Learning Activities by Age and Grade
How to Get Kids to Value Nature as Much as Their iPads - “Kids don’t get outside enough.” “Kids spend too much time on screens.” We’ve read so many articles and internet discussions on this topic but how can we get our kids to value nature as much as their iPads? There really is just one, simple thing you need to do. It works. Are you ready for it?
How to Make Money Blogging [for Homeschool Parents] - If you are new to blogging or thinking of starting a blog, here is everything you need to know to get started. Professional blogging is a great job for homeschool parents. You can control how much (or how little) you work, and you can work from home while you homeschool your kids. I didn’t start out to blog professionally.
Elections for Kids: How to Make a Kids Voting Booth - Want to set up presidential primary elections for kids? Here’s how to set up a kids voting booth with a downloadable packet with everything you need for the 2016 U.S. primary elections (it’s free). This activity is for elementary and middle school students. Hold a voting day on or around the same day as your state’s primary election.
I Want to Quit Homeschooling - I wrote this post a couple of months ago and am just getting around to publishing it. Can you relate to days like this? Sometimes homeschooling looks like a family learning around the table. And sometimes it looks like Mom crying in her car outside of McDonald’s with a diet coke, scrolling through Facebook and texting a friend. There’s no perfect Instagram picture for that, but the hashtag #homeschoollookslikethis which I started using a couple of years ago, is meant for this, too. This is the space I am in today.
5 Awesome Solar System Educational Apps - These 5 STEM educational apps make studying space awesome for elementary and middle school kids. Our family has tried a lot of different apps (my oldest child loves anything that combines technology with the subject he’s learning about) and we’ll tell you what keeps us coming back to these five.
Cool Experiments: Balloons and Fire - Can you pop a balloon with fire? Of course! Can you NOT pop a balloon, even though it is nearly touching fire? Yes! We love cool experiments and this one is so easy to set up. Watch this quick video to see what supplies you will need and what happens when you hold an air-filled balloon over a candle flame, followed by a water-filled balloon.
Book Activities for The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate - If you haven’t gotten your hands on The Evolution of Calpurnia Tate or the sequel, The Curious World of Calpurnia Tate, by Jacqueline Kelly, stop reading this right now and go get them. I’ll wait. It really is that critical. My kids have proclaimed these two books their favorite read alouds ever, and that says something because I have read a lot of books out loud to them in my 11 years of parenting and our 6 years of homeschooling.