Last year for Social Studies we took a tour of the seven continents. This year, we are touring ten different countries. Our first was Canada. My son filled out his “passport” and I “signed” it. Next came the travel brochure. In creating a travel brochure for each country he visits, he has to learn certain information about that country. Basic information for the first week of study includes drawing a picture of the country’s flag, locating it on the map, planning how to get there from here. Plane? Train? Automobile? He decided we should fly into British Columbia, then walk and take the bus to tour the country from there. Then there is the issue of weather, clothing to bring and what else to pack. Luckily, we went in September, when the weather is supposed to still be fairly mild. Will he need a rudimentary vocabulary in that country’s language? For Canada, we planned to learn a few words and phrases in French.
The second week, a map of Canada is drawn in the travel brochure. Major bodies of water are labeled, landmarks are drawn in, and the map is colored. Information on government, climate, population, area and religions are located and noted in the Information Box.
Week three involves research about historical events in the country, as well as specifically Catholic information, such as saints or shrines. He chose to learn a little about Jacques Cartier’s explorations.
For our last week in each country, we get to explore. We find out about native foods, holidays, native animals and plants, literature, art and music, and anything else of interest. It all ends up with a pertinent activity and a picture for his passport. Since hockey is a big sport in Canada, he dressed up in his full hockey gear for his picture.
To enrich our study of Canada, we also watched “Anne of Green Gables” again, discussed Prince Edward Island, and read “The Paper Bag Princess”, by a Canadian author.
This Social Studies curriculum is alot of fun, and I am very pleased that my son is learning about how people live in other parts of the world. Next stop: India.
Such a fright! Another school year gone by. The Homestead School has had a great time testing lots of awesome homeschool products as part of The Old Schoolhouse’s Homeschool Crew.
The whole Crew recently voted for their favorites in several different categories and a few of Mrs. D’s and son’s favorites made the list:
Favorite Science Product => Eagle’s Wings-Considering God’s Creation
Favorite Math Product => I See Cards-Pyramath
Favorite Reading Instruction Product => Talking Fingers
Favorite Preschool Product => Go Go Kabongo
Favorite Elementary Product => Speekee
Favorite Special Needs Product => See-N-Read
Favorite Christian Education Product => Apologia
Best Technology Resource => Collectorz
Best Children’s Book => Kregel Publications-Circle C Beginnings
Best Hands-On Resource => Corps of Re-Discovery
Most Unique Resource => GoTrybe
Most Family-Oriented Product => Growing Healthy Homes-Nutrition 101
We’re excited to see many of our favorites here. They each got a blue ribbon (above) to display. Check out the full list on The Homeschool Crew’s Official Blog here.
We’re also proud to announce that Mrs. D and son will be on next year’s Homeschool Crew, testing and telling about more great homeschool products with The Old Schoolhouse. Looking forward to a few weeks of rest, and then starting in again;)
We had so much fun with our first Talking Fingers program, that when we found out we would get to try Talking Fingers Word Qwerty we just couldn’t wait. My son signed in and started “playing”, and as I listened and observed, I was very happy with what I was seeing. The same company that helped him learn proper finger placement on the qwerty keyboard and helped with his reading skills was now helping him learn to spell and write short stories!
Through a variety of interactive games and exercises, Word Qwerty teaches spelling rules and tricks, such as looking for patterns. Catchy songs help children remember them. As is explained on the website, “Wordy Qwerty – Foundations for Reading and Writing Fluency, takes 7-9 year olds through the next steps of reading and writing fluency, and picks up where our award-winning software, the Read, Write & Type Learning System leaves off.”
Students learn about spelling rules, word families and “outlaws” (words that don’t follow the rules). Next comes the spelling challenge – students hear a word and have to spell it correctly and put it in the right box. The program prompts the student if he misspells the word.
Then students are shown a few sentences, hear them read, and are challenged to write them as they are read back to them. Parents can sign in and monitor student progress at any time.
Talking Fingers offers a FREE demo download for Word Qwerty. The pricing for Word Qwerty online Home Edition is as follows: 1 user $25, 2 users $40, 3/$52.50, 4/$60, 5/$71.25. CD version Home Edition $35; K-4 Reading Bundle which includes Word Qwerty, Read Write Type and other goodies CD version Home Edition $99.
See what other Homeschool Crew Members are saying about Talking Fingers Word Qwerty.
We received a limited license to Word Qwerty online, in order to use and evaluate this product in our homeschool classroom. No other compensation was received for this review.