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
                            

   
LA 
  • 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...
           






    Friday, November 21, 2014

    Cranberry Thanksgiving Links!



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




    Bible

    • 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
                              
    LA 



    • 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

      Art 


      • Warm Palette
                  Warm Colors
                  Warm Colored Pics
                      

      Math 


      • Measuring Skills


                  Beefing it Up!

      Science


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



      Extras


      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


      Thanksgiving:

      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!




      Bible

      • 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.




      LA 

      • 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

        Art 


        • 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
                        

        Math 


                    Beefing it Up!

        Science


        • Boiling Point  
                    Watch this video





        Tuesday, November 11, 2014

        Apps VS. Online Games???






        I've been asked several times recently what I thought about eduapps vs. online edugames and which ones I think are best....well....here's what I think:


        First let me start with apps.  We have LOTS of IDevices so we have apps...oh boy do we have apps.  But the thing I see over and over with apps is that they have some crappy game you're suppose to learn from and then **** you finally get to play a game the kids like*** ....and they may never get off that game again because there is no time limit or anything for the reward game.  So my point is...what's the point??  My kids are only doing the cruddy game because they "have" to and I think that's sad.  That's really most of the problems I see with educational apps....boring...and only fun if you get to the reward game.  Why not just play a board game and have fun instead??? or play a chess app?  or tangrams app?? or...    well you get the idea.  Kids will learn in spite of us if we just let them play what interests them instead of manipulating them with what we think they "should" learn.  Those board and app games I just mentioned include logic, geometry, math and that's just the start since I don't know what board games or apps you personally have.  The other problem that I have with math and math apps in general is that it takes math totally out of the context of why we use it.  Math is ALL around us...you can't escape it so why do we have to bog kids down with math that is OUT of context (apps, worksheets etc).  If you want to learn measuring then bust out the tape measure with the kids and build something.  Or measure everything.  Now you may say "hey,  I did that and he didn't remember", well that may be because he/she wasn't really interested or they weren't ready for the amount of information they were receiving.  They got what they needed...not what you wanted.  Next time you build or bust out the tape they may get more or you may have to wait again. 

        Another problem I have with apps on IDevices is that most kids use their finger for writing.  I wonder how this will affect a young child in their ability to write when they've been using their finger for everything.

        As far as apps for little kids like toddlers...I think that as long as you don't view it as educational as in "here learn your ABC's" it's probably okay.  The problem I have with it is when it's just used to babysit the kid....kinda how TV has gotten.  Mommy needs a little time so pop on the TV or computer.  We should be living our life with the kids not trying to escape them.  Now don't get me wrong...there are days when the wheels are falling off and I've discussed that in other posts so when that happens just STOP and either make brownies (mmm...chocolate) or stream a video (or listen to a book on tape) and watch/listen together...not try to escape them.  They need you and that's probably why they are going nutz, so stop, regroup and enjoy time together relaxing and cuddling.

          The other problem I have with toddlers and apps is that it's up close eye strain on little eyes that haven't developed.  Dr Raymond Moore discussed this years ago.   His study was with indigenous people and how they don't exhibit near sightedness until they adopt the western standard of early reading and boom....the kids start needing glasses.  So up close stuff needs to be kept at bay...for a LONG time.  


        So what apps do "I" think would work ....the ones your kids like.  Sounds like I'm being evasive but I'm not.  Only your kids will know what interests them and what doesn't so...you can download a couple and see how it goes by letting them play and asking them.  


        Now for online edugames.... I think these are a LOT more fun for kids since the games actually have to be fun in the first place to be played.  For sites like Sheppard Software I just let my kids pick what they want to play or I strew a couple and if they play great!...and if not....so be it.    Sometimes I just play myself and they'll come and join because they hear the "electronic" sound and come to investigate.  Kids are so naturally curious it's a travesty that we ruin it by telling them what to be curious about and telling them how to learn it!

        So math seems to be the biggie in game/app learning and a great place to find math stuff for the younger crowd is over at Easy Peasy Homeschool.   Math Playground has got some cool games for older children and then another favorite is ABCya & Mathchimp.  I do recommend that if you go the online edugame route that you use an ad blocker and we use AdBlock Plus.

        I've recently discovered Zondle where you can make a school for yourself and then make yourself the teacher and whala!!  You can enter info and then the kids get to pick what games they want to play using that info.  Yesterday alone my kids played for 2 hours and they were learning their times tables.   I played some of the games with them and they were FUN!!  They loved it so much that they are asking to play first thing this morning!   The really nice part is the info is just part of the game not something they have to trudge through to get to the fun stuff.

        When Discussing online stuff we've got to talk about safety.  I've now seen 3 posts in 2 days about kids viewing inappropriate stuff for MONTHS without the parents knowing.  So I think it's an important point  that I can "see" what they're doing vs. apps which can be on their laps where I can't view what's going on and they can switch to viewing stuff they're not suppose to....even with parental controls & spyware type stuff.  Again it's about being connected to your kid not just leaving them alone all day with the computer.  Once you've built trust and they understand and have maturity to handle making good decisions...maybe it's time to free up but not until you know for sure.   :)  It's also important to let them know that there is ugly, horrible stuff on the web and how to protect themselves but that conversation needs to be age appropriate of course not something that arouses their curiosity....cause you know the old sayin'...curiousity killed the cat.  Anytime you tell a kid no and then give them no reason or a bad reason it's going to cause problems and usually the kind that is behind your back.  Think about how it would feel if you wanted to go grocery shopping and your husband said no and then gave you no reason...ya...that's what it feels like to be a kid.

        Now let's do some REAL math (as in why you do math in the first place!) Lets say were talking about something like liquid measurement since we're baking and I let them measure things and then search an online game for measurement like this one.  See...math done in context to what it's for (no more why am I learning this questions).  You've made something yummy AND you had fun!

        My biggest point is that eduapps and edugames are just part of our fun arsenal of learning that we do during the day and not just "you need to play this so you can learn".  It's like TV or books...it's just part of the fun and not one thing is better than another to discover stuff.


        Now go play some games with the kids and have FUN!!



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