Free Resource Friday: All Things Science

    It’s no secret that I love science and nature. Thankfully my kids do too, or we’d be in trouble… Really, though, I think science has the potential to appeal to everyone—young or old. So why are so many homeschoolers nervous about teaching science? I think too many people buy into the stereotype that only super-smart, funny-looking, socially-awkward people are scientists: The truth, though, is that we can all be scientists! Science—at its best—is a process of discovery. It’s not being afraid to say, “I don’t know” or “Let’s find out” or “what would happen if…” We’ve been conditioned to...

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Tot Time: Learning or Playing?

  There are many of you, like me, searching for ways to keep your littlest tots engaged during your homeschool (or meal preparation) time. Like me, you probably don’t want to just let them run loose all day. The initial thought, especially for those of us that homeschool, is to create lots of fabulous learning experiences for them and just start schooling them early. Two birds with one stone, right? You have more time to teach your older kids because the little one on busy and she’s “learning” already.     I mean, really… just look at the intelligence shining out of those dark brown eyes....

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Hands-On Fun: {Underwater} Volcanoes

  If you’re ever looking for something to do that’s inexpensive—and a BLAST for kids of all ages—a baking soda and vinegar volcano is an old standby for a reason. Simple ingredients… bubbling reactions… predictable results… We always have simple science supplies around here, partly because I write about science and create experiments and activities for the books I write, and partly because we all love getting our hands messy as we discover new truths about our world. So, on a particularly rough day recently… you know, one of those days where nothing was working (ever have one of those?)…...

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Yummy Math: Serving Up Breakfast Lessons

Aren’t those pancakes beautiful? Believe it or not… Trevor made them himself! I’ve seen recipes for corn & wheat pancakes on several different websites and wanted to try them out, and Trevor wanted to do some “unconventional” math, so we put our heads together and came up with this yummy breakfast last week. (I think it’ll be a weekly staple, though… they were that good!)The first thing we did was convert some fractions and make some ingredient substitutions. I’m attending some conventions next month, and am trying to stock the freezer with some good food, so I wanted Trevor to double...

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Moments to Remember: Worms are Cute {and Slimy}

  Moments to Remember was developed as a simple way to look back on our week as homeschoolers and find photos that encompass the memories we want to remember. The week may have been tough, there may have been more bumps than smiles, but in the end these are the moments that keep us going, the ones we need to remember.     One of the reasons we love homeschooling… siblings learning together. At a program about worms, Trevor holds one out for Logan (who loves all animals and continues to tell me that worms are “so cute”) to pet. Molly looks on, refusing to touch. She’s not really “into...

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Free Resource Friday: Lapbook Lessons

    By now you know that we’re always looking for new ways to engage the kiddos. My easily distracted, wiggly, sometimes-crazy bunch crave novelty… and so do I. I was so excited to discover lapbooking early in our homeschooling. I’ll probably post again about specific lapbooks we’ve done at some point, but if you’ve ever looked for easy to use and FREE materials to fill lapbooks of your own, you need to check out Lapbook Lessons.     A little bit of background for those of you that don’t know what a lapbook is: Lapbooks are simply unique ways to present material students have learned....

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Edible Art: Marshmallow Snowmen

  Normally, we try to keep the meals and snacks pretty healthy around here. To be completely honest about it… I can get a little… umm… fanatical about it. In the last year, I’ve begun grinding my own wheat for flour, make our morning oatmeal from whole oat groats, millet, and wheat berries slow-cooked in the crock pot overnight, and cook from scratch at just about every meal. So… when Molly and Logan wanted to take an “edible art” class at coop, I was a bit hesitant. I knew they’d love it. I knew they’d have fun. I knew I would not be able to control what went into their mouths. Could you...

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Hands-On {Inexpensive} Learning: For Tots

  Last summer we had a big combined birthday party for the girls… a super fun, super cute backyard circus. The Dollar Spot at Target had some fabulous games that were perfect for favors and prizes. I kept a few of the ring toss games thinking they’d come in handy some day:     They sure have! For five dollars, Logan has a color matching activity:     A fine motor activity:     A gross motor activity:     And… a lot of fun:     Remember… with little ones, it’s not how much you spend on learning materials, it’s that they’re new to them. Since we broke these ring toss sets out a week ago,...

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My Little Reader

    Molly has been desperate to read since before she could talk. My kind of kid! She has always loved books, crawling into my lap at all hours with a book (or twelve) in hand and asking for a story. It is no surprise to me that she knew all of her letter sounds by 3, and at four is delighting in reading words over my shoulder whenever I have anything in my hand that displays the printed word. Thanks to the {continuing} generosity of a homeschool friend, we are bursting with learning materials for her…     We start with Hooked on Phonics, reading through word family lists, talking about...

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Free Resource Friday: Games and Activities

    “Mom! I’m bored!” Don’t you just hate that? Like they don’t have three-hundred-thousand toys each, yet they can’t find a single thing to do when you’re not right there holding their hand or directing them… This week’s resource is two-fold. The other day I pinned a fabulous idea from Mama Jodi on Pinterest. (You are scoping out Pinterest, right? Let me know so I can follow your boards! Feel free to follow mine.)       Mama Jodi over at Meaningful Mama has a wonderful tutorial on how she and her girls created this great menu of independent play choices to use when they couldn’t choose...

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