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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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Cooperation: States and Regions – Overview

 Hello! I have not been able to keep everything updated this year like I wanted to! I hope to be able to keep up with posting what we are doing with our unit through the end of the year. This is a 14 week unit..so we will be working on it through the end of June!

We are having a lot of fun already!

I will do a separate post for each week’s worth of activities..with an outline of what we did/resources we used and pictures! Depending on how many pictures there are, I will probably do a slideshow….it is the easiest way to post a lot of pictures and still be able to explain what we are doing!

If you have any questions about our activities, please let me know!

We use the KONOS curriculum. The unit we are doing is from Volume 3. The numbers/pages referenced are from Volume 3: Cooperation-States and Regions

Week 1 of 14: Overview

Day 1

  • Bible: Romans 12:18
  • #1 – attempt to draw outline of US..practice throughout unit
  • #2 – attempt to label states on wordless map
  • #10 – Where would you find major natural disasters (see book)

Day 2

  • Bible: romas 14:19
  • Writing: #14 (older) – write book about USA..various options in Volume
  • #15 – Make “States” notebook– add to it as you go through the unit
  • #21 – Learn to spell states
  • #22 – Learn two-letter state abbreviations
  • #24 – learn cities and identify on map
  • #25 – learn time zones
  • (older) #13 – Plan family trip to National Parks.

Day 3

  • #21 continue
  • #22 continue

Day 4

  • Bible: 1 Timothy 2:1-2
  • Give students pages with state names and abbreviations for notebook reference
  • #26 – Learn National parks (see pg 109)
  • #27 – Do puzzles of US
  • #28 – use puzzle, find missing state
  • #30 – Use puzzle..sort by region (see Volume)
  • Mark regions on big map
  • #3 – build own big US Map or make large map (see book for details)
  • #4 – take pictures of work in #3
  • #5 – Add lakes,, rivers and mountains to map(s)

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!

Creation Science Class and other great resources!!

Hi, all! Things have been so busy with getting school started this year! We are involved in a multitude of activities this year! Things are going really well so far! 🙂

I will be posting some pictures and updates about what we are studying and some interesting learning events we have had…one being our cat having a kitten…yes, only one! 🙂

I wanted to share this information with everyone! It is a great opportunity to learn about Creation Science and there are also a number of other great resources being offered this fall!

Enjoy!

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Hi, all! I wanted to pass on this new opportunity to join a Science class for 6 weeks from the comfort of your home!

These classes start Monday, September 22nd. Our family will be joining in on this class also! We did the preview class on the 8th. It was really good!

This class is a great supplement to anything you may already be studying at the moment!!

Below is an article by the lady leading the class. It is definitely worth the cost of the class for all the students in your home to be able to participate! You will have access to several ebook files, plus all the sessions will be recorded and archived for you to access if you can’t join the live class, or want to listen more than once!

Please read over what is being offered by clicking on the links for the Creation Science Kids Class! It is great!

Why is Creation Important?


By Felice Gerwitz

Creation Science Kids Class–starts September 22nd!!

Perhaps you have never given much thought to the topic of Creation, the effect it has on people’s lives, or how much it shapes one’s belief system. I know that for years I fell into this category. When faced with evolutionary claims I ignored most, considering them false. While I believed the Bible, considered it to contain the truth of how the world began, believed it was the inspired Word of God and infallible, I had no idea how to respond to those who didn’t. I began to seriously study the topic when I became a homeschool parent and “happened” to meet Jill Whitlock who had once been an agnostic and now was a Christian and Creation Scientist. She showed me many evidences for Creation and thus my fascination with the topic began.

Recently, I was lamenting to the Lord. (I do this from time to time!) I knew I must have misunderstood His call to write and teach others about this topic of Creation. You see it was the Christmas season and I was caught up with the duties of wife, mother and homeschool parent. I was also trying to get the third novel in the mystery series (TruthSeekersMysterySeries.com) my daughter and I had co-authored to print. Even after having it professionally edited every time I read the document I found more and more typos. I was dismayed. The deadline for the first week of December had passed. Therefore, my lament to the Lord!

Yet, God in his infinite wisdom and mercy indeed showed me His will. Of all places it was while shopping at a local membership only store. Here, I noticed a nativity I wished to purchase. Being a bit pricey I wanted to consult my husband. Later, when returning to buy it, I offered to take my newly married nephew and his wife to shop at the store. All these things were in God’s perfect plan. The nativity was encased in glass, and there, perched on the shepherd’s shoulder, was an expensive linen calling card. I would never have plucked it off, but my nephew had no qualms about sticking his hand into the scene, pulling it away, and handing it to me. There was my answer.

As I read the front of the card tears stung my eyes.  I could barely open the card to see whose signature it contained… I wanted to write to this person and let them know how much I disagreed! I wanted to tell the person there was hope! There is a God and He is Love! Imagine my surprise when I saw the signature was the Darwinian evolutionary fish! I was stunned. Later, as I read the card I realized the Lord had allowed me to see it. It was as if He was saying, “You see, Felice? When people embrace a belief in evolution that does not include me they are left to their own devices.” Indeed they are. Christians are not fools as this card extols. Christians have it right! This topic is very relevant and important. It should be at the forefront of your education and taught to children of all ages.

But, where do you begin? First, become armed with information. Just believing the Scriptures tell the truth, while commendable is only the beginning. You must understand that is a volatile topic. Unfortunately, the topic of Creation vs. evolution is not only controversial but it is difficult to discuss. Tempers at times flare and the conversation can get out of control. Regrettably this is a way to insure the doors will remain closed instead of open. The fear of those who believe evolution is real. Their fear stems from the following fact: if evolution is discredited, the entire humanistic worldview would go up in smoke!

Do you realize that not one of Darwin’s theories some 144+ years after they were first proposed has ever been proven? The theory of evolution has exerted influence over our world and culture. Humanists believe man is a “natural phenomenon” just like plants and animals. They believe the mind and soul just happened and they were not supernaturally created.

But how do we arm ourselves and our children to logically discuss the topic? Remember, before every discussion pray for the right words and trust in the Lord. He makes crooked paths straight!

About Felice Gerwitz…

Felice Gerwitz has lectured extensively on the topic of science fairs. She is an award winning author and her book “An Insider’s Guide to Successful Science Fair Projects” was chosen book of the month by God’s World Publishing. Let Felice help you teach Creation Science to your children each Monday morning from September 22-October 28. Learn more here:

Sign up NOW!! Creation Science Kids Class!!

Some other great offers by Cindy Rushton right now!! She has a special deal for access to all her Fall events for one Price!! Or, you can purchase them separately. Check out the links below! I listened in for part of the Simple Journey to Debt-Free Living Virtual Seminar..and it was great!

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Let’s Make a Memory–November 7-8
A Crash Course on Spiritual Warfare-December 12-13

Creation Science Class with Felice Gerwitz

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I love all of Cindy Rushton’s resources and I know you will also!! Have fun!

Blessings,
Wendy

Another Great Article–Psst! A Secret to Scheduling Success!

Psst! A Secret to Scheduling Success!
by Cindy Rushton
Back to School Blast 2008–check it out!

Want to know one of my biggest secrets to homeschooling the easy way? Want to know one of my biggest secrets to scheduling success? This one secret can make your daily schedule finally fit. It can end your scheduling frustrations forever.

I am not a “schedule by the minute” type of person. (GRIN)  I fail with schedules like that. They don’t meet my needs. My life includes too many areas that have different needs daily. Timed schedules just do not work for me.

So, what has worked for me? Setting up a framework to my day. This is one incredibly powerful tip. It can make a HUGE difference in your day as well. It just might be the secret that has alluded you through the years.

Wondering what I mean by a “framework” for your day? By framework, I mean a general flow to each day that includes all of the areas of my life that I juggle. But, how do I do that? Here are some quick tips:

1. Decide what should be included in your daily schedule. Look at what you are all about. Look at your goals, activities, values, priorities. Look at your husband’s schedule–wrap everything around him. Look at what you need to include in your day to get everything done–quiet times, lessons, homemaking, read alouds, work, etc. This is important. Otherwise, you will include things in your schedule that may not be the very best choices. And…one big risk…you may never get around to the things that matter the most. Decide what really needs to be a part of each and every day for your day to be successful.

2. Decide the best time for the tasks you need to complete each day. This will help you get a good flow to your day. For me, quiet times are just best at the beginning of the day. Chores are great right after them–I need them completed so my brain can focus on the table time.  Our business work and errands need to be done in the early afternoon. Read alouds are best before bedtime.  You get the picture. When I tried to read aloud over lunch, we had so many distractions that we could never fit it in. Trying to work the business in the morning would never work…and of course, we couldn’t take care of business errands at night. See how important it is to really look at the best time to get tasks done. Look at the best time for all of the tasks that need to be done. Look at the best flow to get everything done easily each day. You may not get this right at the beginning, but you will get closer and closer each day. You will love it!

3. Balance your day. Don’t let any one area of your life get out of balance. Everything that we do in our day has a tendency to grow into a big time thief–homeschooling, homemaking, home business. Those important aspects of our life can easily grow out of their boundaries. While I love each of them, they can get rather exhausting if we don’t keep them in balance with the other things that we have to do. The best way for me to stay balanced is to be reasonable about what I expect for each day, keep things simplified and easy, and keep everything inside of its time of the day. I don’t mind those days that we want to dig deeper in a topic that we are studying. I also don’t mind those days that we tackle a messy room. I don’t even mind those days that we have a special business project that needs more time. But, if those areas were demanding extra time every day, it would be easy to get burned-out, frustrated and battle with our time each day. Want to make it work? Find a balance for your day.

4. Set up routines. Talk about a HUGE help for me. Without routines, things can get so frustrating every day–there are constant decisions, there is more strife in the family, there is no consistency. Routines help us to make things go faster, without the strife and struggle of figuring things out DAILY. Routines reduce the stress of making decisions daily. Routines help our children to know what to expect so they can move through all of the things that they need to do each day. Routines are crucial. They assure a smooth ride. They keep us on track. They keep us out of the ruts. They take us in the direction that we want to go. One of the toughest things I ever did was develop routines in my home. However, one of the most rewarding things that I ever did was develop routines in my home. When I got very, very sick, everything kept going. During those times that I have been stretched, things kept on going. All because of routines. Set up routines. Then, your children will know what to expect. They will learn what is next and next and next. The decisions will be made for you. They will be able to “just do it” with or without you. Set up routines for your family. Develop one set of routines at a time–look for the time of day that things go haywire. If it is morning, for example, look at all that needs to be done. Brainstorm. Make a to-do list for that routine. Write it out. Work it as a checklist until it becomes a habit. If you see other things that need to be added into that set of routines, add them. Tweak it until it is smooth. Then, move to the next troublespot. Do this for all of the times of your day. Watch to see how much it helps!

5. Prune anything that is not necessary. Truth is, we cannot do everything. What we do in our day keeps us from doing other things. It zaps our time, energy, strength. We need to be picky about what we add to our day. Every single thing that we do costs us something. We need to constantly prune those things that are not necessary. Prune anything that hinders, distracts. Be honest. Be ruthless. Prune. Even the good things! Go for the best!

6. Take the squeeze out of your schedule. Watch out for the squeeze in your schedule. Don’t fill every minute of your day with something to do. Why? Because there are always going to be crisis situations, interruptions, melt-downs, delays. If we have our schedule maxed out, we will constantly be overwhelmed, overworked, and squeezed. Find ways to take the squeeze out of your daily schedule–cut out extra running, watch out for time thieves, prioritize your daily to-do’s (and eliminate any that make the day too tight), cut out extras that are unnecessary, keep the day simple and easy. Keep a relaxed atmosphere. Constantly, take the squeeze out of your daily schedule.

7. Stay flexible! Stay adaptable! Actually, one of the reasons that we really want to develop a framework to our day is so we have more flexibility, so we have more “space” in our day to be adaptable. We want to be able to seize opportunities that come our way. We want to be able to slow down and enjoy our children. We don’t want to miss teachable moments. These days just go by too fast. We want to enjoy every second. We want to make sweet, sweet memories. This requires that we stay flexible and adaptable. So, take the time to develop your own framework to your day. Do the tough work. Get your plans together. Work on these suggestions. Then, stay flexible. Stay adaptable. Grasp on to all that God has in store for you!

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About Cindy Rushton…

Cindy Rushton is the hostess of the Back to School Blast, her annual back to school fling for homeschool mothers around the world. She is recording Preview Chats for the Back to School Blast RIGHT NOW! Join her wonderful guests FREE for the next weeks as they count down to the Back to School Blast (August 8-9–BUT! NEVER ENDING because it is an ONLINE seminar!). Get your ticket NOW and receive her awesome A Quick Start for Notebooking Mini-Set FREE today! Check out all of the details here:

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Easy Record-Keeping for the Reluctant Homeschool Mom! By Cindy Rushton

Here is another great article by Cindy Rushton (posted with permission) and an exciting offer on a new set on Organization!

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Easy Record-Keeping for the Reluctant Homeschool Mom!
By Cindy Rushton

New Organized Mom Super Set–click here!

Record-keeping!  Does your hair stand up when you think of record-keeping? Do you begin to grind your teeth?  Did you feel like skipping this article just because it seems impossible for “EASY” and “Record-keeping” to ever go together??

Relax.  I know that there is not a “one size fits all.” I know that in spite of how hard we may search, there is not a perfect system for every mom!  That is OK! My prayer is that if you are in need of some ideas to make a couple areas a little easier or if you have no idea of where to begin, that you will find a few ideas as you come home with us to see how simple record-keeping CAN be.  Ready for some quick tips??? Here we go…

–> Find what is mandatory. Every state and school district has differing requirements. Find other homeschool families in your area and see how each of them manages their homeschool records. Find the easiest way possible to meet the requirements. Make it as DOABLE as possible!

–> Choose what works for YOU. Every mom has her favorite method that works JUST for them whether a planner with reproducible pages… a ready to use planner… a simple spiral notebook… binders… a filing cabinet… computer… etc, etc, etc!  Before you consider anything else, look at who you are.  What makes you feel more comfortable? What helps you to feel more accomplishment?  Whether formal or informal… detailed or not even written down… YOUR way is the best way!  Decide what works best for you!

–> Document daily! Don’t let it build up. Jot it down throughout the day. When my children were little, I kept one journal for everything. I kept it out on my desk so I could just jot down what we were doing as we did it. It was amazing how much easier that was than even waiting till the end of the day. As they got older, I transferred this process to them. I had always made it easy. So, transferring it to them did not overwhelm them. I began this process by letting them keep up with their reading log. The rest was easy after that. They now keep their records just like I used to. At the end of the month and again at the end of the semester I go through making sure that everything is on target and also look to see how well they are keeping up with my overall schedule. Without good records, this would be impossible.

–> Keep all of their work in Notebooks. We keep ALL of our written work in a binder of some sort.  Then, we take it further… we keep ANYTHING that can be pressed in binders.  Anything left?? Yes! Then, we take pictures and keep THEM in the binders! (Hehe!)  ANYTHING and EVERYTHING that can be studied can also be kept in Notebooks in some way.  We keep anything that would expand a study and build a great collection of information on topics we study… great quotes, definitions about a subject being studied, diagrams, character sketches, pictures, coloring sheets, art prints, poems, Bible verses, narrations, Bible word studies, on and on!  Our main reason for Notebooking in this way is that if our children are going to spend their time DOING something, it ought to be worthwhile enough for us to KEEP IT.  This teaches them to value their work, do a great job on all they do, and that ALL areas of life are truly educational.

–> Scrapbook events, activities, fun studies, and projects! Scrapbooks/Yearbooks for what are REALLY doing throughout our school year is not only fun, but it helps to preserve the memories of ALL that we are doing in our family.  There are just some things that our children are learning that are impossible to document without scrapbooking! Get out of the old “school” box and really document your family’s education. You won’t be sorry!

–> Use planning sheets designed JUST for homeschooling. Don’t let commercial record-keepers keep you from homeschooling with a lifestyle of learning! Look for printable pages that are designed just for the homeschool mom. You can find great options everywhere!

–> Buy resources that are designed just for you. We have an entire line of resources that we now have available through our bookstore. Check out our Make Your Own Brain-in-a-Binder Printables. It is designed specifically for the homeschool mom who wants pages designed for every area that must be balanced in the busy homeschool family. Also, check out other great resources by homeschool writers and even pages that are included in many homeschool books (we always try to include pages that we use in our books).  Now, you may be like me. You may prefer to make your own planning pages. That is perfectly fine! You can tailor your pages to fit exactly with your family needs. Just be sure to use what works for you!

–> At the end of the school year, file all records together. This may seem to be a mute point, however this will save your brain! At the end of our school year, I gather everything together and add them into one big binder. I date the binder and store it away for my children’s permanent file. Be sure to pull all of your records together into a set and safe place. When you get discouraged along the way, just look back and see how far you have come—it will be a HUGE blessing!

Ok…So, Are You Ready?

So, what about you?  Still scared about Record-keeping?  Why not think through YOUR OWN way?  Try your spin.  Use what is easy, simple, and will give you more time with your little ones while helping to keep things in place for you.  Most of all, find a way that can capture all of these precious memories of these days for you so you will have them to look back upon tomorrow!  Have fun! EVEN with Record-keeping!

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It’s getting close–Ultimate Homeschool Expo!

Gotta Check This Out!

Hi!

I just finished listening to an amazing online seminar.

Joy for the Journey by Lucia Claborn

I know. I know. I am telling you about it after it is finished. But, I want to tell you how YOU can still listen in. Cindy recorded it and is editing it for the Ultimate Homeschool Expo Membership Site. For those that buy a ticket to the event, we can access our INCREDIBLE Membership Site that will feature all of the audios/transcripts from the event for download…awesome vendor webpages…and all of the wonderful
freebies that are being given out for attendees. And…the price is only $40.00 for EVERYTHING!

Please check it out today and make plans to join us for the week-long event (April 28-May 3). Oh! If you can’t make it for all of the sessions, that is no problem. You can download all of them after the event from our Membership Site.

Oh! Take a peek at our website for more information:

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See ya there!

Love,
Wendy