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Monday, December 26, 2016
Thursday, December 08, 2016
Zeekok publishing has a wonderful Music Appreciation Program. It introduces children to seven different composers and includes biographies, a teacher's manual and music CDs. It can be bought individually or as a set. We are using it with some of our children next year. Here are some more thorough reviews if you want more information.
Classics for Kids is a wonderful web site for teaching kids about classical music. The web site features music, videos, lesson plans, and newsletters you can sign up for. It is a wealth of information.
The History of Rock and Roll looks like a great unit study. It is described as "an excellent unit study to pair with your study of American history, from the post World War II era through the civil rights era and beyond. It is virtually impossible to separate the progression of rock and roll music from the rapid changes that took place in American culture from the late 1940s through today.
Music for Homeschoolers will assist parents in designing high quality musical experiences for their children.
I also love the Piano Guys. They put together music videos with classical music while playing in interesting locations. The song Frozen with Vivaldi is below.
Some places to get you started.
Some affiliate links.
Thursday, December 01, 2016
I am thinking about shopping. Maybe it was all the online shopping I have done this past week. So for this week's blog post I thought it would be fun to share books we love in our family. Each year my kids receive several books as gifts at Christmas. I enjoy getting new books for them, and I want them to have books they treasure as gifts. Here are some favorites from our house. . .Clicking on the books will take you to Amazon.
Read this to my four year old each night. He can recite it now. Love that!
A compilation of Thomas stories. The original stories by Rev. Awdry.
My daughter insisted on including Narnia. And the picture book for younger kids.
My tweens and teens love this series.
Hank the Cowdog is an absolute favorite at our house. People are crazy about Hank. Ages 8-11, but my older kids still love to read them.
Young adult fairy tale books by Melanie Dickerson.
We love Lego!
I am reading this. It is about a special needs family. One of the best Christian books on disabilities I have read in a long time!
Great photography book!
What books do you love? Let me know in the coments.
Thursday, November 17, 2016
OCTM (Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics) has a state-wide competition on February 25, 2017 this year. The test is given at over 25 locations across the state of Ohio and it costs only $5 to participate. It is an interesting test with a wide variety of questions as well. The Ohio Council of Teachers of Mathematics is a delight to work with! They are very open to homeschoolers. If you place in the top 1% of those taking the test you go on to compete in Columbus, OH at the OHMIO (Ohio High School Mathematics Invitational Olympiad) on April 1, 2017.
The American Mathematics Association offers the AMC 10/12. This is a 25 question 75 minute exam. It is offered on February 7, 2017 and February 15, 2017 this year. The AMC 10 and AMC 12 are the gateways to bigger AMA competitions including the AIME (American Invitational Mathematics Exams), USAMO or USAJMO (USA Mathematical Olympiad or USA Junior Mathematical Olympiad).
These tests are not as easy to get into as home educators, but it is possible. The easiest thing to do in the state of Ohio is to try to take it at a college. Below are places that gave the test last year. It might be worth it to write them if you are interested. You can request to take it at a location of your choice but you must have a proctor not related to any student, have the test in a public location, and be approved by the American Mathematics Association.
|Clark State Community College|
570 East Leffel Lane
Springfield, OH 45505
|ST IGNATIUS HIGH SCHOOL|
1911 W 30TH ST
CLEVELAND, OH 44113-3401
|The Ohio State University, Department of Mathematics|
100 Math Tower
231 West 18th Avenue
Columbus, OH 43210
|University of Findlay|
1000 N Main St
Findlay, OH 45840
Thursday, November 10, 2016
Today is Veterans Day! This is a great day to share with our students about veterans and how veterans have served our country and each of us.
I have gathered a few helpful resources and books to share with you. The Medal of Honor Heritage Center has many great resources on those who received the medal of honor. The Scholastic Teacher site has great information on Veterans Day and includes lesson plans, books, and many wonderful resources.
Below are some books I like that you might enjoy as well. If you click on them it will take you to their Amazon page. Further down is a short video on Veterans from USAA, an insurance company for veterans and their families. I found it very moving, and a nice overview of Veterans for all ages.
Video from USAA:
To all our veterans I want to say: Thank you for serving!