Shark Unit Study Links

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Our kids love Shark Week on the Discovery Channel. (Shark Week Activities) We all find it fascinating and terrifying at the same time. In the past, I have used the kids’ Shark Week fascination to jump into a shark unit study while the kids are still excited.

Here are some resources that I have gathered to make a great shark unit study. I found facts, unit studies, printables, art projects, fun games, and more. Use them to get your shark unit study started!

Shark Unit Study Facts

Anything you’ve ever wanted to know about sharks – Shark-World

Great index of shark facts for elementary students – Kidzone.ws

Great White Shark Facts – National Geographic Kids

Shark Tracker

The coolest thing ever!! Track sharks all over the world!! You can even follow your favorite sharks on Facebook and Twitter! – Ocearch.org

Shark Printables

Shark Word Hunt – Kidszone.ws

10 Shark Printables – Homeschooling.About.com

Shark Notebooking Paper – HomeschoolHelperOnline.com 

Shark Lapbook – Homeschool Share

Shark Unit Studies

Sensational Sharks – UnitStudy.com

Shark Lesson Plan – Sea World Education

Montessori Inspired Shark Unit Study – Living Montessori Now

Shark Unit Study and Lapbook – Teaching Without Chairs

Shark Language Arts

Shark Reading Comprehension

2nd grade reading comprehension worksheets

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Shark Math

Hungry Shark Math Mat – OurLittleAcorns.com

First Grade Shark Math Printables – EnchantedLearning.com

Sharks Graphing Game Printable – ArtsyMomma.com

Shark Arts and Crafts

20 Shark Activities Kids Will Love – TheHomeschoolScientist.com

Learn To Draw Sharks – Kidzone.ws

Paper Plate Shark Jaws – DollarStoreCrafts.com

Shark Chalk Pastel Tutorials – ChalkPastel.com

Shark Fun

Shark week food and drink ideas – ACupFullOfSass.com

For lots more shark activities….

Shark Week Activities

shark activities

Do you have any shark ideas or links to share?

September Science Calendar 2020

September Science Calendar

Cooler weather, changing leaves, pumpkins, apple orchards, bonfires…..September is here!

Many of the links in the September Science Calendar will look at the science side of fall, like the science of changing leaves, a look at fall bird migration, and the autumnal equinox.

Other links will teach your kids about important science events that happened in the month of September like the launch of Voyager I, the birth of Mae Jemison, the anniversary of the first weather balloon launch, and the dedication of Hoover Dam.

Whether you have young learners or teens, you will find something for every age and interest in the September Science Calendar. Best of all…it’s FREE!!

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Enjoy!

8 Absolutely Awesome Reasons To Homeschool Outside

8 Absolutely Awesome Reasons To Homeschool Outside

Fresh air and sunshine are just two reasons to take your homeschool outside. When the weather permits, capitalize on the benefits of homeschooling outside.

Written by Chelsea Gonzales of Wonder Wherever We Wander.

Summer is in full swing. If you’re year-round homeschoolers or you’d just like to get a few days in the bank for next year, take advantage of these warm, sunny days. There are many benefits to moving your homeschool outdoors.

Check out some of my favorite reasons to homeschool outside.

Builds a Stronger Immune System

The vast majority of Americans are Vitamin D deficient, and more sunshine means more vitamin D.  Not only does vitamin D help build stronger bones, but it also helps strengthen the immune system.

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14 Things I Never Imagined Id Say As A Homeschool Mom

14 Things I Never Imagined I’d Say As A Homeschool Mom

Sometimes, as a homeschooling mom, words slip out of your mouth that make you think, “Wow, that’s something I never imagined I’d say.” Shawna is sharing 14 of those moments. Do any of them sound familiar?

Written by Shawna Wingert of Not the Former Things.

If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year, it’s: never say never. One by one, all of our homeschool plans and norms went out the window, slowly replaced with a learning environment largely dependent on YouTube and library pick-ups.

The truth is, it is going to take some time to recover.

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The 3 step guide to managing your time as a homeschooling mom

The 3 Step Guide to Managing Your Time as a Homeschooling Mom

Written by Purva Brown of The Classical Unschooler

When I first started homeschooling, my child was too young. I readily admit that now. But I did it for the sole purpose of getting into a routine. I wanted to know that I could do it when we were really ready.

Most of the day, my daughter, then 3 years old, spent a lot of what we called “school time” playing with paper, cutting and scribbling, coloring and singing. The sole purpose of my starting “school” back then was so that I could get on some kind of schedule.

Managing my time well has always been a bit of an obsession with me, but I am well aware that this is not the case with everyone.

So I thought today I would write a three step guide on how to manage your time, specifically as a homeschooling mom:

Step 1: Inventory

Taking inventory of my time is something I have learned from the financial side of managing our household budget. The first step of controlling money is always knowing where it goes.

The same is true of managing time. You have to know where you are currently spending it before you try to assign it to someplace else.

So I would recommend that at least for a week, before you start working on any kind of schedule, you spend some time observing what your family does and writing down how you spend your day.

This might seem silly and even unnecessary, but it is a useful exercise. It establishes your basic routines and the general ebb and flow of your household.

This has come in especially handy for me lately because I work evenings and nights. My husband works during the day.

But we have managed to keep our homeschooling going through this because we both know the basic rhythm of our family. We still stick with it.

Step 2: Work

This is the main reason I don’t like pre-curated curricula. I remember however being very attracted to it in the beginning. All grade-oriented curricula includes a schedule for getting the work done. While this seems like a good idea, the trouble is that it usually follows the general guidelines of a classroom for how much time is spent on the work.

As a homeschooler, this seems like overkill.

We don’t take half as long to finish the required work that we need because a lot of what we do relies not on textbooks but on real, hands-on life skills and discussions.

If we have already covered say, a good discussion of history and politics over dinner the night before, I don’t see any need to have the children read something and answer questions about it on paper just to say we covered it in our homeschool.

So make sure you get an idea of how much work is actually involved in the curriculum you’re considering.

Also find out if you can cover it in less time or a different way. Always change the curriculum to fit your family’s style and rhythm of learning, and never the other way around.

This will ensure that the work gets done is actually enjoyable.

Step 3: Create a Template

Now that you have an idea of all the time you have in a day and everything that needs to get done AND your own method and rhythm of how your family functions, you can start fitting school work into your schedule.

This is my favorite part. I try not to rush to create a schedule immediately however, no matter how inviting writing in a brand new planner is. Instead, I work on a template.

If you asked me the one thing that has helped me the most in my homeschooling, I will point to a template. A template is basically just a rough idea of what will get done for the week.

The 3 Step Guide to Managing Your Time as a Homeschooling Mom

For example, my middle-schoolers currently work with 30 minutes in each of these subjects: math, vocabulary, and social studies–with another 30 minutes or so of extra practice in whichever area they need it. These are our goals. But I don’t specify the textbook or method in which these goals are accomplished.

Oddly enough, we always get everything done every single day. That is the power of working with a template. The pressure is off and the focus is on the goal, not the tedium or details of the process.

And there you have it. Managing your time as a homeschooling mom doesn’t have to be hard.

Actually, homeschooling is incredibly freeing because you get to set your children’s schedules yourself, and don’t have to be tied down to a school’s way of doing things.

Play around with it, make it fit your family and you might discover the same thing I have.

Enjoy your freedom!

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Africa Unit Study

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 It happened a week ago.  Or maybe it was two weeks ago. Anyway, it doesn’t matter.  Basically, I was scrolling through Instagram, when an eye catching story had me at hello.  I have to give social media it’s due credit, because without it, I’d be a lost puppy in the world of homeschooling. Those beautiful images, book spreads, and art projects truly inspire a person to build a plan! And that’s exactly what happened. 

If you’ve ever seen Beautiful Feet books mentioned, you would notice unique stories that aren’t readily available in your local big bookstore. But they tend to have a content meant for passing on culture and history. So months ago, I started keeping my eye on a few titles and have slowly worked on gathering things for our Africa study.  It’s a country rich with culture, ecosystems, and vast animal life. 

I’m finally there. I have most of our collective items prepared. Just waiting on Amazon to deliver the last few bits. This study is going to be epic… like our Marine study last year. Okay..maybe not quite as many books. But definitely more crafts. If there’s one thing to say about African people, it’s their artisans and tribal crafts that stand out!

My first go to when starting to plan this study was Gather Round Homeschool‘s Africa Unit. It’s detailed enough that it can literally be a month of geography alone. I purchased the middle school bundle so I could incorporate all ages, but we will be using it more of a guide than doing each and every assignment planned. Gather Round also offers an Africa Cookbook which we purchased as well. 
(Girl Scout Thinking Day circa 2013…Africa table was the bees knees!)
The nice thing about having a ready made guide like this are the curated links for videos and book lists if you’re not one to hunt for them.
 
So here are the resources I’ve gathered for our Unit Study. 

Books                                             
Where is the Congo?
Where is the Serengeti?
We All Went on Safari
The Honey Bird
Sundiata: Lion King of Mali
Mama Panya’s Pancakes
The Marvelous Mud House
Swahili Dictionary                                                    


Games 
Mancala

Crafts
Build a Mud House with clay
Design and build a paper Ndebele Hut
Make beaded jewelry 

Activities
Listen to congo drums 
Watch videos     
Cook and eat African Food
In all of my excitement, I had to create some paper resources for us to use. Listed above and linked, we have Safari Animal Fact Cards and the African Lion Anatomy Pack! To go with these, I’ve also made some Notebooking Pages that I’m offering you, for FREE! Click in picture to get yours!


I estimate this unit to take us about 2 weeks, then we will be starting regular school work! Have ideas and resources to share with us? Message me! 

What to know about buying a digital curriculum bundle

If you’re like me, you are easily sucked in to beautifully staged pictures of learning materials that promise to be fun, engaging, and add value to your homeschool.  During this season, home educators and teachers alike are all hunting down curriculum, and supplemental materials to use or help plan out lessons for the year.  So how does buying a curriculum bundle help you? 


As a participant of 2 giant curriculum bundles, I’ve seen the quality and content of, I’m happy and proud to say, these bundles can last much longer than a year.  There are some out there that don’t have a preview option of everything included, and this scares me. I don’t really want to buy something I can’t see. You may purchase a bundle based on high profile likes or advertisement, but then you go to download it and it isn’t at all what you hoped for. Here is where I encourage everyone to view the product photos, look at what’s included and see if it really will get used! 


Digital curriculum is either a Brilliant plan or a Terrible one. For some people, minimal stuff is ideal. Digital curriculum and learning materials is their jam. They can save the whole thing to a computer or flash drive (where are you road-schoolers?) and print what they want, when they want! For others, they prefer books and already printed/bound material. Not bad to have either. Unless you’re going to move. It get’s very expensive….furniture or books?! Ha. So how can you be both? Well I can. I save tons of digital curriculum because I never have to pay shipping! Then I print and bind things myself. I use a Brother toner printer and get over 1,000 pages out of my cartridges, then I bind anything that qualifies as a book. Other things, I laminate, and put in those colorful teacher bins. 


I also know that some people are confused to how it downloads. I can’t speak for all bundles, but the ones I’ve been a part of can be downloaded upon purchase. You can usually choose the folder or drive you want it to go to after that. 


If printing at home isn’t for you, consider supporting a small business locally, or a homeschool family business for printing. Here are some recommendations: 

  • https://familynestprinting.com/


  • https://thehomeschoolprintingcompany.com/


  • https://www.makingfamilycount.com/


  • https://press.barnesandnoble.com/print-on-demand


Last, Look at the value in the products shown. Take the time to go to some of the individual creators and see what it would cost in real time for those products you love. Most of us contributing have a $15-25 range we add, so essentially you’re getting A LOT OF PRODUCTS FREE! You’re being exposed to new ideas, new curriculum, new homeschool families, or teachers, and tons of inspiration!  Is the bundle you’re eyeing worth it? 


This Mega Bundle is Available now through August 24th! It features over 4,000 pages of culutral geography and is split into age groups so you can purchase exactly what you need! But don’t take my word for it, check it out yourself! 


 Around The World Curriculum Bundle


Plants amp Fungi A Connection Between Sun and Soil

Collaboration

One aspect that struck me as I wrote Earth Party! was how collaborative living things truly are. Flowering plants depend on wind, insects, and animals to propagate. If left to their own devices, they would not produce fertilized seeds. Plants need animals; herbivores (plant eaters) such as birds, deer, rabbits, and rodents need plants.

Fungi’s Role

In Earth Party!, we tackle the story of classification of life using the 5 kingdoms – bacteria, protozoa, fungi, plants, and animals. Of these kingdoms, what is amazing is how related fungi and plants are. Fungi includes organisms such as mushrooms, lichen, yeast, and molds. They decompose life — when fruit goes bad, when trees die, when animals lay on the forest floor, fungi clean them up and over time “make them disappear.” They remain deep in the soil and have vast networks of underground fibers that carry information, almost like a fiber optic network operating below ground. Though they appear plant-like, they are more closely related to animals. Like animals they cannot make food for themselves. Plants are the only kingdom that can make food for themselves (other than algae). There are over 1.5 million types of fungi! One recent movie that helps visualize how they work is Fantastic Fungi; I saw this film at my local independent movie house pre-Covid. (It is currently streaming on Vimeo. Here is the link.) When watching this movie, it becomes apparent how fungi are so interconnected with life in soil, and most of the time we do not even realize they are there. But they are there doing their thing, underground!

The Plant Kingdom

Members of the plant kingdom have the opposite goal – grow tall and reach the sun. They are the longest living organisms on earth – unlike us, they do not die of old age. And they can communicate with each other. (See The Hidden Life of Trees below!) From elementary school botany, you no doubt remember the key term when thinking about plants is photosynthesis, using energy from sun to create sugars and fuel to allow growth – growth to grow taller and reach closer to the sun.

Great Read: The Hidden Life of Trees

Have you heard of the amazing book – The Hidden Life of Trees by Peter Wohlleben? If you have not read it, I would highly recommend getting this book to get an idea of a plant’s mandate to grow tall; growing tall enough to reach the sun, so as not to be dwarfed and left covered by other plants, provides fuel for even more growth.

It is incredible that both of these kingdoms are vital and so connected – fungi breaks down dead trees and plants. Trees and plants goal is to get tall and strong, which then passes vital energy to the fungi below the soil as the trees and plants are decomposed. I would imagine both groups are satisfied with their goal. They have embraced it; they do not fight each other.

In Hidden Life of Trees (page 2), the author talks of finding a covered forest mass, overgrown by moss. When the author dug into the form, he found a tree stump. With the help of a knife, he hit green wood. The stump mass was alive. How this could be — he wondered? He saw in it that –

“Assistance may either be delivered remotely by fungal networks around the root tips–which facilitate nutritional exchange between trees–or the roots themselves may be interconnected…one thing was clear: the surrounding beeches were pumping sugar to the stump to keep it alive.”

Peter Wohlleben – The Hidden Life of Trees

Interconnection

What an amazing, resilient system. If fungi were expected to grow tall, they couldn’t do it. If trees were expected to break themselves down, they would be at a loss—remember, their mandate is to grow tall. The whole system is smart, interconnected, and it works!

New Biology Curriculum

Watch our Organic Learning segment this week on Instagram; we will show photos from the Smithsonian Natural History book that has excellent photos of unique and strange fungi. This book is a recommended resource in our Earth Party! curriculum.

“Words can NOT describe how much my kids and I LOVE this biology program. Sooooo thrilled!”

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Earth Party!

If you and your family want to explore the forms of life, we invite you to check out Earth Party! Unit Study. Geared for grades 1-6, this 12-week study will give young students a fabulous bearing about similarities and differences between trees, vertebrates, invertebrates, fungi, algae, bacteria, archaea, and more!

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Why should young students learn about the kingdoms of life

(And, what are the “kingdoms of life?”)

The five kingdoms of living things involve all of forms of life such as bacteria (single-celled organisms without a true nucleus), fungi (mushroom and yeast), protists (algae, paramecium), plants, and animals (both vertebrates and invertebrates).

Let’s Not Bore Our Kids

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Unlike Us, Our Kids are Connected with the Natural World

In my experience in teaching my own kids in homeschool, as well as at co-ops, young kids are fascinated by animal life! They are excited to go to zoos and aquariums and see animals doing their thing. When kids go on walks and see animal life – it’s even more magical! Seeing a bobcat, frog, hawk, deer, or bear will make the trip! It will be the first thing kids mention when asked about how their (fill in the blank) trip was.

Our curriculum always enhances this connection with the natural world. Whether it be California Out of the Box or Earth Party! families can expect observation of the natural world to be woven into our approach.

All Life IS Beautiful!

And I say this with humility! My mother was diagnosed with brain cancer seven years ago and passed away less than 2 months after her diagnosis. Sometimes I find myself imagining what the cancer cells looked like while they were growing in her brain. In the years after she passed away, I began noticing fungi and mushrooms everywhere. I had to agree that though they were breaking down other life forms, they were so beautiful and pleasing to look at. Fungi often have striking color and patterns that look strangely like candied taffy. This newfound appreciation for fungi — I am sure goes back to my mom and my wondering what her brain cancer looked like. Life can be pleasing to look at, complex, organized, and artistic, even while destructive. This is the paradox of life.

Why choose Earth Party! curriculum?

Earth Party!

One of the most expedient benefits to our curriculum — it is short! Families will not get bogged down. We have written it for 12-weeks, though it can be adapted to six weeks. Sometimes this material is contained in other life science, zoology, and botany curriculum – but ours covers all the kingdoms so that a broad concept of the forms of life can be learned quickly. (I covered this same content in 4-weeks with my own kids. It was one of the units I taught my kids in our first year of homeschooling, when I had a 1st and 4th grader. I felt strongly they needed a good background in life forms.) See this link for curriculum product information.

The Frosting on Top!

A print from Ernst Haeckel’s Art Forms in Nature Book

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