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“Oh my goodness, it’s been like a year and a half since the last one!”

Have a happy Monday!  And have a wonderful week!

betty jo

It’s Unanimous For Strawberries!

At the beginning of each month I go through the special days listing, and check off what I think we should add to our studies.   I also give the list to the kids and they check off the topics that interest them. (https://stilllearningsomethingnew.com/2014/04/29/special-days-in-may/).  Rarely does a monthly theme interest all of us, but the May food theme,  STRAWBERRIES,  was unanimous!

This close to the end of our school year, I really won’t have the time to develop our own strawberry study, but can not just ignore the fact that we all want to explore this favorite food.  This is where my friend, Fran, comes in!   (http://www.franw.com/)  She has developed and published an e-book appropriately named Strawberry Craze. 

Strawberry+Craze+Cover+SampleStrawberry Craze is a 91 page study and activity guide.  Fran has graciously given me a copy and I’m so excited!  It is covers subjects across the curriculum and has something for all ages.    She gives the instructions for crafts, gardening, and science experiments.  She has included a list of questions for research projects and little known facts and trivia.  Strawberry Craze has math, health, and language connections, too.  And recipes!  Not just a couple of yummy desserts to try, but recipes for lip gloss, scratch-n-sniff stickers,  shampoo, and play clay,  just to name a few.

Strawberries have been added to the top of my weekend shopping list!  And will probably be repeated on every grocery list in between now and when we are able to pick our own from our garden.

Now is the right time to pick up a copy of the e-book for yourself.  It’s being offered for only $2!  To find out more and take a peek at some sample pages click here  http://www.franw.com/2013/09/strawberry-craze-ebook.html

Oh, by the way, Fran gave me Strawberry Craze just because she’s my friend.  The e-book gift was not given to me for the purpose of this review.  The review and recommendation is completely of my own doing.

betty jo

Thanksgiving Unit Study Ideas and Resources

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This week we began our Thanksgiving unit studies with a couple of Pre-Thanksgiving activities.  Below are some of the links we followed as we both reviewed and learned about the early American Settlements of Roanoke and Jamestown.

3 Articles about the history and mystery of the Roanoke Colony  http://www.socialstudiesforkids.com/articles/ushistory/roanoke2.htm

Roanoke Colony Creative Writing Prompt                      http://castelliclassroom.weebly.com/classroom-updates/roanoke-writing-prompt

Online interactive Jamestown adventure                                                                                                   http://www.historyglobe.com/jamestown/

This history game with Pocahontas for the younger kids http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/famouspeople/pocahontas/

Jamestown Interactive webquest adventure  http://web.archive.org/web/20040811071346/http://www.loudoun.k12.va.us/schools/catoctin/3rd/webquests/jamestown/

Jamestown reading comprehension and printable quiz  http://mrnussbaum.com/jamestown-printable-reading-comprehension/

John Smith interactive adventure               http://kids.nationalgeographic.com/kids/games/interactiveadventures/john-smith/

The Natives and The English video from Crash Course                             http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TTYOQ05oDOI

In addition to the early settlement studies, we began this thankfulness Bible study with printable cards and daily question/activity suggestions http://www.faithgateway.com/thanksgiving-bible-verses-free-printable/#.UnUbfhDZjFD

For the school days from now until Thanksgiving we we will be notebooking, crafting, cooking, reviewing, and researching  who, what, when, where, and why – everything associated with the Plymouth Colony.  We will keep journaling pages and bulletin boards of what we discover.

Below are the links we’ll be using for resources as we travel back in time to visit early America over the next few weeks.

Thanksgiving History Timeline 1541-2001 http://www.loc.gov/teachers/classroommaterials/presentationsandactivities/presentations/thanksgiving/timeline/1541.html

Plimoth Plantation “Just for Kids” Activities – Coloring, Talk Like a Pilgrim, Virtual Field Trip, History Detective, and more!                                                                      https://www.plimoth.org/learn/just-kids

Virtual field trip to the first Thanksgiving  http://www.scholastic.com/scholastic_thanksgiving/webcast.htm

Thanksgiving Myths Debunked and other Thanksgiving Articles and Child Friendly Recipes   https://www.education.com/articles/thanksgiving/

Interactive trivia quiz  http://www.quia.com/rr/315169.html

This site is my favorite of all the resources I’ve found.  We will use this site daily.  http://search.freefind.com/find.html?id=76113&pageid=r&mode=ALL&query=&sitemap=Site+Map

Grammar lessons with Thanksgiving themed mad libs  http://amyswandering.com/2012/11/09/thanksgiving-mad-libs-2/

Thanksgiving themed notebooking, activity, and poetry copywork printable pages  http://www.notebookingnook.com/freebies-thanksgiving-notebooking-pages-activity-pages-and-copywork-notebook/

Instructions and printables for writing  “Sensory” poetry  http://teacherhelpforparents.com/2011/11/thanksgiving-poetry/

Beautiful copywork and notebooking pages while you are on this page be sure to scroll down.   A little past half way is a link that takes you to a free Squanto study and lapbook printables. Then down on the right sidebar is a link for a free download story,  Squanto’s Garden
http://cyncesplace.com/thanksgiving.html

Jokes, poems, songs, and more (scroll down and look at the left sidebar)  http://www.thanksgiving-day.org/thanksgivingday-fun.html

Stories, jokes, poems and coloring pages http://www.hellokids.com/search?recherche=thanksgiving&search_go=OK

Thanksgiving Math  and Printables                                                            https://www.yummymath.com/2017/thanksgiving-football-black-friday-and-giving/

Thanksgiving census  http://www.factmonster.com/spot/tgcensus01.html

Thanksgiving themed math worksheets (for younger students) http://www.math-drills.com/thanksgiving.shtml

How Many Calories Are on Your Thanksgiving Plate?                            https://www.thedailymeal.com/how-many-calories-are-your-thanksgiving-plate/112013

Ideas and instructions for Thanksgiving themed arts and crafts  http://www.artistshelpingchildren.org/thanksgivingartscraftsideaskids.html

Outdoor Pilgram Games http://www.education.com/activity/article/Three_Outdoor_Pilgrm_Games/

Games that pilgrim children  played                                    https://www.sail1620.org/educational/games-played-by-pilgrim-children

Thanksgiving Music Playlist

Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade interactive games  http://social.macys.com/parade/#/games

On nice days we’ll be getting outside for some nature observations, football (not soccer), and archery practice and just maybe some fishing.

Our science is research based (meaning the kids will have to come up with their own resources for information) and will include the following topics:

  • Human anatomy – digestive system
  • Why does Thanksgiving dinner make us sleepy?
  • Native American agriculture and nutrition of  “The Three Sisters”  (beans, squash, corn)
  • Natural Resources, plants, and wildlife surrounding the Plymouth Colony

Thanksgiving themed free downloads and printables for all levels and subjects for homeschools (you will need an account, but that is free and easy to set up)  http://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Browse/Search:thanksgiving/Grade-Level/Homeschooler/Price-Range/Free

I’m  thankful for many blessings including the homeschooling resources that I find.  It’s a tremendous help and I so appreciate the hard work and the willingness to share of those who have free sites and offer free games and printables.  I hope this season finds you also with much to be thankful for.

betty jo

 

 

 

 

 

Visiting Solitary

Do you read what your kids are reading?  I do.   Not just the books that I assign them for homeschooling, but also I read the books they select for themselves.

When I was a teen I read a lot of books I had no business reading.  I got immoral ideas from some of them.  I developed an unhealthy fascination with the occult from others.  No matter what I read, I absorbed it and somehow fit it into my life.  My parents did not have a clue what was between those paper back covers.  I think they were just pleased that I was such an avid reader.

E17 is an avid reader, too.  I trust her, (she sticks to Christian authors most of the time), but still I always try to know what she is reading.  And sometimes, I find myself “caught up” in her library selections as much as she is.  That is the case with The Solitary Tales by Travis Thrasher.  We just finished Hurt, the fourth and final book in the series.

solitary talesIf I were having to categorize the Solitary Tales,  I would have to say “Christian/Suspense/Horror/Supernatural Fiction”.  Does that even make any sense?  If not now, it will after you read them.

These stories are about a 16 year old boy , Chris Buckley, who moves with his mom to Solitary, North Carolina.  Solitary, North Carolina is no place to raise a kid.  It’s an evil place, with a heritage of evil, with evil people in charge.  And most of the  characters that are not evil , to say the least,  are quite strange,  like Aunt Alice.   Chris is special, though, maybe even a hero.

Thrasher must be a fan of obscure rock music from the 80’s,  for he includes lyrics and suggested playlists from bands I listened to back then.  I won’t say anything more as I wouldn’t want to ruin it for you.  But, you should know there are awesome Bible themes and Scripture references mixed with the horror throughout the series.  I’m a little sorry that it’s over.

E17 and I have had many long talks about Solitary and Chris.  And having long talks with my daughter is always good.  I wonder what she’s going to bring home from the library next?

betty jo

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Absolutely No Pinching!

A Wish for a Friend

Wishing you a rainbow
For sunlight after showers—
Miles and miles of Irish smiles
For golden happy hours—
Shamrocks at your doorway
For luck and laughter too,
And a host of friends that never ends
Each day your whole life through!

This is an Irish blessing we read with part of our holiday unit study of Saint Patrick’s Day.  This poem and other Irish blessings, as well as everything else Irish can be found here:

http://islandireland.com/index.html

Write your own Irish Limericks with the help of this printable information page and writing pages                                                                                https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/St-Patricks-Day-Limericks-120141?utm_source=Pinterest&utm_campaign=LimerickPin

We are using these free printables for notebooking                           http://www.cyncesplace.com/friday-freebie-st-patricks-notebooking-pages/

These two quotes from St. Patrick are going to look great on our pages!

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st. patrick

We like playing “Would You Rather …?” games. Here’s one just for Saint Patrick’s Day. Some of these questions are crazy! All of them set up some awesome discussions.                    https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/St-Patricks-Day-Would-You-Rather-Questions-119297

We made these shamrock treats!  Hershey Kiss, Green M&M’s, and Pretzels – Bake at 275 Degrees for just a couple of minutes until the Kiss has melted.  Watch carefully not to over cook, because burnt chocolate happens easily!

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We have a few new rules during this study:  must wear green, Irish accents and phrases are mandatory, if anyone finds a pot-o-gold they must share with Mom, and ABSOLUTELY NO PINCHING!

Last but not least, a brief history video on St. Patrick from Veggie Tales 

St. Patrick’s Mix Playlist

Springing

It’s springing here in Western KY.  With the time change springing ahead, the extra daylight hours have aided the trees in producing their blooms.  Flowers are opening up and the grass has lost it’s dead color and found new green. The temperatures are a bit warmer.  The birds that stayed around through the winter are singing a happier song than they were just last week.

Spring is a wonderful time for outdoor nature lessons.  We have some flowerpots to decorate and a variety of flower seeds soaking to germinate before planting.  We will be making a fairy garden around a tree stump in the back yard.  We will be studying the spring nighttime skies, and making a weather center.

Spring is the time to get out the sports equipment, bikes, and kites.  Hiking and picnics are on our spring agenda along with some outdoor field trips with our homeschooling support group.

Our middle ages history studies will move on into the Renaissance.

Spring is also a good time for poetry studies (picture my kids rolling their eyes and sighing).

Song of Songs (Solomon) 2:11-12

     Don’t you see? The winter is done.
The rains and clouds have come and gone.
         The flowers are unfolding in the fields;
the birds are warming up their songs,

Poetry can be in the form of music, too (picture my kids no longer rolling their eyes or sighing).

 

betty jo