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Tuesday, February 19, 2019

Homeschooling ALERT!

If you have not been watching the homeschool alerts, you need to be. This alert is the reason why I always tell everyone to check your local state for homeschool representatives and advocates, sign up for alerts and stay informed. It is also an other reason why I keep the government funding out of my homeschool. One foot in is all they need to ruin homeschool.

Click this attached link: Proposed bill puts homeschooled children in same category as abused or neglected children  to read about the latest alert and proposed bill that many states are considering.

Friday, February 15, 2019

Heirloom Audio Review



About Heirloom Audio, their goal is to incorporate history and bring it to life through their dramas while keeping the audience engaged in the storyline. G. A. Henty is an author for historical fiction during the period of the 1800s and has wrote over a hundred books. Some of the audio dramas you might recognize G.A Henty for, just to name a few: Captain Bayley’s Heir, In the Reign of Terror, The Cat of Bubastes, Beric The Briton.


For this review we listened to a Christian Audio Drama that is created from Heirloom Audio. We received the physical product of the new G. A. Henty theatre presentation of For The Temple in the form of a 2 cd-set. We also were given a 51 page downloadable study guide. Each section of questions may cover four to eight minutes of the audio drama. The study guide would be a great help aid to parents who want to discuss the storyline further or it can be used as a written assignment. The study guide includes three areas of questions that cover each chapter of the audio: Listening Well, Thinking Further and Defining Words. The study guide not only helped with discussion on the storyline but it also made understanding the culture and time frame.

To be honest, In the beginning when we first started listening to the audio, I forgot about the study guide. We were caught up in the adventure that the first cd we did not use the study guide. So I had to go back and do a quick recap. For the second cd I had my kids listen and follow along with the study guide. I only had them select 3 questions in each section of chapters to answer and then we used the vocabulary in each section.


The Temple story begins in AD 70, while following the adventures of a sixteen year old boy of Gamala named John whose dream is to marry and take over his family farm but as the storyline begins we later see that Johns plans are interrupted with other tasks.
His first adventure begins while visiting with Mary, a fourteen year old girl whom he will later become engaged to. Mary wanted to go out on the Sea of Galilee in Johns boat. With weather brewing at a distant John did not want to take her out but eventually John gives in to Mary and they end up caught in a storm. They are quickly rescued by Josephus who scolded John for taking the boat out in the storm. Rather then shift the blame on Mary, John takes the blame and quickly apologizes then offers his gratitude to Josephus for rescuing them. Later John joins Josephus serving in the military and eventually he becomes the leader to a group of patriots fighting against the Romans. After a brief time of slavery in Alexandria, John was able to return home. For his success in the military, his natural ability for leadership and his bravery he earned recognition and favor with Titus, the soon to be emperor of Rome.

My middle daughter says, "This audio is filled with pain, love, sadness, happiness and some action. She could see this drama play out in an animated series." I could tell my son enjoyed the audio by his reaction to when the battle begins, he quickly paused the disc to run and get his light saber and the next thing I knew we had a war in our living room going on during the battle on the disc. My youngest daughter also enjoyed this audio remarking how it would be awesome in an animation, but she remarks that even as an audio she could visualize as the story was taking place. This really is one of the best audio dramas we have heard in a while.

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Monday, February 11, 2019

What is Binder-Booking

I am visiting back in my past posts for this one.

We have all heard of notebooking and lapbooking but have you heard of binderbooking? This is actually my generic creation of lapbooking, copywork and notebooking with a few unit studies put together in a med to large binder book. I came up with this idea years ago when I first started homeschooling our oldest daughter, (now graduated). 

In early Spring around our area, the start of the Civil War period festivities kick off. We have craft fairs in different counties that start along with the various Civil War reenactments that begin. During the festivities, there are various locations through out our state that take us back to the days of the civil war. There are many kinds of booths set up to teach children about the war and the many other things of that time frame. So since we were going to get involved in much of the hands on learning going on I figured why not build a binder to track our lessons.

The festivities included:
  • Morris Code
  • Civil Rights
  • Important people of that era
  • How the war started
  • Slavery, The Underground Railroad
  • Womens Rights
  • The President 
  • Important speeches and locations
  • Learning important tools and weapons and why they were needed
  • Cooking recipes from that time-frame and more...
So as all of the festivities began we followed the civil war days with each event. We used lapbooking for various subjects, mini lessons and a few unit lessons. We also used notebooking to work on penmenship and memorization. There were a few hands-on lessons or experiments that we also did outside the home. We took pictures but I forgot to add them to our book. They are on my computer somewhere in time. whoops!
 
Binderbooking is a great way to incorporate with hands-on learning. It does not have to be in depth but it includes various lessons in with or focused around the topic you choose. We chose Civil War days for our first one. So we worked on mini lessons that focused around the civil war days. We have a local pioneer museum near by that focuses a lot on Civil War days and things of that time frame. We enjoy incorporating hands on learning by visiting the museum during the festivities and watching some lessons come to life. This is also where some experiments take place since they have the booths there and the tools to teach.
 
Lapbooks are a great part of binderbooking. Lapbooks focus on keeping the kids involved while learning. They are researching, cutting, coloring, writing and pasting much of the time. If you are looking for something hands on to incorporate at various times in school, you want to check out lapbooking. Using a binderbook is a great way to keep your lapbooks all together. There are many free locations on the web for lapbooks but I enjoy homeschoolshare.
 
Notebooking and copywork are also great to incorporate in binderbooking because you are encouraging writing and memorization of what they are writing. They are both great resources that encourage and improve penmanship. I like the site NotebookingPages because it is loaded with all kinds of pages or minibooks that I can incorporate with typically any subject. Hubbardscupboard is one of many sites we use for copyworking. 

Binderbooking and lapbooking is a great way to encouage your child to be creative with the presentation of their work. Let them decide how they want their binderbook or lapbook to look.
 

What do you need for a binderbook?
  • Depending on the topic you choose and how much you include in your binder book will determine the size and how thick of a binder you will need.
  • Page cover inserts
  • Lapbook material: manilla folders, lapbook lessons, scissors and glue
  • 3 ring hole puncher (to punch holes in lapbook folders)
  • Noptebook, Copywork and mini-book pages
  • pictures documenting experiments or any outings
  • your childs crafts
 
(I will add a picture of our binderbook here in the am, my computer is being a thorn).
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
    

Thursday, February 7, 2019

SchoolhouseTeachers Review

SchoolhouseTeachers Review

Life in our house has been crazy and on the go off and on for the last three years while caring for a family member. We have had memberships in the past with SchoolhouseTeachers and our family liked the site and all it had to offer. Fast forward to today, we have had a membership for the last year or so with SchoolhouseTeachers.com. Again using the site as a go to source or fill in for certain subjects while we were on the go.  As things started winding down we decided to join back on the review crew and start a new year and more adventures in our homeschool journey. As a part of joining the crew we get to review for the Ultimate Annual Yearly Membership from SchoolhouseTeachers.com.


A lot has changed on the site over the last few years and the changes just keep coming.  Who is SchoolhouseTeachers? SchoolhouseTeachers is an online educational site for children PreK-12th grade. With over 400+ lessons online that include learning through the Bible, Health and Fitness, Geography, Foreign Languages, Music, Unit Studies, Electives, Science lessons and more. Each course has a course outline, how to use the course, download lessons as well as information about the teacher and a contact button should you have any questions you can email the teacher. The site is full of resources and help aids for parents to help navigate them through the homeschool journey. 

There are resources for High School, College Planning and Special Needs. There are other resources like the Focused Learning Centers which offers help in areas like Math, Reading, Foreign Languages, Special Needs, High School and College planning. The learning centers help direct parents to courses and individual lessons or articles that help parents teach their children in the subjects they may be struggling in.

Not only is SchoolhouseTeachers.com loaded with various subjects and lessons for all ages, with your families purchase of a membership you will have free access to hundreds of videos streamed online. Providers include Drive Thru History, Discovery House, City on a Hill, Creation.com and others. Your membership will also include a subscription to access various World Book Online libraries. If you are unfamiliar with World Book no problem. There is a tutorial that will walk you through World Book site. There is a lot to like about this site. If you need a planner, they have planner pages you can download. If you need transcripts, you can print off copies of transcripts or you can use the APPLECORE Record keeping which tracks student courses, attendance and includes grade reporting, report cards and portfolios.


For us we honestly have been bouncing all over the site. We used a couple of the holiday unit lessons, more recently the MLK unit study. We are getting ready to begin the Analyzing Literature course. I was just on recently downloading lessons and getting my planner ready for the coming week. Right now my middle daughter is currently working through the MUSIC Theory I & II. 

My daughter recently started learning to properly play the piano, she can play most any song by ear teaching herself. Speaking with a piano teacher at a local church she encouraged my daughter to take lessons with her so she could learn to properly play the piano as well as help her with composing the songs she has put together herself. Her Music teacher wants her to learn about Music Theory along side of her lessons. So the Music Theory I & II is going right along with her piano lessons.  Some of the lessons we have done are a recap to what she has already learned and other lessons are newer lessons that she is learning in with what her piano teacher is adding. I can't wait to see the end results.

 One thing I like about the beginning of the course is that the teacher has given us a check list covering the lessons to bother courses and we can include in with our planner. 
Each lesson we do can be ✔ off the list as we complete it.

Music Theory I has lessons that instruct students in the understanding of notes, tempo, dynamics, rests and more. Students will learn to read and interpret music while reviewing and listening to the examples given in each lesson. The Music Theory I course has 16 lessons and the students can earn one-half of a high school credit in Music Theory.

Music Theory II continues where Theory I left off. The lessons take students deeper in reading notes and notations that give meaning to the notes. As we further in to the second half of Music Theory students will learn more about harmonic and melodic intervals, time signatures, key signatures and more. Just like with Music Theory I, at the end of the second course students can earn one-half high school credit. After completing the Music Theory Course you have the option to download a completion certificate for your student which is located up at the top of the course page.

SchoolhouseTeachers really has a lot of great things going on with their site. There are 2 memberships to choose from:
  • Limited memberships - PreK to 8th grade classes are $14.95 a month
  • Ultimate memberships - PreK to12th grade classes are $19.95 a month
Through out the year SchoolhouseTeachers offers various deals helping families to save money on their membership. Families can also purchase a yearly membership and save more money vs paying a monthly membership. Lastly an other great feature is the Affiliates program. As a member of the Schoolhouse Teacher site you can earn 25% of a monthly or yearly membership by referring others to the site. See I told you there is a lot to like about SchoolhouseTeachers. Learn more about affiliates here.

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Wednesday, January 30, 2019

The Kinesthetic Learner

Often times when I am giving advice on curriculum hunting, I recommend learning and knowing your child's learning style. This helps in finding the right curriculum that works for your child and it also helps your direction of teaching. The next few posts will concentrate on learning styles to help you distinguish what style of learner you have.


The Kinesthetic Learner

The kinesthetic learner best understands information through a tactile, physical touch learning approach. The kinesthetic learner is a hands-on learner and learns best figuring things out by using their hands to manipulate or touch the material and work it out. They learn best when they can move around and engage in group learning. Often times the kinesthetic learner may feel like their way of learning isn't good because they can not sit still and do the work. The kinesthetic learner may also have a multi-sensory learning ability that will include learning using the auditory and visual study techniques. 

 
The kinesthetic learner will experience one or all of the following characteristics:

  • Move around a lot and have a hard time sitting still
  • Like to touch people they’re talking to
  • Express their feelings physically, such as hugging and hitting
  • Move their hands when they talk
  • Dress for comfort, instead of style
     
  • Tap their pencil or foot while doing schoolwork
  • Enjoy physical activities
  • Take frequent breaks when studying
  • Do not spend a lot of time reading
  • Have difficulty spelling correctly
  • Like to solve problems by physically working through them
  • Like to try new things

  • Are coordinated and agile
  • Are considered hyperactive
  • Lie on the floor or bed when studying
  • Enjoy touching things
  • Excel in athletics and the performing arts


 Tips and Learning help aids

Below are some great help aids for the kinesthetic learner:

  • Using Models and Modeling clay
  • Number lines, Wooden numbers and Letters
  • Sandpaper or carpet (Children can use their finger to trace letters and draw shapes on textured surfaces to help retain the information.)
  • Drawing materials, Felt boards
  • Working Puzzles
  • For younger children using an abacus (a manual math tool with horizontal rods and moveable beads
  • Computers
  • Using Globes, Maps, Blocks and Cubes
  • A geoboard with rubber bands (a square board with pegs used to teach shapes and geometric concepts)
There are great ways to incorporate hands-on learning in with school. Incorporating experiments, projects and games. Go to Interacting Museums and take other field trips.
For example in a lot of states there are working farms that open up to the public and allow school field trips. There are outdoor Pioneer Museums that allow exploring and interacting with animals, pioneer buildings with history lessons, blacksmith lessons and many different kinds of festivals. Watch the upcoming holidays for exploring events themed around the holiday. 

For instance a lot of things happen around Presidents day in a lot of states. Things like the beginning of Civil War days which will bring Civil War reenactments and festivals that high light parts of history around that time frame. If you look around your state you find all kinds of interavtive fun.