We are heading to ‘that’ time of the year where we begin making lists of curriculum that we would like to include for the next academic year. Apart from my choices in core curriculum, I often included (when my children were younger) a lapbook or notebook unit study on a subject that interested my children. This way we were able to explore a theme that
If you like science, you will love Smarter Every Day! My boys and I found the Smarter Every Day YouTube channel about a year ago, and we cannot get enough of it. In the words of its creator, Destin, “I explore the world using science. That’s pretty much all there is to it.” You will find short, engaging videos about everything science and I love
This semester I asked my children to select a science topic we could study together as a family. With the spring season right around the corner they chose BOTANY! Although we love to get outside and explore plants and nature together (especially during the Epcot Flower & Garden Festival) we have never spent much time learning specifically about botany, the scientific study of plants. As
When winter comes, many people hibernate, patiently waiting for spring to arrive. But for homeschooling families, the thought of kids being cooped up inside for a couple of months is overwhelming. Luckily, Cindy West gives everyone a reason to head outside into the cold with her Snow and Ice Nature Study. For those of you familiar with the nature studies from NaturExporers/Shining Dawn Books, you
Dover Publications partnered with Education.com to offer more affordable workbooks that are fun and engaging. We like Dover workbooks to keep our minds fresh and engaged during the summer months but they can also be used to reinforce skills throughout the year. The variety of activities throughout each workbook helps keep my boys engaged because there is always something different to do; they never get
Cheri Fields of Creation Science 4 Kids is passionate about showing kids that Creation is a valid scientific view point. She has just published an ebook, Mysteries of Time and Creation: A Short Intro to Young Earth Creation, that can help parents teach this to their children. Written for middle schoolers, this short ebook sums up little known ideas about the age of the earth and
When looking for curriculum resources and learning opportunities, one area that many families overlook are community resource specialists in your community. I have found that many specialists love sharing their knowledge and skills with young people. This is particularly true of agencies funded by our tax dollars like the Forest Service, Fish & Wildlife, and National Parks. When I was in the public school classroom, I partnered with Menasha
If you haven’t yet discovered the impact Google Maps can have in your science and geography studies, now is the time. Can you imagine being able to show your kids the bottom of the ocean? Give it a try yourself. Load Google Maps onto your computer and go to the middle of the Atlantic Ocean. Click on Satellite. Do you see the Mid-Atlantic Ridge system? Cool, right?