Friday, September 7, 2012
Saturday, September 1, 2012
Our 2012-13 School Plans:
Josh (11th Grade):
Notgrass Exploring World History
NDT Course (taught by dad)
Vocabulary from Classical Roots
Noah (6th Grade) & Micah (4th Grade):
History-Sonlight Core D (American History Pt 1)
LA- Sonlight, IEW, Vocab from Classical Roots, Growing with Grammar
Bible- NT-Gods Great Covenant OT-Grapevine
Science-Sonilight D-Biology, Taxonomy, & Human Anatomy
Five in a Row (choosing from all 4 volumes)
Various Unit Studies based on interest (first up: Elections)
Art- Great Artists, Sketch Tuesday, Various
Our school year starts Sept, 4th. Cant wait!!!
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
WonderMaps is designed with easy-to-use layers that allow you to enjoy great customizable features with just a click. Select:
- historical or modern-day maps
- outline, reference, political, or topographical maps
- black-and-white or color maps
- features including: names, borders, rivers, cities, physical features, and graticules
- 60+ maps of the world
- 60+ maps of the USA
- 125 historical maps, including 25 biblical maps
- The complete map sets from The Mystery of History vols. I–III and All American History vols. I & II
Here are a few screen shots from the program. You can use color or print in black and white for your child to fill in. Some of the other options include: Physical Features, Cities, Borders, and much more.
Friday, April 1, 2011
Just in case you are not familiar with Amanda Bennett's Download N Go series, they are a 5 day unit study geared towards K - 4th grade students. Each unit is filled with websites, videos, activity pages, lapbook components and so much more. All the hard work is done for you. As the name suggests, you just download and go! If you would like to learn more about these units and see all the titles available- Check out Amanda's website here.
On your expedition to Israel, these are some of the things you will be learning each day:
Day 1: Where on Earth is Israel?
Day 2:Some of the Special Places in Israel
Day 3: A Bit of History
Day 4: Cool Things to Know about Israel
Day 5: Fun and Games in Israel
We have learned so much this week! We have studied about geography, animals, Bible heros, foods, vocabulary, a few Hebrew words, music, foods, and the list goes on.
Here is our map that we worked on all through the week listing the places we visited.
Take a look at some of the beautiful sample pages included in Expedition Israel. Of course, my boys favorite parts are always the science experiments. So they really enjoyed learning all about The Dead Sea. We explored the differences between Salt and Kosher Salt. Then we hypothesized about how much salt it would take to make certain things float. We tried an egg, a marble, a rock, and an apple. Here the boys are playing the vocabulary game included in the study as we reviewed our week.
As always, Amanda has done a great job building an exciting, interesting, and intriguing study. Its been a great week of learning for both mom and kiddos.
*** Disclosure Statement*** I was given a copy of this unit, in exchange for, an honest review on my blog. The opinions give are those of myself or my children.
Wednesday, March 16, 2011
Each Download N Go Unit is geared to children K-4 but could easily be expanded to include older children as well. Planning and preparation is so easy because all the work is done for you. Everything you need is included--websites, videos, fun activities, and lapbook pieces. You can easily expand on it if you choose with more books and rabbit trails or you can use it as it is and have a wonderful study. I usually spend about 30 minutes or so over the weekend looking over the unit, printing, and putting books on hold so we are ready to go on Monday morning.
Here are the objectives we had this week:
Day 1: What is a Kite?
Day 2: The History of Kites
Day 3: People and Places of Kites
Day 4: Science Secrets of Kites
Day 5: Goodies and Gadgets of Kites
Kite Kapers is so much more that just a study about kites. We learned about wind, weather, clouds, Ben Franklin, Alexander Graham Bell, China, The Wright Brothers, China and several other countries.
As always, Amanda has included so many fun and interesting topics in a interesting and engaging way.
Take a look at some sample pages from Kite Kapers by clicking on the picture below.
One of the activities this week was to draw some of the different kinds of kites. Here are a few the boys drew.
We found some great kites at Sams Club this week so each of the boys picked out their favorite. They had about 10 different styles to choose from so needless to say, we were there quite awhile before the final decisions were made!
Unfortunately, the weather has not cooperated with us. We have had snow and rain for the last week. Hopefully, we will be trying these beauties out very, very soon!!
See what other homeschool moms have to say at the Kite Kapers Blog Tour.
Be sure to check out the DNG Blog for $5 Fridays.
**Disclosure Statement** I was given a copy of this product, in exchange for an honest review. The opinions expressed here are those of myself or my children.
Sunday, February 20, 2011
Kindness is like snow--it beautifies everything it covers.
A snowflake is one of God's most fragile creations, but look what they can do when they stick together! ~Author Unknown
Snowmen fall from heaven... unassembled. ~Author Unknown
When it snows, you have two choices: shovel or make snow angels. ~Author Unknown
"A snowball in the face is surely the perfect beginning to a lasting friendship." — Markus Zusak -The Book Thief