For many children (and adults), waking up to snowflakes falling is a wondrous event. There is something special in seeing the sunlight reflecting off individual flakes as they fall to the ground to create piles of rolling snow to be played in later in the day. What makes snowflakes so special? Is it because a snowstorm might mean a day off from school or getting to build a snowman? It goes far beyond that…we are homeschoolers, after all.
Are you feeling the winter blues yet? Waiting for what seems like an eternity for summer to get here? Sounds like you need something to break up those winter blues! I have to admit, winter can get cold and dreary, but it can also be fun, exciting, and educational. Have you tried incorporating winter nature studies into your homeschool yet? If you have tried them and need some inspiration on new winter nature studies, or if you haven’t and need some ideas on how to get started, you’ve definitely come to the right place! There are so many ways to
Over the past couple of weeks, we’ve been exploring Smart Kidz Radio, which is a free streaming radio station for children. For this review, we checked out the streaming “edutainment” radio option as well as some of the podcasts available, which are also free. This is an effort put forth by Smart Kidz Media. The goal of the company is to offer free “foundational education programs” to every child, no matter their religion, race, or gender. Smart Kidz is expecting to add on-demand options, which will not be free, but will be available at a low cost on a monthy
I am frequently asked to share different aspects of my birth plan. Usually I end up emailing off the whole thing, because it speaks for itself, mostly. There are a few points I am asked about a lot, so I figured I’d put up a post to explain the why behind each choice I have made. Before we get started, understand that these are MY preferences. No birth is ever the exact same as another. I’ve had four totally different birth experiences so far and ended up compromising on some of these things. This list of birth preferences is what
This preschool busy bag activity teaches size order, colors, patterns and fine motor skills. In addition, your child will learn to have patience, focus and critical thinking skills.
This was our first unit study of the 2017-2018 school year! It was pretty intensive and demanded quite a bit of my own time due to all the kitchen activities, but my children are also barely kindergarten age, so older kids (and their moms!) will have an easier time than we did. It was still great fun! In our dairy unit, we learned about how milk comes from cows, the process of bottling it, how cows live, and the many products that can be made from milk. We also learned about bacteria, culturing and fermentation, chemical changes and states of