Posts Tagged ‘book’

A Beka 8th Grade History Worksheets


07 Jan

America, Land I Love

 

If you’re using A Beka’s 8th grade history book, America, Land I Love, and are looking for worksheets, you’ve come to the right place. I’ve created a page and uploaded the files I’ve created for the book. These are like the sections at the end of each chapter, but done as worksheets for easy reference. There are the Review sheets for each chapter, which list the important places, people, and dates. I’ve also included a Terms section for each chapter, so the definition and information for each set of chapter terms can be filled in. You can find these files on the A Beka – America, Land I Love page.

Pay It Forward Young Readers Edition – Quizzes Uploaded


22 Oct

Pay It Forward Young Readers Edition

I always liked the movie, Pay it Forward, despite some of its rough parts, and though I was never truly was fond of the ending. I liked the general idea behind the whole “Pay It Forward” concept, though, and when I saw they had a Young Readers Edition of the book, written by Catherine Ryan Hyde, I thought I’d have my son read it to at least get a feel for the idea.

Surprise, surprise, I read it along with my son (I haven’t read the regular version) and so much is different from the movie. Wow! I mean, yeah, that’s typically how it is with most books and their movies, but it was SO different we were both a bit shocked when we saw the alternate version.

I, having seen the movie first, prefer the movie version. My son, having read the book first, prefers the book.

This was a book I had my son read on his own, and then I’d give him a quiz to make sure he’d really read it, and then we’d discuss it. Since I couldn’t find any quizzes online for it, I made my own. I’ve uploaded those here on the Pay It Forward Page here on my site.

 

Pay It Forward Movie

It’s probably best if you read the story yourself, before deciding if it’s right for your child. Due to some of the concepts, it’s recommended for (more…)

The Book Samaritan


26 Aug

books

Get Help Acquiring Homeschooling Curriculum

Well, it’s that time again. If you haven’t started your school year already, then chances are you’ll be starting pretty soon. Have you got all your curriculum yet? Possibly so, but I’m sure there are those out there who want to homeschool and are struggling. You’ve either found a way to make do, or it’s possible you’ve delayed getting your books in hopes of being able to afford what you need later.

This is where The Book Samaritan comes in.

The Book Samaritan is a non-profit organization that runs out of Pawhuska, Oklahoma. It helps provide homeschooling materials to those financially unable to get what they need to homeschool their children.

If you’re in need of materials, you can send a letter to this organization, along with your children’s grade levels, and they’ll help you out. If you have specific curriculum requests, you can include those as well. They can’t always fulfill the specific curriculum requests, but they’ll do what they can to get you what your children need for the school year.

You’re probably asking, “But what’s the catch?” It’s simple really. When you’re finished with the materials, they don’t want you selling them. You are to either pass them on to other homeschoolers who can use them, or send them back to The Book Samaritan, so they can be used by other homeschooling families in need.

That’s it! If finances are what stand between you and your ability to homeschool, then this is a simple solution.

 

Help Others Receive Homeschooling Materials

Maybe you’re a homeschooling family that doesn’t need help with materials. Maybe you have old curriculum and learning supplies laying around.  Well, guess what? You can HELP The Book Samaritan.

The Book Samaritan exists because of donations. Selling your old material might be great for a few extra bucks, but you just might want to consider sending these items to this organization and help give someone the opportunity to homeschool. Here’s what they accept:

  • books
  • workbooks
  • kits
  • CD-Roms and DVDs
  • flashcards
  • school supplies

And of course, monetary donations are accepted as well. These funds are used to provide families with materials the organization doesn’t already have on hand.

 

Check it out. The Book Samaritan is a great organization that has already helped many homeschooling families, and will hopefully help many more in the future.

Target’s School Supplies – A List (and Kohl’s)


29 Jun

Target

Well luck has it that I had to go to Target again today. I had to pick up a couple of things, and my son was anxious to spend some money he had, so away we went. As promised, I spent some time getting a better idea of what’s available for school supplies they had in that dollar section. (Okay, okay, I was looking to see what they had that might be useful for me as well!)

Here’s a general list of what I saw there that could be used for homeschooling:

– Dr. Seuss themed items – these included inspirational posters, flashcards, and pencils

– general flashcards
– workbooks – most general, but I did catch some Disney’s The Little Mermaid workbooks for addition and some Liza Frank-like covered workbooks
– stickers (the good job! and excellent! and shiny-stars types, given for a job well done)
– bulletin board decor
– Junior Classics Books – stories such as Pinocchio and Little Women in easier-to-read formats for younger children
– mini dry-erase boards (about notebook paper sized. They had them blank in different colors, one lined like notebook paper, and then the “handwriting practice” lines dry-erase boards with the two bold lines with a dotted line between them
– magnetic letters
– play money
– “hand” pointers
– dry erase pockets – good for putting worksheets inside and using a dry-erase marker to write OVER the worksheet without actually marking up the sheet
– teacher lesson books and teacher grade books

The most interesting find that I thought looked fun was something called “blank books“:

BlankBooks

These looked pretty cool and I can probably use them for various things (read: assign various projects). Please note, these are $3, not just $1. This pack has eight 8″x 8″ square soft-covered books, but they also had a 3-pack that was slightly smaller than 8″x 11″ (I believe) and a 3-pack that was hard-covered that was considerably smaller (6″ x 4″ maybe?) . These could be used for stories, topic books and vocabulary, nature journals, and who knows what else. I have to admit it was hard to not buy all three sizes. For me and what I would use them for, though, this size seemed the most versatile.

Be sure to check out Target. You never know what you’ll find for homeschooling!

Kohl’s

I also stopped by Kohl’s today to return a dress, and on my way to the service desk (which is inconveniently located at the very back of the store) I caught a glimpse of various Frozen school supplies on a display in the middle of the aisle with a 20% off School Supplies sign prominently displayed. If you have a little girl that’s into Frozen you just might want to take a quick trip to Kohl’s and see if there are any good deals on the items they had.

Have you found any deals for school supplies yet? Let us know about them!!

Apologia Anatomy and Physiology Schedule


26 Jul

Some of you out there may not know how to schedule things, or may not be sure how to break down this book, may not like other schedules you have found, or just might not have the extra time to sit there and figure it all out. I figured, in case anyone is interested, I’d post how I chose to schedule Apologia’s Anatomy and Physiology book for this school year. Basically I figure out how many weeks each chapter should or can take, and then figure out how to best work those time frames for each chapter (lesson) into our schedule for the weeks we have.

Here is how I broke down this book by chapter:

Chapter 1 – 2 weeks
Chapter 2 – 3 weeks
Chapter 3 – 2 weeks
Chapter 4 – 2 weeks
Chapter 5 – 2 weeks
Chapter 6 – 2 weeks
Chapter 7 – 3 weeks
Chapter 8 – 3 weeks
Chapter 9 – 2 weeks
Chapter 10 – 2 weeks
Chpater 11 – 3 weeks
Chapter 12 – 3 weeks
Chapter 13 – 2 weeks
Chapter 14 – 3 weeks

That comes out to 34 weeks, which is a good amount of weeks to fit into a regular 40-week school year, where it still allows for you to take off a few weeks from science whenever you decide to during the year.

I plan 3 days of the week for reading. If it’s a 2-week chapter, we do that reading in one week, and if it’s a 3-week chapter we do that reading in two weeks. The number of pages for each day just depends how I decide to break it up, where the sections end, and also depends on what else is planned for those three days. The appropriate terms from the vocabulary worksheet set are filled in while doing the appropriate reading. The final week is then used to do activities in the Notebooking Journal, and any projects or experiments that go along with the lesson. The final day of the final week is used for review.

Our test is actually scheduled the following week, so that it’s taken the same day we start a new chapter.

It’s a pretty basic schedule, and after having planned 3 other years I was able to get this one scheduled pretty quickly. What can I say? It works for us!

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