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Complimentary Themed Journals for Your Children

Posted in free ebooks, free educational printables, free fine motor skills activity books, free hadnwriting books, free homeschool activities, free homeschool ebooks, Free Journals for kids, free kids activity ebook, handwriting practice, Handwriting Tracing and Practice, home education, homeschool freebies, homeschool resources, Homeschooling, homeschooling books, homeschooling ebooks, homeschooling in south africa, homeschooling printables, kids education with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 8, 2009 by Donnette E Davis

Years of in-depth research shows clearly that children are more likely to succeed in learning when their families actively support them. When you and other family members read with your children, help them with homework, talk with their educators, and participate in school, homeschool or other learning activities, you give your children a tremendous advantage and a firm foundation and basis for learning.

Other than helping  your child or children to grow up healthy and happy, the most important thing that you can do for them is to help them develop their reading and writing skills. It is no exaggeration to say that how well children learn to read affects directly not only how successful they are in their educational activities, but how well they do throughout their lives. When children learn to read, they have the key that opens the door to all the knowledge of the world. Without this key, many children are left behind.  The foundation for learning to read is in place long before children enter the formal school arena and begin formal reading instruction.

You, as a parent, together with your family, help to create this foundation by talking, listening, and reading to your children every day and by showing them that you value, use, and enjoy reading in your lives.  Participating in family-oriented activities and conversations subtly reinforces this foundation.

Most of the activities that make learning experiences out of the everyday routines in which you participate with your children use materials that are found in your home or that can be had free-of-charge from the local library. You design the activities to be fun for both you and your children as you help them to gain the skills they need to become readers and develop into independent little people. These activities often find their way into a child’s journal, either by way of scribbles, writing or pasting or drawing pictures.

These journals have been designed with my own children in mind, knowing that in time with continued journal use, they will begin to plan their activities, vent their feelings and frustrations, note their own achievements, and diarise their happiness, hopes and dreams.

It is vitally important to stress that a journal is your child’s personal and private
document and should be treated as such.  It should be a place where your child can just “be”.  A child should not be forced to show or display his or her journal.  If he or she chooses to display her “work” that is entirely up to the child, but at all times he or she must be absolutely confident that this is his or her “space”.  There is a level of “trust” between a person and their journal, even amongst adults.  This trust should never be compromised or broken.

At the end of the journal or school year, whichever applies to you or your family, if your child chooses to display the journal, you will without a doubt immediately glean information regarding their interests, concerns, abilities, identify possible areas of conflict.  Most of all you will see how your precious child has developed as an individual in their thoughts, actions, reading and writing.

I hope your child has as much enjoyment with his or her diary of his or her days as you continue on your wonderful educational journey.

A note of acknowledgement and sincere thanks:  Public domain and copyright-free graphic images have been sourced for this project, as well as images licensed by and used with express permission from,, and Graphics from Gran-Gran to whom I would like to extend grateful thanks.  As with all of my work, copyright infringement is not intentional and in fact I go to great  lengths to ensure that I do comply with international copyright laws, however if you do see something that ought to be acknowledged, credited or removed, please contact me immediately and I will revise this workbook.  There is an eclectic mix of images and themed journaling pages to give your child a wider

I have included pages for most of the international holidays and celebrations, and also for birthdays.  Please print the pages you require.  These are in no particular order so you can print just the pages your child prefers.

The files are in ZIP format and are really rather large, but well worth the download as the fun pages will provide hours and hours of activity for your child.  Unzipped you will be able to view them in PDF format.

Girls’ Journal 380 x A4 Pages   10.8 MB  ZIP File

Boys’ Journal 23.6 MB A4 size  ZIP file


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St Aiden’s Homeschool – Updates 10-11-08

Posted in alphabet printables, alphabet tracing, cursive handwriting tracing, free fine motor skills activity books, handwriting fonts, handwriting practice, thanksgiving printables on November 10, 2008 by Donnette E Davis

Hello Everyone after a very long absence. Things are up and running again on the new server and all links are almost live, considering there are around 1200 additional free printables this has been no easy task 🙂 Thank you all for your patience. I promise you won’t be disappointed with the quality and quantity of the activity books and worksheets, information and resources that you now have free access to.

To keep it as brief as possible, these are a few of the sections in which you will find updates. I will send out more news letters later in the week with more uploads – this is purely so that I don’t send out a newsletter 5 miles long 🙂

Alphabet – Picture Dictionary Activity books for the very young to the older learner, as well as Letter/Picture Association eBooks.

Alphabet Early Readers, as well as Alphabet Simple Words. You will note that every single letter of the alphabet has a workbook in each one of these sections. All include handwriting practice, word and picture recognition and association and letter formation.

Comprehension has become big with Savannah and there are no fewer than 50 full comprehension eBooks with activities available in Groups 1 and 2. Group 3 & 4 are for more advanced learners and are not yet uploaded.

Thanksgiving has been an absolute joy. Not celebrating it in South Africa but having it close to my heart it was a joy and a pleasure to write and officially publish a Comprehensive Thanksgiving Manual, with recipes, lists, printables, table settings and the whole bangshoot!! It can be previewed here if anyone is interested.

Alphabet Tracing for each letter of the alphabet has been done (26 books in total) as well as full alphabet books, 6 in total in that set, comprising of standard printing, standard italic, standard print tracing, standard print tracing and cursive print and tracing.

Our African Sections and Thanksgiving Sections have found additional activity books which I know will be very useful. Particularly the recent South African publication I know forms part of the official public education system curriculum. (I found that out belatdly)

I am extremely proud of having published through Lulu, my online publishers, two new books which will benefit the homeschooling family. They are Homeschooling from the Heart and Little Learners Handwriting Practice. Both you will find invaluable and can be previewed at the links provided.

Learning Languages has found a section in our site with simple to understand vocab and phrases for even little ones. Languages include French, Italian, German, Spanish, Serbian, Bosnian and even Icelandic.

Fine Motor Skills has developed enormously with more additional exercises, activity books and manuals. There is a focus on assisting children with learning disabilities in many of my books so I know that they will find a use for many people.

Not to take up any more of your valuable time. Happy downloading!! I would as always appreciate feedback, and I apologise in advance for cramming your mailboxes. You will receive another update in a few days’ time… Please forgive me 🙂

Blessings for a wonderful educational journey for you and your beloved family…

Donnette E Davis
St Aiden’s Homeschool
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Developing Fine Motor Skills in Children Free Activity Book

Posted in cut and paste activities, fine motor skills, free fine motor skills activity books, free kids activity ebook, free scissors skills, small motor skills on December 10, 2007 by Donnette E Davis

Having received many requests for further information on Fine Motor Skills and how to go about downloading the eBook, I searched the net and compiled this brief report from a number of Top Class websites who specialise in FMS.

Fine motor skills activities for children are the best way to ensure proper development and practice of fine motor skills to promote the most functional use of a child’s hands.

Normal development DEMANDS that children are able to accurately and effectively use the small muscles (intrinsic muscles) in their hands. These intrinsic muscles will be used for the rest of their lives and for essential functional activities.

Childhood is the critical time to properly develop these muscles. These are skills that simply may need some extra work to develop optimally, that’s all. So, please… no blaming the child or the parents.

The building of fine motor skills in children will enable them to perform a variety of important functional tasks. These include:

tying shoes
zipping and unzipping
buckling and unbuckling
writing legibly and without significant muscle fatigue
playing games that require precise hand and finger control
drawing, painting, and coloring
manipulating buttons and snaps
putting small objects together
doing puzzles
making crafts
using scissors
manipulating small objects such as coins
opening and closing objects
picking up and holding onto small objects
developing and maintaining an effective and proper pencil grip
pinching objects between fingers
using locks and keys
being able to isolate finger movements (i.e., using one finger at a time, such as in playing the piano or typing)
turning things over or turning pages of a book
holding and using utensils properly and effectively
screwing and unscrewing
doing ANYTHING that requires small precise hand and finger movements
You can now see the importance of fine motor skills and the impact it would have if not developed properly! If your child is struggling to do any of these aforementioned activities and you are concerned that they may have poor fine motor skills, then it is time to practice, enhance, and evaluate these skills.

I just want to mention, there is a very high correlation between children with sensory processing disorders and children with a delay in fine motor skills. It is often a big part of sensory integration therapy and one of the main reasons children are initially referred to an Occupational Therapist. Please understand, I am NOT saying they HAVE a sensory processing disorder if they have poor fine motor skills…fine motor delays may be an isolated issue.

I can’t stress enough how important properly developed fine motor skills are to every day living! The ability to complete functional activities that require these skills will follow you your entire life. So, I beg of you… if you see signs of fine motor difficulties in any child, please address it with a teacher, Occupational Therapist, or through educating yourself on how to improve fine motor skills.

Main Source of this Information

The free 116 page Activity eBook on Developing Fine Motor Skills in Children can be accessed here.

The 170 Page Activity eBook on Developing Fine Motor Skills in Children can be accessed here. This is also in 2 formats 170 pages is A4, and 172 pages is US letter size.

There are 2 versions of the smaller activity book, 72 pages US size and 70 pages A4 in Scribd and they can be downloaded for free in PDF format. Click here

WARNING: PLEASE READ – As with any activity involving children, I cannot stress enough the importance of safety and adult supervision. NO SCISSORS TASKS, CUT & PASTE ACTIVITIES, PLAY DOUGH ACTIVITIES, COOKING, CUTTING, PASTING OR WORKING WITH SMALLER OBJECTS should be undertaken without appropriate supervision. Little children do not always and cannot always distinguish from what should and should not go into the mouth, the nose, the ears, and since they are still learning the basic skills of cutting, may not be absolutely familiar with the use and handling of a pair of scissors, glue, paste, play dough. Please exercise the utmost caution when undertaking arts, crafts or activities with the children in your care.


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