October 1 , 2006

Dear Oklahoma Homeschool Subscribers,

Beginning with this issue of the OKHS E-newsletter, I'll be sending only an HTML version to my mailing list. I have had enough response from you, my readers, to know that the majority of you prefer the HTML version. It takes me extra time to do an HTML version and a plain text version for email, so this will save me time on which I can write the newsletter and create more resources for homeschoolers. If you unable to receive HTML emails, then please log on to my website to read the current issue.

I look forward to seeing some of you at my seminar on October 7th. Please come up and introduce yourself and let me know you're on my mailing list. I'd love to put faces to my emails!

I hope you enjoy this issue of the OKHS E-newsletter.

Have a great October!

Cindy Downes

Oklahoma Homeschool Newsletter, October 2006


What's New on the Oklahoma Homeschool Website?

1. Organize Your Homeschool for Success by Cindy Downes.

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Book Review:

In the Hands of a Child. Are you looking for a quick, easy & fun way to teach history and science? Then check out the kits at Hands of a Child. Each kit becomes a colorful, lap book made of file folders and construction paper that illustrates what your child has learned during the unit. Each kit comes with a lesson plan and printable masters. You supply paper, file folders, brads, and glue. All you have to do is copy the masters, cut out, and then have your children complete the lessons. You can even buy a kit already printed - all you do is cut out and teach!

The lessons are written from a Christian perspective and include biographies, literature, state history, science, and history. Topics range from the Human Body to Wireless Communication to the French Revolution. Each lesson is multi-level so you can use it, as is, for several grade levels or you can adapt it for PreK-12. All of the newer kits come with a study guide which gives you all the factual information you need to complete the lesson as well. For the older kits, you will need to research the factual information yourself using a textbook, encyclopedia, or the internet.

For example, In the North Carolina State history unit, your child learns state facts, geography, climate, government, economy, people, religion, important dates, major cities, colleges and universities, wildlife, and vocabulary of the state through reading of the text included. They reinforce this learning by completing "projects" that go with each lesson and are added to the folder as they progress. When completed, the folder is easy to store and makes great "memory book" of your child's school years.

These kits are perfect to use along with The Checklist and highly recommended for the Read/Write and Visual Learner or any child who likes to make booklets, color, cut out and paste. To see samples, prices, and how to order, please check the website: http://www.handsofachild.com/.

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Teaching Without Textbooks: Civil War Theme

Internet Resources - General Information:

Internet Resources - Photos & Illustrations:

Lesson Plans & Unit Studies

Music & Art of the Period:

Crafts, Recipes, Games, & Hands-on Activities:

Worksheets, Coloring Pages, & Quizzes

Books to Read:

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FREE Forms:

1. Civil War Report. I've created this composition booklet for you to use with your Civil War units. Each page is divided into two sections. The top section is where you child can draw a picture or paste photos related to the topic. The bottom part is where they can write a short paragraph about the page. I hope you enjoy it. It is free for my readers for a limited time. Eventually, I may create a set of them and charge for the set. The booklet is in pdf format, so you must have Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to print this form. After you download the pdf file, simply print on your computer and bind either with staples, a 3-ring notebook, or spiral binding. There are two cover choices: one with Lincoln on the front and one with Clara Barton on the front. Download your free booklet here.

2. Sample Weekly plan (pdf ). Read my webpage at http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/CPsample.html for more info.

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The Checklist & Multi-Level Teaching:

1. Christmas Unit. Now is the time to start thinking about (and purchasing supplies for) a Christmas unit if you're going to do one. I've created a simple, 4-week unit that covers the birth of Jesus, John Newton, Hymns and Hymnwriters, and sharing. It is recommended for PreK-5th.

2. Be sure to add what your children did for the Civil War unit to your copy of The Checklist!

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Internet Resources:

1. Current Events site: Students read about current events and take a quiz afterwards. This is a great way to teach kids current events! http://www.studentnewsdaily.com/.

2. Career Pathways. An online tool for exploring careers. Excellent! http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~pathways/Surveypage.htm. Also check out the page that shows related courses to take for each career: http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~pathways/student/courses.htm/.

3. Children's Storybooks Online. Free storybooks for kids. Some are talking books. http://www.magickeys.com/books/.

4. International Children's Digital Library. FREE e-books for kids! A large database of children's book that can be read online! This is also a good tool for foreign language study too. Read a book in the language you are studying! http://www.icdlbooks.org/.

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"In regard to this Great Book, I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was communicated through this book." — Abraham Lincoln (Source: September 7, 1864 - Reply to Loyal Colored People of Baltimore upon Presentation of a Bible)

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Oklahoma Resources:
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1. Home Educators’ Capitol Day, Tuesday, February 20, 2007. Capitol Day is the most important event of the year as it is designed to communicate with our state legislators and senators that home education is a viable and credible educational alternative. The freedom we have to home educate our children rests on the work we do here. Please check the OCHEC website for more info: http://www.ochec.com/ and make plans to attend. Your freedom to home educate depends on you! Contact: Rick and Jeannette Webb, Oklahoma Christian Home Educators’ Consociation, Capitol Day Coordinators. Email: webblings@gmail.com

2. The Museum of Creation Truth displays fossils, replicas, and artifacts that tell the story of creation. Creationist-based movies can be viewed in the theatre. Each attendee receives a free DVD from Dr. Dino! Hours: Saturday 10-4. Monday - Friday by appointment. Free. Address: 3290 State Rd. 22, Bokchito, OK 74726 (From Durant go 14 miles East on Hwy 70 to Bokchito. Go six miles south of Bokchito Bank on State Rd. 22). Phone: (580) 924-0803. Email: billygordon@redrivermail.com.

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Have a great day!


Cindy Downes
Oklahoma Blog:

Have you seen The Checklist? It's an assessment tool, lesson planner and K-12 Recordkeeper created for Christian Home Educators: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/checklist.html

Oklahoma History Online is now available! Check it out at: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/okhist.html

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