March 2, 2007

Dear Oklahoma Homeschool Subscribers,

Hi everyone! I have good news and bad news. The good news is that my book, Oklahoma Scrapbook: A Travel Guide & Memory Book for Exploring Oklahoma is available for sale in pdf format. I also now have a shopping cart! The bad news (well, not bad for me) is that I just bought a new house in Sun Meadows (Jenks)! We are moving within 30-60 days. So, I'm not going to be able to write much for the next couple of months. I have to get my present house fixed up and on the market ASAP; then start packing. (Anyone want to live in Broken Arrow?)

It's also coming up on convention time. The Oklahoma Homeschool Convention is being held on May 4-5, 2007. For more info: For conventions in other states try:

I also wanted to tell you about The Oklahoma Homeschool Moms Information Network. It connects homeschool community within the Metro Oklahoma City area and beyond, providing information, resources, and encouragement to enhance our homeschool endeavors. It is simply an Information and Resource Network. Fully moderated/no chat/no spam; received in a DAILY DIGEST for ease; read or delete what serves you best! For more info: Ellen Latimer, owner/moderator.

Finally, I want to pass on info about a contest: (use the guide for OK History). Thanks to Debbie Smith for this.

I hope you enjoy this SHORT newsletter! I promise I'll write more after I get moved and settled in.

Cindy Downes

Oklahoma Homeschool Newsletter, March 2007


What's New on the Oklahoma Homeschool Website?

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Curriculum/Book Review:

1. History Through the Ages by Amy Pak

I love Timeline products and this one did NOT disappoint! On a scale of 1 to 5, this is definitely a 5! Amy has created a resource that can be used throughout your homeschooling career that will help you and your children make sense of history. And if you've never used a timeline, this one makes it very easy to get started. Everything you need is available from one resource.

First, the History Through the Ages Record of Time notebook. This is georgeous! The timeline pages are printed on heavy stock so they won't tear out easily and your timeline pieces won't see through the back of the page. These pages are then inserted into a 3-ring notebook (about 13' wide by 9" high) with a beautiful, full color, hard-bound cover, making this easy to store and something that will last a long, long time. Also, included are 17 maps of the ancient and modern worlds. The retail price of the notebook is $34.95.

Second, the Timeline Pieces. The timeline pieces are purchased in sets (Creation to Christ, Resurrection to Revolution, Napoleon to Now, and America's History). They are printed on white paper, complete with a picture and a short description of the piece. Children who like to color, can color the pieces which will make your book even more colorful. Each packet is $19.95. Or you can buy the whole collection (to print yourself as needed) on CD for $74.95. The CD gives you the option to print the pieces with or without the descriptive text and in both wall and notebook size!

Last, the Suggested Placement Guide. One of the most helpful features of this set is the placement guide. This shows you where to place your timeline pieces so that all of them will fit in your notebook. Without this, you may have trouble as you create your book. If you place the timeline pieces in the wrong place, then later when you go to add others, you may find there is no space to squeeze in a piece that needs to go between two previously placed pieces. The Placement Guide is $9.95.

Now you may be thinking, "that's is a lot of money to spend on a timeline" but let me assure you that it will be money well spent. How many textbooks do you buy that last for 12+ years? Or that will be used by the whole family? And that will be a treasured memory book of your homeschool days? This timeline is all that, as well as a tool that will help you teach your children the history of the world and demonstrate how these historical events work together to tell God's Story.

The homeschool world is blessed to have authors like Amy Pak who create resources like this. For more information, and to purchase this resource, go to her website at:

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Teaching Without Textbooks - Simple Machines

1. Free Simple Machines Unit Study

2. Recommended science curriculum and resources.

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Oklahoma Centennial Events: April
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1. Oklahoma Centennial Horse Show at the State Fairgrounds, Apr 11, 2007 - Apr 14, 2007, Multi-breed horse show that began 18 years ago to celebrate the Oklahoma Land Run.

2. 89er Land Run Wagon Train and Ride, Apr 14, 2007 - Apr 21, 2007, Norman. Annual 89er Wagon Train and Land Run Ride takes place in conjunction with the Oklahoma 1889 Land Run Celebration in Norman. The journey consists of covered wagons, buggies and horseback riders. The ride starts throughout the state, ending at Norman one week later for the 89er Day Parade.

3. Statehood Constitutional Convention Dramatizations, Apr 14, 2007, Guthrie. Dramatizations of the Constitutional Convention, originally held in Guthrie in the months prior to statehood. The re-enactments will be performed in the Guthrie Scottish Rite Temple by high school students from throughout the state.

4. Stillwater's Centennial Tea "Women of Oklahoma," Apr 29, 2007, 2 p.m., Couch Park, Stillwater. 101 years of the Stillwater Women's Club will be celebrated with a costume tea and Susan King as speaker portraying Angie Debo, noted Oklahoma Historian. The theme will be "Women of Oklahoma" through the years. Contact: 405-533-7733.

5. Guthrie's Oklahoma 89'er Celebration, Apr 17, 2007 - Apr 21, 2007, Guthrie. The 78th annual celebration includes chuckwagon feed and auction, carnival, food vendors, craft vendors, Old Timers 1889 Baseball Game, and parade.

6. Choctaw 3rd Annual Land Run Festival, Apr 19, 2007 - Apr 21, 2007, NE 23rd and Harper, Choctaw. Living history performers and encampments depicting the OK Land Run of April 22, 1889 in which Choctaw played a part. The Indian Meridian runs through Choctaw. Special programs are tailored for school classes. Contact: Bernie Nauheimer at 405-390-8276 or email : Website:

7. Tulsa's Gilcrease WestFest, Apr 21, 2007 - Apr 22, 2007, Gilcrease Museum, Tulsa. Festival style weekend with performers, demonstrators, music, children's activities, and ethnic/American food. Presenters will be stationed inside and outside the museum.

8. Norman's 89'er Day Parade and Festival, Apr 21, 2007, Norman - Festival. The parade will start at Norman High School and end at Main and Crawford. The festival following the parade will feature the '89er Days Car, Truck, Tractor and Motorcycle Show; entertainment in the amphitheater; arts, crafts, antique and collectibles booths; food booths; rides; games and horse drawn carriage rides.

9. Tahlequah's Red Fern Festival, Apr 27, 2007 - Apr 28, 2007, Tahlequah. The foundation of the festival comes from the book "Where the Red Fern Grows". The festival reaches audiences with interests in reading, nature, theatre, dogs (hounds), horticulturists, hunting, fiddling, storytelling, rustic food, and tours. The festival will also attract those interested in visiting a place that is evocative of simpler times.

10. The Rural Heritage Festival is held annually on the last Saturday in April in conjunction with Perry's Spring Fest. Celebrate our heritage by stepping back into the early days of Oklahoma. See a blacksmith at work, rope making, spinning, and other lost arts. The Noble County Antique Tractor Association joins the fun with exhibits and demonstrations of antique tractors, trucks, and farm machinery. Events take place on the grounds of Cherokee Strip Museum and in Perry's downtown Courthouse square. Admission is free.

11. Chisholm Trail Stampede, Apr 28, 2007 - May 5, 2007, Duncan. A week-long celebration of Stephens County western heritage featuring a cowboy festival, PRCA Rodeo, dance, trail ride, parade, stampede, 5K walk/run, art show and chuckwagon cook-off. Check calendar of events for more info.

12. Pawnee Folk & Spring Fest Rendezvous, Apr 28, 2007, Pawnee, 9 am to 9 pm. Activities include gospel singing, square dancing, Indian Fry Bread Making contest, Chili Cook-off, parade, Old Time Fiddlers Contest, clogging demonstration, and an Ice Cream Social. Contact Theodore Morgan: 918-762-2493.

13. Shawnee's Santa Fe Days 2007, Apr 28, 2007, Shawnee. Demonstrations by various craftsmen with special emphasis on wood carving and turning. Children's activities and fun for the whole family. For more info: 405-275-8412 or email:

14. Alfalfa County's Salt Plains Birding & Crystal Festival, Apr 28, 2007 - Apr 29, 2007, Jet. The festival celebrates wildlife with events that include birding tours, wildlife photography workshops, plant tours, the "State Crystal of Oklahoma" digging contest, youth contest and more.

15. Waynoka Snake Hunt. The BIGGEST, WILDEST, WEEKEND in the state with a little something for everyone. It began in the 40s as gathering of area ranchers who banded together for the purpose of thinning out a critter they saw as a threat to their cattle, the Western Diamondback Rattlesnake. Over the years it became a ritual and a club was formed to organize the event into a festival that they hoped would draw thousands of visitors in an effort to boost the local economy. It worked and that club today is known as the Waynoka Saddle Club.

The event is held each year on the first weekend following Easter. It begins on Saturday with a free ham and bean feed at the Saddle Club Building, downtown Waynoka. The downtown square is blocked off and a carnival is set up with vendors of every kind. The event ends with a very bizarre ceremony where the snakes are measured and weighed. A prize is given for the longest snake captured (alive), the most pounds caught, and for the most buttons on the end of a rattler. The final event is an auction in which the longer snakes are auctioned off to the highest bidder. Now, if you are looking for that perfect gift for your favorite in-law, I would say that this is the place to be.

Can Anyone Hunt?

Absolutely, all you have to do is be certifiably in sane and if you are not, a frontal lobe lobotomy is required. JUST KIDDING! You will be required to have a valid Oklahoma hunting license in order to hunt rattlesnakes. For further information you can request information at

16. For discount coupons and more travel info about Oklahoma, check

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Oklahoma History Resources:

1. The Dalton Gang by Carl Green. Just discovered this fun kid's book that tells about the Dalton Gang.

2. The Defenders: Osceola, Tecumseh, Cochise by Ann McGovern. Check your library for this one as it is out of print.

5. Oklahoma History Online by Cindy Downes. An online, multi-level curriculum for teaching Oklahoma History.

5. Oklahoma Scrapbook: A Travel Guide and Memory Book for Exploring Oklahoma by Cindy Downes.

6. For more info and learning materials about Oklahoma history, check my website at:

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Internet Resources:

1. Report Cards & Transcripts: Looking for a form to create your own report cards or transcripts? Check out this free report card resource. There is also a free transcript form and information on how to prepare transcripts on my website.

2. Easy Fun School - Here's a super resource for free unit studies, crafts, and more.

3. BrainPop Jr This has been around for a while but worth mentioning again for those of you who haven't seen it.

4. Move it with Simple Machines lesson plan and worksheet (pdf document) from

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Cindy Downes

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