Paper Plate Carnival Masks

These Paper Plate Carnival Masks are perfect for teaching kids about Rio Carnival, Brazil, and the Rainforest. During our homeschool study of the rainforest, we read about Rio Carnival in Brazil and wanted to make our own colorful masks. Carnival is always celebrated the weekend before the beginning of Lent, similar to Mardi Gras. While […]

Balloon Rocket STEM Activity

Have you ever had one of those days where the kids needed something to do to and they were whining and complaining of boredom? That’s where this balloon science experiment can save the day. My kids didn’t know it, but they were learning some science concepts while they were having fun with balloons. In my […]

40 Fun Writing Tools for Kids

When I was a kid I loved writing with fancy pens and paper. Oh, who am I kidding, I still do. Kids are the same way. Fun writing tools for kids make writing more desirable. Kids will choose the cool writing tools 9 times out of 10. Think about it. Why do you think Crayola […]

Africa Books for Kids

For our Africa unit study during our homeschool year’s theme of countries and cultures we read some really great books. We studied the grasslands and African animals as well. Some of our favorite books were the books about real people that have made the world a better place like¬†Wangari Maathai, the first African woman and […]

Moon Crater Science Experiment

One of our homeschool unit studies has been about the moon. We’ve talked about every aspect of the moon–what it’s like to walk on the moon, the first moon landing, how the moon reflects light from the sun, how craters are made, and more. To show how craters are made and what the surface of […]

Magic Light Bulb Balloon Science Experiment

My kids love balloons. What kid doesn’t? So, it’s only natural that we would do balloon science experiments. There are lots of science experiments with balloons out there, but this Magic Light Bulb Balloon Science Experiment is the most fascinating of all. My kids were mesmerized and asked to do it over and over again. […]

India Books for Kids

Our study of countries and cultures led us to India this time. We learned about the many folktales, the culture, and their beliefs from this list of India Books for Kids. While their religious beliefs are different from ours, I think it is still important to expose our children to various beliefs and compare them […]

China Books for Kids

As we’ve been studying countries and cultures in our homeschool, we’ve read some really great children’s books about China. These China books for kids have taught us about the way of life in China and the rich culture full of legends and Chinese folktales.¬†Every time I post a new book list for kids I always […]

Using Online Reading Games in Your Homeschool

As much as I’d like to be a homeschool supermom, the fact of the matter is that I’m not. I have two boys in completely different learning stages–a 5th grader and a kindergartner. How do I give both boys the one-on-one attention they need, but still keep the other one engaged in learning? I use […]

Writers in Residence Homeschool Writing Curriculum

Writing and Math. Those are the bane of my son’s existence. He’s not a fan of either one, but if he had to choose one over the other, it would be writing. Finding a homeschool writing curriculum for him has been a challenge. I haven’t been too impressed with the options I’ve found and neither […]