Thursday, September 29, 2011
A fellow homeschooler at Homeschool World, shared with me and gave me permission to share with all of you, their homeschool contest page. I have not had a chance to go over them all yet, but I will, and hopefully we will get to enter some. Check it out if you want to.
Lesson Plans For 09/30/2011:
One thing you will notice, if you follow along in our lessons, is that I have added religion to our Health curriculum. I did this because even though I have my own personal misgivings about the Bible, I do not wish for them to wear off on my children. I truly believe they have the right to learn and make their own decisions in life, and that includes where religion is involved. By the way I really hate Geometry, and am very glad DJ is picking it up with ease. Another thing you will notice is that we have not been doing any sign language. I just can't seem to squeeze it in this year, with all the stuff we need to get done. I am hoping maybe next semester when things quiet down.
Health: Religion, The Nervous System
Math: Saxon 65, chapter 36
Language Arts: Periods
Reading Comprehension with worksheet
Head of the Class: 3 cycles, this will be scaled back to 2 cycles beginning Monday
Health: Religion, caring for your teeth
Math: Ordinal numbers, Saxon 1, before after and between, fractions
Language Arts: V or W words, apostrophes, I or me, singular and plural words
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Now, yesterday we had a playdate at the park. I was invited to join a new homeschool group, which I did and 4H has started up again. We had our group award dinner Monday night. DJ got two certificates and a pin, Caitlin got one certificate. She couldn't get perfect attendance because she missed the manners dinner due to illness. This year the group activity is pre-flight, so that should be interesting and fun. Looking forward to it.
There are a lot of videos shared below. Because we missed Science yesterday, we are playing a bit of catch up. The videos are all for Caitlin's age group, right around 7. The rabbit video is to reinforce for her how to properly pick up her rabbit. He is not cooperative and does not like to be picked up. Another 4H member suggested wrapping him in a towel to pick him up to trim his nails. We are going to try that too. She thinks she wants to show him, she has plenty of time, but she needs to get practicing. He is friendly and adorable, but very stubborn about being picked up or held.
Monday, September 26, 2011
Hello, my name is Melissa R. I am 42 years old, married, with two beautiful children. I am running for the Mayor of Trenton. I am an Independent with a fierce loyalty to what is fair and right. I am a fiscal conservative, that can stretch a dollar from here to Canada. Really, just ask my husband. I believe in family, parental rights, child rights, homeschooling, and using the taxpayers dollars for the best benefit of the community. I will not waste your money, or ask for a raise. I will do away with burning in the town limits, expand animal leash laws, and enforce the animal cruelty laws. I will propose a law to give a fine to all violators of the burn laws, and animal leash laws. I will attempt to bring more business to the area, so workers can find jobs closer to home. So head to your local voter booth, and Vote For Me!!!
There what do you think? Would you vote for me for Mayor?
Saturday, September 24, 2011
Thursday, September 22, 2011
Lesson Plans For 09/21/11:
4H photo assignment
Social Studies: Middle Ages chapter three
Math: Saxon 65 chapter 32
Head of the Class three cycles
Social Studies: Fire safety, Plymouth colony, community workers
Language Arts: S or Z words, prefixes
Clock work, calendar work, sight words
Lesson Plans For 09/22/11:
Baking Cookies: Following directions
Health: Anatomy and Physiology
Math: Saxon 65 chapter 33
Language Arts: Periods in abbreviations
Head of the Class three cycles
Math: Addition, before and after, graphs, simple geometry
Health: Taking care of your teeth
Language Arts: M or N words, opposites, verbs
Spelling: Alphabetical order
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Here is part three to the Middle Ages. I think there are ten parts all together, so not even halfway done yet. Be sure to check back each week to see the rest. Lesson plans will be posted tomorrow, for the past two days.
Monday, September 19, 2011
Lesson Plans For 09/19/11:
Reading: Opposite Safari, Going Places chapter one
Writing: Sight words
Language Arts: B or D words, statement sentences
Head of the Class: Three cycles
Room cleaning chore
Math: Addition and subtraction
Calendar work, clock work, sight words
Writing: Story plot beginning, middle and end, for story he is writing
Reading: Chapter two Elements of Literature with questions
Math: Saxon 65 chapter 30
Friday, September 16, 2011
5 Resources for Home-Schoolers
Sarah Fudin currently works in community relations for the University of Southern California's online Masters in Teaching program, which provides students the opportunity to earn a teacher certification online. Outside of work Sarah enjoys running (she is currently training for the NYC Marathon), reading and Pinkberry frozen yogurt.
In today’s world we are very lucky to have access to great educational resources on the web and we are even luckier to have access to most of these resources for free! Here are five extraordinarily useful resources being used across subject areas that should be implemented in homes across the country:
1. Books Should Be Free
Books Should Be Free is a website dedicated to offering thousands of audiobooks for free! Books are downloadable in a few file format types: MP3, iTunes, and iPod. On booksshouldbefree.com you can find thousands of free audio books of all genres and types – you’ll want to bookmark this site! Happy reading!
Braineos is a great site for both students and teachers promoting creative problem solving, inspiration and idea generation. Braineos makes studying fun and fast by allowing users to create decks of flashcards (or use already created decks by the community) and learning them by using a selection of games. Braineos is most effective in quick and dirty learning of vocabulary and facts for exams.
3. Google Body Browser
Google Body Browser is a 3D model of a human body, both male and female, available in Beta. You can “peel back” different layers of the human body to learn about the different human systems: muscular, vascular and nervous. You are also able to identify and search different muscles, organs, nerves and bones as you click through the 3D model. This great resource is free, but requires the newest versions of either Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox.
4. Game Classroom
Game Classroom is an enormous collection of the best and most trustworthy educational games to provide students, parents and teachers with the best interactive homework help on the web! Games are for students in grades K-6 and are sorted by grade level as well as content area. You’ll find this site easy to navigate! Have fun!
5. 21st Century Lit
21st Century Literacy is a site that provides students with the skills necessary to succeed in school and the workplace in today’s world. They focus on reading and writing skills that teenagers need and can be taught using journalistic methods and state of the art digital tools. 21st Century Lit focuses on text – it’s a great resource for both Middle and High School level homeschool teachers to explore!
As our online community of teachers continues to grow, resources will only continue to grow with them! For a one-stop-shop for great resources, check out eduTecher, a site created to track the growing number of web tools available for classroom use (whether your classroom is in your home or at a physical school)!
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Since school didn't actually begin until almost eleven, after all that nonsense, we watched Miracle Babies, and did some other relaxed schooling. If you have never seen the show, it is on Nat Geo and is about endangered animals that scientists are trying to save. They featured this episode the panda, some monkey, and the Indian rhino. I love Pandas they are so sweet and cute, but I am of the opinion that if the species is flawed and does not show interest in breeding, then maybe the species was not meant to be, it is nature after all. The amount of money spent on these animals is amazing, just to get them to breed. That got me a round of boos from my children, and angry looks from my son. Then came the monkey. This particular monkey is endangered due to loss of habitat in the Amazon. OK I can understand why we would want to stop that behavior, we need our trees and I am probably a tree hugger. But the female featured had for some reason attacked her babies after they were born. Now anyone who knows animals, knows that animals of all species do this. There is a reason, and it is a part of nature. So of course they take the babies away perform surgery and feeding by syringe. I don't know, again this is not natural, and I think it should be left to be natural. The Indian rhino was the only feature that bred normal and gave birth normal, though in captivity for protection. No artificial insemination, or forced breeding, just nature doing what nature does best. My son and I had a deep discussion about all this. Though we don't agree with each other on all parts, we agree that we love animals and wish them all the best. What do you think about all this stuff? Maybe tomorrow will be a normal school day. I wonder what that means sometimes, LOL! By the way the National Zoo, has an awesome section with free curriculum most of which is on the Giant Panda. DJ is doing them this year for school. Take advantage of their great resources, and the live animal cams are fun too.
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Welcome to Why I Homeschool Wednesday. This is a weekly meme sponsored by Miss Moe. Since we have been doing this since the end of last year, I might actually run out of reasons, but as of right now I still have lots of reasons to love homeschooling.
One of the reasons I love to homeschool, is because I get to appreciate this beautiful Florida weather whenever I want, on my own schedule, not someone elses. Yesterday we went to one of the local parks for a playdate with friends. I had mentioned before that our small homeschool group was beginning to fizzle out due to families placing their kids in public school. Yesterday we met up with one of our old homeschool friends, and met some new homeschool friends. Another playdate is set for two weeks at another park. The weather is glorious this time of year, and I love it. Since DJ takes most of the pictures now that we share, he hardly ever gets to get in any. I do have a tripod but I have to find it, so his happy face can appear too. Be sure to hop over to Miss Moe's blog to see why she homeschools her children. As promised here is part two of The Middle Ages. I have actually watched this on the History Channel, and I find the period fascinating. We did full lesson plans today, and had a great day.
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
I was tagged in a homeschool meme by Adventures in Mama Land. I am supposed to send it on to five homeschool bloggers, but I don't think I know that many. At any rate, here are the questions and my answers. If you would like to play along you are more than welcome. Some of you may be surprised, some not so much.
1. One homeschooling book you have enjoyed: Hmm I am probably weird but I don't actually read a whole lot of homeschool books. Gasp I know it is true. I did just read, What About College, and found it very helpful and knowledgeable.
2. One resource you wouldn't be without: I guess I will go with my computer. Though I am think we would do fine without it, there is such a thing as the library after all, it is more quick and convenient to have a computer in the house. My kids use it, and DJ is very good at doing research.
3. One resource you wish you had never bought: Since I don't really believe in a bad resource, or wasting them, I use everything I buy or am given. I might not like it, but with supplemental stuff on the web I can make it work. I really did not like Spectrum math or their language arts and would probably never use them again.
4. One resource you enjoyed last year: I discovered Head of the Class, last year, and it helped Caitlin with phonics, spelling and reading immensely. She is using it again this year for second grade along with all the other resources I use.
5. One resource you will be using next year: Saxon Math. Though I can not say anyone in my house actually enjoys math, Saxon works for all of us. We have tried others and it just never suits our needs.
6. One resource you would like to buy: I might consider buying the Teaching Textbooks if math gets to the point where I just can not teach it anymore. So far I have been lucky. They are a little pricey for my taste too. Also Apologia Science. My kids saw this at our evaluators home and really want me to purchase for next year. I probably will.
7. One resource you wish existed: Hmm I am not sure. I really can find anything I want with a little time and searching. It is hard finding homeschool groups in a very rural community, that suit our needs, but it gets better every year.
8. One homeschool catalogue you enjoy reading: I love them all, I really do. Rainbow, Timberdoodle, Christian Books, and so many more I can not even remember them all. Even since I started homeschooling, five years ago, the resources for homeschoolers continues to grow in leaps and bounds.
9. One homeschooling website you use regularly: Homeschool.com love it, love it, love it. I also frequent Head of the Class, Edhelper, Dositey, Scholastic and so many more. We use our computer a lot, in case I didn't mention that.
Monday, September 12, 2011
I attend school at Melissa's Homeschool, in Florida. There are currently two students, and one teacher, so you get the benefit of a small classroom and lots of attention from the teacher. You can take all the courses you love, and some you don't. There is Math, History, Language Arts, Reading, Science, Art, some Sign Language and a bit of Spanish. You get to learn at your own pace, without much stress. If a class does not work for you, you can change it or amend it to suit your learning style, and needs. Melissa's Homeschool offers many field trips and playdates for socializing. There is standard textbook style learning plus lots of hands on learning. Cooking and chores are included in the curriculum to help teach responsibility and character. I get a nice long lunch and recess almost every day. That is what my school is like. What about your school?
Saturday, September 10, 2011
Tomorrow, of course, is the ten year anniversary of 9/11. If you live in the US you will never forget this date. The History channel has awesome resources for teaching this day to your students.
HISTORY Commemorates the 10th Anniversary of September 11, 2001
This fall, people throughout the world will commemorate the 10th anniversary of the tragic events of September 11, 2001. HISTORY will observe the anniversary through on-air programming, curriculum, and on-line resources, including classroom guides for schools. We are proud to be working together with the National September 11 Memorial & Museum, The Flight 93 Memorial and Newspapers in Education to commemorate 9/11 and honor those who lost their lives.
HISTORY will simulcast the Emmy®-Award winning commercial-free program 102 MINUTES THAT CHANGED AMERICA across all A+E Networks, on History.com, and globally in more than 150 countries on September 11th starting at 8:46AM ET. View a teacher's guide for this program.
HISTORY also has numerous classroom resources available, including classroom guides for Making the 9/11 Memorial (Premieres on 9/11 at 8/7c) and a general guide for How to Commemorate the 10th Anniversary. View classroom guides and more from History.com including short videos, timelines and a useful info-graphic.
HISTORY will also webcast the dedication of the Flight 93 Memorial live from Shanksville, PA on Saturday September 10th, 2011 starting at 12:30PM ET. This webcast is free of charge and no registration is required. Visit us online to learn more.
Be sure to Tivo it so you don't miss it. Also why you are at it Tuesday the 13th is a whole historical episode on Einstein. This episode will be airing at 3/2c.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
School is going well, and the kids have done great. Today was Health class, and DJ started a ninth grade Health course. He is only in sixth grade, but I want to see if he can do it. Since health is my thing, I am certain I can get him through it. It is an elective for graduation, and if he does well, I will continue with tenth grade next year. That way he will be ahead of the game with credits.
Caitlin is done with school work within 1 1/2 hours, so she obviously is not being challenged yet. That is not a surprise since most of the time the first semester is review from the last one. I am going to try and give her some harder work next week. Tomorrow is reading and writing, and the day we kind of have laid back school. Since DJ will be writing about his Summer vacation, the writing challenge will start next Friday. Monday is writing too, for him, but he gets to choose the topic on Mondays, and he is working on his short story.
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Lesson Plans For 09/07/2011:
Math: Saxon 65 chapter 26
Social Studies: The Middle Ages with test
Reading Comprehension: With worksheet
Map Work: Hemispheres and continents
Head of the Class: Two cycles
Social Studies: Plymouth colonies
Math: Adding money, before and after, addition
Art: Draw a ghost
Language Arts: Read long E and I
Clock work and calendar work
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
Lesson Plans For 09/06/2011:
Math: Saxon 65 chapter 25
Science: Entomology, Archeology, animal classification from the National Zoo education site
4H Photography book two
Head of the Class: Two cycles
Math: Addition, subtraction, calendar fill in, telling time, sequencing
Language Arts: Spell long E and I words
Fall Coloring page
Monday, September 5, 2011
Saturday, September 3, 2011
Visit website for ticket specials
Cowboys Ride to Help Children Walk. It's rodeo time in Ocala again as the 29th Annual Shrine Rodeo is back at the Southeastern Livestock Pavilion. There will be seven standard rodeo events: bareback horse riding, saddleback riding, steer wrestling, team roping, tie-down roping, girls barrel racing and bull riding. All proceeds of the Shrine Rodeo support patients at the Shrine Hospital for Children.
2232 NE Jacksonville Road, Ocala, FL 34470
Thursday, September 1, 2011
Things are improving, so of course there has to be a system in the Gulf knocking right on my door. Ugh I am tired of all this already. Then that Katia down there in the Atlantic that was supposed to make a big right turn and miss the US, doesn't look like it might do that after all. Keep your eyes to the sky the ride might get a little bumpier.
Here in FL the storm in the Gulf will probably get to TS strength, but like Irene is going to be a massive rain maker. While a lot of the south is in a drought, and will welcome this rain, it is like almost a week worth of rain because it is just sitting there barely moving. We have not seen any rain yet, but the panhandle of FL has been getting nailed all day so far. Should make for a great Labor Day weekend. Anyone else notice that the last week of August and first week of September are not good weeks to plan a vacation in the South? It seems like every year there is some kind of tropical disturbance those two weeks to ruin your plans. Stay safe everyone.