Veterans Day is coming up soon! First, I want to send out a big THANK YOU to all of the men and women who have served our country!
Here is a special musical tribute to you from the Oakridge Boys!
If you are looking for some engaging activities to do with your students on Veterans Day, check these out:
Veterans Day PowerPoint Lesson – Learn about the meaning and significance of Veterans Day!
Veterans Day Craft Activity – This makes a great follow up to the lesson!
Let’s teach our children that freedom isn’t free. Thank you again to our veterans!
Happy September! I don’t know about you, but I am so ready for Fall and cooler weather! I wanted to share some fun activities that you can use with your early elementary students this time of year.
Many teachers introduce units on apples this month. Did you know that September 26th is Johnny Appleseed Day? Last year, my students had a blast learning about John Chapman. We read “apple themed” stories, made Johnny Appleseed headbands, paper bag puppets, weighed and measured apples, did apple related science experiments and even made crock pot applesauce in class! I brought in my old fashioned apple peeler, and the kids took turns spinning the handle. It was so fun and enabled us to incorporate many different subjects and methods of learning. Here is a set of some of the activities that we did! This Johnny Appleseed Activity Pack is sure to keep your young learners engaged!
Besides apples, the next thing that comes to mind for Fall is pumpkins! Be sure to check out this awesome Pumpkin PowerPoint lesson from my science store which explains the pumpkin life cycle. Your students will really enjoy this lesson! If you are learning about the seasons, check out this Autumn PowerPoint lesson which talks about the season of Fall. Other fun ideas are to make a scarecrow paper bag puppet or encourage creative Fall writing with these fun Fall writing prompts! I hope that you have a wonderful month of learning and fun this September!
Homeschooling is one the latest trends in education nowadays, although the concept of homeschooling originated in the 20th century. This was during the time before public education came into being. It is not until now that it has become a more viable option for many families who have children who are still going to school.
Some of the famous persons that are considered to have acquired a homeschooled education, given the fact that they were self-educated or had availed of the guidance of a tutor include: Abraham Lincoln, Thomas Jefferson, and Jane Austen to name a few.
Which only goes to show that individuals who have not acquired a formal education can also become successful in life.
In fact some surveys that were conducted with homeschooled individuals show that more of these individuals are involved in their communities, and have a higher percentage rate when it comes to voting. 58.9% of them also claim that they are very happy with their lives, compared with 27.6% of the rest of the population who also make this claim.
There are many career options that await homeschooled individuals. Surveys show that the preferred occupations that these persons are more likely to choose are: business, computer programming, career in the armed forces, internships, home worker, etc.
But before they embark on a career most of these homeschooled students choose to go to college first. There are a number of colleges that accept students fresh out of homeschooling.
Many highschool students who are undergoing homeschooling simultaneously take college courses to earn credits. These credits count towards the credit their going to accumulate once they go to college. Homeschooled students have been known to score high in college entrance exams.
There are some stereotypical views that have been attached to individuals that have acquired their education through homeschooling. Such as that these individuals tend to be reclusive, antisocial, or extreme in their views when it comes to religion.
But slowly these views are dissipating since homeschooling is now becoming more mainstream.
A lot of parents have become extremely dissatisfied with the way public school systems are run. Not only do they fear for their children’s safety, but the quality of education that their children receive some parents also find lacking.
That’s why a lot of these concerned parents have made the decision to have their children homeschooled. A decision that now seems to be paying off.
Since the past decade the number of homeschooled students has multiplied, now resulting in responsible adults who have stable jobs and thriving careers in their chosen fields of endeavor, proving that homeschooling provides an excellent quality of education.
If you are a homeschooling family, be sure to check out my homeschool teaching resources!
Homeschooling has many benefits for a child’s education. One of the most obvious is that it allows you, the parent, to tailor a specific education geared towards your child’s particular needs. It also allows you to teach in a style that suits your child — as we all know, different people learn better in different ways. When you decide to homeschool it is important to remember that as well as being a parent, you are now taking on the role of a teacher. This is, of course, not a responsibility to be taken lightly, and you have to make every effort to be the best teacher you can be.
Everyone has had the experience of having both a good and bad teacher. If you stop and think about it, I’ll think you’ll notice some things that your good teacher’s had in common. The most important is that they were genuinely interested in their subject areas. Nothing makes a teacher better then enthusiasm for a subject. I think you’ll also notice that most of the bad teachers you had didn’t seem particularly interested in the subject they were teaching. It is for this reason that it is crucial that you create a homeschooling experience that interests both you and your child.
While your child’s education should come first and foremost when creating a homeschooling curriculum, you shouldn’t be shy to think of your own education as well. When looking at things to study in particular subject areas, think about things that interested you in those areas that you didn’t get to explore as much as you liked to when you were in school.
It cannot be understated how valuable an experience it is to learn with your child. You will be strengthening a family bond, and your shared interest and excitement in a topic will ensure that your child retains the information. A way to do this is to understand the balance between rigidness and flexibility in a homeschooling curriculum.
A certain amount of formalness is required in a general curriculum: you have to have set goals and timelines in which certain things must be learned. But within those timelines, you have a lot of flexibility, and you should use it to your advantage. When studying literature, for example, understand that the goal is to read and learn about good literature, not necessarily to read a particular book. So instead of studying a “standard” novel that you’ve already read, consider a book that is new to you as well. With both you and your child interested in the book, the experience of reading it together will be enjoyable for both of you, as you will both be excited about the outcome.
This concept needn’t be applied only to literature, think of things in science or music, for example, that you’ve always wanted to learn about. If you make sure that you are interested in the subjects as well, your child will sense your enthusiasm and become more drawn into the subject, ensuring a much more valuable educational experience.
Have fun on your homeschool journey! Be sure to check out our homeschooling teaching resources!
Homework is not easy! Students soon realize how hard it can be to manage time and to even find the motivation to continue working after a full day in school. We’ve all been there… right?
One of the ways to help your children with their homework is to set a specific time for them to study and do their homework. To help ease this new schedule and get children to accept it easily, involve them in the decision-making. Ask them what time they prefer to do their homework. Some children find it easier to work when they have already eaten their snacks, relaxed for a while and did something really fun. There are others who need to work on their homework immediately after school while the lessons are still fresh in their minds.
Children thrive on schedules and routines. It is important for kids to learn at an early age, to set aside a specific time for homework each day. Setting the schedule for them will help them make homework time concrete in their minds and therefore help them remember. The routine will also help them get into the groove of things. When they are used to doing it, it will become automatic.
Looking for resources to help work with your child at home? Check out our fun teaching resources at Green Apple Lessons!
Homework can often be a stress point between parents and their kids after school. Kids just want to rest after coming home from school, and parents want to make sure that their kids get the work done! Thus, the battle ensues. Homework is a real part of school life, but it doesn’t have to be something that parents and kids always fight about.
Here are some ways that you can maintain a balance:
Give An Incentive
Reward your child for a job well done. Encourage them by offering a special treat or reward when their homework is finished for the day or for a whole week. Rewards need not always be something material. It can be in the form of praises and words of encouragement. Let them pick what’s for dinner, or get first serving of the dessert. Small things will help motivate them into action.
Be careful in giving too many rewards. If you offer too many rewards, children will focus more on the rewards rather than on the job itself. When there’s no reward, they will feel that it is not worth their time to make an effort. Keep it balanced.
Make it Fun
Studying and doing homework may be considered boring, but you can make it fun too. You can do this by giving your kids a special corner which they can have for themselves. Having a spot where they can work will emphasize how important studying and doing their homework is. Having a special spot set aside to do homework will improve the likelihood of your child getting it done.
Another way to make it fun is to inject games into the learning process. Make tests that they can answer as a review for their lessons. Create some guessing games or word games for their English and history subjects. If you don’t want to create these yourself, check out all our teaching resources that help make learning fun.
Cold weather can be tough on you and your small child when they can’t get outside and play. It can sometimes be difficult to find things for them to do indoors that will keep the interested and occupied for any amount of time. Children’s crafts can be a great option!
Doing crafts with your child gives you the opportunity to complete a project with them, encourages their creativity, and lets them practice skills like coloring, writing, and using scissors. Following the instructions included in children’s crafts will also help your child learn to follow steps. If they are able to read, it will help them practice their reading also. Completing a project gives your child a sense of pride and accomplishment in what they have made.
Children’s crafts also make great gifts for any occasion. Let your child make their own valentines to send to family and friends. You can help them make each card, personalize or sign them, and take your child to the post office with you to mail them. All mothers love to get gifts made for them by their child on Mother’s day. This could be a great activity for Dad and child. Your child could create a collage, color a picture, or make a small craft for his or her grandparents. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of children’s crafts ideas online. You can easily find one that you and your child will really enjoy.
You can also keep a group of youngsters busy by doing some children’s crafts. It is a great group activity, because it encourages sharing among the children. They can learn from each other and help each other. Parents should be there to supervise and help where need, but let them really get into their project and create something individual.
As you gather supplies and get ready to start your children’s craft project, there are some things that you should keep in mind. Always read the labels on the art supplies you will be using. Try to find glue and markers which labels read “low odor” or “safe for children.” Look for paints or crayons that are non-toxic. Avoid any product which says “Danger”, “Warning”, or “Caution”. Look for warnings like “Harmful if swallowed”, “May cause skin irritation”, or “Keep out of the reach of children.” Another way to keep kids safe, do not take art supplies out of their original containers, because that container is going to have important information about ingredients.
There should always be a parent present to supervise children’s crafts. Besides offering help and ideas, they can make sure that no art supplies are eaten or used in an inappropriate manner. For instance, smaller children just love to draw and paint on themselves. One of my infant son’s favorite pastimes is to eat his sister’s crayons. So, supervision is a must.
Whether it is for a gift or just for fun, done individually or in a group, children’s crafts can be a great activity for you and your child. Try your hand at creating great children’s crafts today! For some ready to use printable crafts for kids, check out GreenAppleLessons.com!
1. Dress for Success
As tempting as it may be in the homeschool setting to roll out of bed, pour a bowl of cereal, and begin instruction in your bathrobe, it is important that you dress for success. Your children need to know the importance of the education they are receiving. There is no quicker way to give your at-home classroom an aura of respect, than by dressing the part. Clothing does not have to be formal, but it can’t be sloppy either. Similarly, your students should get ready for school in the morning by grooming and dressing appropriately to set the tone for the days work. Expectation is one of the greatest factors in student learning, and your dress reflects your expectations.
2. Eliminate Distractions
Learning time should be focused and efficient. It is important, therefore, to eliminate as many distractions as possible. As a homeschool teacher it may seem impossible to get rid of all the daily interruptions that take place, from phone calls to door-to-door salesmen. However, with a little bit of effort and preplanning disruptions to your class schedule can be minimized. To begin with make sure that you choose a room in your home with no TVs or inherent noise problems. To prevent disruptions in your class, hand a sign on the front door reading, “No solicitors, homeschooling in progress.” Also make sure to turn off the phone and put any pets outdoors.
3. Schedule, Schedule, Schedule
To create an efficient use of time and space in your home, it is vital to have a daily and weekly schedule. School hours should be set and regular so that students know what to expect and are prepared to learn. While schedules are important to the educational environment, don’t let them be your only focus. Unique teaching opportunities arise all the time that should not be passed over to keep to the schedule. These are some of the greatest joys of homeschooling, being about to adapt learning to your individual students.
4. The Proper Tools
The homeschool environment needs to have the proper learning tools just like any ordinary classroom. Beyond the obvious paper and pencils, students need tools at their fingertips to encourage inquiry and problem solving. Every homeschool environment should have reference materials such as a dictionary, encyclopedia, atlas and internet. Hands-on learning tools are also important. Simple objects like dried pasta or building blocks can serve as aids to demonstrate math functions.
5. Text-Rich Environment
The homeschool classroom can always be improved with posters, letter cards, word walls, diagrams, and poems displayed for easy reference. Students are influenced by their surroundings. Giving students a text rich environment will encourage them to read and the repeated reference to these different pieces of language will encourage understanding and memory.
6. Multiple Modalities
There has been a great deal of focus on multiple intelligences in the area of education. The idea that each individual has strengths in different areas can be a very important key in presenting information in a way that individual can understand. Consider including things in the learning environment that will promote the different intelligences in your child. Include photos, graphic organizers, and illustrations for the visual learner. Have books on CD, music and chants for the auditory learner. Provide physical gestures, models, and tracing sand for those kinesthetic learners. There are ways to encourage and incorporate all of your learner’s specific intelligences into the daily lesson.
While you certainly have rules that your children follow in your home, you may want to create a more specific set of rules for school time. Having a set of rules that you develop with your children for their learning time is very effective. When everyone knows the rules and why they are necessary it is much easier to get compliance. Once you and your kids have decided on the rules and the consequences for following or not following the rules, take the time to write them down and post them where they can be referenced when appropriate.
8. Take a Break!
While, as adults, we may be able to push through an entire days work with few breaks, this is not ideal for children. In fact, it may be more beneficial to allow students regular movement breaks. These breaks can be part of the learning process or more of a recess. Either way, physical activity breaks refresh students and give them energy to refocus on their studies.
Be sure and check out our ready to use homeschool teaching resources!