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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

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
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Donna Young started this web site in 1998. She was teaching her children at home, had bought a new internet capable computer, and decided to put her homeschool and household files online. Aside from a few donated files, Donna makes all the content for using several programs such as drawing programs and word processors. Most of all, this website is a place on the internet from where you may print homeschool planners, household planners, Calendars, handwriting lessons, printable worksheets or papers for several subjects. has grown over the years and continues to grow. Meanwhile, Donna's children have graduated from home school and life goes on.

April is Organized into Several Sections

The sections are linked across the top of every page on my website. If you get lost here, just try backing up or going to the section where you think something should be. I'll admit that not everything is organized as well as it could be and I'm working on it!! The boxes below show the sections along with a screen shot image of the related navigation menu. I wrote a little bit about each section in the boxes and included a few links.


What do I have to say about home school? My thoughts on home school are scattered all over and not in just this section. If you spend enough time here, you will know what I think of homeschooling. This section, Homeschool, will have links to articles, game items, etc.
Why Decide to Teach at Home and Who Are Homeschoolers
How to Make a Sticker Book

Home School Planner

I have many homeschool planners and you can print them for free. However, Homeschool Planner is more than printing planners; it is also about:
how to plan, why choose a certain planner type, school calendars, grade forms, xls files, high school forms and more. If you are a homeschooler, just go there.

New To Home School?

How to Plan is a "child section" of Homeschool Planner. I wrote a series of articles about the thought processes behind getting started and making simple lesson plans. Linked below are some of the starting pages.
Homeschool Planning Steps 1-4
How To Make Simple Lesson Plans for Homeschool
(Surviving) The Curriculum Fair

V Planner

V Planner is an XLS/XLSX file with which you can manage homeschool plans and records. The file is a part of the collection at  YoungMinds
Home Page- Donna Young's Homeschool V Planner
Help Files for - V Planner V3
Videos - V Planner Videos


In the household section you can print household planners in two sizes. Although I have a separate calendar section, you can print special calendars from household. The main parts of household are:
Full-Sized Household Planners
Desk Size Personal Organizer
Purse Sized Booklet
Small Desk Calendar


The section name is self explanatory and in it, you will find calendars for, hopefully, this year and next year at the very least.
Printable School Calendars
Vertical Monthly Calendars
Horizontal Monthly Calendars
Blank Calendars
Note: Sometimes the calendar that you want will be in the Household section.


I was one of those children who drew on walls. My art section is not nearly large enough and I really want to work on it, but there are so many parts to this website to work on.
Some pages:
Comic Strip Printables
Drawing Ia
Drawing Ia for Younger Children
Drawing With Children Overview & Lesson Plans


The English section is challenging to work on because it is the last place that I want to causally type up articles full of poor grammar, iffy usage, and typing errors. I like the subject and when I get over my fear of making mistakes in this section, it ought to grow like crazy.
Spelling | Vocabulary | ABC Order | Linking Verbs |
Sentence Building Activity 1 | Activity 2


The Handwriting section is a popular landing page. I have printable ruled paper, handwriting lessons, animations, font links, & tips. Handwriting is a large section; the newest manuscript handwriting set, KB, has over 550 printable files as well as handwriting animations.

Apologia Science

Because I used this curriculum, I have free lesson plans for some of the books. For my children, I made vocabulary bookmarks as a study aid & those are online as well.
E.C.W. General Science
E.C.W. Physical Science
E.C.W. Biology
Donated Co-op Schedules

Donna Young

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