Sunday, October 30, 2011

History Highlights Week 10 Q&A

History Highlights Week 10 Q & A
Printable PDF
1.  The Mexican war was fought between which 2 countries?   

2.  The territory of _______revolted against the Mexican government and declared its independence.

3.  What did Mexico say they would do if the U. S.  allowed Texas to join the U.S. as a state?

4.  Who was the president during the Mexican War?

5.  Why did James Gadsden want to purchase more land from Mexico?

6.  The idea of Manifest Destiny had first surfaced in a _________________.

7.  What does Manifest Destiny mean?

8.  During whose presidency was the Manifest Destiny accomplished?

9.  T or F  Polk tried many ways to help with the problems of slavery.

1.  The U.S. and Mexico
2.  Texas
3.  They would declare war on the U.S.
4.  James K. Polk
5.  He was a railroad promoter and wanted the land for that purpose.
6.  In a newspaper
7.  Americans had a God-given right to occupy the North American continent, from the Atlantic Ocean to the Pacific Ocean.  
8.  James K. Polk
9.  False

Classical Conversation Week 10 Supplements

America The Story of Us: The Alamo- video presented by the History Channel
The Alamo Just for kids-there are a lot of different activities on this website
Davy Crockett Coloring Page
Davy Crockett reading comprehension with questions printable
James K. Polk-C-Span  Download a video

Once Upon a time....Life-Breathing
Hall Of Health Coloring Pages- this is a great pdf. to supplement Science with I'm very excited that I found this one
Label the Respiratory System- this is a large pdf.  Scroll down to pages 14 and 15 to find the worksheet to label.  I will be using these in my class at CC. 

Book match ups
The Mexican-American War- Bardhan-Quallen, Sudipta.  (Grade 5-9)
The Mexican War- Nobleman, Marc-Tyler (Grade 4-6)
The Mexican War: How the U.S. gained its western lands-Cantor, Carrie Nichols (Grade 4-6)
The Mexican War: "Mr. Polk's War" -Carey (Grade 6-9)
Hispanic America, Texas and the Mexican War, 1835-1850 (Grade 5 and up)
The Mexican War: manifest destiny- Carter, Alden R. (Grade 4-8)

The Alamo- Frandin, Dennis (Grade 3-6)
The Battle of The Alamo- O'Hern, Kerri (Grade 3-5)
The Battle of the Alamo-Doeden, Matt.  (Grade 3-6)
Davy Crockett : defender of the Alamo -Sanford, William R. (Grade 4-6)

James K. Polk, eleventh president of the United States- (Ages 10 and up)
James K. Polk : our eleventh president -Gaines, Ann (Ages 9 and up)

Lungs : your respiratory system- Simon, Seymour (Grades 3-6)

The respiratory system- Jakab, Cheryl (Grade 3-5)
The respiratory system -Frost, Helen (K-Grade 2)
The respiratory system-Stille, Darlene R. (Grade 2-4)

Have you found anything else to supplement with this week?  Please leave a comment!

Friday, October 21, 2011

History Highligts Q&A Week 8

I am going to start using CC History Highlights, here are some of the questions I'll be asking my kids after we've read it.

Printable Version pdf.  

History Highlight Q&A
1.  Henry Clay was born in 1777 during the __________ ___________.
2.  Whose War was the War of 1812 referred to as?
3.  The treaty of Ghent ended which war?
4.  When Missouri applied for statehood how many slave and free states were there?
5.  What was the moral problem dividing our country?
6.  Who negotiated a compromise which kept the number of slave states equal to the number of free states?
7.  Which two states joined the Union in the Missouri Compromise?
8.  The Missouri Compromise banned slavery in what territory?

1.  American Revolution
2.  Mr. Clay's War
3.  The War of 1812
4.  Eleven Slave States and Eleven Free States
5.  Is Slavery evil?
6.  Henry Clay
7.  Missouri and Maine
8.  The Louisiana Purchase Territory

Classical Conversations week 9 Q&A from HIstory Highlights Reading.

I am going to start asking my kids questions after doing the reading the History Highlights which are available on the CC Tutorial.
Here are the some of the questions that I will be asking.

Printable PDF.  Click Here. 
History Highlights Q&A

1.  After which war did the U.S. acquire the territory that included the states of New Mexico, Utah and California?

2.  Congress had to decided whether the territory won in the Mexican War in 1848 would be _______or have ____________.

3.  What is a fugitive slave?

4.  Was it legal for people living  in a free state to help rescue a slave from a southern state?

5.  The Dred Scott decision increased tension between the North and South and lead to what war?

6.  Succession is when the __________states left the Union and formed their own government.

7.  Which was the first state to sucede from the Union?

1. Mexican war
2. Free or have slavery
3.  A slave who ran away from his master
4.  No
5.  The Civil War
6.  Southern
7.  South Carolina

Classical Conversation Week 9 Supplements

The Fugitive Slave Act Reading and questions
The Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act  Reading
Harriet Tubman- Reading Comprehension Worksheet and questions
Harriet Tubman Video-animated
National Geographic-The Underground Railroad- this is really cool, it shows the tricks they used to hid slaves.
Dred Scott case: the Supreme Court decision 
List of Reading Comprehension and Questions on Slavery
The Dred Scott Decision High School Lesson and writing actitivity
Black History Word Find Easy
Black History Word Find Hard
Harriet Tubman coloring page

PBS Resource Bank - The Compromise of 1850 and the Fugitive Slave Act- reading
An Unpopular Decision- The Dred Scott Decision-video
The Dred Scott Decision-video
Coloring Sheets on Early American Life

How to make a Corn Husk Doll-Wherever corn was grown as a crop, children, in both Native American and Colonial American families, used husks to fashion dolls. Follow these simple instructions and refer to the accompanying diagrams to create your own unique doll.

Great Salt Lake Facts-reading
U.S. Geography Games Online- An easy and fun way to review U.S. Geography

Once upon a time the Lymph System 

Math a fun way to practice math drills

Fine Arts Music
Giant staff paper that is easy to label.
Practice drawing notes- rhythms worksheet
Fill in the blank label the notes worksheet
Music Theory Games
Pianimals- Teach your child beginner's Piano DIY-  I used this program to teach my son beginners piano, I highly recommend it to anyone who wants to make sure their child likes playing piano before investing a fortune in hiring a teacher.  I am amazed at how far Pianimals has taken us.  This is not a paid advertisement, it's just a product I LOVE!  I have a link below if you want to check it out any further!  

Reading List
The Trail of Tears, Bruchac. 
Soft Rain, Cornelissen. 
Mexican War (Perspectives On History
Mexican-American War CDs 
Picture That! The Trails West, Galforf.  
Wagon Train, Kramer. 
Children of the Covered Wagon, Carr. 
Daily Life in a Covered Wagon, Erickson. 
Bud & Me, Abernathy. 
If You Traveled West in a Covered Wagon, Levine.
They’re Off! The Story of the Pony Express,
Pecos Bill, Bowman. 
Sitting Bull, Recht Penner. 
Cowboys of the Wild West, Freedman. 

Why I homeschool all year round and on most Saturdays.

I am very driven when it comes to homeschooling my kids, but I can't say that "being driven" is the reason I home school in the summer and on Saturdays.

The main reason I homeschool in the summer is.........simply....... what else is there to do with children when they are awake for 12 hours a day?  Really, homeschooling last only about 2 hours with my children at their current age, maybe a little longer if you include reading books.  I simply can't think of ways to keep them busy the entire day, I don't want them sitting in front of the tv or computer all day.   "Idol hands are the devil's playground", so I like to keep them busy.

The 2nd reason I homeschool in the summer, is that I don't want my kids forgetting all the hard work we did all year.  What is the point of teaching and reteaching the same material.  It bores me and I'm guessing it will bore my kids too!

The 3rd reason is I want my kids to start college as soon as possible.  Many of the local community colleges offer free college courses to home-schooled kids starting the last two years of high school.  That's money that I don't have to spend on college.  Since I no longer have a job, I figure one way I can make a financial investment in their future education is by getting my kids ready now.

Now you may ask why I we do school on Saturday.  Well, there are 52 weeks in a year which means there are also 52 Saturdays in a year.  That's almost 2 months of wasted time.  Public school give their students homework over the weekend, so really why wouldn't we do some work on Saturday.  I usually only do the 3 R's on Saturday (Reading, Writing and Arithmetic).

My husband like to relax on Saturday mornings so I usually just start the mornings the same way we do a school regular day.  By the time we finish up school work he is ready to get going.

And my final reason is that when Mommy needs a break, I don't need to loose any sleep.  We are way ahead of schedule!

Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Making reading a little more fun!

My sister gave me this idea the other day.  Throw a bunch of pillows in the tub and let the kids read books.  We call it a pillow bath, just make sure the kids know not to turn on the water :)

Menu Plan for this Week 10/17

1.  Bagels and Fruit
2.  Frozen pancakes,butter,  no syrup
3.  Frozen French Toast, butter, no syrup
4.  Frozen Waffles, butter, no syrup
5.  Cereal
6.  Pumpkin Muffins and fruit

1.  Mac And Cheese
2.  BBQ Boars Head chicken rolls with a cheese stick and fruit
3.  Grilled Cheese Sandwiches with tomato soup
4.  Pizza at CC
5.  PB&J

1.  Tex Mex Bean dip with Tortila Chips
2.  Pulled Pork Sandwiches
3.  Homemade spaghetti sauce with turkey meatballs
4.  Spinach Cranberry Salad with Grilled Chicken on top
5.  Frozen Pizza with a salad

Sunday, October 16, 2011

Skip Counting Hopscotch

This is how I've been teaching skip counting in my class, we say the numbers as the student jumps on it.
The kids love it, it keeps them moving and out of their seats!

Friday, October 14, 2011

Now that's What I'm talkin about Guacamole

I have tried countless guacamole recipes and none of them seem quite right.  When I visited my sister this summer she introduced Evan and I to our all time favorite guacamole recipe.  The ingredient that was missing in all the others was the raw garlic.

All you need is
1 plum tomato
2 avocado
1/2 red onion
1 lime
3 gloves of garlic

First mash the avocados, then mince the garlic and add it, mix in the chopped tomato and chopped red onion   Mix it all together then squeeze the juice from 1 lime over all of it .  Simple and Delicious!

Monday, October 10, 2011

Free ABC Printable Scripture Cards

I just saw this on
I will saving this one for  a little later.
Free ABC Printable Scripture Cards

CC Field Trip To Bedner's Farm and Cypress Swamp Boardwark

We just love Bedner's farm.  Our field trip started going thru their fields and learning about farming in Florida.  

Our tour included a walk on Cypress Swamp Boardwalk.  We saw a huge Black Racer Snake, but I was too busy running away to pull out my camera.  Here the kiddos found a grasshopper.

Gracie and Hannah Examining a Caterpillar
Hannah is my fearless one she will pick up almost any living creature.  She doesn't get that from me!

Noah's not so sure about this hayride business.

Sunday, October 9, 2011

How to homeschool with a busy toddler.

I think this year has been more of a challenge for me than last year.  Last year Noah, my 18month old was not mobile.  This year he is all over the place.  I am finding it a huge challenge, to teach Hannah and Ethan their schoolwork and keep Noah safe and attended to.

Now that it's getting a little cooler out, I have been racing to the park right after breakfast.  I let little Noah run to his hearts content!  When we get home he seems a little less rambunctious and it seems to lessen my mommy guilty.

My next weapon is assigning one of the kids to play with Noah while I teach the other.  It's a good chance for them to bond with Noah or to stuff him in a container :)  Just kidding, he climbed in there himself.

I have switched my Math curriculum this month to Teaching Textbooks, Ethan can do math completely independently and the problems we've had with him daydreaming during Math have disappeared.  I highly recommend this program.

I have also switched from McGuffy's Eclectic readers to Headsprout Early Reading.  This has also been a huge stress reliever for me.

We review almost all of our CC materials in the car by listening to our cd or I have my kids do the tutorials on the computer. has a bunch of cool ideas's called Busy Bags, we've tried a few bags and they really keep Noah busy.
Noah is putting twist ties into this bottle, he did it about 20 times before he was ready to move on to something else.

Noah can't do this one yet but Hannah had a good time stringing the noodle pieces, Noah enjoyed taking them off.  
We do all of our reading before bed.  Noah goes to sleep around 7pm, so I read to the older two right after I get Noah down.  I try to read a few nonfiction that I choose followed by whatever fiction books they want me to read.  My kitchen isn't spotless, my floors aren't clean but I know this is only a season and this is what's working now.

Menu Plan for this Week

1.  Bagels and Fruit
2.  Frozen pancakes,butter,  no syrup
3.  Frozen French Toast, butter, no syrup
4.  Frozen Waffles, butter, no syrup
5.  Cereal
6.  Pumpkin Muffins and fruit

1.  PB &J
2.  BBQ Boars Head chicken rolls with a cheese stick and fruit
3.  Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
4.  Pizza at CC
5.  PB&J

1.  Chicken Curry in a Hurry
2.  Tex Mex Black bean dip with Tortilla chips
3.  Crock pot Lasagna
4.  Omelets
5.  French Onion Soup
6.  Burritos from Chipotle

Saturday, October 8, 2011

Classical Conversations Week 8 Supplements

Magic School Bus Works Out-
Magic School Bus Gets Sick- 
School House Rock -Do the Circulation
Once upon a time...The Heart 
Your Heart- Reading Comprehension Worksheet with Questions
Immune System Reading Comprehension Worksheet with Questions
Circulation Game
Anatomy Arcade- some online games to review the circulatory system
Your Heart and Circulatory System- Kids Health
Human Body organ location coloring sheet

Geography Games-Online

Geography Game- I may try this when we complete all the states and capitals at CC
States and Capitals Bingo- I may try this when we complete all the states and capitals at CC
States and Capitals Board game-  I think I'll play this one at home with the kiddos!
Wakko's 50 States and Capitols Song and video-My son Ethan memorized this song last year, he is getting it mixed up so we will probably review it again over Christmas break.

The Missouri Compromise- simply explained youtube video

Math Times tables 14's online quiz
Printable Math Worksheet 14's- I had to select then copy and paste this into a different document then print it out

Reading List

A Gathering Of Days, Blos. RA:4-A; R:6-A 
Davy Crockett: His Own Story, Crockett

Jed Smith: Trailblazer of the West 
Davy Crockett, hero of the wild fronteier 
Wanted Dead or Alive The true story of Harriet Tubman
An Apple for Harriet Tubman  Gr 1-5
Harriet Tubman Rustad, Martha -simple text and  photographs introduce the life of Harriet Tubman

Escape North: The story of Harriet Tubman, Kulling Monica
Harriet Tubman: hero of the Underground Railroad
Library of the State – Missouri
The Circulatory System-Storad Grade 3-4
Blood The Circulatory System- Grade 2-4