Monday, September 22, 2014

Creative Homeschooling

Creativity is an important component of each day.

Much has been said about problem-solving skills, which are certainly important. But expecting children to solve a problem, or to come up with solutions, without having ample opportunities to be creative and inventive, can limit their abilities to solve problems.

Therefore, creative-thinking skills are as important as critical-thinking skills. To help foster creativity in children, we can avoid focusing on perfectionism, or on making comparisons or judgments, which only add pressure, stress, and anxiety.

For children, the creative process is always more important than the end result or product. The benefits lie within the creative activity itself: the enjoyment, the freedom, the exploration, the hands-on learning.

Respect and support for creative endeavors, experiments, and projects is much more helpful. If a project doesn't turn out the way a child anticipated, we can encourage him to try again or to consider a different approach the next time. We want to refrain from taking over the project and telling him how we would do it.

The following ideas encourage creativity in your children:

1. Allow plenty of free time for working on creative projects.

2. Create space for projects, so children can easily revisit them and work on projects between other activities.

3. Provide plenty of craft and creative materials: papers, card stock, colored pencils, markers, crayons, paints, paste, glue, tape, safety scissors, clay, craft sticks, chenille stems, beads, sequins, glitter, felt, yarn, buttons, gears, dials, nuts, bolts, spindles, construction pieces, small motor parts or solar parts, etc.

4. Encourage discussions about projects and activities, including "what-if" questions, alternative ideas, and unique visions.

5. Allow quiet time and solitude for contemplation and creation.

6. Be a creative role model, participate in creative projects, and encourage brainstorming sessions and collaboration on projects.

For creative ideas on homeschooling your children, plus Weekly Homeschool Lessons for Grades K-12, visit our site at:

www.EverythingHomeschooling.com

Happy homeschooling!



Thursday, September 11, 2014

Science: Atoms, Molecules, and the Five States of Matter

Five States of Matter

Matter is all around you and is made up of atoms and molecules. What's an atom? What's a molecule? Keep reading!

Atoms are the building blocks of matter. You have billions and billions of atoms in your body.

Molecules are atoms connected by chemical bonds.

Matter has mass, takes up space, and is all around you. There are 5 states of matter: solids, liquids, gases, plasmas, and Bose-Einstein condensates (BECs).

Watch matter, atoms, and molecules change right before your eyes with our "Today's Lesson" activities. To get started, click "Today's Lesson" on our www.EverythingHomeschooling.com home page.

Describe your experiments and observations on our Science Experiment Log Sheets.

Use our Homeschool Forms to record your daily lessons and learning activities.

For Daily and Weekly Lessons all year long, use the lessons for Grades K-2, Grades 3-6, Grades 6-9, or Grades 9-12 on our website at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

Happy homeschooling!


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Free Homeschool Activities and Lessons

IT'S OPEN HOUSE WEEK at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!

Experience Free Learning Activities this week, such as:

1. Creating and Designing Roller Coasters

2. "I Wonder" Science on Molds, Absorption, and Mixtures

3. Tessellation Art and Math

4. Interactive Explorer Discoveries

5. Measuring the Speed of Light

6. Cooking with Math

7. Science Experiments on Solids and Liquids

8. Geography Games for Learning Fun

9. Exploring Ecosystems, Habitats, and Biomes

10. Creating Superheroes from Historical Figures

11. Diagramming Sentences the Easy Way while Reading a Book a Day

12. Creating Collages, Sculptures, and Fiber Arts with Fun Art Projects

And Much More!

Just click Free Activities here: www.EverythingHomeschooling.com/free.aspx!

Happy Homeschooling!


Saturday, August 2, 2014

Back to School Costs versus Summer Learning Fun

It's still Summer! And we're still enjoying Summer Learning Fun at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!

Meanwhile, some families are spending far too much money on back to school costs. I just read that the cost for school supplies, alone, is approximately $100 per child, according to the National Retail Federation. And with clothes, shoes, and electronics, the cost can be close to $700 per family with kids in kindergarten through high school!

Fortunately, through www.EverythingHomeschooling.com, families can educate ALL their children, from Kindergarten through High School, for just $15.95 per year. And that allows children to remain in a safe, comfortable, low-stress environment — which is priceless!

Avoid the outrageous Back-to-School costs this year and come join us! It'll be less stressful for you and your family, and your children will enjoy a fun, well-rounded education all year long through our site: www.EverythingHomeschooling.com!

Happy Homeschooling!



Thursday, March 20, 2014

Homeschool Mid-Year + Homeschool Spring Break

Spring has Sprung!

Remember that you can begin homeschooling at any time during the year. You can begin homeschooling during the middle of the year, during the middle of a week, or even during the middle of a school day!

Some states might require a "Notice of Intent to Homeschool" within 30 days of withdrawing your child from school, or within a similar time-frame. To check on your state's requirements, contact your State Homeschool Association. They'll have all the information you need on homeschooling in your state.

Spring break can be a good time to begin homeschooling, too. It allows children time to relax and decompress, as you make plans to pursue fun, educational activities for the weeks ahead. Summertime is another good time to ease into homeschooling your child.

Remember that homeschooling is not "school at home." Rather, it's a natural part of living and learning each day, and there's no limit to the fun, learning activities that are available to you and your family!

For learning ideas, crafts, and activities this Spring, see our "Today's Lesson" or our "Unit Studies" page on our homeschool website at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

Happy homeschooling!


Monday, February 3, 2014

Make a Globe, Learn about Olympics and Learn about Your World

Become more familiar with your world by making a globe and locating Sochi, the setting for the Winter Olympics, on your globe. Make a balloon globe and label Sochi on the globe. Then label your state and town on the balloon globe, and determine the distance between your hometown and Sochi.

To make a balloon globe -- or a papier mache globe -- follow the easy instructions on our "Today's Lesson" at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

For daily lessons all year, see the "Weekly Lessons" on our site at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

For hands-on activities, see the "Hands-On Experiments" on our site at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com.

Remember: "I hear and I forget. I see and I remember. I do and I understand." - Confucius

Happy homeschooling!


Tuesday, December 10, 2013

Create a Snow Globe and Learn History

Make your own snow globe and learn the history of snow globes.

You’ll also learn about early 19th century France, the Paris Expo of 1878, the Eiffel Tower, the French Revolution, the first snow globes in America, and more.

When children are involved in hands-on projects, they learn so much more and retain what they learn for much longer, too.

See our “Today’s Lesson” at www.EverythingHomeschooling.com and have fun learning this winter!

Happy homeschooling and enjoy the Christmas season!