Last year, Kat and I enjoyed the fruits and vegetables that came from our first garden in our new home. We went through the trials and errors of proper watering schedules, organic pest control, and soil acidity. Some of our plants were very fruitful while others were not, and we ate and learned our way through our first big garden project. This year, I was struck by inspiration while reading a bedtime story to Kat. We had been reading “The Secret Garden” by Francis Hodgson Burnett, and Kat loved the idea of a special place the children could call their own while they played outsideRead More →

Sometimes even birthday presents can lead to homeschool adventures… For my birthday this year, my husband bought me an acoustic guitar. I do not yet know how to play the guitar, but I find learning it to be a very fun and rewarding experience. Part of this fun stems from the beautiful sounds that emanate from the strings. Kat and I took turns tightening and loosening the strings as we tuned the guitar, listening to the differences in sound it created. We strummed softly, and pulled hard at the strings, listening to the new sounds we could make. It didn’t take long for these play timesRead More →

When Kat was four years old, I took her on a scavenger hunt for shapes. We took the bus to the light rail station, and then took the light rail to downtown Phoenix to embark on our quest. We found shapes in the most surprising places! It was an exciting way to explore a familiar concept of shapes with my preschooler, and have a different sort of adventure with her.Read More →

Last April, Kat and I built our very own compost bin! We had been learning about reusing and recycling, and had been thinking of ways to help clean and protect our environment. Those conversations along with starting a vegetable garden led us to the idea of composting. We could reduce our garbage while learning about the decomposition of plants and organic material. Not only could we help our environment, we could help our garden too!Read More →

If you don’t like how a book ends, write a new one! Last year, I introduced my daughter to the wonderful world of Beatrix Potter. We started out with The Classic Tale of Tom Kitten, and it wasn’t long before every trip to the bookstore involved a new story about another cute animal. We became pleasantly acquainted with Mr. Jermey Fisher, Moppet and Mittens, Benjamin Bunny, and Mrs. Tiggywinkle. I remembered reading these books as a child, and I was so excited to expose my daughter to the books that I had so adored.Read More →

We’re going to find the best bubble recipes, and a really easy way to explain surface tension! What better way is there to learn about surface tension and water molecules than by playing with bubbles? Kat and I have been having a lot of fun exploring the different ways that liquids interact with each other, and the reactions that can take place. This time, we decided to explore surface tension by learning about how bubbles work! Even better, we’ve taken our lesson to the park and have invited the other kids to come along and learn with us!Read More →

This week, Kat and I have been studying the various stages of matter! Today, we focused primarily on properties of matter, and ways that you can distinguish between them. We began by asking the question, what is density? Density is a measurement of mass, or the relative heaviness of an object with a constant volume. Simply put, density is a measure of how much “stuff” is in something. That “stuff” pertains to atoms and molecules, which make up the mass of an object. For example, in a liquid, the molecules are loosely “hanging out”. Kat and I demonstrate this by clasping our hands closely together,Read More →

Last week, my daughter began working with maps. We printed out a ton of worksheets that went over the concepts of directions, map keys, and using pictures to represent places. We drew maps of our house, of our bedrooms, and we put things in the wrong areas to try to trick each other. Throughout the day, directions were a main focus. If we drove to the store, we would call out directions as we went. While we were walking to the park, we would talk about the directions we were going as we walked. After spending all day learning about directions, maps, and how theyRead More →

Being a mom sometimes means that you have to put aside your fears and investigate the things that make you squeamish. Last year my daughter became fascinated with insects. In our Arizona summer, we would find a new insect in our pool every morning. At some point during the night, they may have come to get a drink of water, and instead had fallen in and drowned. Kat wanted to know what they were, she wanted to hold them, and she wanted to keep them. Fortunately, I had several extra Petri dishes on hand, and from there, we began a journey into collection and discovery.Read More →

My daughter and I spend a lot of time outdoors. We built our own composting bin, we have a vegetable garden and a flower garden, and a lot of our scientific studies revolve around the life that happens all around us. We’re big fans of this planet that we’re on, and we’re often trying to think of ways we can help it. Last week, Kat and I were returning from a trip to the park, when she saw someone reach their hand out of their car and drop a cup out of the window. As the cup bounced along the street, Kat pointed at themRead More →