Wednesday, December 3, 2014

The NEW 50 States and Capitals Song...BY REGION

Hey Guys!

Phillip and I have been working on this song for about a month, and I am pleased to say it is READY!!!

We have a 3rd/4th grader in our home, so quite naturally she started learning the 50 states along with their capitals this year. I decided to take them 10 states at a time and completing the majority of the task in about 5 weeks. It's just easier to take larger learning tasks like this in smaller chunks. It helps to get the mind around the task and allows the student the time and space needed to process the big picture of the task.

Funny how taking something in SMALLER chunks helps with getting the BIGGER picture!

After looking around on youtube we noticed that every song we listened to started with Montgomery, Alabama, and moved all the way across the nation to Juneau, Alaska then zigzagged all over the nation until the song was done. All of the songs sounded great, but for ease of learning, and for mentally getting a hold of what you're learning, these songs were ineffective (for those reasons specifically) our opinion.

Therefore we decided to tackle the job from a different perspective. BY REGION! We started at the very top and moved in a methodical manner until we'd covered all of the states and their captials...and that is exactly what we did!

It took us close to a month to complete, and it is our hope that every home schooling family and educators in general of 3rd graders and even highschoolers will listen, like, benefit, enjoy, and share our version of the 50 States and Capitals song!

Thank you for listening!

Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Check out our New Video for The Three States of Matter Song!

Hey Guys!

Just like the title says...check out our NEW video for the Three States of Matter Song! If you like it, or more importantly, your kids like it, please subscribe to our youtube channel, leave us a comment, and wait for more great, SILLY, fun, and free educational music from Silly School Songs (which just happens to be my husband and me). :)


Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Moving Beyond the Page 7-9 Year Old Level (3rd to 4th grade level)

Hey Guys!

MBTP 8-10 year old Level
At this point, I can not say enough about the Moving Beyond the Page Curriculum. Upon first glance a couple of years ago I had a haunch that this curriculum would fit my family. It is based in conceptual learning, and like most children, both my girls are very imaginative. They are both also very musical. They have natural musical gifts passed down through talents primarily from my husband's side of the family.

My youngest is a ball of fire, like most "youngest" children in a family, and my oldest is very much a
"thinking" and "feeling" type of kid. The oldest gets bored with lecture in 20 seconds flat. I heard this complaint from her public school teacher as well for the 5 months that she was in public education. My youngest just can't sit still for lecture. I know you're probably thinking ADHD...close, but no cigar. She's just an active, uber-energetic six year old with a metabolism that runs just as fast she does.

At any rate this brings me to the Moving Beyond the Page curriculum. There are plenty of hands-on projects included in the curriculum that keep my little lecture-averse children engaged. It is so amazing in that it teaches practical concepts in a conceptual manner and my kids just "get it!" It's really pretty awesome. I also love it because this is my first year really adding in Science and Social Studies to our curriculum, and MBTP covers them both effortlessly and comprehensively. The activities are engaging to my child and wonderfully effective. For instance, for her weather unit she had to build and use several weather instruments including a barometer and a rain gauge. She learned how to determine the speed of the wind not just the direction. Her final project was to do a comprehensive weather report for three consecutive three days. It required elements of everything that was taught in the unit including written and oral skills. It also included a rubric so that she knew exactly what was required of her. Below is a video of her efforts for one day of the final project.
I lost the video where she was looking up at the camera periodically, but the most important thing is her understanding of the weather, what causes it, and how to communicate it effectively. 

From the language arts unit, she was taught about the elements of a story, writing summaries, and a reinforcement of the weather and environment unit. The final project there included graphing a story, writing a letter, and writing and acting out a skit all based on the chapter book that was the focal point of the unit that all of the concepts were centered around. It also has a very strong vocabulary list that doubles as a really good spelling list.

I think it is a plus that MBTP is designed at each grade level with the core requirements in mind so I don't have to "worry" about that part of it. This excites me because I am the type of home schooler that wants the learning environment to be relaxed and free, but effective. MBTP accomplishes this for me.

Well thanks for reading, and don't forget to check out Moving Beyond the Page to see if it is right for you.


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