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The Southern Museum of Civil War and Locomotive History

Experience the dramatic history of railroads and the War Between the States at the Southern Museum of Civil War & Locomotive History! A prestigious Smithsonian Affiliations member, the Museum provides visitors with a unique perspective into the strategic and economic use of railroads during and after the Civil War. The Museum is home to the General locomotive, made famous during the Great Locomotive Chase of 1862. Join us for the Southern Museum’s Homeschool Workshop Series! Each workshop includes guided activities, tours, or demonstrations, plus a hands-on workshop. Learn new concepts and apply them by creating your own invention, art project, or machine! Each workshop will focus on a different train-themed subject. Workshops will address these subjects through a multidisciplinary approach. This workshop series is S.T.E.A.M.-powered, and includes Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math, plus a healthy dose of history!

Billy Graham Library

Experience history and see your future in a new light at the Billy Graham Library in Charlotte, North Carolina. During a visit to the Library, you’ll relive the remarkable ways God used an ordinary farm boy to change the world. Through state-of-the-art exhibits, audio and film displays, and personal memorabilia you will discover how God used Billy Graham to shape history through relationships with world leaders, his outreach efforts during times of war and peace, and his unfailing commitment to God’s love. While you’re here, stroll through the Graham Family Homeplace, where Billy lived until he left for college. Browse Ruth’s Attic Book Store, enjoy lunch or a snack in the Graham Brothers Dairy Bar, and relax in the Memorial Prayer Garden, resting place of Ruth Bell Graham, George Beverly Shea, and Cliff Barrows. Free Admission. Monday – Saturday 9:30 a.m. – 5 p.m.

5 Snow Day Activities for Homeschoolers!

Winter is coming soon and with it comes the magical white stuff….SNOW! Some families love it, some hate it. Regardless of where you fall you will want to find things to do with your kids during the long winter season.

I am one who firmly believes in the power of a snow day even for homeschoolers! We normally call at least 2 a year and during those snow days we often do at least one of these five things!

These activities are also ones that you can do during the upcoming holiday break. Bonus-they all could also count as school days and your kids wouldn’t even know ;)

 The next time it snows to consider taking a snow day and doing one of these activities with your kids. Snow days are a great chance to sit back, relax and have a BREAK!

  1. Make Snow Crème: We LOVE making Snow Crème! It is SO easy to make and tastes delicious. Here is the recipe:
  • 4 Cups of Snow
  • 1 Cup of Milk
  • ¼ cup of sugar
  • 1tsp of Vanilla
  • Chocolate or Strawberry syrup (if desired)

 

  1. Purge on Movies and Popcorn: We love a good movie or a Little House marathon. Sometimes on snow days we will ditch the books and the cold and curl up to watch some of our favorite movies. Add some popcorn and hot chocolate and you have a dream snow day!
  2. Paint the Snow: Snow paint is super easy to make and will keep the kids busy for awhile! All you need are spray bottles with adjustbale nozzles and food coloring. Let the kids see what kind of pictures and shapes they can make in the snow! You will be amazed at the beautiful creations J.
  3. Messy Art or Science Projects: Snow days are the perfect days to whip out all the messy activities you normally say no too. Paint, baking, glitter, play doh, whatever the kids want to do, let them have at it! Make playdoh, experiment with baking soda and vinegar, paint a collage, find something that is messy and have fun with your kids!
  4. Board Game Day: We enjoy board games but rarely have the time to play more than one a day. Some snow days we will sit and play a tournament of board games. Who can win the most hands of Uno? Get out monopoly and FINISH a game, have a battle ship tournament, and see who can perform the best Operation. There are tons of board games you can play with your kids, and chances are you can find one in your house you’ve not played for a while.

I encourage you the next time it snows to consider taking a snow day and doing one of these activities with your kids. Snow days are a great chance to sit back, relax and have a BREAK!  A day of rest from the planning, grading and teaching, and a day to just sit back and be a fun mom!


Misty Bailey is a wife to Roger and a homeschool mom to three beautiful blessings. She resides with her family in Southern Ohio. She loves helping new homeschoolers and has a free Homeschool 101 eBook for those getting started. She shares her struggles with time management, becoming unglued and finding joy in the everyday moments on her blog Joy in the Journey

Quest for Arete

Experience the “magic” of the Elements in this exciting Educational Game of spells and potions. Each card represents a “Magical Element” taken from the Periodic Table of the Elements. Players Learn Chemical Symbols and how to Read Chemical Formulae Why is Iron’s symbol “Fe”? Why is Lead’s “Pb”? You’ll see why! Scores are based on Electron Configuration of the Elements (Valence Electron Count) Each Spell’s Score Uses a little Brain Power: Roman Numeral Conversion and Math Homeschool families especially enjoy Quest for Arete because there are so many hidden lessons to discover! It is appropriate for many different ages. Players who can read and understand at the 6th Grade Level (we’ve seen as young as 8) are excited by their introduction to the Elements!

Visit Website: Quest for Arete – www.questforarete.com

Help for the Struggling Speller

A struggling speller. If you have had one, you know how difficult the homeschool day can be for you and your child. It can test your patience, your child’s desire to learn, and can leave you wondering if you should even be doing this homeschool thing. If you have taught one, you know exactly what I’m talking about. And you know how frustrating it can be for you and the student.

You should! A struggling learner does not mean you should not homeschool. It does not mean you aren’t equipped to teach your child. It just means you may need a little bit of help along the way. Today we are going to take a look at how to help a struggling speller.

Provide Hands-on Learning

Most children who struggle with spelling don’t do well with worksheets or workbooks. Instead, you are going to have to consider different methods of teaching. One way a lot of kids learn is through hands-on learning. This method of instruction can work great for a struggling speller. Struggling

Provide letters that your child can touch and move around. Allow them to make patterns with words, for example, cat, hat, sat, fat.

Focus on Connection

Struggling spellers need to have a way to recognize connection or theme with their words. One great way to do this is by giving them word lists that have a familiar theme (all animals) or word family words (like “CK” words or “ing” words).

Another method of connection that can help a child is through a personal relationship. This can be done via modeling. Show your child strategies you use for spelling. Think aloud while writing a grocery list. If you misspell a word, show it to your child. Let them see that adults can make spelling errors too and that learning is always happening.

Allow Child to Work at Their Level

Struggling spellers need instruction that is at their level of learning. If your child is in 5th grade but is a struggling speller, don’t assume they can work at a 5th-grade spelling level. Go back to the level they are at. The grade level on a book isn’t anything but an assumption. A struggling speller may have gaps to fill, even if it means they need to go back to something you assumed they had learned in elementary school.

A struggling speller. If you have had one, you know how difficult the homeschool day can be for you and your child. Let's take a look at how to help a struggling speller.

Teach Spelling Strategies

No matter what level a child is at they need to learn and practices strategies for effective spelling. These strategies can include learning memory tricks and rules, memorizing words visually, looking up words in a reference book, utilizing spell check, or even asking for assistance.  You can learn more about these strategies here.  

An important thing to remember is that spelling takes practice. Even adults often struggle with spelling. Working on this through the various methods mentioned above can help your struggling speller become better one step at a time.

 

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