Using Code.org in Homeschool

This year, we gave code.org a try.  My oldest son spent 18 weeks learning the basics of coding in Course 2.  He’s now got his certificate of completion, so I thought I’d share our experiences using the site. I looked all over for reviews on code.org for homeschoolers.  I couldn’t find much, so I was... Continue Reading →

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Minecraft History Lesson

I've always been a bit skeptical about teaching using video games.  It's so difficult to find high quality video games that actually teach something meaningful.  The list of quality educational video games is small, but I may have found another to add to the list. I should have known, after all, the use of Minecraft... Continue Reading →

Stained Glass Art Project

It was time for another art project in our homeschool.  I saw a variant of this ages ago, and decided we'd have a go at it.  Here is our stained glass art project: To get the feel and look of stained glass, we needed something that would leave a bumpy texture along the outline on... Continue Reading →

Tempera Moon Project

This week, as we were cleaning up for art class, I frantically threw together a last-minute idea for our art project.  I knew I wanted to do something related to our study of astronomy, but had nothing ready.  Looking at the tub of art supplies, I was struck by an idea far better than most... Continue Reading →

Our 3rd Grade Book Club

My son has great technical reading skills, but like so many kids his age, needs a little more comfort with reading.  He can digest almost any word he comes across thanks to All About Reading, but still doesn't have the natural speed and ease to make reading more fun and less work. In short, he... Continue Reading →

Easter Bunny Craft

We had an empty slot in the schedule for art this week, so we decided to fill it with a timely Easter-themed craft.  While the rabbit may not be the most religiously accurate icon of Easter, it was the one my kids requested, and we tend to be pretty casual about Easter anyway.  So, I... Continue Reading →

Fun with pathogens

We started our germ unit in health and it was a hit!  We opened the unit with the classic swabbing various locations and culturing on a petri dish experiment.  I had no idea that germs would evoke such a passion, but they did so wonderfully.  My oldest delighted choosing locations to sample, swabbing down the... Continue Reading →

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