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Do You Need A Report Card?

I love the format of the Report Card in HST+; however, it is not available without adding grades.  What if you evaluate portfolios?  You would have to add this to HST in order to grade it.  I use a rating system with a list of required items.  Once I check the list, I mark a letter grade.  I want to assign that letter grade without fuss or adding “test” items to HST.

As a consequence, I do not have a report card! Continue reading

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Copywork Links, Notes, and Resources

I am an advocate for copywork.

We use it for history to include eyewitness and nonfiction writing selections in our notebooks. We use it in science to remember facts, processes, and terminology. We use it to record literary elements.  We use it to practice math facts and memorize skip counting.  We use it in our notebook studies, journals, and smashes.

I still do not believe that I use it well or provide enough opportunity for it to serve academically.

Here are some links, comments and notes, as well as some of my creations!

These are three persuasive sites to encourage you to use copywork:

What is copywork? | Trivium Academy

Benefits of Copywork

Copywork in Our Home | Charlotte Mason Help

Why Do Copywork and Dictation? | The Well-Trained Mind

How should you start copywork?

Copywork and Dictation | DonnaYoung.org

Our Approach to Copywork | Homegrown Learners (with great link to a free worksheet generator)

Copywork could be more of a chore than an aid or enhancement. 

I use StartWrite.  This is a program well suited for copywork.  You type in your copywork or copy and paste from another resource, i.e. the internet, a document, or PDF. If you visit their site, you will know what is available to you.  I use and teach Modern Cursive.  All of my files are ball-and-stick manuscript or modern cursive.

However, with a few clicks you can change the writing font, as well as the size.  You can add graphics and illustrations easily.  The cost is low if you consider how much you would spend in copybooks.  As well, you would not be able to tailor the copywork specifically to the student’s study content.

Download Multiplication Copywork (pdf) Zip File

Ancient History Copywork

Where do you find copywork books?

Queens Homeschool (Sandi Queen)

Memoria Press


Ambleside Copywork Project

Bravewriter (Arrow or Boomerang)

Memory Gems and Copywork

Homeschool Notebooking

The History Scribe

You can visit these copywork resource links too.

Copywork | Practical Pages

Copywork and Handwriting Practice for Homeschoolers | That Resource Site

Booklet for GW’s Rules of Civility | DonnaYoung.org

Honestly, I pulled many of the above items and links from my digital notes and folders.  With the recent endeavor to find a way to approach spelling that is more visual, I found myself digging through these jots and links.  I wanted to share them with you!


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Create a Student Office

I am sure by this point in your learning and resource investigation that you have come across the mini-office or table-board. Quite simply put, this is an answer to the blackboard or flip-charts for the at-home learner.

I chose a tri-fold project board.  I purchased this from the Wal-mart for only a few dollars.  You could very easily scale this down.  I would suggest using file folders (lap-book style) or cutting the project board into three sections.

Why?  You could design a display that would be suitable for specific subject content.

We did not get “glitzy” with our display.  The primary purpose for our creation was to have on-hand reminders and references for seat work.  I wanted to provide a means of isolation from the household chaos too.  My “little fish” sits behind the display board.

I kept things very simple.  I used glue and cardstock of a variety of colors.  I printed using color.  I use envelopes of varying sizes to hold items as well.

You could easily laminate and decorate in any way you see fit.  How it looks was not as important to me so much as how usable that it would be.

The resources below provide you with a variety of looks and printables in order to design your own.


Creating a Circle Time Board

ABC TeachMini Office Lapbook

Practical Pages’ Mini Offices



Lapbook Lessons

DonnaYoung.org Printables and Resources

Mini Office on Squiddo

What should you include? 

Clip art for teachers is a great way to find sites like Clipart ETC, and some more ideas …


  • Divisions of a whole
  • Steps to division or multiplication
  • Multiplication chart
  • Geometric shapes and their names
  • Number line
  • Types of Triangles
  • Types of Angles
  • Pockets for fact flashcards
  • Place value
  • Measurement conversion
  • Skip counting lists
  • Coins – Counting money
  • Clock – Telling time
  • Roman or Ordinal Numbers
  • Math symbols
  • Order of operation
Language Arts

  • Sight words
  • Vowels
  • Genres of literature
  • Parts of speech
  • The writing process
  • Basics of an outline
  • Sentence diagramming
  • Rules for punctuation
  • Manuscript alphabet
  • Cursive alphabet
  • Proofing and editing techniques
  • List of prepositions
  • List of conjunctions
  • List of interjections
  • List of helping verbs
  • Lists of introductory, concluding, comparing, etc. phrases

  • Compass
  • Maps
  • Postal Abbreviations
  • Books of the bible
  • Dinosaurs
  • Presidents of the US
  • Continents
  • Oceans
  • Wars
  • Preamble to the Constitution
  • Three branches of government

  • Periodic Table of Elements
  • Types of rocks
  • Diagrams of earth, flower, etc.
  • Water cycle
  • Planets
  • Human anatomy – parts of the body, body systems, etc.
  • Divisions of life
  • Phases of the moon
 Circle Time

  • Seasons
  • Months of the year
  • Clock
  • Address
  • Phone number
  • Calendar
  • Handwriting letters
  • Days of the week
  • 13 Colonies

  • Books of the Bible
  • Bible verses
  • Musical notes
  • Types of musical instruments
  • Types of music
  • Art periods in history
  • Famous composers and artists
  • Music staff

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Vintage Resources


First-Lessons in Arithmetic, Jones Bros. (1878)  Don Potter .net

Also available at Don Potter .net:

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