It's the time of year when you're thinking about what gifts to provide for your children and I'm sure as a homeschooling mom you are searching for ideas that are both fun, hands-on entertainment but also can be used for unexpected learning. Gift kits are a great way...
Are you looking for ways to breathe some life into your homeschool? Ways to liven things up without adding in a lot of prep time for yourself? What if I told you that technology has you covered?
Pumpkins, cooler weather, crunchy leaves…Autumn is such a fun and exciting time of the year. Now that the heat of Summer has subsided and you’re settling into a normal, daily homeschool routine, it’s the perfect time to add in something new. Hopefully this list of Autumn STEM activities will get you and your family excited!
Mention robotics and my 40+ year old mind goes to Rosie The Robot, the Jetsons’s housekeeper. I used to love that cartoon. My young mind could just imagine the automated life of the future with robots doing all my chores. Fast forward to 2017. Where is Rosie? She hasn’t shown up in my house yet. While we might not be interacting with our robotic housekeeper on a daily basis, robots do play a huge part in our modern way of life.
I’m not sure we could successfully homeschool without LEGO® bricks. (I write this jokingly, but there is some element of truth to the statement.) LEGO® learning can take place across all subject areas, ages, and interest levels. LEGO® bricks will speak to a child when nothing else will, and sometimes they help make a break-through to understanding in a critical math or science concept.
The word engineer is derived from the Latin words ingeniare (“to contrive, devise”) and ingenium (“cleverness”). Today, engineering is one of the fastest growing industries in the world. In anticipation of Engineers Week next month, I’m delighted to share with you 25 activities and resources to help you teach engineering concepts to teens.
With such a huge focus on STEM education these days, today I want to focus on the engineering aspect of STEM and give you some ideas for teaching Engineering to young kids. Why teach engineering at a young age? Kids love building things and are natural-born builders! You have probably noticed that already in your own kids. They love blocks, tinker toys and LEGO bricks. The great thing about this is they are already excited and ready to learn more about it!
Imagine providing a subject in your classroom that your students can’t wait to study. Tell your kids they can learn how to create their own computer games, apps, and websites and watch their eyes light up. You will not have to twist any arms to get those homework assignments finished. Instead of sitting around playing video games, your students could be learning the skills necessary to write their own!
This list may be just what you need to kick your summer into scientific overdrive! As a parent, you’ll love having these handy go-to experiments and ideas right at your fingertips. Your kids will love getting messy, getting wet and I am betting that delicious S’more challenges will probably be their favorites.
Let’s face it, learning math facts is important. Kids will have trouble with math and algebra without their facts memorized. Thankfully there are many ways to memorize math facts. Here are my family’s top 10 ways to drill these math facts.
It’s always fun to learn about other cultures and how they affect the global society. It’s exciting to watch a child imagine what it would be like to live on some remote island in the Pacific, or travel to Siberia, or climb Mt. Everest. Geography is a subject that is more than just line drawings of maps, or lists of countries, it’s about learning what experiences might be like in other locations in the world in which we live.
There are fewer words that instill more fear in a homeschool mom than the word, math, does. Unless you happen to be one of those moms that loves math, the idea of teaching math to our children can cause many a restless night. Even if you do happen to love math, that does not mean that your children will, or that they will have a natural affinity for it. We’ve pulled together our best homeschooling math posts to help you find just what you need to successfully teach this subject.
I know that a lot of people want to do more nature study, but feel overwhelmed by the thought of all the time it’s going to take. Here, then, are my top 10 ways to study nature when you only have 10 minutes a day. Over 11 years of homeschooling, I’ve been happy to find these quick activities that still make a big impact. I hope you’ll find them helpful too!
Are you looking for fun and different writing topics for your kids? Try writing about space. Space gives kids room to dream and imagine. So encourage your children to use these ten space writing topics as launching points for reports or imaginative stories.
Geography is a subject often neglected, which is a shame because it’s so easy to incorporate with other subjects, such as history, art, and language arts. Plus, geography is just fun to study on its own. Don’t believe me? Just check out these cool hands-on geography ideas for all ages!
While learning can, and often still does, look like a student sitting and learning during a set time, in a set space, and doing a set activity such as reading and writing, learning can also look quite different from the traditional model of education. In fact, one of the main reasons why families choose to home educate is so that learning does look different. As technology continues to grow as a primary resource for education we as homeschoolers must stay current with the changing face of education.
Our homeschool students must learn to maneuver the ins and outs of the ever increasing world of technology. But, how do we manage to do that while still maintaining adequate time for core subjects as well as balance the safety concerns we may have with online usage? Today, we are sharing our ideas, tips, and resources for teaching technology in your homeschool.