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DIY Christmas Ornaments with The Mystery of History

DIY Christmas Ornaments

Here are simple DIY Christmas Ornaments that would go great with The Mystery of History, Volume I.

Since volume 1 covers creation to Christ it includes lessons on the kings and prophets of the Old Testament. Just like the Israelites in Joshua 4 built a monument to remember how The Lord helped them cross the Jordan River, these ornaments can help students remember Old Testament lessons.

To keep this simple, focus on the lessons you have read. If you need to keep it simpler I suggest taking a bag of whistles or trumpets and writing the name of each prophet you have read about.

If you want to really get involved then create one for each prophet or lesson and keep a small tree up all school year.

DIY Christmas Ornaments Supplies:

Various items for inside DIY Christmas Ornaments:

Brainstorming Time:

  • Ask your kids which Prophets they remember from their history lessons.
  • Make a list of the ones they remember
  • Refer to the book for help
  • If your list is quite long, select your favorite 5-7 to place in your bag.

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100 Things To Do Before High School Graduation

100 things to do before graduation

Yes, it has been years since my own high school graduation. But this list represents things I had my son learn before his graduation and things I want my daughter to know before her own graduation. This is by no means an exhaustive list but hopefully it gives you some great ideas and spurs conversations about important things to do before high school graduation.

This is written from the slant of a home educator so some things reflect the graduate has been homeschooled.

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100 Things to Do With a Dollar

100 things to do with a dollar

100 Things to Do With a Dollar! If you give a homeschool mom a dollar these are some of the things she will teach her kids.

For some of these your dollar might need to be broken into different coins. I have constructed the list into different topics. Grab a dollar or dollars worth of change and enjoy your time of learning and fun. [Read more…]

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Black Friday Sales with Bright Ideas Press

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Have you been thinking about using Illuminations with The Mystery of History?

Normally Illuminations cost $125 but with the 20% you can purchase it for $100.

Personally I love the scheduling software and literature study guides. Here is video I created on how the software works. [Read more…]

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Life of Fred Edgewood, Extra Activities

Life of Fred Edgewood

Here are my ideas and creations for Life of Fred: Edgewood. My son loves the Life of Fred math series but requires extra time with the material for mastery of concepts. Sometimes I just add extra mathwork sheets and other times I create extra projects.

To change things up I am using a different notebook page from the one I created for the first book, I like this Life of Fred Edgewood printable . My son was curious to why the border contained houses, I mentioned it had something to do with Edgewood. At this moment he is guessing all the things Edgewood could be.

Chapter 1: Life of Fred Edgewood

  • Since Fred introduces quadrilaterals I thought this was a perfect time to build shapes with pretzels and mini marshmallows. Then my son interest was peaked by the mention of Fred’s age in days.
  • I created  “How Old Are You” printable to calculate age by years, days, hours, and minutes. It was a great chance to review how many days in a year and how many minutes in an hour. Then we compared how many more days older my son was to Fred.
  • Since Fred mentions going through the alphabet to say good morning to different animals and plants, I thought it was a perfect time to create an ABC Book of Math Ideas. Each lesson my son will work on his book.

How old are you ABC book of math ideas ABC book of math

How old are you?    ABC Book of Math Ideas

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Psychology Movie for High School Class

Psychology Movie

My favorite part about teaching high school is opening up discussions of controversial subjects and asking hard questions. My daughter is working on a ½ credit elective by completing an Introduction to Psychology from a Christian Perspective. I found the Elephant Man to be a great psychology movie for high school class.

Even if you are not teaching psychology, the movie Elephant Man can open the door to discussions about how society treats those with special needs, why are people frightened by what they do not understand and if it is okay to choose when to die.

I remembered hearing the movie’s name but did not recall if I had ever watched it. I did a quick read on Wikipedia, not a place to cite from but a great place to get an overview.

History:

  • Since Elephant Man is based on a true story, either before or after the movie take some time to read more about Joseph Merrick. Take a moment to understand the rare disease that caused his deformity.
  • If you have a child interested in movie production, I suggest taking a look at why the producer chose to film the movie in black and white in 1980.
    • Then research which Academy Award came into existence because of the movie Elephant Man.
  • There is a brief scene where the doctor is performing a surgery on a man injured by a machine. In the scene you can quickly notice the difference in operating room protocols.
    • Complete a venn diagram comparing medical procedures of surgeries performed in the Victorian age and surgeries done today. If you can handle graphic blood scenes, BBC has a YouTube on the History of Surgeries.

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Illuminations, Schedules and Overwhelmed

I know many hours of research went into deciding to use Illuminations. Really that custom schedule grid that contains every subject and is printed weekly just makes my planning momma’s heart happy. I am on top of the homeschool mountain ready to conquer this school year.

Then something twisted happens around week 4 at my house. I become slave to the schedule. I have kids who are overwhelmed, I have kids who are behind in a subject and I become one stressed momma.

Then I have to remind myself of my goal for homeschooling…Teaching My Children The Way They Learn.

Schedule 2

My youngest son, a 5th grader, has become completely overwhelmed with the weekly schedule grid. He takes one look at all the assignments on Monday morning and cannot grasp how he will get it all done. Then he has a melt down. [Read more…]

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Teaching Money with Life of Fred

Teaching Money with Life of Fred first four books. Includes printables and activities.

Over the course of our last school year we completed Apples, Butterflies, Cats, and Dogs. My son became very concerned with the money troubles Fred was experiencing. I saw the perfect opportunity for teaching money.

The first thing he wanted was a total amount of money Fred had lost over the 4 books. I created a printable to help keep track of the money he was swindled out of in each book. I included a blank title printable for other comparing and contrasting themes in the first four books.

Life of Fred Money

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Supplemental High School Classes Online

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Supplemental High School Classes Online

Standard Deviants Accelerateprovides supplemental high school classes online. While they have served the education community for over 20 years they have now expanded to online classes. If this is your first time hearing about Standard Deviants Accelerate, I recommend watching their videos on How it Works for Homeschool. 

My kids have been borrowing Standard Deviant videos like The Standard Deviants – English Grammar 2-Pack
from our local library for years. So I was excited to learn more about their supplemental high school classes online.

My daughter plans to attend our local community college to become a pastry chef. I wanted to design a class that would address her interests and provide knowledge needed for future college classes. Since SDA is designed to be a supplemental online class I have paired it with other curriculums.

She has begun the class on Nutrition provided by SDA. My goal is for her to review the aspects of digestion and then get an introduction into the food industry. She has completed the first two chapters in the month of August as an ease back into the school routine. In September she will begin Food: A Cultural Culinary History series by Great Courses. We have planned a weekly cooking class where she will prepare a meal from each lesson of the course. I have extra reading books and projects for her to complete for a high school credit in Food and Nutrition. [Read more…]

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How I am Teaching Mystery of History Volume 4

 

Mystery of History volume 4

School has started for most homeschool families and those who love Mystery of History are waiting with eager anticipation for The Mystery of History volume 4.

Since it is my fault that notebooking pages have not been completed, I decided to brainstorm ideas on how to start school without all my favorite supplemental products for Mystery of History volume 4. Please pray for me while I work to complete them.

After a quick look in the school cabinet and behind my piano, I am sure everyone stores their poster board behind their pianos.
I made a list of what supplies I do have. [Read more…]