Review Thinking Tree Spelling Time C Journal

So the kids are playing freely with their dramatic imaginations when all of a sudden Pumpkin is pretending one of there characters is from Belgium. To which we all have a fun fact sharing time and it ends with him pretending to be the little boy peeing fountain that Belgium’s like to dress up in costume. Oh, if only I had gotten that photo!

And then because we had recently just enjoyed learning as a family about the Netherlands with Stories From Around The World, we were able to talk about the Netherlands being north of Belgium and that one of the languages they speak is the same. “They don’t speak Belgium, they speak German and French and Dutch just like Jasper!”

The study of Belgium wasn’t a country I wrote up in our lesson plan, but it is a place included in the Spelling Time C Journal Pumpkin is working on. And if I had any thought that maybe we should be doing something else, the last few minutes of their play confirmed that this journal is the perfect choice for us right now.

I shared more here about how Pumpkin is using this journal as part of his Minimalist Learning Plan for this year. But because we are so loving the journal I thought it deserved it’s own post.

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From A-Z there are 26 animals for nature study, hello science! There are 26 musical instruments, music history and appreciation right there…perhaps some play if I’m feeling brave. And 26 places! Countries, cities or states in such variety with only your child’s interest to limit what you are learning about them. And then there is advanced spelling words, vocabulary, creative writing, coloring and drawing too. This Journal is a gold mind!

This journal really is the perfect addition for us to our family symposium and math fun-schooling and language arts. It provides just the right amount of research of a variety of subjects to provide a feast of knowledge. The lessons are as short or as long as you and your child wish to make them. And if you have younger siblings there are corresponding journals A & B that go along well with it if you wan to include them. Personally, we are enjoying working this journal into our one on one time each week.

Now, you may note that this journal that we are using is for ages 10 and up. Well, Pumpkin is not 10 yet but I’m not asking him to do this journal all on his own. We do work on it together, sometimes he writes his facts other times I write them for him while he dictates to me. He watches videos, reads books or uses read to me books from Epic for his research. If we are unable to find anything from those sources we have, mama will take to google and read content to him.  We are both enjoying this timing together and it’s been a great way to gently teach him how to research on his own.

I had originally thought we would do one letter a week, but because we Slow Loop and Roadschool it’s taking longer then that. But since we are not really using it for spelling that works well for us. If you are also looking for something simply to expand your child’s interest base and the core journals feel a bit overwhelming to you and them I suggest giving this one a try. It might be just what your child needs to inspire their own delight directed learning and prepare them for a core journal like this Minecraft one on our shelf.

 

 

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Fun-Schooling Language Arts my 6 year old

IMG_20170517_150951_555Cupcake is in this in between learning stage. After spending the past 5 years learning more about teaching I’ve come to agree with the starting formal “school” at 7 that Finland and Charlotte Mason are both big components of. However, since she is showing a desire for more formal language arts lessons NOW I am working in some language arts fun-schooling for “kindergarten” or year .05

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The following are what we are using for Cupcakes one on one and learning with mom.

Travel the World in a Basket

Geography is a pretty natural subject for us to study while we roadschool, in fact making sure we had room for our globe was a must when choosing our home. But I’m still so often tempted to try and eek out some stand alone geography time because I remember having that in school.

Want to know what I don’t remember from school…geography! To quote Cloe (any Pitch Perfect Fans here?) “I failed maps.” I don’t want that to be my kids but I don’t want to just drill them all the time to make sure they know were places are. I want them us to have a real connection with the world around us.

Five In A Row first helped me see the easy of teaching geography to my children. I’ve since applied that “read about it and find it” on the map to EVERY STORY WE READ! Its been wonderful and easy and such a quick way to make meaningful connections with the world. After all PEOPLE are the most important part of the world. (But don’t forgo animal stories when teaching the world as well, they work really well for my youngest to make geographical connections.)

However, I still like to have some “geography” reference books handy. You never know when we might become fully engrossed in a new country because one of the kids found some food they wanted to try in The Usborne Round The World Cookbook. (Scones anyone? My oldest is ready to take us on a culinary tour of the world with baked goods.)

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A common theme in the world of fun-schooling is “baskets”. We don’t have a lot of room for them in our traveling abode but I still like the idea of them. I have a few Dollar Tree baskets left over from our house day, so I’ve re- purposed them in our RV. And since space is small I rotate the subjects they hold. I made up our Geography basket  past week.

In our basket:

I also have my eyes on these for when we need to spark some more interest.

FYI our globe isn’t as fancy as the one above, but it’s on our wish list because its totally drool worthy. But fancy isn’t needed! This globe is just as good…and if you don’t have one in your home I strongly suggest you get one. Its amazing how familiar even the youngest two are with the world just from “finding where we read”.

 

Our Fun-Schooling with Minecraft part 2

Y’all, the creators over at Thinking Tree have done it again! They have made another Minecraft Fun-Schooling Journal and this time is geared to the 6-8 crowd or younger readers.

While the first journal has a mining theme, this new one is an animal and farm theme. So for us this focus is extra awesome because now big brother gets to teach little Pastries about subjects they are learning about too.

I was given a copy of this new journal as a PDF for my honest review and let me tell you… I like it even more then the first journal. But maybe because it meets more of the needs my son. Plus this journal has way more colored pages!

This journal includes:

  • Reading
  • Handwriting
  • Logic
  • Spelling
  • Classical Literature
  • Classical Music
  • Mathematics (My son just about freaked out when he found out that he gets to not only use Minecraft but also “bricks” for math.)
  • Addition, Subtraction and Multiplication Practice
  • Animals and Habitats
  • Geography
  • Computer Skills
  • Building & Design
  • Creative Comics
  • Research & Library Skills
  • Unit Studies (based on the students favorite topics)
  • Poetry
  • Brain Games from Dyslexia Games A & B

I still suggest the PDF of this journal because of the beautiful color pages, ability to print for more then one child and adjust the lessons per your need. However they are also selling the journal HERE and in black and white on Amazon.

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Our Fun-Schooling with Minecraft

Let me admit right hear and now that I was FULLY against Minecraft for the LONGEST time! But after reading about all the cool ways folks were using it in the homeschooling community I started looking more into it and decided it was something good I would do with my son when we were done traveling.

Then I discovered this Do-It-Yourself Curriculum Fun-Schooling Minecraft and the Pocket Edition of Minecraft  (offline play yeah!).
The journal covers:
  • Reading
  • Handwriting
  • Creative writing
  • Spelling & vocabulary
  • Classic literature
  • Biographies
  • Classical music
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • History
  • World geography
  • Social Studies & current events
  • Computer skills
  • Building & design
  • Art, drawing and design
  • Creative comics
  • Research & library skills
  • Unit Studies (based on students favorite topics)
  • Lots and lots of fun!
And yes, it sounds too good to be true BUT it’s not!
I elected to purchase the PDF so I could print selected pages in color and print extra pages that I know would be a benefit for my son to have. Plus this way I can choose the order of the pages and put some of them towards the end of the book that he is not as ready for yet. However the journal is also available in print. (I love the paper they use to print the journals.)
The Pocket Edition of Minecraft is loaded on my son’s kindle, thanks to the expansion card we purchased for it. And soon will be loaded onto mine as well so we can play together from time to time. (His request!)
He tends to stay in creative mode even when not playing for lessons. (The zombies kind of freak him out.) And I found a whole slew of child appropriate how to play videos, on Epic! books for kids, that helped our learning process along.
Pumpkin and I are both big fans of using this as our core curriculum for 2017 and I expect that in a few years the younger kids are going to be fans as well. (Yeah for PDF!)
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