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…]

Gluten Free Dairy Free Cake

 

Many of you have shown an interest in my gluten free dairy free muffins. My kids make these about every other week for breakfast. I had a reader ask about making a cake version.

Gluten Free Dairy Free Cake

For the sake of the readers, I went back into the kitchen to bake myself a cake. Although it was hard to convince my family that the cake was for the sake of research!

Gluten Free Dairy Free Cake

Just two ingredients:

  1. Betty Crocker Gluten Free Devil’s Food Cake Mix
  2. Libby’s 100% Pure Pumpkin 15 oz

I used an 8 inch round cake pan. I did grease the pan. You do need to spread the cake mix evenly on top…how it looks now will be how it bakes. The mix does not settle or rise. It make me happy that the cake holds it form and does not crumble. Overbaking can make it a bit dry.

Optional add ins: nuts, chocolate chips, raisins. I did add a bag of pecans to this cake. [Read more…]

Giveaway! Thank you

If you are like me you have already started thinking about the busy fall schedule. Since most of us have just survived back to school we might be dragging a little on planning ahead.
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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…]

World Fact File, North Star Geography

 

We are going to take a little journey around the world. Our goal is to complete a World Fact File from our North Star Geography lesson. At first I thought my boys and I could easily create our own Guinness Book of World Records about Geography facts. Then we began researching.

World Fact File

World Fact File Question: Number of Countries in the World

Until teaching this class I never realized how difficult it is to answer how many countries are in the world. I thought there might be a reason to teach a logic class alongside completing the World Fact File after we began researching the answers.

Some people use the number of members in the United Nations. But after watching these videos you might chose a different answer.

Population of the World reminded us of how large is a billion.

World Population uses dots to show how the population has increased over the years.

World Population by the Billions  uses blocks to show the year in between reaching each billion.

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North Star Geography Video Selections

I have compiled this North Star Geography video list for my boys to refer to each week. During the 2015-2016 school year I will be adding and tweaking this list especially since their schedule grid reads go to mommy’s blog and watch your geography videos.

Geography Board

Geography Bulletin Board

Since visual learning was taking over my planning thoughts, I created a bulletin board style display.

About 2 years ago I hung a Galvanized Drip Pan on my wall above our drop leaf school table. I printed some maps from WonderMaps and two of the landform pages from North Star Geography. I included the definition of geography to help my boys to understand why they are learning about it this year. To help them visualize longitude and latitude I included an extra reminder.

Now when they sit down to school lessons they have great information to read while avoiding their math lessons.

Oh, did you know? North Star Geography comes in an audio format. My boys can review by listening to Tyler Hogan read to them.

North Star Geography Video List

North Star Geography Video Selections:

Please preview first to make sure nothing questionable happened since I wrote this post and that content is suitable for your children. This is by no means an exhaustive list but an enrichment list to layer on the knowledge from each North Star Geography lesson.

Lesson 1: What is Geography

Lesson 2: Maps

Lesson 3: Navigation

Lesson 4: Structure of Earth

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Blessings of Including a New Homeschooling Family

 

Yes I am beginning my 16th year of homeschooling. Honestly we have a school routine, we know what activities the kids want, and what school books work at our house. How quickly I check the box on what needs to be done and move forward with the old established routine.

The downside to that established routine…doesn’t leave room for anything new…including interacting with a new homeschooling family.

Including a New Homeschooling Family

Okay I am going to publicly declare that I am veteran homeschooling momma even though I am pretty sure my oldest was just in Kindergarten not that long ago. Oh the denial of becoming the older woman. 

Since this school year I am reaping the benefits of having a brand new homeschooling family in my life…I wanted to share them with you. [Read more…]

North Star Geography and Literature Selections

North Star Geography and Literature Books

There are two different ways to select and schedule the literature books for North Star Geography. The first way is to select books based on the subject matter of the lesson. The second way is to select books with settings that matched the geographical area of the mapwork. Between the two I was able to have at least 2 book selections for each lesson.

Please note that my boys have learning issues but are avid readers. These book selections are geared toward their visual learning styles, their love for survival skills, and their sense of adventure. Sometimes I have included a younger level reading book so I can use it has a jumping off point to show poetry or other literary devices.

Since my boys have been through all the levels of Illuminations, I needed to focus on books that were not already scheduled in the program. Who knows…maybe one day there will be Illuminations 7 for North Star Geography.

Yes, this is a huge list of Amazon links. I wanted to be able to share the visual for each book. You might be able to find them used other places. [Read more…]

Fun Homeschooling? Are you planning for it?

Fun Homeschooling

I can hear the printers around the world chugging out new printables for the coming homeschool year.

I have fielded many phone calls from homeschooling mommas overwhelmed with getting decisions made and subjects planned. Can you relate?

How many questions have you asked or answered about which curriculum do you use or which extra activities are you going to complete?

I want to know who is talking about plans for fun homeschooling. If you are talking about it…what have you found?

Being intentional about fun homeschooling:

Every year there are a few subjects that bring my children dragging their feet to lessons. Ok not a few subjects…every year it is writing and math. My kids just would do anything to avoid them. [Read more…]

Life of Fred Goldfish, Extra Ideas

LIfe of Fred Goldfish Lesson Plans

I can not believe it has been two years of using Life of Fred math for my youngest son. It seems like yesterday I was shocked about a math book reading like a story would be any help.

This school year we will start with Life of Fred Goldfish.

The two biggest things that have helped my son are playing math games and the math story line. I do think 4 plus 5 equals 9 will always be associated with vending machines.

I am very tempted to find an empty fish tank to use with Life of Fred Goldfish. I am sure we could attach pipe cleaners to the perimeter and colored paper for the area. I am sure we could weigh different amounts of water. If I was a super mom I would let him set up the tank for a goldfish.

Life of Fred Goldfish: Extra Resources

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