The list below just skims the surface of the vast idea-factory that pumps out creativity through the Konos Volumes. I think Jessica Hulcy and her helpers who wrote the books are some of the most creative people in the world! If I sat and listed all the activities we did for Konos, it would take forever. I am simplifying this list for the sake of the reader. I am sure we’ll discuss this year’s line-up (we are still using Konos) in much more detail as the year progresses, but for the mean time, in reviewing previous years, I will just highlight some of the most cherished memories for you.
Benefits that we enjoyed that span across Konos Units, regardless of topic:
- Participate in a co-op with other children (so fun!)
- Learn Vocabulary Words with units – lots of neat words
- Bible Memory and Character Building lessons woven into every topic
- Geography, History and Science comes alive in ways no textbook could dream of!
- Researching and planning was as much fun and informative to me as for the kids!
- Topic related field trip suggestions in every unit
- Wrap-Ups (parties at the end of larger units where you dramatize, dress up, cook, etc.)
Things we had fun doing… and the unit they were associated with:
- Make Maple Sugar Candy/Pemmican
- Paint Totem Pole (cardboard boxes)
- Indian Feast (artifacts, costumes, book reports, native foods)
- Do an Indian Rain Dance with Music CD
- Dance like the SW Indians with Snakes (plastic) in our mouths
- Make a map of the Indian Tribes and regions
- Make Indian necklaces, vests, and masks
- Build a Teepee and Paint it
- Shoot bows and arrows
- Sit on a fake deer-skin and pretend to be an Indian
- Make a turtle rattle shell
- Dramatize an Indian ambush
- Paint our faces with “war paint”
- Learn some Indian sign language
- Put daughter’s hair in a squash-blossom hair-do and paint her part red
- Color Dover Stained Glass SW Indian designs and hang in window
- Make a sand-cast painting
- Grind hard corn in a Mexican Mojalete
- Paint a Navajo Rug
- Reenact sheep herding
Five Senses Unit:
- Draw the Five Senses
- Draw Road Signs
- Mystery Box game (guess by touch)
- Adjective Game (guess by adjective what it is)
- build the structures inside the ear with furniture and crawl through naming them as you go
Animal Classification Unit:
- Classify your plastic toy animals by: Mammal/Fish/Amphibian/Reptile/Bird
- Line up with your friends in order of tallest to shortest, most freckles to no freckles, longest hair to shortest hair, oldest to youngest
- Take an animal classification quiz on the internet
- Play animal charades
- Have an animal treasure hunt inside
Planet Classification Unit:
- Make planet mobile
- Make a rocket out of an appliance box (use dry ice for liftoff smoke)
- Listen to outer-space sounds on the internet
- Cut out large cardboard circles and paint the planets
- Dissect a duck
- Measure string to the distance of the largest bird’s wingspan
- Sketch a bird
- Do a bird beak experiment picking up items with different tools for each beak type and different items to resemble bugs, worms, etc.
- Flap our arms like a bird to see where a duck might need muscles
Hello, my name is Christy. I have a 4 yr old daughter. I am going to start teaching her kindergarten in the fall. I have looked a abeka but part of me wants to do something different than the school at home. Since it will be my first year homeschooling I am kind of scared to try something different(since the only thing I know is the school way). I was wondering how much research time is needed for each lesson. We have several libraries around us but since we live in a small community I am afraid we may not have access to all the books needed. If you could please e-mail me an give me more information on the curriculum I would really appreciate it.
My e-mail address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thanks for your time.