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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. Letís 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 donít 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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    by Published on 04-01-2020 12:29 AM
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    Use writing prompts to get those reluctant writers writing. It really works!


    So, your homeschool is buzzing along through lower grades, things are going smoothly. Your kids bump up to middle school level and suddenly writing is required. More than a few sentences or a silly story. Actual writing. Prep for high school and eventually college. If you have a reluctant writer as I did, this turns a simple task into a WWE match. Seriously. The main homeschool fight on a daily basis with my youngest was over writing.

    Surviving the writing journey.

    He is a very literal thinker. Write a story about going to the store and buying milk, results in; I walked to the store. I bought milk. I walked home. *sigh Ok, what did you do in between? What did you see? Who was at the store? How did you pay? Did you talk to anyone? You need to elaborate. Which usually resulted in a screaming WHAT? You didnít say that. You said write going to the store to get milk. I did, but... And continue this conversation for at least 15 more minutes, to which he would usually just get told to do his other work and I let it drop. I was tired of the battles. Was that good parenting? Probably not, at the time, but pick your battles. And in the meantime, work on some solutions that take it out of MY hands and put the writing back in his hands. He still has to do it, but has some control over it. Here is how I accomplished that.
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    by Published on 03-25-2020 01:41 AM
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    by Published on 03-20-2020 01:28 PM
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    Donít let being stuck inside get you down. Just because your local school has closed, kids are home--and starting to drive you batty--you can still have fun. Seriously! Secular Homeschool has collected and compiled a list of Virtual Field Trips that are just for you. From the comfort of your couch, you and the kids can explore museums, zoos, the ocean, and national parks. Social distancing at its finest.

    Turn Virtual Field Trips into Lessons

    I am sure you are wondering what a free virtual field trip can do for your newly founded homeschooling adventure. It can do a lot. It can provide new insight and set your homeschooler off on a research adventure to learn more about what they have seen. This teaches them research skills, reading, writing (note-taking), and so much more. Choose a trip thatís tied to one of your core subjects and have it count as the dayís assignment. You can have them write in a journal about what they saw. What was their favorite part? What would they like to have seen? Practice geography by finding where the venue is located on a map and discuss the methods to get there from where you live. Math skills can be added by figuring out what it would take to get there; the cost of gas, mileage, etc. Consider a future real-life family field trip to see it in person. Save all this research as it will be useful.

    Homeschooling, whether for a short time or a lifestyle, allows you as a family to learn together and adjust anything you are doing to become a learning experience. Virtual field trips, baking a cake, walking around the block, planting a garden, or even something like FaceTimeíing the grandparents. Every activity can be educational. It just depends on how you look at it and use it.

    On bad days, days where you are just done. Kids are loud, they are not listening, you canít understand their math problem and you just need a break. Stop! Pull up one of these virtual field trips and take a journey as a family. I can guarantee it will help. ...
    by Published on 03-17-2020 12:14 AM
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    Letís talk about the elephant in the room. The thing that is everywhere, physically and literally. Facebook groups, the news, chat rooms, emails and pretty much everywhere you look or go: coronavirus, better known as COVID-19. And I donít know about you, but as a homeschooling family, we go into learning mode and have not only been following the progression of this virus but constantly updating each other on new information as we find it. Being informed is the best way to win the war against germs.

    COVID-19 started in Wuhan, China in late 2019. It has since progressed to over 100 countries and climbing daily. Numbers within countries are climbing hourly. Why are we so concerned about this virus? I mean, it is just a virus after all. A cold is a virus. So what is the big deal? The big deal is that COVID-19 is a whopper of a virus. It is unknown how it actually came to be. There are several theories out there; who knows which one is correct? That is a debate for another day.

    We do know that it is transmitted easily. YUCK. Scientists and doctors are still learning how it can be spread, how to prevent it, how to stop it. It is a virus. It is not bacterial and therefore cannot be stopped with antibiotics. Currently, the virus seems to be affecting the elderly and immune-compromised more than anyone else.


    Wash Your Hands

    The best prevention is hand-washing. Sounds silly but it is simple. Wash your hands. Wash your hands after the bathroom, wash your hands before preparing food or eating, wash your hands after changing a diaper, wash your hands after dealing with pets. Cover your cough and sneeze. Not with your hands, with your elbow or shoulder. Limit contact. Donít shake hands, even though that is our ingrained social norm. Right now, people will understand. Wave, fist bump or just say hi. Limit large gatherings. Many states have put bans on large gatherings. Why? Because large masses of people coughing or sneezing within close distance of each other is not good for the public health. ...

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