Oklahoma Homeschool Subscribers,
everyone! I hope you had a great summer! Now it's time to
get back into the groove of homeschooling. This issue is a
little late as I am still babysitting my granddaughter for
the summer. She is going back to school on the 18th so I'll
finally have time to do more "homeschool" stuff.
(If you'd like to read about my adventures in babysitting,
check out my blog: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/EmptyNestMom/Life+After+Homeschooling/.
We did all kinds of "homeschooling" including chemistry,
physics, bug hunting, hiking, and field trips.
I NEED A FAVOR FROM YOU: I have signed up
to ride my bike in the MS 150 on September 17 & 18. The
goal is to ride 150 miles and raise $200 dollars for MS. Needless
to say, I'll be doing a lot of practicing in the next few
weeks. This Saturday, I'll be riding 25 miles as my first
practice ride. Lots of hills and it's hot. Each week we will
add more miles and hills. Wish me luck! Better yet, pray for
me! Also, I can use all the help I can get in raising the
money (my husband is doing this also so we have to raise $400
total.) if you would like to help me raise the money, here
is my MS150 web page where you can donate online. https://www.nationalmssociety.org//OKE/personal/default.asp?pa=52826081&pd=OKE0EMS120050917OKE.
Thanks for any help you can give. It's for a good cause and
it's tax deductible!
mark your calendars for Monday, September 19, at 3:00
pm. I have been selected to be a guest on HomeschoolTalkRadio
hosted by Lynda Menegotti. I hope you will all tune in and
cheer me on! If you miss, you can listen to the archived file
at your convenience. The website is: http://www.HomeschoolTalkRadio.com/.
hope you enjoy this issue of the Oklahoma Homeschool newsletter.
Have a wonderful new homeschool year!
Homeschool Newsletter, August 2005 (Oklahoma Edition)
New on the Oklahoma Homeschool Website?
for "recipes" for play dough, school glue, bubbles,
and edible goodies? I've just added Peanut Butter Play Dough
to the list as well as some "unit study" recipes.
Check it out at Recipes for Learning, http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/recipes.html.
Here's a super "Dust Bowl" unit: http://homeshare.dreniarb.com/leahpony.htm
Rodgers and Hammerstein's musical, "OKLAHOMA!"
through Aug 20, 2005 at Discoveryland! Located at 19501 W
41st St, Tulsa, OK. Presented in a beautiful 1500-seat amphitheatre
complex, complete with horses, wagons and of course, a real
surrey with the fringe on top! Also presented in repertory
is the rollicking, frontier musical, "Seven Brides for
Seven Brothers." Pre-show activities include a cattlemen's
ranch dinner (additional fee), Indian dancing, free pony rides,
gift shops and ice cream parlor. Event Hours: Mon-Sat: Dinner
from 6-7:30pm, preshow entertainment at 7pm, show at 8pm.
Contact: (918) 245-6552. Web site: http://www.discoverylandusa.com.
Newly "discovered" books about Oklahoma (some
of these are oldies that you will have to borrow from the
library or check used book stores:
from the Dust Bowl by Caroline Henderson. A collection
of letters and articles written by Henderson between 1908
and 1966 presents a portrait of life on the Oklahoma panhandle.
She and her husband, Will, began homesteading in 1907.
278 pgs. ISBN 0806133503. (7th+)
in the Dust by Margot Raven. A nice picture book
suitable for kids that tells the story of one little girls
life in the Dust Bowl. 32 pgs. ISBN 0816738068. PreK-6th+
Money by Mark Singer. The story of the Penn Square
Bank, the high-rolling oil-and-gas loan broker in an Oklahoma
City shopping center staggered America's banking community.
222 pgs. ISBN 0394532368. 9th+
Memories, edited by Anne Hodges Morgan and Rennard
Strickland. 1981. Twenty-seven firsthand accounts from
Oklahoma's history. 308 pgs. ISBN 0806116897. 9th+ (This
would also be good for family reading.)
Autobiography of Will Rogers, selected and edited
by Donald Day. Originally published 1926. 400 pgs. No
the Forty-sixth Star by Alice Marriott and Carol
K.Rachlin. 1973. The authors write of the early oil towns,
pioneer life, homesteading, land openings, and Indians.
Some are true and some are legends. 238 pgs. ISBN 0385033109.
75, A History of Tulsa by William Butler. 1974.
228 pgs. A photo history of Tulsa. Easy to read and wonderful
pictures. No ISBN. Family reading or 6th+.
you would like to receive information about activities
and events of interest to homeschoolers in Oklahoma,
you'll need to sign up for the OCHEC Update. You can sign
up here: http://lists.ochec.com/mailman/listinfo/ochecupdate
for School: I am having so much fun blogging.
I've met so many new friends and it gets me writing every
day. Why not have your children create a blog and use
it for a journaling assignment. The Old Schoolhouse magazine
has a wonderful blog site where you can feel safe among
other homeschoolers. Check it out at: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/home.php
Crazy 4 Math: http://crazy4math.googolpower.com/
Projects : Reaching the Community for Christ
by Anissa De Grasse. This is an excellent article on service
projects for homeschoolers that includes some great ideas
on how to get your family involved. Scroll down to the
middle to read this article at: http://www.homeschoolblogger.com/HSN/12273/.
know you're a homeschool family when....
You get to change more than diapers, you get to change
You ask for, and get, a copier instead of a diamond tennis
your wedding anniversary.
Your husband can walk in at the end of a long day and
tell how the
science experiment went just by looking at the house.
You never have to drive your child's forgotten lunch to
Your child will never suffer the embarrassment of group
showers after PE.
The only debate about the school lunch program is whose
turn it is to cook.
If your child gets drugs at school, it's probably Tylenol.
Your neighbors think you are insane.
Your formal dining room now has a computer, copy machine,
and many book
shelves and there are educational posters and maps all
over the walls.
You have meal worms growing in a container....on purpose.
If you get caught talking to yourself, you can claim you're
having a PTA
Talking out loud to yourself is a parent/teacher conference.
You take off for a teacher in-service day because the
You can't make it through a movie without pointing out
You step on math manipulatives on your pre-dawn stumble
to the bathroom.
The teacher gets to kiss the principal in the faculty
lounge and no one
If your child claims that the dog ate his homework, you
can ask the dog.
You can't make it through the grocery produce department
your preschooler the name and color of every vegetable.
You can't put your produce in your cart without asking
student to estimate its weight and verify accuracy.
You live in a one-house schoolroom.
were posted on a homeschool website. I don't know who the
author is but, if it was you, thanks!
reports are a good way to teach your children to write reports
and they make a super unit studies as you can include music,
art, geography, science (weather), math (currency), historical
facts, biographies, crafts, and foreign language.
are some ideas on what to include in a country report: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/countryrpt.html
following are web resources that will round out your unit:
with primary sources is a great way for children to learn
American and world history and they are perfect for learning
without textbooks. Here are some resources to use:
what's new on my website at Homeschool Forms:
Trip Report Form. Have your children use this form
to do a report on their fieldtrip. Print as many pages as
needed for the pictures your child wants to use. Access on
Homeschool Forms Page: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/forms.html
Checklist & Multi-Level Teaching:
Unit Studies Using The Checklist
easy to create your own unit study using The Checklist (http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/checklist.html)
as a guide. For instance, suppose you want to study the Civil
War and integrate the other subjects into your lesson plans.
All you have to do is look through the listings of famous
people in The Checklist and look for those who were living
during 1861-1865. Here are a few of the ones I found: For
literature: Emily Dickinson and Herman Melville; mathematics:
Charles Babbage; Science: Elias Howe and James Espy; Art:
James Audubon; Music: Stephen Foster; Missionary: David Livingstone.Once
you have your people, you can choose activities based on what
these people were famous for (also listed in The Checklist).
A Civil War unit could include poetry by Emily Dickinson,
a literature unit on Moby Dick, learning about Babbage's early
computer and computers today, listening to the songs of Stephen
Foster, learn about the sewing machine, weather, and birds,
art lessons related to the technique of James Audubon, a study
of the country of Africa, and a biography of Livingstone.
How easy is that?! (Sample Animal Unit: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/animalunitTCL.html)
help you with projects to do doing your unit, try some of
locate Historical Information Resources: http://www.refdesk.com/facthist.html
to go with your historical units: http://www.foodtimeline.org/
Page search engine: http://www.ivyjoy.com/coloring/search.html
(FUN! I typed in Civil War and this came up: http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/Shores/2312/colorpages/colorstart.html)
the Most of Extracurricular Activities
extracurricular activities (a mission trip to Brazil, teaching
a preschool class, starting a lawn business, etc.) is not
only evidence of your child’s learning and social experiences,
but it could be a deciding factor to your child’s being
accepted at a particular school or college. Like most homeschool
parents, you no doubt faithfully record these activities in
the extracurricular portion of your child’s transcript.
Wouldn’t it be better, however, if your child could
gain academic credit for his activities as well? He can! Here’s
let’s review the difference between an activity and
a credit course. An activity involves time spent as well as
participation in projects related to the particular activity.
A credit course involves not only time spent and participation
in projects, but also completion of academic work including
reading, research and written compositions related to the
learning experience. Therefore, to change an activity into
a credit course, you must add an academic component.
first step in doing this is to write down a list of different
learning experiences that could be involved in the activity.
For instance, in a lawn mowing business, our child could learn
marketing, advertising, bookkeeping, accounting, graphic arts,
business ethics, and equipment repair and maintenance.
with this list of possible learning experiences, look over
course descriptions from your local high school and decide
in which course or courses these experiences could be applied.
(A list of course descriptions are available on the Oklahoma
Homeschool website at http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/courseDesc.html.)
example, in a lawn mower business, the following courses would
General Business (1 semester, 1 credit): An introduction to
economics, business, management, automation in industry, career
planning and training, consumer information, money management,
banking and loans, savings, stocks, bonds, insurance needs,
labor and government’s role in business.
Business Management/Ownership (2 semesters, 2 credits) and
Business Management/Ownership Internship (2 semesters, 2 credits):
Provides student with actual on-the-job training as in the
field of management and the opening of a business and work
responsibilities directly related to the occupational objectives
learned in the classroom. Curriculum consists of: management
skills, leadership skills, marketing research, finance, buying,
merchandise control, and knowledge of opening a business.
Marketing Education (2 semesters, 2 credits) and Marketing
Education Internship (2 semesters, 2 credits): Provides student
with actual on-the-job training and work responsibilities
directly related to the occupational objectives learned in
the classroom. Curriculum includes marketing concept, advertising
and promotion, display, economics of marketing, human relations
of marketing, and selling.
ComSci: Desktop Publishing (1 semester, 1 credit): Introduce
student to activities that can be accomplished with desktop
publishing software packages. Student will design brochures,
flyers, pamphlets, logos, business cards, letterhead and other
documentation common to an office setting.
Accounting I (2 semesters, 2 credits): Basic principles of
accounting (analyzing daily transactions, journalizing, posting,
financial statement preparation) applicable to sole proprietorships,
partnerships, and corporate forms of business ownership. Personal
and business banking practices are also included. Practical
application of accounting principles is given through the
use of computer software. Personal income tax preparation
is also presented.
you have determined which course or courses would enable your
child to receive credit from his activity, jot down the necessary
academic work needed to fulfill the course requirements. In
our lawn business example above, you might first decide to
have your child complete the ComSci: Desktop Publishing Course
in order to help him create a business logo, business cards,
and customer invoices. Academic work that would fulfill this
course requirement could include the following:
Reading and Research requirements:
instruction manual for your desktop publishing software
book on advertising design
on the Internet for sample logos, business cards, etc. for
a field trip to a desktop publishing business and interview
short composition on effective advertising design or other
topic related to the subject
Completion of a brochure, flyer, logo, business cards, invoice
Quizzes or tests, if needed: Create your own with the free,
online Quiz Center (http://school.discovery.com/quizcenter/quizcenter.html)
your child progresses through his academic work, keep appropriate
documentation that could include:
The number of hours worked or volunteered. Have your child’s
work or volunteer supervision (if other than yourself) sign
off on the number of hours he worked and assign a grade (if
needed) for on-the-job training.
Evidence of research done related to the course:
list of books read
list of research completed (Internet, magazines, interviews,
Copies of research papers, compositions and other written
A list of projects completed (include photos, if available)
Photos of your child participating in the activity (if possible)
and field trips taken
Copies of quizzes or tests, if available
A transcript showing final grade & number of credits received.
Note: 1 credit = .5 unit and one semester of work; 2 credits
= 1 unit and two semesters of work. (See www.oklahomahomeschool.com/trans1.html
for more information on preparing transcripts.)
As your child continues the activity, continue to add appropriate
coursework in order to earn additional elective credits. In
our example above, your child could begin the Business Management/Ownership
+ Internship course next to earn an additional four credits.
By completing these academic components, your child will not
only demonstrate an exceptional learning and social experience,
but will also earn a number of high school elective credits
A great resource for textbooks related to elective subjects
is your local college or trade school bookstores. When my
son was studying computer graphics, I went to local college
bookstore and purchased the same textbooks used at the college
for my son to use at home. I purchased a nursing math textbook
for my daughter. Both of these came with super workbooks which
I used for their academic work.
more information on teaching high school, check out my webpage:
Hot Shot Business: http://www.disney.go.com/hotshot/hsb.html
Biographical Dictionary Search Page: http://www.s9.com/biography/search.html
Radio Lovers Old Time Radio Show. Listen to old radio shows
including Amos and Andy, Hopalong Cassidy, and Batman: http://www.radiolovers.com/
Mother Goose. Games, songs, and rhymes for PreK: http://www.mothergoose.com/
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a great day!
you seen The Checklist? It's an assessment
tool, lesson planner and K-12 Recordkeeper created for Christian
Home Educators: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/checklist.html
History Online is now available! Check it out at: