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.

Make your own or order a 10 pack through this Amazon link to help support this page!

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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.

 

If you don’t have a pair, please consider purchasing through this Amazon link to help support this page.

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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!

If you are needing some, please consider buying through this Amazon link to help support this page!

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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. 🙂

 

If you need one, please consider purchasing through this Amazon link to help support this page!

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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 | 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 Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | December 2, 2016

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up | December 2, 2016

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Hope you all have had a terrific week! The grandkids got home from Pennsylvania so I got to play with them for a few days. So much fun! I’ll be doing some blog posts about the things we did soon. Now I’m off to Iowa to help my folks out for a couple of months. My mom is having surgery next week, so please pray for a speedy recovery!

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

Every year when my kids were growing up, I declared the time period between Thanksgiving and Christmas “ART MONTH”! We cut our formal lessons to the bare minimum and concentrated on making presents. A major activity was making cookies and treats for everyone we knew. I would buy tins at garage sales throughout the year and during “ART MONTH” we would fill them with mouth-watering treats. Are you celebrating “ART MONTH”?

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This is geared towards groups, but my kids would have loved doing this right at home. What about your kids? You could use this for review with any book or lesson!

http://ministry-to-children.com/yes-no-sticks/

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Do you know all of your neighbors? Have a baking day with your kids and then take goodies to them!

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BIBLE

 

http://adventuresinmommydom.org/king-josiah-lesson/

 

 

 

Get some party noisemakers and reenact the story of Jericho! If you don’t have any, you can use this link to order some and you can help me out at the same time! I get a small commission.

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LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

Your child may exhibit these signs when he/she is preschool age, but if he/she doesn’t, don’t worry! The average age for a child to be physically and mentally ready to read is 4 -12. Don’t push it!

Ready to Read – Reading Readiness Signs and Checklist

 

Elementary

 

Have your kids write a paragraph about how they would want to be decorated if they were a Christmas tree.

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Make paper ornaments with vocab words written on the backs. Put them on the tree. Then have your kids pick one or two each day and look up what it means.

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Ask your kids what they would do if Santa were stuck in a chimney.  Have them draw pictures and write a story.

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Name your elves. Then talk about what kinds of characteristics they have. Are they shy? athletic? What kinds of things are they interested in? Woodworking? electronics? Then write a story about a day in their lives.

If you don’t have any elves, you can buy some through this link and it will help support this page!

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Middle School – High School

 

Make a crossword puzzle from words in a Christmas song and let your kids guess which song the puzzle is about. Then challenge them to make one for you!

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SCIENCE

 

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

Make a Christmas tree from construction paper or felt. Then make several cards with numbers on them on different colored construction paper. Place these in a bowl. Have your little one draw out one and decorate the tree by putting that number of sequins, beads or pom-poms of that color on the tree. Older kids can pull two and add them together.

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Elementary

 

http://childrensmathgames.com/dice-war-subtraction/?utm_content=buffer415ae&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

 

Middleschool and Up

Can’t say enough good about this game! It was a favorite at my house for years! If you don’t have it in your house, please consider buying it through this link and help support this page!

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SOCIAL STUDIES

Is there a National Guard or a military base near you? Call to see if you can get a tour! Great field trip! Find out about how it came to being and where those stationed at that base have served.

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MUSIC

Free music therory course!

https://www.musiclessons.com/youtube/#6gHEIF0rT2w

 

ART

Have your child pick his/her favorite piece of art you have in your home. It can be a painting, a craft, a figurine, quilt, or whatever they love. Then have him/her describe the piece. What is the medium? What do you like about the lines, colors, textures, etc.? Where is it in your home? What makes that place a good place to display it? And anything else they can think of to describe it. This could make a great dinner time discussion or a blog post for older kids!

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Something fun to do with all those broken crayons!

http://heatherednest.com/2016/11/melted-crayon-art-diy-christmas-ornaments.html

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BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

Sensory Crawl Infant and Toddler Activity {Huggies Little Movers}

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

Ask Jeanne: Do Homeschoolers Get a Diploma?

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

More parents taking kids’ learning into their own hands

http://www.argusleader.com/story/news/education/2016/11/26/more-parents-taking-kids-learning-into-their-own-hands/93925296/

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God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Wrap-Up

Hope you are having a wonderful Thanksgiving weekend and may the spirit of Thanksgiving envelope every other day of your year!

“Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings.”

— William Arthur Ward

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

Spend a little time studying the history of the circus and go to one if you can. Circus’ tend to have families as performers. Pretend you are a circus family. Figure out what you can recreate and put on a circus with balancing acts, tumbling, clowns, pet, and stupid human tricks.

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Adopt a missionary! Send them letters, pray for them and do fundraisers for them! This is a great organization!

http://www.gfa.org/

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BIBLE

 

 

Read the story about how Jesus created new eyes for a man in John 9:9-12 to your kids. Then get some dirt, add some water (or saliva if you are really brave 😉 ) and let them play in the mud.

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LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Family

 

Riddles are a great way to teach your kids to think logically! Click on this link to find great riddle books while helping support this page!

https://www.amazon.com/s/ref=as_li_ss_tl?url=search-alias=aps&field-keywords=riddle+books+for+kids&sprefix=riddle+book,aps,605&crid=16YSQS3CB735N&linkCode=sl2&tag=almostunschoolinggrama-20&linkId=42caec6440fd4338758ee4deac7e16a2

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Great idea from Mommy’s Page!

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Preschool

 

I totally don’t agree that all children should write their names before kindergarten, but this post has some great ideas for helping your child learn!

A simple way to practice name writing… before kindergarten!

 

 

Elementary

 

OK, another use for textbooks (There aren’t many 😉 ) … Show your child the glossary in the back of a textbook. Explain that the purpose is to help people with words they might not be familiar with and that it is in alphabetical order. Then have him/her write an instructional article and include a glossary.

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Print out a news article, but remove the headline. Let your kids read it and come up with their own headlines. Then compare them to the original. Then look at lots of headlines online. Discuss what makes a headline that encourages people to read the article.

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Middle School – High School

 

Choose a book you are reading. 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.

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SCIENCE

 

My granddaughter is having a ball making butter! Bet your kids will too!

Make Homemade Butter Thanksgiving Edible Science

 

Have your kids blow up some balloons. Then have them see how far they can walk with them between their knees. NO HANDS! Experiment by doing the same thing with the balloons between the elbows. Then try different sizes and shapes of balloons. Is there a difference between the balloons that are blown up slightly and those that are blown up taunt? What other kinds of experiments can you try?

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How Much Weight Can Your Boat Float?

http://www.sciencebuddies.org/science-fair-projects/project_ideas/Aero_p020.shtml#procedure

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

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

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Elementary

 

This cute bean bag toss is loaded with indoor PE with math possibilities! Challenge your kids to start by tossing into the “5” hole, then the “10”, “15” up to 25 or backwards. You can also add or multiply scores from each round to a preset goal. Make your own or buy through this link to help support this page!

http://amzn.to/2gh71uG

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http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2016/05/ladybug-addition-math-game.html

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Do some round robin math. One person writes a number sentence. The next person solves the equation and uses the answer in their number sentence, and so on … Play against a timer, or until someone can’t solve the equation or until the number can’t be read. So many ways to have fun with this!

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Middle School and Up

The math you need to manage your money

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Have your kids make a list of questions about family and email it to grandparents, aunts and uncles. Use the answers to compile a family history.

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What are your family’s favorite foods? Do they come from your ethnic background or somewhere else? Can you find out when and where those recipes were first created?

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You don’t have to live in a state with mountains to have elevation. What is your state’s high point and low point? Mark them on your map and go there if you can!

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http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2013/10/homeschool-history-lesson-plan-medieval_21.html

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MUSIC

Check out this interesting post on the songs of the Underground Railroad!

http://pathways.thinkport.org/secrets/music2.cfm

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ART

How to Teach Art to a Curious Teen (When You Know Nothing About Art!)

 

http://www.firefliesandmudpies.com/2014/11/03/gratitude-stones/

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BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

 

Sticker Line-Up

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

http://www.thegilesfrontier.com/2016/09/entrepreneur-homeschooling-middle-school/

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ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

Why Grade Levels Do Matter

 

This 19-Year-Old Homeschool Alum Just Became Ontario’s Youngest Ever Elected Member of Parliament

 

http://www.ourgoodfamily.org/2016/02/how-much-time-does-our-homeschool-day-really-take/?utm_content=buffer235fb&utm_medium=social&utm_source=twitter.com&utm_campaign=buffer

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God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Round-up November 11, 2016

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

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Roundup

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Roundup

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!

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, all neatly organized according to subject category and age level. Feel free to pick and choose those activities that best fit your children! Subscribe on the right to get this blog in your e-mail so you don’t miss out!

Before we get started this week, I wanted to share this great quote that I found this week from C. S. Lewis:

“In those days a boy on the classical side officially did almost nothing but classics. I think this was wise; the greatest service we can to education today is to teach few subjects. No one has time to do more than a very few things well before he is twenty, and when we force a boy to be a mediocrity in a dozen subjects we destroy his standards, perhaps for life.”

It’s something Grampa Tom and I discuss quite often. Most schools (especially high schools and colleges) require subjects that don’t pertain to anything the student will need when they get out into the workforce in an effort to produce a “well-rounded education”. Not only is it a waste of time, but it produces bored kids who are quite willing to just skate by. Let your kids study what they want! If they should need any of the “extras” when they are out there, they will pick it up.

 

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A traditional school is a perfect habitat for competitive, extroverted, academically inclined students. But if you put an angelfish in this shark tank, you are asking for problems. Make sure your child has the right habitat for learning. ~ Grama Sue

~ Grama Sue

FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

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Most newspaper companies are thrilled to show kids around. Call to set up a tour! Counts as Language Arts or Social Studies!

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Combine the game of Twister (which is PE) with any other subject! Simply print out questions on red, blue, yellow and green stock paper and cut them apart to make cards. Then after the spin, draw a card of the corresponding color. The player must answer the question and then make the move on the spinner.

If you need to buy a Twister game, click on the link!

http://amzn.to/2dSQAX4

 

BIBLE

Experiencing the 10 Plagues of Egypt

 

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Give your kids tubes of travel toothpaste. Have them race to see who can get their tubes emptied first. Then have them try to put the toothpaste back in. Compare this to our words. Oftentimes our emotions will tempt us to race to spill out words that hurt others, but if we give in to that, we won’t be able to put them back in. Encourage your kids to take time to pray before they speak!

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

Family

Remember! Every time you play a board game with your kids they are practicing valuable reading, math and social skills! Have a game night regularly!

Preschool

Winter Crafts for Kids – Marshmallow Names

Elementary

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Surgery to make contractions! Wow! Love this idea from The First-Grade Parade!

http://thefirstgradeparade.blogspot.com/search/label/contractions

Middle School – High School

A vocab game with a purpose!

http://freerice.com/#/english-vocabulary/1478

 

SCIENCE

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Give your kids a ball, a board to make an inclined plane and a timer. Have them time how long it takes for the ball to roll down the board. Then, challenge them to make the ball roll slower.

Build A Hand Crank Winch Simple Machine STEM Idea

 

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Decide on a small terrarium pet such as a lizard or an insect. Study what the pet will need and create a habitat for it.

 

MATH

Preschool

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Print out this dot board. Young kids can roll one die and circle the number of dots they rolled. Older kids can roll 2 or more dice, circle those numbers and add them together.

Elementary

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Make multiplication drills fun with this free game download from Games4Gains!

http://games4gains.com/blogs/teaching-ideas/multiplication-squares-game

Middle School and Up

Cool Math for Kids has lots of brain teasers! Check them out!

https://www.coolmath4kids.com/brain-teasers

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

Introduce your kids to Native American pictographs and encourage them to write a story with them!

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Legos are always a hit when it comes to learning! Study flags with this lesson from Momgineer! http://momgineer.blogspot.com/2014/02/flag-fun-with-legos.html

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Spend some time watching the election coverage on networks with opposing bias’. Point out to your kids the wording used that exposes the bias from each of the channels.

 

MUSIC

Because I had a Daddy/Daughter date with my dad at the Waterloo/Cedar Falls Symphony last Sunday! 🙂 Cute video about the kinds of instruments you will find at a symphony!

 

ART

Doing jigsaw puzzles of classic paintings is a great way to study Art!

Pick some up here! http://amzn.to/2esiQvQ

 

PE

DIY American Ninja Warrior Backyard Obstacle Course

 

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It’s time to clean up the yard and put your gardens to bed! Get the kids out there pulling up plants, mulching, raking, etc. Great PE activities!

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

http://theimaginationtree.com/2014/04/cardboard-beads-threading-activity-for-toddlers.html

 

PRESCHOOL

Practice using scissors with these free printables from 123 Homeschool 4 Me!

http://www.123homeschool4me.com/2015/02/simple-scissor-practice.html

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

I too hear so many kids who want to be homeschooled. Many teenagers are fully capable of educating themselves.

Help! I Want to Be Homeschooled.

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

Homeschool Students SPEAK UP!

 

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If you have a child who is prone to anger or emotional outbursts, give her a pinwheel. Tell her that blowing on the pinwheel when she is angry or upset will help her calm down and think better. Then when the meltdown comes, give it to her and encourage her to blow on it as hard as she can 5 times.

 

31 Days to a Well-Run Homeschool

 

Smart lady! This is where I differ from radical homeschoolers. I believe there are memory skills that need to be worked on every day like spelling and math drills. You can’t work on these things for a day or two and then pick it up next week and expect your kids to get anywhere. And I believe in carrot sticks! A radical homeschooler would not stoop to bribes. 😉

How to Motivate Your Kids to Get Their Schoolwork Done

 

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

 

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama’s Weekly Round-up

Almost Unschooling Grama’s Weekly Round-up

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! 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, all neatly organized according to subject category and age level. Feel free to pick and choose those activities that best fit your children! Subscribe on the right to get this blog in your e-mail so you don’t miss out!

FAMILY VARIETY

Wow! What a resource! 100 free lapbook templates!

http://diyhomeschooler.com/100-editable-lapbook-templates-free/

 

 

BIBLE

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Praying with your kids teaches them one of the most important skills they need for a successful life. And like having a meal together, praying with your kids opens up lines of communication! Make sure you have a regular time set apart for it!

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

Family

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Tell your kids to pretend they work in a huge pet shop. They come in in the morning and somehow all 187 mice had managed to get out. Brainstorm some ideas with them and then have them write about how they would get the mice back in their cage. (If you have non-readers, write their story for them or have them record an audio of it.)

Elementary

Paper Bag Turkey Puppets (Thanskgiving Craft)

This site has lots of November writing ideas!

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http://missgiraffesclass.blogspot.com/2015/11/november-writing-crafts.html

Middle School – High School

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English is a living language. We come up with new words all the time. In fact, many of words we use on a regular basis were coined by the great William Shakespeare himself!

http://mentalfloss.com/article/48657/20-words-we-owe-william-shakespeare

Have you ever done any of his plays? Here’s  a homeschool drama group that does!

 

SCIENCE

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Do you have a steep hill near you? Have your kids experiment with different ways to get down it. Try walking, rolling and using different ways to slide down it. Observe things like the angle you are at when standing on it and how it is easier to walk up if you switch back it. Are there other things that would make it easier? Get your kids’ ideas and let them try.

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Give your kids an empty plastic bottle and a bucket of water. Challenge them to sink the bottle. Only one rule: You can’t fill the bottle with water.

 

MATH

Preschool

Sorting, Counting, and Graphing for Preschoolers

Elementary and Up

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Build a cup tower and measure it. Then measure just one of the cups. See if you can figure out how many cups it will take to build a tower that is 24″ or 36″ tall or even as tall as one of your kids!

 

How to Teach Geometry Shapes for Grade 1 – Fun Math Activities

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

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What is the last meal you planned around something your family was studying? Cooking and eating meals based on other cultures or time periods is a great way to make social studies come alive!

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Using a world map and some straight pins, track where every item you buy in a week comes from.

 

MUSIC

FREE piano lessons!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

FREE COURSE

 

ART

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It’s coming soon, folks! This site has a free printable for this cute Thanksgiving craft.

http://www.thesilverpen.com/inspired-living-celebrating-life/a-thanksgiving-full-of-gratitude/

 

 

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Learn about crafting in Waldorf schools.

PE

When’s the last time you played, “Mother May I?” Here’s a list of physical commands that make this classic listening game PE!

  • Take a big jump.
  • Do one summersault.
  • Hop 5 times.
  • Tip toe 7 steps.
  • Crab crawl 8 steps. (Each time they move a hand or a foot is     considered a step).
  • Do a cartwheel.
  • March 4 steps forward.
  • Turn around and walk backward 6 steps.
  • Take 3 scissor steps forwards.
  • Kick march 2 steps.

What other commands can you think of ?

 

This line math game doesn’t have to be a relay!

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

Might keep em busy for a little while!

How Sensory Play Benefits Language Development

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

This post is a how-to guide for high school counselors who are helping students get into college but could be adapted by asking a mentor, friend of the family or pastor to follow the guidelines.

https://professionals.collegeboard.org/guidance/applications/counselor-tips

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

What If the Problem Was School in the First Place?

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

 

God Bless You All!

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Round-up | Homeschool Idea Central

Almost Unschooling Grama Weekly Round-up | Homeschool Idea Central

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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! Your time is valuable. I post enough educational ideas each week that if you were to follow even part of them, you really wouldn’t need any other curriculum, 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, all neatly organized according to subject category and age level. Please, be patient with me! I’m unschooling myself on how to do this! I’ll get better at this as I go along! Subscribe on the right to get this blog in your e-mail so you don’t miss out!

FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

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  • It’s fall! Lots of pumpkin farms have corn mazes and other family oriented activities this time of year! They make awesome field trips!

 

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  • Have your kids write down three questions they have in a journal each day, leaving a little space where they can write the answers that they found.

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  • Put on a fashion show! You can do this with today’s fashions or do a historical or occupational show. Have your kids write the descriptions and pick out music. Talk about proper posture and how to walk. Fun activity that includes a variety of subjects! Language Arts, Music, Art, Social Studies, Biology …

 

BIBLE

  • Sukkot started on Monday and goes through this weekend. You still have some time to build yourself a tabernacle and celebrate! Counts for History too!

 

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  • Play Stomp and Pop! Put the words for your memory verse on slips of paper, insert into balloons and blow up. Let your kids stomp on them to pop them to find the words. Then put the words in order!

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

Family

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  • Start an email round-robin story with your family and friends. Create a list of people to send a group email to. Start the story and then ask your family and friends to add to the story with another sentence, paragraph or illustration, then forward on to the rest of the group. This can be really fun to see what threads develop! Counts as Language Arts or Computer Lit!

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  • Curl up on the couch and do some interactive reading. Before you start, decide on how to divvy up the reading. Perhaps the youngest will read a word and your 8-year-old will read the rest of the sentence and you will read the rest of the paragraph. Or maybe you will read the narration, but your kids will take turns reading the dialog. Your kids will probably come up with all kinds of combinations. Have fun with it!

 

Preschool

  • For free alphabet train matching game click here!

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Elementary

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  • The first alphabets (although not considered to be true alphabets) had no vowels. Write a sentence without vowels and see if someone else can figure out what you said. Counts for History too!

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  • Cut a comic strip out of a newspaper. Then cut off the last panel. Let your kids draw what they think will happen in the last panel, then compare the actual last panel with theirs!

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  • Ancient texts lack punctuation marks and there is no spacing between the words. Write a story without spaces and punctuation marks. Then get other people to try to read it. Counts for History too!

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  • Let your kids make supper tomorrow night with a scavenger hunt. Leave clues as to what ingredients and equipment will be needed around your kitchen. The last clue should lead to a recipe or two that is hidden. Counts as Language Arts and Home Ec!

 

Middle School – High School

 

SCIENCE

  • Love hands on activities? Try this one!

Simple Machines Science Lesson: Lift Water with An Archimedes’ Screw

 

MATH

  • Here’s a link for all kinds of fun educational pumpkin activities!

Pumpkin School

Preschool

 

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  • Give your child several Legos that are the same size. Then tell them to find out how many Legos long their shoe, a stuffed toy, their favorite toy vehicle, etc. is.

Elementary and Up

Composing Music with Math Activity for Kids

 

 

COMPUTER LIT

  • For some really great tips for teaching your kids internet safety in an online world! Click here!

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

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  • For some insight on things you can do to help your baby’s brain grow click here!

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

I had never heard about this aspect of choosing a college before, have you?

http://www.thehomescholar.com/blog/reach-fit-and-safety-colleges/?platform=hootsuite

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

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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