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Cooperation: States and Regions – New England

Here is our plans/activities for Week 2! We are just finishing this up this week.

Cooperation: States and Regions – New England

Week 2 of 14

Day 1

  • Bible: Phillipians 1:6 (review founding of America/New England with The Light and the Glory)
  • Songs: Seafaring songs and “This Little Light of Mine”
  • Writing: Older – report on whaling process
  • Middle – report on making maple syrup
  • Younger – report on 3 whales with pictures
  • Pick/assign books for individual reading/reports
  • Add New England states pages to the 50 States Notebook
  • Family Reading (for the next 2 weeks): Carry On Mr. Bowditch by jean Lee Latham
  • #31 – discussion – what comes to mind when you think of New England…see Volume for details
  • #32 – Add landmarks to big map &/or maps in notebook
  • #33 – Look at map, answer questions on page 110
  • #34 – Business to start in New England?
  • #36 – Plan 2 week field trip to New England..see Volume for ideas
  • #37 – Visit travel agency for info on New England
  • #38 – Observe New England architecture..see Volume for more details
  • Books used:  United States Coloring Book by Rod & Staff Publishers
  • Heroes of History Maps of the United States by Emerald Books (YWAM)
  • Facts About the 50 States by Sue  Brandt
  • Carry on Mr. Bowditch by Jean Lee Latham
  • The Light and the Glory for Children


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Day 2

  • Bible: review Phillipians  1:6 and history of N.E.
  • Writing: all–work on reading and outline/first draft of info
  • #64 – How is maple syrup processed?
  • #65 – Eat pancakes with maple syrup
  • #66 – Eat maple syrup snow cones
  • #43 – Puritans – Boston Baked Beans pg 111
  • #44 – Boston Brown Bread pg 112
  • #56 – How to make nets, and tie knots, pg 113
  • #67 – Lighthouses, see Volume
  • Do Massachusetts and Vermont Notebook pages
  • Books used: Kids Learn America by Patricia Gordon
  • The United States Cookbook by ‘DAmico and Drummond

Day 3

  • Bible: review Phillipians 1:6 adn history of N.E.
  • Writing: all work on proofing and re-writing info to turn in
  • #42 – make N.E Boiled dinner or similar version, see pf 111
  • #57 – Study whales, see page 114
  • #58 – Study whaling industry, see page 114
  • #59 – watch Moby Dick
  • #60 – Dramatize whaling
  • #61 – talk like they do in New England see pg 114
  • #62 – play lacrosse, see pg 114
  • #55 – sing sea-faring songs
  • Resources:  video of Moby Dick..1956 version
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Usborne Books & More!

An exciting update!! Usborne Books at Home is now Usborne Books & More! They have acquired the Kane Miller publishing company and are now able to offer even more books to your family!

Visit my website and click on the Kane Miller link (in the left hand column of links) to see the books! More will be added as we go!   www.heartslovehome.com

There are also many new offerings and specials on the website! Make sure to enter the drawing to win $50 in free books!!

Come explore the world of Usborne Books & More! We offer high quality, attractive books in a variety of bindings for children of all ages! Our products range from cute baby board books to huge volumes on History and Science topics that are Internet-linked for added learning depth and fun!

You can purchase products directly through my website or host a party for free and discounted items while we share what Usborne is about with your friends and family! This is also a wonderful opportunity to earn income while sharing your love of books with other people! All orders ship very quickly once they are placed.


A child’s interest in reading and learning is stimulated by the lavish illustrations and informative content. There are over 1300 bright, colorful and fun titles covering activities, puzzles and a wide range of subjects for children of all ages! Many specially priced sets are available as well as unique craft, fun and learning kits.


Please contact me for additional information!

Contact: Wendy Clayton
Phone: 210-599-6598
Email: wencla2007@gmail.com
**If you email me, please make sure to check your bulk/spam folder for my reply..as messages sometimes end up there instead of your in-box! I will always reply within 24 hrs of receiving an email!**

Area: based in NNE San Antonio, available for business in all San Antonio and surrounding areas for home shows, nationwide for web sales!

There are a number of great new books available for this year!

Please let me know if you would like to host a home show or a catalog/eshow!! If you are interested in learning more about how the business works, please let me know!! There are several sign up specials this month!

Blessings,
Wendy

Several Recommendations to Share!!

I want to share several new finds that are helping us with our learning journey!

One is an online curriculum/supplement site. It is designed with a full Language Arts and Math curriculum for K-8th grade. They throw in Science and Social Studies as bonuses (which include tons of great info your kids need to know).

It is set up for a monthly fee per child, with discounts for 2 or more children enrolling.

Please check out the site at:    http://www.time4learning.com/

If you decide to try it out, please list me as  your referrer… Wendy Clayton

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Number two is a great site for swapping Paperback (or any other) books! It is called Paperback Swap.

The site is:    http://www.paperbackswap.com/index.php

It is fun and wonderful! You start out with 2 credits to get 2 books as soon as  you list 10 books to swap.

If you try it out…it is free….please use my nickname:   wencla     or my real name Wendy Clayton,  as your referrer!

You can also request to be my “buddy” by using my nickname: wencla

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Someone also shared this free site with me today and I thought I would pass it on.

It is:     http://www.homeschoolshare.com/

This is a great site with unit study resource, lapbooking resources and much, much more! Take a minute to check it out! I am sure you will find something to help you with your schooling or to give your child something fun to do in their free time!

Usborne Books at Home!!

Come explore the world of Usborne Books at Home! We offer high quality, attractive books in a variety of bindings for children of all ages! Our products range from cute baby board books to huge volumes on History and Science topics that are Internet-linked for added learning depth and fun!

You can purchase products directly through my website or host a party for free and discounted items while we share what Usborne is about with your friends and family! This is also a wonderful opportunity to earn income while sharing your love of books with other people!
A child’s interest in reading and learning is stimulated by the lavish illustrations and informative content. There are over 1300 bright, colorful and fun titles covering activities, puzzles and a wide range of subjects for children of all ages! Many specially priced sets are available as well as unique craft, fun and learning kits.
Please contact me for additional information!
Contact: Wendy Clayton
Phone: 210-599-6598
Area: based in NNE San Antonio, available for business in all San Antonio and surrounding areas
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I have become an Usborne Book Consultant and would love your support! You can find many books to support your homeschooling, just for fun and great for gifts!!
If you don’t think your kids will like them, just have them check out the website or request a catalog from me and I will get one to you! My kids love the books and they have a list going of the ones they would like for Christmas!!
Shopping via the website you can find discounted items, new items and specials that you don’t get in the catalog. If you order $85.00 worth of books or more, you will earn free books also!
Please let me know if you have questions, if you are looking for certain items or if you would like to host a home show or eshow (internet show).
Thanks for looking!

Science Notebook Article by Cindy Rushton!

It is Spring! Why Not Begin a Science Notebook?
by Cindy Rushton

Ultimate Homeschool Expo Info!

Today being inside just tortures me! It is STUNNING outside! Even the little birds are begging us to go outside.

Are you like me, dying from “cabin fever” and ready for spring? This is the perfect time to begin Nature Notebooks! Not only will you have an abundance of treasures awaiting your exploration, but these are perfect days to try something fresh. Ready? Let me help…

Chances are you already have many things that could be included in a Science Notebook around your home. Look for those “goodies” that do not have their own special place and add them to your Science Notebooks. This is the perfect opportunity to develop “a place” for those “goodies” while developing a nice product for displaying all the growing knowledge of nature all while your children are keeping special memorabilia! One of the things that I like about using supplies intended for scrapbooking is that there are so many products that enable us to keep bulky materials safely inside of our notebooks. Not to mention, scrapbooking makes EVERY notebook so much cuter! J And…to imagine that we call this “school!”

Want some ideas of things to include in your notebooks???

· Sketches…Don’t forget to include date, time, place, Latin name, and common name. Oh! Don’t forget to document where you found it.

· Snapshots…Don’t forget to journal about your snapshot!

· Pressed flowers, leaves, feathers, butterflies, etc.

· Glossary of terms studied…

· Artwork… (Nature art, original drawings, coloring pages…)

· Diagrams…

· Poetry…

· Information about discoveries…

· Lists of new findings…

· Handouts from trips…

· Narrations from trips, outings, hikes, nature walks, books read about nature or scientists/naturalists…

· Timeline…Mark your excursions, inventions, famous men and women, so on!

· Instruction Sheets on “How to Care for…” or “How to Collect…” etc.

· Booklets…

· Project data…

· Bible verses…

· Journal entries…

· Details from outings…

· Favorite quotes about nature…

· Reading list…

· Research…

· Reports…

· Essays…

· Science experiment logs…

· Notes from any Science study…

You can add a lot of life to your Science Notebooks with special supplies you find along the way! I have found that the little touches have made our notebooks so much more fun and in the process hooked my children.

Encourage your children to use die-cuts, frames, stencils, shapes, and edgings galore to make their notebooks fun and beautiful! My children now beg each weekend to work on our binders/scrapbooks. We have taken these simple skills into other projects for our Science studies such as creating books or booklets…making cards with pressed flowers, sketches, poetry and Scripture verses…and displaying our collections. The key is to just have fun and enjoy making your notebooks all yours!

Happy Notebooking!

Cindy

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About Cindy Rushton…

Cindy Rushton is the hostess of the Ultimate Homeschool Expo, the very first online homeschool convention. She is recording Preview Chats for the Ultimate Homeschool Convention RIGHT NOW! Join her wonderful guests FREE for the next weeks as they count down to the Ultimate Homeschool Expo (April 28-May 3, 2008–BUT! NEVER ENDING because it is an ONLINE Convention!). Get your ticket NOW and receive her awesome A Quick Start for Notebooking Mini-Set FREE today! Check out all of the details here:

Ultimate Homeschool Expo Tickets–click here!

Funny how…

It is always so interesting how no matter how well planned I try to be, things just don’t seem to go as planned! In the midst of stressing over trying to get all my kids weekly goals planned and typed up, trying to stick to our new schedule while trying to prepare for the start of our local homeschool group’s co-op in two day—God shows me how the little things are what really reach the kids! He allows me to see that despite all my well laid plans and goals, He really is working on each of them. They really are “getting it”. They really are hearing what I say and thinking through the many discussions we have had.

Needless to say, our lives have been crazy still and we haven’t gotten through one whole day of my schedule yet, but the kids are making progress and showing additional interest in reading on their own and reading harder and more involved books…one of those things you just wait for them to do!

We have been having a lot of fun family time together and are looking forward to starting our co-op on Friday. We will get into a good schedule sooner or later. My husband has just decided to take next week off–which will change some of our plans for the week also. But God is in control and He is ultimately responsible for taking all of our effort and changing it into His plan for the kids lives. He can make changes in them instantly that I would spend years “trying” to do!

Just remember to keep praying and trusting Him to work it all out–DESPITE our best efforts!!

Here are two files showing my master daily and weekly schedule at the moment.

Weekly Schedule Planner

Daily Time Schedule

I started reading a book at my friend’s house the other day and she was going to give it away, so I brought it home to finish reading through it. I would highly recommend it to any new homeschooling mom/family as well as someone like me who has been doing this for awhile but needs a “pick me up” or a new perspective.

The book is “The Ultimate Guide to Homeschooling” by Debra Bell–the 2001 Edition. It is an older edition but still very relevant and so helpful! I was attracted at first to the learning styles section and then have been reading through many other sections. It is helpful to see how others have worked with their kids, planned out their years, etc., etc. She gives great guidelines for planning out all subjects areas. I am finding it really interesting reading!

Hope you can check it out!

Free Ebooks! Win a Prize!

Hello, everyone! I just wanted to share about this great site I found. I have already been able to download over 20 books for free!

There are all categories of books and the free book of the month (on the front page towards the bottom) is the Velveteen Rabbit.

Just go to: http://www.wowio.com/index.asp

Click to sign up for a free account on the right hand side. When you get to the part of the registration asking if anyone referred you, please enter my email address (minus the spaces):
wencla 2004 @ earthlink . net

Have a look! It is all free and you can find many types of books good for adults and children!

**Just an update! I “earned” a free Ipod Shuffle by referring several people to the site (and they signed up). I just received it today!! So, you do really earn one if you get others to sign up! It has been a great resource for us thus far and I haven’t received any unsolicited mail/email from them at all!**