Getting ready for the School year.

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Eventho I’ve already started our school year, I’ve been looking for a better way to organize.  I found this group, the Home Mangement group at the Homeschool Lounge, and I’m ready to put these ideas to work.  I am going to put together a Home Notebook.  I do think I will leave my homeschool planning separate from the home planner though.  If you’re interested in this check out the group, but I did find a couple of websites,

Organized Home  at this site there is a link for a Home Notebook,

and Donna Young’s Homeschool Planner.  Both of these site are great!  They are both listed on the Home Mangement page, but I thought I would list them here for you.  You will find just about everything you will need to organize your life and your homeschool.

I have also put together my geography curriculum.  It is a survey of the U.S. states.  Every week your child will travel to a state by way of googelmaps, fill out a report, do map skills, research a famous person, and more for each state.  If you are interested, please email me.  I’ll be putting up pictures of the Geography curriculum soon.

Until next time,

Colette

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I’ve found some really cool homeschool websites.

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I was surfing around the web today and I found some really nice homeschool websites.  So I thought I would share them.

Hip Homeschool Moms

The Homeschool Lounge

Heart of the Matter

iHomeschool Network

Check them out!

Some Summer fun ideas!

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Here are some great Summer fun ideas:  To go to the page, just click on the image.

water sponge balls

super slip and slide

homemade sidewalk chalk

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melty crayon colors

ice diggers

Very lonely firefly craft

summer journaling

I love this idea, so I made a journaling sheet myself.  I haven’t figured out how to add a document, so If you would like a copy of my sheet just email me.

New Resources

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I have found some great resources and I thought I would pass them onto “you.

This is a wonderful site called “Growth of a Nation” –  http://www.animatedatlas.com/movie2.html   It is a movie that you watch and listen to narration about how our country has expanded through the years.  A timeline is included at the bottom of the screen.

This site is full of great vocabulary games.  I sat here for an hour playing one after another.  http://www.vocabulary.co.il/

This site has reading and math assessments.  http://www.dpi.state.nd.us/title1/resource/select/index.shtm

If you like the Magic Treehouse books, you can go to this site and your child can take quizs on each book.  http://www.magictreehouse.com/

I also found a great writing prompt site, but I can’t find the address.  It was so good I went ahead and made cards for it and Abby has loved doing it.  So I thought I would just explain it.  There are four sets of cards, Character, setting, time, and situation.  Each set has 10 cards with a different prompt on it.  Your child them picks a # from 1 to 10 for each set.  Then they write a story with the prompts they picked.  Here are the cards:

Characters: 1) a new mother, 2) a photographer, 3) a recent high school graduate, 4) a restaurant owner or manager, 5) an alien from outer space, 6) a homeless child, 7) a 93-year old woman, 8)an environmentalist, 9) a college student, 10) a jazz musician.

Setting: 1) near a National forest, 2) a wedding reception, 3) a celebration party, 4) an expensive restaurant, 5) a shopping mall, 6) a city park, 7) the porch of an old farmhouse, 8)a polluted stream, 9) a college library, 10) a concert hall.

Time: 1) during a forst fire, 2) after a fight, 3) the night of high school graduation, 4) after a big meal, 5) sometime in December, 6) late at night, 7) after a big thunderstorm has passed, 8)in early Spring, 9) first week of the school year, 10) during a concert.

Situation: 1) an important decision needs to be made, 2) a secret needs to be confessed to someone else, 3) a bully is bothering the main character, 4) a death has occurred, 5) someone has found or lost something, 6) someone has accussed someone else of doing something wrong, 7) a friend has confessed stealing some money, 8)someone feels like giving up, 9) something embarrassing has just happened, 10) someone has reached an important goal.

I hope you can understand that.  If not just email me.

Enjoy,

Colette

Teaching children integrity

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I just found a great site for teaching children Christian values and integrity.  The site is Kids of Integrity.  They have some wonderful lessons on many subjects such as: obedience, joy, and gentleness plus many, many more.  They also have a Parent’s Guide, a blog and some other resources.  This site is from Focus on the Family Canada.  Go check them out!  You might find something you really enjoy.  I plan on using this site as our Bible and Character Study this coming year.