Tuesday, March 30, 2010

Homeschool Freebie: Vintage Butterfly Study

Common Butterflies( elementary school) - Teacher notes, reading suggestions, and student stories. Free and in public domain, published in 1893. To print, simply right click on the image of the page at the link, and save. Entire book is downloadable:

The first butterflies of the spring are those which have hibernated in their winged state—Vanessa Antiopa, Comma, Semicolon, and Atlanta. They are sometimes tempted out by warm days in March, and in April are quite common.

Here are some hints from Wm. H. Gibson, that sharp-eyed observer and charming chronicler:—

" The butterflies are now frequenting the tender foliage of the willows by the brook, and in a few weeks the first brood of their black, spiny caterpillars will literally weigh down the slender branches as they strip the leaves and leave their cast-off skins fringing the twigs. Hundreds of the caterpillars may be gathered in a few moments, and the walls of your collecting box will soon be hung closely with chrysalids, nearly all of which will have been transformed into butterflies within a period of a fortnight.
Read more here, pages 302-312. A section about caterpillars follows.


The Story-book of Science, Butterflies(young children)

For older children - adults, A History of the Earth, by Washington Irving, butterflies.

Many more here in my Google Books Library.

I saw this vintage cut-out pantin butterfly over at The Paper Collector. Free to download.

Thursday, March 18, 2010

Free Vintage Spring Border Designs

These where originally meant for the classroom, but they could be used for any paper or digital art project. Free and in public domain from School Arts, 1915. Go to link, right click on image of page and save, or click on image below to enlarge and save.

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

Early Elementary Spring Story and Lesson

By Agnes Quish
One bright day in spring, a little gray kitten ran away from her mother.
She was lost and did not know where to go.
She ran on and on until she came to a stream. It was getting dark and the kitten was hungry and tired. So she sat down under a willow and began to cry.
A fairy loved this willow very much. The willow was sorry for the kitten. She bent over it and said, "Do not cry. I will keep you safe.
"Oh, how soft and warm your fur is!"
"I am sorry I ran away from home," said the kitten. Then she began to cry again.
"Do not cry any more," said the willow, "I will bend over you and keep you safe all night. I like you. Now sleep."
The willow liked the kitten's soft fur. "I wish I had fur like that," she said.
Just then the fairy came. She heard what the willow said.
"You are a kind willow," said the fairy, "and I will give you what you wish. You shall have fur every spring, and all people shall love you. Good night, Pussy Willow."
Next morning the kitten awoke in her own bed. The willow found herself covered with soft balls of fur.
The people love her and call her Pussy Willow.

Find the missing word:

Free to copy and paste to your own document. I will add it to Google Documents for easy printing soon.

Little Irish Dolls, Children's Story and Patterns

Teachers Magazine, 1909, pages 24-25.

Saint Patrick's Day Blessings! Irish Paper Dolls

 Some cute printable paper dolls, Mr. Leprechaun and Molly Malone for Saint Patrick's Day courtesy of The Paper Collector. Click on image to enlarge and save.

In Dublin's fair city,
where the girls are so pretty,
I first set my eyes on sweet Molly Malone,
As she wheeled her wheel-barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"

"Alive, alive, oh,
Alive, alive, oh",
Crying "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh".

She was a fishmonger,
But sure 'twas no wonder,
For so were her father and mother before,
And they each wheeled their barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"


She died of a fever,
And no one could save her,
And that was the end of sweet Molly Malone.
Now her ghost wheels her barrow,
Through streets broad and narrow,
Crying, "Cockles and mussels, alive, alive, oh!"
Midi here.

Thursday, March 11, 2010

Vintage Student's Merit Award Letter

I saw this over at the Paper Collector, and just for kicks, blanked out the original names with GIMP. I haven't figured out how to match the background when covering up areas. Click to enlarge and save, if you'd like to reuse this form. I filled one out for my son because he's had a tough time lately working through spring fever. He's been diligent despite his weariness of school. Here is the original:


Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Carolingian Legends and Paper Doll Costume

Epics and Romances of the Middle Ages, Carolingian Legends, 1887, by Wilhelm Wagner. Free to download or print, and in public domain. Not specifically a children's book, but appropriate for older children, perhaps advanced middle school and up. It's very readable for young people.

Main page here.

I found these Carolingian costume paper dolls at the NY public digital library . There was no doll, but making one could be fun, especially if you can find a head, from another doll or online illustration, to add to your hand drawn body. I'll try to find one, and post it here. Click on image to enlarge and copy.

Saturday, March 06, 2010

Free Printable Elementary School Picture Study: Lincoln by Saint-Gauden

Pages 28-29, Statue of Lincoln by Augustus Saint-Gaudens (1848-1907)

To print page at link, simply right click on image of the page and save. Free and in public domain.

Friday, March 05, 2010

Late Elementary - Early Middle School Reading List

My son asked me for a reading list that he could take to the library, so I put together a list using many of the books mentioned on Classical Christian Education, 1000 Good Books(late elementary- early middle school); and I added some of my own, mostly classics. He likes H.G. Wells, Robert Louis Stevenson, and Sir Conan Doyle; I added a few that he has not yet read.

If you'd like to make use any of the books for your own list, I am sharing the list at Google Documents here.  It prints out to seven pages.

To keep the list together, I punched holes in it and recycled the cardboard covers from a used spiral notebook. Above is the image(click on image to enlarge and save) that I placed on the front and back. It prints out as one page, and then I just cut along the fold. I tied the book together through the holes with some twine.

Thursday, March 04, 2010

Japanese Peanut Salad Dressing

I made this tonight for my husband who loves Japanese salad dressing. I took this recipe and changed it a little. This has a peanut base, but is not too peanuty.


* 1/2 cup canola oil(peanut oil better)
* 2/3 cup rice vinegar
* 3-4 TBS onion powder
* 1/4 cup natural peanut butter
* 1/4 cup tahini(blended sesame seeds)
* 1/4 cup sugar
* 1/2 cup teriyaki sauce
* 1/2 tsp pepper and 1/2 tsp salt
* 1/2 tsp garlic salt

Pour all into bottle, shake well before serving, store in frig.

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