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Philippians 2 Bible Study by Doorposts
Beginning on Friday, November 1st, Pam from Doorposts will be hosting another month long Bible study. This one will be on Philippians 2.

If you haven't joined in, you need to. Pam teaches you how to study the Bible inductively. If you are a subscriber to her newsletter, each day's study will be delivered to your inbox. You can also find the daily assignments via her blog or by joining the Facebook group.

With the daily assignments, Pam also includes activities to do with your children. These “Thirty Days of Bible Study for Busy Busy Mamas” are purposely made short so that they fit easily into your day.

I have enjoyed and benefited greatly from doing these studies. I hope you will join us.

As preparation for the study, I formatted Philippians 2 so that I can print it and mark it up with my color pencils. You are more than welcome to use it. It is in the King James Version.

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Sometimes when creating or doing a project, I get b-o-r-e-d! That happened with the anatomy notebooking pages. But, I am back!!

Today, I have the Nervous System Notebooking Pages which includes a few on the Endocrine System as well.

FREE Nervous System Notebooking Pages.

Here are some questions that can be used to help fill in these pages. These notebooking pages do well as a supplement to Apologia's Elementary Anatomy book and their General Science book.

1. Draw a figure of a nerve cell; draw and describe the dendrites. What is the neurite?
2. How many kinds of tissue are there in the nervous system?
3. What are nerve centers?
4. Draw a figure representing a section of the spinal cord.
5. Of how many main divisions is the brain composed?
6. Of what importance are the convolutions of the brain? What is the principal work of the Cerebrum? Of the Cerebellum? Of the Medulla Oblongata?
7. Why does the brain need rest?

For Older Students:

1. What are the organs of the nervous system? What is the function of each part of this system? Of the nerves? The cord? The brain? How are nerves classified according to their functions? Describe a nerve. What is a nerve ganglion?

2. Describe the spinal cord. How many nerves join the cord? What two sets of fibers does each spinal nerve carry? Where is the brain situated? Describe the brain. In which side of the brain are located the cells which regulate the action of the right side of the body?

3. Name some of the cranial nerves. What are the meninges? Is the nerve of sight motor or sensory? Is the nerve of hearing motor or sensory? Is the pneumogastric nerve motor or sensory? Classify the spinal nerves as motor or sensory.

4. What is the sympathetic nervous system? What is the function of the cerebral hemispheres? What kind of acts originate here? Can the muscles act if the nerve which connects them with the brain or cord is cut? What kind of acts take place without the use or intervention of the brain? Describe a reflex act. Name some of our actions which are done without our thinking. What occurs in the brain cells whenever we think or perform a voluntary action?

5. Can the brain and nerve system be developed? How? What is the training of the nervous system called? What are habits? What is the chief end of the study of mathematics and grammar? Why should we read good books? When does the nervous system rest?

I thought questions 5 & 6  in #5 were interesting. I got these questions from an old book and they had this to say right along with the anatomy study:

Object of study. The mind is trained by the study of mathematics, language, physics, philosophy, to develop its powers of reasoning and thinking. It is not so much the facts which the child learns as the habits of quick and accurate thinking which count. With these habits he is in a position to make the most of the knowledge and experience which he acquires later. If he has gained the habits of accurate observation and of perseverance and industry, he is well equipped for his progress through the world.

Education is by no means confined to the schools. The greater part of it is obtained in the home and in the community about us. At home the boy is given good books, that he may read of the good deeds and noble lives of the world's history. He is taught courtesy and charity, that he may make those about him happier. He is taken to walk in the woods and fields, and instructed in the story of the rocks and plants and animals, that he may come to love nature and to find an interest in studying its works. He is taken to see great works of art and to hear good music, and taught to care for poetry, that he may acquire refined tastes and see more of the grace and beauty in life.

In this education it is not enough that children shall read books or see paintings or sculptures. They must be taught to appreciate the meaning which is in the work, to feel the spirit which inspired the writer or painter who conceived it, and to understand the thoughts and ambitions and passions which have molded the lives of the men and women who have made the history of which they read. If they learn these things, to them life becomes filled with an interest and a joy which can never die.

"He ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust,
He knew no more that he was poor
Or that his frame was dust;

He danced along the dingy days—
And that bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings!"

A most important habit to acquire is that of self-control. It is this quality perhaps beyond all others which distinguishes manhood. The emotions of sympathy, love, pity, enthusiasm, religion, are all excellent elements of our characters. They help to ennoble us and to lead us to strong endeavor, high thought, and worthy action. But they lose much of their usefulness if they are not controlled by judgment and a sense of justice and right, so that they are allowed to sway us only for the greater good of those about us. More especially should the passions of anger, jealousy, sensuality, and the many ignoble impulses which arise from the desire of possession be controlled. In the submission to these lies a great part of the woe and crime which darken the pages of history.

True happiness comes not through the gratification of the desires for the material things of the world about us, but from the possession of a well-balanced mind which can discern the real treasures of life, and a spirit inspired with the pursuit of truth.

Everybody has affinities for truth and culture. If they are developed the man will take his pleasure in good pursuits; if not, he will indulge in sensual pleasures. Everybody should be athletic, but he should also be clever and refined. In these days a clever head and a well-trained mind will accomplish far more than muscular strength.

Pretty neat eh?

Okay, here is the link for the Nervous System Notebooking pages.

Download Nervous and Endocrine System Notebooking Pages


Nervous System Links:

Lots of videos, powerpoints, and games
Links to other websites for lesson plans, quizzes, experiments, etc.
Neuroscience for Kids

Activities To Try:

1. Cross one knee over the other, and let the leg hang loosely. Strike the upper leg sharply with the hand just below the kneecap. The lower leg will jerk suddenly forward. This is an example of a muscular movement occurring without the intervention of any thought upon the part of the individual.

2. Tickle the nose with a feather. The sneeze which follows is a reflex act of the body to rid itself of the source of irritation to the mucous membrane of the nose.

3. Pass the hand rapidly close to the eyes of the student next you. The rapid winking of the lids is an example of an involuntary action established to protect the eye.

4. Note the deep and rapid respiration which replaces the ordinary respiration after exertion, as running. This is an automatic action in response to the need of more respiratory exchange to supply the increased combustion resulting from the increased muscular action.


I hope these bless you in some way or other,



Book Binding
Going on four years with the RC curriculum, I haven't tried binding a book yet until this week.

And you know what? It is F-U-N! I only did two, but I am looking forward to doing more.

Usually I try to find the book at used bookstores, thrift stores, etc. If I can't find it that way, I will print it and put it in a small binder.

I like the binding SO much better.

Robinson Curriculum Book Binding

The first two I did were Do and Dare, and Bob, Son of Battle. I followed the instructions at this website.

I made the spines and covers and reinforced them with packing tape.

Robinson Curriculum Book Binding

Yip, I am proud of my work. Now to bind some more!

Book Binding






Homeschool Pumpkin Printables

This month I joined in with a few bloggers to put together printables for pumpkins. Pumpkins are a favorite part of fall for me. I love decorating with them, large, small, tiny, they are so fun. Of course, I love baking with them too.

Here are a few printables I put together. My goal was to create some items for the older children. I hope I accomplished this. Please visit the other bloggers who also made printables.



The Pumpkin Poem by John Greenleaf WhittierThis is The Pumpkin, a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. It is a short but sweet study on the poem.

Download The Pumpkin by John Greenleaf Whittier


The Discontented PumpkinOkay, this is most likely for the younger crowd. The story of the Discontented Pumpkin has a lesson to be learned. It includes a spot for the student to illustrate the story and to tell its meaning.

You can also add scripture on being content. (kjv)

  • Proverbs 17:22 - A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
  • Proverbs 14:30 - A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
  • 1Timothy 6:6-7 - 6. But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
  • Philippians 4:11-13 - 11. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Download The Discontented Pumpkin


Pumpkin Selection and ObservationThis reading selection about pumpkins can be used along with the pumpkin notebooking pages below. There is a section on observation that the student can use as prompts.

Download The Pumpkin & Pumpkin Observation


Pumpkin Notebooking PagesThese pumpkin notebooking pages can be used for notes, copywork, writings on pumpkins, stories, etc.

Download Pumpkin Notebooking Pages


Pumpkin CopyworkAnother one for the younger crowd. 🙂 There are two selections of copywork in this download. The first is titled, Five Little Pumpkins and the other is titled, A Pumpkin Story. They both include:

  • A narration outline
  • A question or two on capitalization pertaining to proper nouns
  • I included a couple matching notebooking pages in case more room was needed for the copywork.

Download Pumpkin Copywork



Cute clipart (c)Lisa at

Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren

We started a new audio book this past month. We only listen to it once a week for about 2 hours, during our drive to Grandma's place, so it will last us a while. It makes the drive go by quicker. So far, we are enjoying it. 🙂

I decided to try something  different from what we were use to. We have been doing more Christian based audios with Knights of Arrethtrae, The Kingdom Series, and the A.D. Chronicles. We listened to the Knights of Arrethtrae, including The Kingdom Series twice and the A.D. Chronicles had twelve books! Ten of which were in audio format. Oh, and we listened to The Berenfell Prophesies, which had a Christian twist to it also.

This story is filed under Christian fiction for teens. I think it is more for it being clean.

This one is set in Medieval Italy. The young girl, 16 if I remember correctly, is transported into the past. This is her story on trying to get back home and how she copes with being in a new time period. She is very learned, being able to speak Italian and read Latin. She also knows how to 'wield the sword' and ride bare back on a horse.  All this helps her out in medieval Italy. We are looking forward to continuing the story. As always, one factor in choosing this audio was that it was from Oasis Audio. The reader, Pam Turlow, did a wonderful job with the voices.

The pdf file includes discussion questions that can be used after the novel has been read.

What is your current audiobook?



Intermediate Language Lessons Teacher's Guides

One question I get a lot is if I have a teacher's guide for Intermediate Language Lessons. I am happy to say, now, that, yes, I do.

I wanted to add a little more to this guide than just answers. I wanted it to also offer resources. So, in this teacher's guide, or instructor's guide, as I call it, you will find:

  • Answers to the questions found in Intermediate Language Lessons
  • Samples to the answers that will vary
  • Resource Lists which include books and website links
  • Vocabulary lists taken from the lessons. I included other words that the student might not know.
  • Glossary for the above vocabulary words, except for the lesson where a dictionary is to be used.
  • I made the Summary lessons into a test that the student can take to determine how much he retained.


Instructor's Guide Part 1
Instructor's Guide Part 1
The Instructor's Guide includes answers for ILL Part 1. It also includes resource links for Conversation Lessons, a glossary that can be printed and put into the student's notebook, and quizzes for the To Remember Lessons.
Instructor's Guide Part 2
Instructor's Guide Part 2
The Instructor's Guide includes answers for ILL Part 2. It also includes resource links for Conversation Lessons, a glossary that can be printed and put into the student's notebook, and quizzes for the To Remember Lessons.
Instructor's Guide Part 3
Instructor's Guide Part 3
The Instructor's Guide includes answers for ILL Part 3. It also includes resource links for Conversation Lessons, a glossary that can be printed and put into the student's notebook, and quizzes for the To Remember Lessons.


Here are some samples taken from Part 1
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Resources for Intermediate Language Lessons Part 2

General Resources
Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock

Lessons 7 – The Body
The Anatomy Coloring Book by Wynn Kapit, Lawrence M. Elson
Apologia’s Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology by Jeannie Fulbright
Human Anatomy in Full Color by John Green
Anatomy Lapbook

Lessons 8 – Debate
Debate Sheet Website
50 Debate Prompts For Kids by Michael S. Dahlie, Patrick Daley

Lesson 9 – Letter Writing Review
Friendly Letter Basics Website

Lesson 11 – Departure of the Pilgrims
The Pilgrims of Plimoth by Marcia Sewall
The Landing of the Pilgrims by James Daugherty

Lesson 16 – Cud Chewers
Beautiful Cows by Val Porter, Jeremy Hopley and Andrew Perris
Facts About Cows Website

Lesson 17 – The Deer Family
Deer World by Dave Taylor
Facts About Deer Website

Lesson 28 – Ships of the Air
About Airships Website
How Airships Work Website
Transatlantic Airships: An Illustrated History by John Christopher
Hot Air Balloons Website
How Hot Air Balloons Work Website

Lesson 54 & 64 – Trees
Trees: A Visual Guide by Tony Rodd
The Tree Book For Kids And Their Grownups by Gina Ingoglia

Lesson 70 The Post Office
History of Special Delivery Website

Lesson 78 – Old Ironsides
The USS Constitution Website

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Resources for Intermediate Language Lessons Part 1

General Resources
Handbook of Nature Study

Lesson 15 -16 - Birds
Everything Bird: What Kids Really Want to Know about Birds by Cherie Winner
All About Birds – Website
How To Draw Birds In Simple Steps – Polly Pinder

Lesson 18 – The Red-Headed Woodpecker
Red-Headed Woodpecker – Website

Lesson 22 – 23 - Indians
Any of the If You Lived… on Indians will work.

Lesson 25 – 26 – Helen Keller
Helen Keller (Scholastic) by Margaret Davidson & Wendy Watson
Helen Keller: From Tragedy to Triumph by Katherine Wilkie & Robert Doremus
Helen Keller – Website
Learn Sign Language – Website
Helen Keller Lapbook
The Miracle Worker - Movie

Lesson 32 - Fruits
Fruits  by Louise Spilsbury

Lesson 36 – The Farmer
A Day in the Life of a Farmer by Heather Adamson
If You Were a Farmer By Virginia Schomp

Lesson 40
Songs from the Loom: A Navajo Girl Learns to Weave by Monty Roessel
Process of printing - Website

Lesson 44 – The Cat Family
Know Your Cat by Bruce Fogle
Draw 50 Cats by Lee J. Ames

Lesson 65 - 67 – The Village Blacksmith/Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
See a demonstration in an old time Blacksmith Shop - Video

Lesson 69 – Clothing
Food and Clothing by Daniel Gilpin

Lesson 70 – Cotton
Working Cotton by Sherley Anne Williams
Up Before Daybreak: Cotton And People In America by Deborah Hopkinson
The Cotton Gin (Inventions That Shaped the World) by Nancy Robinson Masters
The Biography of Cotton by Carrie Gleason
From Cotton to T-Shirt by Robin Nelson

Lesson 78 – The Dog Family
The New Encyclopedia of the Dog by Bruce Fogle
Draw 50 Dogs by Lee J. Ames

Lesson 94 – Gnawers or Rodents
About Rodents: A Guide for Children by Cathryn Sill
Rodents of the World by David Alderton and Bruce Tanner
Welcome to the World of Squirrels by Diane Swanson
Squirrels: The Animal Answer Guide Richard W. Thorington Jr.

Lesson 96 – Money
Money (DK Eyewitness Books) by Joe Cribb
The Story of Money by Betsy Maestro and Giulio Maestro




I have another oldie from years ago. I made these simple book report forms and book logs for the kids. This was many moons ago!

Again, it has my old web address. I hope the font shows up correctly on the cover pages. It does on my computer, but then I might have them installed on my computer. The reason I hope is because I used a free pdf convertor back then and it might not have had font embedding capabilities.

I hope you can use them. 🙂

Reading and Writing Notebook Download My Reading and Writing Notebook




Oh wow, let's see, about 5 years ago I converted Olney's math into a workbook for the kids. We were also using Ray's Arithmetic at that time too. This was pre-RC.

While being bored the other day and going through the tons, did I say tons, of files on my hard drive, I came across this ole book. Maybe others can benefit from it.

It includes Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. I never did get to the chapter on Fractions.

It looks like the pdf didn't save the font I used, so the type is spaced a little odd, but it doesn't take from the workbook. I most likely used a free pdf or one that did not save fonts. Hey, five years ago I was new to all this. 😉

Olney's Primary Arithmetic Workbookdownload Primary Arithmetic - Addition & Subtraction

Primary Arithmetic - Multiplication & Division

Here is the Teacher's Manual that goes along with the books.

Like all the older stuff on my hard drive, it has my old website address. I don't have the original file, not sure where it is. I wasn't that organized back then. 🙂