Life of Fred Honey, Extra Resources

Life of Fred Honey Extra Resources

Life of Fred Honey

We like to end each of our Life of Fred Honey lessons with games. I have found my son more engaged to learning math facts if it means beating me in a game. I try to buy a new math game for each book.

My son enjoys keeping his math notebooks. These blog posts I have written on Life of Fred Apples, Butterflies, Cats, Dogs, Edgewood, Farming,  and Goldfish have become our lesson plans for completing each book. The first two years of using Life of Fred we did so exclusively. This year we have added in another math curriculum for extra reinforcement of concepts. My son has also become more independent in working with Life of Fred now that he has math confidence.

My son asked me to create a Life of Fred Honey Notebook Page.

Life of Fred Honey

These are the extras I plan to use to help my son with concepts and to explore other topics in the Life of Fred Honey book.

Life of Fred Honey Chapter by Chapter:

Quizlet has flashcards on the vocabulary in Life of Fred Honey.

Quizlet has flashcards on the multiplication facts in Life of Fred Honey. 

Chapter 1:

Chapter 2:

  • On our next trip to the store or library I am going to have my son figure out how long it will take to get there. The algebraic equation is d = rt where d stands for distance (number of miles), r stands for the rate of speed (speed limit), and t stands for time (hours of travel).
  • Cardinal, Ordinal and Nominal numbers visuals to help remember the difference. Then copy or draw your own examples on the notebook page.

Chapter 3:

Chapter 4:

Chapter 5:

  • Review and play game of choice

Chapter 6:

Chapter 7:

Hard Math

Chapter 8:

  • 36 quarters to demonstrate the 4 times table

Chapter 9:

Chapter 10:

Chapter 11:

Chapter 12

  • Honey snacks
  • Create your own flashcards or practice the online version

Chapter 13

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Chapter 16

Chapter 17

Chapter 18

Chapter 19:

  • Rise over Run explanation
  • End of the Book Math Party
    • I like to spend the day reviewing math facts and discussing concepts learned in the book. I usually provide a fun snack and ask for feedback from my son.

Educents carries the Life of Fred Series for a discounted price.

The Mystery of History High School Years

A glimpse at how The Mystery of History high school years worked at my house and questions to ask yourself as you plan your high school history credits.

The Mystery of History High School Years

Homeschool High School

*Please note that different states have different requirements for establishing high school credits. Please check with your state requirements when planning. If your student is college bound then check requirements from colleges they are interested in attending.

The Mystery of History is a world history curriculum. Some states require 2 or 3 credits of world history, and 1 or 2 credits of American history. The big question becomes how do you take a 4 volume series add in the need for an American history credit and create a high school transcript. Combine that with the vastly different ways to document history credits and that leaves homeschool moms wondering the best way to construct their students’ transcripts.

I have another post on how I keep track of assignments for The Mystery of History High School.

Mystery of History High School

Linda Hobar has a scope and sequence PDF for possibilities of order of high school credits.

I firmly believe that high school transcripts should reflect the strengths and interests of the students. I don’t think there is a one size fits all to planning high school history credits. You will notice that I also do not believe that every student needs an AP level course load for every subject.

For this blog post I have 4 students, who might happen to reflect my 4 children. I will describe their interests and goals and how they completed or will complete their history credits. I should also note that each child by the time they entered highschool was on their second rotation with MOH.

The Mystery of History High School Years: Student A

  • Student A is a science guy. He likes history but his goal is to graduate college and become a meteorologist. Since his course load requires classes like pre-calculus and physics, his time is limited for other classes.
  • Yes some families do MOH vol 1 and vol 2 in one year spending a semester on each volume. This works since the lessons are shorter. The Mystery of History vol 4 was not published while he was in high school but could be completed in the Senior year. In our state the requirements are 2 World History and 1 American history credit. Since his senior year was heavy in science he did not take another history credit.

The Mystery of History High School Years: Student B

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Early Childhood Education for High School

Early Childhood Education

Since my daughter has taken Human Development from a Christian Worldview; I was excited to add Early Childhood Education to her last semester of highschool.

I am always on the lookout for highschool classes that allow my kids to explore career opportunities. I have even put my own together based on my kids interests.

Early Childhood Education: Extras

I created a notebook page for her to record her answers to the questions from each chapter.

Early Childhood Education

I am using these timeline pages to document the people mentioned in each chapter.

My daughter has the bonus of babysitting each week where she can observe and use the lesson plans she creates for this class. I often keep a lookout on social media for fun preschool crafts. We share a Pinterest board for ideas.

The e-book does include blank page for writing lesson plans but I wanted to include a few more examples. Lesson plans can be very personal and I know my daughter knows her best style. [Read more…]

North Star Geography Online

North Star Geography Online

Have you been curious about North Star Geography online?

I have taken a few phone calls at the office on the topic and thought I should better explain what exactly the online course is all about.

North Star Geography Online: What is included?

  • Digital Copy of the book.
  • Audio files for each lesson
  • Online test grading, a passing of 70% is required to continue.
  • Communication with the author, Tyler Hogan

It does not include:

  • Videos to watch
  • Since this is self-paced and self-directed it does not include deadlines for completion.

Once you have purchased North Star Geography Online:

You will need to Login to your account. I have found the easiest way is to return to the product description and click the Login tab.

North Star Geography Online 3

The Welcome Page gives details on downloading, things you will need all year, and general ideas of how the program works. In the welcome lesson you can download and/or read files you will need all year. My son has a 3 ring binder that stores all of his completed pages. You can read my other blog posts linked at the bottom on how we have completed North Star Geography.

North Star Geography Online 1

Each lesson will have all the necessary links needed for that lesson. You can download the lesson, note taking page, map work, and activity directions.  If your teen is computer savvy they can probably put the lesson on a Kindle or iPad.

North Star Geography Online 4

Flexibility of North Star Geography Online:

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Bright Ideas Press, Black Friday Sale

 

I wanted to take a moment and highlight some items in the upcoming Black Friday Sale at Bright Ideas Press.

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Three Things To Consider for the Black Friday Sale:

Number 1:I think the biggest deal is on Illuminations. Actually it is the only time the program goes on sale.

With the 20% off you can purchase Illuminations for $125.00 $100.00.

If you are not sure if Illuminations is right for you, I have gathered some blog posts on the topic.

There is an Illuminations group on Facebook for extra support and encouragement.

Find a sample on the Bright Ideas Press website!

Number 2: The Mystery of History Volume IV Folderbooks are complete!

Finally, The Mystery of History Volume IV folderbooks are complete! I have been spending every working moment on completing volume 4 folderbooks.

Mystery of History vol 4 Folderbook

Now that the folderbooks are complete, the Super Supplemental for The Mystery of History volume IV is complete. I might just be a tad sad that the series is done.

Number 3: Literature Study Guides are now available

The Bright Ideas Press office has been busy creating the literature guides for sale.

Prices will range from $5 to $10…but 20% off during the Black Friday Sale!

Titles include:

More guides will be added in the next few weeks!

If you have any questions on the sale or products, please leave a comment or find me on Facebook!

Geography Themed Christmas

Geography Themed Christmas…because when a homeschool mom focuses on one subject she finds a million ways to incorporate it into daily life.

Geography Themed Christmas

We have experienced a good start to our North Star Geography lessons. For Christmas we are going to take a break from normal lessons and study different countries from around the world.

Geography Themed Christmas Lesson Plans:

Our main focus will be on the countries covered in the Advent Calendar – Christmas Around the World. I will gather some books from the library and use the internet for facts about each country. We will end our time watching a few videos on Youtube. Once a week will spend a morning doing some fun activities that I am sure will center around food.

Youtube videos:

  1. South Africa: Switch on the Lights, Operation Christmas Child S. Africa
  2. Canada: Christmas Lights Across Canada, Christmas in Quebec City
  3. Argentina: Christmas in Argentina, La Navidad in Argentina
  4. Australia: Christmas in Australia, PBS Australia Christmas
  5. Philippines: Christmas in Philippines, Samaritan’s Purse Comes to Philippines
  6. Poland: Christmas in Poland, Veggi Tales Christmas Party, Christmas in 1939
  7. India: Operation Christmas Child India, Christmas 2013 in India
  8. Mexico: Finding Meaning with a Shoebox, Christmas in Mexico
  9. Costa Rica: Costa Rica Traditions, Making the Tamale
  10. Denmark: Danish Traditions, Christmas in Copenhagen
  11. Bolivia: Christmas in Bolivia, Operation Christmas in Bolivia,
  12. Japan: 5 Facts about Christmas in Japan, Customs and Traditions
  13. Brazil: Christmas in Brazil, Lights up Largest Floating Tree
  14. Ethiopia: Celebrating Christmas in Ethiopia, The Christmas Market
  15. Russia: How Christmas is Celebrated, Russian Orthodox Christmas
  16. Netherlands: Holland Christmas, BBC Christmas in Holland 
  17. Italy: La Befana in Rome, Christmas in Italy 7 Tips
  18. United States: 12 Days of Christmas, Tree Lighting at U.S. Capitol
  19. Scotland: Christmas in Scotland, Christmas Day Ukulele
  20. Germany: Christmas in Germany Words to Learn, Rothenburg, Germany Trees
  21. China: Chinese Culture, Operation Christmas Child in China
  22. Norway: Christmas in Norway (Lego Trooper), Norwegian Christmas Song
  23. Liberia: Operation Christmas Child in Liberia, Christmas in Liberia
  24. Outer Space: Christmas Music from Outer Space, Space Station Crew

The 10 Most Famous Christmas Trees [Read more…]

Mystery of History volume 1, Activity 1B

When we begin something new, especially something with significant depth, we can anticipate an initial learning curve. New curriculum definitely falls under this category.

When the first activity of the new curriculum finds you overwhelmed…well it is important to find reinforcements.

Mystery of History volume 1 Activity 1B Defining Terms

I have had a few moms over a 6 month time period ask for help in completing the first activity and honestly after attempting a search on the Answer in Genesis website…I get the struggle. The AIG website is loaded with so much information it takes time to find what you are looking for.

If you are teaching the middle grades you might be looking for just the definitions. If you are teaching high school you are looking for more depth to the answers.

I would suggest starting with online sites for definitions. If your student is older or looking for more depth than read one of the articles in the list.

Instead of defining all the terms a student could do an article summary on a few of the terms.

While I do not approve of Wikipedia being a source for documenting in a paper it can be a good place to start your research.

Defining Terms Online:

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Unexpected Side of Homeschooling

Unexpected Side of Homeschooling…have you ever experienced it?

*Warning…Reading this could cause you to second-guess unit studies…Continue at your own risk.

One of the great benefits of homeschooling is the mixing of everyday life with school lessons.

Unexpected Side of Homeschooling

When you are on vacation and your mom mentions in a casual conversation that the near-by lake at one time was the largest man made lake. The homeschool mom in you jumps at the chance to tie in your current geography lesson. In 20 minutes you and the kids begin exploring the lake and discussing your World Fact File with North Star Geography.

Oh the amazing way working allows your son to form a relationship with the Postmaster at the local post office.  My son often accompanies me when I need to mail packages for work. When Batman stamps came out she made special arrangements to get him a sheet. Of course he had to write a thank you letter for his first writing assignment for the new school year.

But there can be an unexpected side of homeschooling; an eerie side to the unit studies.

Circumstances that make you nervous about what subject to teach next. Might even cause your husband to ask that you strongly consider how the next study will affect life at your house.

When you study electricity and your washing machine has an electrical short and catches on fire. Then you try to move the washer outside and water from the drum dumps on the floor. Now you can discuss how water conducts electricity.  Once the machine is outside you have a great opportunity to show a burned circuit board and a chance to take apart the washing machine. [Read more…]

Shakespeare Activity, “You’re the Director”

 

Shakespeare Activity, “You’re the Director”

You're the Director in a Shakespeare's Play

Three things I have learned from my daughter studying Shakespeare in high school:

  1. Shakespeare is designed to be watched and not just read.
  2. Shakespeare had a sense of humor. I only had known of his tragedies before.
  3. Directing a scene from a Shakespeare’s play allowed for deeper thoughts than answering a list of questions.

Growing up I did not have a love for Shakespeare. Nor did I ever watch one of his plays performed. Having seen 3 of Shakespeare’s plays this year…I now love and appreciate his work.

My favorite books to read are from the No Fear Series. Macbeth (No Fear Shakespeare) [Read more…]

Accepting Limits, Balancing Home and Work

 

The day I realized I really didn’t have it all together...was the day I knew I needed to start accepting limits…really my body and mind was going to force me to accept them. I signed up to work full-time for the month of August while getting things together to start our homeschooling.

Accepting Limits, How I recovered from a meltdown.

Actually the day started more with a huge meltdown…I could no longer make decisions, even simple decisions. I had Decision Fatigue…and I am sure I had it before but stubbornness kept me from noticing. Physically my exhaustion had taken a toll on my body and mind. Then I started feeling sorry for myself because I could not go hang out at the pool every afternoon with my friends. Hello huge cloud of depression hanging over me.

In my mind I was never going to let working affect how I homeschooled. I never wanted to become the carpenter whose house has undone projects, or the hairdresser whose family needs haircuts for weeks. I was confident I could work full time and homeschool full time when the time came to make the transition. I have been juggling part-time work for a few years. Instead of accepting limits I would clock 13 hours before and after a day off to take my kids on a field trip. 

The back story, the one I do not share often, my husband was diagnosed a few years ago with COPD. I have watched it affect his quality of life. When you limit oxygen to the body it affects your energy level and brain clarity. We have to limit activities because if his body gets tired he becomes more prone to getting sick, which then makes breathing even harder.  When he can not breathe then he gets more confused. 

In less than two years I will transition to full-time work since my husband will retire early due to health reasons. Yes I will still have 2 boys at home who need to finish their homeschooling and 2 young adults in college.

Now you know the highlights of how I found myself crying in my bed one morning declaring…I WAS DONE. Honestly at the moment I did not know what I was done with…just that I wanted to be removed from all situations. [Read more…]