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Math gnomes to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication & division

Love this math gnomes set we recently started using to do more math with my daughter for homeschool! It teaches through stories using the gnomes & acorns. The booklet that’s filled with to read while your child uses the gnomes as props to really understand the real life mathematical problem. It engages my daughters and they don’t even know that we are doing a “lesson”. I bought this kit from oak meadow curriculum but I will probably make our own...

Chinese New year Unit plan

We love celebrating the holidays and incorporating it into our lesson plans. This year we got together with another homeschool family and did a chinese new year party ( ahead of time). Here is what we did! Our friends arrived with a fun celebration dragon they had crafted here it is: We greeted them with saying kung hei fat choi & good luck orange slices. We started out by reading the book “The great race” , it taught the story of...

Piano Lessons good for the Brain!

I started to question my daughters piano lessons when she began to lose interest but also felt it might be my fault because I dont practice with her. I decided to go in with her during piano classes, so that I can learn what I need to work with her at home and I’m so glad I did. It reminded me how awesome piano is for my daughters brain. Its like the ultimate brain gym! Piano is the ultimate instrument...

Book Review: Jewish Tales

I’m not sure if I enjoyed this book more than my children. I plan on reading a story each day of hannukah and one the day before. I could probably do this every year for a year or two and my children would understand it a little more each year. The illustrations are beautiful and the message is simple to understand and engaging in everyday life. The first story is about Elijah and I bet I will be reminding my...

preapproving your children

A friend of mine posted something that got me thinking. She said “be to your children, what you needed as a child. “. I had to ask myself, what did I need that I didn’t get? The only thing I could think of was approval. I’m sure my parents approved of me, but what I did was never enough. If I got a b+, my father would say ” why didn’t you get an A”.  This followed me into adulthood....

Hannukah 

When in doubt we turn the holidays into homeschool lesson plans. We celebrate just about every holiday around here, so it makes my life easy to let the holidays guide the way! Next holiday up? Hanukkah What is Hanukkah? Hanukkah is a Jewish holiday also called the Festival of Lights, honoring the struggle of ancient Jews to restore the Temple of Jerusalem. Lasting for eight days, Hanukkah revolves around the menorah that holds nine candles. Hanukkah is the Hebrew term for...

“Living” math lessons on a road trip

“Living” math simply means it’s a math lesson we learned in real life. Since we are on a two week cross country trip I wanted to make sure we were checking off the math lessons in addition to science, social studies, language arts, Art & music.  It’s a great feeling over and over again learning that life is going to teach my kids everything they need to know… As long as we stay engaged. On our road trip the ”...

Engaging children in art history

Children have a natural love of art, when you make it project base it engages children interest. Here is an example about how we led up to visit the Georgia o’keefe museum. Learning about Georgia O’Keefe 1- read Georgia’s auto biography 2- museum art exhibit hunt with questions about the artwork. The Georgia O’Keefe museum already had a book setup for this, but you can make one ahead of time if you know ahead of time exactly which art pieces...

Using attribute blocks as a math manipulative

We busted out the attribute blocks today and the kids didn’t even realize we were doing another lesson. I dumped the blocks and we went through what kinds they were, what the difference between them was ( shape, thickness, color & size).  Then we played games. I gave them 20 seconds to see how many small pieces they could get, then yellow ones etc. when we were done with 20 seconds we counted how much each person got. We practiced...