I’ve put a new lesson pack up. It’s a 24 page pack following Alfred of Wessex by Frank Morris. I’ve added extra historical information and there’s mapwork and artwork to be done.
There’s a genogram to complete – a simple one as an introduction to this process.
I’ve added a timeline and a couple of journal pages at the back. You can click on the picture or HERE TO GO TO THE LESSON
Don’t forget to look at the other lessons including the FREE STUFF
The Alfred pack is only $2.00 so it won’t break the Home Ed budget.
Meanwhile I’ve just learned that the Govt of the Netherlands are out to trample the intrinsic human rights of families by banning home education. Governments are supposed to protect the rights of the people, not remove them.
You can sign the petition HERE and remember evil prevails when good men do nothing. Although I have to say I disagree with that little saying as doing nothing is not good.
I’ve uploaded two new lessons to my shop.
The Freebie is a short lesson for older children on the famous Milgrim Experiment. I think it is less well known these days, but has a lot to teach us about the proper obedience due to authority and when to say “No!”.
Milgrim did his experiment in 1963 in light of the outcome from the post World War II Nuremberg trials, in which Nazi concentration camp soldiers were tried for war crimes. The men nearly all used “We were just following orders” as their defense.
Milgrim gathered a group of students and put them in a situation where they were to believe they were giving an electric shock to an unseen but heard subject in another room. He wanted to see how far the student would go in inflicting shocks to screaming subjects, no matter how apparently painful and dangerous, if someone in authority (in a white coat) told them to. The results were shocking and in some cases enlightening.
Click on the picture to get this freebie. Read first before you decide for your child.
The second lesson pack is a 53 page study of the Acts of the Apostles based on Marigold Hunt’s The First Christians (kindle) or Paperback here. There are questions and mapwork and added pieces of information from history and Biblical study.
There is some picture study from fine art depicting events from the beginning of the Church.
The set costs $3.73 and apart from the good price you’ll save in shipping. So you know you want to buy it. Click on the picture to go to the shop.
I‘ve been mulling over whether to and how to introduce the children to philosophical thinking. TEACHING CHILDREN PHILOSOPHY looks like a good site using children’s books such as Frog and Toad stories as a jumping off point. THE HOME PAGE has good introductory info.
PHILOSOPHY FOR KIDS also looks promising.
Getting children thinking about the action and feelings of story characters if a good start to teaching virtues. You don’t need to hammer the children over the head with “meaning” or “lessons”. Aesop managed to tell many a tale without a moral 2×4. The idea is to get the children to see for themselves what the difference between right and wrong is through the stories and how they relate to life.
Free Montessori printables and lapbooking printables
Montessori Printshop has some free and a lot to buy.
Some free stuff from Montessori for Everyone.
This site has some good stuff of a sort of Montessori nature
This Blog has some free world map printables and other stuff
I love THE HELPFUL GARDEN what a talented and generous person.
Life Cycle of a Plant
This looks good for pre-school Montessori
JMJ Publishing has some very good freebies
Homeschool share lapbooks
Notebookingpages has free and to buy resources
As a bit of a treat from having just completed some Greek grammar we decided to make
the phases of the moon with Oreos.
The earth was made from an upturned gluten free jammy wheel on which Ronan drew the continents and coloured in the sea. We have some great food colouring felt pens for just such an occasion.
The sun was made from a gluten free custard cream. Then the Oreos were taken apart and the cream cut to size and the phases marked and laid down in the right place in relation to the earth and sun.
Avila got to eat the world and the sun but I didn’t let Ronan and Heleyna eat 2/3rds of a packet of Oreos. I’m not that bad a mother…yet.
Next plan to make DNA sequence out of mini marshmallows and red liquorice straws.
Meanwhile I discovered that the water I was cooking purple sprouting broccoli in for dinner that night, went purple. So I saved some in test tubes to see if it makes good universal indicator.
Yes, I know, that’s so horribly home ed of me.
There’s some free science lessons here. I haven’t had a chance to look them over properly yet so can’t vouch for them but you could see what you think.
I do want to have a go at THIS LESSON where the children can build DNA with liquorice straws and marshmallows.
You might also like the free Kaplan Anatomy Colouring Book.
Apparently I’ve provided 92 freebies to That Resource Site so please do go and have a mooch and see what you might like.
They are split into LITTLE LESSONS and PLANNING and other PRINTABLES.
FAITH lessons including Via Guade for Easter
HISTORY including my lesson on Milgrim’s experiement.
SCIENCE especially Catholic scientists but other stuff too.
Some other freebies
Centre for Innovation in Mathmatics have a whole load of free maths printables that goes right through from Reception (pre-k) to secondary
I also recommend Scholastic’s STUDY JAMS
This free Middle School Chemistry curriculum looks good
The Treasure Chest comics are well worth looking at.
Free physics comics, activity and colouring books
eSkeletons have a life size adult and child homo sapien skeleton printables
For the Montessori stuff Helpful Garden is brilliant.
It isn’t quite Friday, but here’s a freebie for those of you who want a more physical hands on approach to the elements. Ive made this set of Bohr diagrams. You can use three different beans to make the elements. We use black beans/turtle beans as electrons, mung beans (green) as neutrons and red beans/adzuki as protons but you can use whatever best suits you.
I have linked to this website with all the elements laid out in Bohr diagrams All you have to do is click on each element and it gives a good overview of it with an accompanying Bohr diagram.
Bohr Diagrams freebie
We’ve used the first ones to make Hydrogen and helium using two hydrogens to make a helium as hydrogen is built into helium in the sun.
I’ve also got the children to glue the electrons slightly off the black line to show the fourth state of matter -plasma. (The electrons are free).
It’s much simpler at that level than it might first appear. Honestly.
LITERATURE and READING NOTEBOOKING PAGES that I made are up at That Resource Site. I have included some covers of books we are or have used to get y’all started. Just cut out the covers and stick them in the boxes or get your children to draw the book cover if that works better for you.
I have only a couple of lines for each book to help encourage the “Don’t make me write!” children in our families. It will hopefully encourage even young ones to keep a record of the books they love and hate.
You might also like my 19th Century timeline notebook. I’m presently working on a 14th century timeline which covers especially the events around the mother’s of Europe SS Bridget of Sweden and Catherine of Siena.
For those of us preparing children for the Sacraments there’s Kalei’s great little lapbooking and worksheet resource SEVEN SACRAMENTs LAPBOOK and this SIN AND FORGIVENESS worksheet and this little prep booklet for the Sacrament of Confession (scroll down the page a bit).
Finally a bit of history.
This Youtube video gives an excellent story view of the Cristeros in 1920s Mexico. It’s a part of history I know nothing about and the tellers of the history here admit it an astonishing story that has been forgotten. A new film is being made For The Greater Glory. This vid is great for teens (I personally wouldn’t show it to my younger ones as the violence is obvious and worse because it really happened).