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Sometimes when creating or doing a project, I get b-o-r-e-d! That happened with the anatomy notebooking pages. But, I am back!!

Today, I have the Nervous System Notebooking Pages which includes a few on the Endocrine System as well.

FREE Nervous System Notebooking Pages.

Here are some questions that can be used to help fill in these pages. These notebooking pages do well as a supplement to Apologia's Elementary Anatomy book and their General Science book.

1. Draw a figure of a nerve cell; draw and describe the dendrites. What is the neurite?
2. How many kinds of tissue are there in the nervous system?
3. What are nerve centers?
4. Draw a figure representing a section of the spinal cord.
5. Of how many main divisions is the brain composed?
6. Of what importance are the convolutions of the brain? What is the principal work of the Cerebrum? Of the Cerebellum? Of the Medulla Oblongata?
7. Why does the brain need rest?

For Older Students:

1. What are the organs of the nervous system? What is the function of each part of this system? Of the nerves? The cord? The brain? How are nerves classified according to their functions? Describe a nerve. What is a nerve ganglion?

2. Describe the spinal cord. How many nerves join the cord? What two sets of fibers does each spinal nerve carry? Where is the brain situated? Describe the brain. In which side of the brain are located the cells which regulate the action of the right side of the body?

3. Name some of the cranial nerves. What are the meninges? Is the nerve of sight motor or sensory? Is the nerve of hearing motor or sensory? Is the pneumogastric nerve motor or sensory? Classify the spinal nerves as motor or sensory.

4. What is the sympathetic nervous system? What is the function of the cerebral hemispheres? What kind of acts originate here? Can the muscles act if the nerve which connects them with the brain or cord is cut? What kind of acts take place without the use or intervention of the brain? Describe a reflex act. Name some of our actions which are done without our thinking. What occurs in the brain cells whenever we think or perform a voluntary action?

5. Can the brain and nerve system be developed? How? What is the training of the nervous system called? What are habits? What is the chief end of the study of mathematics and grammar? Why should we read good books? When does the nervous system rest?

I thought questions 5 & 6  in #5 were interesting. I got these questions from an old book and they had this to say right along with the anatomy study:

Object of study. The mind is trained by the study of mathematics, language, physics, philosophy, to develop its powers of reasoning and thinking. It is not so much the facts which the child learns as the habits of quick and accurate thinking which count. With these habits he is in a position to make the most of the knowledge and experience which he acquires later. If he has gained the habits of accurate observation and of perseverance and industry, he is well equipped for his progress through the world.

Education is by no means confined to the schools. The greater part of it is obtained in the home and in the community about us. At home the boy is given good books, that he may read of the good deeds and noble lives of the world's history. He is taught courtesy and charity, that he may make those about him happier. He is taken to walk in the woods and fields, and instructed in the story of the rocks and plants and animals, that he may come to love nature and to find an interest in studying its works. He is taken to see great works of art and to hear good music, and taught to care for poetry, that he may acquire refined tastes and see more of the grace and beauty in life.

In this education it is not enough that children shall read books or see paintings or sculptures. They must be taught to appreciate the meaning which is in the work, to feel the spirit which inspired the writer or painter who conceived it, and to understand the thoughts and ambitions and passions which have molded the lives of the men and women who have made the history of which they read. If they learn these things, to them life becomes filled with an interest and a joy which can never die.

"He ate and drank the precious words,
His spirit grew robust,
He knew no more that he was poor
Or that his frame was dust;

He danced along the dingy days—
And that bequest of wings
Was but a book. What liberty
A loosened spirit brings!"

A most important habit to acquire is that of self-control. It is this quality perhaps beyond all others which distinguishes manhood. The emotions of sympathy, love, pity, enthusiasm, religion, are all excellent elements of our characters. They help to ennoble us and to lead us to strong endeavor, high thought, and worthy action. But they lose much of their usefulness if they are not controlled by judgment and a sense of justice and right, so that they are allowed to sway us only for the greater good of those about us. More especially should the passions of anger, jealousy, sensuality, and the many ignoble impulses which arise from the desire of possession be controlled. In the submission to these lies a great part of the woe and crime which darken the pages of history.

True happiness comes not through the gratification of the desires for the material things of the world about us, but from the possession of a well-balanced mind which can discern the real treasures of life, and a spirit inspired with the pursuit of truth.

Everybody has affinities for truth and culture. If they are developed the man will take his pleasure in good pursuits; if not, he will indulge in sensual pleasures. Everybody should be athletic, but he should also be clever and refined. In these days a clever head and a well-trained mind will accomplish far more than muscular strength.

Pretty neat eh?

Okay, here is the link for the Nervous System Notebooking pages.

Download Nervous and Endocrine System Notebooking Pages

 

Nervous System Links:

Lots of videos, powerpoints, and games
Links to other websites for lesson plans, quizzes, experiments, etc.
Neuroscience for Kids

Activities To Try:

1. Cross one knee over the other, and let the leg hang loosely. Strike the upper leg sharply with the hand just below the kneecap. The lower leg will jerk suddenly forward. This is an example of a muscular movement occurring without the intervention of any thought upon the part of the individual.

2. Tickle the nose with a feather. The sneeze which follows is a reflex act of the body to rid itself of the source of irritation to the mucous membrane of the nose.

3. Pass the hand rapidly close to the eyes of the student next you. The rapid winking of the lids is an example of an involuntary action established to protect the eye.

4. Note the deep and rapid respiration which replaces the ordinary respiration after exertion, as running. This is an automatic action in response to the need of more respiratory exchange to supply the increased combustion resulting from the increased muscular action.

 

I hope these bless you in some way or other,
cynthia

 

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Book Binding
Going on four years with the RC curriculum, I haven't tried binding a book yet until this week.

And you know what? It is F-U-N! I only did two, but I am looking forward to doing more.

Usually I try to find the book at used bookstores, thrift stores, etc. If I can't find it that way, I will print it and put it in a small binder.

I like the binding SO much better.

Robinson Curriculum Book Binding

The first two I did were Do and Dare, and Bob, Son of Battle. I followed the instructions at this website.

I made the spines and covers and reinforced them with packing tape.

Robinson Curriculum Book Binding

Yip, I am proud of my work. Now to bind some more!

Book Binding

 

Blessings,
cynthia

 

 

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Homeschool Pumpkin Printables

This month I joined in with a few bloggers to put together printables for pumpkins. Pumpkins are a favorite part of fall for me. I love decorating with them, large, small, tiny, they are so fun. Of course, I love baking with them too.

Here are a few printables I put together. My goal was to create some items for the older children. I hope I accomplished this. Please visit the other bloggers who also made printables.

 

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The Pumpkin Poem by John Greenleaf WhittierThis is The Pumpkin, a poem by John Greenleaf Whittier. It is a short but sweet study on the poem.

Download The Pumpkin by John Greenleaf Whittier

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The Discontented PumpkinOkay, this is most likely for the younger crowd. The story of the Discontented Pumpkin has a lesson to be learned. It includes a spot for the student to illustrate the story and to tell its meaning.

You can also add scripture on being content. (kjv)

  • Proverbs 17:22 - A merry heart doeth good like a medicine: but a broken spirit drieth the bones.
  • Proverbs 14:30 - A sound heart is the life of the flesh: but envy the rottenness of the bones.
  • 1Timothy 6:6-7 - 6. But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
  • Philippians 4:11-13 - 11. Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13. I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.

Download The Discontented Pumpkin

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Pumpkin Selection and ObservationThis reading selection about pumpkins can be used along with the pumpkin notebooking pages below. There is a section on observation that the student can use as prompts.

Download The Pumpkin & Pumpkin Observation

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Pumpkin Notebooking PagesThese pumpkin notebooking pages can be used for notes, copywork, writings on pumpkins, stories, etc.

Download Pumpkin Notebooking Pages

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Pumpkin CopyworkAnother one for the younger crowd. 🙂 There are two selections of copywork in this download. The first is titled, Five Little Pumpkins and the other is titled, A Pumpkin Story. They both include:

  • A narration outline
  • A question or two on capitalization pertaining to proper nouns
  • I included a couple matching notebooking pages in case more room was needed for the copywork.

Download Pumpkin Copywork

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Cute clipart (c)Lisa at CountryClipArt.com

Waterfall by Lisa T Bergren

We started a new audio book this past month. We only listen to it once a week for about 2 hours, during our drive to Grandma's place, so it will last us a while. It makes the drive go by quicker. So far, we are enjoying it. 🙂

I decided to try something  different from what we were use to. We have been doing more Christian based audios with Knights of Arrethtrae, The Kingdom Series, and the A.D. Chronicles. We listened to the Knights of Arrethtrae, including The Kingdom Series twice and the A.D. Chronicles had twelve books! Ten of which were in audio format. Oh, and we listened to The Berenfell Prophesies, which had a Christian twist to it also.

This story is filed under Christian fiction for teens. I think it is more for it being clean.

This one is set in Medieval Italy. The young girl, 16 if I remember correctly, is transported into the past. This is her story on trying to get back home and how she copes with being in a new time period. She is very learned, being able to speak Italian and read Latin. She also knows how to 'wield the sword' and ride bare back on a horse.  All this helps her out in medieval Italy. We are looking forward to continuing the story. As always, one factor in choosing this audio was that it was from Oasis Audio. The reader, Pam Turlow, did a wonderful job with the voices.

The pdf file includes discussion questions that can be used after the novel has been read.

What is your current audiobook?

Blessings,
cynthia
 

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I have another oldie from years ago. I made these simple book report forms and book logs for the kids. This was many moons ago!

Again, it has my old web address. I hope the font shows up correctly on the cover pages. It does on my computer, but then I might have them installed on my computer. The reason I hope is because I used a free pdf convertor back then and it might not have had font embedding capabilities.

I hope you can use them. 🙂

Reading and Writing Notebook Download My Reading and Writing Notebook

Blessings,
Cynthia

 

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Oh wow, let's see, about 5 years ago I converted Olney's math into a workbook for the kids. We were also using Ray's Arithmetic at that time too. This was pre-RC.

While being bored the other day and going through the tons, did I say tons, of files on my hard drive, I came across this ole book. Maybe others can benefit from it.

It includes Addition, Subtraction, Multiplication, and Division. I never did get to the chapter on Fractions.

It looks like the pdf didn't save the font I used, so the type is spaced a little odd, but it doesn't take from the workbook. I most likely used a free pdf or one that did not save fonts. Hey, five years ago I was new to all this. 😉

Olney's Primary Arithmetic Workbookdownload Primary Arithmetic - Addition & Subtraction

Primary Arithmetic - Multiplication & Division

Here is the Teacher's Manual that goes along with the books.

Like all the older stuff on my hard drive, it has my old website address. I don't have the original file, not sure where it is. I wasn't that organized back then. 🙂

Enjoy,
cynthia

 

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We received the issue of Clubhouse Magazine where MaryEllen's drawing is being published. It was so exciting for her. She very slowly turned each page anticipating when she would see her drawing.

When the page finally came up, we were very pleased with its placement. She got a nice big spot. 🙂

Here are the two pictures she sent in for consideration. I couldn't post them the time I told you about her being chosen because I forgot to scan them before we sent them in. They have returned them to us, so now I can share.

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ClubhouseSubmission

And, here is the picture she drew for them for the magazine. They actually told her what to draw so that it would match the story she was illustrating.
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Here is her drawing in the magazine with the story.
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Isn't that just wonderful? They sent her $10 and a few issues to giveaway. This has been a wonderful experience for MaryEllen.

Proud Mamma,
cynthia

Donnie's ReadingList

Donnie will, like MaryEllen, read down the list this year, one book at a time. I am not sure if this will work for him because his attention span is shorter. He might like reading about a few different topics. We will try it and see how he likes it.

I just noticed that Donnie's pattern is textbook, literature, biography instead of textbook, biography, literature like I did MaryEllen's booklist. 🙂

I found some nice biographies at our local used bookshop. They are easy reads, but I wanted them more for the Godly example in these men and women.

Donnie's 7th Grade Reading List
2013-2014

Title

Author

The Story of Liberty - Finish Charles Coffin
Robin Hood J. Walker McSpadden
The Pilgrim Who Made Progress William Deal
Sweet Land of Liberty Charles Coffin
The Jungle Book Rudyard Kipling
A Man Sent of God Merle McClurkan Heath
A Beka Geography
The Prince and the Pauper Mark Twain
Air Adventures Graeme Cook
Notgrass World History Volume 1
The Case For Christ For Teens Strobel
The Case For a Creator For Teens Strobel
The Case For Faith For Teens Strobel
White Fang Jack London
Frontier of the Heart Reverend Ralph W. Beiting
God Can Move Mountains Reverend Ralph W. Beiting
Notgrass World History Volume 2
The Impossible Journey of Sir Ernest Shackleton William Bixby
A Beka Biology
Carry On Mr. Bowditch Jean Lee Latham
The Call of the Wild Jack London
Harriet Beecher Stowe Jean Fritz

Donnie's list is also long, but whatever he doesn't finish will also be rolled over either to the summer or next years booklist.

What is your 7th grader reading?

 
Blessings,
cynthia

 

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CA_Planning

Well, it is that time of year once again, planning the next years curriculum. Here is a breakdown of what we will be doing.

Our style is the Robinson Curriculum (RC). I love the RC because of its simplicity, the 3r's.

I will start with Bible. Bible isn't part of RC, but most users add it in. This year we will use Student of the Word (SOW) for Bible. Like many others, I like how SOW has the student do different types of studies each day. They start by writing a prayer letter. Then each day they either do an outline, a topical study, character study, vocabulary or word study, setting, and commentary. This is actually the Language Arts of the SOW curriculum.

SOW

That isn't to say that we will not do other Bible Studies. We will actually begin the year with Because You Are Strong by Daniel Forster. I plan on doing Beauty and the Pig by Pam Forster too.

Because You Are Strong Bible Study

Next comes math. The kids have been having success with Saxon, so they will continue using Saxon. They will continue with Saxon Algebra 1/2.

After math, comes writing. Along with writing, we include vocabulary. The kids will continue with English From the Roots Up Volume 2 and also begin SAT: And College Preparation Course for the Christian Student, one lesson a week. I like this because it has it all. In the beginning, it gives a list of vocabulary words, but then it has the student build their vocabulary by the books they read, noting words that they do not know the meaning of. It also has them defining words in context. There are also writing and essay assignments. They start out simple and get harder as the student progresses through the book. There are also reading comprehension assignments. Each lesson starts out with Scripture reading and applying it to everyday life. The author recommends doing a daily devotional, which he provides an outline for and Scripture selections to get you started. Even if my kids aren't college bound, I think this book will benefit them.

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SOW has a nice creative writing section, so I am going to include the assignments for the kids daily writing along with their Bible and SAT.

This year they will begin writing a current events paper every two weeks. We subscribe to World, Answers by Answers In Genesis, the local newspaper, Top Story from World, and other news magazines that they can utilize for their current events.

Book summaries will also be required during writing time. After they finish a book, not including a textbook, they will write up a book summary.

During writing, they will also answer the chapter Bible questions from Notgrass World History, answer the SOW Bible related science questions for A Beka Biology, and do the mapping from A Beka World Geography.

Reading follows writing. They will read for 1 1/2 hours. Within that time, they will read history, science, geography, (auto)biographies, and literature. They are also working their way through the Bible, so they read a couple chapters of that too.

History will be Nograss World History, Science will be A Beka Biology, and geography will be A Beka's World Geography.

They never did get much typing in last year, so this year NEEDS to be the year. I am planning on giving incentives when they reach certain speeds. $$ always works. 🙂

We will continue with our evening story hour. During this time, I am hoping to implement Getting Started With Latin. This will be our second attempt at a Latin program, so I am hoping we have success with this one. I know that once we finish, we will need to find another program that will go further, but at least we will have a foot in the door so to speak and we can decide if we want to pursue it further. I do think it would be beneficial, I guess I am not very confident that we will get to it. I should change my outlook, okay, my attitude, and give us more credit.

Getting Started With Latin

I think that about covers the basics with academics. June has been hit or miss with studies. They got a few lessons of math in and some reading, but not much else. I am looking forward to getting back into a routine. I say routine loosely, because it seems like we are always trying to get into a routine. lol!

So how is your yearly planning going? Are you trying something new this year or sticking with what you are use to or what is working? For us, RC works. I tried adding things or going another route, but we always come back to RC, so it is where we are staying. It is not a comfort zone, just what is working.

Happy planning,
cynthia

 

 

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I made these to go along with Exploring Creation with Human Anatomy and Physiology, so they are simple.

Health and Nutrition Notebooking Pages

Download Health and Nutrition Notebooking Pages

Nutrition Book Resources

   


Enjoy,
cynthia