Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Natural Homeschool Learning

I'm a fan of E D Hirsch and his concept that we should all master the words and info of our basic culture.  Without the basic information, we are culturally and effectively illiterate.

While teaching many concepts and ideas requires a great deal of time, a different question is giving the kids the practice that they need at each grade level to maintain their mastery of these concepts and vocabulary.

While som people don't respect word games and lists, I think they are a useful step for getting much of the info from short term into long term memory.

here's lists that work great for reinforcing key concepts and vocabulary including math, science, and social studies by grade level
 1st Grade Spelling Word Lists
2nd Grade Reading Word Lists
3rd Grade Spelling Word Lists
4th Grade Spelling Word Lists
5th Grade Spelling Word Lists 

I like the idea that there are multiple meaning words, sound alike words, and other confusing words at each grade level.  Examples are on these pages.

There areHomonyms, Homophones, Homographs, Heteronyms, and Capitonyms, confused yet?:
  • Homonyms, or multiple-meaning words, are words that have different meanings (e.g. dog bark, tree bark).
  • Homophones, or sound-alikes, are two or more words that have the same pronunciation but different meanings, and may or may not be spelled on the same way (e.g. write/right, their/there/they’re). There are hundreds of tehse for each grade level.
  • Homographs are words that have the same spelling, but have different meanings and may be pronounced differently (like heteronyms) or the same (like homonyms).
  • Heteronyms, or heterophones, are words that that have the same spelling but have different pronunciations (e.g. bow and arrow vs. take a bow). That is, they are homographs which are not homophones.

Monday, February 2, 2015

Happy Valentine's Day!


Growing up as a kid myself, February was one of my favorite months. I just loved buying those boxed Valentines; giving and receiving them from other kids at school.

When I first started homeschooling my own child, I will admit, I was sad thinking my children would never get to experience this tradition. Thankfully, those were normal “new to homeschooling” concerns that would soon be just a distant memory. In past years, my kids have had fun times exchanging Valentines with family members, play groups, and co-op friends. The one thing different for my kids, however, is that we like to make our own Valentines. To be honest, we add lots of Valentine fun into our homeschooling, the week before the 14th. This year will be no different. Besides creating our own hand made Valentines and using a 5th grade Valentine spelling list that I found, as part of our Spelling lessons, I also plan on printing some fun Valentine worksheets :)
 
                                                    I hope everyone has a

Thursday, January 1, 2015

Wow! 2015 Already?!

                               I hope everyone had a Fun & Safe New Year’s Eve.

My New Year’s Eve was Great! I had such a blast last night with family and friends. It was just a small gathering at my home, but we all enjoyed ourselves. For me, no matter how old I get, my favorite part is always watching the ball drop :)

Another thing that I love about a new year is the feeling of a new start. A time for change; get rid of what isn’t working and make new resolutions. We do this every Jan1st. Everyone in the family, no matter how old or young (as long as they can talk, lol ), sits down and shares what their New Year’s Resolutions will be. We don’t always keep them, but it is fun to try. One of my homeschool resolutions, that I am defiantly going to keep, is to try lapbooking. I have always wanted to do it, but never have. My daughter's resolution, is to get me to take here to New York next New Year's Eve, to see the ball drop in person.We will see ;)


Monday, December 15, 2014

5th Grade Math


Is it just me or has Christmas time come fast this year? Seems like the new school year just started and now we are already half through it. Speaking of schooling,  I am sure by now, you have realized that 5th grade math, is much harder than 4th grade math. The good news is, thankfully, there are tons of printable math worksheets, how-to videos, and math games that can help you teach and help your child learn. One of our favorite resources is a free game called “MatchItAlgebraic Terms”. It really helped my daughter learn those terms! ;)
     I hope everyone has a Happy Holiday & a Happy New Year!

Monday, November 3, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving!


I don’t think I mentioned it yet, but fall is definitely one of my favorite seasons. I love feeling the weather cool down and seeing all of those leaves start to change. Plus, I love Thanksgiving! Since, my kids were little I have always managed to incorporate this holiday into our homeschool lessons, even in Pre-K.  As always, we read about the first Thanksgiving and I always print out some themed printable worksheets for my child to do. However, my favorite part of this time of year is teaching my daughter home-ec. The older she gets the more she gets to help and learn. I mean what better day than Thanksgiving, to teach your child how to cook. I think learning how to cook is an important skill for your child to learn. Plus, one day you will be older and they will be the ones making that yummy Thanksgiving feast. You will want them to be able to make it taste good ;)


Monday, October 6, 2014

Halloween ideas to add to your Homeschool lessons


Halloween is a time for spooky things and lots of candy! So, why not mix those two things into your homeschool lessons. How? I always like to use this month to learn about the human anatomy. The skeletal system is my favorite for obvious reasons. Each year, I go a bit more advanced, in the different bones and the proper names. Of course, you can be creative with what you add to this. You can do some themed crafts, anatomy games, etc.

Another thing, which you can do for October, is learning how to make candy. It is not only educational & fun, but yummy too! There are so many recipes available to you on the internet and even some that may be too scary looking to eat!

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Teaching Typing


Since we are living in the age of computers, I think learning the skill of typing is important. Besides the need to be able to type for school/college, one day when your kids grow up and are in the work place, they may need to type for their job.  Now, I know most of us can do the “one finger peck”((LOL)), but in most jobs, that will not be sufficient enough to finish a typing project in a reasonable amount of time. Learning the proper way to type, will definitely help to be able to increase ones speed, and reduce any typing errors.  So, you may be wondering, how do you teach this?  Besides showing your children how to type, or creating paragraphs for them to practice with, there are some awesome free resources that can help. There are free typing speed test that will time your child, while keeping track of their errors, as well as some free typing games that they can do. This really is a great age to start teaching your kids this valuable skill. Even if they never use it in their professional career, it will certainly serve a purpose when they are writing essays for school/college, or blogs for fun! ;)