Thursday, March 26, 2015

The BEST KONOS Workshop EVER!!!


I have all the KONOS stuff like "Creating the Balance" DVD (and VHS!?!?!) and for really old skool i've got "How To Use KONOS Curriculum" on in cassette tape.  Ya baby, that's old skool.  But I've never really felt like "oh ya,  I can do that!!!"  Mostly I felt like wow, I must need to be the energizer bunny just to get it all done.  Honestly the KONOS website is confusing to me and cluttered so I just don't go there.  But my KONOS love/hate has just changed.  

 I've known about the South African distributor of KONOS (OIKOS) for years but a couple of days ago I ran across their easy, uncluttered website again.   They have a  KONOS workshop that you can watch on Vimeo for $5!  It was THE BEST 5 bucks I've spent in a LONG time.  It shows how simple and EASY using KONOS can be.  The website is so easy to navigate and get started using KONOS that it's as simple as watching the videos and do what they say.  What a breath of fresh air that my little homeschool needed! :)

If you're confused with KONOS and unit studies in general go to the OIKOS website and watch the videos (free!)'s life changing! 

and no...I've not been paid to say this or given anything for free...just sharing the love.

Easter - Konos Unit Links 2015

Day 1 - Palm Sunday

Review Definition of Love/Generosity  pg 1
      Giving With A Happy Heart

Read Objectives
       A.  To appreciate God's Generosity to us
       B.  To give generously
              1.  Cheerful
              2.  Motivated by love
              3.  Appropriate to the person
              4.  Within limits

Start Definitions for Vocabulary

Begin Memorizing John 3:16

Read Luke 19:28-44
    Discuss how the Jewish people expect Jesus to be a physical king for Isreal.
    They were expecting him to rid them of the Roman empire.
    They didn't understand  that he was coming as the King of Heaven and Earth which
    is why later they yelled "crucify him".


Listen to Handel's Messiah on Youtube
and looked up the verses which were all from scripture.

Discuss Triumphal Entry
The Mount of Olives - Lion and the Lamb Ministries

Make Palm Leaves out of hand prints
        draw around hands on green paper and attach to a stick

Dramatize Jesus' Entry
      Wrap head with towel or flour sack  
       Lay down bath towels
       Say "Blessed be the King that cometh in the
                name of the Lord: Peace in heaven,
                and glory in the highest"

27.  Start Easter Tree - Palm Ornament

Day 2- Passover, Maundy Thursday

Review Definition of Love/Generosity  pg 1
      Giving With A Happy Heart

Read Objectives
       A.  To appreciate God's Generosity to us
       B.  To give generously
              1.  Cheerful
              2.  Motivated by love
              3.  Appropriate to the person
              4.  Within limits

Start Definitions for Vocabulary

Begin Memorizing John 3:16


Copy John 3:16 and decorate to hang up in a place of honor

Read Luke 22:7-30

3.  Observe Da Vinci's Last Supper read about it's history

Last Supper - Khan Academy

4.  Make Unleavened Bread - Matzah Recipe

Handmade Matzah Factory

5.  Recline at a table to eat

The Seating Plan at The Last Supper- I'm not catholic but found this fascinating...

6.  Washing one another's feet - Read the activity...there's a lot

History of Feet Washing - Maundy Thursday

My personal note here is that I tried to find scripture about
women having their feet washed and there is none.  It describes
slaves or women washing feet but not free men.

27.  Easter Tree - Clearing The Temple, make birdcage ornament

Your Story Hour - Betrayal or buy Individual Here

Day 3- Hearing & Trial - Good Friday!

Review Definition of Love/Generosity  pg 1
      Giving With A Happy Heart

Read Objectives
       A.  To appreciate God's Generosity to us
       B.  To give generously
              1.  Cheerful
              2.  Motivated by love
              3.  Appropriate to the person
              4.  Within limits

Make Cross word with definitions for Vocabulary
Make Artwork with John 3:16 to put on mantle

** On Good Friday - Make sure curtains are closed from 9:00am to 3:00pm - darkness and prayer, meditation & quiet

Continue Memorizing John 3:16


16.  Read Jesus' Trial
17.  Good Friday
18.  He GAVE his life!
22.  Hot Cross Buns!  Recipe for breadmaker
23.  Hot Cross Buns Shout!

27.  Easter Tree - Widow's Mite

Watch - The Robe  or Here but you'll have to pay for it or Netflix has it this year on streaming

Your Story Hour - Trial or buy Individual Here

Day 4 - Easter Around The World

Review Definition of Love/Generosity  pg 1
      Giving With A Happy Heart

Read Objectives
       A.  To appreciate God's Generosity to us
       B.  To give generously
              1.  Cheerful
              2.  Motivated by love
              3.  Appropriate to the person
              4.  Within limits

Make word search with definitions for Vocabulary


25.  Easter Symbols
28.  Easter around the world
30.  Egg Roll
33.  Egg Math

27.  Easter Tree - Bread, loaves, grapes

Make Cross art using cellophane tape and colors...make cross with cellophane tape, color, remove tape

Your Story Hour - The Road To Skull Hill or Buy Individual Here

Day 5 - Review

Review Definition of Love/Generosity  pg 1
      Giving With A Happy Heart

Read Objectives
       A.  To appreciate God's Generosity to us
       B.  To give generously
              1.  Cheerful
              2.  Motivated by love
              3.  Appropriate to the person
              4.  Within limits

Review the last week of learning!


37.  Egg Roll Games

27.  Easter Tree - Lamb of God

  Watch Easter Parade movie
  Make "He Has Risen" Kite


***Here's my link to how I plan KONOS using sticky notes - it's super fast once you get the hang of it

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Make Way For Ducklings Links!


  • Read Exodus 2:1-10

Social Studies  

  • Geography - Boston, Massachusetts
                            Learn About Massachusetts
                             Flag of Massachusetts
                             What is the Time and Weather in Russia?   - put it on the thermometer
                             Boston Top 10 Attractions
                            Boston Vacation Travel Guide 
                            Boston Common Swan Boats

  • Color Disk
  • Read About Boston & Massachusetts in Golden Book Encyclopedias
  • Map Skills - make a map of the house

  • Rhyme
               Make up rhymes
               Play Rhyme Bingo- Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!! 

        Beefing It UP!

                   Copywork - make copywork from the book or a bible selection
                   Grammar-  Adjectives
                   Watch Schoolhouse Rock - Adjectives
                    Using one of the sentences in the book circle or color the adjectives in School Journal     (composition book) or Worksheet Works


    • Medium
    • Caldecott Medal
    • Shading


    •  Multiplication  - There are SO many videos for this on youtube...
    • Converting Days to Weeks - weirdly no videos for this....

                Beefing it Up!


    • Ducks Eggs 
               Using the book A Nestful of Eggs  
    • Animal Parenting
    • Migration
              Ducks Unlimited Waterfowl Migration  
              Winged Migration - starts with for 80 millions years bit...

    Monday, February 2, 2015

    How To Choose The Right Homeschool Curriculum!...Again!

    Well It's burnout season...aka February so here's a great blast from the past post from March 2013!  Enjoy!

    This is a repost from Renee Ellison of  

    It's probably one of the best articles I've seen on this subject...and one of the reasons we switched curriculum.  I could identify with most of what she was saying and I've known for a while things had to change.

    I HIGHLY recommend any of her materials!  Teacher's Secrets and Motherhood Savvy for Homeschoolers is just about the best how to book for homeschool moms that I've ever seen....really...and I've seen A LOT.  It's answers a lot of the day to day problems you may have.  I wish when I was a young mom and homemaker I'd had this book.  It's like a crash course in what you wish you had learned but were too busy working a job to figure out.  All of her little pamplets are like vitamins  - short but to the point.  No wading through 100's of pages to get the answers you need NOW.  It's also available at Amazon Teachers' Secrets and Motherhood Savvy for Homeschoolers
     and you can get it in a kindle version for instant  Teachers' Secrets and Motherhood Savvy for Homeschoolers

    Are you SURE you have the right curriculum?

    The single biggest cause of homeschooling burnout is choosing the WRONG curriculum.  For most homeschoolers, veterans and beginners alike, the illusion is that you will always have
    days in which to teach, but the reality is that you’ll SELDOM have even ONE perfect homeschooling day.  If your schooling centers on you as the teacher, it will simply slip through the cracks on days when other demands take over.  Because schooling is THE ONE flexible/negotiable part of the day (no one is watching), it often gets put on the back burner (for far too many days, for months on end), because today we can’t do it RIGHT, using what you THOUGHT was the ideal curriculum.
    Now that school is beginning again this fall, mothers are scrambling to make out their schedules, get last minute supplies, etc.  This feels exhilarating…at least, initially.  Aha…a fresh start.  But talk to those same moms one month from now and they are in tears, feeling guilty, and nothing is going according to plan.  Hubby is threatening to put the children back in public school because ANYTHING is better than the fiasco he sees going on day after day in his own home with his stressed-out wife and inconsolable children.  Because they’ve got the WRONG curriculum.
    Haven’t seen the big picture
    Moms, by and large, because they have never been down this path before (they graduated from NURSING school, or BUSINESS school…), inadvertently choose and purchase curriculums that are heavily MOTHER-dependent.  They purchase curriculum based on TOPICS that they wish they had had in school, or books that LOOK fabulous, or techniques that seem new and innovative and far superior to the way THEY were taught.  But the problem is not the content or style of the program, at all, but rather it is one of ADMINISTRATION.  Is this curriculum going to be easy to get through each day, especially when I’m preoccupied with little Johnny who just threw up, or on an emergency phone call, or have unexpected company?  THEN what happens?  What happens when I’m up all night with another child and have to sleep IN in the morning?  Let’s see…hmm… 5 children times 2 “mom-isn’t-available-to-teach” hours per student equals ten wasted hours for the family that morning.
    Because we have been in the movement for over 20 years as vendors, we have seen children who are now the GROWN products of this little daily nightmare, and it isn’t pretty.
    Unit studies…the kick with a bite
    In far too many cases, these idealistic theories about curriculum have been murdered by a few brutal facts…embarrassing facts.  The children didn’t get thoroughly educated…not even as much as WE were educated in inferior secular schools.  Scores of excited moms who have never taught a child through all twelve grade levels tell me sentences like this: “This fall we are going to study George Washington—in fact, we’ll do a unit study on him!” The problem is that the mom doesn’t see the 12-year big picture that there are over 34,000 concepts to cover to even make your child AWARE of the most rudimentary components of the big wide world out there.  Giving three months to one concept just isn’t gonna cut it.  While mom is fixated on her one euphoric idea of what SHE will teach, time is wasting…sand literally POURS through the hour glass of childhood.  What she is not aware of is that children can learn ten times faster than she can even dream up the topics, let alone provide a newly hunted down perfect book to teach it with.
    Moms with extra time, huh?
    Go ahead and buy all of the super-idealized curriculum you want.  But this year try teaching it in the evenings or on the weekends when you get that one “supercharged-mommy-moment” a week, but for all the REST of the time, for all those “barely-making-it” hours, get a curriculum that your children can do WITHOUT you.  Waltz onto their page on any day at any time that you want to teach them from your own academic passions…we always teach our passions best…but for all the OTHER days, and the OTHER hours, keep your children’s noses to the grindstone of an established curriculum that gets the job DONE without you.
    Ask yourself a question: How much EXTRA time did I have yesterday to write out lesson plans, or to thumb through a textbook to figure out what my child should be doing today?  Was it three minutes?  30 seconds?  Oops, just couldn’t get to it?  Then what makes you think you’ll have that time TOMORROW?  If you’ve gotta read a teacher’s edition to figure out what your child should do, you are already sunk before you start.
    All the “not-so-hot” choices out there
    Some love those big companies that sell you the huge textbook for every subject, so that your school curriculum can look just like the public school’s.  But quickly you’ll find that the sheer size of the books scares your kids off (they are a pain in the neck to haul around), and parents by the scores have already discovered that they are “drill and kill and over-kill” curriculums, despite the expensive packaging!  They cost too much, weigh too much, take too much preparation out of YOUR hide, and bore your children to tears with excessive unnecessary mental labor.
    Then there are the super dense SPIRITUAL curriculums.  ALL the family reads this and that and does this project and that project on ONE character trait, TOGETHER.  Fine.  Purchase those and teach one every Sabbath, or work through one for one evening a week to gather as a WHOLE family to study.  But for two-to-six hours a day every day of the week, they require too much of mama…and too much of everyone else.  On most days, one can’t even FIND the whole family to study with, let alone DO it.  If you use one of these programs, you’ll burn out, guaranteed.
    Then there is the sensational one book for this and one book for that — the eclectic approach.  I hope you like shopping… because your children will read them and finish them on the way to the car.
    Then there is the hands-on…build everything you read about…pyramids under the kitchen table approach.  This approach absorbs far too much time spent on “pyramids”...single subjects… (which a child can readily understand just by looking at a few pictures), to the exclusion of time that could have been spent on other equally important concepts/subjects.  Life isn’t just endless time on your hands.  Time spent under the table is time lost practicing a new scale on an instrument.
    Then there is the “read-every-book-in-sight” curriculum.  Just read.  Tons of homeschooling families pride themselves on what good readers their children have become.  They congratulate themselves on having exceptional readers…which they mistakenly think then makes them exempt from producing anything else.  The only problem is,.they just don’t know that ALL homeschooling families produce good readers.  This is commonplace, with few exceptions.  They can’t see it, because they live in ONLY their own house.  Moreover, reading is not the whole picture.  What if your car ONLY had a motor, no steering wheel, no brakes, no seats.  Math is important, writing is important, physics is important, spelling is important, each of them requiring very little reading and a great deal of DOING.  The first time your child hears about atoms and molecules and has only read history books, he is apt to say “Huh?” or worse yet, start FEELING the “Huh?” going on inside himself everywhere he turns.  A general education requires gaining basic familiarity with thousands of DIVERSE concepts.
    Grading your children’s work…whatever for?
    If you want to grade all your children’s work, go ahead, have at it.  But THEY won’t grow, if YOU do their evaluation.  Weeks worth of stacked papers that mom will someday get around to grading trains your child in absolutely nothing.  When your children get back all your delayed grading with your meticulous and conscientious red marks, they will mindlessly throw those same papers into the trash.  Sound familiar?  If they grade their own AS SOON AS THEY FINISH EACH PAGE, they will be invested in it THEMSELVES, to their own surprise.  It is that simple.  CORRECTING one’s work is where ALL the growth takes place.  Do you REALLY have THIS much EXTRA time?  Would you not rather read a good book, or take a walk with your child? 
    A long ride
    Go ahead, buy whatever curriculum you want, or insist upon having….but ALSO, this year, try buying ACE to use as your daily work horse.  You can’t see the full extent of it all now, but you’ll ride to the schooling-pasture and back to the barn EVERY DAY for two to six hours a day for 12 years with this schooling business…so you’ve gotta have a dependable horse to get you there and back…unless you want a circus at your house every day, if you didn’t spend two hours last night prepping for some other scenario.
    Even if your child is only EXPOSED to this sequential, consecutive, line upon line, precept upon precept material and skips half of the fill in the blanks, or merely answers the questions aloud, or even just hears them read to him by an older sibling on sick days, or isn’t multi-sensing every concept… he will be light years ahead of the child who hasn’t.  He will have at least encountered ALL these thousands of concepts.  Four pace booklets a day, four concepts per booklet, 5 days a week, 36 weeks a year, for twelve years, yields 34,560 concepts.  Ta-dah !!!!  Did you catch that?  This is all done FOR you.  You didn’t have to even get out of your easy chair.  This year, try teaching whatever ELSE you want ON TOP of that… but not in place of it.  Countless very burned out families have switched to ACE after trying everything else they had in mind, and the smiles have returned.  There have been no regrets!
    We recommend ACE for these 12 very tight and succinct reasons:
    1. ACE is taught using THIN booklets…as in… easy to haul on errands.
    2. ACE is comprehensive…as in… nothing will fall through the cracks.
    3. ACE is spiritual…as in… you won’t produce an intelligent drunk.
    4. ACE is engaging, uplifting and KEEPS their interest both academically and spiritually…as in…children end up LOVING God THROUGH their subjects.
    5. ACE is self-taught…as in…not mommy dependent…as in… it actually HAPPENS every day regardless of the chaos mom is embroiled in at the moment.
    6. ACE is self-corrected…as in…the student has instant feedback.
    7. ACE is the curriculum for tear reduction…as in ...momma doesn’t burn out…she actually likes her children AND gets dinner on the table…and wants to continue homeschooling next year.
    8. ACE is priced at the low end of curriculums…as in… you don’t have to rob a bank or incur debt to buy it.  The entire year costs less than one month’s tuition at any private Christian school.  It is so inexpensive, the grandparents can purchase it for you.  You won’t grow bitter halfway through the year because you sank 2 grand into a curriculum and now you hate the stuff but can’t possibly switch because you mortgaged the house to get it.
    9. ACE trains OUTSTANDING character, woven into the full page text of every subject…as in…not tacked on as a token at the end of the entire day just to make it LOOK spiritual.
    10. Employers love to hire ACE graduates for any type of work, because they have found year after year that these students’ cheerful work-ethic is second to none.
    11. ACE is in 135 countries and currently educates well over 3 million children…as in…tried and true…kids actually graduate…they actually score high on standardized tests…they actually get scholarships at colleges.
    12. ACE is guilt free…school happens.
    Have your children read history and biography and how-to books voraciously in the evenings.  Train them in domestic skills.  Teach them how to earn and save a dollar.  And turn off the TV and videos and stop the endless “goes nowhere” recreational FANTASY reading, and you’ll produce SUPER CHILDREN.

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    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Cranberry Thanksgiving Links!

    ***If you can't get the book you can watch it being read here:


    • Memory Verse  Psalm 100:4

    Social Studies  

    • Geography - New England
                                 Map of New England
                                 National Geographics New England
                                 What's the Time and Weather in Cape Cod   - put it on the thermometer

                                 13 Colonies
                                 Thirteen Colonies  - **in depth for beefing up

    • Repetition
    • Vocabulary
                   Make a Word Search from Vocab words

    • Simile
                   Simile game

                Beefing It UP!

                       Grammar-  Noun
                       watch Schoolhouse Rock - Noun
                        Using one of the sentences in the book circle or color the nouns in School Journal (composition book) or Worksheet Works


      • Warm Palette
                  Warm Colors
                  Warm Colored Pics


      • Measuring Skills

                  Beefing it Up!


      • Starch
               Testing for Starch
      • Leavening Agents
      • Cranberries
                 How Does It Grow? Cranberries


      Thanksgiving CrosswordMake sure you have an Ad blocker program!!

      Go Along:

      The Very First Thanksgiving

      Squanto and the Miracle of Thanksgiving  ** Excellent but long...shows the providence of GOD


      William Bradford Biography Nest Entertainment

      Plymouth Plantation Virtual Tour

      Virtual Tour of the Mayflower II

      The Real Thanksgiving Story - (The Story of Liberty)

      Charlie Brown Thanksgiving 

      Charlie Brown Mayflower Voyage

      The Thanksgiving That Almost Wasn't

      The Mouse On The Mayflower

      Thanksgiving On The Muppet Show

      Read Alouds:

      The Story Of The Pilgrims For Children

      Link to a playlist on youtube:

      Thanksgiving - haven't viewed all these but on first glance they look okay..probably more for older kids

      Thanksgiving Hymns:

      We Gather Together (Perry Como) - my son picked this...who knew??  This is the hymn they sing in the book.

      Thanksgiving Hymns  Playlist - just like being in a cathedral!

      Thanksgiving  Playlist - this has some classic moderns in it

      And For Mom:

      The Thanksgiving Promise

      An Old Fashioned Thanksgiving

      Tuesday, November 18, 2014

      Another Celebrated Dancing Bear Links!


      • Memory Verse  John 15:12-13

      Social Studies  

      • Geography - Russia
                                   Learn about Russia
                                   Flag of Russia
                                   What is the Time and Weather in Russia?   - put it on the thermometer
                                   Dance of the Russian Nesting Dolls
                                Shaping A Russian Nesting Dolls -  fun chance to hear russian
                                Russian Palaces
                                Samovar Pictures
                                What is a Samovar?
                                Brewing Tea Russian Style with A Samovar
                                Trans Siberian Railroad Pics
                                Transiberian by Private Train -   Long but beautiful , ***There is a reference to                                           Bolshevik Revolution and there is a small vodka scene.


      • Vocabulary
                     Play game
                     Make a Word Search

      • Drama

              Beefing It UP!

                         Grammar-  Adjectives
                         watch Schoolhouse Rock - Adjectives
                          Using one of the sentences in the book circle or color the adjectives in School Journal     (composition book) or Worksheet Works


        • Architecture
                    Russian Architecture
        • Etchings

                   ***block printing or potato printing is pretty much the same idea so you can do potato prints if you want
        • Draw a picture in the style of the artist

        •      Russian Dance
                        The Dance of the Officers


                    Beefing it Up!


        • Boiling Point  
                    Watch this video

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