I LOVE chalk markers. I use them at home on our little blackboard as well as at school. They are awesome for the following reasons: They are much brighter and more vibrant than chalk, which makes them more visually appealing and easier to see. They don't leave any dust or mess. They don't smear or... Continue Reading →
O Lord, have mercy on us and save us from fractions! I have never seen a bigger stumbling block in teaching math than those poor God-forsaken fractions. Kids absolutely recoil at them. I have even had a parent say to me that he didn't care that his kid was struggling with fractions because fractions are... Continue Reading →
Quick and easy science demonstration! Amp up your oil and water game by using olive oil and putting a little blue (or red) food coloring into your water! Give it a good shake to mix the colors, then watch as they quickly separate back out into primaries. Enjoy!
Every year at about this time, my friends start asking me what they should get for their kids' teachers for Christmas. Thought I'd share my standard answers with you, in case you're looking for a little something for a special teacher or daycare provider in your life.
A quick project to introduce symmetry: You can either provide or have them use a protractor to draw some simple geometric shapes on construction paper. I typically require a square, an equilateral triangle, and a third polygon of their choice. They will need two identical copies of each shape -- one for showing line symmetry... Continue Reading →
The Donkey in the Living Room, by Sarah Cunningham, beautifully re-tells the Christmas story through the eyes of the animals and people present. In an "Elf on the Shelf" style tradition, Cunningham suggests parents wrap the pieces of their Nativity set and hide one for their children to find each day leading up to Christmas. ... Continue Reading →
Our trip to Olympic National Park last summer lit a spark in our preschooler. He refers to our adventures there almost daily, and whenever he is looking for something to do, he suggests we hop on a plane and go back. We try to base our learning activities around his interests, so when Homeschool Complete... Continue Reading →
Estimation 180 helps students build number sense and practice using different units of measurement. Designed by math teacher Andrew Stadel, the website presents students with a different photo each day and asks them to estimate some quantity shown. Each day also has a Google form where students can submit their answers and see all the... Continue Reading →
Did you know Charlotte Mason said little kids should be outside for six hours a day in fair weather? That sounds awesome to me, Charlotte. Unfortunately, our schedule is a bit tight for that right now. Since making the daylight savings switch, we leave home each morning right around sunrise and usually get back right... Continue Reading →
My husband and I are Gen-Xers living in a Millennial world. We don't buy into all of the aggressively cute self-aggrandizing of modern parenting. When we found out Baby #3 was on the way, we didn't browse Pinterest for a sickly-sweet photo op idea. Instead, we just told our kids. But we also recorded it,... Continue Reading →