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Clock Worksheets

April 2014 - Math > Clocks
Clock WorksheetsI've added 3 dozen new clock worksheets to the Math- Clocks page. login required YoungMinds subscribers have 3 1/2 dozen new clock worksheets.

V Planner V4

March 2014 - Subscriber Content
V Planner V4V Planner V4 is ready to use. V Planner is a spreadsheet file and requires Microsoft Excel. The file is made available by either subscribing to YoungMinds or by purchasing a Site-CD. V Planner helps you manage your lesson plans and grades.

MM - Manuscript Medium

January 2014 - DY > Handwriting > Beginning Manuscript
MM Medium - Handwriting lessonsMM Medium - Handwriting lessons with a rule size of approximately 1/2". This page is new and contains 80 handwriting lessons - 2 lessons per printed sheet.

XLSX Query String Generator

January 2014 - DY > Handwriting > Gen
XLSX Query String Generator for Gen The query string generator is a tool that allows you to plan the generated handwriting lessons ahead of time. It can create query strings for certain templates in M.Large and M.Medium.

Comic - Classic Layouts

January 2014 - Art > Comic
Centimeter Graph PaperI have added 3 new layouts - 4-Panel, 6-Panel, and 9-Panel. The gutters measure 1/4", the border should be around 1/2", and the panels on each page are the same size. Printed results could vary slightly from mine.

Grid Notes Generator

January 2014 - Math > Paper > Graph Paper I
Centimeter Graph PaperIn the sidebar of Graph Paper I page, I have added a generator that can place your list of 24 items on sheet of graph paper.

Centimeter Graph Paper

January 2014 - Math > Paper > Graph Paper I
Centimeter Graph PaperI've added 9 new printable graph papers. The base graph size is a centimeter. The set has 3 styles and 3 variations, hence, the 9 files. Sizes are approximate.

Spreadsheet Tool- Donna Young's Grade Calculator

January 2014 - Homeschool Planner > Administrative > Grades
C.Small - Cursive Lesson GeneratorsI've remade my grade calculators. The new calculators can handle up to 7 weighed values in points and percentages. Includes optional proration with the percentage values and optional letter grades.

Math Papers with 16, 20, 25, and 30 Boxes

January 2014 - Math > Papers
C.Small - Cursive Lesson Generators I have added four new printable made-for-math-work papers. These papers features a certain numbers of boxes - 16 boxes, 20 boxes, 25 boxes, or 30 boxes.

C.Small - Cursive Lesson Generators

December 2013 - Handwriting > Gen
C.Small - Cursive Lesson GeneratorsAs of this very minute you can create custom cursive handwriting worksheets for your children! C.Small features 2 layouts, 4 variations and the rule is approximately 1/4 inch tall. Only at YoungMinds Online

Yellow Line Handwriting Paper

December 2013 - Handwriting > Paper
Yellow Line Handwriting PaperHave you been hankering for printable handwriting paper that features an ultra bright yellow lower rule space? If yes, then this is your lucky day, my friend! If no, move along to a previously listed awesome addition to donnayoung.org.

Handwriting Worksheet Generator M.Small

December 2013 - Handwriting > Gen
Gen- M.SmallI have finally added M.Small to the collection of handwriting lesson generator templates. This set has a letter size of around 9mm. The set features 2 blank tops, full, and 2-lesson templates.

Pen and Pencil Shading - Value Scale Exercises

November 2013 - Art > Drawing > Shading
Pen and Pencil Shading - Value Scale ExercisesThis is as much seeing the value range of your drawing pens and pencils as it is an exercise toward achieving just the right shading in your drawings. This page is updated with new images and two new files that are challenging.

Crispin the Crane Fly - a Brief Comic from Nature Observation

November 2013 - Art > Comic
Crispin the Crane Fly - a Brief Comic from Nature ObservationWalls are hard, just ask any crane fly. This page illustrates that a child can make up a story for a comic from day-to-day or nature observations. The End - for Crispin anyway ...

Printable Handwriting Strips

November 2013 - Penmanship > Tips
Printable Handwriting StripsI decided yesterday to make some handwriting strips while looking at a penmanship sample that I had cut out to evaluate some other handwriting thing. Read about these and see which handwriting styles are available at the page linked. See you later, alligator.

Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup

November 2013 - Household > Recipes
Creamy Chicken Noodle SoupI wrote this recipe for Creamy Chicken Noodle Soup on August 1st, 2011 and I've made it many times and has since become a family favorite. Ingredients- onions, carrots, chicken, chicken broth, half & half, cornstarch, and sour cream. Chicken may be substituted with turkey.

Half-Size Dated Block Planner

November 2013 - Household > Half-Size - Dated Block
Half-Size Dated Block Planner The 2014 Half-Size Dated Block Planner is online and ready to print. Like all of my half-size files, the finished pages are designed for binders that use 5.5" x 8.5" paper. I hope that you like it.

Comic Strip Layouts with Story Line Generator

November 2013 - Art > Comic - Story Line
Comic Strip Layouts with Story Line Generator I present to you a tool - "Comic Strip Layouts with a Story Line Generator". Not generator as in random words magically appear, but generator as in - You type something and your words appear on the comic strip template in a "comic strip font".

Printable Comic Strip Templates

November 2013 - Art > Comic
Printable Comic Strip Templates New Set of Templates - "Arch Top" a set of printable comic strip templates that feature an open top for the comic title, a dramatic opening, or something else. The panels on the "Arch Top" comic strip templates vary.

Printable Guide Words Activities

November 2013 - Forms > Guide Words Activities
Printable Guide Words Activities Guide Words Printable Lessons offers free to print cards and other printable items that can be used for the guide words lessons. The guide word lessons include instructions for both beginning and advanced.

Our Nature Journal - Weather

October 2013 - Homeschooling > Science
Nature Journal - Weather Weather - a section in our Nature Journal - The weather page is updated with more information and two printable files for the half sized binder.

Story Paper- Bordered

September 2013 - Art > Story Paper
Bordered Blank Top Printable Paper Blank top papers with two "Blank-Top" sizes - regular and tall. These printable files match the journal files at Homeschool Planner > Lesson Plan Forms.

Custom Drawing Assignments: Draw This, Please

September 2013 - Art > Drawing
Custom Drawing Assignments - Draw This, Please Choose from several bordered papers, fill in the form with a drawing assignment, "Please, draw this ---", press the "Generate Worksheet" button and save the resulting "art lesson" image for printing.

Gray Line Handwriting Paper

September 2013 - Handwriting > Paper
Handwriting paper Gray Line is named such because the lower part of the rule is gray. In the file links below the gray rule is described as Dark, Medium, or Light. Gray Line is available in seven rule heights and includes two rule styles - Regular and Tall. Gray Line also comes in Blank-Top.

Handwriting Lesson Generators

September 2013 - Handwriting > Gen
Handwriting The generators create an image and those are handled differently when printed. Be sure to read the tips before using the generators. I hope you like them! DY
Tips: Printing, Saving, M.Large Handwriting Generators, M.Medium Handwriting Generators

Nature Journal Tabs

January 12, 2009 - Homeschooling
how to make the nature journal divider tabs Oh WOW! Something new in Homeschooling. It's a how-to page that tells you how I made the subcategory and category divider pages for the half-sized nature journal / field book!

Blank Game Cards

Homeschooling » Games
how to make the nature journal divider tabs At "Game Cards" you will find a whole slew of printable game cards in many sizes, you will even find round ones. To make your cards nice, I've included printable back designs and some cards which have a fancy border.

For a homeschooler who has this big web site full of printable files, I have not written many articles that are direct and personal about homeschooling. Throughout donnayoung.org you will find indirect homeschooling articles that say such things as - here is a file, print it, and you will find some direct ones such as where I show pictures of one of our nature journals and the articles that tell how to make homemade handwriting lessons. Although there are only a few just-about-home-ed articles here (at this time) many of the indirect articles are written to assist you or to inspire you in some small way regarding teaching your children or keeping up with the assorted things that you have to do in and around your home.

Articles

The links below will take you within this section as well as all over my web site. To return to this page, use your back button or if you have been exploring the web site, use the Homeschooling link that is at the top of every page on my web site. The link will not be blue if you are in a different section, but it will still bring you back to this page. donna young's homeschool links

Composition Book Handwriting Lessons - Handwriting
It tells how to set up a composition book for homemade lessons. I did this as a cursive handwriting refresher for my youngest child.

What is Weighing Grades? - Homeschooling » Articles
Just what is that anyway?

Homeschooling Musts for the Kids - Homeschooling » Articles
This is a few pictures of my cat getting ready for his school day and being a good listener and an overall good student. sure donna

Why Teach at Home and Who Are Homeschoolers - Homeschooling
Who are we? We could be anyone, that is about all you will learn at the link above.

How to Make a Sticker Book - Homeschooling » Articles
I used sticker books, among other methods, for positive reinforcement when the children were young.

The Doom of A Homeschool Schedule - Homeschooling » Articles
Don't let the title fool you, homeschool schedules are good.

Nature Journal - Homeschooling » Science
Page one of several pages showing pictures of one of our nature journals.

Homemade Handwriting Lessons: Manuscript and Cursive - Handwriting
Those two pages have information that require using a word processor and a font, both can be free, the fonts are, the word process could be one that you already have or one that you download.

Family Boot Camp - Homeschooling » Articles
I wrote about the boot camp I did on occasion and here is a quote- "Family boot camp is a goal oriented event that lasts for 5 days or more. Boot camp must have clear objectives."

An Idea to Study Words and Make a Word Book - English
I wanted my children to understand the tiny differences between words of similar meaning and came up with "The Word Book". This idea is spread over two pages, An Idea to Study Words- the idea behind the book and Make a Word Book- the "How-To" with printable files and instructions.

New to Homeschooling

Are you are a new or somewhat new homeschooler seeking ideas and information about getting organized? If so I will link some of the pages that might be useful to you.

Homeschool Planning

When homeschooling, you will make all sorts of plans. Below is a list of things you might need to plan.

You will decide and organize what your children will study each year, unless you use a boxed curriculum [what is boxed curriculum?What is boxed].
Planning is sort of a tiered beast where you will: pointdecide what to study, pointbreak it into lessons, pointdecide how often to study it, pointwill it be slotted by time of day or will it be anytime during the day, and pointthen the lessons can be recorded in a planner. This is not as hard as it sounds. In some cases, you will purchase a book with lessons, math is a good example, and simply do the next lesson when it is time for the subject.

You will make lesson plans, unless you buy curriculum that can come with pre-made plans and you buy those too.
Making lesson plans does not have to be a tedious task. I've written several how-to's showing simple plans and expanded plans and they all start on this page: How To Make Simple Lesson Plans for Homeschool

It's a good idea to make menu plans
It really is a good idea, and one that may not happen, but give it a try to see if menu plans will save you time and money. Menu planners can be printed from: Household Planners For the Kitchen

It's a good idea to make chore plans
If you already have the chores divided up between family members, then you are all set in this department. If not try it, make some repeating chore lists for your children to see how that works out. In my case, my children were more likely to do household chores if the chores were written on a list. Household Planner Refills and if you have MS Excel, you might want to try my XLS Chore Chart Maker.

Chances are, you will continue to take care of things that you currently take care of such as appointments.
For that you will need anything from a simple monthly calendar to some complicated electronic gizmo of your choice. I can help with the calendar and household planner

Making a Homeschool Planner Book

From donnayoung.org you can print a free homeschool planner book. I don't know why anyone would buy one, but I have linked Commercial Planners as well. Back to free- I have all kinds of homeschool planner forms, after all; I am a genuine homeschooler and I know what I liked having in my planner.

  • Commercial Planners - A page of linked commercial planners
  • Planner Guide - Several pages describing homeschool planner types
  • Lists - Forms for lists of things such as books. According to feedback, I do not have enough of these
  • Administrative - Your the administrator, you know what's here, right?
  • Lesson Plan Forms - Forms, all types, for your lesson plans
  • High School - High school forms, suggestions, and lists
  • Extra - Notebooking forms, grids, cover sheets, and forms for your homeschool meetings
  • Sets - Be sure to look here before printing a planner. This is where I place matching sets.
  • Homeschool V Planner An XLS file

Encouraging Children to Write

The writing activities that I made up for my children may or may not help you with your reluctant writer. My children didn't seem reluctant to write, but on the other hand; I used my home made writing lessons for them when they were young and they always enjoyed doing them. I've put them online and you can read about them at:

Ease Into Writing: Timed Writing - This was a back to school activity that the children did the first few weeks, but it can be used any time.

Who Needs an Illustration, Sentence Building Activity One - We did this activity every year for a while. It seems ridiculously easy, but it incorporates dictionary skills, vocabulary, and grammar. The beginning sentence structure used in activity one is: Subject | Transitive Verb | Direct Object.

Who Needs an Illustration, Sentence Building Activity Two - This is similar to activity one (above) and the difference between them is the sentence structure. Activity two uses this starting sentence structure: Subject | Intransitive Verb

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