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NASA Image of the Day

Do you have any space enthusiasts in your house? With amazing pictures and interesting headlines, NASA Image of the Day is just the resource to inspire your want-to-be astronaut or astronomer. There are pictures of current discoveries as well as pictures from past space programs. Here is just a sampling of what is shown on the website.

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The image below shows you the information that accompanies each daily photograph.

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 Reach for the stars!  ~Lisa~ 

Easy Science Experiments

Growing up, I thought science was boring. We just read from a textbook and never did experiments. That doesn’t have to be the way for your children. I have a couple of videos that show some amazing things you can do with just a few simple things that you have around the house. Some things may have to wait until you get to the store at a later date.  Your daughter/son can help you gather the things needed for the experiments. They can also write a lab report. (See below)

 

Here are 10 experiments that tell you what you need and the explanation behind what you are seeing happen.

 

Include these elements for your Science Lab: Materials; Questions to Ask; Steps in Experient; Observations: Record Results:  Draw a Conclusion.

You can also go here to get a Free Science Process Pack 

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

 

 

MLK Day Activities

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I am so glad we, as a nation, honor Martin Luther King, Jr. He is a man that I admire because he had convictions of fairness, equality, and loving others that he didn’t give up on even though he was imprisoned, persecuted, and eventually tragically killed for them.

Are you interested in having your son/daughter do a lapbook? Here is a free lapbook with notebooking pages too. Homeschool Helper Online

Here are quite a few FREE worksheets and activities for all grades that focus on Martin Luther King, Jr.   Teachers Pay Teachers

Brain Pop video about Martin Luther King

Another video with quotes from Martin Luther King:  Martin’s Big Words

Here is the I Have a Dream speech with subtitles.

Have a great week! ~ Lisa ~

Snow Days When Homeschooling

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It’s hard to say you can’t get the kids to school due to bad weather if you homeschool. But, you can still have fun in the snow and make it educational too!

Math- Have everyone make an estimated guess as to how much snow you received. Go out and measure the snow. Give a sticker to the persona who came the closest to their estimation.

Science- A short animated video about snow and snowflakes will not only provide good information but also some great discussion. Did you know the largest snowflake ever recorded was oner 12 inches long? Dr. Binocs

Art- Make snowflakes to decorate the house. I have to tell you that I looked online for simple snowflake designs and my idea of “simple” and others is completely different. I just snip some designs out of the paper and hope for the best. I actually decided to try to make a snowflake to show you, but it only looked like a half of one, so make sure you experiment before having your daughter or son do it, otherwise you will have some mighty disappointed kiddos!

Physical Education– Of course, you and your child should go out in the snow. You can shovel the driveway, pack snowballs, make a snowman (if you get enough snow), make snow angels, or take a walk and observe how the plants look different when snow-covered.

Health- Discuss what you need to wear outside in cold weather. Talk about frostnip and frostbite and the signs so they are not caught unaware.  It’s hard to want to come in from the cold when the little ones are having fun, but it is important to do so to avoid having something serious happen to their skin. Mayo Clinic 

Make Snow Ice Cream     

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup milk (any kind)
  • 1/3 cup granulated sugar
  • 1 teaspoon vanilla extract, store-bought or homemade
  • 1 pinch salt
  • 8 cups clean snow or shaved ice (more or less depending on the density of the snow)
  • optional (but strongly suggested) topping: sprinkles!

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a large bowl, whisk milk, sugar, vanilla and salt together until combined. Go scoop up some fresh (clean!) snow, and immediately stir it into the milk mixture until you reach your desired consistency.  (The ice cream should be fluffy, not runny.  But it melts quickly, so dive in quickly.)
  2. Top with sprinkles or other ice cream toppings if desired, and enjoy!
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Read books about winter and snow.

Have fun this winter.   ~ Lisa ~

Technology Resources for Kids

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I think children, for the most part, love technology. Why not apply this interest and school for an awesome class for your student?

Bitsboxes This company sends monthly coding projects for your child to do and is geared toward children 6 -12 years old. You have the option of kits coming directly to your house or you can download the projects yourself. Here is a sampling of what they have to offer:

Month 1 – Animal House
The lesson: Coordinates, basic commands

Month 2 – Roboboogie
The lesson: Variables, motion, action

Month 3 – A Land Far Away
The lesson: If/else, tap, drag

Month 4 – Sky’s the Limit
The lesson: Functions, repeat, delay, tap

SKrafty has an Intro to Java and a Java Script class for 6-12 grade. Your student will be able to create games that can be played on any computer.

Khan Academy offers free computer programming classes. I am giving you a link to browse through what they offer.

SCRATCH Developed by MIT students, this free computer coding community offers students the ability to build games and work with animation. There are also lesson plans for you to use and another great thing is that it is FREE!

Code is a free computer science website that many schools use to teach programming. There is a section for students and one for teachers. Their belief is that “Every student in every school should have the opportunity to learn computer science.” They offer full-length classes as well as one-hour ones.

Homeschool with MineCraft– Students can either choose from self-paced classes or live classes that are focused around subjects such as American history, American presidents, and inventors. There are also classes that use books for their building projects such as Story of the World . There is a building project as well as additional video links your student can watch to learn more about the topic. Classes include Story of the World,  the I Survived series, and American Girl Dolls history. There are classes for elementary students through high school.

Have a great week!  ~ Lisa ~