• For the Mama Who Thinks She Couldn't Homeschool *Insert Subject Here*
    real homeschool stories,  science

    For the Mama Who Thinks She Could Never Homeschool Because She Can’t Teach *Insert Subject Here*

    When we made the official decision to homeschool I felt fairly confident about my ability to teach every subject except science (well, I was a little leery about math too, but I already covered that). While science wasn’t necessarily a subject I struggled with in school it was definitely a subject I wasn’t very interested in. I had thought that my husband, who enjoyed science so much more than I, would take over the teaching of that subject, and while he does some sciencey stuff with the kids, the truth is, he has a full time job and doesn’t always have as much time to do the fun experiments with…

  • Bird Literature Guide - a literature unit study on birds using The Burgess Bird Book for Children
    book lists,  elementary,  nature study,  picture books,  science

    The Best Picture & Chapter About Birds Books

    Today’s book list is all about birds! We have been studying birds as we read along with The Burgess Bird Book for Children so this is the perfect book list for this season. I’ve created a bird literature guide to go along with The Burgess Bird Book, those who are on my weekly newsletter list got it emailed to them for free, but if you missed it you can still grab it in the shop for just $5. I love learning through literature, which may be fairly evident by all the book posts I have here!     OTHER POSTS YOU MAY ENJOY: The Ten Best Living Books About Nature…

  • The Ten Best Living Books About Nature - beautiful and inspiring science books about nature
    book lists,  elementary,  nature study,  picture books,  science

    The Ten Best Living Books About Nature

    I’ve admitted time and time again that science is not my strongest subject. BUT over the last two years I have really started to enjoy nature study, I can’t identify a single tree to save my life but I am learning lots (apparently just not about trees). While I grew up on a farm with lots of space to explore I usually preferred to be indoors reading books and that is still my natural tendency. While we do venture out for nature walks on a regular basis we do a lot more reading about nature, especially as the temperatures start to get colder. It may only be September but I…

  • Makey Makey STEM Kit - using it to time how fast your Hot Wheels Cars can go!
    science,  STEM

    Makey Makey Kit – Using it to Time How Fast Hot Wheels Cars Can Go!

    It’s time for another STEM post! This one is super fun, it’s using the Makey Makey kit! Because our library system is amazing we got to take the kit out from there, it was a good way to give it a test and see if we want to buy it (we do). Jared played around with the Makey Makey a bit with the kids and is here to share one of the projects they made with it.     OTHER POSTS YOU MAY ENJOY: Free STEM Lego Challenge Cards How the Library Saved Us $23,000 in One Year Making Oobleck – A STEM Experiment     The Makey Makey kit…

  • The best STEM books for kids, including picture books and non-fiction STEM books. A great way to get kids excited about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math!
    book lists,  picture books,  science,  STEM

    21 of the Best STEM Books for Kids

    I’m continuing the STEM theme from the last few weeks with 21 of the best STEM books for kids. There are a number of the typical picture books on this list and then some great non-fiction books as well. I’m also hoping to share some of our favorite (non-book) STEM related resources soon too, so keep an eye out for that! (And if you have any favorite STEM resources, book or non-book, I would love for you to leave me a comment at the bottom of the post so we can check them out.)     OTHER POSTS YOU MAY ENJOY: The Best Picture Books About Girls and Science Making…

  • Here's an easy STEM experiment to try with kids: Making Oobleck, just like in the Dr. Seuss book!
    science,  STEM

    Making Oobleck, a non-Newtonian Fluid: Easy STEM Experiment

    Jared is back today with a super fun and simple science experiment to try with your kids! This one was so interesting, how can something be solid when it movement but liquid at rest? I don’t even really understand it, but it was really neat to play with! (Maybe that’s why he’s the one doing the experiments with the kids 😉 )   OTHER POSTS YOU MAY ENJOY: STEM Exploding Bags Experiment The Best Picture Books about Girls and Science Eight Picture Books For Little Builders and Engineers       I first heard about non-Newtonian fluids on an old episode of MythBusters. Anyone remember that show? I used to…