Fun-Schooling Language Arts Part 1

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

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

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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.)

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 is:

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”.

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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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