Looks good to me.
Not the cheapest curricula out there.
But looks good. Makes me think I could use that with my boy child as he matures a bit.
I have to admit, I do like this idea as well for scripture memory.
Use clipart to illustrate the verse/s that you are trying to learn. Connect the visual with the mental. 🙂 might help!
So ran across this site: Doorposts.
One of the things that I don’t like about the site, is some of their charts I think are interesting, but would like to actually see the whole thing before ordering it.
I get a newsletter from Knowledge Quest.
This week they had a link to an article on homeschooling with toddlers in the house. I thought it interesting and helpful.
There are three strategies to use when homeschooling with toddlers in your home and these are 1. Keep them busy, 2. Divide and Conquer and 3. Get Creative.
Some of the ideas listed I liked.
like the one about having a preschool box with activities to do. Just stuff ready to do in a ziploc bag. Takes a bit of prep work…but makes it easier later on.
This one I do all the time:
Put the step stool up to the kitchen sink, close the drain and run a drizzle of water into the sink along with a little bit of dish soap. Give your child some plastic cups, bowls and spoons to “wash”. He’ll feel glad to know that he is helping with the chores.
The divide and conquer I haven’t had to use too much. I only have the one boy…though two dogs so sometimes hubby watches the boy while I walk the dogs. 🙂 Does that count?
So anyways, check it out. Good ideas to be found there.
I get an occasional bulletin from the homeschool e-store. I find it a useful bulletin, most come focused on one thing or the other.
This week it came with some good geography lesson planning ideas.
Geography Reference Tools
By Maggie Hogan
Assigning students to label maps or to do some other mapping project is a great hands-on way to instill map skills. But don’t jump in too soon! Before making assignments, it’s vital to: Instruct students in the use of geography reference tools!
Choose appropriate reference material. Consider:
* Typeface. Look carefully at the font style and size. If it’s too small for the student to read clearly, it will cause frustration. Younger students need bigger, clearer fonts.
* Lay-out and design. Busy and detailed maps that may appeal to a high school student may easily frustrate a fifth grader.
* Content. Look for atlases containing material complimentary to your lesson plans. While studying American history, you’ll be pleased to have a USA atlas on hand. (These too, come in a variety of levels.) Some atlases are almost strictly maps, while others include a wealth of other information: flags, planet and earth statistics, and cultural information.
* Atlas age. Is your only household atlas a ponderous volume from college days? It may be useful for some projects, but its political maps will be hopelessly out of date.
* Variety. No single atlas is going to answer every question asked. One atlas may be strong in political maps, while another is a great atlas for thematic maps, and another has exciting, eye-catching cartography.
* Wall Maps. Look for:
Africa in the center so that Asia isn’t split. (Many American made maps use a projection with the USA centered on the world map. This projections makes the USA look bigger than it really is and has the added disadvantage of splitting Asia in two. It’s hard to explain to younger students why one continent appears on opposite sides of a map!!)
Pleasing to look at and read.
Enough labeling to be helpful, but not cluttered.
Teach students which reference to use when:
* Road Map – for specific driving directions.
* Wall Map – countries and continents at a glance. Excellent for current events and the “big picture.” Not well suited for detailed map work.
* Globe – countries and continents in relationship with one another. Excellent for physical geography/science topics such as: latitude, longitude, hemisphere, rotation, eclipses, seasons, day and night, time zones, etc. Not well suited for most “find this place” type activities.
* Atlas – for finding specific places, political and physical features, and thematic information such as climate maps, population maps, etc. Not well suited for the “big picture” of physical relationship of continents/countries around the world.
* Almanac – concise information in one easy source on a huge variety of topics. Typically updated yearly. (Think of it as the “highlights” of an encyclopedia.) Not well suited for in-depth studies.
* Encyclopedia – in-depth information on countries, peoples, places, events, etc. Not well suited to current events – only as current as its publishing date.
* Dictionary – concise definition, pronunciation, and spelling of geographic terms. What is a “butte” and how do you say that?!
Excerpted from: The Student History Notebook of America by Maggie S. Hogan. Available from www.BrightIdeasPress.com
The Old Schoolhouse sent me to this site for free downloads. Give them your name and email address and you get these downloads.
~ Microsoft Excel Family Budget ~ Children’s Chore Chart (editable, with clip art) ~ Editable Daily Schedule (MS Word) ~ Two editable planner pages (one home management, one homeschool) ~ Love Coupons for Married Couples ~ Bible Memory Verse Posters (set of five, illustrated with clip art) ~ Homeschool Grade Book/Report Card Generator (MS Excel)Free scheduling downloads. Sure helps with me not having to start from scratch. Must say though, some I think I would modify for my own personal taste.