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Voyage of the Dawn Treader - New Free Narnia Unit!

By Heather Idoni

Added Thursday, December 09, 2010

Vol. 11 No. 73, December 9, 2010, ISSN: 1536-2035
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Winning Website
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Notes from Heather

The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - Free Unit Study!

Our new student-created mini-unit for the book and newly released C.S. Lewis Chronicles of Narnia movie - The Voyage of the Dawn Treader - is available now at www.EasyFunSchool.com! It has vocabulary words, comprehension questions and suggested activities for each of the 16 chapters in the book.

You can check out the intro for the free 16-part unit study here (on the front page of EFS):

I'll be publishing the webpage for each chapter one-by-one over the weekend... please let me know if you make use of it with your children! :-)

-- Heather


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Paper Snowflake Fun

Here is a fun site with free printable paper snowflake patterns for making *very fancy*, fun flake designs to hang in your windows! :-)


Last Issue's Reader Question

"My kids and I will be moving to Texas for a year, while we wait for my Air Force hubby to finish out his year in Korea. We've never lived there before and I'm wondering what there is for homeschoolers to do , as far as feild trips and what not. We'll be living in Corpus Christi, couple hours from San Antonio, so I know there's the Alamo. The beach in Corpus Christi.... buuuuut..... what else? Any helpful tips and ideas will be GREATLY appreciated." -- Sheri in Germany

Our Readers' Responses

"Texas has a vast number of field trips that you can take advantage of while living here (not to mention the best homeschool laws). Here is a web site that lists the trips by category:


Texas has a huge number of homeschoolers, so look up a homeschool support group in Corpus once you arrive.


-- Tari in TX


"Sheri, Never fear! There is MUCH to do in Texas for homeschoolers! There is the Barrington Living History Museum, the Children's Museum of Houston (and many other major cities), Natural Bridge Caverns, NASA Space Center, the Blue Bell ice cream factory, Moody Gardens, numerous zoos, the OIL Ranch (has nothing to do with oil, by the way), numerous museums in the museum district of Houston (and any other major city), the beach, the Alamo, the Sam Houston statue, and a huge selection of fantastic campgrounds -- excellent for hands-on nature studies. Plus, this is a big-time friendly state for homeschoolers! :-) Can't beat that!" -- Christina H.


"Sheri -- We have lived in California, Michigan and now Texas -- and the really great news in that Texas is very homeschool friendly.

We are members of the Texas State Aquarium in Corpus Christi, even though we live outside of Houston. They have homeschool days and a lot of educational programs to offer. Here is their website: http://www.texasstateaquarium.org/

Corpus is a beach town, so it is kind of 'touristy' with many attractions. If you google the city's visitor's guide, you can come up with a whole host of things to do. As for support groups, I am sure they exist there as well. Hopefully you will get some responses from folks that live closer than we do. Best of luck and let me be the first to welcome you to Texas!" -- Ruthanne S.

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"My oldest child, 12, is non-verbal and lacks gross and fine motor capabilities. She is ambulatory and incontinent. She is severely physically disabled (Cerebral Palsy) but has shown over and over that she understands everything spoken or read to her by smiling or swinging a wild arm to slap a button. She attended public school through 3rd grade and had an aide at her side the entire 7-hour day. I, on the other hand, have 2 other younger students (2nd and 4th grades) and next year we'll add a kindergartner and a newborn! I simply don't have the time to spend with my special needs child that I know she deserves and desires. I don't have the time (nor the patience) to do hand-over-hand cutting, writing, pasting, etc. that she did in public school. All I have been doing with her at this point is reading to her. We've read a variety of subjects and for the most part she is patient and attentive. Is there anyone else out there that has a student that is severely physically disabled and is homeschooling other children at the same time? I know I'm not the first person to experience this and I'd like any input I can get as to best meet the needs of my special needs student. If nothing else, I'd just like affirmation that I'm doing the right thing by reading to her. PS - I have her younger siblings read to her as well... good for her as well as them!" -- Becky in Tennessee


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