Thursday, September 28, 2017

Traveling Thursdays~ Mackinac Island

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Mountain of Grace Homeschooling

After a restful evening in the hotel, we boarded the Mackinac Island ferry and headed over to Mackinac Island



The ferry ride was a first for the kids. 


They loved it even though it was a little chilly as we zoomed over the water!


This quaint little island and town is like stepping back in time.
No cars are allowed.

Want to get around?
You'll have to walk or ride around in a horse drawn carriages.




On the island you'll find a wonderful collection to Catholic history. Perfect for a Catholic field trip. We walked around Marquette Park, viewed the Father Marquette statue, and visited the small hut showing Father Marquette taking part of Mass. We even visited Saint Anne's Catholic Church.





You'll find shops, homes, and lodgings that are from the early 19th century. The town makes you feel like you've stepped back into the Victorian period. As you walk around the shops, you'll smell the delicious scent of fudge. I recommend buying some.


The views are incredible. The homes are gorgeous. 
I could easily live here, if the winters weren't so bad!




I'd love to go back sometime for the summer.
Maybe a second honeymoon.


Till Next Time,
Monique



Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Classically Catholic Memory~ Week 10

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Religion~
John 6:51
This week CCM switches to learning a Bible verse. Instead of just memorizing the verse, I use the verse for handwriting practice. When the kids were younger, I went online and created a handwriting worksheet for them. I used WorksheetWorks.com, but I did find another site while looking around on my computer, HandWritingWorksheets.com.

Now that they are older, I just have them copy the bible verse into their religion notebooks. Less printing and easier to keep track of.

A fun craft to do that can go along with this Bible verse is this Monstrance painting project from Catholic Inspired. My kids actually did this craft, but I forgot to take pictures of it.


Latin~
Gloria

We are still working our way through the Gloria. If you'd like to see how we learn our Latin Hymns  and prayers please go to the CCM tab at the top. You'll find a link there.

History~
European colonization of Africa
African Independence








Mohandas Gandhi
Biography of Gandhi
Gandhi Coloring Page
Map of India
Gandhi and India Lesson Ideas for Kids
Timeline of Gandhi's life and work
The Salt March

We checked out a few books from our local library for the kids to read.

                         


Science~
Photosynthesis


Worksheet # 1
Worksheet # 2
Worksheet # 3
Fill-in-the-Blank Worksheet

Over the years the kids have learned about photosynthesis. They know that carbon dioxide, light, & water and needed in order for plants to make food.

Working on a fun science project to help learn about Photosynthesis is always a great idea to the things. Here are a few to check out.

Math~
Multiples of 11



Eleven rhymes with Heaven....so a cute craft idea would have the kids create a stairway to Heaven by using the multiples. Create a stairway on paper out of Popsicle sticks and then on each step have them write a multiple of 11. They can even add pictures of saints along the way!

Geography~



Cote d'Ivoire
Cote d'Ivoire Flag
Ghana
Ghana Flag
Togo
Togo Flag
Benin
Benin Flag
Burkina Faso
Burkino Faso Flag
Mali
Mali Flag
Niger River

The kids labeled the map with the stickers, and then colored the maps and flags over the 2 weeks. When the maps are completed they add them to their geography notebook.



Great Words~
O Captain! My Captain! by Walt Whitman



We are starting a new work this week! Before the kids even started learning the poem, we learned a little bit about Walt Whitman.




 We read a few books about Walt Whitman's poetry.




The kids then started reading the poem and working on memorizing it. we'll be working on it for the next few weeks.


Till Next Time,
Monique


Thursday, September 21, 2017

Traveling Thursdays~ The Great Lakes

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We've left the west and are now in the Great Lakes region. 


We spent the night in Duluth, Minnesota and then headed out early in the morning to head to the Great Lakes! I was excited about this since I've never been here either! I love the water.

We crossed over into Wisconsin and stumbled upon the Northern Great Lakes Visitor Center.






They have a wonderful hands-on learning exhibit all about the heritage and communities found along Lake Superior. 





Till Next Time,
Monique


Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Classcially Catholic Memory~ Delta Year Week 9

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Geography~ Africa


Source~ Wikipedia

We located all the countries on our CCM map and labeled them with the stickers. It's amazing that even at their age they want to argue on who goes first. Silly kids. I guess as long as they are eager to learn that is what matters.
The kids worked on their maps throughout the 2 weeks. I had them coloring the outline maps of the countries (if I could find them) and the countries flags.

Cape Verde Map Coloring Page
Cape Verde's Flag Coloring Page
Mauritania Flag and Map Coloring Page
Senegal Map Coloring Page
Senegal's Flag Coloring Page
Gambia Map Coloring Page
Gambia's Flag Coloring Page
Guinea-Bissau Map Coloring Page
Guinea-Bissau's Flag Coloring Page
Guinea Map Coloring Page
Guinea's Flag Coloring Page
Sierra Leone Map Coloring Page
Sierra Leone's Flag Coloring Page
Liberia Map Coloring Page
Liberia's Flag Coloring Page


History~ Inventions & the Industrial Revolution 


To help us learn about this time period, we used the History Through the Ages Time Travelers American History Study~ The Industrial Revolution through the Great Depression in America.


Samuel Morse
Samuel Morse Website
Samuel Morse Coloring Page
Samuel Morse worksheet





Morse Code

A fun activity to do with the kids is to have them create their own message in Morse Code. My kids both wrote one and then swapped with each other to translate. After they did that, we went online and plugged it into the  Morse Code Translator and they were able to hear it.
FYI** make sure they space out their letters when they are writing them with dots and dashes. We had a problem with them being a little too jumbled together.

If you have time, the kids can make their own  telegraph.  We fell behind so we didn't get a chance to do this. It could be a fun extracurricular activity to do with the kids in the summer.


Alexander Graham Bell
Alexander Graham Bell coloring page
Alexander Graham Bell Lesson for K-3rd grade
Alexander Graham Bell Information
Can You Hear Me? project....


Thomas Alva Edison
Thomas Alva Edison coloring page
Thomas Edison Bio
Lesson # 1, Lesson # 2, Lesson # 3 for grades 6th-8th
Thomas Edison Museum 



The Wright Brothers-Kitty Hawk
The Kitty Hawk coloring page
The Wright Brothers Coloring Page 
The Wright Brothers Information
Wright Brothers Lesson Plan from the Air and Space Museum
Activities to go along with the Wright Brother Lessons
The Aircraft Parts of the Wright 1903 Flyer 
Create a diorama of the Wright 1903 flyer



Religion~
Prayer- What is it?


Prayer is when we have our minds & hearts focused to God. There are all types of prayer. We can pray quietly, aloud, by our selves, with friends and family, and at Mass. Mass is the greatest prayer. A fun craft to do with kids is the Hands of Prayer craft from Look to Him and be Radiant.
Another fun idea for younger kids, is to create a door hanger that says they are praying and spending time with God. Of course, saying our nightly prayers is a great way to encourage children to pray everyday.


Latin~
Gloria


We are still learning the Gloria using our Chant Cd. I have to say we most down pat at this point.

Here's a friendly reminder on how we study Latin.

How we work through Latin......
Each day we listen to the hymn and sing along. By the end of the week, we have the section down. At least, we hope to have it. If not that's O.K. since we will continue to sing it the following weeks.
Having older children write out the prayer is a great way to help them memorize the words.
We have a Latin notebook. In the notebook, the kids each have a copy of the prayer to read over daily on their own. They add their loose leaf pages of the written parts of the prayer. By the end of the prayer, they will have copied the prayer down in full.

So for the O Salutaris....
Week 1~ copy the lines being learned for that week
Week 2~ copy the previous section, as well as, the new section being learned
Week 3~ copy the first 2 sections learned and add the section being learned for the week
Week 4~ copy the first 3 section and add the final section for a completed prayer




Science~
Process of Plant Growth
This week learned about the 3 processes needed for plant growth. They are Photosynthesis, Respiration, and Transpiration.
I found this website that explains it extremely well and it even has a video.

Math~
Multiplies of 10



These are the easy multiples to learn. For younger children, they can practice the multiples by counting dimes. Another fun idea would to have a bean bag toss and have them add the points. Label each bin 10 and they can practice some more.



Great Words~
The Gettysburg Address

We are still memorizing this speech given by President Lincoln.


Till Next Time,
Monique

Monday, September 18, 2017

Classically Catholic Memory Delta Year ~ Week 8

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We've been finished with Classically Catholic Memory for over a year now. I apologize with not getting the rest of the Delta year posted sooner. My goal is to get it all up on the blog over the next few weeks. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me. We enjoyed our years working through CCM. We'd still be using it if my kiddos hadn't aged out of it.


Geography~ Africa


Source~ Wikipedia

We located all the countries on our CCM map and labeled them with the stickers.
The kids worked on their maps/coloring pages throughout the 2 weeks. I had them coloring the outline maps of the countries and the countries flags.

Africa with Countries Coloring Page 
Africa without Countries Coloring Page
Libya Map Coloring Page
Libya's Flag Coloring Page
Tunisia Map Coloring Page
Tunisia's Flag Coloring Page
Algeria Map Coloring Page
Algeria's Flag Coloring Page
Morocco Map Coloring Page
Morocco's Flag Coloring Page
Canary Island Map Coloring Page
Canary Island's Flag Coloring Page



Religion~
The Mass is the Same Sacrifice as the Sacrifice of the Cross 




After reading the Catechism, I went searching on the web for more information to help explain this to the kids. I found this wonderful explanation and this one.  They both helps explain how the Mass and the sacrifice on the Cross are the same but different.

Latin~
Gloria


We're still learning the Gloria. Click here to see what we use to study our Latin hymns and prayers.


History~


First Reading of the Emancipation Proclomation of President Lincoln
Francis Bicknell Carpenter 


President Lincoln
President Lincoln Coloring Page
Lincoln coloring page with facts

Death of President Lincoln
Lincoln's Assignation for grades 5th-8th
Who Killed Lincoln? lesson plan with a fun finger print activity

Emancipation Proclamation
Emancipation Proclamation Commemorative Coloring Book....14 pages of information and coloring pages for the kids to color.
Images of the actual Emancipation Proclamation documents
Resource page for the Emancipation Proclamation

Reconstruction Period
Battle over Reconstruction lesson for older students
Educational games & activities about the reconstruction
Reconstruction Act of 1867




Science~
Parts of a Plant Cell
Plant Cell Poster
Label the Plant Cell 
Plant Cell coloring page
Plant and Animal Cell coloring page
Make a cell model
Make a Lego cell





Math~
Multiples of 9


Therese sings listens to the song and then practices the multiples of nine by using worksheets with the 9 times tables on them. Using multiplication flash cards would be a fun way to learn the too.


Great Words~
The Gettysburg Address


We are still working through this speech President Lincoln delivered on the Gettysburg battlefield.

Till Next Time, 
Monique





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