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Did you download our newest subscriber freebie yet? My Book on Australia takes elementary students to the cities of Sydney, Hobart, Melbourne, and Perth. It introduces kids to these cities through simple copywork exercises and shares ways kids can pray for the nation of Australia. 16 pages total. We have another new subscriber freebie coming for you next week, so keep watching!

Plus, I have some more fun freebies to share.

Writing Prompts Story Steps In the Produce Aisle and At the RaceCheck out Story Steps, writing prompts with a twist! This month’s themes are “In the Produce Aisle” and “At the Race.”

FREE Oliver Wendell Holmes quotes copywork.

FREE History of Explorers: Explorers A to Z Volume 2. This looks at explorers Garnier through Le Maire.

Roundup of FREE notebooking pages resources.

Roundup of FREE resources to help bring the story of Moses to life for little ones.

FREE ancient lands map set – I found this online and absolutely LOVED it!

Notebooking Safari-Yemen and the Hamadryas Baboon


Hamadryas Baboon and Yemen Notebooking SafariOur next stop in our notebooking safari across Asia takes us to Thailand. If you’re new to the notebooking safari, visit our first stop here. To see all the notebooking safari posts, click here.


I think this next animal is one of the strangest looking creatures I’ve ever seen! You’ll have to see it for yourself and let me know what you think. It’s called the hamadryas baboon. We can find the hamadryas anywhere that there is water nearby. Come on, let’s go toward the shore and see if we can find a group of them to observe.

There, I think I see some up ahead. Let’s get a little closer.

OK, that’s far enough. Now, do you see that group of nine animals all traveling together, then the single animal trailing behind them? That is one group of baboons. If you look closely, you can see that one of the baboons in the group looks different than the others. Eight of them are brown, but the biggest one is silvery gray. He is the male. He also has a big, puffy coat of hair all around his neck and shoulders. I think he looks like someone aimed a hair dryer at him!

The male hamadryas will lead the group all day long until it is time to sleep for the night. Then he will meet with other small groups in his clan. Several clans gather together and form a band, and several bands might all meet together to sleep for the night. So, instead of small groups of hamadryas that would be easy prey for predators, they will spend the night in groups of hundreds.

What’s that? Oh, you want to know why that one hamadryas is trailing along by himself. Do you see how he has a big gray coat? That lets us know he is another male. Sometimes there are more male than female hamadryas. A smaller male who doesn’t have a group of his own to look after will shadow a larger male and learn how he takes care of his group. One day, if something happens to the larger male, the younger one is ready to take control and care for the female baboons.

Using the information you find here, answer the following questions:

True or False:

1. The hamadryas has a pink hairless face.

2. You can find hamadryas in many countries, including Turkey.

3. A snack of flower roots and bulbs is regularly on the menu for the hamadryas.

Research challenge:  What animals prey upon hamadryas baboons?

Here is a printable notebooking page to enjoy!

Notebooking Safari-Iraq and the Eurasian Lynx

Eurasian Lynx and Iraq Notebooking Safari

Our next stop in our notebooking safari across Asia takes us to Thailand. If you're new to the notebooking safari, visit our first stop here. To see all the notebooking safari posts, click here. *** Now that the sun is setting, we can go meet our … [Continue reading]

Thanksgiving Giveaway

Inspired Bloggers Thanksgiving Giveaway-Win a KitchenAid Professional 5-Quart Stand Mixer, Empire Red and a $100 Walmart Gift Card. Giveaway ends 11/2/14.

What appliances immediately come to mind when you think of your kitchen? A stove? A microwave? Maybe the can opener? From cinnamon rolls every Thanksgiving to the summers and autumns when we processed endless bushels of garden produce, spending time … [Continue reading]

Legacies and Children (Part One)

Legacies and Children Part One -what legacy are we leaving?

Whenever I hear the word “legacy,” I always think of children. What legacy is each of us leaving to our children and the children of others? Come share your thoughts with me on my guest post today at Christian Children's Authors. … [Continue reading]