Category Archives: Science and Nature Study

Pearson Homeschool Science Curriculum Review

Pearson Homeschool Science Curriculum

I received this product for free. I am being compensated for my time to use the product and write this review. All opinions are my own and I was not required to provide a positive review.

Science is one of those subjects that we’ve been pretty relaxed with so far. I haven’t done any formal science curriculum with Caroline to this point. She’s very interested in science (as long as it’s not gross or messy!), but we’ve been pretty laid back. We’ve read a lot of books and watched a lot of science DVDs and programming on the Kindle. When … Read more »

Nature Study Ideas for People Who Prefer to Stay Indoors

Nature Study for Indoor People

Nature study is a very popular topic in homeschooling circles right now, especially thanks to those who follow a Charlotte Mason style of education. And while I think most everyone would agree that the idea of nature study is a great one, it often doesn’t work for some families for any number of reasons.

These reasons might include:

allergies that make going outside a substantial challenge
physical limitations
asthma
living in a challenging environment that makes being outside for extended periods of time less than ideal
just not being an outdoor person

So rather than skipping nature study or feeling badly that you aren’t doing something … Read more »

Live HD Streaming Earth Viewing from International Space Station

Live HD Earth Viewing from International Space Station

We thoroughly enjoy learning about the International Space Station (ISS). I keep track of when it will be flying over our home and if it works out with bedtimes, we’ll go out in front of the house and watch it go over.

By using NASA’s simple Spot the Station feature, you can use the pull down menus to find the next flyover closest to your home.

Now not only can you see it when it flies over, you can see what it is flying over! This live HD Earth Viewing feature lets you watch from four different cameras attached … Read more »

Simple Learning Ideas for April Holidays, Units and Famous Birthdays

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April is full of fun learning opportunities such as National Poetry Month, Arbor Day, and John James Audubon’s birthday. Here are some simple and creative ideas to use this month!

National Poetry Month

National Poetry Month is a great time to introduce children to the world of poetry. By starting with engaging poems, there is the greatest chance of lighting an interest in poetry so choose poems carefully.

Keep a collection of age-appropriate poetry books for children to read during quiet reading time, indoor recess or when they finish their work early.
Highlight a different poet each day by reading aloud … Read more »

Bake a Cake from Scratch to Teach about Work and Rewards

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Teaching your children to work hard for their rewards

One of the great opportunities we have as homeschooling parents is showing our children how to balance work and play as well as teaching them to be responsible and industrious. As children grow older, we can begin to help our children understand how they are responsible for their choices in a variety of areas. And part of that is learning how to remain diligent and work for the things they want.

Opportunities abound for learning these lessons and it’s important we are on the lookout for them. We can sneak these activities … Read more »

How I Teach Science – Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years

How I Teach Science – Relaxed Homeschooling in the Early Elementary Years Series

My approach to science in our relaxed homeschooling family has been very relaxed. My philosophy is that all children really need in early elementary is exposure to science topics and to develop a healthy curiosity about the world around them. If a child is curious, she will learn plenty even in an unstructured way.

I don’t use a textbook to teach science. Most of the early elementary textbooks are either so simplistic or are so poorly designed that they would not appeal to Caroline at all.

We don’t write about science. Unless it is something she dictates to me for her … Read more »

Great Homeschool Conventions Freebie ebook bundle

creationministries (1)This post is sponsored by Great Homeschool Conventions.

Great Homeschool Conventions just updated their website and to celebrate they are offering a freebie download!

You can find up-to-date information on their three upcoming 2014 conventions including speaker details.  (Lots of good ones!)

They have partnered with Creation Ministries International to offer a freebie digital bundle.  The bundle includes:

  • Why Does a Good God Allow Bad Things?
  • The Greatest Hoax on Earth?
  • Creation Magazine

I’m looking forward to reading all three of these! Check them out!  :-)

 

Scarecrow Ideas, Books, Writing Prompts, and Crafts

Scarecrow Ideas, Books, Writing Prompts, and Crafts

Scarecrows are a fun part of fall.! Kindergarten and first grade children will enjoy a special unit featuring scarecrows along with barns and animals. Discover these scarecrow ideas!

Barn Dance Read Aloud Book

Barn Dance! by Bill Martin Jr. and John Archambault is the delightful story of a young boy who sneaks out to the barn in the middle of the night when he hears the animals and scarecrow head out there for a hoedown. The scarecrow leads the way with his fiddle playing and the animals join in with a wild dance in the barn. This Reading … Read more »

Kindergarten and First Grade Fall Unit Ideas, Crafts and Books

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I love fall. Is there any other season that comes close to the joy that autumn brings?  I enjoyed putting together some very simple and easy-to-implement ideas to share with parents and teachers looking for fall-themed ideas. These autumn lesson ideas and read aloud suggestions are quick and easy and will work well in September and October.

Sorting Nuts, Leaves and Pine Cones

Have students collect a variety of nuts, leaves and pine cones from outdoors. (If no suitable place is available, then bring in a variety of these fall objects and have students use them in sorting exercises.) Nuts can … Read more »

Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz

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smithsonianHere’s a fun quiz for your older students or for the parents.  The Pew Research Center and The Smithsonian created this quiz to test the knowledge of the public on science topics.

It includes topics that are both textbook-type questions as well as science questions related to daily living.

I scored a 12 out of 13 and missed the one most people miss.

How do you do?

Science and Technology Knowledge Quiz