Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Round-up November 11, 2016

Facebook, Pinterest, and Twitter are awesome, aren’t they? Back when I started homeschooling in 1986 there were 2 or 3 companies that catered to homeschoolers and they were expensive! Today, there’s so much out there it can be overwhelming! But, with a little creativity and help from the internet, you can practically homeschool for free!

Your time is valuable. I post enough educational ideas each week that you could put together individualized curriculums for your kids from them fairly easily  over the course of a month or two, but accessing all of them would take hours of scrolling each week. So, I am going to attempt to do a summary of all the ideas and links I have posted each week, (plus a few extras) all neatly organized according to subject category and age level. Feel free to pick and choose those activities that best fit your children! Subscribe in the upper the right-hand corner to get this blog in your e-mail so you don’t miss out!

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

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Do you know someone who’s been deployed overseas? The holidays can be a very lonely time for them. Get their address and have your kids write to them. Send a care package in time for Christmas. Your kids will learn about letter writing, the military and possibly about the country where your troop is stationed. If you don’t know anyone, I have a son and a son-in-love who are currently stateside in the military. I’m sure they could get you the name and address of someone to write. PM me.

BIBLE

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Free outdoor Bible verse scavenger hunt. Click here!

http://biblebasedhomeschooling.com/free-outdoor-bible-verse-scavenger-hunt/

 

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Challenge your kids to write a story with as many of the names of the Books of the Bible in it as they can.

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Make a cartoon book depicting a Bible story!

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

Family

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Another version of “Mother May I”: Instruct your kids to “run like a turtle” or an elephant or a turkey, but stress that they cannot move a muscle until you say “Go!”. Then count down, 3, 2, 1, but don’t say “go”, instead say “Girl!” Count down again but go back to 2 instead of “go” … Mix it up a few times. Teaches listening skills in a fun way.

 

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Challenge your kids to find a different creative way to say thank you every day this month!

 

Preschool

Preschool Letter Recognition Activities

 

Elementary

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Cut several pictures out of a newspaper, mix them up and have your kids create a story from them.

 

Blogging for Kids

 

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Parts of Speech Hunt: Take an old magazine article and have your kids highlight all the nouns blue and all the verbs yellow. Use different colors for other parts of speech. You can also make this more challenging by circling phrases, etc.

 

Middle School – High School

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Have your teens pick a song that they think represents their life. Have them embed a video of it in their blog or in an email and write about why that song speaks to them. Counts as Music Appreciation too!

 

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Pretend  you live in is a department store universe. What would your life be like? Write a story about the advantages and challenges such a universe would have.

 

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SCIENCE

Flying Pumpkins: A Force and Motion Activity

 

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Love those activities that mix subjects!

http://www.kcedventures.com/blog/popcorn-math-science-activity-for-kids-explore-volume

 

 

MATH

Family Activities

Domino Math

Preschool

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http://mominspiredlife.com/number-recognition-fall-tree-number-matching/

 

Elementary 

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Dump out your change jar. Count the coins. Then sort them by the years stamped on them and stack them together. Count the number of coins in each stack. Make a bar chart showing the number of coins in each year. Then figure out the percentage of coins in each year by dividing the number in a stack by the total number of coins from your jar.

 

Middle School and Up

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Figure out how far you could jump if you were a grasshopper! Click here!

http://handsonmath.blogspot.com/2014/10/proportionality-grasshoppers.html

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

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Have you ever taken a tour of your local post office? Great field trip!

 

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http://preschoolpowolpackets.blogspot.com/2016/09/ancient-greek-architecture-stem.html

History is just full of science! Imagine that!

 

MUSIC

Another duo activity! Music and PE here!

Thanksgiving Songs for Children – A Turkey Dance

 

ART

10 FREE Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

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December is coming! I always declared an “art month” during December. We would only do a skeletal curriculum of spelling and math drills. The rest of the month was devoted to making Christmas presents. The kids really learned to love giving! They were so excited to watch people open the gifts they had made themselves. 🙂

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

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http://www.candokiddo.com/news/carrot-peel-baby-sensory-play

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

I’m working on doubling that again! How bout 10 years this time?

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https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/education/wp/2016/11/01/number-of-home-schooled-students-has-doubled-since-1999-new-data-show/

 

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5 Reasons Why the Government Should Stay Out of Education

 

How to Motivate Your Kids to Get Their Schoolwork Done

This is where I deviate from radical unschooling. I really think there are some things that require a lot of discipline to learn, like spelling, playing a musical instrument, and math facts. If kids are allowed to work on them for a few days or even weeks and then not use it, they will loose it. I also believe that since I get a reward for almost everything I do that maybe is boring or unpleasant, kids should too. Do you use incentives? What kinds of things work for you?

 

Wow! I learned so much doing this post! Hope it blessed you!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

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