Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Homeschool Days at the MOSH!

The Museum of Science and History in Jacksonville, Florida will be offering classes to homeschoolers.  Classes will begin in October.  Check out their homeschool class schedule today!

Magnetism Unit Study

The children have just completed a unit study on magnetism.  We all had a lot of fun with this one.  Instead of using textbooks, we learned by putting our own unit together using various resources.  Here's how we did it.


I Started by reading and creating a list of magnets and magnetism learning objectives.  During our science class, we performed experiments from Wonders of Magnets.  This publication was provided online free of charge through National Energy Education Development.  They read several books on magnets, which they found at our local library.  Our favorite was The Magic School Bus Chapter Book: Amazing Magnetism.  This book was loaded with lots of fun facts about magnets.  The reading level of this book is 570L at Lexile Framework for Reading. We love to use lapbooks to help with reading comprehension.  We were able to find a free Amazing Magnetism Lapbook online at Yee Shall Know.







Well there you have it.  A fun way for children to learn without textbooks and utilizing free resources available to us.  I hope you guys enjoy using them as much as we did.

Peace and blessings,
Dorcus

Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Settling In!

It has been six weeks now since we moved and it has been an adventure.  We moved into another state and had to start over with our research to acquire a good list of resources and activities.  The homeschooling laws are also very different so we are making necessary changes for that as well.

We started our homeschooling back up a few weeks ago and things are going o.k.  Took it slowly at first to allow the children and our family members time to adjust to our homeschool schedule.  I will post more information on our plans for the year and curriculum choices soon.  We would love to know what your plans are as well so please share!

Until then, I wish you all the best.

Dorcus

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