Saturday, August 1, 2015

The Duchess Bakes A Cake Links!!



If You Cant Get This


Bible


  • Read Galatians 6:7 


Social Studies  

  • Feudal Society - Middle Age
The Middle Ages in 3 1/2 Minutes - Nice for older kids


                            
  • Color Disk
  • Read about Medieval period in Golden Book Encyclopedias or online encyclopedia
  • Make A Castle!

****Beefing It Up

  • Research a King or Queen and write a paragraph about what you've learned.
  • Research Medieval period and write a paragraph about what you've learned
                            

   Language Arts 

  • Alliteration
Word World: Pig's Perfect Pizza -  Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
Dr Seuss' ABC is ALL Alliteration

  • Rhyme Scheme
  • Synonyms 
Synonym Game Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
Word Frog Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!

****Beefing It UP

  • Write a sentence (or two) using the vocabulary words.
  • Put Vocabulary Words in Alphabetical Order
  • Write a poem using the Rhyme Scheme  AABBCC
  • Copywork - make copywork from the book or a bible selection
  • Write a sentence using Alliteration
  • Write a sentence using one or two of the Vocabulary words.
Grammar-  Verbs

  • Watch Schoolhouse Rock - Verbs
  • Using one of the sentences in the book as copywork,  circle or color the verbs in School Journal     (composition book) or Worksheet Works
  • Play Ice Cream Talk - Choose verbs Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
  •  Learn the State of Being Verbs:  is, am, are, was, were, be, being, been
  • Learn about Contractions - Watch first with sound then turn off sound so they can read it.

Play Contraction Memory  Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!




                     

    Art 


    • Type Style Old English
    • Foreshadowing - Catching The Clues
    • Activities with a Medieval Theme
                    

    Math 


    • Number 13
    • Measuring  - Liguid and Dry Ingredients
                Liquid Measurement Game - Make sure you have an Ad blocker program
    OJ Game- Make sure you have an Ad blocker program
    measure some flour!

    ***Beefing It Up!

         Count The Money Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!
                    Cash Out!  Make sure you have an Ad blocker program!!

    Science


    • Nutrition
    Plan a Meal!




    ****Beefing Up
            

     Research Nutrition and write a 3 paragraph report.  


    Bonus!

    Life of The King In The Middle Ages - Fun for Mom and older kids
    Secrets of The Castle - GREAT docu for mom & olders
    Bugs Bunny In King Arthur's Court - funny but can be rude
    Leaky Faucet, Katrina's Birthday Cake - Oswald - super cute for the little crowd

    If you can find Bing Crosby's  -A Connecticut Yankee In King Arthur's Court - that might be fun for mom  **I haven't seen this in a LONG time so you're warned
    Danny Kaye's  - Court Jester   - might be fun  ***has sorcery so you're warned 


    Read Aloud









    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 so do in parts
                                
    • 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:  Orinoco River, Crocodile, Yellow Fever
    • Allusion

    ****Beefing It UP

    Write a sentence (or two) using the vocabulary words.
    Put vocabulary in alphabetical order
    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

       National Geographic Currents
      National Geographic Orinoco River - ***tribal nudity (far away though...)


      Bonus

      Your Story Hour - Yellowjack    ***about yellow fever, could be a bit much for the younger crowd



      ****Beefing Up
               Research River Currents, Orinoco, Crocodiles, 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






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