Friday, February 27, 2015

Teaching Probabilities

So teaching probabilities is "probably" one of the least comfortable subjects to teach, next to the tin whistle.  You "probably" aren't even sure why it's thrown in here during cycle 3's final six week segment of science.  After all, isn't this math and what in the world does it have to do with science anyway?  It's taken me this second time through the cycle to see the big picture of why this segment is in there, and then how to simplify this for the kids and myself!  I wish I had found a simplified explanation of how to teach this to kids (and the why) - from a non-math persons' perspective, when we went through cycle 3 the first time.  Well, here is an explanation for all those out there like me, that want a simplified non-math persons' perspective on teaching probabilities for cycle 3...

Monday, February 23, 2015

Foundations to Essentials - Understanding the Game Plan

The Essentials of English Language is offered at most Classical Conversations® Communities.  It is generally understood by most parents, to be a preparation for the Challenge Program later on.  However, I don't know how well understood the Foundations Program is, as a preparation for  Essentials.  Personally, before doing anything, I always need to see the big picture, and then hone in on the details afterward.  That's just how my brain is wired.  I have talked to a lot of people doing Foundations over the past six years, and it appears many don't see a "game plan" to prepare for Essentials.  Phrases like "drinking from a fire hose" are usually a part of a conversation about the first year in Essentials.  However, I really don't think it needs to be that way, if you are able to see a "game plan" while you are in Foundations.  I hope my visuals and insights below, bless someone who is struggling, or wondering what is the point to all that seemingly "random" grammar memory work.  So here it is... 

Monday, February 16, 2015

Cycle 3 - Teaching the Orchestra

Teaching the orchestra is not as hard as it may sound.  One of the best ways I've found to teach it as a tutor, is to make an orchestra board for the six week segment.  The board is also great to keep up at home with my own child during the week.  I am just getting ready to update my board for the current cycle, so I thought I'd share with you how I made it and what I put on my board, along with some additional teaching ideas for the classroom and at home.

Thursday, February 12, 2015

Element Experiment Extravaganza!

After completing our DIY Giant Periodic Table of Elements, I decided it would be the perfect time for the kids to explore elements in a hands on way, through experimentation.  So I set up several experiments today that utilized common elements, as well as an understanding of how electrons play a part in everyday things like electricity!  So join us as we explore...some ELEMENTS!

Thursday, February 5, 2015

DIY Giant Periodic Table of Elements - Completed!

This project came out so good.  It is amazing what you can do with some cardboard, used egg cartons, a little paint and a fun Basher book!  It might be one of my favorite projects to date!  You won't want to miss the completion of this project, the roaring 20's fun and the funny surprise that awaited me and made this one of the most fun Wonderful Wednesdays, yet!

Friday, January 30, 2015

Painting the Periodic Table of Elements!

Wonderful Wednesday was the continuation of our Periodic Table of Elements board we are making.  We began working on this large project last week.  Today, the kids painted their periodic table according to the color scheme of Basher's The Periodic Table: Elements with Style! book.  We hope to finish up the final PTE boards next Wednesday!  They are going to look so cool when they are done!

Friday, January 23, 2015

Exploring the Elements! + O'Keeffe Pizzas!

Today our exploration dressed as Theodore Roosevelt, was a further understanding of the Periodic Table of Elements!  We also made some O'Keeffe inspired pizza flower designs that were...delicious!  So join us in today's Wonderful Wednesday journey!