Homeschool Today . . .

Today, it’s all about History Channel, wall to wall. Each year “The Puzzler” asks if we can do this. He was only 4 months old on this day in 2011, and we wouldn’t even know him and “Mr. Loquacious” for another almost 8 years. I learn more things each year while watching these programs. I saw none of what happened when it did, with the exception of the first two planes when they hit the World Trade Center towers.

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September 11, 2001:
I was in Shipshewana, IN with a group of ladies from church. It happened just as we turned on the TV to check the weather before checking out of our B & B to go to the flea market before coming home. We prayed, I remember calling my husband to tell him to turn on network TV, as I knew the TV would be on a cable kid’s channel for My then little boy’s shows he liked. I remember the sick feeling when I did, in fact, within an hour, see gas stations raising their prices up well over $6.00 per gallon, I remember the eerie feeling driving through Flint, MI, past Bishop Airport and not seeing or hearing any planes in the air. I remember getting home to Port Huron MI, and finding out the border with Sarnia was closed. What a sad and horrible day… I do remember one bright spot, all that day in Shipshewana, I witnessed complete strangers letting others use their cell phones to connect with loved ones. It was a hopeful sight…
So, it falls to us as parents to ensure that our children learn history as it actually happened. Even though none of mine were old enough to understand it as it happened, year by year, they learn more while watching these programming hours. So do I.
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Never forget. Never, ever, ever forget!
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Make-A-State Activity-Pak From Home School In The Woods {Review}

Adding in the Make-A-State Lap Book from Home School in the Woods‘sHands-on History Activity-Paks series has been the perfect hands-on addition for our studies. We have reviewed other products from Home School In The Woods, and you can read those reviews here.

We have been wanting to learn about all of the states we touched on during our big move from Michigan to New Mexico, so we chose to begin with Michigan, since we were all born and raised there.

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We like the Hands-on History Activity-Paks because while they are Lap Books, they are not HUGE Lap Books. This works for us because we deal with short attention spans around here.

The Make-A-State Activity-Paks come in more than just the Make-A-State Lap Book. Also available in this category are:

  • Artists
  • Composers
  • The Old Testament
  • The New Testament

Each Activity-Pak is available for download at the price of just $18.95. This is an excellent price, as it gives you the opportunity to print as many copies as you need for your children, to re-use it when younger children are ready, and in my case, to re-print pages that got messed up for whatever reason

Before “The Artist” began the Michigan Make-A-State Activity-Pak, I got out the file folder (only one!) he would need. I then printed out the pages showing the placement of everything in the Lap Book. Then, I printed out the pages which told, in order and with small pictures, which activities to do and in what order. I used THAT to tell me which pages to print out for him. I also let him into my paper crafting stash to choose what color card stock he wanted to use for the two inside pages of his Lap Book.

Once everything was printed and contained in the folder, I had “The Artist” begin doing the projects.

Having never been really successful with using glue sticks on Lap Books, one of the supplies we keep on hand is double-sided tape. Other supplies you may want to have on hand (and probably already do, if you are a home schooling family) are colored pencils, crayons, scissors, regular pencils, printer paper and card stock.

This Activity-Pak has 20 activities to create for your Lap Book:

  • Key State Facts
  • Origin Of State Name
  • State Motto
  • State Symbols
  • State Song
  • State Industry / Agriculture / Climate
  • State Wildlife
  • Regions
  • State Geography
  • State Government
  • State Seal & Flag
  • State History

And more!There also some bonus pages:

  • State Pages to help with some information for your chosen state (though it will still be necessary to research information which is not included)
  • A Name That State file folder game to print out, assemble and play.

Even though all the people in our immediate family were born and raised in Michigan, there ended up being things we either did not remember, or just didn’t know. I just asked “The Artist” about that and he says that he only knew (without looking it up) one famous person from Michigan, didn’t know much in the Industry / Agriculture / Climate section, or what the state seal looks like. So, even if you elect to study the state you live in, you might be surprised at how much you will learn!

Here is “The Artist” showing me page by page, his lap Book.

Home School In The Woods is a hands-on history company, with multiple product lines which are as follows:

Project Passport: Ancient Rome study has been release ahead of schedule, and is now available for download here. The now complete Project Passport collection is available here.

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Hands-on-History, Project Passport, À La Carte Timelines and Time Travelers {Home School in the Woods Reviews}

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Spoiled Puppy!

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Learning About Science From WriteBonnieRose {Review}

We like to add fun subjects like science to our summer studies so I was excited to receive Learning About Science Collection, Level 3 (Cursive) from  WriteBonnieRose!

I have done one other review of a WriteBonnieRose publication, you can read it here.

“The Artist” is my most enthusiastic science kid, so I was certain he would enjoy doing Level 3 of the Learning About Science Collection. I let him look over the options once we received our download for the purpose of this review, and he decided he wanted to begin with Life Science: “What’s Going On Inside Plants?’

Other topics in this series include:

  • Earth Science, Discovering Rocks, Minerals & Crystals
  • Physical Science, Energy And It’s Many Forms
  • Earth Science, Exploring The Earth’s Land forms
  • Earth Science, forecasting & understanding the Weather
  • Life Science, Kinds of Animals & How They Live
  • Life Science, Life in the Oceans Hidden Zones

Also included in our download is a four page pdf with a goodly amount of categorized web links to add in when we want to find out more in a given topic.

Each one of the “workbooks” from WriteBonnieRose is around 20 pages in length. They can be printed out and used as worksheets, bound together as a book, or simple stapled in a top corner, as we did. Eventually, we will remove the staples, and then either 3-hole punch to put all together in a notebook or maybe I will take them to be spiral bound as a complete book.

As I said above, “The Artist” was interested in starting with “What’s Going On Inside Plants?” workbook. I am very impressed at what he was able to learn that he didn’t already know from it! A few evenings ago, for some reason the topic of fungi came up at supper (you just never know what you will be discussing at supper when you have a bunch of boys! 🙂 ) I said that i thought maybe moss was a fungus, and “The Artist” immediately said no, moss is a non-vascular plant. When I asked him how he knew this, he said “I learned it from WriteBonnieRose! Here is the page that he was referring to:

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Here is the cover of the workbook “The Artist” has been focusing on:

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I did manage to get one picture when he was actually working on, and coloring the workbook pages:

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One thing we really appreciate is that these are labeled as “levels,” as opposed to grades. My kids are age-wise older than the third grade, but they have different levels of abilities depending on their individual delays. This was perfect for “The Artist,” because he loves science, and he absolutely prefers to learn in bite sized chunks.

Write Bonnie Rose

Bonnie Rose is a writer. She was never homeschooled, and never had any children. She ended up writing for the homeschool community because she loves children, and is a supporter of homeschooling. Another author suggested that she go to a homeschool convention, where she picked up a free copy of The Old Schoolhouse Magazine. She ended up volunteering to write for Schoolteachers.com, an educational website developed by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.

Bonnie Rose is an excellent writer of educational materials, and I very much recommend her!

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Learning About Science collections {WriteBonnieRose Reviews} 

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Dinosaurs and the Bible From Northwast Treasurs {Review}

We recently had the opportunity two review the online class Dinosaurs and the Bible as well as the introductory video Taking the Mystery Out of Geology from Northwest Treasures.

“The Artist” has long been fascinated by dinosaurs, fossils and all the things which go with them, so I was very excited to get the opportunity to review this course with him, especially because the courses from Northwest Treasures are taught from a Biblical perspective.

Before getting into this six part course, we viewed the 20 minute video titled  Taking the Mystery out of Geology.

This is an excellent video as an introductory class, and we enjoyed it very much. We learned a good deal, too, from Taking the Mystery Out of Geology! In this mini-class we learned quite a few terms which are intended to make it easier to understand when viewing the 6-part classes such as Dinosaurs and the Bible. There were terms which include:

  • History
  • Philosophy
  • Evolution
  • Creationism
  • Rock Cycle
  • Tectonics and Orogeny
  • Geological Time Scale
  • Geology
  • Fossilization

And others.

This little mini-class enabled us to better understand the Biblical framework with which we can learn how the flood and the ice age come together, and gave us clarification as to what is the science of geology, and what is the philosophy of it.

After watching Taking the Mystery out of Geology, we settled in with the six-part course Dinosaurs and the Bible.

When my boys were little and had dinosaur toys, they wanted books too. We finally found dinosaurs from a Biblical perspective. Well, “The Artist,” who is by far the biggest dinosaur/geology fan among my kids and really enjoys learning about them. I however, have always been hesitant, because as far as I could find, there were no classes from a Christian world view. Little did I know, Northwest Treasures exists, and is a wonderful place to go when you are looking for true, Biblical Based teaching on these and other topics!

Dinosaurs and the Bible is a very interesting series of video lessons. You have to have access to the internet as well as a vimeo account (free) After purchasing the lessons, you would simply then watch them on your computer or other device. I wanted to put them up on our television so that they could be watched in a more comfortable seating area, but was not able to add the vimeo app to our T.V. with the other apps we have. But then, techie husband came to the rescue and taught me how to cast the lesson videos from my cell phone right onto our T.V.

Here is “The Artist” watching:

As you can see by the way he has become more alert when watching, he really enjoys this! You should also know that each lesson has an accompanying printable worksheet and an answer key, all in pdf.

Here he is working on one of the worksheets:

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The course has the following lessons on video:

  • How We Got Our Modern View of Dinosaurs
  • The Classification of Dinosaurs
  • The Great Dinosaur Rush
  • The Extinction of Dinosaurs
  • Dinosaurs and the Ice Age
  • Fossils, Age and Soft Tissue
  • Worksheets and answers
  • Comprehensive exam and answers (for those parents who want to test retention and/or those who would keep a portfolio for the state)

We really like this course! It could be much longer, and we would still want to do it! There are other offerings fro Nortwest Treasures which look extremely interesting to me, one of which is Northwest Treasures Curriculum Project. This is one that I’d love to be able to explore sometime with “The Artist!”

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Online Geology Classes{Northwest Treasures Reviews}

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Warm & Cold Nails

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Smart Kidz Radio From Smart Kidz Media {Review}

Smart Kidz Media’s newest offering, Smart Kidz Radio, can be described as edutainment with songs for kids. I really have liked listening to the live-streaming radio programming. This is actually created for children from age 2 – 10, but can also be enjoyed by older kids (like me!)

But there is much more than songs here. We’ve been greatly enjoying the podcasts, which are actually radio dramas of well-loved fairy tales. Everything is focused on teaching a character value. In fact, even as I am typing this review, we are listening to Treasure Island, and earlier we listened to The Three Musketeers and Rumplestiltskin! Most of the audio dramas are around 20 minutes long, and are like short movie without visual. They are acted out beautifully, and include scoring and sound effects.

When I go to the podcast section, I see numerous choices, and click on the one we want to hear.

Our favorites so far have been those mentioned previously, along with Aladdin and His Magic Lamp and Ali Baba and the 40 Thieves.

You and your children can stream Smart Kidz Radio on a variety of devices, making it easy to go mobile if you are away from your desktop, or your child wants to listen when you are listening to or watching something else.

This is not a strictly Christian broadcast program, but it is definitely character based. It is nice to discover something that children can listen to, without their parents needing to worry about objectionable themes and language. My kids are older, and I still stay mostly away from radio because you just never know what will be played next! Even your little ones can listen to the music, and you know that they will be listening to something clean.

I wouldn’t even object to private listening with headphones!

Everything I have talked about here is free! They will also have an upgrade offering on demand listening, which will be available for a small fee.

To read 79 other fair and honest reviews of Smart Kidz Radio written by my fellow crew members, please click on the banner just below.

Smart Kidz Radio Homeschool Reviews

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