My plan is to go through the EPH curriculum and figure out the topics being studied, then we can add in resources as we wish, i'm also going to add in younger resources for the youngers, or i could just make my life easier and check the younger kiddos link to the EPH first, which I think i'll do.
OH, just so you know, if you aren't a facebook friend of mine, i posted this last night,
If you are a homeschooler, i cannot recommend this site enough! You know how there's a bazillion amazing free resources online but you put them into pinterest folders and never actually use them? well she gathered up all these resources and put them together into one cohesive curriculum! its REALLY good. Right now my 6th and 8th grader are working together on level 6 and its going REALLY well.
And i absolutely MEANT it. Good stuff! What i love BEST about the Easy Peasy Homeschooling is that you can allow your children to work independently and interject yourself into the picture when time allows, which for me right now, is PERFECT. I really prefer to do our Bible/science/history together, but there are times when that's hard, so if i just have us do our devotions and Bible together and then send them on their way to do school together and ideally read aloud to them a little later, its still a good school day!
If you want to try the EPH curriculum, i HIGHLY recommend you watch the video, in the How to use section, here's a link http://allinonehomeschool.wordpress.com/how-to-use-this-curriculum/ it helped me understand it much easier. There's so many options that it can be a bit confusing at first but its well worth it. My goal is to add in additional literature and hands on activities as time permits. To that end, i worked last night on developing a list of what would be covered on each day- we do 4 days a week so i can have a PRETTY good idea when we'll hit each topic. IF the doubling up plan works, that would change it. we'll see! anyhow here's a picture of that
So this morning we started right off with history, missed Devotions, OOPS, and dove right in. We read the last chapter of Story of the world volume 3 and learned about how the California gold rush came about, and then went to the Easy Peasy Homeschool Level 3 history, and found gold rush on day 122 on, and we used some of the web resources there. Then we took our Hands and Hearts gold panning part of the westward expansion history kit, which we'd partially used in previous history cycles but never did get to THIS project, and took it outside to pan for gold!
It was a BLAST! everyone was super into it, and it was enlightening too- we'd learned that the President had announced that Gold had been found, to the whole country on December 5th, and our weather now, is pretty similar to northern California weather in December, so it was almost accurate.. of course the kids weren't up to their knees in river water or anything, and they did get tired of being in the cold, with wet hands after about 10 minutes, so it sort of drove home the point that way :)
They found all 8 of the little gold balls that came in the dirt in the kit, but proceeded to lose one once inside the house, then Elliott lost another, so we have a net total of 6 of the 8 pellets
We also thought it would be fun to try and hammer out the gold to see if it would flatten, but as soon as the hammer started chipping at the step, i vetoed that experiment. It dented the ball but didn't really flatten it.
Then they took turns looking at the gold through a hand lens and comparing it to iron pyrite (fools gold) they were NOT especially impressed with the gold- they found the pyrite to be much prettier!
All in all, it was a fun experiment and well worth our time. I think i'm going to have them get back to regularly scheduled programming tomorrow, and offer the 2 historical fiction books i have on this topic for optional reading during dear time if they'd like to learn a bit about the Yukon Gold rush.