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How Do Fireworks Work: The Chemistry of Fireworks

chemistry of fireworks: How do fireworks work?

We are not huge fireworks people, but this year we stopped and bought some. As a homeschooling mom, my first thought is how do fireworks work?! As I’m finding an answer to this question, I realize it’s chemistry! Yep, the chemistry of fireworks is what makes all the gorgeous colors. Using different chemical mixtures in the … Continue reading

My Morning Basket Summer 2017

If you’d asked me about my morning basket last year I would have laughed. 😀 That’s not something we do. We are secular homeschoolers. We don’t study Bible verses in the morning. Morning basket? Nope, not for us, thanks anyway. Many varied books. Then I heard the phrase many varied books. It’s a phrase that comes … Continue reading

3 Tricks to Find the Best Books for Tween Girls

best books for tween girls

This year my entire goal, when it came to reading, for our homeschool was to help Hanna reconnect and remember her love for reading. She loved to read when she was little, but as the years in public school went on she lost the love, and in fact, claimed an outright hatred for reading. GAH! … Continue reading

Lunch Recipe Kids Can Make: Vegetable Tortellini

My daughter LOVES to cook. She loves to cook more than most things. 🙂 This has been a problem for a while now, because we are going through a kitchen renovation, and our “kitchen” has been out of commission. However, we are a family of go-getters, make it happen, overcome obstacles, type people, and we’ve … Continue reading

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 … 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 … 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 … 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 … Continue reading