I happened upon two books by Bobby Mercer on the Sam's Club website: "Junk Drawer Algebra" and "Junk Drawer Geometry". I was intrigued, and although I usually purchase books used, I went ahead and ordered them. The activities in the books are designed to use with one or more students with items commonly found around… Continue reading File Folder Battleship from Junk Drawer Algebra by Bobby Mercer
I sometimes wonder if I could have handled homeschooling pre-Internet. There are some seriously cool resources online. Free resources. So, so many, cool, free resources that it boggles the mind. So many things that are amazing, and yet I will never get around to using them, but I like having those resources in my pocket.… Continue reading Mensa for Kids and next year’s Pi Day Plan (because we did nothing this year)
When we first started homeschooling three years ago, I was not sure about anything. I was a high school science teacher teaching first and second grade to my own kids, with no experience with elementary teaching, just a deisre to offer my kids...more. I decided I could do it all on my own, come up… Continue reading Why and how we use Life of Fred books
On Fridays, we take a break from our regular curriculum in spelling and math. In spelling, we play Spelling City games at http://www.spellingcity.com. The website has free and paid-premium options, however we have always just used the free games. It is easy to add lists. In fact, at the beginning of the year, I just… Continue reading Friday Game Day
Nothing celebrates a love for measurement and math like measuring the area and perimeter of hearts in units of little candy Sweethearts. Unless, of course, we would have used Hershey kisses...I will have to remember that for next year...
Today is school day 137 of our first homeschool year. My pre-K daughter still has a little fever from the cold going through our house. My first grader is still coughing, but mainly over it. My poor second grader is coming down with it. And yet, we had school today. We had calendar time and… Continue reading School Day #137