Homeschool Update!

I recently recorded a new episode of the Savvy Homeschool Moms podcast with my cohost (episode not ready for publish yet, but I’m aiming to have it out soon!)…and one of the things we talked about was what our curriculum and resources look like for the year…so I thought it might also be a good thing to post here! We […]

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 5

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 5

  (Volume 1, episode 5 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones) View on Amazon Prime Indy in the Classroom Link Setting: India and China Topics: Discussion of major world religious beliefs, God, spirituality, Chinese culture, traditional Chinese medicine including acupuncture. Historical characters this episode:  Jiddu Krishnamurti, Annie Besant, Yen Fu This episode was a lot deeper than any other so far. I really […]

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 4

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 4

  (Volume 1, episode 4 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones) View on Amazon Prime Indy in the Classroom Link Setting: Russia and Greece Topics: Russian Cossacks,  Russian writers, Ancient Greece, Aristotle, Philosophy Historical characters this episode: Leo Tolstoy–Russian author   I seriously loved both parts of this episode. I think it may be my favorite so far. The first half we […]

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 3

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 3

  (Volume 1, episode 3 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones) View on Amazon Prime Indy in the Classroom Link Setting: Vienna, Austria, and Florence, Italy Topics: love, Italian opera, Renaissance art, Galileo and Da Vinci Historical characters this episode: Giacomo Puccini– Italian opera composer Sigmund Freud— Austrian neurologist, father of psychoanalysis Carl Jung—Austrian psychiatrist/psychotherapist, founder of analytic psychology Alfred Adler—Austrian medical doctor […]

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 2

The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 2

  (Volume 1, episode 2 of The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones) View on Amazon Prime Indy in the Classroom Link Setting: British East Africa (now Kenya), and Paris, France Topics: hunting in Africa, early 1900s art scene in Paris Historical characters this episode: Teddy Roosevelt, Norman Rockwell, Pablo Picasso, Edgar Degas, George Braque, Henri Rousseau This episode was a wonderful […]

This week on Facebook

Here are the links and info I shared on Facebook this past week… This site has free online math games, some of which are based on already existing popular games, like Angry Birds, but it gives them an educational twist! Here is a fun video that explains the science of “baffling balloon behavior”. And while you’re there, check out […]

Children’s period games

So I recently thought of another idea to sprinkle into our learning…games and toys children played at the time we are studying about. So far I’m having a hard time finding much. I know there must be info out there…just a matter of finding it. If anyone knows of any good resources on historical info on children’s games and toys […]

2012 Summer Olympic opening ceremonies!

We’re getting ready to watch in just under an hour! I’m so excited! Was sharing some videos and links on my Facebook and Twitter pages (which you really should be following if you don’t want to miss out on anything from Homeschool Realm! Because often its a lot easier to just post over there than to make a whole new […]

Science, art, music timelines?

I’ve decided that I’d like to integrate as much of our studies as I can, around our history lessons…so I am in search of some good resources for science, art and music timelines…Any suggestions? What I envision is sticking with our history books as our “spine” (for my daughter, that is the “History of US” series by Joy Hakim, currently […]

Make a rain gauge out of a soda bottle

So I’m working on geography with my 6yr old, using a method that is supposed to be something Charlotte Mason would have approved of (it came out of the core book that I bought from a website that, sadly, no longer exists)…and we need a rain gauge. So I thought it would be great to make one ourselves. And we […]

Multi-generational education

Since enrolling my kids in a homeschool charter at the beginning of this school year (just about a month ago)…I’ve had a chance to see what I now strongly believe education SHOULD look like. Multi-generational. NOT segregating specific age groups and having them in a classroom with just one or 2 adults…but the WHOLE FAMILY being involved! My kids now […]

Weekly Challenges, anyone?

I’m still pursuing the educational aspects and project ideas for Minecraft, as mentioned in one of my latest posts… But at the same time I’m also pursuing ways to use Lego in our homeschooling… So far, my Googling is primarily turning up things about Lego Robotics. Something that we don’t own, which is particularly expensive, and which my kids are […]

Minecraft for homeschoolers?

Have you heard about Minecraft? My kids are ALLLLL about this game right now. I just found this article that has me on fire to make this game a part of our homeschooling. There’s also links to other articles on that page…lots of great info! Here’s another. How about this one: The Minecraft Teacher! So now I’d like to start […]

Big changes for us

Yesterday we went to the “Welcome Back” potluck at ERCLC. Got to re-connect with old friends and make some new ones! It was very friendly and wonderful! I am feeling VERY good about this choice to try this charter. The drive is a bit much (one hour, one way, so 2 hours each trip), but we listened to an audiobook […]

Where in the world? (Pt. 3)

Continued from Pt 1 and Pt 2… Well, I’m very disappointed to report that the “Where in the World is Carmen Sandiego” iPhone game is not available. Not sure why they have a page for it still on Gameloft’s website, if its not available…But I tried to purchase it and after being sent around a bit, it finally admitted its […]

Where in the world? (Pt. 2)

…continuing from last post Since I’m not really good at most of the world yet (I only just got all 50 states memorized by shape/location recently!), I need some training first, so here’s where I will be going first…Sheppard Software has an excellent geography section of their website that includes all different levels of learning all the different areas of […]

Where in the world? (Pt. 1)

I am really into geography. I suppose it’s a side effect of living all over the world growing up. My dad was in the Navy and we moved every couple years, including 2 tours overseas (Sicily and Okinawa), and lots of travel as well. It’s amazing how well you get to know the world simply by going there. Unfortunately, that’s […]

Beware of false history textbooks

I read an interesting article this morning, which I found because someone had tweeted that site’s previous article about altered history textbooks. Fascinating, and scary, stuff! It makes me really wonder what books to believe, and what I should be teaching my children! But then, I’ve had this discussion before on the Secular Charlotte Mason yahoogroup (LOVE that group, by […]

VIDEO REVIEW: Liberty Kids

Recently I decided it was time to find something that appealed to my kids more on the topic of history. We’ve been slowly working our way through “The Story of the World” series, but can’t seem to get through the 2nd book, The Middle Ages. I have been insisting that we work chronologically through it, but my kids just are […]

Interesting flashback

Saturday I got a blast from my past. Very interesting to me because I just am usually not exposed to this crap anymore these days…so I really notice it when it happens. A kid was visiting a neighbor and lurking around the kids playing in my yard…I still don’t really know what he was saying and if things were truly […]

summer’s end

ok summer isn’t officially over yet. but its feeling nearer to the end. the light at the end of the tunnel is getting brighter! it was an absolutely gorgeous weekend, in the low to mid 80s! felt like our hellish summer heat was finally over…though i know the temps will soar again this week and continue until we finally get […]

switching gears again

so i spent the vast majority of yesterday plotting out what i feel i need to get done to feel better about maeven’s education. i’d been going in an unschooling direction (though not radical) for awhile, but not really in a very high quality way…just going where the wind blows…just trusting that i’d loop back around and that in the […]

wonderful quote

this is from this book: (Claudia): But Mrs. Frankweiler, you should want to learn one new thing every day. We did, even at the museum. (Mrs. Frankweiler): No, I answered, I don’t agree with that. I think you should learn, of course, and some days you must learn a great deal. But you should also have days when you allow […]