Teaching Ohio History

It may seem like a no-brainer since you live in Ohio, but what exactly do you teach when it comes to Ohio history? No specific guidelines are given, so you can choose to cover it however you wish. Here are some things to get the ideas flowing for you to teach about our great state.

Early History- What native groups of people were here? Choose one or more tribes to learn more about them.

Pioneers- When was Ohio opened for pioneers? Who were some of the first people to settle here?

Statehood- When did it become a state? Where was the first state capital? Where is it now? Why was it relocated?

Presidents- There are seven that were born in Ohio, how about learning about them?

Inventions/ Inventors- Did you know that the Wright brothers were born in Ohio? Carillon Park in Dayton has a great display of inventions and their history for you to see.

Underground Railroad- There are many places throughout Ohio that slaves traveled to get to free states and Canada. What about doing some research to learn more about it?

Make it Hands-On History is all around us. Visit statues, museums, historical markers, your library, an older neighbor or a relative. Any or all of these are great places to begin to learn about the history near you. Find out if there are any programs that talk about the history of your town or the area. Summer is a great time to explore and visit various parts of Ohio. Are you familiar with our Ohio Historical Society? It has places to visit, archives to search, and even homeschool programs.

Geography- Have you ever looked at a map of Ohio with your student? Can they locate the major cities or rivers of our great state? You can use google maps to have a more interactive experience if you like. Personally, I enjoy a paper map and getting a better idea of how far a place is from our home.

Explore the great outdoors- Ohio has such a diverse landscape that includes lakes, rivers, farmland, caves, gorges, and forests, bike trails, etc. Instead of planning a long road trip, how about exploring a different part of the state? You’ll not only have fun, but will be able to count it for school. (yay!)

Read books about Ohio– The photo collage that is seen above is one I created (using Pic-Collage) with some books that might be interesting to your student(s).

Videos- You can find all sorts of documentaries about the history of Ohio if you do an internet search. You could have your older student take notes, make a slide show or PowerPoint presentation about what they have learned.

Create a Lapbook- These are a great way of getting your student to write snippets of information without taxing them too much. You can take as much time as you wish making the lapbook.

Is there anything you have done with Ohio history that you think others would enjoy? Please leave a comment.

Have a great week! ~Lisa~

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     



  • 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!


  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!

Read books about winter and snow.

Have fun this winter.   ~ Lisa ~