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November 21, 2014

November Science Calendar!

 

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Make sure you don’t miss the opportunities to add a little science to everyday. The monthly science calendars from The Homeschool Scientist are designed to help.

Each day of the science calendar has a link to a science activity or information. The November Science calendar teaches about:

Jellyfish
Turkeys
Fire
Lasers
Supernovas
Bridges
And MORE!

This is part of Homeschool.com’s Holiday Fun Event.

The Adventurous Mailbox

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The Adventurous Mailbox offers entertaining/educational adventure books (there are 8 soft bound books in Series One—Series Two will come out in mid-2015) which weave together the themes of global awareness, the environment, cultural diversity and more.

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The books are not textbooks—but fun and educational stories, and quick reads (I read through a book in about 40 minutes). When they are paired with the accompanying workbooks and additional lessons, parents have an adventurous (and fun) resource to add to their homeschooling endeavors.

How does it work? Kids receive a gift package from abroad (yes, really!), covered in foreign stamps and postmarks. After they open the package, they find a very attractive illustrated soft cover book (more on the books below), a decorative box to keep all the books in as they arrive (approximately one book a month), and an invitation and a secret code (very fun) for an online community at www.crameye.com. On this website, kids can interact with the characters of the book, follow the main characters’ blogs, play games, learn world languages, take part in contests, etc. The package is very impressive….the website is fun….and the books are great.

Regarding the books:

  • They’re attractive/appealing
  • Their length is 40-60 pages
  • The reading level is 4-5th grade
  • Each book is written as a letter to the reader, introducing a featured country’s culture, language, mythology, and more
  • All books in the series are connected by overarching plots and themes (they should be read in order)
  • The main characters in the books are a homeschooling family, allowing your kids to relate that much more to them—and this homeschooling family does good for the world!
  • The books are based on the lives of Crameye Junker and the members of his mysterious family. As the first series starts, Crameye and his family are settling into Taiwan, where his father has just moved them to re-establish what he calls their “home base”. From there, they are constantly flying out on the company jet to other countries, accompanying his father as he handles matters of great importance
  • In each country, Crameye is able to interact with the local culture in a very special way (and share his interactions with your children)
  • His family’s own story plays out over the first series and into the next, as he slowly learns about his father’s mysterious company, and his own place in it

You can find out more about the individual books here.

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Workbooks and Teacher’s Books have been prepared to accompany the books. They

  • Are inspired by 21st Century Learning, emphasizing the 7 C Skills–critical thinking and problem solving; creativity and innovation; communication and media literacy; collaboration and leadership; cross-cultural and social fluency; career, civic and learning self-direction; and computing and digital proficiency
  • For each book in the series, there are four workbooks–close to 250 lessons per series
  • The workbooks cover vocabulary, reading comprehension, writing, critical thinking, group work, and projects and presentations
  • The lessons have a conversational and fun tone and humor is used as an anchor throughout
  • The lessons also make use of the (secret….) community for the kids (mentioned above)
  • You may notice that the lessons are coded to the Common Core. The lessons were not developed to meet the standards. The Adventurous Mailbox found that many of the CC skills were included in the books, so they added them for their teacher audience. They understand that many homeschoolers aren’t keen on the CC—you do not have to use the CC to benefit from these books/workbooks

Here are examples of the four types of workbooks the company offers, along with the Teacher’s Book for each.

The site also offers gift packages , including the ADVENTURER E-BOOK or the ADVENTURER gift package.

So much is offered on the two websites and throughout these books. You might want to check it out.

November 20, 2014

Corn Cob Cake

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Have you seen Homeschool.com’s Holiday Fun page?  It’s full of fun/educational listings about Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and more.

One of the listings is a CUTE (very cute!) Corn Cob Cake.  It’s perfect for the child (or adult) that doesn’t particularly like pie!

Happy almost Thanksgiving!

November 19, 2014

Easy Thanksgiving Crafts

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Have you seen Homeschool.com’s Holiday Fun page?  It’s full of fun/educational listings about Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and more.

One of the listings is Thanksgiving Crafts for Kids Brought to You by Christy’s Cozy Corners.

The crafts are easy–you can do them before Thanksgiving–or while the turkey is cooking!

Fun–Happy almost Thanksgiving everyone!

November 18, 2014

Thanksgiving Math

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Have you seen Homeschool.com’s Holiday Fun page?  It’s full of fun/educational listings about Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and more.

One of the listings – Fall/Thanksgiving Math Packs and Games.  Adding and subtracting pumpkins can be fun!

And as we all know, fun learning is forever learning!

November 17, 2014

Plimouth Plantation

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Have you seen Homeschool.com’s Holiday Fun page?  It’s full of fun/educational listings about Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, and more.

One of the Thanksgiving listings is the Thanksgiving Interactive: You are the Historian, which is brought to you by the Plimouth Plantation. Kids take on the role of history detectives to investigate what really happened at the famous 1621 celebration. (Hint: It was a lot more than just a feast!) Along the way, they’ll read a letter written by an eyewitness to the event, learn about Wampanoag traditions of giving thanks, and visit Pilgrim Mary Allerton’s home. As a final activity, kids can design and print their own Thanksgiving exhibit panel.

Check it out!  It’ll be fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

November 14, 2014

Holiday Fun – Our Gift to You

 

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Want some handy holiday information/printables/science experiments/crafts and more, covering the holidays of Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve?

We have them!

FUN educational materials for the holidays you celebrate—and for those you might want to learn about. Of course, there’s a lot of extra winter fun sprinkled in!

It’s our holiday gift to you. And it’s our thank you for coming to Homeschool.com during the year—making us one of your go-to homeschooling sites.

We appreciate you SO much!

Click Here for Holiday Fun!

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Click Here for our NEW Holiday eMagazine

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Click Here for our Annual Gift Guide

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November 13, 2014

Lesson Planet Product Review

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Find the right lesson plan fast—save time and discover inspiring curriculum.

What a great resource! Lesson Planet scours the web to find top quality pre-K—12th grade lesson plans, videos, presentations, activities, apps, worksheets, and more. Then their staff rates and reviews every single resource, and categorizes every resource so you can find exactly what you need. Lesson Planet categorizes by grade, and subject matter (Health, Language Arts, Languages, Math, Physical Education, Science, Social Studies, Special Education, Visual and Performing Arts), and also by CC or state standards—as homeschoolers, you can ignore the CC categories if you’d like.

When you want to find a compelling lesson and/or get some new ideas, you can just log in to the website, search for exactly what you need, choose by rating if you’d like–and find the information you need very quickly. And it’s easy to save your selected search results—which is another nice feature.

There are over 400,000+ teacher-reviewed curriculum resources! Plus, a forum. Plus professional development videos. So much inspiration in one place!

Lesson Planet offers a free 10-day trial, so you can check it out and see if it’s something you can use in your homeschooling.

Just one question–What will you do with all the time you save?

And have you seen Homeschool.com’s  Holiday eMagazine?  Two of the articles are from LessonPlanet.com!

November 12, 2014

Holiday Education = Holiday Fun

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Homeschool.com’s newest e-magazine offers articles about the holidays you celebrate, as well as the holidays you might want to teach your children about. These include Thanksgiving, Chanukah, Christmas, Kwanzaa, and New Year’s Eve. We’ve even added a little information about the Winter Solstice – as winter fun (think candles, warm fires, snowmen, sleigh rides, etc.) are an integral part of the holiday season.

Specifically, our holiday articles include:

Thanksgiving Lessons and Activities
Googling for Thanksgiving Fun
The Holidays – Unique Opportunities for Family Education
The Many Holidays of December
Special Needs Kids and the Holidays
Presents for Your Homeschool
Chanukah, the Festival of Lights
25 Christmas Activities for Kids
Catch the Christmas Season with a Color Wheel
Christmas Music Lesson Plans
You’ve Probably Heard of it. What is Kwanzaa?
New Year’s Even Countdown Bags
Homeschool.com’s 2014 Gift Guide

And guess what? In addition to this holiday resource, Homeschool.com’s Holiday Fun Event will start on Friday. During the event, we’ll be offering general holiday information, educational holiday activities, holiday printables, recipes, winter science experiments, and so much more – even free trials, subscriptions, etc. It’s our holiday gift to you.

November 11, 2014

BibleFluency.com – Free Resource

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BibleFluency.com offers a fun and creative way to learn the Bible—and it’s free of charge (but you can give a donation if you are so inclined).

The fluency program employs high-quality music, flashcards, workbooks, small group activities, and more to teach students the overarching story of the Bible. It does so by studying the Bible’s 400 most important events, characters, and themes. You can browse the site, listen to the songs, skim the study worksheets, and try out the flashcards. Then when you are ready to start learning, you can download whatever you need. Easy peasy. Convenient. And again, free of charge.

If you are using this material as part of your home schooling curriculum, the site recommends that you wait until your child is in middle school to start – and then take the course at the same time yourself—better yet, make it a family course! The two classes together (Old Testament Fluency in 12 Weeks and New Testament Fluency in 12 Weeks) can fulfill a home education requirement for one year of Bible education. The parent/teacher just needs to follow the teaching curriculum found under the tab “lead a class”.

If you have the funds available, the website recommends that you purchase the Bible Fluency Complete Learning Kit from Weaver Book Company to make the learning experience more enriching (it’s just $50—so you do receive a lot for your money). The items can be used over and over again—for each child in your family, or as a yearly update. As a package, they’re certainly attractive.

This program will help your student grasp the overall story of the Bible and how separate events, stories, and people contribute to the overall, grand story. After your child finishes the program, s/he should be able to recall that the story of Abraham is in Genesis, the “suffering servant” is described by Isaiah, the parable of the Good Samaritan is recorded in Luke—not Matthew, Mark, or John—and “faith apart from works is dead” is in the letter of James.

Do you want your child to be Bible literate? To really know the Bible—rather than learn by rote, which is really, memory without meaning? This is a fun and creative (and maybe free), way to achieve that goal

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