• book lists,  elementary,  nature study,  picture books

    The Best Books for July

    This month I decided to go with a bugs and insects theme for the monthly book list! We are observing bugs all spring, summer and fall long but since I’m currently wrapping up my nature resource month over on Instagram (you can view the links to all the resources here), I was feeling extra nature-y and thought this would be a good theme for this month’s book list. The only problem about this list is that it could have been much, much, much longer. I may come back and add more books to it over time but I wanted to start out with some of our favorites and as we…

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

    The Best Nature Study Resources

    For the month of June I am sharing a variety of the best nature books and resources over on Instagram. Because Instagram doesn’t allow links in posts I am also going to keep a running list of the resources I share here. If you have some great nature resources to share I would love for you to join in throughout the month over on Instagram, just use the hashtag: #homeschoolingwithnature and tag me (@intentionalhomeschooling) so I can see and share your posts! You can also go ahead and pin this post so you can come back and access it at a later date.     To see the resources first…

  • 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…