Boxed Curriculum not needed

A set curriculum is not needed.
Your children can’t not learn.
Also ‘school subjects’ are a construct not reflected in real life. Life is not a neat box for maths or for English… it all gets jumbled up.
My chn enjoyed unit topics which managed to incorporate all manner of skills.
eg. Fermentation.. bread.. baking.. growing potato sourdough mix.. bread from around the world.. social spiritual aspect of breaking bread.
We studied 1 or 2 topics per term. Metamorphosis included writing poems, eric carle’s hungry caterpillar which led to conversations about fruit, grouping, basic maths for 5yo.
Not always great productions but an adventure in learning, questioning, discussing.
-jmw
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What Curriculum?!

Who is going to determine what your child needs to learn?

For under 12s, talk hug read laugh dance listen run play bake games parks libraries socialise (haha) – just live and enjoy family life.

Join in with others – anyone can advertise on their local homeschool group to create a Park Day. Advertise a few days in advance – and if you’re the only ones there – you enjoy yourself anyway.

What do YOU (the adultparent) want your children to be like by the time they are 18 years old? 🙂 (They can’t not learn – provide a fun safe curious environment)

Trust your children.

4Cs – 21st Century Skills

These competencies — known as 21st-century skills — are summed up as the “4Cs”).

They include the following:

Collaboration:
Students are able to work effectively with diverse groups and exercise flexibility in making compromises to achieve common goals.

Creativity:
Students are able to generate and improve on original ideas and also work creatively with others.

Communication:
Students are able to communicate effectively across multiple media and for various purposes.

Critical thinking:
Students are able to analyze, evaluate, and understand complex systems and apply strategies to solve problems.

Ways to do Homeschool Mathematics (without a Textbook)

Maths concepts can be taught mentally very well and without textbooks until about 12 years old.

  • times tables – rap rote, skip counting … also divisionmathpostcard

  • Rolling dice and getting him to visualise the number rather than counting them individually.

  • mental arithmetic is excellent :: if i have this many and you eat this many … how many left?

  • Use fingers to show patterns, skip jumping/counting, read stories with maths concepts in them, read recipes.

  • Baking

  • Make a pizza pie together, make symmetrical patterns with toppings? and teach basic ideas of fractions. 1/2 pie – 2 pieces the same size …

  • MEASUREMENT (give them a real tape measure at 5/6 yo, with the OSH talk)

  • tape measure – arms, legs, strides; door posts, table height, step treads, etc ..

  • How long is your thumb in centimetres? how long is your cubit? stride? doorway

  • estimation  … sensible answer?

  • How many wheels on those 3 trucks and 4 cars …? How many legs on those bugs …?

  • gardening, planting, design …

  • patterns and series, eg diff types of leaves, 10×10 (100 block) colour in …

  • map / atlas reading – note scale, NESW, distances/time, latitude / longitude, poles …

  • bus timetables – how long to go from A > B… every how many minutes …

  • for fun, learn to count to twelve or twenty in 5 different languages

  • draw shapes w/ruler, pencil, protractor, and compass

  • Big and Bigger numbers : what does 1000 look like? 1,000,000 …

  • consider big counting questions. How many chickens killed every day in NZ/the USA? How many trees in a particular forest? How many glasses of water before a particular water reservoir runs out?

Keep mathematics as an everyday part of life. The siloing (isolating or separating off) of maths and other disciplines is what sucks the joy, discovery, and relevance out of them. http://learning-reimagined.com/conrad-wolfram-maths-reimagined/

Of course you could use YouTube and Textbooks, but keep the interest and fun factor high.

http://www.mathscentre.co.nz/

http://www.interest.co.nz/calculators

http://libguides.unitec.ac.nz/diymaths/integers

http://gregtangmath.com

http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/top-teaching/2013/12/using-lego-build-math-concepts

http://www.youtube.com/user/MyWhyU

http://www.mathsisfun.com/

Stand and Deliver

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“Stand and Deliver”

  1. Topic is chosen – timekeeper selects adjective and noun or short phrase

    (maybe contributed to by other speakers in group)

  2. Speaker stands up, ready to be given topic by timekeeper

  3. Once topic is given, speaker has 15 seconds to think of an outline, then has 60 seconds to speak.

  4. Timekeeper ‘tings’ when time is up and speaker stops.

  5. Feedback : first comment is general and positive (pick out one good thing),

    1-3 comments of improvement/to work on,

    finish feedback with 1-3 positive comments and encouragements for future.

Presentations

  • Connect with the audience – smile, speak their language on a topic they can relate to

  • Careful with “throat clearing” activities just before you start speaking, eg. um…, well…, fiddling with papers, not looking calm and collected

  • Connect the ideas within your talk

  • Give details, be specific – think 5 Senses

  • Inject gentle joy and humour

When reading,

  • Hold out your book (in one hand, if possible) so the top of it is below the level of your chin

  • Relax, smile, and use some eye contact

  • No affectation or pommie/plummie accent

  • Be slow and purposeful

  • Open your mouth, use your lips

  •  “nice round vowel sounds”

  • Use phrasing to help meaning

  • Project your voice from back of throat

  • “superb sage sausages searing in the sizzling seas”

June 2014

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Chuck Girard – Psalm 5

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tk0R7X1rigg  (3 min 36)

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I’m putting things I really want to keep on this blog. Bo.lt is breaking up and closing down; Facebook stuff gets lost in the news feed.

Be blessed by Chuck Girard’s rendition of Psalm 5. Worship the God of our morning and our days.

No-Mess Potted Plants in your Garden

Now for something different from me …

Potted plants can be a quick way to colour your world.  But can be time-consuming and messy.

This idea I saw a glimpse of in a gardening show on television – and can’t find a trace of it online.

A cheat for a non-gardener or a time-conscious gardener …

You buy your plants in pots – perennials or annuals, no matter.

In your garden, sink the ubiquitous empty plant pots (of same or slightly bigger size as those you buy) to lip level in your garden, then place your current outside pot plants in to these pots.

Next year, just lift the old pot plants out and put in the new – with no fuss, no mess!

How easy is that. Now all I need are some photos to illustrate this.

[Feb 2013 – found this] :herbs in pots in garden

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More Time Now I’m Off Facebook?

So, I’ve just deleted the Bookmark button to Facebook and will try to stay away from there until December 1.

I hope I do better than the Milk-Free Week I tried a few weeks ago. In that case, I did become more mindful of the huge number of things I eat with milk products in them! I failed more than once but did not give up trying until the week was out.

I have Pinterest (less time-consuming and it raises my spirit with beauty and creativity) and a couple of WordPress accounts – it’s not like I’m going cold turkey off the internet.

Here’s some videos that helped to bring about this change:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vmre4SeWunk&feature=related  – Close your Facebook account

https://www.facebook.com/help/delete_account

http://youtu.be/ZGEQmFL9McU ~ Truth Never Told – interesting 13 minute commentary * * *

As with all addictions, I need to consciously plan to change habits and to use time more constructively.

What comes to my mind?

  • play board games with my children more than one night a week,
  • read more,
  • meditate on God’s Word (Bible),
  • chat with my husband before 10 pm,
  • deep clean my room,
  • socialise with friends,
  • type up recipes and update recipe book.

… got any other ideas?

Microwave Cinnamon Minute MugCake

1 T butter  – soften, 10-15 seconds MW
2 T sugar   – stir in
1 egg           – could share one egg >> 2 mugcakes
2 T sour cream  – stir in
1-2 drops  vanilla essence
1/4 c flour  – mix in briefly
1/8 tsp (pinch) baking powder

CRUMB TOPPING (optional, or not)
in separate ramekin or bowl – mix with fingers a few
1 T butter, 2 T flour, 1 T brown sugar,  1 t cinnamon

Add crumb onto top of mug mixture.

Cook  1 min 20 secs. Cool for a bit.
Serve with or without yoghurt or ice cream.

Christmas Dinner Conversations

To bring that focus back to Christ during the holidays, you can make a conversation jar to steer you in the right direction.

Purchase a Christmas jar or canister, or decorate one of your own.

On 2″x4″ strips of paper, write questions that pertain to Christmas. Fold the strips and place them in the jar.

During dinner each night in December, have a different family member pull a question from the jar. Then go around the table, taking turns giving answers.

 

Here are a few questions to get you started, but part of the fun is coming up with your own.

  • Describe the sounds that might have been heard in the stable on Christmas night.
  • Who do you think took care of the sheep when the shepherds ran off to see baby Jesus?
  • Describe a Christmas tree to a blind person.
  • What do you think the wise men wore when they visited Jesus?
  • What smells do you imagine were in the stable?
  • What do you think the animals were thinking when Jesus was born?
  • What is your favorite Christmas present ever?
  • What Christmas tradition means the most to you?
  • How much light does it take to drive out darkness?
  • What are some amazing facts about the Christmas story?
  • What is your favorite Christmas carol?
  • What is your favorite Christmas smell?
  • What is your favorite Christmas food?
  • What is your favorite Christmas memory?
  • Describe how the sky looked when the angels appeared to the shepherds.
  • Which person in the Christmas story would you like to have been?

http://www.amazon.com/Celebrating-Christ-Centered-Christmas-Ideas-Z/dp/0802416993

by Sharon Jaynes

  • Publisher: Moody Publishers (August 1, 2001)
  • ISBN-10: 0802416993            ISBN-13: 978-0802416995