Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | February 17, 2017

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

 

State and national parks usually have a huge variety of educational opportunities! Most offer history and science activities in addition to hiking! Call the ones near you for more info!

 

10 Projects to Transform Your Backyard into an Educational Oasis

 

 

Some of my readers’ favorite educational websites!

Enchanted Learning – one of my favorites too. Well worth the yearly fee!

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html

 

Reading Eggs

http://readingeggs.com/

 

Progressive Phonics

http://www.progressivephonics.com/

 

Grey Olltwit Educational Software

http://www.greyolltwit.com/

 

Answers in Genesis

https://answersingenesis.org/

 

 

 

BIBLE

 

Make some heart shaped cookies. Break a few of them.

Ask your kids about times when they have been heart broken. Then take an unbroken heart. Compare it to Jesus. Tell your kids that Jesus came to heal the broken-hearted. Put icing on that cookie and then place a broken cookie on top of the unbroken cookie.

Cover the broken cookie with icing. Explain that when we join our hearts to Jesus, He covers us with His love (icing) and heals our hearts. Let your kids make their own mended hearts and eat them!

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

Backpack scavenger hunt. Start out with an empty backpack that it closed. Ask your child to find something orange and put it in a certain pocket. Make sure they close the pocket when they are done. Then ask them to find something shiny and something soft to put in another pocket. Again, have them close it. Now ask them to find 3 items with different descriptions. Keep going until they can’t remember or they get bored. This activity sharpens listening skills and fine motor skills.

 

Elementary

 

Subject & Predicate Writing Game

 

 

Middle School – High School

 

 

Have your kids look up synonyms for love in a thesaurus and write an essay giving examples they have experienced or observed of each.

 

SCIENCE

 

Many local TV and radio stations have classes for storm spotters. Get your teen involved! Even if they never become a storm chaser, the things they learn will help keep them safe.

 

 

Things to do with a magnifying glass:

  1. Investigate coins.
  2. Compare what you can see with and without it.
  3. Look at plants.
  4. Try walking while looking through it! (Be sure to have someone spotting so your kids don’t run into things!
  5. Examine rocks.
  6. Start a fire! (You know if your kids are old enough for this!)
  7. Find out what happens when you look through two magnifying glasses at the same time.
  8. Make some fingerprints and look at them.
  9. Look at bugs.
  10. Try looking through it with one eye then both and at varying distances.
  11. Discuss ways people use magnifying glasses in everyday life.
  12. Research how magnifying glasses are made.

 

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

 

Make a counting bug! Draw a lady bug. Have your child color it. Then make some number spots from black construction paper. (I used white-out to paint the numbers.) Have your child pick out a number spot and place that many pom-poms on the lady bug’s back. Do some simple arithmetic by pointing out the number of pom-poms your child has placed on each side of the lady bug’s back saying, “2+2=4”.

 

 

Elementary

 

Throw a pair of dice. Have your kids add them together and then go up that number of steps and then slide back down. Make sure you practice step safety by using the handrail!

 

Middle School and Up

 

http://reliefteachingideas.com/100-word-challenge/

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

Jesus could trace his family tree clear back to Adam on both His mother’s and His father’s side. How far can you trace yours back? Is there anyone in your family that has done extensive research? Have your kids contact them. Most family historians are happy to share!

 

 

 

Create a calendar tracking the significant points in a historical events such as a famous battle, a presidential election or a disaster.

 

 

Egyptian Pyramid Craft

 

 

 

Daniel’s Place has several ways to create Egypitian crafts!

http://www.daniellesplace.com/html/egyptian_crafts.html

 

 

In most schools, K-3 is basically all about teaching kids to read, write and do math. And so it should be, but there’s no reason you can’t work a little history in there! Here’s a few ideas. Please add yours in the comments!

  1. Read books about famous inventors, sports figures, musicians, leaders, explorers, etc.
  2. Make a timeline. Place pictures of all these people on it.
  3. Locate where these people lived on a world map. Pin pictures of them or something that symbolizes what they did where they lived. In the case of explorers, use a marker to trace their travels.
  4. Have a toga day! Dress up in togas and learn about Ancient Greece and Rome.
  5. Build a pyramid out of sugar cubes.
  6. Create puppet shows about historical events.
  7. Go to museums.
  8. Visit an antique store. Call ahead to arrange a tour. Most owners love to talk about the history of their inventory.
  9. Draw the outline of a covered wagon 4′ x 18′ in your driveway. Try to imagine living in it.
  10. Do some tie-dye and have a 60s day!
  11. Build a tee-pee.
  12. Explore the history of the Olympics. Pin pictures of torches on your map of all the places it has been held. Have a mini-Olympics. Watch videos of the competitions and try to recreate as many events as you can at home.

 

 

MUSIC

 

 

Start a musical instrument file by finding several pictures of different instruments. Past them into a document on the computer. Then find examples of those instruments being played and put the URLs next to the picture. You could also write a little about the history and typical uses of each instrument. Keep adding to your file at least once a week and as you find new instruments.

 

ART

 

http://handsonaswegrow.com/syringe-painting-preschoolers/

 

PE

 

Hive-Five Brain Break: Set a timer for 1-5 minutes. Tell your kids to see how many times they can high-five before the timer goes off. The only rule is that they can’t high-five the same person twice in a row.

 

HEALTH

 

http://www.amomstake.com/kid-friendly-science/

 

 

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

http://www.theottoolbox.com/2015/10/shoe-tying-tips-and-tools-for-kids.html

 

PRESCHOOL

 

5 Fun Ways To Learn With The Foot Book by Dr. Seuss

 

 

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

https://motherhoodandotheradventures.wordpress.com/2014/06/25/peek-a-boo-sensory-board/

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

http://benandme.com/2016/03/teach-your-teen-to-begin-saving-now.html

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

A peek into the life of a working homeschool mom!

https://practicalbydefault.com/day-my-life-homeschooling-working-outside/

 

 

And a homeschooling military family!

http://okinawa.stripes.com/education/home-where-class-look-homeschooling-option-military-families#sthash.ts0g4kr2.dpbs

 

 

 

Check out my Face Book page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling!

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | 2/10/17

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | 2/10/17

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FAMILY/VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

Which of these Valentines activities do you like best?

http://ilslearningcorner.com/2016-02-brain-building-valentines-activities-midline-crossing-fine-motor-vestibular-visual-planning/

 

 

Get several booklets or brochures from your local tourist information office. Read them over with your kids. Then challenge them to make a booklet or brochure about something that interests them. While you are at it, be sure to plan to visit any local sites that interested them in the info you picked up!

 

Things to do with playdough:

  1. Experiment with creating new colors by mixing them.
  2. Make a maze to move cars or small toys through.
  3. Create relief maps.
  4. Make letters and write words.
  5. Make impressions of your hands and measure the span between the fingers.
  6. Press items from your nature walk such as leaves, flowers, rocks or bark to make an impression. Remove the item and let it dry.
  7. Cut with a plastic knife or safety scissors.

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BIBLE

 

 

Play “Guess Who!” Make some cards with the names of Bible characters on them. Put them face down on a table. Have each player take a card.

Player 1 picks another player and asks a question that might help them guess which character that player is holding.

After the question is answered, Player 1 takes a guess as to who it is. If he gets it right, he gets to put that card right side up in front of him. The player who gives up the card draws another and Player 1 gets another turn. If he doesn’t get the right answer, the play goes on to the next person.

The game continues until all the cards are drawn or after a pre-set time period.

The player with the most cards face up wins.

 

 

 

Find a cheap cape at a thrift store or make one by using a large rectangular piece of fabric to tie one end around the neck. Cut off a portion of the back of the cape and then tape it together somewhat loosely.

Then have your kids act out the story about David cutting off the back of Saul’s cape found in I Samuel 24. Have your David rip the piece you already cut off.

After discussing why David didn’t take the opportunity to kill Saul, have your kids turn their backs. Hide the piece of the robe that was cut off and have your kids go look for it.

 

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

Oh how I wish I had known this when the kids were little! I wouldn’t have felt nearly so bad about all the broken crayons we had!

Why You Should Break Crayons (On Purpose)

 

 

Elementary

 

 

Cut apart a comic strip and have your kids put it back together in the right order!

 

Middle School – High School

 

Introducing adverbs? Try this twist on Charades for a fun way to help them get a firm grasp on what an adverb does! Create two sets of cards. One set should be action verbs such as run and blink. On the other write adverbs. You can google lists of both if you are having trouble thinking of them.

Play Charades with them by selecting a verb, acting it out and then selecting an adverb and acting out the verb and how the adverb affects the verb. Walking and walking slowly are two different things.

If you want, play in teams. Allow your teams to use props found around the house. For instance, if you want to jump weekly you could get a calendar, point to each day and then jump as you point to each Saturday.

 

SCIENCE

 

Things to do with binoculars:

  1. Watch birds and other wildlife
  2. Investigate distant rock formations
  3. Explore how binoculars are made
  4. Spotting good fishing holes
  5. Watching the night sky
  6. Turn them around backward for a crude microscope
  7. Watching a sporting event from the nosebleed section
  8. Compare your eyesight to others by observing how the binoculars are focused.

 

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

Wooden blocks – They seem too simple to be educational, don’t they? But, experts will tell you that playing with wooden blocks increases hand-eye coordination, develops spatial skills, increases problem-solving skills, increases the ability to mentally rotate 3-D objects, and even increase vocabulary skills! This set has lots of different shapes and colors for your child to explore too!

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Elementary

 

Play hearts Bingo for Valentine’s Day!  Make hearts for each player. Put the digits 0-9 on them. Throw a pair of dice. Add or subtract, then cover the digit(s) in the answer. Then If the digit is already covered or only one is available (such as in the numbers 10-12), that turn is forfeited. Take turns throwing the dice. The first player to cover all of their digits wins.

 

 

Middle School and Up

 

Using a deck of cards with all the face cards removed, deal all players two cards. Each player tries to make the largest number they can by using one card as the base number and the other as the exponent. The person with the highest number wins that round and captures all the other cards on the table. The person with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Play until the deck is gone or set a timer.

Should We Stop Teaching Math? You Might Be Surprised!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

When is the last time you went to a history re-enactment? They are a great way to learn about history! Participating in them is even better!

 

MUSIC

 

Clap out the beat of songs your children know well and see if they can guess which song. Then challenge them to clap a song for you.

 

ART

 

Arts and Crafts Heart Project For Kids: Upcycle, Reuse, and Reduce Stress

 

 

PE

 

How many things can you think of to do while jumping?

 

  1. Spell
  2. Recite a poem
  3. Skip count
  4. Sing

 

Kids actually memorize better if they are moving! My kids just loved bouncing on the mini-tramp while doing memory work. 🙂

 

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We made a balance path to follow! Keeping your feet on the line is tough when it comes to those corners!

 

HEALTH

 

 

Show your kids how to feel their pulse. Then have them count how many times their heart beats in 15 seconds. Multiply that by 4 to find their heart rate. Then have them check their heart rate and chart it as they do different activities through the day.

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

 

Learn to sew by making a simple stuffed animal!

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

5 Fun Activities To Do With Your 6 Month Old

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

 

Are you aware that there are no universal requirements to obtain a high school diploma? You, as a homeschooler, have the right to decide on your own requirements for graduation and they can be different for each student! Base your requirements on where they are headed in life, not on what someone else has decided is the right box for all kids!

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

This is long, but this Donahue show from 1971 is well worth watching. This was the type of stuff we were still dealing with back in the mid-80s when I started homeschooling. I remember going to a rally for some people who had been put in jail.

http://reason.com/blog/2017/01/27/homeschooling-then-and-now

 

 

It’s a learning process! One of the reasons most people thought I would fail at homeschooling was because I was so disorganized! Homeschooling and working full-time forced me to learn!

http://www.bookshark.com/blog/five-minute-organized/?utm_content=buffer63a4b&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

 

 

What If the Kids Want to Go Back to School?

 

 

 

 

 

Check out my Face Book page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling!

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | February 3, 2017

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | February 3, 2017

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

https://oureverydaychaos.com/2017/01/27/field-trips-on-a-non-existent-budget/?utm_content=buffer09aa3&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

BIBLE

 

Goliath was 13 feet tall. Measure from your floor to ceiling. Would Goliath fit in your house? If you can’t find a place he could stand up in your house, try to find someplace outside to measure, like a 2-story house or an electric pole so you can see how big he was. Use a ladder and practice ladder safety!

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

How to Easily Encourage Imaginative Play Using Felt

 

 

 

Elementary

 

Tuesday was  Backwards Day! Did you challenge your kids to write their spelling words, a sentence or even a whole story backward? If not, consider having a belated Backwards Day!

 

 

Middle School – High School

 

 

Do your kids like comics? Encourage them to make up their own comic strips. Counts as Art and/or Language Arts!

Teaching Shakespeare When You Know Nothing About Him

 

 

 

 

SCIENCE

 

http://leftbraincraftbrain.com/2014/08/14/biology-of-bread/

 

 

 

Boil 3 eggs, put them out with 3 fresh eggs. Have your kids spin them all, sorting them by how they spin. Then crack one in each group. (Be sure to do this over a bowl!) Now have your kids turn their backs while you put the remaining eggs together. Then have them spin each one and predict if it is fresh or boiled.

 

 

MATH

 

 

 

My kids used to love this game. It works better on shag carpet, though. We would put numbers on cups and go number golfing. With little kids, I call out a number for them to find and hit the golf ball into it. For older kids, I call out a number sentence such as 3 x 4 =. Then they had to find the numerals that made up the answer and hit the ball into them in the right order.

 

Preschool

 

 

Things to do with M&Ms:

Sort according to color

Create patterns: red, yellow, blue, red, yellow, blue, red ….

Make shapes

Add and subtract

Create an edible chart

 

Elementary

 

 

Do you have a big stash of pennies like I do? Use them to teach place value! Have your kids count out 200 pennies to place in the 2 cup, 30 to place in the 3 cup and 7 to place in the 7 cup. Dump them all out and choose another number!

 

Middle School and Up

 

I just love the idea of using the door to show angles!

http://middleschoolmathman.blogspot.com/2016/02/angles-triangles-and-start-of-geometry.html

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

 

My grandkids occasionally get to go to work with Daddy. If your kids have this opportunity, make sure to count it as Social Studies!

 

 

6 Ancient Civilizations Mistakenly Thought To Have Homogeneous White Populations

 

 

Did you know that playing house is Social Studies? It is children’s role playing of the different family roles that helps them make sense of their world. Count it as “exploratory play”!

 

 

MUSIC

 

How to Make a Rainstick Instrument

 

ART

 

 

Spontaneous art! We were making bread and all of a sudden, the redhead was drawing rainbows in the flour!

Symmetry Sketches

 

PE

 

Give your kids a ball to throw to each other.  Set a timer for 5 minutes and challenge them to see how many times they can throw the ball and catch it. Dropped balls don’t count!

 

HEALTH

 

 

The Redhead and I talked about how an apple skin is like the enamel on our teeth. It protects the softer insides of our teeth. Then we put a hole in the apple to simulate a cavity. Within a couple of hours, it turned brown and started attracting bugs! What a bonus! Not only was the apple rotting inside, but other things were attacking it as well! It’s very important to keep the enamel on your teeth strong!

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

Best advice I’ve heard in awhile. Saw it on Hip Homeschool Mom! A lady was asking how not to set off the smoke alarm while cooking pancakes and tortillas. The general consensus was: Turn the stove down! I needed this! How ’bout you? Anyone else have some great Home Ec tips?

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

Put a small toy, such as a rubber duck, stuffed animal or bean bag on your toddler’s back and challenge him to see how far he can crawl without it falling off.

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

10 Fun Elective Ideas for Teens

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

Check out my Face Book page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling!

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

That Says | A Homemade Phonics Game

That Says | A Homemade Phonics Game

Several years ago, I looked into buying “Hooked on Phonics”, but letting go of two hundred plus bucks was way more than I was comfortable with. I decided to come up with a game myself and by involving the kids in the creation of the game, they catch on just that much easier.

Instructions for creating the game:

Use a phonics website like this http://www.phonicsontheweb.com/letter-sounds.php to find a list of letters and sounds. Start with the letters from your child’s name. This is a great way to get them interested. If your child has letters that combine to make another sound like th or eigh, go ahead and use them, but don’t separate them.

Cut index cards in half, width wise. Print “THAT SAYS” on one side of each card. On the other side put one of the letters at the top of two cards. Leave a space for a picture and put a word that starts with that sound at the bottom. Make sure the word is something that your child can draw or take a picture of. Then, have your child draw that picture in the middle of the cards. You can also find pictures in magazines or take pictures with a digital camera and paste them in.

Repeat this process until you have 20 cards for your beginner deck. You will add to this deck later, but let your child become very familiar with these first. When you see that he/she has mastered these, add 2 or 3 more sounds at a time. If the deck gets too large, remove some of the older sounds and rotate a different older sound into the deck each time you play so they don’t forget them.

There are three different games that can be played with these cards.

I like to start out with a simple memory match game. Put all the cards face down on the table. The first player turns over a card and reads it like this: “This is the k that says “k” (making the k sound) like in kayak.” (It is important for the children to say this out loud and not just look for matching cards. The idea is for them learn the sounds. That can’t happen if they don’t say the sounds out loud.) Then the player turns over another card and reads it the same way. If it is not a match, the cards are turned over and the second player gets a turn. Continue taking turns until all cards have been matched. This game can be played as a solitaire game while Mom is listening as she cooks dinner or hems a garment.

The next game is a Go Fish type game. Deal 5 to 7 cards to each player. Put the rest face down in a “draw” pile. The first player looks at his/her cards and tries to make a match. If there is a match, the matching cards are to be “read” as in the memory game and put on the table. If there isn’t any match, the player “fishes” for a matching card by asking another player “Do you have … and then “reads” the card he/she is looking for. If the other player doesn’t have the match, a card must be drawn from the pile. If the card from the pile matches one in his/her hand, the player “reads” the match and places the cards on the table. If the player runs out of cards, he/she must draw one more and wait until the next turn to ask about it. All the players take turns until the deck runs out. The player with the most matches wins.

The last game is a rummy type game for advanced players. The deck should consist of at least 50 cards for this game, with 2 or 3 extra cards for each vowel. Deal 7 cards to each player. On each turn, the player tries to create a word from his/her hand. If there is any question about the spelling of a word, have a dictionary handy to look it up. If the player cannot make a word, he/she must draw 2 cards from the pile and discard one. If the discard pile has more than 2 cards, the player may choose to pick up the pile. He/she does not have to pick up the entire pile, but must pick up all the cards on top of the card he/she chooses to start from. When one player is out of cards, the game stops. Each player counts his/her words and adds that number to the total number of cards he/she has on the table, then subtracts the number of cards he/she is still holding. The person with the highest score wins that round. If you desire to play more than one round, set a winning score to work for and keep a running tab for each player. Scoring this game is a great way to practice adding, subtracting and negative numbers too!

Have fun!

God Bless You All!

~ Grama Sue

8 Steps to Reading | Curriculum Free

8 Steps to Reading | Curriculum Free

 

It’s not all that hard to teach your child to read. Dick and Jane basic readers can be fun, but they really aren’t needed. Throughout most of American history, the only book most children ever had access to was a Bible. And they learned to read.

Our society makes learning to read hard because we push our kids to read before they are ready. To be able to read well, there is a nerve between the eye and the brain that needs to mature. If it isn’t developed enough, teaching a child to read is very difficult and very frustrating. The normal time for this nerve to develop is between the ages of 4 and 12. If a child is potty trained at 18 months we are happy, but if she doesn’t get it down until she is 3 or 4, it’s not really a big deal. We recognize that each child develops differently in this area and no one can tell the difference when they are 30. We actually handicap many of our kids by insisting that they read before they are ready. Read to your child every day. Don’t get all uptight if he doesn’t seem interested in reading. If you wait, it will be much easier.

Signs your child is ready:

Knows what signs on the street or at a store mean.

Expresses an interest in letters

Asks to learn to read.

 

When he expresses an interest, follow these 8 steps and he will be reading in no time.

1st step – When reading to your child, always follow along with your finger.

2nd step – Show your child what a capital A looks like. Have your child find another one on that page. If that is too hard, narrow it down to a line or maybe even a word. When he can identify an A, work on identifying the lower case a. Then do B, b, C, c etc. until he is familiar with the entire alphabet. Play lots of games to help identify letters too.

3rd step – Tell your child what the letter “b” sounds like. Use the letter sound instead of the name and ask her to find that letter. Continue until your child knows all the consonants and short and long vowel sounds.

4th step – Work on diphthongs. “The ch says “ch”. Can you find the letters that say “ch”?

5th step – Work on 2 or 3 letter sight words. Show your child the word “is”. Can he find another “is”?

6th step – Explain basic vowel rules. If it is a vowel-consonant-vowel, the letter sounds like its name. If it is followed by 2 consonants it has a “short” sound. Show her some examples. Ask your child to find other examples. Continue until she can find examples when you ask for each sound.

7th step – Have your child sound out words. Help him whenever he forgets, but make sure he really tires before you tell him what the word is. If your child is reluctant or seems frustrated, have him sound out one word in every sentence with you reading the rest until he is more comfortable. Until your child demonstrates comprehension, always go back and read what they have sounded out.

8th step – Once your child is reading full sentences, stop her frequently and ask questions about what was just read.

Be sure to praise your child heartily every step of the way!

 

God Bless You All!

~ Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | January 13, 2017

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | January 13, 2017

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BIBLE

 

 

Make a video of you talking to your children when they aren’t around. Then show it to them and ask who it is. Pretend to be surprised when they say it’s you. Point out that you are right there with them. How can it be you? Discuss the fact that the video only has 3 dimensions: length, width and time.

Then discuss how the Bible says that Jesus is the image of the invisible God. When He chose to live among us, He chose to limit Himself to the way we and our world are built. He couldn’t be in more than one place at a time. But He was God! We need to “watch” the video by studying the Bible. In that way, we can learn about God and His ways.

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2015/09/free-beginning-sounds-game.html

 

Elementary

 

My grandkids love riddles! Riddles help kids practice their logic and language skills. Here’s a few to try on your kids!

  1. What letter of the alphabet has the most water?
  2. The letter C!
  3. How do you throw a tent?
  4. You pitch it!
  5. What bow can’t be tied?
  6. A rainbow.
  7. Can you name two things that have an eye buy can’t see?
  8. A needle and a hurricane!
  9. Why did the farmer let his cows eat the tall grass?
  10. Because it needed to get moooed! (Mowed)

 

Why self-editing is hard for kids and how to make it easier

 

 

 

 

Middle School – High School

 

Grampa Tom loves westerns. One of the things he likes about them is they are often set in real places. He likes to keep an atlas around so he can look up those places as he reads. Encourage your kids to look up the places mentioned in the books and articles they read.

 

 

Writing challenge: Write a set of instructions about how to do your favorite science experiment. Then send those instructions to a friend. See if they can figure out your instructions!

 

SCIENCE

 

http://elementalblogging.com/how-to-record-an-experiment/

 

Both hubby and I have hazel eyes. We have 2 kids with brown eyes and one with blue eyes. What do you have in your family?

http://www.allaboutvision.com/conditions/eye-color-hazel.htm

 

MATH

 

Preschool

 

Draw a number on a cardstock. Let your child color it. Then make it into puzzle pieces to put together. Hide the puzzle pieces around the room and let your child find them and put them together.

 

Elementary

 

Cut out all the ads in your newspaper then have your kids put them in order from lowest price to highest price.

 

Middle School and Up

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

When studying a country, have your kids re-create the famous buildings or landmarks from that area. Tell them, they can draw, paint, sculpt with playdoh, build with legos or other building materials, or use something else entirely!

 

Visit your state capitol! Before going, make sure your representatives will be there. Schedule a meeting with them. Have your kids make a few notes about things they would like to discuss with them (issues or just questions about how government works).

 

MUSIC

 

Here’s a fun twist on musical chairs! To begin with, give everyone a notepad and tell them to start a sentence with 3 words on it. ie. – He went to … Instruct them to leave it on one of the chairs set up for musical chairs. Then have them move around while the music plays. Once it stops they must scramble for a chair. When they reach the chair, they must sit down and add one word to the sentence before the music starts again. Anyone who can’t think of a word is out of the game. But, no chairs are removed. Then do another round. Keep it up for several rounds and then read the crazy sentences!

 

ART

 

Sidewalk chalk art counts as art! Snap a picture and write it down!

 

PE

 

Give your kids frequent “brain breaks”.  They will be able to concentrate better and accomplish more if you do. Some brain break ideas:

Set up some cones and have your kids weave in and out of them.

Jump and down for 15 seconds.

Do 5 summersaults.

Go up and down the stairs 5 times. Make sure to hang on to the rail!

Do 15 squats.

Stand on your head.

Pretend you are a tree on a windy day!

 

 

Do you play Badminton? Here’s some history behind the name!

http://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/how-badminton-got-its-name?utm_source=GG20170110&utm_campaign=grammargirl&utm_medium=email

 

 

HEALTH

 

Yeah, yeah, I know, it’s January, it’s cold out there. Do it anyway. Human beings weren’t created to sit inside breathing artificially warmed (or for that matter, cooled) air all the time. You and your kids NEED to go outside! The more you stay inside, the less your body will be able to handle the cold.

Your internal thermostat is like any other function of your body. If you don’t use it, you’ll lose it! You wouldn’t want your legs to shrivel up and die, would you? Your internal thermostat is no less important. So, GET OUT THERE!

 

http://jouneytojosie.blogspot.com/2011/10/pearly-whites.html

 

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

What things would you add to these lists?

FREE Printable Life Skills Checklist for Kids

 

 

CHARACTER TRAINING

 

Do you find that your kids need a little reminder to use some self-control? Here’s a little demonstration that can help them understand why they shouldn’t fly off the handle!

http://gramasuesrainbow.com/2017/01/self-control-object-lesson/

 

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

How brave are you?

http://playcreateexplore.blogspot.com/2013/01/baby-drums.html?m=1

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

Have your teen explore how to write a resume. Have him pick a style and then brainstorm ideas about what he could put on it.

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

How to Be the Mom Your Strong-Willed Child Needs You to Be

 

 

Want to meet other homeschoolers? Go out on “school days”! Hit the beach, the library, the Y, parks, etc. If you find other families with kids, ask if they homeschool. It’s likely they do!

 

 

Check out my Face Book page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling!

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Weekly Wrap-Up | January 6, 2017

Almost Unschooling Weekly Wrap-Up | January 6, 2017

 

Do you find motion sensitive lights a bit unnerving? I sure do! I mean, you don’t have to do anything to turn the light on. You just walk into a dark room and trust that the switch is going to do it’s thing on its own. The key to it is to just keep moving, the exact opposite of what your natural reaction is to darkness.

Faith is like that. When God tells you to move into a dark and unfamiliar area, you have to trust that He will dispel the darkness. The key is to just keep moving. If you stop and wait for the light, it won’t happen. Homeschooling is like that! When you first go into it, it is dark and unfamiliar. Just plow in and do it! Trust that God will light your way as you go!

 

 

 

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

 

At the beginning of each year, create a time-capsule with pictures of your kids’ favorite things, memorable events from the last year and prayer for the new year. Bury your time-capsule in a closet somewhere so you can dig it out and look at it next New Year’s Day.

 

Tuesday was National Drinking Straw Day. If you missed it, you can still celebrate by giving your kids a bunch of straws so they can build, create art or play games with them. If you need ideas, get on Pinterest and look up “drinking straw activities”. There are hundreds of ideas!

 

Tired of toys and books scattered all over the place? Give each child a book bag and a “library card”. Let your kids “check out toys and books”, but no more than will fit in their bag. If they want more, they will have to return some items and check out more. Require that they present their library card when they check out items and that they keep their toys and books in the book bag when they aren’t being used. An older child could be the librarian. Keeping track of who has what could be a great record keeping activity!

 

BIBLE

 

Game of the Week: Testament Wheels

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

http://www.playdoughtoplato.com/beginning-sounds-games

 

Elementary

 

http://terristeachingtreasures.blogspot.ca/2014/04/using-your-eyes-while-reading.html

 

 

Even reluctant writers can list a few goals for 2017. Encourage your kids to think about what they’d like to learn or do in 2017 and incorporate those goals into your school plans!

 

Middle School – High School

 

 

Read or watch “Dr. Dolittle”. Then have your kids write a story about how their life would be different if they could talk to the animals.

 

 

SCIENCE

 

 

Explore different ways to keep warm. Give your kids large and small plastic bags, and several different materials such as cotton balls, oatmeal, newspapers, different types of fabric, aluminum foil, packing peanuts, etc. Have them line the bigger bag with a material and then put the smaller bag inside that lining.

Then place cups of hot water in each. Be sure to put the same amount of water in each bag and have the cups the same size. Take and record their temperatures. After 15 and 30 minutes take and record their temperatures again. Which materials did the best job?

Have them experiment with leaving the fabric, newspapers and foil flat and then crumpling them up. What works best?  You can also vary this experiment by checking out how different amounts of water do with the same lining or using different shapes of cups with the same amount of water. What other ways can they think of to explore this concept?

 

 

Let your kids pick several things from your pantry to see which ones will dissolve. First look up the meaning of dissolve and read it. Make hypothesizes about which substances will dissolve and which will not. Then put a spoonful of each substance in water and stir. Does it meet the definition? Were you right?

You can also measure the volume of a substance before you put it in the water. Then after stirring, pour it through a strainer and measure anything that won’t go through. Some things will partially dissolve, while others will pick up volume because they have absorbed water.

If your older kids interest is perked, have them go on the internet and see if they can find out why.

 

 

http://thestemlaboratory.com/smart-phone-projector/

 

 

MATH

 

Preschool

 

 

What kid doesn’t like a grab bag? Cut up some index cards and write the numbers 1-10 on them. Have your child pull one out of a paper bag and count out that number of pennies. When they are good at that, add more numbers. Later, you can do this activity adding nickels, dimes and quarters to the mix.

 

Do you have a kitchen scale? Let your kids weigh a variety of small objects. Or if you are really brave, get out some flour and challenge them to measure out exactly 3 ounces! 😉

 

 

Elementary

 

http://gramasuesrainbow.com/2017/01/skip-counting-its-more-than-just-2-5-and-10/

 

Middle School and Up

 

 

Encourage your kids to play chess and count it as math. Among other things, Chess improves problem-solving and spatial reasoning skills used in math. Students who play chess increase their math scores by an average of 17%!

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Google “wonders of the world”. Challenge your kids to pick one that really interests them and write a paper on it.

 

 

How would you live if you didn’t have electricity? How would you keep warm? Keep food from going bad? Get water? Explore how people lived before electricity. The things you learn could come in handy in case of a disaster.

 

 

MUSIC & PE

 

 

Put a hula-hoop on the floor and have your kids jump in and out of it to the beat of music. When they are good at that, challenge them to hop in and out on the second, third or fourth beat. PE and music all in one!

Need a hoop? Please consider buying through this link to help support this page. Thanks!

http://amzn.to/2iWRqzZ

 

ART

 

http://www.hellowonderful.co/post/CREATE-GIANT-KID-SIZE-SPIROGRAPH-DRAWINGS?utm_content=bufferf44ad&utm_medium=social&utm_source=pinterest.com&utm_campaign=buffer#_a5y_p=5310381

 

 

HOME EC

 

 

Do you have any number cookie cutters? Make some 2017 pancakes today!

If you don’t have any, please consider buying some from this link. There are a million things you can do with them and you’ll help support this page.

http://amzn.to/2hzNeVU

 

 

HEALTH

 

Hubby and I both were both bed wetters and we had one that wet the bed until he was 13. This sounds really interesting!

Primitive Reflexes: Bedwetting – Why Your Child Wets the Bed or Wears Pull-ups after Age 5

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

Ohhh, manners! Are there any of these you disagree with? Any you think should be added?

20 Basic Manners All Boys Should Know

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

http://busytoddler.com/2016/01/baby-ball-drop/

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

http://www.annieandeverything.com/homeschool-high-school-student-behind/?utm_medium=social&utm_campaign=postplanner&utm_source=facebook.com

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

 I hope you never get a visit from the authorities, but if you do, it’s important to know how to handle it. WCCHE has an excellent post about what to do!

https://www.homeschool-life.com/370/custom/13891

 

Do you have a special needs child? NATHHAN has all kinds of support materials, resources and connections for you! Please check them out. If you don’t please consider donating. It’s an awesome organization!

http://www.nathhan.com/

 

To be truthful, I rarely spent more than 5 hours a week teaching and my kids spent no more than 2 hours a day doing formal school work until they were in high school.

http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2016/07/homeschooling-in-only-15-hours-week.html?utm_source=bloglovin.com&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+123homeschool4me%2FWkbE+%28123+Homeschool+4+Me%29

 

Check out my Face Book page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling!

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap Up | December 30, 2016

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap Up | December 30, 2016

Do you find motion sensitive lights a bit unnerving? I sure do! I mean, you don’t have to do anything to turn the light on. You just walk into a dark room and trust that the switch is going to do its thing on its own. The key to it is to just keep moving, the exact opposite of what your natural reaction is to darkness.

Faith is like that. When God tells you to move into a dark and unfamiliar area, you have to trust that He will dispel the darkness. The key is to just keep moving. If you stop and wait for the light, it won’t happen. Wow …

 

 

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FAMILY and VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

Challenge your kids to write a mystery story with math problems for clues!

 

 

Encourage your kids to make money by selling their old things on eBay. Let them write the sales description, take the pictures, figure out the shipping amount, set the price, the whole nine yards!

 

 

 

BIBLE

 

 

 

http://gramasuesrainbow.com/2016/12/challah-recipe-christianitys-jewish-roots/

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Family

 

Have your kids write and perform a radio show about Hanukkah.

 

 

 

Preschool

 

Montessori Pre-Reading Activities

 

Elementary

 

Do-Be

Cut index cards in half and have your kids come up with verbs that they can do or act out. Write these verbs on the index cards. make 4 stacks of 10-12 cards. The stacks can contain the same words if you can’t think of enough.

Then ask for a few nouns. Write them on index cards too. Hide the nouns in each of the 4 stacks. Put all four stacks in different places around a room.

Give each child an apron with a pocket. They will keep the cards they have collected in the pocket until the end of the game.

Instruct your kids to start at the stack without any nouns. The first player picks up a card. They are to “do” that verb over to the next stack. Each player takes a turn. Have them put the card they drew in their apron pocket.

At the other stacks, if the card drawn is a verb, the player should “do” the verb to the next stack, but if they draw a noun, they must stand and “be” that noun until the next round.

Play until all the cards have been drawn. The person with the most cards in their apron is the winner.

 

 

Middle School – High School

 

Starwars activities in honor of Princess Leia:

http://www.starwarsintheclassroom.com/content/ela/index.asp?sw=3

 

SCIENCE

 

Ahhh! Tinker Toys! Such a great invention! Builds fine motor and spacial awareness while your child explores engineering skills!

http://amzn.to/2i3sdqi

 

 

Does it Dissolve? Kids Science Experiment

 

 

HEALTH

 

Montessori Human Anatomy Introduction

 

 

 

MATH

 

Dominoes are a staple at my house. I love the color-coded set! The colors make it easy to identify which dominoes have what number of dots on them. Little ones can identify the colors and count. Older kids can add the dots on each side, add two or more dominoes together, play a game where they draw dominoes and add or multiply their score on each turn until they get to a preselected number, turn that around and subtract from that preselected number until they reach zero … And then there’s the traditional domino games and of course setting them up so you can knock them all down!

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Preschool

 

Got a train lover? Such cute videos!

 

 

Elementary

 

http://gramasuesrainbow.com/2016/11/domino-math/

 

 

Middle School and Up

 

How fast does your remote control car go? To find out, set up a straight line for it to travel on. Say, 20 ft. long. Place the car at the starting point and have someone use a stopwatch to time it. Let’s pretend it went the 20 feet in 5.9 seconds. Then use this formula to figure it out:

20ft/5.9sec x 60sec/1min. X  60min/1hr. x 1mi/5280ft.

Cancel out all the units of measure that have duplicates in the numerator and the denominator.

20/5.9 x 60/1 x 60/1hr x 1mi/5280

Multiply the top numbers: 72000mi

Multiply the bottom numbers: 31152hr

72000mi/31152hr = 2.31 mph (Round the second digit past the decimal)

 

 

 

This is a great week to teach money-saving strategies with all the after-Christmas sales! Go on a shopping field trip. Compare prices, discuss buying strategies and be sure to put in a good dose of “do you REALLY need or want that?”! Bargains are only bargains if you will use them!

 

 

Do you budget? Involve your older kids in the process! And if you don’t, it’s a great time to start!

 

 

 

Not getting paid to promote this, but if Grampa Tom and I had been exposed to Dave Ramsey when we were kids, we would have been SOOOOO much better off! And what better way to teach a kid than through a game!

http://www.daveramsey.com/store/act-your-wage-board-game/prodAYW.html

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Crusade history

 

 

MUSIC

 

Songs with actions like “Itsy Bitsy Spider” “Jesus Loves Me”, and “Wheels on the Bus” do more than teach a child to sing. They increase coordination and fine motor skills.

 

 

 

ART

 

Salt and Watercolor Painting

 

 

PE

 

Have your kids been making snowmen or snow angels? PE and art combined!

 

 

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

Bouncing with, dancing with, or patting your baby to the beat of music helps them develop a sense of rhythm and an understanding of music.

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/kimberly-charron-2/

 

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

http://tinyurl.com/j8hdqwk

 

 

 

 

Check out my Facebook page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling!

 

 

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | December 23, 2016

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | December 23, 2016

Happy Hanukkah and Merry Christmas! This year, I get to spend Christmas with my folks. My parents have always made Christmas a special occasion and it’s been a while since I’ve had the privilege of celebrating with them. My prayer is that during this holiday season each of you will experience the blessing that comes through honoring your family.

It’s been kind of a crazy week for me. My mom is much better, but my uncle had a slight stroke so I’ve been doing double duty getting him all sorted out and settled in rehab. He is doing amazingly well. Praise God for that! Many of the posts for this week, of course, have to do with Christmas. You may want to file those away for next year, but there are several Hanukkah and nonseasonal posts as well.

Can you imagine being forced to sell your 11 or 12 year-old daughter just so the rest of your family can eat? Yesterday, I learned about an organization that I really want to promote. It is FOOD 4 SCHOOL AFGHANISTAN. This is a small organization run entirely by volunteers so 100% of your donations go directly to poor families in Afghanistan. They save young girls from being sold or being forced into marriages at 11 or 12 by offering food to these families in exchange for sending all of their children (boys and girls) to school. While I’m not a big advocate of traditional schools, in this circumstance, I’m all for it! Please consider donating! FOOD 4 SCHOOL AFGHANISTAN

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

The holidays are a perfect opportunity to snuggle up with your family and watch movies! This one looks like a full-length Chronicles of Narnia on Youtube! Are you a Narnia fan?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yIFvFquPHoI&feature=share

 

 

Brain Training Activities for Auditory Attention

 

 

BIBLE

 

Hanukkah starts at sundown on Christmas Eve. Why not make it a double holiday in your house? Search the internet for ways to make a homemade chanukiah (the special 9 branched menorah used during Hanukkah) and teach your kids the miracle of Hanukkah.

 

Research the Magi. Start by reading the story of their visit to Bethlehem in Luke. Then talk about how the Bible differs from popular depictions of them. Then challenge your kids to get online and find out as much as they can about them. There are several different theories about who they were and where they came from. Find out about the gifts they brought, their uses in that time period and the symbolism behind them. Older kids can write a research paper. Be sure they understand how to document their findings!

 

Cute Names of Jesus Ornaments free printable!

http://www.biblestoryprintables.com/BibleCraftsChristmasNamesJesus.html#.WFipaOYrLIU

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Family

 

Have your kids write a story about a reindeer other than Rudolf. In case you can’t remember them all, here they are: Dasher, Dancer, Prancer, Vixen, Comet, Cupid, Donner, Blitzen

 

 

Preschool

 

6 Tips for Correcting Pencil Grip

 

Elementary

 

Read the story of Christ’s birth from the King James or another older Bible. Point out the differences in language such as openeth, thee, thy or hath. Talk about how language changes.Point out some ways language is still changing today. For instance, when I was young, many words like “pee” having to do with bodily functions or parts were considered taboo.  What differences have you seen in your lifetime? Share them with your kids.

 

 

Middle School – High School

 

Look up Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. What type(s) of writing did he do? Read some of his work. Why do you think he is considered such an important author?

 

 

SCIENCE

 

Don’t read this idea if you are easily grossed out! But then again, you are a homeschooler, you are used to choking it back for your kids!

One of my favorite activities was to buy a beef heart and dissect it. Beef hearts are very similar to a human heart in structure. Find a heart diagram to refer to before starting. Then find the vein that goes into the heart and the artery that comes out. If your kids are really adventurous, see if you can pump some liquid through it by using a syringe or turkey baster to put some liquid in and then squeezing the heart. Then cut the heart down the middle of the side. See if you can find the chambers. What else can you discover about the heart?

 

 

 

Grow an Amaryllis! Plant care counts as science and will bring a little bit of spring into your house this winter!

 

 

Since Hanukkah is all about the miracle of the oil, why not plan a science experiment using oil each day? Just google “oil science experiments” for ideas!

 

 

MATH

 

Preschool

 

This one is from a kindergarten classroom, but you could easily substitute names of your family and extended family!

http://mrsbohatyskindergartenkingdom.blogspot.co.uk/2012/10/lets-learn-our-names.html

 

 

Elementary

 

Gingerbread House Geometry: Edible STEM

 

 

Middle School and Up

 

Did you know that square numbers actually make squares? Fascinating post!

A Penny for Your Math

 

Make a simple quilt.

  1. Decide how big it will be. If you’ve never done one before, keep it small. A big one will be overwhelming.
  2. Decide how wide you want the border to be.
  3. Subtract the width of the border x 2 from your desired overall length and width.
  4. Decide how many quilt blocks you want to go across and down the quilt. Again if you are beginning, go easy on yourself. Limit it to 2 to 4 blocks.
  5. Divide the width by however many pieces of cloth you want to have going across the quilt and add 1/2 inch to that measurement. (The 1/2″ allows for 1/4″ seams.) Do the same for the length.
  6. From this, you can figure out the measurements of your squares. You might want, to make a trial quilt by cutting squares from paper and arranging them on a table or on the floor just to see how it will work before cutting your cloth. That way if you have made any mistakes you can correct them.
  7. Sew the blocks together.
  8. Add a backing and then a border. Remember, when you cut the border, it needs to be twice the width plus 3/4 inch to accommodate the seams and the thickness of the materials.

LOTS of measuring and basic math in this! Great project for a teen or tween!

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Did you know there are homeschoolers in China? How awesome!

http://chinachristiandaily.com/2016-12-17/ministry/implementing-moore-formula-in-homeschool-2c-increasing-accepted-in-china_3554.html

 

Look up “latkes”. Learn about why fried foods are traditionally served during Hanukkah. Experiment with different latke recipes and serve them each night during Hanukkah.

 

http://gramasuesrainbow.com/2016/12/in-defense-of-christmas-the-roots-behind-the-pagan-roots/

 

MUSIC

 

Free Hanukkah Songs and Rhymes for Circle Time

 

 

ART

 

Food Art! Home Ec and Art all in one place! Challenge your kids to play with their food to see who can come up with the most “you hate to eat it because it’s so awesome” dish!

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

Little ones learn by exploring with their hands and their mouths. Why not make some letter cards by using a marker to make a large letter on a piece of cardstock, then decorate that letter with different sensory items such as pasta, bits of sand paper, chenille, or other items that have different textures each day. You could even laminate them and use foods that they can then eat once you’ve completed the letter.

 

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

Assign one child each week to help prepare meals. make sure they help you plan and shop as well!

 

HEALTH

 

Have your kids keep a food diary for a week. Look up calories, carbs and proteins for those foods. Look up the recommended percentages and compare them to what they eat. Discuss what changes (if any) they might want to consider making

 

Nutrition Activity for Kids

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

8 Easy Ways for Homeschoolers to Avoid Holiday Overwhelm

 

How to Take a Learning Break This Winter (+Giveaway)

 

 

Check out my Facebook page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling!

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | Hands-On Learning December 16 2016

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | Hands-On Learning December 16 2016

As I sit here writing the snow is coming down and the temps are dropping. Supposed to have a high of -9 on Sunday. Are you in the deep freeze zone? Think I’ll be staying in this weekend! By the time I get back to North Carolina, I’m gonna think 40 degrees is a heat wave!

My mom came from her surgery and doing great. Dad is doing remarkably well too. The other day, I took him to the doc because he had a sore throat. The doc said he had a little sinus and bronchitis thing going on and prescribed an anitboitic. Later that day we were walking and he was saying he was tired. I told him he would get better (refering to the infection), but he thought I was talking about the Parkinson’s. He told me, “Not from this I won’t.” I said “Dad, you have gotten better!” Last April, when I came to take care of him the first time, he was unable to walk much, hallucinating and sleeping 20 hours a day. Now, I almost have trouble keeping up with him, there’s no hallucinations and he only takes a couple of little naps a day. God is bigger than Parkinsons! I will continue to pray that His will be done in my parents as it is in Heaven! Please agree with me!

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

Do you have a bulletin board in your home? Encourage your kids to decorate it each week with things they are learning!

 

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BIBLE

 

Write the words of a memory verse on the backs of dominoes with a washable marker. Have your kids set them up on edge in the correct order and then knock them down!

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Find out how to pronounce the names in the genealogies of Jesus (Found in the first chapter of Matthew and the third chapter of Luke). Then have your kids write them out using punctuation symbols. When they discover that the genealogies are different, explain that Matthew traces Mary’s line and that Luke traces Joseph’s line, but there are common names in both.

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LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Family

 

Our adventure into homeschooling started because I had decided my son needed to start kindergarten, but because he was only 4 1/2 the school wouldn’t accept him. When his older sister started 1st grade, Spence and I sat down for 90 minutes each day and “did school”. All I had to teach with was a few index cards and a Highlights subscription. Within a few weeks, Spence had passed his sister up. That got me investigating the possibility of homeschooling her too and the rest is history.

If you don’t have a subscription to Highlights, please consider ordering through this link to support this page! Thank you!

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Preschool

 

5 things kids need… before they’re ready to sound out words

 

 

Elementary

 

Do you have a library? Come on! You are a homeschooler! Challenge your kids to organize it with the Dewy Decimal System.

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Middle School – High School

 

Knowing Greek and Latin roots will help your kids break down new words and expand their vocabulary. This game is lots of fun and helps them learn fast! My kids loved it! If you don’t have it, please consider buying through this link to help support this page.

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SCIENCE

 

Challenge your kids to make a Lego maze. Use a marble to test it out! The Geek built this one. We used a small jingle bell instead of a marble since we didn’t have one. It worked OK. He even built a tower for it to go up.

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How Do Penguins Stay Dry? Penguin Feathers Science Experiment

 

 Put a few paper clips in a glass of water. Then put a magnet on the side of the glass. Try to “catch” them with the magnet. Now try this with vegetable oil, corn syrup and other clear liquids. Is it harder or easier to catch the paper clips? Try a clear plastic glass. What other ways can you try to catch the magnets? Discuss the why the magnet was more or less effective in the different liquids and glasses

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

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Elementary

 

Go out and measure footprints in the snow. Who has the smallest? Who’s is largest? Measure left and right feet. Can you find animal prints? How big are they? If you have a lot of snow, measure how deep the prints are.

 

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Middle School and Up

 

Figure out the footprint of your house by measuring the outside, drawing it on graph paper and figuring out the area. The formula is length x width. You might have to carve it up into rectangles and squares and add each section together. Extra credit for triangles (length x width x ½) and circles (3.14 x the radius squared)! If you want to keep your kids extra busy, have them measure and figure all the rooms inside. Then add them together.  If you live in an apartment, measure the outside of the building and then measure your apartment. Figure out what percentage of the building your apartment occupies by multiplying the total footprint by the number of stories and then dividing your apartment square footage by the building total.

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SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Proverbs 12:10 tells us: A righteous man regards the life of his animal, But the tender mercies of the wicked are cruel. Practice being kind to animals by looking up recipes for dog treats and make some to take to your local shelter.

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Choose an issue that relates to the Bill of Rights and produce an ad or vlog that defends your position.

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Just went and bought this book again! I read it many years ago, but I loaned it out to someone. You know how that goes. Peace Child made a huge impression on my life. It’s about a couple who chose to go live among the cannibal tribes of New Guinea and how they found a custom in that incredibly violent culture that they could relate to Christ. As a result, they were able to break through all the lies and the treachery those people were entrenched in and lead them to Jesus!

Great family read aloud! If you don’t have it in your library, please consider buying it through this link to support this page.

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MUSIC

 

Violins or fiddles are among the instruments used in contemporary and classical music. Have a violin day. Look up the history of violins. Listen to some different violin solos, then as you are listening to other music, point out the violins. Encourage your kids to listen for them too.

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Find as many glass glasses of the same size as you can. Fill them with different amounts of water. Ask your kids to tap them with a spoon. Listen to the different tones. If you want to get really fancy, use an eyedropper and a keyboard to “tune” the glasses to different notes. If you don’t have a keyboard, you can find them by googling “note sounds”.

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ART

 

What’s the last thing you made with a cardboard milk box? Put your answer in the comments!

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PE

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BABIES AND TODDLERS

Baby Sitting Practice Using Sensory Bags

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

10 Fun Elective Ideas for Teens

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

You are not qualified to teach your child!

 

Why We Eat Our Family Dinner by Candlelight Every Night

 

http://www.racheous.com/homeschooling/questions-school-parents/

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Check out my Facebook page for the latest activities and plenty of encouragement. Please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns you may have about homeschooling! Till next week! Stay warm out there!

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue