Tuesday, July 6, 2010

Art Class with a twist

Check out today's summer teaching idea with your kids!


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Saturday, June 26, 2010

We're Moving!

It's been in the works for awhile now, and it's official...I have moved my homeschool blog over to Word Press! I'm wanting to get more active with my blogging and reach a bigger audience, and Word Press has all I'll need to do that.

Please come by and bookmark the new site. http://www.homeschoolteacherslounge.com/

Here's a post to catch you up to speed. I started something new this week to kick off summer officially starting. Each day, I'll be posting fun, inexpensive ways to encourage your children to learn through summer activities. This post will explain it all.


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Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Summer Fun for the Family

Summer is officially here and it's time to relax, have fun and show your kids your not just the "teacher" but once a kid yourself!

I'm very excited about taking a break for the next few weeks but there are moments all through the summer that are great teaching opportunities that you may want to incorporate!

So everyday this summer for the next four weeks I'll be bringing you great ideas to embrace everything summer has to offer.

You'll find things like:

  • free to low cost summer vacations

  • fun summer craft projects

  • simple and easy summer meals

  • ways to transform your back yard into a summer amusement park

  • Summer entertaining ideas

  • rewarding ways to teach kids about money

  • fun road trip games

  • camping must haves for kids

  • water fun

  • gardening

  • exciting science experiments

  • ways to rejuvenate mom and get you ready for school in the fall

  • and much more!

I'm teaming up with moms all over the U.S to bring you some of the most fun and exciting ideas. Everyday you can expect something new so you may want to book mark this and check back daily!

What are your plans this summer and what is your favorite way to make summer fun?

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

A "Double Dog Dare" for Your Kids from Borders!

Summer is quickly approaching and summer vacation will be beginning soon if it hasn't already for some.

A friend shared this free book offer with me and I thought many of you would enjoy this as well.

Borders books & music has put together a simple summer reading program that you and your kids will love!

It's their way of encouraging a love for reading throughout the summer.

Simply read ten books, print the form at the link below, list the books and turn it in to any store!

All the details are here:

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

Home School in the Woods-Colonial Life

I have to share with you how in love I am with Home School in the Woods! I recently discovered this program and when I took the time to really look at it, I couldn't believe how perfect this was for my daughter.

It's a hands on christian approach to teaching history. If you have a child that is not a text-book child and really wants to be doing craft projects and learning through more visual examples, I encourage you to take a look at this program.

We started the Colonial Life Series a few months ago and this will be one of the things we do all summer long off and on. It teaches all about the first settlers, what life was like starting out in the new world, food, shelter, clothing, farming, hobbies, animals and so much more. Each topic has 1-2 pages of literature and a list of books that you can take out at the library. Then you have two activities to go with it.

Do you have a girl that loves American Girl Dolls like I do? This would be a perfect fit!

Some of their other programs include:

  • Time Travelers History Studies
  • New World Explorers
  • Colonial Life
  • The American Revolution
  • The Early 19th Century
  • The Civil War NEW!
  • Old Testament
  • New Testament
  • Artists
  • Composers

Here's pictures from our first project! An archaeological dig-what can we discover from the past?

Take a 2-liter bottle, cut off the top and label the sides in one inch spaces. fill with dirt and items from the past. We hid old nails, pieces of old pottery, small spoon, horse shoe etc.

You'll need tools to dig and a log book to write down what you find!

We'll be posting our projects all summer long...so stay tuned for things you can try at home to make learning fun!

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Newport Aquarium-Home School Days

The Newport Aquarium is offering a special discount for home school families on Tuesday, May 4th and Wednesday, May 5th 2010.

All tickets are just $12! The deadline to register for the 4th & 5th is Thursday, April 29th 2010...so if you are even considering it don't delay.

You can find the registration form on the Newport Aquarium Website

The next home school day is October 13th and 15th. Registration is needed by Thursday, October 7th, 2010

We're planning a family "field trip" to this event and in the meantime, I think it would be fun to teach the girls some different things about sea life-science, oceans-geography and you could even encorporate something in about how recycling plays an important part!

I'd love to hear your ideas on this and any other suggestions you may have.

Friday, April 16, 2010

"Holy Cow...Science is Fun!"

We're finishing up our second year home schooling. We've been using Abeka Science.

Now I'm by no means an expert on home schooling...but I am smart enough to know that there has to be something a little more exciting than this!

It's a basic approach to home schooling.

Read together, discuss...then the child answers a few work book questions.

Are you bored yet? I am!

I attended a workshop at the Mid-West Home School Convention on how to make Science fun. My daughter loves science, but she's always asking, "when can we do an experiment?"

I love Holy Cow Science because they are simple, inexpensive experiments that can be used for multiple children and multiple grade levels. Most "Science in a Bag" kits come with everything you will need to do the experiment. If there are things you'll need it is usually things you already have on hand like water, baking soda etc.

It is a business designed by two brilliant chemisty teachers!

Do you know how to do a science experiment correctly? Need science fair project ideas? Or just want to add a little hands on fun to your science curriculum?

We learned all about magnatisum this week through their project called "Wacky Water Tricks"

Here are some photos: