Friday, September 8, 2017

K - 2nd Read Aloud Program

 
 
Course Description: This read aloud program  is for  K - 2nd grade students, it can be used for younger or older students, based on their reading level.  Links are included for multiple activities.
It is designed that the teacher or parent reads the stories to the children. If you have a child that is a goo reader, they can read the story to you. Personally, we do a mix of both.

Supplies : Being a home schooling parent of many children, I know that it can get expensive quick. This is why I am writing my own reading program for the year. You can buy the book if you want, I buy the books because I have several students that will be reading them, I collect classic novels, and we just like having them around.
If you are looking to cut costs, several of these books can be found for free online, or you can get them at your local library.

Other supplies needed will be -
Printer
Internet Connection
Crayons/Colored Pencils
Folder to keep projects if you want
Glue
Pencils
Some art supplies if you do all the links and projects

Book List A Bear Called Paddington
More About Paddington
Paddington Helps Out
Frog and Toad Storybook Treasury
Make Way for Ducklings
Curious George ( stories to share )


Paddington Collection (
A Bear Called Paddington, More About Paddington, Paddington Helps Out )
We are using this unit study. You can use this as much, or as little as you want. Pick and choice some activities.

Extra Activities Watch the Paddington movie.
Eat some orange marmalade.
Do some Paddington activities.

Frog and Storybook Treasury
- Frog and Toad Are Friends
I could not find a free unit study for this collection of stories. I am linking worksheets that go along with it in place of a unity study. Use as many or as few as you would like.
Do this sheet the first three stories
Do this page after Spring
Color page
Fill out a friendship chart
Use this sheet after reading A Swim
Do this sheet after A Lost Button
Do this test after reading all the stories


-Frog and Toad TogetherWe are using this study guide.

-Frog and Toad All YearWe are using this unit study.

-Days with Frog and Toad
We are using this unit study.

Extra Activities -
Watch Frog and Toad ( try youtube )
Spend some time learning more about frogs and toads
Make a frog craft
Make puppets


Make Way for DucklingsWe are using this unit study.

Extra Activities - Pick some activities.
Curious George ( stories to share ) We are not using unit studies for this book. Instead I will link activities for each. We are also watching the video of each story.
There is also no extra activities linked, since each story will already have many things to pick from. Pick as many or as few as you like.

Curious George and the FirefightersColor this page
Visit a fire station
Make a fire safety plan
Red more stories on firefighters
Watch the cartoon episode that matches this story.
Retell the story sheet

-Curious George at the AquariumWhat makes you curious sheet
Retell the story sheet
Learn more about penguins
Learn more about aquariums
Color a penguin

-Curious George Dinosaur Discovery
Watch the cartoon episode that matches this story
Do a dinosaur puzzle
Retell the story sheet
Learn more about dinosaurs
Learn more about fossils

- Curious George First Day of School
Color this page
Watch the cartoon episode that matches this story
Draw George
Retell the story sheet
Watch videos about different schools ( youtube has some interesting ones )

- Curious George and the Pizza Party
Make your own pizzas
Watch the cartoon episode that matches this story
Make a pizza craft
Retell the story sheet
Do a pizza madlibs
- Curious George at the Baseball GameWatch the cartoon episode that matches this story
Learn more about baseball
Play baseball
Retell the story sheet
Color a page


- Curious George at the Parade
Make a design for a parade float
Watch the cartoon episode that matches this story
Retell the story sheet
Learn more about the history of parades
Color this picture

- Curious George Plants a Tree
Plant a tree
Learn more about how trees grow
Watch the cartoon episode that matches this story
Retell the story sheet
Make a tree craft ( this is pretty open ended, if you need inspiration, try pinterest )




Thursday, September 7, 2017

Fifth Grade Reading Guide

Fifth Grade Reading Guide

Course Description: This reading guide is for students in the fith grade, it can be used for younger or older students, based on their reading level.  This course includes links to study guides, or unit studies for each book. It also includes links or ideas for extra activities, which are completely optional, we do them as extra credit.

Supplies : Being a home schooling parent of many children, I know that it can get expensive quick. This is why I am writing my own reading program for the year. You can buy the book if you want, I buy the books because I have several students that will be reading them, I collect classic novels, and we just like having them around.
If you are looking to cut costs, several of these books can be found for free online, or you can get them at your local library.

Other supplies needed will be -
Pencils
Printer
Internet Connection
Crayons/Colored Pencils
Binder ( I like to print the unit studies out ahead of time and keep them in a binder )

Book List
The Little Princess
Pollyana
Caddie Woodlawn
Call of the Wild
The Hobbit
James and the Giant Peach
Charlie and the Choclate Factory
White Fang
The Wonderful Wizard of Oz



The Little Princess
We are using this study guide.

Extra activities
Write a book report.
After reading the book, watch the movie, discuss the differences.
Have your student make up their own story.


Pollyana - I could not find a free study guide for this book. Instead you student will have a chapter summary page to fill out after each chapter, and some sheets to do after the book is finished.

Fill out this chapter summary sheet after each chapter.
Have your student use these sheets to review the book after they have read it.

Extra activities
Write a book report.
Read more Pollyana books.
After reading the book, watch the movie, discuss the differences.

Caddie Woodlawn
We are using this unit study.


Extra activities
Write a book report.
Read more Caddie Woodlawn books.
After reading the book, watch the movie, discuss the differences.


Call of the Wild
We are using this study guide.

Extra activities
Write a book report.
Have your student draw a picture of Buck.
After reading the book, watch the movie, discuss the differences.   

The Hobbit
Use The Hobbit section of this study guide.

Extra activities
Write a book report.
Eat like a Hobbit.
After reading the book, watch the movie, discuss the differences.

James and the Giant Peach
We are using this unit study.

Extra activities
Write a book report.
Have your student draw a picture about the book.
After reading the book, watch the movie, discuss the differences.


Charlie and the Chocolate Factory
We are using this unit study.

Extra activities
Write a book report.
Make some candy.
After reading the book, watch the movie, discuss the differences.
Watch both movies, decide which is more like the book.
Read Charlie and the Glass Elevator.


White Fang
We are using this study guide.


Extra activities
Write a book report.
Learn about wolves, and dogs that are half wolf. 
After reading the book, watch the movie, discuss the differences.

The Wonderful Wizard of Oz
We are using this study guide.


Extra activities
Write a book report.
Pick a favorite character and write a report on them.
Write a book report. After reading the book, watch the movie, discuss the differences.
Read more in the Oz series.

Monday, August 21, 2017

Sixth Grade Reading Guide


Sixth Grade Reading Guide
Course Description: This reading guide is for students in the sixth grade, it can be used for younger or older students, based on their reading level.  This course includes links to study guides, or unit studies for each book. It also includes links to extra activities, which are completely optional, we do them as extra credit.

Supplies : Being a home schooling parent of many children, I know that it can get expensive quick. This is why I am writing my own reading program for the year. You can buy the book if you want, I buy the books because I have several students that will be reading them, I collect classic novels, and we just like having them around.
If you are looking to cut costs, several of these books can be found for free online, or you can get them at your local library.

Other supplies needed will be -
Pencils
Printer
Internet Connection
Crayons/Colored Pencils
Binder ( I like to print the unit studies out ahead of time and keep them in a binder )


Book List -
Lord of the Rings   
The Secret Garden
Old Yeller
Holes
Hatchet
The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
Where the Red Fern Grows
Lassie- Come Home
A Wrinkle in Time Trilogy
To Build a Fire
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
The Chronicles of Narnia

Lord of the Rings
We are using this study guide. My students read The Hobbit in 5th grade, so we will skip that section of the study guide. If you student has not yet read The Hobbit. I would highly recommend doing that section of this study as well.

Have your student write a book report.

Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
After reading the books, watch the movie,fill out this sheet
While watching the movie, have a feast fit for a Hobbit.
Spend time on this site.






The Secret Garden
We are using this study guide.

Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
After reading the book, watch the movie, discuss the differences.
Have your student draw their own secret garden.

Old Yeller
We are using this study guide.

Extra Activities -
Write a book report.   
After reading the book, watch the movie,fill out this sheet.

Holes
We are using this study guide.

Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
After reading the book, watch the movie,fill out this sheet
Hatchet
We are using this study guide.

Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
After reading the book, watch the movie ( The movie is called A Cry in the Wild ), fill out this sheet.
Write your own survival manual. Include how you would survive after a crash, and what you would hope to find in a rescue pack.

The Hunchback of Notre-Dame
We are using this study guide.

Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
After reading the book, watch the movie, fill out this sheet.
Discuss the importance of not judging others on appearance.

Where the Red Fern Grows
We are using this study guide.


Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
After reading the book, watch the movie, fill out this sheet.
Lassie Come - Home I could not find a free study guide for this book. Instead you student will have a chapter summary page to fill out after each chapter, and some sheets to do after the book is finished.

Fill out this chapter summary sheet after each chapter.
Have your student use these sheets to review the book after they have read it.

Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
After reading the book, watch the movie, fill out this sheet.


A Wrinkle in Time ( Triology ) 
Use this study guide with A Wrinkle in Time.
Use this study guide with A Wind in the Door.
Use this study guide with A Swiftly Tilting Planet.

Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
This book has not yet been made into a movie, it appears that one will be released in 2018. You can always do a watch and compare later.
There are two books that have been added to this series in recent years. Have your student read Many Waters and An Acceptable Time.

To Build a Fire We are using this study guide.

Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
Watch the short film, fill out this sheet.
Read other short stories by Jack London.

The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn
We are using this study guide.
Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
Watch the movie fill out this sheet.
Do this worksheet.


The Adventures of Tom Sawyer
We are using this study guide.


Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
Watch the movie, fill out this sheet.
The Chronicles of NarniaSince this is actually seven books, we are not using an actual study guide like most of the other books. Instead I am linking a couple unit studies, and recommending filling out character sheets, and chapter summaries.  

Free Unit study
Free Unit Study
Extra Activities -
Write a book report.
Watch the movie, fill out this sheet.
Spend time on this site.


Thursday, June 29, 2017

Eggless Almond Cookies






Our church had VBS this past week. I signed up to make cookies each of the three nights it was going on.

When day two rolled around I quickly realized I have no eggs, and no regular flour. I really did not want to load all seven of the kids that were running around my house into the car and go to the store, so I decided I would see what I could kind online that did not require either. Most of what I found was sugar cookies, and I quickly realized I had no vanilla or baking powder left either.

I decided to get inventive, I have created several of my own cookie recipes over the years, so why not just make something with what I had on hand.

The result of my experiment turned out in the best almond cookie I have had. It is so soft and chewy. The sugar topping is a nice sweet touch, these cookies will leave you wanting more.

Ingredients -
1/2 cup butter ( softened )
1/2 sugar
2 tbs milk
2 tsp almond extract
1/4 + 1/8 tsp baking soda
2 cups cake flour

Sugar for decorating.

Preheat oven to 350.

Using an electric mixer, mix the butter and sugar together until light and fluffy. Add milk and almond extract and beat until well mixed.

In a separate bowl, combine the dry ingredients. Slowly add 1/2 cup at a time, while beating the mixture on low.



Make small balls ( think ping pong ) and place them on a cookie sheet. ( I like to make cookies on my baking stone ). Use a fork to gently flatten ( not completely flat ). You can use whatever sugar you want for decorating. Since this was for VBS, I used a red sprinkles. Top each cookie with just a little sugar.



Bake for 10 - 12 minutes, or until cookies are slightly golden brown. Enjoy!!






Wednesday, May 24, 2017

New post, life update

It has been awhile since I posted here, I started a few posts, never finished, and eventually deleted them. I have had ideas on what to post, but I have lacked the drive to actually sit down to write them out.

Life has been interested in the Walters' house for the last year. I have not been posting about it much here, but we have been dealing with some health issues with our oldest child.

Alexzander turned eleven in April, for several years now he has been dealing with stomach issues from an unknown cause. He also has been slowly falling off the growth chart. At eleven years old he is 57lbs and 4' 11".  We have been on the roller coaster path of trying to find a cause.

Alexzander was not a small baby, he was 8lbs 5 oz, 20". He stayed on a good growing path for the first few years of his life, but as he reached about the age of five, we started noticing that every other kids his age was much bigger. We tried to not put much thought into it, we did ask at a doctor appointment, and we were reassured that he was growing still, just slowly. He would probably just be a late bloomer.

It was around this time that he also started complaining about stomach pain at different times. Years would go on, he would go from diarrhea to constipation, very random bouts of this, have some time being fine, and the cycle would start all over again. I asked about it and we never really got anywhere.

As time went on, the stomach aches got worse, and he started to get the point that he was almost off the growth chart. This was around the same time that he also started getting strep, all the time. Eventually they decided it was the best choice to remove his tonsils, they told me that it would stop the strep, and it may help him grow. He has not had strep since, but it did nothing to help his growth, or his stomach pain.

Things came to a boiling point when he was almost ten. His stomach pain was almost daily, he was not growing, and the lack of growth was starting to really bother him. I took him once again, but this time I was pushy with the doctors, I told them that something was not right, and they needed to figure out why this was happening.

We started with Celiac testing, and removal of gluten from his diet. Celiac test came back normal and removing the gluten did not help him at all. Next they moved to dairy testing, and removing all dairy from his diet. Once again, test came back normal and removing dairy did not help.

At this point the doctors here finally decided it was time to send him on, they sent him to a Ped GI, we had an initial appointment where they ran some blood tests, and tested his stool. They were looking for a range of things, including Celiac ( just to be sure ), inflammation, parasites and more. Everything came back normal. The GI was very concerned about the pain, and his growth. Before we moved on with more testing, he wanted to send him to the Endocrologist.

At our first appointment with the Endocrologist they did a growth plate test ( xray of the hand to see what age his bones say he is ). His bone age test came back at 7.5, we knew that Alexzander was small for his age but I will admit that I was not expecting it to come back that he was that small.
That same day they ran a growth hormone test. They warned me ahead of time that it is not uncommon for this first test to come back at normal, even if he has a problem. The reason for this is because of the way your body release the hormones during the day, it only peaks at certain times. Anyway, without getting into the complicated medical side of this all, his first test came back normal.

The next step is a more complicated test that will give us a full look at this hormone levels. They told us that we needed to wait six months, see if he grew an inch, and if not they would run the test. Since he was eleven already, I told them that waiting was not something we wanted to do. If we do not catch this soon, he may never reach the growth he is suppose to. The doctor told me that reason for the wait is insurance.

After several phone calls, I got the go ahead from our insurance to get this test without waiting for six months. We will be going in June 13th, should have results in about two weeks after the test. I am hoping for answers, and soon. It has been a long road already.

I do not relish the thought of Alexzander having a disorder. I do not want to give him shots every day. I do not want him to be scared anymore. I do want answers and I do want my boy to grow.

None of this gives us answers to his stomach problems. At this point, we have put the other testing on hold. We want to get one issue addressed at a time. I told the doctors that I wanted to wait before we did anything else because stressing the child out with test after test is only going to make whatever is wrong, worse. We have decided to try and treat his issues with diet changes and we are seeing a lot of results already.

I plan on writing out what changes we are making in another post. At this point, I just want to get through this next test and go from there.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

It is Time to Love Our Fellow Man

I think that everyone knows that we are living in a very broken world filled to the brim with a lot of broken people. While I know that no one person can save the world, I do know that if every single person did just a little more, we could make our world such a better place.

All it takes is a quick stop on face book and you can find people in need, angry people, sad people, lonely people. People angry about politics, people angry about their work, people angry about their home life. Sad people, people who feel unwanted, unneeded and unloved. Lonely people, people desperate for anyone to notice them, need them, love them, give them a simple gesture of human kindness.

I see so many people blaming all the world's problems on this politician, that politician, this law, that law, this program or that program. When what we need to all be doing is taking a deep look inside ourselves and saying what can "I" do to help. How can "I" change my community, how "I" help my fellow mankind?

Honestly, the answer is so simple. No, you can not save everyone, no you can not change the lives of everyone but you can help someone and that help could mean everything to that person. You can reach out.

If someone is hungry, feed them. Programs are wonderful, if you yourself can not send someone a meal, donate your money to a program, volunteer your time or make food to bring to a program. If you can make someone a meal, make enough for them to either eat with your family or eat with them. Not only would you be feeding their body but you can feed their need for interaction. Show them love, kindness and respect. Never judge why they are in a needy place, just reach out and help.

If someone needs clothing, dress them. Almost every single person I know can afford to let go of some clothing. I know for a fact that in my household, we have extra and we are bagging stuff up for donation. Instead of goodwill or a thrift shop, give directly to a needy family, call your local churches and see if they know someone they can give it to, take it to a homeless shelter or a food pantry.

If someone needs a hug, hug them. I recently stopped at the table of a complete stranger and I hugged them. They were crying, alone at a coffee shop table. My heart ached for them, so I took the time and I sat with them, I did my best to offer comfort, compassion and I gave them a big hug. They thanked my over and over again. The words they said as I left, stuck with me. "Thank you for noticing and stopping. Most people would have just walked by." What a sad truth that is, most people would just walk by. We have to stop walking by, we need to stop and notice the pain all around us. Stop and notice when people just need someone to stop and notice them.

Monday, March 20, 2017

Home Schooling in the Raw - Why we home school year round




Several years ago, Chris and I made the choice to home school our children year round. We decided this when Alexzander ( who is now almost 11 and in 5th grade ) was starting second grade, we noticed that we were spending far to much time at the beginning of the school year, repeating and relearning everything he forgot over the summer. It was time consuming for us and frustrating for him.

Since that year, we have been schooling on a year round schedule. We start our new year the Tuesday after Labor Day. We take two weeks off each season. Generally, our breaks go like this, two weeks off around Thanksgiving, two weeks off around Christmas, two weeks off around Easter and two weeks off around the 4th of July. We do have some assignments during their breaks, generally they have a special reading assignment that earns them prizes for completely, a fun craft or project during those weeks and any make up work they still have.

Our summer school months ( June - beginning of next school year ) are different than the rest of the school year. We have a lighter work load, focus strongly on summer reading programs ( we do two from local libraries and I even printed my own last year )  and outdoor lessons. They generally have a couple work sheets a week that keep them on track with what they have learned and prep them for the next school year.  We take lots of field trips, family get aways ( it is so easy to do educational stuff on the road ) and camping trips. They help us in our garden, we take part in local events and just take learning where ever we can.

                                                     



K - 2nd Read Aloud Program

    Course Description: This read aloud program  is for  K - 2nd grade students, it can be used for younger or older students, base...