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  1. I'm teaching my first class at our large (200+ students) co-op next week. We are studying Ancient Civilizations. My topic is Invention of the Wheel (or the potter's wheel). I'm stumped about a hands on activity for the 1st & 2nd graders. I know I shouldn't be nervous, as they are just 30-35 6 & 7 year olds, but I am. I need something that takes about 40 minutes (including the teaching part). Any bright ideas?
  2. Hi there, I started homeschooling my second son this year, and he's having a hard time adjusting to it. He's 6 years old (we're doing 1st grade), and he fights me on a lot of activities. He says he "hates school" (he said the same thing about the preschool he used to attend), and he doesn't want to do any kind of school. He really loves animals, and I was hoping to find some kind of club or activity that we could do to help him be motivated. We have the Creepy Crawlies book, and we're planning on doing some of the experiments in there, but I would like to give him opportunities to interact with big animals (mammals and such) as well. The kids are begging us to get a dog, but we're not ready to do that yet. I'm wondering if any of you have ideas for clubs or groups that interact with animals. I looked up 4-H, but he won't be old enough for another 2 years. We're in the Philadelphia suburbs. If you have any ideas, I'd really appreciate it. Thanks! Erin
  3. Ok, so, I've been researching all the wonderful science ideas for 4th-6th grade. So many wonderful ideas and wonderful book lists! I've printed the lists and have started a spreadsheet for the ones I like on the rest. So, here's the thing, I am of two minds for science this year - either will be set up in a spreadsheet format/check-off list and he will do fairly independently, with discussion and help from me. Either way, I will add Christian content with secular. He likes both options, so he's of no help. (I tend to be eclectic CM/WTM/whatever else I am): 1. topical unit studies with kits/activities, living books, science informational books using things like Hands On Science Series (thinking that could be a "spine" resource per unit) List of books/encyclopedias on the subject Some creation-based science resources I already own Activity kits from lakeshore, Home Science Adventures, young scientist club, magic school bus kits notebook pages from sites like edhelper, and/or http://www.education.com OR 2. Gods Design for Chemistry and Ecology as a spine and use topically add in books/encyclopedia from great lists I've printed and tagged Maybe a few extra activity kits for interest (see above) Notebooking pages from above listed sites. Other considerations: I have 4 more students ranging from pre-k to 7th grade. 7th graders are doing rainbow science next year. Pre-k kid and 2nd grader will do various units together (2nd grader is a little delayed, and pker is a little advanced, they work well together) and will need me for the majority of their school time. Once I've done these lesson plans, I won't have to do them again for the younger 2, thankfully. So, that's a good thing. Many of the activity resources are reusable too. So, I would LOVE feedback from any of you who have used any of these or done anything similar. Likes/dislikes, things to watch out for, things to consider, etc. Thanks! heather
  4. This year for my 4th grader we have been using Sonlight Core 3(D) for American History. She enjoys the readers a lot but the Landmark book is quite hard to swallow....we of course read it as a RA but I feel she is not getting it. I need something more basic for a start in American History..... I have the Complete Book of American History, USA workbooks from SL, DK American History Encyclopedia, and tons of reading books from Sonlight and used book stores. Has anyone used these books together that I have suggested? If so, did it give them a solid base of American History for Elementary..... I really want to do a full sweep of American History with my 4th grader, and was hoping to have my 1st grader listen in, before starting SOTW 1 for her 5th grade year and for my 2nd grader. We use notebookingpages.com to notebook everything we read.....we cook our way through American History......timeline, mapping, and on Friday's we study our NC state history while creating a NC Notebook. Can anyone give some much needed advice or just give me a pat on the back that it's OK!!? Thank you Hive!
  5. I had a thread a while back with some good ones but can't find it anymore. Can anyone let me know where I can find some good ideas/activities to go with Volume 1?
  6. I just found this amazing free website today and printed off 10 mazes for my 5 year old that was begging for me to make her a maze. There are thousands of mazes on here with varying difficulty and fun shapes...all in PDF. There are also so many other types of games and puzzles. This is such a neat site. Please feel free to share any other free, fun, printable activities you've found for your children. http://www.krazydad.com/ here is the area specific to mazes: http://www.krazydad.com/mazes/
  7. Friends of mine have been given a car and are going to be driving across the country to bring it home. They have a 7-1/2 year old son who is a good reader and can read in the car without getting sick. He has a Game Boy, and they are looking into rigging up something so he can watch movies. However, that's not enough for 30 hours in the car. He's a bright and creative child, who can finger knit and likes to do stuff with his hands. I've suggested getting him the Bone graphic novels. They're looking for activities, including (hopefully) a few educational ones that are also fun. They were wondering in particular about decks of activity cards (not necessarily quizzes, but those are OK too). Funny, silly, thoughtful, all are good. They're more than willing to play along with him. We would appreciate any ideas.
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