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Wednesday, September 29, 2010

The Fifty States Copywork & Fun! Volume 3

In "The Fifty States Copywork & Fun! Volume 3" you can copy & learn a little bit about five different states. These are the five included in this unit:

Hawaii
Idaho
Illinois
Indiana
Iowa

This is much more than just a copywork unit!

This copywork was created to be simple, fun, and not overwhelming.These could be used to start off the school day, or to fill the time while the parent/teacher is busy with something else.

Print, DN Manuscript, and Cursive pages included. Suggested for grades K-5 but is very flexible for higher grades. 78 pages.

Click HERE to view ths unit on Currclick.




Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Talk Like a Pirate Day!

Beginning this Friday, September 17th and running through September 22nd, Currclick be celebrating Talk Like a Pirate Day! You will discover fantastic SALES on tons of pirate resources. You will be able to embark on a grand adventure as you search for 20 hidden treasure chests, containing all sorts of fantastic and TOTALLLY FREE eBooks! Don't forget to visit Currclick this Friday!

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Thursday, September 9, 2010

facebook and twitter

Just a quick note to say...




If you are on facebook or twitter, you can follow me at:

 

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I'll be posting about upcoming units and freebies too ;-)




 





THANKS!





Some of our Language Arts & Reading...

This is a continuation of my previous post...

For reading, we're still using Headsprout for my 7 & 8 year old from last year. The program is pretty expensive, but they do offer payment plans, so I was able to do it. We are a little more than half way through the program, and my son is reading at what would be his second-third grade level. :o) Before starting Headsprout, he was behind in reading (due to lack on my part, not his.) I really think it has worked so well, that he doesn't even need the program anymore, but he likes it, so we'll keep going. I would recommend Headsprout to anyone that can afford to go through the program. They provide everything you need, along with a very detailed progress record. My kids love the small reader books that are included, along with a wall chart and stickers.



A friend of mine told me about THESE free language arts Literacy Place resources by Scholastic. I wanted to pass it on to anyone who might be struggling to come up with some decent worksheets for LA. The “Skill Builder Black Line Masters” for grades 1-6 are just terrific! These seem to be pdf files that go along with something else, but I’ve been using them stand-alone with my kids for three weeks now, and everything is moving along smoothly. Here are some screen shots of the 3rd and 4th grade pages. :o)



When I have some extra time, I will post some more pics, and write some more posts about what we are using, projects we are doing, and so on. Thanks for reading!

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

Some of our Math, Science, and History...

I decided to dedicate my extra time to this blog only. So, if you already read some of this on my other blogs, I apologize.

I thought I'd write a little about what we are using this year for math, science, and history for school. Somehow, I managed to slip away from the schedule I had planned since our first day of this school year (August 9th.) Last week was a little hectic, and then Labor Day this week has sort of set things off to the side. But, that's ok. We'll be back on track soon. We started our school year off really great. I recently changed a few things up. I wanted to try MEP math this year. We used it for the first couple of weeks, but yesterday, I decided we would go back to Advantage Math workbooks. They worked really well last year. We'll still use MEP on the side, but for now, the Advantage Math seems to be working better. I purchased them on Currclick HERE. I have them printed, hole-punched, and placed into a prong-style folder.




These are the MEP books that we had started, and will continue to work in about once a week. I bound the student workbooks with my comb binding machine. It was a cheap one (about $35) but works great. The one I bought is no longer available, but it’s similar to THIS one on Amazon.

These are a few of the student workbooks:





For science, we are absolutely enjoying a free curriculum called MSNucleus, along with various science unit studies that I create or purchase on Currclick. A friend of mine insisted I try the curriculum. She bothered me the entire summer about it. (She’s extremely persistent!) I finally decided to give it a try. The printable student workbooks and teacher guides are a little hard to find on the MSNucleus site, but once I found them, I was able to print this curriculum and teach it with ease. Once a topic is chosen, there’s a little section that says “Printable version and workbooks can be downloaded by clicking here.” That section brings up all the printable stuff. :-) We started with the “Applied Science.” I like this because it’s really touching on a lot of measuring, weight, math stuff, etc, along with lots of easy science experiments. There is a pre, lab, and post for each lesson. It’s very well organized. Most of the materials I already had around my house, and the rest I ordered from a place called Online Science Mall on eBay. What I really like about this place, is that they offered a plastic version of almost everything, which cut costs for me. Instead of spending $10-$15 on glass graduated cylinders, I was able to find plastic ones for a quarter of the cost. This store has them available in both glass and plastic.

Anyway, here are my student notebooks, and my teacher information for the msnucleus curriculum. I'll post more pics as we get further into the curriculum.





About a month ago, I won a gift certificate for $25. I used it to buy “New World Explorers” by Homeschool in the Woods. This is what I’m starting with this year for history. We just finished up the first week, so I don’t have a lot of pics yet, but it has been such a fun unit! Here are a few pics of the binders my kids put together, and also my binder with the information pages, etc.


Parts of a ship, labeled and colored.


The knot tying activity was neat. We used some white rope we had in the shed.


My kids painted the flags, rather than coloring them.




My two younger kids needed something a little more at their level for history, so they are working on “Ancient Civilization History Pockets” by Evan Moor. You can see it on Amazon HERE. Here’s a few pics of what they completed so far.



When I get some extra time, I'll blog about what we're using for language arts, health, etc. Thanks for taking the time to read my post!


Timeline Add-Ons: U.S. States - Order and Dates of Statehood

A homeschool bits Freebie!





I hope you enjoy Timeline Add-Ons: U.S. States - Order and Dates of Statehood. It can be used by itself, or along with our My History Timeline Journal - Volume 1. If you haven't had a chance to purchase this timeline yet, you can find it HERE on Currclick. This add-on includes the order and dates of statehood for the U.S. States.



You can also purchase the entire bundle, including the free add-ons HERE.



Sunday, September 5, 2010

The Fifty States - Volume 2

"The Fifty States Copywork & Fun" will be released one at a time, in volumes. This is volume 2. It is being done this way to help keep the cost low for each volume.


Click HERE to check it out on Currclick.

 

In The Fifty States Copywork & Fun! Volume 2 you can copy & learn a little bit about five different states. These are the five included in this unit:

 

Colorado

 

Connecticut

 

Delaware

 

Florida

 

Georgia

 

This is much more than just a copywork unit!

 

This copywork was created to be simple, fun, and not overwhelming.These could be used to start off the school day, or to fill the time while the parent/teacher is busy with something else.

 

Print, DN Manuscript, and Cursive pages included. Suggested for grades K-5 but is very flexible for higher grades. 80 pages.