Bird’s Eye View

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.

 

Teachers and Homeschool parents love our high-interest hands-on curriculum including Lapbook Project Packs, Notebooking Packs, and Thematic Unit Study Packs.  Enjoy your very own bird’s eye view and create a Birds Lapbook today!

Bubbles, Bubbles, and More Bubbles

Lots of fun can be had with just a few handy supplies from around the house.

 

Today we are talking about bubbles!

 

 

During the summer, the kids and I made some homemade bubble mixture. It was definitely fun watching the kids make rings to blow their bubbles from.

 

We used–

~flexible wire

~chenille stems

~milk rings

~soda pop rings

 

to make the tools to float the bubbles with. I think my favorite was the soda pop 6 ring tool. We wound up with so many bubbles floating around!

 

Here is a simple way that you can make homemade bubble mixture right in the comfort of your very own kitchen.

 

Get out a large cup.

1.   Pour 1/2 cup dish soap into the cup.

2.   Add 1 1/2 cups water to the cup.

3.   Measure 2 teaspoons of sugar into the water/soap mixture.

4.   Gently stir your mixture.

5.   Go outside and blow bubbles!

                  Want to learn more about bubbles? Check out our neat Project Pack:

Bubbleology (Prek-1st)

 

Conducting Electricity with Your Kids


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.

Did you like this experiment? Want to learn more about electricity? Grab our Electricity Project Pack!!!


Learning About the Earth with Crafts

A great way to get your older middle school students to really learn about the Earth science, is by allowing them to build a model of the Earth.

My kids did this last year and it really helped them to get a better understanding of the continents, bodies of water, and the countries of the world.

 

Here is a step by step process on having your child create their own earth model.

 

You will need the following items to make a clay Earth:

1.   Clay

2.   Water

3.   Cup

4.   Green paint

5.   Blue paint

6.   Paintbrush

7.   Newspapers

8.   toothpick

 

Follow the instructions below to make a clay Earth:

1.   Lay out at least two sheets of newspaper over the workspace to protect it from the paint.

2.   Hand each child a large block of clay.

3.   Demonstrate how to roll the block of clay on a flat surface against the palm of your hand until a large ball is formed.

4.   To smooth out the ball, have your child dip their hands in a cup of water and use a little water to work the edges of the ball.

5.   Set the balls (spheres) aside to dry.

6.   Place a globe where your child can see it. Point to the western hemisphere and the eastern hemisphere and allow him or her to shout out what land masses are in each.

7.   Paint the land masses onto the clay with green paint. Your child should try to get them to look as close to the globe as possible, but it does not have to be perfect.

8.   The rest of the earth is covered in bodies of water. Have your child paint the rest of the clay blue.

9.   Set the ball aside for the paint to dry.

10.  Have your child point out the 4 bodies of water and the 7 continents on the clay Earth. 

11.  Give him or her a toothpick and have them etch the names of each continent and body of water into their clay Earth. If there is not enough room, then have them  use abbreviations.

12.   Display your child’s Earth for everyone to see.

 

Want to learn more about the earth? Check out The Earth Project Pack. Available also as a Note Pack. For grade level 3rd-8th

Learning Language Arts Through Lapbooking

Here are a couple of poems that will help you learn your parts of speech. I remember learning these when I was in school!

 

The Parts of Speech

Every name is called a NOUN,

As field and fountain, street and town;

In place of noun the PRONOUN stands

As he and she can clap their hands;

The ADJECTIVE describes a thing,

As magic wand and bridal ring;

The VERB means action, something done-

To read, to write, to jump, to run;

How things are done, the ADVERBS tell,

As quickly, slowly, badly, well;

The PREPOSITION shows relation,

As in the street, or at the station;

CONJUNCTIONS join, in many ways,

Sentences, words, or phrase and phrase;

The INTERJECTION cries out, “Hark!

I need an exclamation mark!”

Through poetry, we learn how each

of these make up THE PARTS OF SPEECH.

The Nine Parts of Speech

Three little words you often see,

Are articles- a, an, and the.

A noun’s the name of anything

As school, garden, hoop, or swing.

An adjective tells the kind of noun-

Great, small, pretty, white, or brown.

Instead of nouns the pronouns stand-

Her head, his face, your arm, my hand.

Verbs tell of something to be done,

To read, sing, jump, or run.

How things are done the adverbs tell,

As slowly, quickly, ill, or well.

Conjunctions join words together,

As men and women, windor weather.

Theprepositions stands before

A noun, as at or through the door.

The interjection shows surprise,

As ah! How pretty-Oh! how wise.

The whole are called nine parts of speech,

Which reading, writing, speaking teach.

Be sure and check out Operation: English GrammarProject Pack for help with parts of speech!

Jamestown Craft and Study

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!

 

I found this neat Jamestown fort craft at About.com.

 

I knew as soon as I seen it that we were going to enjoy making this neat craft! To create it, you only need the following craft items:

  • Pop-cycle sticks
  • Brown wood stain/Acrylic Paints
  • Hot glue & glue gun
  • Small pieces of Pine tree
  • Dirt
  • Sticks
  • Styrofoam

I know this will help them out a lot with actually seeing a visual image of what a Jamestown fort will look like. It also doubles as art for the day!

To bring this study home for my kids, we completed the the project pack The Story of Jamestownwhich you can snag today for only $5.00!!

Grab your $5 Jamestown project pack and learn all about how this little settlement came to be!

Start a New Family Tradition With the Thankful Tree

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.

 

Looking for more fun studies during November? Check out the following Project Packs we have available.

Prek-1st Harvest Festival Project Pack

 

Grades 3-7 The Pilgrims Project Pack

PreK-8th Thanksgiving Project Pack

Harvest Ideas

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?

National Pizza Month

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?

Columbus Day

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.