Hands-On Learning: Make a Compass

  Around the Kessler house, we tend to take on a topic and run with it, then fit our other subjects into that theme. It takes some effort, but it works for us and keeps interest high. So, lately we’ve been learning about pirates… more on that later, but for now here’s...

Hands-On Learning: Play-Dough Body Parts

  We start a new co-op next week. We’ve thought about joining a co-op for awhile, have tried to sign up for several, but all of our attempts have been thwarted for one reason or another. Full classes, two-year waiting lists, etc. Finally, though, we found one that...

Hands-On Fun: Art Appreciation

While the girls love arts and crafts, I’m not a huge fan of paint, and Trevor loathes the “messy-ness” of artistic creation – part sensory issues/part perfectionism. He hates getting wet or dirty and he hates not knowing if what he’s making will turn out how he...

Hands-On Learning: Candle Race

  So… Molly’s on the mend. Amazingly, nobody else got sick this past week, which was such a blessing as Molly was the sickest she’s ever been. Dehydrated, on anti-nausea medication just to get a few sips of water down every eight hours or so, and lots of sleeping....

Hands-On Learning: Colors

  We have a lot of fun with science around here. Once you get to know me a little, you come to expect random “science days” or experiments—and lots of messes! It makes sense after all, I write nonfiction for kids, parents, and teachers and mainly focus on science and...