Archive for June, 2014
I printed this out for Hannah and Caleb to do this morning and whilst I wish the author (WriteBonnieRose over at Missional Call) had used “real” animal pictures instead of cartoon ones to go with the backgrounds, it was still a fun project and all the kids and I learned something.
None of us had ever seen a hairy rhinoceros before! On the author’s blog you will find links to all five animals discussed and that is where I got the “real” picture of the Sumatran Rhinoceros. I think the backgrounds are fabulous so if you have a budding artist they may even want to draw/paint their own animals in. Thanks Bonnie Rose!
Another adVENTURE of FREE, fun learning
I told you yesterday that I was going to start the Creative Line Designs with the kids today. Well it turned out that I only did it with Hannah but she really enjoyed them. As we did this particular one, as she finished coloring hers, she said she thought it was like a butterfly so commenced to fill in the butterfly, grass, sun etc.
I could see that too but wondered what else I could imagine mine to be. How about a road leading into the sunset which reminded Hannah of the Wiley Coyote cartoons.
Some curriculum ages quickly, others like I am going to share with you today are as relevant now as they were 15 years ago when we were first started homeschooling Michelle and Michael. Creating Line Designs by Randy Womack at Golden Educational Center is an excellent resource for teaching your child not only how to accurately use a ruler but so much more:
- Visual-Motor Skills
- Visual Memory
- Visual Discrimination
- Following Directions
- Right Brain Functioning
- Personal Respect
Last week I came across Book 4 as I was cleaning out. This is suitable for grades 4-7 and we used this with both Michelle and Michael. As I looked on the date of the copyright (1985, renewed 1994) I really doubted whether I would be able to find the first books in the series to use with Daniel, Hannah and Caleb. Guess what? They are still in production! You can purchase them new at several online places but also can find them used which is what I did.
Due to these being line designs, the books can never age. I was really excited to receive both Books 1 & 2 in the mail today. There are 4 in the series with 20 activities in each one. The best thing is that they are reproducible (the pages are perforated for easy removal) so once you have outlaid the cost one time, as long as you copy and save before using you NEVER have to outlay for the book again. I LOVE it when companies allow this as it really helps keep the cost of homeschooling down when you have more than one child. (Thank you, Randy!)
Once your child has completed the pattern they can then get creative with coloring it. Book 1 is for K-1st and then they progressively get harder. Here is a sample from Book 2.
SO guess what we are going to start tomorrow? I am SO excited! I do recommend that you work on the same worksheet alongside your child so that they are seeing an example of what it should look like. You’ll have as much fun, if not more, than them! I have copied Book 1 and will start Book 2 once I have finished “chatting” with you 🙂