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Almost Montessori Fraction Circles

Today I am presenting another product that follows the Montessori foundation and pedagogy of teaching, but is not a traditional Montessori Work. I created this series, Almost Montessori, as a way to help homeschoolers be able to benefit from a Montessori education without breaking the bank. Montessori materials are usually pretty expensive and this is my attempt to provide alternatives that maintain the core purpose and are Almost Montessori in their function.  So be watching for these posts! Today’s items that is in the “Almost Montessori” category is: Almost Montessori Fraction Circles.

Fraction Circles

Educational Insights Fraction Center

A puzzle and a conceptual fraction lesson, all rolled into fun; Includes: Game board, leveled puzzle cards (50), foam fraction pieces (65), guide, and solutions for every puzzle; Alert: CHOKING HAZARD – Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

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These instructions are for the traditional Montessori work, so you will need to modify to fit your use if not using the Montessori materials.

Montessori Primary Guide has the Lesson and presentation for Fraction circles. And if you are visual, here is a video to help you see the fraction lesson in action.

Here is a lesson for older students for multiplying and dividing Fractions from NAMC. And here is a video of multiplying fractions for older students.  And here is a fraction division video for older students.


If this series is helpful to you, please share and help us get the word out about it!!

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Middle and High School LinkUp #3

Welcome to the Middle and High School (tween, teen and Mom) Link Up!  We are so excited to have a linkup for our children to have a creative writing outlet and for us moms to have a place to share middle school and high school homeschool articles we write.  You can link up at any of the following co-host’s sites:

Amy at Homeschool Encouragement

Clara at Clara’s Blue Moon (teen co-host)

DaLynn at Holy Splendor

Jennifer at Royal Little Lambs

Laura at Day by Day in Our World

Trish at Live and Learn Farm

Vicki at 7 Sisters Homeschool

Wendy at Homeschooling Blessings

 

Middle and High School Linkup for Students and Moms!

 

Our first topic was  2014 Bucket Lists and last week’s topic was What would you do if you were locked inside Wal-Mart overnight. We had seven students share their posts about being locked inside Wal-Mart. It was so much fun reading their stories and seeing how creative they were!  Please be sure to check out their articles and leave encouraging words for them!

guidelines for the linkup:

  • The link-up will be open Monday through Friday.
  • Please link directly to the url of your post (permalink).
  • Please check back and visit the students who have linked up with us.
  • If you don’t mind, please place the button and code in your blog post so others can find out about the linkup also!
  • Please visit at least one of student’s submissions and leave a comment for them.  Our job is to encourage writing, their Mom (or Dad) will take care of the critique 🙂

 

and now it’s time for the link up!

The theme for this week’s linkup is “What if I could see through walls“.  You or your child can linkup your post anytime before Friday night this week. The topic for our #4 Linkup on Monday, 1/27 will be “What if I were the President of the United States” Our topics this month have been provided by Growing Book by Book.  She has created some fabulous Table Topics for conversations or, as we are using them, for writing prompts. Each month, she has an overall theme…. January’s theme is “What if”.  Thank you Jodie for supporting our creative writing bloggers!


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I am always on the lookout for free kindle books for my boys.  They are voracious readers and so the only way I could really keep them supplied with books was to get them used kindles… which I did last year.  It has saved us a ton of money and has accomplished exactly what I wanted to do… allow them to continue to read to their heart’s content without breaking the bank!

As I search for our kindle books, I always stumble upon other books that I think my friends would appreciate knowing about.  Until this past week, I did not know an easy way to share them with you.  One of the other co-owners of Hip Homeschool Moms helped me figure out how to do this.  So, now, I’m able to share these finds with you (thank you Leann).

My boys are taking Spanish, so I always try to pick up a few books that are completely in Spanish to give them practice.  I also try to get books that expand or will add depth to something they are already studying (such as weather, fungi, sound).  I always grab classics as I find them.  Both Chase and Blake are reading Classics right now.  And, then just books that I know will interest them.

NOTE: PLEASE verify that the books on this list are still FREE before you download them.  Obviously, these lists will be time sensitive.  So be sure to grab them now if you are interested in them (but still confirm the price before you download them).
 



 

I hope these will be a blessing to you and your homeschool.

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Middle and High School LinkUp #2

Welcome to the Middle and High School (tween, teen and Mom) Link Up!  We are so excited to have a linkup for our children to have a creative writing outlet and for us moms to have a place to share middle school and high school homeschool articles we write.  You can link up at any of the following co-host’s sites:

DaLynn at Holy Splendor

Jennifer at Royal Little Lambs

Laura at Day by Day in Our World

Trish at Live and Learn Farm

Vicki at 7 Sisters Homeschool

Wendy at Homeschooling Blessings

Last week our topic was 2014 Bucket Lists.  We had six students share their list for 2014… which is a FANTASTIC turnout for the first linkup!  Be sure to check out their articles and leave encouraging words for them!  It’s hard being a blogger when nobody comments on your post, don’t ‘cha know 🙂

Guidelines for the Linkup:

  • The link-up will be open Monday through Friday.
  • Please link directly to the url of your post (permalink).
  • Please check back and visit the students who have linked up with us.
  • If you don’t mind, please place the button and code in your blog post so others can find out about the linkup also!
Middle and High School Linkup for Students and Moms!

and now it’s time for the link up!

The theme for this week’s linkup is ““What would you do if you were locked inside Wal-Mart overnight?“.  You or your child can linkup your post anytime before Friday night this week. The topic for our #3 Linkup on Monday, 1/20 will be “What if I could see through walls?” Our topics this month have been provided by Growing Book by Book.  She has created some fabulous Table Topics for conversations or, as we are using them, for writing prompts. Each month, she has an overall theme…. January’s theme is “What if”.  Thank you Jodie for supporting our creative writing bloggers!

Homeschooling on the Beach Part 1

Homeschooling on the Beach Part 1

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Are you in the process of planning your beach vacation?  If you are, be sure to not leave your homeschool at home.  Studying with the ocean as your backdrop can bring in almost any subject you can imagine.  And, if you don’t live in an area where saltwater creatures are geographically close, you don’t want to miss this opportunity to teach it while you are on location!  Since we homeschool, we are not limited to vacations when our children are “out of school”.  We get to be creative about the “out of school” and vacation timing which allows us to make the most of the discounts available for the off seasons.  So you might consider a longer stay to get even more homeschooling in!  We spent a month on the coast of North Carolina in August and we learned so much about zoology and saltwater life that we could only learn there at the beach!  We did get run off the beach due to two hurricanes, but the absolute best homeschooling occurred right after the storms.  The storms brought in fabulous sealife, amazing shells and treasures from the depths!  So don’t be afraid to go in the late summer months!  Because there are just so many great opportunities and activities to teach at the beach, I have decided to break this topic into several posts .  So, part one will be about some lessons you might want to teach leading up to your beach vacation.  

If you have been following our blog, you already know that we take traditional curriculum and make them more hands-on and tactile learning materials.  With Apologia Swimming Creatures it is already a hands-on learning text, but we have added even more experiments and activities to help make your beach vacation a great experience homeschooling on the beach!  (Note we are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program.  Any money received via this relationship is used for our homeschool!  PS. I’ve made a grand total of $0.00 from affiliate marketing… but the FTC says I have to tell you that IF you buy it, I will make 4% of the sale as commission.)

Geography is one of those subjects that I like to teach before we leave.  I will assume you are heading to an ocean, if you are reading this article, so the first thing we want to cover is the oceans of the world!  

 

World Oceans Etc. Montessori

 

Etc. Montessori has a beautiful free set of hands-on materials to cover World Oceans.  Click here to download them from their site.  

 

 

 

 

Mapping Vacation with Martha Stewart

 

Another great way to teach geography is to map out the trip.  This is another project you can do before you leave.  I love building up the anticipation of going on vacation.  Believe it or not, Martha Stewart really adds a bit of an artistic flair to this one.  I LOVE this idea and will be doing this myself!  

 

 

 

 

Tides Teacher Vision

Another subject to teach before you go to the beach is about tides.  What causes the tides?  Here is a great print out from TeacherVision (if you are not using the Apologia Swimming Creatures textbook).  There is a great experiment on ehow to demonstrate how the gravitational pull creates the tides by using a magnet and metal shavings.  However, I can’t find a single picture of the experiment online.  So, I guess we’ll do it and post the pictures 🙂  When I do, I’ll add the link here.  

 

Animal Kingdom Nomenclature Montessori for Everyone

If you have not started studying Zoology yet, this would be a great time to introduce  animal classification, since so many ocean creatures are invertebrates (do not have backbones).  Montessori Materials has some free classification works here.  Matri Learning has a chart here.  The Helpful Garden has over 20 free sets of Zoology Materials to download including classification and sorting cards.  The Homeschool Den created some invertebrate cards and lots of other ocean activities! If you are in a position to purchase a beautiful set, Montessori for Everyone has wonderful nomenclature cards that are quite affordable.  

 

Here is a short “homeschooling on the beach” packing list.  If I have left anything off, please leave me a comment so I can add it! 

  • Nature Notebook to sketch / draw and journal in
  • Sketch Pencils
  • Magnifying Lens  
  • Binoculars
  • Camera (like we would go on vacation without one … )
  • Plastic Bags, Totes, Buckets, Bottles to take home some beach samples (sand, saltwater, shells, etc.)
  • Ocean Field Guide (can be borrowed from the library) 
  • Plain paper or a notebook and pencil
  • Ruler

Part two will be the various studies to do once you are at the beach!  I will add a link here once it is posted.    

 

Until next time… 

 

 

 

Apologia Homeschool Blogs

Apologia Science Bloggers List

Apologia Science Bloggers List

 

I love to learn from other homeschoolers and get inspiration from  their blog posts about experiments, projects, research, etc.  We use Apologia Science for all of our boys (13, 12 and 9).  We have taught every Apologia Elementary curriculum available to us (and are anxiously awaiting Jeannie’s newest book, Physics!).  Our blog will document many of our experiments  over the last 4 years, with a heavy focus on tactile hands-on learning.  I also wanted to keep a running Apologia homeschool blogs list of other homeschooling families using the Apologia Science curriculum.  If you are using any Apologia curriculum and blogging about it, please leave a comment below so I can add you to the list!  There are many families out there that are using Apologia… but most are not blogging about it.  So, I’m trying to keep this list focused on those families that are not just using Apologia, but those writing posts about it too!  Not taking anything away from the others… but just where I chose to focus this list 🙂   Thank you!!!  

 

Elementary Blogs:

http://chickensbunniesandhomeschool.blogspot.com/search?q=apologia

http://thehomeschoolscientist.com/?s=apologia

http://traciebauguess.blogspot.com/

http://garnergoingson.wordpress.com/

http://ourjourneywestward.com/

http://homeschoolingjustnextdoor.blogspot.com/search/label/Science

http://mudpiesandmakeup.blogspot.com/

http://adventuresinmommydom.org/

http://fieldschoolathome.blogspot.com/search?q=apologia

http://www.journalofmommak.blogspot.com/

http://angelicscalliwags.wordpress.com/

http://proverbs2pursuit.blogspot.com/

http://www.mamaofmanyblessings.com/

http://weshallobtaindeliveringgrace.blogspot.com/

http://homemakingwithheart.com/

 

Middle School / High School Apologia Blogs:

http://mindfulramblings.com/apologia-biology/

http://homeschoolersresources.blogspot.com/

http://traciebauguess.blogspot.com/

http://www.thedaisyhead.com/

http://bankwhitt.wordpress.com/biology/

http://homeschoolblogger.com/amnbooks/apologia-biology/

http://appliejuice.wordpress.com/apologia-biology/

http://appliejuice.wordpress.com/physical-science/

http://martysahm.blogspot.com/p/apologia-biology.html

 

Blend of both (elementary and middle / high school):  

www.LiveAndLearnFarm.com

http://oursideofthemtn.blogspot.com/

http://homeschooljournal-bergblog.blogspot.com/p/science.html

http://our4kiddos.blogspot.com/

http://lilliputstation.blogspot.com/

http://charlottemasonway.blogspot.com/

http://anniekateshomeschoolreviews.com/?s=apologia

 

Until next time…. 

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