Learning Resources, Reading & Literacy

7 Ideas to Try When Kids Hate Reading: Encouraging Literacy

Some kids hate reading...gah, I sure did.  With a passion.  Was it my overlooked dyslexia and ADHD?  Was it that as a child who suffered a great trauma, I was never going to relate to stories about beavers, pigs, or dogs named after grocery stores?  I can count on one hand the books I read… Continue reading 7 Ideas to Try When Kids Hate Reading: Encouraging Literacy

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Geology For Young Minds: A One Week Themed Unit

Geology is everywhere.  From digging our toes into the sand, to skipping pebbles across a pond, geology is something that has always just naturally called to us.  From sandcastles to mud pies our kids have a curious familiarity that will allow for a valuable learning experience. This unit for preschool to young elementary will explore… Continue reading Geology For Young Minds: A One Week Themed Unit

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7 Tips to Homeschool on a Budget

Welcome to Homeschooling, the sneakiest expense of them all.  A box of crayons here, a subscription there, a few TPT worksheets just in case....and after doing this everyday, the numbers add up fast. As an Amazon Affiliate I Earn from Qualifying Purchases. Find Free Worksheets This is perhaps the most vital of the tips I… Continue reading 7 Tips to Homeschool on a Budget

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Preschool Homeschool- What You NEED To Know…Simplified

Homeschooling your preschooler can be one of the most rewarding experiences of parenthood.  That being said, I do not want to disillusion you.  Just like parenthood, it will not be without its moments of exhaustion, frustration, and will from time to time push you to the very brink of your sanity.  This time of pandemic… Continue reading Preschool Homeschool- What You NEED To Know…Simplified

Astronomy
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The Moon- Astronomy Lessons For Preschool

We have already shot for the stars, the sun, and the planets, and today we land on the moon with our little ones.  This day can invite conversation on physics concepts such as light and gravity through play and hands-on exploration.      As an Amazon Affiliate I earn from qualifying purchases. Daily Warm Up:… Continue reading The Moon- Astronomy Lessons For Preschool

Solar System
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The Planets- Astronomy Lesson For Preschool

We've made it to Planets!  Who doesn't love imagining and exploring the idea of other worlds?  For preschoolers the two main concepts is to familiarize themselves as they associate the images of the planets with their names.  This can be done wonderfully through some videos I have included in the intro of the Lesson.  And… Continue reading The Planets- Astronomy Lesson For Preschool

Virtual School Student
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Virtual School- 5 Myths and Realities

So you are thinking about enrolling your kid into virtual school.  Aren't we all right now? My oldest daughter has been in a flexible Virtual School program for the past year.  I will be really real with you, this experience has had its own major growing pains, but it has also had some incredible rewards. … Continue reading Virtual School- 5 Myths and Realities

STEM

Galileo Activities & Resources For Kids

This is day three in a summer long series entitled The Art of Engineering.   Our family has had quite the lifelong relation to space, whether wanted or not, considering all three homes we have had were either near Johnson Space Center, Marshall Space Center, and now Kennedy Space Center.  The kids take their generational pictures… Continue reading Galileo Activities & Resources For Kids

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Caterpillars, Butterflies, and Literature: A Lesson for Kids of All Ages.

This summer was full of exciting changes.  The most important being we had moved finally into our (hopefully) forever home.  To celebrate, Mr. R ordered a Butterfly kit, the National Geographic Special on Butterflies, and about 30 Caterpillars.  The cups covered the fireplace mantle, side tables, coffee table, and all other living room furniture for… Continue reading Caterpillars, Butterflies, and Literature: A Lesson for Kids of All Ages.

Gaming
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Video Games and Education-Do they mix?

There is this stigma we have placed on video games.  Myths, and opinions that have been repeated as fact for decades. Perhaps it's time to dig deeper, and find the truth for ourselves.  Could video games be the missing link to understanding in the classroom? As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. What… Continue reading Video Games and Education-Do they mix?