Friday, September 26, 2014

Unit Study for October- Social Studies - Historical Figures

Upcoming Meetings- Social Studies Unit Study on Historical Figures
Resources for this Unit Study can be found here: Another field trip that you could explore is Fort Frederick BUT that is in Savannah.  Here is the link in case you would like to take your family .

October 1, 2014
South Cobb Library (805 Clay Road, Mableton, GA 30126)  2 pm to 4 pm 

October 15, 2014
Joe Jenkins Park (2721 Joe Jerkins Boulevard, Austell, Georgia 30106) 11 am to 12 pm 

October 29, 2014 - YES!!!
Jimmy Carter Library
441 Freedom Parkway
Atlanta, GA  30307
The cost is $8.00 per adult.  Kids are free!!


We will do yearbooks a little differently this year.
  1. First, it is open to ALL homeschoolers, not just our group- members will get first preference though.  
  2. Second, parents will not need to purchase a yearbook for your family, you will receive one free yearbook with the completion of the sponsor sheet.  Even if all you get is $5.00 sponsors from family, friends or businesses, if you get 8 of them you will get your yearbook FREE.  
  3. If your sponsors are not technically savvy to create an ad no problem!  I can do that for them with NO extra charge.  I want this to be something that ALL the kids will feel proud of.  
Please reserve your child's spot if you would like to be apart of the yearbook by clicking here

Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Yearbook RSVP Today!

Each year the South Cobb Homeschoolers creates a yearbook that highlights our field trips, activities, and each of our children's progress throughout the year.  This year will be no exception.

To RSVP a spot for your child or children, please complete this questionnaire:  YEARBOOK RSVP QUESTIONNAIRE.

ALL homeschool students are welcomed!!!!  There is no obligation if you RSVP.

Sunday, September 14, 2014

Encourage Reading and Writing

Reading is so important for our children.  As your child starts reading, consider keeping a reading log.  This helps in three ways.

First, this helps with documentation for yourself to remind yourself of which books your child read or did not read.

Second, if you let them use this worksheet , they can practice their handwriting.

Third, they are going to want to finish up the page and start a new one so this encourages even more reading.

Here are the reading logs I use.

Teacher Supply Event for Cobb County is Tuesday, Sept 30

The next Teacher Supply Event for Cobb County is Tuesday, Sept 30 from 5-6 pm.
For more info, please visit the website at
Marta went to the one in August, and got a lot of good, free, teacher supply items - perfect
for home school!

I am not sure if I will be able to make it or not, but I wanted to make sure that you all had access
to this info for the next one.

Also, if you have any questions regarding Letter of Intent or DOE home schooling questions, then callMr. Blenke at 404-463-1765 or email him at He was very helpful when I emailed him to email me a copy of my Letter of Intent that I could not seem to print from my computer.

Saturday, September 6, 2014

Unit Study for September- Social Studies - Creek and Cherokee Cultures

This month we will focus on the Creek and Cherokee Native American Cultures which are found in Georgia.
Resources on these cultures can be found here 
Background Information on our field trip can be found here as well as here

September 10, 2014
Click here for information on the Park & Play this coming Wednesday

September 17, 2014
Meet at the South Cobb Library (Kids bring your book bags :) )

September 24, 2014- Etowah Mounds Field Trip
Don't forget to fill out the RSVP for the field trip on September 24:

2014-2015 Unit Studies with Standards

2014-2015 Unit Studies
  1. August- Life Science - Plant Growth and Development - Andrea H and Angela W
  2. September- Social Studies- Native American Cultures- Ja'Near G
  3. October- Social Studies- Historical Figures Part I- Andrea H
  4. November- Physical Science- Angela W
  5. December- Social Studies- International Festival- Samantha V
  6. January- Social Studies- African American Historical Figure Part II- Andrea H
  7. February- Social Studies- Topology- Andrea H
  8. March- Life Science -Animals - Samantha V
  9. April- Earth Science - Marta S
  10. May- Social Studies- Economics- Jasmine R.
  11. June- Awards Ceremony & Yearbooks -  Andrea H
  12. July- Vacation :)

Here are the standards we are working with for our unit studies from Georgia's First Grade Science and Second Grade Social Studies:

Physical Science
S1P1. Students will investigate light and sound.

a. Recognize sources of light.

b. Explain how shadows are made.

c. Investigate how vibrations produce sound.

d. Differentiate between various sounds in terms of (pitch) high or low and (volume) loud or soft.

e. Identify emergency sounds and sounds that help us stay safe.

S1P2. Students will demonstrate effects of magnets on other magnets and other objects.

a. Demonstrate how magnets attract and repel.

b. Identify common objects that are attracted to a magnet.

c. Identify objects and materials (air, water, wood, paper, your hand, etc.) that do not block magnetic force.

Earth Science
S1E1. Students will observe, measure, and communicate weather data to see patterns in weather and climate.

a. Identify different types of weather and the characteristics of each type.

b. Investigate weather by observing, measuring with simple weather instruments (thermometer, wind vane, rain gauge), and recording weather data (temperature, precipitation, sky conditions, and weather events) in a periodic journal or on a calendar seasonally.

c. Correlate weather data (temperature, precipitation, sky conditions, and weather events) to seasonal changes.

S1E2. Students will observe and record changes in water as it relates to weather.

a. Recognize changes in water when it freezes (ice) and when it melts (water).

b. Identify forms of precipitation such as rain, snow, sleet, and hailstones as either solid (ice) or liquid (water).

c. Determine that the weight of water before freezing, after freezing, and after melting stays the same.

d. Determine that water in an open container disappears into the air over time, but water in a closed container does not.

Life Science
S1L1. Students will investigate the characteristics and basic needs of plants and animals.
a. Identify the basic needs of a plant.
1. Air
2. Water
3. Light
4. Nutrients

b. Identify the basic needs of an animal.
1. Air
2. Water
3. Food
4. Shelter
c. Identify the parts of a plant—root, stem, leaf, and flower.
d. Compare and describe various animals—appearance, motion, growth, basic needs.

Historical Figures
SS2H1 The student will read about and describe the lives of historical figures in Georgia history.

a. Identify the contributions made by these historic figures: James Oglethorpe, Tomochichi, and Mary Musgrove (founding of Georgia); Sequoyah (development of a Cherokee alphabet); Jackie Robinson (sports); Martin Luther King, Jr. (civil rights); Jimmy Carter (leadership and human rights).

b. Describe how everyday life of these historical figures is similar to and different from everyday life in the present (food, clothing, homes, transportation, communication, recreation, rights, and freedoms).

Creek and Cherokee Cultures
SS2H2 The student will describe the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past in terms of tools, clothing, homes, ways of making a living, and accomplishments.

a. Describe the regions in Georgia where the Creeks and Cherokees lived and how the people used their local resources.

b. Compare and contrast the Georgia Creek and Cherokee cultures of the past to Georgians today.

SS2G2 The student will describe the cultural and geographic systems associated with the historical figures in SS2H1 and Georgia’s Creeks and Cherokees.

a. Identify specific locations significant to the life and times of each historic figure on a political map.

b. Describe how place (physical and human characteristics) had an impact on the lives of each historic figure.

c. Describe how each historic figure adapted to and was influenced by his/her environment.

d. Trace examples of travel and movement of these historic figures and their ideas across time.

e. Describe how the region in which these historic figures lived affected their lives and compare these regions to the region in which the students live.

Geographic Understandings- Topology
SS2G1 The student will locate major topographical features of Georgia and will describe how these features define Georgia’s surface.

a. Locate all the geographic regions of Georgia: Blue Ridge Mountains, Piedmont, Coastal Plain, Valley and Ridge, and Appalachian Plateau.

b. Locate the major rivers: Ocmulgee, Oconee, Altamaha, Savannah, St. Mary’s, Chattahoochee, and Flint. One Stop Shop For Educators

SS2E1 The student will explain that because of scarcity, people must make choices and incur opportunity costs. 
SS2E2 The student will identify ways in which goods and services are allocated (by price; majority rule; contests; force; sharing; lottery; command; first-come, first-served; personal characteristics; and others). 
SS2E3 The student will explain that people usually use money to obtain the goods and services they want and explain how money makes trade easier than barter. 
SS2E4 The student will describe the costs and benefits of personal spending and saving choices.

Park and Play Wednesday, September 10, 2014

The South Cobb Homeschoolers will be at the Park to Play on Wednesday, September 10, 2014 at 11:00 AM until 12 noon. This is the park located next to the Austell Police Station at 2721 Joe Jerkins Boulevard, Austell, Georgia 30106.  Please remember to bring plenty of fluids and a snack for your kids.

Our unit this month is on Native American History in Georgia specifically of the Creek and Cherokee cultures.  In keeping with our theme the kids will learn to play one of the games played by Native Americans.  Here is a list of games if you would like to learn to play your own game with your kids: