What happened? Where’ve you been?

Dear friends,

It’s been a long time since new content was posted, and I’m sorry for that. I wanted to drop in with a quick update and let you know what’s been happening.

When I began this blog I fully intended to continue creating and posting additional content on a regular basis. However, my family unexpectedly hit a bit of a rough patch.

In a period of about half a year, both of my in-laws passed away, requiring my husband to be out of state for months at a time.

In the middle of that time, after 10 years of hoping for another child that never came, and 3 years of trying to adopt through foster care (it turns out social workers are reluctant to place a child in a home where there is already a special needs child), I unexpectedly discovered I was pregnant. We were overjoyed…until I lost the baby. Over the course of about a year, I experienced two more unexpected pregnancies that also ended far too soon. The last one occurred between about Thanksgiving (give or take) of 2012 and the New Year of 2013.

The day after Christmas I developed a headache, which worsened over the next several days. After seeking medical help several times and being told it was just a migraine, I finally insisted that they check a little closer, and a CT scan at the emergency room revealed a bleed in my brain. Further scans showed that a clot had formed in the main vein leading out of my brain, and no blood was circulating in the entire right side of my brain. The pressure building behind the blockage had caused a vessel in my brain to burst. We don’t know how long it was like that. I spent several days in the hospital being treated and evaluated. Our family is very grateful that the damage was much less than it might have been, and that I have no serious long-term neurological effects from this stroke, just some lingering minor annoyances.

Shortly after I was released from the hospital, we learned that I had lost this baby too. Due to my somewhat complicated medical situation, the miscarriage was completed surgically under close medical supervision.

Over the next few months, further testing revealed that I have two rare genetic blood disorders. It is likely that the combination of the two is responsible for the multiple miscarriages, and also that the pregnancy hormones contributed to causing the stroke. It was very strongly recommended that I not attempt further pregnancies.

In the spring, my grandfather passed away. Over the summer, my husband’s business tanked due to shifts in the market and his absences dealing with family issues.

It was a difficult time.

But my husband has found new work, I am recovering well, the two children we have are strong and well, and life is going on.

Needless to say, I have had a lot to sort through, physically, mentally, and emotionally. I am still figuring out how to get things back to what passes for normal around here, sorting out priorities, learning my new limitations, and taking things one day at a time.

So for those of you who are wondering, no, I don’t know if or when I will be putting up new content. I have some that’s mostly ready to go, and some that’s in the planning stages, but I’m not yet at a place where I can take it on. I don’t know if or when I ever will be. I am sorry if I left you hanging. Some days are like that–even in Australia.



Prehistory Minibooks

Mini books are small, foldable booklets suitable for use in making Lapbooks (TM), file folder reports, or interactive notebook pages. The topics covered are similar to those covered in the notebook pages, and there are some additional unlabeled booklets at the end for creating your own minibooks on topics of your choice. Each booklet comes with instructions for how to fold and/or construct the minibook.

Click Here to Download Prehistory Minibooks



NOTE: These pages coordinate with:
Prehistory Coloring Pages- Junior
Prehistory Notebook Pages – Primary

Prehistory Notebook Pages – Intermediate / Advanced
Recommended Books (different reading levels, with correlated study charts)
Suggested Videos Instructor Notes 

Prehistory Coloring Pages – Junior

Coloring pages also make excellent report covers or notebook section dividers for older students.

Click here to download junior level coloring pages – Prehistory –




Prehistory Study – Instructor Notes

Prehistory Study Contents

Click Here For Recommended Books

Quick Links to Student Study Charts
These study charts correlate the reading assignments for each level.

Advanced DK Prehistoric Life
IntermediateThe Complete Guide to Prehistoric Life
PrimaryUsborne Encyclopedia of World History
Multi-level Refernce  – Evolution: The Story of Life

Click Here For Suggested Videos

Notebook Pages

Intermediate / Advanced
Junior (Coloring Pages)


The pages in this collection are designed to assist students in documenting their studies of prehistoric times, as currently understood by science. Because of the constantly developing nature of science, there are sometimes disagreements about the facts, even amongst the experts. Sometimes there are alterations and updates in definitions, divisions, and categorizations as new information becomes available and accepted. This is certainly true for the sciences, such as paleontology, paleogeology, and stratigraphy, which focus on the study of prehistoric times. Different books and other sources of information use different dates, and even different names, for divisions of time in the prehistoric past. We have included pages for the time division names most commonly used in the more recent publications, but we have left the dates blank so that your student can fill them in to correspond with whatever information resources you may choose to use.

One thing to be aware of in this regard are differences in the subdivisions of the Cenozoic Era. Some resources present this era as having two subdivisions – the Tertiary Period and the Quaternary Period. Other resources present the Cenozoic Era as consisting of three period divisions – the Paleogene, the Neogene, and the Quaternary. You may wish to discuss this difference with your students. In order to minimize confusion we have included pages for all of these time period designations so that you can choose the pages that best coordinate with the information resources you have chosen to use.

The pages for the divisions of geologic time each include an illustration frame. Your student may wish to draw pictures of what the landscape might have looked like during each time period, or might choose to use this space for maps of the shifting land masses of the earth over the ages. One resource we like for such maps is the web site found at www.paleoportal.org. From the main page, click on the “Exploring Time & Space” option. Then select the geologic time division you are studying from the list on the right to see a map of the Earth during that time.

NOTE: These pages coordinate with:
Prehistory Notebook Pages – Intermediate / Advanced
Prehistory Notebook Pages – Primary
Prehistory Coloring Pages – Junior
Prehistory Minibooks
Recommended Books (different reading levels, with correlated study charts)
Suggested Videos

Prehistory Notebook Pages – Intermediate / Advanced

Notebook pages for Intermediate and Advanced level students have standard notebook-ruled line spacing.

Click here to download Intermediate / Advanced level notebook pages – Prehistory –


Charles Darwin         


Prehistory Notebook Pages – Primary

Notebook pages for Primary level students have manuscript lines with a dotted center line.

Click here to download Primary level notebook pages – Prehistory


Charles Darwin         


Prehistory Study – Recommended Books

We went looking for informative, scientifically strong, visually appealing books that would invoke in students a sense of curiosity and wonder about the prehistoric past. Here are the books we fell in love with. The study charts provided for the reference book and the primary study texts organize the topics in the book into eight categories, coordinating topics among three skill levels so that all members of your family can study the same subject at the same time (beginning readers will probably need someone to read the Primary text out loud, but the concepts should be age-appropriate). Following these books we also list some additional books that can be read aloud, or assigned as independent reading while the students are participating in the Prehistory Study. If you have additional suggestions, please feel free to add them in the comments section.

You can click on any book cover to go to our Amazon store to purchase these books. (We receive a small commission from Amazon for purchases made through our storefront. Thank you so much for your support!)


Evolution: The Story of Life
By Douglas Palmer
ISBN: 9780520255111

Recommended As: Reference Book
Level: All Levels
Study Chart

Description: This amazing book is the best thing we’ve found for helping students of all ages to envision prehistoric life as integrated environments rather than as isolated fossilized individuals. Most of the book is comprised of gorgeous panoramic illustrations depicting plant and animal life as they might have looked during different time periods of the prehistoric past. The book also contains interesting information about the organisms in the illustrations, as well as an index of the species included in the book. Even young children will enjoy the pictures, and older students will find the book an informative reference. I love this book and strongly recommend it for anyone studying prehistoric times.


Prehistory Study – Suggested Videos

[Please Note: It is important to understand that these videos contain many artistic extrapolations not based on science. The great value of the videos is in helping prehistoric times come to life in the mind of the student, hopefully prompting the student to feel a desire to learn more. This is an excellent opportunity to help your student learn that there is a difference between solid analysys of scientific data and imaginative interpretation. Both have legitimate beneficial purposes, but they are not the same thing and one should not be mistaken for the other.]

The Universe: Spaceship Earth *
(This video describes current scientific theory about the formation of Earth and the solar system.)




.Before Dinosaurs: Walking With Monsters**

Episode 1: Water Dwellers (Cambrian, Silurian, Devonian)
Episode 2: Reptiles Beginnings (Carboniferous, Early Permian)
Episode 3: Clash of Titans (Late Permian, Early Triassic).


.. More

Old Testament Reading Progress Charts

Complete Old Testament

This is a chart for tracking reading of the Old Testament. Each letter in the sentence on the chart represents one book in the Old Testament. Each letter is subdivided into a number of sections corresponding with the number of chapters in that book of the Old Testament. Color in one section for each chapter read, and when you have completed reading the Old Testament you will have colored in all the sections on the chart.

Note: This chart corresponds with a standard Protestant Bible, such as the KJV, NIV, or RSV. If you are using a Catholic or Orthodox version of the Bible you will find that some books are missing.

Individual Books

These are separate charts for each book of the Old Testament. There’s a numbered dot to color for each chapter in the book, and a fun picture to color as well. (More to come!)


  Joshua  Judges  Ruth

1 Samuel  2 Samuel