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Homeschool Week In Review (Year 1 Week 10)

Lat week we had some mysterious health stuff going on. We’ve figured it out though and we’re back on track this week. We learned a lot, and had a ton of fun doing it. 🙂 Here’s the highlights.  We started using the History Mysteries book to help pull more history into our days, and started with the Mary Celeste mystery. We didn’t come to an answer, of course, but it was fun to contemplate the possibilities. We also continued our study on China. She built an abacus, and is learning about Chinese calendars and getting ready to make her own, thanks to Surprise Ride. We did a lot of science this week. We learned about seed dispersal with Mystery Science, and did a fun experiment trying to keep our seeds out of the “zone of darkness”… aka the shade of the host tree, so it will sprout. We also learned how … Continue reading

Meal Planning Math Lesson

Meal Planning math ~ YouReallyCanHomeschool.com

Today we decided to try something new when it came to math. It’s our meal planning day, so instead of me doing the planning, I handed it over to Hanna. She’d picked up the Healthy Meals for Less cook book last week at the library. The book claims to share recipes that are under a dollar per serving. I gave her 60 dollars to spend on 7 dinners. The rest was up to her. She started by skimming through the cookbook looking for recipes that sounded good. She found quite a few recipes, and we discussed some of our favorite inexpensive dinners. We also discussed prices of meat, and how our local prices could change the totals suggested in the book. She then did the math on each recipe to see how much the whole recipe would cost (instead of just a serving). She realized some looked inexpensive when you go … Continue reading

Homeschool Week In Review (Year 1 Week 8)

Homeschool Week In Review Year 1 Week 8

Things seem to be settling down and we’re finding a rythym in our homeschool, which makes me very happy. 🙂 I love things to feel “normal”. 🙂 We accomplished quite a bit this week, learned some new things, practiced things we already knew, and discovered a couple new tools. I’m just going to share the highlights. Math: This week Hanna continued to work on her Pet Store which is part of her Your Business Math course. She also played Prodigy quite a bit, which seemed to focus on finding area and multiplying 2 digit numbers. She’s coming along with it, and not feeling so discouraged about multiplication ~ which is always a good thing. Social Studies: We had to do a little reframing around the Missouri Scavenger Hunt (again), which helped her  get a little more excited about it. She finished the last piece this morning, which was a 5 sentence … Continue reading

Steve Spangler Science Club Review

When we started homeschooling this year, one of my biggest concerns was science. My kiddo is a science fanatic, me, not so much! I was a little worried about being able to have enough science around for her to do and stay happy. I found Mystery Science which we do weekly and absolutely LOVE, but once a week science just isn’t going to cut it around here. We need more like DAILY science, HA twice a day science is more like it. I started looking around at science subscription boxes to add to our science time, and was happy to see there are quite a few. We are trying some of them out and we’ll let you know what we think. Steve Spangler Science Club is the first science subscription box we’ve received. They sent us a free box to test out, and tell you what we thought. While the box … Continue reading

Bottle Rocket Experiment ~ STEAM Kids

STEAM Kids bottle rocket experiment ~ YouReallyCanHomeschool.com

I bought a copy of STEAM Kids last night. I’ll be honest, I saw this book the day it came out and didn’t order because I didn’t know if it would be appropriate for my 10 year old. It seemed like the experiments were meant for much younger kids. However, last night I was talking to my friend and fellow homeschooling mom Jen, from Practical by Default, who has kids older than mine, and she was super excited about it. I have a little “patience” problem, so I ordered the ebook version. Immediately I started looking through it and saw a bunch of experiments I thought Hanna would like. She woke up this morning and looked through the book, and started making her own list. The first on the list was Bottle Rockets. I didn’t really plan on doing any of these experiments today, in fact, I had this super … Continue reading