USA State Mazes



This project has been in the works for a while now, and I’m so excited to release it this week in time for the 2016/17 school year!  50 State Mazes is a great addition to your US History or Geography studies and the perfect accompaniment to our USA State Activity Pack.


This new activity pack is included in our $15 USA Activity Bundle which includes:


U.S.A. Activity Pack

5o State Activity Pages: For each of the fifty states children map the location, capitol, landmarks, abbreviation, nickname, state flower, and state bird.  Children color the state flag as well as the state flower and state bird with ample room to add interesting facts and notes.  This activity pack includes two games to finish out your unit: USA Bingo & Roll Across America.



U.S.A. State Bird Art Cards

Children can color their way through our Nation’s state birds with these fun and realistic art cards.  Each bird is shown with it’s unique markings for children to copy and color their own.  Each bird features a coloring card, visual fact card for children to fill in, and memory matching cards. This set include 27 different birds as many states have the same state bird.


U.S.A. 50 State Mazes

50 State Mazes includes a fun and challenging maze for each of the 50 states.  This activity pack is sure to excite your children during your U.S. Geography studies.  Suggested age range is K-3rd for a challange, but older children will enjoy them as well.




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Bible Timeline Printables


If you’re looking for a DIY Bible History timeline, look no further!  We’ve created a set of  Bible Timeline Printables that will take you from Creation to the Resurrection, visiting quite a few historical events in between.

This set has over 200 timeline events, over half of them focused on the life and ministry of Jesus Christ. As a subscriber we’re so excited to send you this easy download link, you can join our free newsletter here.


Okay, to be honest assembling your Bible timeline is going to be a little bit of work….all good things are.  However, you will be creating a lasting resource for your children, something they can return to year after year to build on their knowledge. Creating a timeline is a family project, one that you will cherish as a keepsake of the years you have spent home with your children.

Bible Timeline Assembly Tips

We’ve compiled some easy tips and resources you can use to easily get started with your timeline.  From how many pages to print, binding and even a video description for how we dated our own timeline, you’ll have your own project up and running in no time!HIstoryTimeline
BTW- I think it’s been 5 years since I’ve made an instructional video! This time I used my cell phone, and it was so easy to upload and edit that there might be more videos in store for us.  It’s amazing how quickly the technology has changed in just a few years.
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History Notebooking Cover Pages

This is a set of free printable Notebooking cover sheets.  I created these for children to use as time period dividers for History notebooks.  This set coordinates with The Kingfisher’s Encyclopedia of World History so you can easily provide children with blank notebooking pages to help them build their own timeline notebook. Additionally you could use these within a three ring binder as dividers or as covers for a spiral bound notebook.  For information on binding your own notebooks check out this photo tutorial.


Download History Notebooking Cover Set Here   Use with our Free Bible Timeline Here

Includes 10 Dividers for:

  • The Ancients
  • Classical
  • Early Middle Ages
  • Middle Ages
  • Renaissance
  • Trade & Empire
  • Revolution and Independence
  • Unification and Colonization
  • World Wars
  • The Modern World


The Kingfisher History Encyclopedia

Each section includes biographies of important people and key features on the art, architecture, and technology of the period. No more hunting and pecking all over the internet for incomplete or un-vetted information. With 3,500 indexed references and more than 2,000 full-color illustrations, photographs, and source materials, as well as research-friendly back matter and index, this encyclopedia provides a beautiful, authoritative reference that is essential for any home, school, or library.

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Quill Pen Craft for Kids

QuillPenYarn dolls are fun for kids to create, but they need a bit of help with the tying! Let them choose their favorite color, and follow along for adorable results.  Be sure to have lots of yard on hand as children will want to make one for each of their family members.


  • Yarn
  • Scissors
  • Cardboard


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

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Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

Choosing a feather: You'll need a large feather, one that has a hollow center so that you can draw the ink up into the middle

Step 2

Cut the end off of the feather at a slant. You'll want to end up with a pointy tip (sort of like a calligraphy pen)

Step 3

Then cut a small vertical slit up into the tip of the pen (again, like a calligraphy pen). This will help the feather draw up and hold the ink for writing.

Step 4

Dip the end of your quill pen into the ink well.

Step 5

After you dip the feather in the ink, it should hold enough to draw with. You'll have to re-dip every

All Done!

Encourage children to pretend they're on the Oregon Trail, and write a letter back home to a loved one. Smaller children can make Trail Maps, have them draw the in all the paths, then wrinkle up the sheet to make it look old.

Make a Map

You might make a trail map with your new pen!

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Sumi-e Painting for Kids

SumiePinSumi-e is a form of Japanese painting involving a bamboo brush, ink, and rice paper. Even young children can learn the different techniques and brush strokes of this ancient, and still modern art form.


  • Sumi-e Ink
  • Paintbrush
  • Rice Paper
  • Practice Material:
    Watercolor Paint
    Construction Paper

Suggested Resources for a Unit Study:

sumie Sumi-e is the timeless art of Japanese brush painting. Sumi-e works are typically made up of just a few brushstrokes, but the graceful birds, fish, and plant life they depict seem to move on the page. This portable kit contains all the materials youll need to get started, plus an instructional booklet covering the history of sumi-e and step-by-step techniques to master the four basic strokes necessary to complete any painting  Click Here

Art Project Tutorial:

Purchasing Supplies

This portable kit contains all the materials youll need to get started, plus an instructional booklet covering the history of sumi-e and step-by-step techniques to master the four basic strokes necessary to complete any painting. With young children you'll find you run out of paper quickly. I have them practice strokes on chalkboard with just water, or a paper towel, then when they are ready to do their final work we move to the rice paper.

Step 1

Wet your brush and spin the tip to form a point.

Step 2

Prepare your paper. We picked up a roll of You can cut your paper with scissors or draw water lines to separate it. After you draw your water line, you can tear your paper quite easily.

Step 3

Mix your ink! Our kit came with some black and red ink sticks. (You can pick up additional colors here). show the children how to grind it in the water to create the color.

Step 4

Dip your brush into the ink. You just want a little bit of ink here....not a lot. The rice paper is very thin and a lot of ink will make it smudgy looking. Provide a towel for children to dab off the extra.

Ready to Paint!

Now you're ready to paint! Use quick strokes and practice leaving a "pointy" tail at

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Australia Crafts: Cave Drawings

CaveDrawingPinThis is a fantastic project to follow up learning about all the amazing and beautiful cave drawings found in Australia.  I love crafts that showcase children’s original work and this is a great way to add a little flair to your classroom walls!


  • Butcher Paper
  • Pastels or Chalk
  • Examples of Cave Drawings


Suggest Resources for a Unit Study:

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Art Project Tutorial:

Step 1

First of course you'll want to show your children examples of Aboriginal art work.

Step 2

Unroll a large sheet of butcher paper and tape it to your table. (Or better yet, outside to the sidewalk!)

Step 3

Provide children with colored chalk or pastels. We used the charcoal and crayons above but it was SUPER powdery and messy so be warned :)

Step 4

Illustrate some figures and shapes for children to copy. Encourage them to try to find symbols and other ways to represent people, animals or objects.

Step 5

Let children experiment with the qualities of the chalk, and make drawings representing what they've seen.

Step 6

Show children ways to outline and add dimension to their drawings

Step 7

When your cave drawing is complete, hang it up in your classroom for the duration of your unit study. (Hair Spray keeps the chalk from dusting)

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The Pilgrim Story: Dayspring Christian Academy Review

dayspring christian academy review

This month we’ve been blessed with access to an online class called The Pilgrim Story.
The Pilgrim Story is a self-paced online course published by Dayspring Christian Academy.

online christian courses

The Pilgrim Story Online Course
Cost $99
Grade Level: 3rd-6th
Duration: 6 Month subscription

The Pilgrim Story teaches children about one of the most important times in our nation’s history. It is America’s foundation. This self-guided, interactive history course teaches students the true history of the Pilgrims from original sources. The Principle Approach method of education is used, which holds a providential view of history. Students are taught the importance of Christian character and other biblical principles, such as self governance, hard work, and perseverance. Students also learn the biblical principles of Christian liberty.

Course Overview:

Each of these lessons last about 30 minutes and include
online quizes, printable notebooking pages, vocabulary, maps and other resources.

Pilgrims Story
King Henry
Geneva Bible
Life in Scrooby
Liberty of Conscience
Unit One Test
Leaving England
The Second Escape
Preparing to Go
Unit Two Test
Leaving Leiden
Conditions on the Mayflower
Building Christian Character
Unit Three Test
The Mayflower Compact
The First Winter
Unit Four Test
Spring, 1621
The Wampanoag People
The Rest of the Story
Unit Five Test

Now sometimes when you see “online course” you might think that the quality is low.
(maybe it’s just me and my experience with other online courses)
But, The Pilgrim Story is very high quality.

This is a great video to watch to see what I mean:

-Very interactive and engaging lessons. They are colorful, include facts in an interesting way.
-Christian worldview presented throughout lessons.
-Access to each lessons last over months and you don’t have to log in at a certain time of day.
-Self-paced, can use with multiple children!!
-Cost is $99, and is competitive for online courses, especially one that is so high quality.

Not sure the 3-6th grade level is accurate. The videos were right at level, even my 2nd grader was kept enthralled with them. But, it seemed like the follow up activities (i.e. notebooking pages and vocabulary lists ect…) were a little more near the 6th+ grade level. Maybe that is just me though, you might read what other reviewers thought about the grade level here.

My only other con was that printing up individual pages during each of the lessons is a bit time consuming/annoying. With each lesson, children are prompted to print up each individual resource page. This is great if your children have permission to print, they can naviagate a website that has Pop-up’s for each new file, and they know NOT to print full color/multiple copies. However, for those of us whose children are a little “print happy” another option would be nice.

A simple fix would be a “Parent” section that provided all of the notebook files in one simple download. I think the online courses need to be as convienent as possible (for Mom) because, let’s be honest here, we’re forking over big bucks in exchange for a break. We need a few minutes to clean the counters, change the diapers and wipe the peanut butter off the couch. Just having the option of a simple way to print the files beforehand would be great.

However, that is a relatively small issue when you look at the quality of the actual online program.
It truly was the BEST online class I’ve seen so far,
I haven’t tried everything out on the market but I have sampled a couple others,
and The Pilgrim Story is much greater quality then the ones I’ve tried before.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Crew Review team, I received a free 6 month subscription to this course for review purposes. All opinions are my own. You can read what other TOS reviewers thought of this program here.

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Heritage History Giveaway!


First Winner was comment #160: Ann R. who said, “My girls enjoy the Little House books. My son enjoys books about knights and the Lord of the Rings.”

Second Winner was comment #67: Melody Lunsford who said, “Christian Europe and British Middle Ages would go along with our Mystery of History Vol. 2 material. Thank You for having a giveaway!”

Congratulation to both of our winners!

Don’t worry if you didn’t win, you can still take advantage of the
FREE Curriculum CD Offer below, but do note that it only goes through the end of October.

It’s time for another fantastic giveaway from our sponsors!

But First, Write Down This Code!


It will get you a Free Curriculum CD from Heritage History.
You can read about the offer here

Now, on to the giveaway…

When I first learned of Heritage History,
I was a bit confused as to what products they offered,
and what would be the best fit for our family.

So I wanted to take a second to show you the different ways
Heritage History can become a part of your daily learning:

1. Read pre-1923 books online for FREE.

You can choose from hundreds of living books, and search by author, genre, title, and even civilization. If that weren’t enough, they have color coded them by reading ability.
Bookmark or Pin this page, you’ll love it.

For those of you interested, you can read the Worldview
Heritage History uses to selected each title.

2.Order single E-books based on your current studies.

The benefits of ordering a book can make all the difference in how you access the resources.
When you order an e-book you receive a PDF version and two different e-book versions.
This allows you to print multiple copies to use in your classroom,
and to save the book to your personal computer or tablet. Also the formatting of a purchased book
has been handled with detail. The captions, tables and other parts of the book have been preserved.
You can download a FREE e-book here to see the difference!
(instructions for loading it to your tablet can be found here)

3. Order a Collection of e-books surrounding a theme or topic:

history curriculum

Heritage History offers TWO different types of CD Collections:
Classical Libraries
Classical Curriculum

These collections of e-books have been specifically chosen to help ease the burden for homeschooling families. With these selections, you can easily provide your children with living books that compliment your current studies.

As with the single e-books, each CD comes with a PDF and two e-book versions of each title.
There are on average about 50 different titles for each collection,
and the price of the CD’s range from $19.99 to $24.99

Last month Heritage History has sent us a CD copy of
Early America from their Classical Library Collection

I was happy to see that it was filled with over 80 titles covering the American colonies to the First World War.

The American library focuses less on politics than many American History curriculums, but includes biographies and short stories about explorers, settlers, inventors, military heroes, writers, presidents, and Indian leaders. American Indian history is treated thoroughly, with over sixteen books on the subject. American Negro and Spanish American histories are also covered thoroughly.

My children are still considered early readers (green books)
so I was happy to see this series by James Otis:

It made me giggle because these are like the original Dear America Journals.

Storytelling just never goes out of style,
children love to read personal accounts of a living history.

We will be using these alongside our American History studies through out the year.

You can read more about the James Otis series here.

See all the 80+ titles included in the Early America series here.

So now that you know all about Heritage History,
are you ready to WIN some classical titles for your classroom?

Heritage History is offering up winner’s choice
of one Classical Library CD, and one Classical Curriculum CD!

There will be TWO Winners!

How to Enter:
1. Check out the Classical Library CD’s, and the Classical Curriculum CD’s.
Come back and tell me which title from each that you would want.
(If you’re the winner, you’ll get BOTH your picks, so choose wisely!)

Additional Entry:
2. Leave me comment with your children’s favorite History story.

Contest ends Friday, October 4, 2012 11:59pm.
Winner will be drawn at random, and this post will be updated.

Disclaimer: As an affiliate of Heritage History I received free product for review purposes, and a percentage of sales is credited back to me. All opinions are my honest thoughts about this product.

You can read our review of the Young Readers Collection here.

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Heroines of the Past

I am so excited to share this review with you today.
not just because I got to use my binding machine,

But also because I’ve been on the lookout for a resource just like this,
and here it has landed in my lap as part of a TOS review!

Heroines of the Past Bible Study
By: Amy Puetz

An Inspiring Thirteen-Week Virtue Study Celebrating
the Noble Deeds of Women and Girls from History.

This is a 5 day/week, 13 week course taking children through
some amazing historical accounts of virtuous women.

The Daily Lessons Include:

Daily Reading: For each day there is a short story for children to read and respond to. The characters in the stories are all girls or young women who displayed particular virtue(s) during their lives. The exerpts are short, only about three pages long but I think they are just the right size for a reflective study. Many stories are broken into parts so you read the first part on Day1, the second part on Day2…untill you have finished the story. There are still study questions at the end of each daily reading.

Study Questions:These focus on the story, and relevant Bible verses
There are a few questions that reflect the comprehension of the story, meant to draw out the specific virtue displayed. Girls are also given key scripture references that apply to the story. They can look these up in their bibles to see what God says about the virtue. (Just a side note here: I love that children are prompted to look up the verse in their own bibles and not provided the scripture.)

Box of Visual Reminders:
Every so often girls are prompted to add a specific item to this box to help remind them of the virtuous choice that was made. This is such a great idea to review, I love the visual aspect of this study and I see this being a great addition to a hope chest.

Idea: We might spend a day and modge podge a shoebox or something to make it extra special.

Virtues listed in back
This is probably my only con, if you could call it that because it is so minimal. But, I would have loved to see the virtues defined in the back as a reference. They are all listed, which is helpful, but there are no definitions. Just a couple of sentences or an example would be sufficient to keep the conversations moving fluidly. Sometimes it’s hard to define two similar virtues on the fly. It would also be nice to be able to look at the table of contents and see what virtue was going to be covered.

How we’ll be using this:
Eventhough I could read this on my kindle if I wanted to, I printed the entire book and bound it instead. Of course I personalized a title page with my daughter’s name. There are so many pages to print so I did print two pages per sheet, both sides of paper, and fast draft ink. For those of you who dislike the hassle of printing ebooks you can purchase this study in printed form.

I am hoping to use this as a Mother-Daughter bible study. We will read the short story at bedtime together, and maybe even try out our funny acting voices with a few of them. I haven’t decided yet on the study questions, I might have her answer them on her own with a special journal or we might discuss them instead of write them.

The way the book is set up you could easily use this in a group setting,
so if you are looking for a young women’s study plan, this is the one to get!

You can purchase Heroines of the Past in e-book or printed form from Golden Prairie Press.

Golden Prairie Press is owned and operated by Amy Puetz, a homeschool graduate and self taught Historian. She has a website full of similar resources, some for boys even! I just listened to a sample of their audiobook “Ten Girls from History” and I was hooked! Amy has some wonderful things on her website, be sure to check them out!

Disclaimer: As part of the TOS Homeschool Crew, I was sent this product free of charge in return for my honest product review. You can read more reviews by other TOS Crew members here.

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Notebooking Printables

Looking back on the different Homeschool techniques we used
over the past year, there is one method that really stood out:


As my children have grown we have slowly progressed from Lapbooking to Notebooking
and a somewhat middle ground of LapNoting or NoteLapping.
(Them are progressive homeschool words right there folks)


The Notebooking Fairy -- printables and how-tos with a pinch of pixie dust

Ever since Jimmie came out with her Notebooking Success eBook
I am a stalker follower of her blog The Notebooking Fairy.
(In fact, she has a hilarious post up right now that made me giggle all the way through)

Besides being super funny, she has some AMAZING tips for
successfully implementing notebooking techniques with your child.
I love, love, love the simplicity of her tips.
Be sure to check her out!

So, back over here at our house,
the binders are staking up, and I’ve found myself
making more and more notebooking-type printables.

So I decided to just go ahead and make it official with a page dedicated
to all of our Notebooking Printables.

notebooking printables

Now it looks all official doesn’t it?

Currently we have:

History Notebooking Printables
Writing Notebook Printables
Dinosaur Report Printables

And I just added a small set of

blank notebooking printables

Blank Notebooking Printables.

I made these to go alongside our History Notebooking sheets,
but I suppose you could use them for whatever you like!

So there you have it.

We are officially Notebookers.

What about you? Do you notebook?

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Australia Crafts

I’ve been meaning to post these for a while now,
We finished up our Unit on Australia before the start of Summer,
and I’m just now getting around to sharing them.

Learning about Australia was great fun!

We used HOAC Continent Study on Australia

As well as Discovering God’s Animals (from COAH)

And of course we did lots of crafts too:

We made Cave Drawings:
australia crafts for kids

We made boomerangs (That work!)
boomerang craft for kids

We made music with a “Didgeridoo”:
didgeridoo craft for kids

We even painted our faces:
aboriginal art

We had a GREAT time learning about the Land Down Under!
I added these all to our Australia Themed Crafts on the main site!

Feel free to Bookmark, Pin, Staple….or whatever if you see something useful :)

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Tower of Babel Printables

Busy building our towers over here!
tower of babel craft

And I’ve got a TON of new printables up
on Bible Story Printables all about the Tower of Babel.

There are some adorable games you can use in your classroom including this:

Tower of Babel File Folder Game

bible file folder game

And this Languages of the World Card Game

languages of the world card game

There is a bunch more all listed here:

Tower of Babel Printables

Maybe you can find something you can use?

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