Homeschooling 4th Grade: Our First Science Curriculum

Up until this year, I guess you could say that we have "unschooled"science. My son loved nature and, consequently, science. We got outside to explore often, and we did experiments at home for fun. We raised butterflies. We grew carnivorous plants. We read books. He got into robotics, which he still likes. We watch countless … Continue reading Homeschooling 4th Grade: Our First Science Curriculum

Project-based Homeschooling: Robotics

Over this past year, my eight-year-old (now nine-year-old!) became increasingly interested in robotics. The first robot he learned about was Jibo because my husband was watching videos about this little gadget that might someday be a standard household item. My husband learned about it through all the tech sites and podcasts he listens to, and … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: Robotics

Project-based Homeschooling: Tardigrades

Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on Wednesday, October 8, 2014. My family and I have been enjoying watching the new Cosmos: A Spacetime Odyssey, which is a documentary series that explains the principles upon which science is based. It’s a follow-up to Carl Sagan’s 1980 series Cosmos: A Personal Voyage. It … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: Tardigrades

Project-based Homeschooling: A Mushroom Project Teaches Mama When to Let Go

Last year when my seven-year-old told me he wanted to learn about and grow mushrooms, I was excited. This was something I could sink my teeth into. Though I'm a novice, I love plants and gardening, and mushrooms fascinate me. We see so many cool ones around here, and they never fail to excite me. … Continue reading Project-based Homeschooling: A Mushroom Project Teaches Mama When to Let Go