Archive for August, 2012
I’m going to stop posting regular updates to this blog. I have not been able to give it attention, and now that I haven’t been making lapbooks to give away, interest has lagged. I only make materials when we need them, but there are so many resources out there all ready that I haven’t felt the need to make much recently. Most of what I make now are sheets to go along with experiments or books in the curriculum. I’m still here. The blog will remain up. If you leave a comment, I’ll see it. I may post from time to time, but I’m not going to attempt to update you weekly with what we are doing for school.
You can still see exactly what we do for school to get links or ideas. You can go to the Easy Peasy All in One Homeschool and click on Math or Biology, for example. I list in bold the minor topics like Place Value or Digestive System. You can see exactly what materials we used and what activities we do. I will also post there from time to time about the things we do for school.
My focus is now on working on my curriculum, which I do daily. This blog was the first step towards the creation of the curriculum. I actually never even intended to be a blogger. I just started this blog originally to show the grandparents (on a different continent) what the kids were doing for school, but I unintentionally gained a following, getting more than a hundred visitors a day.
If you are using my curriculum or considering it, you can still scroll down and look at past posts and see what types of materials and activities the curriculum uses. The freebies will all still be here. There are some more, basically notebooking pages, listed on the Simply Lapbooks group.
Thanks everyone for your support over the last few years. I’m glad I could help and encourage some of you. I’m still trying to do that. I now get emails from families saying that they wouldn’t be able to continue homeschooling if they didn’t have my curriculum. Others write about their circumstances and how they found themselves suddenly needing to homeschool when they had planned on their children going to school. For those overseas it offers them accessible resources. For those who’ve lost jobs it offers free resources. For those who have never homeschooled, it offers knowing exactly what to do each day. Everyone has different needs and circumstances, but they all found that the curriculum is meeting the need they were faced with. I love being the Lord’s tool to bless others.
We moved from Ancient Egypt and Mesopotamia to Ancient China and now on to the Mayas in South America.
Each day as the children read they wrote down what they found to be interesting or important. I let them choose for themselves. I also let them choose for themselves where to keep the information. My son chose to do a Power Point presentation and each day added a slide. I gave every links to clip art they could use. My daughter made a poster.
She drew the pictures and just wrote out facts to include.
We also do our music and art related to history, so we listened to Mayan music on youtube and made Mayan pottery (our version of it). You make snakes and layer circles up the pot.
This is my oldest son’s pot.
This marked 40 days into our curriculum, which means time for the portfolio. Every forty days I collect something from each subject and put it in the binder. I’ve never turned in a portfolio, but I keep one just in case we end up in the States and I need to turn something in. I have had to register my kids and turn in “objectives” and a bunch of other information that I shouldn’t have to, but we’ve never been around for portfolio time. I make it easy for myself by writing right in the kids’ assignments. “Do your work neatly and give your paper to a parent when you are finished to add to your portfolio.” Then the kids remind me, and I don’t have to remember. We are supposed to show “progress,” so I have quarterly examples. I try to vary what is in there because we are also supposed to show what materials we used. We are supposed to keep a record of every book read and every resource used. This is impossible. Do you know how many links are on my kids’ school? I give samples of the types of materials they use. We’re also supposed to have a log of what we do. That’s easy. I just print out the curriculum website and it has the assignments for every day. I think it’s all a waste of time and effort!
Here’s another sample of work. My second grader had to draw pictures of his vocab words as part of the vocab sheets I made for him. Here is “exasperated.” Do you see the smoke coming out of the ears? After he drew that he never forgot. Here’s the download vocabulary worksheet. It has a place for the word, the definition, the sentence where you found it and a picture. It has room for two words a page and has a little bit of color on it.
Here’s my daughter’s King Tut sculpture out of butter and flour and colored icing.
I’m sorry I’ve been doing a horrible job of taking pictures of what we are doing for school. Right now I’m just trying to survive nausea and the 105+ heat. Oh, did you know? I’m expecting baby 6 in February.
Today let me tell you about our computer courses. When I started building my online curriculum, several new “official” courses were born. One was computer. Each year they learn a little more about the internet and about word processing. Then each year they learn different types of programs.
First graders just do internet, word processing and typing.
Second graders add on Paint and Publisher (or similar programs).
Third graders learn Power Point (or similar program). There are free versions of these types of programs.
Fourth graders use Scratch which is computer programming for elementary school children. My boys love it.
Fifth graders make a blog.
Sixth graders learn html.
I’m considering Excel (or similar program) for eighth.
My time it up. My ESL students have arrived. I volunteer and teach some neighbor children English a few times a week. Hope you are having a great week.