Evan Moor has some more freebies to download!

Literature Pocket: The Elves and the Shoemaker from Literature Pockets, Folktales & Fairy Tales

Literature Pocket: Owl Moon from Literature Pockets, Caldecott Winners

If you like freebies, you should check out some of the treasures over at the Google book search. Here are a few I’ve discovered:

History Pocket Freebies

Here are some History Pocket freebies you can download from Evan-Moor!

History Pockets, Grades 1-3 Ancient Civilizations: “China

History Pockets, Grades 1-3 “Building a Village” from Life in Plymouth Colony

I like downloading freebies and then saving them in organized files on my hard drive. Even if we aren’t studying something now, there are often things we get to in the future. Having them downloaded and ready-to go is especially helpful when things disappear from online (as they often seem to do).

Handwriting Without Tears Paper

August 16, 2009

Handwriting without tears style paper

I use Handwriting without Tears with Otter. I usually use StartWrite to create handwriting or copywork sheets for him but I wanted a plain paper already made up that has light gray lines vs. the red and blue lines in the StartWrite program. I created a hwot style paper with lines that are 2/16″ apart (measured diligently in Photoshop, lol) so I can print it out anytime.

You can download it from the main notebooking page.

Another great place to get handwriting paper is Donna Young’s site.

Lapbook Templates

I’ve got some lapbook templates posted to a new page on the site. I’ll be adding to them as I create lapbook items for my son. You can download the templates, use them in your own projects and then share your finished work (along with my template elements) on your own site without having to ask. Just give a link back to Guest Hollow. Here’s what I posted today:

Flap template

More Nutrition Lapbook Printables

Here are some more printables I made for Otter’s nutrition study. They are also posted on the nutrition lapbook page.

Vitamin ABC’s (2 page printable)


Liver: Vitamin Storage Center Petal Book

The liver stores fat soluble vitamins

Nutrition Facts Label (2 page printable)

Nutrition Facts Label

Amino acids link together to make proteins (2 page printable)

Activity 1: Make a chain of amino acids to learn that proteins are “chains” of amino acids.
Activity 2:
Cut out “boxcar” strips of the 20 amino acids your body needs. Boxcars are labeled with the amino acids. Essential amino acids are blue. The others are red. Paste the strips together and fold accordian style.
Activity 3: Make a pocket to store the amino acids. Learn that each amino acid can link to 2 other amino acids just like a boxcar in a train. Put the amino acids from the previous step into the pocket.

List of amino acids taken from

Complete and incomplete proteins

Also, it appears that I forgot to link to the printable schedule for World Geography and Cultures. I have now fixed that. If you are doing our geography program, or supplementing Winter Promise’s Children Around the World curriculum, you can now print out a rough draft schedule to help you keep things on track without having to be online.

Nutrition Lapbook

February 8, 2009

I am working on creating a FREE lapbook to go with Janice VanCleave’s Food and Nutrition for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun

Janice VanCleaves’ Food and Nutrition for Every Kid is a book I scheduled in Otter’s Science for weeks 19-24. It’s a great book, but I could see that Otter was having a hard time retaining some of the concepts and new vocabulary. I decided to help him out by creating the materials below. Now he can tell you all sorts of things about monosaccarides and what one of the jobs of the hypothalmus is, etc.! I love how lapbooking helps information stick!

As I create the lapbooking materials, I will continue to add them to the site printables. I’ve created a page for this lapbook here.

Chapter 1

Macronutrients, micronutrients, Mr. Hypothalamus

Chapter 2

Monosaccharides and Disaccharides


Examples of Monosaccharides and Disaccharides

Carbohydrates are fuel!

Chapter 3

Fats chart with cut & paste squares

Chapter 4

Protein wheel


More printables are coming soon for the other chapters! I will post them as I finish making them for Otter. Check back on the blog here or on the page I made specifically for this lapbook.

Janice VanCleave’s Food and Nutrition Lapbook

Julie S. is going to be using Little Otter’s Science with her children and created a printable schedule for it. She donated her work to our site so we can share it with you! I’ve posted it on the Little Otter’s Science main page.

I also (at my daughter’s request) created a printable schedule to go along with our free world geography and cultures curriculum. It’s posted before the weekly topics here.

I’ve made a few changes to Otter’s Science and added in a book on nutrition. The Chew on This book was just not up Otter’s alley. I found a much more age appropriate book: Why Shouldn’t I Eat Junk Food? with colorful pictures and easy to understand information.

I am also working on lapbook materials to go with Janice VanCleave’s Food and Nutrition for Every Kid: Easy Activities That Make Learning Science Fun. Otter likes the book and the activities that go with it, but I found that he wasn’t retaining some of the advanced vocabulary and concepts. Now he can tell you without missing a beat what the hypothalamus does after coloring “Mr. Hypothalamus”.


He can also tell you the difference between monosaccarides and disaccarides as well as give examples for each, etc.

He gets to be my “guinea pig” for the lapbook materials. Let’s just say that I’m …uhhhh…spatially challanged. Poor kid gets stuck with stuff like this (see if you can figure out what’s wrong):

Macronutrients mess up

The Macronutrients “cover” was to fold “in” as was the pictures of the macronutrient “characters”. In case you are as challenged as I am *cough cough* – see how the words on the cover, once folded over, are upside down?  I’m SURE that was obvious to all you seasoned lapbookers and smart cookies out there!

Anyway, I’ll post it when I’m done making it for Otter. I think it’s a nice addition to our nutrition study. I love how lapbooks make information stick!

Printable Passport and Butterfly Notebooking Page

Otter’s science has been updated and a new Microsoft Word document created for those of you with older copies of the software. I consider it pretty much finished, except that as we work through the materials this year, I will likely tweak things here and there. There are also just a couple of books that don’t have page listings scheduled in because I haven’t received them yet.

I’ve really enjoyed getting emails in from those of you who are planning to use Otter’s Science! For those of you who are making alternate schedules, let me know if you’d like to share and I’ll post your alternative plan(s) for everyone else.

Here’s a preview of some more new printables posted:

Pretend printable passport Pretend printable passport
I made this pretend passport to use with CAW. The PDF has 3 pages to print out: a cover, an info page and blank pages for your country stamps. Click here to access it.

Notebooking printable butterflies

I offered to make a friend a notebooking page for her daughter. This is what was requested and here it is for everyone else! Visit our notebooking printables that feature “illustration boxes” to download it.

Lapbook Printables for Geography and Cultures

I’ve been busy getting ready for the up and coming school year by making some lapbook printables to go along with our study of world geography and cultures. Here’s a preview of some of the printables I’ve made and am sharing with you:

lapbook booklet Lapbook printable - prayer needs
lapbook menu lapbook temperature booklet Highest point flap book

To take a look and download them, click here. Lots more will be added over the next couple of weeks!

I recently had someone ask how I made my printables. Basically I work out of several programs. For the country and cultures lapbook I worked with Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Illustrator, Poser, a Wacom tablet and Adobe Acrobat.
Illustrator is a vector illustration program. I used it to make graphics that have simple shapes: the flap books, the dotted lines for fold marks, the graph for the mountain heights, the tracing of my hand for the prayer book, etc. I also used it to clean up some of the clip art images that were purchased through (Jupiter Images).
I used Photoshop to put everything together. I arranged the graphics, drew things, erased lines, used special shape brushes and so on. I saved my creations as a high resolution gif to import into Acrobat so that they would look nice printed.
Acrobat makes the PDF files for you to download.
Poser is a 3-D program that is used to create “people”. I created a child in Poser, exported a picture of the child into Illustrator and created the “blank people” template that is used for one of the cut out projects.
It probably looks very simple but it’s a lot of work!

Anyway, take a look and let me know what you think. All of this work was prompted because I couldn’t find a country lapbook that had graphics I like. In fact, I was very disappointed with a particular purchase I made awhile back and so, I just created my own. Please check back soon for additions that are in the works. The whole thing will be finished in just a couple of weeks.

For more info on lapbooks as well as links to lapbook freebies, please visit Jimmie’s Squidoo lens!