Monday, July 27, 2015

Henry The Castaway!!


  • 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


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


    •  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!!


    • Survival Skills

    • River Currents

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


    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


    State Symbols

      Father Son

      Language Arts


      Descriptive Writing

      ****Beefing Up

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


      Mixed Medium - Pastels, Charcoal and Colored Pencils

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



      Grain Measurements

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


      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.


      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!


      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(program year 4), Ancients(program level 1) lapbooks (program level 2) or animals (program level  2), world geography (program level  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 really 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's FREE! FREE! FREE!  And here's my plug to more time


      1. Have your child leave tabs open to see if they played the games and what the score was.  You can screen shot it and put it into programs like Onenote or Evernote.
      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.  This is especially great for dyslexic kids!  
      4. If writing is an issue 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)'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 ahead 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 * (asterisk) next to the day is about.  
      9. Easy Peasy doesn't have tests so it can be hard to assess what your kids are retaining.  Here are some Ideas to make it easier.  Please be relaxed about quizing your kids.  Homeschooling is not a race for knowledge but about don't kill your relationship by over quizzing...On to quizzing and testing.  The obvious is look at the vocabulary words and ask if they remember what they are.  Open some of the science or history and look for what is being taught and simply ask them to teach you about it :0)  You can't teach what you don't know!  Have them draw or write about a topic they learned or even have them act it out if applicable. 
      10. 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.
      11. This is my personal opinion but here 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 many 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!!
                   See ***Beefing Up
                   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)


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


      - 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!!


      - Ants
                       Amazing Facts About Ants
                        Ants - Childcraft - Animals

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

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