Teaching/Homeschooling (Page 3)

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lesson Activities

Martin Luther King Jr. Day Lesson Activities Martin Luther King Jr. is an inspirational leader, and it is no wonder that we take a day to honor what he stands for and represents.  In honor of Dr. King, we saw it fit to learn about good examples of world leaders. Our unit focus this month is on biographies, which fit perfectly. Using the Epic! reading app we quickly pulled up biographies on the spot, and were able to read a wide variety of role models that displayed good leadership. To prepare for Martin Luther King Jr. Day, here are some lesson activities that we incorporated: EachRead More →

teaching kids technology

Teaching Kids Technology Teaching kids technology is important in our day and age. It surrounds us and is a vital part of how things work, is used in daily life, for communication, as part of businesses, and utilized in education. With technology all around us, it can be overwhelming to learn with the amount of various types of technology being developed on a daily basis. Furthermore, it can be scary for some with privacy and security issues. Justifiably, there are concerns regarding the safety of specific programs and software. However, when it comes down to it, forbidding it altogether would ultimately be a disservice toRead More →

Teaching Kids How to Be Kind Explaining Kindness Kindness is not something we are born with. It is taught. Children learn from watching others. Therefore, we must show them and teach what acts of kindness mean. Teaching others how to be kind is not a one-time lesson but something talked about and practiced daily. Even as teenagers and adults, we can still use reminders of what it means to be kind and considerate. Using visuals When teaching kindness, it is a good idea to discuss specific actions that demonstrate the trait. So just saying “You are a kind person” or “He/she is nice” are vague statements and doRead More →

cooking with kids

Cooking with Kids: Great Resources to Getting Started The Inspiration for Cooking with Kids When I was four years old, I loved playing with this toy cooking set. My parents tell me that I declared when I grow up, I would be a “cooker.” (Spoiler alert: This isn’t going to be one of those inspirational stories where I turn out to be a well-renowned chef, who had cooking in my blood since I was a wee little one). I now laugh when I think about this story because my motivation for cooking is not quite the same now as a parent.  Growing up I hardly setRead More →

scientist gift guide

Scientist Gift Guide I love the excitement my daughter feels when she does Science! We started the Magic School Bus Science Club subscription last year and have seen such a spike in my daughters’ fascination with all things Science. (You can read our full review of the Magic School Bus Science Club here). Last Christmas she got a Science kit, and this year, the only thing my older daughter is asking for is a microscope. I’m all up for their ideas that display a yearn for learning! Do you have a budding Scientist or do you want to find gifts to inspire children to loveRead More →

epic! reading app review

My kids and I received a free two-month subscription to Epic! in exchange for our honest reviews, and within a day, we have fallen in love with the Epic! app. We have discovered a way to apply our love of reading wherever we are using Epic! Read our full review of this amazing learning app by clicking here. We also give a brief video overview of Epic! Click below to see the ins and outs of this fascinating app. Are you ready to have access to thousands of books in one portable device at a discounted price? You can use my affiliate link to get 20% offRead More →

raddish kids subscription box review

I did not officially learn to cook until I was an adult, not living with my parents anymore. I would say I’m still learning to cook. Now, seeing cooking shows and classes to teach children how to cook amaze and inspire me to ensure that my children learn basic culinary skills. Teaching the kids how to cook has several benefits: It reinforces reading skills when looking at the recipes Math skills- measurement Following directions Independence Survival skills Creativity And I half joke about this one: One day they may cook better than I do, and they can prepare dinner for our family. 🙂 Whenever we bakeRead More →

life of fred

Life of Fred: Experiencing Math through Story My daughter started Kindergarten last year, and Math is a concept she pushed through fairly quickly. I noticed she would get a bit bored of some of the repetitive drills. Then we discovered Life of Fred. The series is about a character named Fred, and his sidekick, Kingie, describing their daily lives through mathematical context. Because of the narrative nature, going through Life of Fred feels more like story time. My daughter loves reading, so this is a great way to approach math. Each “chapter” is brief, has some basic illustrations, and a few questions at the end toRead More →

green kid crafts review

Green Kid Crafts Subscription Box Review As a busy mom, I love good quality subscription boxes! Activities that are delivered right to our door? Yes! (We do like to go out, but it is also convenient not to sometimes). As a “curriculum junkie” I have tried out several educational subscription boxes, and GreenKid Crafts is one of our favorite boxes. Green Kid Crafts creates “discovery boxes” geared for ages 3-10. Their boxes promote STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). There are several reasons why we love Green Kid Crafts: Ready to go Once the box arrives at the door, we can literally open theRead More →

homeschooling with a baby

Homeschooling with a Baby It is amazing the impact a baby has on a parent’s lifestyle and routines. Homeschooling with one (or more) also changes. Last year when I decided to homeschool my eldest daughter, although it was quite an adjustment, I felt like I was in a “good place” and could teach her, while my preschooler was learning along in the background. Being pregnant with my third, I was only managing the lessons predominantly for my kindergartener. After the birth of my third child, homeschooling with a baby changed some of our routines, and I realized that as he went through various milestones, otherRead More →