March AND April Monthly activities

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I am just so far behind!! So today I’m going to post both March and April activities, so I’ll be ahead for a change.

March Activities

March 2 – Dr. Seuss’ birthday
March 17 – St. Patrick’s Day
March 20, 2014 – Spring begins

Study Dr. Seuss’ life
Read Dr. Seuss books – especially “Hurrah for Diffendoffer Day”, Dr. Seuss’ last book.
Eat green eggs and ham

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Make Truffula Trees pencils – The Country Chic Cottage has over 40 crafts to celebrate Dr. Seuss.

Study the life of St. Patrick and Ireland
Sing “When Irish Eyes are Smiling” or listen to it.

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Make a Luck of the Irish mobile

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Make Rainbow Pudding Treats – Recipe

Mom It Forward has 16 St. Patrick’s Day crafts

**Make toothpick and tissue paper mini-kites for the Season’s Tree.

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Make a sled kite.

Make wind chimes. Remember March is the windy month.

March 1st – Iditarod Race begins
National Peanut Butter Lovers Day
National Pig Day

March 2nd – Read Across America Day

March 3rd – National Anthem Day
Mardi Gras

March 4th – First meeting of Congress (1789)

March 5th – Boston Massacre (1770)

For more daily events go to The Teachers Corner

April Monthly Activities

“April Showers Bring May Flowers”

**Make mini umbrellas for the Season’s tree

April 13 – Palm Sunday
April 15 – Full Moon
April 20 – Easter
April 22 – Earth Day
April 25 – Arbor Day

Sing, sing, sing – “Rain, Rain, Go Away”, “Raindrops Keep Falling On my Head”, Though April Showers May Come Your Way”, and “It’s Raining, It’s Pouring”.

Make a Rainy Day Can of activities – Write on separate cards some activities that would be fun and entertaining on a rainy day. Decorate the can with raindrops and umbrellas.

Write a poem about rain

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Study ocean creatures and make paper plate creatures.

Study the phases of the moon. For a month starting April 15 make a Moon Phase journal. To make the journal, 1)cut blank typing paper in half, 2)stack, 3)get one piece of construction paper and fold over stacked sheets, 4)staple together.

Every night for a month, go outside before bedtime and look at the moon. Record the date, time and what you see. Allow your child to draw the moon that he/she sees. At the end of the month, you should see all the phases of the moon. If it is cloudy and you cannot see the moon, record that in your journal.

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Study the phases of the moon. Go to DLTK Teach for directions.

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Make an edible moon phase craft.

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Make your own Resurrection Eggs – At Life Your Way, she shows you how and you can download a booklet as well.

April 1st – April Fool’s Day
One Cent Day

April 2nd – Author Hans Christian Andersen born, 1805
International Children’s Book Day

April 3rd – First Documented Ice Cream Sundae Made in 1892
Find-A-Rainbow Day
Pony Express established (1860)
First iPad sold in the U.S. (2010)

For more daily events go to The Teachers Corner

I hope you enjoy the monthly activities. If you are making your own Season’s Tree, I would love to see pictures.

Blessings!

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February Activities

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Activities for February. I’m sorry I’m so late getting this done. I will be posting the March activities early, I promise.

Make a cherry pie.
Make stuffed fabric hearts.
Make a heart shaped cake.
Read I Cor. 13.
Find love passages and make small posters, laminate if possible
Study the lives of Presidents Washington and Lincoln.
Make sillouettes of them using the penny and dollar as models.

Season’s Tree – Make small red hearts glued to dollies.

Feb. 2nd is Ground Hog Day – Here is a webpage with many, many Ground Hog Day activities: The Teacher’s Corner

Feb. 4th is Rosa Parks birthday – Read about this brave lady.

In 1894 on Feb. 9th Hershey’s chocolate was founded. Make a scrumptious chocolate desert for dinner tonight.

Feb. 10th is Umbrella Day – Make a Spring Rain picture.
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Feb. 17th is Random Acts of Kindness Day. Do at least one act of kindness today for a stranger. Suggestions: pay for someone’s meal at a fast food restaurant, take a shut-in a meal or a Get Well card., help an older individual put groceries in their car.

Feb. 20th – John Glenn Orbits Earth in 1962 (in the Friendship 7 space capsule. He was the first person to orbit the Earth). Read about this exciting historic space adventure.

Feb. 25 is Quiet Day – play the quiet game. Winner gets a prize.

Feb. 27th is International Polar Bear day – Make a Safety Pin polar bear. Here is a pattern, just change the brown with white.
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For step by step instructions you can go to: Family Crafts

Feb. 27th is also Henry Wadsworth Longfellow’s birthday. Read a couple of his poems.

I hope you enjoy the February activities. We have had a wonderful time with this project.

Monthly Activities for 2014

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Abby and I found a list with monthly activities for every month of the year. We have decided this will be a fun thing to do. One of the activities is a year-long “Season’s Tree”. Every month you add something to the tree. So I’ll be adding that as well.

I’ll post each month’s activities near the end of the previous month. I’ll also post pictures of our “Season’s Tree” as we go. I hope you enjoy.

January:
Make hot Cocoa and read a good book

Play Basketball

Make Super Bowl predictions and then Watch the Super Bowl

Learn to Ice skate

Cook and eat Black-eyed peas and cabbage

Make paper snowflakes.

Make popcorn snowmen
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Make a q-tip painting of a snowman
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Make Snowman bookmarks out of paper or foam.
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Make snow ice cream

Read the poem: “Stopping By the Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost

Jan. 8th was Elvis Presley’s birthday – watch an Elvis Presley movie. Some suggestions that you can find on Netflix are: Viva Las Vegas, Speedway, Spinout, Kid Galahad, Clambake, Easy Come, Easy Go, Fun in Acapulco, and Roustabout.

January is National Soup Month – Make homemade soup.

The week of January 18 – 24 is National Pizza Week – Make homemade pizza

“Season’s Tree” – Mini snowflakes

Our homeschool thus far.

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Our homeschool is going pretty well.  I am not only homeschooling my daughter, Abby, but also my nieces.  The grades I’m working with are 5th, 6th and 8th.  I’ve changed a couple of things since I wrote the post about what curriculum I was using, so I’ll try again.

For Abby we are using ACE for English and Math.  We have just started a Literature that I have had for a while.  It’s from Silver Burdett.  For writing I’m still doing my own thing.  I give her a topic and we go through the writing process.  For Spelling we have changed to Rod & Staff grade 6.  She and my youngest niece are doing it together.  For History we are using Mystery of History.  All three girls are doing the same thing for History and Science.  For Science we are using Apologia, Flying Things.  We are also doing a unit study right now from Amanda Bennett on Britian.  All three girls are real big One Direction fans, so I thought it would be a study they would enjoy.

For my younger neice I’m using ACE for English, Saxon 65 for math, the Silver Burdett literature gr. 5, and the other subjects the same as above.

For my older neice I’m using Easy Grammar for Englsih, Saxon 87 for math, Rod & Staff spelling gr. 8 and all the above.  She is doing an ACE reading book right now, but I have gotten her an ABEKA literature book.

All the girls have done very well this year.  I’m very proud of their progress.

Abby and I go to a co-op on Fridays that we are enjoying very much.  She is taking Sign Language and cooking classes.  She is also involved in a Keepers at Home  group that meets once a month.  We really love Keepers.  It is like girl scouts, but Christian.  The girls work on different projects and recieve pins.

 

New Coop group in Union County.

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A group of homeschoolers are starting a new Coop group.  So if you live in the Union, Pontotoc or Tippah County area check us out.  Come on over and see our Facebook page.  It’s just been put up, but keep watching!!  It’s called Tri-County Coop right now, but I’ll keep you informed if it changes.

Our next meeting and registration for the Spring classes will be Jan. 11th.  More info soon.

Classes right now will be:     Cooking

Sign Language

Music

First classes will be held Jan. 18th at 8:30 am – 12:00pm.

Contact me if you are interested in more information.

Thanks,

Colette

Webcast – Summer Field Trips

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Today we will be discussing Field Trips.  The summertime is a great time to go and do some field trips that you might not have had time to do during the school year or because of weather.  So start thinking, where would you just love to take your children.

For me, and it might just be the teacher coming out in me, but I always like to have an educational reason for my field trips.  I also like to do as much documenting as I can so I can count the trip as part of our school.  Here in MS, our home school laws are pretty lienent, but I know that in some of the other states the laws are much more rigid and you will need to be careful how you document you home school.  So start now and always keep the habit of documenting your field trips.  One way to do this is to keep a journal.  I have one just for field trips.  I include dates, times, destinations, related subjects, any work perform, and pictures.  Pictures are something that I feel gives legitimacy to your field trip.  Also if you keep a lesson plan book, make sure you document the field trip in your lesson plan.

I have two Field Trip checklists that are available.  I have changed them to accommodate homeschoolers.  Both are checklists to help you, as the field trip coordinator,  make sure not to forget anything important.  But if you think of something else that needs to go on my checklist, please let me know.

Now let’s discuss the actual field trips.  There are so many places that you can take your child and make a learning experience out of it.  So let’s start by making a list.  When you are making your list think in terms of subjects or local attractions.  Subjects would be science, history, geography, geology, etc.  Local attractions would be something like Elvis’ birthplace.  Which is where we live.  We also have furniture factories, a buffalo park/zoo and a new Toyota plant.  Think also of people you know.  Do you know anyone that owns a business that might make a good field trip.  We know a couple that have retired and have opened a pottery place.  You can go there and make your own pottery from start to finish. Things like that make great field trips.

History places are wonderful as well and during the Summer many places have days dedicated to children.  Here in North MS, we have many Civil War sites and monuments.  This Friday one of those places are having a Kids’ Discovery Day.  It’s free, but also very educational.  The best way to find these things out is to just call.  But also look in your newspaper.  One new way that I have found is Facebook.  I just found a Facebook group that is dedicated to keeping families informed about things going on in our area.  I’m not sure how you would find these kinds of groups, but it can’t hurt to search.

But even if there is no kid’s day, you can still have a great field trip.  One of the first things I like to do when we visit a history site is to read about it.  I’ve found that our local libraries do a great job of having books on places in our state.  So go and see what you can find at the library.  Also the historical place itself will have literature that tells all about its History.

Another great idea is to do a couple of lessons on the site before visiting.  This seems to make a huge difference in the children and what they learn.  Some suggestions are:

Salt maps

Reenactments

Flags

Mini-books/lapbook components

Make weapons or tools used during that time period.

And of course read books

Another thing I have learned through the years is that inviting other families can make an ordinary field trip, Great!  So if you are a member of a home school group, you might put in the newsletter that you are planning this trip.  If not you might just invite some friends to go with you.  The checklists that I have available take into account others going on the field trip with you.

So let’s look at the checklists.  And remember if you have any suggestions to be added to the checklist, just let me know.

I have a lesson plan full of activities for Summer Science Fun that is available.  It is for sale for $3.  If anyone is interested in purchasing this, just email me or leave a message on my blog.  I use paypal and I’ll give you the information to send the money and then I’ll email you the file.  These lesson plans include things like taking a Nature Scavenger Hunt, making a “Soda Bottle Terrarium”, studying about clouds and making a cloud in a bottle, and much, much more.

While looking for the field trip file I had saved, I found another great resource I had saved sometime in the past.  It is called “Field Trip Notebook Pages”.  It can be found at http://www.thetravelingpraters.com/ .  It looks like a great resource to journal your adventures during the Summer.

I’d like to invite everyone to the upcoming webcasts on The Homeschool Channel .  Today, June 6, 2012, there will a webcast titled “Fun Summer Activities for Homeschoolers” hosted by Susan Evans.  Tomorrow, June 7, 2012, The Justice Family will be hosting “Awesome Science”.  Both webcast begin at 3:30pm Central time.  So come on over and find out about some great Summer fun for your family.

Ok that is about all our time, so I’ll see you next week.

Webcast Schedule

June 12th – Lapbooking your Summer

June 19th – Making books

June 26th – File Folder Reports

Christmas Traditions Script

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Thank you for being here this afternoon.  Today we will be doing a lapbook you can use year after year as a keepsake.  The subject is Christmas Family Traditions.

Before we start, I want to remind everyone that my web casts are every Tuesday at 3:30pm Central time.  This week I had to postpone until today, but I do a web cast every Tuesday at 3:30pm.  And also this webcast will be recorded and will then be available on

 

www.thehomeschoolchannel.tv and also on YouTube.

Let’s first go over how to put together a lapbook.  Today our lapbook is going to be a simple one with no flaps.  We will have about 9 components in this.

First you fold your lapbook.  Open up the file folder and then fold each side into the middle.  Now you have your lapbook.  You have three areas to put your mini books on.

The front of your lapbook needs to have 4 things:

1) Title – Christmas traditions

2) Child’s name

3) Date – Christmas 2011

4) Decorated by your child

The mini books we will be doing today are: a pocket to put pictures in, a flap book for the traditions, a petal book for your Christmas tree traditions, a simple fold for your Christmas menu, a matchbook for your Christmas Eve traditions, a simple fold for your whose who list, a simple ford your recipes, an accordion fold for your special family traditions, and a simple fold for your church activities. You can include a pictures for any of these activities you would like to put into the picture pocket.  Remember on each mini book you will want to put what information will be in it.  So on the flap book you need to put that this is Traditions on the cover.

Let me show you what each of these mini books look like.  The pocket looks like this before you cut it out.  After you cut it out you fold the big piece down and then fold the flaps around it.  Then you just glue the flaps down into the book.  The flap book I made with four flaps and a cover.  You cut it out and then cut each flap so that it will open.  The front of the flaps will say, where will you go this Christmas season, when will you celebrate, how do you give out presents, and how do you do your stockings.  The petal book is my favorite.  This one has five petals and you would put your title on the inside which is “Christmas Tree” and then fold each petal in.  The last petal you fold under the first one so it will stay closed. On the outside of each petal you will put what information is under the petal, so you will put where do you put your tree, when do you put your tree up, what do you put on top, what other decorations do you put on your tree, and when will you take your tree down.

The next mini book is the simple fold for your Christmas Eve traditions.  On the front you will put the title and then when you open it up, you will put what you do as a family on Christmas Eve.  Next is the Whose who list and you will use another simple fold, but we will be turning it up like this.  For our Traditional recipes we will use another simple fold.  You can put as many recipes as you want into your lapbook.  Special Family Traditions are next and we will be using an accordion fold book.  Every family has some things they do that are special, I wrote down a couple of ours.  Every year since my oldest was about five, I have bought an ornament for each of my children and put them into their stocking.  Each child has a theme for their ornaments; Jaime’s is trains or nutcrackers, Rebekah’s reindeer or carousel horses, and Abigail’s is teddy bears.  Another of our traditions is going around town and looking at the Christmas lights.  So whatever your family does that is special you will put into the accordion book.  After you cut it out, you fold it just like we used to fold the fans.  Then you glue the bottom fold into the book and then you can pull the accordion open to see all the traditions.  The last mini book is another simple fold for Church Activities.

After you have printed out all your books and cut them out.  You will need to work with your child to get all the information in each book.  Also let your child decorate each book to make them colorful.  After all the books are finished, you can then start putting them into the lapbook.  Before you start gluing however, try placing the mini books in and rearranging them if you need to, to make sure they will all fit.  I think this was one of our mistakes in the past.  We would begin putting the mini books in as we finished them and then would always run out of room.  So place them in first before you begin gluing.

And that’s your lapbook.  Pretty simple!  I think sometimes we make things too complicated when they really aren’t.

Here is the website to print the mini books:

www.homeschoolshare.com

This is a wonderful website.  They have many different mini books with all kinds of shapes and sizes.

Are there any questions?

Susan says the stick glue doesn’t work for her.  You can use Elmer’s glue, you will just need to make sure your child doesn’t use too much.

Watersprite says how about using rubber glue?  Is that the one that uses the brush?  If it is I think that would work well.

Paul says they you a pen from 3M.

Double sided tape works well also, but it is a little more expensive.  I don’t like using staples though.

Paul says that next week on Wednesday, Dec. 28th at 3:30pm central, he will be doing a webcast about what will be going on in 2012 on The Homeschool Channel.  I’ll try and get my list to you, Paul, so you can use it during your webcast.

Thank you for being here today and I’ll see you next week.

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