Category Archives: Science and Nature Study

Learning Geography with Gardening

Learning Geography with Gardening

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Miracle-Gro Gro-ables. All opinions are 100% mine.

Integrating multiple subjects is a great way to get the most bang for your homeschooling time. Some topics naturally seem to go together – science and math, history and geography, and reading and writing. If I asked you what you could integrate with gardening, I’m sure your first thought would be science and then probably math.

What about integrating gardening and geography? That’s what we’re doing as we continue to work on our Gro-ables Project.

Hardiness Zones in the United States

Understanding … Read more »

Beyond Anything We’ve Ever Seen – Window Frost

Beyond Anything We've Ever Seen - Window Frost

“Sometimes I am completely perplexed by God’s willingness to humor man…When He wanted to lead the Magi to the Christ Child, He did not lead them by a mark in the sand. He led them through a star because they were star-gazers – then He went beyond anything they had ever seen… (W)hen God wanted to lead the Ephesians to the Savior, He did not lead them through a cloudy pillar. He got their attention through supernatural phenomena, because that’s where they were looking. God wants to be found…He is so gracious to show up right where we are … Read more »

Enjoying and Feeding Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

Enjoying and Feeding Rose-Breasted Grosbeaks

While we were preparing lunch today, I remarked that I thought the rose-breasted grosbeaks should be returning soon. It’s usually the second week of May we start to see them at the feeders in our part of West Michigan. Five minutes later I looked out and there he was! The first grosbeak of the season.

Many people choose not to put out birdseed in the spring and summer since the birds have an abundance of food around them. We feed year round for two reasons. One, the birds are like my pets. Two, if we didn’t feed all year we … Read more »

The Importance of Creation and the Impact of Green Space

The Importance of Creation and the Impact of Green Space

Shortly after we moved to the Cute Little Town, I saw this article online: A rural life is better: Living in a concrete jungle is stressful and makes you more prone to depression. From the article:

Scientists have confirmed what every urbanite has long suspected – life in the city is more stressful.

Researchers have shown that the parts of the brain dealing with stress and emotion are affected by living among the crowds.

Our new house has so much more green space, trees and sky than our old house. Behind our house is another cul-de-sac, but the houses behind … Read more »

Building a Amplifier with EEME – Part 1

Build an Amplifier - Part 1

We are all about real life, hands-on learning in our home and the opportunity to learn about electronics with EEME was a great one for us! David and Caroline are in the process of building an amplifier from scratch.  It is a six step process and today I’m going to share a bit from their first step.

EEME offers a number of different online lessons and hands-on project kids. This is the first part of the amplifier.

There are excellent videos that walk you through each step of the process. They are clear and well-done.

Caroline said … Read more »

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 »

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 »

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 I … 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 »