Online Learning Activities for Kids

Online Learning Activities for Kids

Online Learning Activities for Kids

With a learner who prefers video and learning online to just about anything else, I’m always on the lookout for new sites she can explore. Here’s a list of online learning activities for kids.

NOAA Discover Your World Activity Book

NOAA (North Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) has a free downloadable Discover Your World Activity Book for children.

It is full of hands-on activities related to science topics such as the earth, weather and climate. These would be especially good for upper elementary and middle school students.

Check it out here: NOAA Discover Your World Activity Book.

The University of Illinois Science Activities for … Read more »

Esther Bible Study from Grapevine Studies

Esther Bible Study from GrapeVine Studies

Esther Bible Study from Grapevine Studies

Caroline and I are starting a new Grapevine Studies Bible study. I decided to do Esther with her since I thought the adventurous storyline would appeal to her. Esther is a strong woman and her story provides lots of opportunity for meaningful discussions about culture, faith, obedience and what it means to be a woman used by God.

The Appeal of GrapeVine Studies

GrapeVine Studies appeal to Caroline and me for a few reasons. (See also my previous review of Grapevine’s New Testament overview.) For me, they are easy to prepare and even I can do … Read more »

101 Things That Make Me Happy

101 Things That Make Me Happy

101 Things That Make Me Happy

Pansies

Reading a book by the fire

Snow falling

The first day of the NCAA Basketball Tournament

Caroline’s belly laugh

Being married to my best friend

Playing favorite hymns on the piano

Autumn leaves

Rose-breasted grosbeaks at our feeders

Drives in the country

Black patent leather

Beaumont Tower

Pearls

Pink

Telemann

Vermont in autumn

Cozy candles

Peaceful Christmas music

Polka dots

Hugs from Caroline

Buzzer beaters on my birthday

My NIV Study Bible with decades worth of notes

Stones of remembrance

Watching robins in the birdbath

Loving parents

Miss Suzy

Marching band drum lines

Listening to Caroline and David playing

The wit of Downton Abbey

Picture books

Alan Rickman as Colonel Brandon

Pine cones

Petoskey

A good night’s sleep

New notebooks

A … Read more »

The Rise of Video Ads (and Why I Removed Them from My Site)

The Rise of Video Ads (and why I removed them from my site)

The Rise of Video Ads (and Why I Removed Them from My Site)

Before I begin, I want to make one thing clear.

I have no problem with people making money on their blog or website and I am all for people working successfully at home.

But I abhor video ads on websites. I especially abhor the ones that play audio as soon as they start. It drives me nuts when my entire browser freezes up because multiple video ads are launching in a sidebar all at once.

Which means lately I have abhorred even visiting my own site. There were days I literally had to relaunch my browser WHEN VISITING MY OWN SITE … Read more »

The Loneliness of Homeschooling a Gifted Child

The Loneliness of Homeschooling a Gifted Child

The Loneliness of Homeschooling a Gifted Child

Sometimes things seem so obvious in retrospect. The loneliness of homeschooling a gifted child is one of those truths that somehow fully escaped me until recently. I realized it feels a bit like I’m going down a never-ending rabbit hole of moving further and further out of the norm in terms of our homeschooling. And the further you move away from the mainstream, the lonelier it becomes.

This post is part of the Gifted Homeschool Forum’s blog hop entitled Educating Gifted Children: The Many Ways We Approach Their Learning. I always kind of dread these blog hops because I … Read more »

Self-paced Online Math with Redbird Mathematics

Self-paced Online Math with Redbird Mathematics

Self-paced Online Math with Redbird Mathematics

We have a strange relationship with math in our home. Caroline and David are both visual-spatial learners so their approach to math is from whole to part instead of part to whole. I took a lot of upper level math (and science) in high school, but only because I was college prep and did what I had to do. I got all A’s, but I worked hard for them. Math did not come easily to me and was a necessary evil in many ways. So while I don’t have math phobia, I could take it or leave it. David and … Read more »

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

Sallie’s Miscellany (January 13)

Sallie's Miscellany Links for Better Living and Learning

 

Good Reads

Minecraft for Moms from Medium – I was one of those very skeptical moms when it came to the value of Minecraft. I’m not any longer.

How to Start Homeschooling in the Middle of the Year from home|school|life – If you are thinking of making the jump, here are some suggestions to get you started.

High Chance that 2 Rooms are Hidden Behind King Tut’s Tomb from NPR – Could be an amazing discovery!

Instant Pot

Have you tried one of these yet? They are getting rave reviews! I received one for Christmas from my … Read more »

Polar Animals True or False

Polar Animals Activity

Polar Animals True or False

Polar animals are fascinating creatures! Whether it is polar bears, penguins, or the arctic fox, each one is an interesting part of the world. This polar animals activity is a great way to review facts about polar animals.

There are ten statements and your students will sort them into two piles – True and False. I purposely made a few of them tricky so students have to read carefully and not fly by the words too quickly!

This would be great paired with my Polar Animals Lapbook or any of the other polar, penguin and arctic activities I have in … Read more »