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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Learning with a Leaf Pile

Part of the fun of homeschooling is that learning can take place anytime, anywhere. Today learning took place in an autumn leaf pile.
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Saturday Science: Child-Guided Research

As a proud geek, I am embarrassed to admit that science was my worst subject in school. And yet, I’m learning that it is one of the easiest to teach my son. This is not because I’ve suddenly come to understand it better (my grasp of the subject has only slightly improved over the years), nor is it because I’ve purchased some amazing curriculum (I have purchased no curriculum).

Science is my son’s best subject because I have learned how to support his natural curiosity. It is as simple as that.
Saturday Science, Child-Guided Research
Most all children have the minds of scientists. (more…)

Tips for Successful Homeschool Field Trips

I have traveled quite a bit with my children, even before I started homeschooling. Enough that, while I still wouldn’t consider myself an expert, I’ve certainly picked up a few tricks along the way. Beyond that, I’m a self proclaimed “get-up-and-go” type homeschool parent. I want to join groups and attend events. I want my children to have a rich childhood, full of adventure and hands-on learning. To learn from life itself.
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On Beyond Zombie Linky Party #2

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

The ugly truth is that CPS was involved with my family when I was a child. (more…)