To begin my hands-on American History class at my homeschool co-op, I decided to introduce the world explorers by playing our Guess Who?-inspired game: Guess the World Explorer! Not all of the kids knew details about the various world explorers, so we revisited the information cards to learn as we played.
Archives for September 2014
As a homeschool mom, I’m a different kind of Teachers Pay Teachers user than the other teachers that buy on Teachers Pay Teachers. For one thing, each year that I teach, I start over in my curricula needs. Unlike a classroom teacher that is stuck in first grade (or third, etc.) for more than one year, I […]
October is approaching, and that means it’s nearly time for LDS General Conference! In anticipation of this bi-annual gathering of members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, I’ve been pondering how to best prepare my two young children. At age 6-almost-7 and 2, Raisin and Strawberry are still rather young to be fully […]
It’s so easy to say but it is true: anything can become a learning game. When I opened a box to find a dozen air bubble mailers, my daughter oooh’d and aaaah’d over the them. So I grabbed the sharpie and complied with her curiosity. “Letter POP” is the impromptu game that resulted.
This past Sunday was Grandparents Day, and although I did not have a chance to post about it then, I have been thinking for some time about how much I learn from my children’s grandparents. Grandparents teach me how to be a better parent. It is so important to let my kids get to know […]
On September 11, 2001, I got up early because that was the only time my apartment of six was quiet. I read the entire New York Times and headed up to my early Economics class. When I got there, I learned of the attacks in New York. How do I teach of this historic happening […]
We’ve been learning about ducks, thanks to Strawberry’s interest. After reading dozens of books and playing with duckies in the tub, Strawberry still wants more! To play up the duck theme yet farther, Strawberry, Raisin, and I conducted experiments with sinking and floating.
A few years ago in British Columbia? There was a province-wide teacher strike. For months, the government and the teachers were unable to reach an agreement that would allow the teachers back in school. For the children, that meant that half a million school children remained home for the first few months of the school […]
We found some rubber duckys at the Dollar Store the other day. My daughter was very excited to play with them! We had to stock up on a lot of them. Of course, rubber ducks are a fun friend for the bathtub. But we decided to make a game so we could play and count with […]
When I was a kid, I hated to stay home from school because I was sick. Honestly, even if I were sick, I wanted to be at school. I loved it so much! But, it’s never a good idea to get the whole class sick, so I’d stay home with my mom. I would rest […]