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This was the first year we took some time off from school. We usually never stop school, like never, ever. I do school easy and it’s my quiet time in the afternoon while the kids work and the littles nap. I like having them focused and occupied. But school is changing around here. As my kids get older I get more and more organized and more and more in depth in what I require. My daughter is now a sixth grader! (The boys? 4th, 1st, pre K, crawler)
I am working on a huge project. This past year I’ve been putting up links for my kids each weekend. I tag them in Delicious with Monday, Tuesday, etc. Each day they would type in the day of the week and their school links would come up–an online activity or a game or a lesson or article. Then they would get deleted and I would put up new ones. I also had to give them their other assignments either orally or jot them down.
So, this year I’m putting it all on the computer, all online. Each day they will go through their assignments on the computer. They are short lessons (I’m still not interested in intensive school) on several subjects. It says day one and you do all your day one work, right down the line. Each grade has its own math, reading, language arts and computer lessons. Then the students all learn the same Bible, history, science, music, art and health and PE. However, those lessons are divided by level–elementary, middle school (5th-8th), high school. I’m not recording lessons for high school because it was just too much, and I’m still not sure if we’ll be just using textbooks by then. There are textbooks for everything online for free.
Want to see a sample? I have 30 days done so far.
Here is the first day of sixth grade:
Math (link removed)
- Write the words teeming, fathom, reverberate, cumulative (08) in your reading notebook and pay attention to them as you read. Please write the date in the top right corner of the page and label these words as Day 1.
- Read Carl Sandburg poems numbers 2-11. This poet was born in 1878.
- Look at the word monotone in poem 5. The rain is monotone and is being contrasted with a rainbow which has lots of colors. What does monotone mean? The prefix mono means one. This man is wearing a monocle.
- Look at the word catalpa in poem 6. I don’t know what it is. Do you? But the poem gives us clues. It says, “grass, catlapa and oak.” We know what grass is. Oak is referring to the tree. So we can assume catalpa is some sort of plant. This is catalpa.
- Write what you think is the definition of each of the words you wrote in your notebook.
- Look the words up to find their definition. If you were not correct, please add the correct definition to your notebook.
- Choose two poems and write what each poem is talking about in your own words. Label your answer with the number and title of the poem.
Click what year you are studying Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 (I took off the link.) This is so that kids can have their grade level separate and other studies together. I am making this so your children and my children not in school yet will be able to use this. Right now we are on year 4 but my next sixth grader will be on year 2. Year 1 is ancient history and biology…year 4 is 20th century history and physics and chemistry.
She also has computer twice a week. Her math is Khan Academy right now.
Here is grade one. They should already be reading. They should be able to read the McGruffy First Reader.
Reading on Your Own
- Read The Tale of Jolly Robin chapter 1 (pages 1-5)
- Write the title and author of the book in your reading notebook.
English* (For the first two weeks, the student needs someone to read to them and help them go through the reading curriculum.)
Rhyme — Long A Sound
- Look at the picture on the right side of this page. It’s the first poem in a book called, Abroad. What do you see happening in the picture?
- Have a parent or older sibling read the poem to you. What happened during the poem?
- Did you hear words rhyme in the poem? Read the first two lines again. Do you hear “go” rhyme with “below”? Now ask nicely to have the whole poem read to you again. This time listen for two rhyming words with A sounds. For example, the word day has an A sound. We call it the long A sound. Okay, listen close.
- What two long A sound words rhymed in the poem?
- *Print out this worksheet and fill in the long A sound rhyming words. (Just print out page one! Page two has a mistake!)
Click on what year you are studying: Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Here’s Bible, history, science, art for elementary students.
- Read John 8:31-41
- Today for your Bible writing answer these questions. Who are really Jesus’ disciples? (Look in verse 31.) Now ask one of your parents to explain verses 34 and 35.
- Read biography of Edison
- Cut out and write in Edison’s timeline piece and add it to your timeline.
- Cut out your O and oxygen pocket. Oxygen is part of what we breathe. We need oxygen for our bodies to work. It is another element in our world and is number 8 on the periodic table because one atom of oxygen has 8 protons in it. We’ll learn later about protons. Write or draw inside your oxygen card. And place in your pocket.
- Not everything in the world is hydrogen or oxygen or carbon or whatever else is on the periodic table. Those are the elements that other things are made from. When different atoms come together to make something new, they are called molecules. Probably the most famous molecule is H2O. Have you ever heard of it? It means two hydrogen atoms and one oxygen atom getting together. When they do, they make water! All water you see are H2O molecules. Here’s a picture of a water molecule.
- Draw a water molecule and label the three parts each either H or O. Label your picture and keep it in your science notebook.
- Build other molecules. Click on Nanolab and Build.
- Last week you read about Hector Guimard and looked at some of his creations. Remember you drew a picture based on what you looked at? Today you are going to make a sculpture like Guimard.
- Mix 1/2 cup flour and 1/2 cup butter or margarine. (You could add a teaspoon of sugar if you are allowed.) Look at your drawing from last week and mold or carve your “clay” to look like it. It will harden in the fridge. You can eat it later with permission.
- An alternative is to make salt dough.
Here is a day for middle school.
- Read John 3
- Write a summary of what you think the most important lesson from the reading was.
- Pray and ask God to help you learn it/live it.
- Play Railroad Race (In the middle you’ll have to choose which company you will work for, click on one. Don’t worry when it tells you to research the Indians or make a project. Just keep clicking. You should try and answer the questions though.)
- Read about punctuation.
- *Write about the transcontinental railroad. Use a period, comma, question mark and exclamation point. Notebooking page.
- Watch video about how steam engines work
- watch animation
- Explain to someone how steam engines work.
- Read this article and look at the pictures.
- *Open this art histoy pdf. Look over page 2, Art Nouveau. Look at the pictures and make a *Venn Diagram (what is the same about two of the pictures, what is different) and write a definition of Art Nouveau by your observations. You can write it on the back of your diagram.
You may have noticed youtube videos. I never send the kids to youtube but put all the videos right on the site I’m building. I plan on making this site available to everyone, but I will probably add a “donate” button since it’s a complete, complete, curriculum. Since it’s a work in progress I’m not sharing the link yet, but if you begged me I might. I hope this will be able to help families homeschool for free and especially help others like me overseas who don’t have the access to resources. I do have lots of science experiments. I have included videos of the experiments in case you don’t have the materials to do them.
All of the books are free so far. This is the hardest year to do that since it’s 20th century history and free books only go up to 1923. I do have reading novels, biographies and autobiographies for history. In the first 30 days they read 2 books for history. And they are always reading something for English as well. We’ll see how it goes this year. It’s a lot of work, but it will be there for my other children and hopefully for other families as well.
As usual all of the links here are also found on the Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers blog. We are homeschooling at a minimum right now as I’m 36 weeks pregnant! But, we are moving along.
And we’ve moved on to Africa. We learned about grasslands and rivers and focused on Kenya and Ethiopia, though we read about modern Egypt as well. I also had a book on hand with a history of the continent and an African folklore book. For their creative writing one week, they wrote a short story of the style of one of the folklore stories, which was how an animal got a certain characteristic. I loved my son’s story about how frogs got their long tongues.
For grasslands we used our same biome website.
My son made a river lapbook piece from here to put on our wall map. It’s a worksheet, but he just cut it out like a piece and it folds in half and everything. We have a geography workbook that I got for 50 cents and we did a couple river worksheets from there.
We used the same continents lapbook to make Africa lapbook pieces.
Here are lapbook pictures. You can download these lapbooks on the Free Stuff! page.They require very little writing. In the lapbook downloads there are video links so you can listen to their languages. The country lapbooks were the very first ones I made, and I’m finally getting around to using them.
When I was making these, I actually had friends from Kenya and Ethiopia. The Ethiopians were refugees, and the Kenyans were migrant workers. But I got to eat both of their types of bread since they all loved to share meals with our family. The woman in the picture above the recipe is making what is in the recipe.
Next we learned about warm deserts and I paired it with studying Australia. Here is some of what we did.
Deserts — Here is the biome website I am using.
Australia — My kids each made a lapbook piece about Australia. (From the same lapbook as the Antarctica pieces)
The kids played with this online tutorial and game.
Map worksheet from homeschool creations. You follow the directions and label things on the map. I had my kids label the deserts on their maps as well. (My daughter made her own map instead of using the worksheet, but she followed the worksheet directions for labeling.)
My kids read the first chapter from this Australian folklore book.
All of my kids used this James Cook notebooking page. (You can color it and there are lines for writing about him.)
My five year old colored and cut out this boomerang.
He also made his own Australian flag. I put THIS up on the computer for him to look at.
There is an Australian flag lapbook available on the Links blog as well as many books that you could read. Find them on the Geography/Cultures page under Australia. (The continents are in alphabetical order: Africa, Antarctica, Asia, Australia…)
I’m mixing things up a bit this year. I usually do science half the year and history half the year, but I am combining the two for the rest of the school year. We are studying earth science and geography/cultures as our themes.
For this next phase in our school year, we started off with the tundra and paired it with Antarctica and the Inuits. Here is some of what we did.
Tundra — This is a great website for all the different biomes.
Antarctica — A game about Antarctica and the research there–includes a lot of history. You don’t have to know anything ahead of time. I didn’t do it all fancy like they tell you to. I just printed it black and white on plain paper and made things work just fine.
My two older kids each did a lapbook piece about Antarctica for our wall map. I got the pieces from HERE.
Inuits — lapbook about the Inuits (Eskimos) This has lots of writing space. I had my five year old do some of the pieces and just gave him different directions. On this piece he wrote the names of the animals instead of their uses as was instructed.
Weather, such a simple topic, but it seems to have taken a long time to cover. We up and moved (again) in the middle of this study which is never helpful, but we are now living in the same place for a whole five months. Moving three times over the summer was hard on this mom who likes to have things organized, but I know having things organized helped us survive it and kept our school moving along.
As usual, we used the Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers blog as our curriculum, under Science, then Earth Science, then Weather.
My kids used the different links each day to learn the info (telling me what they learned each day). We usually do a topic a week like atmosphere and clouds and then on Saturday we do our hands-on day.
Here are our hands-on projects. These were not done just one a week. We did the experiments together.
Evaporation and Wind Chill — observation experiment
Everyone made their own cloud picture.
Make cloud pictures –This was a great one for my 5 year old. (I just used regular flour and baking powder, not self-rising flour.) You microwave the picture when you are done to make your clouds puff.
I assigned different kids each a different weather tool to make.
Everyone did weather forecasting. The first link is a great site. It was fun and interesting and has three different levels. They worked on that site for a few days and all week every day they wrote the day’s high temperatures for our state and the surrounding area as well as the daily wind speed and direction. We just had sunny days, but you would mark rain and clouds on the map too. Then on the last day they had to prepare and present a weather forecast. They made a map to show us of the day’s weather conditions and then had to give a three-day forecast of weather conditions and temperatures.
Print out your state map click on with adjacent
My two older kids (8 and 10) did a lapbook on weather as a final project. I wasn’t going to do a lapbook, but it felt like we needed something to pull it all together. There are several weather lapbooks you can find on the Links blog. I took pieces from several of them and gave my kids different pieces, except for the water cycle one I made for them. These are the pieces I used:
clouds (pp. 2, 5)
electric storms (pp.7-8)
tornadoes (pp. 5-6, 9–I actually didn’t pick any pieces about tornadoes)
Here are some links for younger learners, things my 5-year-old did:
Weather Graph everyday he filled in a square for what kind of weather it was outside
Weather Chart (from practical pages)
Here’s the lapbook I created for my daughter on the book Holes by Louis Sachar. She is ten years old. I think it’s considered a middle school book, but the vocabulary is not challenging.
I focused on plot in making the lapbook because there are several stories in the book taking place at different times in the past that all fit together into the present-day story. I really enjoyed reading it.
Some warnings: the warden is an evil character which shows mostly in one scene. In one of the stories from the past a black man is killed because he kissed a white woman. The woman he kissed was the town school teacher and model citizen but losing her love turns her heart and she becomes a bandit, a famous outlaw. Her story is very sad. This book offers some good opportunities to talk about how we can allow others to change who we are. There is another character everyone calls Zero. Everyone thinks he’s stupid and he doesn’t bother to correct them. Turns out he’s got a bit of genius for math.
Anyway…here are the pictures…
The four pieces on the left are for writing about how the different characters/things listed there all fit together. Sam planted a secret field of onions which happened to be where his grandfather found refuge on “God’s thumb” where Stanley took Zero and ate onions which protected them from the lizards…it all works together.
There are a few character pieces as well. There are before and after matchbook pieces for two of the characters: how they changed during the story.
The piece at the top is a poem used in the book, well it’s a song. The piece calls for some analysis of its meaning and how it fits the characters story and asks the student to write a poem using the same idea.
There is also a piece on curses. Their family believes they are cursed. I included a couple of Bible references about curses in this piece to be copied from your version of choice. Basically a curse without cause can’t affect you and Jesus becoming a curse for us. We live in the land of the evil eye and curses are a big deal here. We have lived with the Roma (Gypsies) for 8 years and have seen and heard a lot about curses.
You’ll see there’s not a lot of color. This one is easy on the printer. You can use color paper if you like more color. Just the first and last pages of pieces have color on them.
Here’s the download link: Holes Lapbook
This link will remain on the Free Stuff page and will be on the “Books: supplemental materials” page on the “Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers Blog.”
Free Space Lapbooks:
JFeliciano lapbook pieces from homeschool launch — these pieces are each at their own link. You can use the Links blog to see what’s available. Scroll down to Space (first is earth, then oceans, then space).
(Note: since I wrote this I’ve added a new lapbook to the list based on the Magic School Bus book, Space Explorers.)
I took lapbook pieces from these various places and used them with my five-year-old. I searched around and printed out what I thought was appropriate and doable for him on his own. (The specific links are below.) My son does already know how to read.
He’s the only one who did a lapbook. You’ll notice I let him do everything on his own. He cuts, writes and draws himself. That’s all part of school.
I’ll do another post with what my older kids have been doing and all their links. My son loved doing his lapbook. He’s still coloring space shuttle pictures and today he’s going to fold a star-finder (that will probably require my help).
Links for the lapbook (for my five-year-old son):
Draw the Phases of the Moon (this is a pocket and you draw pictures of the moon at each of the phases)
Comets and Meteorites (has not made it onto the lapbook)
Others picked from here (size of earth and sun, how far, day and night and focusing heat with a magnifying glass)
Constellation Strips (This is on the lapbook, but you can’t see it. He cut out one of these pages whole, and I folded it up and he glued it on the lapbook in the top left corner.)
*Below are things not on the lapbook but that he did. You could use one of these for a cover. My son wanted to draw his own cover.
Sun Book Nasa B/W book on the sun that you can print out–can be used some for coloring
This isn’t a print out, but my five-year-old really loved looking at these “space balls.” They show the relative size of the sun and the planets. It is really cool. You will like it too! Gather the family to take a look even if you aren’t studying space. (I recommend turning off your volume though.)
I’ve decided this is where we are going to stop in our studies of Early American history. We’re not ending our school year. We’re going to be studying government now. Since I do no specific planning for my school year, I like to leave for the end a topic we could spend a little time on or a lot of time on depending on how the rest of the year goes. And often we get anxious and start early on next year’s topics.
We will be starting with the new developing technology when we study 20th century in a couple of years. I don’t go straight through history as a timeline. I want to have focused study of American history but I want to focus on the world too.
We again used a lapbook from Dynamic2Moms. We improvised a little with the accordian timeline and the Emancipation Proclamation piece in the two corners. We just used blank pieces we had lying around from other things.
I had my kids read through this website on their own.
We focused only on one battle, the battle of Gettysburg. Our home state is Pennsylvania. I’m just not really into studying the war part of wars.
We listened to the Gettysburg Address. It’s a video. My four-year-old gave the Gettysburg Address. My daughter dressed him up and prompted him line by line.
On the Links blog you can find a link to a site that has the battles listed by state so you can find information on what happened in your state.
We did play this Civil War game. I chickened out of doing paper soldiers when I read the “play” took two hours. I didn’t want to spend days on it. The paper soldiers would have taken days to make and most likely would be destroyed by the toddler or preschooler by the time we got around to even starting. (How many of you have 3 little boys at home) But on the same site, Junior General, there was this Civil War “matrix” game. Here’s the game board.
You just print this out then all you need are two tokens and a die. It is made for a classroom with seven teams. We played with two kids–one was Robert E. Lee, one was Sherman. The game gives a starting score for each side. Each side has so many points for strength, fighting spirit and supplies. The North is trying to capture Richmond. The South is trying to capture Washington.
On your turn you move one square then make an argument. “We burned down a bridge keeping the rebels from getting their supplies.” Then we rolled the die to see if it happened. We decided a 5 or 6 meant it didn’t happen. (If they came up with something that was impossible, I made them come up with something else. Like my daughter tried “Their whole army died of cholera.”) If their argument “happens”, then either they gain a point or their opponent loses a point. For instance in the example I gave, the opponent would lose one supply point. You can say something positive for yourself like “We have stayed in place and rested.” Then you could gain one strength point. When opponents meet in the same square you roll the die and add that to the score you already have. Highest score wins the battle. (You can read this in the directions.)
Also on the Links blog (scroll down to the Civil War–it’s in timeline order) you can find different worksheets to do. There are coloring pages here as well. My son did the Civil War alphabetization worksheet.
On the site where I downloaded the lapbook pieces there are several other pictures. I printed out these pictures of confederate money and this pie graph of soldier’s occupations. My daughter made that into a bar graph.
And here’s my daughter’s picture she drew from one of the other pictures on the lapbook site.
I’ve also started an experiment in our homeschool. My children both recently finished their math texts. Not only are they ahead of schedule, my son is really ahead. So, I decided there wasn’t a need to keep moving at this pace. I have figured they can do just two lessons a week in their book and finish by the end of next school year. In their extra time (an hour a day basically) they are allowed to pursue other interests. My son has taken up engineering, my daughter, Canadian history.
The Links blog has come in handy. I let them on there to explore and to find things they are interested in studying. As usual all the links in this post are on that blog. You can always find it in the sidebar: Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers.
AND…I’ve had a publisher interested in my novel. If you haven’t yet, take a look at The King Will Make a Way page (click on the button at the top) and use the link on that page to go to my blog about the book. You can read more about me, chapter one, and more reviews of the book. I still have decisions to make, but I will let you know when it’s going to be published. (And will of course have a lapbook for you to go along with the book.)
We spent the last two weeks beginning our westward journey with Lewis and Clark. We had jumped ahead the previous week and looked at the War of 1812 because that seemed to fit better with our study of the Revolution we had just finished and this seems to fit better with the Oregon Trail and such that we are beginning now.
All the links you find in this blog post can be found on the Links to All Things Free for Homeschoolers blog, specifically on the American History page.
In this collection there is a to-scale map of a section of our local park (bottom left). We took a 10 meter measuring tape with us to the park. You could use your yard, but we live in a big city. My daughter did some drawings of some of the flora at the park (the tree on the right). My son drew a bird and wrote a description of it (top left). The colorful printout is from the 25-page book my daughter made about the different plants found out West, especially if they were edible and how they could be used. At our local park she picked dandelions and cooked them for dinner for us. Hey, anything tastes good with enough butter and salt, right? She was really interested in learning about the plants, so I gave her two full school days to work on that book. The rest she did in her free time.
Each day we read about a stop along their trail and part of their journal entries for that stop. Then the kids marked the stop on their map (they each chose a different type of map to use) and on the backs they wrote something about that point on their trail. (I took the picture before we had finished doing this. We just did one stop a day. Using this site.)
My daughter made pretend journal entries like she was on there. She purposely spelled things crazy, like Lewis.
We also explored several websites and played some online games. My four-year-old liked playing the games for the lower elementary kids. We also watched the video on Sacagawea. What’s below I copied from the Links blog. L means like 5-8 year olds and M is 9-12. (U is teenagers)
Video about Sacagawea less than 5 minutes On TeacherTube
Online Game M Reads like a choose your own adventure book–you choose on each page what to do and then Lewis and Clark agree or disagree with you (National Geographic)
Online Game L Short games along the way as you learn about the animals, plants and places out West
My oldest son made this flatboat craft (we just used construction paper) and my daughter made this weaving craft (we just used regular paper and glued it into an envelope pocket.) We did this once we got out to Nez Perce territory.
Activities for studying these indigenous groups (scroll down) –from the Links blog
And all the while we worked on this lapbook from dynamic2moms.com.