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Why We Love Sonlight’s Book of Time

We’re on our third year using Sonlight Curriculum.  We love it.  One part I particularly like is the Timeline Book.  If you’re not familiar with it, here’s how it works, how we use it, and why we love it!


So what is the Book of Time?  Well, when you purchase it, it’s just an empty book basically.  It has a timeline pre-marked with the years, but the pages are otherwise empty for you to fill.

One book is intended to be used through all grades – each year building on what you did the previous year.  So when you’re finished, you have an incredible visual of the chronology of events in history.

Sonlight has timeline stickers that coincide with the history and literature and Bible readings in each Core for you place on the timeline.

But we are guilty of adding SO MUCH MORE than just the stickers with our Core and the notes it guides you to add.

For example, when we were learning about Egypt in Core B/World History Pt 1, I found some great printables (I wish I could remember where) of Egyptian monuments and the dates of their building.  We included those.


I wouldn’t recommend using such large pictures for more modern historical events.  But I had a feeling that the 2500-1500 BC pages wouldn’t get as full as say, the 500 to 1500 AD pages.  And G really loved these images.

We have also been using Story of the World (in place of Child’s History of the World in Sonlight’s Core B and C – that book just wasn’t working for us).

In the Story of the World Activity Guides there are “review cards”.  Those make great additions to the timeline book.  In the picture above, in the top left corner is our SOTW review card on the Minoans and at the bottom, I cut out a blurb about the Aryans.

Another SOTW review card in the picture above.  Also, I use the top edge of the page to note Kingdoms or Civilizations or Reigns that begin or end on other pages of the timeline so that if we’re only looking at one page, we can see at a glance the world dynamic.

The top of the page above says “Ancient Egypt’.  Other pages may have several listings like “Medieval Europe”, “Ming Dynasty” or “Henry VIII’s reign”.

You might ask yourself, WHY would I create MORE work for myself?

Well, because this book enhances our study of history.  We are almost finished with our third year of adding to it and it’s really starting to come together and create this picture of history you can’t get just from reading a book.

For example, 1200-1100BC you can see we have Gideon, Ruth and Naomi, Hannah and Samuel and…. the Olmec people in Mexico.

Whoa.  Had that ever occurred to you?  That when Hannah was praying for Samuel, there was an entire civilization living halfway across the world at the same time?

I think these are the things we miss when we take history and study it in small chunks.  Which, really, is about the only way you CAN study history.  BUT when you assemble a timeline, you start to see how all the pieces fit together.

When we flip open the book to add a note about Alfred the Great, we are also reminded about what was happening in China at that same time.  It’s probably an event we remember reading about but now it’s like, “Oh, so that was happening while this was happening.”

For us it makes history a more living subject.  We will be adding to this timeline for 8 more years.  I can’t wait to see the final result!

I hope this has inspired you to make a timeline of your own!  You can purchase the Sonlight Book of Time even if you don’t use the full curriculum.

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Educents February Freebie K-2nd Math Pack

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Put a little love into your math lessons this month with the February FREEBIE (Addition, Subtraction, Number Bonds, Ten Frames) pack!

What’s included: This seven page FREEBIE for February includes two vertical addition pages (one to 10 and one to 20), two vertical subtraction pages (one from 10 and one from 20), one ten frame page (to 10), and two number bond pages (one to 10 and one to 20). Skills Addition to 10 – find the sum Addition to 20 – find the sum Subtraction from 10 – find the difference Subtraction from 20 – find the difference Ten Frames to 10 – write the number to match the ten frame Number Bonds to 10 – complete the number bonds Number Bonds to 20 – complete the number bonds.

Hurry to Educents for your freebie!

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Homeschool Moms’ Favorite Educents Resources

I do love Educents!  They recently asked me what current item on their site I had used and enjoyed and they included my comments in a roundup of Homeschoolers Favorite Resources!

Educents is valuable for homeschoolers and teachers alike.  You can always find deals (and sometimes freebies!) to help with your lessons!   Do you have any lessons coming up in 2016 that will be challenging?  Or that you don’t have all the resources together for yet?  Don’t forget to check out Educents for what you need!

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No matter what may be on your lesson plan for 2016, consider the resources below. Members within the Educents community put a list together of their favorite homeschool resources. If you’d like to learn more about the resource, just click the link! If you want to get more involved in the Educents community to learn more about homeschooling and the curriculum offered on Educents, join the Educents Facebook group!


 

Emily of Smith Squad recommends the Life of Fred books.

“As a child, I always hated math, even though I was good at it because it was soon boring. When I heard about Fred, I knew he had to be a part of our homeschool. My kids absolutely LOVE when it’s math time, and they are learning a ton about how to apply math to every day practical situations.”

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Lisa Marie of The Canadian Homeschooler uses the Writecraft and Mathcraft Units.

“The writing portion of this resource was the first time EVER that my oldest son ever willing wrote anything! He was excited to write instead of hating it.”


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Educents: TONS of FREE Printables! Math, Language, Fall, Christmas + more

Check out these FREE printables from Educents

sightwordstackSight Words Stack ‘Em Ups!   Who it’s for: Pre-K to 1st Grade

Why it’s great: This activity helps beginning readers practice sight words in a way that is motivating and engaging. It is easy to make with things you probably have around the house, or can easily grab at the grocery store

Four Types of Sentences Flipbook  Who it’s for: 1st to 2nd Grade

Why it’s great: This is a simple flip book for students to create. There is one page for each type of sentence. There is also a student practice page. The flip book comes in both color and black and white. Anchor charts for each type of sentence are included. Continue reading

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FREE Ancient Egypt Mini-Unit Lessons to Download (thru 8/19)

Did you see where they think they’ve discovered a hidden entrance to Queen Nerfertiti’s Tomb in a wall in King Tut’s tomb?  (Tut was supposedly the son of Nerfertiti.)  They think the tomb was built for her but the entrance to her burial chamber was bricked up and Tut was buried in her antechamber.

Yes, I know, I’m geeking out about it too.  BigG likes Ancient Egyptian stuff too and these FREE worksheets are going to keep him busy!

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Download a FREE lesson for kids about Ancient Egypt and jump into King Tut’s history! The freebie has several activities included in this pack, including reading comprehension, math review, map skills, and timeline practice, so there are a multiple ways to use them.

Hieroglyphics Math

Use these fun pages to practice place value and/or addition and subtraction skills! Page 12 of the King Tut Mini-Unit Freebie asks students use the symbols to determine the number. The following page goes a step further and asks students add or subtract numbers.

Fun facts about Ancient Egypt:

  • The Egyptian alphabet contained more than 700 hieroglyphs!
  • Egyptians believed cats were a sacred animal and having a pet cat would bring a household good luck.
  • Ancient Egyptians invented pens, toothpaste, and a game very similar to bowling.

More Ancient Egypt resources:

Mini Bio: King Tut – Here’s a mini bio about King Tut to go with your mini unit!

Ancient Egypt Lapbook – Study interesting facts about the discovery of hieroglyphic writing, the Rosetta Stone, the great King Tutankhamun, the lovely Cleopatra and more.
Recipes From Egypt
– Delight your little cooks with two authentic and easy-to-make recipes from Egypt: Tameya (the original veggie burger), and Basboosa (Semolina cake with honey and lemon).
My Book About Egypt – My Book About Egypt takes elementary students to the cities of Cairo, Alexandria, Damietta, and Giza.

Want free lessons for kids about Ancient Egypt? Download the King Tut Mini-Unit Freebie on Educents!  Only FREE until 8/19/15!

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FREE Minecraft-Themed Math Worksheets your Kids will LOVE

Do your Minecraft kids need some encouragement to practice math? How about a quick addition refresher before going back to school?

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Download Multi Taskin’ Mom’s FREE Minecraft Themed Addition Worksheets. These fun math worksheets include single digit to double digit addition, making this freebie useful for Minecraft kids ages 5 to 12.

Here’s more ways to use your child’s interest in Minecraft for learning:

Looking for more ways to turn gaming time into learning time? Check out all the Minecraft-themed educational products offered on Educents at a discount.

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You can use your $10 gift card on anything at Educents!  You can find deeply discounted resources and lots of great printable packs sometimes for $5 or less (making them FREE after your credit!).  Plus, you can almost always find a freebie on Educents too!

Educents is a flash deal site for discounted educational products!  If you are an educator or homeschooling family, check them out today!

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