Saturday Science: Exploring Motors

The primary difference between homeschool science and public school science is that homeschoolers usually have the benefit of getting a bit more hands-on exploration time. This is for two reasons:
1- It is easier for us to acquire supplies for one (or even a small handful of) student(s) than it is to gather supplies for 20-30 students.
2- It is easier for us to monitor one (or even a small handful of) student(s) for safety than it is to monitor 20-30 students for safety.

That said, homeschoolers don’t always have fancy science kits or polished, store bought lessons. A lot of times, we work with what we have readily available.

In this instance, what we had readily available was an old cat toy.
The outside of the toy was a sort of laminated paper sack, meant to look like a brown bag lunch.
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On Beyond Zombie Linky Party #1

Back in March I did a series of posts called “the ABCs of Raising Well-Rounded Geeklings” Everyday there was a theme which I either wrote about or I shared an activity for, and for every theme there was a linky party. Those linky parties are all forever-linky parties so they are an on-going, growing resource for ideas. The goal of my original series was to create the ultimate resource for geek parents to go and find fun things to do with their children and I like to think we did pretty well. However, I realized after the series was over that there were SO MANY aspects of geek parenting that I failed to address. I couldn’t fit it all into a mere 26 days. It reminded me a lot of the Dr Seuss book, “On Beyond Zebra!” A-Z was covered but there was still so much left! That is how the idea of “On Beyond Zombie” was born.

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Tulsa Children’s Museum (Inspired Ideas for Green Play)

If you live in Oklahoma, then I have got the field trip for you!
If you don’t live in Oklahoma then keep reading because the Tulsa Children’s Museum has inspired ideas that could be implemented in almost any home or classroom environment. The best part? All of their ideas are frugal and environmentally friendly.
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Living in Fear

Last night I had a nightmare, it felt so real. In my nightmare CPS agents shouldered their way into my home without so much as a “hello,” much less a warrant to legally do so. While my nightmare was merely a figment of my imagination, merely my subconscious playing out something that I had in the back of my mind before I went to sleep, the sad truth is that it could happen. It could happen and it does happen. To many people across the country. We see it in the news from time to time but there are plenty of these stories that never make the headlines. I’ve been hearing stories like this all my life, through friends and associates, long before I started seeing them pop up in my news feed.

Living in Fear

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Saturday Science: Sea Monkey FAQ

Last week I wrote a little post about our experiences with Sea Monkeys. I figured they were such a popular science kit that I didn’t need to go into too much depth about them. What I did not expect was the mass of questions from my readers who had never heard of Sea Monkeys or who had no first hand experience with them and wanted know more. So many of you reached out via Facebook, email, and even blog comments that I’ve decided to postpone the post I had planned to address your questions today.

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Free Printable Animal Report Forms

Saturday Science: Sea Monkeys

Learning about life cycles is something that is generally covered from pre-K on through 3rd or 4th grade. This is because different animals have different life cycles as well as because the basic idea of life cycles is so crucial to everything else in natural science and biology.
There are many ways to explore the life cycles, from ordering some live caterpillars and releasing them as butterflies to ordering some live tadpoles and releasing them as frogs to getting yourself an incubator and hatching some chicken or duck eggs. One of the easiest most simple and fun ways to explore life cycles is to grow your own sea monkeys.
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Creating an Outdoor Learning Space for Free or Frugal

Free Printable Avengers Color-by-Number 100s Chart Pictures

Raising Children in a Poly Family

Polyamory is the idea that a person can love more than one person at the same time. Not to be confused with cheating and adultery, which involves lies and deception, poly relationships are founded on the idea that their lovers shouldn’t have to be hidden from one another. Many times a poly person’s romantic partners will be friends with one another or even have a romantic relationship of their own. While poly people are open to their significant others, many are closeted to the rest of society. There are many reasons for this secretiveness, one of the most common being their children.
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