A lady who belongs to the same homeschool Facebook group as I do just posted this free resource that I wanted to share with all of you. It’s geared toward high schoolers and adults, so if your child is a bit younger, just bookmark the site for future reference. Also, this curriculum is not meant to take the place of state designed curriculum, but rather act as a supplement to support and enhance what your teen is already learning.
The main focus of the 13 units available for free on The Habitable Planet, is the Earth and, its diverse life forms, and the many global cycles it goes through. All of the course information is presented in two different ways. Your student can either read the text online, or watch a video presentation of the material. The method you choose should be based on how your child processes information. You could also have your teen read the text first, and then watch the video for further comprehension.
There is one indisputable fact about the '80s: it was a great time to be alive. It was an even greater time to be young and living in Southern California. From the self-publishing world of iUniverse comes "The Valley Girl Turns 40," by Laura Ross... and suddenly it is the early '80s again.
A few weeks ago, I wrote HERE about the strange feeling of having a book club in a book store with some of the participants reading the books on their eBook devices. We made up for whatever transgressions we had by buying coffee and treats in the book store’s coffee shop, but still felt guilty because of the eBook readers and because we live in Seattle and everybody in Seattle feels guilty about something.
At that point in time, I was in love with the feel of actual books and had decided that I would not be an eBook reader. That’s before I met my new Kindle. I’d tried the first Kindle and had found the page turning clunky and had tried the iPad and didn’t like the glare or the size of it.
But it was love at first sight for my Kindle and me.
Everyone enjoys a little fancy in their lives – whether that involves a nice dinner, a great piece of art, our well kept china that only comes out for special occasions…even a good book. For children, a lot of the world is fancy. They are often mesmerized by simple things…things that most of us overlook. They are constantly learning various aspects of the world. Learning skills, words, colors, and the general workings of the world itself.
An author of childrens’ books has captured the art of fancy – utilizing words and the life of a young girl to teach children about all things “fancy”. Fancy Nancy, written by Jane O’Connor details (in various books), the life of Nancy, who believes her family lead a dull life. She in turn, leads the complete opposite. Nancy spends her days using big, fancy words – dressing in fancy outfits – having fancy meals and tea parties. Crowns, boas and gowns dance across the pages. Words like “bonjour” and “exquisite” flow through the literary chatter of Nancy herself.
Although I use a set of approved curriculum books when homeschooling, I find that going beyond the books often leads to a deeper comprehension of the subject being taught. I suggest setting aside some time for additional hands-on activities each week.
After my daughter studied Ancient Mayan culture, I had her and a friend create Ancient Mayan Indian Masks. They had to research the masks and choose one to model their own mask after. My daughter discovered that certain objects, such as corn cobs, were symbols of something meaningful to the Mayans.
Although being spontaneous is fun, I don’t want people to get the wrong idea. My daughter uses real a curriculum taught in Christian schools, and I make sure that she finishes every book within that curriculum. In fact, when I went to school we almost never made it through an entire book in any of the subjects by the year’s end. In this regard, I think she gets the best education.
It should not come as a surprise that Truman Capote's masterpiece, In Cold Blood, made it on Time Magazine's list of 100 Best Nonfiction Books. Whether you love true crime dramas, excellent writing, or both, this is a book every adult should read.
My girls and I are currently planning a trip to Washington DC for a science and engineering expo. I requested a visitor’s guide online and just received it in the mail. Little did I know that this visitor’s guide was going to turn out to be such a useful teaching tool.
First, the visitor’s guide describes a lot of the historical sites and what they are known for. Not only does this provide my daughter with a fun history lesson, but there are also maps of the city within the guide to contribute to her geographical knowledge.
One benefit of scouting for old books in thrift shops and similar places is finding books written about and by people in the past. A couple of books I found years ago focused on Jeane Dixon. The reason this was so interesting: the majority of the "prophecies" Jeane Dixon spoke about never came to pass.