Category Archives: Math

STEM Saturday: STEM from Cardboard

The holiday season has come to a close, the gifts have been given, and you probably have a lot of packaging materials sitting in your recycling bin at the moment.

But before you toss those cardboard boxes to the curb, stop!

Collaborate and listen!

Cardboard is an excellent material for hands-on STEM projects! (more…)

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

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.

On Beyond Zombie Linky Party  (more…)

Counting Tree, a craft for practicing numbers 1-100

I recently purchased my first paper punches and I’ve been going a little punch-crazy around here ever since. For this craft I used a leaf-shaped paper punch, blank index cards, green crayons, a Sharpie marker, a glass bottle from the recycling bin, a small branch from outside, and some glue.
Counting Tree, Suzy Homeschooler (2) (more…)

Using Balls for Gross Motor Summer Learning

With summer just around the corner, parents of both homeschooled and public schooled children alike are looking for ways to get their children active outside and to keep what their children have learned this previous year fresh in their minds.

Summer slide, or the forgetting of learned information over school holidays, is a very real problem across the board for anyone who doesn’t do year-round schooling. And even those who do year-round schooling still want to get out more when the weather is warm, have lessons outside.

The solution to both of these conundrums is the humble and beloved bouncy ball.
Using Balls for Gross Motor Summer Learning, Suzy Homeschooler (more…)

PacMan, Mario Bros, Donkey Kong, etc..

Everyone has a favorite vintage video game. The games we grew up on hold a special place in our hearts, whether the first game you played was Pong or Final Fantasy. Personally I grew up watching my brother play Super Mario. My parents were a bit strict so I didn’t start playing game until highschool, at which point I loved the classics like PacMan and Tetris.
Free Printable Color-by-Number Mario Themed 100s Charts from Suzy Homeschooler
The graphics might have left something to be desired but (more…)

6 Ways to Use a $1 Foam Puzzle

I know I’ve said it before but I’m going to say it again, Dollar Tree is a homeschooler’s friend. Our latest Dollar Tree find was a foam puzzle with the letters A -Z and numbers 0-9. It has been pretty easy to adapt this puzzle to practice fine motor, literacy, math, and even life skills. Here are 5 ways we’ve enjoyed using our $1 find:

 

Learning your phone number. The age in which children should learn this varies. Some 4 year olds can grasp the concept of a phone number, some 6 year olds still struggle with it. Whenever your child seems ready, you should teach them their number (or in our case, mom and dad’s cell phone numbers). Knowing their phone number is especially useful if they ever become lost or separated from you. (more…)