Oklahoma Homeschool Subscribers,
apologize for missing the "March" NL! I have been
so busy trying to finish curriculum and write workshops that
I just kept putting it off until it was too late. I'm now
taking a break so I disappoint you again!
Workshops: I hope you will be attending one or more
of the following events where I will be selling my new book
and/or speaking. If so, please come by and let me know that
you're on my mailing list! I'd love to meet you in person.
29th & 30th at the OCHEC Homeschool Convention in
OKC, OK. Keynote Speakers are Gregg Harris, Diana Waring,
and Rick and Annette Friesen. Other Speakers are Jan Bloom,
Janet Spitler, Dawn Holt, Ben Quine, Cindy Downes, Greg
Sabouri, Janice Southerland, Rhonda Warren. For more info:
Cindy will be teaching two workshops - one on Choosing
Curriculum and the other on Oklahoma History.
20th at the Root and Branches Homeschool Conference (http://www.wisdomnknowledge.com/)
in Tulsa, OK. Cindy will be teaching Oklahoma History
27th & 28th at the Arkansas Homeschool Convention
in Searcy, Arkansas.
I will be selling The Checklist here, not speaking.
June 15th at Apple Tree (http://www.theappletreeinc.com/),
on 41st between Memorial & Sheridan, Tulsa - Cindy
will be teaching an all-day workshop on Getting Started
in Homeschooling and Multi-level Teaching.
addition, my son, Wil Downes, who owns his own computer graphics
business, (Check out his demo at http://www.williamdownes.com/
- sorry I have to brag. After all I homeschooled him from
K-12!), and I are working on homeschool workshops that you
can take online. We hope to have this up and running in the
summer. I'll let you know more about it as soon as I can.
hope you enjoy this issue of the Oklahoma Homeschool newsletter.
Homeschool Newsletter, March & April 2005 (Oklahoma Edition)
New on the Oklahoma Homeschool Website?
to the Special Education Page: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/specialed.html
still working on the Oklahoma History curriculum and excited
about how it's coming together. An online version will be
available sometime this spring or summer.
is an online curriculum - no textbooks needed. Reading materials,
worksheets, timeline, maps, quizzes, coloring pages, and teacher's
guide will be downloaded from this website as pdf documents
which you print out at home. Online research will be done
by your children as part of the curriculum.
desired, you can also choose to have your child do the optional
activities, depending on your child's learning style. These
projects require reading books (all in print as of 2005),
videos (available at library or to purchase online), and craft
supplies, etc. depending on the activities selected. There's
a lot of flexibility for multi-level teaching 3rd-8th grade;
however, I have included information on how you can use it
for all grades. Because it will be online, the curriculum,
websites links and book list will be kept up-to-date and more
worksheets will be added as they are created. Each unit is
broken down as follows:
(an outline of Oklahoma history for that unit)
Oklahoma Notebook (includes map work, activity sheets, and
Activities include (Some of these optional activities also
include online work.):
Learner Projects (reading, composition, vocabulary, and
Learner Projects (art projects, extra mapwork, graphs/charts,
Learner Projects (music, poetry, oral reports, and drama)
Kinesthetic Learner Projects (games, crafts, recipes, and
Field Trip Suggestions
will let you know as soon as it is available.
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If you have activities/events of interest to homeschoolers,
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Tips - Science
all the subjects that homeschool moms relate to me as being
the most problematic, it's science. Most moms with whom I've
consulted say that they don't have the time to fit it in or
they can't find the supplies to do the experiments. I think
the real problem is that most women don't like science!
what are you to do? Well, since you've chosen to homeschool,
you have to choose to press on and find a way to enjoy science!
Science can be fun if you know how to do it and if you aren't
afraid to spend a little money on it. If you use traditional
methods, you will get traditional results which are generally
boring and frustrating. But if you're ready for a change,
recommend using multi-level science units instead of textbooks
to teach science in PreK to 5th or 6th grade, possibly up
to 8th grade depending on the student. See Multi-level Teaching
(http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/MultiLevel.html) and Sample
Curriculum Plan (http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/CPsample.html)
for more information. There are lots of new resources for
teaching science this way. Here are some choices:
Young Explorers Series by: Jeannie Fulbright. Currently,
Astronomy and Botany are available. These books use the classical
and Charlotte Mason method to give elementary school students
an introduction to our solar system and botany. Narration
and notebooking are used to encourage critical thinking, logical
ordering, retention, and record keeping. Each lesson in the
book is organized with a narrative, some notebook work, an
activity, and a project. Although designed to be read by the
parent to elementary students of various grade levels, it
is possible for students with a 4th-grade reading level to
read this book on their own.
Considering God's Creation, Fifth Edition by Susan
Mortimer & Betty Smith. If you're just beginning to try
unit studies, I heartily recommend this one.
Use science kits. I have a whole bunch of them listed
on my gift suggestion page: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/giftgiving.html
you feel you must have the structure of a textbook during
these earlier years, select one textbook (A Beka's 4th grade
science is a good choice.) for all your children to use. Read
each chapter orally to your children and discuss the questions
orally. Complete appropriate lab work and other hands-on activities
together as a family project. Finally, assign each child age-appropriate
library books and written work to be done on their own as
in 6th grade or when appropriate for your child, I recommend
Apologia's, Exploring Creation series. This series was written
especially for homeschoolers and is very easy for the student
to use on his own. All the lab materials are easy to find
or you can purchase a kit from Home Training Tools.
purchasing information and more science recommendations, see
forms are available free to Oklahoma Homeschool subscribers
only, until January 15th. To access these forms, click on
(or copy and paste it into your browser bar). When the password
protect input form pops up, enter the following (case sensitive):
User ID, enter: (For subscribers only-check
your email newsletter)
Password, enter: (For subscribers only-check
your email newsletter)
you have entered the user ID and password correctly, Index
of/subscribers will pop up. Click on subscribers.html
which will open the web page where these forms can accessed.
You must have the free Acrobat Reader software (available
installed to print these forms.
Checklist - Excerpt from The Checklist.
Use this form to keep track of your child's progress in
Internet Resources for Science:
Games online: http://www.primarygames.com/science.htm
Internet History of Science Sourcebook: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/science/sciencesbook.html
Games and Puzzles (including science): http://education.jlab.org/indexpages/elementgames.html
Lego Lessons: http://www.weirdrichard.com/activity.htm
Skeleton worksheet: http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/science/skeleton.htm#
Bingo Game (printable): http://www.preschoolprintables.com/bingo/ocean/oceanbingo.shtml
George Washington Carver Coloring and Activity Book: http://www.usda.gov/oo/colorbook.htm
Unit Studies by Cindy Downes: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/unitstudies.html
Unit Study Planning Guide by Cindy Downes: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/usguideS.html
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you seen The Checklist? It's a record keeper, a planning guide,
and a K-12 Scope and Sequence created for Christian Home Educators: