Oklahoma Homeschool Subscribers,
hope you are having a great school year.
As you have probably noticed, I haven't been as faithful
in sending out my newsletters as I should have been! This
semester I'm taking Statistics, Introduction to Mass Media,
Writing for Mass Media, and Symbolic Logic. It's a lot
more work than I anticipated leaving me little time to
do much else.
was a very exciting month also! I
was the subject of a feature story that aired on Good
Morning America on September 7th. It was a story on Boomer
women going back to college. What an honor to be selected!
You can view that video on the ABC
website (Click on the video on the right side of the
page. You may have to wait through a 30 second ad.)
also have two articles coming out in the Fall issue of
Schoolhouse Magazine. One features
an interview with a local homeschool dad - David Sugiyama
who is a Forensic Scientist at the Tulsa Police Department,
and the other is a unit study on Hometown Heroes. I hope
you enjoy these articles. (By the way, this magazine is
now available at Borders, Barnes and Nobles, as well
as Mardel.) Now
it's back to work!
newsletter focuses on World War I as a thematic
unit. There seems to be plenty of homeschool curriculum
that covers American history up to the Civil War and perhaps
a little beyond; however, there seems to be very little
available that covers the late 1800s through current day.
So I thought I would work on filling some of these gaps
by creating some multi-level lesson plans that focus on
this time frame. I hope it will be helpful to you.
a great day!
Homeschool Newsletter, September 2007
of Ancient China, To the Great Wall and Beyond by Judy
am extremely impressed with Ancient China, To the
Great Wall and Beyond by Judy Wilcox. Judy has created a resource
that is fun, easy-to-use, and chock full of information
about China (from ancient time to modern day). It was written
to be used with K-6 grade, but I believe it would make
a terrific supplement for 7-12 also. There is enough "meat" in
this unit that your teens will learn as much or more about
China from this than from most junior or senior level textbooks.
The best part is that they will have fun doing it!
The unit is scheduled for a twelve week period and is
divided into daily lesson plans. Each lesson includes a
reading in the book and timeline information. Projects
are included with each lesson that involve research, reading,
composition, map work, art, music, science, hands-on activities
(crafts, models, recipes, etc), and field trip ideas.
The lessons begin with the geography of China, then progress
through history by dynasty, and conclude with information
about modern China. At the end of the book, there is a
test for the unit as well as a glossary, a list of books
for further study, timeline figures, and maps.
the moment I picked up this book, I was "hooked." I
read the book cover to cover, wishing the whole time that
I was still homeschooling or that I had had a chance to
be exposed to this kind of learning when I was a young
student. The information is presented logically and simple
enough that anyone can understand it. I particularly liked
how Judy integrates Christianity into the curriculum and
includes projects that has students compare the religions
of China to that of Christianity.
can't recommend this unit enough. Ancient China has a
fascinating history and plays an important role in our
world today. You will be doing your children an injustice
not to expose them to the history of China. Now, there
is a resource that will help you do just that! And when
you are done, you can check this off your copy of The
have added an update to The Checklist to incorporate
this unit. Those of you who already own The Checklist can
add it to your notebook. Those of you who don't can view
a sample here: Ancient China (updated September 2007): http://oklahomahomeschool.com/Cklist_Rev.html
of Old, A Blank Timeline Book of World History.
you need a resource for teaching history using a timeline
and love the look and feel of a "real" book,
you'll love Wonders of Old! This is more than a school
book - it's a family keepsake! Terri has created this oversized,
hardcover book to "help your students understand and
'see' the progression of history with interactive and engaging
timelines. It includes decorative pages on which to write
historical events or attach timeline figures. Terri has
also included significant dates for each period and a place
for notes in the back. This is a homeschool resource that
will be treasured for years.
3. Signs & Seasons:
Understanding the Elements of Classical Astronomy by
My first impression when I picked up this curriculum
was - how do I read this? The author uses fonts and text
that emulate the style of Colonial Almanacks. Those of
you who use a Classical method of homeschooling will feel
quite at home; however, for those of us who do not, it
presents a bit of a challenge. Once you get past the preface,
however, a majority of the text is in a modern style.
purpose of the book is best explained by the author,
Jay Ryan: "Unlike other astronomy books, Signs & Seasons
is based on the Biblical purpose for which the Sun, Moon,
and stars were created - for signs and seasons, days and
years - as it is written in Genesis 1:14. Signs & Seasons
includes extensive Bible quotes from classic authors -
philosophers, poets, and historians, Christian and secular
alike. . . The purpose of Signs & Seasons is to help
the reader become an observer of the celestial bodies and
to understand the clockwork of the heavens."
The book covers:
- why the stars rise and set
- the motion of the planets and the moon among the stars,
- the reasons for the seasons
- the names of the principal constellations
- why they seem to change with the seasons.
are seven chapters with black and white drawings and
an appendix. The appendix includes suggestions for further
reading, astronomical tables, brief biographies of quoted
authors "with an emphasis on their relevance
to classical astronomy," a glossary, and field activities.
The section on field activities offers ideas on creating
a field journal, as well as many hands-on activities that
will make the unit much more meaningful. For instance,
in Chapter 1, you will create a backyard compass which
will be used throughout the year for observing the skies.
There are also instructions on how to sketch the earth's
rotation, and the sun's daily motion. A globe activity
helps students understand the geocentric and heliocentric
theory. Directions for creating a volvelle to illustrate
the daily motion of the sun are included as well as a journal
entry suggestion for a classical astronomy timeline. Also
included is a pair of Eclipse Shades for safe solar viewing.
Personally, I found the quotes mixed in with the text
confusing and the information more in depth than I would
have taught based on my own children's learning styles
and interests. However, I would heartily recommend this
book to those who enjoy the Classical method of homeschooling
as well as those who desire to give their children an in-depth
look at astronomy from a Biblical perspective.
I don't think there is another curriculum out there like
this, so it would be well worth your time to check it out
and see if it will meet a need in your homeschool.
Check out the other reviews of products on my Curriculum
Without Textbooks - World War I
Topics to Cover (Excerpt from The Checklist):
OF MAJOR EVENTS
1914, Archduke Franz Ferdinand of Austria-Hungary
1914, Panama Canal Opened
1914, World War I Begins in Europe
1914, Charlie Chaplin Films Are Produced
1915, Germans Sink the Lusitania
1917, United States Enters War I
1917, Balfour Declaration, partitioned
the Ottoman Empire
1918, Armistice and World War I Ends
1919, Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations
1920, Radio Broadcasting Begins
1922, USSR is Formed
1926, Hirohito Become Emperor of Japan
1927, Talking Pictures Begin
Winston (England, 1874-1965)—Soldier,
Writer, War Strategist
Georges Benjamin(France, 1841-1929)—Premier
of France during World War I
T. E. (Wales, 1888-1935)—Soldier
and Author: Lawrence of Arabia, Army Intelligence, Revolt
in the Desert
David (England, 1863-1945)—Prime
Minister of Britain: 1916-1922
Henry Cabot (Massachusetts, 1850-1924)—Politician
and Author: League of Nations
II (Russia, 1868-1918)—Russian
Czar: Joined Allies in WWI
John J. (Missouri, 1860-1948)—Army
Eddie. (Ohio, 1890-1973)—American
Ace, fighter pilot WWI
Jim (Oklahoma, 1886-1953)—Athlete
II, Kaiser ( Germany, 1859-1941)—German
Woodrow (Virginia, 1856-1924)—28th
President (1913-1921): Prohibition, Women’s Suffrage,
Clayton Antitrust Act, Child Labor Law, League of Nations
Sergeant Alvin C. (Tennessee, 1887-1964) —American
corporal, WWI Hero
and do activities from The
First World War . (Includes poetry, war diaries,
photos, and more).
War I, Thematic Unit - Teacher Created Resources
two maps: One of Europe before the war and one of Europe
after the war. Show the boundaries of the
new independent states (Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia,
Poland, Czechoslovakia, Yugoslavia, Austria, Hungary,
- History on the Net: World
War I worksheets.
- Color page - Sergeant
- Listen to these stories
of World War I.
War I diaries, letters, scrapbooks, and more.
Gallery of WWI images.
of World War I Quiz.
And don't forget! When you're done, be sure to add what
your children did for World War I to your copy
Paper. World War I writing paper: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/forms.html
Guthrie Centennial Wild West Show
Oct 13, 2007 - Oct 14, 2007
Guthrie - Festivals/Events
A two-day Centennial Wild West Show at Logan County
Fairgrounds will feature performances that present
the history of Oklahoma during territorial and statehood
days such as horse-drawn hitch teams, trick roping
and other western events.
The Centennial Parade
Oct 14, 2007
Oklahoma City - Premier Events
The largest parade in Oklahoma history will be held
in downtown Oklahoma City for all Oklahomans on Oct.
14, 2007. For more information or to apply to participate
in The Centennial Parade visit: The Centennial Parade
Tulsa's Tour of Historic Homes
Oct 14, 2007
Tulsa - Festivals/Events
Most of the homes in Brady Heights, built between
1904 and 1930, feature leaded glass, carriage houses
and broad porches, reflecting Oklahoma's early elegance.
The tour will focus on Oklahoma's early political,
spiritual and social leaders as told through the
architecture they left behind. Most of the homes
in Brady Heights were built between 1904 and 1930.
The houses of Brady Heights, with leaded glass, carriage
houses and broad porches, reflect Oklahoma’s
early elegance. The self-guided tour will offer printed
educational information about Tulsa’s early
history and its history-makers. Ticketed Event
Contact: Michelle Barnett 592-9135
Oct 18, 2007 - Oct 21, 2007
Tulsa - Festivals/Events
The festival offers fun for all ages and interests:
A children's tent and carnival, Sports Café ,
a beer house, a eating tent and garden and open market
featuring authentic German food and merchandise.
More than 60,000 people attend the festival.
El Reno's Centennial at Fort Reno
Oct 18, 2007 - Oct 21, 2007
El Reno - Festivals/Events
Living history depictions and tributes to the people
(politicians, homesteaders, boomers, U.S. Calvary,
Buffalo Soldiers, drovers, and Native Americans)
as Oklahoma and Indian Territory transitioned to
statehood. The event will involve Post Cemetery tombstone
tales, living history camps on the historical parade
grounds, educational interpretations, Civil War and
Indian War Military camps and event reenactments.
Beaver's Oklahoma Panhandle (No Man's Land Centennial
Oct 20, 2007
Beaver - Festivals/Events
Festival includes story telling, singing, and music
from Oklahomans to celebrate Oklahoma's 100th birthday.
Displays of Oklahoma heritage and culture are placed
throughout the park to illustrate the way of life
Talihina's Fall Festival
Oct 27, 2007 - Oct 28, 2007
Talihina - Festivals/Events
An annual Fall Foliage Festival including arts and
crafts, food, live entertainment, and a car show.
The festival coincides with the peak season for the
foliage in the Ouachita Mountains and along the National
Scenic Byway, "Talimena Scenic Drive."
For discount coupons and more travel info about
Oklahoma, check TravelOK.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: http://www.oklahomahomeschool.com/okhist.html