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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)
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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!

Special Sale!! Organized Super Set by Cindy Rushton!

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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

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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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Need MORE Help?

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Yep! Both! Complimentary!  Get your set here:

New Organized Mom Super Set–click here!