While I made a heap of timeline figures using classic art, I didn’t realize I’d want us to add a heap more people and events to our timeline as time went on (haha — timeline, time going on? Ahem.). Rather than make a heap more timeline figures, I downloaded these because they are SUPER CUTE and every figure we could possibly want is included.
And while these didn’t share the problem that our curriculum’s figures had (read: they were drawn by someone who really shouldn’t be allowed to wield a sharpie), they were still sorta boring. Black and white, and flimsy paper (because that’s what I printed them on).
Then only, and I mean ONLY solution was to make the already-cute timeline figures EVEN CUTER, and to make them durable via my handy-dandy laminator.
So we colored and colored…
And colored some more.
And then I laminated and laminated and…
Ha, not gonna say it.
One could use clear contact paper, if one did not have a laminator. Or one could just buy a laminator. $20 for all the slick-smooth-keep-it-forever crafty love. I’m sorta head-over-heels for my laminator (sorry honey — don’t be jelly, K?).
How do you make your homeschool/life more beautiful? And follow my timeline board on Pinterest if you want the scoop on new figures the moment I find (or make) them!
How we made our downloadable timeline figures super cute!
When it comes to homeschool technique I've tried everything. Work boxes? Tried it. Digital planners with printed-out schedules? Been there. Pre-planned curriculum packages that cover all subjects? Done it. Totally online learning like Easy Peasy? Yup. The non-homeschool option: Public/Charter school? Yes, even that.
And no matter what I did, every day was a whirlwind of...
Last summer I went a little nutty. See, I was SO excited that our curriculum recommended a timeline. SO SO excited that timeline figures came with it. Until ... I opened the packaging. The timeline figures were ... ugly. So I made ancient history timeline figures using classic art! And now I'm sharing them with you, free!
I used to hate read-alouds. My neck would get tense, my throat would feel stiff and sore and my voice would hurt. (And if you say a voice cannot hurt, I assure you, it can.) Here's my story of how diagnosing and treating Hashimoto's changed my life in an unexpected way.
In honor of the last week of our homeschool co-op, I'm going to give you an inside peek at what we do all day. Like the reason I don't answer the phone, respond to emails, keep my house clean (enough), and say "No" to (almost) every invitation. Because when I answer the phone, respond to emails, clean the house, or volunteer for whatever-the-h@ll-someone-thinks-I-ought-to-have-time-to-do-since-I'm-just-a-stay-at-home-mom...
At least once in any lifetime we'll meet someone who instantaneously irritates every nerve in our bodies...
For several years we sort-of-happily used Tapestry of Grace as our main humanities curriculum. Until the sort-of became not-very and slid into not-at-all.
So in typical Me fashion, my first order of business after deciding to homeschool was to obsessively organize, plan, and pretty much avoid thinking about what I would actually be doing every day.
I'm going through our curriculum's book lists to see what I can get at the library and what we ought to purchase.
Thanks to Mud Pie's 2nd grade teacher, I discovered Symbaloo. Which is really nothing more than a cross-user, cross-platform version of Safari's "Top Sites" start page.