Monday, July 27, 2015

Henry The Castaway!!







Bible

  • Read Numbers 13 - Exploring the Land


Social Studies  

  • Explorers 
                            Explorers of North America
                             Explorers of the New World  - May be tiresome for the smallest 
                            
  • Color Disk
  • Read About explorers in Golden Book Encyclopedias or online encyclopedia
  • Map Skills - make a map of the house (or yard)

****Beefing It Up

Research an explorer and write a paragraph about what you've learned.
                            

   Language Arts 

  • Vocabulary
  • Allusion

****Beefing It UP

Write a sentence (or two) using the vocabulary words.


               

      

***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 as copywork,  circle or color the adjectives in School Journal     (composition book) or Worksheet Works
                                                                                                     - Quotes   "   "
                 Learn about quotes and then do the practice.  Write a sentence using quotes.  
                                                                                                     - Commas
                Download and do this practice sheet

    Art 


    • Expression
                                Draw a picture in the style of the artist using expressions
    • Mixed Medium
                    

    Math 


    •  Tallying  
    Tally ChartMake sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
    Tally GameMake sure you have an Ad blocker program!!

    ***Beefing It Up!

          Deep Dive - Multiplication Game Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
                     Estimation Game - Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
    Estimation Game 2 - Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
    Place Value Fun Game - Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
    Place Value Hockey - Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!

    Science


    • Survival Skills


    • River Currents




    ****Beefing Up
             Research River Currents or Kingfisher or Scottish Terrier and write a 3 paragraph report.  


    Read Aloud

    Robinson Crusoe or Listen



    The House at Pooh Corner (Winnie-the-Pooh)

     Winnie-the-Pooh, the Original Version
     The One In Which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition To The North Pole  **if you can only read one chapter this one is great

    Please do NOT get the Disney version!  The original has wonderful illustrations that all children should see and love!

    Tuesday, July 21, 2015

    Climbing Kansas Mountains Links!



    Social Studies

    Kansas


    State Symbols




      Father Son


      Language Arts

      Simile


      Descriptive Writing

      ****Beefing Up

      • Write a sentence using a simile
      • Have child write a story using descriptive language



      Art

      Mixed Medium - Pastels, Charcoal and Colored Pencils

      • Color a Picture in the style of the artist
      Four Dough Map




      Math


      Acres




      Grain Measurements

      Adding and Multiplying
      • Math problems using 8 or 10 feet x stories of building




      Science

      Wheat to Flour




      For Fun:
      Bringing In The Harvest

      Read Aloud:  Little Red Hen



      Thursday, July 16, 2015

      Easy Peasy Homeschool Review



      We've use EP several times and I've enjoyed and been frustrated using EP so I thought I'd write a post about the pros and cons and ways to get around some of the problems I see coming up regularly about using EP.  Before we get to that though let me say that the woman who did this deserves a shout out because she continues to have it FOR FREE so here's her story and the donate button is on the top. DONATE!  Doesn't matter if it's just a buck.   They are a missionary family so donate...okay off to the pros and cons.



      Pros:


      1. FREE!!!  Seriously this is worth it just for this.
      2.  Scheduled.   Nothing for you to figure out...just do the next day.  Doesn't matter if you've missed some days you just march on.   
      3.  Uses free resources.  This is closely related to #1.  It's a pain when other curriculum has history and science that require all kinds of stuff you have to pay for.
      4. Online.  For some this may not be a bonus BUT you can take this anywhere there is an internet connection...including grandma's house or McDonalds.  Or if you're really tech savvy just use your phone and tether or hotspot your laptop...walla!  homeschool at the park!




      Cons:


      1.  Difficult to place.  Even with their placement test (on the How To Use tab) you'll find it  hard to place them accurately.
      2. Large disparity between LA & early grades Math as compared to other curriculum.  The author has  her kids reading quite advanced books, probably about 2 grades ahead BUT early math (before end of 3rd level) is almost a grade behind. Once you're in about 5th grade math EP switches to Kahn Academy so it levels out.  But Kahn Academy is Common Core so you decide. 
      3.  Expects a child to be writing well by 2nd grade
      4. The science & history..if you don't like a portion you're stuck ie.. don't want wars(4), Ancients(1) lapbooks (2) or animals (2), world geography (3).  It's too advanced for prior  to Third or maybe even Fourth grade if you ask me.
      5. No way to tell if they are doing the work unless you quiz them (or have them leave tabs open so you can see)
      6. Might be difficult for first time homeschooler to figure out
      7. Doesn't run well on tablets..most games don't work properly or you will need a keyboard
      8. Very rarely will you be able to use it's levels (ie. 1, 2, 3) as is.  Therefore you'll have to set up your own schedule using LA, Reading, Math and I've found that when you use the individual components (reading, math, science etc)  things get lost in the shuffle from the Levels.  Meaning you loose typing, logic and other things that were scheduled in the original Level.
      9. Maybe a little TOO easy peasy for some things.  Meaning some days it doesn't seem    like much to do while other days can be overwhelming.  But like I said earlier the science, history, reading and writing seems advanced. Now I know it sounds like I just contradicted myself but once you use it you'll kinda know what I'm talking about.


      All of the cons can still be overcome because...it's FREE! FREE! FREE!  And here's my plug to DONATE...one more time


      Fixes:


      1. Have your child leave tabs open to see if they played the games.
      2. Check written work. Honestly this seems obvious but with lots of kids things can get lost in the shuffle.
      3. Have a text to speech program (already available on macs) for children who can't read    well.  Yes it can sound robotic but here's my shout out to Macs because it does a great job...even on the poetry!    SpeakIt! for  the Chrome browser works pretty good for PC's.
      4. On writing just have the child dictate and you scribe or highlight (with a highlight pen) and have them use what they said for copywork.
      5.  You can skip stuff you don't like in science and history (or anything else)...you're in charge not the curriculum.  The bonus here is there is no guilt because you didn't pay tons of $$$ for something that isn't working.  Ask me how I know this.... 
      6. Use the simple planner and write what level the kids stuff is at on the top (or bottom) so you know where they are suppose to be. ie...Math - 3, LA - 2, Reading - 1. 
      7. To find something fast on the page use control-F or command-F (macs)  which should pop up a little thing that allows you to search quickly for something.
      8. Print your week a head of time.  I use my highlighter and mark a dot on the simple   planner for the days the kids need printouts.  These are what the * (asterick) next to the day is about.  
      9. This isn't a fix but MAKE SURE you have the recommended ad blocker and your youtube is set to safety mode!  The safety mode is at the very bottom of the youtube screen.
      10. This is my personal opinion but here goes....it goes without saying that if your kid is on the internet you need to have them protected.  So use K9 for browsing and keep your kid's screen in public view.  I have seen WAY too may sad stories about kids on the internet so better to be safe then sorry.


         



      Tuesday, July 14, 2015

      Truman's Aunt Farm Links




      Social Studies 


      - Aunt 
            See ***Beefing up   

      ****Beefing Up
      • Write a letter to your aunt


                     
                                

      Language Arts

      - Homonyms
                  Antonyms, Synonyms, Homonyms, - Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
                  Synonym & Homonym Toss  Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
                  
               Perspective 
                   See ***Beefing Up
                           
               Repetition
                   See ***Beefing Up
                            
        
               Rebus Story - Aesop's Ant and the Grasshopper
                  to print it as a booklet go here

                **Beefing Up

      • Put Truman's Aunt Farm Words in Alphabetical Order - Truman, Mail, Ant,   Love, Schedule, Play, Food, Wise, Hungry, Farm*** (for a real Challenge!)
      • Write a story using a similar theme including the mood of love and respect. (perspective)
      • Write a sentence using repetition (or orally)
      • Copy this sentence:  They slept, played, sang, danced, and talked just enough.  Circle the verbs.
      • In the above sentence explain why there are so many commas.  (because it's a list)

                
         
      Art 

      -  Techniques for Faces and Figures
                Make a Picture in the Style of the Artist
                Ant Coloring Page

      Math 

      - What Happened to the 2cent stamp

                **Beefing up

                     Brainy Numbers  - Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
                     Discovering Coins   - Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
                     Inchy Picnic -  - Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
                  

      Science 

      - Ants
                       Amazing Facts About Ants
                        Ants - Childcraft - Animals
                       Ants

                   ***Beefing up
                
                       Research and write a report on ants





      Thursday, March 26, 2015

      The BEST KONOS Workshop EVER!!!






      Confession:

      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 tape...as 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!)...it'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".

      Activities:

      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

      Activities:

      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

      Activities:

      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

      Activities:

      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!


      Activities:

      37.  Egg Roll Games

      27.  Easter Tree - Lamb of God

        Watch Easter Parade movie
        Make "He Has Risen" Kite

      HE HAS RISEN!!!  :)







      ***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!




      Bible

      • 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
                                  

         Language Arts 

      • 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

        Art 


        • Medium
        • Caldecott Medal
        • Shading
                        

        Math 


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



                  *** Beefing it Up!

        Science


        • 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...

        ****Beefing Up
                 Research Migration or Ducks and write a 3 paragraph report.  
               






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