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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.







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I found another gem sitting on my hard drive. The Nutcracker Lapbook never got transferred over to Cynce's Place.

Here is what I wrote back in 2008 when I prepared it:

I wasn't sure how to approach this lapbook. Should I do it on the ballet or on the actual story? Or, should I do it on the author of the original story?

Well, I did a search on 'The Nutcracker Lapbook', and came across a lapbook on ballet and a unit study on the nutcracker. So, then I did a search on 'The Nutcracker Unit Study'. This search brought about many unit studies, free and for sale. Most, if not all, concentrated on the ballet. I wanted to go more with the story.

I came up with a combination of the tale and of the ballet. It is focused on the story itself and how it evolved into a popular ballet today. These include author and composer biographies, country of origin for both the tale and the ballet, and more.

I hope you enjoy your study on The Nutcracker and The Mouse King as I did researching it.

Eventually I would love to witness the ballet in person. Hopefully next year my family and I can go. [We haven't gone yet. 🙁 ]

Nutcracker Lapbook

The Nutcracker Lapbook

For the Cover, The whole clan from Nutcracker to Mouse King, - I think this coloring sheet makes a great cover. I couldn’t make it for you all because of copyright issues. Save it to your computer, insert it into word and add a title… now you have your cover. 🙂



Here is all the information I collected while preparing for this lapbook. Going through it, a lot of the links were dead. Yikes! I didn't want to go searching for new stuff, so I used the handy dandy archive I wrote about recently to find the dead links, only a few I couldn't retrieve.


Author Biography
E.T.A. Hoffmann – Bullet points of his life
E.T.A. Hoffmann Biography
E.T.A. Hoffmann Biography

Composer Biography
Composer Biography
Classics for Kids biography
Biography on YouTube
A Tribute to Tchaikovsky – In Pictures and Music – YouTube.

The history of the Nutcracker Ballet
History of the nutcracker, a tool used to crack nuts.
Another site on the history of nutcrackers, a tool used to crack nuts.

Read the Nutcracker Online
Read the Nutcracker (Interactive)
Classics for Kids tells the story of The Nutcracker. Approx. 6 min.

Find More Books On The Nutcracker Here
Unit Studies
Nutcracker Unit Study From Homeschool Share
Study Guide with a recipe for Sugar Plums. Yum!
Study Guide with lots of information. Includes coloring, word search, mad lib and other activities.
Nice source with lots to do in all areas of academics. There are also notebooking pages at the end.

The whole clan from Nutcracker to Mouse King. –

Nutcracker Coloring Sheets -black and white and a color version to

Sugar Plum Princess Coloring
Sugar Plum Princess
Sugar Plum Fairy

Nutcracker and the Rat King Coloring

Maze of Clara looking for her nutcracker.
The Nutcracker Activity Sheets

Crafts – Nutcracker Ornament – Toilet Paper Craft

Dance of the Sugar Plum Princess – listen to or download midi file. Also includes a video of the song being played on a pipe organ.
Dance of the Sugar Plum Princess – This is too cool. It is played using bicycle parts!! – The Nutcracker Suite

Find the Nutcracker – The original page doesn’t work, but the Archive has a few of the pictures. These are a lot of fun, especially if your kids enjoy I Spy’s.
Tip: Hold down the ctrl key and press the + key to make it bigger. Print it out if you do not want your kids straining their eyes on the computer.
Some other activities to do while studying about the Nutcracker.



As I was reading The Nutcracker and The Mouse King In Verse, which is included in the download, I came upon some words I did not know what the meaning was, like murther. So here is a list of words I think some kids might ask, 'What does ___ mean?'. Most, if not all, are taken from Webster's 1828 Dictionary.

murther – murder
maiden – an unmarried girl or woman
dismay – to affright or terrify
vain – empty, worthless
mend – to repair, to correct
vengeance – The infliction (to apply) of pain on another, in return for an injury or offense.
alter – to change, to make different
fate -  event predetermined, destiny
caressed – Treated or embraced with affection.
weary – tired, fatigued
herald – to introduce
hearth – a fireplace
gleam – to shine, to cast light
carillon – A little bell. Also, a simple air in music, adapted to the performance of small bells or clocks.
traversed - To travel or pass across, over, or through.  To move to and fro over; cross and re-cross.
tattoo – A beat of drum at night, giving notice to soldiers to retreat, or to repair to their quarters in garrison, or to their tents in camp.
wainscot – In building, timber-work serving to line the walls of a room, being made in panels.
quell – To crush, to subdue, to cause to cease.
valor, valiant – courage, bravery
martial – pertaining to war
wince – to shriek, as from a blow or from pain
stagger – to move to one side and the other in standing or walking.
gambolled – a skipping or leaping about in frolic
sweetmeats – Fruit preserved with sugar; as peaches, pears, melons, nuts, orange peel and the like.
placid – gentle, quiet, undisturbed
stolidly – dullness of intellect, stupidity
meandered – to wind or turn in a course or passage
barcarolle – a folk song sung by venetian gondoliers, or a piece of music composed in that style.
ardor – warmth, or heat, applied to the passions and affections
reign – to rule


Watch The Nutcracker

Grab some popcorn or the goodie of your choice and enjoy!

When the kids were younger, we really enjoyed watching Barbie in The Nutcracker.

You can watch the movie and compare it with the Nutcracker and Mouse King and The Tale of the Nutcracker (Penguin Classics). There is a venn diagram in the download to compare the two.

This will be a good time, as with any other Disney movie, to tell of the importance of reading the original fairy tales instead of taking Disney at its word.

Nothing wrong with the Disney movie, but I think the kids should at least have the chance of hearing or reading the stories the way the author has written them.


Here are More Nutcracker Movies for you to choose from.

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Here is a simple Father's Day Lapbook that can be done in no time. It is along the lines of the Mother's Day Lapbook with a little history and symbols of Father's Day. There is even a spot to write a short acrostic poem.

Father's Day Lapbook

Download Father's Day Lapbook

Father's Day Links

Learn about the History of Father's Day - I believe this link is in the lapbook file. It goes great with the lapbook.

Father's Day Lesson and Crafts - Lot of things to do for K-3. I remember utilizing this website a lot when the kids were little.

The Notebooking Fairy has some Father's Day Notebooking Pages.

I made these Father's Day Notebooking Pages when I first started Albright News. I couldn't find the original, so my old link is still within.

Here are some cute Father's Day decoration ideas. Includes a banner and decorations for cupcakes or bottles.

How about Father's Day Wrappers for Dad's favorite candy bar. These are too cute.

Looking for a sophisticated gift, here is a nice saying that is ready to frame. There is also cake toppers and a banner to match.

Father's Day Coupon Book - These are always fun.

This website has a lot of word searches, dot to dots, mazes, coloring, etc.


Father's Day on PinterestFor more ideas on Father's Day, see my Father's Day Board. I have pinned many other pages such as food, decorations, printables, etc.


Father's Day Verses

Bible Verses For Father's DayMalachai 4:6
And he shall turn the heart of the fathers to the children, and the heart of the children to their fathers, lest I come and smite the earth with a curse.

Psalm 103:13
Like as a father pitieth his children, so the Lord pitieth them that fear him.

Proverbs 23:24
The father of the righteous shall greatly rejoice: and he that begetteth a wise child shall have joy of him.

Colossians 3:21
Fathers, provoke not your children to anger, lest they be discouraged.

Ephesians 6:4
And, ye fathers, provoke not your children to wrath: but bring them up in the nurture and admonition of the Lord.

Proverbs 10:9
He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

Proverbs 23:22
Hearken unto thy father that begat thee, and despise not thy mother when she is old.

Proverbs 17:27
He that hath knowledge spareth his words: and a man of understanding is of an excellent spirit.

Proverbs 10:9
He that walketh uprightly walketh surely: but he that perverteth his ways shall be known.

Proverbs 20:7
The just man walketh in his integrity: his children are blessed after him.


Mother's Day Lapbook: What a fun way to learn the history of Mother's Day by creating this Mother's Day Lapbook.

I created this Mother's Day Lapbook a few years back, and I thought I would once again put it up to be shared.

It basically is the history of Mother's Day, how it came about, by whom and how we celebrate it today.

Mother's Day Lapbook“For all the love you’ve given me,
For all the prayers you’ve prayed,
For all the tears and all the care
The sacrifice you’ve made,
For all I am or can become,
For all in me that’s true,
I want to thank you, mother mine,
For all to you is due.”

As we come to Mothers’ Day this year, it would be good to learn a little about how the holiday came about. Too often, we take for granted our Mothers, and too often we go through the motions of Mothers’ Day…trying to find the perfect card or gift.

Let us pause this Mothers’ Day to truly thank our Mothers for all they are to us, not necessarily what they have done, but who they are as a person. If your Mother has already passed on, in honor of Anna Jarvis, find a Mother who has lost a child and bless her.


Mother's Day Lapbook Downloads

Mother's Day Lapbook - Cover
Mother's Day Lapbook - Acrostic
Mother's Day Lapbook - Anna Jarvis
Mother's Day Lapbook - Common Gifts
Mother's Day Lapbook - Carnation
Mother's Day Lapbook - Coupon Pocket
Mother's Day Lapbook - Julia Ward Howe
Mother's Day Lapbook - Poems
Mother's Day Lapbook - When
Mother's Day Lapbook - Proclamation

Other Mother's Day Resources

These can be added to your Mother's Day Lapbook or used as reference.
Mother's Day Bill in Congress
Woodrow Wilson Proclamation
Rose Letter Paper - this rose letter paper can be used to write a letter to mom.

I made these coupons a few years back too, so they reference my old website.
Mother's Day Coupons

Download Mother's Day Coupons


Mother's Memories Lapbook Mother's Memories Lapbook

Right now this Mother's Memories lapbook is only $4.50.

This lapbook is for Mom! What a great idea! You create it as a keepsake for your kids, full of YOUR memories. How neat is that. And, I know your kids will love it.
I hope you enjoy making this Mother's Day Lapbook. Please let me know if you use it and if you post on your blog, I would love to come see.





I hope you all enjoyed the Skeletal System last week. If you happen to do any of the lapbooks, skeletal, cell or muscular, please let me know, I would love to see them and share them here on my blog. Thanks.

This week, I have the Muscular System.

Anatomy Lapbook - The Muscular System

Anatomy Lapbook - Muscular System

Anatomy Lapbook - Muscular System

Download Anatomy Lapbook: Muscular System

Miscellaneous Links

Muscular System Worksheet

Interactive Muscular System Game
Label The Muscle Online Game

Muscular System Lesson Plans



Body Of Evidence - Cells & Tissue



General Links

Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology text
Various Anatomy Worksheets
Various Dental Illustrations
Various Anatomy Illustrations
Various Cardiology Diagrams