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New at DY in 2013

Below is a list of what is new at donnayoung.org during this year. The list will also include new items in the subscription area. The subscription area items are marked with a YoungMinds image and have a gray background.

V Planner V4

login requiredMarch 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

login requiredJanuary 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

login requiredJanuary 2014 - DY > Handwriting >
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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
Grid Notes GeneratorIn 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
Spreadsheet Tool- Donna Young's Grade CalculatorI'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
Math Papers with 16, 20, 25, and 30 Boxes 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.

30 M0re Printable Christmas Gift Tags

December 2013 - Art > Crafts > Gift Tags
Pen and Pencil Shading - Value Scale ExercisesNear the bottom of the gift tag page, I have added three more printable sheets of ready to print Christmas gift tags. Each one has a theme and they are - Tags #4 Birth of Christ, Tags #5 Santa, and Tags #6 Holly. Each sheet has 10 different tags.

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

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 URL Directory

November 2013 - Household > Half-Size - at Home
Half-Size URL DirectoryI needed a new one of these files, so I made one. With the printout, you can record the login info for your favorite URL's or just the important ones.

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.

Homeschool Planners with Rows

October 2013 - Homeschool Planner > Lesson Plan Forms > Row
The Row Lesson Planners - I've updated this page to include links to my row planner files rather than links to pages that contain row planners. If you are unfamiliar with a row planner - it is a different sort of layout, plans are listed in rows rather than boxes and is ideal for the classic broad assignment, such as "This Week - Read chapter 1 and do so & so ... , work is due on [date]".

Grade Records for Homeschoolers

October 2013 - Homeschool Planner > Administrative > Grade Records
Report Card and Grade Records for Homeschoolers I reformatted the Ten Subject Grade Form and added a white and yellow version of the form. At the single subject grade form, I linked the alpha keyed form, noted the Roman keyed form, and added links to Roman Keyed planners.

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- Decorated

October 2013 - Art > Story Paper
Decorated 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

Fuchsia Booklet

September 2013 - Handwriting > Paper > Booklets
The Fuchsia Booklet The Fuchsia Booklet is designed to be folded in half after printing. The margins and formatting are designed for this. The line colors are blue and fuchsia.

TOC Planner for Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics

September 2013 - Science > Apologia
TOC Planner for Exploring Creation with Chemistry and PhysicsThe TOC planner is not lesson plans, it is a series of pages that are designed to help you plan Exploring Creation with Chemistry and Physics from Apologia's Young Explorer Series.

Lesson Plan Form - Margins

August 2013 - Homeschool Planner > Weekly > 1-Page and 2-Page
Margins Lesson Plan FormThis is a new form style at donnayoung.org. The design is "clean" (uncluttered) and the layout utilizes the margins by extending the row lines.

Ease into Writing: Timed Writing

August 2013 - English > Composition
Timed Writing I revisited the Ease into Writing: Timed Writing page and edited the content for clarity.

BIG CALendar

August 2013 - Calendars > Horizontal Monthly
big cal Big Cal uses 4 sheets of paper per month. When assembled, Big Cal can be pinned to a corkboard. The finished size is approximately 21 inches wide by 16 inches tall.

ML - Manuscript Large

August 2013 - Handwriting > Beginning Manuscript
medium manscript Oddly enough, I named this set "Manuscript Large" yet the rule in this set is a mere (just over) 5/8", 1.6 cm. This set, as it is today, could be considered a refresher back to school course or a first-learner set because each lesson features only one letter for the entire printed sheet.

Blue Calendars - A New Light Blue Calendar

July 2013 - Calendars > School Calendars
School Calendars and Yearly Calendars in Blue and White
I made another version of the Blue Calendar today. The blue is lighter, the lines are finer, the row with the days is light gray, and I used the font Garamond.

Calendars for Half-Sized Binders

July 2013 - Household Planners > Half-Sized
Printable Paper for Half-Sized Binders
Household- Half-sized - Calendars - Some of the calendars have been remade. The Full Year Calendar now has 3 "rule" styles - Ruled, Dots, and Grid.

Video - Playing Dead by a False Potato Beetle

July 2013 - Science
Video - Playing Dead by a False Potato Beetle
A video of a "dead" potato beetle waking up and then "dying" again. The videos have been broken for a while, and now they are working.

Videos - Monarch Butterfly Emerging

July 2013 - Science
Videos - Monarch Butterfly Emerging
Video of a Monarch Butterfly Emerging - The videos have been broken for a while, and now they are working.

Videos - Monarch Butterfly Number 3

July 2013 - Science
Videos - Monarch Butterfly Number 3
Butterfly Video - Assisting a Monarch butterfly after emerging. The videos have been broken for a while, and now they are working.

Printable Paper for Half-Sized Binders

July 2013 - Household Planners > Half-Sized
Printable Paper for Half-Sized Binders
Household- Half-sized - Paper - This page has filler paper for half-sized binders. I have updated this page, test printed all of the files, and added a few new files.

Portfolio X - Generate a Homeschool Planner (rtf) with Class Names, Child's Name, Grade, and School Year

July 2013 - Household Planners > Sets
Portfolio X - Generate a Homeschool Planner (rtf) with Class Names, Child's Name, Grade, and School Year
This new planner is Portfolio X - Subject and it is a more complete planner with more homeschool planner file types. Just like Portfolio - the planners are made for 5 days a week and 7 class types. [rtf]

Alpha-Keyed Grader and Grade Sheet at Portfolio Planner

June 2013 - Homeschool Planners > Sets
Alpha-Keyed Grader and Grade Sheet at Portfolio Planner
About Keys and One newly Alpha-Keyed single subject grader pdf file and one newly Alpha-Keyed XLS Gradebook.

A New Single Student Lesson Plan for The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made

June 2013 - Science > Apologia
A New Single Student Lesson Plan for The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made
Christina Brown is sharing her daily lesson plan for the book -The Human Body: Fearfully and Wonderfully Made.

Vertical Handwriting Paper - with no 3rd space - Now in Blank Top

June 2013 - Handwriting > Paper
Vertical Handwriting Paper - with no 3rd space - Full and Blank Top
Requested - Blank top handwriting paper to coordinate with the No 3rd Space handwriting paper.

Cover Sheets

June 2013 - Homeschool Planners > Extra
Cover Sheets
By request, I have added Italian and Latin to the cover sheets. The cover sheets are available in file formats - PDF, DOC, and RTF.

1/2 Sized Check Register

May 2013 - Household Planners > Half-Sized
Check Register
Requested - Basic Check Register for the 1/2-sized planner, sometimes called personal sized, and the requester called it junior sized. There are two files - One prints a pair of vertical registers and a second file prints a horizontal register.

V Planner V3- GS-QP Grade Scale, Quality Points

May 2013 - Homeschool Planners > V Planner
S-Sheet- Set Grade Scale
An article describing how to use the worksheet GS-QP in V Planner V3. GS-QP refers to Grade Scale and Quality Points and it is the sheet where the grade scales are made.

V Planner Video: FIX: How To Unlock a Drop-Down List - Easy

April 2013 - Homeschool Planners > V Planner
How To Unlock a Drop-Down List - EasyUnlock A Cell
Sometimes I forget to unlock the cells into which I have placed dropdown lists. My most recent embarrassment is in V3 where I didn't unlock any of the Master/Override list cells. 4/28/2013

V Planner Video: Tip: How To Expand the Height of the Rows

April 2013 - Homeschool Planners > V Planner
How To Expand the Height of the RowsMake Rows Taller
How to make the rows taller so that all of the contents are displayed. Example shows lesson planner "Block1."
4/28/2013

V Planner Video: What is a Beta V Planner?

April 2013 - Homeschool Planners > V Planner
What are the Beta Planners?What does Beta Mean regarding the V Planners?
Beta means "don't use this planner, play with it; learn how it works"
4/28/2013

V Planner Video: Which V Planner am I Using?

April 2013 - Homeschool Planners > V Planner
Which V Planner am I Using?How to Know!
This short video goes over how to tell which V Planner that you are using.
4/28/2013

More Printable Graph paper

April 2013 - Math > Paper
spelling beeTo the original graph paper page I have added 10 more sizes. These papers have gray graph lines with black dividing lines. The graph is divided every 3, 5, or 10 squares. Two sizes are made with both regular and wide margins. One special file is designed for a small garden.

Spelling Bee Award Certificates

April 2013 - English > Spelling
spelling bee Two files - the Spelling Bee Winner and the Spelling Bee Champion. The Champion file is the year-end award for the child who won the most spelling bees. The Winner file has four certificates per page that you would sign, date, and hand to the winner of each spelling bee.

V Planner V3 - How to Use the Master/Override Drop-down in the Lesson Planners

April 2013 - Homeschool Planners > V Planner
How Lesson Plan Columns are Handled in the PlannersApplies to V Planner V3.
A new feature in V3 that allows you to either set a system (Date or Number) per planner or set a system (Date or Number) per subject.

High School Diploma - Sans Border

March 2013 - Homeschool Planner
diplomaRequested - The diploma pictured here, but without the border. It is a typeable PDF.

Handwriting Paper with Colored Rule and Yellow Stripe Paper

March 2013 - Handwriting > Paper
yellow stripe handwriting rule paper New Yellow Stripe handwriting rule papers in 5 rule heights and in horizontal format.

Using the Bump Column to Create a Lesson Plan Sequence for the Date Planners

March 2013 - Homeschool Planners > V Planner
How Lesson Plan Columns are Handled in the PlannersApplies to all planner with a bump column [March - 2013]

9mm Filler Paper with Images

March 2013 - Penmanship > Paper
9mm Filler Paper with ImagesThe printable filler paper on this page feature a rule height of approximately 9mm. The rule is blue with pink margin lines and the outside margin line is olive. All but one file feature a small image at the top of the page. Each paper has a header that reads: by: and date:

How Lesson Plan Columns are Handled in the Planners

March 2013 - Homeschool Planners > V Planner
How Lesson Plan Columns are Handled in the PlannersThis video explains how the 3 columns of lesson plans are handled in the planners. Please watch this video before adding lesson plans to the S-Sheets. [March - 2013]

How to Use the Char Planner

March 2013 - Homeschool Planners > V Planner
How to Use the Char PlannerHow to use the Char Planner - a planner in which, if your computer uses a character map, line breaks may be added after each lesson plan. [March - 2013]

How to Use a Special S-Sheet for the 2nd Semester

March 2013 - Homeschool Planners > V Planner
How to Use a Special S-Sheet for the 2nd SemesterHigh School V Planner- How to set up a special s-sheet for the 2nd semester [March - 2013]

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