Tuesday, January 26, 2010
In particular, here's an excerpt from the novel used as part of this activity: "Tomi left his house as soon as it was light and when the curfew was lifted. It took him less than an hour to walk to the harbor from his house. From the harbor, Sand Island was less than a 1/4 miles. When Tomi was apprehended, he said he lived about 3 to 4 miles from the harbor. It was already pass curfew time..."
Here is the procedure my son engaged in:
-Go on a fun journey and locate the distance from Pearl Harbor to Sand Island.
-Note down the distance and time.
-Estimate the location of Tomi's house
-Discuss the scenario of Tomi's journey and generate 2 addition/subtraction word problems.
Overall, this was an engaging activity and shows how integrating literature with mathematics can do wonders!
Saturday, January 23, 2010
As I mentioned previously, the Guam Council of the International Reading Association helps educators and parents alike discover the wonder and the worlds to be found in books. Guam IRA is a professional organization for individuals who are genuinely concerned with the development of reading programs for children and adults. It is a group of people who work together to improve literacy and reading instruction in Guam and Micronesia.Click on the image below to view the Guam IRA February 2010 Newsletter, which I'm sure many homeschoolers will appreciate. If you are unable to view the newsletter, visit Guam IRA's website at http://iraguam.blogspot.com. Enjoy!
Thursday, January 14, 2010
"After watching Avatar I thought that it sent out a message, one that tells you to take another look at the world you live in and the environment that surrounds you on a daily basis. The love that the Na’vi have for the value of nature makes me wonder
about the nature on Earth. Day by day we destroy the most beautiful areas on Earth just to fit the needs of modern society, which has its benefits and cons. I feel that since we are people that populate this world, we should do more to help protect the nature from fading
away before Earth turns into another Mars."
The aformentioned ties in with different disciplines, such language arts, reading, mathematics, science, and social studies! I am delighted wlth his thought-reflective submission!
Sunday, January 10, 2010
As part of our Interdisciplinary Unit instruction, my son will read Under the Blood Red Sun. Over the course of our instruction, he will engage in various content-area activities for this unit. In the meantime, here's the synopsis for this culturally-relevant story.
Under the Blood Red Sun Synopsis
Copyright 1994 by Graham Salisbury
Winner of the Scott O’Dell award for historical fiction
Tomi was born in Hawaii. His grandfather and parents were born in Japan and came to America to escape poverty. "This is a good place," says Papa, a fisherman, and Tomi knows he is right.
World War II seems far away from Tomi and his friends, even though the harbor is full of warships. They're busy playing ball on their eighth-grade team, The Rats.
The Pearl Harbor is attacked by the Japanese, and the United States declares war on Japan. Japanese men are rounded up. Tomi's father and grandfather are arrested. Taken away. Tomi must be the man of his family and help his mother and little sister survive. It's a terrifying time to be Japanese in America. But one thing doesn't change: the loyalty of Tomi's buddies, The Rats.
There's no doubt that the Guam Council of the International Reading Association helps educators and parents alike discover the wonder and the worlds to be found in books. Guam IRA is a professional organization for individuals who are genuinely concerned with the development of reading programs for children and adults. It is a group of people who work together to improve literacy and reading instruction in Guam and Micronesia.
Homeschoolers should definitely consider using the Guam IRA as a resource like I do. I found various books for all my kids. In particular, we have used some of the books for the homeschooling of my oldest son. Thank you Guam IRA for being there for us!
Click on the image below to view the Guam IRA January 2010 Newsletter. If you are unable to view the newsletter, visit its website at http://iraguam.blogspot.com. Enjoy!
My oldest son is immersed in various content areas, and I usually integrate literacy in each of the subjects, so that he is motivated to read. It certainly helps that I'm an educator. Homeschooling takes dedication and time and sometimes we go beyond the required 3 hours a day, if necessary, so you can imagine that I often have a very long day, since I also teach part-time at the university on certain days! Nevertheless, I'm glad that there is an option for those children who have certain needs like my son. He is learning so much, and we don't have to worry about his absences when his eczema acts up, because he is already at school - our "homeschool" setting! I wish the very best for other homeschoolers, and I encourage you to continue to strive for the best, because focus and dedication are certainly requisites for what we do as homeschool parents!
Wednesday, January 6, 2010
RUBRIC FOR REFLECTION
It may be challenging to create specific rubrics, but it is necessary to monitor progress, improve instruction, etc. I encourage other educators to create their own rubrics, so that they may continue to effectively evaluate their students. Good luck!
Monday, January 4, 2010
There's no doubt that homeschooling is beneficial, but along with that comes the responsibility to meet the requirements (local mandate and curricular) and extra efforts to truly meet your child's needs. It has been challenging, yet rewarding at the same time. I recommend homeschooling for those who have unique circumstances, such as the condition experienced by my son. It was not an easy choice for us, but we did what we had to do to ensure that we meet the educational and emotional needs of our son. We don't regret our choice to homeschool him. Our oldest daughter remains in private school, and she is striving for the best in all that she does. We are proud of her performance too. Our youngest son will begin his formal schooling next year. At this point, we've decided to allow him to attend the same private school his siblings attended. Although we support homeschooling, we still want him to experience the social aspect with peers his age throughout the day every day. As you can see, we want only the best for our children. We have made sacrifices as parents, but we do it with justification that we know will make a difference in their lives!