Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap Up | January 20th, 2017

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BIBLE

 

Read Acts 1:8 to your kids. Talk about what a witness is. Have they ever seen a reporter interview a witness? Encourage them to take a little while to think about what they would say if they were asked to witness about Jesus. Then give one a microphone and ask him to interview a witness for Jesus. Pass the microphone around and let each child take their turn being the reporter and the witness.

 

 

While you are reading the Bible with your kids, take the time to find the places mentioned on a map!

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

Name Recognition Soup

 

 

Elementary

 

 

Let your kids play with their food! Tell them they can’t eat their peanut butter until they have written two spelling words in it with a toothpick!

 

 

When doing your spelling drills, put out the alphabet on the floor and have your kids step on the letters as they spell the words.

 

 

To help your kids learn the keyboard, have them arrange alphabet cards on the floor as they are on the keyboard. They can “type” out words with their feet or play a game of “What’s Missing”. While their backs are turned, remove a letter. Then have them figure out which one it is. Start out with a real keyboard for them to compare it to. When they get good at it, take away the keyboard to make it more challenging. Once they learn the letters, have them make cards for all the other keys and continue playing.

 

Middle School – High School

 

Writing prompt! What would you do if you could travel through time? Would you visit the past first or the future? Where would you go and what would you do?

 

SCIENCE

 

http://www.cuttingtinybites.com/2017/01/winter-stem-build-snowflake-tinker-tray.html

 

 

Have your kids test this one!

You can use pinecones to forecast the weather: the scales on the pinecones will close when rain is on the way.

 

 

Use a magnifying glass to examine the frost on your window!  Extra challenge – try to draw it!

 

MATH

 

Preschool

 

 

Do you have a shell collection? Have your preschooler sort them by color, size, type or shape. Have him decide if the gray and white shell belongs with the gray or the white shells. Is it mostly gray or white? Use words like big, bigger or biggest. Do an art project with them making patterns of the shells you sorted.

 

Elementary

 

 

Kid Friendly Videos That Teach Geometry

 

 

Middle School and Up

 This video does a pretty good job of explaining the distributive property!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gw893STHN9w

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

For Martin Luther King Jr. Day, we made Liberty Bells out of egg carton cups, foil, chenille strips and little circles with the word “free” written on them. We talked about what segregation is and how Martin Luther King stood up to unfair laws that kept African-Americans segregated. What did you do for Martin Luther King Jr. Day?

 

MUSIC

 

http://themusicclef.blogspot.com/2013/03/sound-songs.html

 

ART

 

 

Discuss with your kids what “art” is. Drawings, patterns, sculptures, arrangements of colors … what else can they think of? Tell your kids that you want to make a list of all they things in your home that they can find that involve art. Then make a running list, add to it as they find things.

 

 

PE

 

 

My husband’s family has a game they call “Holey Board”. It’s a board with holes in it that they throw metal washers in. Talk with your kids about making up a family game!

 

 

Way to mix PE and Science! Check out this post about the science of sledding!

http://theresjustonemommy.com/2015/01/06/science-of-sledding/

 

 

HEALTH

 

 

Find a little bit of dried animal poo. Now pour some clean water into a container from the tap or your water filter. Ask your kids if that water is alright to drink. Then put that little bit of poo in the container. Ask if it’s OK to drink now. Then dip a little bit of water out and put it in a different container. It doesn’t look like it has poo in it, but it might have germs from the poo that could make it you sick. Talk about why they should be careful about where they get the water they drink from and ways you can clean up water that might be contaminated.

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

 

Do your kids have good phone manners? Make sure they know how you want them to answer the phone and take messages. Role play answering the phone and what they should tell strangers.

 

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

Love these suggestions! Especially the spaghetti and Cherrios activity! You could even teach counting with this one!

http://www.leahwithlove.com/2014/07/mommy-school-playing-learning-with-play.html

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

I didn’t know the Pioneer Woman was homeschooled! Did you?

http://thepioneerwoman.com/homeschooling/how-i-homeschooled-through-high-school/

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

Looking Back 14 Years – My Biggest Homeschool Regret

 

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

21 Ways to Mix Language Arts and History

Do you homeschool? If so you have the perfect opportunity to mix up those boring categories that traditional schools use to compartmentalize learning. Here are just a few ways to get some hands-on learning that mixes up the subjects. Feel free to count the time spent doing these activities as History, Language Arts or both!

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  1. Stage a debate between George Washington and King George! (Or any two opposing historical figures.)
  2. Choose a historical event. Pretend you are a director who is casting the actors for a movie about it. Then choose people to play the characters. These can be anyone! – Friends, historical figures, actual actors, even fictional! Explain who you would choose and why.
  3. Make a comic book depicting an event you are studying.
  4. When studying historical conflicts such as the Civil War or the Civil Rights Movement, have your kids write letters to the editor written from the perspective of someone on each side.
  5. Create a classified ad to promote a historical event. Figure out how much it would cost to run that ad in today’s paper for a little math twist!
  6. Pick out a historical character. Have your kids pretend they are that person and write a blog from their viewpoint!
  7. Look up newspaper articles from the time period you are studying. Read them aloud. Notice differences in spelling, organization, etc. from articles written today. Cut an article apart and see if you can put it back together correctly.
  8. Copy one of those newspaper articles for handwriting practice.
  9. Write a short story about a child in another time period. (Watch a historical show about a child such as Ann Frank, The Young Indiana Jones or Heidi for inspiration.)
  10. Create a board game based on a timeline. Put in a few “worm holes” where the player has to draw a card from a pile describing an event on the timeline and jump to that event.
  11. Create a crossword puzzle with names of people and places associated with the event or time period you are studying.
  12. Pick up some letter stamps and challenge your kids to print a headline or maybe even a whole story with them. Talk about the invention of the printing press and how it changed the world.
  13. Print famous portraits on stock paper. Cut out, put on craft sticks and create a puppet skit! Try to find out a little bit about the paintings and incorporate that into your skit. This one counts for art too!
  14. Find poems from the time period you are studying and make up actions to do while reciting them.
  15. When reading or watching historical fiction, look up the places and people mentioned.
  16. Have a spelling bee with words from the time period or event you are studying.
  17. Create a travel brochure about a historical place.
  18. Have your kids pretend to be historical figures who write postcards to each other. Throw a litte art in there too by having them design pictures for the postcards as well as doing the writing.
  19. Pretend your family is a news team from a different time such as Ancient Rome. What kinds of stories would you report on? Give each person a category such as human interest, crime investigation, politics, sports, weather and so on. When everyone has their stories together, put together a newscast and video it.
  20. Watch a historical movie and then have your kids write reviews and post them to FB.
  21. Have your kids make a family history book by decorating a 3 ring binder. Then after visiting older relatives, have them write the stories they heard down and add them to the book.

Do you have more ideas? I’d love to hear them!

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue