• Curriculum

    by Published on 08-31-2015 02:33 PM
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    I'm Becky, mom of 5 kiddos through adoption, foster, and birth. Because we have such a mixture of cultures in our house (China, Ethiopia, Mexico, US) I began to look for ways to celebrate our heritages and learn about world celebrations, cuisine, etc. I founded KidWorldCitizen.org initially to share ideas with other multicultural and adoptive families. It grew and grew, and now I am happy to share ideas with families and teachers to help kids learn about all world cultures and geography.

    The most common question I get is "How can my kids learn about the world when we don't have the opportunity to travel?"....or "when we live in a homogenous community?"

    Between libraries and the internet there are hundreds of ways we can connect to the world!

    Here are 10 ways you can incorporate culture TODAY into your children's lives- but this is not an exhaustive list! Please add your comments and share ways you learn about the world in your family.

    1) Snuggle up with a book. As parents, we read to our kids all the time. By carefully choosing the books, we can:

    * explore culture in books that feature kids real lives (such as these books about kids in Ethiopia)

    * read books that defy stereotypes by showing more than one side of the story. When studying "Africa," for example, choose a specific country instead of an entire continent. Pick stories from rural and urban settings, in the past and the present, folktales and nonfiction. Often times Africa as a continent is portrayed as vast rural stretches of land with abundant wildlife (which does exist, but is not the whole story). There is a danger to a single perspective or stereotype, and kids should not be surprised to learn about bustling cities, where families live, work, and go to school. These stories show some of the kids who live in South Africa’s different areas and lifestyles..

    * join the Global Read Aloud. This world-wide book club uses Twitter, Skype, Edmodo, their wiki, email, regular mail, Kidblog, Tackk, and any other tools you can think of to make connections and discuss the book. There are several books to choose from, and kids in kindergarten through college can participate!

    2) Feast.
    Searching out restaurants and supermarkets from different cultures has double the benefits: not only will you be exposing her to diverse ingredients and flavors, you also will meet people who the culture. Cook cuisine from around the world with your kids. Aside from dinner, try to find breads, typical snacks or breakfast foods- or desserts!

    3) Become part of the community. Community centers are gathering places in the local community for many ethnic groups and immigrants. We have been welcomed into our local Ethiopian church, who recently invited adoptive families to their Easter feast. The outdoor buffet was brimming with injera and different kinds of wot, and crowds of kids were running around playing basketball, soccer, and visiting the face-painting clown. Our Children's Museum frequently hosts cultural groups and we have made Turkish marbled paper with the Turkish community, and Norwegian hearts at Christmastime. For Chinese New Year, the Chinese Consulate opens their doors for the celebration: dancers, music, games (how many grains of rice can you pick up with chopsticks?) copious amounts of food, and a gallery of photos from China. I have heard parents express their discomfort at being in the minority at such events: step out of your comfort zones and surround yourself with the new culture.

    4) Celebrate! Learn about traditions and customs for festivals, celebrations, holidays, birthdays and select some favorites to celebrate. Start small: research the holidays and find out where the closest celebration is. If possible, attend the event, parade, or party as a family. If there is nothing close-by, re-create it in your home: watch clips on youtube, talk to friends of the same culture to gather details, research it on-line to learn more. Don't stop at home- bring the celebrations to your co-op-- who doesn't love a reason to party? Here's an example lesson plan that I created for preK- elementary school for Chinese New Year.

    5) Learn some new words. Language is such an important part of any culture. If you cannot enroll your child ...
    by Published on 08-10-2015 11:12 AM
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    Welcome to Homeschool Geek Week!

    My name is Amber Benton. I prepared a short introduction for my husband David and myself over on our blog. (He's the real geek).

    We have a fun week planned for you and I am looking forward to the conversation here at Secular Homeschool. You can join in the conversation on the forum, over on the blog, or on social media. We have prepared the week's schedule on the blog but I will post it here as well. Of course we can always chat about anything that interests you! If you want to see some of the things we talk about in our local meet ups you can take a look at the long list on this post.

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    The Proffessor's Syllabus

    Monday
    Iterative Design
    The Professor will aslo release his weeklong design challenge this morning!

    Tuesday
    The Modern Maker Movement
    The importance of making and the relationship of craft and tech.

    Wednesday
    How To Be A Coder
    How does a coder think? Learn to program without a computer.

    Thursday
    The Robot
    Robots, robotics, and robotics education.

    Friday
    A Study in Artillery
    David and the boys will share five of their favorite artillery projects.


    A Brief Personal Note
    If you have seen me speak before, engaged with me on social media, or read other things I've written you may wonder why I'm here at Secular Homeschool. First of all, I'd like to thank you for making me feel welcome! If you want to read a bit about why I'm here and or find out more about Big Green Chair read What is Big Green Chair and click on Our Story.
    by Published on 06-29-2015 09:03 AM
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    I remember the first time I encounteredCuisenaire rods in a graduate workshop. “Be sure you allow time forkids to play with them,” began the instructor, looking around at aroom full of educators turning the tiny blocks into towers andpatterns of stripes. As we knocked over towers and tried to payattention to the instructions on how to use these colorful littlethings with students, we laughed. Even the adults were drawn toplaying with their math.


    I've since learned that there are amillion ways to play with your math and hold it in your hands. It'snot a necessary step for absolutely every student, but for most, itmakes math more fun, more tactile, and easier to understand. Mathmanipulatives can be a lifeline for some math strugglers, a shortcutto understanding for some thinkers, and a means to get to a deeperunderstanding for others. There are dozens of different products outthere for both arithmetic and geometry and even an array of productsfor algebra. There are also ways to make math hands on by bringing itinto the real world in other ways.


    The simplest math manipulatives areprobably counters. Nearly all of us were born with a nice set of tenof them attached directly to our hands. You can get fancy, of course,and buy a set or you can use what you have around the house. For thesmallest math learners, going from the symbolic abstraction ofnumbers to the reality of a quantity of things sitting in front ofyou is a big step in early learning. In fact, it was a big step inour development as a species to be able to do this. If you and your kids ever want to think about just how big a step, the Terry Jones documentary The Story of 1 is a fun look at the history of how numbers became numbers. We're so used to being able to think of four chairs or four apples or four fingers as just “4” that it's easy to underestimate how hard it is for the brand new learner.


    Next comes the even harder in counting up past your fingers. Going beyond ten means beginning to see a pattern in the way we structure our numbers and understanding placevalue. This is where counters can be useful to start, but can quicklybecome tedious. Different possibilities begin to really open up. Kids ...
    by Published on 06-22-2015 01:05 PM
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    “What works best?” Does that mean there’s one thing, one magic recipe that works all the time, with every learner, in every situation? Probably not. But some things, some approaches, some types of material do work best with this learner, or this group of learners, in these circumstances, at this time. That's what I've learned (or hope I've learned) in the 20-some years I've been working with Latin learners and their families and the 30-some years I've been learning the language myself.

    “What works best in this context?” That's a better question. As a young high-school teacher in 1992, I knew just enough to know that I didn’t have an answer. Then I started to find one. But as the world changed, and learners changed, and the context changed, I found, refined, and eventually discarded answer after answer as "this context" kept changing.

    What works best for learning Latin depends on a lot of factors … factors like
    • who you are, as the parent and teacher
    • who your child is, as a person and as a language learner
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    by Published on 06-15-2015 08:29 AM
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