A Pair of Red Clogs

Topics

Social Studies and Geography

Japan

Japan Lapbook

Learning Japanese Numbers 1-20

A Kid’s Life in Japan

Kid’s Web Japan

Japan is extremely mountainous, with very litt...

Japan is extremely mountainous, with very little arable land (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Children’s Day

Activity Village Children’s Day Unit

Science

Volcanoes

Volcanoes Unit Study / lapbook

Science Bob Make Your Own volcano

volcano Song (my son asks to listen to this everyday!)

Weather

Free Weather Unit

Weather Monster

4 Seasons in a Year Song

Math

Counting by 2’s

Counting by 2’s Song

Have your child find all (or maybe some) of the pairs of shoes (clogs) in your house and practice counting by 2’s.

Another idea is to paint your child’s feet red and have them walk across a large piece of butcher paper and then count their steps by 2’s.

Colors/ patterning

Patterns: Party Lanterns

Market

Show Me the Money Song (learning coins)

To Market, To Market Song

Peter Pig’s Money Counter Online Game (choose easy)

Take what you’ve learned so far and apply it to this Money Sort Worksheet.  Now take it step further with this Let’s Go Shopping Worksheet.

Time references

Discuss the following time references with your child and ask them to tell something that relates to them using these references.  Then, see if they can find them in the story.

new/young vs. old

last night

evening

next day

almost dark

One evening when the sun was going down,….

The sun was just setting

May it be fine tomorrow!

so soon

after a while

more than two months

The very next day

quickly

before morning

steaming

it’s getting late

soon

before long

too often

never

A long, long time has passed since then.

Bible and Character Training

Honesty

Honesty Song

Kids of Integrity Honesty Lesson

An Object Lesson for Kids on Honesty

Stewardship

Lessons on Stewardship for kids

Stewardship for the Whole Family

Art

Using yellow to show light:

Notice with your child throughout A Pair of Red Clogs that the artist used yellow to show light.  You can just discuss this or have your child give it a shot with something simple.

Using color pencil and black ink as your medium:

Art Made Easy Drawing with Ink Lesson

Art Made Easy Using Colored Pencils Lesson

Blending colors:

Primary and Secondary Colors Art Lesson

Cross hatching:

Value Scale Worksheet Printable

Showing action in figures:

We got the idea of making our action figures from pipe cleaners here.

Language Arts

Reminiscing

Talk about what reminiscing means with your child.  Make sure they know that reminiscing is when you tell a story from the past.  Tell your child a story from their past.  Then watch this video about past tense verbs.

Expressing sounds through words

In A Pair of Red Clogs the author used words to describe the sound of clogs on an old stone road.  Point this out to your child, then ask you child to make some noise and try to describe the sound with words.  Example, hit pan lids together and then say bang, clang, clap!

Punctuation (Hyphen)

For now just make your child aware of what the sign is called and have them look for it in the book.  Explain that the hyphen between these words joins them together.

red-painted

weather-telling

bath-fire

clog-thongs

Compound words

Words on Trucks Compound Words Video

Fun Compound Video to do with you child.

Break it Up Compound Words Online Game

Have your child try to find the compound words in A Pair of Red Clogs.  They are listed below.  Another suggestion would be to make a game with index cards, or better yet, if you can add these words to pictures of clogs to make a pair and match up each half of the compound word.  You could also write the words whole of the index cards and have your child cut them apart and then put them back together.

storeroom

granddaughter

postbox

everybody

everything

another

maybe

myself

uneasy

washcloth

otherwise

yourself

ashamed

Cl blend words

Clogs is a cl blend word.  Ask your child is they can think of any other words that start with the cl sound?

Cl blend matching cards (scroll down to blend sorts and click on the cl blend, it even is clog as one of the words)

cl beginning sound video

og word family

og word family worksheet packet from Little Book Lane (advanced)

School Sparks Word Family Sliders (scroll down and click on the og family worksheet)

Word Family “og” book

Vocabulary

lacquer

dew

suspecting

perfectly

weather

Field Trip Idea

Japanese Steak House

Grocery Store and head to the area that has Japanese food items

Other Resources

A Pair of Red Clogs Squidoo Unit Study

Delightfully Learning’s FIAR

What We Did

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Our Lapbook

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(I pencil drew this cover myself.)

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(We have tornadoes in our state, so we read a book about them and make a mini-book about the different types.)

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(We used pipe cleaners to make our “action figure.”)

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(We learned about magma and lava.)

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(We wrote a Haiku poem.)

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(We learned about Japan, weather and the seasons.)

Morning Memory Work 2013-2014

Bible

Fruit of the Spirit Song

Armor of God Song

Ten Commandment Song

Books of the Bible Song

Get a Little Crazy Song

Ephesians 6 with Hand Motions

 

History

Veritas Press Timeline with Hand Motions

Veritas Press Timeline with Hand Motions Part 2

Timeline Song with Pictures

US President Song

 

Grammar

Grammar Song

 

Geography

Continents and Oceans Song

Countries of the World Europe

50 States and Capitals Rap

Compass Rose Song

Longitude and Latitude Song

Biomes

Science

Dinosaurs A-Z

Magnet Song

Electricity Song

Anatomy Song

Part of a Skeleton Song

Heart Song

Circulatory Song

Cell Song

Respiratory System Song

Integumentary System Song

Digestive System Song

Muscles Make You Stronger

Ears For Hearing Song

Scientific Method

 

Math

Multiplication Rock

Skip Counting Squares

Skip Counting Cubes

Place Value to Millions

Geometry (and more)

Free Printable Math Facts Drills

Xtra Math Online Drills

 

Music and Art

Top 20 Famous Composers

Meet 10 Famous Paintings and Artists

 

Calendar

Days in the Month Song

Tick Tock Seconds, Minutes, Hours, Days Song

Tick Tock AM/PM

 

(These are tools that I will be using this year to help my children memorize details about each subject that we are studying this year.  I will not have them watch each video every day.  Instead I will rotate them as we move through the year. )

Kindergarten: Counting to 100

Illustration of Natural numbers

Illustration of Natural numbers (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Counting to 10

Games Online

Duck Shoot Game

Fishy Count

Learn Numbers 1-10

The Counting Game

Whack A Mole

Ten Frame Activities

Curious George Bubble Pop

Curious George Bug Catcher

Count the Baby Sea Horses

Learning to Count to 10

Games Printables

Counting Buttons 1-10

Quack, Quack Dot to Dot

Counting Cookies File Folder Fun

Ice Cream Cone Match

Bunny and Ten Frame Matching 1-10

Apple Tree Counting Mats 1-10

Counting Peanuts File Folder Game 1-10

Counting Matching Center 1-10

Fun with Numbers 1-10 Counting and Ten Frames

Touch Math Counting Cards 1-10

Bear Counting Cards

I Can Count Task Cards 1-10

How Many Scoops 1-10

Under the Sea Ten Frame Matching Game

Gumballs Galore Counting 1-10

Number Train Counting to 9

Videos

Learn Numbers 1-10

A Counting Safari Powerpoint

Counting to 10 Song

Counting to 10 Song Learning Station

Number Counting Sapce Ships

Angry Birds Counting Song

Counting Scoops of Ice Cream 1-10

Meet the Numbers 1-10

Learn Numbers 1-10

Ten in the Bed

Montessori Writing Numbers 1-10

Workpages

My Monster Math Book 1-10

My Number Book Tracing and Counting 1-10

Bubble Gum Counting Book 0 -10

Tracing and Counting Worksheets 1-10

Number Formatin Packet 1-10

Numbers Pactice 1-10

Go Bananas Count to 10

Number Pyramid

Counting to 20

Games Online

Connect the dots to 20

Balloon Pop Game to 20

Roly Poly Game

Curious George Flower Garden 1-19

Count to 31 Lesson

Games Printables

Counting Caterpillars 1-20

Motorcycle Dot to Dot

Rapunzel Dot to Dot

Learn to Count with Ladybugs up to 20

Squirrley Goes Nuts Counting Mats 1-20

Counting Coconuts 0-20

Number Cards 0-20

Gumdrop Number Sequencing up to 20

Counting to 20 Using Number Lines and Ten Frames

Fish Number Memory Game 1-20

Dinosaur Theme Ten Frame Memory up to 20

Videos

Sesame Street Counting to 20

Cowboy Counting Interactive Powerpoint Counting to 20

Counting to 20 Song

Counting to 20 Numbers and Pictures

Number Elimination

Harry Kindergarten Count to 20

Number Rock Count to 20

Counting to 20

Spelling Numbers 1-20

Numbers 1-20 Flashcards

Workpages

Cut and Paste Count to 20 Review

Counting and Numbers 0-20

Number Formation Packet 11-20

Working My Way to 20 Number Writing Packet

Number Writing 1-20

Super Hero Number Practice from 1-20

Number Pyramid 11-20

Number Maze

Let’s Go to the Circus

Rapunzel’s Number Maze

Counting to 50

Games Online

ABCya! Connect the Dots

Numbers to 50 Quiz

Games Printables

Shiver Me Timbers Number Sense up to 50

Race to the Moon Numbers to 50

Dot to Dot 1-50 Boat

Penny Stackers

Videos

Counting to 50

Counting to 50

Workpages

Number Practice 1-50

Balloon Number Strips 1-50

Count Your Chickens

Hop to the Missing Number

Counting to 100

Games Online

Sort Number Clouds to 100 Game

Gamebone 100 Chart

Toon Town Counting to 100

The Counting Game

Games Printables

22 transportation theme Counting to 100 puzzles

100 Hungry Ants

Collect 100 Stickers

100 Penny Count

100 Counting Mat

My Counting Mat

Counting Bears to 100

Number Train Counting to 100

Videos

Let’s Get Fit Counting 1-100

Big Numbers Song

I Can Count to 100

Macarena Count to 100

Over the Hump Jump Counting Transition Numbers to 100

Jungle Animals Counting to 100

Count to 100 100’s Chart

Count to 100 with Timmy

Counting to 100 with Place Value Chart

Workpages

Spring Into Counting

Counting Stamina to 100

Counting to 100 Charts and Activities

Froggy Number Words to 100

My Number Book

Life of Fred; Apples, Chapter 4

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Life of Fred Apples Chapter 4

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Life of Fred; Apples, Chapter 3 Math Lesson

Hersheys Candy Bar chapter 3

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Life of Fred Chapter 3

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Fabulous 500 Unit Study; Celebrate 500 Views With Us!

It’s a party celebrating 500 views here at Noah’s Ark Homeschool Academy! What better way to celebrate then studying the number 500? What a challenge this is to put a whole Unit Study together on just one number. This Unit Study could serve as a model to put together your own Unit Study on any number that you want to celebrate.

How about learning the card game 500 to start. Click the link and you will learn about the origins of this interesting card game and all the rules so you can teach it to your children and play. What a fun way to learn about the number 500 and put your Math, and Thinking Skills into action.

Have you ever wondered what was going on in the year 500? Well here’s your chance to find out!

Learn all about the Number 500 itself!

The Colorado 500 is a charity off-road race. You can learn all about this amazing charity that has donated $1,000,000!

2012 Fortune 500 List! What a neat thing to teach your children about. There are lots of opportunities for math here. You can compare the companies numbers, learn about the companies themselves, see how many of the companies you children recognize and if they know what they do. Have the children think up their own company as a group after studying what makes the Fortune 500 companies successful. Hold a mock interview for one of the companies for older students. They can research and prepare for the interview, including their numbers and growth information. There is so much to learn and do here.
They have had some great Fortune 500 Covers over the years and here are some of the favorites to check out and compare. After viewing these have your children design and create their own Fortune 500 Cover!

Do you have kids that love cars? Studying the Fiat 500 is a great way to integrate something they love into what you want them to learn. Have your children build and price a Fiat 500 and make adjustments to stay within a budget you set for them. They will enjoy picking the features, and you will enjoy the math they are doing. Have them learn all about the different features of the car including gas mileage, safety features, and so son. Older children can write a report on if they would purchase a Fiat 500, and why or why not. Younger children could create a Fiat 500 cardboard box car.

While your inspiring the car lover in your family why not study the History of the Daytona 500? Here is another link to study the History of the Daytona 500. Here is a list of the winners of the Daytona 500 throughout history. This is a great opportunity to compare the cars they drove, or how much money they won. The lesson opportunities are almost endless here! For fun you could hold your own Daytona 500 with Hot Wheels cars. You could make your own race track on cardboard, or create a race track out of Hot Wheels track pieces. Have them calculate the points.

For a creative writing project have your children describe what the world might be like in 500 years. They could also come up with an invention that would be useful in the world 500 years from now. If they are too young to write have them draw pictures of what they think the world will look like in 500 years.




The Roman Numeral for 500 is D

Have your children answer these Math questions:

* How many 100’s are there in 500?

* What would you buy at Target if you had $500?

* What groceries would you buy for an entire month for your family with $500? Have the children either go to the grocery store to get prices or to the website of the grocery store you normally shop at. They could shop the sale ads or even use coupons. They may need to make a menu plan to make sure they are getting enough food.

* What is half of 500?

* What is 500+500?

* Where would you be if you traveled 500 miles South of where you live?

* Where would you be if you traveled 500 miles North of where you live?

* Where would you be if you traveled 500 miles East of where you live?

* Where would you be if you traveled 500 miles West of where you live?

* How many yards are there in 500 miles?

* How many feet are there in 500 miles?

* How many inches are there in 500 feet?

* Take 500 steps and measure if it is actually 500 feet or another number.

* How many pennies are in $500?

* How many nickles are in $500?

* How many dimes are in $500?

* How many quarters are in $500?

* How many $1’s are in $500?

* How many $5 are in $500?

* How many $10 are in $500?

* How many $50 are in $500?

* How many $100 are in $500?

* What day on the Calendar will it be 500 days from now?

* What day on the Calendar was it 500 days ago?

500 Years ago it was year 1512. What was it like 500 years ago? What did they wear? What did they do for fun? How did they get around? What jobs did they have? What were their living conditions like?
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Now do a venn diagram comparing Today with the year 1512. If you want to expand you can also compare what you think it will be like in year 2512 also or even in the year 500.

This will conclude our Celebration of the Number 500!

Can You Teach Thinking Skills?

What are thinking skills? Well, the simple answer is the ability to solve problems. More importantly is this a subject that can be taught? The answer is yes and no. In my “expert homeschool opinion”;-) every subject you teach should require problem solving along with allowing your children the opportunity to solve their own problems. For example; A math curriculum that requires a child to memorize formulas but doesn’t required the child to understand why they work is not going to teach your child to problem solve. Another example would be that when your child gets stuck up in a tree you automatically rescue them instead of talking them through how they think they might be able to get down. The emphasis should be on the process of solving the problem and not the answer. At the core of every subject and life experience should be an element of problem solving because that is true education. A child that only memorizes might sound smart, but if they don’t understand the inner workings of what they memorized they won’t be able to apply that knowledge to useful tasks. Many children are bored with their education because they see no use for what they have learned. Memory doesn’t last, it fades into the background with all other things your brain deems worthless. When I look at curriculum my main requirement is does this teach application, and if it doesn’t I see it as a waste of money and time. Thinking Skills as a separate subject isn’t enough for most children to apply it to all learning opportunities. Thinking Skills are a way of life, a thread that ties all subjects and life experience together. All the way down to your children’s toys and games, try to choose wisely. Choose things that require problems solving and imagination. Toys that tell you how to play with them or are too specific are not wise choices for promoting thinking skills.

Chess is a wonderful game to incorporate into your everyday life. The whole family can play it together and challenge each other to grow in skill. If you don’t know how to play yourself Activity Village has a printable chess game with a description of where all the pieces can move. It is worth learning.

Dominoes can be used in so many ways, but just playing the different varieties of the game are a good place to start. You don’t always have to reinvent the wheel.

Along the lines of dominoes, card games are also a great way to cause your children to be problem solvers. Poker with Monopoly Money is one of my favorites for 3rd grade and up.

Crossword puzzles are another great way to exercise your brain.

Scrabble is the best way to teach spelling. You can encourage using words off of a spelling list. This is an endless spelling curriculum that grows with the child. Activity Village has FREE printable scrabble tiles that could be printed on card stock and laminated for multiple uses, although I do believe the wood scrabble tiles would make a fine investment.

Timberdoodle sells Geopuzzles which are great geography thinking skills for K-3rd.

There are so many wonderful problem solving opportunities in Math. Tangrams are an excellent example of this. Base Ten Blocks can carry you through many years of math over a plethora of subjects. Using math manipulatives in vital especially in the elementary years. Sudoku is a problem solving challenge that motivates you to keep trying, it’s not the worst thing your children could be addicted to, right?

These are just a few of the many ways you can incorporate thinking skills into your child’s everyday education. I am aware there are many more, and I would love hear your amazing and creative ideas you challenge your kids with.