2nd Generation Butterflies

{Raising Painted Lady Butterflies} {Butterfly Life Cycle} Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on June 26, 2013. If you read my column regularly, you may recall that we raised Painted Lady butterflies this spring. We ordered the larvae from an online company and watched them grow, pupate and emerge into adult butterflies. … Continue reading 2nd Generation Butterflies

Raising Butterflies

Scroll down for a slideshow of our butterfly's life cycle! Note: This column was published in the Barrow Journal on May 8, 2013. Last year we raised toads from tadpoles, and this year we’re raising butterflies. This is surprisingly easy to do, and I’d encourage any family to give it a try.  It’s a wonderful experience … Continue reading Raising Butterflies

Inspire Kids: Young student builds rocket and launches Hello Kitty 93,625 feet

A big thanks to my Twitter buddy, @NomdeB, for sending me a link to this video. We were all fascinated by it, and my six-year-old wanted to watch it twice. Enjoy! (If you subscribe to my blog by e-mail, you may have to view this post on the Internet to see the video.)  This is a … Continue reading Inspire Kids: Young student builds rocket and launches Hello Kitty 93,625 feet

The North Atlanta Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show

This weekend my family and I went to check out The North Atlanta Gem, Mineral, Fossil & Jewelry Show.  I'm so grateful to "Pamela" who took the time to write about it on a local homeschool list last week. When I saw her message, I thought this was something my boys would love, and luckily, … Continue reading The North Atlanta Gem, Mineral, Fossil, & Jewelry Show

Homeschooling Kindergarten: Teaching About the Weather

Like the solar system, the weather was one other subject I decided to introduce to my son to last year.  All others (besides reading and math) were child-initiated.  For this, I mostly relied on books from the library and our own book collection (see below for list of books).  For our initial lesson, I stuck … Continue reading Homeschooling Kindergarten: Teaching About the Weather

Sandy Creek Nature Center’s Discovery Boxes Are Available to Home Educators

It wasn't long after I taught my (then four ~ five-year-old) about the solar system that I learned about the discovery boxes at the Sandy Creek Nature Center. You can check out a discovery box for two weeks for the cost of $5.00.  Though they are created for classroom use and may have more in … Continue reading Sandy Creek Nature Center’s Discovery Boxes Are Available to Home Educators

Homeschooling Kindergarten: Teaching the Solar System

Available Now! ... The Everyday Homeschooler’s Guide to Teaching First Grade is a simple guide to homeschooling 1st grade. But it's also much more. I recommend it for any parent who has a child between the ages of 4-8. “First Grade” is merely a guide. Not an absolute. This guide will help you figure out … Continue reading Homeschooling Kindergarten: Teaching the Solar System

Backyard Adventure (not for the faint of heart)

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on September 26, 2012. This past weekend our very own backyard provided us with an up close wildlife encounter.  My boys were playing in the backyard, and the way my son tells it, he was standing near our woodpile when he heard a squirrel screaming and a lot of … Continue reading Backyard Adventure (not for the faint of heart)

The Museum of Science and Industry

Note: This column was printed in the Barrow Journal on August 8, 2012.  You can view it on the newspaper's website by clicking here.  Attention Homeschoolers: You might find useful information for your home education program on this museum's website! Since my family and I made a trip to Chicago to help celebrate my in-laws 50th anniversary, … Continue reading The Museum of Science and Industry