Tuesday, December 1, 2015

Social Studies - 50 State Capitols

Mathematics - Skip Counting

Welcome to Second Grade


Welcome to second grade!  We hope that you will enjoy the videos, worksheets and websites that we share and that you have a GREAT year!  Click on the Second Grade Homeschool Class tab above for a list of all the resources.





Wednesday, November 18, 2015

November 18 Meeting Cancelled

Due to circumstances beyond our control, the November 18 Meeting for South Cobb Homeschoolers at the library has been cancelled.

We apologize for the inconvenience.

Andrea

Sunday, November 1, 2015

Unit Study for November- Earth Science - Sun, Moon and Stars

Sun, Moon and Stars
Taken from http://poznanie-bg.com/

Standards  S2E1. Students will understand that stars have different sizes, brightness, and patterns.
a. Describe the physical attributes of stars—size, brightness, and patterns.
S2E2. Students will investigate the position of sun and moon to show patterns throughout the year.
a. Investigate the position of the sun in relation to a fixed object on earth at various times of the day.
b. Determine how the shadows change through the day by making a shadow stick or using a sundial.
c. Relate the length of the day and night to the change in seasons (for example: Days are longer than the night in the summer.).
d. Use observations and charts to record the shape of the moon for a period of time.
S2E3. Students will observe and record changes in their surroundings and infer the causes of the changes.
a. Recognize effects that occur in a specific area caused by weather, plants, animals, and/or people.

Resources
Meeting Dates
  • Sun, Moon and Stars Activity - Wednesday, November 4, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Cobb Library located at 805 Clay Road, Mableton, GA 30126 
  • Show and Tell  & Sun, Moon and Stars Activity - Wednesday, November 18, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Cobb Library located at 805 Clay Road, Mableton, GA 30126 
  • Field Trip to the Tellus Science Museum - Monday, December 14, 2015 from 9:45 a.m. to 12 noon.  RSVP is required: http://goo.gl/forms/ZC01PoC0YT 
Additional Activity Idea
  • Saturday, November 14, 2015 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m, Solar Sky Watch at the Tellus Museum
    • Members: FREE, Non-Members: Regular Admission
    • With the special filters on our solar telescope in the Observatory, you can safely view the Sun and look for sunspots and loops of hot hydrogen gas called prominences that extend off the disc of the Sun.
    • Check their home page http://tellusmuseum.org/ on the day of the event for cancellations due to cloudy skies or inclement weather.

Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fall Standardized Tests Registration Deadline October 16 before 3 p.m.

It's that time again!

According to the GDOE : "Students in home study programs shall be subject to an appropriate nationally standardized testing program administered in consultation with a person trained in the administration and interpretation of norm referenced tests. The student must be evaluated at least every three years beginning at the end of the third grade. Records of such tests shall be retained."

The deadline to register to take the IOWA or Standford 10 with the South Cobb Homeschoolers for the FALL administration is October 15, however, it will be extended to October 16.  For more information go to http://schomeschoolers.blogspot.com/p/standardized-test-administration.html .

To register you must contact Andrea Hall at info@southcobbhomeschoolers.org or call 404-644-8391 by October 15 (extended to October 16 before 3 p.m.) for the Fall Administration and April 10 (midnight) for the Spring Administration.

Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Story Time Exclusive at the Powder Springs Library - October 27 from 6 pm to 7:45 pm

 A Story Time Exclusive

Tuesday, October 27, 2015  from 6:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m.
Powder Springs Library4181 Atlanta Street, Bldg. 1, Powder Springs, GA 30127
South Cobb Homeschoolers presents a story time exclusive. Author Damon Hall will read his book Where Do Flies Go When It Rains? to children at the Powder Springs Library on Tuesday, October 27, 2015. This event is FREE and we invite ALL families to attend.

This event will feature the following:

* Arts & Crafts Activity

* Light Refreshments

* Meet the Author

See you there!


Monday, September 21, 2015

College Discovery Day Open to All Ages - October 6


Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Georgia. BPC is a small, Christian college located in Southeast Georgia.

We are extending invitations to home school groups across Georgia for our Discovery Day which is on October 6th.

Registration can be completed online at http://bpc.edu/admissions/discoverday/


Saturday, September 19, 2015

Reading Eggs Offer Ends Oct. 9 2015

Reading Eggs Free Trial
An exclusive Back-to-School offer for
Homeschool Encouragement & Copywork Members 

For a very limited time only, get a FREE 4 Week Trial to Reading Eggs.
OFFER ENDS October 9, 2015.

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Unit Study for September - Science - Anatomy and Physiology

Anatomy and Physiology for Kids

from www.bing.com
Standards
These standards are taken from Georgia's Performance Standards for Grades 9-12 Anatomy and Physiology Course. They are adapted for Kids Grades PreK-5th Grade.

SAP1. Students will analyze anatomical structures in relationship to their physiological functions. 
a. Apply correct terminology when explaining the orientation of body parts and regions. 
SAP2. Students will analyze the interdependence of the integumentary, skeletal, and muscular systems as these relate to the protection, support and movement of the human body.
b. Explain how the skeletal structures provide support and protection for tissues, and function together with the muscular system to make movements possible.

Resources
Meeting Dates
  • Anatomy & Physiology Activity - Wednesday, September 2, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Cobb Library located at  805 Clay Road, Mableton, GA 30126 
  • Field Trip to Tuesday, September 15, 2015 from 9:45 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at Warner Family Chiropractic at 3201 Austell Road SW, Marietta, GA  30008.  RSVP Required http://goo.gl/forms/gYSvk2Ajfj

2015 - 2016 Unit Studies - Ready. Set. Grow



Monthly Unit Studies


2015 Science
  • September - Science - Anatomy and Physiology - Portia 
  • October - Life Science - Gardening 101 - Debbie and Mark 
  • November - Earth Science - Sun, Moon and Stars - Andrea 
  • December - Physical Science - Cynthai 
2016 Social Studies
  • January - American Heros - Andrea
  • February - American Heros - Andrea 
  • March - Economics - Camryn
  • April - Economics - Camryn
  • May - Geography - Samantha
  • June - Awards Ceremony & Yearbook - Andrea 
Here are the standards we are working with for our unit studies from Georgia's Performance Standards.

Anatomy and Physiology - Human Body
These standards are taken from Georgia's Performance Standards for Grades 9-12 Anatomy and Physiology Course. They are adapted for Kids Grades PreK-5th Grade.
SAP1. Students will analyze anatomical structures in relationship to their physiological functions.
a. Apply correct terminology when explaining the orientation of body parts and regions.
SAP2. Students will analyze the interdependence of the integumentary, skeletal, and muscular systems as these relate to the protection, support and movement of the human body.
b. Explain how the skeletal structures provide support and protection for tissues, and function together with the muscular system to make movements possible.


Life Science - Gardening 101 
S2L1. Students will investigate the life cycles of different living organisms.
a. Determine the sequence of the life cycle of common animals in your area: a mammal such as a cat or dog or classroom pet, a bird such as a chicken, an amphibian such as a frog, and an insect such as a butterfly.
b. Relate seasonal changes to observations of how a tree changes throughout a school year.
c. Investigate the life cycle of a plant by growing a plant from a seed and by recording changes over a period of time.
d. Identify fungi (mushroom) as living organisms.

Earth Science - Sun, Moon and Stars 
S2E1. Students will understand that stars have different sizes, brightness, and patterns.
a. Describe the physical attributes of stars—size, brightness, and patterns.
S2E2. Students will investigate the position of sun and moon to show patterns throughout the year.
a. Investigate the position of the sun in relation to a fixed object on earth at various times of the day.
b. Determine how the shadows change through the day by making a shadow stick or using a sundial.
c. Relate the length of the day and night to the change in seasons (for example: Days are longer than the night in the summer.).
d. Use observations and charts to record the shape of the moon for a period of time.
S2E3. Students will observe and record changes in their surroundings and infer the causes of the changes.
a. Recognize effects that occur in a specific area caused by weather, plants, animals, and/or people.

Physical Science 
S2P1. Students will investigate the properties of matter and changes that occur in objects.
a. Identify the three common states of matter as solid, liquid, or gas.
b. Investigate changes in objects by tearing, dissolving, melting, squeezing, etc.
S2P2. Students will identify sources of energy and how the energy is used.
a. Identify sources of light energy, heat energy, and energy of motion.
b. Describe how light, heat, and motion energy are used.
S2P3. Students will demonstrate changes in speed and direction using pushes and pulls.
a. Demonstrate how pushing and pulling an object affects the motion of the object.
b. Demonstrate the effects of changes of speed on an object.

Social Studies- American Heros 
SS1H1 The student will read about and describe the life of historical figures in American history.
a. Identify the contributions made by these figures: Benjamin Franklin (inventor/author/ statesman),Thomas Jefferson (Declaration of Independence),
Meriwether Lewis and William Clark with Sacagawea (exploration), Harriet Tubman (Underground Railroad), Theodore Roosevelt (National Parks and the environment), George Washington Carver (science).
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).
SS1H2 The student will read or listen to American folktales and explain how they characterize our national heritage. The study will include John Henry, Johnny Appleseed, Davy Crockett, Paul Bunyan, and Annie Oakley.
SS1CG2 The student will explain the meaning of the patriotic words to America (My Country ‘Tis of Thee) and America the Beautiful.

SSAAH1 The student will read about and describe the accomplishments of historical figures in American History .
a. Identify the contributions made by these figures: Bayard RustinFrederick Douglass, and Thurgood Marshall.

Economics 
SS1E1 The student will identify goods that people make and services that people provide for each other. SS1E2 The student will explain that people have to make choices about goods and services because of scarcity. SS1E3 The student will describe how people are both producers and consumers. SS1E4 The student will describe the costs and benefits of personal spending and saving choices


Geography 
SS1G1 The student will describe the cultural and geographic systems associated with the historical figures in SS1H1a. SS1G2 The student will identify and locate his/her city, county, state, nation, and continent on a simple map or a globe. SS1G3 The student will locate major topographical features of the earth’s surface.
a. Locate all of the continents: North America, South America, Africa, Europe, Asia, Antarctica, and Australia.
b. Locate the major oceans: Arctic, Atlantic, Pacific, and Indian.
c. Identify and describe landforms (mountains, deserts, valleys, plains, plateaus, and coasts).

Sunday, August 16, 2015

Back to School Event

Join us for our Back to School social event as we get together to play and celebrate the start of another year.


Wednesday August 19, 2015 from 11:30 am to 12:30 pm the Joe Jenkins Park located at 2721 Joe Jerkins Boulevard, Austell, Georgia 30106

Friday, July 31, 2015

Atlanta Zoo for Science School?


Today we went to Zoo Atlanta to scout out possible learning experiences for the upcoming school year.  The question was asked, "Can you teach an entire science curriculum with a membership at the Atlanta Zoo?"

Stay tuned for the answer!

Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Mom's Night Out! Sort-of :-)

 
South Cobb Homeschoolers is an active support group made by moms and led by moms.  At the beginning of each year, we get together to decide what monthly themes we want to cover based on our science and social studies curriculum.  Our monthly field trips and activities are then planned around these themes.  Join us for our Mom's Night Out aka our planning session.  Please see the details below.

Who?  Homeschool Moms of Kids K-5
What?  South Cobb Homeschoolers 2015-2016 Planning Session & Registration
When?  Thursday, August 6 at 6:30 pm
Where?  Chik-fil-A @ Thornton Road
835 Thornton Rd Lithia Springs, GA 30122
Why?  To plan our activities for the 2015-2016 school year.


What to bring?  Bring any science/social studies curriculum/ideas, a pen, a folder and paper!

If you like what you see at the planning session, you will be able to register as a member!

Sunday, July 19, 2015

Getting Ready for School

It's almost that time again.  Back to School sales are up and on the way and as a homeschool parent you are also starting to think about the 2015-2016 school year.

If your resolution is like mine, it is to be more organized and accomplished!

Here are two documents you need to help you get started.

  1. The Homeschool Calendar
  2. The Homeschool Planner
    • This document can be downloaded in Word or as a PDF.  It helps you to remember the big picture and break it down into smaller chunks for each month and each week.  It has a weekly menu, daily schedule, monthly plan and yearly goals.
    • Click here to download the Word version
    • Click here to download the PDF version

Monday, July 6, 2015

Guest Blog Post - Classroom Laboratory at the Edge of Space: Introducing the Mini-Cube Program

Gregory N. Cecil
“In November of 2013, Grace Lutheran Middle School Science students, under the instruction of Mr. Cecil, embarked on the longest and most complicated endeavor ever done in their short academic careers, called, “Mini-Cube.” The Mini-Cube Project was completed in May of 2014.

The students at Grace Lutheran worked to design, build, and package 16 experiments to be sent to an altitude of 100,000 feet or 20 miles, more commonly known as “the edge of space” by high altitude balloon.” – Opening statement to parents at the opening of the cubes by the students.

Sending experiments to the “edge of space” may seem to be an expensive feat capable only by NASA, but many students as young as age 11 (6th grade) have been designing multiple experiments and sending them up for several years now for less than $350.00 per flight using JP Aerospace’s Mini-Cube Program. The book, Classroom Laboratory at the Edge of Space, was written by former space shuttle worker and science teacher Gregory Cecil to show step by step how this “informal” STEM Project Based Learning Activity can be carried out by most secondary and homeschools in an affordable manner and within the traditional school year based on the “lessons learned” by this author and his students. This activity will result in a once in a lifetime opportunity for students to conduct real science in their own space program at the “edge of space.”

“A Mini-Cube is a 5 cubic centimeter plastic cube that can be modified in any manner by a team or group of teams to accommodate their experiment(s) and is flown to an altitude of 100,000 feet or 20 miles by high altitude balloon to the “edge of space” by JP Aerospace. The cube can hold 4 or more trays or racks of experiments and the total weight cannot exceed 240 grams.” (Cecil, M.A.S., 2015)

This book was written for secondary public and private school STEM instructors, home schooling, and undergraduate STEM courses of study explaining how to set up their own student focused “space program” utilizing the Mini-Cube Program. With this STEM Project Based Learning Activity, students can have the unique, affordable, and challenging opportunity to send experiments via high altitude balloon to an altitude of 100,000 feet (20 miles or 32 km), commonly known as the “edge of space.”

Utilizing the scientific method, team work, research, and communicating in writing the results and applications for peer review, students will participate in the full cycle of an actual experiment from the original question to the published results and conduct true science at the edge of space.

“Classroom Laboratory at the Edge of Space: Introducing the Mini-Cube Program” can be found on Amazon Kindle at http://www.amazon.com/Classroom-Laboratory-Edge-Space-Introducing-ebook/dp/B00XTPLBKQ/ref=pd_ybh_1. A print version is also available, go to https://www.createspace.com/5508539.

Please note that this author does not work for nor receives any compensation from JP Aerospace.

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Gregory N. Cecil, M.A.S.
K-12 Outreach and Social Media Coordinator-SpaceTEC
SpaceTEC Nationally Certified Aerospace Technician
Adjunct Instructor Aerospace Technology Program-Eastern Florida State College
CEO-AeroSTEM Consulting, LLC
Author: Classroom Laboratory at the Edge of Space: Introducing the Mini-Cube Program

Gregory N. Cecil, M.A.S. is the only Florida State Certified Educator and Nationally Certified Aerospace Technician in the nation. Currently, Greg provides Aerospace STEM consulting for schools and companies, conducts workshops for STEM teachers, and gives presentations on subjects related to STEM and Human Spaceflight.

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

Ode to a Homeschool Mom by Teri Ann Berg Olsen

As a wife, mother, and home educator
You are the embodiment of life, love, and laughter.
Even at times when you do not feel respected,
You are adored by the children you’ve directed.

Your chosen career means there is much to do,
For you are your children’s best teacher, too–
Training them to walk, to talk and say “please,”
Plus reading, writing, math, and social studies.

Gathering books from the library, you strive
To read aloud and bring history alive.
You take kids on field trips and nature hikes,
Arrange play days and set up movie nights.

You are a modern “Renaissance woman,”
Instructing every one of your children
In all of the fine arts and sciences
While you also pursue your own interests.

You are a housekeeper, nurse, cook, janitor,
Counselor, cheerleader, and a whole lot more.
You can give a lesson and bake a cake
While tying a shoe and mending a break.

You teach your children for most of the day,
And carefully listen to what they have to say.
Rather than measuring by height, grade or year,
You track their growth by the character they wear.

You routinely put your family first
And do your best to fix every hurt.
Your heart is full of compassion showing
You are quite wise and always knowing.

Your life is not as glorious as some,
With many days taken up by tedium.
You rarely get what you truly deserve,
As anyone else would surely observe.

But even amid the worst of all days,
Happiness is found in a special way.
God is your strength and Jesus is your mentor;
As you honor Him, He blesses your endeavor.
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Copyright by Teri Ann Berg Olsen. Used with permission. Teri is a home educator and author of the book Learning for Life: Educational Words of Wisdom. Visit her website at www.KnowledgeHouse.info

Monday, June 29, 2015

Southeast Homeschool Expo



2015
Southeast Homeschool Expo
July 23-25, 2015
Cobb Galleria Centre
Fun & Education Focused! 

Sunday, June 28, 2015

2 Days till the Awards Ceremony!!!


Light Refreshments will be served.
2015 Yearbooks will be available for purchase.

Tuesday, June 9, 2015

2015 Awards Ceremony Invitation



Who South Cobb Homeschoolers
What  Second Annual Awards Ceremony
When  TUESDAY, June 30 at 6:30 PM

Where
South Cobb Regional Library
805 Clay Road
Mableton, GA 30126

Message From Host

South Cobb Homeschoolers is proud to present our 2nd Annual Awards Ceremony. During this time our children will be promoted to the next grade level. 

All family and friends are invited to attend as we thank God for the gift of our children.

The event is FREE but RSVP is required.

Light Refreshments will be served.

2015 Yearbooks Available for Purchase!!

Kirkwood Education Online - Guest Blog Post

With over 40 years continuous research and development, Kirkwood Education Online has a proven track record of fostering strong Christian character growth and high academic achievement.

This preschool through elementary mastery learning program is completely individualized and includes video instruction, interactive lessons, and 75 workbooks in PDF format. Student records are maintained and accessible in real time, along with printable weekly award certificates and progress reports.

Students are guided through six levels of character growth. Academic achievement accelerates as students learn to take responsibility for their own education. Self-esteem building exercises promote spiritual growth, interpersonal skills, and strong work ethic. Daily discipleship lessons encourage students to store the truth of God's Word in their minds and hearts.

The homeschool program is available on a monthly subscription, and is absolutely free for the first month. Academic Summer Camp is also available, and includes a free online assessment.

Kirkwood Education Online is committed to providing homeschool families with a system of education that will truly enable every child to develop as much of their God-given potential as possible. It should be noted that that Kirkwood Education Online is not aligned with common core.

by Janet Slinkard

Monday, June 8, 2015

Reading is Golden

A Platform Supporting Authors and Readers 

Reading is Golden was established to support the importance of literacy.

Through their persistent efforts, Reading Is Golden introduces new and experienced authors through weekly Author Spotlights.

These spotlights also include Q&A sessions where readers are encouraged to actively participate and give feedback. Literacy amongst young children has become the focal point of their business.

Reading Is Golden also hosts monthly book giveaways, along with encouraging children and their families to submit book reviews. There is a very promising future for Reading Is Golden.

Through the support of others, they can reach more authors and readers while continuing to spread the importance of literacy around the world.

~ Written by Deshawn Henderson

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Alika Turner
Founder of Reading Is Golden
Our Mission is to spread the importance of literacy around the world.


Thursday, June 4, 2015

“Pollinator Day” at the Cobb Water Department’s Rain Garden - June 18, 2015


Join us for “Pollinator Day” at the Cobb Water Department’s Rain Garden on Thursday, June 18th, 10:00-11:30 . Explore in the garden looking for butterflies, caterpillars and chrysalises. Learn about the different species of butterflies here in Georgia. Make a butterfly craft to take home. Learn about pollinator friendly plants for your garden.

You’ll want to bring water bottles and sunscreen. Part of the activities will be in the sun and part in the shade. You are welcome to bring lunch to enjoy after the event. There are a few tables in a shady area for your use or bring a blanket to spread on the ground.

Great event for all ages!
If you have questions or concerns please contact Kaye Wilson by email at kaye.wilson@cobbcounty.org or call her at 770-528-8824

Wednesday, June 3, 2015

Take Wings this Summer with FREE Ya Christian Mystery Series

An international mystery series like award-winning Christian author Jeanette Windle's juvenile Parker Twins Adventures is just one way for a family to take wings this summer. Young readers don't just live exciting adventures while learning biblical values, but explore new cultures and meet other children from very different backgrounds.  Inca ruins (Cave of the Inca Re), Amazon jungles (Jungle Hideout), rebel guerrillas (Captured in Colombia, Middle Eastern spies (Race for the Secret Code), and more.

Bill Myers, best-selling author of Wally McDoogle and Secret Agent Dingledorf series, calls the Parker Twins “Page turning, action-packed adventure. These books are cool!”

In participation with this summer’s Take Wings YA Christian Reading Program, ALL SIX PARKER TWIN TITLES will be available as free Amazon Kindle downloads at ONE WEEK INTERVALS.

·       Cave of the Inca Re (Parker Twins #1): 
Free Download: June 1-5, 2015
·       Jungle Hideout (Parker Twins #2): 
Free Download: June 8-12, 2015
·       Captured in Colombia (Parker Twins #3): 
Free Download: June 15-19, 2015
·       Mystery at Death Canyon (Parker Twins #4): 
Free Download: June 22-26, 2015
·       Secret of the Dragon Mark (Parker Twins #5): 
Free Download: June 29-July 3, 2015
·       Race for the Secret Code (Parker Twins #6): 
Free Download: July 6-10, 2015
Daughter of missionary parents, Jeanette Windle has lived in six countries and traveled in more than thirty. Those experiences have birthed 16 fiction titles, including award-winning Veiled Freedom (ECPA Christian Book Award/Christy Award finalist) and Freedom's Stand (ECPA Christian Book Award/Carol Award/Golden Scroll Novel of the Year finalist) as well as YA mystery series Parker Twins Adventures. Find out more at www.jeanettewindle.com or Jeanette’s Amazon author page: http://www.amazon.com/Jeanette-Windle/e/B001JRXN9I

Tuesday, June 2, 2015

Sight Words: Fun, FREE, and Instructional - Guest Blogger Post


Sight Words Snakes & Ladders is one of our most popular sight word games.
My name is Margo and I would like to let y’all know about a new resource I've developed with the Georgia Preschool Association to teach children to read: SightWords.com (http://www.sightwords.com/sight-words/).

At SightWords.com we show you a variety of teaching techniques to introduce new words to your child and review old words. One day’s instruction time can include just 10 minutes of lesson time followed by 20 minutes of game time. Our sight words games reinforce the lessons through repetition, but wrapped up in fun variations of classic kids’ games!

SightWords.com is packed with free and printable resources, designed to promote learning in both formal and informal settings. The content is simple to use and tailored to the needs of homeschooling parents:
        Twelve fun Games from Candy Land to Bingo, easy to print and customize
        Customizable Flash Cards in three different sizes
        Classroom-tested Lessons based on the latest research, complete with “how-to” videos
        Templates of all our materials using the Fry and Dolch sight word lists

We have created a fun, easy-to-use, and FREE curriculum for sight words instruction. You are invited to take this knowledge and make the most of your child’s early education!

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Margo Edwards is the Director of Content Development at SightWords.com, a website dedicated to providing free resources—from lessons to flashcards to games—that promote child literacy. 

Tuesday, May 26, 2015

Fun Water Safety Lessons for Young Children - Guest Blogger Post

Via Flickr – by peasap
“Mommy, Sam pushed Mark into the water.” “Mommy, Cooper keeps running around the pool.” “Mommy, Mason dove in a no-diving area.” Maybe he has law enforcement in his future or will one day be an excellent lifeguard, but my son is definitely a stickler for pool rules…and that makes me so happy.

I love the water and I wanted my kids to love the water, too, but I also wanted them to be safe. As a result, my husband and I began teaching them water safety at an early age and took them to swim lessons as soon as they were old enough.

If you have a young child, there’s no better time than now to begin teaching them about water safety. A great place to start is this extensive guide on recreational swimming safety. It offers a comprehensive overview of the rules you’ll want to teach your child. Then, help them become water safety experts with these simple steps:

First, get them used to the water. Your child’s first experience with the water could determine how they feel about water moving forward. The Alliance for Early Childhood provides great advice on how to make it a good one. For example, the organization recommends making your child feel comfortable and protected by always holding them firmly while in the water.

Second, make it fun. Use these activities to teach your child about water safety and help them become strong swimmers:
  • Safety is Cool at the Pool. This activity from KidsHealth.org is a great introduction to pool and water safety rules for Pre-K to 2nd Grade-age students. In it, they’ll create a water bottle label that features the rules they’ve learned.
  • Red Light, Green Light. Of course, strong kicks are a key part of safe swimming. This activity from TodaysParent.com has your child hold on to the side of the pool or a shallow end step. Say “Green light!” Then, your child should start kicking. Say “Red light!” And they should stop. It’s great kicking practice and great exercise.
  • Danger Rangers. If you find yourself stuck inside because of the weather, use the time to continue your kids’ education in water safety. My kids love the activities at DangerRangers.com. There are many different sections on safety. The one on water safety features songs, videos, and printable coloring pages.
I can’t stress enough how smart it is to start teaching your kids about water safety at an early age. Not only will doing so help protect them from potential danger, they’ll be much more receptive at an early age than they will once they’re older. It gives me comfort that my kids have taken what I’ve taught them to heart, and I think a big part of that is that my husband and I began preaching water safety to them at a young age.

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Patricia Sarmiento is an avid swimmer and runner. She blogs regularly about health, wellness, fitness, and other health topics. She is a former high school and college athlete and continues to make fitness a focus in her everyday life. She lives with her husband, son, daughter, and the family dog in Maryland.








Monday, May 25, 2015

Wild Horse Creek Water Park

From Marietta Daily Journal Online
Wild Horse Creek Water Park opened this weekend and according to one of our homeschool moms, it is an excellent place for families with young children.  She loved it so much she bought a season pass!

The park is located at 3820 Macedonia Road
Powder Springs, GA 30127.

The hours of operation are Monday-Thursday  from 1 to 7:30 p.m., and Friday-Sunday 1-6 p.m.. 

Groups rates and rentals are available. For more information, call (770) 222-6700 .

Happy Memorial Day


Memorial Day Outdoor Activities: http://www.atlanta.net/events/seasonal/memorial-day/

Memorial Day Crafts: http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/memorial-day/

Thursday, May 21, 2015

Summer Reading KICK-OFF Party at the Library


Who? South Cobb Regional Library
What? Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party
When? Monday, June 1 @ 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Where? 805 Clay Road, Austell, GA 30168

The following post came from http://www.cobbcat.org/event/summer-reading-kick-off-party-south-cobb-region/

Come one, come all for the Summer Reading Program Kickoff Party for the South Cobb Regional Library!

They will start things off 12pm (Noon) and….
There will be face painting!
There will be games!
There will be water!?

Friends at the Expanded Food and Nutrition Education Program will be doing a cooking demonstration.

Representatives from Georgia’s Path2College 529 Plan will be in attendance discussing the program.

They will finish things off with Magician Bill Packard spinning some amazing magic starting at 2pm.

All ages are welcome, but fun is required.

Wednesday, May 20, 2015

Unit Study for May - Social Studies - Economics (Updated)

Economics for Kids

Standards
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

Resources
Take Charge America is a Non-Profit Financial Education center that has financial education teaching resources for EVERY grade level for free.  Go to http://www.takechargeamerica.org/financial-education/teaching-resources/first-grade/

Online Games - http://www.usmint.gov/kids/games/   and http://www.uakron.edu/barkercenter/teacher-resources/online-games/


Meeting Dates

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Cobb Library -  Consumer Math Economics Lesson for Kids

Field Trip - Friday May 29, 2015 from 1:00p.m. - 3:30 p.m. West Georgia Used Book Sale at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 900 Newnan Road, Carrollton, GA 30117 -This is a great opportunity for our kids to get hands-on sales experience and learn consumer math.  

Tuesday, May 19, 2015

Summer Homeschool Courses Start June 1!

Dr. David Byers, homeschooling father, college professor, and author of College-Prep Homeschooling and Leadership Lessons for Homeschooled Teens, offers dozens of highly-affordable courses in English, Social Sciences, and Natural Sciences year-round to homeschooled students in grades 7-12. The courses are taught asynchronously via email; the student doesn’t have to be online at any particular day or time! In addition, parents may work with David regarding their scheduling needs. Dr. Byers offers a free course, Introduction to Poetry, as well as a free writing assessment upon request. You can find more information his site: http://www.leadershipforyou.net/ or by emailing him atdbyers3@centurylink.net

Monday, May 18, 2015

Larcum Singers Auditions May 26 & 28!


Introducing a new statewide choral program designed for homeschooled/virtually schooled students. Larcum is committed to producing quality musical experiences for these students in their unique learning situations. Therefore, the Larcum ensembles are composed from a select group of singers from all over the state (live and videoed auditions).


The singers are introduced to a variety of languages and cultures through the art of making music. Students with unique vocal talents in a particular genre or vocal percussion (beatbox) are encouraged to audition. Students with other musical abilities are also encouraged to audition. For more information visit larcum.com.

Thursday, May 14, 2015

Homeschool Program for the Working Homeschool Mom


I believe in homeschooling.  Before I had kids I envisioned myself being able to homeschool and only homeschool 100% of the time.  Well, fast forward 10 years and while I am homeschooling, I am also working from home.  While in my mind I thought this was ideal... in actuality, any kind of work whether it is working at home, working from home, or working outside the home is still... well WORK. 

Nevertheless I have forged ahead with homeschooling and had a great routine, until... well WORK got in the way.  There were deadlines that distracted me from my ultimate purpose of educating my child for this life and the life to come.  I wasn't super mom (although I still have the complex) and  I needed help! This was when God brought back to my memory a homeschool program that my aunt used with her child when she was a Working Homeschool Mom (WHM)...  Time 4 Learning .

Right away I looked it up.  I thought it would be out of my budget, but it wasn't.  I thought it wouldn't be good quality but it was.  Now I have a curriculum that keeps me on track and on the days that I can't work with my daughter one-on-one like I would like to, she can do it on her own.

Time 4 Learning is easy, affordable and a great homeschool program for the WHM!


Disclosure: As a member of Time4Learning, I have been given the opportunity to review their program and share my experiences. While I was compensated, this review was not written or edited by Time4Learning and my opinion is entirely my own. For more information, check out their standards-based curriculum or learn how to write your own curriculum review.

Tuesday, May 12, 2015

Unit Study for May - Social Studies - Economics

Here are the upcoming events for our Economics Unit Study. 
More details coming soon!

Wednesday, May 20, 2015 from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the South Cobb Library -  Consumer Math Economics Lesson for Kids

Field Trip - Friday May 29, 2015 from 1:00p.m. - 3:30 p.m. West Georgia Used Book Sale at the Carroll County Agriculture Center, 900 Newnan Road, Carrollton, GA 30117 -This is a great opportunity for our kids to get hands-on sales experience and learn consumer math.  

Monday, May 11, 2015

Homeschool Classes for Mathematics


Are you interested in homeschool classes in the area of mathematics for the 2015- 2016 school year?

Courses will take place in the Cobb County, GA area and will follow the blended-learning format in which students meet once a week for face-to-face instruction and complete assignments throughout the week via the internet.  Computer access is required.

If you are interested in these courses please complete the following survey for more information: http://goo.gl/forms/RnHfOwpD6u 

Friday, May 8, 2015

New to Homeschooling or Want to Learn How to Homeschool?


New to Homeschooling or Want to Learn How to Homeschool?
July 23, 2015 – 10 AM to 4 PM


Many parents considering or just beginning to homeschool would like to have personalized help. Homeschooling for Excellence 101 is a one-day conference where homeschool parents can get individualized answers for their own personal situations from other seasoned homeschooling parents. Children ages four and up can attend the KidsZone program while parents attend the Homeschooling For Excellence 101 Conference. Parents will learn how to homeschool! Topics included but not limited to:
  • Where do I begin?
  • What materials should I choose? There are so many!
  • How can I encourage my child to learn?
  • How will I fill my child’s time – will he be lonely?

The homeschool lifestyle is so much more than just ABC’s and 123’s. It includes a lifestyle that encourages learning all the time and learning together. Bringing frantic, fragmented family lives back together can seem inviting and at the same time mystifying. Not knowing what to do throws parents into a whirl of confusion and concern. Each parent is uniquely qualified to educate their own child. 

The Homeschooling for Excellence Workshops are designed with extra time and personalized attention for your unique situation. In a friendly and encouraging small group environment, top notch, enthusiastic homeschool parents will share their wisdom and pass along lots of information on how you can make the best decisions for educating your own child. Learn how to homeschool!

IMPORTANT!Homeschooling for Excellence 101 registration automatically includes registration for the Southeast Homeschool Expo so you can return on Friday and Saturday for the Southeast Homeschool Expo and additional workshops for NO additional charge!

Date, Time, Location:
Thursday, July 23, 2015
10 AM to 4 PM
Cobb Galleria Centre
Cost Per Adult:   $45 Online / $55 at the door


- See more at: http://www.southeasthomeschoolexpo.com/learn-how-to-homeschool/#sthash.jAeQo7vx.dpuf

Thursday, May 7, 2015

Friends of Learning (Online Worksheets)


Mark homeschools his daughters, and soon after they began he developed an appreciation for worksheets as a tool both for teaching and for review. However, the cost of ink for the inkjet printer was getting too expensive , so he made some worksheets his daughters could do online. This had the added benefit of not having to find more space for the growing stacks of papers.


Many of these worksheets are available online for free at friendoflearning.com. Check it out!!

Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Computer Programming for High School from Vanderbilt University


Vanderbilt University has created a free online introductory computer programming course that is a good fit for high school age children. The course uses the programming language called MATLAB that is widely used in many science, engineering, and other professional fields. It is also a recommended or required skill in colleges around the world in many majors. The course will be available April 14 on the Coursera platform. Some of the students in your association might be interested in taking it. Here is the news release from Vanderbilt:

http://news.vanderbilt.edu/2015/04/new-free-vanderbilt-course-to-teach-computer-programming-to-beginners/


The course page is here: https://www.coursera.org/course/matlab

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Art Classes

Tiffani Hollis is a professional artist that has been teaching and creating for 17 years. I graduated from the Savannah College of Art and Design and have worked as a graphic designer and fine artist. I am polling local home school groups for interest in art programs for all skill levels. I currently teach small group classes in my North Cobb home for serious art students looking for individualized attention. I would like to expand that to larger venues and groups of all ages. I incorporate age appropriate art history lessons into all of my classes. A link to my portfolio is below as well as details on course fees, etc. I carry liability insurance and provide most supplies.


Scheduling is flexible to accomodate your needs. These fees are negotiable and classes can be customized for your group. I can teach one class with both older and younger children.
  • Small Group Classes (4 students) $10/class 1.5hrs. - North Cobb Location
  • Medium Group Classes (8-11 students) $8/class 2hrs. - You provide the location
  • Large Group Classes (12-15 students) $6/class 2hrs. - You provide the location
There is usually a short, inexpensive supply list (usually a pad of paper, small set of pencils and eraser, and a canvas board) and I can often purchase them in bulk to sell to the group.

https://www.pinterest.com/tiffanihollis/fine-art/


Best regards,
Tiffani Hollis
404-931-6057

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Monday, May 4, 2015

Agroforestry & Wildlife Field Day on Sept. 17, 2015 on the UGA Griffin Campus


You and your students are invited to attend the Agroforestry and Wildlife Field Day on Thursday 17 September 2015 on the UGA Griffin Campus.  This special field day is designed to provide participants with the opportunity to learn about the issues and methods regarding the management of forests, wildlife, and natural resources in Georgia.

We encourage you to start making plans now to bring your students to this exciting and educational event.  Many of the topics covered at the field day are also part of the Georgia Agricultural Education curriculum such as pine stand management, thinning, pine straw production, control of undesirable species, prescribed burning, best management practices, pond management, insect and disease diagnosis and control, and wildlife management. 

Early registration is encouraged to help the organizers plan for your group.  A special student and teacher rate of $10.00/person has been set for the field day.  This registration fee includes a bar-be-cue chicken lunch cooked on site by Huckleberry’s, program book with synopsis of each talk and water or soft drinks.   Bus parking will be available.

This year we are making registration easier by adding a web site for you to register.  The url for student registration is as follows:


If you have any questions about the field day or registration, contact George Granade at (770) 228-7318, or by email at ggranade@uga.edu.  More information on the field day event is available on the Web at http://www.caes.uga.edu/events/awfd/.


We hope to see you and your students in the forest on 17 September 2015 for this exceptional learning experience! 

Friday, May 1, 2015

N2 College ~ The Smarter Way 2 Pay For College



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President/National Director,  PreK-12 Family/Group Enrollment Programs
State Ambassador, Alabama, National HomeSchool Foundation-HSLDA
Honorary Alumni, University Of Alabama

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Jill Gudger Howell, M.A. Ed.
Founder, N2College Nationwide Admissions & Scholarship Consulting
Developer, PreK-12th Grade "$cholar$hip Jump$tart" Early Funding Prep E-System
Presenter, The College Board-National (Chicago) & Southeast Regional (Atlanta) Forums-"Trends In Guidance Technology" 
Past Executive Board & ASCA NomineeThe Alabama School Counseling Association, "Emerging Leader In The Field"  
Past District 16 Vice President & Scholarship CommitteeThe National Alumni Association, The University of Alabama
Selected Certified School Counselor Participant"Summer Institute On College Admissions", Harvard University 
Board of Directors, Region 1, The College Of Education's "Capstone Society", The University of Alabama 
State AmbassadorThe National Home School Foundation-HSLDA
Local Phone(256)-736-5969  
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