My daughter dear is still in bird-freak mode, so you can imagine her excitement when the game Wild Cards: Backyard Birds arrived from Birdcage Press. She’d been waiting impatiently for them to arrive, pestering me on a daily basis… “Are they here yet?!?”
It was a relief to finally be able to say, yes, yes they are… until she opened the package, squealed, and promptly scurried off with them!
I reminded her that she *did* need to share them, . . . → Read More: Birdcage Press: Backyard Birds Game (review)
We love one-minute mystery books around here, so when we got the chance to read the latest book in a new-to-us series from Science Naturally, of course we were excited! (And promptly requested the first two books from the library, but more on them in a moment…)
Written by father-daughter team Eric and Natalie Yoder, One Minute Mysteries: 65 More Short Mysteries You Solve With Science! Their one-minute mystery science and math books are recommended by the National Science Teachers Association, and have won . . . → Read More: Review: Science Naturally
Like many families, we spend quite a bit of time in the car – but since we’re a one-car family these days, most of our time isn’t driving, it’s waiting. Still, there’s that perpetual question: how do you keep the kids busy – and well-behaved – when they have to sit in the car?
Travel games, puzzle books, etc, those are all possibilities – but with the holidays coming up – and road trips looming in your future, let me tell you about one more little tool to have up your sleep when the Wiggly Critters in the . . . → Read More: Activity Bags
It’s apparently science week here at casa crazy. The birds are singing, the deer are hanging out across the street, and the spring flowers are out in full bloom. I’m ready to jump into gardening… but first, a different kind of science.
Generally when we think of physics, we think high school science. But it doesn’t have to be, and in fact, usually isn’t – it’s just usually hidden under more generic terms like general science. So don’t let the scary “physics” term scare you – it *can* be something that you – and your . . . → Read More: Exploring Physics
I’ve been thinking it’s about time we did some kind of a homeschool human body science refresher, and just in the nick of time, we received this neat text/CD combo from AIMS Education Foundation.
From Head to Toe is for grades 5-9 – and yes, it’ll stretch a bit to grades 4-10 – that’s what we’re doing. It’s chock-full of all sorts of interesting activities, plus quirky little booklets to print and put together called “rubber band books”. It’s clear that this book was . . . → Read More: From Head to Toe with AIMS
It might seem a little bit early for Hummingbird season, but here in the Pacific Northwest, we have one species, Anna’s Hummingbird, that stays during the winter rather than migrates south. We’ve seen a few out and about – three on our back deck in just one day – and thought we’d better get a feeder up for them.
Hummingbird nectar is quick and easy to make, so there’s no need to buy the expensive already-prepared nectars sold in stores.
The ratio of water to sugar is 4:1.
We measured 1 cup sugar into a heat-safe bowl.
. . . → Read More: Hi-hum, Hi-hum, it’s off to hummingville we go…
No matter what homeschooling method your family uses, if your home has a TV, it’s a sure bet that your family can benefit from educational videos. Around here, though we intermittently watch movies as we get them from the library or stream them over the internet, our favorite time to curl up with a movie is when the weather turns cold and stormy. It’s a great way to add history and science without increasing the curriculum load.
We recently received for review a biographical video about George Washington Carver from Marshall Publishing. I was pleasantly surprised, . . . → Read More: Who was George Washington Carver?