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Apples! Activities for Your School Day

Did you know there are 2,500 varieties of apples are grown in the United States? 7,500 varieties of apples are grown throughout the world? 100 varieties of apples are grown commercially in the United States?* I didn’t either, but that explains why when I go to the store there is another type of apple I haven’t heard of that is available for me to try. Since September will be scurrying away so quickly and apples will soon be past picking, why not take advantage of the varieties that are available and teach an Interest Unit? If you live in Ohio, you can count this for your study of Ohio history. 🙂

Make Applesauce 

Most children love applesauce and it’s such an easy project that your children can help you make it. Start it in your crockpot in the morning and enjoy in the afternoon as a snack.

Materials needed:

8-10 apples- peeled, cored, and cubed

1/2 cup water

1/4 cup brown sugar (If you buy a sweet variety, you don’t even need this!)

1/4 teaspoon cinnamon (optional- add to the apples or wait until after it has cooked)

One large crockpot

Place all ingredients in the crockpot and turn on high. Allow apples to cook for 4-5 hours. Depending upon how chunky you want your applesauce to be, you can either take a wooden spoon or potato masher and break up the cooked apples into smaller pieces, or place in a blender and process until you have the desired consistency. Doesn’t this look good?

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As the delicious smell of applesauce fills your house you can do some apple inspired school activities.

Free Apple Math Pack has a variety of preschool activities in a sampler. If you like, you can purchase the entire packet.

Thanks to John Chapman, aka Johnny Appleseed, apple orchards were begun across the midwest and were valuable to families who were traveling west during the westward expansion.

Here are some stories of his life to read. With older students, you can pick out the information that is true and that which is fabricated. Create tall tales about Johnny Appleseed.

Johnny Appleseed

Here are some comprehension questions for the story.

What was Johnny Appleseed’s name?

When did he live?

What was his purpose in growing apple trees?  Do you think this was a good idea? Explain why you think it was or was not a good idea.

Write one detail from your reading that is not true.

Why did people make up details about him that were not true?

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A documentary for children to watch about the life of Johnny Appleseed would be great for children to take notes. The Story of Liberty

Watch the Disney version of Johnny Appleseed

Compare and contrast the two videos. You could use a T-Chart or a Venn Diagram (Boy! it was hard to find a printable of this, but I found one. yay!)

Have a great day!  ~Lisa~

* (urbanext.illinois.edu/apples/facts.cfm)

Educational Co-ops and Programs

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Co-ops and educational programs are such great ways to connect your children and you to other families who are homeschooling. Your children can take classes that you may not want to teach or just don’t have the equipment for, such as chemistry. They are also a terrific way of meeting other homeschool moms. Some of my closest friends are those who I met at a local homeschool co-op. Below is a list of co-ops here in greater Cincinnati. I hope you can find one that you will enjoy. 🙂
CAFE Christian Co-op (a Community of Academics, Fine arts and Encouragement)
Just like a cafe is a place to relax, fellowship and enjoy the company of friends, CAFE Christian Co-op is a place for homeschool families to find help, support and encouragement.
Location: Evangelical Community Church, 2191 Struble Road, Cincinnati, OH 45231
Time: Wednesdays 9:00 am-4:30 pm. 14 weeks/semester (16 weeks for advanced academic classes) Late August- late April
Cost: Family fee TBD. Class supply fee.
Grades: Pre- K- High School
Contact: http://cafecoop.weebly.com/contact-us.html
Website: cafecoop.weebly.com
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Classical Conversations
“Across the United States, Classical Conversations Communities exist to complement your home-centered education and connect you with like-minded families. Each community is facilitated by a trained parent-director, and classes are led by trained parent-tutors who model the classical tools of learning. Tutors have the privilege of encouraging students toward becoming lifelong learners while also encouraging parents in the classical teaching of their children.”

 Local groups meet in these areas: Bethel; Colerain Township; Goshen; Hamilton; Lebanon; Liberty Township; Mariemont; Sharonville; South Lebanon; West Chester

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Clermont Homeschool Co-nnections
Location: Bross Center for Learning, 4435 Aichlotz Rd., Suite 100; Cincinnati, OH 45245
“Clermont Homeschool Co-nnections helps to support home education by providing a secular, inclusive, affordable, conveniently located, semi-cooperative learning experience.”
Time: Classes meet one day per week, sessions vary as they can be one day os several weeks in length.
Cost: Varies based upon number of classes student is taking.
Website:https://clermonthomeschooler.wixsite.com/co-op 
Contact:  ClermontHomeschoolers@gmail.com

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Days of Wonder
This is a program and not a co-op. Our classes consist of multiple ages that have the same teachers several years in a row. Thi sis an alternative to public education for those who cannot afford a private school
Location: 150 W. Main St., Batavia, OH 45103
Time: August- May Preschool and grade levels K – 8 meets 3 days per week: Mondays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays. Our full-time High School (grades 9-12) program meets Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday.
Cost: PS- $280/month full time; $220/half day; K-8 $260/month; HS- $290/month
Contact for Tour: 513-732-2111
Email: daysofwonderschool@gmail.com
Website: http://www.daysofwonderschool.org/
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Family Christian Homeschool Co-op 
Location: Fairfield Baptist Church, Fairfield, Ohio
Time: Fridays 9:00 am -12:30 pm
Cost: $60—Annual Registration Fee/Per Family
$70—Per Semester Fee/Teacher Families $140—Per Semester Fee/Non-Teacher Families. Drop-Off Student and Class-Related Fees are described here: https://www.homeschool-life.com/2303/custom/46399 
Grades: 1st- 12th grade
Email: fchcdirector@gmail.com
Web Site: https://www.homeschool-life.com/2303/index_public
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Great River Learning
Location: Faith Community Church in Mt. Washington, Ohio
Time: Monday-Thursday, 9:00 am-1:00 pm for three 11-week terms
Cost: $240.00/term for one day/wk; $550.00/term + curriculum membership for three days/wk
Grades: Ages 6-12
Email: lmc@greatriverlearning.org
Web Site: https://www.charlottemasonincommunity.com/great-river-learning-oh.html
One to three days of classes taught the Charlotte Mason way. This is a drop-off program for students ages 6-12.
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Help Homeschool
Location: Milford Christian Church, 844 State Route 131, Milford OH 45150.
Meeting Times: Wednesday, 8:15am-4:45pm
Grades: Pre-K – 12th Grades
HELP Homeschool offers enrichment and academic classes taught from a biblical perspective. We partner with the parent for the purpose of equipping you in your God-given task of educating your children. Parents are given the flexibility to select the classes best suited to your student need and family budget.  Classes are held once a week so families experience minimal disruption to everyday life.
Website: https://www.homeschool-life.com/oh/helphomeschool
Contact: Judy Young: youngfamily@zoomtown.com

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Kingdom Builders    

Location: Grace Bible Church, 12060 Route 42 (Lebanon Rd.), Sharonville, Ohio 45241

Meeting Times: Wednesdays September- April

General Description: We are a Christ-centered community that provides a variety of educational and enrichment classes for home-educating families in a safe and loving environment.

Website: kingdombuilderscoop.weebly.com  

Contact Information:https://kingdombuilderscoop.weebly.com/contact-us.html
Additional Information: Drop-off opportunities are available for students who are 12 and older by November 1 of the program year.

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The Learning Tree Co-op in Springdale, Ohio
Location: Vineyard Community Church in Springdale off Kemper Road
Times: Monday’s 10:00 – 2:30 (2 semesters of 15-16 weeks each per year)
Cost: $70.00 per child per semester (3 child maximum per family) plus family membership fee of $50.00 per semester. Teachers and leaders get one child’s tuition free.
Grades: nursery-12th grade
Email: director@learningtreeonline.org
Web Site: http://www.learningtreeonline.org/
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Leaves of Learning
Location: 7131 Plainfield Rd., Deer Park, Ohio 45236
Time: one to five days a week (parent choice) September – May 9:30am-4:30 depending upon class schedule
Grades: pre-school-grade 12
Cost: $100.00 + a materials fee per student to reserve a spot. Varies upon the number of classes taken. See website for more details.  https://www.leavesoflearning.org/tuition.asp
Email: info@leavesoflearning.org or 697-9021
Web Site: www.leavesoflearning.org
* Leaves does not have a Christian emphasis, but does have Christian parents involved.
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Middletown Christian School Homeschool Program
An enrichment program for ages 7-11
Location: Grace Baptist Church. 3011 N Union Road  Franklin, OH 45005 (Middletown Christian School)
Time: Mondays- twice a month 9 am to 12 pm
Description: This is a drop-off program offering classes in Spanish, Art/Music, Apologia Science, PE and more!
Additionally, Middletown Christian Schools offers students in grades 6-12 a partnership program with the school.
Contact: Rhonda Mick rmick@mcseagles.net
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PATH-Parents in Academic Training of Homeschoolers
We are a Christ-centered group of volunteer home school parents, partnering together with Christian teachers to provide high-quality courses for 7th – 12th grade home school students. Our goal is to have all courses taught from a Biblical perspective at an academic level to prepare students for higher education.
Location: Faith Church,5910 Price Rd., Milford, OH 45150
Time: Mondays and Wednesdays from mid-August to mid-May.  All classes meet once a week with the exception of math, which meets both Monday and Wednesday each week.
Cost: Varies, depending upon the number of classes taken.
Website:  www.pathmilford.org
Email: pathmilford@gmail.com
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Providence Extension Program (PEP):
This is not a co-op, but rather a homeschool program specializing in Classical Education with a Biblical Worldview
PEP partners with homeschool parents to give 7th -12th grade students the knowledge of history, writing and speaking, and biblical philosophy vs. world philosophies they need to convince the world to follow them as they follow Christ.
Experienced tutors
Two-day collegiate format
CORE Concept for Humanities
    National Honor Society, National Latin Exam, National Spanish Exam
    Student activities (prom, ski club, yearbook, etc.)
PEP has a 18- year track record of preparing students for success in college and a life that is glorifying to God. Our strong academics have enabled many of our graduating students to receive college scholarships.
PEP has two Greater Cincinnati locations: Mason and Milford. Please contact one of the site administrators for more information.
Please see our website for a list of classes www.pep1.org Registration begins in early April.
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Veritas Christian Homeschool Group
Location: Tri-County Baptist Church 8195 Beckett Road, West Chester, Ohio 45069
Time:  Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Grades: nursery- 12th grade
Email: vchgdirector@gmail.com
Web Site:  https://veritashomeschool.weebly.com Registration begins in December. You may fill out a Waiting List Application if you have missed the deadline.
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West Branch Learning Tree -WBLT Cheviot
Location: Friendship Baptists Church, 8580 Cheviot Road, Cheviot, Ohio
Time: Mondays from 9:30am-2:30 pm
Cost: $90.00 per child (3 child maximum)
Grades: nursery – 12th grade
Email: info@wbltcoop.org
Website: http://www.homeschool-life.com/oh/wbltcoop
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Wisdom’s Way Co-op in Milford
Location: We meet at Faith Evangelical Free Church at 5910 Price Rd. Milford, Ohio
Time: Monday’s from 1:00 – 3:00 PM for 12 weeks
Cost: $40.00 per child ($120.00 maximum) per family
Grades: nursery – 12th grade
Director: Laura Hoevener
Email:  laurahoevener@hotmail.com
Web Site: www.wisdomsway.net

 

Quiet Time Activities for Toddlers & Preschoolers — Feltro Magic Quiet Book Review

This is such a wonderful idea for preschoolers. I just had to share it. I am reblogging this from another blog post. Please go to MomtessoriLife.com if you would like to read more. 🙂

~Lisa

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L is getting old enough that her afternoon nap time is slowly but surely dwindling in length — and when we’re in a hotel or somewhere new, she won’t nap at all.  Nap time is sacred in our house, because my kids are much more agreeable when they have time to rest during the day — but also because it’s the only time of day I can get anything done!  So when Feltro Magic contacted me about reviewing one of their Quiet Books, I jumped at the chance.  This is an activity that I can definitely see using in place of nap time, on roadtrips, in waiting rooms, and in restaurants.

These handmade felt quiet books are completely customizable so you can choose which pages will interest your child the most.  I chose a mixture of pretend play girly dress-up scenes and pages with games for practicing fine motor skills…

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A Thanksgiving Unit

 

The First Thanksgiving, Jennie Brownscombe

I love this national holiday for several reasons. First, it’s not too commercialized! It’s a bit hard to sell thankfulness, don’t you think? If so, I would order a case or two of it.

Another reason I like Thanksgiving is the history regarding why the Pilgrims came to America;  plus I love to read about the life of Squanto.  He chose to help the race of people who had enslaved him and were responsible (directly or indirectly) for his tribe’s demise. Squanto is one of my heroes! I have included a list of books that I have enjoyed reading to my sons about Squanto and the Pilgrims that I think you will too.

One more reason I like Thanksgiving is because this day focuses on God and the blessings He has given to us. I have included some copywork/dictation pieces for your students to practice their handwriting. Make an extra set and send them to the grandparents as I am sure they would enjoy receiving them.

Would you like to focus on Thanksgiving and do unit study? I have some lapbooks that you can download. I have included two to get you started. Just look over the activities and see which ones you would like to do with your family. I have activities for students all the way from preschool through high school.

Crafts and Art Activities: There are so many ideas that it can be overwhelming. I have only provided you with some we have done as well as a few websites.

Placemats– Make a placemat for each guest that will be attending dinner. Laminate them with contact paper so that the artwork is not destroyed with gravy. Start early on this if you have a large gathering so as not to overwhelm your artists. You can personalize the placemats or make general themes.

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Thankful Wreath– Using fall colors, trace your children’s hands onto the paper and cut them out. Have each person tell you (if they are little) or write one thing they are thankful on each of the hands. Glue the fingers of one hand on to the palm of another hand. You will need to have several sets as you will want to form a wreath shape from the hands. If you have a larger number of children than you can accommodate for creating a wreath then you can make more or… you can make a wreath with construction paper leaves instead.

Thanksgiving coloring pages. Print off a few to take with you on the long car ride to Grandma if you are traveling.

How about a word find or crossword puzzle? There are several levels of difficulty that are given on this website.

Have you ever seen about.com? I have found them to be an excellent resource for topics we are studying. You are sure to find something on these two pages that you and your children will enjoy pertaining to puzzles and word finds.

Enchanted Learning has a variety of crafts, worksheets, and mini books to create for elementary students.

Here is a crossword puzzle for Bible: Psalms of Thanksgiving . You can use these verses for copywork as well.

History:

Research the first Thanksgiving.  Ideas about how to use this for school: Have student(s) narrate what they have read; ask comprehension questions about the passage; calculate how many years it was from the time of the first Thanksgiving until George Washington declared  a day of thanks.

Here is another site from Scholastic under the heading of Research Starters that has the history and additional websites to investigate. click here This website can be used for middle- senior high students.

Watch a video from the History Channel about Thanksgiving. (for older students) Accompanying the video are questions to answer.

There is quite a bit of information on this website about the Mayflower. You can read the original compact  and also read it in Governor Bradford’s own handwriting by going here: Mayflower Compact. Middle school students can narrate what they have read and answer questions such as: What was the purpose of the signing of the compact ? Why did all men sign and not women? Junior/senior high students can create their own compact. Consider why it would be important to include when beginning a new colony.  Have them create a model of their colony.

Plimouth Plantation (website with many things to do and see) I would recommend you to go to  Just for Kids, but don’t stop there because there is quite a bit to look at on this website. Older students can use this website to research topics.

Scholastic. com has some fabulous resources that contain videos of the Pilgrim’s and Native American’s villages. There are also activities to accompany your unit. Click on the right hand side for activities, lessons, and worksheets.

Research how and when Thanksgiving became a national holiday.

Books to Read:

Squanto, Friend of the Pilgrims by Robert Clyde Bulla  Discuss how Squanto helped the Pilgrims. Squanto reminds me of another man who was ill-treated but turned it around for the good of a nation. His name was Joseph and you can read his story in the bible: Genesis chapters 37-50.  Older students can compare and contrast him to Squanto.

The Thanksgiving Story by Alice Dalgliesh This is a nice read aloud for younger students.

Stories of the Pilgrims by Margaret Pumphrey  This a great book for all ages as a read aloud for younger students and an assigned reader for older students. Older students can pick a few stories to highlight and tell to the family if everyone is not going to be reading it.

The If You series are books that my children and I found to provide details and factual information in an interesting format. Here are two that pertain to Thanksgiving:

If You Were at the First Thanksgiving by Anne Kamma

If You Sailed on the Mayflower in 1620 by Ann DeVito

How about including a book report to accompany the reading? Here is a book report form from ABC Teach  thanksgiving book reports

Copywork/Dictation:

Students can copy these scripture passages on to a piece of notebook paper. Glue a piece of construction paper to the back to provide a frame. Hang up the masterpieces and memorize this month.

James 1:17

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and comes down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shadow of turning.

1 Chronicles 16:34
Oh, give thanks to the LORD, for He is good! For His mercy endures forever.

Older students: Use any of the documents listed above as a resource  for  copying such as the Mayflower Compact or the declaration of a day of thanks from George Washington.

Here’s a Thankfulness Character Study for your family. Click Here

Lapbooks:

Here is a lapbook for younger students to complete using the book Give Thanks to the Lord: Celebrating Psalm 92 by Karma Wilson. If you can’t find the book you can still use the psalm from your favorite translation.

Another lapbook from homeschool share based upon the book Goody O’Grumpity by Carol Ryrie Brink. Even if you do not use the book that is recommended, you can still use the lapbook ideas.

Have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Mess-free Art Activities

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Art seems to be the one activity that gets put off because it can be so messy! I share those sentiments, but perhaps I can provide you with some ways to have your child(ren) do art without causing a huge mess.

Paint squish bags- Put in a sandwich bag two different colors of paint. Close and seal with masking tape. Allow your child to squish it and mix the colors. Little ones love this activity!

Pringles Can Painter- Line an empty Pringles can with a piece of white paper. Put paint on a golf ball and the put it into the can. Roll the can around several times. Take out the ball and wipe off the excess paint. Add another color to the golf ball and repeat the process. Take out the paper and enjoy the design that has been created.

Stamp Art- Stamps can be fun to use and will not be messy if you put the stamps and paper inside a tray.

Pipe Cleaners make great 3-D pictures or models. Your child can make their design and then either glue them on to construction paper or stand them upright to make a free standing model.