Saturday, October 8, 2011

Drizzle Fizzle doing school

       
      About 2 weeks ago, my son  was chosen to be a beta tester for a home-school K12 website called e-learningk12.  ELearningk12 has been around for 11 years and is endorsed by Homeschool.com. Nancy Troup in collaboration  with Beth Marcello and Celeste Robichaux founded e learning back in 1990 and the school has been going strong since.  The program encourages everyone to make sure that it meets your State standards for education, but since I live in Texas our home-school laws are pretty lax. (One of the main reasons I wont' leave Texas!) They offer financial assistance, grants, the accept all major credit cards, cash, checks, bank drafts, just about any form of payment you can imagine.

      Right now all we have access to are the History. Geography and Science areas to test for the next 2 months. Then we will write a review of the products, teachers, assignments , etc.  We really like the program so far, but wish some of the lessons moved a little slower and the videos were a little longer, with more visual information. My son, who is 4 3/4 is a visual, hands on learner, so these are important elements we have to consider with any program we choose.

(Ok the above was typed  about 3 weeks ago and I never got around to finishing it, so I am now, with the update on how it is all going for us)

As many of you may know I have the privilege of being able to beta test the E Learning K12 program for my youngest son, who will be 5 in October. E Leaning does homeschooling, after school tutoring, enrichment classes and the like for grades K-12. The program is very thorough, in fact I think it may be a little to advanced for it.Now please keep in mind my son does not turn five till the Middle of October, so he's technically Pre-K age and not K age and this program was designed for Kindergarten! I asked to beta test it because I thought it would be good to get the perspective of a mother who had the option to put her son into Kinder because of the age border. I though seriously about placing him Kinder this year, but opted to put him in Pre-K instead, but I was curious if I made the right choice.Maye this will be helpful for some other parents who are debating this same issue.  Now I do have to say that my son really enjoys all the songs that they sing to reinforce the work and he loves all the "art" projects that he does as well.Below is a list of all objects covered in the History and Geography portion for Kindergarten.
 If you are interested in the program here is the link to their web site: http://www.elearningk12.com/log-in

Drake make the world, including oceans, continents, and clouds
Drake using spatial senses to draw his room
Course Introduction
      Parent: Course Introduction
    *      Materials Needed for Chapter 1
Unit 1: Spatial Sense
      1 - Introduction to Our World
      2 - Land or Water?
      3 - Maps and Globes
      4 - Continents and Oceans
      5 - North and South Poles
      6 - Atlantic and Pacific Oceans
      7 - Review and Mid-Unit Assessment
      8 - Directions
      9 - Directions: Using the Sun
      10 -Directions: Using a Compass
      11 - Mountains, Hills, Plains
      12 - Rivers and Lakes
      13 - Landforms Activity
      14 - Spatial Sense Review
      15 - Culminating Shoebox Activity
         Activity   015 Shoe Box Activity
      16 - Post-Assessment
Unit 2: The Seven Continents
      17 - Introduction to the Seven Continents
      18 - Graham Cracker Continents
      21 - Country or Continent
      23 - Continents Review and Assessment ( this is were we are as of today)
      Module 21 - Introduction to North America
         Module 22 - North American Countries
          Module 23 - North America: The Grand Canyon
      Module 24 - North America: Plants
      Module 25 - North America: Animals
      Module 26 - North America: Statue of Liberty
      Module 27 - Mexico
      Module 28 - Canada
      Module 29 - North America: Games and Review
      Module 30 - Assessment: North America
      Module 31 - South America: Introduction
      Module 32 - South America: Andes Mountains
      Module 33 - South America: Manchu Piccu
      Module 34 - South America: Amazon/Rainforests
      Module 35 - South America: Animals
      Module 36 - South America: Plants
      Module 37 - South America: Review and Assessment
      Module 38 - Africa: Location and Shape
      Module 39 - Africa: Animals
      Module 40 - Africa: Plants-The Peanut
      Module 41 - Africa: The Pyramids
      Module 42 - Africa: Sahara Desert
      Module 43 - Africa: Review of Africa
      Module 44 - Africa: Assessment
      Module 45 - Review
      Module 46 - Review and mid-unit Assessment
      Module 47 - Asia: Largest Continent
      Module 48 - Asia: Animals
      Module 49 - Asia: Plants
      Module 50 - Asia: Great Wall of China
      Module 51 - Asia: Momotaro
      Module 52 - Asia: Review of Asia
      Module 53 - Asia: Post Assessment
      Module 54 - Europe: Location and shape
      Module 55 - Europe: Animals
      Module 56 - Europe: Plants
      Module 57 - Europe: Structures
      Module 58 - Europe: Review of Europe
      Module 59 - Europe: Assessment
      Module 60 - Australia: "Land Down Under"
      Module 61 - Australia: Animals
      Module 62 - Australia: Plants
      Module 63 - Australia: Sydney Opera House
      Module 64 - Australia: Review of Australia
      Module 65 - Australia: Assessment
      Module 66 - Antarctica: Ice and Snow
      Module 67 - Antarctica: Plants
      Module 68 - Antarctica: Animals
      Module 69 - Antarctica: Review
      Module 70 - Antarctica: Assessment
      Module 71 - Review all continents
      Module 72 - Review all continents
      Module 73 - Post Assessment
      Module 74 - Location of the United States
      Module 75 - Location of the United States
      Module 76 - My State: Location
      Module 77 - My State Flag
      Module 78 - My State Capital
      Module 79 - My State Bird
      Module 80 - My State Flower
      Module 81 - My State: Climate
      Module 82 - My State: Characteristics
      Module 83 - My State: Landmarks
      Module 84 - My State: Customs
      Module 85 - My Community: Location
      Module 86 - My Community: My Address
      Module 87 - My Community: Landmarks
      Module 88 - My Community: Customs
      Module 89 - My Community A to Z
      Module 90 - U.S. States - Places to Visit
      Module 91 - U.S. Landmarks - Places to Visit
      Module 92 - Review of U.S. Geography
      Module 93 - Assessment
Native Americans
      Module 94 - Introduction of Native Americans
      Module 95 - Pacific Northwest: Chinnok
      Module 96 - Chinook: Food
      Module 97 - Chinook: Clothing
      Module 98 - Chinook: Homes
      Module 99 - Chinnok: Totem Poles
      Module 100 - Compare Chinook to Life Today
America: Early Exploration and Settlement
      Module 101 - Pacific Northwast Region Review
      Module 102 - Plains Region: Comanche
      Module 103 - Comanche: Animals
      Module 104 - Comanche: Homes
      Module 105 - Comanche: Clothing
      Module 106 - Compare: Chinook and Comanche
      Module 106 - Compare: Chinook and Comanche
      Module 107 - Review and Assessment
      Module 108 - Southeast: Cherokee
      Module 109 - Cherokee: Food
      Module 110 - Cherokee: Homes
      Module 111 - Cherokee: Clothing
      Module 112 - Cherokee Native Americans Review
      Module 113 - Compare and Contrast 3 Tribes
      Module 114 - Review of Native Americans
      Module 115 - Post-Assessment
      Module 116 - A Round World
      Module 117 - The Indies
      Module 118 - Christopher Columbus
      Module 119 - Queen Isabella and King Ferdinand
      Module 120 - Life in 1492
      Module 121 - Methods of Travel
      Module 122 - Nina, Pinta, and Santa Maria
      Module 123 - The Voyage of Columbus in 1492
      Module 124 - Indies and Indians
      Module 125 - The Pilgrims
      Module 126 - Mayflower voyage
        Module 127 - Mayflower Compact
      Module 128 - Plymouth Rock
      Module 129 - Plymouth Colony
      Module 130 - Squanto
      Module 131 - The First Thanksgiving
      Module 132 - The First Thanksgiving (continued)
      Module 133 - Thanksgiving Today
      Module 134 - Thirteen Colonies
      Module 135 - Thirteen Colonies (continued)
      Module 136 - Declaration of Independence
      Module 137 - Declaration of Independence (continued)
      Module 138 - A New Country
      Module 139 - Slavery in Early America
      Module 140 - Fourth of July Celebrations
      Module 141 - Fourth of July Celebrations (continued)
      Module 142 - Review of Early Exploration
      Module 143 - Post-Assessment
U.S. Presidents
      Module 144 - Familiar Faces
      Module 145 - George Washington: First President
      Module 146 - The Cherry Tree
      Module 147 - Father of Our Country
      Module 148 - Thomas Jefferson: Third President
      Module 149 - Books!
      Module 150 - Declaration of Independence
      Module 151 - Abraham Lincoln: Childhood
      Module 152 - Honest Abe
      Module 153 - Civil War
      Module 154 - Theodore Roosevelt: Childhood
      Module 155 - Love of Nature
      Module 156 - Teddy's Bear
      Module 157 - Current U.S. President: Background
      Module 158 - Current U.S. President: What He Does
      Module 159 - Review of Presidents
      Module 160 - Post Assessment
U.S. Symbols and Figures
    * Module 161 - U.S. Flag- Characteristics
      Module 162 - U.S. Flag - What it Means
         Module 163 - U.S. Flag - Respect of the Flag
      Module 164 - Statue of Liberty -facts
      Module 165 - Statue of Liberty - symbols
      Module 166 - Mount Rushmore
      Module 167 -  Washington, D.C.
      Module 168 - The White House
      Module 169 - Review of U.S. Symbols
      Module 170 - Post-Assessment


    * E Learning K12 Science for Kindergarten 

      Chapter 1: Plants
          o
            1 Introduction to Plants
                             a Introduction to Plants
                            b Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow
                
            2 Intro to Plants Vocabulary
                                  002a Introduction to Plants - Vocabulary
                                002b Resource Sheet - Vocabulary
               
            3 Living and Non-living
                               003a Living and Non-living
                               003b Oats, Peas, Beans, and Barley Grow
          
            4 Living and Non-living Worksheet
                                004a Resource Sheet - Living and Non Living p1
                                004b Resource Sheet - Living and Non Living p2
               
            5 Living and Non-living Leaf Template Project
                                005 Living and Non-living - Leaf Template Project
                                  Template for Leaf Project
           
            6 Living and Non-living Outdoor Activity
                              006 Living and Non-living - Outdoor Activity
          
            7 What a Plant Needs
                                  007a What a Plant Needs
                                   007b - Resource Sheet - What a Plant Needs
                                   007c Groovy Garden
                 
            8 What a Plant Needs Experiment: Plant Seeds
                              008a What a Plant Needs - Experiment: Plant Seeds
                              008b Resource Sheet- Log Sheet for Experiment
              
            9 What a Plant Needs Art Activity
                             009a What a Plant Needs Art Activity
                             009b Worksheet 1: What a Plant Needs Art Activity
                              09c Worksheet 2: What a Plant Needs Art Activity
      
            10 Parts of a Plant
           
                  010a Parts of a Plant
                  010b Here We Go Round The Mulberry Bush
          
            11 Parts of a Plant - Worksheet
           
                  011 Resource Sheet - Parts of a Plant
      
            12 Parts of a Plant - Art Activity
                           012 Parts of a Plant
          
            13 How Plants Get Food
                                013 How Plants Get Food
           
            14 How Plants Get Food - Experiment
                             014 How Plants Get Food
          
            15 Mid-Unit Activities And Assessment
                                  015a Mid-Unit Review
                                   015b Mid-Unit Assessment
             
            16 Where Do Seeds Come From?
                                  016 Where Do Seeds Come From?
         
            17 Book: A Special Seed to Plant / Art Activity
                                  017 Book: A Special Seed to Plant / Art Activity (this is were we are so far)
        
            18 Parts of a Seed Worksheet
                                018 Resource Sheet - Parts of a Seed
       
            19 Plants as Food
                                 019 Plants as Food
                               019 Resource Sheet - Plants as Food
         
            20 Plants as Food: Making Peanut Butter!
                                020 Plants as Food: Making Peanut Butter!
            21 We Need Plants!
                                 021 We Need Plants!
          22 Fruits and Vegetables Craft
                              022 Fruits and Vegetables Craft

            23 Plants Culmination - Lapbook Activity Part 1
                               023a Lapbook Activity Part 1
                                023b Resource Sheet - LAPBOOK p1
                               023c Resource Sheet - LAPBOOK p2
                               023d Resource Sheet LAPBOOK P3
                          023e Resource Sheet LAPBOOK p4
                          023f Resource Sheet LAPBOOK p5
                             023g Resource Sheet LAPBOOK p6
                             023h Resource: Seed Chart
     
            24 Plants Culmination - Lapbook Activity Part 2
                              024 Plants Culmination - Lapbook Activity Part 2
   
            25 End of Unit Assessment
                              025 Plants End of Unit Assessment
    *
      Chapter 2: The Human Body ( Skipped, although I really wish they would have covered this)
 
            26 Human Body Intro
                              026a Introduction to The Five Senses
                            026b Head Shoulders Knees and Toes
     
            27 Sense of Sight
                           027 Sense of Sight
      
            28 Sense of Sight
                          028 Sense of Sight-Colors
    
            33 Sense of Smell
         
            34 Sense of Smell
       
            35 Sense of Touch
             
            36 Sense of Touch
               
            37 Five Senses Review
        
            38 Five Senses Game and Mid Unit Assessment
            
            39 Body Parts
        
            40 Exercise
    
            41 Exercise
         
            42 Healthy Foods
               
            43 Healthy Foods
      
            44 Healthy Foods
   
            45 Healthy Foods
   
            46 Cleanliness / Hygiene
      
            47 Cleanliness / Hygiene
       
            48 Rest
  
            49 Rest
   
            50 Review and Culminating Activities
 
            51 Unit Assessment - Human Body
    *
      Magnetism
    
            52 Introduction to Magnetism
                             052a Introduction to Magnetism
          
            53 Magnetic or Not
           
                  053 Magnetic or Not
                   053b Resource Sheet - Color the Magnet
         
            54 Magnetic Testing
                                   054 Magnetic Testing
          
            55 How do Magnets Work
           
                  055 How do Magnets Work
          
            56 North & South Poles
                            056a North & South Poles
                              056b Worksheet - Magnetic Poles( This is were we are on Magnets, they skipped the human body section)
          
            57 Make a Compass
                             057 Make a Compass
      
            58 Fishing for Magnets
             
                  058 Fishing for Magnets
   
            59 Magnetic Field Lines
         
                  059a Magnetic Field Lines
                  059b Resource Sheet - What's Magnetic
 
            60 Magnetic Shapes
                           060 Magnetic Shapes
      
            61 Hopping Frog
                   061a Hopping Frog
                  061b Resource Sheet - Hopping Frog Template






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