Posts Tagged ‘homeschool’

Maple Syrup Virtual Field Trip

February 18th, 2022

LM Sugarbush, LLC: Leane & Michael’s Sugarbush

(www.lmsugarbush.com/ordersyrup.html)

All grades, with parental supervision

Real maple syrup is a delight for the senses – and learning about how it is made is fun for the entire family!

At this website you can take a virtual tour of a homeschool family’s maple syrup farm. Through interesting text and photographs you can learn about the entire maple syrup process from tree to breakfast table.

But that’s not all! This homeschool family recognizes the learning value of the maple syrup process and has designed an entire Unit Study to accompany their virtual tour! It is available absolutely FREE at their website. Just click on “Unit Study” on the menu, then click on the tabs that open in the left-hand menu. There are 10 weeks of lesson plans that include:

  • Indian Syrup Making
  • Pioneer Syrup Making
  • Modern Syrup Making
  • All About Maple Trees
  • Tapping Maple Trees
  • Gathering Maple Sap
  • Boiling Sap Into Syrup
  • Bottling Pure Maple Syrup
  • Selling Pure Maple Syrup
  • The Sugarbush Annual Maple Syrup Festival

But wait! There’s still more! The unit studies include craft ideas, and lots of links for such things as crafts, further research, and even recipes! (NOTE: Not all the links were working at the time of our review.)

After visiting this site, you might want to purchase a jug of Sugarbush Pure Maple Syrup! (It’s also a nice way to support the efforts of this homeschool family and thank them for the gift of these free learning materials.)

Personalized Math Worksheets

February 14th, 2022

LocalHS.com – Math

(localhs.com/free/math/)

Grades K-12, with parental supervision

This website, owned by homeschooling parents, offers a FREE worksheet generator. Best of all, this worksheet generator also provides instant answer sheets for the quizzes you generate – available with just a click of your mouse.

When you get to the site, scroll down to:

  • Free Subtraction Worksheets
  • Free Addition Worksheets

Local Homeschool worksheet generators allow you to choose the parameters to create worksheets, timed tests, and practice sets. This worksheet generator creates worksheets with large numbers – even negative numbers.

When you are done with the worksheet generators, check out “Learning Multiplication” on the left side bar to find some resources including multiplication games, worksheets, additional multiplication sites, and more!

Study Astronomy with Paper Plates

January 25th, 2022

Paper Plate Astronomy & Much More!

(analyzer.depaul.edu/paperplate/)

Grades Pre-K-12, with parental supervision

This is a novel approach to education — and so simple! Paper Plate Education is “an initiative to reduce complex notions to simple paper plate explanations.” That’s right, through the use of paper plates you can participate in a range of activities that introduce varying degrees of complex subjects in fun, interesting, hands-on, low-cost ways!

When you get to the site you will see a brief introduction and a menu of the latest projects contributed by educators. The Transit of Venus that took place in 2004 is featured and this site offers activities with paper plates to track Venus’ path across the sun, along with links to other resources you can access to learn about this event.

Once you scan the new items, look at the menu bar at the very top of your screen and click on “Activities.” A new screen opens with a menu of over 80 activities you can do with paper plates to learn a variety of subjects including:

  • addition & multiplication (including Flash Plates!)
  • make an alien platecraft
  • measure altitude of celestial objects
  • transpose musical notes
  • make cosmic hats
  • explore The Drinking Gourd
  • illustrate the outcome of a particle colliding with an anti-particle
  • explore circles
  • make a model to explain moon phases and then make a moon mask
  • make a music shaker
  • learn about orbits
  • P.E. with paper plates
  • make a portable sundial
  • and much, much more — including some activities that are done with other objects like potatoes and rice cereal treats!

When you have exhausted the activities go back to the Home page, and scroll down to “Background.” Click on it to check out the history of paper plate education — and learn about how scientists and others have used paper plates for centuries to demonstrate theories and complex principles.

This is really a great resource for homeschool families — bookmark it so you can return often!

Learning Math with Hieroglyphs!

December 13th, 2021

Let’s Play Math: Math with Egyptian Hieroglyphs!

(denisegaskins.com/2007/07/28/egyptian-math-in-hieroglyphs/)

Grades 2 & up, with parental supervision

This terrific blog (by a homeschool mom) offers a series of free math challenges using hieroglyphs.

Designed for younger students (about 8-14), you’ll find several links to resources that include

  • Hieroglyphic Addition & Subtraction -This downloadable and printable pdf offers a few fun math problems in hieroglyphs for kids.
  • Ten Hieroglyphs Lessons – Learn more about hieroglyphs with ten free lessons including a lesson on “Numbers and Dates.”

From the main page, you can click on links to these other fun math activities too –

  • The Secret of the Pharaoh’s Treasure
  • The Mysterious Temporal Freeze
  • The Secret of Egyptian Fractions
  • The Puzzling Pythagorean Pebbles

Want more? Explore this website…

Eyelid Productions: Ancient Egyptian Number Hieroglyphs

This commercial and ad-supported website is a treasure trove of Ancient Egyptian history that contains a small section devoted to number hieroglyphs complete with a few math problems you can solve using hieroglyphs. It’s geared for ages 10-16, and offers a fun way to learn a little math and history. Be sure to explore the rest of this site that includes information on pyramids, temples, kings and queens, mummification, etc.

Have fun!

Explore the History and Holiday of Thanksgiving

November 18th, 2021

Fran’s World: Thanksgiving Social Studies Activities!

(franw.com/category/holidays/thanksgiving/)

Grades: All, with parental supervision 

Learning takes on a life of it’s own at this website created by veteran homeschool mom Fran Wisniewski who provides terrific Thanksgiving-themed activities that explore the history of the holiday and the symbols associated with it.

Get ready to have some fun!

When you get to the site you will land on the Thanksgiving category page. You can simply scroll down the page to read the entries or use the menu on the left side of the page that includes:

  • Wild Turkeys – Trace your hands and feet to create a turkey masterpiece.
  • The Three Sisters – Find out why Native Americans referred to corn, beans, and squash as the “Three Sisters” and do an art activity that combines all three!
  • Squash Pumpkins – Bake a pumpkin pie right in the pumpkin shell!
  • Beans – Make Bean Soup and grow a bean plant.
  • Corn – Make traditional cornbread.

Not only does Fran provide the complete instructions for how to do the activities at home, but she provides pictures of her family’s efforts that clearly illustrate the results you can expect. Plus you’ll find links to more web-based resources to further your learning experience.

Fran wrote “The Three Sisters: A Native American Curriculum for Thanksgiving” that is featured for free on UniversalPreschool.com. It is chock-full of innovative ways to learn math, science, history, and art – all themed around Thanksgiving! The whole family will enjoy these educational activities.

Fran wrote, “In my world education is interesting, the choices are endless and everyone learns at their own pace, in a way that works for them.” Her website is a testament to her point of view. Don’t miss it!

Compete in the National History Bee!

October 28th, 2021

National History Bee – Free Resources!

(nationalhistorybee.com/)

Grade: Elementary and middle school levels, with parental supervision.

Have you heard of the National History Bee? It’s a nationwide competition that allows students to demonstrate their knowledge of history.

The competition takes place every year. The website provides detailed information and registration. Plus, you can access free history resources that include links to educational websites and history quizzes from past years here:

https://www.historybowl.com/resources/study-guides-resources/

Homeschoolers are welcome to participate in the National History Bee, and the homeschool information section of the website can be found here:

https://nationalhistorybee.com/about/info-for-homeschoolers/

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