Oklahoma Homeschool Subscribers,
New Year! Can you believe it is 2007? I can't! Time is
simply flying by - maybe it's because I turn 57 next month!
Anyway, I hope you all had a wonderful Christmas and got
some well-deserved rest. Now it's time to turn back to
the school books!
still working hard on my new e-book, "Oklahoma Scrapbook
- A Travel Guide & Memory Book for Exploring Oklahoma,"
hoping to have it completed by the end of February or sooner
(preferably sooner!). This is the Centennial year for Oklahoma
so it's a perfect year for teaching Oklahoma History and
exploring Oklahoma. I think those of you living in
Oklahoma will find this a wonderful enrichment resource
for doing just that.
I've been working so hard on the Oklahoma Scrapbook project,
I really haven't added much to my website. However, this
newsletter is full of ideas that I hope you will enjoy.
a super New Year!
Homeschool Newsletter, January 2007
New on the Oklahoma Homeschool Website?
Because I've been so busy on my book, there
is not much new! However, there is a new form to download
and print. Check it out below.
(SORRY _ THIS HAS BEEN DISCONTINUED) Great Lives CDs. This
series of CDs is a must for your
but will be equally enjoyed by all. Each CD is professionally
done and well worth the investment. Great Lives searches "stories
from the finest biographies - many of which are no longer
in print - and brings them together into an easy-to-listen-to
audio CD." Each month you will learn about someone
new such as Gandhi, Alexander Graham Bell, Mary Bethune,
and Abraham Lincoln. Subscription: $8.95/month. www.storiesofgreatlives.com.
Alternative Resources (not audio):
Christian Biographies: http://elvis.rowan.edu/~kilroy/JEK/home.html#new%20location
Biography of the Day: http://www.anb.org/biooftheday.html
Biographies of Classical Composers: http://www.cl.cam.ac.uk/~mn200/music/composers.html
Science World - Biographies of Scientists: http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/
Mathematical Biographies http://scienceworld.wolfram.com/biography/
Search Gateway biographies: http://www.searchgateway.com/biograph.htm
From Revolution to Reconstruction: http://odur.let.rug.nl/~usa/B/
American Presidents: http://www.americanpresidents.org/
Multiplication to Music. Multiplication to Music (Classical
Math to Classical Music) by Fred & Sarah Cooper is
to the answer to learning the mulitiplication tables,
especially for auditory learners who like classical music. Learn
the time tables (2-12's) while singing along with classical
music written by Mozart, Beethoven, Handel, and more.
Each song is sung four times. The first three times with
answer; the last time your child has to sing the answers
on his own. Purchase at SingNLearn: http://singnlearn.org
Without Textbooks - Ancient Rome
an idea for teaching about Ancient Rome without
Use my free, Rome
Unit Study. You'll
find weekly lesson plans, a free-printable timeline, book
suggestions, and suggestions for using the Internet
to learn about Rome. You'll also find resources for
worksheets, hands-on activities, and composition projects.
And don't forget! When you're done, be sure to add what
your children did for the Astronomy unit to your copy
Revolutionary War Thematic Paper. Use
these two forms (wide lines and thin lines) when teaching
about the Revolutionary War: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/forms.html
My Presidents of the U.S. Composition Booklet:
Use this free booklet as a writing project about the presidents
of the U.S.: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/forms.html
Checklist & Multi-Level Teaching:
President's Day is coming up in February. Here are
some resources you can use to help you teach about Lincoln,
Washington, and presidents in general:
sure to add what your children did for President's Day
to your copy of The
Weather Adventure game.
about the Landscape
Architect career from the US Park Service.
Video: For moms! I saw this video and had to share
it with you.
Math activities for elementary grades.
5. Download this free Fish,
Wildlife, & People coloring
book from the US Fish and Wildlife Services.
Finally, let's say thanks to our troops. Here's a way
we can thank our troops that costs nothing but a few
moments of time. Go to the Let's
Say Thanks Website,
pick a card, and email it. This is sponsored
by Xerox and has been checked to be a valid website.
Kids will enjoy this too!
will prepare and some day my chance will come." — Abraham
Lincoln (1809 - 1865)
Centennial Events. This is the
year of Oklahoma's Centennial Celebration - November
16, 1907-2007. What a great year to teach Oklahoma History!
With that in mind, this section will include events with
a Centennial emphasis, as well as any other event or
activity of specific interest to teaching about the state
of Oklahoma. For more events and coupons, be sure to
check the TravelOK website: http://www.travelok.com
of Roses Parade, Jan 1, 2007, Televised from Pasadena,
CA. Check your cable listing. Oklahoma will be the
first entity in the history of the Tournament of Roses
to have two floats in this nationally televised parade.
Oklahoma will lead off the parade, the Centennial All*Star
Band will also participate.
b. Edmond's Eagle Watch at Arcadia
Lake, Jan 5, 2007 - Jan 7, 2007. Anytime between
7:30 am - 4:30 pm. Park Office, 9000 E 2nd Street (approximately
3 ½ miles east of I-35 on Rt. 66). Parking $3.00
per vehicle. Dress warmly and bring your binoculars.
Begin at the Arcadia Lake Park Office to receive information
about where the eagles can be spotted. Project Office
has a Bald Eagle and raptor wingspan displays. Our
2007 Eagle Watch is an Official Oklahoma Centennial
Event. Spotters will be located around the lake so
that all viewers will have the chance to see the beautiful
Bald Eagles. For more information visit www.edmondok.com.
c. Oklahoma History
Seen Through Quilts,
Jan 14 - Feb 9, 2007, OCU Norick Art Center, 2501 N
Blackwelder, Oklahoma City, OK. Mon10am-9pm, Tue-Fri
10am-4pm. View the winning quilts of the Oklahoma Centennial
Quilt Contest. Quilts display a theme that celebrates
Oklahoma History. Free admissino. Contact: Judy Howard.
Phone: 405-521-5230. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web site: http://www.buckboardquilts.com.
Finals Rodeo, Jan 18
- 20, 2007, State Fair Arena, Oklahoma City, OK. 6:30pm-11:30pm.
Championship rodeo finals for the top 15 cowboys and
cowgirls. Seven events. Contact: 405-235-6540. E-mail: email@example.com.
e. Birdhouse Contest, March 2007, As
a part of Arbor Day Celebration, the Park and Recreation
department of Ponca City will have a Bird House Contest
for children 15 and under. Entries will be accepted at
the Park and Recreation office (905 W Hartford) from
March 12th through March 29th. You may create an original
birdhouse, use a kit or buy one ready made to decorate
and submit. Houses will be judged by members of Sage,
Rosemary and Thyme Garden Club. Categories are Most Whimsical,
Most Colorful, Most Creative, Most Original and Best
Tour and Loon Watch, Feb 10, 17 & 24, 2007,
Sequoyah National Wildlife Refuge and Tenkiller State
Park, Vian, OK. Come join us at the Sequoyah National
Wildlife Refuge for a tour featuring Southern Bald
Eagles. After spending the morning at the refuge take
a break and have a leisurely lunch in Vian. Then come
to Tenkiller State Park and enjoy the famed bird of
Northeast United States and Beyond, the Loon. Tours
will occur unless there is a travel advisory for the
area. Eagle Tour 9am at Sequoyah National Wildlife
Refuge, Loon Watch 2pm at Tenkiller State Park. Phone:
918-489-5641. E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Web site: http://www.oklahomaparks.com.
Winter Encampment - Battle of Round Mountain,
Feb 17, 2007 - Feb 18, 2007. Yale, OK. Recognition
of The Battle of Round Mountain - the first Civil War
battle of the Civil War in the area, will feature presentations
on both sides of this war. The public and school children
may visit camps with settlers and vendors, and Oklahoma
historical speakers'. Many cannons, rifles, and pistols
are fired in a large field for public viewing. Yale
Oklahoma is located about 13 miles East of Stillwater
Oklahoma on Hiway 51. The event site is on the East
side of Yale on the North side of the road. Enter through
Jim Thorpe park and follow the road to the undeveloped
area on the North-west side. Event Contact: email@example.com.
Victorian Style Show and Ladies Tea held in
the Chesapeake Events Center at the Oklahoma History
Center, 2401 N. Laird Ave., Oklahoma City, on Saturday,
March 3, 2007, 2-5 p.m. Twenty-seven ladies will
be modeling fashions from the decades from 1820 to
1920. Tickets $15 per person. Deadline is
February 9. Mail your check made out to
OHS to: Kelsey Arnold, Oklahoma Historical Society,
2401 N. Laird Ave. OKC, OK 73105. Include your name,
complete address, and phone number. For more information,
contact Kelsey Arnold at 405.522.0692 or send atn
email to firstname.lastname@example.org
Fort Washita Frontier Brigade Muster will take
place on Saturday, February 10, from 9 a.m.to 5 p.m.
at the Fort Washita Historic Site (located on State
Hwy 199 between Madill and Durant). The public is
invited to view Civil War-era soldiers as they practice
drilling in time, inspecting muskatas, skirmishing,
and other military activities. No admission. For
more info: call 580.924.6402.
Book suggestion - just
for fun: The
Mystery of Tornado Alley (Nancy Drew) by
3. If you're doing Oklahoma
history, check out these photos of Old Route 66
(scroll down to bottom of page) : http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/teachOKH.html
4. Things to do in Oklahoma from
Mistletoe Leaves, December 2006 (newsletter for
donors to Oklahoma Historical
Oklahoma Scrapbook: A Field Trip Guide and Memory Book by
Voices of Oklahoma - a 30-minute,
monthly show on Channel 3 in Tulsa area and Channel 7
in OKC area at 12 noon on Tuesdays, 11:30 am, 3:30 pm,
and 5:30 pm on Wednesdays, and 11:30 am on Sundays. It
will include a story-based stroll through a museum gallery
of the Oklahoma History Center, a segment on a museum
or site somewhere in the state, and a look at their research
Will Rogers Memorial Museum in Claremore
will be hosting a special, 3-year exhibit, Walt Disney
Classics, which includes Walt Disney Imagineering sculptures
of seven presidents who were Will Roger's friends as
well as artwork depicting Rogers and sketches of him
playing polo with Disney cartoon characters.
Arts Council announces that more than 100 pieces
of artwork displayed in and around the state capitol can
now be viewed on the Internet. Artwork includes paintings
such as President Teddy Roosevelt Signing Statehood
Proclamation, the Magic of Petroleum, and a portrait
of Sequoyah; sculptures of David L. Payne, As Long
As the Waters Flow and The Hall of Governors; and special
exhibits such as the Indian Blanket Quilt. Quick Time
movies of artwork is also available. Check it out at
- National Cowboy and Western Heritage Museum
in OKC has a special exhibit of tintypes, ambrotypes,
cabinet cards, and stereographs on display until January
7, 2007. Your children interested in photography will
want to see these.
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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: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/okhist.html