Wednesday, February 25, 2015

U.S. History pt. 2 (5th Grade)

While we are not done with the school year yet, we are done with the work for some subjects, such as Science & History. This year was U,S History, continued from last year. We normally do many projects and activities for History, but this year, we did only one.

The Thirteenth Amendment
The Fifteenth Amendment
Down the Rabbit Hole: The Diary of Pringle Rose
Surviving the Great Chicago Fire
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
The Great Chicago Fire of 1871
The Great Chicago Fire
Liam's Watch : A Strange Story of the Great Chicago Fire
The Great Fire
The Great Chicago Fire: In Eyewitness Accounts and 70 Contemporary Photographs & Illustrations
PBS - the Great Chicago Fire - Great Chicago Fire
Susan B. Anthony: Voice for Women's Voting Rights
Women Win the Vote
Women's Right to Vote
The Taxing Case of the Cows: A True Story About Suffrage
The Fight for Women's Suffrage
Women's Suffrage & the 19th Amendment
Secret History: World War I
Lusitania: Saga & Myth
The War to End All Wars: World War I
World War I
America at War: World War I
World War One - History Wiz
World War I: The Great War dvd 4 discs
Man, Moment, Machine dvd
Prisoner B-3087
Angel Girl
Secret History: World War II
Machines & Weaponry of World War II
WWII Survival Tips
America at War: World War II
The Big Book of World War II
World War II
The Illustrated Timeline of World War II
The Atomic Bombings of Hiroshima & Nagasaki
World War II: An Interactive History Adventure
Emil & Karl
The Cat with the Yellow Star
Always Remember Me
The Secret of Priest's Grotto
Run, Boy, Run
Beyond Courage
Hitler Youth
Smoke & Ashes: The Story of the Holocaust
Oskar Schindler
The War
Dirt on Their Skirts
Women at Play
The Women of the All-American Girls Professional Baseball League
A League of Their Own dvd
Dangerous Waters: An Adventure on Titanic
Kaspar the Titanic Cat
The Titanic
Iceberg Right Ahead!
Ghosts of the Abyss
Titanic Voices
Titanic: Disaster at Sea
Story of the Titanic
What Sank the World's Biggest Ship
You Wouldn't Want to Sail on the Titanic
888 1/2 Amazing Answers to Your Questions about the Titanic
Can You Survive the Titanic: An Interactive Survival Adventure
Titanic: Voices From the Disaster
How to Survive the Titanic
Shadow of the Titanic
Ghosts of the Titanic
Titanic: Legacy of the World's Greatest Ocean Liner
Explore Titanic
Born in Belfast (Netflix Streaming)
Titanic: Blood & Steel (Netflix Streaming)
Titanic: How it Really Sank dvd
A Night to Remember dvd 2 discs
Titanic dvd
Titanic: The Complete Story dvd 2 discs
Titanica (Netflix Streaming)
build the Titanic 3-d puzzle

The 1920s Decade in Photos
Why Did the Great Depression Happen?
How the Stock Market Works
The Train Jumper
Born and Bred in the Great Depression
Striking Back: The Fight to End Child Labor Exploitation
Black Tuesday
The Great Depression
Children of the Great Depression
The 1930s: From the Great Depression to the Wizard of Oz
Going to School During the Great Depression
The 20s & 30s: Flappers & Vamps
The Great Depression DVD
You Wouldn't Want to be a Chicago Gangster
Al Capone and the Roaring Twenties
Andrew Carnegie
John D. Rockefeller
The Prohibition Era in American History
Black Duck
Moonshiner's Son
Biography: Al Capone: Scarface dvd
The Men Who Built America dvd 2 discs (History Channel)
Tycoons & Barons dvd
Oscar DVD
The Untouchables DVD
Public Enemies DVD
The St. Valentines Day Massacre DVD
Prohibition Netflix Streaming
Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s I Have a Dream Speech in Translation
The Civil Rights Movement
Miles to go for Freedom
Martin Luther King Jr.: A Dream of Hope
My Uncle Martin's Words for America
I Have a Dream: Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
When Thunder Comes: Poems for Civil Rights Leaders
What was the March on Washington
Rosa's Bus
The Bill of Rights in Translation: What it Really Means
Rosa Parks: Freedom Rider
Coretta Scott King: Civil Rights Activist
An American Hero: The True Story of Charles A. Lindbergh
Amelia Lost
Amelia Earhart: Queen of the Air DVD
Amelia Earhart: Legendary Aviator
Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein
Genius: A Photobiography of Albert Einstein
Odd Boy Out
Einstein's Big Idea DVD
Einstein Revealed DVD
Jane Addams: Champion of Democracy
Charles Darwin: Naturalist

Forensics (5th Grade)

While we aren't done with this school year, we have finished the work for a few of the subjects, such as Science. This year for Science, he chose to study both Chemistry & Forensics. This is what he did for Forensics.

Week 1:
Forensic Science - Who's Who & Chapter 1 (This book is one of our spines for Jay's study of Forensics & so will be used often. I will abbreviate it as FS in future weeks)
The Case of the Digital Deception
Cool Crime Scene Basics
Cool Eyewitness Encounters
Cool Written Records
Cool Forensic Tools
The Circle of Blood

Week 2:
FS - Chapter 2
Fingerprints: Dead People Do Tell Tales
The Case of the Plagued Play
Fingerprint Kit
Fingerprint Activities from Detectolab Kit

Dea joined in on the fingerprinting activities. They had a blast with it. They learned how to use an ink pad to take a person's fingerprints & how to collect fingerprints from surfaces. We did eventually get all the fingerprinting powder washed off everything. I didn't get pictures of this largely because my fingers were covered in ink & fingerprinting powder.

Week 3:
FS - Chapter 3
The Circle of Blood
Blood Brother

Week 4:
FS - Chapter 4
The DNA Gave it Away
The Case of the Missing Moola

Week 5:
FS - Chap 5
Autopsies: Pathologists at Work
Corpses and Skeletons
The Case of the Mystery Meatloaf

Week 6:
FS - Chapter 6
Gut-Eating Bugs
The Dying Breath
Detectolab Kit

Week 7:
FS - Chapter 7
Crime Under the Microscope
Solving Crimes with Trace Evidence
Guilty by a Hair
Bad Hair Day
Detectolab Kit

Week 8:
FS - Chapter 8
Detective Work with Ballistics
Bullet Proof
Lost Bullet

Week 9:
FS - Chapter 9
The Case of the Disappearing Dogs
Bill Nye season 5 episode 1

Week 10:
FS - Chapter 10
Cybercrime: Data Trails DO Tell Tales
Do You Read Me?
Roll Call

Week 11:
FS - Chapter 11
Solving Crimes Through Criminal Profiling
The Angel of Death

Week 12:
Forensic Anthropology
Famous Forensic Cases
The Bone Detectives
The Case of the Ruined Ram

Week 13:
Police Lab
Science Beats Crime
Frontline: The Real CSI DVD

Week 14:
Careers in Forensics
Careers as a Medical Examiner
Forensic Science Investigator

Week 15:
Crime Scene Investigators
Killer Wallpaper
Can Science Stop Crime? DVD

Week 16:
Scene of the Crime: A Forensic Mystery Where You Crack the Case
Detectolab Kit

The rest of these sites were used throughout the study whenever he wanted to, had time, or the content correlated to what he was studying that week.

Chemistry (5th Grade)

Whil we are not done with the current school year, we are done with the work for a few subjects, such as Science. This year for Science, he chose to study both Chemistry & Forensics. This is what he did for Chemistry.

Week 1:
Crazy Chemistry
The Summer I Shrank My Grandmother
ACS Multimedia materials
Chemicroc games

Week 2:
The Elements Chap 1 with activities
Hunting the Elements (DVD)
The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry

Week 3:
The Elements Chap 2 with activities
The Cartoon Guide to Chemistry
Periodic Table
Periodic Table
Periodic Table

Week 4:
The Elements Chap 3 with activities
Forgotten Genius (dvd)

Week 5:
The Elements Chap 4 with activities

Week 6:
The Elements Chap 5 with activities
Chemistry Decade by Decade

Week 7:
activities for review & that we hadn't had time for in previous weeks

Week 8:
The Elements Chap 6 with activities

Week 9:
The Elements Chap 7 with activities
Chemical Reactions (episode of Bill Nye)

Week 10:
The Elements Chap 8

Week 11:
The Elements Chap 8

Week 12:
Carbon Chemistry Chap 1

Week 13:
Carbon Chemistry Chap 2

Week 14:
Carbon Chemistry  Chap 3

Week 15:
Carbon Chemistry Chap 4

Week 16:
Carbon Chemistry Chap 5

Week 17:
Carbon Chemistry Chap 6
Organic & Biological Chemistry

Week 18:
Carbon Chemistry Chap 7
Organic & Biological Chemistry

Week 19:
Carbon Chemistry Chap 8
Organic & Biological Chemistry

Week 20:
Carbon Chemistry Chap 9

Week 21:
Carbon Chemistry Chap 10

Week 22:
Carbon Chemistry Chap 11

The rest of these sites were used throughout the study, whenever he felt like it, had time, or the content correlated to what he was studying that week.

Plans for Jay's Next Term

As of April 2015, Jay will be starting Jr. High School (6th grade). He wants to stop with regular school years & switch to 6 month terms, like Dea does. We decided the beginning of Jr. High would be a good time to start. So, Jr. High will be 4 6-month terms, and High School will be 6 6-month terms (more only if necessary). Each term, each subject will cover 1 whole year of study, except for Language Arts/English, which will cover half a year of work per term.

Jr. High School Term 1 4/13/15 - 10/16/15:

Language Arts:
Grammar: Caught Ya! Grammar with a Giggle
Vocab: Vocabulary Cartoons lists 1 - 11
Spelling: All About Spelling Level 7 Step 1 - 15
Writing: Writing with the Best vol. 1 units 4 - 6
Reading: He will read the following 13 books and will choose at least one of them to write a book report on: The Lord of the Flies, Of Mice and Men, Flowers for Algernon, The Outsiders, The Diary of a Young Girl, Beowulf, Hunt for Red October, The Brothers Karamazov, The Metamorphosis, In the Penal Colony, Maus, Frankenstein, The Boy in the Striped Pajamas

Finish Life of Fred Geometry (he started it last week)
Start Life of Fred Trigonometry (if has time after finishing Geometry)

Tell Me More, supplemented with Spanish in a Flash flash cards, bingo, and word searches

Anatomy & Physiology
E-Z Anatomy & Physiology
a few different kits (haven't decided on the exact ones yet)
various websites, dvds, and library books

free online painting course
various art projects

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Not to be a Naysayer, but.....

I was reading a blog post about homeschooling today. I won't link to it, because the post isn't the inspiration for this post. The comments were. Actually just one of the comments. In the comments, one person had commented that "You are qualified to teach your kids.You taught them how to talk. you taught them how to walk."

I hate when people use those as their go-to for telling people they are qualified to teach their kids. You did not teach your child to talk. Your child would have learned to talk whether or not you intentionally worked with them on it. The only way they would not have learned to talk is if nobody ever talked to or around them. Children learn to talk by being around talking. The same goes for walking. You don't have to teach your child to walk. They will do it on their own. They see you walking, and they will mimic you. They will figure out how to walk with or without your help.

Honestly, I don't believe that everybody is capable of or qualified to homeschool. I know most homeschoolers will say that homeschooling is always best. Everyone can homeschool. All parents are qualified to homeschool their children. I don't agree with this.

I have met plenty of people who are crappy parents. I have met people who have left their young children home alone so they could go out to the bar or to score drugs. I have met people who beat their children. I have known parents who drank & smoked pot with their kids, as young as jr high school. They should not homeschool their kids. The fact that their children learned to walk & talk should not be used to convince them that they should take something as important as the education of their children into their own hands.

I even know some homeschoolers whose children spend the whole day playing video games under the name of being unschoolers. While I don't fully disagree with the concept of unschooling, I really hate when people claim to be unschoolers when really they just don't want to have to put any effort into their children's education. I've known unschoolers whose kids were actually doing something with their time, who really were learning (though, not necessarily the traditional subjects). So, it's not something against unschooling or all unschoolers.

What I'm saying is that I've known far too many bad parents (neglectful, abusive, lazy, etc.), to have the oh so optimistic attitude that "anybody can homeschool." I also refuse to accept that the fact that someone's children managed to learn to walk & talk (which they would be able to do without any help from their parents) is proof that the parents are responsible enough & qualified to completely prepare their children for college or life after school.

Now, I know some will think, "They could hire tutors or sign their kids up for online classes." However, if they are willing to leave their kids home alone while they go drinking and finding drugs, smoke pot and drink with their 12 year olds, or beat their children, how much effort do you really think they will put into finding appropriate educational materials for those same kids.

I'm not saying we shouldn't encourage other homeschoolers. I'm simply saying that maybe we should use legitimate claims when encouraging each other.