How to use Celebration Education as a full curriculum

Are you wanting to break away from standardized curriculum? We can help!! Way back in the '80's I decided I would homeschool my children because I wanted them to be exposed to a variety of learning sources, not just one teacher and one textbook. I have never used a set curriculum for my children. Over the years I have experienced the power of learning through fun, dynamic activities in which the students are engaged, feel empowered, and want to know more. Things learned in this way are remembered longer. Do you want to quit trying to make your child just like all the others? Do you want to help bring out your child's best qualities through their learning? Do it! Here's how Celebration Educat

Plants and Magical Herbs

For 10/31-11/4 Workshop activities 1. Craft – Sun Prints: sun-sensitive paper art 2. Key Points – Old Mandrake Game - herbs and what they're used for 3. Collaborative - Dichotomous Key - how scientists identify plant species 4. Writing - Anagrams - discover the flower anagrams 5. Math/Logic – Fibonacci Sequence - make a visual representation of the sequence 6. Character Connection – Random Acts of Kindness - play flower fairy 7. Big Activity - Cells - make edible cell models 8. Movement – Photosynthesis Relay Race - experience the process of photosynthesis while running!! Quests to do at home: Do some secret fairy service. Make a chart that shows what everyone's favorite fruit is. Herbology-

Habitats, Bugs, Reptiles

10/24-10/28 Workshop Activities 1. Craft – Butterfly Life Cycle 2. Key Points – Animal Habitats 3. Collaborative – Insect or Not? 4. Writing – Habitat Notes 5. Math/Logic – How Many Legs? 6. Character Connection – Bee Good 7. Big Activity - Microhabitats 8. Movement – Habitat Toss Quests to do at home: Go on a nature photos scavenger hunt. Take pictures of plants, animals, insect, evidence of an animal visitor, etc. Catch and study an insect. What is it? Where does it live? What does it eat? What eats it? Write your observations and discoveries in your wizard notebook. Make habitat collages: http://www.ucmp.berkeley.edu/education/lessons/its_all_relative.html Get a large frame or hula hoop.

Castles

10/17-10/21 This weeks' workshop activities: 1. Craft – Miniature Castle Models 2. Key Points – World Castles 3. Collaborative – Castle Architecture 4. Writing - Heteronyms 5. Math/Logic - Auction 6. Character Connection – Hero's Cycle: Attainment/Return in Triumph 7. Big Activity – Castle Building 8. Movement – Raid the Castle Quests to do at home: Identify the architecture styles of various castles. Research King Arthur. Did he really exist, or is he only fairy tale? Explain your opinion in your journal. The medieval times are often called the Dark Ages. Why? Could we have dark ages again? Why or why not? Write your thoughts in your Journal. Discover more about Hogwarts architecture here:

Languages

10/11-10/14 This week's activities: 1. Craft – Rosetta Stone 2. Key Points – Wizard's Duel with Latin spells 3. Collaborative – Hidden Meanings - word roots in Harry Potter characters' names 4. Writing – New Spells - use Latin word roots to write new spells 5. Math/Logic – Rune Fact Families 6. Character Connection – Hero's Journey: Facing Weaknesses 7. Big Activity - Buon Giorno - Students visit with royalty through a translator 8. Movement – Agility Race Quests to do at home: Choose three Latin-based languages. Write “It's a small world” in all three languages. What are the similarities and differences in the three sentences? Use runes to write your own spells. Open a Harry Potter book to

Curiosity - A Vital Ingredient

We all learn best when our curiosity is fully engaged. When we’re hungry to learn. Where does curiosity lead us? We explore. We seek out interesting things. We visit exotic places. We experiment. We read good books. Some families mistakenly decide to do these "fun" things after the "schoolwork" (i.e., worksheets) is done. But without curiosity engaged, the material will take their time but not their heart. They will not care about the content and therefore it is not memorable. In many cases, traditional schoolwork is a futile exercise. When students are given a smorgasbord of opportunities to learn, children can pick and choose the most delicious learning experiences. This is when the learni

Movement

Specific Diagnostic Studies did a study to find the learning style of students. They found that the typical student is 29% visual, 34% auditory, and 37% haptic (moving, touching, doing). Yet most classrooms use primarily visual and auditory teaching techniques. They ignore a full third of the learning opportunities. In order to have their brains work in the optimum state, students need to be physically involved in the learning process. This means that children need to [gasp] get out of their seats! They need to move! I have observed that school teachers feel like they're doing a good job when they successfully keep all the children in their seats and quiet. So when do they get to experience

Education of the Future

Many people say that our education system is flawed. What drives me nuts is when people suggest that the solution to the problem is MORE of the same stuff – longer school hours, skipping recess, more tests, etc. Isn't this the definition of insanity – doing the same thing over and over again, expecting different results? Fortunately, not everyone is on that same treadmill. There are some wonderful new and innovative school programs out there now, and more and more are popping up all the time. One thing that impresses me a lot is that it seems that for the most part, it is homeschoolers who are leading the way. We are the ones who have had the courage to buck the system and to keep looking un

Magical Words

This week's class activities 1. Craft – Magic Box - Decorate magic boxes 2. Key Points – Types of Poems - Identify different types of poems 3. Collaborative – Collaborative Poem - Students work together to create a poem 4. Writing - Couplets - Students write couplets 5. Math/Logic – Magic Squares - Find the solution 6. Character Connection – Magic Words - Good words to use 7. Big Activity – Poetry Reading - Students each read or recite poems 8. Movement - Wingardium Leviosa - Relay race Quests for at home Make your own magic squares. Write some poems of your own: https://www.google.com/webhp?sourceid=chrome-instant&ion=1&espv=2&ie=UTF-8#q=poems%20site%3Areadwritethink.org Make a poetry lapbo

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