On Beyond Zombie Linky Party #5

Halloween is my favorite holiday and I am always on the look out for new ways to play and learn with pumpkins. We have been interested in the brain quite a bit lately, and have especially enjoyed making brain hats. It occurred the me the other day that brain hats we’ve been making, if slightly altered, could be used as a pumpkin carving template. Once I made this realization, the rest was too easy.
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How To Prevent Child Sexual Abuse

The prevention of sexual abuse in children is an important yet uncomfortable topic. We can not allow ourselves to avoid discussion and education on this matter. We can not spare ourselves awkward moments now only to risk a life time of hurt and pain for our children.
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We Need A Zero Tolerance Homeschool Community

This morning an alarming article was shared in one of my local homeschool Facebook groups. I clicked on it not quite knowing what I was in for, and I ended up suffering the rest of my day from reading it.
I, like many survivors, experience physical and emotional symptoms when triggered. Triggers vary from person to person, but a common trigger is to read or hear details of another’s abuse. I am not angry that the person who shared the article did not put a trigger warning on it. I was glad to have read the article despite the state I was in upon finishing it.
That said, I am going to advise those reading this that the following paragraphs and the article I link to may be triggering. If when you finish reading you intend to share this post, as I hope you will, then please let those you share it with also know that this could be triggering.

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On Beyond Zombie Linky Party #4

I’ve written before about how any activity could be made into a Doctor Who activity, if only a little creativity is applied. A few extra moments of thought, barely any extra effort, can take a normal homeschool lesson and turn it into something a little Whovian would love. Today I’m going to expand on that idea by sharing the exact same activity I shared last week, Make a Vortex in a Jar, only this time I’m going to show you how easy it is to make it into a DW themed activity.
How To Make a Time Vortex (1)
Just like last time, you’ll still need a clear jar or bottle with a lid, water, glitter, and dish soap. This time you’ll also want some blue food dye, super glue, Sharpie marker, and blue craft foam. (more…)

Sight Word Tree Craft

LittleMan used to have a large sight word tree made from a cut branch in our old apartment, but the homeschool room in our new house is mostly windows so there just isn’t the wall space for that again. I got around the lack of wall space by using a display board to create this sight word tree craft.

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Tot School Phonics Activity

SunnyGirl loves to play with big brother’s school supplies. This is one of those times when digging through LittleMan’s literacy supply drawer wonder resulted in using old materials in new ways.
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Saturday Science: Vortex

Here is a great science experiment that you can do with stuff you probably already have around the house.
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On Beyond Zombie Linky Party #3

The brain is such a cool thing. Human life relies on its function, we use our brains everyday, and yet there is still so much we don’t understand about it, so much that is still being studied and researched after all these years. And who knows, maybe the child who is struggling to hold his pencil correctly today might be the leading neuroscientist of tomorrow.
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Autumn Leaf Art

Here is a super fun, super easy art activity that children aged preschool-late elementary would probably enjoy.
Autumn Leaf Art (1)
All you need is leaves, white paper, a white crayon, and some water color paints. (more…)

How-To Make a Beaver Dam, a child-led learning experience

Inspired by an episode of Wild Kratts in which the Kratt brothers explained the construction of a beaver dam and beaver lodge, LittleMan rounded up a couple of the neighborhood children to pretend to be beavers and make their own beaver homes!
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