Sunday, 18 September 2016

You've gotta love homeschooling....

.... when it looks like this.



where else can you sit in a sunny garden, playing with geese and catching up on your English Literature assignment?

Sunday, 11 September 2016

Hands on with Pythagoras - part 1

We've been looking at Pythagoras this week and decided to do some hands on activities to prove his theorem

In all our readings, the fact that appealed to the girls most was that he used to do his working out in sand and used different coloured sands - it's even resulted in our old sand tray making a come back :)

Our first activity used graph paper to prove a2 +b2 = c2
We draw a triangle and then used graph paper to draw a square for each side, they chopped up square a and b to fit inside square c. They finished by making a poster.



Friday, 9 September 2016

CHSH-Teach.com TOS Review


Over the summer we have had the privilege to review CHSH-Teach.com otherwise known as the 
Christian HomeSchool Hub Download Club. I was given a years subscription to the CHSH Download Club

CHSH-Teach.com is the creation of  homeschooler, Lynda Ackert. She decided to put her love of creating to good use and designed a website that acts as a hub for all her educational resources - it has over 50,000 down loadable pages including; worksheets, lapbooks, flashcards, notebook pages, reading comprehension, languages, writing prompts, workbooks, posters and many more. It even remembers us and has pages of organisational materials including; planning forms, graphic organisers, awards and calendars as well as daily devotionals and discussion forums. Lynda is continuously adding new contents to the site as she creates them so the list is ever evolving.



CHSH-Teach.com is incredibly easy to use. Once you have registered online created your account you can browse the resource bank and search by subject, search by topic or keyword, search by grade level or search by monthly events. The subjects are broken down into the main topics areas of Bible Related Resources, Languages, Arts Music and Crafts, Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Electives, Health.






You can opt to search by grade level - Kindergarden, 1st-3rd grades, 4th-8th grades, 9th-12th grades.



There are two ways to search by month as well.

 

I selected a summer math activity for the girls (fractions) and then gave them free reign to select their own 'lessons' for the summer. 


Rose being the wannabe inventor decided she wanted to know more about inventors and how they did it so we opted for a pack on Thomas Edison. Sunflower and Tulip wanted to look at the industrial revolution (more as an excuse to visit the local museums again) so I downloaded their pack. Basically this had something for every child (even Lilly downloaded some English Lit activities to go alongside her coursework), I downloaded some nice grammar rules and math posters to use as prompts for the new school year.




If you are after simple worksheets for practise or for a more complete lesson plan - its all here. For example the Industrial Revolution pack we used is a 24 page pack including reading, questions, vocab, timelines, discussions, reading comprehension and more. There are a number of additional worksheets and activities to go alongside the main pack.




I've got to be honest and say I'm very impressed with CHSH-Teach.com - whatever we are studying there seems to be something here for every age group. I love that its all in one place and saves me hours of trawling the Internet for suitable materials and I love how versatile it is, whether we want to do lapbooking, notebooking, worksheets, discuss, fill in the blanks, narrate etc. there is something in the hub to use. It makes it so much simpler to homeschool and teach your children.

CHSH-Teach.com offers an annual subscription fee of  $25 or for lifetime only for $99.99. They have freebies so you can trial the site and they have options to buy individual worksheets or workbooks.

You can see what my crew mates thought over at the TOS Blog.



Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Fruit Clock

Our time spent playing with electricity last week has lead to lots more - the girls favourite was a citrus clock they made.


It happily kept time for 6 days and 11 hours before it died.

Tuesday, 30 August 2016

Bones, our improved geodesic dome and playing with electricity

Our randomness continues with bone explorations this week - looking at skeletons, structure of bones and 'melting' (aka bending) a bone in vinegar.


We restarted our done using drinking straws working on inter spacing pentagons and triangles which is working beautifully apart from running out of straws (over 100 used so far).


We also had a played with electricity - we read a random fact about salt and had to try it for ourselves. Apparently salt only conducts electricity when it is dissolved (in its solid form the lattice structure won't conduct) so we tried it with daddy's salt deodorant stick (needs must) and scrapped some off to dissolve in water (don't tell on us).


This led to some further experiments with the conductivity of water and discovering that distilled/pure water doesn't conduct electricity (it only conducts if it contain minerals or salts) but the girls decided that if there is water on the floor you still need to keep away from electricity as it's unlikely to be pure so you still won't be safe :)
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