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Notebooking

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Notebooking for Homeschooling

Notebooking is a wonderful way to keep track of your homeschoolers work as well as have a wonderful keepsake for the coming years. Notebooking is different than journaling in that one is more about academics and the other is about feelings and thoughts. In this podcast, we explore using notebooking for your coming school year with some insiders and vintage tips!

Audiobooks –homeschooling! Audiobooks can enhance your teaching and I will share some of my top favorite websites in this podcast. Many people want to supplement their curriculum with audio and video, but I want to caution you about making it an all or nothing. In this podcast, I’ll share my favorite audio supplements that I used with my children over the years. These are absolutely the best and you won’t want to miss this episode!

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Notebooking is a way for your child to take ownership of their work. It is not a workbook page that the child fills out and answers with someone else’s idea of the right answer. Notebooking is a personal account of what the child has learned in an easy to see and often pleasing account, often illustrated.

A notebook has two parts. One, it is typically handwritten and often there is a visual component that is illustrated by the child. With technology, a child can use a program such as Microsoft Word, or Mac – Pages to create a custom notebook page that they can fill in digitally.

Why is the value of notebooking?

  1. Keep everything in one place. A notebook can be a single subject account of the information covered.
  2. Easily stored and accessible becomes a valued keepsake
  3. Great for accountability
  4. Kid-friendly
  5. Teaches responsibility and independent learning – the child is responsible for their own information

Ways Notebooking Can Be Used:

  1. As a stand-alone without using a curriculum
  2. Use as a history book – keep track of historical events, timelines, maps
  3. With a literary or reading book, notebooking can take the place of answering the questions at the end of the chapter or it can be used as a way to answer the questions.
  4. With unit studies
  5. With science books
  6. With language arts or writing prompts
  7. As a way to track events
  8. With a nature study
  9. As a research book
  10. For science or a science fair project

Sample notebook page: Notebook page

 

 

Organized HomeSchool

Organized HomeSchool | The new school year is a time of excitement. Let's start this year with an organized homeschool! #homeschoolpodcast #podcast #organizationOrganized Home School — Episode

The new school year is a time of excitement. Let’s start this year with an organized homeschool! In this episode, Meredith Curtis and Felice Gerwitz share their years of homeschool wisdom with you!

Here are some podcasts that may help you as well as this one!

The beginning of the year checkup here.

The middle of the year checkup here

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Here are some points that will help you get an organized homeschool this year!

  1. File away books and materials where they go
  2. Pray – what went well, what went poorly and what worked.
  3. Three-Ring Binder – Master Homeschool Book (or File)
    • Homeschool records through the years
    • Copy of final grades (high school)
    • Testing Results (high school)
    • Important Information
  4. Beginning – look at
    • what we’d like to study
    • totes of books in what we are going to need
    • pencils, pens, art supplies
    • shelf — reading books in order
  5. Where do you “do” school
    • Tote books to where you do school
    • If you do school in a homeschool room use a desk or shelf to put supplies
  6. Talk to the kids about what you will learn
    • Explain what you will learn this year
    • Ask your children what they’d like to learn
    • Make changes if they want to add something
    • Post final class topics
  7. Make a schedule
    • Use it for two weeks and revamp if needed
    • Make it work for you
    • Don’t be a slave to your schedule
    • Give kids a checklist
    • Put up the master list
    • Leave Friday as a free day
    • Look at your book and divide the lessons by the number of days your school
    • Schedule in an empty week in spring or fall
  8. Organizing shelves
    • In subject topics
    • According to level and chronology
    • Keep shelves organized each week

Weekly Homeschool Schedule

Weekly Homeschool Schedule | Your weekly homeschool schedule is perhaps one of the most important aspects of an easy flowing and on track homeschool year. #homeschool # #homeschoolschedulePlanning Your Weekly Homeschool Schedule Episode

Your weekly homeschool schedule is perhaps one of the most important aspects of an easy flowing and on track homeschool year. Yet, I have a love-hate relationship with all things scheduled. In this podcast, I share tried and true methods, the difference between schedules and routines and how to mesh a free-spirit with a paper-trail that validate that yes, you did homeschool this year.

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When you think about planning your homeschool you think big picture. The overall goals of your homeschool as well as the books and subjects you will cover that year. When you consider your weekly homeschool schedule, now it is time to break it up into manageable bits that can be accomplished in a day, and ultimately in one week. You can easily manage this plan with a good planner. I love the Well Planned Gal planners and wish these were available when I began homeschooling.

Planning means asking yourself specific questions before you plan your weekly homeschool schedule:

  1. Do you like specific schedules or are you a routine planner?
  2. If you like schedules – will you make an overall schedule of your homeschool day, and then break it up for each of the kids?
  3. Or if you like routines. Will you set up some daily routines – an overall and for the kids?
  4. Or if you like some scheduling or some routines, how will you combine this in your overall and daily homeschool plan.
  5. Does your student have extracurricular activities such as dance, art, music lessons, sports that they need to practice or train for?
  6. Do you have multi-aged children? I’ve included a screenshot of my daughter’s homeschool planning sheets and how she incorporates the older children’s school with the younger ones. Having specific school only learning toys for the younger children is a wonderful way to keep them occupied as you school.

Once you answer these questions it will be easier to make a plan. As you probably realize without me telling you is that homeschoolers rarely fit into one, nice, neat box. There are things that overlap our day. Besides school, we have the busy life of a mom with all the household chores and obligations. I will share some ways to simplify this with you – and hopefully, it will take some of the stress of planning away.

The most important take away in this podcast is to realize that you can change and tweak your plan all year long. If something does not work don’t think you have to continue it all year long. *Listen to this podcast as Felice shares her math curriculum nightmare her first year of homeschooling her son, Neal.

Depending on the method you use, there will be a different emphasis on how you set up your day and your weekly homeschool schedule.

Here is an example of several methods and how you might structure your week – and then work on your daily schedule. One thing I have not discussed is homeschooling co-ops. I have a love-hate relationship with co-ops because as you’ve probably guessed I’m an overachiever and many times the bulk of the teaching and planning. I did like co-ops for teaching lab sciences such as biology especially and when the children were younger with group projects such as history—studying a period of time, or an indebt unit on creation science. (Listen to the CreationSciencePodcast.com).

If you are involved in a co-op your daily schedule will work around co-op times. Some co-ops are very involved where the main bulk of the teaching is completed at a paid facility on Monday and Wednesday and the parent homeschools on Tuesday, Thursday and Friday or vice versa. If you are part of a co-op you will plan with the organization or your group of homeschool friends and work out the details of what you will be responsible for teaching at home.

One thing – and I plan to do a podcast on the role of a homeschool teacher. A teacher is a facilitator –someone who engages your child in learning in a way that is interesting and enticing a child’s natural curiosity to learn. We all hear stories of the teacher’s that love to “blow things up,” to gain a child’s attention. We as moms with so much on our plate, especially if we are teaching multiple children or grades may feel this is too much. One bit of advice, allow your child time to explore and delve into the things that interest them, and you can provide these things through time. Again, I don’t have the time I’d like to explain more in this podcast, but it is upcoming soon!

My advice, if you are not using a set curriculum is to look at what you’d like to accomplish for the week, and then break it down into days.

Obviously, if you are unschooling it will surround your child’s interests as the basis of studying. If you have a budding chef, you may plan your day around a food shopping list, time to experiment, the chemistry of foods and mixtures, temperatures and how the effects cooking, nutrition and foods effect on the body.

So planning for your weekly homeschool schedule may look like this:

  1. Monday – decide on what you want to cook, collect different recipes, compare them and make a list of ingredients.
  2. Tuesday – studying the nutritional effects of the ingredients and how to make a healthier version –editing the ingredients list.
  3. Wednesday—look at the temperatures needed to cook. Study the effects of chemical reactions in the food.
  4. Thursday – Friday – purchase and create various versions of the recipe – tweak and enjoy.

While unschooling is allowing your child time to explore a subject or area of interest, those who do it well have a loose organization of skills that can be compiled before or after your child has experimented, researched or learned.

Those who use Thomas Jefferson or the Classical Method will have particular books or studies and a well planned day filled with reading and study that builds upon itself year after year.

Unit Studies:

For unit studies, your days will look different as well. You may have a Monday – Wednesday schedule as well as a Tuesday – Thursday schedule that are the days for reading or hands-on projects. Friday will be the catch up day. With unit studies, you will incorporate routines such as daily math and perhaps reading. Or your reading and writing will surround your subject topic.

Unit studies are immersion at it’s best – a study of a topic such as American History or Government with a culmination of a visit to a history museum or political office in town. It can center, as my curriculum does on Creation topics such as Creation science – a general overview or Creation Geology, Creation Astronomy or Creation Anatomy.

Specific Weekly Homeschool Schedule: Using books or text books/ workbooks

How many hours will you homeschool? Is it three, four or five times?

  1. What days will you homeschool
  • Monday through Friday
  • Monday through Thursday
  • Friday – catch up day
  • ix weeks of study and one week break, year round?

2. Daily Routines/ Subjects

  • Pray each morning
  • Bible reading or copy verse
  • Journal

3. What subjects do you want to cover each day or every other day?

  • Math – daily
  • Reading – daily
  • Writing/ Language Arts –spelling, vocabulary (two or three times a week)

Other subjects

  • History – two or three times a week alternating with …
  • Science –two or three times a week
  • Music – one time a week
  • Art – one time a week
  • Physical Education – daily
  • Health – half-year, first or second semester
  • Technology – coding or using technology in the classroom

4. Additional Assignments

  • Projects such as Science or History Fair
  • Writing or term papers
  • Training or Practice
  • Schedule in your child’s practice time

5. Creating a family schedule of important events.

  • Holiday or Special Events
  • Schedule planning time
  • Plan for holidays upcoming
  • Children’s events – sports, dance, etc.
  • Birthdays and family celebrations

 

Be sure to print out the schedule sheets on the podcast page and I hope you enjoy your new school year!

 

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Best Homeschool Scheduling Advice

best homeschool scheduling | The Best homeschool scheduling advice I ever received actually came from my daughter, do not duplicate the school at home. I looked at the way I scheduled my homeschool year. #homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #homeschoolscheduleBest Homeschool Scheduling Advice Episode 285

The Best homeschool scheduling advice I ever received actually came from my daughter. She said, “Mom if we are going to duplicate the school system then why homeschool?” With that in mind, I looked at the way I scheduled my homeschool year. I made time for those special events that make homeschooling stand out from the conventional school cuWhetherum. Whether it is a field trip, a family trip that is planned or one-to-one mentoring with a talented person. In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, I’ll explain the best homeschool scheduling advice, ever!

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Questions to ask yourself before you begin scheduling!

  1. What are your state laws — are you compliant?
  2. Are you part of a support group? This network IS part of your support!
  3. What are your goals and objectives for the year?
  4.  What method of homeschooling do you lean toward? If you don’t know listen to this podcast on the topic HERE PUT LINK
  5. How long are you planning to homeschool? 4, 5, or 6 hours or more per day? Check out your homeschool laws here if you don’t already know them: https://hslda.org/content/laws/
  6. Are you flexible?
  7. Do you like check off lists? For you? For the kids?

These questions will set the groundwork for how you’d like to set up your homeschool year. What I might consider best homeschool scheduling advice may not allign with your homeschool philosophy. However I hope you can take what you need and make it work for you! With this clearly in mind, here is some of the best advice I can share with you about homeschool schedules and ways to have a stress-free year.

Best Homeschool Scheduling Tips:

  1. Keep your eyes focused on your family needs. What Sally Jo uses for her kids may not work for yours.
  2. Look at your goals. What do you hope to accomplish this year? What subjects do you want to cover this year?
  3. Is it important to develop your child’s creativity and imagination and encourage them to think?
  4. What character qualities do you want to work on? If you want to strengthen family relationships, select reading materials or read aloud the books that will do just that. Read the Little House on the Prarie (younger) or Anne of Green Gables (older).
  5. Each child is unique, consider your child’s needs.
  6. Never recreate the public/private classroom at home.
  7. Don’t forget about you. Do you have help scheduled, whether that is a chore chart so everyone can pitch in, or a park day so you can visit with friends.
  8. Never – and that means never answer the phone while you are homeschooling. Set special ring tones for important people – others go to voice mail. This goes for checking Facebook or social media in general.
  9. Never and that means never -unless it is absolutely impossible go on an errand during school time. No grocery store shopping, doctor appointments – until after school or on a day off if you take one, etc.

Best Homeschool Scheduling Advice — Ever! 

Tools & Supplies:

  1. Three Inch Binder: Use a three-ring binder. I began a master homeschool binder when I first began homeschooling and it contains ALL the must haves… First, copies of their schedules, important information: everything from blanks I could duplicate to things I always had to look up previously. I have the children’s evaluations in this binder from the beginning of our homeschooling in Kindergarten through twelfth grade! I also keep a copy of their evaluations in their grade/year notebook.
  2. Master Lists: Subjects, books, reading books, grade level goals, etc. I think through this once, add to it if a particular child needs more information and then file it in my book. I also have a file in a Word Doc. in my computer that corresponds. Master lists can include a supply list for school, birthdays, and a calendar of events.
  3. File cabinet. Throughout the years I kept files on each of the kids and work. As we ended a year, the binder was emptied, the information for the year filed under the child’s name (and grade labeled), and the binder was then ready for the next year.
  4. School Supplies: Notebooks: Look for sales. We get lined, spiral notebooks for less than 20 cents during back to school sales. I buy enough for all year. Use a sharpie (or a nice label from the computer) to label the subject. Notebook paper: This is one of those things we always ran out of when the children were younger. Wide-ruled notebook paper for the little kids and college ruled for older ones. Pencils: We prefer the #2 pencils and some of the kids liked the mechanical pencils, but there was one brand, in particular, they liked best that we could only purchase at an office supply store. Yes, friends, this was “pre-Amazon” days! Of course, depending on your child’s needs there are crayons, markers, erasers (the ones that fit on the pencil and the bigger ones), colored pencils, pens and sharpie and highlighters. Don’t forget the 110 lb paper to make your own dividers.
  5. Best Purchases: Large Dry Erase Boards and erasable markers, an electric three-hole punch, a laminator, laminating sheets, a stapler, a heavy duty stapler (to make those books kids love to make), and a heavy duty tape dispenser. I loved sticky notes and tabs to create my own dividers with 110 lb paper.

Best Homeschool Scheduling Advice:

  1. Know Your Kids: Do you know or have you evaluated your children? Our sponsor has these wonderful books for Placement and Evaluation.
  2. Organized: Get your books organized. Half the battle if finding the books you need when you need them. School supplies and additional resources. Everything has a place!
  3. Freebies: There are lots of sites that say you can get free curriculum, downloads, printables, etc. If you have these – organize them!
  4. Scope and Sequence: This states what your kids need to know and as homeschoolers you can be flexible. Here is a scope and sequence from Abeka as well as Bob Jones that goes from K-12. I’m not endorsing this one way or the other, you have to make your own determination.
  5. Flexibility: Build flexibility into your schedule – how can you do this? (Listen to the podcast for tips)
  6. Input: Get input from your older children. One year my kids wanted to study oceanography and space. Talk about diverse! Yet those became their favorite subjects.
  7. Routine or Schedule? What works for you a routine or schedule? The best homeschool scheduling takes into mind your lifestyle and only you can decide if you want to do things daily with a set schedule or perhaps have a routine that includes daily activities but more loosely scheduled.
  8. Rotate your schedule – doing the same thing all the time can be boring and cause kids to zone out. Maybe you do math every day, but what about history or science? You can do history two times a week and science two times for 6 weeks, and then change it to history three times and science two.
  9. 180 Homeschool Days: Get a year’s calendar and circle the days you will school each month. Yes, this can change but it is nice to have it set out before you – so you can plan. 180 days of homeschooling is what my state requires. Check your state information here: https://hslda.org/content/laws/
  10. Homeschool Planner: Well Planned Gal planners are my favorite – there are digital, printed and even a prayer planner.  There is also a smaller size to keep in your purse or backpack!
  11. Use Checklists: Checklist with pictures for little kids and a checklist for you. It is an easy way to keep records.
  12. Breaks: Be sure to highlight birthday’s, events, holidays, and field trips. Do you have a catch-up/ planning day? If you can’t have one every week, try for one a month.
  13. Field Trips: Be sure to use the resources available to homeschool families in your area.
  14. Plan your week: Look at your books and divide the number of homeschool days or weeks by chapters. If there are 30 chapters you may need to do one per week. Etc. Some books you can take two weeks to complete one chapter.
  15. Teach Kids Together: Group ages and books/subjects as much as possible. Kids like working together or if they are competitive use it to their advantage.
  16. Projects: Plan early. Science fair ideas begin in the summer, papers signed as soon as school starts (grades six and up). I wrote the book, “An Insider’s Guide to Successful Science Fair Projects available on Media Angels Membership or Amazon here.
  17. High School: Planning for high school? Plan a 4-year schedule of required subjects for graduation. The scale is different for a high school diploma vs. a high school diploma with college in mind. Also if your kids are planning to attend college listen to College Prep Genius for ways to ace the SAT and ACT as well as get scholarships. If your kids play sports – know the rules. If your kids are approaching high school and have an eye to playing sports in college read up on the NCAA.org eligibility information about classes that count for high school for college play.

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Methods of Homeschooling – Homeschool Mom’s Quiz

methods of Homeschooling | There are many methods of homeschooling. Are you ready for a homeschool mom quiz to determine the strengths you possess to educate your children? #Homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #homeschoolmethodsMethods of Homeschooling — Homeschool Mom Quiz – Episode 284

There are many methods of homeschooling. Are you ready for a homeschool mom quiz to determine the strengths you possess to educate your children? Like most of us, you may question whether you have the skill set to dive into the homeschool year, or you may have questions or reservations about what method to use when homeschooling your children. In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice will share her sage advice after logging in over 32 years of homeschooling her five children.

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People often have mixed opinions about quiz’s — either you like them or you don’t. In this episode, we will explore how this Homeschool Mom Quiz can help you with your homeschool year – no matter what time of the year you listen.

Methods of Homeschooling

In the many years of homeschooling, I’ve heard it all. The mom’s that have it together and need no advice and the mom’s that struggle to get through each day. I think I’ve been a mix of those moms and hopefully, at the end of this show, you’ll be able to figure out the best way to approach homeschooling for you and your family.  None of us set out to fail, in fact, we hope to do the best we can each and every day. We start out with great expectations and end up somewhere in where the wild things. If you are a homeschool mom, you’ve caught the analogy to two books, Great Expectations and Where the Wild Things Are … if it bothers you that the previous title ends in “are” you are a bonafide homeschool mom!

When we think of how we want to educate our children, we have to consider ourselves as well. This short podcast is not the place for and all-encompassing seminar in the home to homeschool, however, I think some of these ideas will help you.

Some of us enjoy learning alongside our children, others like to give the child an option of learning through play or give the child a book and have them learn what interests them. In looking at these approaches there are many things to consider. The goal, after all, is in the retention of the information?

Check out this podcast on curriculum and learning styles here.

Methods of Homeschooling?
As I ask you these questions consider the answers:

  1. Are you interested in the big picture of learning or in the facts?
  2. Are you focused on the outcome so that someday your kids can go to a traditional or private school?
  3. Are you interested in teaching via the classics or the importance of Latin for vocabulary and grammar?
  4. Do you think kids learn better through play or experiential learning with a focus on what interests them?
  5. Or are you a combination of different techniques and methods?

These are important questions and ones that can really help you figure the methods of homeschooling you prefer and learn how you want to conduct your homeschool program.

Learning Styles – Important Knowledge when seeking the best Method of Homeschooling for your family.

Another important series of questions is how you learn and as you are considering this – think about how your children learn best? When they are younger it may take some observation to figure it out, but as they get older you will quickly identify what type of learner that they are. As with any list, you can see some crossovers.

https://www.rasmussen.edu/student-life/blogs/college-life/most-common-types-of-learners/

  1. Kinesthetic/Tactile Hands-on — learn by doing, hard time sitting still, good at sports,
  2. Auditory: Listening – the person who doesn’t need to take notes and remembers, easily distracted, good listener, reading aloud work well
  3. Visual: You learn by seeing – if you hear the information you are the person who wants to write it down to remember it, you draw all over your notes or papers, study with flash cars
  4. Reading and Writing: You prefer to read your own information and learn it yourself. Make lists rewrite the information in your own words

Knowing how you learn best as well as your child will help you in gearing a curriculum that works well.

This quiz is only as good as the answers you give. I promise it will help you gain some clarity in the process of homeschooling along with some good information to help you decide on the best method or curriculum for your children.

Homeschool Moms Test

Listen to this podcast to hear the questions as well as the test results!

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Combine organizational tools with year long encouragement by bundling Well Planned Day planners with the popular Family Magazine. For a limited time, Save 30% with one of her  popular planner bundles. Each bundle contains 2 planner products with a one-year subscription to Family Magazine.  

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Teaching Creation Geology

teaching creation geology | Teaching creation geology to your children is often accompanied by excited cries because rocks are so much fun! #Homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #CreationGeology Teaching Creation Geology to Your Kids!

Teaching creation geology to your children is often accompanied by excited cries because rocks are so much fun! In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice Gerwitz interviews Patrick Nurre from Northwest Treasures, Geology. The Nurre’s have been longtime friends of Media Angels, Inc. and customers for many years.

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Geology is not boring! Teaching geology to your kids should be fun and hands on. The owners of Northwest Treasures, Geology know what that means and for years have paired my unit study Creation Geology: A Study of Fossils, The Flood, and Formations with their rock kits.

    1.  How did you come to be a creationist?
  • Patrick grew up in Montana and it was a fossil and rock gold mind.
  • Loved studying rocks and researching geology, paleontology, rocks, and minerals
  • Convinced that evolution was the answer and Bible was a collection of myths
  • Senior year Patrick became a believer in Jesus — but not sure about “Creation.”
  • Began really reading the Scriptures. One main part of the consequences of the “Flood” story became interesting.
  • The Flood is the turning point of geological earth history — were all laid down by The Flood
  • Geology was a doorway, rocks formation, and identification etc.
  • As a family that was homeschooling was teaching was the “Catechism” of Creation. Kids did not know how to apply that information.
  • Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, etc. They didn’t know how to fit it into Biblical Creation
  • While they believed the “Bible story” they believed the evolutionary perspective.
  • Patrick believed they needed both parts — confidence and experience to interpret landforms as Biblical Creationists
  • Built Geology Kits with the specimens  — over 100 kits available here What does having a creation worldview have to do with geology? Why is it important?2.
    2. What are some of the things that you do to help support this message?
  • Two views of earth history — 4.5 Billion years ago an developed through long ages — evolutionary processes OR the earth was created a short time ago by an Intelligent Being, out of nothing, and the earth was Flooded due to sin.
  • Is it scientific, was it observed, was it recorded, philosophy, consensus — it is passed off as “science fact” but it is not — evolution is a “guess” or a hypothesis
  • The Bible is a historical recorded story. There are things that can be checked against other sources. In contrast with the modern view of earth history – uses a framework of what is seen today and projected into the past. Much about modern geology is not science at all — it is guesses or predictions.
    3. So how would you suggest we teach creation geology to our kids?
  • Two big of a subject to tackle in one grade or another. Cover it in smaller chunks more often.
  • Patrick has authored books on teaching creation geology
  • Children need to learn a Christian worldview and the Scriptures
  • Field experience — hands-on
  • This is not an academic subject. Schools treat “earth science” as another academic subject. It is a world-view in Patrick’s opinion.
  • Genesis 7:11 — one of the most significant Scripture that deals with geology.
  • Geology for Kids – 4-8 a lab book accompanies it — kids need to study the samples.
  • Confidence that the children can develop through the years.
    4. What are some of the things that you do to help support this message?
  • Patrick teaches various field trips in various location.
  • Patrick speaks at various homeschool conferences and works with parents to build a worldview
  • Textbooks that teach in a clear as possible – visit NorthwestRockandFossil.com 
    5. Yellowstone National Park is important to you as you teach families. Share more information about this.
  • Yellowstone is our Nation’s first National Park
  • It serves as the model and icon of evolutionary geology.
  • It is a lab to study the Biblical historical framework of earth history
  • It changes people’s lives and perspectives on the Bible and geology.
  • Dinosaur Dig: Eastern Montana — to look for dinosaur bones!

Last thoughts;

  1. Spend time in Genesis, especially the first 11 chapters of the Bible. Master those Scriptures.
  2. Hands-on learning is best! Spend time in the field.

 

Learn Something New

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    • Let’s Learn Something New – Episode 282

      Summertime (or anytime) is the perfect time to learn something new. In this episode, Felice Gerwitz and Meredith Curtis discuss the importance of learning new things.

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      Weddings on the Cheap — using homemade to make wonderful memories

      1. Arts and Crafts

      • crafts for gifts
      • flower arrangements
      • crafts for parties
      • fun crafts
      • sewing

2. Building

  • build something simple
  • create a shelf for your room
  • create gifts

 

  • 3. Sports
    • Fun sports
      • Tennis, archery, soccer, football
    • Training

4. Renew your faith

  • Read a Christian topic book as a family
  • Family mission trip
  • Local mission trip

5. Teaching Argumentation

  • Art of disagreeing
  • Different world-view and positions
  • Understanding the times
  • Learning how to respond with grace

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Best Summertime Day Trips

day trips | Planning for summertime day trips or day trip is easy, fast and fun! It was the only vacation my family took for many years. #Homeschool #homeschooling #podcast #DayTripsBest Summertime Day Trips — Episode 281

Planning for summertime day trips or day trip is easy, fast and fun! It was the only vacation my family took for many years. With both my husband and myself, self-employed the business did not run if we were not here. Being the ever-resourceful couple, we decided to ditch our car and buy a conversion van, and the fun began! Our journeys started close to home. Museums, state parks, and the planetarium. We asked the big question — is this a day drive? If not, we planned a week-end trip.

Out of our day-trip journeys, we soon found a love for nature and purchased our first pop-up tent in 1998. It was brand new and the camping trips began. It was small enough to fit behind our now, SUV and the best news was that it fit our entire family of five kids and two adults. Recently our pop-up was infested with critters that tore it up, but it lasted twenty years!

Supply list for summertime day trips:

Things to bring:

  1. Backpack
  2. Binoculars
  3. Fishing pole
  4. Portable chairs
  5. Picnic lunch
  6. Bug spray
  7. Sunscreen
  8. Water – plenty!
  9. First-aid kit
  10. Umbrella

 

Places to visit or things to do for summertime day trips:

  1. State park – hiking, backpacking, picnic, field trips.
  2. Museums – local displays, rotating or traveling exhibits
  3. Local culture – car show, horse shows, boat racing, sand sculptures, etc.
  4. Visit a farm / you pick
  5. Go to a fair – state fairs are in abundance in the summer
  6. Rodeo – a bit of culture for the cowboy or cowgirl in each of us
  7. Pet Store – just visit! Some stores feature exotic animals
  8. Flea Market – local culture at its best.
  9. Create an adventure
    1. Do something different, ride a roller coaster
    2. Taste exotic foods
    3. Visit interesting restaurants or cook these foods at home
  10. Horseback riding

 


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Summertime Parties On The Cheap

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Summertime parties can cost a small fortune. In this podcast, we discuss yummy foods and ideas to keep your party within budget. Fun times can be had by all!

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Summertime can mean trips but it can also include DIY parties at home. When planning a summertime party you may want to consider the theme, which will help you decide on the food as well as the games or activities for the kids and adults.

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DIY Summertime Parties On The Cheap:

Party Themes:

  1. Backyard Country Fair
  • Darts or bow and arrows (supervise of course!0
  • Create Fair Games

2. Cowboys or Western Theme

  • Dress up clothes for kids
  • Cowboy hats
  • Badges for boys or girls
  • Boots
  • Jeans
  • Stick for pretend horses (for relays)

3.  Princess or Tea Parties

  • Dress up clothes for the kids
  • Tierra for girls and crowns for boys (DIY with construction paper)
  • Teacups – ask guests to bring their own or give for party gifts

4. Pirates or Adventurer

  • Pirate hats (DIY with construction paper)
  • Eye patches
  • Boots and jeans
  • Treasuer hunt

5. Fun Hats

  • Everyone wears a hat (or cap) (DIY with construction paper)
  • Scarfs

6. Sports

  • Headgear — or caps  from the sport
  • Jersey or t-shirts that are sports-focused
  • Sports gear for games

7. Water Themed Party

  • Attire: bathing suits/ cover ups/shorts and shirts
  • Slip and slide
  • Sprinklers
  • Water guns
  • Water balloons

Game Ideas can be adapted to any of the themes:

  • Use old soda or juice bottles and use plastic rings to create a fun game
  • Relay races
  • Darts
  • Bow and arrows
  • Slip and slide
  • Treasure hunt
  • Frisbee
  • A fishing game with a magnet at the end of the pole (paper clip “fish”)
  • Balls, footballs, balloons, etc.
  • Watercolor table. Paints, brushes, water and paper!
  • Balloons. Playing with balloons is always fun.
  • Water balloons. Play catch!
  • Water gun tag
  • Freeze tag

Kid-friendly Foods:

Summertime Healthy Snacks – More Info Here

  1. Hotdogs
  2. Cheese – Grilled Cheese
  3. Burgers (beef, turkey, veggie, etc.)
  4. Sloppy Joes
  5. Pulled pork
  6. Baked beans
  7. Chips
  8. Skewers of meats and veggies
  9. Skewers of fruit
  10. Cheese and crackers
  11. Watermelon
  12. Cookies
  13. Lemonade
  14. Water with fruit slices (lemon or lime)
  15. Sheet cakes – purchase or make

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Summertime Healthy Snacks

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Summertime Healthy snacks do not have to taste like cardboard or break the bank. In this episode, of Vintage Homeschool Moms, I will share some yummy snacks with you that are crowd pleasers and even the kids will love them–promise!

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There are so many healthy snacks that appeal to kids! However, I’ve learned that my kids will eat different things when they help in the prep! Teach kids some safety rules.

  1. Wash hands before preparing any food to eat.
  2. Use care with knives. Don’t put your hands by the blade.
  3. Use a cutting board when slicing fruit or vegetables.

Listen to the audio to learn about many more! 

Summertime Healthy Snacks

  1. Cucumber sandwich – you can use two slices of cucumber, sharp cheese, and sliced meat.
  2. Crackers and peanut butter.
  3. Frozen yogurt
  4. Hard boiled eggs.
  5. Cucumber and tomato salad. Drizzle olive oil.
  6. Smoothies – use your child’s favorite fruit and blend with ice.
  7.  Banana and peanut butter popsicles. Blend bananas and peanut butter until creamy. 2 large bananas or 3 small bananas – ripe work best plus 2-3 Tablespoons of peanut butter (or your favorite nut butter). Nutella works well.
  8. Apple muffins are always a favorite. Use grain-free alternatives if needed for gluten-free.
  9. Ketogenic – high fat, low-carb. Shakes as well as various snacks such as coconut balls. See recipe here.
  10. Chocolate peanut butter: Mix 1 tablespoon of peanut butter with 5-10 chocolate chips, eat with a tiny spoon
  11. Melt peanut butter with coconut oil – unless you live in FL like I do and coconut oil is liquid here, stir in the cocoa and add the sugar. Take it off from the heat and mix in the van. extract. Pour it into a candy mold – or simply line a cookie pan – lipped with wax paper and pour it in, cut into tiny squares or break once it is cooled. You may need to put it in the frig to Harden.
  12. Use mixed nuts and place in a shallow pan, toast them in the oven and sprinkle’ with sea salt. Drizzle with melted chocolate and refrigerate until set. Store in a mason jar and enjoy
  13. Kale chips – wash and place leaves on a cookie sheet. Sprinkle with sea salt and drizzle with olive oils – be sure to watch carefully and bake until toasty – break up into chunks, cool and eat. Very low cal and yummy. Great rainy day activity.
  14. Homemade Applesauce – Wash apples in vinegar to take off waxy polish sometimes on the skin. Core the apples and place whole in boiling water until mushy. Take out and process in a food processor or remove the skin and mash with a fork. Sprinkle with cinnamon and enjoy!
  15. Roll banana in peanut butter and then roll in crunchy cereal
  16. Snack tray — pretzels, applesauce, banana chips, raisins, nuts, cereal
  17. Yogurt and fruit parfait. Try instant pot recipes for yogurt – super yummy!
  18.  Yogurt bark. Spread yogurt on parchment paper, top with fruit such as blueberries or strawberries. Freeze. Break into chunks once froze. A family favorite.
  19. Frozen banana pops. Cut bananas in half, thread popsicle stick in banana. Dip the banana in melted chocolate. Place on wax paper lined cookie sheets and freeze.
  20. Pinwheels: take a soft, tortilla and use a spread such as mayo or mustard. Layer your meats or cheeses, add lettuce, tomato, roll up and slice. Have the children add their favorites.
  21.  Melted chocolate. Use fresh fruit to dip!
  22. Frozen grapes. Try them, they are a yummy snack!
  23. Homemade trail mix – add your favorites.
  24. Fruit and veggie platters. Use favorite salad dressing for a dip.
  25. Scooped chips filled with fresh salsa.

This list of twenty five snacks will help to jump start your own ideas. What did I leave out? Leave your favorites with me!