Top Practical Pages Posts of 2016

2017 has arrived, but as I look back over the past year and ponder the changes ahead, it is encouraging to see some of my blog’s top posts and pages ~


  1. Lapbooks especially Pearl Harbor and my Parables Lapbook
  2. Cursive Handwriting Step-by-step for Beginners and pop over to my Packages page for all my other Handwriting books
  3. Paper Dolls, especially the Knights and Medieval and Ancient paper dolls and men which are very popular.
  4. Maths Pyramids for Mental Maths Practice as well as my other Maths pages
  5. Minibook Master Templates with versions in Word for you to edit and use
  6. Bible pages, lapbooks and free downloads
  7. All my Copywork pages which are fantastic for handwriting practice!
  8. Classify Land Animals with free charts and photos of all the animals to accompany Apologia Zoology 3 Land Animals of te 6th Day
  9. My first Pinterest-famous post Tracing Outlines of Famous Art Works
  10. Mini Offices with reference charts for junior through to high school mini offices

Enjoy all these free downloads and I wish you and your family every blessing in 2017!

Practical Pages’ Top 10 Posts so far …

The Starry Night

Image via Wikipedia

I happened to read this blog and thought – well which of my posts have been viewed the most?  I hit my stats counter (something I rarely do!) and this is what came up:

  1. Cursive Handwriting ~ step-by-step for beginners
  2. Van Gogh “Starry Night” ~ Art Appreciation
  3. Free Pages
  4. Mini Offices
  5. Cursive Handwriting
  6. Famous Artists Pages
  7. Lapbooks
  8. Copywork Pages
  9. Maths Pages
  10. Mental Maths Practice ~ fun worksheets!

As you can see, not really posts – but PAGES!

Back in September 2009 I started Practical Pages because I  wanted to share my homeschooling resources and ideas.  I wanted the blog to be practical, helpful, encouraging and free. It has been a joy to upload my pages and freely give away the downloads. 

What about my posts then?

Now, I am not looking for stats, popularity, viewers, followers, shares, likes, tweets, hits … and so on.  I am not on Facebook and don’t network with Twitter.  I don’t post for comments and don’t even know what “formula” there is for generating a following.  Don’t get me wrong, I love getting comments, but it seems that this blog is not personal or intimate enough for a flood of comment response.  (Having said this, you are welcome to subscribe to my blog and have posts emailed or RSS feeds to your reader or home page! 🙂 )

But back to the top posts – I went back to my stats counter to scan through pages and look at the most popular posts, and down the list and scattered among the pages, these posts came up:

  1. How do pre-schoolers learn without formal school? – practical ideas for a non-structured preschooler’s education in response to the highly structured formal schooling many new homeschool moms try follow.
  2. Treasure hunt and Letterboxing! – a fun Geography activity we did!
  3. Pop-Up Books for Free play and Imagination! – sharing about some of the interesting 3D books my youngest still enjoys!
  4. Just this 1 Thing! – thoughts on a simplified approach to discipline.
  5. Fun Physical Activities for Children = Homeschool Phys Ed – admitting my failure to do formal Phys Ed lessons all year and suggesting many alternative physical activities instead.
  6. Mom ~ The Narration Scribe – a post I often refer to in subsequent posts about narrations; some real help and advice on how to lead young oral narrators to become independent writers.
  7. Time-Saving Tips for Doing Lapbooks – very practical tips we use to do large lapbook projects.
  8. Memorizing Scripture the Simply Charlotte Mason Way – a highly recommended system to memorized scriptures that we use daily – and we’re still going strong!
  9. A Beautiful Home Atmosphere – inspiration for attitudes and activities to make the home a place of nurture and beauty.
  10. Advantages of Sketching Weekly – why doing Sketch Tuesday regularly has helped my children in their art.

I hope you enjoy looking through these posts if you’re new here!