NASA Space Place

Screen shot 2015-07-23 at 2.07.50 PMNASA sponsors this great interactive site about space exploration for kids. With games, activities, printable and lessons about space, the sun, earth, our solar system 3D images and more, this is a must visit for any elementary age students studying or interested in astronomy.

Click here to go to the site!

Everyday Mysteries

Here’s a fun and educational site created by researchers at the Library of Congress. It answers some of the more unusual questions they have gotten about everyday life, such as “What is ‘freezer burn’?”, “Why is the ocean blue?”, “Why don’t I fall out when the roller coaster goes upside down?”¬† “Why does chopping an onion make you cry?” and many more.

Fun and informative scientific explanations for some very interesting questions about everyday things that your kids will definitely enjoy.

Click here to go to the site!

Watermelon Time!

Screen shot 2015-07-23 at 1.59.42 PMWATERMELON WORLD
Here’s a fun site from the Watermelon Board about everyone’s favorite summer fruit/vegetable. (Which one is it? Check the site and see!) Questions & answers, recipes, printable activity sheets, amazing carving ideas and more lightweight but fun summer goodies are available on the site, which should be accessed when you’ve got a cold watermelon¬† in the fridge ready to eat. :)

Click here to go to the site

MORE WATERMELON STUFFS

Here’s a fun site with some interesting trivia about watermelons + some goofy videos, including guinea pigs eating watermelon.

A unit study on watermelon with some fun math ideas

Have a watermelon seed spitting contest too!

WATER SCIENCE FOR KIDS

Explore the amazing world of water for kids with this cool range of experiments, free games, interesting facts, fun quizzes, science fair projects, amazing videos and more.

Learn about ice, rivers, bubbles, rain, moisture and all kinds of interesting water topics. As well as activities for children, there are also lesson plans and worksheets for teachers, ideas for parents and a whole host of free teaching resources for anyone interested in water or other science topics online.

Click here to go to the site!

60 Fun Science Experiments for Summer

Screen shot 2015-07-17 at 11.19.18 AMWant some fun, exciting, colorful, magical science activities to keep your kiddos busy these hot summer days? (Oh yes, and they will be learning as well – but don’t tell them that!) Then put on your Mad Scientist coat and check out these three big archives of science fun stuff:

12 SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS FOR LITTLE LEARNERS

12 MORE FUN SCIENCE EXPERIMENTS

…AND 36 MORE EXPERIMENTS TO BOOT!

Preserving Food: Dehydration

Screen shot 2015-07-17 at 11.53.32 AMSince the season for harvesting from the garden or greengrocer is upon us, today we are giving you this wonderful guide from The Homemaker’s Mentor on preserving by dehydration — either by Solar or Sun Drying, Oven Drying, or by using an Electric Dehydrator.

There are lots of practical how-to ideas, tips, recipes and suggestions in this report that will help you keep your family eating healthy for months to come!

To download this PDF ebook, RIGHT CLICK HERE and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key then click the link and save to your mac.

Crayola Crayon Projects & Plans

Screen shot 2015-07-17 at 10.59.30 AMCRAYOLA LESSON PLANS & PROJECTS

The makers of Crayola crayons have put together a huge site that offers over 1000 Art projects and lesson plans that involve – what else? – crayons!

The projects are inventive and fun and the lessons are for the most part okay, but honestly, the common core “standards” they have tacked on to these are just an afterthought. We suggest you feel free to ditch the convoluted “standards” without guilt, and just have fun with the very creative and often ingenious arts & crafts projects!

CLICK HERE to go to the site!

PAPER AIRPLANE ENGINEERING

Screen shot 2015-07-17 at 10.49.07 AMLinks updated and added!

Designing and creating your own paper airplanes is a perfect way to give your kids some high interest, non-electronic fun this summer. Who can make the coolest plane? Which design flies the farthest? Can you loop-the-loop? Shhhhh! You don’t even need to explain to your kids that they are also learning about engineering, design, physics and aeronautics – and developing motor skills to boot! Here are some wonderful downloadable resources to get you flying high:

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Since we blew it with the links below, we’re making up for it by adding this ebook which was originally just for our Subscribers Only. THE PAPER AEROPLANE BOOK is an excellent PDF ebook explaining just how they work, along with some basic designs! Click here to get it!

* The following links have step by step folding instructions for some amazing advanced airplanes, but the downloadable PDFs require membership. We missed that when we first posted these, but the instructions should be enough without having to download their paid guides:

ULTIMATE PAPER AIRPLANES I

2nd ULTIMATE COLLECTION from Instructables.com

 

 

 

Essential Homeschool Planning Forms

formsRecently updated at DonnaYoung.org is her wonderful collection of “The Forms that Every Homeschool Planner Might Need” As Donna says about these: “Some forms seem essential for the homeschool planner. These are homeschool forms that provide a record of several aspects of your children’s educational studies and forms that makes your day a little easier. I will list links, homeschool form names, and why the planner forms are helpful.”

There are lots of great useable forms here, including a school calendar, event calendar, attendance calendar, course of study, goals & objectives, curriculum key, book list forms, household & meal planning forms, and much more. Check them out as you are making your plans for the new homeschool year this summer.

Click here to go to the download page!

Fables from Aesop: The Golden Goose & others

The_Goose_That_Laid_the_Golden_Eggs_-_Project_Gutenberg_etext_19994Here’s a fun listen for you: The story of the goose that laid golden eggs & other fables from Aesop, retold by Sterling Holloway! There are several Aesop fables stirred into this delightful classic children’s audio for listeners of all ages.

You can stream this half hour audio to your device by clicking HERE.

Or to download this MP3 Audio file, RIGHT CLICK HERE and save to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and click the link, then save to your mac.