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Nature Studies

Nature studies is a thing. It’s a good thing. Preschoolers do well with the “oh look” method of nature studies. You may want some structure and books, but beyond them every outing becomes an informal science lab, no beakers required. If those are cumulonimbus clouds, we’ll have to go inside.  Bicyclists are fast and have a lot more mass than you. The sun is hot and a major source of ultraviolet radiation as well as visible light, so wear your hat. You can pick all the dandelions and violets you like; these purple berries are pokeweed and will probably make you throw up, so don’t eat them.

The Resurrection and Homeschooling

As we look forward to celebrating Easter this Sunday, my thoughts have turned toward the resurrection. 

I love celebrating holidays and sometimes I can get carried away with the frills and fun. I like to plan Easter outfits, maybe even matchy-matchy ones, since my 9-year-old hasn’t yet complained about that. Although, I feel like this might be the last year she happily agrees to do matching outfits, now that she is entering that tween phase.

Learning and Surviving on the Road - 5 ways to have a fun and educational road trip with your kids

I have to admit I was not looking forward to our road trip last week. Many months ago, I committed to driving from Indianapolis to both Dallas and San Antonio to visit relatives who live there. The idea greatly appealed to me until the reality sunk in, shortly before our time of departure. As I packed our bags, I was definitely looking forward to the destination, but not exactly the journey itself. (Sorry Ralph!) 

Your One Stop Shop for Pi Day!

 

Did you know that today is National Pi Day? And not just that, it's a very special Pi Day because you won't get to see one like it until March 14, 2115! Today, Pi Day 2015, will be the only Pi Day for the next 100 years that reflects the first five numbers in that well-loved irrational number, pi, which is 3.1415 (March 14, 2015).

If It's FREE-It's For ME!

 

Who Doesn’t Love Free Stuff?

Check out a list of some free items for homeschoolers Faith Berens compiled! And be sure to share with us some of your favorite free resources you've found.

Back to Homeschool - GIVEAWAY and Ideas

Moms, veterans and first-time-homeschooling moms alike, I know it can be nerve-racking and at most daunting to take on the planning of your child’s schooling. But guess what? I’m here specifically to help you make that transition from those long, lazy summer months into a more rigorous school schedule. Below I’ve compiled a list of goodies to get you started right on your homeschool schedule. Plus, I’m also providing you with all the details about HSLDA’S Back to Homeschool Giveaway!

CLOSED | GIVEAWAY - Celebrating America!

Want to celebrate American History this 4th of July? 

 

Well you've come to the right place! In honor of the 4th of July coming up, the HSLDA Store is giving away four History America Prints!

2014 FIFA World Cup - Activities & Fun

 
As most of you know, the opening match of the 2014 FIFA World Cup kicked off today! The excitment began with the first match between Brazil and Croatia. Although this event isn't geared towards homeschoolers, we're here to show you that soccer and homeschooling can go hand-in-hand.

 

CLOSED | GIVEAWAY - Welcoming Summer!

 

Want some great ideas to help your kids stay active and learn more about our wonderful world this Summer?

Look no further! The HSLDA Blog is giving away an entire set of Forces and Motion that is jam-packed with fun activities to keep your kids learning this Summer!

 

Build Your Child's Creativity

It was a great brainstorming session for young elementary kids. After lunch, we opened a few cans of Play-Doh, and began to twirl and knead a few colors as we discussed some ideas on how to best reach out to our new neighbors. After that interchange, we challenged ourselves to name as many varieties of birds that we could think of in forty seconds. And after that, we settled in for a history lesson and our own made-up "globe game" for geography... 

High School Graduation: Ideas to Personalize the Big Day!

 

Graduating from high school is a milestone for your students. It marks the end of one chapter and the excitement of beginning a new chapter in their lives! Whether your teen is headed directly into employment, the military, college, or another endeavor, use their high school graduation as an occasion to bless them, make memories, and rejoice in the goodness of the Lord.

New Trends to Check Out!

 

What do Rebecca RatherKen Forkish, and Clara Polito have in common? They are all part of what is now being called the Craft Culture. These are individuals who are following their passions and developing a craft. Whether it’s baking, cooking, woodworking, or weaving, entrepreneurs are enjoying the satisfaction of using their talents and abilities to delight the rest of us.

 

Saying I Love You to Your Family…how about starting a new tradition?

IIt’s Valentine’s Day and you are perhaps planning a special meal for your family or thinking of ways to show them you love them. Are you looking for some new ideas?

In our household, we love traditions. I started many traditions when my children were little that are centered on familiar holidays, like Christmas, Easter, Thanksgiving, and yes, even Valentine’s Day. I started these specifically to not only draw attention to the significance of that holiday, but also to reinforce the value of our family life together.

Artistic Flair

This winter and coming spring, let's remember to add a little art to our repertoire as teachers. In Take Time For Art, we talked about setting aside a few moments for fun, creativity, and inspiration. I gave several (practically free) ideas of things to do in order to build kids' imaginations―whether it's drawing, painting, or simply working with color...

The whole thing about art is to make it a fun activity―something that's not stressful.

HSLDA on Pinterest

Well, we've done it. HSLDA has started a Pinterest account! Head on over to our Pinterest page and check out all the goodies we've collected for you! There's a board for everyone! Are you new to homeschooling? We've got you covered! Looking for some delicious, yet budget friendly recipes? We've got those recipes! How about some Christmas crafts or activities to do with your family? You'll find all that and more over on HSLDA's Pinterest page!

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