Wednesday, April 2, 2008

Home Education Week-Show and Tell


I asked my children what they would like me to feature on Show and Tell.  They wanted me to show the history presentations.  Last year we started doing history presentations in costume to correlate with our history studies.  We have had a lot of fun. The children like to dress up, as long as Mom dresses up too.  My parents come and my mom is especially caught on every aspect of the presentation.  My husband enjoys the whole thing.  Last year my mother-in-law flew 1500 miles to come see one.  She hopes to come out to our last one of the year this year too.  ;)  These have changed slightly from unit to unit.  Because my dc were weak in writing and speech skills when we started this a couple of years ago, I thought I'd start small in their weak areas and have them try a new skill with each unit.    It's a lot of work but worth it since it motivates them to do present information before an audience.  The grandparents are more involved and embrace homeschooling more.  I am thrilled that my children are motivated to prepare for and practice their public speaking skills.

13 comments:

  1. Man alive...I love looking at your unit celebrations. I wish I would have seen your Greek one before we had our festival. Lots of great ideas....

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  2. Wow, amazing job! Great ideas for writing, speaking, and celebrating unit studies.

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  3. Wow! I want to go to your school! I'm so bad about getting the "extras" done. Maybe the excitement over our unit parties will make me get into gear!

    Not to mention, like you said, the unit parties would do wonders for proving to our families that homeschooling is the right choice.


    Dawn/Homeschoolmama (in NB)

    www.homeschoolmama.wordpress.com

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  4. Awesome! awesome! awesome!

    We do TOG as well, but haven't done any unit celebrations (we started this year with yr. 3) I hope to be more organized next year.

    I would like to bookmark this page of your blog to show at our TOG tea in June.

    ~Christy

    http://www.isaiah5413.blogspot.com

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  5. Oh wow. Your family goes all out on Unit Studies. It looks like you all are having lots of fun. You must have a natural talent for home education and getting the kids interested.

    http://ellenfunlearning.blogspot.com/

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  6. Wonderful! I love the idea of unit celebrations! I also love the way that you have interwoven Biblical learning into the historical units. There is a ton of learning on display in the celebrations, and also in the process of pulling together what you've learned!

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  7. Oh, my - - that is AMAZING!! I LOVE Unit Studies - - one of the things I am planning to do with History/Science.

    Thanks for all o fthe ideas (and pics to show what you were talking about!! :)


    Heidi

    http://jhcckkm.wordpress.com

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  8. It looks like you all are having fun.

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  9. wish I could get the extended family to participate in things like that. The kids and I always try to get the rest of the family interested in our projects, but there seems to be a lack of enthusiasm. My mom has a Dr. in Education, specializing in adult ed, so it's hard to get positive reinforcement from her. But the kids and I enjoy all our projects and Dad loves to see and hear what they've done. I'm looking forward to seeing what you have come up with for the 13 colonies. We finished our study a couple of weeks ago and have moved on to Amy Pak's TimeTravelers-The American Revolution. I needed a break from all the planning. LOL

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  10. Your unit celebrations are amazing! I've only managed to do two of them, but we're planning on doing the colonial times one this time around. I'm going to show my children this post for inspiration! :-)


    ~Andrea

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  11. I want to go to your homeschool too!!!! You do some amazing stuff!! Hats off to you and your children - they are obviously enjoying what they are learning! Thanks for sharing, and inspiring us!


    Blessings,

    Kym

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  12. Wonderful Laurie! I loved seeing the pics from your unit celebrations from year 1, as I had not seen those before. Wow. You and your children do such a great job preparing for them! I'm glad it's given the grandparents a more positive view of hsing now, and you have all these great pics to relive the memories when your dc are out of the house someday! I'm praying for you right now, as you are either doing your unit study or are preparing for it later tonight. I know it will be great too!


    blessings,

    Pam

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  13. That was supposed to be unit "celebration" rather than unit "study". Sorry!


    Pam

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