Saturday, March 28, 2015

Meet Mem Fox!

The author of the month for April is Mem Fox!  She is a favorite author of mine and I met her many years ago.  The above YouTube clip tells about her and her books.  If you click through to YouTube there are several more short clips about her life in Africa with her Missionary parents.

She has a great list here of read-aloud techniques. Here is a link with many activities using Mem Fox books. Her blog is very interesting with great facts about her life.  

Her books are fun to read.  Here is a list of them, and here is a page of her reading aloud some of them. Lastly, some ideas on Pinterest! 


Saturday, March 21, 2015

Presenting Math Samples in Different Ways!

When I say the words "math sample," what comes to mind?  I am guessing

Math worksheet

That is a great example, but today I want to look at other ways you can show progress in math by math samples.   Many families ask me how to show progress in math. They might be unschoolers, or families who just participate in more real-life math.  I am hoping this gives everyone a new vision on the words "math sample."

Maybe your student has worked hard on building something.   What about sending me a picture or a copy of the plans they drew up to make it?   Like a garden, a design for a table, or a plan for a fort.  All of these involve math and are excellent work samples.

Maybe you play a math game with your student.

Maybe you use Khan Academy and you could send a screen shot of what you have done this year. Here are some directions to do this.  

Or maybe a math app progress report.

Maybe a picture of your child measuring something, or using a white board to solve problems.  How about a video of them talking about how they solved a math problem.  There are so many options.  You can always email me for more ideas. 

I hope this gets you started!

photo credit: Small bench via photopin (license)

photo credit: Fort Plans via photopin (license)

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Patriots, Redcoats & Spies by Robert J. Skead with Robert A. Skead

Patriots, Redcoats & Spies is a chapter book that takes place during the American Revolution, and told through the eyes of identical twin 14 year old boys. The story follows the adventures of the two, John and Ambrose, as they travel from Connecticut to New Jersey to deliver a letter to General George Washington with important intelligence for the Continental Army. The boys receive the letter and mission from their father who they discover is part of the Culper Spy Ring.  The book is intended for children 8-12, but my six year old and fourteen year olds enjoyed it as well.  

My kids and I loved this book!  The first chapter grabs your attention like an opening from an Indiana Jones movie.  The book gives an excellent picture of life in 1777 traveling through the American colonies.  Where the story is told through 14 year old twins makes it very readable for kids.  We loved the humor and thinking through what it means to fight for what you believe in.  We can highly recommend this book.  It is a fabulous read aloud that draws you into the story.  

I also enjoyed looking up the author's story behind how he got the idea for the book on his visit to New Jersey one summer.  This link gives you some more information.  

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Saturday, March 07, 2015

The Egg-Cellent Easter Adventure by Darcy Cobos

The Egg-Cellent Easter Adventure is about three kids, Harvey, Pascal, and Anastasia who find a glowing Easter Egg in their attic with some scrolls inside inside a treasure chest.  The Scrolls have verses and clues that lead them on a treasure hunt  adventure to discover the true story of Easter.  The books shares lessons on listening, being humble, being kind to others, and true friendship.  It is wonderful to watch the characters change throughout the story.

My kids have been crazy about this book.  I have read it aloud to them and all seven of my kids toddlers to teens have enjoyed the story.  I also have had trouble locating the book in my home on several occasions as some of my children had "borrowed" it to read. The book is illustrated in animation style graphics that are very appealing.  They enjoyed the pictures and were excited to see where the glowing egg was going to lead the kids. 

The book is part of a bigger story that promotes glowing Easter eggs for nighttime Easter egg hunts. The profits from the sales of the books and eggs help support children around the world.  I highly recommend this book.

I received this book for free in exchange for my honest review from Book Club Network

Sunday, March 01, 2015

Cincinnati Curriculum Sale

2015 CHEC Used Curriculum and Book Sale
Saturday, March 21, 2015
9:00 am - 12:00 pm (Doors open at 8:30 am for sellers only)

New Location – great facility and easy to find
Friendship Baptist Church
8580 Cheviot Rd
Cincinnati, OH  45251

Why Sell at the CHEC Sale?
·         Convenience of hundreds of buyers in person ready to take home your curriculum that day!
·         Great facility, easy to find, easy to access the building
·         No need to take pictures, write a description, and post online
·         No need to email back and forth, set a time to meet, or go to the post office
·         At noon, you’re done with money in your pocket!

Why Buy at the CHEC Sale?
·         Talk to the mom, dad or student who actually used the curriculum
·         Put your hands on the book, look through it and find out if you actually like it
·         Make it a date with hubby
·         Meet up with a friend and have a mom’s morning out at the curriculum sale
·         Great prices and selection

Admission Prices (applies to everyone entering the sale):
·         CHEC Members (with membership card) – $3.00
Please do not forget your membership card!  You will be charged regular admission price without it.
·         All others – $4.00

Selling Fees (in addition to admission fee above):
·         Table space – $1.25 per foot; sold in 4, 6 and 8 foot lengths as available.
·         Space is assigned by the volunteers in charge of the sale and their decisions are final.

Everyone welcome! Invite your friends!
 See the CHEC website for complete details. (Please do not call Friendship Baptist Church.)

Please note this does not constitute an endorsement of the products sold there or the event by Ohio Homeschool.