Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas Volume 2

The ladies of the iHomeschool Network are back with their second volume of The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas. Written by homeschooling moms for homeschooling moms this new volume is packed with many ideas, tips, and suggestions to enlighten and encourage moms who are thinking about homeschooling or just have questions or concerns about homeschooling. This volume would be especially useful for homeschooling parents who are preparing to enter the middle school and high school years of their homeschooling journey.

Chapters in the book are:
  • General homeschooling advice
  • Teens and Beyond
  • Ideas for Language Arts and Reading
  • Suggestions to bring STEM learning into your home
  • Unique Needs 
  • Unique Homeschooling situations
  • Character education

Specific areas of advice include:

  • Planning high school courses and activities
  • Determining high school credit
  • Ideas for creating a transcript
  • Looking at opportunities to earn college credit in high school
  • Having fun while learning
  • How to's for STEM learning opportunities
  • How curriculum can be adapted to fit your child
  • Advice for dealing with family who are against homeschooling
  • Volunteering ideas
  • and so much more

The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas volume 2 is packed with 57 chapters of ideas and advice from other homeschooling parents who have been there, done that. It is a mentor at your fingertips.

The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas is available from iHomeschool Network for only $3.99 and Amazon in both Kindle ($3.99) and Print ($16,99) formats.

My Thoughts

The whole volume is great, but I think the best part of it is all the advice and ideas for middle school and high school. The internet has a lot of advice and great ideas for homeschooling elementary age children, but it is harder to find advice and ideas for homeschooling high school. The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas vol. 2 has so much for the high school level all in one place.

The book tends to be written from a secular position, but most of the curriculum suggestions given are not secular in nature. They are written from and promote a religious background. This is not noted in the text except for the case of one product. There are many more curriculum options than those written about in several articles, but I feel this is important for someone who is investigating homeschooling to know, especially if they want more secular curriculum.

Thursday, April 7, 2016

Chemistry for Toddlers ?!

Yes, you read that right. Toddlers can learn chemistry. Anyone who has been around a small child knows they pick up information at an amazing rate and retain so much of it. So why shouldn't they be exposed to Chemistry and other science topics? Now they can have their own science books just like their older brothers and sisters.

 I want to share with you a brand new science resource I stumbled across the other day. My First Science Textbook : Chemistry Storybooks for Kids. They combine facts, fun, and darling little characters to teach children of any age basic chemistry.  Book one is Protons and Nuetrons in which you will meet Pete the Proton. In book two, Electrons, Ellie the Electron comes on the scene and completing the trio is book three, The Atom.  The books also teach basic information about the jobs of protons, neutrons, and electrons and where they are found.

My First Science Textbooks were created by John Coveyou. He saw that his young daughter picked up and remembered so much from their reading together that he decided to create a series of  science books. He wanted something which would be interesting for both of them and capitalize on her curiosity. As a chemistry teacher he found many students struggled because they thought science was hard, so he wanted to give his daughter and other children the opportunity to learn basic chemistry in a fun and easy manner. He doesn't want children or youth to give up on chemistry or science because they think it is too hard.

I think these books look great and I really wish they had been around when my children were younger and beginning to explore science concepts like electrons and protons, atoms, and the periodic table. These Chemistry Storybooks for Kids are a gentle introduction to the world of chemistry and other sciences. There are not many chemistry books available for elementary age and even fewer for younger students so this collection of books should fill this gap. The My First Science Textbook:Chemistry Storybooks for Kids series could be read aloud to children of multiple ages; introducing the concepts to all and giving elementary students concrete examples on which to build further knowledge.

Not only are these a great introduction to chemistry, the concepts and vocabulary apply to other scientific disciplines as well. My youngest started out this year with a kids physics course this year and at least the first two chapters covered electrons, protons, neutrons, and their properties and behavior.

Sample page from Protons and Neutrons

My First Science Textbooks:Chemistry Storybooks for Kids is nearing the end of their Kickstarter funding campaign. You can find out more information at their Kickstarter campaign page and preorder the books there as well if the campaign is closed before you find their page.

My First Science Textbooks:Chemistry Storybooks for Kids are produced by Genius Games. Genius Games currently have two biology and two chemistry card games which look absolutely great. The biology games are Linkage and Peptide;  Ion and Covalence are the chemistry games. Ion and Covalence are on my wishlist for the next school year as they look like great additions to my daughter's Chemistry course. I wish I had know about the biology games as they would have been great with biology this year.

 Check out Genius Games at their website or on Facebook.

Disclaimer: I have not received any product or been compensated for this post. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. This post was written after consultation with the above mentioned company who provided images and links.

Thursday, December 31, 2015

Movie Night with FLIPZ

For many families cooler winter weather leads to more indoor activities. This may include snuggling up and watching movies. FLIPZ candy coated pretzels wants to make your movie night award worthy. FLIPZ makes a great addition to your movie night snack list.

Through Smiley 360 I was recently given several coupons to try FLIPZ chocolate pretzels. I had a hard time finding FLIPZ in my area, but finally after searching 4 stores I finally found them. I am so glad I did they are great.

What I like about FLIPZ.

  • The thick chocolate coating. They don't skip on the chocolate.
  • The chocolate stays on the pretzels, it doesn't come off on you hands. This is great so you don't have to wash your fingers off after every bite.
  • The white fudge pretzels are great. I usually don't care for white chocolate, but this candy coating is good. It's not sickly sweet as I find so many white chocolates are.
  • The milk chocolate variety is great as well. Chocolate - Enough said. 

To try out FLIPZ I put together a simple mix - FLIPZ milk chocolate and white fudge pretzels, peanuts, and raisins. Nothing hard, but yummy. The FLIPZ was a great change from little candies and pretzel sticks in my traditional snack mix.

We didn't have the time to watch a full length movie with our FLIPZ mix. However, I was able to get the third Night at the Museum movie from our library the other day so this will likely be the movie we watch while we enjoy more of our FLIPZ candy coated pretzels. Maybe I can get creative and use FLIPZ in a new way as well.

FLIPZ were a unique treat which my whole family enjoyed. The only thing I was disappointed about was not being able to find the limited edition snowflake FLIPZ varieties.

You can use the link below to learn more about FLIPZ.

Disclaimer: As a member of Smiley 360 I received two full value coupons for the above mentioned product. All opinions expressed here are solely my own. I have not been compensated in any other manner.