Sunday, August 23, 2015

State History!

Ohio Historical Society
First, a random tour of my state history growing up.  I grew up mostly in Ohio except for the three years I lived in Kansas during which Kansas history was in the curriculum.   Kansas history includes  Wyatt Erp, western towns, outlaws like Jesse James, and wagon trains.  There is rarely a dull moment in Kansas history.
Wyatt Erp
When I started teaching grade school I was in Georgia and was required to teach Georgia State history.  I had been in Georgia a year, had learned about Kansas history growing up, and had spent most of my life in Ohio.  Needless to say, I quickly learned about the Cherokee Indians, the Trail of Tears, the importance of the Fort Pulaski in Savannah and the history of the state flag.
Cannon demonstrations inside fort
Fort Pulaski

 Now I am teaching my children Ohio history which honestly, I know little of as you can see.  But, luckily I am a creative home educator and am plowing ahead. This is what I have learned along the way.

I discovered the Ohio Historical Society. which is a great site to visit to locate historical places in Ohio to visit. I also found the book  A Guide to Historic Houses in Ohio.  I checked the book out from the library.

I bought these simple coloring books with many facts about Ohio.   They are for grades PK-7.  They are very simple, but I think they cover a great deal for the price. 

The option for learning Ohio history is a lap book.  Hands of a Child has one.  Here is a review with pictures of that lap book.  When I had less children, I completed this one, and the kids really enjoyed it.

Front of book

Inside of Ohio Ebook

Lastly, I found this little Ohio ebook for $1.  I downloaded it to see what it was about before posting.  It is about 10 pages long including a cover page and the last page that discusses other items on their site.  It is a nice little book for the price.  You can print it multiple time for many kids.  You put together a simple lap book on card-stock with it.  It includes places of interest, symbols, a map, and flag information.

If you have any ideas for Ohio history please put them in the comments.  Since I don't believe Wyatt Erp has much connection here, I would love to learn some more.

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Learning the top 50 words!

A balanced reading program consists of phonics and sight words.  I have found it helpful to review sight words with my beginning readers.  I have included a file that has the 50 most used  words in the English language.  By teaching your student these words you will help them to be successful readers.

You can also use this list to track progress.  Use a different color pen and see how many words your student knows every 5-8 weeks.  It is exciting to track the progress of your student.  This is a great work sample to keep throughout the year. 

Hope this is helpful!

Sunday, August 09, 2015

Homeschooling High School.

I currently have three kids in 7th and 8th grade.  You could say that home educating for high school is on my mind.  I am just beginning the journey, and looking into resources.  I thought I would begin posting once in awhile on what I am learning.  My goal is to make a good plan for them, help them make plans to attend college or begin working, and not stress all of us out.  I am the guidance counselor and I plan to do a great job.  

 I am trying to make a 4 year plan with high school.  The plan is not in stone, but I think it is important to plan in a four year block.  The state of Ohio has a PDF that talks about graduating in Ohio.  Remember you can always choose a different path, but I think it is good to see what others are doing. Here is a nice chart for what classes to look at if you are going to college.  Here is a nice article on 9th grade Homeschooling. 

If your child is pursuing college, I would find a college you are interested in and look at their requirements for home educators and others to enter that college.  Here are some for Ohio colleges.

Miami University.
Specifically for home educated students.

Ohio State University
This is general for Ohio State not specifically for home educated students.

University of Cincinnati

Bowling Green State University

Ohio University
Policy for Home Educators

You want to make a transcript as you go.   You will want to save the names of books you used, resources, and what your child learned.  Oklahoma Homeschoolers has some sample transcripts and downloads, and so does Donna Young. 

Lee Binz has a web site about home school high school called HomeScholarJeannette Web also has a web site called Aiming Higher Consultants.  She has some free items and some packages you can buy.

 I hope that gets you started.