture. Then, they are given space to create a story about the picture!

Here are several examples of my NEW worksheets:


If you’d like to view all available worksheets, simply go to CHSH-Teach:  
http://chsh-teach.com/pt/Color–Create-a-Story-Worksheets/wiki.htm

I am also adding these worksheets to my Teachers Pay Teachers Store (under my ‘Writing’ Category)


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Let’s Talk…About Writing Centers!

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Today, I want to talk about Writing Centers. Do you have one? As a public school teacher and then as a homeschooling mom, I always had a writing center and it was always a cherished space, not just for me but for my students!

Why have a Writing Center?

To encourage creativity and good habits for budding writers!

What is a Writing Center?

It is simply a comfortable place where students can write. A place where materials are kept that spark their creativity!

Whether you have a classroom, co-op space or homeschool at the kitchen table, make your Writing Center as inviting and inspiring as possible. Provide a place that is quiet and organized. A place that will spark the imagination and foster a love for the written word.

Students of what ages/grades benefit from having a Writing Center?

Students of ALL ages and grades will benefit, from PreK-12th grade. If you are teaching PreK, create a fun place where students can put crayon to paper, practice drawing, coloring, printing, etc. Talk to them about their creations in the writing center. Have students create ‘oral’ stories about their creations!

As children grow, simply keep the writing center available (and busy) with age/grade level creative work. Encourage their imaginations. Challenge their creativity and allow them to explore their ever growing ability to create!

Writing Centers can be used for all types of writing and all ages.

Here are some practical ways you can build either a portable or permanent writing center:

Find a Space – Consider how much room you have. Are you homeschooling in tight quarters or do you have a classroom at your disposal?

If you are tight on space, create a portable center. You can do so by keeping everything in a large tub or container that can be stored when not in use. You can also consider storing supplies using the following items:

Over-the-door pocket shoe organizer
Bookshelf
Stacking letter trays for paper
Storage cupboards, tubs, bins, or baskets

If you have ample room at your disposal, why not designate a ‘Writing Center only space’ using a small table or desk that is set off to the side?

Equip Your Writing Center– Gather your writing supplies and store them in or near your chosen writing center. Before buying anything new, look to see what supplies are already lying around the classroom and house. (It’s a good idea to keep these supplies separate so they’re always handy at writing time.) Reference tools to have include:

Alphabet charts (posted at eye level to serve as penmanship models)
Reference tools like a children’s dictionary, electronic speller, or children’s thesaurus.
Posters showing steps in the writing process

Gather tools for brainstorming and writing

Writing Prompts
Crayons, markers, pencils
Grade level writing paper

Provide tools for publishing final drafts

Glue, glue sticks, tape
Rubber stamps, stickers
Scissors, stapler, hole punch, yarn scraps
Solid-color construction or scrapbooking paper 

Finding Resources for your Writing Center

CHSH-Teach has many downloadable resources that you may use. Here are some of those resources…

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Find basic resources to start a writing center such as posters and more.

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Find fun ‘shape books’ for students to use!

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Find daily writing prompts for every day of the year!

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Find a variety of ‘helps’ that will help students organize their writing.

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Find 1″ to 1/2″ lined/dashed paper to print and go.

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Find mini-book templates that students can use to create any ‘little’ book!

These are not the only resources on CHSH-Teach that can be used but you’ll be off to a good start!

If you are thinking about making a purchase from this year’s Build Your Bundle sale, you might want to consider adding these wonderful products within your Writing Center…

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My Writing Journal

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Creative and Crafty Writing

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The Ultimate Language Arts Cheat Sheets

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Special 1 Day Coupon for Build Your Bundle Sale!

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Today ONLY – Use the coupon code: BYO5DEAL and get 5 (FIVE) for the price of 1 (one) on the basic BYO Pick 5!

That’s right, pick 5 units/downloads from the BYB Basic group (each valued @ $19.95) and pay only $19.95!!

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What other DEALS can you find during this once a year sale? Check out below…

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Yes, the Build Your Bundle sale can mean HUGE SAVINGS but can be confusing. So many deals! So much to go through. So…if you are looking for a quick reference to find what you are looking for, HERE IT IS!

Here is the list of Bundles

Best Deals

Want to get the most for your money? Check out these three bundles. They have the highest total savings in dollars:

If you were interested in all three of those bundles, I would do the Buy 2 Get 1 FREE. You would pay $89.90 for the two higher cost products and get the Thematics Units Bundle free. Your total savings would be $844.43.

Cheapest Way to Get Them All

The 2017 Build Your Bundle Sale has a box you can check to buy all of the Individual Bundles at once. DON’T DO IT! That method costs you $509.30. There’s another method you can use to get them all for $409.30. (That’s over $4,400 in curriculum for just over $400!) It means making separate purchases, but it’s worth it. Here’s how:

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Easy Reference Guide to the 2017 Build Your Bundle Sale!

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Yes, the Build Your Bundle sale can mean HUGE SAVINGS but can be confusing. So many deals! So much to go through. So…if you are looking for a quick reference to find what you are looking for, HERE IT IS!

Here is the list of Bundles

Best Deals

Want to get the most for your money? Check out these three bundles. They have the highest total savings in dollars:

If you were interested in all three of those bundles, I would do the Buy 2 Get 1 FREE. You would pay $89.90 for the two higher cost products and get the Thematics Units Bundle free. Your total savings would be $844.43.

Cheapest Way to Get Them All

The 2017 Build Your Bundle Sale has a box you can check to buy all of the Individual Bundles at once. DON’T DO IT! That method costs you $509.30. There’s another method you can use to get them all for $409.30. (That’s over $4,400 in curriculum for just over $400!) It means making separate purchases, but it’s worth it. Here’s how:

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Want to purchase homeschool curriculum for pennies on the dollar?

If you want to purchase Elementary homeschool curriculum for pennies on the dollar, this post is for you… Now through May 30th, you can purchase over $300 of material for less than $40! 

During the 2017 Build Your Bundle Sale, you’ll find 4 (FOUR) Bundles designed for Elementary.

Bundle #2 is valued at $335.78 and now through May 30th, you may purchase it for only $39.95!

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What’s special about this bundle? Check out everything you get for less than $40…

  • A complete science curriculum
  • Full year of Medieval history for grades K-6 from BiblioPlan – a Cathy Duffy Top Pick publisher
  • Full year of American history from TruthQuest History – a Cathy Duffy Top Pick publisher
  • 2 years of a complete spelling curriculum
  • A complete Bible curriculum for Pre-K-12
  • A Spanish curriculum for 1st to 5th grades
  • Online music lessons
  • A timeline notebook
  • Language Arts Cheat Sheets
  • A Fun online unit study and more!

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Here’s even more details on exactly what you’ll receive…

TruthQuest History: American History for Young Students I: Exploration-1800 – $19.95

Author/Publisher: TruthQuest History

TruthQuest History is a deep and rich literature-based history study…but with a difference. You will not learn the story of mankind; you will learn the lovestory of mankind. You will not focus on the rise and fall of human civilizations; you will focus on the arrow-straight line of God’s unchanging existence, power, love, truth, and plan for civilization. You will not simply ‘meet the culture’ or ‘get the facts;’ you will probe the truths of history so deeply that your students will be equipped to change their world!

American History for Young Students I: Exploration-1800 includes an incredibly rich smorgasbord of books has been written for children on the topic of American history! And youngsters are so anxious to meet Pocahontas and the Pilgrims, cowboys and Indians, George Washington and Daniel Boone!

Children of this age seek the meaning of American history too. Usually, they are just presented with a few famous people and events, but TruthQuest History includes commentary which subtly presents the thread of God’s hand in American history in a much deeper and broader exploration of our past.


Binder-Builder for TruthQuest History: American History for Young Students – $18.00

Author/Publisher: TruthQuest History, A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks

The AJTL Binder-Builder is like a fancy lapbook. It provides loads of mini-booklets for your child to cut out, fold, glue, and record learned information. We show you how to store your mini-booklets so that at the end of the study, your child has a beautiful notebook binder to show friends and family. (For Grades 1 and up.)

A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks has teamed up with TruthQuest History to bring your child an exciting, hands-on enhancement of the TruthQuest History program. For each TruthQuest History book, you will have the option for your child to do an AJTL Binder-Builder TM, Map/Timeline/Report Package, and/or Notebooking Pages.


Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum – $20.00

Author/Publisher: Guest Hollow

Guest Hollow’s Jr. Anatomy Curriculum has loads of great books, fun activities, fascinating videos and even online games and free printables scheduled in. It’s meaty enough to be a “core” curriculum and perfect for science-loving children with plenty of practical information and a variety of materials to appeal to different learning styles.

Topics Covered Include:

  • All about the human body
  • Stories about real people & scientists
  • Nutrition
  • Germs and diseases
  • Saying no to alcohol and smoking
  • Keeping safe from inappropriate touch
  • Puberty (optional – with separate books for boys and girls)
  • Survival and what to do in emergencies

Activities
There are a variety of experiments and activities this year that make use of many things around your home, with a few exceptions. Dissections are optional. If they aren’t in your budget, you can watch videos of dissections online. You can also save some of the more advanced activities for high school. Many activities are very friendly, easy to do, and appropriate for any age, from little kid to adult! Please provide adult supervision for any and all labs & activities.


Remember the Days; Medieval Days Audio Book – $24.95

Author/Publisher: BiblioPlan

Remember the Days is a fun new series for grades K-6. It is history written for a younger audience. Amaze your kids with great stories from around the world, and from ancient times down through modern times. Study U.S. History, World History, Church History, Geography and more—all in order, in context and written from a Christian world view.

“Remember the days of old’ consider the generations long past. Ask your father and he will tell you; your elders, and they will explain it to you.” Deuteronomy 32:7

“I will remember the days of long ago; I meditate on all your works and consider what your hands have done. I spread out my hands to you; I thirst for you like a parched land.” Psalm 143:5-6

Remember the Days; Medieval Days covers Medieval world history and church history side-by-side. Year Two starts with a review of the Roman Empire and the Early Church. It goes on through the Rise of Islam, the Viking Age, the Norman Conquest, the Crusades, the Hundred Years’ War, the Wars of the Roses and much more. Farther east, it brings in topics from India, China, Japan and the Mongol Empire. Then it’s back west for the Age of Discovery, the Renaissance, the Protestant Reformation and the Catholic Counter-reformation. Year Two ends with Henry VIII, Bloody Mary, Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada.


15-Minute Music Lessons Online Course – $20.00

Author/Publisher: Music in Our Homeschool

You will find fifteen 15-Minute Music Lessons especially suited for elementary-aged students. Everything you need is included right in the course: lessons to read and videos to watch. Each lesson includes free printables and sometimes links to other sites to enrich your learning on the subject. You can complete each lesson in 15 minutes, but more material is included if you’d like to expand the time or the days on a particular lesson.


Dora & Diego Homeschool Spanish Level 1: 1st to 5th Grade – $120.00

Author/Publisher: Dora & Diego Homeschool Spanish

Although Michelle Rothwell’s Dora & Diego Homeschool Spanish online program has been widely praised for its easy to use format and student friendly layout, some parents asked us for something they could use at home with their children. So, we gathered together our years of experience with young Spanish students and created Español de Iglesia Para Niños, a beginning Church Spanish course for students in Preschool through 12th grade.

Español de Iglesia Para Niños was developed for children who are still becoming familiar with English grammar and wish to learn Spanish at a slower pace, one class per week.  The classes created for upper grade school children can be learned at a faster pace, one class per day  The program provides 25 lessons, each including a grammar skill, 5 or more vocabulary words, an everyday Spanish phrase, the names for the books of the Bible, and one line of a prayer that is learned completely over five lessons.

The exercises that go with each lesson are thorough and provide constant review of materials learned throughout the course. After every five lessons, a review chapter summarizes the material covered.  With grammar lessons appropriate for primary grades and an easy to read format, Español de Iglesia Para Niños is the perfect choice for those who would like to start Spanish early and lay the corner stone of a complete language arts program that is biblically based.

Español de Iglesia Para Niños was written to lead the students directly into their next grade level, allowing students to complete an entire Spanish series without missing important concepts or vocabulary.  Español de Iglesia Para Niños has an audio CD which includes pronunciation for each lesson that can be purchased separately or in a package.


Centuries Through Time – $7.99

Author/Publisher: My Joy-Filled Life

The Centuries Through Time timeline notebook contains a total of 131 printable timeline pages, a printable cover, and printable spine. It covers 5000 BC to the present time. For more images, instructions and details, click here.

Here is a breakdown of how many years each timeline page contains:

5000 BC – 3000 Bc: 1000 years per page
3000 BC – 1000 BC: 500 years per page
1000 BC – 1000 AD: 100 years per page
1000 AD – 1600 AD: 20 years per page
1600 AD – 1700 AD: 10 years per page
1700 AD – present: 5 years per page


Famous Birthdays Online Unit Study – $25.00

Author/Publisher: Techie Homeschool Mom

Celebrate the birthday of two famous people each month with the Famous Birthdays Online Unit Study. Learn about each person, record information on an ever-growing digital timeline and complete a variety projects. Explore online resources and be inspired by the work of a variety of artists, activists, athletes, performers, scientists, and historians.

Dance like Elvis Presley, create a Thomas Edison-inspired light bulb, write a letter to the Queen Elizabeth II and create a model of Amelia Earhart’s plane. Learn to sing scat, solve the Rubik’s Cube, design a muppet and so much more! See the full list of lessons below.

Online Unit Studies integrate multiple subjects for multiple ages of students. Students access websites and videos and complete digital projects. With Online Unit Studies’ easy-to-use E-course format, no additional books and print resources are needed. Just gather supplies for hands-on projects and register for online tools.

What age children can participate in Online Unit Studies?
Online Unit Studies are designed for children mid-elementary to middle school age who can read and navigate the Internet on their own. Younger children can participate with assistance.

When does the course start and finish?
The course starts now and never ends! It is a completely self-paced online course – you decide when you start and when you finish.

How long do Online Unit Studies take?
That all depends on you and the pace of learning at your home. Each module takes 2-3 hours to complete. Take a look at the Course Contents to see how many lessons are in this Online Unit Study.

How long do I have access to the course?

How does lifetime access sound? After enrolling, you have unlimited access to this course for as long as you like – across any and all devices you own.


Spelling Workbook Level 1 – $9.95

Author/Publisher: Brookdale House

The Spelling Workbook series begins with level 1 and ends with level 4.

Level 1 is designed for students that are finished with phonics, and are reading independently – approximately the second grade.

With this series students learn to spell words that they encounter on a daily basis. Over the course of the series, students learn to spell words associated with phonetic sounds, words associated with grammar and science subjects, and words associated with their world.

The lessons are organized so that students complete one lesson per week. Four days students use the words they are studying
to write sentences, complete word searches, and more. On the fifth day, students complete a spelling test.

The Spelling Workbook series gives teachers and students a user friendly avenue to conquer spelling.



Spelling Workbook Level 2 – $9.95

Author/Publisher: Brookdale House

The Spelling Workbook series begins with level 1 and ends with level 4.

Level 2 is designed for students in grade 3 or advanced second graders.

With this series students learn to spell words that they encounter on a daily basis. Over the course of the series, students learn to spell words associated with phonetic sounds, words associated with grammar and science subjects, and words associated with their world.

The lessons are organized so that students complete one lesson per week. Four days students use the words they are studying
to write sentences, complete word searches, and more. On the fifth day, students complete a spelling test.

The Spelling Workbook series gives teachers and students a user friendly avenue to conquer spelling.

Level 1 and Level 2 are found in the Elementary Bundle #1 & Build Your Own Bundles.



Bible Road Trip – Year Three Set: The Books of the Gospels – $26.00

Author/Publisher: Thinking Kids Press

What is Bible Road Trip?

Bible Road Trip is a three-year Bible survey curriculum for preschool to high school. The curriculum is written for five different levels of study, to allow you to custom tailor the program to your children. The curriculum is organized as a unit study, with each year covering specific books of the Bible. Each week covers a book or a part of a book.

The grade levels are as follows:

    • Preschool and Kindergarten
    • Grades 1-3 (Lower Grammar)
    • Grades 4-6 (Upper Grammar)
    • Grades 7-9 (Dialectic)
    • Grades 10-12 (Rhetoric)

Each grade level is divided into sections, and you can move children up or down a level in any given section as needed. Also, the Rhetoric level is an excellent choice for parents who would like to study alongside their students.

How is Bible Road Trip used?

Bible Road Trip is written at five levels to allow families or classrooms to study the same material at the same time. This can be arranged either with students together for Bible reading with separate assignments for older students, or you can study separately at separate levels and meet together for discussion. The design also allows for customization within schools and churches (please contact me for a classroom license).

How do I schedule Bible Road Trip?

There are a number of sections of Bible Road Trip for each level. Each week has an overview for the parent explaining the book or section of the book covered.

For each level (with a few exceptions at the Preschool and Kindergarten level), you will find the following sections:

  • Researching the Word
  • Reading the Word
  • Memorizing the Word
  • Notebooking about the Word
  • Praying about the Word
  • Learning More about the Word
  • Crafting Through the Word

Study Your Bible: Animals in the Bible – $18.00

Author/Publisher: Live & Learn Press

It seems all of us love animals of some sort or other, and what better way to put fun back into learning than by making a study out of something you love? There will be lots of Bible reading and research as you learn about God’s care for animals, what He expects of us concerning animals, and then information on specific animals. Good for all ages, elementary to adult!

This Learn ‘N Folder TM is made up of 23 mini-books that fill 2 folders.


The Ultimate Language Arts Cheat Sheets – $15.99

Author/Publisher: Le Chaim on the Right

It’s no secret that the English language can be hard to learn. Grab the printable resources in The Ultimate Language Arts Cheat Sheets to make learning Language Arts easier!

Do you struggle with remembering all of the different parts of speech, let alone the difference between a metaphor and a simile? Look no further! Make learning easier with The Ultimate Language Arts Cheat Sheets!

Use these language arts printables as a quick “cheat sheet!” Each sheet is designed as a compressed resource so you can quickly find the information you need, when you need it. Plus, each sheet is brightly colored and eye-catching, without being too cluttered.

Table of Contents:

  • Parts of Speech: Part 1
  • Parts of Speech: Part 2
  • Punctuation
  • The Four Types of Sentences
  • Parts of Sentences: Part 1 (Basic)
  • Parts of Sentences: Part 2 (Advanced)
  • How to Diagram Sentences: Part 1
  • How to Diagram Sentences: Part 2
  • Figurative Language
  • Common Homophones
  • Which word should I use?condo
  • Transitional Words
  • Words to use instead of “very”
  • Words to use instead of “said”
  • Writing an Essay

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Are you a Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Family?

Are you a Charlotte Mason Homeschooling Family? if so, make sure to check out this SPECIAL DEAL designed just for you! 

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Purchase now for only $49.95

This year’s Charlotte Mason-inspired Bundle contains some of the most exciting “living” history books and resources for art and music appreciation.

With this bundle, you and your children will:

  • Learn about the Baroque and Classical composers
  • Enjoy nature with notebooking pages and a science curriculum based on nature study.
  • Develop a love of hymns with the Hymn Study Set.

The bundle includes:

  • The Mystery of History Volume II audiobook and companion folder books from Bright Ideas Press (a Cathy Duffy Top Pick publisher!)
  • Self Education: The Pinnacle Ideal of the Charlotte Mason Way
  • A popular full curriculum guide for grades K-12 from Wayfarers.
  • A Charlotte-Mason inspired Spanish curriculum.

PLUS many more beautiful and character-building copywork and notebooking resources!

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Here is what is included for only $49.95

Wayfarers Medieval History$75.00

Author/Publisher: Barefoot Meandering

Wayfarers is a full curriculum guide. Each volume contains a schedule with all the assignments listed for preschool through graduation, so your entire family can study the same time period together while you only have one guide to keep your studies organized. Each sample includes the reading lists and the first three weeks of lessons. Each day has a two-page spread, and those two pages show all the assignments for all age groups.

Wayfarers is classical. By following the four-year history rotation, the entire household can study the same time period, paving the way for shared extracurricular activities and discussions.

Wayfarers is Charlotte Mason inspired. With a focus on living books, copywork, and narrations instead of textbooks and busywork, Wayfarers provides a rich learning environment to feed the imagination.


Quark Chronicles: Anatomy$15.00

Author/Publisher: Barefoot Meandering

Quark Chronicles is a literature-based science spine. Children learn the basics of the various branches of science in the context of an exciting adventure story.

Tom, Sally, and the twins–Joe and Mike–have some serious problems. After being kidnapped by space pirates, the children managed to escape with the help of a living spaceship that they nicknamed Auntie. But during their escape, they traveled through a wormhole and now have no idea where they are. They’re working to find their way back to planet Earth, having adventures along the way.

When Auntie becomes ill, the children are in danger of losing their home, their transportation, and their friend. As they search for a cure, they learn all about anatomy.

Each Quark Chronicles book has an optional set of Notebooking Pages which focus on copywork and narration instead of comprehension questions. The Notebooking Pages also include optional additional reading as well as pages for vocabulary and science experiments.

Quark Chronicles is worldview neutral, meaning that you can use it regardless of how you feel about creationism, intelligent design, and evolution. Some science facts are just…facts. We don’t believe that science always has to be a divisive subject.




The Mystery of History Volume II Audio MP3 (Quarter 1 and 2)$22.00

Author/Publisher: The Mystery of History

The Mystery of History is a Cathy Duffy Top Pick!

Bring The Mystery of History to life! Through this downloadable audiobook, you can listen to The Mystery of History Volume II (Second Edition*) through the voice of the author, Linda Lacour Hobar.

The set in the Build Your Bundle Sale includes Quarters 1 & 2. When you purchase this product you will get a coupon to purchase Quarters 3 & 4 at a discount. 

With the addition of soft thematic music, you’ll feel as if you’re traveling through time. In the car, over lunch, before bed, or as an integral part of your school day – there are endless ways for all ages to benefit from this listening library of world history.

CHRONOLOGICAL, CHRISTIAN, and COMPLETE – A World History Curriculum for All Ages
The Mystery of History Volume II picks up where Volume I leaves off with exciting stories of the Early Church and the complex history of Medieval times. Spanning AD 30-1460, this volume includes Vikings and villains, castles and crusades, samurai and shoguns, Dante and Chaucer, and much more. “Chronological, and Complete” – this book can be used by all ages.



The Mystery of History Volume II – Folderbook (Quarter 1 and 2)$16.00

Author/Publisher: Bright Ideas Press

The Mystery of History Volume II Folderbooks contains both the mini-books and the directions needed to fold and use them. The folderbooks accompany the The Mystery of History Volume II audiobooks, also found on the Charlotte Mason Inspired Bundle.

Students who enjoy working with their hands, who are artistic, creative, or visual will thoroughly enjoy a well-designed, meaningful Folderbook. Additionally, the time spent working together on Folderbooks yields meaningful discussion with your students as they further explore and recall what they have learned!

Is your family new to the concept of Folderbooks?  Folderbooks typically consist of mini-books, attached by tape or glue, to one or more 8.5 X 11 cardstock file folders. The making of these mini-books can be simple or complicated depending on the age and interest of the student. Folderbooks provide a meaningful and enjoyable way to help visual and kinesthetic learners grasp concepts. Graphic organizers present material in a different way than words alone. They help the brain to sort through and organize facts and concepts and tend to be easier to remember than straight prose.

Bright Ideas Press Folderbooks:

  • Enhance the information being taught. We don’t use Folderbooks for exact duplication of a lesson—but rather for a review and for a new and graphic look at the facts presented.
  • Ensure that the information needed for the mini-books can be taken right from The Mystery of History lessons.
  • Often allow flexibility to be turned sideways affording younger students more space for writing.
  • Provide quality artwork; attractive even if a student does not want to color it in.
  • Include—in addition to written directions—photographs of the steps and the finished product in order to fully demonstrate assembly.
  • Offer printed answer keys for younger students or those struggle with writing.

Bright Ideas Press is a Cathy Duffy Top Pick Publisher!


Self Education: The Pinnacle Ideal of the Charlotte Mason Way$6.99

Author/Publisher: The Charlotte Mason Way

Self Education: The Pinnacle Ideal of the Charlotte Mason Way is the vision of the Charlotte Mason way and will give your children the right elements of education to arrive to self education. Implementing these elements of education will naturally lead to self education, which develops life long learners that are motivated to learn beyond their lessons.

Understand What Self Education Looks Like
This ebook will open your understanding on what self education is and what it looks like, so you can identify it in your own homeschooling journey.

Learn How to Implement Key Elements
From our own journey with the Charlotte Mason way, I share the key elements of her method that lead our children to developing the skills necessary for self education to form.

Prepare Your Child for Life
This ebook gives you the tools necessary to unlock the life skills necessary for a child to become a motivated learner and demonstrate self education for life long benefits.


Backyard Science$4.99

Author/Publisher: The Homeschool Scientist

When people think of science, they often think of laboratories, lab coats, and microscopes. The truth is science is everywhere and so much more than chemicals and experiments. In fact, one of the best ways to learn about science is to take the short trip to the backyard.

The backyard offers an opportunity to observe and study animals, plants, weather, soil, rocks, and more! Think of it as your family’s private laboratory and observatory where the science comes to you. It is a safe place to explore, observe, and test.

Use the Backyard Science ebook as a launching pad into the world of science. Catch bugs, build bird feeders, and keep track of rainfall totals. Let your kids see how much fun science can be.

WHAT’S INSIDE?

  • Eight chapters of backyard science lessons and activities
  • Lessons geared toward K-8th grade that could be easily adapted for older students
  • Hands-on backyard activities for all ages
  • Printable worksheets
  • Links to additional resources and information
  • Simple black and white lesson and printable pages to save you printer ink

Nature Study Notebooking Pages$10.95

Author/Publisher: NotebookingPages.com

This e-set of 293 regular and primary-lined notebooking pages includes a variety of notebooking layouts specifically designed for nature studies. Also includes 100 BONUS Fun Frames and Borders designed for both primary and regular-lined styles!

This set includes 3D Nature Study Notebooking Pages!
Use our 3D mini-book templates with these specially formatted pages.

Pages and general topics include:

  • 7 Days of Creation
  • All About Animals
  • Habitats
  • Nature Log & Journaling Pages
  • Plants, Flowers, & Trees,
  • Rocks & Minerals
  • Seasons
  • Weather
  • “Suggested Ideas” pages for these notebooking pages.
  • Cover pages also included for each major section.


Uncover Exciting History$13.00

Author/Publisher: Golden Prairie Press

History Is Not Boring!
What is history anyway? It is the story of real people who did real things. For history to be fun for everyone (even those who think they hate history), it must go beyond hard facts and meaningless dates to the real people who made the significant events happen. People like George Washington, who bravely crossed the partly frozen Delaware River to attack the British at Trenton. Stories like that of the bold Americans who bravely fought against the Barbary pirates during the little-known Barbary War show how interesting history is.

True History Is Exciting!
Here are some of the stories in this book:

  •     Discover how the U.S. created the Constitution
  •     Experience the miraculous victory at the Battle of New Orleans
  •     Explore America’s expansion west
  •     Uncover one of America’s best weapons used during World War II

This book is great for:

  •     History Buffs
  •     Those who want the story behind the event
  •     Adults who want a snapshot view of American history
  •     Homeschool families, either as a read aloud or for students 12 and up

In this 184 page book you will meet some of America’s most famous people like George Washington and some of her not so famous people like Daniel Webster. Click here to see the table of contents. There are also four bonus chapters! The first bonus chapter is about famous mothers and the next three are about famous explorers.

Bonus Chapters:

  • The Hand That Rocks the Cradle: Mothers Who Changed the World Through Their Children
  • Medieval Explorer: Marco Polo
  • Evangelistic Explorer: David Livingstone
  • Daring Explorer of Antarctica: Robert Falcon Scott

Maestro Classics My Name Is Handel: The Story of Water Music$9.97

Author/Publisher: Maestro Classics

The Story: When Handel, the brilliant young German composer living in London, needed to get back into the king’s good graces, he had a brilliant idea… He composed a suite of dances, hired a boat and 50 musicians, and headed down the River Thames to surprise King George I! The music became known as Water Music, one of Handel’s best-loved compositions. In this recording The London Philharmonic Orchestra and conductor Stephen Simon perform music from Handel’s Water MusicMessiah, and Rinaldo throughout the story. My Name is Handel: The Story of Water Music was the recipient of a National Parenting Center Gold Award and a Parent’s Choice Silver Award.

Extras: The included 24-page activity booklet contains the history of the harpsichord and organ, words to a sing-along song, information about Handel’s life, puzzles, and more! After purchasing the CD/MP3 download free sheet music for “My Name is Handel”, an accompanying homeschool curriculum guide with lessons in history, science, geography, language arts, art, music and math and print out a George Frideric Handel crossword puzzle and coloring page.


Maestro Classics My Name is Handel Lapbook$13.00

Author/Publisher: A Journey Through Learning Lapbooks

This 3 folder lapbook is especially made to go along with the Maestro Classic’s My Name is Handel. This purchase is for the lapbook only. The Maestro Classics Audiobook is also available in the Charlotte Mason Insipred Bundle.

When Handel, the brilliant young German composer living in London, needed to get back into the king’s good graces, he had a brilliant idea. He composed a suite of dances, hired a boat and 50 musicians, and headed down the River Thames to surprise King George I. The music became known as “Water Music,” one of Handel’s best-loved compositions.


A Walk in the Woods – Cursive Copywork$9.80

Author/Publisher: LightHome Publications

This copy book of beautiful, picturesque writing set amidst illustrations of natural beauty will delight kids from 4th grade through 12th.

Full of word-picture scenes of the beautiful and interesting things a forest holds. Written by a homeschooling mother and daughter with the goal of giving students ample cursive practice of each letter in the alphabet. On its page each letter is repeated up to 42 times, but in sentences that are sensible yet charming enough kids will gladly do any page twice. Delightful text worth reading aloud as examples of alliteration, with breathtakingly beautiful coloring pages and a special section at the end of illustrated nature craft ideas to try.


Hymn Unit Study and Copywork Set$34.95

Author/Publisher: Encouraging Moms At Home

Each of these Hymn Study and Copywork ebooks includes the entire hymn in five line styles for copying, sheet music for the hymn, and an informational summary of the hymn’s history and author. Each product has beautiful line art for coloring if desired.

All Creatures of our God and King includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 59 pages.

Amazing Grace includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 26 pages.

Anywhere with Jesus includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 52 pages.

Be Thou My Vision includes five verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 29 pages.

O Love That Will Not Let Me Go includes four verses of the hymn for copywork and a total of 31 pages.

Each verse of each hymn is presented in five line styles, and the lines are ALWAYS the same size in each of our different books. Page number varies due to the length of the actual verse and whether or not we can fit each verse on one page with room to copy.



The Fun Spanish$14.95

Author/Publisher: Brookdale House

The Fun Spanish is a fun, beginning Spanish program which teaches Spanish the Charlotte Mason way, one fun phrase at a time.

Elementary children read fun Spanish sentences, write fun Spanish sentences, and draw fun silly pictures to aid in memory retention. With The Fun Spanish children draw pictures of green cats, orange rats, fish in trees, and blue houses with wings.

Verb conjugations included are the following: ser (to be) , estar (to be), tener (to have), vivir (to live), comer (to eat), jugar (to play), saltar (to jump), ver (to see), oír (to hear), dormir (to sleep) and querer (to want).

Besides verb conjugation, prepositions, and a host of vocabulary, children using The Fun Spanish also learn the fundamental structure of Spanish sentences. At one lesson every two weeks, The Fun Spanish is a yearlong program.


Kind Kids Care A-Z Manuscript Penmanship$7.25

Author/Publisher: LightHome Publications

Delightful illustrations of kind and loving Christian character through copywork about a child’s exemplary behavior, plus Bible verses. Teaches young children in the early grades Christian character through examples of the children told about in the copywork.

Your children will learn how to behave kindly as they copy these pages in manuscript printing on the lines provided. Relevant Bible verses are included on each page, along with very appealing illustrations of kind and thoughtful children.

Pictures are suitable for coloring.


Baroque and Classical Composers Collection$14.95

Author/Publisher: Enrichment Studies

Our composer study resources make it easy for you to introduce your children to classical music and composers easily, inexpensively, and without spending a ton of time tracking down the information yourself!

We’ve combed the internet to find the best available resources, reviewed them for their educational value, and have previewed everything to make sure that any potentially objectionable content is known to parents in advance so you can determine appropriateness for your own children.

We have compiled and organized our findings into an easy-to-use single page that includes all links, videos, and information for you, so you can easily get using the materials that best suit your family, without having to do all the legwork to put it together yourself!

Your family will love these videos, fun printables, streaming music, and more.  The videos, in particular, are so helpful for pre-readers, dyslexic kids, and others that struggle with reading or shouldn’t read on a screen.  The videos also free up mom for other things while the kids are happily learning!

You will love learning about some of the most popular composers of all time in this collection that focuses on the Baroque and Classical eras.

This collection includes:

  • Vivaldi
  • Bach
  • Handel
  • Haydn
  • Beethoven
  • Mozart


John James Audubon Fine Art Pages$5.50

Author/Publisher: Enrichment Studies

You want to introduce your children to fine art, but lack the time and method for follow-through, right?  Fine Art Pages are the answer!  These downloadable, printable collections feature one piece of art per page, plus *just enough* information about the piece and the artist.  The method is organic:  print ’em out, put ’em up.  Let your family observe, absorb, and enjoy!  It works.  And best of all:  it doesn’t run on Mom Power!

In John James Audubon Fine Art Pages America’s foremost ornithologist, naturalist, and painter is featured here with 10 printable works of his art. Combine your love of art and nature study with this collection!


Sacagawea $4.99

Author/Publisher: Knowledge Quest Inc.

Sacagawea is an interactive historical novel that challenges readers to dig deeper into the true lives of extraordinary individuals AND stretches the idea of how stories themselves are told. Sacagawea is a riveting account and intimate look into the life of one of America’s most beloved women.

Sacagawea makes a great living history book!

Purchase ALL THIS now for only $49.95

Sale ends Tuesday, May 30 at 11:59PM EST.

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