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  1. Hi, I'm looking for ideas on elective subjects for my kids. Academic skills are not a problem so anything from 6th-Adult level is fine as far as sources. My kids have asked for a Really Fun subject. I prefer something that can be arranged in semesters/ unit studies. My mind is totally blanking these last few days. I am not thinking of anything right now...Help?
  2. For those of you with a particular interest in Korea, here is the unit study I just finished with my youngest, an 8 year old Korean adoptee. It begins with Ch. 9 from Susan Wise Bauer's Story of the World, Vol. 2 : The Middle Ages and builds from there with supplemental materials available from local libraries and amazon.com. Medieval Korea Unit Study OCTOBER 2013 Read Aloud Books: Story of the World by Bauer Ch. 9 (narration) K is For Korea by Cheung and Das Countries of the World: Korea by Davis Korean Children’s Favorite Stories by Kim The Green Frogs by Heo The Kite Fighters by Park The King’s Secret by Farley (narration) Sir Whong and the Golden Pig by Han In the Moonlight Mist by Scouci The Rabbit’s Judgment by han Korean Children’s Favorite folktales by Hyun The Firekeeper’s Son by Park The Rabbit and the Dragon King by Souci New Clothes for New Year’s Day by Hyun Land of Morning Calm by Stickler Behind the Mask by Choi Tigers, Frogs and Rice Cakes: Korean Proverbs by Holt (Copy several for handwriting) Additional RESOOURCES adapted as needed: Korean Heritage Series by Korean Oversees Information Service (20 booklets) A Korean History for International Readers by the Association of Korean History Teachers: King Munmuwang unites Korea (Narration) Online: Time’s Korean History Timeline for Kids (Research, Present and have the child do narrations for The 3 Kingdoms united, The samguk Yusa, the Wars with Japan, and The Yi Dynasty. Crafts: Traditional Korean House paper craft with watercolor DRagon and Tiger Fold outs with Chinese labels Traditional Korean dresses and paperdolls in Paper Butterfly chest inspired by illustrations in New Clothes for New Year’s Day by Hyun Paper Korean flag with explanatory fold outs Traditional ceramic celadon pottery with leaf cut outs Traditional dancer Masks 10 traditional Longevity symbols Images of free coloring pages and printed on lightweight watercolor paper Copy Hangul Letters on paper scrolls Jin-Ju from Korea: Sticker Paperdoll Youtube: Watch traditional Korean fan dance Watch traditional Korean mask dance Watch traditional Korean drum dance Watch the view of Diamond Mountain Korean Language CD Recordings and Books: Teach Me Every Day Korean Vol. 1 Teach me Korean and More Korean FOOD: Persimmons Noodle Bowls Ginger cookies GEOGRAPHY: print out free outline map of the Korean peninsula that includes China and map and label the 3 kingdoms
  3. I've tried several different kinds of material like: FIAR: I love the literature approach but I hate that it's all over the place and you don't get in-depth with any topic. Apologia Science: I love how we get to go in depth with the topic but I don't like studying it for a whole year. Which leads me to think that we would really like unit studies. I really want to get started on doing some unit studies next year. I would love some recommendations on how to get started. Websites, books, already-planned units..... whatever. How can I get started with unit studies? Thanks in advance!
  4. Not sure if anyone already posted this but today only Amanda Bennett's Heros Today is on sale 50% using the code RememberTheHeroes . You can also buy them individually using the code. She also has Earth Science & Astronomy on sale Hope this helps someone ;)
  5. Not sure if this was posted yet but... in honor of Neil Armstrong, Amanda Bennett has put the Space unit on sale for FREE for the first 1000. Use OneSmallStep to get the discount at checkout. Hope someone can use this :)
  6. I searched high and low for online resources about this great read-aloud book. There wasn't much, so I came up with a unit study of my own and wanted to share. This forum's been great inspiration to me in the past, and hopefully this will inspire some good Strawberry Girl read-aloud memories in other families. :) Chapter 1: Begin a Comparison/Contrast Chart Yankee | Cracker Boyer | Slater Birdie | Shoestring farming (strawberries/oranges) | Cattle-herding/hunting) feed their cows | eat off the land comb hair | leave it tangled “biggety†| “uncultured†(these contrasts came from throughout the book, as it’s the main theme throughout) Shoestring’s full name is Jefferson Davis Slater. Look up the history of Jefferson Davis. Is Jefferson Davis a good man? If not, why would someone choose to name their child after Jefferson Davis? [This would get into the discussion of Yankee/Cracker culture differences] Florida Geography (The Boyers came from the Carolinas, and lived in Marion County before moving two or three counties south to Polk County next door to the Slaters. Their horse is named Osceola (a nearby county), and their second mule will be named Kissimmee (a city in Osceola). Both Osceola and Kissimmee are Indian names. If you happen to be using a Florida County Map, perhaps point out that Dixie and Jefferson are also characters who are also county names. Note: This would be a good time to talk about the name of your family’s county and do some research on how the county or city got its name. Chapter 2: Stawberry Girl Vocabulary. Online there was a list of the vocab words for this book. The list included words like piney, wiry, genial, that I felt were not relevant to the overall story. When I read the book, I felt like it was the Farming Terms that were most important for a child to understand. Here's my list from the book. Farm Words orange trees, geraniums, amaryllis, palmetto, sweet potatoes, peanuts, sugar cane (for making molasses), cypress trees, mule (hybrid!), horse, cowboy, blacksnake, gopher tortoise, alligator, razorbacks, fodder, bream (a type of fish). Also, strawberries & peaches. (For visuals, maybe tie in states/colleges that use these as symbols – Florida Gators, Arizona Razorbacks, South Carolina’s flag has a Palmetto, “Florida Orangesâ€) Either this chapter or later: Marking Brands for Cows – the Slaters put a big S inside a circle, while Pa Boyer puts a BB, and Bunny will start using a B in a diamond. The Slaters’ hog mark is “a round hole by the ear.†With mature kids, discuss the ethical implications of burning an animal. Birdie expresses in the book that she doesn't like it. Chapter 3: “Strawberry Schools†(discussion before reading the chapter) Look up: when is the harvest time for most plants? When is the harvest time for strawberries? Most schools in the Northern Hemisphere run from August to May or September to June, dismissing for the summer months. This is due to the harvest calendar. Parents needed their children home to help with the harvest. If strawberries were harvested in January through March, when do you think the children would be in school and be on break? [They’re off in the winter time] These special-calendar Florida schools were nicknamed “Stawberry Schools.†Picture Analysis of a Cracker Home There’s a Florida website that has pictures of the Whedon house, an example of Florida Cracker architecture. Have your child analyze the pictures. There’s one picture of an outhouse (what a great reminder that bathrooms didn’t always exist!), and there’s a lot of photos of fences and farming mills. Do these photos look like they would belong more to Mr. Boyer or Mr. Slater? [The kids will figure out that Mr. Boyer loves fencing and farming advancements, whereas Mr. Slater is distrustful of them] Chapter 4 Discussion: Robert Frost once said “Good fences make good neighbors.†Do you agree or disagree? (At this point, children are likely to agree. They might change their mind in a few chapters!) Keeping A List: "Methods the Boyers Use to Keep the Animals Away" This will be an ongoing list of different attempts the Boyers make to keep the Slaters’ cows from trampling on the strawberries and eating the orange tree bark. Barbed wire fences, flour as a pretend “poisonâ€, etc. Conflict Management: Brainstorming A Solution By this point in the novel, the argument between the Boyers and Slaters has already been established. Have your child brainstorm: What are all the possible outcomes of this dispute? (Allow them to be silly/dramatic, like one neighbor shooting another, or burning their house down… oh wait, that last one did happen in the real story. J) Once they’ve generated a nice long list, ask them: -Which outcomes are worst? -Which outcome is the best? -For the outcome you selected as best, do you think both families would find it fair? [The child is probably thinking in a pro-Boyer perspective, so this question will help them realize that Mr. Slater will probably need convincing to follow the best solution] Chapter 5: The Boyers go shopping, the Slaters leave the town empty-handed because Mr. Slater spent all his money on alcohol and gambling. Materialism – A Matter of Perspective What do the Boyers buy in town? (a new stove, a hat for Birdie and mom) How are these items luxuries? (Shoestring’s mom’s never owned a hat, and you can cook over a fire) Are these purchases extravagant? (No, they have the money to buy them, and they’re only buying one thing a person) Health Lesson/Web Chart: The Negative Effects of Alcoholism -> In the story: (Shoestring can’t get his overalls, the family has no money to buy things, they’re embarrassed, Mr. Slater is drunk) -> In Real Life: (have child go on a medical website like WebMD and research the effects of alcoholism, with things like cirrhosis, DUIs, etc.) Chapter 6: Science Lessons how well water, artesian wells, & sinkholes work… “ice cold tooth ache†pg. 69 – Why do teeth hurt when they’re cold? locusts (black grasshoppers) Dental Care in Rural Communities (I’ve seen several good news articles in the past about how rural folks wait in long lines to get their teeth looked after, because they can’t afford dentistry)
  7. I am on the fence about two curriculums. I am a new homeschooler....since January of this year. Right now we are doing....Singapore Math, Easy Grammar 4, Wordly Wise, Spelling Workout 4, Progeny Press, Apologia Science, State History Texas, Words Apprentice, Handwriting without Tears, Evan Moor Daily Geography Practice, and DD reads Life of Fred at night. I feel that the curriculum that we have chosen is very sound but I feel that we are all over the place. I am looking for more of a Unit Study Curriculum approach. I would love if the subjects integrated with each other. I have looked at Trail Guide to Learning and Learning Adventures. Both use real books which is great however I want opinions of people who have used either one. Is the reading a little too light, and the language arts a little too light? My DD will read 6-8 chapters a day just because he loves to read. I also want a strong grammar/language arts program. Any help please. Thanks so much!!!
  8. Hello all! This is probably too late for most, but I thought I'd share our plans for our Christmas Unit study. I wrote everything out on our blog (to help me have all the links in one place and to help make it easier for others as well). For some Christmas themed ideas, you can check out the post here: http://gettinskooled.blogspot.com/2011/12/christmas-unit-study.html
  9. I am looking for a downloadable unit study/notebooking kit for Advent. Somewhere I saw one using names for Jesus (Prince of Peace, etc) that looked good. Free is great, but I am willing to pay-I need something awesome and easy and that will result in a finished product my children can show off to relatives. (Yes, I know homeschooling isn't about the finished product. This advent it is. Trust me and let it go.) Jennifer
  10. Hello all! I little while back, I asked you for some ideas on how to help my kiddo pay attention during school. I ended up putting together a unit study on Attentiveness. Thought I'd share it here with any one else whose kiddos struggle with the same thing. I'd love to hear any feedback on this as I will probably be reinforcing this unit again and again in my house. :) Here's the link: Gettin' Skooled Attentiveness Unit Study Thanks! Leslie
  11. This is the first of our unit studies that we're coordinating with TOG4. It can stand alone though. I have targeted a 3rd & 4th grader, but I suspect a 5th grader would enjoy this also. If you'd like MSWord copy, go to my Homeschool Launch page (in siggy). The additional worksheet I created is also there. FLIGHT 7 lessons Booklist The Story of Inventions by Michael J. McHugh, Frank P. Bachman pg. 305-314 Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the 5th Day Jeannie Fullbright pg. 6-8; 10-12; 41-49 (stop at Preening); 57-60 Usbourne Internet-linked Science Encyclopedia Flight pg. 142-143 Book Basket How Stuff Works Marshall Brain Gliders pg. 12-13; Airplanes pg. 2-5 The Way Things Work David Macaulay pg. 114-121 Eyewitness Book Flying Machines Andrew Nahum 1-62 Inventors Martin W. Sandler pg. 74-81 Experiments Apologia Glider Design pg 10-12 Wright Brothers Glider http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/Wright/ROGER/1903model.htm'>http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/Wright/ROGER/1903model.htm'>http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/Wright/ROGER/1903model.htm'>http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/Wright/ROGER/1903model.htm Usbourne pg. 143 “See for yourself†Internet Links from http://usborne-quicklinks.com/usa/usa_entity_pages/usa_select_link.asp?lang=usa&lvl=2&id=1203&From=142&To=143 http://scifiles.larc.nasa.gov/kids/D_Lab/acts_flight.html'>http://scifiles.larc.nasa.gov/kids/D_Lab/acts_flight.html'>http://scifiles.larc.nasa.gov/kids/D_Lab/acts_flight.html'>http://scifiles.larc.nasa.gov/kids/D_Lab/acts_flight.html - basic forces of flight http://www.planemath.com/activities/pmenterprises/training.html basic forces of flight http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/learning/aircraft_controls.cfm'>http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/learning/aircraft_controls.cfm'>http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/learning/aircraft_controls.cfm'>http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/learning/aircraft_controls.cfm aircraft controls http://www.tryscience.org/experiments/experiments_begin.html?nosedive'>http://www.tryscience.org/experiments/experiments_begin.html?nosedive'>http://www.tryscience.org/experiments/experiments_begin.html?nosedive'>http://www.tryscience.org/experiments/experiments_begin.html?nosedive paper airplane directions http://www.workman.com/more/games/fliersclub/'>http://www.workman.com/more/games/fliersclub/'>http://www.workman.com/more/games/fliersclub/'>http://www.workman.com/more/games/fliersclub/ paper airplane flight simulator http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/paper/airplanes.html'>http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/paper/airplanes.html'>http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/paper/airplanes.html'>http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/paper/airplanes.html making paper planes go farther Vocabulary Lift, drag, weight, thrust, airfoil, Bernoulli’s principle, air resistance, streamlined, control surfaces, ailerons, elevators, rudder, rolling, yawing, pitching Movies The Magic Schoolbus, Taking Flight (online) Wright Brothers’ Flying Machine by Nova Lesson 1 - The Story of Inventions by Michael J. McHugh, Frank P. Bachman pg. 305-314 - Fill in the blank outline (worksheet I generated) Lesson 2 - Wright Bros. Flying Machine – Netflix - Notetaking while watching the movie (they will take notes, then form sentences from them for a summary lesson) Lesson 3 - Apologia pg. 6-8 - Apologia pg. 7 “Try This†photograph for notebook then caption as the write up - http://scifiles.larc.nasa.gov/kids/D_Lab/acts_flight.html - basic forces of flight - Usbourne pg. 143, “See for yourself†photograph and write up Lesson 4 - The Magic Schoolbus, Taking Flight (online) - RA Usbourne pg. 142 - define airfoil, Bernoulli’s principle, lift, thrust, drag, air resistance, streamlined via kids create original definitions, then copywork or dictation Lesson 5 - RA Usbourne pg. 143 - http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/learning/aircraft_controls.cfm aircraft controls - Define control surfaces, ailerons, elevators, rudder, roling, yawing, pitching kids create original definitions, then copywork or dictation - http://www.tryscience.org/experiments/experiments_begin.html?nosedive paper airplane directions - http://www.workman.com/more/games/fliersclub/ paper airplane flight simulator - http://www.worsleyschool.net/science/files/paper/airplanes.html making paper planes go farther Lesson 6 - Apologia RA pg. 57-60 - Apolgia experiment pg. pg. 10-12 - photo journal w/ write up Lesson 7 - Apologia RA 41-49 (stop at Preening) - Apologia draw the feather diagram pg. 43 - Wright Brothers Glider http://www.grc.nasa.gov/WWW/Wright/ROGER/1903model.htm (photograph for notebook)
  12. So.. This year we have been using the Year Long planning (file folder method) that has the super long thread here at WTM. I have to say I am very happy with the year long planning.. and am looking ahead to next year.. yes, I know it's only January.. but we are 1/2 through our school year and I would like to avoid what I did this school year.. all my planning in 2 weeks in August..that was not fun. I was considering adding Unit Studies to our homeschool.. Where do I start? How do I make it mesh with the yearly planning that has worked so well for us? Where do I learn how to do this..Prepared or Make my own?? I'd prefer either secular or lightly faith based.. I can add in what I need to those
  13. I've been thinking a lot about the idea of teaching my children how to learn and not just what to learn. This school year has been going pretty well, but I have a little itch that I can't quite figure out how to scratch. We're getting our list of things done daily (mostly). Things like math, latin, history, writing, spelling, etc. But I feel like there isn't much fun or adventure or excitement. I've been looking at Five in a Row and the upper levels thinking I'd love to be able to read with my kids and draw from our reading fun ideas, or fun rabbit trails to take and discuss and study. I don't know where in the world I would start with such an idea. Wouldn't it be fun to read Little Britches and study about cowboys, maybe go horseback riding, learn how to lasso, or tie different knots? Learn about early irrigation, make a small model. Look at paintings of the American west and learn about artists from that time period. Now see, this book lends itself easily to rabbit trails. But I still don't feel well equipped to take them. I feel I lack the knowledge or the desire and so instead of pulling a learning adventure out of a book, we just read. Anyone have any thoughts? Anyone know of a good book or article to read? Anyone really good at doing this in their homeschool and want to share what they know? Thanks for listening.
  14. I have a friend who has had her kids enrolled in a virtual academy. She is considering pulling them out next year. She is looking for a curriculum set up in units of study. Here is what she wants: "Would like units that integrate some subjects. I just want our day to make more sense and flow much better... not so many quick starts or transitions. I want to be able to read a book and do an activity that naturally comes from that book and then links up with Math, Art, science..." FIAR a row came to mind, but I think she looked at it and wants something more laid out and detailed. They are a Christian family and I know would like that integrated as well. Any suggestions? not sure if I am making sense...
  15. I can start. ;) I know there is much derision of Gothic novels, but as a Jane Eyre fan, I can't embrace that derision. :D Our Gothic Novel exploration
  16. I need to take a break from our regular curriculum and do something different and thought a month long unit study would be nice. BUT brewing in the back of my head is the thought that maybe I might do more of them if they work out well. My children are a little burned out on structure so this might be nice to give them a shot in the arm. Any suggestions or websites for inexpensive unit studies?:001_smile:
  17. I'm considering using Connecting With History as our history backbone next year and I'm hoping that some of you have some comments about it for me. Any thoughts?
  18. I love unit studies and have heard wonderful things about Konos. When I went to their website, however, I found it to be extremely religious which is a huge turnoff for us. Can the unit studies be salvaged? I don't mind skipping over overtly religious portions or just explaining to ds that those parts reflect the personal beliefs of some people, but not ours. I'd love to get some feedback. Can I adapt these wonderful units for our secular home, or is religion so interwoven that I won't be able to separate the content from the religion? Thanks for any feedback.
  19. Ok, so I'm going to try to give unit studies another try. I found a book full of Aesop's Fables that I forgot I had. There are so many fables, I figured that it would likely make a good unit study. However, I'm not good at figuring out what to do. Do any of you have any recommendations or know of any good already prepared unit studies for this? The cheaper the better, BTW. Thanks!!!!
  20. I would like to do a unit study (or 2) between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I tried one before, but it felt like a waste of time. I just don't get it. I don't see how all subjects are covered, especially math. Do you keep doing regular math and reading as you do the unit study? Also many of the units I have looked are so unstructured (I am a textbook person at heart). How can I find one that includes everything and isn't just a list of books and activities? I even thought about doing a lapbook, but those make even less sense to me. Thanks for your help!
  21. I have decided to do a unit study on Ancient Egypt for maybe 2 weeks to help us understand our Bible stories of the Israelites in Egypt. Tell me what to do? (Preferably for free?) :) I already have the Usborne Book of World History and the Usborne Atlas of World History and the Good Times Travel Agency Ancient Egypt, along with King Tut's Mummy: Lost and Found. Just let me know if I am missing anything, how would you schedule it and what activities or crafts would you include? Thank you!!
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