I am doing some searching and planning for the Autumn term in Sept.
Book report for The Wolves of Whilloughby Chase Edhelper does have some basic freebies but you’ll need a paid sub if you want the more detailed stuff. Prince Caspian
The Hobbit Unit Study Looks good and it’s free.
Book report printables from Kalie’s hard work at That Resource Site She has a whole load of printable resources
I’ve also signed up to Jump Start. it’s free.
There’s this one here for grade 1
And I’ll still be using the free stuff from STARFALL
I want the children to do more reading and writing over the next academic year, but I don’t want to put them off the books they read by having them dissect them.
Also these free Spanish lessons look good SALSA. Each episode has a pdf download in English and Spanish and an activity sheet. Going by Ep 1 I think they are following full immersion theory of learning a language. It is clearly spoken and looks fun. (h/t Freely Educate)
I can’t make any promises, but over the Summer hols I hope I’ll find the umph to make some story reports and book studies. If so, I’ll send them to Kalei and you’ll know about them 🙂
I’ll probably combine it with some copywork.
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
Just in case any of you are planning ahead; and I am sure a few of you are; I have a new academic year calender which Kalei has put up on her amazing site for you. It covers August 2013 to July 2014.
You might like my Little Lessons on Science
I know I haven’t produced much in the way of freebies recently. I do hope I can get back to doing so at some point.
Free ebooks online for the children
Gutenberg’s Children’s Lit
Baldwin Classics You can also buy a humungous set of the books in either mobi (for Kindle) or epud for less than $50.
Somewhat out of season but my children love The Cinnamon Bear and this site has lots of stuff about him and the mp3 story to download.
Wired For Books Kid’s Corner If you like Beatrix Potter. There’s other stuff too,
CINDI science comics. I haven’t really checked this out yet so can’t say what it’s like. But have a look and see what you think
Treasure Chest of Fun and Fact Lots of comics on all sorts of subjects.
Classical Homeschooling Magazine online
A probably complete list of the free online books written by Charlotte M. Yonge.
This is a very good overview of the pontificate of Papa Beni I am among those who believe the establishment of the Ordinariate will bear great fruit. There are plenty of prophecies from the saints and blesseds that say England will revert one day. Perhaps the Ordinariate will pave the way.
There’s this great freebie for children to get to grips with how the conclave will work.
Don’t forget my freebies from the past The Via Dolorosa for Lent and Easter
The SEVEN LAST WORDS
The Seven Sorrows of Our Blessed Mother which include walking with Jesus to the place of crucifixion; standing at the cross; receiving her beloved Son’s body into her arms and laying Him in the tomb.
And there’s the VIA GUADE to take you from Easter to Pentecost.
There’s plenty of things to find at That Resource Site
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.
NeoK 12 vids on all sorts of things.
I am sure most of you already know about Khan Academy.
We have found this site Study Jams and I’ve used some of the vids for the children as learning back up.
Ellen McHenry’s Basement Workshop has lots of free downloadable games and things to make for lots of subjects. Looks good to me.
End of term trip.
It’s the end of term for schools this week. Our lot have more or less finished and anyway they are already well into next years work.
Yesterday Iona and Jenny (my oldest son’s girlfriend) joined another couple of Home Ed families for a trip to the Museum. The main focus of the trip was the Egyptian displays as that’s what we’ve studied in history with the younger ones.
They had a great time and Ronan came back with lots of photos of various displays, including the mummies.
I stayed home this time to recover from my hospital stay. It was so quiet! I read and watched a bit of Dr Ray and felt much better by the time they all came back.
There are some plans for the Summer for meeting up with folks hopefully. J has hopes of helping Heleyna fulfil her ambition.
She came downstairs yesterday morning and in her just woken up, slightly groggy state announced, “I want to hold a frog.”
These were the first words of the day!
J has a friend with a pond full of tadpoles at the moment, so hopefully Heleyna’s ambition can be met there.