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    Despite the name we as homeschoolers rarely are home. We are usually out and about, homeschooling. Going to and from activities, co-ops, classes or just meeting with fellow homeschool friends, having unrestricted activities is a big part of homeschooling. COVID-19 has put a damper on that. I find myself turning to a bit more screen time to fill the void. Am I ashamed to admit that? Absolutely not. Why? Because while my boys think they are getting more screen time, they are actually learning. I turned TV time into learning time! (Insert evil homeschool mom laugh, Muwhahahaha!)
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    Pets can be a learning tool for homeschooling



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    by Published on 04-19-2020 01:10 AM
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    Online learning doesn’t have to cost an arm and a leg! Honest! All it takes is a little research to find free online learning sites! Here are my 5 favorites! Great to bookmark for those times you need a little something to fill in or supplement daily homeschool learning!




    • Vocabulary Spelling City - they have basic FREE membership
    • Khan Academy - great FREE online videos and tutorials on different subjects - we utilized it for MATH!
    • Printable Worksheets - looking for some worksheets for rainy days, sick days, etc. Yes, you have to print them out but they are great to have on hand.
    • Duolingo - FREE online foreign language. If your kids want to try French and hate it, it was FREE and they can try a different language!
    • Learning Games for Kids - Everything from typing/keyboarding to learning the States is available in fun gaming form.
    by Published on 04-01-2020 12:58 AM
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    Welcome to the second installment of our Science Project of the Month Series! Each month, Secular Homeschool will feature a science project that you can do with your homeschoolers. Whether you are “science-y” or not, these will be easy, fun, and perfect to do as a family. The fun facts included will supplement the science lesson, so be sure to check those out as well.

    Stuck indoors? Us too. Yep, as homeschoolers, we school at home but we are also used to going where we want, when we want. We are all in the same boat. Stuck at home and silently going bonkers! Kids are being a little crazier daily, and you are about to lose it. You need a science project to distract them. I have just the thing! Not only will this project keep them busy today, but they will need to observe and care for it for the next few weeks. Science experiments are an opportunity for you to create a learning unit.

    Create A Unit Study

    If you are new to homeschooling and unsure of how to create a learning unit or have no idea what I am talking about, let me explain further. Yes, this can be a 1-day science project. But you can expand on it and create a unit study. Take this lesson further by:

    • Reading: Students should read about the life cycle of each vegetable you will be regrowing.
    • Math: Create charts of the days and measure the growth of the vegetables.
    • Science: Observe daily what is changing and log your theory on the reasons why.
    • History: When did humans begin to cultivate vegetables? When did romaine lettuce first appear?
    • Life Skills: Growing your own food and reducing waste.
    • Spelling: Alphabetize the names of the plants you are regrowing; have the students study up for a spelling quiz.
    • Socialization: Create a video to share with friends or relatives of what you are doing.


    See how easy it is to turn something as simple as regrowing what we would toss in the composter into a lesson or two? Homeschooling is about turning everything you do daily into a lesson. Kids are sponges and absorb everything around them, all the time. They are constantly learning, so make use of that.
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    by Published on 04-01-2020 12:40 AM
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    Welcome to our second installment in our Arts and Craft Project of the Month Series! Each month Secular Homeschool will feature an art or craft project that you can do with your homeschoolers. Whether or not you are artsy, these will be easy, fun and perfect to do as a family. I will include several fun facts that relate to the featured project, so check the bottom of the page for learning opportunities as you craft.


    Our world has changed a bit in the last few weeks; many of us are stuck at home kids are starting to get a little cabin fever and drive us bonkers. Our Arts and Crafts Projects of the Month is here to help you. Not only will it give you something to change up your homeschooling day, but it can be used with stuff you already have around the house. No need to run to the store. Stay home, stay safe and craft with your kids.


    This month, because kids of all ages are home, I am giving you several ideas of things to create. Create one, create all--that is up to you. Have fun, get messy and adjust any of these as needed based on the supplies you have on hand. Let’s get crafty with some homeschool art projects.

    Project 1: Fork Flower Painting

    Level: easy
    Good for all ages but great for younger ages with adult help because of scissor use.

    Supplies


    • Copy paper
    • Paint (think flower colors; blue, yellow, orange, pink, etc.): tempura, acrylic, fingerpaint (any paint will do, just remember not all is washable once dried)
    • Plastic forks (real forks can be used, just be sure to use washable paint)
    • Markers or crayons
    • Green construction paper, if you have it
    • Scissors
    • Glue or glue stick
    • Disposable plate for paint


    Instructions:

    1. Take your disposable paper plate. Place small dabs of paint on it. Make sure to leave room between colors so they don’t mix.
    2. Lay out your sheet of copy paper. You can tape the top edge down to stop it moving around.
    3. I suggest 1 fork for each color unless you want to work on color mixing.
    4. Use the back of the fork to lie in the paint and then place it on the paper. Depending on the fork, you may have to rock it to coat it with paint completely.
    5. You can create flower shapes such as a tulip with a single fork pressing, repeated fork pattern to create a daisy, multiple layers to create a mum. Use your imagination. There is no wrong flower. Let dry.
    6. Take your marker or crayon and draw stems, grass, leaves.
    7. You can also use green construction paper and scissors to create 3-dimensional leaves, gluing them in place.


    Personal Note
    : The younger kids needed more assistance to get a good pressing. The older kids wanted to decorate their page more with sky, clouds, birds.

    Fun Facts:

    • Several centuries ago, in Holland, tulips were more valuable than gold. My yard must be worth a fortune!
    • Broccoli is actually a flower. And tasty steamed with some cheese!
    • The largest Flower in the world is the flower of the Puya raimondii, which has a potential overall flower height of 50 feet tall and bears over 8,000 white flowers. Now this, I would like to see. WOW!

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