Archives for August 2014

September Make the Days Count Calendar!

September brings many fun opportunities to make memories with your kids: make butterscotch pudding, National Wildlife day (complete one of our many animal lapbooks!), make hats together, eat waffles, read Shel Silverstein’s funny rhymes, and learn about Johnny Appleseed!  Whatever you decide to do, make the days count!

Click the image below to grab a copy of our idea calendar. 

September 2014 Activity Calendar from Homeschool Share

Cook With Books: Five Little Monkeys

Five Little Monkeys Cooking Fun
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Five Little Monkeys is such a fun story to share with your kids, and it’s even better if you have some Monkey Bread to go along with it!  This is a super easy recipe that’s great for a snack or for breakfast.

2You just need a few ingredients–most of which you probably already have!

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Combine the brown sugar and cinnamon and mix well.

4Cut the cinnamon rolls into smaller pieces.  I usually cut them into thirds one direction and in half the other way, but it’s up to you how large or small you want the pieces.

5Coat the cinnamon roll pieces in the brown sugar and cinnamon mixture.

6Put half of the coated cinnamon roll pieces into a greased Bundt pan.  Melt half a stick of butter and pour over the pieces and if you want, add chopped pecans.  My kids don’t like nuts, so I only put it on one side.  Then add the rest of the cinnamon rolls and repeat the butter and nuts.  Pop it in the oven and you’ll have a delicious treat in no time!

Here’s the complete recipe:

Ingredients:

  • 3 cans of cinnamon rolls
  • 1 cup brown sugar
  • 2 teaspoons cinnamon
  • 1 stick of butter
  • 1 cup chopped pecans (optional)

Directions:

  1. Spray a Bundt pan with cooking spray and set aside.
  2. Mix brown sugar and cinnamon together.
  3. Cut up cinnamon rolls and coat in the sugar and cinnamon mixture.
  4. Place half of the cinnamon rolls in the Bundt pan.
  5. Pour half a stick of melted butter over the rolls and top with pecans.
  6. Place remaining cinnamon rolls in the pan and top with butter and pecans.
  7. Bake at 325-350 degrees (I usually set my oven at 335) for about 30 minutes.

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Who, What, When, Where, Why of Copywork

Who What Where When and Why of Copywork If you’ve ever wanted to use an inexhaustible homeschooling resource, copywork may be your answer. The options for using it are as limitless as imagination, and the occasions to use it are almost as vast. But what is it, where did it come from, and why should you consider adding it to your child’s education? Let’s start at the beginning (but be sure to read all the way to the end for a great coupon!).

Who Says Copywork Should Be Practiced?

Copywork is popular today largely due to the renewed interest in the teaching methods of Charlotte Mason, a British educator who lived in the late 1800s. One of the things that made her a unique educator was that she didn’t believe education was solely a means to an end, i.e., learn the facts, pass the test, function reasonably well in society. She believed children were precious treasures entrusted to us by God who deserved our help in enjoying a life-long journey and process of learning, growing, and maturing physically, mentally, and spiritually.

What Is Copywork?

Copywork’s main purpose is to practice handwriting, spelling, and grammar. By copying a specific passage (often on lined paper or paper formatted with a handwriting font for the child to imitate), the child learned the shape of the letters, how to spell a variety of words, and how to put the words together into complete and proper sentences.

When and Where Should Copywork Be Practiced?

How much material you have your child copy in one session varies greatly from child to child. Factors including age, attention span, and physical needs will all influence your choice. Remember that in the Charlotte Mason method, the goal is not mindless repetition but quality time spent learning and perfecting a skill. There are many subjects that can be studied just as well at a desk or table as they can be on a porch swing. Subjects like history and literature come to mind. I don’t know about you, but I have found I rarely do my best handwriting while slouching on a couch or stretched out on the floor. Perfecting handwriting skills is one of those things that often requires us to discipline both mind and body, sit up straight at a table or desk, and simply practice the task until we have learned to master it.

Why Should I Add Copywork to My Day?

The philosophy behind teaching handwriting through copywork is that when a child spends time copying Scripture or great literature, they are learning far more than how to form letters and build sentences. They are learning the truth behind the words, the ideals behind the concepts, and the mastery of language exemplified in classic literature. But are there other subjects that can be taught through copywork? I think you can teach or reinforce almost every subject through copywork. Some may require a little more creativity and energy on the part of the parent, but consider the possibility to engage a child who hates practicing handwriting through a subject or topic he or she loves. Do you have a child who loves horses? How about a copywork excerpt from a classic horse tale? Does your child love trolls and elves and mythical creatures? What about a copywork excerpt from Tolkien or C.S. Lewis? Since it’s not always possible to find premade copywork that fits your student’s needs and personality, there are a number of font programs available that will enable you to make your own at home. My favorite is Fonts 4 Teachers. If time doesn’t permit creating your own from scratch, never fear! There are lots of free options all over the Internet. There are scores of great copywork printables available that focus on literature and Scriptures. Here is a free collection of four poetry-focused copywork selections created for National Poetry Month. You can also enjoy a copywork excerpt from John 14-15. History is a subject that is easy to bring alive through copywork. You can learn about the ideas of America’s Founding Fathers while practicing handwriting and spelling with Patriotic Copywork. How about geography and encouraging a heart for the lost people of the world? Yes, you can do that, too! Little ones can enjoy My Book About China and My Book About India. Elementary-age kids can use copywork to explore six of the nations of Asia and learn about the nation’s capitals, borders, majority religions, people groups and more. What about math? Can you even teach math with copywork? Yes, you can! Here’s a math copywork printable with basic number facts and a copywork printable with word problems. If you’d like to explore copywork resources for purchase, I highly recommend a yearly or lifetime membership to Homeschool Copywork, home to hundreds of copywork pages, artist studies, and more. I also love the Everyday Copywork section (almost 200 copywork selections and growing!) of SchoolhouseTeachers.com, the curriculum arm of The Old Schoolhouse® Magazine.

Coupon Code

Asia Its People and History And now for the coupon code I promised you! Recently, a number of you entered a giveaway for a paperback version of my book Asia: Its People and History. For those of you who did not win but would like to purchase one to use with your family, co-op, or small group, I have a special discount code for you. When you order Asia: Its People and History (paperback), for a limited time, save 25% with code: Paperback25

 

bonnie roseBonnie Rose Hudson works with both SchoolhouseTeachers.com and The Old Schoolhouse Magazine® as a curriculum creator and editorial assistant. Her heart’s desire is for every child to feel the love of God and know how special they are to Him. She would love for you to stop by and meet the star of her children’s series at Exploring with Jake, look through the 10/40 window of the world and join others in prayer at Looking Out the 10/40 Window, or stop by her author’s blog WriteBonnieRose.com for resources to help teach your children about missions and the persecuted Church, free history and writing printables, and to discover how you can write for the homeschool market.

Tea Time with Claude Monet

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 Claude MonetClaude Monet was born November 14, 1840 in France.  Though his father wanted him to follow him into the family business of running a grocery store, Monet loved art and eventually went to art school.  At the time, fine art was very formal and traditional, but Monet and some of his other classmates–like Pierre-Auguste Renoir–wanted to try something new.  These painters eventually held the first Impressionist art exhibition in 1874, where they shared their new style with the world.  Monet is best known for his landscapes, seascapes, and scenes from his famed garden, but he painted many other places, too.  He died December 5, 1926.  Today Monet is the best known Impressionist and one of the most famous painters in the world.

12 impressionsOne of the best ways to learn about a person is to read their own words.  Monet’s Impressions pairs his paintings with his thoughts.

13 magical gardenWe love Laurence Anholt’s artist series because they share about the artist through a story.  In The Magical Garden of Claude Monet, a young girl visits a beautiful garden that happens to belong to the famous painter.

14 painter who stopped trainsI always think of flowers when I think of Monet’s paintings, but Claude Monet: The Painter Who Stopped the Trains tells about another of his favorite subjects.

15Monet and the Impressionists for Kids has a great deal of biographical information along with 21 different activities you can try at home.

16One of the simplest activities in the book deals with reflections.  First, fold a piece of paper in half (or you can use two colors and staple them together like a booklet), then unfold it and use chalk to draw on one side of the paper.

17Spray the paper with water very lightly, then fold it in half again and press down firmly.

18When you open the paper back up, you should have a reflection!

19 picnicIf you are including young children in your artist studies, A Picnic with Monet (from the Mini Masters series) is a great book.

20This waterlily project is really fun and looks great!

21Another simple but pretty project is this one of the bridge in Monet’s garden.

22Make some pretty flower cupcakes for your tea time!  Just cut mini marshmallows in half diagonally and dip them in colored sugar.  Place the petals around the outside edge and work in and you’ll have a lovely flower in no time!

23If you’re looking for a little something extra, try playing Go Fish to learn about Monet and other impressionists!

 If you’re keeping an artist notebook, use this free notebooking page on Claude Monet!