Sunday, April 17, 2011

A great time saving history resource-

Why should we have to re-invent the wheel? Sometimes we need to create things for our home learning and yet at other times we find such great things others have created ~ that we are then able to enjoy what someone else has created and save ourselves so work! this is one of those sites~

I remembered this really great site I have not looked at for some time and wanted to share it with my readers- Highland Heritage Forms.

What a really terrific site. With LOTS here for you to look through for all kinds of ages.

There is also a yahoo group to join and be able to share more pages etc..

One favorite section- history and wanted to share this part of the site that I had overlooked previously. I found so many things here I can use its just great! You can click on Creation to the Fall of Rome  and then Fall of Rome to the US Constitution. These have been adapted from the "Tapestry of Grace" curriculum, which we do not use, however many of these pages can be adapted to other kinds of programs.  Be sure and check it out if you have a chance!

Writing Checklist for Kinds of Writing-

I just finished a writing checklist  ( added to my freebies section) I will be following for my teen and then a bit later my middle schooler. I thought perhaps some might be interested in using this for their own writing at home.

*I would like to give a shout out to my good friend JenB from Special Needs Homeschooling  for encouraging me to do this*

 We are working through an Essay Course now and after that I plan on running down this list and having him practice different kinds of writing.

For my younger son we are working IEW and their layout follows a similar pathway and is outlined as follows:
types of writing are encompassed in the units.
Unit 3: narrative
Unit 4/6: expository
Unit 7/8: persuasive, compare/contrast, letter, cause/effect, literary
analysis‹most of the essay types including term paper
Unit 9: critique (book report)
So his is just a bit different but as you can see, he is working these types of writing.

Once this is complete I will be using the Elements of Language model list to go over and do any others we have not done yet. I plan on making a check list for this as well, but I thought this would get us started. I was so happy to have learned about this site and where I have very visual, literal learners this is excellent for them.

The list I created is adapted from the Write Source 2000 writing handbook. (those are the pages I refer to on this list) and the tutorials are from the link Great Source iWrite.

Happy Writing!

Composers Timeline -

I subscribe to a great blog called The Resource Site and have found some really great things to use for our learning at home~

This week they have a pdf download for a timeline with composers that I thought was really excellent and so I thought I would share- I added these to my Arts Page. Also the timeline learning cards are really neat too.

There is lots more here to check out as well I really like this site~

Happy Learning!

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