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Safety & Basic First Aid for Kids


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Resources & Ideas on How to teach First Aid to Children
Ehow- Ideas on how to teach
First Aid Coloring Book 
First Aid Quiz 

Kids Health- Under "Emergencies" you can choose a variety of situations and read about them. Includes: Printable Instruction sheets, "What to do," "More on this topic" for Parent, child and teen. Additional resources.  You click the "Listen" link to have the page read to you for auditory learners, etc.  Translation into Spanish is available.

Healthy.net  Long list of emergency topics including electric shock, drowning, frostbite

British Red Cross- good videos (for visual learners) and printouts for children, but requires modification for USA (call 911 instead of 999)

About.com- has a list of basics children should know with links to each area, also a with a free email course.

InjuryFree.org  A variety of safety topic with printable checklists, playground, fire,  poison prevention, etc.

ThinkQuest- wounds, burns, broken bones, choking, poison, the elements

Babysitter First Aid- about.com

First Aid Grade 5-8 Printable

First Aid Grade 9-12 Lesson Plan

Printable First Aid Charts
Real Simple
Iowa Methodist Medical Center
Natural First Aid Wall Chart

Assembling a First Aid Kit
Family Education
Kit List
Natural First Aid Kit
Natural First Aid Kit II

Book Resources


Teaching Food Safety


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A few resources for teaching food safety to your children.

USDA- worksheets, puzzles, articles all for children and teens, curriculum
Northern Carolina Department of Agriculture- with printables
FDA, interactive games and more resources

Also searching youtube for Fight Bac! will give you some video options



Planning Our Yearly Schedule


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Well, its that time of year again and I've started planning out our next school year.  The first step for me is to create a baseline school calendar to hold me accountable and keep me on track.

I've completed my 2012-2013 yearly schedule using Donna Young's 13 month calendar.  As you can see we have an extended school year.  A picture is worth a thousand words.  I welcome questions, just leave a comment.


Picture Study: Pablo Picasso


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 Picture Study How To
Picasso in Module 2 (see this post)

Download FREE Art Prints Here

Coloring Pages

Lesson Plans
Lesson 1


Fun Books


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A friend of mine introduced me to two really fun books.  Usually I don't post this kind of "non-educational" information on my homeschool blog, but this is just something fun.

Each books is full of fun ideas, places to see and do before your 12th birthday! Not to mention some really great graphics.  Below is a small sampling of the things you will find within each book.
In Places to see:  A Farmers Market, A Pigpen, A Hall of Fame, etc.
In Things to do: Go Climbing, Sleep Under the Stars, Go to a Grape Stomp!

What a great motivation to experience some really fun adventures with your kids!

I was not compensated for reviewing these books- I just like to share fun things!

Book Report Alternatives


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For those of us who were educated through the public school system, our creativity may be slightly stunted when considering book report options other than the standard "report form."  Using a standard reporting form can limit your child's opportunity to demonstrate more advanced comprehension and interpretation.

There are many other creative and fun options that I've found online, below is a sampling . Edit these lists to suit your children, methods, and preferences.  I keep a list of options that I am willing to accept in my teacher binder for quick reference.

HomeschoolingFamilies.com 46 Alternatives to writing a book report.

My Favorites:
6. If a journey was involved, draw a map with explanatory notes of significant places.
10. Keep a reading journal and record your thoughts at the end of each period of reading.
12. Draw a comic-book page complete with bubble-style conversations showing an incident in your book.
14. Make a travel brochure inviting tourists to visit the setting of the book. What types of activities would there be for them to attend?
17. Prepare a list of 15 to 20 questions for use in determining if other people have read the book carefully.
19. Write a diary as the main character would write it to explain the events of the story.
20. Make a dictionary containing 20 or more difficult words from the book.
32. Create a board game based on events and characters in the book you read. Your game should include the following: a game board, a rule sheet and clear directions, events and characters from the story. 33. Make models of three objects which were important in the book you read. On a card attached to each model, tell why that object was important in the book.
37. Complete a series of five drawings that show five of the major events in the plot of the book you read. Write captions for each drawing so that the illustrations can be understood by someone who did not read the book.
39. Plan a party for the characters in the book you read. In order to do this, complete each of the following tasks: (a) Design an invitation to the party which would appeal to all of the characters. (b) Tell what food you would serve and why. (c) Tell what games or entertainment you will provide and why your choices are appropriate. (d) Tell how three of the characters will act at the party. (e) What kind of a party is this? (birthday, housewarming, un-birthday, anniversary, etc.)
40. List five of the main characters from the book you read. Give three examples of what each character learned or did not learn in the book.

Other Lists:
Sharing and Collaboration 
Generic Literature Questions

For Gifted Readers/Learners
Dr. Bertie Kingore
Hoagies Gifted Article


Creating a World Geography Curriculum


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I've been searching and searching for a world geography curriculum that will fit our families needs and haven't found one.  We are not the "average" homeschooling family (and I'm just picky!)  So I needed a curriculum that can:
Travel with us (libraries are not always available, I need something that is fairly self-contained and doesn't rely on the library or internet.)...
Literature based (just a few books to haul around, not a book on each country!)...
Something that is not a dry textbook...
AND we're not always sure if we'll have internet access (hence the reason for the pause in my posting!)...

I am determined to study world geography this year and, by George, I do believe we can do this!  Here is my plan for this year:

First...  I found this great article from THE LINK, this was just what I needed to give me a framework and ideas for topics.  I'm using this for my syllabus.



  Scrambled States of America (we used these for US geography last year- but they are so stinkin' cute!)  

Flags of the World Bundle  from CurrClick.  This bundle includes Countries from A to Z, a map to label, flag, animals and a recipe from each country.  Hint: If you want to print just one part of a page, crop your document and print. Then, DO NOT save your changes.

Free World Prayer Devotional 
from Operation World

Printable Maps- Download ahead of time

Free Pretend Passport

Printable Passport Stamps

Country Profile Page

Lapbooking / Notebooking mini books, etc. 

That makes up the core curriculum

Books I'm considering or still need to review for the core:

My Wishlist (Otherwise known as the "we-just-don't-have-the-cash-to-spend-on-it" list)


Other Resources You May Enjoy
Make Graphs
Mission Friends - a free missions based curricula on 18 different countries
Online Geography Games
Climate and Temp Info

So how will I put it all together?  This is the plan so far.

First thing I need to do is choose the continent we'll study for a period of time (driven by the syllabus) choose the countries.

My alterations to the syllabus:
North and Central America- 5 weeks
South America- 6 weeks
Europe- 6 weeks
Africa- 6 weeks
Asia- 6 weeks
Oceania- 3 weeks
Antarctica- 1 week

Our tentative schedule:
Day 1: We'll spend our time looking the country up on the map, and explore it in the atlas, mostly browsing. Start the notebooking page. (A blank piece of card stock in any color they choose)
Add the map from Currclick and label it with the country.(or look up a larger blank outline map online if we have access)
Add the flag.
Add page to binder, divided by continent.
Must tell Dad (or someone) about the country and show it to him on the world map.
Plan for cultural meal.

Day 2:  Have them each choose 2-4 items to research from the atlas using the syllabus for ideas.  Add information to the notebooking page/map.
Label capital and major information (rivers, lakes, mountains, etc.)
Learn  more about the flag.

Day 3: Story day- missionary stories, cultural stories, discuss stories.
Operation world & prayer, update notebook with prayer needs.
Find country on world map and give capital.

Day 4:  Choose 2-4 more items to research.
Add animals and discover more about them (not sure on resource- may need to omit unless we have access to internet/library)
Prepare cultural meal for dinner.
Look up the different horse breeds that originate from this country (my daughters obsession).

Day 5: Postcard home, have each child create a post card and pretend they are writing home about the country they are visiting.
Or have them write to a family member or friend about a few highlights or favorite topics.
Or another activity: presentation, play, news article, create a travel brochure, etc.
Quiz: continent/country/capital/location/any fact, add more countries to this oral "quiz" as we learn more.


Poet Study: Christina Rossetti


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Rossetti in Module 2 (see this post)


Study Guides


Music Study: Ludwig van Beethoven


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Ludwig van Beethoven in Module 2 (see this post)


Free Music Downloads

Free Books

Fun Stuff


Composer Study: Henry Purcell


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Purcell in Module 2 (see this post)

Free Music Downloads



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