Homeschool Astronomy I never had the opportunity to take astronomy classes in school and I don't think I ever contemplated it much. Then I became a mom to two boys who love everything about space and rockets and one of whom is enamored with history and navigation, which was done through the study of what? Astronomy. Disclosure: I received the … [Read more...]
STEAM: Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math
What is STEAM?
STEAM is STEM with Art added in. I come from a creative background and so does my husband. We feel that art is the thread that pulls all the other hard sciences together.
Science - We love learning about many branches of science. We include nature study, tinkering, electricity studies, astronomy, and whatever else catches our fancy.
Technology - In this digital age we are learning about electronics, coding, and technology time management during our elementary studies.
Engineering - Building, creating, learning how electrical systems work, and project based exploration for young scholars.
Art - Art is mathematical and mathematics are lovely in their intricacies. We celebrate our creativity with many art studies that tie into our science, technology, engineering, and math studies, too.
Math - We enjoy learning math through manipulatives and living books currently. This part of our studies is always evolving because both boys love math, and well, I don't.
Art lessons can be expensive or hard to fit into your busy homeschool schedule. Most kids love doing art projects and they are a fantastic way to round out academics so the question is how to fit them in successfully. What if there was a way to have simple and short art lessons right from home? Disclosure: We received a Sparketh membership for … [Read more...]
Astronomy is a fantastic science for young learners. Almost every child is enamored with space, exploration, the moon, shooting stars, and the glamorous dreams of being an astronaut.The Bible tells us that God knows every star by name (Psalm 147:4). One of my favorite videos is this one, a song made by combining the sounds of stars and whales. … [Read more...]
You know what always goes over well here? Anything having to do with superheroes and anything that involves electricity. When you combine the two it's like magic!Quick FAQ: What's the deal with STEM and STEAM?Many schools focus on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math. There is a movement to include Art, making the acronym STEAM. … [Read more...]
We love science! And while we use textbooks as our science "spine", we love using living books to supplement and learn and explore new ideas. Living books are especially appealing to gifted and twice exceptional learners. Mr. T is extremely adept at science and loves inventing, engineering, and learning about whatever subject is currently of … [Read more...]
STEM is a big part of our homeschool. The science part I love, I can handle the technology, but you lose me on engineering and math. The boys, on the other hand, love it all! Finding STEM activities they can do together is a big plus.I was excited to be offered the opportunity review the Focus Lessons in Paper Engineering from Pitsco … [Read more...]
Gifts to Delight Electricity Loving Kids Mr. T loves electricity. And we've met many other children who share his passion for science and things that (might) buzz with energy. Since I had to do a lot of research to find a big selection of gift ideas for him for us and for family, I decided to compile it all right here for you in case you have a … [Read more...]
The arts are an incredibly important part of cultivating a love of beauty in your children. Encouraging and inspiring creative gifts is a wonderful part of homeschooling. Giving children gifts that help to inspire that creativity is a perfect way to make the holidays fun and delightful.Rather than leave you to a Google yourself to death, … [Read more...]
Art with Kids Messy is good. Especially when your children are young, but if you ask my mom some of them never out grow it. Ahem.Art in the younger years is all about the process. And the process should be fun! For our first Mixing with the Masters project, the boys wanted to do Van Gogh's Starry Night. It was a seriously complicated project … [Read more...]
There is just something magical about Maple Sugaring stories and paintings. I've dreamt of visiting Vermont since I received the most wonderful coloring book from there after my Uncle and Aunt honeymooned there decades ago. I still have that book with it's thick lined drawings of snow and sleighs, and monstrous maple trees with buckets and laughing … [Read more...]