Spark interest in learning basic science concepts by organizing experiments around a central theme. Here are some creative ways to structure and present related sets of science experiments. These are all free to access and are designed with everyday materials so you can do them at home. Book-Themed Experiments Turns out there’s lots o’ science […]
Dive into the captivating narratives and unique perspectives of noteworthy individuals through biographies for students. From inventors and explorers to activists, artists, and leaders, these stories inspire with tales of resilience and discovery, and showcase the power of positive contributions to the world. There are a variety of biography series that are written specifically for
Despite the fact that we are now living at a time when generative AI tools can be easily prompted to complete writing assignments for our kids, it’s still a good idea for kids to develop and improve writing skills. Good communication skills, critical thinking, and independent thought are all human attributes that writing helps to
Here’s a thematic unit idea: explore American history, geography, culture, science, and art through the lens of world’s fairs. These grand global expositions featured technological marvels, cultural exhibits, and some of our nation’s most iconic architecture. Researching the landmarks originally constructed for world’s fairs is one way to launch an engaging cross-curricular study. Here are
If you like using videos in your homeschool, check out Edpuzzle. It’s a free site that lets you embed existing videos with questions so you can test your kid’s comprehension of the information. It’s a way to turn passive video-watching into a more interactive homeschool experience. Here’s an example of how it works. This Crash
When navigating through the study of ancient civilizations, timelines and maps were, of course, standard go-to activities. They provided a visual roadmap to help us connect events, and understand the context of what we were studying. But l also liked to add variety by throwing in other types of projects that not only looked good
Several years back, while roadschooling across the country, we made frequent use of audiobooks to provide welcome distractions during those long stretches of highway where there’s not much to hold your attention. We’d pull up one of our favorites, an audiobook from The 39 Clues series, with fun settings and storylines that would inject some
Need some essay writing tips for your middle- and high-school age students? The following is a list of the most common types of essays designed to help develop critical thinking, analysis, and communication skills. Included with each essay type are graphic organizers that provide a framework for structuring information; writing prompts for practicing specific essay
Picture books are a great tool for helping kids understand complex science concepts, in this case, food chains and food webs, the relationships between organisms and how they depend on each other for survival. Free Online Readers, Videos, Interactives and Activities: Take a look at these free online books, which can be downloaded as PDFs.
Recently, my daughter was grappling with some statistics concepts she was learning and decided to enlist the help of ChatGPT as a study aid. She sought assistance in various ways, such as asking it to define terms, clarify confusing details, and sometimes simplify the information. Surprisingly, ChatGPT turned out to be a pretty good resource.