Gather around our Bankwhitt Table

Check out the variety in our feast of Life.

Banquet Table(- these links open in new screen) – and keep scrolling down


 1.  Church

– includes gathering, assembly, following Jesus 


2. Mother’s Encouragement 

– includes mothers, children, parenting, family


3. Recipes

 – some of our family’s favourites


4.  Migraine + Health

– triggers, acid vs alkali, nutrients, food groups …


5. Homeschooling

We call ourselves “BankWhitt Academy”. 

 – also check out www.nzhomeed.wordpress.com for New Zealand homeschooling information and helps)

6. Lapbooking

 – creative topic study presentation folders


My family’s web presence:

7. The Counsellor

– husband

8. Kiwikids

– children (untouched lately)
                                                                                                             
 

Remember Your Old People

All Saints Day is 1 November

  • Opportunity to remember your grandparents and those that went before you.
  • What is your family’s Christian heritage?
  • Chance to retell the family stories and oral traditions of your family (whanau).
  • Better than Halloween!

http://livinglessons.files.wordpress.com/2008/10/thespiritoftiofernando.pdf – The Spirit of Tio Fernando by Janice Levy, picture book

– pdf includes lapbooking ideas, suitable for mini-unit study, for homeschoolers – home educators

~ Enjoy!

WW : Parts of Me

Here are the various parts of my life:

www.lapbooking.wordpress.com – Lapbooking – presentation folders for school projects or unit studies. Also www.lapbooking.tumblr.com resources and webquests.

www.nzhomeed.wordpress.com – general homeschooling info for NZ

http://health.groups.yahoo.com/group/MigraineHealth/ – forum for women who have migraines

My Husband’s site:

www.2restore.wordpress.com

My children’s (neglected) blogsite:

www.kiwikids.tumblr.com

I’m president of MOPS NZ:

www.mops.org.nz
mother organisation’s huge website: www.mops.org

MUM-e-Mail – free twice-a-month encouragement for mothers of under 6s and their supporters: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/MUM-e-Mail/

This is gathered with some other interesting sites I like
at Crayon “Banquet Times”  – click items down the LHS

Create your own newspaper : http://www.crayon.net/scripts/login.cgi?mode=create

Keeping occupied!

WW : Lapbooking Blogs 2

This is some of what google alerts delivers for “lapbooking”.

http://www.reporternews.com/news/2008/jul/13/katrinacolumn0714/ – Dear Bored Stiff

http://funinthesunmom.blogspot.com/2008/07/homeschool-planning-it-start-just-some.html – file crates and specials from the Sunshine State, USA

http://cheshiersjourney.blogspot.com/2008/07/adding-to-our-curriculum.html – zoology

http://learning-by-living.blogspot.com/2008/07/monday-ramblings.html – from Montana – wish they knew about lapbooking sooner

http://homeschoolingpooh.blogspot.com/2008/07/today-my-little-girl-and-i-finally-got.html – Wizard of Oz

http://homeiswheretheheartis.wordpress.com/2008/07/16/hit-the-books/ – just getting started – write and encourage her in lapbooking. “The 2-shelf bookshelf just doesn’t cut it any more” – hey! they must be homeschoolers!!

http://thevintagehomemaker.com/journal/2008/07/08/planning-homeschool-2008/ – folder-booking

http://appleblossomsandsunshine.blogspot.com/2008/07/lapbooks-co-op-and-curriculum.html

http://liveswearegiven.blogspot.com/2008/07/butterfly-and-moth-lapbook.html

http://pocketsoftime.blogspot.com/2008/07/friday-meme-what-hasnt-worked-for-you.html

http://jetihoja.blogspot.com/search/label/Lapbooks (22)

http://magicandmayhem.homeschooljournal.net/2008/07/07/lapbooking-en-masse/

Happy Reading! Better still, Happy Lapbooking!

We’re studying Germany this term – language, food, music, culture, geographic features, WW history.

WW : 10 things about NZ Maori

Kia ora!  

1.

History overview : http://www.newzealandnz.co.nz/maori/

2.

Culture – protocols  (on marae etc) : http://www.maori.org.nz/ – overview
http://www.newzealand.com/travel/about-nz/culture/culture-maori-culture.cfm

 

3.

Te Reo – language : http://www.nz.com/new-zealand/guide-book/language/maori/
http://www.korero.maori.nz/

4.

Iwi – tribes : http://www.library.auckland.ac.nz/subjects/maori/guides/iwi_map.htm

5.

Waiata – songs : http://folksong.org.nz/waiata.html
Stick game with music : http://folksong.org.nz/epapa/index.html 

6.

Unit Study overview : http://asterix.ednet.lsu.edu/~edtech/webquest/maori.html 

7.

Whale Rider :
http://www.moviemusicuk.us/whaleridecd.htm  –   music
The haunting sound in the movie is made by synthesizer but mimics in part a Maori woodwind instrument.
http://www.aotearoa.co.nz/neptunes/putatara.htm
http://www.carving.co.nz/puoro.html
movie synopsis  –  http://www.filmeducation.org/filmlib/WhaleRider.pdf

8.

Google images : “nz maori” – takes you to some interesting pages 

9.

Maori astronomy : http://www.astronomynz.org.nz/maori-astronomy/taatai-arorangi-maori-astronomy-2.html – star charts, lunar months, Matariki (new year)

10.

“Maori” in NZ Herald, New Zealand’s largest newspaper – sports and tribal settlements

ALSO … a webquest …http://asterix.ednet.lsu.edu/~edtech/webquest/maori.html

 

Lapbooking Blogs

Lapbooking is a fantastic way to present unit studies or projects.

Lapbooking 101www.lapbooking.wordpress.com

Lapbook folders, ideas, and photos from last week:

http://paper-basket.blogspot.com/

http://thehomeschoolingblog.blogspot.com/

http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/socalval/

http://littlehomeschoolonthehill.com/

http://tropicalmom.blogspot.com/2008/04/lap-books.html

http://talibiddeenjr.wordpress.com/

http://yankeegal.geeksforchrist.com/

http://scooterandb.blogspot.com/

http://islamicunitstudies.wordpress.com/

http://jetihoja.blogspot.com/

http://thecoxscorner.blogspot.com/ – first lapbook

http://banquet.homeschooljournal.net/ – Johanna’s blog

Digital lapbooking is relatively new and emerging.
Here are some examples of different styles :

http://karatekidkast.tumblr.com/ (by 3x 9+10 year olds) using a tumblr blog

http://lapbooks.wordpress.com/dogs/  (8yo) using wordpress with linked through files

http://www.slimeandgrime.co.nr (16yo) using macromedia shockwave flash (swf movie)

http://www.digitallapbooking.com/ – the original site
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/digitalLapbooking/
http://lapbooks.wordpress.com/online/ – add your digital lapbook link in the Comments

WW : Unit Studies

Unit Studies

can take less than a week or as long as you like.
We thought one month was a good time, but that seems to draw out to a term (10 weeks) with all the usual homeschooling “interruptions” like trips to Grandma’s, swimming lessons for a week, or …

Choose a topic – define it. Learn about mind mapping or concept webs.
Get your hands on some Graphic Organizers-Organisers (GO).
http://www.teachervision.fen.com/graphic-organizers/printable/6293.html – click & print away!
http://www.eduplace.com/graphicorganizer/ – need pdf reader
http://freeology.com/graphicorgs/index.php – scroll down to GOs that help to plan and layout ideas. 7 pages!

Do a plan.

Ask questions: what you Know?   Want to know?    Learnt from the study?
I think visually so the type of chart below suits me.
The titles can vary – add in more like : Technology; Physical Activity; Foreign Language …

Cover all elements or subjects, but not necessarily all in one Lapbook!
Some topics are more Science focussed, and others more Literary.

xx (wanted to put in planning sheet – but… another day)

Unit Study Links(right click and ‘open in new window’) http://houseofliterature.tripod.com/id7.html – overview Lapbook Lesson Plan Guide – no picshttp://www.homeschoolblogger.com/Leigharev – books – lesson planning – excellent

http://highland.hitcho.com.au/index.htm

http://highland.hitcho.com.au/unitstudyforms.htm

http://www.inspiration.com/vlearning/index.cfm - visual learning

http://www.inspiration.com/vlearning/index.cfm?fuseaction=example

http://www.fed.cuhk.edu.hk/~johnson/misconceptions/concept_map/concept_maps.html

http://www.abcteach.com/ – Use this to search for unit study topics, teaching extras.

http://www.angelfire.com/pa4/weslanco/ – unit studies! some broken links though

http://www.enchantedlearning.com/books/ - Excellent site! Worth becoming a member.

http://www.homeschooling.about.com/od/unitstudies/index_a.htm – click away for units!

http://www.libsci.sc.edu/miller/Unitlink.htm

http://www.lkwdpl.org/schools/schlpath.htm – graded units

http://www.schoolexpress.com/ – Thematic units, e-books, activities etc

http://www.thefourwheelers.com/units/  A unit study directory of free online unit studies

http://www.thesolutionsite.com/search.shtml Find a unit – click the area/grade needed!

Subjects

http://highland.hitcho.com.au/Forms.htm

http://www.bright.net/%7Edouble/timelin1.htm – timeline!

http://www.evan-moor.com/store.asp - Good for ideas, click Literature, Social Studies or Thematic to view entire books with pockets.

http://www.kidskonnect.com/AlphabetizedList.html – scroll down for alpha list

http://www.worldatlas.com/ – Geography atlases, global info

http://bogglesworld.com/cards.htm

Google “unit studies” <put topic here>