Monday, May 24, 2010

PKU Day - Tucson

We had our first PKU Day in years at Reid Park in Tucson. It was wonderful to meet some new people. My daughter was able to meet several children and two adults with PKU.

I handed out the goody bags that my daughter was so eager to get her hands on. It was a very special day for her. I think she learned that PKU is not just a girl thing. There are actually boys with PKU too.

This was at the end of the day. I’m so glad we went. The parents have made plans to organize a few more events in the coming year. It will be interesting to see if those actually become reality.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Ancient India Lesson Plan

Ancient Asia Unit

Identify China, Asia, India, and Japan on world map and globe. Identify each on printed map (National Geo). Use colors to illustrate locations of Indus and Ganges Rivers. Use printed map throughout lesson to illustrate additional points of interest.

Make sets of vocabulary cards (with pictures if possible). Print, cut, and store in pockets on paper used for report or behind map. I will post my vocab sets if I can figure out how!

Read Alouds:
Usborne Internet-Linked World History (I have an antiquated version, so page numbers will be off), p. 28-29.
We're from India
India ABC
Taking your camera to India
Look What We've brought for you from India
My Mother's Sari
Elephant Dance

-India Shutterfold from "The Story of Babaji",
-various maps,
-Towns, Tales, and Timelines from "Second Grade, History-Geography", (You do have to dig a bit for this. It's under Teacher Resources, Lesson Plans. You wouldn't want to print the entire 240 some pages, but there are great ideas and printables at the back).

-Tie Dyeing t-shirts
-make a clay model of a Mohenjo-Daro building
-Spice Trade (use ginger, cumin, cardamon, tumeric, coriander, cayenne, and cinnamon). Dig out your spices to allow the kids to smell/sample. Discuss spice trade.

Thursday, May 6, 2010

May Things to Do!

*Don't forget that the library will start their Summer Reading programs at the end of May.
*This list does not include the free bowling. I haven't yet received any info from the company. Maybe for June?

Here we go....


15th - Star Wars at Northwest Costco for Tucson Miracle Network.

16th - Northwest Ladies Club Bingo

18th - SDH Curriculum Sale

23rd - PKU Day at Reid Park

26th - Star Wars in Concert

27th (thru the 30th) - Phoenix Comic Con

28th - Family Day at Reid Park Zoo. 6-9pm

Northwest Tucson Homeschoolers

The NW group of homeschoolers has decided to "organize". We are looking to add co-ops, field trips, and other fun things specific to Northwest Tucson, Oro Valley, Catalina, Marana, and maybe even Oracle.

We are in the initial stages right now. Any advice or real-life experiences with this type of organization would be welcome.

If you would like to join, send my a note!


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