From Ancient Times: Creation to Assyria
FREE 1-year plan to study world history. Lesson plans include 36 weeks (180 days).
You can get this download free for a limited time at CurrClick.
You can get this download free for a limited time at CurrClick.
Here are some ree teaching units I stumbled across lately:
3 Dinosaurs says this about the pack:
These Zoo printables are to be used with children from 2 to 7. These can be used with various Zoo books. They include many different animals and areas: safari, tropical, arctic, Alaskan, pond, outback, and woodland.
Zoo Pack contains over 70 pages:
3 Part Cards, Beginning Sounds, Addition Sheets, Matching Cards, Read Write the Room, Which One Is Different, What Comes Next, Cutting Practice, Pre Writing Practice, Pattern Cards, 10 Piece Puzzles, 4 Piece Puzzles, Clip and Count Cards, Size Sequencing, Shadow Matching, Small books, Color the Pattern, Sorting and more.
Basic Prewriting, 2 Part Animal Puzzles, Counting, Matching, Coloring the Bear, 9 Piece Puzzle
2 Teaching Mommies is offering a 3 day unit about the zoo. The unit includes lesson plans and a memory verse along with the neat activities.
Homeschool Freebie of the Day is offering several neat primers. These are only good for a short period (usually a week).
Mama Jenn is offering info and resources for making a math game: Making Equations. She offered math games for 10 days, so you should be able to check all of them out.
Our Little Monkeys is offering a Pre-k pack about baby birds. You do have to set up free account in order to download the pack.
Today’s post might stir you just a bit. No ill will is intended in any way, shape, or form. I am just expressing my thoughts and hoping you will weigh in with yours. I am open to what you have to say.
I belong to lots of online forum groups. I find the groups provide support, ideas, tips, links to great resources, new friendship opportunities and so much more. Some groups are Yahoo groups and the rest I have bookmarked. I think I have a pretty good balance or variety of groups from which I draw…special needs, unschooling, right-brained visual learners, Christian homeschool groups, creative thinkers, eclectic learners, singles (meaning only children) and so forth. One group I have not visited is the secular homeschool circles. I have lots of friends who do belong to secular homeschool groups for various reasons. I know many, not all, but many secular folks do not want to utilize a Christian curriculum, they desire to keep that part separate, focusing on a totally secular homeschool curriculum. I respect their decision. Many don’t want any references to God or religion in forum posts either.
I integrate the Word of God into our schooling. However, I choose curriculum based on how well it meets my daughter’s learning style. We have used and continue to use various Christian curriculums with great success. We also use programs that do not focus on any form of religion. I am a Christian, so I believe it is my job as a parent to train my daughter in the way God directs me. My bent is certainly toward a Christian world view. I select quality Christian resources whenever I can. In other words, I am not going to go out of my way to select a secular curriculum, and I am not going to select a Christian curriculum simply because it is Christian. Sometimes curriculums are “labeled” in hopes of attracting certain customers. I look for quality AND what I believe.
I think I have shyed away from secular homeschool groups in general because I had a crazy notion they were all atheists or wiccans of some sort. I am sure there are many who are and more who are not. As I dig a little deeper into these groups, I am finding most simply want to have a support group where religion is not discussed as a part of schooling. I have also come to realize that there are Christians in secular homeschool groups just as there are secular folks who belong to Christian support groups. Sounds like the makings of a healthy balance of ideas.
I am learning that some folks simply prefer to teach academic subjects without any references toward one religion or another. That makes sense in that some religious and secular curriculum may have a slant. I know I am picky about religious curriculum and secular curriculum. Whenever we come up against something that goes against what we believe, we simply discuss why we believe as we do. Reading and discussing things we don’t believe helps my daughter answer others when asked why she believes as she does.
It is important to choose any curriculum, not just Christian or secular, very carefully. You have to make sure it matches up with what you as a family believe, and it is important to make sure it is academically solid. I have to say it is also important not to isolate yourself from others because of a preconceived notion such as I held about secular groups in general.
We have been experimenting with different history supplements lately. I am a history LOVER, but my daughter HATES history. Right now, we are reviewing Heritage History’s Ancient Rome. It uses living books. So far, the resource is very good, but it is probably not going to be a solid fit for my visual spatial learner.
I have heard of Drive Thru History many times. I finally decided to preview a few of the You Tube videos with my daughter. She couldn’t stop laughing. That is not a bad thing. She wasn’t laughing because it was dumb, on the contrary, she was interested in the clip. Dave Stotts humor brought on the fits of laughter.
I am particularly interested in the American & Ancient History programs. The site states the lessons are geared for 6th grade and up, but also says younger kids love the program just as much.
Since my daughter is so visual, the video lessons appeal to her learning style, and the humor doesn’t hurt. I like that the lessons are based on a Christian worldview; that is a plus. I also like the on-site locations. I don’t know about you, but I tend to engage more whenever I see places I am learning about; it helps make it more real for me. However, I feel the resource is definitely just a supplement, not a whole curriculum. We already use a super online curriculum as our core, so this would be an added bonus. I also read that the series meets curriculum standards established by the National Council for the Social Studies.
Here is what HSLDA says about the series:
“Tired of getting history from a dusty old book? Check out Drive Thru History America! With a comedic style, host Dave Stotts travels through time in an H1 Hummer introducing his viewers to the people and places that helped shape the United States of America. Discover the character, faith, and experiences of America’s Founders as they developed this great country where we can worship, work, travel, and live in freedom!”
If you are currently using this series, or have used it in the past, I am very interested in what you have to say. Please leave a comment for me telling me about your thoughts on the resource.
One of my most favorite things to do is find something funky at a yard sale and repurpose it. It’s kind of like going on a treasure hunt. I like to redo ordinary things, too, like take an old piece of furniture or an ugly piece of furniture and repaint it or turn it into something it wasn’t meant for. It’s fun to take a piece of jewelry and turn it into something very unlike jewelry. I love it when you take a rustic old ladder and use it for shelving and showing off vintage glassware in the living room. The possibilities are endless for turning something old into something new.
Take a look at this colander turned light fixture.
I discovered a neat blog today, My Cottage Charm. This gal does a wonderful job of repurposing items and building new things. I really love her work. She has one post on painting brass candlesticks and I’ve been meaning on getting around to that forever. I bought the candlesticks at an estate sale way back in February. Maybe that’s what I’ll do next week.
Check out this simple mason jar flower vase at another blog I like–Simply Staci.
Art and artsy things are fun to me. Growing up, I loved to do arts and crafts, anything from sand art to rock tumbling. I remember making my grandmother a tiny little bottle of colored water when I was about 8 I guess. When she died, I found the bottle. She had kept it all those years. Now I have it, somewhere! I love beautiful paintings, too. My Mom and I took painting lessons when I was a freshman in college. It was so fun.
It’s really easy to incorporate all this into your homeschooling curriculum. Think of it as life skills or art class. Oh the fun you and your kids will have as you all learn new things such as painting techniques, the color wheel and warm and cool colors, measurement, reading skills (you have to read directions sometime), telling time (you have to know how long to wait between paint applications), saving money and consumerism (shopping at thrift stores and yard sales are a great way to teach about saving money)… You can introduce artists and play art games. Even science can be learned. Take a look at the plantings below.
Leave a comment about something you have repurposed. I would love to read about it.
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Teaching writing to your child is not for the faint of heart; it can test your limits if you are not up to the challenge. It is, however, a skill that all the kids really must learn to compete in the wild world of today. Writing is something that is used in almost every job in the workforce. Whether you work at home or in an office, whether you work at McDonalds or are the CEO of your own company, writing skills of some sort are necessary. It doesn’t matter if the writing is done the old-fashioned way, by hand, or if it is composed entirely by use of a word processor. Writing is writing.
If you are hesitant about teaching writing, you can always have your child sign up for writing classes with a certified teacher. The teacher and child interact via the Internet or in a classroom setting. This takes pressure off you, the homeschool teacher, and gives more breathing room to focus on subjects you are more comfortable teaching. Sometimes it helps to have someone other than you teach certain subjects. Many children tend to listen to someone else more closely.
Selecting a homeschool curriculum is so important. It helps if the homeschool teacher writes down all the subjects and skills they wish to cover for the year to compare different curriculum. It is rare to find one perfect curriculum. More often than not, many different curriculum choices will be combined to cover the varied skills during the school year. The same holds true for teaching writing. You may find combining a few different curriculum choices and styles actually complement each other and make the task of teaching writing much easier.