Wednesday, December 30, 2009
Tuesday, December 29, 2009
Saturday, December 26, 2009
- One Small Square Seashore: This book is loaded with information, ideas, hands on projects and more. While it is written based on an American seashore most of the information inside is applicable for any seashore!
- The Seaweed Book: How to Find and Have Fun With Seaweed: This fun book will help them identify seaweed and show them how to preserve it and make various crafts with it. We enjoy inspecting seaweed (sometimes things wash ashore tangled in it) and it will be neat for them to learn to identify each kind.
- I Wonder Why The Sea Is Salty: The books in this series have lots of questions people ask about various subjects and then the answers are included as well. The boys really love these books, and we're looking forward to reading this one!
- Awesome Ocean Science: we're still waiting on this book, but what we've seen from afar looks awesome. The idea is that they not only discuss the ocean, but that there are also hands on application and experimental ways for the kids to learn the concepts behind the scientific information.
- Ocean Giants: We've used various math books in this series and the boys love them. As you read the book you take on the roll of a person who works in the ocean (or a zoo, or an astronaut, etc.) and then you have to solve various math problems in order to do your job. Morgan never wants to stop when it comes to these books.
- DK Guide To The Oceans: we'll be using this one mostly for reference information, but we really do enjoy the DK books, all though I will warn you and say that some of them have references to evolution.
- What Lives In A Shell: this is a Let's-Read-and-Find-Out book and they are awesome! We really love reading these books for science. We'll be using this book to see how crabs grow.
- Simon & Schuster Children's Guide To Sea Creatures: this one is also on order and we're quite excited about it. We're hoping it lives up to our big expectations!
- Night Of The Moonjellies: this is a book we'll be doing a short unit study out of to kick off our fun ocean study.
- Artistic Nature Unit Studies: Sea Mammals: this is something I picked up during CurrClick's Black Friday sale knowing we had a sea adventure ahead of us. It's a 76 page magazine that is loaded with information. Jayden will especially love the whale info inside.
- Water Horse: this book is NOTHING like the movie. Don't get me wrong, we enjoyed the movie, but honestly about the only thing they have in common is their title. We listened to this book a while back and really enjoyed it. I think we'll dust our copy off and have another listen.
- Watching the tide and graphing it. We use a tide clock around here to know when we can go to the beach. So we'll graph the hours between tides as well as the water level. We'll have a nifty math lesson to go along with that science!
- Crab Watching. Each day when the tide goes out the crabs are washed ashore and they scramble like mad to bury themselves before the seagulls snatch them up. It's AMAZING to watch them dig holes and hurry and bustle along. So we'll spend time watching them and perhaps drawing pictures in our journals or snapping photos.. We might read about crabs while we watch them.
- Tidal Pool Exploring: the idea might be to assign each child to their own pool and let them investigate it to their hearts content. We've found so many things in tidal pools in the past from Hermit Crabs down to Star Fish.
Friday, December 25, 2009
Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying, Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men... they came with haste, and found Mary, and Joseph, and the babe lying in a manger. Mark 2:10-16
Thursday, December 24, 2009
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Thursday, December 10, 2009
- Westward Ho! -- if you want to join in the fun you'll need to register by December 15. The actual "journey" doesn't begin until February 8 and it runs through March 12. The site also has a lot of great information and resources on it if you have the time to look through them.
- Time Traveler's History Study -- this is a terrific product put out by Homeschool In The Woods. I'm pretty sure I've said that about all their products, perhaps I'm slightly biased? They have many on various bits of American History, and we'll be using a few of them in the upcoming school year. The lessons are all ready preplanned and you can devise where to go from there!
- Westward Expansion Links -- this page is chock full of links. I looked around for well over an hour, and while many of the links don't work, those that do are pretty nifty! Someone has really gone to a lot of effort to compile that list!
- Westward Ho Lapbook (free) -- this is another great one by Dynamic Moms. Their artwork is always fantastic too. This one includes animals, fauna, timelines, Oregon Trail, Lewis & Clark, Pony Express, and more.
- Oregon Trail Lapbook (free) -- this is one I've had my eyes on for a while. It's free from Lapbook Lessons and quite through in regards to the Oregon Trail including booklets on forts, landmarks, Bible verses, songs, and more.
- Gold Rush FunSchool Plans -- this includes links, resources, craft ideas and book suggestions.
- Lewis & Clark Plans -- while we've all ready touched on Lewis & Clark I stumbled upon these fascinating plans which would do an amazingly through job on covering them. You could also get lapbook resources from Dynamic Moms if you wanted.
- Seeking Simplicity -- Joy's blogged about her adventure using Westward Ho in the past with her children. Looks like they had a lot of fun too.
- Going West -- full of crafts, projects and information. Another Kaleidoscope Kids Book.
- By The Great Horn Spoon -- fictional account of a boy and his butler when they decide to go gold mining in order to save the family home. This book is loaded with accurate historical information and is one of those "fortunately unfortunately" books that keeps you hooked until the end. The audio version is awesome! The movie is comical.
- The Everyday Life Of An American Pioneer -- we picked this one up used a while back, and it discusses what pioneers would have done in various places, times, and situations. It discusses storms, stampedes, the campfire, etc.
- Pioneer Days -- this book is written in story form about a Pioneer family (and eventually their new neighbors/friends) It tells you what they did and then gives you a few crafts based on that. Lots of fun crafts and a few yummy looking recipes too.
- Laura Ingalls Wilder Pioneer Girl -- this is more of a biography of Laura, but written in fun story form. It has chapters that share information from the books Laura wrote herself too. This also talks about how her books came into print, and includes a nice timeline in the back of her life.
- Riding The Pony Express -- this is another book we picked up used not that long ago.. The book is about a little boy who goes to find his father, only to discover his father has joined the pony express. This is broken down into really short chapters.
- Jimmy Spoon & The Pony Express -- I have to be honest and admit I've not read this one yet, but it came hugely recommended when I was seeking a chapter book on the pony express. It has short quick chapters in it, and is about a boy who signs up and then rides for the pony express.
- They're Off -- this is another Pony Express book, a time period the boys became hugely excited about when we did Mailing May. This one also came highly recommended and is a longer picture book with beautiful artwork in it.
- Pony Express -- Hands On History. Another one we picked up during a CurrClick sale. This one has printables, expansion ideas, information on actual riders, cards (based on actual riders), games, historical information and more.
- Suzannah Strikes Gold -- yet another one we found in a used shop recently. This book is written from a Christian perspective and is about a little girl and her family traveling to California and eventually their adventures while they are in California as well.
- The Ballad Of Lucy Whipple -- we found this in the library and then later the same day we found it used in a local store so we snagged it. This is another one we haven't read, but tucked away for when we did our gold study. It takes place in California 1849 and is about a young girl in California during the gold rush. This one also happens to be a movie, which we might look at obtaining after we read the book.
- Gold Rush -- Hands on History. We purchased this during a sale knowing we were going to be doing a gold unit. I love the hands on history books because they come with lots of fantastic ideas to really get into the study. This one has lots of information on Gold, Yukon & California gold rush, Chinese immigrants, crafts, recipes, and more!
- Lewis & Clark & Me -- a short chapter book about Lewis & Clark written from the perspective of Seaman, the dog. While we've all ready touched on this subject I think the boys will enjoy reading about them a bit more again.
- Little House On The Prairie -- we may or may not pull some of these out. They were how we were going to break into our pioneer studies originally, and we may still enjoy some fun with them.
- Great Pioneer Projects -- this book is very big and very awesome. We purchased our copy as an ebook during a CurrClick sale, but they no longer carry the book. This book covers the entire westward movement. It's loaded with maps, pictures of people from the past and little tidbits about them, crafts, recipes and more. It's 115 pages and they are divided up into 12 different chapters.
- The Cabin Faced West -- this is a book about a little girl who's family moved away from the "city" to the west. I'm pretty sure I've read this book enough times when I was younger to know it by heart. In fact, I use to enjoy pulling out the "blue dishes" mom had just in case a president stopped by our house someday.. While this book doesn't talk about the gold rush, it's a great account of pioneer life, in fact we're all ready in the middle of reading this book!
- On To Oregon -- (check homeschool library builder, they often have a copy on hand!) is a book based on real life accounts of the seven Sagar children traveling along the Oregon trail and the dangers and adventures they encounter along the way.
- Eureka Stockade -- this is a book based on the Australian Gold rush, which will give the boys a great view of what it was like here during the gold rush..
- To The Goldfields -- this one is based on life in the Victorian Goldfields in the 1850's.
- Billabong Gold -- recounts the story of an Australian family and their hardships during the Australian Gold rush.
- The Gold Rushes -- this is a non-fiction book looking at the gold rushes in Australia
- Journey To A Dream -- is about a young girl who's father packs up the family wagon and moves them to the country.