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

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

 

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

 

10 Projects to Transform Your Backyard into an Educational Oasis

 

 

Some of my readers’ favorite educational websites!

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

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

 

Reading Eggs

http://readingeggs.com/

 

Progressive Phonics

http://www.progressivephonics.com/

 

Grey Olltwit Educational Software

http://www.greyolltwit.com/

 

Answers in Genesis

https://answersingenesis.org/

 

 

 

BIBLE

 

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

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

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

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

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

 

Elementary

 

Subject & Predicate Writing Game

 

 

Middle School – High School

 

 

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

 

SCIENCE

 

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

 

 

Things to do with a magnifying glass:

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

 

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

 

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

 

 

Elementary

 

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

 

Middle School and Up

 

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

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

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

 

 

 

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

 

 

Egyptian Pyramid Craft

 

 

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

MUSIC

 

 

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

 

ART

 

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

 

PE

 

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

 

HEALTH

 

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

 

 

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

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

 

PRESCHOOL

 

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

 

 

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

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

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

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

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

A peek into the life of a working homeschool mom!

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

 

 

And a homeschooling military family!

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

 

 

 

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

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

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

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

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FAMILY/VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

Which of these Valentines activities do you like best?

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

 

 

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

 

Things to do with playdough:

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

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BIBLE

 

 

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

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

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

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

The player with the most cards face up wins.

 

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

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

Why You Should Break Crayons (On Purpose)

 

 

Elementary

 

 

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

 

Middle School – High School

 

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

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

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

 

SCIENCE

 

Things to do with binoculars:

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

 

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

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

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Elementary

 

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

 

 

Middle School and Up

 

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

Should We Stop Teaching Math? You Might Be Surprised!

 

 

 

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

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

 

MUSIC

 

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

 

ART

 

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

 

 

PE

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

HEALTH

 

 

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

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

 

Learn to sew by making a simple stuffed animal!

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

5 Fun Activities To Do With Your 6 Month Old

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

 

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

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

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

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

 

What If the Kids Want to Go Back to School?

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

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

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

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BIBLE

 

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

 

 

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

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

Name Recognition Soup

 

 

Elementary

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

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

 

Middle School – High School

 

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

 

SCIENCE

 

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

 

 

Have your kids test this one!

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

 

 

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

 

MATH

 

Preschool

 

 

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

 

Elementary

 

 

Kid Friendly Videos That Teach Geometry

 

 

Middle School and Up

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

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

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

 

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

 

MUSIC

 

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

 

ART

 

 

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

 

 

PE

 

 

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

 

 

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

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

 

 

HEALTH

 

 

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

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

 

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

 

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

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

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

 

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

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

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

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

Looking Back 14 Years – My Biggest Homeschool Regret

 

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

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

Almost Unschooling Weekly Wrap-Up | January 6, 2017

Almost Unschooling Weekly Wrap-Up | January 6, 2017

 

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

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

 

 

 

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FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

 

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

 

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

 

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

 

BIBLE

 

Game of the Week: Testament Wheels

 

 

LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Preschool

 

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

 

Elementary

 

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

 

 

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

 

Middle School – High School

 

 

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

 

 

SCIENCE

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

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

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

 

 

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

 

 

MATH

 

Preschool

 

 

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

 

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

 

 

Elementary

 

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

 

Middle School and Up

 

 

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

 

 

 

SOCIAL STUDIES

 

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

 

 

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

 

 

MUSIC & PE

 

 

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

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ART

 

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

 

 

HOME EC

 

 

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

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

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HEALTH

 

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

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

 

LIFE SKILLS

 

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

20 Basic Manners All Boys Should Know

 

BABIES AND TODDLERS

 

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

 

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

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

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

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

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

 

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

http://www.nathhan.com/

 

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

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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 | Hands-On Learning December 16 2016

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

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

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

If you are new to this blog, each week I try to categorize all the posts I do on Facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest so you can easily find the ones that fit your family. Subscribe in the upper the right-hand corner to this blog in your e-mail so you don’t miss out!

 

FAMILY VARIETY ACTIVITIES

 

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

 

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BIBLE

 

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

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

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LANGUAGE ARTS

 

Family

 

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

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

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Preschool

 

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

 

 

Elementary

 

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

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Middle School – High School

 

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

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SCIENCE

 

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

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How Do Penguins Stay Dry? Penguin Feathers Science Experiment

 

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

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MATH

 

Preschool

 

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Elementary

 

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

 

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Middle School and Up

 

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

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SOCIAL STUDIES

 

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

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

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

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

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MUSIC

 

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

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

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ART

 

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

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PE

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BABIES AND TODDLERS

Baby Sitting Practice Using Sensory Bags

 

HIGH SCHOOL AND COLLEGE

 

10 Fun Elective Ideas for Teens

 

 

ISSUES AND ENCOURAGEMENT

 

You are not qualified to teach your child!

 

Why We Eat Our Family Dinner by Candlelight Every Night

 

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

 

God Bless You All!

 

~Grama Sue

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

Educationese | The Art of Making Everyday Learning Sound Really Complicated

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One of the very first things anyone who wants to homeschool ought to learn is how to speak “Educationese”. Educationese is an industry language created by education professionals to categorize, organize and describe learning. It is one of the reasons those who have been through 13 or more years of traditional school feel intimidated when entertaining the idea of teaching their own children, but it’s really just the difference between “interdigitation” and “holding hands”. It’s not hard. Educationese just takes a little creativity and practice. When you incorporate Educationese into your description of your children’s learning, you gain credibility and you will impress your friends and family.

Here’s how:

For two weeks, don’t “do” any school. Just keep a list of the things your kids are doing. Then at the end of each day, see if you can fit those things into educational categories.

Example:

Make bed, straighten room: Home-Ec

At breakfast talked about vitamin C in orange juice: Life Science – Nutrition

Devotions: Bible

Watched “Animaniacs” on TV, discussed events and people mentioned: History

Read “Little House on the Prairie” book: American History, Language Arts

Planted seeds for garden: Science

Bike riding: PE

At lunch talked about the Earl of Sandwich: History

Baked cookies – kids did measuring: Math

Played Monopoly: Math

Made Tin Can Pencil Holders: Art

Tree Climbing: PE

Coloring: Art

Help Dad fix car:  Physical Science

Watch News: Current Events

Played Guitar Hero: Music

Chat w/cousin on FB:  Language Arts

Sunday school and church can be counted as Bible, music, and usually art. Club activities such as 4-H or Scouts can be science, social studies or other subjects. Going to the grocery store can be language arts, science, and math if your kids read labels and compare prices. Trips can be social studies. Have your kids follow along on a map and make scrapbooks about the places they visited …

As you incorporate Educationese into your everyday life, your confidence in being able to teach your own children will increase, your friends and family will be impressed and your kids will start complaining, “Mom, you make EVERYTHING into school!”

Life is learning! Go for it!

 

 

 

Announcing Homeschool Doula Program | Homeschool Mentoring

Almost Unschooling Grama’s

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

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

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

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

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

 

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

 

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

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

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