In honor of Holling C. Holling’s birthday today, I wanted to share a great curriculum and the books! It’s my “What would you recommend?” post and the new “Once Upon a Time” birthday posts all rolled into one! So Happy Birthday, Holling!
Holling C. Holling (1900-1973) – Born in Jackson County, Michigan, in 1900, Holling Clancy Holling graduated from the Art Institute of Chicago in 1923. He then worked in a taxidermy department of the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and spent time working in anthropology under Dr. Ralph Linton. During this period, he married Lucille Webster and within a year of their marriage accepted a position as art instructor on the first University World Cruise, sponsored by New York University. For many years, Holling C. Holling dedicated much of his time and interest to making books for children. Much of the material he used was known to him first hand, and his wife, Lucille, worked with him on many of the illustrations.(edelweiss.com)
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I was first introduced to the Holling books with Paddle-to-the-Sea. Then another homeschool mom told me about Beautiful Feet’s Geography: A Literature Approach. The format is perfect for studying each book individually, but using the geography maps and activities to demonstrate how they all work together to illustrate American history. The curriculum is recommended for Intermediate grades 4-6. The curriculum and readings can be completed across multiple grade levels as read-alouds, then assigning additional reading and map work for older grades.
- Shop Local! – As a bookstore manager myself, I highly recommend shopping your local homeschool resource store. They work really hard to be there for their homeschool families year round! (Help us update our Store Locator with your favorite store! Fill out a Contact Us form!)
- Shop HER Distribution! Paddle-to-the-Sea Seabird Minn of the Mississippi Tree in the Trail
- Shop the publishers directly! Beautiful Feet Books (#affiliate) Publishers and authors work hard to create great educational content. Support them directly by shopping on their sites.
- For the out-of-print, hard to find, and random pieces of the recommended resources, I’m including Amazon pictures and links. By clicking links into Amazon Marketplace, I do earn a small commission based on your purchase. It doesn’t change the listed price, it just supports my glorious book addiction.
- Local Library: utilize your local library and inter-library loan for the hard to find, out of print books. Also, many books can be used in place of others based on their subject.
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And don’t forget to have fun with it! Enjoy!
via Speech and Debate for High School | texashach4homeschool
Wanted to share information on Speech and Debate. You can see my entire post by clicking the link above.
Many times I get asked what is required for High School. If your child/student is in 8th or 9th grade, you want to have a general idea of what they want to do. Will they go to college? Into what interest/degree area are they leaning? Do they have a college they want to go to? Are they interested in Dual Credit college courses?
All of these answers are important so that you can plan their High School education. In general, the state education agency has a list of required classes needed for graduation. The state may also have a list of requirements for homeschool families. Once you have a list of these courses, you can start to investigate your student’s college and major interests, and their corresponding degree plans. For example, my son is interested in a Bachelor’s of Science in Mathematics at University of Texas at Dallas. In order to plan his dual credit courses at the community college, I printed the required courses for the degree plan. Believe it or not, English credit was not required. So I can plan to have him complete his last credit (of 4 total) of English either at home or through the college.
One credit that is required for High School is a semester credit of Speech. For UT-D, they require a Rhetoric credit, which appears to be a step above a Speech credit. As my son is not a confident public speaker, I have been researching options for completing this credit at home or through co-op. If you have a student that might excel in this area, you may be interested in Speech and Debate clubs.
To help with this topic, there is a great article through Great Homeschool Conventions on the 8 Benefits of Speech and Debate/Why Speech and Debate by Suzanne in 2015.
- If you would like to complete a Speech curriculum at home, I recommend starting with Rick Green‘s Power of Purposeful Communication. You can get the Combo Pack as well which includes his Living with Purpose. (I do not receive any commission for this recommendation.)
- Check your local homeschool group for Speech co-op classes and/or clubs. In North Texas, we have DFW Speech and Debate that offers Summer Camps and Clubs. It is important to investigate what is available in your area, as they have early registration deadlines in order to participate in the next year.
- In addition, the NMA (the Leadership Development Organization) produces a Leadership Speech Contest every year with monetary prizes. The NMA has local Chapters and Councils that can assist you in getting connected. They have their local contests in early Spring, so usually deadlines to participate are in January or early February. Winners can then go on to compete nationally, fully supported by the NMA. In North Texas, you can e-mail our local contacts: Jean Christopher or the Nokia Speech Contest Chair Peter Burns.
- Check out your local homeschool convention (This Crazy Homeschool Life 2018 List). Many times, they have a Leadership or Speech and Debate group for the weekend that works with high school students. It’s a great opportunity to discover talents and skills, as well as looking great on the high school resume!
- As mentioned above, registering for the Speech course through the local community college, is a great way to get High School and College credit simultaneously.
I would like to recommend Bob Jones Sound Speech. This text has been successfully used in our co-op for a Speech class. They currently do not have it available on a streaming class.
If you have suggestions for Speech and Debate opportunities, please feel free make recommendations in the Comments section. Thanks so much!
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