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Simplify Your Homeschool with Science Kits

Wish you could do more science experiments with your homeschool kids? Science kits may be the answer!
Wish you could do more science experiments with your homeschool kids? Homeschool science experiments are fun, but sometimes the very idea of planning, gathering supplies, and working out the kinks in the plan, can be overwhelming to homeschool moms.
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Homeschool science experiments are fun, but sometimes the very idea of planning, gathering supplies, and working out the kinks in the plan, can be overwhelming to moms.

One tool that can make your life easier: science kits for kidsWith all the supplies, and simple directions, science experiments can be fun!

Your Child Could Be America's Next Top Young Scientist!

Could your child be America's next top young scientist? The opportunity is certainly available, thanks to Discovery Education and 3M. Read more to learn about this annual challenge.


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As homeschool parents, we are free to let our children explore their true passions and interests and I know a lot of you have science-y kids. I see the many STEM posts on your blogs and Pinterest. Some of you are definitely raising future scientists!

If your child is one of those science-minded kids, you might be interested in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge.

Discovery Education has partnered with 3M to foster the next generation of passionate innovators who are inspired to improve the world with science. Together, they developed the Young Scientist Lab, an interactive portal filled with engaging activities and teaching tools, anchored by the award-winning annual Young Scientist Challenge.


Children Improving the World with Science

11-year-old Gitanjali Rao honored as America's Top Young Scientist


Last year, Gitanjali Rao, an 11-year-old girl, was honored as "America's Top Young Scientist" for inventing a quick, low-cost test to detect lead-contaminated water. She won $25,000 for her world-improving invention.

Gitanjali hopes to reduce the time of lead detection in water by using a mobile app, to connect over Bluetooth to get status of water, almost immediately.

Is Your Child the Next Top Young Scientist?

Could your child be America's next top young scientist? The opportunity is certainly available, thanks to Discovery Education and 3M. Read more to learn about this annual challenge.



If you're raising a future scientist who is also interested in improving the world, you'll be happy to know Discovery Education's 2018 Young Scientist Challenge is now open for entries!

Entries are open to students in grades 5 – 8. The judges will select the best students, and award them with a trip to the final competition event during October 2018. Grand prize: $25,000.

Learn more about the challenge.


YOUR TURN: Are you raising a science-minded child? Will you be entering the #YoungScientist contest? Leave your comments below.




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25 Nature Study Activities for Winter

Nature studies are fun on their own, but did you know you can combine them with arts and crafts? Here's a list of 25 nature studies that do just that!
25 Nature Study Activities for Winter

Nature and art go hand-in-hand. 

Using arts and crafts to compliment your nature studies not only helps the children to retain information, but also creates a delightful memories. Believe it or not, there are quite a few ideas for combining the two, besides sketching.


I've scoured the internet looking for resources, and this is the list I've come up with for winter nature study activities.

10 Must-Have Nature Study Supplies

If you're setting outdoors for a nature study, you'll need a few basics. These must-have nature study supplies will get you off on the right foot! 10 Must-Have Nature Study Supplies


Nature studies are one of my favorite things to do with my kids. I have a profound respect for nature, and very few things make me happier than to share the wonders of it with my children.


I don't set out to make every single outdoor experience a formal lesson, of course. Sometimes we hike just to hike, right? Even so, every hike shows us something we've never seen before. And maybe - just maybe - we end up researching more about the things we saw.


Education. This is how it naturally happens.


From nature walks to studying nature while you're on vacation, there are so many creative ideas for nature studies, but you need to be equipped for it. That's why I've created this list of must-have nature study supplies.


Winter Nature Studies Made Easy

Whether you're new to nature studies, or an old pro, this nature study curriculum is simply the best!

Winter Nature Studies Made Easy

Deciding it's important to conduct nature studies in the winter is one thing. Knowing how to do it is an entirely different thing.

If you're new to nature studies, or have run out of ideas - or maybe you just need an out-of-the-box feel to your nature studies, this is your day!


For years, I've used a curriculum that helped me truly get a grasp on the entire concept of nature studies in our homeschool. Better yet, I continued to use them even after I understood. It's a real time-saver when someone else has done all the work for you. (As a single mom, I need to save as much time as possible!)

5 Books Every Naturalist Should Own

For anyone setting out to study nature, these 5 books are must-haves!

5 books every naturalist should own

Being equipped with helpful resources is key to successful nature studies, no matter the season. Because most of us aren't in the habit of viewing winter as a prime season for outdoor time, having these resources proves to be even more helpful.

If you're going to successfully grow a naturalist, I recommend you get these books onto your bookshelf.

10 Simple Winter Nature Study Ideas

This list of 10 winter nature study ideas is simple, yet provides a rewarding experience for your homeschool family. 

10 simple winter nature study ideas

Nature studies can be as simple or complex as you want them to be.

If you're new to nature studies, you may feel more comfortable starting with simple activities. But even veteran nature study families can appreciate a calm, quiet nature walk.


Below you'll find a few simple things you do to develop an appreciation for nature.

5 Wintertime Nature Study Ideas for Your Homeschool


5 Wintertime Nature Study Ideas for Your Homeschool

Although outdoors time isn't always our first thought for wintertime, children still need to be out of doors

Like all other seasons, winter offers it's own unique variety of learning opportunities. In fact, theere are plenty of good reasons for having winter nature studies. 
I recommend reading Charlotte Mason's writings about winter walks to gain a better understanding of why children should be outdoors in winter.

But what to do in winter? Glad you asked! I've put together a 5-post series full of ideas for wintertime nature studies. Give them a look. I'm sure you'll find some fun activities to do with your children!

Paradigm Accelerated: A High School Anatomy and Physiology Curriculum

Homeschooled high school students can earn their science credits with this easy to use, yet challenging biology course.

{Disclosure: I received this product free of charge. I was also compensated for the time I took to write this review. All opinions are my own; I was not required to make positive statements.}


Our homeschool is in an interesting place right now. While Lorelai has just begun middle school, Alexis is working her way toward graduation and college. She's currently an 11th grade student. I can hardly believe she's almost finished!


In the high school years, especially in the junior and senior years, our focus is to provide challenging lessons and projects that will prepare the student for life beyond homeschool. In this case, the focus is to lead her into college.

I also need products and curricula that encourage independent learning. We were a bit slower in moving her toward independent learning due to her profound dyslexia. But she needs to navigate that herself at some point, so here we are.


One product we've decided to try is a science course from Paradigm Accelerated Curriculum.

This year, Alexis is taking anatomy and physiology. While I don't think Alexis will pursue a career which necessitates knowledge of biology, I believe all kids should take the course. 


Every human should understand how the human body works.



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