March 2017

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The Best Ways To Spark Your Child’s Imagination “Logic will get you from A to Z; imagination will get you everywhere.” ― Albert Einstein Learning about our world around us is more than acquiring facts of knowledge. Inspiration, the use of imagination, and the creativity to innovate are also powerful components of learning. It is one thing to teach the names of the seven continents or the life cycle of butterflies or the steps in multiplying double digit numbers. But how do we support children to feel inspiration or use their imagination? In today’s Blog Roundup several homeschool and educator bloggers share the best ways to spark children’sRead More →

storytelling to spark imagination

Igniting Children’s Imagination Through Storytelling “Imagination will often carry us to worlds that never were, but without it we go nowhere.” – Carl Sagan Igniting children’s imagination gives them a powerful skill that can take them anywhere. Providing opportunities for them to think freely, to create without restriction, direction, or judgment helps them to use their imagination to its fullest potential. Sometimes the strong push for academic standards mastery can bog down the time used for creative thinking. While it is important to learn and comprehend subject matter in preparation for being a contributing member of society, it is just as vital to nurture creativityRead More →

Create a Masterpiece review

Creating a Masterpiece: Online Art Lessons Finding a quality, affordable art class can be a challenge for a family. As a mother of a 6-year-old and 4-year-old who both love art, I was not able to find many options for local art programs that offered classes of various mediums. We learned about Creating a Masterpiece, which was the answer to our dilemma! We had the pleasure of reviewing the Creating a Masterpiece Monthly Plan. It is a fine arts program taught by Sharon Hofer, who offers detailed, step-by-step video lessons in various styles and art mediums. The program is suitable for children 4 years old through adulthood. ComponentsRead More →

Times Alive! review

Times Alive! (The Fun Way to Learn Multiplication) Memorizing the multiplication facts is one of the math “milestones” to meet in elementary school. When I was a fourth grader, I remember spending time each day reciting my facts, looking at flash cards, all in preparation for our timed multiplication quizzes on Fridays. Although I mastered my facts, I do not recall enjoying the process necessarily. This past month, my children and I learned about Times Tables the Fun Way!, a program that makes multiplication more enjoyable. City Creek Press offers books, software, online programs, movies, and classroom kits to teach multiplication. We had the privilegeRead More →

place value lesson

Teaching Place Value Through Interactive Stories (This post was originally posted on my other blog: Work From Home Mommy of 3) I attempted to teach place value to my first-grade daughter using a basic chart like this:Looking at her blank stare, I could see this concept was not fully sinking in. So, as any educator or parent, I needed to think quick on my feet to come up with an alternative method to teach this concept. Then, I remembered her affinity for story-telling! I quickly grabbed a whiteboard, and began telling her a story of a town called, “Place Value.” As I introduced the residentsRead More →

I’d Rather Be Your Mommy I was having one of those mornings with my children when all of my patience had been widdled down to nothing. After feeling so powerless, I decided to change the tone of the room.  I asked the kids to gather around for a story. I decided to read I’d Rather Be Your Mommy,  from Home School Adventure Co. This ultimately resulted in being the best decision to turn our crazy upside down morning right side up again. I’d Rather Be Your Mommy, by Stacy Farrell, is an inspirational, beautifully written picture book. The author, Stacy Farrell, wrote this book years ago whenRead More →

magic school bus science club subscription review

Magic School Bus Science Club Kids are curious beings. Science is a perfect way to feed their curiosity. There are endless Science lesson activities that it can be overwhelming deciding what topics to begin with and to find the time to obtain the materials. Thankfully there are learning resources that provide quality content and materials in a convenient way for parents and educators. This year, my kids and I subscribed to the Magic School Bus Science Club. This subscription is an excellent way to bring Science to YOU. You do not have to do any planning, or hunting for ideas and materials. The kits are delivered straightRead More →

Rainforest Lesson Activities We are learning about various animal habitats this month, and how the community of animals and plants interact to make each habitat unique. This week we are focusing on the rainforest. Here are lesson activities that include reading, writing, art, and cooking: Language Arts & Science: Our literature includes: Secrets of the Rainforest: A Shine-A-Light Book is an amazing book because of the beautiful illustrations of the various creatures. It gives an accurate representation of this habitat. The BEST part of this book, along with the other books of the “Shine-A-Light Book” series is the magic of the hidden pictures. Each page has hiddenRead More →

refresh your homeschool

7 Ways to REFRESH Your Homeschool Homeschooling is fulfilling and enriching. With the ability to hone in on each student’s strengths, specific goals, and passions, homeschooling can be a rewarding experience for students and families as a whole. Yet, it can pose challenges and make you feel defeated at times too. Frustrations such as; power struggles, the uncertainty of how to help a student master a skill, managing multiple students, curriculum decisions and planning, can make homeschooling challenging. So, it is important to remember that every homeschool family can get stuck in a rut at some point. Much like needing to click the “refresh” button onRead More →

teaching kids about good leaders

Teaching Kids About Good Leaders Teaching kids about good leaders is important to set up role models for them to look up to. In addition, it can inspire admirable qualities to adapt to guide others and work more cooperatively with other people. Being a good leader or knowing a good leader are not innate. That is why educating children about leadership is key. What is a leader? By definition, a leader is a thing or a person that leads. A leader can guide a small or large group. Examples of leaders can be those who lead a small group for a class project, a teacher leadingRead More →