Help please….

We are all making headway choosing curriculum for this academic year.  However, I am struggling to find something I can use as a first aid curriculum/guidance.  One of L’s electives is first aid but I’m coming up empty.  Would anyone have any ideas?

Also C wants to do a second creative writing course as one of her electives.  The three older children will already be following a creative writing course together, but she loves to write and would like to do a second one.  She wants it very much to be a story writing course rather than a complete writing course.  Would anyone have one they could recommend?

30 comments on “Help please….

  1. Mary Morrison

    for first aid, the red cross has actual courses. Ones you have to go to, though.

    • Thank you for the suggestion. I checked up the UK Red Cross, but their courses are for 18 yr old and above. I did look at the resources they sell and think I may have found something that would work, so thank you very much.

  2. I can’t help you with the First Aid, but I would recommend Learn to Write the Novel Way by Carole Thaxton M.S.for your creative writing course. You CAN see it here at Amazon:

    • I checked it out Phyllis and it looks really good. Is it a curriculum C11 could do pretty much on their own? I will be teaching the little ones during this time. Thank you for the suggestion

  3. almostunschoolers

    Our local hospital offers first aid courses for a small fee. Is there nothing similar there? Also, I just googled “girl scout first aid training” and came up with a few printable resources – you might check that out 🙂

  4. Cheryon Unruh

    Haven’t used it but heard good things about it.

    • Thank you so much for the suggestion. The course that all three are taking together this year is Cover Story which is the course before the One Year Novel. C wanted something in addition to that. I’m pleased to see so many people recommend Cover Story/One Year Novel. It cost me almost $80 just to have it shipped to me!

  5. I remember seeing a creative writing course that was something like “Write a novel in a year,” but it was for much older than my kids, so I didn’t look too closely at it.

    • I think you probably mean the One Year Adventure Novel. They will be doing the course before that one called Cover Story. Thanks for the suggestion though.

  6. My kids cannot wait until they are old enough to use Cover Story.
    The high School version is One Year Adventure Novel

    • I’ve ordered Cover Story for all three to use. C wanted something to do in addition to that. I’m really pleased to see it being recommended by so many people though!

      • I am looking forward to your thoughts on Cover Story. I met them at the convention and was really impressed.

  7. Can you remind me how old C and L are? Forgive my memory lapse, please!

    • Hi Sunny, I’m sorry it took me so long to answer the question! They are 11, 12 in October.

      • No problem! My E will be 11 in October as well! If you are at all interested in the Sleeping Giant classes, email Jennifer regarding the logistics and I’m sure she’ll be helpful. My daughter just loves her.

        I haven’t ordered Cover Story yet, but I think it’s in our future. 😉

  8. I’ve had this bookmarked but we haven’t used it yet.

    I was thinking of using it along with a basic survival skills class to go with Usborne’s Improve Your Survival Skills

    • Thank you Audria. They look fantastic! I think I could use them alongside some of the Red Cross resources I’ve seen.

  9. For first aid I did a course with St John’s Ambulance but it was only one day. I don’t know what age you have to be to start volunteering with them but it might be worth investigating if that’s an option. Story writing – NaNoWriMo (national novel writing month) in November is always a good choice, although it’s only one month long, and I’ve recently heard about the One Year Adventure Novel course which looks interesting (just noticed that it was already recommended, but I thought I might as well chime in!).

    • I can’t believe I didn’t think of St John’s ambulance! I think they do train pupils so I will definitely check them out. Thanks May!
      She is already planning on NaNoRiMo, and we are doing together the course which comes before the One Year Adventure Novel called Cover Story. But thanks so much for the suggestions!

  10. My daughter, almost 11 and a voracious reader, has taken multiple classes from Jennifer Trafton. See if you think it might be a good fit:

    • Thank you Sunny, this looks promising. I need to look into it a bit further to see if we can take a class from the UK but it looks like a really good fit for C. Thank you so much for the suggestion!

  11. I looked around here, but it looks rather slim-pickins. I am sure the Red Cross must have some good resources. Evan studies First Aid in Boys Scouts, but I am not sure it would be a complete course; maybe a good supplement. We are using Story Starters by Karen Andreola. You might take a look at Amazon.

    I meant to write yesterday, but “someone” had a birthday. Hmm.

    Have a great day!

  12. Elizabeth Hafferty

    For the Creative Writing course, I think you might find this a great help: “From Reader to Writer: Teaching Writing Through Classic Children’s Books” by Sarah Ellis. I bought copies from Amazon(they were library copies)for about $4. The book tells you about writers: what they read, their inspiration for their stories. Then gives some suggestions for writing assignments. Great book.

    • Oooh, thank you Elizabeth, I’ll look it up on Amazon. It sounds just up C’s street! She is always asking me if I have any books written about authors and how they became authors.

  13. sarahelisabeth65

    I’ve got a friend who came to our home ed group to take a first aid session. She might have an idea of who to contact locally. She is accredited to teach first aid in one of the London boroughs. I’m sure there is a generic website that you can use. Let me know if you want me to ask her.

    • That could be useful to have at the end of term. Yes, please, if you could ask her, I’d be very grateful. Thanks Sarah!

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