Monthly Archives: November 2011

Teachable Moments

Our eight-year-old built this “Empire State Building” from Math-U-See blocks and then calculated how many rooms there would be if each floor had 100 rooms. (Yes, those are the math flashcards dumped from the math tub all over the living room. Yes, he cleaned them all up when he was done. He even sorted them  Read more »

OH Special through HST

Don’t miss our great special at Homeschooling Today magazine: Only $99.95 Limited Time Special! One year (one issue each month, beginning Jan 2012) of the Organic Homeschooling monthly curriculum PDF download plus Curriculum Advice from Victoria Botkin Vol. 1 & 2 CDs plus Advent Reflection PDF. We only have a few of the Curriculum Advice  Read more »

How do you read OH?

We’re working on changes to the January curriculum, and we’d like to know how you use the OH plans. Do you read it from your computer screen or e-reader? Do you print the plans and put them in a notebook? Other ways you read OH? If you print it out . . . if we  Read more »

Sunday begins Advent

The first Sunday of the Advent season is in just two days, November 27. Make sure you look at your “Advent Reflection” for the Bible reading. Do you have your candles ready? We purchase ours at the local Hallmark store, in case you can’t get yours on-line in time. Hurry!

Happy Thanksgiving

Psalm 100 Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the LORD with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the LORD he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his  Read more »

Need Your Feedback . . .

How do you like the current format of Organic Homeschooling? As we begin working on the January issue, I’ve been thinking about changing some things around. What about a “notebook” approach that would allow you to more easily move activities and assignments around? Do you like the daily written out instructions? Or does that distract  Read more »

A Second is a Hiccup activities

Try on of these activities from Rebecca Sauer with your reading of A Second is a Hiccup: Time: Look at different ways to measure time. Compare an hourglass, analog clock, and digital clock or stopwatch. Which is easier to use and read? In what other ways do we measure time? Seconds: Time yourself doing everyday  Read more »

We’re listening to Handel’s “Messiah”

For the Murphy family, the Messiah is the first round of holiday music played. Of course, the “Halleluiah” chorus is a favorite, but we love how the many solos and choruses fill our minds with Scripture. Bach may be our composer of focus, but that won’t stop us from enjoying Handel!

December Curriculum comes out at midnight

As we did last year, December’s curriculum is going to look a little different. First, many homeschoolers (including the Murphy family, most years) take December completely off. OH cuts the schedule to three weeks and lightens the activities a great deal. This year, we developed Advent Reflections primarily for the families in our church, but  Read more »

Shadow Tag

Idea from HST writer Rebecca Sauer: Play shadow tag. One player is “it.” If he steps on another’s shadow, that person becomes the new “it.”