|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on September 1, 2011 at 1:50 AM||comments (2)|
First a thousand apologies for not receiving that video. Thinking it was my fault because I had not imbedded it correctly,(prone to happen because its' not my favorite thing to do, techy things) I sent again Mr. Parr's Science Video and this time I made sure I saw the video imbedded. Then I realized, it still did not come through correctly. So it is my video feature not working correctly....as I can still see the video imbedded on my blog--- but ya'll never got it. This too may have to be one of the features that work better on my facebook. So sorry about it not working and two posts yesterday. Here is the direct link, I really like these science videos, you got to listen to this one and then his other ones too.
All I can say is ya'll have to be the best followers to put up with me as I learn to bring up my techy skills with the things I love doing like printables.
Can I make it up to you? Yippeee.......How about a printable for the planner - a Grading Sheet? I have actually been working on this for a while determining what will work and what is needed and to make room for flexibility. I noticed there are not many that are free for printing, there are tons free for just online grade books. The ones that are free for printing have lots of blanks or looks like that old fashion bookkeeping journals with lots of line and no instructions..yuk, yuk and yuk..(did I say it enough)
What are you suppose to do with that? I do like those old fashioned Journal Ledgers you buy at office stores but not for this ma'am.
Look at the picture below as I explain here how to use it and why.
1. I made it "Editable". Yes this is my first editable document, so go easy. I have wayyy forms planned that I will create editable but I will start with something easy first.
2. It is a Monthly Sheet and it is made for 3 children. Please Note: (I know some of ya'll are teaching way more than 3 children but three is a good number that fits on most pages and still allows you room to navigate. So print off two sheets if you have 4 or more kids OR you might have some little ones that don't need grades and so you might be only needing to keep grades for the older set of kids
3. All kids are on one page (or two) and it is divided by section for each child's subject. In a nutshell, it is ALL of your children that you are grading that month on ONE page (please keep it organized and streamlined ma'am....oodles of pages does not organized make, it creates headaches) and it is ALL of their subjects for that month. Also it allows you two places per section to add courses that are specific and unique to that child.
For example you may have a high schooler and he is taking a foreign language course but your kindergartener is not. The two sections allows you to "tailor" to fit to that child.
The Core Subjects are already added to each section. We cover those subjects from K to 12 so that should always go on just about every form.
4. I want my forms to look good (I got to look at it each day..lol) neat, printable, able to be coil bound and with enough room to hand write neatly the grade in each box.
5. This example page you see below can be downloaded so you can study it too because I have my notes on it how to use it
Here is the Grade Sheet to download. (if you get time, please let me know if it works correctly. this feedback is so valuable on preparing future things I have in mind..ONLY if you have time. Put it on the blog page if you don't mind instead of emailing me. It stays with this form and I can review it when I get time instead of digging in my inbox..MUCHO GRACIAS)
Here is the Example to Download. (Again these are not found on my site until I add them. I have a "timeslot" when I upgrade the website and because you follow me and well...yes yes because I like ya too....grab them off my blog here.)
What's up for tomorrow? Well I got some more freebies and the pictures from our field trip but also some tips if you want to host a co-op about coral reefs or if you are part of a co-op for oceans.
Hugs for today and remember, we need a support system, include those grandparents. The respect, love and honor you and your children show them whether they support you in homeschool or not empowers YOU in your decision. Why? Because if they are not supportive of your endeavor, you gain them over by letting them know you need them to enrich your children's education by teaching them what they know. The outcome is hopefully that grandparents will see they have wisdom, experience and love that only is their right to impart to your children.
"Nobody can do for little children what grandparents do. Grandparents sort of sprinkle stardust over the lives of little children."
Free K- 3rd Resources(nice downloads), Free Sunflower Activities E Book , Free Let's Play Dough E Book, Freebies that are time sensitive
|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on June 27, 2011 at 8:57 PM||comments (0)|
(Teenager Teacher Training in Progress....)
I always use to wonder how moms did it all.....then I figured it out...get those "all knowing" teenagers to teach their siblings......
Why is it that the most "simplest" of science activities intrigues them?
Here my oldest is teaching about a simple pulley. Our materials were 1 spool, one straw, one twelve inch string, 2 - eight inch strings (one for each paper cup), washers, and 2 paper cups.
This activity was from A Reason for Science one of my favorite resources because they send you almost everything you need to perform the activities ( I don't like the fact they went up in price significantly after I brought my curriculum, but it sure is nice to have almost all your materials )
For the experiment, stick the straw through the spool.
Make two loops on each end of the 12 inch string, and wrap it once or twice around the spool.
Then stick two holes under the rim of the paper cups at the top. One on each side of the paper cup. Use something big enough to make the hole with so that the string fits through and doesn't come untwined.
Stick the 8 inch string through both holes then take the ends and stick them through the one loop on the 12 inch string. Do the same with the other paper cup.
Then use your pulley to raise and lower using the washers to show how the pressure changes. The pulley should look like this.
(Of course we have all these materials now)
And yes that is my youngest guy who has now moved to sit on the table so he can do the activity better...
I'm telling you girls, put that "teenager to work".
Compact For Reading
This freebie is from a Compact for Reading that has guides for Kindergarten to third grade CHOCK FUL of assignments in each guide.
I have a couple of pics I took from the Kindergarten download above and each grade has similar activities to cut and write. When you click on each grade, look at the top for the download to download the whole grade instead of just parts of it.
Free Sunflower and Let's Play Dough E Books
Grab these two freebies from the Nature Store..
And then here are some time sensitive freebies as well. As of today, they were active and working but with freebies you have to grab 'em when you see them.
This is for a FREE PC or Mac Game - Hidden Wonders of the Depths 3: Atlantis Adventures .
The code is: WDFREE . The price is regular $6.99 Click buy it and prompt along and use the code. You will need to give an email account. So be sure to use one that you don't mind giving out.
I always have two or three different ones I use for things like so I don't give out my main email account.
Subscribe to one of organic valley lists and then after you subscribe you get a screen asking you if you want the free welcome kit. The Welcome Kit includes: Rootstock Magazine, a Kid’s Activity Booklet, a Go Organic! bumper sticker, and a booklet of Organic Valley coupons!
And the free two year lego subscription is available again.
Hugs to you today.......
From Todd Wilson
|Posted by Dynamic 2 Moms Homeschooling Adventures on February 24, 2011 at 10:05 AM||comments (0)|
There are not many sites that I have used consistently over the years with my boys to assess their progress in Kindergarten and First Grade, EXCEPT for this one. At the time when you need it the most, to reassure you, this site really helped me in gauging their progress as they started out.
I am so grateful that it has stuck around all these years and want to send out a huge thank you to her.
The Forms and Testing section I like the best, but all of them are just so useful and practical and FREE.