Simple Steps to Introduce Science at Home


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Teaching science at home: Simple ideas for parents to introduce science to their children.

There are a lot of inexpensive tools and mess-free ideas parents can use at home to teach kids about science. Using everyday household and recyclable products is one way to keep the cost of home projects low.

 

A child can learn how to use binoculars by looking through two toilet tissue rolls strung together. Kids can also put different colored saran wrap on the front of the “binoculars” to explore how different materials filter light.

 

Test out chemical reactions with children by mixing baking powder and vinegar for a small explosion, or combining corn starch and water to make slime. Mixing food coloring colors and playing with the texture of paint is also a good way for children to explore.

 

Even bath time can easily turn into some active and engaging science time. Discuss the basic properties of water with kids. What happens to the water level when we fill a tub and then get in? What happens to the water if we freeze or heat it? These are all questions that can be explored when children take their evening bath.

 

Going outside allows children to experience the natural world of animals and plants. Your local parks are loaded with earth and environmental science resources. Pack your magnifying glass so your children can catch insects and observe — up close — how they function.

 

Your kitchen is another great place to introduce science. Baking soda and vinegar aren’t the only ingredients that can teach kids about science. Cooking, in general, is a great math and science lesson. You can investigate things like:  What does it take for bread to rise? What happens to flavors and textures when you mix in different ingredients? What does heat do to food?

 

Want to teach physics?  Building towers out of blocks, Legos or other materials introduces kids to the basics of physics. How high can we go before a tower topples? How wide can we go  and does our tower need support? Trial and error in basic play is a great way to weave in science.

 

Take a field trip. to a playground or your local library. Playgrounds can bring out science naturally while the library  is a great way to immerse kids in science topics that are harder to examine in everyday life, like space.

 

Parents should encourage curiosity and asking questions, which is what science is. Have your children  come up with their own hypothesis; this will inspire them to be curious about the everyday things.

I hope these few easy steps inspire you to experiment with science at home!

Make sure to check out more of this weeks Geeky Educational Link Ups below:

 

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My esteemed co-hosts

Meagan from More Than A Coupon Queen

Dawnita from Fogelman Forerunner

Jess from Benoit Academy

Jodi from NY Homeschool

Adelien from Blessed Learners

Marie-Claire from Quick Start Homeschool

Surprise Ride Box Giveaway


When Jess from Benoit Academy  asked me to share her super cool giveaway I was happy to do so; the box below is perfect for the Third Grade Native American Block. Good Luck to you ALL!!

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I was sent a free Star box for review purposes recently & we loved it. I’m not sure exactly what box the winner will receive since each month is a new surprise! You can see our unboxing video:

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5 on the Fifth October 2014


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This is my very first installment of posts for 5 on the Fifth.  I subscribe to each one of this amazing blogs; I can’t wait to read what they have posted and see how I might apply it to my own life. I hope you enjoy these posts as much as I did. Please share some of your favorites below.

Here are my Top 5 posts from September 2014:

1. I love Fall!! This when I start to bake and LuSa Organics gluten free, refined sugar Apples Crisp is a must try!

 

2. Already gave this post and e-Course on  Wednesday but can’t stress enough was a game changer Brene’ Brown has been for me.

 

3. Can you work and Homeschool? I ask myself this question pretty often; Kara shares some wonderful tips here.

 

4. 3 Little Things post on Gidget Goes Home inspired me to share 3 Little Things with our kiddos.

 

5. Stressed? Homemade Mommy shared a good enough to eat stress melting sugar scrub here.

You can find more great post by clicking here

 

 

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Have a super week my friends 

Friday’s Food for Thought


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I leaped way out of my comfort zone this week when I signed up for Brene’ Brown’s The Gifts of Imperfection Art Journaling eCourse.  I already read the book a few months ago but can not wait to dive deep into the work with Brene’ Brown herself.  If you’re looking for an eCourse that will stretch you and allow you to forgive yourself; I suggest you sign up for this one.  I have also been listening to Brene’ Brown’s audio book “Men, Women & Worthiness” and all I can say right now is WOW! I  have been blown away by her words about shame and guilt; talk about AHA Moment or should I say AHA Moments!!

 

I hope you join me on this AMAZING journey

 

 

Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes Review & Giveaway


For those of you that know me I am not a huge make-up gal but I do wear mascara. When I decided to participate in product review of a fellow blogger which required me to review a new mascara I was a little nervous. Could I give the product fair review? Would I even be able to put it on correctly?  To my surprise YES and it was so much fun!  I never thought my eye could pop like they did or that my lashes could look so full.

 

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My Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes arrived in this super chic case and with very simple application instructions.  If I can offer you one bit of advice make sure you use a quality traditional mascara for the best results. I tried to take before and after pics but I failed miserable. I found this great image on Winona’s site that shows perfectly the impact Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes can have on anyone’s eyelashes.

 

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Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes  are perfect for lengthening and thickening your lashes; it certainly does what it claims and more!  Younique Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes can give you the super long/thick lashes that you have always wanted in just a few simple steps.

 

For those of you who have not yet tried  Younique’s Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes mascara, but want too – here is your chance! One lucky winner will be announced Octobe 18, 2014 for a FREE case of mascara! Is this great or what?

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To learn more about Winona and Moodstruck 3D Fiber Lashes click here

Blogiversary GIVEAWAY


Welcome to our One Year Blogiversary Giveaway Celebration!

Join us and enter to win one of the 6 prizes, totaling over $325

I was so excited when Erlene from My Pinterventures asked me to co-host this event and to sponsor one of the six incredible giveaways! 

Congratulations Ladies on your One Year Blogiversary♥

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Intelligent Domestications, My Pinterventures, 2 Crochet Hooks, and Meatloaf and Melodrama

The four of us are turning one this month and we’ve come together to celebrate our one year blogiversary! Of course, we wouldn’t have made it this far if it weren’t for all of your support. To help us celebrate this milestone, a few of our blogging buddies have joined with us to co-host this party and make this blogiversary celebration and giveaway possible.

Special thanks to our wonderful co-hosts:

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Co-hosts:

Alli @An Alli Event

MJ @Daisy & June

Andrea @Waldorf Salad & Cottage Fries

Becky and Glenna @My Paper Craze

Jessica @Army Wife to Suburban Life

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Angelique @God’s Growing Garden

Heather @Here We Go Again…Ready?

Kristen @The Road to Domestication

Laura @Michigan Saving and More

Trish @The Decoratoraholic


Time sure flies when you’re having fun and we can’t believe it’s already been a year since we started blogging! Whoo hoo! To thank everyone that has helped support our blogs, we’d like to help kick off your fall season with the opportunity to win some fabulous prizes. You’ll have 6 chances to win!

One grand prize winner will receive $150 in cold hard cash – cha-ching! But wait, there’s still 5 more chances to win a prize. Thanks to our fabulous sponsors, one lucky winner will win a sponsor gift package. Plus, each blogiversary blog will be giving one gift prize to a lucky winner too. That’s six ways to win a prize and start your fall season off with a bang!

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Celebrating the Fall Equinox


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September 22nd marked the first day of fall.  Many countries around the world celebrate the fall equinox; let’s look at how this second harvest is being honored by a few of these countries below.

 

Defining the fall equinox:

During both the vernal and autumnal equinox, day and night are balanced to nearly 12 hours each all over the world.

Instead of a tilt away from or toward the sun, the Earth’s axis of rotation is perpendicular to the line connecting the centers of the Earth and the sun during an equinox.

From this point on, daylight in the Northern Hemisphere will gradually grow shorter until the winter solstice, which occurs on Dec. 21, 2013. The opposite occurs in the Southern Hemisphere, where daylight will now grow longer.

Fall is a time when weather conditions change rapidly across the country.

 

Asian Countries:

The Mid-Autumn Festival, sometimes known as the Mooncake Festival, is observed by Chinese communities around the world. In Singapore,the mooncakes served during the festival recall a 14th-century uprising against the Mongols, when word of the revolt was spread by concealing the message in cakes that were then smuggled out to compatriots. Today the cakes are often sold along with lanterns and are filled with eithera sweet bean paste or with melon and lotus seeds, and may be flavored with orange peels, egg yolks, or other spices. On the night of the Mid-Autumn Festival, children all over Singapore have parades so they can show off their lighted lanterns. There are also lantern-making contests,Chinese costume-making competitions, lion and dragon dances, and concerts. Read more about Mooncakes here

Many English Countries:

The Christian Church replaced earlier Pagan solstices and equinox celebrations during Medieval times, with Christian observances. Replacing the fall equinox is Michaelmas, the feast of the Archangel Michael, on SEP-29. “His feast was celebrated with a traditional well-fattened goose which had fed well on the stubble of the fields after the harvest. In many places, a there was also a tradition of special large loaves of bread made only for that day. By Michaelmas the harvest had to be completed and the new cycle of farming would begin. It was a time for beginning new leases, rendering accounts and paying the annual dues.” We enjoy celebrate Michaelmas each year by flying our kites at the park, baking a loaf of Dragon Bread and eating bowls of apples with honey!

 

Native Americans:

The autumn or fall season is the traditional harvest time for most Native American tribes, and autumn is associated with the corn goddess in many east coast tribes. Spiritually, autumn is considered a symbol of change in many North American tribes. The Pueblo Indians and some California tribes such as the Hupa hold special Autumn Dances as part of their tribal dance traditions, and the Hopi have traditionally considered autumn a favorable time of year for weddings.  The Iroquois people celebrate with a Corn Dance each fall. This is there way of giving thanks for the ripening of the grain — songs, dances and drumming were part of the celebration. Naturally, food played an important part as well, including corn bread and soup.

 

Germanic Countries:

The Germanic people worried about the fate of their grain harvest. If there was a large gusts of wind during the harvest season, it could mean Odin wanted a share of their crop. To keep Odin satisfied, a few spare sacks of flour would be emptied into the wind

 

How do you and your family celebrate the Fall Equinox? Share below:)

 

Happy Fall Everyone

 

Last weeks favorites:

The Homeschool Scientist Oxygen & Fire experiment

Fran’s World post on Owls

Suzy Homeschooler Sea Monkey FAQ

 

Won’t you join us next week at our link-up? Find out more below..

 

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My esteemed co-hosts

Meagan from More Than A Coupon Queen

Dawnita from Fogelman Forerunner

Jess from Benoit Academy

Jodi from NY Homeschool

Adelien from Blessed Learners

Marie-Claire from Quick Start Homeschool

 

 

 

 

Edible Geography One Plate at a Time


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Logan & Sophia love to cook; so when started studying World Geography it had to involve food. We found several books at our local library that were loaded with recipes from all over the world for instance The Kids Around the World Cookbook. We also found an excellent series of books Kids in the Kitchen that share recipes along with a brief history of the food in part of the world.

We decided to choose the continent of Asia for our edible geography trip.  China the largest country on Earth seemed to be a the perfect place to start.

Some Interesting Facts about China & their Food:

  • More rice and wheat are grown there than any other place in the world
  • Over 1 Billion people live in China (there only 319 million people who live in the US)
  • China is one of the oldest civilizations dating back almost 4,000 years.
  • Meals are not eaten courses like most other countries it is served all at once.
  • Instead of forks and knives, the Chinese people use chopsticks.
  • The Wok is one of the most important utensils in Chinese cooking.

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The Chinese people love their food and it is the center of, or at least it accompanies or symbolizes, many social interactions.   In Mid-September, Chinese people all over the world celebrate the full moon and the coming of autumn. During this celebration the children of China are told the story of the moon fairy living in a crystal palace, who comes out to dance on the moon’s shadowed surface. The legend surrounding the “lady living in the moon” dates back to ancient times, to a day when ten suns appeared at once in the sky. The Emperor ordered a famous archer to shoot down the nine extra suns. Once the task was accomplished, Goddess of Western Heaven rewarded the archer with a pill that would make him immortal. However, his wife found the pill, took it, and was banished to the moon as a result. Legend says that her beauty is greatest on the day of the Moon festival.

A necessary treat at the  Moon Festival is a sweet pastry called a mooncake. Mooncakes are small pastries filled with a sweet paste filling – red bean or lotus seed. Now, as consumer’s taste buds changed there has been several new variations of the mooncake. .There is pandan (screw pine leaf) filling, coconut filling, meat fillings, nut and fruits filling, yam and even durian filling. For those who prefer cold treats, there are also ice-cream mooncakes!

Traditionally, the most popular form of mooncakes consumed is the ones stuffed with egg yolks. The yolks in the mooncake represent the full moon during the celebration. Although some people would heartily consume mooncakes filled with four egg yolks, many health conscious consumers rather opt for the less-sweet types of mooncakes. Traditionally, the most popular form of mooncakes consumed is the ones stuffed with egg yolks. The yolks in the mooncake represent the full moon during the celebration. Although some people would heartily consume mooncakes filled with four egg yolks, many health conscious consumers rather opt for the less-sweet types of mooncakes.

I want to give our readers full disclosure; we prepared several types mooncakes and even though they tasted wonderful they did not look very appetizing. We plan to try again real soon!

Below you will find some of our favorite Mooncake recipes:

Awayofmind Bakery House (found these to be very doable)

House of Annie

Anncoo Journal

Fine Dining Lovers

 

Checkout where my co-hosts traveled this month:

Kersandra from Our Adventure Story

Christa from Little Log Cottage School

Christina from Classroom to Homeroom

Jennifer from Faith & Good Works