Archive for October, 2009

Ancient History

Posted by: Cynthiain Homeschooling in Homeschooling

We are studying ancient history this year and I must say we are enjoying it.  I’ve always liked reading about ancient history and it’s nice to see Parker enjoying it too!  Sophie doesn’t always seem to be paying attention during the lessons but I’ll catch her later incorporating some of the terms we discuss in her play such as her toy dinosaurs climbing ziggarauts and sailing down the Nile river.  We use Susan Bauer’s Story of the World for our history curriculum and it is really easy to use and has lots of good information in the student activity guide.  I teach an ancient history class at our homeschool co-op and this is where we do the majority of our hands-on history projects.  This past week we made sarcophoguses and mummies.  It was a big hit!




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Math Games

Posted by: Cynthiain Homeschooling in Homeschooling

I’ve been quiet lately, but we have been plugging away at our studies!  One of our favorite things to do is play math games, most are from our Right Start math curriculum but not all.

Sarah likes to try to find the missing number.  I lay out two rows of cards from 1-10 exactly the same.  She hides her eyes and then I take one away and move all the cards together to fill the empty space.  She then has to figure out what number is missing.  We also do this game with only one row which she and Sophie like to play together.

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Sophie has really caught on to odd/even numbers.  I found this printable game online (can’t for the life of me remember where)!  I printed it out on cardstock and we use a die and playing pieces we had laying around.  One player is even and the other plays the odd numbers.

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Parker likes to play a game called Corners.  It’s really helped him with his math facts, you have to match like colored numbers together so they equal a multiple of 5.

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And what math game would be complete without a snake belt?

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Creative or Demented?

Posted by: Cynthiain Homeschooling in Homeschooling

In trying to encourage the children to be creative in their drawing, I’ve been drawing some with them.  Today was very interesting.  Sophie and I were drawing away quietly while Sarah sat across from us chattering away and scribbling.  Then I started actually listening to what she was saying …

Exhibit 1:


This is a two-tailed hippopotamus that bit Sarah.  Note the tears coming from the eyes and the unhappy expression.

Exhibit 2:


Sophie eaten by a hippopotamus.  While Sophie doesn’t look thrilled to be inside the hippo, she isn’t crying …

Exhibit 4:


Mommy eaten by a hippo, notice a trend?

Exhibit 4:


This picture started as a large circle with a blob inside it.  As Sarah was drawing it, she was narrating a little story in a shrill, high-pitched voice as only little girls can do.  And I quote: “This is a baby in a jar.  Now I’m pouring the baby into the toaster.  Oh!  It’s sooooo dark in here!!!  Wah! Wah!”

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