6 Mistakes When Creating a Homeschool Space

Creating a homeschool space isn't hard.  Quite honestly, all you need is a place to write and a place to keep the books.  That said, I've learned how to create a great homeschooling space the hard way- through trial and error.  Learn from my mistakes and create an inspired learning space right from the start. Mistake 1: Not making it livable.  When we first started homeschooling, I decided to use the small home office in our house as a school room.  It was an 8x10' room off a hallway, and it turned out to be a bad idea.  The room was much too small to fit several desks, and we felt cramped and closed in.  The only window faced southwest, and I live in the deep south. We sweated our way through every afternoon.  Eventually, I moved our workspace out into the open family room and we all … [Read more...]

Best Gift Ideas for Homeschool Moms

Do you have a homeschooling mom in your life?  Don’t have a clue about what to give her this year that will be useful and appreciated, and not become one more thing for her to dust?  Here’s a list of 7 perfect picks for homeschool moms to inspire your gift giving this year. Housecleaning service $15 -30 per hour. An informal poll among the homeschool mothers showed a remarkably constant wish: someone else to clean up the mess.  Remember, moms and the children are at home, all day long.  They're not just at home, but they are pulling out books, conducting science experiments, cooking meals and snacks, and living hard in their homes.  Show Mom you love her by paying someone else to clean the toilets. Maybe she'll finally have time to read a book for herself! Nook Simple Touch … [Read more...]

Symbiosis – Relationships of Flowers and Bees

Flowers and Bees - A Symbiotic Relationship The relationship between bees and flowers is called symbiosis. Symbiosis: A relationship between two organisms in which the organisms benefit from one another. How Bees Benefit Flowers. Bees pollinate flowers, which means they transfer the pollen made by one flower of one plant to the flower of another plant. Bees do not purposely do this. Actually, the bees are trying to collect the pollen to take back to their hives. In the process of going from one flower to another as they collect pollen, some pollen is picked up from one flower and accidentally dropped on another flower. Pollination results in the formation of seeds. In the photo, the bee has pollen covering its whole body. The yellow pollen makes the bee appear to be … [Read more...]

Free Sample GED Practice Tests

Whether you're a parent making a choice to complete the General Educational Development (GED) diploma for yourself, or a homeschooling parent with a child who is ready to take the GED, study guides for the exam can really make the difference between passing on the first try or needing to retake one or more sections of the test. History of the GED In 1942 the American Council on Education created the GED at the request of the U.S. Army, which needed some kind of test to evaluate the education level of draftees during WWII. Army officials were chagrined to find that many soldiers lack basic general education skills, so the GED was used as a screening tool, and those soldiers who did not pass were given opportunities to learn. Now the GED is used as an alternative to the high school … [Read more...]

Building Structures: Fun and Educational Activities for Kids

Need educational activities for kids to stay busy and engaged for long periods of time? Part engineering experiment and part artistic exploration, structure building can be accomplished using everyday items from the kitchen, linen closet and recycling bin. Kids won’t likely be bored while creating unique and interesting structures of all sizes. Building Structures into Geodesic Shapes Geodesic shapes such as cubes and pyramids will result when the building materials are long tubes and squishy connectors. Great combinations for building geodesic shapes are: Dry spaghetti noodles and mini marshmallows, Plasticine or play dough ( kids can roll it into balls) Toothpicks and mini marshmallows, gumdrops or bag of frozen peas Plastic straws and large marshmallows Note: … [Read more...]

Why Reading is Good for Children

Bedtime stories are a beautiful family tradition. Not only is it quality time with your child, but reading is a valuable way of learning for a child. Reading helps develop a child’s language skills while stimulating his or her imagination and creativity. Moreover, books are good for kids’ mental health. Reading for Toddlers Toddlers learn to speak mostly through hearing, but as a child learns to read, his or her language skills improve with this new ability. Children who read much when they are young are likely to enjoy it while they are teens as well, and this can help children grow up articulate and more inclined to learn well in school. Children’s Books and Television Imagine what kids can learn from television, and how easy it is to put a child in front of the television … [Read more...]