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How We Do Science

how we do science

This is my first summer as an actual homeschooler. Last year, it was all the planning to BE  a homeschooler. I was planning like crazy. Turns out, only one thing I planned worked. That was Science. 🙂 The perspective is interesting on this side of the first year. It’s kind of interesting impossible trying to plan something you’ve never done, because you don’t know what you don’t know. Almost everything I put together last summer was shot down by the kiddo. Intellego Unit Studies. Nope. American Girl Unit Studies. Nope. This amazing Microscope unit study. Nope. (Are you seeing a pattern here? I totally thought we would be a unit study homeschool lol… Turns out… no to the no to the no no no.) The one thing I did last summer that went over well, so well, we’re going to continue it next year was science. I picked up Mystery … Continue reading

The Easiest Way to Finally Learn Multiplication Tables

learn time tables the easy way

Times Tales is on sale now through April 9th for a fantastic price of $13.56. I’ve never seen it priced so low, so I thought I’d share our story of using Times Tales. It was over a year ago, when my kiddo was still in public school. Click the image below to purchase immediately. (You can always come back and read our story when you’re done. 😉 )   I was about at my wits end. My kiddo was in 4th grade, and still hadn’t learned the times tables. She had been struggling a little more each year to keep up in math. It was frustrating, but really quite sad because she used to LOVE math, and then I was more frequently hearing “I hate math! I’m no good at math.” We’d tried everything, flashcards, multiplication war, computer games, everything I could think of.  It didn’t seem to matter how long we spent trying … Continue reading

Hand Held Microscope: Take Homeschool Science Everywhere

hand held microscope take homeschool science everywhere

Before we started homeschooling my mom gifted Hanna a microscope one year. As I was researching homeschooling, and putting together all the curriculum we were going to use I found this awesome unit study for the microscope. My kiddo LOVES the microscope. I thought we’d be golden. <3 HA. Not so much. The first day of “school” we pulled out the microscope, and our unit study and she was like. Oh. Hell. No. She did the first worksheet, but that’s about as far as we got. Well, I let go of the Unit Study (maybe next year she’ll be ready for more “schooly” type work), but we kept trying to use the microscope. We tried to look at water from our pool (after it sat around for a while). We tried to look at blood (after I cut my finger cooking dinner one night) and so many other things… but we … Continue reading

Bottle Flip Challenge (and the science behind it)

My kiddo is all about the Youtube challenges these days. She’s having a blast recreating all the challenges she can find. She is quickly adding videos to her Youtube channel. One of her latest videos was about the Bottle Flip Challenge. It goes a little like this. Grab a few water bottles, fill them up with different amounts of water, flip the bottle and see if you can get it to land on end. 🙂 It’s pretty simple, but it is fun to try, and there’s actually a lot of science behind why it works and doesn’t work. Hanna doing the Bottle Flip Challenge:   You’ll notice she managed to flip and land the first two, but not the third. She tried and tried (and tried and tried) to land that almost full bottle, and it never happened. We got to thinking about this… what’s up with that almost full … Continue reading

20 Picture Books for 5th Graders

I never would have thought of picture books for 5th graders. I thought they were just for little kids. Luckily I was wrong. When we started this homeschool journey my daughter was a very reluctant reader. Years of AR tests and forced reading had created a lot of reading resistance in her. My main goal for our first year of homeschool was simply to bring back the love of learning. I didn’t know how I was ever going to do that when I couldn’t get her to crack a book… ever. I was lucky enough to run across some articles about picture books for older kids, and we started the Big 5th grade picture book experiment. Well… we are almost half way through our school year, and I’m happy to say it’s been quite a success! Enough so, that we are going to continue using picture books for the remainder … Continue reading

NEW! Picture Book Extension Packs: Grammar, Comprehension, and Writing With Picture Books!

5th grade Grammar, comprehension, and writing lessons from picture books

To say the last couple of weeks have been crazy would be an understatement. I decided to paint the living room for Thanksgiving, and it turned into a huge snowball, and now we’re basically doing an entire kitchen renovation. (Which is AWESOME. YAY!! and a nightmare. Ugh.) We took the week of Thanksgiving off from formal schooling, we had company and construction going on, but there’s always learning happening, I can’t even tell you all the measuring we did. 🙂 But this week we made it back to the library and we’re back on track. 🙂 You’ve heard me talk about the big 5th grade picture book experiment and our much loved Living Lit grammar packs. I realized this week, as I was making my library list, we’re almost to the end of the curriculum. (YIKES) I emailed the creator and she has no plans to make additional packs. Which … Continue reading