Bibliographies Gone Wild! Free Download!

The weblings and I created a new version of a bibliography game tonight. We’re on week 8 of the webinar classes and in the middle of writing summaries from a single source.


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Incoming!!!

I think I know what a humble little stone in a sling shot might feel just before being released into the wild blue yonder. I can feel the tension… pulling, pulling, pulling… back, back, back… and suddenly Tuesday morning I will be launched into the new school year!

I will have 17 classes this year, and most of them are filled to overflowing! It was a surprising turnout, considering the economy and all. I’m ready though. NerdGirl and I made over 70 handouts which multiplied to somewhere around 30,000 copies for 250 students.

I am down to just two of my own kids now that the oldest has packed up and moved on to college *sniff!!* Thankfully, I have had NerdGirl and Fashionista up and running on their own homeschool work for a couple weeks now. They also have their co-op texts, notebooks, and packpacks all ready to go.

So I was sitting here on this Labor Day Weekend (Ha! What an ironic holiday name when you are a teacher, right? ;-) ), and I got to thinking, I better make a schedule for next week so I know when to get up in the morning and where to be when… Good thought, huh?

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NOT Back to Homeschool Blog Hop: Curriculum

This week the iHomeschool Network is hosting the 4th Annual NOT Back-to-School Blog Hop. Each week in August will cover a topic pertaining to the new school year.

This week’s topic is Curriculum. If you were following the TOS SchoolHouse Review Crew Blog Hop last week, I posted about our favorite curriculum over the years here.

Because it’s fun to share and compare what the multitudinous varieties of homeschoolers do for curriculum each year (there are almost 400 blogs to hop already!), let me share our curriculum list for the year:

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Homeschool Planning

It’s day three of the Back to Homeschool blog hop and today’s topic is PLANNING…

BacktoHomeschool

Somewhere over the years, I finally discovered a planning approach that works for my family. I call it “Chunky Planning”. I learned the hard way not to get too detailed because five minutes into the first day, life in general was going to derail the whole thing.

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9 Tips for Successful Webinar Participation

Online classes via a live webinar setting are becoming more and more popular throughout the world. Students of all ages, from elementary to adult, are participating in all kinds of classes from math, writing, history, to literature and more.

Here is a list of 9 tips for a successful academic online class experience:

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Blog Review Planning Page

Here’s a little worksheet I created to brainstorm and organize my blog review information. If you are a blogger and could use such a thing, download at will and share liberally with others!

All Purpose Blog Review Planning Page (pdf)

(You know the drill: please share this post link, not the pdf link. Thanks! ;-) )

The Homophone Game

Here’s something for other writing teachers out there – a homophone game!

This game will work with 1 to however many students you have. One student might keep a tally of how many answers he gets right in a round. Multiple students can compete against each other, or you can use a group elimination approach as I describe below.

I was cleaning out my shelves and ran across Susan Anthony’s Spelling Homophone book and was looking through how I might use it in my classes next year. Some students really struggle with they’re/there/their, to/too/two, and your/you’re/yore, etc. mistakes, so instead of making a bunch of boring worksheet handouts, I thought of a game to play instead.

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