What’s one of the biggest homeschooling questions you are asked or find yourself asking? I’m not talking about the, “Is this enough?” question, rather the, “What should my child know?” It’s so easy to wonder if you’re teaching your children the right information at the right time, especially if you’re not using standard textbooks. There are solutions to this problem but my favorite comes in
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?
Much of our learning takes place through unit studies. The History of Science Unit Study (focusing on the Ancient Greek Physician, Galen), therefore, was a perfect fit for my sixth grade daughter. If you are looking for a meticulously organized unit study, this is for you. If you are looking for an engaging book about a very interesting ancient figure in science, this is for
Most homeschoolers are very frugal and must make their homeschool budget stretch as far as possible. My family is no exception and I think long and hard about investing in curriculum and tools for our learning experiences. My two youngest boys are very science oriented and are naturally inquisitive about the world around them so purchasing a quality microscope made sense as we entered the
Banish the science text this year and use Tabletop Scientist in your homeschool for a hands on approach to science with experiments and projects. Tabletop Scientist is a 4 book series from Dover Publications which comprises the basics of experiments for an elementary physical science unit. This series is a perfect collection of easy experiments used to demonstrate the main concepts for units on sound, light, water,
Nature studies. Outside time. Looking. Investigating. These are the things we love! I ran across something called Exploring Nature with Children and was really curious about it – it looked like something we would really enjoy – and I was right! ~Don’t miss the discount code at the end! This Charlotte Mason type study consists of a 240 page pdf file by Lynn Seddon of Raising
Science is actually why I finally decided to homeschool. How could I tell my son (then in 6th Grade) to trust and respect his teachers and yet tell him that what they were teaching him was incorrect and not to believe / follow it (specifically when they would teach about evolution). That was the final straw for me. It was time to bring him home!
As home educators, we strive to develop traits of independent learners. Tasks cards are a wonderful stepping stone for elementary and middle school students to develop their independent learning skills – providing them with a framework to focus their search and just enough guidance to ensure success. ~Don’t miss the Task Cards giveaway at the end! Task Cards Develop Independent Learners Task cards are a fantastic way