As you may have noticed I took a break from blogging this summer. Now that we are getting into our groove here in Oklahoma we have found our schedule increasingly busier. We have a local homeschool co-op, monthly art workshops, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, church, choir, and more!
But the main reason that I haven’t blogged is because we simply weren’t home. We took a 3-week, 3,000 mile road trip to visit family and have some free fun!
Feed dragons and solve equations – DragonBox 12+ app
I think all parents want to find quality apps and games for their child that will engage them and help them learn in a fun way. There are thousands of websites and apps that promise to do just that. However in my experience many of them turn out to be simply drills disguised as games or they don’t provide enough information for a child to really grasp the concepts.
Excellent, engaging apps are not rare, but they are the exception. Today I’m excited to share our experience with DragonBox educational apps.
One of my favorite subjects to teach at our homeschool co-op in the Spring is botany! Studying plants and flowers goes right along with the blossoming fields of the season.
In the past I have taught a simple plant study to younger kids, but this year I decided to try an older group. We watched videos, did hands-on dissection and experiments, and made a lapbook.
Are you ready for our second review from Tuttle Publishing?
These books are going to appeal to way more of my readers because they are. . . . children’s books!
Children’s books about Korea from Tuttle Publishing
Along with the language phrasebooks, Tuttle was gracious enough to send us some gorgeous hardcover children’s books to review.
Just ask me how difficult it can be to find quality books about Korea to use in your homeschool. There is a plethora of materials out there for China and Japan, but Korea seems to be overlooked by most English speaking companies.
What kid today doesn’t want to play video games for a living? Being a game designer or programmer is not quite as glorious and carefree as most kids imagine. However, an interest in games and programming can lead to learning many useful skills no matter what they end up doing later in life.
Learning to design, build, and program games teaches:
- math and logic concepts
- computer, technology, and software proficiency
- elements of philosophy, sociology, game theory, and artistic design
graphics, animation, video, audio, and presentation
November and December present a trifecta of reasons to stock up on your own homemade broth: flu/cold season, winter weather, and the holidays.
Last week I started making the grocery list of staples that we would need in the coming weeks. Flour, butter, and eggs for baking. Meat for roasting. Potatoes and onions for those comfort foods you enjoy with family.
I also started making batches of my homemade chicken broth. It is one of the easiest things to make if you have a decent-sized crockpot and it is much more frugal than buying it in the store. It’s also way healthier for you and helps everyone fight of the nasty bugs that go around this time of year.
Homemade stock/broth can be stored in the fridge or the freezer and it makes a great base for all your soups, gravies, marinades, and more.
The ultimate list of free online #art resources for #homeschool
If there is one thing that homeschoolers are looking for – it is free resources! While I love to support great curriculum and homeschool companies, everything we do is on a budget. So my plan over the years has been to start with free resources and invest in quality materials when the need arises.
I’ve been saving links to my Google Drive for a long time. And whenever a fellow homeschool mom would inquire about what resources we use, I would refer to said document. After the list got over 10 pages long, I decided that I needed a new organization system – and an easier way to share!
So while I am moving all my links over to Pearltrees, a visual bookmarking and organization site/app, I am also sharing some of my favorites here. I decided to start with art because it’s one of our favorite topics.
Did you know that there were kid novels based around Minecraft?
Neither did we until about 2 months ago!
Minecraft is one of our favorite games. If you follow me on YouTube you already know that I have a video series showing off some of the architecture we’ve built in creative and a series about living as a castaway on an island.
There is so much potential for creativity in this sandbox game. You can do just about anything – and in fact many homeschooled kids take online classes in Minecraft! We belong to several servers where kids and parents collaborate to build worlds, explore, craft, and have fun.
With so many possibilities, was it any wonder that moms and dads started telling stories to their kids about Minecraft? And some of those stories have become ebook novels that you can share with your kids – for free!
Learning about irony, twist endings, and short stories with O. Henry
One way to share great literature with your middle-schoolers without a lot of preparation and commitment is to read short stories together.
Recently Raven and I have started reading and listening to short stories that are available in the public domain. They are free to download, and a lot of them are free to listen to at Librivox.org.
We are joining iHomeschool Network for a blog hop of famous birthdays in September!
One of the most prolific American short story writers was O. Henry (aka William S. Porter).
Meeting online friends for realsies
A couple months ago, one of my long-time Facebook friends and fellow unschooling mom put the word out that they would be travelling and would like to meet up with people along the way. I jumped at the opportunity and they just happened to be coming right through Oklahoma.
As we firmed up dates and times I began talking to the kids about it, explaining that we would be meeting fellow unschoolers and brainstorming things to do in the area. The kids had a lot of questions about where this family was from, where they were going, and who they were and so we did a lot of Google map searching and looking at pictures on Facebook.
When our friends actually arrived, everyone took their time getting to know each other. It was fun to see how different their personalities were. But before long, the kids were talking and inviting each other to play.