As a homeschool parent, I have long wished that I could do a better job of guiding my children when we are on nature walks. I dream of being a wealth of knowledge about all the living things around us, naming trees and other plants, identifying animal tracks, knowing if mushrooms are harmful or not...like … Continue reading Tree Nature Study for Beginners
I don't know about you, but I am always looking to streamline things in our homeschool. I love it when I can combine different subjects so it doesn't feel like we are learning separate, unconnected information. Recently, I found two books that I am using to plan some of our lessons for next year. You … Continue reading Create Your Own Homeschool Curriculum with Literature
Do your kids help in the kitchen? Have you thought about all the different skills you are teaching your kids when cooking together? Obviously, learning to make food for themselves (and hopefully the whole family) is one, but they can also strengthen their fine-motor, direction following, math, reading, science, and safety skills! In fact, if … Continue reading Six Skills Children Learn When Cooking
Do you wonder if elementary age kids can really learn chemistry? Are you afraid to teach your children chemistry because you weren't so good at it? My answers to both of these questions were "yes" before starting our chemistry curriculum this year. I had one bad experience with chemistry in middle school and thought I … Continue reading Can You Teach Homeschool Chemistry to Your Elementary Age Children?
In past years, I have let the Fish pick what they wanted to study for science. This year, I decided we would study one biome a month and we would include animal classification, plant classification, life cycles, the water cycle, geography, conservation and any other topics that came up during our study. (Note: This post … Continue reading An Easy Way to Study the Earth’s Biomes