Sunday, January 26, 2014

What We are Using The Week of January 27

Below are the free resources we'll be using this week.  All items were free as of the time and date of the original post.

Worldview
Course 2 from this reading plan from ChristianBook.com which is part of the Three-Track Plan for Reading the Bible
Memory Verses, Bible Heroes, and Truths printable and Family Character Assessment from We Choose Virtues

Hymns
Hymns Every Child Should Know by Dolores Bacon
This week's hymn:  A Few More Years Shall Roll from Hymnary.org.  Midi music is available there.  We will listen and sing along with A Few More Years Shall Roll performed by The Table Singers.

Poetry
Monday and Thursday mornings.
Two poems from Poems That Every Child Should Know:  A Selection of the Best Poems of All Times for Young People by Mary E. Burt.
One poem each from Poems by Grades Primary out of the third year section and Poems by Grades Grammar out of the sixth year section.
Two "Memory Gems" (short selections) from the Poems by Grades books added to memory work.  

Artist/Picture Study
Tuesday morning.  Artist:  Andrea del Sarto
Chapter 1 of Pictures Every Child Should Know by Dolores Bacon.
"Madonna del Sacco" by Andrea del Sarto from WikiPaintings.org.

Composer Study
Wednesday morning.  Composer:  Bach
Johann Sebastian Bach:  Brandenburg Concerto #2 from Classics for Kids.
Brandenburg Concerto #2 performed by Freiburg Baroque Orchestra

Literature
Read Aloud:  The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald.
The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving.

Drama
Finishing "A Midsummer Night's Dream" from Shakespeare for Children by Charles Lamb
Beginning "The Winter's Tale" from The Children's Shakespeare by Edith Nesbit

Reading

Math
Practicing multiplication facts using this description of the TeaCHild Math Method and Sequence for parents.

English
Returning to his purchased curriculum, my oldest son will begin applying the tools he acquired by following the model in this video for parents about paragraph writing from CreateBetterWriters.com.

Spelling/Copywork/Dictation

Spanish

Latin
Memrise.com for my own vocabulary practice.

Health
Topic:  Puberty
KidsHealth.org

World History Curriculum

World History for Us All (Middle and High School)

Sunday, January 19, 2014

What We Are Using the Week of January 20th

Below are the free resources we'll be using this week.  All items were free as of the time and date of the original post.

Worldview
We will continue to use Course 2 from this reading plan from ChristianBook.com which is part of the Three-Track Plan for Reading the Bible along with this Memory Verses, Bible Heroes, and Truths printable and Family Character Assessment from We Choose Virtues.

Hymns
Continuing with Hymns Every Child Should Know by Dolores Bacon, we'll learn According to Thy Gracious Word from Hymnary.org.  There you can download the pdf file of the sheet music or, if you download the free Scorch Sibelius Reader, you can choose the Sibelius version and listen to the music on your PC.  We will listen and sing along with According to Thy Gracious Word performed by Newcastle Cathedral Choir.

Poetry
We read poetry on Monday and Thursday mornings, in addition to any poetry that is included in the children's regular language or reading lessons.  This week we will read two poems from Poems That Every Child Should Know:  A Selection of the Best Poems of All Times for Young People by Mary E. Burt and one poem each from Poems by Grades Primary out of the third year section and Poems by Grades Grammar out of the sixth year section.  I'll also be adding two "Memory Gems" (short selections) from the Poems by Grades books our daily memory work.  

Artist/Picture Study
We have artist/picture study each Tuesday morning.  This week we'll be using Chapter 2 of Pictures Every Child Should Know by Dolores Bacon in our study of Michelangelo.  We'll also be studying Michelangelo's "Daniel" (image from Wikimedia.org).  A virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel will give even more depth to the study.

Composer Study
On Wednesday mornings, we set aside time to learn about a composer and carefully listen to one of his compositions.  This week we'll continue with our study of Vivaldi by listening to Winter from "The Four Seasons."  Last week we listened to this short biography of Antonio Vivaldi from Classics for Kids, followed by this description of the poetry contained within "The Four Seasons."  So, drawing on what we learned, we will read the Winter sonnet from BaroqueMusic.org and listen for what we can hear in this piece.

History
My oldest will be reading from This Country of Ours by H. E. Marshall as we continue our study of explorers.

Literature
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald is our current read-aloud.  The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving is my oldest son's current literature reading.

Reading
Why literature and reading?  I consider reading--especially close reading--to be a skill that must be taught and practiced.  Literature, on the other hand, is a pleasure to be enjoyed and a model to emulate.  While we do practice reading skills during read-alouds and literature, Wheeler's Graded Readers:  A Third Reader and Wheeler's Graded Readers:  A Sixth Reader by William Iler Crane and William Henry Wheeler are excellent tools for teaching those skills, especially for the parent who doesn't have the time to read and analyze every book that the family enjoys.

Math
We'll continue using this description of the TeaCHild Math Method and Sequence for parents in order to practice the multiplication facts.  This page was also helpful.

English
Following the model in this video for parents about paragraph writing from CreateBetterWriters.com, my oldest will continue practicing his paragraph writing.

Spelling/Copywork/Dictation
I get our copywork and dictation sentences from Wheeler's Graded Studies in Great Authors: A Complete Speller by William Henry Wheeler.  For my youngest son who is struggling with cursive, I put his copywork sentences on worksheets using WorksheetWorks.com.

Spanish
My oldest uses Duolingo.com for Spanish and he loves it!

Latin
Though my kids use a purchased Latin curriculum, I use Memrise.com to quickly learn and review Latin vocabulary.

Art
As I was pulling together more vintage eBooks for my other blog, Your Free Homeschool Library, I found these wonderful art books:  Text Books for Art Instruction Books I-III and Book VI.  They look pretty straightforward and easy to use so I'm going to try them this week and I'll let you know how it goes.

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Announcing a New Blog! - Your Free Homeschool Library

Out of my personal love for vintage books and my heartfelt desire to make finding the best free resources for homeschooling as easy and pain-free for my readers as possible, I have created a new blog just for vintage ebooks.

Your Free Homeschool Library is divided by grade level and subject.  Textbooks, readers, outlines of education methods and programs, and more will be included.  I will continue to grow this project over time, so bookmark it and check back frequently!

I hope that Your Free Homeschool and Your Free Homeschool Library will continue to be a blessing to you!

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Math Resources

The Math Forum Internet Mathematics Library (K-12)
The Math Forum Teacher's Place (K-12)
Math Live (TV like lessons for grades 3-6) ***Added 1/16/14***
MathStory.com (Math Poems and Songs for All Grades) ***Added 1/15/14***

Science Curriculum Options

Integrated and/or General Science Curriculum
RESCu Science (K-5)
I. Science MaTe (K-8)
FOSSWeb (K-8 online modules, choose grade level, multimedia portion requires free parent registration)
     FOSS Science Duplication Masters and Lab Notebooks (K-8)
     FOSS Science (scope and sequence, K-8)
     FOSS Science Materials (visit as guest to view related materials, K-8)
Utah Education Network Sci-Ber Text (3-9)
Otter's Science (PreK-High School)
CK12 (Middle-High School)
Earth Science and Astronomy Curriculum (1st-5th)
Elementary General Science with Experiments **Added 1/15/14**

Integrated and/or General Science Lessons
Elementary Science Program Activity of the Month Archive (K-6)
Elementary Science Program Measuring Tasks (K-6)
Elementary Science Program Unit Resources (K-6)
SERC's Resources for K-12 Science Teachers (K-12)
The National Institute of Health's Office of Science Education Educational Resources (K-12)
American Association for the Advancement of Science ScienceNetLinks Lessons (K-12)
National Science Digital Library (K-12)
Utah Education Network Science (K-12)

Life Science Curriculum
Elementary Life Science (Elementary)

Life Science Lessons
Our Wild Neighbors in Alaska (Elementary)

Biology Curriculum
Rader's Biology4Kids (Basic Biology, Middle Grades)

Biology Lesson Plans
ProntoLessons Biology (ages 6-8)

Anatomy Lessons
ProntoLessons Anatomy (ages 6-8)

Anatomy Resources
Brain Tour
Virtual Eye Dissection
Neuroscience for Kids
Inner Body

Earth Science Curriculum
Middle School Source Reduction Curriculum (earth science, Middle Grades)
Rader's Geography4Kids (Basic Earth Science, Middle Grades)

Earth Science Lessons
Geological Society of America Lessons (K-12)
EarthComm Florida (scope and sequence and resources, High School)
American GeoSciences Institute Materials (Elementary-College)

Ocean Science Lessons
Teach Ocean Science (High School)

Environmental Science Lessons
NY State Department of Environmental Conservation Lesson Plans (K-12)

Chemistry Curriculum
Inquiry in Action (Basic Chemistry, K-8)
Middle School Chemistry (Chemistry, Middle Grades)
Rader's Chem4Kids (Basic Chemistry, Middle Grades)
Open Chemistry (High School - Adult)

Chemistry Lessons
Free Chemistry Labs, Worksheets, Texts  (High School)

Physics Curriculum
Rader's Physics4Kids (Basic Physics, Middle Grades)
College Physics (High School-Adult)

Physics Lessons
ProntoLessons Physics (ages 6-8)

Engineering Lessons
TryEngineering (ages 8-18)
TeachEngineering (K-12)
The Center for Innovation in Engineering and Science Education (K-12)

Space Science Curriculum
Rader's Cosmos4Kids (Basic Astronomy, Middle Grades)

Space Science Lessons
The Center for Science Education at the UC Berkeley Space Sciences Laboratory Learning Resources (K-12)

Literature Based Science
Using Children's Literature to Teach Science

Science Trade Books
Outstanding Science Trade Books for Students K-12
Science Trade Books by Topic
Readable Science


Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Free Resources We're Using This Week

I don't often post my thoughts on this blog, however out of desire to help new home educators, in 2014 I am going to begin sharing with you how we use some free resources in our homeschool.  I promise to keep these posts short and sweet!

Below are the free resources we'll be using this week.  All items were free as of the time and date of the original post.

Worldview
This reading plan from ChristianBook.com which is part of the Three-Track Plan for Reading the Bible.
This Memory Verses, Bible Heroes, and Truths printable and Family Character Assessment from We Choose Virtues.

Hymns
Abide With Me from Hymnary.org.  Here you can download the pdf file of the sheet music or, if you download the free Scorch Sibelius Reader, you can choose the Sibelius version and listen to the music on your PC.
Abide With Me performed by King's College Choir, Cambridge

Poetry

Artist/Picture Study
Primavera by Sandro Botticelli from WikiPaintings.org

Composer Study
Autumn from "The Four Seasons" by Antonio Vivaldi
This short biography of Antonio Vivaldi from Classics for Kids, followed by this description of the poetry contained within "The Four Seasons."

History
This Country of Ours by H. E. Marshall

Literature
The Princess and the Goblin by George MacDonald
The Sketchbook of Geoffrey Crayon by Washington Irving

Reading
Wheeler's Graded Readers:  A Third Reader by Gail Calmerton and William Henry Wheeler
Wheeler's Graded Readers:  A Sixth Reader by William Iler Crane and William Henry Wheeler

Math
This description of the TeaCHild Math Method and Sequence for parents.  This page was also helpful.

English
This video for parents about paragraph writing from CreateBetterWriters.com.

Spelling/Copywork/Dictation
I get our copywork and dictation sentences from Wheeler's Graded Studies in Great Authors: A Complete Speller by William Henry Wheeler.  For my youngest son who is struggling with cursive, I put his copywork sentences on worksheets using WorksheetWorks.com.

Spanish

Latin
Though my kids use a purchased Latin curriculum, I use Memrise.com to quickly learn and review Latin vocabulary.

 
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