Monday, February 20, 2017

English: Homeschool Video Fun Day

English: Homeschool Fun Video Day
English (aka Language Arts), like every other academic subject, requires some memory work.
Memory work that might not always be fun. BUT, if you learn that material with fun videos over lunch, or on a down day, you can sail through English Memorization without unnecessary unpleasantness.

Here are some videos that we find both fun and useful for memorizing all that stuff. We like to watch them during homeschool lunch break, or on sick or down days.

I originally got this idea from Homeschooling Patriots
Check out her blog for several more Parts of Speech Videos. After I found her idea, I then made my own lists for several different subjects.

Unfortunately, on Youtube the commercials aren't targeted to the audience, and sometimes very inappropriate things are shown. Which means that there are times that I've had a h0rr0r film ad (or other junk I'd rather not see) pop up right before a preschool video with puppets. For this reason, and because I like to be sure that junk in general isn't coming into our school day while I'm folding laundry, I save the videos to a desk top folder for convenience.  And, if a favorite video is "taken down," we still have it. It's also nice if the internet crashes while we're doing school : )

I like this site for saving my videos - it's free and I've never had any trouble from it. 

English Homeschool Video Fun Day


Similes and Metaphors by Bazillions


Prepositions by Bazillions



Noun Town by Grammaropolis


Action Verb by Grammaropolis


Adjective Song by Grammaropolis


Interjection Song by Grammaropolis


Adverb Song by Grammaropolis


Conjunction Song by Grammaropolis



Pronoun Song by Grammaropolis


Preposition Song by Grammaropolis


Silent e by Bazillions



Q & U by Bazillions


Parts of Speech, Classical Conversations Cycle 3, Weeks 1-12



Parts of Speech, Grammar Module 1, Classical Conversations



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Monday, February 13, 2017

Multiplication Quick Tricks Memory Song

Multiplication Quick Tricks
There are lots of quick tricks to make multiplication easier. BUT if you can't remember the tricks, they don't simplify things much at all!

Here is a little song that I wrote for my daughter to help her remember all these handy methods so that she can actually make use of them. I hope you find them useful, too! : )

When I was growing up, we sang "Oh Jack and Jill went up the Hill" not just "Jack and Jill went up the hill" (hitting the first note twice). This song is written to that tune. Though I cannot find the identical thing online, I posted the closest one I could find to jog your memory.

If you like this song, slso check out my

Divisibility Song


Hope you find this little song - and this post - useful!

Multiplication Quick Tricks Memory Song
(To the Tune of Jack & Jill) 


To Multiply an Even Number by 5
Just Divide it
In Half then
Write Zero
There you have the answer!

To Multiply an Odd number by 5 You
Just Subtract One
Cut in Half
Then Write 5
There you have the answer!

To Multiply a Single Digit by Nine
Just Subtract one
That's Your First
Digit - then
The Other adds up to 9!

To Multiply any number by 10 is
Just so easy
Write the Number
Then Zero
There you have the answer!

To Multiply by E-leven
Write Zero in the Front
Add Each Digit
To the Next
Starting at the Right!

To Multiply by Number 12
Write Zero in the Front
Double Each One
And add the Next
Starting at the Right!

Fives Video (sorry, there's no great pic - but just click on the triangle as usual : )





Nines Video



Tens Videos:







Elevens Video:





 12's Video


 To review these methods so the song makes sense, check out these great resources
Multiplication Quick Tricks Worksheet from ABC Teach


If you'd like to learn WAY more about quick tricks for Multiplication, I recommend
The Trachtenberg Speed System of Basic Mathematics 
The above 11's and 12's tricks are ones I originally learned from Trachtenberg - the linked Youtube videos don't write the zero in front, but do have you add nothing to the first number - essentially the same thing.





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Monday, January 30, 2017

How and Why I Use Scheduled Blog Posts on Blogger

Scheduling Posts in Blogger

Why would a person use Scheduled Blog Posts? 

When I first began blogging, it was October. I knew that my readers would want Thanksgiving recipes soon. And, I also knew that a recipe was pretty well useless for a reader if they found it the day after they needed it. So, I set out to make and photograph my entire Thanksgiving menu early, so that I could publish it before Thanksgiving. And then I made the entire menu again for Thanksgiving Day!

I knew there had to be a better way.

I noticed on the right of my screen a little setting that said "Schedule." 


The "Schedule" Button is about 1/3 down the Right Side of the Blogger Screen
See the word "Schedule" here on the Right hand side of my screen? It's two below the orange "Post Settings," about 1/3 of the way down the right hand side of my screen.



I thought there might be a good idea there!

There are lots of times that I cook a dish, but find that the publishing time is not ideal. 


The Christmas Eve recipe for Fudge that I could publish the day after Christmas? Nah!

The time I feel like making Chili in July - great time to publish that new recipe? Probably not.

A really delicious Watermelon Salad in February? Nope!

It makes a lot of sense to schedule posts for when people want to read them not for when I want to cook them!

But, there were lots of other good reasons to schedule my posts. 


What if I had 10 ideas for a great post one week - and wrote them all and published them all - then NO ideas for a great post for the next three weeks?

What if I needed to be with a loved one at the hospital for a month?

What if I wanted to go on an extended vacation, but wanted my blog to keep chugging?

It's good to have a predictable publishing rhythm for readers! It's also safer for everyone if the entire internet doesn't know when you're away from home for a few days!

But, not only that, I discovered that there is a great resource out there to find out who wants to read what, when! 

 On Google Trends, you can search and see what time of year your topic is likely to attract the most readers - and you can see which title terms will be most effective at attracting readership.  

 

 For instance, a while back I made a recipe that could either be called "Frosting" or "Icing" (the terms are partly regional, partly technical)

I could do a search on Google Trends and discover not only WHEN to publish the recipe, but also what to title it!


And then there's stress relief. 

I hate having deadlines hanging over my head! With Scheduled posts, I can be weeks or months ahead with my work, and sit back and relax!

I also make a point not to blog on the Lord's Day - but I DO like to publish on Monday Morning at 8. And, to be honest, there are some Monday mornings when my day doesn't even start by 8! I'm covered!

It gives me a long term perspective.

Instead of seeing my blogging efforts as a race to do everything this week, I see them as an integrated part of my life for the long term. This helps me be a "marathoner" instead of a "sprinter" in mentality, and also helps me focus on including posts with an eternal content, as well as those with temporal content. 



So, How does it work? 


When I get an idea for a post, I hit "New Post," type in my Title idea, hit "Save" and "Close!" That's right - I save an empty post with just a title!

This way I have LOTS of ideas to work on, and I'm less likely to hit a "writer's block"

Then, when I perfect the recipe, menu or other concept - usually on a different day, I type it up in that saved, titled post. Then, I hit "Save" and "Close."

When I get a picture of said dish (which frequently is not on the same day that I write the recipe), I add it.

Then, it's time to schedule. I choose my date - sometimes with the assistance of Google Trends.

I hit that "Schedule" button (that I pictured at the top of this page)

That gives me a choice of "Automatic" (which means "now!")  or "Set date and time"

Here you'll want to choose the "Set Date and Time" circle


I choose "Set Date and Time"

That gives me a calendar, like this and a time selection window:


Here you can see the scheduling calendar, time window and Publish, Save & Close buttons


I tap on the desired day of the calendar - which sets that date in the selection window.  I nearly always choose a Monday Morning. Make SURE you chose the right year - You can actually publish posts in the PAST by accident (one of those don't-ask-me-how-I-know sort of moments ; )

Then, I select the time window. I usually scroll and choose 8AM.

then, I hit the "done" button.

Then - and this is very important - I hit the ORANGE PUBLISH Button, then SAVE, Then Close.

And, in case you're wondering - yes, I do sometimes write posts several months ahead of when you see them. Sometimes I even write them more than a year before they're published. Just like print magazines do! 

Then, when I'm all done, I go back to my dashboard - this time to the left side of the screen, and Under "Posts" I find the word "Scheduled" I click on it and make sure that my new post is scheduled to publish as I intended, and that no mistakes were made.

I can check my scheduled posts and make sure everything is planned properly


If you're a blogger, I'd encourage you to try scheduled posts, and see if they don't make your blogging life smoother and less stressful : )

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Monday, January 23, 2017

Chinese New Year Week's Menu

Chinese New Year Week's Menu (Vegan, Mostly GF)
If the coming of Chinese New Year puts you in a mood to try a few Asian-inspired recipes, here are a week's worth to try out. While you're in a mood of cultural appreciation, you could also pick up a few words of Cantonese or Mandarin.

Although it is unlikely that we westerners without much exposure will become bilingual this way, it is a good way to broaden our horizons and learn about things like pictographs and tonal languages, as well as appreciating the great variety of peoples and cultures that God has placed on the earth.
 
You can even learn to read a few words the fun way, especially if you're a homeschooler!




All of the following recipes can be made in about 1/2 hour. They're nearly all Gluten Free if you use a Gluten Free Soy Sauce (Kikkoman makes one- it has a blue label). They're all Vegan. And they're all Frugal. It's a win-win-win-win! ; )

 
So, on to the menu:


Szechuan Green Beans to Serve Over Rice





Philippine Style Fried Rice


 
Pad Thai, Simple Vegan


Build-Your-Own Rice Bowl with Peanut Sauce


Hot & Sour Soup
Teriyaki Stir Fry Veggies over Rice


Shiitake Rice Bowl

Easy Vegan Sushi

MYO Spring Rolls, Easy Vegan (Freezer Friendly)

Sweet & Sour Dipping Sauce, Three Minute 


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Monday, January 16, 2017

History & Geography: Fun Homeschool Video Day


Here are my go-to videos for History & Geography in Homeschool. Some days we use them to make a productive day even more productive, by having a "working lunch." Other days we use them to make a down day - like a sick day - productive at all.

Unfortunately, on Youtube the commercials aren't targeted to the audience, and sometimes very inappropriate things are shown. Which means that there are times that I've had a h0rr0r film ad (or other junk I'd rather not see) pop up right before a preschool video with puppets. For this reason, and because I like to be sure that junk in general isn't coming into our school day while I'm folding laundry, I save the videos to a desk top folder for convenience.  And, if a favorite video is "taken down," we still have it. It's also nice if the internet crashes while we're doing school : )

I like this site for saving my videos - it's free and I've never had any trouble from it. 


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So - here are our favorite History & Geography fun videos (other subjects, God Willing, coming soon!):

 Tour the States

 

Tour the World

U.S.A. National Anthem

With Lyrics, First & Last Verses

 

List of the Presidents of US with good info about each

 

 

Cyprus National Anthem 

With Lyrics in Greek & English

Timeline Song

History of the World

Continents and Oceans Song

 

European Rivers Song

  Geography Songs, Classical Coversations

With Missy Wilson

 

Also, check out my post on fun Homeschool Science Videos

Science Fun Homeschool Video Day 

 

 

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