Don’t click away just yet! I know, I know…I’m tired of hearing about the election already also! 🙂
BUT…I know my kids need to learn about how the whole election process works!
So, here are some resources, ideas and links that we will be using in our home over the next couple of weeks!
Homeschool Share resources
- Election lapbook
- The Ballot Box Battle unit study
- Presidents Lapbook – which includes all of our country’s previous presidents as well as some of their responsibilities
Other Ideas Around the Web
- Make campaign buttons or posters!
- Have a mock election with a homeschool group or group of friends!
- Have your older kiddos read election based news stories written for children. discuss.
- check out this link: 10 ways to teach the election from the NY Times
- print off this poster: How To Become President and discuss
And be sure to check out our Election pinterest board with tons of great ideas found from around the web!
Last school year, my boys and I decided to read through the entire CS Lewis series, The Chronicles of Narnia. All of us enjoyed the books and I’m glad I waited until they were a bit older to go through the series. We were better able to discuss the parallelism between his stories and the Bible.
I love the imagination involved in drawing what Lucy may have seen. I think someone who has not seen the movie may have different ideas.
And maybe the best part of the entire book study would be making and sampling Turkish Delight!
I love how Debbie brought in pieces from Homeschool Share’s beaver animal study to fill in about the beaver family in the story.
You can see more of what Debbie has done at her blog, Our Cup of Tea. Debbie and her husband and 3 children live in the UK. Her oldest, age 10, completed this lapbook – but I’m sure there was some help from his younger sisters.
When my son was a toddler we checked out a themed book bag from our library and stumbled across Apple Farmer Annie, a terrific book that quickly became one of our family’s favorites.
Apple Farmer Annie is written by Monica Wellington and follows an apple farmer as she harvests her apples, uses them to make other products, and then sells her goods at a farmers’ market. The story is very simple with just a sentence or two per page so it’s good for young children, but the concepts would still be enjoyable for preschoolers and even some early elementary-aged kids.
For my son, it was the pictures that made this book so wonderful. They are bright and colorful and simple. Each full page illustration has many details for kids to pore over. We loved looking for her dog in each one (with the exception of the driving scene)! Each text page has a border illustrated with details from the opposite page, and these borders provide numerous opportunities to extend your child’s learning experience. The page that talks about Annie making cider, for example, is bordered with containers labeled pint and quart, and the farmers’ market page has money (bills and coins) and a scale to measure the apples. It would be so easy to discuss a different aspect of Annie’s experience each time you read it with your child.
As apple season is approaching, this would also be a great go-along with a trip to the farmers’ market, or maybe even an apple orchard to try picking your own! When you get home, you can use your apples to try out the recipes in the back of the book for another fun learning opportunity.
Many of Monica Wellington’s other books are similar in that they have a fairly simple storyline that can be expanded with the information in the pictures. Her books are bright and cheerful and very appealing in their simplicity. Apple Farmer Annie would be the perfect addition to an apple unit study this fall!
Welcome to the September edition of Grand Giveaway!
This month, our awesome sponsor is Great Homeschool Conventions!
The prize is one family registration to the GHC convention of the winner’s choice. This gets the family into the workshops and exhibit hall all three days of the convention. The value is $55. GHC is hosting two conventions for 2013:
by Robert Louis Stevenson
How do you like to go up in a swing,
Up in the air so blue?
Oh, I do think it the pleasantest thing
Ever a child can do!
Up in the air and over the wall,
Till I can see so wide,
River and trees and cattle and all
Over the countryside–
Till I look down on the garden green,
Down on the roof so brown–
Up in the air I go flying again,
Up in the air and down!
- memorization (I love reading Andrew Pudewa’s reasons for memorization – click on the sample of this curriculum and you can read his “why”)
- copywork – after we memorize, I will have the girls write it from memory
- spelling – after we memorize and then write from memory, we check for any misspelled words
- unit study go-alongs – I have Favorite Poems for Children and will use this book or just google to find a poem that relates to any topic we are studying
- illustrations – as we memorize and write poems, we often use our creative juices to make our own illustrations of the poem
- learning about poetry itself – rhyming words, patterns, stanzas, structure
- learning history through poetry – we have memorized poems like In 1492 as well as O Captain, My Captain! about history time periods we are studying
- weekly “tea time” – we did this in the past and I would like to find time for it again – read poetry, have a snack, chat together
- Here’s a Little Poetry unit – PreK-1st grade poetry unit
- Poetry unit study – 2nd-5th grade poetry study with notebooking pages
- Stopping By Woods on a Snowy Evening – resources for a unit study on this poem – another one of my favorites that we have memorized!
- Song of the Water Boatman – combine poetry and science! learning about ponds and poetry together!
- Poem Stew – another unit study combining poetry with several other subjects
- HUGE poetry lapbook!!