Middle School Monday – Week 2 North Star Geography – Maps

Middle School Monday at Homeschool Coffee Break
This week I have decided to join in on Middle School Monday hosted by Homeschool Coffee Break.  This past week has been a short one for us as with hunting season upon us I had to get things ready for my youngest son and husband to leave for the weekend. This week is also another short week.
We have completed week two of North Star Geography. Last week I mentioned that we were using interactive notebooks while we work out way through the book. The interactive notebooks have come in real handy. What I do is look at how the week is planned and what I feel that my son might need to know. I create foldables with questions and vocabulary that he has to answer. Then we glue them in a notebook. My son has autism and also has a cognitive delay so I allow him an open notebook for his tests and quizzes. At least then I can monitor if he is taking notes properly or not. It also comes in handy as a reference tool or even if we want to review something.
We started working on our vocabulary words for the unit. He had to write the definitions in the flaps. I wrote the word on the outside. I also added in a couple extra things such as things you would find on a map. He also had to define them as well. I think it will only reinforce what he needs to know when he is looking at a map.
We also had some hands on activities with the maps as well. We had to measure how far it was from the city we live in to the capital of Wisconsin. We also had to figure out how far it was to Washington DC. While we were at it we measured other places for distance. There was a scale on our map that we used. We measured how far and then we multiplied the number of time we created the scale to find the distance. We also looked up driving times on the computer as well just for the fun of it.
We also did a search on how far it was from Algoma to Chicago. The answers that we got were interesting. If you were able to take a straight shot right down Lake Michigan to Chicago it would be 189.15 miles. Since we cannot do that and we have to drive it is 216.52 miles. I thought that was rather interesting. I think we maybe should have tried to see how far the driving distance for Manitowac, WI to where the ferry lands in MI. I bet the miles would have been a big difference.
We had to read the story of Atlas and Hercules. Hercules had to find the golden apples because the King wanted him gone for a long time. He had to ask around for them. Well he had to hold the sky up for Atlas so he could get the golden apples. Atlas does bring back the apples but he doesn’t want to hold up the sky. Hercules tricks him to take back the sky. What I had my son do was build Atlas holding up the sky in Minecraft. Excuse the YOLO (You Only Live Once) as I have no idea what was going through his head at the time.
Next week I plan to put together a Virtual Field Trip for our next lesson. So stay tuned!

Snoopy’s All Star Football Storybook App Review

Snoopys All Star Football Review

Cupcake Digital has released a new app today called Snoopy’s All Star Football. You can purchase it in iTunes right now for special introductory price of 99 cents. That sale is good for today November 20 and November 21. The original cost of the app is $2.99. So your actually getting a good deal if you get it now.

Snoopy’s All Star Football is based on the beloved comics of Charles M. Schulz. This is a brand new peanuts story filled with football, fun, and the whole gang. The setting is a good old fashion football game in the backyard.

FREEBIE: Thanksgiving Roll, Cover, and Color Printables

Thanksgiving Cover, Roll, And Color Freebie

Thanksgiving is next week and I can’t believe how fast it has come. Next week we will have a shortened week here. I decided to make up something fun that I could play with both of the kids. Yes it would be review for both of them but they still love when I make up fun learning games. Well, ok at least my daughter does. My son well he is another story.

Buck Denver Asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas? DVD Review


Why Do We Call It Christmas DVD Review and Giveaway

We recently had the chance to review the DVD Buck Denver asks… Why Do We Call It Christmas? The DVD is approximately 60 minutes long. This is a wonderful DVD that explains many different things about Christmas.

Cutting down trees? Hanging Stockings? Santa Claus? What do any of these have to do with Jesus’ Birthday? More than you’d think! Join VeggieTales creator Phil Vischer along with intrepid newsman Buck Denver and all his friends on an amazing journey into the world’s most popular holiday! Sure, you know the Christmas story. But do you know the story of Christmas? Don’t miss the whimsical, educational, Christmical party to end all Christmas parties as Buck Denver Asks…Why Do We Call It Christmas?

Snake Oil – Party Potion Game Review

Snake Oil Header

I am so glad we had the chance to review Snake Oil – Party Potion by Out of the Box Games. This is not only our most favorite family night game, we plan on bringing this out New Year’s Eve as one of the games to play. I think it would provide a lot of laughs and fun.

Snake Oil – Party Potion is great for kids ages 8 and up. It’s best to play with 3 – 6 players. It only takes 5 minutes to learn the game. It takes roughly about 20 – 30 minutes to complete the game.

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