Oklahoma Homeschool Subscribers,
Beginning with this issue of
the OKHS E-newsletter, I'll be sending only an HTML version
to my mailing list. I have had enough response from you,
my readers, to know that the majority of you prefer the
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and a plain text version for email, so this will save me
time on which I can write the newsletter
and create more resources for homeschoolers. If you unable
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of you at my seminar on October 7th. Please come up and introduce
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to put faces to my emails!
I hope you enjoy this issue
of the OKHS E-newsletter.
a great October!
Homeschool Newsletter, October 2006
New on the Oklahoma Homeschool Website?
Organize Your Homeschool for Success by
In the Hands of a Child.
Are you looking for a quick, easy & fun way to teach
history and science? Then check out the kits at Hands of
a Child. Each kit becomes a colorful, lap book made of
file folders and construction paper that illustrates what
your child has learned during the unit. Each kit comes
with a lesson plan and printable masters. You supply paper,
file folders, brads, and glue. All you have to do is copy
the masters, cut out, and then have your children complete
the lessons. You can even buy a kit already printed - all
you do is cut out and teach!
The lessons are written from
a Christian perspective and include biographies, literature,
state history, science, and history. Topics range from
the Human Body to Wireless Communication to the French
Revolution. Each lesson is multi-level so you can use it,
as is, for several grade levels or you can adapt it for
PreK-12. All of the newer kits come with a study guide
which gives you all the factual information you need to
complete the lesson as well. For the older kits, you will
need to research the factual information yourself using
a textbook, encyclopedia, or the internet.
For example, In the North Carolina
State history unit, your child learns state facts, geography,
climate, government, economy, people, religion, important
dates, major cities, colleges and universities, wildlife,
and vocabulary of the state through reading of the text
included. They reinforce this learning by completing "projects" that go
with each lesson and are added to the folder as they progress.
When completed, the folder is easy to store and makes great "memory
book" of your child's school years.
These kits are perfect to use along with The
Checklist and highly recommended
for the Read/Write and Visual
Learner or any child who
likes to make booklets, color, cut out and paste. To
see samples, prices, and how to order, please check the
Without Textbooks: Civil War Theme
Resources - General Information:
- Photos & Illustrations:
Lesson Plans & Unit
Music & Art of the
Crafts, Recipes, Games,
& Hands-on Activities:
Pages, & Quizzes
- Abe Lincoln Goes to Washington,
1837-1865 by Cheryl Harness. illus. 3-8+ (ISBN 0792269063)
Lincoln (Heroes of History),
by Janet Benge/ 218 pgs. , All ages.
by Lola M . Schaefer. K-2
Lincoln’s World. by Genevieve Foster,
- America in the Time of Abraham Lincoln 1815-1869, by Sally Isaacs, nicely illustrated, 3+
Boys' War: Confederate and Union Soldiers Talk
About the Civil War by Jim Murphy
War Medicine by Douglas Savage,
Barton (Heroes of History) by Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
America: When Will This Cruel War Be Over? by
- The Drinking Gourd (An I Can Read Book) by F. N. Monjo
From Slavery, The Boyhood of Frederick Douglass
in His Own Words by
Michael McCurdy. 4-12
in God and Generals: An Anthology of Faith, Hope
and Love in the American Civil War compiled by Ted Baehr & Susan Wales
The American Civil War by James McPherson,
Excellent. Use for basis of unit study. 3rd+
Gettysburg Address by
Abraham Lincoln, Illustrated by Michael McCurdy.
B/W illus. Excellent. K-12
Washing Carver (Heroes of
History) by Janet Benge, Geoff Benge
Tubman (Heroes of History), by Janet Benge/ 218 pgs. , All ages.
Biography) by Dana Meachen Rau. K-8+
Travels: Civil War Days by
Ellen Weiss. Easy Reader, K-3rd+
You Grew Up With Abraham Lincoln by
Ann McGovern, 2-6+
You Lived at the Time of the Civil War by Kay
You Traveled on the Underground Railroad by Ellen
Their Own Words: Abraham Lincoln by
George Sullivan. 128 pgs, illus, 4-8+
Their Own Words: Harriet Tubman by
George Sullivan. 128 pgs, illus, 4-8+
for the Whippoorwill,
Harriet Tubman by Dave Jackson(
by Barbara Cary, 3+
- A Picture Book of Robert E. Lee
(Picture Book Biography) by David A. Adler
Red Badge of Courage by Stephen
E. Lee, Young Confederate by Helen Albee Monsell
Marguerite de Angeli. 98 pgs. (Fiction) 1-6+
S. Grant (History
Maker Bios) by Susan Bivin Aller
Tom's Cabin: Young Folks Edition by
Harriet B. Stowe, 3+
to Addy's World, 1864:
Growing up During America’s Civil War,
all ages, American Girls, 4-8
Lee in Virginia by G. A. Henty
Travel Guide to Civil War America by
Nancy Day. Excellent. K-12
1. Civil War Report. I've
created this composition booklet for you to use with your
Civil War units. Each page is divided into two sections.
The top section is where you child can draw a picture or
paste photos related to the topic. The bottom part is where
they can write a short paragraph about the page. I hope
you enjoy it. It
is free for my readers for a limited time. Eventually,
I may create a set of them and charge for
the set. The booklet is in pdf format, so you must have
Acrobat Reader 5.0 or higher to print this form. After
you download the pdf file, simply print on your computer
and bind either with staples, a 3-ring notebook, or spiral
binding. There are two cover choices: one with Lincoln
on the front and one with Clara Barton on the front. Download
your free booklet
2. Sample Weekly plan (pdf ).
Read my webpage at http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/CPsample.html for more info.
Checklist & Multi-Level Teaching:
is the time to start thinking about (and purchasing supplies
for) a Christmas unit if you're going to do one. I've
created a simple, 4-week unit that covers the birth of
Jesus, John Newton, Hymns and Hymnwriters, and sharing.
It is recommended for PreK-5th.
2. Be sure to add what your children did
for the Civil War unit to your copy of The
Events site: Students read about
current events and take a quiz afterwards. This is
a great way to teach kids current events! http://www.studentnewsdaily.com/.
2. Career Pathways.
An online tool for exploring careers. Excellent! http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~pathways/Surveypage.htm.
Also check out the page that shows related courses to take
for each career: http://www.webpages.uidaho.edu/~pathways/student/courses.htm/.
Free storybooks for kids. Some are talking books. http://www.magickeys.com/books/.
Children's Digital Library. FREE e-books for
kids! A large database of children's book that can be
read online! This is also a good tool for foreign language
study too. Read a book in the language you are studying! http://www.icdlbooks.org/.
"In regard to this Great Book,
I have but to say, it is the best gift God has given
to man. All the good the Savior gave to the world was
communicated through this book." — Abraham
Lincoln (Source: September 7, 1864 - Reply to
Loyal Colored People of Baltimore upon Presentation of
Home Educators’ Capitol
Day, Tuesday, February 20, 2007. Capitol
Day is the most important event of the year as it
is designed to communicate with our state legislators
and senators that home education is a viable and
credible educational alternative. The freedom we
have to home educate our children rests on the work
we do here. Please check the OCHEC website for more
info: http://www.ochec.com/ and make plans to attend.
Your freedom to home educate depends on you! Contact:
Rick and Jeannette Webb, Oklahoma Christian Home
Capitol Day Coordinators. Email: email@example.com
2. The Museum of Creation Truth
displays fossils, replicas, and artifacts that
tell the story of creation. Creationist-based movies
can be viewed in the theatre. Each attendee receives
a free DVD from Dr. Dino! Hours: Saturday 10-4. Monday
- Friday by appointment. Free. Address: 3290 State Rd.
22, Bokchito, OK 74726 (From Durant go 14 miles East
on Hwy 70 to Bokchito. Go six miles south of Bokchito
Bank on State Rd. 22). Phone: (580) 924-0803. Email:
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History Online is
now available! Check it out at: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/okhist.html