Monthly archives: June 2012

9th Grade Curriculum Plan 2012-2013

I think I’ve finally figured out my 9th grader’s homeschool curriculum for 2012-2013. Once I start the actual schedule planning, some of this may change. Hopefully I’ll have everything finalized by August. If you’re a homeschooler, you’ll understand what I mean about having a curriculum plan and then tossing it all out of the window, only to start over.

I’ll post the younger kids once I get that all figured out.

9th Grade 2012-2013

English I – 1 credit: 

Algebra 1 – 1 credit:

Physical Science – 1 credit:

World History – 1 credit:

Japanese I – 1 credit:

Latin – 1 credit:

Art History & Appreciation – .5 credit:

Extras
  • Bowling
  • Piano

If you are homeschooling a high schooler this upcoming school year, what are you using?

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Summer – Week 3: Bees & Wasps

We took a break from our regular studies this week (all but math) and decided to study bees and wasps.

There are a lot of bees and wasps on our apartment complex’s property. We all despise them. We found something that looks like the start of a wasp nest in our backyard and thought it would be fun to study them (indoors). I found a bunch of resources and thought I’d share them. We’ve learned so much about them, and I think it has helped with the fear of bees. Now we only fear wasps. LOL

Online Research & Information
Everything About Bees – “Bee, common name for a winged, flower-feeding insect with branched body hairs.”

Everything About Wasps – ” Wasp, common name applied to most species of hymenopteran insects, except bees and ants. Insects known as wasps include the sawflies, the parasitic wasps, and the stinging wasps, which are the best known.”

Bees and Wasps – “The insects most beneficial to humans are found in the large insect order Hymenoptera. Not only are the bees and many of their relatives pollinators of flowering plants, including fruits and vegetables, but thousands of species of small wasps are parasites of other arthropods including pest insects. Without these parasites that limit the growth of insect populations, pests would overtake most crops.”

Africanized Honey Bees – “Africanized honey bees have moved into the Southwest and are here to stay. In addition to the safety issues that need to be addressed because of the defensiveness of these bees, honey bees are also fascinating subjects to study. These lesson plans were developed to familarize students with honey bees and bee safety issues through a variety of interesting activities.”

Various Bees – “There are about 20,000 different species of bees in the world. Bees live in colonies and there are three types of bees in each colony.”

Bee Identification

Stories
The Bees and Wasps, and the Hornets – Aesop’s Fable

Video
BBC Nature – Wonderful close up video of bumblebees. We learned a lot from the series of videos.

BBC Wasps – Video of wasps.

Vanishing of the Bees – You can stream the documentary online for $3.99. “Honeybees have been mysteriously disappearing across the planet, literally vanishing from their hives.Known as Colony Collapse Disorder, this phenomenon has brought beekeepers to crisis in an industry responsible for producing apples, broccoli, watermelon, onions, cherries and a hundred other fruits and vegetables. Commercial honeybee operations pollinate crops that make up one out of every three bites of food on our tables.”

Silence of the Bees – “In the winter of 2006, a strange phenomenon fell upon honeybee hives across the country.”

 

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Nighttime Screams.

Last night, my 15-month-old daughter woke up screaming. She often still wakes at night, crying and fussing, but this was an ear-piercing-someone-is-stabbing-me-help-me scream. I was so startled I sat straight up in bed (she was in bed with me) and grabbed her. She wasn’t crying, she was screaming. I’ve never seen anything like it. When I grabbed her and held her in my lap, she quieted. She never woke up, and less than 2 minutes later she was smiling and giggling in her sleep.

Bad dream? Maybe. What could she be dreaming about? Mommy’s milk is all gone? Yo Gabba Gabba got removed from Netflix? None of her music making toys have batteries that work? (Oh, that’s another whole blog for sure.)

I find that she startles easily. My 12-year-old daughter had a friend over last week, and they, along with my son, were acting a bit wild. NK was standing in front of the couch, just toddling around and talking to herself as toddlers do. She was so cute and happy. The kids came out of the bedroom screaming and giggling loudly. NK screamed and ran towards my oldest daughter. She was definitely panicked. Yesterday, I was going in the front closet and the cat was perched on top of a shelf in there (oh creepy cat). It was dark, and he startled me, so I kind of let out a yelp. NK shrieked and took off again. Anytime there is a loud noise or chaos, she gets so scared. This is new to me. I don’t remember the other kids doing that. Maybe our house is more chaotic now? Possibly.

Anyway, I don’t think it was a night terror. The scream only lasted about 10 seconds, and she stopped as soon as I picked her up. I think I read that with night terrors, they are inconsolable.

Has anyone experienced his or her child waking up screaming?

 

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Taking of the Notes.

Ahhhh. Note-taking.

Note-taking was one of the most difficult tasks of my academic years. My thoughts were never organized, which resulted in a mess of words. Notes from texts ended up being lengthy and almost a duplicate of the text. Notes from lectures, missed out on important points as I battled to keep the page organized, write, listen and understand. This was just one of those things I was really bad at. Classmates had neat and organized notes, while I struggled to find a method that worked for me.

I didn’t find one until after school was over and done with. Enter the Cornell Note-Taking System. It’s so painless and easy that I can’t figure out why I hadn’t thought of it on my own. Instead of spending my note-taking time trying to figure out how to set the page up, I could have focused on the actual notes.

I am currently trying to get my children to use this system. Even the 10 yr old. I introduced it today, and they looked thrilled. As I lectured about Augustus Caesar, I could see the stress on their faces as they quickly (and some not so quickly) scribbled notes. The lines were too close together. The information scattered. There was no room to go back and insert a thought. And when all was done, there was a page full of writing. Now what?

Once they saw the setup of the Cornell method, I saw relief wash over them. This was going to make things a little easier. If you’re not familiar with the method, take a look here & here. Simple stuff, right? Like, why didn’t I think of that?

We don’t usually use textbooks, so gleaning the important information from the books we use and producing a complete and comprehensible notebook is important. There’s just so much information in our readings.

>>More note-taking systems<<

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Summer – Week 2

We didn’t actually get much done last week. My daughter had an overnight visitor Wed-Sun.

God’s Story & Me
When the World Was New – When Time Began

Augustus Caesar’s World
Chp 3 & 4

Trial & Triumph
Ambrose: Bishop of Milan

Math workbooks.

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