Thursday, February 23, 2017

Playtime & Learning!

I realized that it had been a while since I had posted any kind of weekly wrap-up. I thought I would show you some of the fun that we have been having! 

I discovered Konos this past month. The kiddos and I are in love! We do not follow it "by the book." We use it more as a resource of fun-schooling activities for when we hit a dry spell in our learning. It is so full of great ideas. The kiddos are loving the Castle, Knights, Kings, and Queens! This weekend we will be shopping local thrift stores to start getting fabric to make our costumes for a Medieval Feast!

My friend, Amanda, came over last week and we were making necklaces together. Sister loved seeing our creations and asked if she could make her own necklace and bracelets too. Of course! Out came the beads and string. The boys even joined in on the creating.

Popper has been very interested in making stop-motion videos lately. He has been playing around on an old phone with an app and Stik Bots. This week we received the Obild+Animate AnimateIt! Studio Kit as part of a future review. This kit allows him to do more and to use the computer with a web camera. Here is a sneak-peak at one of his very first videos that he created using his kit:

I know it is super short, but he was so proud of it! I thought I would share it! I can't wait to see more as he gets more familiar with the camera and how the program works! He even let Brother Bear try out the new camera as well. I love seeing them work/learn together!

We have been enjoying unusually warm weather this month. It has given us ample time to be outside soaking in the sunshine. We have also been learning about light. The kiddos all really enjoyed playing with the prisms and learning about spectrum. I have a fun rainbow craft for them to do Monday when we are stuck inside because of rain!

Sister has been busy catching as many Rolly Pollies (Pill Bugs) as she possibly can! She carries them around with her all day long.

Our days are full of play! Isn't that the best way to learn? I know that I am learning so much from my kiddos now, more than I ever dreamed possible!
Popper is sharing all kinds of knowledge with me about nature. Anytime he is curious about an animal, weather, or plants, he will get on his Kindle, find a book about it (videos are blocked) and read until he finds the answer! What better way to learn than through genuine curiosity!

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Home School in the Woods- A Review

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

This was my first experience with Home School in the Woods. We were given the opportunity to review their HISTORY Through the Ages Projects Passport World History Study: Ancient Greece. Lately, Popper has been interested in learning more about other parts of the ancient world than just Egypt. He was thrilled to try out this one about Ancient Greece. 

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

We received a download, there is a CD available as well, that included 25 "Stops" (lessons) which cover topics including: Greek Government, Mythology, Arts, Medicine and so much more! There are many activities included in each stop that help with creating an atmosphere like you were actually visiting Greece during that time period. This study is designed to take 8-12 weeks to finish. However, we chose to only work on one stop per week. Needless to say, we will definitely take longer to get to all the stops!

This site suggests that this is used for grades 3rd through 8th.  I think ideally we would have benefited more from it if Popper were 5th-8th grade. That said, since we received the download version, we will probably go back through it again in a few years as his interest increases. 

My biggest pieces of advice to you is to make sure that you have plenty of paper and a new toner cartridge for your printer. There is a lot of information included in this study! Next, make sure you print out the Introduction, Travel Tips, and Itinerary and read through them completely before you start your projects! This proved to be VERY important. There is so much information that it can be easy to miss some of it if you don't know to look for it.

world history, history projects

I originally started with all 3 kiddos. However, I found out quickly that the littles were not interested. This went way over their heads. I also learned to make sure to print out and read over the script for the stop before I sat down with it. Remember, the age range goes through the 8th grade level and there was some of the information that lost Popper and was above his level. 

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I found that he really just enjoyed and soaked up the highlights of each stop. I began highlighting and making notes as I read through it beforehand to help streamline our learning and make sure that I didn't lose Popper's interest along the way. 

There are several hands-on activities to help reinforce learning at each stop. Some of these Popper loved, others required me to get involved to help cut and glue little pieces (the maps specifically). I loved that they had the maps. These actually helped me put things in the right place not only in this study, but in my Bible reading time as well. I found it very interesting to link the two together. 

Overall, I really liked this product and the thoroughness of how it laid out. There is so much information available and it is open to add books and projects along side it. I really think that if Popper was older we would have gotten so much more out of it. However, as it is, I believe that it helped to whet his appetite to learn more about different parts of the ancient world and different cultures. I look forward to revisiting this as mine get older and Brother Bear and Sister become interested in Greece! Even better there are currently 3 other studies available including: Ancient Egypt, The Middle Ages, and Renaissance & Reformation, with Rome coming in 2018. 

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study

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You can also read how my other friends on the Crew used one of the 4 different History Through the Ages by Home School in the Woods with their kiddos by clicking the link below:

HISTORY Through the Ages Project Passport World History Study Reviews
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Sunday, February 19, 2017

E is for....


I am learning that as much as I change, my children change. Some thing that may work this year to teach them won't next year. 
I am learning to be adaptable to their learning styles, to change things when they no longer work. 

In this, I am so thankful for the kiddos eagerness to change and find something that works for them.  Their eagerness is contagious.  It makes trying new ways of learning fun! Instead of a burden, it becomes a scavenger hunt of sorts. We try new, read, and play even more! 

How about you? What are you thankful for this week?

My friends are all writing their letter E posts! You can click the link below to read more:

A Net In Time Schooling