Monday, March 25, 2013

Canadian Year 2 - A few Changes

The only change from my previous version is adding in a few chapters from Great Canadian Lives, to match my Year 3 changes.  (If you are already partway through the previous Year 2 - just do the first few stories read from Great Canadian Lives at a rate of 1 or 2 a week until the first section (Mists of Time) is done).

Most of the year will be based on AO's Year 2

Booklist Change Summary:

  • Remove - This Country of Ours.  (Used the D'Aulaire biographies where there is an option.  TCOO is not used at all)
  • Add - Great Canadian Lives
  • Add - Canadian Minutes from Historica (these are the "Canadian Minute" ads from TV - we watch them online)
  • Add - The Fishing Summer (authors last name is Jam)
  • Add - The Fabulous Song (authors last name is Gillmor)
  • Add - Owls in the Family (Fawley Mowatt)
  • Optional in Free Reads - Abraham Lincoln & Brighty of the Grand Canyon 
  • Note - we also don't do Trial and Triumph
  • (Add - Young Folk's History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by Nephi Anderson) 
Note - I generally tried not to add something without removing something, so as not to overburden the year. For History, that was generally easy, as we were not doing Trial and Triumph, and also removed the US History.   For Literature, I made 2 books optional in the Free Reads - and 2 of the Canadian additions are fairly "light"   I also looked at the number of readings each week, as well as chronology of the history, to determine where to add in the Canadian content.

Weekly Changes 
(I haven't noted the readings by week that you don't read from the AO schedule for the books that were removed.)

GCL= Great Canadian Lives

Week 1
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 1
  • GCL - The Mists of Time (summary)
  • The Fishing Summer (entire book)

Week 2
  • GCL - Hoei Shin
Week 3
  • GCL - Brendan the Bold
Week 4
  • GCL - An Igloolik Family
  • Canadian Minute - Inukshuk
Week 5
Week 7
  • GCL - Gudrid
Week 9
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 3

Week 10
  • The Fabulous Song (entire book)

Week 13
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 4

Week 17
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 5
Week 21
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 6

Week 23
  • GCL - Dekanawida
  • Canadian Minute - Peacemaker

Week 25
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 7
Week 27
  • Owls in the Family Chapter 1
Week 28
  • Owls in the Family Chapter 2
Week 29
  • Owls in the Family Chapter 3
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 8
Week 30
  • Owls in the Family Chapter 4
Week 31
  • Owls in the Family Chapter 5
  • Owls in the Family Chapter 6
Week 32 
  • Owls in the Family Chapter 7
Week 33 
  • Owls in the Family Chapter 8
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 9
Week 34
  • Owls in the Family Chapter 9
Week 35
  • Owls in the Family Chapter 10
Week 36
  • GCL - Robert Thorne the Elder
  • Owls in the Family Chapter 11

Canadian Year 3 - a few changes

I am afraid that I'm tweaking our planned Year 3 again....  I did warn you that I wasn't sure the last version was quite final.  I have found that finding Canadian History resources that feel just right has been difficult, and I'm still not 100% sure I'm there yet....     I just thought that my previous plan just didn't have enough Canadian content.   So, I've done some work, and this is where I'm at.  There will be a minor change to Year 2 - but I had always felt there should be a bit of Canadian History in Year 2 anyway.

Most of the year will be based on AO's Year 3

Booklist Change Summary:

  • Remove - This Country of Ours. 
  • Add - Story of Canada - by E. L. Marsh
  • Add - Great Canadian Lives
  • Add - Canadian Minutes from Historica (these are the "Canadian Minute" ads from TV - we watch them online)
  • Remove - American Folk Tales
  • Add - The Spirit of Canada [or other appropriate Canadian Folk Tales]
  • Add - The Secret World of Og - Pierre Burton -> added as a Free Read
  • Remove - Squanto
  • Add - Madeleine Takes Command
  • We don't do Trial and Triumph
  • (Add - Young Folk's History of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints by Nephi Anderson) 
Note - I generally tried not to add something without removing something, so as not to overburden the year. For History.

Weekly Changes 
(I haven't noted the readings by week that you don't read from the AO schedule for the books that were removed.)

GCL = Great Canadian Lives

Week 1
  • GCL - Across the High Seas (summary page)
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 10
Week 2
  • Story of Canada 1.1 - Finding the New World - Cristopher Columbus
  • Spirit of Canada - Ti-Jean Brings Home the Moon
Week 3
  • GCL - John Cabot
  • Canadian Minute - John Cabot
Week 4
  • Story of Canada 1.2 - Finding the New World - John Cabot
  • Young Folk's History - Chapter 11
  • Spirit of Canada - Paul Bunyan Digs the St. Lawrence River
Week 5
  • GCL - Gaspar Corte-Real
  • GCL - Giovanni da Verrazano
Week 6
  • GCL - Jacques Cartier
  • Canadian Minute - Jacques Cartier
Week 7
  • Story of Canada 2.1 - The First Explorer in Canada - Jacques Cartier
  • GCL - Donnacona
Week 8
  • Story of Canada 2.2 - The First Explorer in Canada - The Mound-Builders and the Indians
  • GCL - Marguerite de Roberval
  • Young Folk's History - Chapter 12
  • Spirit of Canada - Johnny Chinook
Week 9
  • GCL - The Sea Dogs (summary)
  • GCL - Sir Humphrey Gilbert
Week 10
  • GCL - Sir Martin Frobisher
  • GCL - John Davis

Week 11
  • GCL - Henry Hudson
  • GCL - Peter Easton

Week 12
  • GCL - Port Royal
  • GCL - Pierre du Monts

Week 13
  • GCL - Jean de Poutrincourt
  • GCL - Matthieu da Costa
  • Spirit of Canada - A Fish Story
Week 14
  • GCL - Membertou
  • GCL - Marc Lescarbot
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 13
Week 15
  • GCL - Where the River Narrows (summary)
  • GCL - Samuel de Champlain
Week 16
  • Story of Canada 3.1 - Colonizers and Missionaries - The Father of New France
  • GCL - Helene Boulle
  • Spirit of Canada - Windigo Spirit
Week 17
  • GCL - Louis and Marie Hebert
  • GCL - Etienne Brule
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 14

Week 18
  • GCL - Jean Nicollet
  • Canadian Minute - Jean Nicollet

Week 19
  • GCL - Faith and Furs (summary)
  • GCL - Jean de Brebeuf
Week 20
  • Story of Canada 3.2 - Colonizers and Missionaries - Breboeuf and His Helpers
  • GCL - Paul de Maisonneuve
  • Spirit of Canada - The Giant Bear
Week 21
  • GCL - Jeanne Mance
  • GCL - Annaotaha
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 15

Week 22
  • GCL - Garakontie
  • GCL - Marie de la Peltrie

Week 23
  • GCL - Early Acadia
  • GCL - Acadian Pioneers
Week 24
  • GCL - Charles de la Tour
  • GCL - Marie de la Tour
Week 25
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 16
  • GCL - Nicolas Denys
  • Story of Canada 4.1 - The Young Colony - The Heroes of the Long Sault
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 1
  • Spirit of Canada - Big Joe Mufferaw
Week 26
  • GCL - For God and King (summary)
  • GCL - Marguerite Bourgeoys
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 2
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 3

Week 27
  • GCL - Jean Talon
  • GCL - Francois de Laval
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 4
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 5
Week 28
  • Story of Canada 4.2 - The Young Colony - Laval and Talon
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 6
Week 29
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 17
  • GCL - Habitants of New France
  • GCL - Pierre Radisson
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 7
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 8
Week 30
  • GCL - The Days of Frontenac (summary)
  • Canada Minute - Governor Frontenac
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 9
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 10
  • Spirit of Canada - The Cremation of Sam McGee
Week 31
  • GCL - Madeleine d'Allonne
  • GCL - Count Frontenac
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 11
Week 32 
  • GCL - Robert de La Salle
  • Story of Canada 4.3 - The Young Colony - La Salle
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 12
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 13
Week 33 
  • Young Folk's History... - Chapter 18
  • Story of Canada 5.1 - Frontenac and His Times - Frontenac
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 14
Week 34
  • GCL - Madeleine de Vercherres
  • Story of Canada 5.2 - Frontenac and His Times - The Story of Castle Dangerous
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 15
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 16
Week 35
  • GCL - Kateri Tekwitha
  • Canada Minute - Syrup
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 17
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 18
Week 36
  • GCL - Henry Kelsey
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 19
  • Madeleine takes Command - Chapter 20

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Scouting in our Homeschool

Ok, I will admit to getting this topic from another blog.  But, it is one that is important to me, and I think it is worth talking about.  Warning - this is my longest post ever!

I guess I will start with a bit of background in my own scouting experience.  If you aren't interested, skip ahead a few paragraphs!

Me! - The red badge is for the Queen's Jubilee

When I was a child, way back in the 1970's, (Yes, way back then) - girls in Canada were in Girl Guides, and boys were in Boy Scouts.  In our School, Brownies and Cubs met at the school right after school.  So many kids were involved (I think pretty much all of us), that there were 2 packs for each.  So Brownies was Monday or Tuesday; Cubs was Wednesday or Thursday.  On the day of your meeting, you wore your uniform to school - so about 1/4 of the kids in your class were in uniform on almost any day.  (Guides and Scouts met nearby - I think at the nearby Catholic school - so they were in uniform too!)

My Brownie Handbook

Ok, I admit it - I was a rotten Brownie.  But, I have an excuse - my parents were separated and involved in a custody battle over me.  This was almost unheard of at that time.  So much of the Brownie Program back then was worked on at home, and there just wasn't the support at that time for me.  For a while, I wasn't even sure how people got all those pretty badges.... each week the badge pillow was at the meeting with badges other Brownies had earned... and I remember hoping there would be one for me.  Later I learned that you needed to call a badge examiner (yes, this is the old days!) to get tested for a badge.  In any case, I sent to 2 different Brownie Packs over 2 years (I moved) - and never earned a single badge.  I didn't go for the 3rd year, and never tried Guides.

Fast forward until I'm an adult - and my Brother becomes a Blazer Scout Leader, and his wife becomes a Cub Leader.  I'm pretty interested in all they are doing, and start reading the "Leader" magazine they they got.  I still wait a few years, but decide to become a leader - but have trouble deciding between Guiding and Scouting.  With more thought (and influenced, I'm sure, by my Brownie Experience) - I become a Scout Leader.  I also am "thrown to the wolves", as I'm the Scouter in Charge of a Scout Group that is struggling to   keep going.  After a couple of years, I also join Rovers as a "Youth Member".

Scout Handbook when I was a leader

Fast forward a couple more years, and some politics happen with my scout group - and I look for other opportunities.  I have 6 different groups wanting me for a leader, but I'm a little soured on it because of the politics - so I become an assistant Brownie leader for my Rover Advisor (who is also a Brownie Leader).  After a couple of years, I add in being a Guide Leader near my house.  I step aside as a Brownie leader after another year or so - and look towards being a Pathfinder Leader as well as a Guide Leader

One of the Guide Handbooks when I was a Guider

Soon I was moving, and having trouble fitting into the Guiding community in my new city - so I'm back to Scouting....  first as a Scout Leader - then a Cub Leader.    By then, I'm married to a wonderful man who also had over 20 years of Scouting experience (which I won't go into.)

Mike - playing a game with the Cubs

Still Reading????

So now, as you know, Delta is 9, Echo is 7, Foxtrot is 4, and Golf is 2.   Beavers in Canada are for ages 5-7, Cubs are 8-10, Scouts are 11-14, Venturers are 14-17, and Rovers are 18-26.    When Delta was 5, we honestly weren't to thrilled with the Beaver program, so we went to a different organization instead.  However, there was no doubt that we would be doing Scouting.  (Guiding has changed a lot since I was a leader there, so our girls will do Scouting too!)

Once he turned 8, he started cubs.   Our Cub pack has a Beaver Colony that meets at the same time - and our first year I had to take all the kids with me, so Echo started Beavers.   So far, it has worked quite well.
New Uniform!

So - Scouting and Homeschool.  Finally, I'm getting to the point.

The Scouting program in Canada has a lot that works well with Homeschooling.... and I'm sure it does in other countries too.  Right now, of course, my kids are in Cubs - so that is where the emphasis is.  If we are doing well with our regular subjects, I have NO PROBLEM taking the occasional day to let Delta work primarily on Badge Work.  And he occasionally will chose to work on badgework on his own.  I don't generally assign badgework or anything - but follow his interests and desires.   Today, for instance, we went over some of the items for First Aid badge - which works well as a subject for "Health"...

Here is the Canadian Cub Badges - with a few notes on how this can relate to school....

Black Star Area (The Natural World).  Great for any CM Homeschooler, as Nature Study fits right in there!

  • Black Star  -  (kind of a taste of various nature topics)
  • Astronomer  - great nature study!
  • Gardener - nature study / science (botony)
  • Naturalist - more nature study - knowing about animals/plants
  • Observer - more nature study - mostly ID'ing different things in nature
  • Recycling - great for chores... lol
  • World Conservation (old) Environment Award (new)  - learning about habitats, pollution, endangered species, etc.
  • Climate Change (new) 
  • Canadian Wilderness Award - having done a lot of things in Nature
In the Conservatory - Black Star
A Nature Hike - there is nature all over!
Animal Tracks.  (In our Yard!) - Naturalist

 Green Star Area (The Outdoors).  - more of a Scouting Skills area - but great for things to do outside!  

  • Green Star  -  (kind of a taste of various outdoor skills)
  • Camping - life/survival skills
  • Cooking - Life Skills here!
  • Fishing - good hobby and survival skills
  • Hiking - fits in good with nature study again.... nature hikes!
  • Trailcraft - what to do if lost!
  • Watercraft
  • Winter Cubbing  - important in Canada 
  • Canadian Camper Award - quite skilled in Camping
  • Canadian Heritage Trails Award - Know a lot about Hiking 

Cooking Badge
Klondike Derby (outdoor skills competition)
- Winter Cubbing, Green Star, and many others

Quinzee - A Snow Shelter - Winter Cubbing

Tawny Star Area (Creative Expression).  - here are some of those Fine Art moments in a CM education
  • Tawny Star  -  (kind of a taste of various creative activities)
  • Artist - Requirements work well with Nature Notebooks and Drawing forms of Narration
  • Carpenter - great handicraft / life skills!
  • Collector - great opportunity to learn here with stamps/coins/or whatever.  Or nature collections (leaves, rocks).  
  • Computer - great skills for school!
  • Entertainer - singing, folk dancing, recitation, playing an instrument - lots of great options here!
  • Handicraft - obviously has great options for handicrafts for school
  • Musician - also obvious
  • Photographer - lots to learn about here - great for nature notebooks or other notebooking!
  • Reader - there is lots of reading in homeschool - and knowing how to use a dictionary, atlas, encyclopedia, the parts of a book, taking care of a book, etc - fits right in!
  • Canadian Arts Award - Knowing a lot about the Arts

Handicraft - making Wooden Models
Morse Code - Tawny Star
Kub Kar Races -
Designing and building a wood car!
- Handicraft
Red Star Area (Health and Fitness) - Having problems deciding on Health topics and PhysEd for homeschool?  Lots of ideas here!

  • Red Star  -  (kind of a taste of various health/fitness activities - mostly the Health stuff is here)
  • Athlete - Knowing basics on how to exercise, and demonstrate best in various activities - PhysEd!
  • Cyclist - How to safely ride a bike - more PhysEd
  • Skater - PhysEd
  • Skier - PhysEd
  • Snowboarder - PhysEd
  • Swimmer - PhysEd
  • Team Player - PhysEd
  • Canadian Healthy Living Award - Doing quite a bit in Fitness/Health
The Effects of Smoking  - Red Star
Make an Obstacle Course - Red Star

Stretches - Athlete

Blue Star Area (Home and Community) - here is a lot of Life Skills and "Social Studies"...
  • Blue Star  -  (taster)
  • Disability Awareness - What is out there to help a disabled person?  (ASL works here too)
  • Family Helper - Every Mom's Favourite Badge!!!!   Chore/Life skills
  • Family Safety - things any child should know - Health topic!
  • First Aid - things EVERYONE should know - Health topic!
  • Guide - Reading maps and giving directions.  Geography skills!
  • Home Repair - more great Life Skills!
  • Law Awareness - social studies...
  • Pet Care - "Something to Love"....
  • Emergency Preparedness Award - are you prepared for an emergency for 72 hours??
  • Canadian Family Care Award - skilled in Family Care skills

Sewing on a Badge - Family Helper
Vacuuming! - Family Helper

Purple Star Area (Canada and the World) - Social Studies topics!

  • Purple Star  -  (taster)
  • Aboriginal Awareness - some history, some social studies...
  • Canadian Heritage - more history, and Canadian geography too
  • International Trade - what is produce in Canada and exported?  What do we buy that has been imported?  Geography topics...
  • Space Exploration - Lots of fun, with drawing, models, or scrapbooking! 
  • World Religions - Social Studies...
  • World Cubbing - Learning about another Country!
  • Language Strip - Foreign Language study!
  • Religion in Life - (requirements vary depending on your religion...)
  • World Citizen Award - Current Affairs topics, the UN, and other things learned in this area...
Space Exploration - model of a space craft Delta designed
Meeting an Astronaut! - Space Exploration
And there are 2 "specialty" badges (1 for the pack, 1 for the cub) - so, once approved, you can earn a badge for work in an area not covered above.

Can't you just see a lot of possible school topics here?
Delta earned all 6 Stars!  On to the Awards!

I haven't discussed Beavers as much, as they don't have badges or a specific program.  However, in the meetings, Echo has done things like make bottle rockets, learn about simple machines, make butter, and done many other exciting things.

Friday, March 15, 2013

Yet another week has gone.

It seems like sometimes, there just doesn't seem to be much to write about.  I haven't had any new revelations or thoughts on homeschooling methods.  Nothing overly significant has happened this week.  Just ordinary life.  So here is a snapshot of the week.

Delta - Ok, I guess a bit has been happening here.  Delta finished his Term 2 early.  I think he did ok on his term exam, although there was a few "I don't remembers".   I have started showing him how to set goals in regards to school, and changed his planner a bit to make it easier to go with a goal-oriented method.  (He will be starting to use it next week.)  I have to admit that when I looked at the number of "subjects" or areas to set goals, it is quite a lot.  And AO readings are counted as one subject (not History, Literature, Science, etc...) - I wonder if I've added too much, even though I haven't really ADDED anything....

Echo - She has just finished up Term 2 yesterday, and will do her exam next week.  Right now, she is testing limits, and at times has little tantrums.  I seem to do ok at handling tantrums with little kids - but I admit that I'm not handling these well - I mostly send her to sit on her bed until she is in a better mood (sending her back if she comes out obviously still angry) - but she tends to bounce on her bed screaming at me.   I wonder if there is some food sensitivity or something causing problems.... but feel absolutely hopeless on changing how the family eats....  I don't know how people do it!

Foxtrot - Foxtrot is reading quite well, and is almost finished her RightStart Level A!  I'd like to put her into Level B, but don't have the worksheets..... so I may have to do lessons from "Activities for the Al Abacus" for a while, or just play lots of the card games (no harm in that either...)

Golf - Well, I have to say that Golf is quite potty trained!  YEAY!   She still has the occasional accident, but not very often (I'd say less than one a week...).   I still put her in a pull-up if we are going on a long car ride or something - but they stay dry generally.  She does wear a pull-up or diaper to bed - but even sometimes those are still dry too!

Mom - Well, my goal to practice the violin everyday has not happened at ALL this week.  I have been busy organizing stuff for the next term - and honestly after school is done, I am generally wiped out.  Needless to say that the kids haven't done any music either.  I don't know how other parents go to work all day, come home and make their kids do homework, practice, and go to activities too....   Maybe it takes less energy - I don't know.  Or maybe most moms are enough younger....