“We embarked on our journey to the stars with a question first framed in the childhood of our species and in each generation asked anew with undiminished wonder: What are the stars?”  ~Carl Sagan I love to learn about space and space exploration. When I was a little girl, I would wake up early before school to watch the space shuttle launch, and dream about one day going to Space Camp. I loved going to the planetarium, and I would collect star books and try to find the constellations in the night sky. As my own daughter has grown up, we have begun to shareRead More →

As spring peaks and summer closes in on the Phoenix valley, Kat and I are taking stock of the flowers we have in our garden before the heat causes them to wither away. Spending time with our flowers and vegetables is a wonderful way to start our day. In fact, we’re still seeing new flowers on our tomato plants, and we’re watching some of our herbs flower as well (hopefully we’ll be able to collect some seeds this year!). As we spend as much time outside as possible before the heat sets in, Kat and I have had many discussions about our garden, how theRead 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 →

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 →

Looking for a fun activity to do this summer?  Make cutout characters from a favorite book! My daughter loves the books of Beatrix Potter. A particular favorite of hers is “The Tale of Tom Kitten”. Today, we decided to make poster board cutouts of the kittens, and act out the story in our garden! First, we read the story. Then we took a large piece of poster board my daughter divided it into four equal parts. We looked carefully at the pictures, looking at the various shapes we could see (for example, the head is made up of circles and triangles), while paying close attention toRead More →

Homeschool at my house often involves two things: big projects and workbooks. Today, we’ve decided to incorporate both. She has been progressing rather well in math lately. We work on basic addition using number lines, groups of objects, and whatever else we can think of to hone in her adding skills. Lately, we’ve been working on the place values of ones, tens, and one hundreds. While she’s great at recognizing two and three digit numbers, the concepts of tens and hundreds place, and what they represent were a little difficult to understand at first.Read More →

This year my daughter and I have been talking quite a bit about the three R’s of the environment. We have reduced our garbage output by keeping a tally sheet above our garbage can and recycling bin. When we took one out to the big bins, we would make a tally mark, and count it up by the end of the month. We found that, since we began observing it, we started recycling much more than we were throwing away. We’ve explored other ways of reducing and recycling by walking our neighborhood with garbage bags to clean up the litter, growing a nice vegetable garden, andRead More →