Blog, She Wrote http://blogshewrote.org Embracing the Independent & Authentic Nature of Homeschooling Sun, 29 Mar 2015 21:23:36 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.1.1 Teaching Music Appreciation for Elementary Gradeshttp://blogshewrote.org/2015/03/27/music-appreciation-with-zeezok/ http://blogshewrote.org/2015/03/27/music-appreciation-with-zeezok/#comments Fri, 27 Mar 2015 09:00:15 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=17253 I was given the curriculum materials and compensated for my time in writing this post. The opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review. Music education is not one of the hallmarks of our homeschool here at Blog, She Wrote. While we meet our state requirements for music in […]

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Teaching Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades

I was given the curriculum materials and compensated for my time in writing this post. The opinions are my own and I was not required to give a positive review.

Music education is not one of the hallmarks of our homeschool here at Blog, She Wrote. While we meet our state requirements for music in elementary and middle school, our kids are not musicians. My husband sings a sweet tenor in our church choir and our daughter participates with him- a choir full of extraordinary musicians. Our younger boys sing seasonally and Isaac made a dulcimer which is accessible enough for him to play. Given our limited exposure to music education, I was excited to learn more about Zeezok Publishing’s curriculum Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades so that we could approach composers and music appreciation with all of our students.

Elementary Music Appreciation Kit

Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades is a book set with extra items for learning more about each composer and the type of music he created. Each complete set comes with:

  • One student activity book- Full additional stories, information, and activities for each composer
  • 7 Composer Biographies- Stories with young reader friendly text and written music to match the music CDs
  • Music CDs- For each composer’s music to go along with the biographies.
  • Lapbook CD- To print items for the lapbook students can make.

Teaching Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades

Benefits of Using Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades

This set of books and music CDs is a thorough look at composers and their music from 1625-1828. Our family enjoyed getting to know the origin of some of the classical music they enjoy. How can this music program enhance your homeschool?

  • Includes a tidy package of living books and the music of each composer
  • Helps supply your Charlotte Mason music appreciation studies
  • Comes in a complete unit study format
  • Engages students in science
  • Pulls in recipes from each time period for your family to try
  • Introduces your children to biographies
  • Provides lapbooking hands on time to use during listening time
  • Covers basic music theory
  • Introduces larger musical terms to children
  • Shares historical timelines of musical composers
  • Makes implementation easy with 4 week outlines for each composer
  • Incorporates subjects outside music
  • Helps kids to learn European geography
  • Includes relevant current  or cultural events which tie in to the composers- can you guess whose music plays on the Voyager probe?
  • Provides elementary music education and appreciation through music history
  • Lets students listen to great compositions by influential composers

We had a great time focusing on the story of the composer while enjoying some activities on the side. Of course, you know we are a science family, so it was fun to try out the science matching the story of the composer.

Teaching Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades

Connect with Zeezok Publishing

You can follow along and make connections with Zeezok Publishing through social media:

Another way to connect with Zeezok Publishing is at a homeschool convention this season. Conventions are a great place to view curriculum in person before you buy it. They will be at the following conventions yet to come this year:

  • Great Homeschool Conventions – Cincinnati, Ohio on April 9-11
  • Christian Homeschool Association of Pennsylvania (CHAP) – Harrisburg, PA on May 8-9

Perhaps you’ve already seen that Zeezok curriculum received two 2015 Practical Homeschooling Magazine awards!

  • 1st Place Music Appreciation – Great Musician Series (the biographies the curriculum is based on)
  • 2nd Place Music Appreciation – Music Appreciation for the Elementary Grades

Teaching Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades

Music Appreciation Discount & Giveaway

Through April 10, 2-15, there is a 10% discount on all products in the music appreciation category. Use the coupon code ihomeschool15 to receive your discount.

Zeezok is also giving away one complete kit! Enter below by April 2, 2015 for a chance to win Music Appreciation for Elementary Grades.

 

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Ten Best Things about Teaching an Artist

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Living with an artist makes life interesting! They approach life from a different point of view and being science people, it keeps my husband and I on our toes. I wouldn’t trade it for the world! Here are The 10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist.

Artists are Creative People

The 10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist

Maybe that goes without saying, but what are some benefits of knowing creative people?

  • They are Makers. There is always something in progress and artists are ingenious about working with what’s available.
  • Artists make beautiful things out of their imagination and experience.
  • They are willing to take risks. I have a saying on the wall in of my studio, “Creativity is having the courage to make mistakes.” Truth.
  • Artists love to experiment with new media. Maybe that’s part of the risk taking quality, but I love to see her try something new.

Benefits of Teaching Creative Students

10 Best Things about Teaching an Artist

Sometimes it’s difficult to teach creative souls. If you have a creative student, then you might know what I’m talking about. There are messes and lots of risk taking! There’s always something in progress and a creative person is fulfilled by creating and maybe not as much by mundane tasks like math or cleaning up rooms. But, there is a silver lining. Here are a few examples:

  • They bring peace by taking the time notice the everyday- and sketch it.
  • I can order up hand drawn maps for any occasion. Such as for an atlas for our Narnian Adventure co-op class we teach together.
  • Our home gets filled with beautiful artwork. Right now I have a seasonal gallery of trees on canvas in our powder room. I’m only waiting on summer. Also, I commissioned Rebecca to make an Americana quilt which we had a local artist print an image of onto tile. Dan finished installing our new backsplash above the stove which turned out gorgeous. In every way.
  • Learning is self-motivated and Rebecca finds ways to educate herself and try new things. Her art abilities grow as a result.
  • She builds on her passion for creativity and finds new outlets all the time. Homeschooling gives her the time to experiment and pour in. The results are so satisfying.
  • Rebecca finds creative ways to do work. She is often working on commissioned projects and even teaches a group of girls to sew. We are working on putting together a beginner level class. She plans and implements lessons and she’s a very patient encourager.

Resources for Teaching Creative Students

Springtime-Splendor-Collage-600How do you nurture your creative students? Listed below are some ways we work with our creative students.

  • New Art Classes- We are enrolled in Springtime Splendor by Alisha Gratehouse. We’ve been following along with her mixed media seasonal classes. This one begins Monday, April 6th. Early registration is still going on at $48. Regular price is $60. There will be 20 projects in all. Join us!
  • Crafty Math- Knowing how to incorporate math into creative endeavors has gone a long way to our daughter having the endurance and knowledge to tackle her regular math studies. The power of math in creativity cannot be underestimated.
  • High School Art Plans- Some of our plans for art credits
  • Resources for High School Art- Rebecca is a high school freshman and will have 4 credits of art in addition to her sewing and design credits for high school.
  • Sewing & Design- A look at Rebecca’s projects. This is an ongoing page so it isn’t complete as is.

It’s challenging to mentor an artist, but it’s also very rewarding. What are your favorite things about teaching and artist?

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 48http://blogshewrote.org/2015/03/25/finishing-strong-homeschooling-the-middle-high-school-years-week-48/ http://blogshewrote.org/2015/03/25/finishing-strong-homeschooling-the-middle-high-school-years-week-48/#respond Wed, 25 Mar 2015 10:00:50 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=17500 Welcome to Finishing Strong, the link up for all families homeschooling middle & high school students. Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or just found us this week, we’re happy that you’re here. This is a wonderful place for those looking for encouragement, support, and ideas for homeschooling the higher grades. Our Fabulous […]

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #48

Whether you’ve been with us since the beginning or just found us this week, we’re happy that you’re here. This is a wonderful place for those looking for encouragement, support, and ideas for homeschooling the higher grades.

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Here are our most popular posts from last week:

7 Changing Faces of My Classical Homeschool from Classically Homeschooling

Homeschooling High School: Student Led Curriculum from Our Journey Westward

College Application: The Parent’s Role from The End in Mind

4 Things I’ve Learned on Our Homeschooling Journey from The Sunny Patch

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How to Use Google Earth in Your Homeschool

One of my favorite tools on the internet is Google Earth. Whether your students are young or old, they can use it easily and masterfully for tasks. The best part is letting kids explore it on their own and discover places near and far around the earth. This is your guide on How to Use Google Earth in Your Homeschool.

What is Google Earth?

Google Earth is a program which allows you to see the world virtually in 3D and control where you go with the touch of a mouse. If you don’t already have it on your computer, click the link to download your own copy. Here are just a few of the features of Google Earth your family can explore.

  • View the earth from space and spin it in any direction or orientation.
  • Fly to various locations around the world from where you start- this is one of my personal favorite features. If you start by looking at the state of Vermont and choose to see South Africa, it will fly you up into space and down again into the new country. That’s just fun!
  • Zoom in to see whole geographical areas or zoom in so far you are on the street level- meaning you can see the images of the street itself and see what it’s really like there.
  • Choose overlays for the maps so you can see weather, landmarks, etc
  • Look at pictures people have uploaded of local landmarks, people, places, etc- when you zoom in you’ll see picture icons you can click on. What a great way to take a virtual field trip!

How to Use Google Earth in Your Homeschool

Google Earth Resources

There are a lot of ideas, tutorials, and helpful tips on using Google Earth. Here are some of the best that I found in my brief search.

  • Google Earth Lessons while perusing some of my homeschooling bookmarks.
  • Google Earth User Manual for Earth Science Teachers – Just look at the table of contents and you’ll see what I mean. Ok…maybe you won’t. The science teacher in me is definitely making plans for this. Curriculum is being written in my head. Instructional gems just effortlessly coming to the surface as I think of how we could use this in our school.
  • Google Earth for Educators- A Google site all about using Google Earth in the classroom. There are classroom resources, tutorials & tips, showcased work, and a spot to connect with other users.
  • Google Earth Lessons from Juicy Geography- This set shows how versatile your lessons can be with Google Earth
  • Lesson Plan Library- from Google Earth for Educators. I didn’t want you to miss this one. Some of these are fabulous and I think it’s a great place for learning what you can do with Google Earth with your own curriculum and lessons.
  • Teaching with Google Earth- A comprehensive look at how to use this tool
  • Google Earth You Tube Channel- The place for video help on Google Earth. I hope they’ll add more here.
  • Google Earth App- If you are an Android user, you can get Google Earth on your phone or tablet.

How to Use Google Earth in Your Homeschool

 

Google Earth Quick Start Activities

Getting started with Google Earth can feel a little intimidating, so I pulled some activities for getting to know this tool easily. You can choose activities for any age student.

  • Google Earth User Guide- Outlines everything you can do with Google Earth
  • 5 Easy Things to Do in Google Earth- Fun activities like looking up your house, touring the world, and viewing recent historical activity in an area
  • Ready to Use Lessons- from Pedagogy in Action. I think it might be worth doing more posts on specific topics using Google Earth. There’s a lot out there!
  • Find Your House- This one is always fascinating for new Google Earth users.
  • Navigate around Town- This is one my younger kids used to love to do. Have them locate your town and find the places you frequent. My youngest used to make a video game out of it by going to “street view” and finding his way to the grocery store and all the other places in town we go to. Fun activity!
  • Physics Lesson Using a Bus Route- For the older kids you can map bus routes with distances and rates and determine speeds using bus route information.
  • Find Ocean Basins & Other Physical Geography Features- Check out the continental shelves surrounding each continent before the ocean gets super deep. River deltas like those of the Amazon, Nile, and Mississippi are interesting from satellite images as well.

Google Earth is a great tool for your homeschool. There’s a wealth of free resources and information on how to use it to your student’s greatest advantage.  Download it today and let your kids enjoy some virtual geography!

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 47http://blogshewrote.org/2015/03/18/finishing-strong-homeschooling-the-middle-high-school-years-week-47/ http://blogshewrote.org/2015/03/18/finishing-strong-homeschooling-the-middle-high-school-years-week-47/#respond Wed, 18 Mar 2015 10:00:23 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=17475 Welcome to the Finishing Strong link up! Are you looking for tips, suggestions, and encouragement for homeschooling the middle & high school years? If so, you have found a great source of information and support! Every week we are happy to have hundreds of homeschool families stop by to share their stories and gather strength […]

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Welcome to the Finishing Strong link up!

Are you looking for tips, suggestions, and encouragement for homeschooling the middle & high school years? If so, you have found a great source of information and support!

	 Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #47

Every week we are happy to have hundreds of homeschool families stop by to share their stories and gather strength from others.

Be sure to visit our gracious co-hosts: Aspired Living, Blog, She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, & Starts at Eight

In case you missed them, here are a few of the most popular posts from last week:

What Exactly is the Dialectic Stage? from Classically Homeschooling

Welcome to the Rhetoric Stage from Classically Homeschooling

Picture Books to Teach Literary Techniques from Our Journey Westward

Pinterest Help for Homeschooling High School from Starts at Eight

How to Make History Fun from Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers

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How to Make a YouTube Playlist

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Recently on the Blog, She Wrote Facebook page, I asked readers if they used a YouTube playlist and if so, to share some of their favorite YouTube channels. We gathered some great information on some fun channels, but I also learned that not everyone knows what a YouTube playlist is. Today I hope to help readers out by explaining How to Make a YouTube playlist.

What is a YouTube Playlist?

How to Make a YouTube Playlist

Here are a few things to know about YouTube playlists:

  • It’s a customized list of videos to watch.
  • You can choose the categories for your videos.
  • Choose as many categories as you’d like.
  • Anyone can view your playlists unless the videos are marked as private.
  • You don’t need a Google account to view the playlists, but you do need to have one to make playlists
  • Share playlists with friends.
  • They are super easy to make and save for later!

How to Create a YouTube Playlist

Benefits of a YouTube Playlist

So, what are the advantages of setting up playlists? There are many:

  • Set up categories for school videos and save them for later as you are planning.
  • Save a list of your child’s favorite shows without having to hunt for them each time he wants to watch.
  • Customize your lists for your homeschool and child.
  • Make a list for each child.
  • Make lists of assigned videos for the week.
  • Helps to make YouTube a “safer” place for your child because a “yes” list has been created for them by you- that does not take the place of being around! (Managing the Internet in Your Home might give you more ideas)
  • Make a playlist of your favorite YouTube videos related to a topic or a YouTuber. You can start by checking out my playlists on YouTube. I’m just getting started, but it’s good stuff!

How to Make a YouTube Playlist

How to Make a YouTube Playlist

So, how do you make a playlist? Here you go:

  • Go to your YouTube page and click on “My Channel”.
  • Next find “playlists” in the center of the page and click.
  • To create categories, choose “+Add playlist” and type a category name.
  • When you find a video you’d like to save to a playlist, click on “+Add to” and select the category. It will automatically save to that list.
  • You can also click “+Add to” and create a new category. This way if you find something that doesn’t fit and you want to add a category, you can make it right from there. Also, you can just start searching videos and create categories as you go.
  • When you want to watch a playlist, you simply go to your channel and click playlists to see them all.
  • By default you already have a “liked videos” category.

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How to Use a YouTube Playlist

Once you have some playlists saved, what’s next? How will your students watch the videos?

  • On the TV through the Wii (or a laptop) - great option for those without tablets and excellent for lots of kids to see it at once.
  • Computers- Both laptops and desktops
  • Tablets- iPads & Kindle Fires are great options (check out how we use our Kindle Fires)
  • Small Devices- Like iPod Touches and Android devices
  • Many mobile devices have YouTube apps which help with viewing- I just tried one out on my Android smartphone and it’s perfect! You can add videos to playlists and create them there too which means you can make your lists on the go as well.

Once you have your YouTube preferred medium worked out, you can use and share Playlists any time. I like to share a video while we wait at the doctor’s office or any other time we are on the go. Usually we find videos which are relevant to a topic of study and I can save it to a playlist and let the kids know.

Now it’s time for a YouTube content post, right? We know how to create and save to playlists, let’s find some good stuff to fill them up!

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Exploring Oceanography in Your Homeschool

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Studying the ocean is one of my favorite homeschool teaching topics. There’s such an expanse of material to enjoy. It’s got all sorts of science from physics (waves) to biology and chemistry. The habitat is complex, the animals diverse and amazing, and there are still unsolved mysteries for scientists to tackle. Oceanography was easily my favorite class in graduate school! After all, I was a scientist taking lots of graduate classes in education- of course my favorite class would be my science electives!

Just like there is no shortage of topics to study in oceanography, you’ll be excited to know that the resources available to help you teach it are no less expansive. Today’s post is all about Exploring Oceanography in Your Homeschool.

Basic Concepts in Oceanography

Oceanography is a wide area of study with many options, but here is a list of the basic concepts a study in oceans might entail. The older your students, the more in depth you can go with the topics. It’s fascinating to go beyond habitat and ocean life and study how oceans behave. Don’t miss out on learning about large scale ocean behaviors like The Coriolis Effect.

Exploring Oceanography in Your Homeschool

 

  • Name and Map the Oceans- Basic ocean geography and definition of an ocean
  • Composition of Ocean Water- What’s in sea water and what’s it made of?
  • Ocean Zones- Light determines a lot about how creatures live in the water. Learn about habitats and characteristics at various ocean depths.
  • Animals and Critters- Study animals and plants found in marine habitats.
  • Ocean behavior- currents, waves, and tides
  • Large Scale Phenomena- The Coriolis Effect, winds
  • Beaches- Erosion, barrier islands
  • Navigating the Ocean- How do people get around? What equipment do they use?
  • Ocean Floor- What’s down there? How do you study it? Can you map it?

 

Exploring Oceanography in Your Homeschool

Resources for Oceanography Studies

Below are some of our favorite resources on oceanography including curriculum, notebooking materials, and books.
Sea Life Notebook Pages | Harrington Harmonies

  • Sea Life Notebook Pages- These are fun set of pages which cover any sea animal you’d like to study. If you don’t find the one you need, then there are blank pages for you to use. The boys used their Kindles to do some research and jot down facts on their notebook pages. They are working on an animal report for writing.
  • NorthStar Geography- Middle and high school geography curriculum with a section on physical geography including the hydrosphere and oceans.
  • WinterPromise Sea & Sky- Our 4th and 7th graders are working through Sea & Sky this year. There’s a lot of ocean science involved which is fun for adventurous boys.
  • Amanda Bennett Oceans- A four week study of the world’s oceans.
  • Usborne Discovery Books- On various animals
  • Ocean by DK- Stunning pictures and information on oceans
  • Oceans for Every Kid- A Janice VanCleave book with ocean experiments
  • Awesome Ocean Science- An elementary book on ocean science
  • The Ocean Book- Marine activities from an aquatic center
  • Ocean-Opoly- A board game that plays like Monopoly with lots of ocean facts

 

Oceanography for Middle School

Media Options for Oceanography

It’s fun to watch videos about the ocean. Who doesn’t love seeing the creatures from the deep or sharks in their own habitat. The internet is a treasure trove of underwater exploration.

These are just a few examples of the wealth of information and fun videos you can find using YouTube. Do you know how to make a YouTube play list? It’s a great way to line up great videos for your kids for school.

Other Blog, She Wrote Posts Related to Oceanography

This isn’t the first time we’ve encountered the ocean in our studies. Here’s a look back at some recent and not so recent experiences from the past.

With a little time and some basic resources, your family can engage in a comprehensive study of Oceanography.

Geography bundle -- North Star Geography and WonderMaps

 

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Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game

I was given this board game for the purposes of the review and I was compensated for my time. All opinions are my own and I was not required to write a positive review. This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support!

Many of you know that we are a huge gaming family. We play several games a week if not once a day most of the time. What’s not to love about the opportunity to check out a new game? After seeing a What’s in the Bible DVD all about the book of Kings & Chronicles, our 9yo was excited to try this game out. He was not disappointed and he invited us all to play. He knew all about Israel’s desire to have a king and the struggles that ensued as a result. Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game is a fun board game for reinforcing all sorts of lessons about ancient Israel.

Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game

Benefits of Playing Kings of Israel in Your Homeschool

Games are full of worthwhile experiences for kids. Kings of Israel is no exception. What can Kings of Israel bring to your homeschool?

  • Introduce students to ancient Israel
  • Learn the geography of ancient Israel
  • Teach about kings and the political system of Israel long ago
  • Learn about prophets
  • Coordinate game play with history lessons
  • Reinforce Bible lessons
  • Share the game with friends and youth groups
  • Provide an alternative to screen time through board game play
  • Enjoy a fun and challenging Bible game
  • Download matching curriculum- a Bible Study Rulebook and supplement studies for Kings of Israel
  • Play a simpler version to teach several Biblical topics with the same game.
  • Challenge your teens along with your middle schoolers with a game geared toward older kids while still being fun to kids in late elementary (assuming they have game experience).
  • Inspire players to make their own games. Our 16yo Ethan made a game in 8th grade called Conversion which was a game all about converting believers in The Middle Ages.

Emphasize Cooperative Play with a Biblical Board Game

Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game

We have a few cooperative games, but Kings of Israel presents a unique challenge to players. You must work together to build altars and remove idols before the false prophets cause the people of Israel to stray. Here are a few tips:

  • Make sure all players understand the purpose of the game.
  • Go over effective strategies like removing idols as soon as possible.
  • Use the tutorials if you having trouble understanding the game play
  • Easy & Expert Versions are available in the rule book to help multiple ages play together.
  • Work out a way to make decisions so you can work together. We have one child who often does not agree with the other team members’ strategy.

The key to success is working as a team with the resources you collect to abolish idols, build temples, and defeat the false prophets.

Details on Kings of Israel Game Play

It takes some time to read the rules and get set for game play, but FunHill Games is equipped to help you out. Visit is this link for the official rule page on Kings of Israel.

If you still want more information on how the game plays, you can view this video tutorial on how to play Kings of Israel. Don’t be discouraged that the game is too much to learn. Our 9 year old had no problem at all setting up the game and reading the directions himself. In fact, he taught the rest of us to play.

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Discount on Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game

How exciting to have a discount opportunity on this cooperative, Biblical game. Read the details below to get 20% off your Kings of Israel purchase until April 16, 2015

  • 20% off with promo code   ►KINGSPRO on Amazon
  • If you’ve never used a discount code on Amazon before, here are directions on Amazon for where to put a promo code.
  • Code works only on Amazon, not on the funhillgames site.
  • Coupon expires April 16, 2015
  • Regular cost of the game- $49.99

Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game

Kings of Israel Biblical Board Game Giveaway

FunHill Games is generously giving away 5 games. Good news for international participants, they’ll ship anywhere in the world. Be sure to enter before March 19, 2015.

 

Kings of Israel is a wonderful family investment in a game, a Bible study, and a cooperative experience.

 

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Finishing Strong - Homeschooling Middle & High School #46

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It’s March and I don’t know about you, but in upstate NY we are still socked in by winter and we’ve had a school year fraught with illness. We’re getting a little stir crazy! What do you do when you are only half way through the third quarter and it’s time to hit the books? You look for ways to Beat Cabin Fever with Fresh Homeschooling Ideas!

Beat Cabin Fever with Good Stories

Reading aloud as a family is always a good way to sooth the grumpies at our house. It doesn’t matter how old our kids get. They always love a good story! Suggestions for lifting spirits this time of year:

  • Choose a family favorite to read again- Swallows & Amazons or some other great adventure can provide hours of enjoyable listening time.
  • Start a reading streak- How many days can you go with reading daily?
  • Listen to Audio Books- While you play games, work on handicrafts, or build creations using building blocks, legos, etc. We are members of Audible and enjoy listening from our Kindles.

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Try a New Art Medium

I like to challenge our kids now and then with a new art project. As long as mom is ready to go, it’s easy to get the kids on bard- even those who don’t enjoy art. Here are a few I’d like to try:

Avoid Cabin Fever by Cooking Together

It’s important for our kids have cooking skills before they leave home, but how many of us leave time to allow our kids to cook with us? Use some days here and there to do some good old fashioned “home ec”.

  • Have your kids plan a meal- Then they get to make it!
  • Try a new dessert- Sometimes all you need is a little lift.
  • Teach them to make a pie crust- One of the things on my summer list of things to do! If you don’t know how, then it’s a great time for you to try!
  • Make a Thanksgiving Meal- Just for fun. Work on the timing of preparing a big meal.

Play Games to Bust Cabin Fever

100 Family Games for Kids of All Ages

You can never have too many games choices in your house! Grab out some old favorites or try some new ones. Here are a few ideas to bust the late winter boredom in your homeschool.

  • Scrabble- Great vocabulary practice and building game
  • Bananagrams- This is a challenging game to race to build the first crossword. All ages can play these games.
  • Monopoly- Math game with many skills built in. You can even have your kids make a math journal page about their game experience.
  • Equate- This is a more challenging equation game that plays like Scrabble. There are leveled tile sets which help practice all sorts of equations.
  • Chess- It’s never too early to learn chess and it’s a game that builds strategy and thinking ahead skills.

Adjust Your Homeschooling

Sometimes all you need is to change your pace with academics. How? Here are a few ideas:

  • Write Fiction- Instead of plowing ahead through your writing curriculum, change gears and write fun stories. You
  • Follow and Interest- With Adventure Boxes for your kids or anything that has sparked them during their regular studies.
  • Reading Challenge- Revisit old favorites, try out a new series, start a family book club, etc.

103 Fresh Homeschooling Ideas

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas has some truly inspiring thoughts from the 55 homeschool mom authors. I picked out just 10 of the chapters that I thought would make great cabin fever busters right now.

  • Easy Ways to Keep Science Hands-on and Fun- Learn about ways to spruce up science time.
  • Games: Playful Learning with Kids- When things get slow at our house, a game always changes things up.
  • How to Use Movies for Learning- When the snow is blowing or the mud is deep, try out a movie for learning.
  • How to Make the Most of a Field Trip- When being outside isn’t easy, travel to someplace new.
  • You CAN Teach Art- Art projects always provide a pick me up on a grumpy day.
  • Teach with LEGO Bricks- Find out ways to use LEGOS you hadn’t thought of before!
  • Hands-on Learning- What new ideas will be shared here to break up the monotony.
  • Teaching Creative Writing- Take a break from the grammar and enjoy some creative writing ideas.
  • Teaching with Geography Quests- Enjoy a virtual field trip as you learn about new places.
  • Everything You Need to Know about Gardening to Get Started- Nothing makes you think spring like planning your garden or planting seeds indoors.

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas

Once winter is over, we’ll have a mud season to contend with while the snow pack melts and things dry up. Spring fever is a serious malady here. How do you handle cabin fever when it starts to show up?

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