We couldn’t leave out Korea in our study on the Lunar New Year!
Koreans celebrate two New Year celebrations – Sinjeong 신정 is the solar new year on January 1st. Then they celebrate again on the lunar near year, called Seollal 설날.
This holiday is all about family – the roads next week will be packed with people travelling to their hometowns (or people coming to Seoul). Some people only celebrate the New Years eve and day while others spend the whole 15 days – until the first full moon of the month – with family.
Businesses and restaurants will be closed, much like Thanksgiving and Christmas day in the states. And there will be an abundance of Spam gift sets given!
Denna had chosen China for her next country to notebook and when we started looking for resources I realized that the Chinese New Year was just a week away!
China and South Korea now both use the Gregorian calendar, but the traditional holidays and festivals still revolve around the lunarsolar calendar. The largest festival of the year happens on the Lunar New Year in both countries.
Today we took all morning and just learned about the Chinese New Year. Tomorrow will be dedicated to Seollal, aka the Korean New Year.
This past fall I did something amazing with my kids.
I read to them out loud.
I know, I know. You’re supposed to read to your kids all the time. What a horrible parent I am. We usually have a book or two that I am reading with the kids at any given time. But in the process of moving overseas, losing our book box, getting settled into a new routine, and more we just fell out of the habit.
They listen to plenty of audio books on their cd player and my ipod. And they read enough books on their own to make me one ecstatic mama.
This fall we finally started to get bored of being stuck inside and got our groove back in the homeschooling department. Cabin fever kicked in and I suggested some fun relief from fighting over who got the computers and video games each day.
Yesterday the kids were bored so I helped them set up a play store. Complete with old defunct laptop as a pretend cash register!
Now – we move onto Raven. Her reading list in our portfolios looks shorter, but she has been a reading machine this year! She has discovered some wonderful book series this year and has flown through them.
I’ve also strewn a lot of classics and award-winning fiction for her this year.
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Book series she loved
Isn’t there something magical about a story that spans multiple books? For Raven, 2013 was the year of the fantasy series!
When I wrote up our tentative plan for Raven’s 7th grade year, I completely forgot to include her computer and technology interests! Last year, she worked on Windows programming through Visual Basic – thanks to the awesome KidCoder program from Homeschool Programming.
She enjoyed that course, but her real love is websites. So we were thrilled when we got an advance copy of the newest KidCoder – Beginning Web Design!
The how and why of keeping homeschool records
There are a lot of great ways to keep track of what your kids are learning. Some families keep personal blogs, a journal, reading lists, or examples of projects.
It is always good maintaining and tracking the status of all the work we do. This not only suits for the children to remember their daily routine and monitor their progress, but also suits for all age group people for various reasons. This type of monitoring or tacking can be done by many means. Based on the profession, each one follows their own way of tracking records. This involves usage of memo cards, flash cards, stick notes, maintaining diaries or notes, crisp notes in their personal mobile phone or laptops, setting reminders or alarms and the like.
- In case of online trading robots, the online trading software itself has an in built reminder to notify the user that the particular trading option has come to end. Check blog to experience this sophisticated feature in this online trading software.
- The teachers and professors maintain a journal or a note or a diary to record their notes for each day to be explained to the students academically.
- Any future plans or the upcoming events can be written on the sticky notes and this can be stick to the working table, so that the particular event can be attended without any fail. This is almost used by many people in many fields like software engineer, home makers, managers in the bank, etc.
I don’t think any one way of keeping track is the best, and most people I know that must keep track for their state do so in a variety of ways. For us, a combination of a reading list, this blog, and our notebooks usually works. I am fortunate in that we have never lived in a state that required detailed records. However, there are a couple of reasons why I keep them anyway:
- To record the history of our journey.I believe we will look back at our notebooking projects with fondness. And since homeschooling is a natural part of our life, it is also a record of our family.
- To be safe just in case we ever need them. If the education of our children ever comes into question, we have documented proof. And our records are far more interesting than a list of grades.
Something a little different for fall: Owls!
What can you do with some random construction and origami paper, some glue, paint, a few recycled toilet paper tubes, paper plates, and markers?
I was excited to sign up for the Autumn Pinterest Flips and Flops over at iHomeschool Network because we haven’t had a silly craft day in a long while. My kids love it when I break out the craft box (usually just a huge tub filled with recycled cardboard, paper, paint, markers, and string).
Toilet Paper Tube Owls
We decided to make a few craft projects based around a theme. Owls won the day when my middle daughter spotted this fun toilet paper roll versionz.
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Interdisciplinary learning for 3rd – 12th graders
Many of you know that we created a custom plan for Raven’s 7th grade year. Using her interests and goals, we formed courses that would count for Jr. High credit and still allow her to work independently at her own pace.
It’s pretty important to recognize that when you are learning a language like Korean, Japanese, or Chinese that you are not only learning a new way of speaking – but also of writing.
A lot of the online sites and curriculum that we tried for Korean expected us to already be able to read in Hangul. That is frustrating, which is one of the reasons I highly recommend the italki community as well as Talk to me in Korean for getting started.
But at some point, you have to break down and learn the alphabet.
The good news is that there are some great apps for Ipad/Iphone and Android devices that help you and your kids learn Hangul!
Here are 10 apps that we have downloaded, tested, and can recommend to you.