Save the date! The next CHOH [homeschool] Conference has already been announced. It will be held March 11-12, 2016.
I've got a new "Getting Started" page of resources on my website. My goal is not to replicate what has already been done so well on other websites, but rather to provide a central hub to get people easily connected with those great resources.
Please take a look and let me know what you think and if there is anything I can add, change, or update. I value your feedback and it can really make an impact on other homeschoolers as well!
Looks like there is FREE Bishop Museum admission this Sunday!
Hawaii Pacific Health shared:
"Join us Sunday, Oct. 25, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Bishop Museum for Kids Fest! This year’s event will offer health information and activities, free healthy snacks and giveaways (while supplies last), and the chance for children ages 4-12 to win a bike and helmet or surfboard.
Admission to Bishop Museum is free for Hawaii residents and military families with valid ID on the day of Kids Fest. For more information, visit hawaiipacifichealth.org/kidsfest."
Coming up in December: Waimanalo Country Farms presents the Live Nativity Christmas Story. December 12, 13, 19, and 20, at 7:30pm. Free admission!
While I generally focus on local (Oahu, Hawaii) resources and information, sometimes I do share online resources as well. A very kind homeschool mom from Maryland emailed me with this list of resources that she wanted to share in hopes of helping other homeschool families, so I thought I'd pass it on to you here. Enjoy! (And thank you Barbara!)
- www.ixl.com - Currently offers math and language arts curriculum. Has excellent reporting and objective leveling with correlation to state grade level curriculums for those interested. They're adding social studies and science in the next year. Some of the public schools around here are also purchasing ixl memberships for their classes.
- www.musiclearningcommunity.com is a thorough, fun, extensive, game based music curriculum by Northwestern University with graduated levels. Supports plug in of midi keyboard for some of the games
- www.enchantedlearning.com - Encyclopedic collection of learning worksheets, writing organizers and prompts, make your own books and other project based activities in enormous range of topics, subjects and even foreign languages. Some of the items are available as samples to non-subscribers.
- www.brainpop.com (3rd grade +) and https://jr.brainpop.com/ (for younger elementary school) - very good instructional videos, games, activities and writing prompts in all subjects, including art, health, social studies, science, math. There is a Spanish Brainpop version as well. My 2nd grade daughter surfs the educational videos and games for fun and is expanding into the upper level material.
- www.kahnacademy.com - FREE curriculum in many subjects, mostly for older students, but the early elementary math has been helpful supplement and they have free SAT prep in partnership with college board of interest to high school level students.
- https://www.sciencea-z.com/ - nice grade level objectives listing with supplemental resources (many of videos are free NASA or other public learning facilitators, even if you don't purchase the subscription and supplementary curriculum).
- www.spellingcity.com -although we are not currently using, this is a subscription many fellow homeschoolers in our umbrella group use.
- http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm MIT offers free on-line college classes, some of which, like the beginning Physics one of my older girls took while in high school, are excellent and appropriate for advanced, self motivated high school level learners.
- www.lexile.com Teacher may use different reading grade level measures to track and target reading progress, such as DRA, Grade level, and Lexile. For parents tracking and edging reading levels higher, using one or more measures, such as lexile, to track the reading level of different selections helps you facilitate and measure upward progress, like make library selections to encourage upward stretching at a child's upper reading limit, but not too hard for them.
- Our local library provides free subscriptions to language learning curriculums, such as mangolanguages and muzzy along with e-book services and libraries. I wonder if anything like that is available through Hawaii libraries?
- http://eclectic-homeschool.com/ Blog (with lots of lesson plans and some neat art/craft projects) by Canadian mom who's homeschooled multiple kids through high-school, each with very different learning needs and styles including highly visual. I found her while looking up Magic School Bus resources since their visual/multimedia science is very effective with my daughter. I was impressed she did an entire year+ of MSB science curriculum. You can find most of the videos on www.youtube.com (look up 'full episode Magic School Bus' ...topic...).
- http://magicschoolbus.wikia.com/wiki/Category:Episodes provides list of episodes and links to detailed content description.
- http://www.scholastic.com/teachers/bookwizard/ Besides lots of Magic School Bus based classroom lesson plans, Scholastic also has many other topics' lesson plans, free worksheets and aids, book search by reading or grade level as well as for sale curriculum supplements.
- www.pbskids.org - posting increasing volumes of educational material on everything from early reading, science, social studies, music, art and math in Sesame Street games, to "Oh Noah" or "Maya and Miguel" to learn Spanish, to Sci Girls for elementary to middle school project based science videos and games, to "Word Girl" for spelling and vocabulary fun.
- www.sesamestreet.org - excellent for for pre/early readers to early elementary.
- http://www.nickjr.com/ - fun interactive site with some educational content for pre to elementary learners.
In case you're not following Oahu Homeschool Mom on Facebook, here is some information and events that I've posted there recently that might be of interest. I have no personal connection or experience with most of these organizations or products and I'm just passing along information on them. Always remember to do your own research and make informed decisions.
1) FYI: Bricks And Minifigs, Kailua (popular among homeschool families here on island) is closing soon and they have extended their final sale until Oct. 14th.
2) Here's another extra-curricular option: "Computational Thinkers"... http://www.computationalthinkers.com/. I think it is at Kahala Elementary & Waialae Elementary, but they mentioned they can do classes almost anywhere, so it might be worth contacting them if you'd like to set something up in another area of the island?Otherwise, I know very little about this company or what they offer and just stumbled upon it recently, but it looks interesting. Please share with us if you've had any experience with it or if you check it out! I would love to hear feedback or reviews.
Looks like a Facebook page too, at https://www.facebook.com/computationalthinkers.
Check it out. I read that the new semester starts Oct 19.
3) I've heard great things about the * Waldorfaire * and it's coming up in less than a month! (A volunteer-run fundraiser to benefit Honolulu Waldorf School.)
Saturday Nov 7th 11am-5pm
350 Ulua St in Niu Valley.
Live Music & Performances, Free Skateboarding Ramp, Pony Rides, Puppet Show, Ono Food, Keiki Games, Ropes Climbing Course, Meet "Farm Friends."
This year performing: Henry Kapono, Uncle Wayne & the Howling Dog Band, Samadhi Hawaii Aerial dance, and much more!
4) KHON2 has a good list of the upcoming Halloween events here in Hawaii.
5) New Hope Farms in Kunia appears to offer school programs. They aim to be organic & sustainable. Might be a good field trip opportunity!
P.S. I've not looked into or visited this farm yet. Please let me know if you attend a field trip there and what you think of it.
6) Gunstock Ranch Fall Fun Day is coming up on Oct. 24th. http://gunstockranch.com/events/fallfunday/
Does your teen have an interest in architecture? If so, here's an event (this Wed, the 14th) that may be of interest: http://www.aiahonolulu.org/events/event_details.asp?id=667770&group
Learn "How to Become a Martian" with Brian Shiro at the Hawaiian Astronomical Society's meeting on Tuesday, October 6 from 7:30-9:00pm at the Planetarium at The Bishop Museum. He'll be speaking about astronaut training, resources on Mars, and how Hawaii Space Exploration Analog & Simulation (HI-SEAS) is helping us learn how to live and work on the Red Planet.
I'm a homeschooling mom of three, enjoying our time in Hawaii and hoping to share some of that experience with you, including ideas, reviews, resources, and information.