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!

 

http://something2offer.com/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

 

http://www.teach-me-mommy.com/2015/10/subject-predicate-writing-game.html

 

 

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.

 

 

http://thepinterestedparent.com/2016/08/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

 

 

 

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God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

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!

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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 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

 

http://teachbesideme.com/gingerbread-house-geometry/

 

 

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

 

Fearing Chemistry? Beginners Guide To Atoms and The Periodic Table To the Rescue!

 

 

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 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

 

http://teachbesideme.com/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

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Round-up November 11, 2016

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

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

FAMILY ACTIVITIES

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

BIBLE

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Free outdoor Bible verse scavenger hunt. Click here!

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

 

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

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Make a cartoon book depicting a Bible story!

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

Family

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

 

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

 

Preschool

Preschool Letter Recognition Activities

 

Elementary

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

 

Blogging for Kids

 

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

 

Middle School – High School

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

 

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

 

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SCIENCE

http://www.theowlteacher.com/2015/10/a-trick-or-treat-blog-hop.html

 

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Love those activities that mix subjects!

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

 

 

MATH

Family Activities

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

Preschool

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

 

Elementary 

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

 

Middle School and Up

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

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

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

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

 

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

History is just full of science! Imagine that!

 

MUSIC

Another duo activity! Music and PE here!

Thanksgiving Songs for Children – A Turkey Dance

 

ART

10 FREE Thanksgiving Coloring Pages

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

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

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

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

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

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

 

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5 Reasons Why the Government Should Stay Out of Education

 

How to Motivate Your Kids to Get Their Schoolwork Done

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

 

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

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue