Wednesday, December 17, 2008
AmblesideOnline's Nature Study schedules and info
Fantastic site in general and home of the Outdoor Hour (helps on how to do nature study):
Awesome for nature journaling:
Coloring pages of birds and insects
E-mail support group (not currently very active)
Full text of Anna Botsford Comstock's Handbook of Nature Study
same book on Google books
For my Texan friends: Outdoor Kids printable journal
If you know of other great links, please post them in the comments!
Monday, December 15, 2008
So without further ado, here's the first one!
A site where you can print off coloring pages of some of the famous artists at colormeonline.com
Affordable Picture Study by Sheila Carroll
Links for getting images of the artists' works to print:
- AO Prints - All the AO recommended works for the term's artist in one handy pdf file
- AO_HEO_PictureStudy 8 1/2 x 11- ALL the AO recommended works for all the years, plus extras for the term's artist available in individual pdf files - also has images for timeline figures.
- AO_HEO_PictureStudy 4 x 6 - Same as above, just different size.
- AO Art Schedule page with links to the works on different sites, to download to your computer in jpg file, differing sizes.
Online (free) Books with bio information on many artists:
A Child's History of Art, V.M. Hillyer and Lives of the Italian Artists, Giorgio Vasari
Fisher Academy's Artist Study posts:
Artist Study: Caspar David Friedrich
Artist Study: Van Gogh
Monday, November 24, 2008
Cullen came to me and said, "Do you know of any more books about dinosuars? Mom, I'm going to look up in EVERY book that we have about dinosaurs. Then Javen and me are going to write everything down. We're going to do all kinds of research!"
First, I'm regularly pretty strict about bedtime, and it was Saturday night, meaning church tomorrow. It was on the tip of my tongue to say so... but I'm SO glad I didn't! They were up for another hour or so, scouring their books. Sunday after church they came back to their studies, and today they are still working on it! Javen has written several pages of notes. Did I mention he's a 10 year old boy? Cullen is 9 and he's become an expert on the Dodo bird.
I am very impressed.
The other problem is, that we don't do unit studies. We have regular stuff to do... you know, interesting stuff. Imagine the scene: It's 10am and 10 & 9 year old boys sitting on the couch buried in books, with their notebooks out and copying down interesting dinosaur facts... We have had a late start and I call to them to get started, "Come on, boys, we've got to do school!" Hahah. Joke's on me. Javen calls back, "Hey mom! We've been doing school all morning! I have to write more about the Lochness monster. I'm going through all the books' indexes looking for the Lochness and then writing stuff down. I've done that for a whole bunch of dinosaurs!"
I was SO impressed, actually that I kind of got into it too :) Here are some links that I thought were worth a second look, so I'm posting them here:
Cool interactive site with lots of different categories of dinosaurs : Genesis Park
Online Audios by Ken Ham at Answers in Genesis
Very cool 20 min. video online about dinosaurs by Christiansanswers.net
Kids 4 Truth Creation video online
Dinosaur quiz by Christiananswers.net
Article about Behemoth (long, I didn't read it all...)
Bible references to Dinosaurs by sixdaycreation.com
Sunday, November 16, 2008
I mean, I need time with Him and in His word like crazy.
Second to time with my Lord, is time with my man. My man is so sensitive to my weakness that he takes me out on a date weekly. I need him. This is the MOST valuable way he helps with homeschooling. Without this time, emotionally I break down. I just can't handle all that life and ministry, and these crazy & yet amazing kids can throw my way.
Now, this sounds like I'm somewhat dependent, and yes, yes I am. The Lord is my strength and he's my strength through provision of a strong man who loves me too :) I am so thankful.
The verses that I repeat over and over are:
because he trusts in you."
Boy, Scripture is so powerful, daily I read verses that are a constant help to me.
Living and active. YAY!
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Saturday, October 25, 2008
Songs on playlist:
Jascha Heifetz plays Bach Chaconne (part 1)
Jascha Heifetz plays Bach Chaconne (part 2)
1. Bach: Magnificat in D major (BWV 243) / McCreesh
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685 - 1750).
I. Choir: Magnificat.
II. Aria (Soprano II): Et exsultavit spiritus meus.
III. Aria (Soprano I): Quia ...
2. Bach: Magnificat in D major (BWV 243) / McCreesh
V. Aria (Bass). Quia fecit mihi magna.
VI. Duet (Alto, Tenor): Et misericordia.
VII. Choir: Fecit pote...
3. Bach: Magnificat in D major (BWV 243) / McCreesh
XII. Aria (Alto): Esurientes implevit bonis.
XIII. Duet (Soprano, Bass): Virga Jesse floruit.
Bach - Brandenburg Concertos No.6 - i: Allegro
Bach - Brandenburg Concertos No.6 - ii: Adagio ma non tanto
Bach - Brandenburg Concertos No.6 - iii: Allegro
Nageeb Gardizi plays Bach Art of Fugue Contrapunctus 1
Nageeb Gardizi plays Bach - Art of Fugue Contrapunctus 2
J. S. Bach (1685 - 1750): Contrapunctus 3 (Fugue) BWV 1080
bach - art of fugue - contrapunctus 4 - glenn gould
The art of fugue: Contrapunctus V, VI, VII (Koopman, Mathot)
The art of fugue BWV 1080
Counter-fugues, in which a variation of the main subject is used in both regular and inverted form
Contrapunctus VI, a 4 in S...
The art of fugue: Contrapunctus 8 (T. Koopman, T. Mathot)
The art of fugue BWV 1080
Ton Koopman, Tini Mathot, harpsichord
Nageeb Gardizi plays Bach - Art of Fugue Contrapunctus 9
The art of fugue: Canon alla Duodecima, Contrapunctus 10, Canon alla Decima (Koopman-Mathot)
Koopman and Mathot play Contrapunctus 11
The art of fugue: Contrapunctus 12-13 (Koopman-Mathot)
Johann Sebastian Bach (1685-1750)
The art of fugue BWV 1080
Art of fugue(Contrapunctus XIV)
Canon alla Ottava, alla Decima, alla Duodecima (H. Walcha)
Saturday, October 18, 2008
"The researchers found that a “dose of nature” worked as well or better than a dose of medication on the child’s ability to concentrate. What’s not clear is how long the nature effect can last." Read the full NY Times article HERE.
Well, isn't this interesting? No wonder we have so many medicated kids out there. God's creation is not only enjoyable but being out there is healthy too! Too many kids live incubated lives. Go to school, go home, watch tv, go to bed... repeat the next morning.
Just another GREAT reason to enjoy homeschooling and to get out and enjoy the outdoors.
Friday, October 17, 2008
Wednesday, October 15, 2008
Here's my rendition:
(with not a whole lot of thought given, mind you)
We live down in Peru
We'd love to chat with you,
5 kids plus parents two,
The Tuttle Family
Working for the LORD,
We daily use our Swords,
We can't ever get real bored,
The Tuttle Family.
We're always together,
can think of nothing better,
you should send a letter,
to the Tuttle family
Hope you join in!
Tuesday, October 14, 2008
Our life is just SO full. I would apologize for not having blogged for some time, but I don't want to be always apologizing, since I know that this is not the last time that some time will pass between posts. As I was telling a friend recently, my blog exists to serve me, not the reverse.
So, here I am. I have about 2,546 post ideas swirling about in my head and no time for writing them all down.
If I can get myself on a routine of sorts for awhile, it may be possible to establish regular blogging time. But as it is, I just have too much going, and there is nothing in my life right now that can give so that I might maintain a well-read blog.
After the memoirs, I think the first thing that I will attempt to write will be on nature study. We are beginning this wonderful subject again, after having taken a lengthy hiatus. We will use Outdoor Hour Challenges found here and Comstock's Handbook of Nature Study. We started with the first challenge (which was sadly disappointing), which I will blog about soon.
Next, in my ample spare time, I want to write on the subject of habit forming... as I have previously mentioned. But since my abundant spare time is occupied cleaning this huge house, cooking 3 meals a day, backing up my awesome husband, teaching my wonderful children,
and doing ministry... that subject will be left to marinate until further notice :)
God is SO good.
Our favourite spot to study...
We are always doing different things. We are so portable, so flexible, so adaptable that we're not all that regular! We do certain subjects in the same places (sometimes), but we don't stay in the same place all day, nor do we seem to spend more time in one place than another! whoa, we're weird!
We usually do math at the table all together (but not always... heheh :).
We do read alouds wherever we feel like it: on the couch, in the car, on a bed, at the table, or near the closest outlet if the laptop needs charging :)
The boys do their copywork/math, anything that requires writing at their desks or up in the office where it's quiet. They can't seem to concentrate on these subjects if there's even the tiniest noise.
We actually have an official schoolroom, but basically it only serves the purpose of housing all of our learning materials, because not much school actually takes place in there.
So there's not a favorite study spot really... except I must add that we LOVE that we study at home or at the park or in the car or wherever it may be and that NOT at a school!
Okay, snacking is not going to be a regular subject on this blog, and that's because, I don't think it's that interesting of a subject. Besides the fact that we don't really snack around here. Oh, don't get me wrong, we love to eat, but we discourage snacking between meals. When we snack inevitably, it seems we don't eat our meals or we become picky and don't eat all of our meals... I'm sure you know what I mean. And living here in Peru there just aren't as many snack-y things available. Unless I make them from scratch... and I don't have much time for that :)
But when we snack this is what we eat:
Vanilla ice cream w/ milk or Chocolate w/ peanut butter
Trail mix (sent from the States)
Graham crackers (also sent from the States)
Homemade strawberry shortcakes with homemade whipped cream!!! -our favorite
...all kinds of fruits available
I'm getting hungry...
We'll try to aim for our regularly well-intended "school-ish" themes soon.
This week we are invited to share a few of our favourite things - er - sites. The list of favourite things could be never-ending... Just copy this list and add your favorites underneath the appropriate category.
- Magazines/Carnivals - In the homeschool category, I enjoy the CM blog carnival, Heart of the Matter, The Old Schoolhouse magazine. If we're talking non-homeschool, I like Better Homes and Gardens and Family Fun magazines the most!
- Freebie sites - I LOVE librivox.org, and I also frequent Currclick.com and homeschoolfreebieoftheday.com when the freebie is something I think we might use. I also subscribe to scrapgirls.com weekly newsletters where they give away free digiscrap stuff.
- Homeschool news/informative - As for news, I'm totally out of the loop. For information, I read blogs, and subscribe to yahoo groups applicable to my CM style.
- Forums/book clubs - same as above
- Networking, Blog “About” (sites that offer tech-support or tutorials for computer/internet) & Quick Links - no time for that these days :)
- Mom site - a sites just for moms
- Inspirational/encouraging/motivational - holyexperience.com is super inspirational to me, along with my friends' blogs.
- Youth/kid - sites geared towards youth/kids or owned by them
- Memes - Homeschool Memoirs, Heart of the Matter, Simple Woman's Daybook, My Husband Rocks and Thursday Thirteen are some of the meme's I have participated in with varying regularity.
- Organizing/crafts - sites that you look to for organizing tips or crafts - Familyfun.com, Simplemom.net - I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this site!!
- Homemaking/Homesteading - blogs, New Harvest Homestead digital magazine
- Bible-focused - sites mainly about God’s Word - Biblegateway.com
- Homeschool Method - sites that offer a lot of info on a certain method - Amblesideonline.org, Simplycharlottemason.com
- Family blog - sites that give you a glimpse into another family’s life, run by a family - I sometimes go to titus2.com
- Businesses, particularly homebased - no time... :)
Monday, October 13, 2008
Well, there are a number of reasons why I'm NOT going to write a post for this week's meme. One is, it's not summer here in Peru :) The other is that we school year-round so even if it were summer, we wouldn't be doing summer like most people ;)
But I am going to give you a link to my photo essay on our trip to the jungle that did happen during y'alls' North American summer. It even felt like summer there since it was SO hot.
So here you are: (go to the link below for more pictures)
1. Siah eating a itty-bitty banana for snack on the way... 20 hours driving - one way! woohoo!
2. Grill found in open market with fish (Lisa) displayed on a leaf for a plate; grilled banana slices; and I can't remember what all else... probably chicken foot shish-ka-bobs ;)
3. Cull posing in the ice cream store (where we spent a good amount of time).
4. Jungle beauty on the church's campground property.
5. Cool thatch roof. Micah wants to build a house with a roof like this someday... uh, well, okay.
6. My guys dreaming of river ministry... or swimming, or riding on motorboats... or something.
7. Amazing sunset in approaching storm clouds.
8. River Boat. Micah will spend a lot of time on a boat like this if we move to the jungle. He wants to regularly visit the really small villages along the river to encourage & teach the believers.
Thursday, October 9, 2008
Saturday, September 13, 2008
I used to like to add something new all the time. I think I had an aversion to doing the same thing. I liked to change houses, I enjoyed moving my furniture around, I loved traveling, and I wanted to change homeschool curriculum every year or more :)
However, my life now involves so much change and newness that I really do love having a homeschool curriculum that we have used for 3 years now. Ambleside online is so great. As a part of that there are new books every year, every term in fact we start new books. So, in that way it doesn't get old. But it has enough continuity that we can all get into a comfortable routine of how we do things.
So that said, new stuff for this year:
I am looking into possibly integrating Mystery of History in for history... we'll see. And I'm really impressed with Heart of Wisdom for Bible and adding an element of delight directed study. All will have to complement our AO schedule. So without further ado:
(new AO titles for year 4)
George Washington's World by Genevieve Foster
Poor Richard by James Daugherty
Abigail Adams: Witness to a Revolution by Natalie S. Bober
The Age of Fable by Thomas Bulfinch preface to 14
The Life and Adventures of Robinson Crusoe by Daniel Defoe
Kidnapped by Robert Louis Stevenson
The Incredible Journey by Sheila Burnford
The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving
Paul Revere's Ride by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
Rip Van Winkle by Washington Irving
Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
Pollyanna by Eleanor Porter
The Secret Garden by Frances Hodgson Burnett
The Railway Children by Edith Nesbit
A Book of Golden Deeds by Charlotte Yonge
Bambi by Felix Salten
The Chronicles of Narnia series by C.S. Lewis
Little Britches series by Ralph Moody
The Borrowers by Mary Norton
Lassie Come Home by Eric Knight
Gentle Ben by Walt Morey
Gone Away Lake by Elizabeth Enright
Thimble Summer by Elizabeth Enright
Return To Gone Away by Elizabeth Enright
By the Shores of Silver Lake by Laura Ingalls Wilder
The Peterkin Papers by Lucretia Hale
Calico Captive (girl interest) or The Sign of the Beaver (boy interest) by Elizabeth George Speare
Johnny Tremain by Esther Forbes
Tree of Freedom by Rebecca Caudill
Amos Fortune, Free Man by Elizabeth Yates
The Reb and the Redcoats by Constance Savery (British view of revolution)
Justin Morgan had a Horse by Marguerite Henry
So, my routine is that I work around whatever craziness my husband sends my way... every day! :) Being in ministry he has a schedule that depends on lots of other people. People come by, they call, he has different meetings everyday and has lots of spur of the moment things too. While every day is not the same craziness, it is crazy every day so that is my routine!
However, we do have a loose routine of:
7am wake/read Bible
9am start school
2pm nap/quiet time
3pm read alouds
8pm kids' bedtime
I'm always working on ways to make my day run more smoothly. We have a wonderful schedule using Managers of their Homes, but it is in re-evaluation right now, so we're between schedules.
Thursday, September 11, 2008
The boys had several free-reading books by Roald Dahl that they finished. We kept up on Bible reading and had several nature study opportunities. Fun.
We finished reading Squanto, by Feenie Ziner and Landing of the Pilgrims, by James Daugherty.
These two books coincide perfectly... definitely read these two together for SUPERB living books on pilgrims/mayflower/colonist history!
Jungle school is fun :)
Tuesday, September 9, 2008
I also want to apologize because I was unable to finish the week before the drawing with a bang like I'd hoped. But I'm not sorry that we went to the jungle! We had a great time despite the 20 hour drive both ways! More about that on my other blog.
Okay, okay, I'm getting off the subject.
I'm really excited to announce that Gombojav Tribe is the winner of the subscription to the Old Schoolhouse digital magazine! If you're disappointed, blame random.org for not picking you. :)
I wish so much that I had 15 of these to give away! Then you'd all win! But, go on over and check out her food blog... oh my. I get hungry when I go there!
I'd really like to have another contest someday. I like giving stuff away!
Monday, September 8, 2008
My husband up and spirited us away to the jungle for a week! So, I was out of commission, completely off grid. I didn't forget about the contest though, and I said I'd select a winner today,
so 4 minutes before midnight, I'm here. :)
But the sad news is, that I'll have to pick the winner tomorrow. Because I didn't have a chance yet to count up chances for each person... and though I got back Saturday night, Sunday was insane-busy and today I've been running all day, didn't get online 'til just now. My mom and dad are coming to visit and arrive tomorrow, YAY!!
I promise things will be better soon :)
Winner will be announced early tomorrow morning... I promise!
Tuesday, September 2, 2008
Even though I didn't get to post in time for the carnival, I still plan to post a series on my thoughts about the VERY important topic of habit training. I may even have a guest write a post. cool.
So, stay tuned.
Thursday, August 28, 2008
Wednesday, August 27, 2008
I just posted on this topic in a post called What to teach?! So go there real quick and then come back here. I'm going to add a little bit as I didn't really explain what I like about each curriculum.
This week’s theme is about sharing your 2008-09 homeschool agendas and plans. You’ve been preparing your plans for sometime and you’re ready to go. Or you’re still in the planning-stage and need some inspiration or tips on what to use. Because many use different curriculum and methods there is always something new to be gleaned from other homeschoolers. It’s always fun and interesting to see what other’s are using and the WWWWH as Robin Sampson suggests.
So this week I hope you will share what you’re doing this year for your homeschool agenda. Share the different curriculum you’re using. You can also include what age/grade you’re using it for, how long you’ve been using it, and why you like it. Please share a Bible verse that has encouraged you or inspired you during this planning-process, and how.
First of all, for the past 3 years we've used the AmblesideOnline curriculum plan. We LOVE AO! I've made very few adaptations to the curriculum as suggested and been very happy with the book selections.
We are just finishing up Year 3 and will start Year 4 in October. My boys are 10.5 & 9.5 and so far it is a perfect fit as far as reading comprehension etc. I think they could have been put a year ahead of where they are, but I didn't want to run into difficulties later on. My littles just kind of listen in on the boys' readings (they play relatively quietly nearby while we read).
I love the rotation of history (although we actually may do some tweaking with this this year as we may try to add Heart of Wisdom in as well... I'm working on this merger :). The kids love the history/literature/nature study... okay they love everything about AO! Me too.
So for Language Arts, Math, Science and Geography we use the following:
Spell to Write and Read - We've been using this for the last 3 years and will always use it! A k-12 curriculum that really has all I want for language instruction! I have a post about this curriculum, CLICK HERE. I have links to several reviews, going to a seminar, and about the sweet author.
Now the thing I like about this curriculum is how it really teaches the basic building blocks of language. Starting with phonics (70 basic phonograms) and summing everything up with the 29 rules. "With these simple tools you can explain 99% of the 1000 most commonly used English words and their derivatives. Contrary to the popular belief that the English language is riddled with exceptions and rule breakers you can now have a way to explain our language to your children so that they can understand and succeed." My boys are at a 3rd grade level because our our crazy last year, but we're going to catch up. I'm just starting with my 5yog to teach her the phonograms and Cursive First for writing.
I was taught using an early version of this curriculum 20+ years ago, and I am confident of its success! My boys are not naturally strong in spelling (yet :) and so this curriculum reinforces in an area where I feel is weak for them. They are learning a LOT and are building a strong foundation for language for their whole lives.
Math u see - I LOVE the man in this DVD! Math-u-see has a video for each lesson. Each lesson has about 5-6 pages of work. We spread it over a week, or if it's something they have a handle on, we've done as many as 3 pages a day! My kids are not those kids who love to do schoolwork. They'd much rather be building with legos or playing Narnia outside with sticks as swords. They do NOT love math, but they tolerate it with Math-u-see. I love that I can put on the video and if they don't understand it they can watch the video again. After the third time, if they still don't understand, :) I work them through it using ideas from the teacher's manual. This saves us a lot of frustration on both sides. I love the way Steve Demme explains things; both my husband and I have wondered that no one ever told us about these cool tricks! ;)
My 10 & 9 year old boys are using Delta this year. My 5 year old girl is using Primer
Apologia "Exploring Creation with..." series
by Jeannie Fulbright
I really enjoy reading these with my kids. I really appreciate the perspective that it adds from a strong Creationist point of view. Jeannie is continually giving glory to God for the wonderful things he has made, and helping us to see how God takes care of us by making things the way He did. I also like the projects, notebooking and narration activities throughout. I feel like it is a great choice for CM families. I would also highly recommend if it is within your budget to buy the Creation Sensation kits to compliment each book also recommended by Jeannie in the book (basically just a kit that provides all the materials required for all the projects explained in the book, all handy there so you don't have to hunt them down).
We have scheduled one book per year. We like this rate.
A Child's Geography by Ann Voskamp
Is a book absolutely beautifully written. If you have any doubt at all, go to Holy Experience and get a taste of Ann Voskamp's style of writing. I really appreciate the projects for application of what we're learning to life that she incorporates into each lesson. She also includes narration and notebooking throughout for a great CM style book! Her perspective is SO awesome, totally God-focused. I'm so glad we found this book!! We're halfway through this book and really looking forward to the Holy Land version as soon as we're finished.
Bible verses?! Wow. There are so many. Seriously. But I have this one hanging up in our schoolroom: maybe you'll notice a common theme :)
You keep him in perfect peace
whose mind is stayed on You,
because he trusts in You.
~ Isaiah 26:3
Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.
~ Matthew 11:28-30
These are particularly meaningful to me at planning time, but really all year long. I need an extra dosis of peace at the beginning when I'm particularly given to stress about how things are going to work out, getting my kids motivated (getting myself motivated for that matter), etc. Christ does not overburden us, we overburden ourselves, he provides rest. As we learn from Him, then we can teach our children.
This is a repost from the archives at my other blog: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/amada/567751/
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