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Hey everyone! It has been a long while.

Today I wanted to share MaryEllen's entry for the Doodle4Google Contest. She wasn't one of the chosen, but I am too proud not to share. 🙂

She has begun to use the computer with her drawing. We finally set her up with her own desk and computer. She did this all digitally, one of her first projects.

Doodle4Google Entry

Here is a snippet from what she wrote on the entry form. "Drawing is something that I love to do, and I basically taught myself how. I also like to read fantasy and sci-fi books."

I think she did an excellent job. I am encouraging her to start her own blog, maybe as a summer project.

Hope y'all are doing fine. I will post again soon.

Blessings,
cynthia

Lymphatic and Immune System Notebooking Pages
Wow, it has been ten months since I blogged last. I am peeking in today to put up another set of notebooking pages that I have sitting on my hard drive. I believe I have two more sets after this to put up.

This set is for the lymphatic and immune systems. If using Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology, this would be for chapter 13.

Download Lymphatic and Immune System Notebooking Pages

 

Video - Lymphatic System

Video- Immune System

Enjoy!
cynthia

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Flag day is coming up as is the Fourth of July. There are many days we fly the flag including Memorial Day and Veterans Day. I made this a while back, but haven't added it to the website since I changed over four years ago. My how time flies!! This set includes: *a text with all the information to fill out the lapbook components *the history of the flag *the meaning of the stars and stripes *the meaning of the colors red, white and blue *the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance *flag etiquette *saluting the flag *the meaning of the flag *and more...

American Flag Lapbook

Flag day is coming up as is the Fourth of July. There are many days we fly the flag including Memorial Day and Veterans Day.

I made this a while back, but haven't added it to the website since I changed over four years ago. My how time flies!!

This set includes:

  • a text with all the information to fill out the lapbook components
  • the history of the flag
  • the meaning of the stars and stripes
  • the meaning of the colors red, white and blue
  • the meaning of the Pledge of Allegiance
  • flag etiquette
  • saluting the flag
  • the meaning of the flag
  • and more...

Download

American Flag Lapbook

The lapbook is in color, I just didn't have a color printer when I made this demo lapbook. 🙂American Flag Lapbook

 

American Flag Lapbook

 

American Flag LapbookI hope you enjoy learning and putting this American Flag Lapbook together.

 

Blessings,

cynthia

 

 

Integumentary System Notebooking Pages

Believe it or not, I still have a few more anatomy notebooking sets that I haven't shared. The integumentary system is one of them. Again, I created these to to along with Exploring Creation with Anatomy.

Here are some questions, taken from an old book, to think about as you do your study on the integumentary system.

  1. Give a brief description of the skin.
  2. What is its structure?
  3. How does the skin protect the body?
  4. What is the structure of the epidermis?
  5. What causes a blister?
  6. What gives the skin its color?
  7. How are the nails formed? The hair?
  8. What are the uses of the hair and nails? How do they grow?
  9. How does the cuticle protect the cutis?
  10. Describe the perspiratory glands.
  11. Of what use is perspiration?
  12. How do we take cold, and what can be done to prevent it?
  13. What can you say of the nerves of the skin?
  14. Why is bathing necessary?

 

EXPERIMENTS ON THE SKIN

1. The hair, nails, and bits of cuticle and scarf-skin may be examined with a microscope.

2. A magnifying-glass should be used in the examination of the skin itself.

The perspiration-pores may be best seen in the palms of the hands.

 

Video

For older students you might enjoy this lecture. Time: 01:03:05

The lecture material (notes and handouts) can be found here.

 

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Integumentary Notebooking Pages

 

Enjoy,
cynthia

 

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MaryEllen and Donnie are always making paper dolls of their favorite characters. I have meant time and again to share some of their creations, but just haven't got around to it.

The other day, yesterday in fact, I noticed this new one. I asked about it and was told that MaryEllen had just made it the day before. I loved the doll's accessories and decided to finally share.

I am told this is Artemis from the Young Justice series. I am not sure exactly what this series is about besides fighting bad guys.

Artemis Paper Doll

The kids draw and color the doll. After they apply packing tape and then they cut them out.

Artemis Paper Doll

The detail is what I was most impressed with and the cute accessories, the bow and arrows that fit into the quiver.

Artemis Paper Doll

They originally began creating these paper dolls when they wanted to buy the toy, but didn't have the money or didn't want to spend the money. They take a lot of time and they don't just make one, they make the whole gang.

I think they are working on the Young Justice series right now, but they have done the entire clan of How To Train Your Dragon, including the dragons, and The X-Men.

Blessings,

cynthia

Free math word problems for March. These problems are about 4th grade level.

March Math Word Problems For 4th Grade

♫♫ It is beginning to look a lot like St. Patrick's day.♫♫ I am seeing a lot of green around the internet. I shall not be late this time. 😉

I have another set of math word problems. These are about the 4th grade level.

Since you are here, I'd like to remind you that I also have a set of St. Patrick's Day Notebooking Pages. These are great for writing stories on, narrations, dictation, copywork, journaling, letters, etc.

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Enjoy,
cynthia

 

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MaryEllen's Drawings

I thought I would share a little of what MaryEllen is drawing these days.

MaryEllen practically draws 24/7. I bet she even draws in her dreams. lol! She draws during story hour, she draws in the car, she draws while watching a movie (Except in the theater, although she has mentioned if she could find a way to, she would.), she draws during her free time, she draws at the coffee shop, at the doctor's office, during visits to see grandma, pretty much 24/7.

She is improving a lot on the art of drawing people. Now, I am no artist, but these are wonderful.

~You can click on these photos to make them larger.~

This first one is of Sundance, our kitty. She was drawing her while Sundance was lying on the bookshelf. My husband, Don, didn't know and went to pet Sundance which caused her to move, so MaryEllen didn't get her other paw.
Sundance - ©MaryEllen Albright

Here is Loki. I believe her favorite Marvel movies are the Thors. Loki is her favorite villain.
Loki - ©MaryEllen Albright

Loki again.
Loki - ©MaryEllen Albright

Here she made Loki as if he were a cat. I think she calls it humanizing.
Loki as a cat - ©MaryEllen Albright

Brotherly love. Loki and Thor in an embrace. They are also humanized as cats.
Thor and Loki as cats - ©MaryEllen Albright

Thor, her favorite Marvel character.
Thor - ©MaryEllen Albright

This one is of Raven from Teen Titans.
Raven from Teen Titans - ©MaryEllen Albright

Night Crawler is one of her favorite characters from The X-Men.
Night Crawler - ©MaryEllen Albright

There are her own creations of super-heroes I guess you would call them.
Her own creations - ©MaryEllen Albright

It is fun to watch her draw, the movement of her hand and arm, and seeing the shapes from an image. Pretty neato! The amazing thing is she draws these from memory, the detail and all. Granted, the characters look young, but I am sure with more practice, they will soon grow older. lol! She definitely has the determination and patience.

Blessings,
cynthia

 

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February Math Word Problems - 3rd Grade

I am a little late with the valentines. Actually, I didn't plan on making anything, but I was thinking it has been a while since I uploaded a freebie, so I decided on more math word problems which happened to be valentines day related, not all, but some. (Let's see how many commas I can add to that sentence!!) 😉

Now, I retrieved these problems from an old book, so the cost of supplies are in the cents, don't we wish eh? I didn't want to change the amounts as it is sorta fun to look at what things cost back when.

This is geared for the 3rd grade, but you can be the judge with your children's skill level.

It also includes a space to work out the problem and to draw a little something such as hearts, flags, etc., whatever the problem is talking about. This is great for the little artists in your family, the ones who enjoy drawing, but it can be used without drawing anything also.

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I hope your children enjoy these math word problems.

Blessings,
cynthia

Dog clipart ©Lisa at countryclipart.com

 

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Albondigas Soup with Quinoa

So, the other day I was wondering how to use hamburger meat. Our most common meals are tacos, meatloaf, spaghetti and meatballs, and if I am in a rush and haven't planned I will cook chili mac.

Although the kids love meatloaf, I was wanting a change. With the colder weather, I thought soup. Hey, I thought, growing up mom use to make albondigas soup. It had been literally decades since I had albondigas (meatball) soup. Sadly mom isn't here for me to call up and ask for the recipe. So off to the internet I went in search of a recipe.

After searching and finding recipes that didn't sound like moms, she didn't add tomato sauce for one (at least I think she didn't), I finally found one that was close. Actually I found two and combined them. One didn't have rice, which I remembered was in the meatballs. The other added vegetables that I don't remember being in the soup, like green beans, but it did have the rice in the meatballs. Picky I know!

The first time I made the recipe, I made it with rice. The other day I decided to use quinoa in the place of rice. Quinoa is something I want to cook more with, but I am having a hard time with recipes. I actually bought a quinoa cookbook, but it hasn't arrived yet.

Albondigas Soup with quinoa - meatballs

It was a hit at our house. Funny because I do remember not liking or caring for meatball soup when I was growing up. I ate it because mom made it, but now I think it is delicious, especially on these cold evenings.

Albondigas Soup w/Quinoa
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 1 pound ground beef
  • 1 bunch cilantro, finely chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 4 garlic cloves, minced
  • ¼ tsp garlic salt
  • ¼ tsp onion powder
  • 1 egg
  • ⅓ cup quinoa
  • 2 TBS coconut oil
  • 64 oz chicken broth
  • 4 large carrots, cut into ½" pieces
  • 3 stalks celery, cut into 1" pieces
  • 3 potatoes, cubed
  • celtic sea salt
  • black pepper
Instructions
  1. For meatballs, combine the ground beef, ½ the cilantro, ½ the onion, garlic, garlic salt, onion powder, egg, and quinoa in a bowl.
  2. Shape into golf size meatballs.
  3. Set aside.
  4. In a large pot, cook remaining onion in coconut oil on medium-high heat until translucent, about 8 minutes.
  5. Add chicken broth, carrots, celery, and potatoes.
  6. Bring to a boil and carefully drop in the meatballs.
  7. Add in the remaining cilantro.
  8. Lower the heat and simmer for 45 minutes.
  9. Season with salt and pepper to taste.

Albondigas Soup made with quinoa

Enjoy,
cynthia

 

That's right! MaryEllen drew this picture of the X-Men as dragons. She colored and framed it and gave it to Donnie as a Christmas gift.

X-Men as Dragons by MaryEllen AlbrightClick for larger image.

Can you name them? I can only name Storm and Gambit. Gambit only because MaryEllen pointed him out. He is one of her favorites.

It is cold here in North Central Georgia. When it is cold, I don't feel like getting dressed, so I am still in my pajamas and it is almost noon. I am just thankful it doesn't get this cold that often. Also, this weather irritates my asthma. It makes me wheeze, but only if I am out in it. Last week just walking from the supermarket to our car made me cough which then makes me wheeze. I need to remember to wear a scarf or turtle neck so I can put it over my mouth.

Stay warm wherever you are.

Talk to y'all soon.

cynthia