We love Winnie the Pooh at our house. That inspired me to design a free bookmark with a literary quote from Winnie the Pooh. This happens to be one of our favorite quotes from Pooh and you can have it on a book mark. Click on the link below to print your freebie.
“Mom, there’s nothing to do.”
You have heard that before. The idea of camping and the possibility of quiet family time brings back memories.
The wonderful fragrance of the spruce that adorns the roads as you arrive to the campsite. Car doors fling open as your children jump out to survey the best place for their tent. We have overcome “boredom” you think. The back hatch of your car swings open and out comes the camping games, fishing poles, tents, campfire wood, and the other supplies for your camping activities. Let the happy memories begin!
“Any berries you see the birds don’t eat, you had better not eat.” Education of Little Tree by Forrest CarterClick to Tweet
My friend has a wonderful Summer Series where you can finish reading about the fun camping games and activities.
Is Spring Passing You By?
You are probably engrossed on finishing your lesson plans and forgetting all that nature has to teach. This came to mind when my youngest son and I decided to head to our local garden center on the hunt for plants. We had a wonderful time together and he was able to find the plants he wanted.
To my surprise he said he wanted to buy succulents. Aloe Vera to be exact. He taught me all about the healing properties of the Aloe Vera plant and why these types of plants worked well for him. As we walked around the tables of flowers and plants we learned what types we could use in our garden and what other things we might need for planting.
After such a wonderful afternoon I started thinking about other things we could do things that we would enjoy enough to create a meaningful spring. To read those fantastic ideas visit Forging Foundations where you can read my guest post along with some other wonderful spring inspirations..“How could youth better learn to live than by at once trying the experiment of living?” ~ Henry David Thoreau Click To Tweet
Have you heard of S.T.E.M.? I hadn’t heard of the term until my husband and I coached a F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League team in Alaska. I wasn’t completely sure what it meant, you know, I know what the acronym stood for but didn’t understand why exactly science, technology, engineering, and mathematics needed to be “special“. I had always thought of these areas of study as a natural connection. While we were coaching our homeschool F.I.R.S.T. LEGO League team I soon realized that while the boys saw the connection they still were not putting the subjects together. While that has been said, it is fair to mention that our team did win First Place for Engineering. Other then joining a LEGO Team, I do suggest forming one, I have listed 10 easy S.T.E.M. activities for your homeschool that you can do with materials around house and with little expense.
10 Easy S.T.E.M. Activities
- Read. You probably new that would be the first choice , we are Book Bound, after all . Some suggestions for S.T.E.M. reading are: Anna, Kid Engineer by Dr. Shenek Alston, A Wrinkle in Time by Madeleine L’Engle, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind by William Kamkawmba, my son’s favorite, The Wild Robot by Peter Brown.
- From The STEM Laboratory you can use the LEGO Challenge Cards and other fun stuff.
- Straws! I give these to little boys at the restaurant I work at when it looks like their parents are getting tired of entertaining them. I cut them up into a variety of lengths and challenge them to build something and show it to me after they eat. If you want to get serious you can visit Play Dough to Plato about building straw bridges,
- Playing Cards. Not only can you have hours of fun using critical thinking and math skills you can build houses and towers with them!
- Did I say VIDEO GAMES? Yup, Enter the National STEM Video Challenge using SCRATCH, Lifelong Kindergarten Group at the MIT Media Lab, where you can design “interactive stories, games, and animations” for free.
- For the future pilot in your home join the Aircraft Engineering Challenge and construct an aircraft at The Homeschool Scientist.
- Years ago, when my middle son was around 8 years old, we gave him a box that was filled with Duc Tape, foam board, craft sticks, paper clips and anything we could find that we thought he could be creative with. You probably have made one before but now there is a cool name for it: S.T.E.M. Inventors Box. Our little friend Anna from Anna, The Kid Engineer has an inventors box too.
- If you don’t have a marble run you can make one from paper towel tubes! It looks like a lot of fun to put together. Hmm, I think you could construct a straw bridge to this project.
- This wouldn’t be the easiest activity but it would certainly be a challenge. What are your thoughts on toothpicks? We already built bridges and houses with straws how about a pyramid with toothpicks?
- Here is my favorite! It’s my idea however the idea was not as unique as I thought. I did find several resources for this science project and this Build the Three Little Pigs houses I found to be better used in a homeschool setting. The idea came from this Build A Tiny House .
These 10 simple activities will make bringing S.T.E.M., science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, easy to bring into your homeschool. What other ideas do you have? There must be more. . .
Graphic Novel Book History
Maggie, the Homeschooler
Lucy and Alistair
Then we have Lucy and Alistair. These two have not been homeschooled. Their experience in high school seems realistic. I seem to recall seeing my friends go through what this sister and brother go through. Another reason to love this book! If you are a homeschooled kid you get a peek at public school. As the reader you see that Alistair does what’s right and stands by his little sister. As a parent this is something we want in a story. A story that shows the character doing what is right which is often not the popular thing to do. Faith Erin Hicks gives Alistair a fault that many people have but she shows the reader that even if you do the wrong thing at first doesn’t mean you can’t make the right choice in the end. Who can’t relate to doing that, right.
The Oldest Brother
While I like all the character’s in this book you might be surprised who my favorite character is. It’s not Maggie, although she is wonderful. It is the oldest brother, Daniel. I have seen him somewhere before, haha. I wonder if there weren’t an illustration how would he be described and would it fit my vision of him. I can say that his appearance fits his personality. He is funny, caring, easy-going, and it is obvious that he cares about his sister. It is great that he is involved in theatre. In my home school experience many of our kids get involved in theatre. I don’t know why that is a “thing”. I guess there is a lot of talent out there. But I digress.
A Book Worth Reading
Friends with Boys surpassed my expectations! Shoot, how many times did I say “loved” in this review. Wonderful example of morals and values. Of how we can make mistakes but we can redeem ourselves too. A big THANK YOU to Faith Erin Hicks for creating Friends with Boys. I am ready to read her next book.