Draw and Write Through History

Are you interested in combining history, art, and cursive this year? The Draw and Write Through History series of six books does just that.

The workbooks are in full-color and are Non-consumable. The recommended ages are 8 and up. I think this would be fun to do together with your son or daughter. They are affordable with each priced at $10.00 or if you purchase all 6 you save $1.00 per book. These are from a Christian worldview and are divided into the following time periods:   Creation to Jonah  |  600BC to 395AD  |  793AD to 1600s |1492 to 1781  |  The 1800s  | 20th Century

If you are curious to learn more, here is a description of the second book, Greece and Rome. “Take your children on an exciting journey through time as you draw and write your way through history! Learn how to draw a Greek soldier, the Lighthouse of Alexandria, The Great Wall of China, Hannibal’s war elephants, the Colosseum, a gladiator, and more in this second book in the Draw and Write Through History series. Each drawing is broken down into easy to follow steps. Cursive handwriting copywork about history is also included.” (source: http://www.amazon.com)

 

Have a great week!  ~Lisa ~ 

Free Homeschool Lesson Plan Templates

Whether you choose an unschooling approach or a traditional approach to homeschooling, keeping track of learning is essential to having a successful school year. There are many wonderful lesson plan books that you can purchase, but money can be tight at this time of the year, especially after your curriculum purchases. 🙂 I have a list of resources from which you can choose.

This free resource is an editable lesson plan template that has daily and weekly lesson plan templates. While it is for a traditional classroom, you can edit it to meet your needs. Click on the picture for the resource link.

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Susan at Homeschooling Hearts and Minds has several different types of planning sheets from which you can choose.  She has formal lesson planning sheets as well as more informal learning logs.

The Homeschool Mom has a planner for not only school but for home as well. You do have to subscribe to download the pages.

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Our Good Family has a lesson planning sheet that includes not only the subjects, but also daily goals, notes, and things to work on with your student.

I liked the sound of this planner resource, Planned Spontaneity. This is a free E-book that has practical steps in helping you plan your year. Drop by Homeschooling Ideas to download a copy for yourself (Click on the book for link).Screen Shot 2019-09-02 at 6.46.01 AM.png

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

The Growth Mindset

The buzzword, “growth mindset”, has been around in the field of education for several years now and I think it is worth considering when you are teaching your daughter/son. It can also help you as a teacher and a student.

What is it? According to an article that I was reading at Mindsetworks.com, “Dr. Carol Dweck coined the terms fixed mindset and growth mindset to describe the underlying beliefs people have about learning and intelligence. When students believe they can get smarter, they understand that effort makes them stronger. Therefore they put in extra time and effort, and that leads to higher achievement.”

Did you know our brains are able to be rewired? The connections can be strengthened, changed, and reinforced depending upon the actions we take. You can do that for your child as you homeschool.

Praise your son/ daughter in the areas where s/he is strong and encourage in the areas where there are weaknesses. For instance, if your daughter is a great speller but is having difficulty with more complex words, praise her and show her all the words she can spell with ease. Show her what she has done with single-syllable words and help her break those longer words down into smaller, more manageable pieces. Praise her efforts and come alongside her.

Does your son struggle in math? Perhaps long division is a difficult concept.  Try pointing out the concept that he knows, “Wow! You did a fantastic job on this short division problem (16/4).  Now let’s try 168/4. Work on the problem together and do several more. You can encourage him by saying, “I know you can do this; I will help you.” give lots of high fives and fist bumps along the way.

It is important to come alongside your student and show her you are supporting her and that she can do it. Think about when you were learning to ride a bicycle. You had someone else run alongside you, holding the bike up so that it wouldn’t tip over. You needed this until you had the confidence to balance and do it yourself. That process and the mastery of a new concept or idea is what having an, “I can do it.” mindset is all about.

Here is a book that I believe will help your child to understand the power of thinking, the power of their brain. You can click on the image to read about the book.

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Everyone makes mistakes. That can be hard for a child to understand and give themselves grace to learn or grow from that experience. I have to remind myself of this quite often as well. 🙂 Here are some books to read and discuss:

Beautiful Oops! is a quick read, but there are so many things you can talk about with your son as you read it. Don’t see mistakes as failures, but as possibilities.

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I have a confession, when I was a little girl I said’, “I can’t!” A Lot.  I remember my mom saying, “Can’t never did anything.” She didn’t let me quit on things and I wasn’t all that happy with her at the time, but I have come to realize that she was teaching me a life lesson that I try to apply in my life when things get tough. I can’t do it by myself, but with God’s help, I can. The title of this next book is a sentence that I want to adopt in my own thinking.:)

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I want to encourage you today; you can teach your child. You can help them because you are a good tutor. Your son/ daughter will get the difficult concepts that at first may seem monumental. Keep praising them, walking alongside them, and pretty soon that tough thing will be added to the growing list of things they can do.

Have a great week!  ~ Lisa ~

 

5 Fun Science Websites for Kids

Science can be more interesting with websites. Children can explore while learning about various science topics.

  1. Switcheroozoo has quite a few things for your budding scientist to explore. Switch Zoo is an interactive activity where new animals can be created.  Other things to do are: Build a Biome, Please DO Feed the Animals, Sound Match, and Where Do I Live? (geography is incorporated too!)Screen Shot 2019-08-18 at 5.04.01 PM
  2. ThoughtCo has activities that will be sure to have your child wanting to try RIGHT NOW! Slime, rock candy, Flubber, crystals, and candy chromatography are a few of the 20 chemistry activities that are found here.  Screen Shot 2019-08-18 at 5.11.56 PM
  3. Teachers Try Science has STEM projects to make. There are so many projects to that you can be busy for most of your academic year trying these experiments! Got Gas? Rocket Pinwheels, DNA Detective, and Mysterious Melodies are just a few to try. There are also lessons for teachers.
  4. Science Bob not only has fun experiments to do, but also have science fair ideas. with pdf files for you to download to help your scientist. Speaking of science fairs, what about doing a science night next spring and inviting friends and family over to enjoy what your son/ daughter has learned this year? Screen Shot 2019-08-18 at 5.35.59 PM
  5. STEAM Powered Family has numerous activities that include: Making your own Bath Bombs, Erupting Black Holes,  the Periodic Table of Elements Bingo, and Making A Water Clock and Water Projects.Screen Shot 2019-08-18 at 5.43.50 PM

Combating Isolation in Homeschooling

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Homeschooling can lend itself to becoming isolated. I remember once when the boys were young I was desperate for another adult voice. Anyone. Would. Do. I have never been a fan of recorded messages, but I remember vividly the one that began, “Hello! This is Bob from Hollywood!” I was so happy to hear his voice, even though it was a recording and he really didn’t call me to chat. I realized then that I needed to find other women who had chosen to homeschool. I don’t think I would have done very well had I not found others in whom I could confide and be encouraged.

I consider homeschooling to be a profession, a calling, and a lifestyle and not always an easy thing to do. As we embark on this school year I am encouraging you to find others who you can talk with, who you can share about your struggles and your victories. You need a cheerleader who can rejoice with you as you tell them about listening to your son read a book on their own, watching your daughter divide 3,978 by 32, or helping your son write a story.

Maybe you are thinking, “That’s all good for you to say, Lisa, but how do I do that?” I am glad you asked! I do not have an exhaustive list, but I pray that these ideas can happen for you or give you ideas to help.

Invite a family over for a play date.  You don’t want to mess up the house or them to see your mess? That was my case, the house was a mess and I just wanted to get out for a while.  You could meet at a park for PE, share a picnic lunch, give the children a chance to meet others, and burn off some steam.

Join a homeschool support group. There are Facebook groups of homeschoolers and you could see if there is a group that meets in your area. If there is not, would you be willing to create a group? You can meet at a park, library, or a coffee shop. I was thrust into being the leader of a group, but I loved it and that group was a lynchpin for me throughout my years of homeschooling.

Listen to podcasts about homeschooling. Here is one that has all sorts of topics; I am sure you will find something to encourage you. This can help you not feel so isolated.  Homeschool Snapshots 

Call a friend or family member who is homeschool friendly and ask them if you can get together regularly. They don’t have to be homeschooling themselves, but that would be a bonus!

Talk to your husband. If you are married and your husband is supportive of you homeschooling, talk to him. I would start off with the good things that happened today and then discuss any difficulties you are having. There were many days where all I could think of that was positive is we went to school. 🙂  I did find it very helpful to just have a listening ear. Dale couldn’t solve the problems, but he could give me his time, which I really appreciated. I also realized that if he somewhat “knew”  what was happening he felt more involved in our school.

Find a mentor. I can’t thank the ladies who helped me enough when I homeschooled. I was scared I was going to mess up my children, forget to teach them something vital (like their name), or wonder why I was doing this. The women who had been homeschooling longer than me were a Godsend to encourage and help me. If you don’t have anyone local, you can still meet online and share concerns over a cup of coffee or a soda.

Have a great week! Find some people to encourage and support you and be a blessing to them too!

By the way, The picture at the beginning of my post made me laugh and I hope it brings a smile to your face.

– Lisa-