Easy and Free Latin

After cutting out the flashcards, they fit very nicely in a Sloyd project. 

Salve! (Google says this means welcome in Latin)

One of the hardest subjects I have tempted to breach this year, besides French, has to be Latin.  I love words, I have books full of them. 😉  Yet, when faced with teaching this to my children, it scared me.  I have always thought that I needed someone who worked at the Smithsonian with five PhDs to walk me through this.

This is where the Public Domain came to my rescue.  While perusing Google Books, I discovered a neat little (free)Latin Primer that fit my bill rather nicely.  It is easy enough to not scare the wits out of my children, yet progresses nicely in difficulty.  I printed this book and put it into a 3-ring binder for use.

Another hurdle was making sure I am pronouncing these words correctly for my children.  This is where I consulted a PDF I found online and a YouTube channel to set me straight.  From the PDF, I created flash cards so I may quiz the children.  Lastly, I designed another PDF page so that the girls could write down their exercises in an orderly manner.  These will have holes punched and be put into a folder labeled “Latin”.

In the pictures, my printouts are spotty with black.  Please forgive my printer, it is a hot mess at the moment and we are not on speaking terms.  Yours won’t print like this unless you too are nursing a broken printer.  All of the links I mentioned are below and all of the printouts are free, it will only cost you ink.  Fruor! (Enjoy!)

The Latin Primer by H. C. Nutting  1911

Pronunciation Guide

Flash cards

Primer Notebook Page

YouTube channel we have been using for pronunciation and more clarity.

If you have any difficulty with any of these resources or see an error, please contact me via the contact page or email me at farmsteadjournal@gmail.com.  Thanks!




Charlotte Mason Resource GIVEAWAY


I have so enjoyed chatting with other mamas through my YouTube page about homeschooling.  In honor of my 300th subscriber, I decided to pay it back with a giveaway! The winner will choose a resource from one of the following:

The Living Page

When Children Love to Learn

Exploring Creation with Your Children

All you have to do is visit my Facebook page and look for the giveaway post.  Leave a comment on which of the resources you would choose should you win, and voila, you’re done.

I will announce the winner Friday, September 1,  2017, at noon via Facebook Live.


Jewel Weed Salve ~ Help for Poison Ivy

Our family loves summertime but there is one thing, ok two, that can make summer a little less glorious, mosquitos and poison ivy.

I had heard about using a specific “weed” to combat the effects of poison ivy and so tried it out this summer.  Jewelweed is common in the eastern U.S. and southern Canada and known as Touch-me-nots.  The pretty little orange trumpet-shaped flowers are easy to spot.  Careful when collecting it due to it usually growing in close proximity to poison ivy. If you believe you have been infected by poison ivy and are “in the field”, grab some leaves and flowers from the jewelweed plant and crush in your hand. Then you want to rub in on the infected areas to help combat the components in the poison ivy that humans react to.

If you find out too little too late and are displaying a rash from exposure, a simple salve can be made from the jewelweed.  Honestly, I was a bit dubious, but after my husband came in with poison ivy on his arms and used my salve to reduce the recovery time,  I was sold.  See, my husband gets poison ivy by just sniffing the air around it, not really, but it seems that way.  Also, it stays with him FOREVER, weeks on end of red itchy rash.

So let’s get to it: (I used Sunflower oil to steep my jewelweed.)

I used this basic recipe here, then added a few extras, because I am like my Dad-we add extra to everything.  Just ask my Mom. 😉

Here are the additions I made:   1/2 tsp Apple cider vinegar

1/2 tsp European clay (I imagine you can use any drying                                                              clay  you wish)

10-12 drops of Lavender.  I followed Reclaiming YourRoots‘ directions added my additions and you can see the finished product in the pictures below.


Now, enjoy the rest of that summer!

Charlotte Mason Inspired Magnetic Schedule Board

My finished board with sample schedule. There are over 40 individual schedule strips to choose from.

I love having a beautiful way of displaying our schedule for school. This helps keep the children and me a bit more organized and the children know what to expect throughout the day.

In the video below, I show you how I made a simple yet beautiful schedule board for under $20.00.

If you wish to have a copy of the schedule strips for yourself, please click here.  You will NOT be added to a subscription list.