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    Published on 10-03-2017 01:52 PM
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    October is such an exciting and busy month for homeschoolers. Deep into your curriculum and either love it or hate it. Fall field trips. Lots of homeschool extracurriculars are starting! We'd like to help take some of the "bite" out of your finances this month and give you a "treat" by highlighting a variety of secular homeschool freebies you can take advantage of.

    Each Friday in October we will be sharing a new set of freebies on our home page for you to take advantage of! PLUS, all through the month, you can watch our site and social networks for links to cool free resources, tips, and products that will help you and your wallet out this homeschool year.

    After all, some of the best things in life are....FREE!!!
    Published on 10-03-2017 06:23 AM
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    Reprinted with permission from Elemental Blogging

    I love it when fall hits in earnest, the weather turns cooler and the colors turn warmer. Fall is also a great time of year to collect seeds for next year. In today’s Science Corner, I want to share with you how to make a seed board to display what you have collected.

    Collect the Seeds

    The first step in making a seed board is to collect the seeds.
    Where to get seeds:

    • Buy at the store — You can purchase packets of a variety of seeds;
    • Raid the kitchen — Many of the fruits and vegetables we eat have seeds you can collect;
    • Check your garden — The home garden can be a great source of mature seeds;
    • Head outdoors — A nature study walk will provide the opportunity to acquire a variety of seeds.

    One fun way to collect seeds outdoors is to put on a pair of white tube socks over your students’ shoes. Then, have them run through a field of wildflowers. The sock will pick up a bunch of seeds which you can pick off and mount.

    Dry the Seeds

    Typically when you collect seeds from the outdoors in the fall, they are already dried out so you can mount them as is.
    However, if you collect your seeds from the garden or kitchen you will need to dry them. This can take
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