Science in a box for ages 9 and up

Science in a box for ages 9 and up
Written by Jamie C. Martin of Simple Homeschool

Just a few years ago, everything for homeschoolers began to arrive in a box.

You could get crafts in a box, geography in a box, history in a box, preschool in a box, and more! They’d arrive in the mail once every month, and voila: something easy and educational to do that day with the kiddos, leaving you feeling like a homeschool parent champ.

Of all the monthly boxes/subscriptions we tried over the years, Little Passports ended up being our favorite. (Those of you who have read Give Your Child the World probably won’t find that too surprising!)

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Each month we traveled–via mail–to a different country. I loved that these packages weren’t overwhelming. They didn’t force me to spend hours preparing anything; they contained just enough to help us learn and to keep it fun for both the kids and me.

Over the years we visited more than two dozen new lands. But then something sad happened.

My children kept growing up.

And they slowly aged out of all these cool monthly boxes–Little Passports as well. After all, most monthly subscriptions are geared toward elementary aged kids.
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6 resources that inspire a love of learning

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6 resources love of learning
Jamie Martin, editor of Simple Homeschool, also blogs about motherhood at Steady Mom

Finding the right resource for your homeschool at the right time is a breath of fresh air. It can feel like the missing link, the answer you’ve been looking for, the perfect fit as you enter a new season.

In our home this year, Trishna (10) and Jonathan (9) have moved solidly into a new period of learning, called Love of Learning Phase. (If the phases of learning are new to you, you can find an overview here.)

This new phase has come with increased interest in academics, and therefore, more work for this mama as I try to keep up with them!

Through that work, we’ve come across six resources that are currently working really well in our home. Here they are in case they might work for you, too.
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Summer art and science fun

Written by contributor Kris Bales of Weird, Unsocialized Homeschoolers.

Once a year, our local museums – children’s, history, art, and one aquarium – have a night in which, if you’re a member of one, you can rotate through all the museums. They have a shuttle that takes members from one museum to another and you can spend as much time as you like at each.

We did the tour several years ago when my kids were younger and we had a membership to the children’s museum.

We were having a blast…until we got to the art museum.
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Exploring Online Learning in our Homeschool

Written by Heather Bruggeman of beauty that moves

I’m not sure I would have been a very good homeschooler fifteen years ago. You see, the internet is such a valuable, expansive place for us. I’m amazed nearly every day by the endless variety of resources available, both free and paid.

We love our home-based and in town libraries, but there came a point in my daughter’s development where she craved something more formal. She wanted accountability beyond mom and dad. Lacking the right fit (so far) with a good homeschool co-op, we started looking around online for classes.

At fourteen years old, she is naturally ready for more.

This year we’ve had the opportunity to explore three different online learning tools/courses, each with varying degrees of formality and expense – I’d love to tell you about them today.
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4 Simple Methods for Teaching Elementary Science

Written by contributor Renee Tougas of FIMBY.

This past spring all of us here at Simple Homeschool shared our curriculum choices. In my contribution to that series I talked about the curriculum we’ve used so far for elementary reading, writing, and math.

But of course there is a lot more to our homeschool routine than just those subjects.

Today I want to share how we teach science to our elementary aged children in the context of every day life, without a set curriculum.

I have found science to be one of the easiest “subjects” to teach our children.

I know it will get trickier as they get into the higher grades and so we plan to start using curriculum sometime during the junior high years.

But so far interest-led science has worked well for us.

Here are the four methods we’ve used.

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