Elementary(K-6), High School(9-12), History/Geography, Jr. High(7-8), Online Resources, Special Needs, Websites

Virtual Tour of Machu Picchu

We are learning about the Andes Mountains and Machu Picchu this week as part of our World Geography studies.  I thought I’d share the amazing virtual aerial panorama tour of Machu Picchu that we are enjoying via Air Pano.

360* Aerial Panorama of Machu Picchu

AirPano is a project created by a team of Russian photographers focused on taking high-resolution aerial 360° photographs and 360° video. This site has lots of virtual tours that would make great visual supplements to any World Geography or World History curriculum.

English-Language Arts, High School(9-12), Planning/Scheduling

Thinking About High School English – A Revisit

I’m revisiting this post because there are currently some questions about high school English curriculum on the AHE email group.  When this post was first written, my oldest was a high school sophmore.  Since then I have graduated two high schoolers.  I was curious- Have I changed my mind about what I’ve written?   No, my thoughts/advice remain the same.  It is especially important to choose curriculum in light of your student’s strengths and weakness. 

 

Thinking about high school English/Language Arts (ELA) curriculum? Things to consider as you make your choices: What are your student’s future educational goals? Is your student planning to pursue vocational training or attend a college/university? What are your student’s strengths and weaknesses when it comes to reading and written communication skills.

high school englishVocational training programs will require basic technical reading comprehension skills as well as basic writing abilities. Your student will also need to be able to communicate effectively on written tests. It might be a good idea to compare your student’s abilities with the minimum high school competencies for ELA in your local area. Many high school competency ELA tests mirror the level of essential skills needed for success in vocational studies.

If your student is planning to complete a degree program at a college or university, then your focus will be different. Acquiring strong composition skills, especially in the areas of report of information, persuasive and analytical writing will be a priority. A college-bound student will also want to develop an outlining/note-taking strategy to help with keeping track of lecture information.

What to do for literature studies? The answer is one of personal family preference. Many SDA families choose to exclude fiction from literature study. It is important to note that literature study can be accomplished without fiction: essays, biographies, journals and other non-fictions works can provide the foundation for analytical writing, one of the main purposes for literature study.

Continued grammar or vocabulary lessons and the study of Greek/Latin roots can be helpful for students preparing to take the SAT or ACT.

Resources:

Online Grammar Handbook– from the University of Minnesota.  Helpful for high school level students to see what type of writing and competency is required at the college level.

Elements of Style : classic writing handbook

Merriam-Webster – online dictionary with a Word-of-the-Day

SAT Question of the Day – get an idea of what type of grammar/writing is on the test.

High School(9-12), Higher Learning/College, Jr. High(7-8), Online Resources, Spirit of Prophecy, Websites

Free Adventist Learning Community Course ~ Steps to Christ

Interested in an in-depth study of Steps to Christ?  The Adventist Learning Community or ALC, is featuring a free course on the book, Steps to Christ led by Pastor Denis Fortin, a pastor at Andrews University.    The self-paced course includes activities and quiz questions.  The student will also create a journal for chapter reflections.

 

The ALC, an initiative of the North American Division is a Seventh-day Adventist educational platform designed to provide continuing education courses, teaching courses, ministerial training, and  uniquely Adventist content for the church community and beyond.  To learn more about the Adventist Learning Community and the Steps to Christ course, click HERE or on the image above.

Elementary(K-6), Grades K-12, High School(9-12), Jr. High(7-8), Nature Study, Out and About, Special Needs, Unit Studies

Nature Study Meets Citizen Scientist

The Great Backyard Bird Count is coming soon!  This is a very popular activity for many AHE families.   For those that may not be familiar with this event, this is a fun way to incorporate nature study into your program and make a contribution to science at the same time.

The Great Backyard Bird Count is an annual four-day event that engages bird watchers of all ages in counting birds to create a real-time snapshot of  what the bird population around the world looks like.    Anyone can participate, from beginning bird watchers to experts.  Don’t worry if you know next to nothing about birds, the Great Backyard Bird Count website is full of resources to help you learn bird ID skills and what birds to look for in your area.  It takes as little as 15 minutes on any or all of the days of the event.    Log on to your free online bird checklist account and your numbers will be added to the worldwide tally.

Click on the image to head over to the GBBC website where you can learn more about the count, download activity pages and tally sheets and learn more about birds in preparation for the count.

Bible, Elementary(K-6), Health, High School(9-12), Jr. High(7-8), Principles of True Education, Special Needs, Unit Studies

My Place in Space – Lessons on Stewardship

Stewardship is the theme of the adult Sabbath School Bible Study guide this quarter.   Here is an excellent resource from the General Conference of SDAs that teaches the concept of stewardship to children.  These lessons go beyond the stewardship of money -they direct children to the Bible to look at a broader idea of stewardship.  The lessons can be useful at home and in a Sabbath School or Children’s Church setting . Take a moment to browse the free downloadable files to find out more.  Click the image or link below .

MY PLACE IN SPACE 

Bible, Elementary(K-6), High School(9-12), Jr. High(7-8), Principles of True Education, Reading, SDA Resources, Special Needs

Looking for the Bible Reading Plans?

Looking for the young adult and children’s Bible reading plans that we post at the end of each year?  The links have all been added to our AHE Spiritual Guidance Board on Pinterest.  We are continuing to add more children’s Bible study resources as we find them.

If you don’t have a Pinterest account, here is a link to last year’s Bible reading plan post.

Bible, Elementary(K-6), High School(9-12), Jr. High(7-8), Sabbath, Special Needs, Websites

Sabbath Playlist ~ Bible Study Notebook

This week’s playlist offering is not an audio or video resource, but a free printable.  This Bible Study Notebook contains 90+ pages of ideas with the corresponding printables to enrich your study time.   Created with Junior-Earliteen aged children in mind, it is easily adaptable for a wide range of ages and learning styles.

How about choosing a Bible story to read as you open the Sabbath each week and using the Notebook printables as a family?   Click the image or the links to see this resource.

Thank you to Laura @ At Jesus’ Feet for this wonderful free resource.