We have been having fun bird watching this summer. My girls have strategically placed bird feeders all over the backyard so they have a great view from their swing set or any window in the house. By introducing some new kinds of seed and a few hummingbird feeders, we have invited some new visitors to our yard. It has been a treat to see a beautiful bird that we have never seen before and look it up in our bird book. We have even taken some wonderful photos!
What do picture when you think of a bird? Do you picture lots of feathers? There is a lot more to our feathered friends than just feathers! It’s a great time of year to learn about birds. Make your lesson planning easy with the 58-page Birds Project Pack from In the Hands of a Child. This high-interest, ready-to-assemble pack includes a 13-page Research Guide and 19 Hands-on Activities about how birds move, how birds communicate, life cycle of a bird, anatomy, habitat, migration, defense mechanisms, types of birds, bird watching ethics, value, and conservation of birds.
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There are simple ways to make electricity that will intrigue kids and adults alike. You can use basic items found in your home to teach children about electrical power. This will lead to interesting discussions about voltage strength, static electricity, what objects conduct electricity and the wonders of science.
Clean the penny and dime thoroughly with soap and warm water and then dry them off with a towel.
Roll the lemon on a table or counter top. This will release the juices. Explain to the children that you are creating a lemon battery.
Cut two slits into the lemon. Make these cuts about a half inch apart.
Slide the clean dime and penny into the slits you cut into the lemon.
Hold the lemon to your mouth and touch your tongue to the penny and dime at the same time. You will feel a tingling sensation. This is electricity!
Discuss with the children how one of the coins has a positive electrical charge and the other one has a negative electrical charge. This is because the acidity in the lemon reacts differently with the two metals. The tongue is moist, so it acts as a wire and allows the circuit to be complete by conducting or guiding the electrical charges.
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My kids and I are working on studying Jamestown at the moment. My children are not little. In fact, they are teens, so craft time does not happen as often as I would like. However, when I come upon a study that I can incorporate that little bit of craftiness, I jump on it!
During November and December, my kids and I take a break from our normal homeschool studies to break up the routine of schoolwork. During this time, we study things like Fall, harvest festivals, thankgiving, and we do several unit studies based on literature that we can read together.
One of my favorite things during this time is to create a Thankful Tree.
You can create one too and start a new tradition in your family. All you have to do is draw a tree trunk and tape it to your wall. Then trace some leaves of different sizes and fall colors. Each day, a member of the family writes something down on the leaf that they are thankful for. By the time November comes to an end, your tree will be full of goodness and thanksgiving unto God.
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This weekend, my family and I will be attending a harvest festival put on by the people that live in my city. I am quite excited about attending. I love to see all the decorations and vendors. . .and don’t get me started on the food!
While my kids are older now and we don’t get to do this very often anymore, we used to gear up the week before any harvest festival we were attending by planning and having fun at home.
Yes! You can have your very own harvest festival at home.
Here are a few ideas you could incorporate.
· For starters, you could grab this preschool project pack and learn all about Harvest Festivals!
· Have a water gun shoot out using a pumpkin with a cross carved in it. The first one to put out the flame wins!
· Bubble blowing for the toddlers! They love that.
· Have an old fashioned face painting time. Let the kids paint your face as well. Even mom needs a painted face.
· Make street fair foods like corn dogs, Homemade potato chips, and homemade ice cream—even homemade lemonade shakeups!
There are many things that you can do to celebrate the coming of a new season and fun times like harvest festivals. Why not visit one when you are done studying all about them?
Did you know that October is Pizza month? There is SO much you can learn from one giant round piece of food!
Pizza can be used for:
Reading—Sign your child up for Pizza Hut’s Book It Program. They earn free pizza for reading books! My kids LOVED doing this all the time. They were always so proud to turn in their certificate to redeem their pizza.
Science—Do you wonder how pizza gets chewed and digested? Discuss with your kids their theory and then do some research to find out just how pizza is digested!
English—Make a fake piece of pizza. Decorate pepperonis with different parts of speech (ex—noun, adverb, adjective, verb, preposition, article) and describe pizza! My kids love doing this. It helps them to realize what parts of speech really mean and how to use them.
History—Where did pizza originate? When was it started? That, my friends. . .is history!
Math—Ah. . Math. I love math and pizza. You can learn all sorts of things with math and pizza, especially MULTIPLICATION!!
Use our Multiplication Pizza Party Project Pack to help!
October is a great month to take one of our favorite foods and use it to “do school”.
What is your favorite thing about pizza? Do you have any ideas on using it in your homeschool?
Today is Columbus Day! So what are your plans for studying this week?
What exactly is Columbus Day? Columbus Day is the day that Americans celebrate the landing of Columbus to the Americas. You can read all about the history of Columbus Day here: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Columbus_Day
So what are some things you can do to celebrate Columbus Day?
~Create your very own versions of the Nina, Pinta, and the Santa Maria
~Make an Italian feast on Columbus Day. Research the kind of food that Columbus would have eaten on his voyage to the Americas.
~Create a play of Columbus Discovering America
While you are learning all about Columbus and this great holiday, why not take some time to complete our Columbus Project Pack! It’s filled with all kinds of great facts and fun tips and hands on activities about Columbus and his life.