Well we're on a roll here even with some days off. There has been two more completions
The Banker Alan made it with a score of 3483.
The Blacksmith Leslie made it with a score of 5,621. That has been the highest for the family so far.
We've all played as Greenhorns but now one is moving forward to the next level which I believe is Adventurer. We'll see how that goes. I hope to play today and by next week I will also try at the higher level.
I like that the game also lets you decide which month and year to start in. You have to think about weather conditions. Also there are some places that would not appear depending on the year since some towns were not settled yet.
Also, certain occupations have certain skills. There is a lot to consider and I like it that way. Makes you think through your choices.
Thursday, February 28, 2008
Well we're on a roll here even with some days off. There has been two more completions
Monday, February 25, 2008
We're still taking turns playing this. We try to do 30 minutes a day.
Today my person made it to Oregon City. So far I'm the only one (I did go over my 30 minutes today). I played as a Banker. We started off with 5 people. 1 died along the way. I did manage to make it to Oregon with 3 being OK and 1 being good. Since I am the only one who has completed I will still continue to play. This time I am a doctor named Jan. My name was MacKenzie before. This time I am also using my skill points before I head out. I can't remember what my final score was but it was in the 3000's I believe (which isn't so hot)
Anyway, just thought I would let you know how we're doing implementing games in our education.
Thursday, February 21, 2008
I'm glad to say we're still being consistent when it comes to playing family games. Yesterday we tried our hand at Labyrinth which is more of an individual game that uses Eye-Hand coordination. The furthest I got was a 4 - SO FAR!
Today we played a few rounds(?) of Backgammon. We have a bout 3 Backgammon Boards in the house. I think there is a fourth but right now in my mind I can picture the 3.
Nothing beats Family Time - Nothing!
We've started implementing Computer Games into our daily schedule. Right now we are working through The Oregon Trail II. We are working through it individually and sharing tips, etc.
It is a game we've had for about 10 years (can't remember exactly when we got it) but we've decided to give it another look. It is geared towards Ages 10 - Adults and every member of the family is allowed to give it a shot. Right now we are looking at 30 minutes per day. Yesterday was our first day working on it and wouldn't you know I didn't save my progress before I exited yesterday. That's okay, I got to start over with some knowledge made during my first attempt. This time I am playing as a banker.
Anyway, I just wanted to suggest for you not to overlook computer games as sources of education and reinforcement. Even as an adult you should not shy away from them. You may not have the time to play like the younger one but it gives you more to discuss and also what better way to relate a lesson than seeing it from their perspective.
Wednesday, February 20, 2008
Save the date!
Expo 2008 will be August 1-3, 2008
at the Ontario Marriott Hotel
"Trust the Parents!"
Monday, February 18, 2008
From The Daily Nonpareil
Grade level winners who participated Saturday included:
Fourth grade - Tyler Krueger of Riverside, first place, and Max Ross of St. Albert, second place.
Fifth grade - Brett Probst of Lewis Central (Titan Hill), first place; and Courtney Arterburn of AHST, second place.
Sixth grade - Tina Anderson of Riverside, first place, and RaeAnn Harbeck of Lewis Central Middle School, second place.
Seventh grade - Emily Selander of HOPE Homeschool, first place; and Jessica Helms of Walnut, second place.
Eighth grade - SteveAnne Knauss of Kirn Junior High, first place, and Tyler Culjat of Lewis Central Middle School, second place.
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Thursday, February 14, 2008
If you want children to keep their feet on the ground, put some responsibility on their shoulders - Abigail Van Buren
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
Yesterday was a good day (even though today it seems like sickness is trying to enter our home). We were able to play two board games and they were old favorites which never seem to get old - Backgammon and Chinese Checkers.
What about you? What was the last board game you played?
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
May your Valentine's Day be filled with things you Love
Posted by A Family/Group Member at 2/12/2008 10:37:00 AM
Thursday, February 7, 2008
I am always happy to hear about new resources. This was sent to my email box and I wanted to share.
Hello Ventura homeschoolers and potential homeschooling families!!
If you are interested in being a part of a new Los Angeles or Ventura
County coop chapter of First Class Homeschool Ministries, a national
Christian homeschool coop program with individual chapters being
added in cities throughout the country, please join me and the
husband and wife founders of First Class this coming Monday
afternoon, February 11th, at 3:30 p.m. at Pepperdine University in
Malibu. A brief, one-hour introduction to First Class and what it
can offer to homeschooling families in our area will take place in
Room SR-3 at the Pepperdine Law School, Room SR-3, 24255 Pacific
Coast Highway, in Malibu.
Feel free to attend whether you are interested in helping to organize
or lead coop activities in our area, or whether you merely want to
participate occasionally as a family in local First Class coop
For more information about First Class Homeschool Ministries, please
Over the last two days we revisited a favorite - Othello and played a game that we've had for a while but never tried - The Settlers of Catan. I was actually surprised that I liked TSOC, but I did and look forward to playing again. Because we were learning it we went way over our alloted time (1 hours) which is another beauty of homeschooling. Whether it is a game or a subject we can stay on it until we get it.
**because we did go over yesterday we probably won't do any board games today so we can catch up on chores. We've been listening to an old radio show (Our Miss Brooks) that we checked out from our local library and will probably do lots more today)
-a tract of land used for burial
-a cemetery, especially a large, elaborate, or ancient one
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
a) Relying on or derived from observation or experiments
b) Guided by practical experience and not theory, especially in medicine
Monday, February 4, 2008
Science is Organized knowledge. Wisdom is organized life. - Immanuel Kant
Today's board game was Payday (we played 3 months - you can choose how many months to play). It is a Parker Brothers game for 2-6 players and stated for ages 8 and up. It is a good way to work on money skills and choices. If you take a loan you have to pay 10% on each payday (at the end of the month).
This game has been in the family for a while and I do look forward to playing it again. For the record - I (the adult) lost :(.
-characterized by greatness of scope or intent
Sunday, February 3, 2008
This past week has been a big one for us when it comes to playing games. I've said it before and I will continue to say it - I love board games and card games. We have a routine now where we play games while listening to one Left Behind CD a day. So far so good.
The games we played this past week were
1. Racko (Parker Brothers)
2. Ballpark Blast (Cranium)
3. Zeus on the Loose (Gamewright)
4. Zigity (Cranium)
5. Trouble (Milton Bradley)
6. Aggravation (Milton Bradley)
It was a great week, learning new things, practicing skills and being FAMILY
Saturday, February 2, 2008
This came through on a list I'm on. Full details are located at: http://www.HSforGOP
Here is a bit I copied and pasted from the page
Whether you hate politics or love it, this unit study makes it interesting—really!
Many homeschooling parents only vaguely understand the presidential election process. We vote in the primary (maybe), endure the endless political ads, and then vote again in the general election (probably). In contrast, other families already enjoy politics and arg … uh, discuss their views every time the extended family gathers, and yet they haven’t found a way to explain the complex process to their youngsters.
Eight years ago, a homeschooling mom, Fran Eaton, wrote "Homeschoolers for Bush 2000." In 2004, she handed it to Carol Gibbs, Melissa Carroll, and me to revamp, improve, and coordinate. This year, the material has again been enhanced, changed, and updated. Because of the exciting upgrades in the website and the new interactive feature of the program, a small fee has finally become necessary: just $5 per student or $10 per family.
HS for GOP (in Week 1, we’ll learn about this nickname for the Republican party: “GOP” or “Grand Old Party”), makes the process enjoyable. How?
- Fun activities for students of all ages to get a hands-on feel for politics
- Practical projects to understand how history affects us today
- Interactive website to see how other homeschooling families are doing the projects
After registration, you will receive access to:
- Weekly lesson plans for all ages
- Your own page here on the website to document your family’s adventures
- Albums to upload photos and videos of your activities
- Bulletin board forum to celebrate your successes and discuss your questions
- Wiki editing formatting to comment on how you personalized the study’s activities for your children, or add your original ideas for projects
- An area to post video tutorials on topics like “How to Make a Campaign Poster” or “Baking Red, White, and Blue Cookies.”