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 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 »
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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 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
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 »
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 live streaming from the International Space … Read more »
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 learning ideas for April.
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 a poem. … Read more »
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 »
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 »