Thursday, April 26, 2012

Our Newest Game: Tricky Ys

"Words ending in "Y" all make different sounds."
Little Learner, quite confused by all the "Y" words in a recent workbook page (yes, we do them occasionally) voiced her opinion about why "Y" shouldn't have so many sounds. Tricky "Y".

I decided to take learning off the page and put it into her hands.

I made a list of all the words I could ending in "Y" taking on the sound of either long e or long i. I designed 2x3 inch cards, one word to each card, and printed the cards on 100 pound cardstock (colored makes it more fun). Little Learners helped me cut through the straight lines with their blunt tipped scissors.

Once cards were cut, I created a "Y" from one business- and one letter-sized envelope. After sealing the envelopes, I trimmed 1/4 inch off the top edge to make two pockets. I formed the "Y", securing with tape on the back, and traced around the outside edges with a black Sharpie to make the "Y" more pronounced. I wrote "long e" on one envelope pocket and "long i" on the other.

We have played this game many ways, in fact the littles like making up new rules. One round (played with a 5 and 8 year old) we read through the cards. I helped the 5 year old and it was great review for the eight year old. Then we placed the cards face down in the center of the play area and took turns drawing a card, saying the word, and letting it slide down the correct pocket.

This morning, we look the game with us on the morning dog walking adventure. The girls each had a handful of random cards, took turns reading their word and placing it in the correct pocket. I helped read words which had been forgotten.

We've had great fun and success with our new game, Tricky Ys. We also learned the meanings of some new words: wity, sly, and rely. So, chalk one up for vocabulary. Today, learning with our hands (and outside) was delightful.

Sunday, April 22, 2012

College Admission Requirements for Home Educated Applicants

Over the past several months, I have been speaking to rooms full of parents (some larger than others) considering the home education journey for their middle and high school children. Most often, we talk about specifics and how-tos. At some point during the Q&A portion, I am usually asked, "What about college admission?" 

Generally colleges welcome home educated students, but it is always wise to check on the admission requirements of particular schools of interest. Don't assume. Contact admissions counselors. Some universities have one counselor designated for home educated students. Finding out valuable information early enables parents and young adults to plan well for the high school chapter of a student's life. 

Finding the specific requirements for home educated students on a college site can take time. In an effort to help parents, I have created this blog with links, hoping it might save someone, somewhere, time. I will add to the list as I am able, so check back.

Agnes Scott College, Decatur, GA

Amherst College, Amherst, MA

Arizona State, Phoenix Area

Auburn, Auburn, AL (Scroll to the bottom)

Baptist Bible College, Clarks Summit, PA

Bellhaven University, Jackson, MS

Belmont Abbey College, Belmont, NC

Bowdoin College, Brunswick, ME

Bradley University, Peoria, IL

Bryan College, Dayton, TN

Bucknell University, Lewisburg, PA

California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA

Cedarville University, Cedarville, OH

Charleston Southern University, Charleston, SC

Clearwater Christian College, Clearwater, FL

Covenant College, Lookout Mountain, GA

Emory, Atlanta, GA

Emory-Riddle Aeronautical University, Daytona Beach, FL

Florida Gulf Coast University, Ft. Myers, FL

Florida Institute of Technology, Melbourne, FL

Florida State University, Tallahassee, FL

Furman, Greenville, SC

George Mason University, Fairfax, VA

Grove City College, Grove City, PA

Hillsdale College, Hillsdale, MI

John Hopkins University, Baltimore, MD (see Other Questions)

Kansas State University, Manhattan, KS

Liberty University, Lynchburg, VA

Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA

Mercer University, Macon, GA

Messiah College, Grantham, PA

Oberlin College and Conservatory, Oberlin, OH

Oglethorpe University, Atlanta, GA

Ohio University, Athens, OH

Patrick Henry College, Purcellville, VA

Pensacola Christian College, Pensacola, FL

Princeton University, Princeton, NJ

Rice, Houston, TX

Rollins College, Winter Park, FL

St. John's College, Annapolis, MD and Santa Fe, NM

Stanford University, Stanford, CA

Stetson University, Deland, FL

Southern Methodist University, Dallas TX

Taylor University, Upland, IN

Texas Christian Universtiy, Fort Worth, TX (home educated students ask to contact home education admission counselor at the university)

The College of William and Mary, Williamsburg, VA

Trinity Lutheran College, Everett, WA

Tulane University, New Orleans, LA

United States Air Force Academy, Colorado Springs, CO

United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL

University of Dallas, Irving, TX

University of Illinois, Urbana, IL

University of Evansville, Evansville, IL

University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

University of Georgia, Athens, GA

University of Illinois, Champaign, IL

University of New Hampshire, Durham, NH

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Chapel Hill, NC

University of North Florida, Jacksonville, FL

University of Notre Dame, Notre Dame, IN (scroll to the bottom)

University of Richmond, Richmond, VA

University of South Florida, Tampa, FL

Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN

Washington State University, Pullman, WA

Wheaton College, Wheaton, IL

Thursday, April 19, 2012

A Handsomely Fabulous Way to Learn Measurement

Searching the internet, I happened across a great way to teach or to reinforce units of capacity. I love hands-on, interactive ways to teach and to learn math, so Measurement Man was right up my alley, I mean abacus.

My girls LOVED this activity which is the best I have found to teach this concept in a hands-on, concrete method.

I posted the link on the Flip Three Pancakes page of my website. If you liked Measurement Man, you will love the other activities I posted.