Six-month online aviation course from Doctor Aviation – A Homeschool Review Crew review My son loves to discover how things work and he loves history and flying machines, and so when the opportunity to review a six-month online aviation course from Doctor Aviation came our way, we jumped at the chance. Will It Enhance Your Homeschool? Lessons Are Designed To Be Flexible Doctor Aviation’s course can be used in a number of different ways. Your child can work through the videos and extra course material independently for high school credit, or you can pile all your kids together to watch the videos and everyone willRead More →

Timelines were something I stressed over when we began homeschooling. I looked at the options we could purchase, but couldn’t find something that fit our lifestyle. So, I put up a blank, homemade, timeline. It covered all of history, divided neatly into 100 year segments, a century on a piece of 8.5 by 11 paper. All I did was draw a line in pencil across each piece of paper in the same spot and label the start and end of the line with a year. It turned out that our dining room was perfectly sized to accommodate the entire timeline, taped up, end to end,Read More →

Accessible and Rigorous General Chemistry for Homeschooled High School

General Chemistry from Novare Science & Math – A Review I was very excited to have the opportunity to review General Chemistry from Novare Science & Math , as I was searching for a high school chemistry curriculum for my kids. A few weeks ago, I was looking at my Memoria Press catalog as part of planning next year’s science curriculum since they carry top quality materials (see my review of Memoria Press’ Nature’s Beautiful Order). To my surprise, I discovered that Memoria Press recommends the Novare Science & Math General Chemistry curriculum. Will It Enhance Your Homeschool? Lessons That Your Child Can Do Independently, with aRead More →

This week was pretty run-of-the mill. We just continued along our merry homeschooling way. … BUT I found a pile of resources to use for next year as I continued to plan (my absolutely favorite activity, truth be told). So, here is what I have found so far… Books I ran across these wonderful fairy tale books (Fairy Tale Calculus) that teach the basics of calculus in a gentle and understandable way. I started looking through them to see if the kids could benefit and then got hooked! I think I will be reading these aloud in the fall!   We are also reading TheRead More →

​Exploring Nature’s Beautiful Order from Memoria Press– A Review We were very excited to review Nature’s Beautiful Order from Memoria Press, as we love their classical Christian curriculum. Nature’s Beautiful Order is a science curriculum designed for children in 6-9th grades. The text starts off with the cat, fundamentally because it is an animal that has a body with a distinguishable head and limbs that are that are close enough to ours to be easy to relate to. Then the curriculum works down to the sea urchin and back up from the bee to man. This is a unique presentation, but really makes the moreRead More →

The Ocean & Deep Dark Holes | A Quick Science Unit Study Let’s start the week off with a bit of mystery and fun. Take a look at how deep and dark the hole that is our water-filled ocean goes… You could use this as a fun aside, or the start of a unit study on oceans or marine life, or simply a “Hey, Kids! Come over here and look at this utterly cool thing!” This is great for any age kid, and homeschooling moms too!     Ocean Art Activity And art always goes better with music to go with it. You could putRead More →

Happy spring! If you are like me, you are thinking I am one day early. But actually not. In our new century, spring begins on March 20th, not the 21st. This interesting fact is explained quite neatly on the Old Farmer’s Almanac. But the really exciting part is that they are hosting a special Spring Vernal Equinox Telescope viewing at 4:30 EST online. Spring starts at the same moment, no matter where you live on the world and if you want to see spring start, check out this live telescope viewing! Share With Your Friends31Read More →

I love great science activities, and there sure are a lot to choose from. My children loved many of these when they were young and I really wish I had younger children now so that we could dig in to some of the great newer ideas! And so here are my top 10 picks for science activities for October (the images take you to the posts).               Happy “Sciencing” This Month!   Also check out the great bloggers (and other sites) who posted the experiments I picked this month: http://thesunnypatch.ca/ http://www.tinasdynamichomeschoolplus.com/ http://www.planetsmarty.com/ http://raisinglittlesuperheroes.com/ http://brainpowerboy.com/ http://sassafrasscience.com/ http://www.sciencekiddo.com/ http://www.rookieparenting.com/ http://www.dollarstorecrafts.com   ForRead More →

Sometimes, no matter how old your kids are, a great time ensues from something as simple as cardboard blocks. And sometimes science requires nothing more than a pile of stuffed animals and two containers of ten year old, well-worn, cardboard blocks. The other day, my usually precocious tweeny kids were worn out and weary. So I woke early and got out a pile of their old toddler and preschooler toys. I suggested catapults, or flying paper rings, or the slingshot combined with marshmallows. They chose the immense cardboard blocks and decided to try different structural configurations to create the largest and most stable building. NowRead More →

About a month ago, the kids and I were on the front porch when a very, very loud buzzing sound flew past my head. I thought it must be a cicada, but later that afternoon I discovered Figwort hiding amongst the tomatoes in our garden. He was easy enough to capture and the kids and I fashioned a makeshift habitat for him. The first task was to identify the little critter. After some searching through insect books and online sources, we discovered that he was a Fig Scarab, commonly found in Mexico and the Southwestern US. Yes, we do have fig trees in our backyard,Read More →