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Homeschool Curriculum Part 3: The Fun Stuff

by Caroline on April 17, 2013

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Lest you were worried: Yes, we survived Homeschooling Week 1. I just was too tired to write about it. Actually, I got to feeling really sick at lunchtime on Friday, so we only did what we really needed to.

This second week is going much smoother, and it feels like we’re starting to settle into a pattern. We’ll see if it sticks.

Fun curriculum

Some of the fun stuff we’re using to add to our core curriculum.

Curriculum Part 3: The Fun Stuff

Homeschool would be super boring if all we did was workbook stuff all the time. Also, it wouldn’t engage the girls’ minds in different ways, or include many hands-on types of activities. Here are some of the fun things we’re adding in when appropriate.

  • Conceptual Math Bingo
    • We’ve got Whole Numbers, What Time Is It?, Money, and Early Fractions. The thing that’s challenging about this game is that the card that gets drawn for whatever number will be called gives six different ways for the caller to describe that number. For example: the number might be 54, but the caller can say: “50 + 4″ or “6 x 9″ or “count by 2’s: 50, 52, __.” Makes the kiddos think about the different ways numbers (or other values) relate to each other.
  • Various Word Games (Quiddler, Scrabble, etc.)
    • We haven’t tried all of these yet. I’ll let you know how they turn out.
  • Visual Acquity Games: (Spot It, Flash Focus for Nintendo DS)
    • Visual Processing is something M-bug struggles with. Games that sharpen both attention and visual skills are a must.
  • Flashcards, Shape-building blocks, and other assorted games
    • Some of these are math, and others are just general skills, like puzzles.
  • BrainPOP and BrainPOP Jr.
    • The girls loved these online programs when they used them through their virtual charter. They have fun videos about many subjects, as well as other activities for further study.

What educational “fun stuff” do you use?


 

Day 4 Update and Curriculum Part 2

by Caroline April 11, 2013
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We’re on Day 4 of our first week of traditional homeschooling. Day 3 didn’t go so well. Decoder Man and I spent half the night before awake for no discernable reason, and then I finally fell asleep just before I should have been getting up. Slept late … you get the idea. So we just […]

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Traditional Homeschool: Day 1

by Caroline April 8, 2013
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My brain hurts. We’ve moved to Texas. We made the 1704-mile trip over four days, taking a week break at my parents’ house in the middle of it. The girls and I have been in our new home for just over a week. We spent half of that first week trying to put the house […]

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Book Review: Square Peg by L. Todd Rose and Katherine Ellison

by Caroline March 4, 2013
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I recently finished reading Square Peg by L. Todd Rose, a faculty member at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, and a man with a first-hand account of what it can be like to grow up with ADHD. Working with Rose is Katherine Ellison, a Pulitzer Prize-winning author with her own experience of having ADHD. […]

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Getting Behind in Life

by Caroline November 6, 2012
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I haven’t posted anything besides macro photos in three weeks, and that’s just because I had several weeks’ worth of macro posts in the queue. I feel like I’m getting behind in my own life, not to mention my blog. (It’s been so long that I’ve almost forgotten how to use WordPress, and I just […]

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Communicating with a Child with PDD-NOS

by Caroline October 2, 2012
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My daughter, M-bug, has been diagnosed with PDD-NOS, which stands for Pervasive Developmental Disorder – Not Otherwise Specified. It’s a really big name for a disorder on the austim spectrum. Children who have PDD-NOS usually have trouble both communicating and relating socially to the people around them. It can be tricky to diagnose, because it […]

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IEP Meeting and New Homeschool Schedule

by Caroline September 17, 2012
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Sorry to leave you all hanging, everybody. This last week has been crazy, but good, owing in part to the IEP meeting I had at the girls’ school on the 7th, and a new homeschool schedule. You might recall that I was having an extremely hard time keeping up with everything that the girls need […]

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In a School Daze

by Caroline August 30, 2012
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Thursday, 9:43 am We started school August 20. Ever since, I’ve had numerous ideas for blog posts. I write them in my head, but they never make it to the computer, because I have no time. None. Even though this year’s start of our virtual school was much easier because we already knew how it […]

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The First Step Down the Homeschooling Road

by Caroline June 5, 2012
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The school year is over, and I’ve been taking a look at how our first year of homeschooling went. The girls attended a public virtual homeschool, rather than us doing traditional homeschooling. So it’s somewhere in between traditional classroom education and homeschooling. Why did I choose virtual homeschooling? Well, the easy answer is that my kids’ […]

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We All Think Differently

by Caroline May 18, 2012
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I mentioned a week or so ago that the girls were doing projects for their school’s science fair. I’ll go into more detail on that next week (hopefully — it’s the last week of school, and bound to be crazy), but I observed something interesting while they were doing their experiments. Both girls’ projects had […]

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Making Math Fun

by Caroline March 28, 2012
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M-bug still struggles with place value. She often gets her tens and ones mixed up, and numbers with more than one digit in front of the comma stump her. One game that her therapist, Miss Tammy, uses with her at the Idaho Learning Center is called the Math Place Value Game. (I know–pretty predictable.)   […]

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