Inspire Kids: International Space Station Tour

This video requires no introduction. How cool is this? My six-year-old loved it.  I heard a resounding "OOOOoooo....Ahhh...." as she entered the cupola and looked down at earth. This was filmed in November 2012. (If you subscribe to my blog by e-mail, you may have to view this post on the Internet to see the … Continue reading Inspire Kids: International Space Station Tour

Inspire Kids: Shape-shifting dinosaurs

I found this informative Ted Talk, and I thought my six-year-old would enjoy it because like many children, he's very interested in dinosaurs. He did like it. I watched it with him, and I explained to him what the word "ego" means, and I also pointed to the charts as the paleontologist was talking since … Continue reading Inspire Kids: Shape-shifting dinosaurs

Building the Titanic: Project-based Homeschooling

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, January 9, 2013.  One night my family was watching a documentary about a sunken ship when my son asked me about another “big, fancy ship that sunk.” I had mentioned the Titanic to him a few months ago because 2012 was the 100th anniversary … Continue reading Building the Titanic: Project-based Homeschooling

Inspire Kids: Slow motion of running cheetah

My husband found this awesome video on Boing Boing: Fantastic slow motion video of sprinting cheetah.  Of course he sent it to the six-year-old!  Not only is it a stunning video, I think it's a good example of how photography can help us learn more about animals and our world.  Watch it until the very end to … Continue reading Inspire Kids: Slow motion of running cheetah

Inspire Kids: Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monster Trap

I subscribe to the blog Mind Shift, and the other day they posted Physics in the Hands of a Seven-Year-Old.  It made me so happy to watch this video of a seven-year-old demonstrating his Rube Goldberg machine.  He is so enthusiastic!  What is more inspiring is that "Seven-year-old Audri wants to study robotics at MIT … Continue reading Inspire Kids: Audri’s Rube Goldberg Monster Trap

Post Script: Using E-mail in Home Education

When I wrote my last column on using e-mail in our homeschool, I didn't realize how beneficial one aspect of it would be, so I thought I'd add a little more about that. What I'm referring to is sending my six-year-old articles that I find on the web that he might be interested in.  Sometimes … Continue reading Post Script: Using E-mail in Home Education

Less Than Ideal Memories of My Early Education

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on February 15, 2012. When I was in the first grade, I sat next to a boy named Leo.  Every Monday the teacher would put a list of spelling words on the blackboard, and we were supposed to write them down.  I did it without a problem, but … Continue reading Less Than Ideal Memories of My Early Education