Effective How To STEM Projects Your Kids Will Love

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Effective How To STEM Projects Your Kids Will Love

Effective How To STEM Projects Your Kids Will Love

*This post may contain affiliate links to products we use in our homeschool. For full details, please see our disclosure statement. We are living in a time where STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) education is gaining in popularity. Many exciting and innovative career choices will centre around STEM subject areas which, as homeschoolers, we have an opportunity to provide our children with in a more real life way.   I am excited to share a new user friendly CAD (Computer Aided Design) program that we can teach our kids!     Learn Onshape is a company dedicated to teaching online 3D design projects

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Adopting Year Round Homeschooling, New Curriculum and Loving It

Adopting Year Round Homeschooling, New Curriculum and Loving It

*This post contains affiliate links to products I use in our homeschool, see disclosure policy for full details. We have often kept up some sort of study throughout summer.  We are a family who embraces learning as a way of life v.s. something more institutional and dry.  Not to mention we live in Canada, so studying botany or entomology in the dead of winter (and -35 Celsius) just isn’t practical or rewarding.  Until this year however, our summer homeschooling has been quite unstructured. This year I made the decision to truly embrace a year round homeschool schedule. We still make

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Homeschooling Middle School and High School

Homeschooling Middle School and High School

Ever feel like you have just got this homeschooling thing on a roll and then all of a sudden it is time to change things up again? You have finally found your rhythm and groove with your toddlers, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, and 8th grade kiddos; then spring comes, homeschool conferences start up and you realize something.   It suddenly hits you that you are a mom/dad to kids who will be entering the Middle School and/or High School years! Whoa! How did that happen?   You also find all your friends and family are throwing a whole new

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How I Teach Critical Thinking in Our Homeschool

How I Teach Critical Thinking in Our Homeschool

      Critical Thinking is an essential part of learning.  In order for us to be resilient and successful in life we need to be able to gather facts, process through them, know if we require any more information or help, and then make a decision to move forward. Learning how to “Think it Through” helps us in all areas of life: Academics Relationships Business Not to mention all the other little bits of life which happen in between the above three areas.  It is because of this I try my best to implement as much Critical Learning into our day

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Butterflies…Our Hands on Nature Study!

Butterflies…Our Hands on Nature Study!

This spring we decided to order 2 butterfly rearing kits.  Seeing as this was our first time ever doing this I ordered 2 rearing kits as we were told usually only half of the larvae will be successful in becoming butterflies.  We received 13 larvae, 7  in one container and 6 in the other.  We were so excited when all 13 of our larvae made chrysalises and turned into beautiful Painted Lady Butterflies! Once some broke out of the chrysalis, we added a small cup of diluted honey and a slice of watermelon for the butterflies to eat. Have you

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