Archive | September, 2014

Tin Whistles Need Sleeping Bags (Oh, Yes They Do!)

23 Sep

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Another re-post from the archives! I know that many of you are embarking on your Tin Whistle journey. 🙂 Here’s a funny letter I wrote to a seasoned Tutor that remains nameless to me. However, her wisdom saved me multiple migraines and additional gray hairs. 🙂 Read more here, and you, too, will want to thank this nameless Tutor after you make sleeping bags for your Tin Whistles. 🙂

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Verb Conjugation Packet–free download

18 Sep

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My Pronoun Packet was quite the success in my Abecedarians class last year. I decided to make something similar for the Verb Conjugations for use on my DIY Tri-fold Board that we will use during the next several weeks for English Grammar.

 

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I used the same grid from last year’s pronouns and repurposed it  for my verbs! 🙂 I like having the visual for my Abecedarians, even though many aren’t yet readers. They can still recognize the “spot” that the word goes in after we review several times, clear them off, and ask them to reposition them in the correct “spot.” I also like the connection for the parents in class to see how the verb is conjugated and which principal part it represents. I also included a blank page in the document so that an older student can write the conjugations of a particular verb and match it with its verb principal part. I have uploaded the file to CC Connected. username: suzannemosley Or, you can download it here: Verb Conjugations Packet

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This is a post in conjunction with Half a Hundred Acre Wood’s Cycle 3 Link Up. Visit there for more Cycle 3 resources.

Egg Carton Multiplication & Skip Counting Game (FREE printable!)

15 Sep

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I thought I’d resurrect this post from the archives. This is a Multiplication/Skip Counting Egg Carton game that I came up with two years ago during our first year of CC. Read the original post for detailed instructions about creating your own game at home! I made my skip counting numbers out of construction paper. After reading my post last year, the marvelous Brandy Ferrell created a FREE PRINTABLE to share with everyone for the skip-count-cards. If you don’t feel like cutting up teeny tiny construction pieces of paper, download this free printable, “Control + P” and you’re done!

Tutors, I have used this in class to do a massive “skip counting” review during our Review Game time at the end of our CC day. I had 3 stations and a parent at each station. Each station went through 2 or 3 different skip counting numbers, and then, we rotated to the different stations.

Here are a few pictures of this inexpensive, stick in the sand game. If you are not a Classical Conversations family, read the original post and know that you can use this same game at home with your kiddos to practice and review multiplication facts. Also, here’s a FABULOUS Usborne Lift The Flap Time Tables book that is another great way to review multiplication facts! (You know how I love Usborne!)

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Tour the Nina, Pinta, and (not the) Santa Maria!

13 Sep

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The Nina

For all of my CC friends, you are singing, “The Nina, the Pinta, The Santa Maria” in your head right now, aren’t you?!?! Several years ago, I had a friend tell me that she was driving all day to see the Nina in Chattanooga. I was confused. Did she not realize that Columbus sailed the ocean blue in 1492, and his ship had probably disintegrated into thin air after 500+ years? After further conversation, I learned from my friend Heidi that the Columbus Foundation  tours the waterways of the U.S. in life-size, fully-functioning replicas of the Nina and Pinta.

We were fortunate to see it last October while they were docked in Knoxville. We thoroughly enjoyed traipsing around both ships and listening to the tour provided by the knowledgeable crew. I have a greater understanding and increased respect for Columbus and crew who set out blindly on these ships back in 1492. I realized that I’m pretty wimpy! I don’t think that I would have signed up for this adventure. Ha! 🙂

Are you interested in visiting the Nina and Pinta (sniff, sniff! If only there was a replica of the Santa Maria!)? You’re in luck! Here is the 2014 Port Tour Schedule. Hopefully, it will be in your neck of the woods this year! If not, maybe 2015 will be the year for you!

Here are some pictures from our tour!

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 The crew slept on the deck. Again, I’m a wimp! I don’t think I would have signed up on this adventure with Captain Columbus. 🙂 What about you??

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I love maps! This was a map similar to what the crew would have used.

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Listening to our tour guide! These men and women were great fun! I asked them a million questions about what it was like to live and work on the boats. Many of them signed up to be a part of the crew for the sheer adventure.

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Boats are for climbing (duh!)

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Fighting off the “bad guys” trying to sink the Nina!

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I loved this picture because it gives you an idea of the magnitude of the ship’s size.

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How often do you see a ship like this sailing down the river?!?! I’m sure barges and tug boats do a “double take.”

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 A fun, memorable field trip!

Want to know more about what it would have been like on the Nina, Pinta or Santa Maria? Read Pedro’s Journal with your kiddos! We are reading it now and thoroughly enjoying it!

What We’re Reading Wednesday #6

3 Sep

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Here’s the latest installment of What We’re Reading Wednesday! I hope this series is inspiring you to discover unknown books or authors to introduce to your family (or yourself!)

WWRW #6

Duck in the Truck and Hit the Ball Duck–These are books that I was introduced to through my new Usborne business. My boys are LOVING these books with Duck, Frog, Goat, and Sheep as they get into some precarious, yet hilarious, predicaments. Jez Alborough is a new favorite author, thanks to these books!

Animal Trunk: Silly Poems To Read Aloud–I am trying to be more proactive about incorporating poetry into our literary diet. I grabbed this one by chance off the library shelf, and it has been a hit! My 4 year old and I had a pleasant, giggle-filled time reading this prose about various animals.

See Inside Your Body–This is another book that I was introduced to thanks to my new Usborne business! 🙂 We are studying the human body in Classical Conversations this year. I wanted an age-appropriate yet densely informative book to read at home with  my boys so that they could glean more details about our bodies. We have, thoroughly, enjoyed it, and the “Lift-The-Flap” component makes each page an adventure! Two thumbs up for this book from all 3 of my boys.

The Read-Aloud Handbook–“This is not a book about teaching a child how to read; it’s about teaching a child to want to read.” (p. XXI Introduction) I was introduced to this book through Usborne, whose catalog includes statistics from the book.  This book has left me speechless–Wow, just WOW! I recommend that any and all parents and educators own and read this book. The statistical data Trelease compiles will make you want to spend every minute of every day reading to your children (or at least I hope it will!). The plethora of benefits that are bestowed on children when read to by a parent or adult are astronomical.  For example, Trelease quotes a longitudinal study that found, “children who were read to at least three times a week had a significantly greater phonemic awareness when they entered kindergaren than did children who were read to less often, and…they were almost twice as likely to score in the top 25 percent in reading.” (page 9)

Do you want to read to your kiddos but don’t know where to start? This book will help! The beauty of this book is its two segments. The first division of the book is the inspirational, fact-based, oh-so-convincing treatise as to why we should read aloud. The last section of the book is page after page after page of book recommendations. Each book entry contains a short summary of the book and suggested age/grade for the target audience. Take this book with you to the library and let it introduce you to some classic, “read-it-again-Mom” books and authors. Here’s your subliminal message for today–Read this book. Read this book. Read this book. (Subliminal message is over.) I truly believe that all children can become book lovers, and no, it won’t always happen overnight and takes an investment of time from the parents. However, this is one of the greatest gifts that a parent can bestow on their child. As Trelease so eloquently writes, “the least expensive thing we can give a child outside of a hug turns out to be the most valuable: words” (page 16).

The Digital Invasion: How Technology Is Shaping You and Your Relationships–I first heard about this book over the summer when I read a blog post titled The iPad is Stealing My Son’s Childhood. I was intrigued by the title of the blog post and had to read it. The blogger wrote the post after reading The Digital Invasion. Does any other parent have to answer this question “Can I play the iPad?” oh, about a hundred times a day?!?!? I was intrigued by the premise of The Digial Invasion and immediately added this book to my “to read” list. My reservations going into the book were that there would be lots of scare tactics and undocumented assertions about technology. I actually began reading the book with much skepticism but, in the end, resonated with the book. The authors, a psychologist and a counselor, offered much food for thought regarding the influence of technology on families and relationships. Let’s face it. We have all been in a restaurant and noticed a table nearby where all gathered ’round the table have eyes glued on phones or devices. I always look at those scenarios and tell myself, “I don’t want that to be my family. I want us to talk to one another.” The Digital Invasion left me with much to ponder about technology, my sons, and our family. The bottom line is that technology is influencing us, whether we want it to or not. The Digital Invasion was an encouragement to me to evaluate, be aware and mindful, not oblivious, of technology’s role and influence in my life and my loved one’s lives. It has been the impetus to some healthy, on-going converstations between my husband and I about our desires for our family.

Owl at Home-We are huge Arnold Lobel fans in our home! My second son is currently read this aloud to us during school time, and it is a laugh-a-minute! Lobel also wrote one of our other “Mosley favorites”–the Frog and Toad series! Introduce your kiddos to Arnold Lobel! Love, love, love his books! Here is a list of Arnold Lobel’s other books.

Pocahontas and the Strangers–We are studying American History this year…and loving it!! My oldest son is reading this book aloud, and we love the author Clyde Robert Bulla, who has written a tome of fabulous books for children. We are enjoying this Pocahontas biography. We might have to watch the Disney version and compare the movie and the book! Should be interesting! HAHA!

Pedro’s Journal: A Voyage with Christopher Columbus, August 3, 1492-February 14, 1493–This historical fiction gem is a collection of journal entries from Pedro, a young cabin boy for Christopher Columbus during his expedition with the Nina, the Pinta, and the Santa Maria. This has been a fun read for us! It offers a unique perspective on the oft-told tale of Columbus and his journey “to India,” and the literary vehicle of a journal gives a personalization to this historical event that I had missed when studying it previously.

So, that’s a wrap for this week! What are YOU reading this week?!?!? Comment below to share with us!