Archive for August, 2011

Zoology 3 – Lesson 2

24 Aug

Well, for anyone who may or may not be looking for it, the Lesson 2 Worksheet for Zoology 3 is now available, and the Lesson 2 test should be up very shortly as well. I apologize for the length of the worksheet, but it is a long chapter, and you can always break it down into several sets of worksheets if you’d rather do it that way.

We did our tracking today for Lesson 2 and it worked out very well. At someone’s suggestion, I bought sticker paper from an office supply store, found pictures online and put them into a word document, and then printed them out in color so my son could just cut them and then peel and stick them to our map. I may regret the size map I bought him by the end of the year though. It’s small and there are going to be stickers practically covering the whole thing I believe!

Our Native American Unit

06 Aug

Well, our Native American unit has come to a close this past week, and it was very interesting and a lot of fun. The best part? The projects! (more…)

Zoology 3 – Worksheet Section & Fun with Experiment #1

04 Aug

Hello all my fellow Apologians. For those using my worksheets, you may be interested to know that today I’m adding the Lesson 1 Worksheet packet (I’m only doing one worksheet set per lesson this year, rather than breaking it up into several worksheet groups per lesson, but it would be very easy to find a spot to break it up into smaller pieces to accomodate fewer pages of a lesson at a time, if need be.) The Lesson 1 test should be available in a few days as well, as we are finishing up Lesson 1 tomorrow.

Today we did the Lesson 1 Experiment, which was on Natural Selection. It was loads of fun and involved ripping up construction paper, crumpling up the construction paper, and then hunting for little candy-coated chocolate pieces. My son tried his hand at hunting through the box of construction paper and then, because it looked so fun, I had my hand at it as well. Then it was so fun we both took another turn. It also helped to emphasize the benefits of camouflage and the concept of natural selection when he was able to see the idea numerous times that certain colored candies were getting hunted down more than others. What a fun experiment!

Now, for those who plan on doing this experiment soon, I’m going to suggest you get two or three regular-sized bags of these candies for this experiment or one of the LARGE bags . Sadly enough I didn’t realize this. One is only supposed to put in the number of candies as the fewest colors has, which in our case was four, so we had a grand total of 20 little “animals” we were hunting for in our box and construction paper “habitat”. The books used numbers closer to 15 or 20 of each color I believe and there was no way there were that many candies in our regular-sized bag, and not a lot of a couple of the colors, especially considering there was an overabundance of certain favored colors over others.

Oh well. We still had a good time with it and my son learned a lot from this experiment. I hope you guys do too!

¿Hablas español? If not, here’s your chance!

03 Aug

Free Spanish Lessons

Since I thought it was essential that my child start with a foreign language, it seemed like Spanish would be the way to go. I know quite a bit – though I’m not fluent – and could help him, and there’s numerous resources available. There were several programs we tried out with him, but one seemed to be the best way to go. What do we use?

Visual Link Spanish

If you’re looking for a good Spanish curriculum for you child, this program may be for you.

The benefits?

– computer-based
– teaches vocabulary and grammar, while teaching useful sentences and phrases for everyday situations
– allows the learning of proper pronunciation, because all words are spoken through the program
– has a homeschooling option
– has lessons along with various games and activities that make it fun
– has progressing levels
– good for various ages, including both children and adults (you can learn too!)
– has FREE online lessons to try before you buy!

Why am I bothering to write this? Because for the next couple of days (Wednesday, August 3, and Thursday, August 4, 2011) they have a GREAT SALE going on! 40% Off!! It really is a good deal – so much so that even I couldn’t pass it up and ordered the next level up for my child!

Go to Visual Link’s website and try out a few of their lessons and see if it will work for your family. If you decide it’s what you’ve been looking for, take advantage of the 40% off sale by using coupon code 40SALE!

Happy Learning!

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