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

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | January 27, 2017

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | January 27, 2017

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

 

Have your kids pick a topic they are interested in and give a presentation about it to the family! Counts a Speech, possibly Art (If the presentation involves creating artwork) and whatever subject they are presenting.

 

 

BIBLE

 

 http://ministry-to-children.com/lesson-as-unique-as-a-snowflake

 

 

 

Find out what a cubit is in feet. Then figure out how big Noah’s ark was.

 

 

Give your kids a concordance and challenge them to look up the meanings of all the names in Genesis 5!

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

 

Preschool

 

 

Have your beginning writers “write” a letter on your back or the back of an older sibling. See if the person being written on can tell what letter they are writing!

 

 

Elementary

 

http://www.learnwithplayathome.com/2014/10/clever-classroom-trick-for-kids.html?m=1

 

 

http://gramasuesrainbow.com/2017/01/8-steps-to-reading-curriculum-free/

 

 

 

http://gramasuesrainbow.com/2017/01/that-says-a-homemade-phonics-game/

 

 

 

 

Middle School – High School

 

Our High School Reading List (Many Free for Kindle!)

 

 

SCIENCE

 

STEAM activity of the day: Give your kids some toothpicks and packing peanuts and see what they come up with! Wild Woman built a turkey trap. The sharp pokey things are to catch the turkey so she can eat it. 🙂

 

MATH

 

Bingo is a great game for kids who are learning to recognize numbers! Switch it up for older kids by requiring they give a number sentence with at least 3 numbers to come up with the number called. Examples: 1 = 2 – 2 + 1 or 45 = 8 x 5 + 5

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Store” was always one of my kids’ favorite games to play! We would use sticky notes to put prices on things around the room. Then one of the kids would be the cashier while the other’s shopped. I’m a stickler for teaching kids to count back change and know how to give the cashier the correct amount.

 

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Preschool

 

 

Having fun counting and sorting pom-poms! Picking them up with tweezer makes things more interesting and strengthens little hands!

 

Elementary

 

 

Do math on your windows with a dry erase marker!

 

 

Play “Guess It”! Cover a coloring page with sticky notes numbered 2 – 12. Each player throws the dice pair and adds the result of the throw. If he/she can find that number on the coloring page, he/she gets to pull the number off and try to guess what the coloring page is. (Hint: Make sure any writing identifying the page is blacked out!)

 

We made a really fancy clock! Bet you can too!

 

Middle School and Up

Free Printable Cheat Sheets

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

Some ideas for studying the California gold rush:

  1. Make a model covered wagon
  2. Pan for gold
  3. Find items in your house that are made with gold
  4. Watch the TV series “Gold Rush”
  5. Make a balance weight

 

MUSIC

 

One of the many reasons why it is a sin to ever throw away an oatmeal box!

http://lessonsbymolly.blogspot.com/2014/11/homemade-musical-instruments.html

 

 

ART

 

 

Beautiful, sunny day? Try some shadow tracing!

 

PE

 

The grandkids are having a blast with the balloon paddles we made with paint stirrers and paper plates!

 

HEALTH

 

http://kidsactivities.about.com/od/scienceandnature/a/Egg-In-Soda-A-Dental-Health-Activity.htm?utm_source=pinterest_sp&utm_medium=sm&utm_campaign=shareurlbuttons

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

Time management is huge! Make sure your kids know how to plan and manage their time!

Time Management for Teens

 

 

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

http://www.parenting.com/gallery/baby-sign-language-words-to-know

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

http://sprittibee.com/2013/08/the-ultimate-list-of-high-school-credit-courses.html

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

 

Study after study proves that children imitate those they are around most. If we want our children to grow up to be responsible adults who should they be around most? Children or adults?

 

 

3 Ways My Gifted/AP Education Made Me Stupid

 

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!

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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.

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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 9, 2106

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | December 9, 2106

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It’s been a crazy week for me! Traveled from the East Coast to the Midwest, got to play with all my blood grandkids, but missed the honorary ones ;'( , spent one day in Iowa City where my mom had surgery (she’s doing great by the way) and now I’m at my folks house taking care of my dad. I’m looking forward to life slowing down a bit while I’m here for the next few weeks!

Are you ready for Christmas? I’ve done all that I am going to do. Many years ago I gave up the whole rat race and decided to limit my gifts to homemade ornaments and I’ve got those done for this year!

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

Good mental health is enhanced by hugs, kisses compliments, and kind deeds. Give each person in your family 7 clothes pins. Have them clip them on their clothes. Set a time period such as one hour, until supper, etc. Whenever they do one of these things for another, they should also give them a clothespin. The object of the game is to be the person with the least clothes pins at the end of the time period!

 

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Here are several activities centered on the true St. Nicholas!

http://www.stnicholascenter.org/pages/activities/

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Are your kids Mellisa and Doug fans? Lots of great toys and games discounted right now! Many have very obvious educational value too! If you buy through the link, you’ll not only bless your kids, but you’ll support this page too!

https://www.amazon.com/b/ref=as_li_ss_tl?rh=i:toys-and-games,n:11757837011,n:11757837011&ie=UTF8&node=11757837011&linkCode=sl2&tag=almostunschoolinggrama-20&linkId=d3d14dacf7860a53064b4a5c76e0d756

 

BIBLE

 

http://homeschoolerpost.com/16103/152073/a/unschooling-hanukkah

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Take some time to build a tower with your kids. Build a tower that doesn’t have a good foundation. What happens? It falls over. Then build a tower that has a good foundation. Talk to them about how we need to build a good foundation for our lives. It takes more time, but it keeps us from falling over later. Then discuss what a good foundation for our lives is.

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Tape some butcher paper to the wall. Let your kids make a mural about what they learned in church this weekend.

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LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Family

 

Do you send Christmas cards? Addressing envelopes and writing on the cards counts as Language Arts! You can add in a little geography by looking up the places you are sending the cards to on a map!

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Preschool

 

Wouldn’t it be great to pretend that your elf on a shelf wrote all over the window when you do this one? You could adjust this by doing sight words or vocab words! Just give clues about what word to erase. 🙂

http://busytoddler.com/2016/11/easy-alphabet-activity/

 

Erase the ABCs: Easy Alphabet Activity

 

 

Elementary

 

Have your kids make up hieroglyphics to represent their vocabulary words!

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Middle School – High School

 

Do you have a library? Come on! You are a homeschooler! Challenge your kids to organize it with the Dewy Decimal System. Here’s a video to get them started.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9bV_sI8XQdI

 

 

SCIENCE

 

 

WE had so much fun learning about air pressure the other day! Put an Alka-Seltzer in a small container that is filled half way with water and watch! It fizzes and then the top pops off! There’s a whole lot more you can do with this experiment if you have older kids. They can figure out the volume of air it takes for the top to blow off by measuring the water in the container, look up what makes Alka-Seltzer fizz, figure out how much time it takes for the lid to blow, and experiment with different amounts of water and Alka-Seltzer. Your kids might think of a few more!

 

 

Give your kids some materials and watch what they come up with like this mom does!

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If your kids haven’t made a tin can phone, you’ve neglected their education! :’) It’s something your older kids can share with the younger ones too. Keep them all busy learning about sound waves!

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Now this will keep them busy for a while! What cool science activities have you done lately?

http://frugalfun4boys.com/2015/03/10/how-to-build-a-simple-electromagnetic-train/

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

http://www.playdoughtoplato.com/preschool-math-straw-match/#_a5y_p=3053062

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Elementary

 

Winter Math: Snowman Fractions

 

 

Middle School and Up

 

Did your calculator come with a set of instructions? Honestly, I have no idea what all mine can do! Give your kids a calculator and challenge them to figure out what every button does and how to use it!

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Honestly, I can’t think of a better way to introduce investing to kids than by playing Monopoly! If you don’t have this game be sure to pick it up for Christmas! If you order through this link, you will help support this page!

https://www.amazon.com/Winning-Moves-Games-1126-Monopoly/dp/B002JSM3KQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?s=toys-and-games&ie=UTF8&qid=1480602902&sr=1-2&keywords=monopoly&linkCode=sl1&tag=almostunschoolinggrama-20&linkId=e23dafe5373cc71d8bc67d32699595f5

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Do your kids have a Christmas gift-giving budget? Help them plan their purchases by looking at ads. Encourage them to find the best deals, add together their possible purchases. Don’t forget to figure the tax!

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SOCIAL STUDIES

 

Free downloadable game! Some good geography links too! What are your kids’ favorite geography games?

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Our tradition is that Santa flies around the world and leaves presents for children everywhere. But that’s not the way it is. Take some time to explore other Christmas traditions around the world. Don’t forget that most people in the world don’t celebrate Christmas at all, but there are many holidays during the winter months. Explore those too!

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MUSIC

 

http://caldwellorganizedchaos.blogspot.com/2016/11/my-favorite-nutcracker-music-lesson.html

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ART

 

Fill some spray bottles with colored water. (use food coloring). Then go out and paint pictures in the snow!

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PE

 

Don’t forget! Sledding counts as PE!

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BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

http://www.toddlerapproved.com/2015/12/christmas-toss-game-for-toddlers.html

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HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

Good News!

Armed Forces Finally Accept Homeschool Enlistees on Equal Terms

Long Struggle on Behalf of Homeschool High School Graduates Pays off

http://www.hslda.org/docs/news/2014/201403180.asp

 

 

SPECIAL NEEDS

 

Please read! Especially if you have kids with learning differences!

“Despite having a couple of diagnoses that actually make social interactions stressful and confusing for my son, he was clearly the one most capable socially.”

 

http://simplehomeschool.net/public-school/

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ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

What Kind of Homeschool Mom or Dad Are You?

 

What is my Child’s Learning Style?

 

I really want to leave this alone, but I just can’t! It came up as the top story on my Google Alerts for homeschooling. Therefore, a lot of people are probably reading this nonsense. This guy is using all the lame arguments against homeschooling that I heard back in the late 80s! And all of them have been proven untrue!

Please, go register at this obviously podunk newspaper and set him straight!

http://www.elgincourier.com/news/article_79d64c22-bca1-11e6-96dc-7398e77f0f8c.html

 

 

What is a Working Homeschool Mom?

 

So sorry that I haven’t gotten around to blogging about the activities I got to do with my grandkids this week.  Things have been really hectic! Hopefully, I will get around to it this week.

God Bless You All!

 ~Grama Sue

Announcing Homeschool Doula Program | Homeschool Mentoring

Almost Unschooling Grama’s

Homeschool Doula Program
(Temporarily only available to Illinois, Iowa and Missouri residents.)

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Thinking about homeschooling but don’t know where to start? Already homeschooling but frustrated? Confused by all the curriculum choices out there?

 
We all need someone who’s been there to talk with and to encourage us. When I started homeschooling, we were horribly financially challenged. I was also very sick and incredibly disorganized. But, I loved my kids and was determined to do the best I could by them. I started out thinking I’d just do it for a year or two and wound up teaching kids that weren’t my own 🙂

 
If I can do it, so can you! I’m here to help you with one-on-one guidance through all the questions and insecurities you will experience as you learn to establish an educational model that will work for you and your family. My goal will be to work myself out of a job. Most families will want to work with me for a year or two, but if you think you’ve got this after a month or you get to liking me and want to keep me involved long term, I’m good with that!

 
Through weekly phone calls, e-mails, chats and my Face Book page, I will help you:

 

Assess each child’s educational needs
Find activities and curriculum
Establish a schedule that will work for your family
Find support service you might need
Meet state requirements
Establish a good record keeping routine
Create report cards
Help you with strategies that will encourage your child’s love of learning

 

I’d love to do this for every family in the world for free, but, I can only help 10 families at a time and since I’m not independently wealthy yet, I still have to eat! This program will open January 5th, but to make sure that I have time to serve each family by getting to know you well, only one family will be accepted into the program each week.

 
A $25 registration fee gets your family a place in the line. Once you start the program, a $100 monthly fee will be required on the day of the month that your family starts. Pay by check, money order, Paypal or debit card through my Paypal account! Just let me know what you want to do and I’ll set you up.

 
I’m looking forward to working with you! Get your place in line now!