Thursday, May 14, 2015

The Story of the World Timeline-Homeschooling History


Love this HISTORY curriculum!
The stories are a mix of fiction and non-fiction and my 12 year old daughter really enjoyed it. I think it is perfect for ages 10-13 or grades 5-8th.
She would use the corresponding activity worksheets after reading each chapter to reinforce what she read. The worksheets are sometimes just plain coloring papers and then there were map pages which are very useful and educational. The activity book gives you a list of activities to do to each map, for instance to circle a city, draw a river or shade in a area that is important. She then would glue or tape her finished sheets on a timeline. ( I used a roll of art paper) I would draw on some straight lines using a ruler for her to copy some statements about the chapter ( some great ideas in the activity book).  Also she'd use the internet to find some pictures to print as well. This made for a GREAT history lesson and she looked forward to it everyday.


Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Colorful River

Make a colorful river using sidewalk chalk and water lightly running from your garden hose. The kids enjoy watching the colors mix and make a beautiful mural on the driveway.

Friday, January 25, 2013

Kadinsky Heart Tree

Kandinsky is perhaps most famous for his abstract circle paintings. I combined this idea with Valentine's Day. Using oil pastels which I absolutely love -these are the adult version of crayons; I just added rings of heart shapes (instead of circles). This is very calming activity for all ages. You end up with a nice vibrant piece of artwork. Kids will enjoy blending the colors together around the perimeter of the hearts.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Great Online Homeschool Website-Time4Learning

I am very impressed with Time4Learning online educational curriculum. You can find the site here:  Time4Learning

Time 4 Learning is a technology based program that teaches preschool through 8th grade using a combination of animated lessons, interactive activities and reinforcing worksheets.
It has made teaching and learning much more fun for my children. There are times when my 11 year old is giggling at the animated video clips while she is learning new concepts. The vocabulary videos are outstanding!
 I believe one of most difficult things in homeschooling is keeping organized as well as making sure we aren't missing anything. It really makes life easier while being very affordable. For a low monthly fee, you have access to Language Arts, Phonics, Grammar, Science, Social Studies and Math. (Science and Social Studies are available in 1st and 2nd grades respectively).Your child's progress is recorded immediately. As a parent you can view your child's progress in the reports section and observe the subject that may need a little more attention.
Another great aspect to this curriculum is the fact that kids can move at their own pace. Your child can move along to the next grade level as he/she advances.
My children really benefit from the various learning tools this curriculum provides.

I've been invited to try Time4Learning for one month in exchange for a candid review. My opinion will be entirely my own, so be sure to come back and read about my experience. Time4Learning is an online educational program that can be used in many ways including as a homeschooling curriculum or afterschool tutorial. Find out how to write your own curriculum review for Time4Learning.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

Work From Home-Solavei

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Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Word Bubbles-High Frequency Words for First Grade

I had some large bubble wrap and wrote on the flat part of the bubbles some of my son's first grade high frequency words (sight words). He loves to pop those bubbles! His reward for correctly reading each word is to pop the bubble. :) Simple yet very effective!

I had some metallic permanent colored markers to make the display more colorful.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

Color Matching with Art

I printed out these art cards through http:///
and laminated them. I also used some paint samples that I've collected from various home stores. You can have a matching game with just the printed pictures or search for a particular color using the paint sample cards. You can then extend the activity to providing some art history. :)