Friday, May 22, 2009
I do not see any biology or earth science. I assume that those topics, which do not require much math, will be presented in middle school. I also think that some beginning chemistry (talking historically) can be presented before high school as well.
And lucky people who live in Illinois might want to find out about the summer science camp.
Thursday, May 21, 2009
We discovered that the two girls were both very active outside of school with dance, and other activities. After getting reacquainted a little more, I asked the daughter what her favorite books were. I'm always on the look out for other books for Hanover, whose appetite for reading is voracious. This other girl said that she doesn't get a chance to read very much. The last thing she read outside of assigned work was the fourth Harry Potter book, and she only got half-way through.
When we got back to the car, I asked my daughter what she thought about the girl not reading books. Hanover said, "I hope I always get to homeschool. I couldn't imagine not having enough time to read." Yippee. Hanover's first positive acknowledgement of homeschooling.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Homeschool and Education:
3 Ring Binder
Alasandra's Homeschool Blog Awards
At Home Science
History at Our House
Kitchen Table Math
The Thinking Mother
A is A Academy
Sewing and Craft:
Diary of a Sewing Fanatic
Erica B.'s D.I.Y. Style
Gorgeous Things' Blog
Miss Celie's Pants
Sew, Mama, Sew
The Crafty Crow
The Sewing Divas
Science and Tech:
And More (including parenting and common philosophy):
Mike's Eyes (Spotted By)
Spark a Synapse
The Little Things
The New Clarion
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
It's a daily phone call (long distance--I use Vonage, others use Skype) where the kids teleconference with other class members and the teacher four days a week for a 1/2 hour lecture. Three of the those days are history presentations. The fourth day is an art appreciation lecture where the subject is historically related to the topic discussed during class. It also includes a weekly geography map to label, also generally related to the area studied during the year.
There are three tiers of attendance: full attendance (call in for every teleconference), once-a-week attendance (call in once during the week, preferably on a given day and listening to MP3s for the rest of the week's lectures), and listening to MP3s without actually calling in at all (no need for any long distance phone call). Each MP3 is about 24 MB. The highest price is for full attendance (which I love, though I find it expensive for my budget--but not expensive for what is offered). The lowest price is for MP3s only.
There are varied levels to match your students' age and aptitude. History at Our House offers a Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, and High School levels. With the exception of High School, the cost is a single payment for each level. So two students in Upper Elementary pay just once.
Friday, May 15, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
I have not posted much about girls' club. This project, though, was so cute, I wanted to share it. Our most recent American Girl that we are discussing is Kirsten. Kirsten is a Swedish immigrant in 1854 who heads to the American frontier. So we get to discuss Swedish immigrant culture and pioneering. In today's club we talked about "friendship tokens." According to the American Girl books, it was common for girls to give each other small hand-made gifts.
Since we recently had a girl leave the club, we used this meeting to make our own friendship token to give to her. I cut 5"squares from quilting fabric and then marked 1/2" seam from each edge. That will give me a 4" square when everything is sewn together. For a 16" pillow, I needed 16 squares (a 4 square by 4 square grid). I also cut a plain white back 17 inches square (16" after subtracting a 1/2" seam allowance from each edge).
This meeting was particularly fun because we had a picnic. We set up a sheet outside and each of the girls brought a basket which we filled with grapes, some cheese slices, and bread. Without insulated lunch bags, that is how pioneer girls would carry their food. Apple juice for a drink and we also had bread pudding with chocolate chips brought by one of the moms. Yum!
The girls each decorated a square. The idea was to have each of the girls then sew the squares together to make the top. Instead, after working diligently for 40 minutes, it was obvious that they were ready for some downtime. So I took the decorated squares and sewed them together and then finished the pillow. The kids got to blow off steam, fool around, and have friend time.
Even though girls' club officially ends at a certain time, we often have company for a couple of hours afterward. It's a great time for the kids and me. The kids get to play together and I get to chat with other moms. I cannot say enough about what a nice group of moms and girls we have. It is a great relief that there are no odd personality conflicts and we all seem to mesh well. Which is interesting since they are all Christian and even follow Christian curriculums, and I'm atheist. That they are still in girls' club at all after learning that is a good sign.
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Here's the answer given in the book:
Tim Brown could not have made a "beautifully clear shot" of the Big Dipper with his lens open an hour. The camera would have moved, due to the rotation of the Earth, causing the stars on the photograph to appear as lines!
Sunday, May 10, 2009
Saturday, May 09, 2009
Friday, May 08, 2009
These are set up as old-school murder mysteries with a Sherlock twist. A murder case is discussed in about a page and there is a little clue given to help the reader determine whether the suspect is guilty or innocent. The reader can think about it as long as the wish. The solution is printed upside-down at the bottom of the page.
It is certainly an exercise for a younger kid to understand what the photo shows. I'll post the answer tomorrow in case you have not had the advantage of attending my husband's astronomy class to figure this out.
The Case of the Big Dipper
"Curtis Brown was shot to death between ten and eleven o'clock last night," Inspector Winters told Dr. Haledjian.
"The body was found at midnight in the kitchen of his home by his mother. She telephoned headquarters at once.
"Brown was a wealthy bachelor. His estate will be divided evenly between his mother and Tim Brown, a nephew. That automatically make Tim suspect number one."
"Has he an alibi?" inquired Haledjian.
"He claims he never left the roof of his house from nine last night till [sic] four this morning," replied the inspector. "Tim's recently become a camera fiend. He says he spent the night photographing the stars."
The inspector handed Haledjian a folder thick with large photographs of the heavens.
"Tim says he was taking these pictures at the time of the murder," the inspector went on. "His house is a two-hour drive from his uncle's."
The inspector tapped a photograph marked "one-hour exposure."
"He insists he took this picture between nine-thirty and ten-thirty last night."
Haledjian studied the photograph--a beautifully clear shot of the Big Dipper.
The inspector said, "If Tim really clicked his lens on at nine-thirty and off at ten-thirty, he couldn't have traveled two hours and killed his uncle between ten and eleven."
"I'm not an astrologist," replied Haledjian. "But from reading the stars in this photograph, I predict a cloudy future for Mr. Tim Brown!"
Thursday, May 07, 2009
Monday, May 04, 2009
So I'm trying to help my kids understand the joy of solving a problem for fun and I hope they bring that joy to solving other problems they come across in their schoolwork.