Sunday, October 23, 2011

The Chronicle of the Earth

Many of you know that we utilize The Story of the World, By: Susan Wise Bauer, for our history lessons.  We  document our learning by creating interactive timelines and notebooks.  We have been able to find many resources on the web, but often times end up creating our own.  Anyone who has ever created lapbooks or notebooking pages knows how time consuming this task can be.  So you can imagine how excited I was to come across a blog full of resources we needed for The Story of the World. 

The Chronicle of the Earth is a blog, By: Alia Macrina Heise, that I had the pleasure of running across while searching for resources to go along with this week's history lessons.  Alia has created a phenomenal lapbook for The Story of the World Volume One as well as a lapbook for The Story of the World Volume Two.  In addition, she has a wonderful list of additional resources for both volumes. 

If you are also using The Story of The World, be sure to visit The Chronicle of the Earth.  If not, this blog is still full of resources that many of you may find helpful.  I know I did.

Peace,
Dorcus

Forces and Motion

Our science studies have been focusing on the study of physic.  The time has come for us to focus on forces an motion.  The next three weeks will be devoted to these topics. Starting this week, we will be completing Roller Coasters, a unit study by Amanda Bennett.  The required reading books for my children are Can You Feel The Force? By: Richard Hammond (pages 20-49) and Forces and Motions: From Push To Shove (Science Answers) By: Christopher Cooper.  Both of these titles were found at my local library.  From Interactive notebook Page, we will utilize the following power point presentations: Forces Parts 1-3, Newton's First Laws of Motion, Gravity, Motion Energy, Potential and Kinetic Energy, and Mechanical Interactions Summary. They will also be completing the modules on forces and motion on Engineering Interact. Other helpful resources:
http://www.squidoo.com/physicslapbook
http://www.physics4kids.com/
http://www.wfu.edu/academics/physics/demolabs/demos/avimov/byalpha/byalpha.htm
http://www.hippocampus.org/Introductory%20Physics%20I;jsessionid=898522C524AE746AE4EE91BC5D30F30A

Keeping it moving,
Dorcus

Tuesday, October 4, 2011

Art: Pablo Picasso

This weeks artist is Pablo Picasso.  We will be reading, notebooking, lapbooking, and watching a few videos as we learn about the life and artistic style of Picasso.

Resources:
Another great squidoo lens by Jimmie - Picasso Artist Study
(Scroll down near the end to locate downloadable notebooking pages.)

From Confessions of a Homeschooler -The Worlds Greatest Artists Vol.1
(Scroll down after reading to find the link to download this free unit study.)

http://www.pablopicasso.org/
(Caution: Many of the videos on this site are not appropriate for children. The video links are on the right side of the page.)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_fNvBJAJw4s

Cubism video



Books we will be reading.

Peace and blessings,
Dorcus

Literature Review: The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963

Reading, reading, reading.  Who likes to read snippets or passages of a story, not I.  I prefer a much more wholesome approach to reading with my children.  Nothing like picking a great book to read and analyze together.  It doesn't matter if it's a book picked by your child or a required reading.  Nothing replaces actually taking the time to really understand the characters and the message the book intended to convey.  This philosophy is what allows us to enjoy literature reviews.

Literature reviews contain activities that help the child critically think through a book.  They introduce them to important vocabulary terms within the book and break down the parts of the story (characters, plot, setting...).  They incorporate lessons of science, history, language arts, and math that can be learned from that book. 

We recently completed units on Bud, not Buddy, by Christopher Curtis, and Island of the Blue Dolphin, by Scott O'Dell.  The children picked those books out themselves.  This weeks required reading is The Watsons go to Birmingham-1963, written by Christopher Curtis. This African-American fiction delves into the African-American family during the civil rights movement. I was even able to find several free resources online to help with this unit.

Videos:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKh8u1K6gGc
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZKh8u1K6gGc&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=g4Yf5yhWN2g&feature=related

Reading guides, reading comprehension, and literature reviews:
http://www.galeschools.com/pdf/guides/WatsonsGotoBirmingham.pdf
http://www.scholastic.com/kids/homework/pdfs/Watsons.pdf
http://www.edhelper.com/books/The_Watsons_Go_to_Birmingham.htm
http://www.nynpa.com/docs/nie/niematerials/BirminghamTeachersguide.pdf

Happy reading,
Dorcus 

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