Optics: Light & Color Experiments!

OPTICS: LIGHT, COLOR AND THEIR USES (PDF ebook)

A great hands-on experiment & study guide from NASA filled with great color and light activities using lenses, prisms and mirrors to create telescopes, periscopes, microscopes and kaleidoscopes. Other activities include finding focal length and understanding reflection, refraction and diffraction. Activities are marked by grade level, and can be adapted from K-12 (so they say). Anyway, this is a lot of fun!

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An Animated, Interactive Math Dictionary!

Screen Shot 2017-03-09 at 8.26.49 AMThe ANIMATED INTERACTIVE MATH DICTIONARY

Jenny Eather’s wonderful Maths Dictionary site contains concise definitions of over 600 math terms, coupled with interactive examples & lots of games & activities for young learners. It’s a wonderful math learning resource. Highly recommended for introducing math terms and concepts to young students – visually. Just start clicking around and see… Great stuff!

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Homeschooling Through Hard Times AUDIO SEMINAR

Homeschooling through Hard Times
MP3 AUDIO WORKSHOP by Tammy Cardwell

Is it possible to continue homeschooling when times get tough? Absolutely! Tammy Cardwell, veteran homeschooler and the mother of two young men, weathered a variety of storms and continued the homeschool lifestyle through it all. This full-length AUDIO seminar, a great companion resource to yesterday’s ebook (still available above), will inspire and encourage any listeners going through difficult times.

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A Homeschool that Handles the Hard Times

A Homeschool that Handles the Hard Times: A Guide for Christian Homeschoolers by Tammy Cardwell (PDF ebook)

Do you want to know now that you will be able to continue homeschooling even when times get tough? If so, read A Homeschool that Handles the Hard Times: A Guide for Christian Homeschoolers and start building the right foundation today! In just forty pages (Everyone has time to read forty pages!) Tammy Cardwell shares truths she has learned through over 17 years of helping homeschoolers, as well as homeschooling two boys of her own through graduation.

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Paper Polyhedron Playground!

Paper Polyhedra

Polyhedra are beautiful 3-D geometrical figures that have fascinated philosophers, mathematicians and artists for millennia. Today we feature this excellent site which features a few hundred paper models available to freely print out and make your own awesome polyhedron shapes!

My daughter is learning about faces, vertices, and edges of 3-D geometric shapes and having a difficult time counting them correctly. She was only counting what she was actually seeing on the page not including what was not seen. In my search I found this site. This is really great for visually learning how many faces, edges, and vertices a 3-D shape has. All you do is print out the shape whether it is a pyramid or a cube, cut it out and form your shape. This has been a big help for my daughter. – First suggested by Elaine Thigpen

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All Through the Year in the Garden: A Nature Calendar

ALL THE YEAR IN THE GARDEN – A NATURE CALENDAR (PDF ebook)

Here’s a neat little book that will give you a small taste of the garden & nature all year round. Each day of the year is represented with a quotation or poem about gardens, flowers, weather and nature in this delightful collection, following the stages of a home garden and the changing seasons from January through December. Many of these entries would be great for copywork or memorization.

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.

 

Make Your Own Star Wheels

photoStarWheel400pxIn astronomy, a planisphere is a star chart analog computing instrument in the form of two adjustable disks that rotate on a common pivot. It can be adjusted to display the visible stars for any time and date. It is an instrument to assist in learning how to recognize stars and constellations.

Uncle Al’s Star Wheels are inexpensive star maps, adjustable for any time of night in any month of the year. Print out and build your own “star wheel” to tell the time by the position of three easy to spot constellations! Sure, you could do this with a smart phone app, but — where’s the fun in that? Have your kids build and learn to use something that will make them think. A great “hands on” Astronomy project!

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Betsy McCall Paper Dolls!

Screen Shot 2017-03-01 at 3.35.24 PMBetsy McCall was a popular monthly children’s feature in McCall’s Magazine from 1951 to the mid 1990s. Each monthly episode included  brief story along with cut out paper doll versions of Betsy along with family and friends.

Today we’re featuring a site that has almost all of Betsy’s appearances available to download, print and cut out your own Betsy McCall collection! – Suggested by Susan Vollmer

Betsy McCall Paper Dolls Home – Click here!

Stop Stealing Dreams – What is School For?

Seth Godin’s fascinating ebook examines what’s wrong with our modern educational system and why it is messing up so many young people. Although he doesn’t even mention it by name, a better argument for homeschooling would be hard to find. Very enlightening, thought provoking reading you will really enjoy. Downloadable in just about any format you can think of. (Also check out the author’s TEDx video on his page.)

The economy has changed, probably forever.

School hasn’t.

School was invented to create a constant stream of compliant factory workers to the growing businesses of the 1900s. It continues to do an excellent job at achieving this goal, but it’s not a goal we need to achieve any longer.

In this 30,000 word manifesto, I imagine a different set of goals and start (I hope) a discussion about how we can reach them. One thing is certain: if we keep doing what we’ve been doing, we’re going to keep getting what we’ve been getting.

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Chemistry Helps Feed the World

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 8.53.30 AMOne more edition of “Celebrating Chemistry” from the American Chemical Society to round out the week… this one on chemistry’s role in growing, preserving and making food safe. “Celebrating Chemistry” is designed to engage and educate children (Grades 4th – 6th) in the basic principles of chemistry, and is full of interesting information, activities and hands-on experiments for your homeschool use.

From the introduction:

The world population is estimated to be about 7.5 billion people, and growing by about 1.1% per year. That’s a lot of mouths to feed! But there is other work to be done, too.  Just like you, these people need a place to live, which means there will be less land available for agriculture … and that means we can’t grow as much food!

So, how are we going to feed all these people? Chemistry can help. Chemical analysis of the soil can tell farmers which nutrients are needed and how much of them to use. Chemists can also tell when too many nutrients have been used, and where the extra nutrients travel to. There are also chemists who develop herbicides and pesticides to help keep the crops safe. Of course, these chemicals also have to be safe for farmers and their families, and also for the people who eat the food. The same chemists also work to make sure that the nutrients don’t harm helpful animals, such as bees and butterflies.

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.

Solving Mysteries through Chemistry

Screen Shot 2017-02-23 at 8.28.17 AMOne more edition of “Celebrating Chemistry” from the American Chemical Society… this one on how chemistry is used to help solve all sorts of mysteries. “Celebrating Chemistry” is designed to engage and educate children (Grades 4th – 6th) in the basic principles of chemistry, and is full of interesting information, activities and hands-on experiments for your homeschool use.

from the introduction:

Do you enjoy doing crossword puzzles, solving problems, or exploring mysteries? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then you could also be a chemist!

From the moment babies are born, they use their senses to look for clues or hints to find out more about their surroundings. Chemists do the same thing — using not only their senses, but also technology to learn about the world around them. Many of the biggest scientific questions and some of the world’s most urgent problems— involve chemistry, the science of atoms and molecules. Many of the most famous scientists and chemists in history who have contributed to the most important discoveries were explorers. They used the scientific method in their work: They made careful observations, patiently gathered information, did experiments — and most of all, experienced the thrill of discovery!

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.

Chemistry: The Joy of Toys

Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 3.42.51 PMHere’s yet another neat guide from the American Chemical Society’s Celebrating Chemistry e-publication… this one on how chemistry can be used to create toys!

From the introduction:

Do you think children who lived a thousand years ago had toys? Believe it or not, they did! Their toys were very simple compared to the toys that you play with every day. Their toys were mostly handmade from things that were found in nature, like animal bones, stones, wood, or clay. The ancient Greeks and Romans played with rattles and dolls made from clay. They also played with wooden tops, barrel hoops, and horses carved from wood. The Egyptians played with marbles made from stone. Kites flown in Asia were once made with wood and cloth. Can you imagine playing with a stone yo-yo? Children in Greece and Egypt did.

Thanks to discoveries by inventors, scientists and engineers, toys today are made from stronger and safer types of materials. Although many toys are still made with wood, metals and plastics, there are strict rules on how they can be used in toys. Before you start playing with any new toys, be sure you and your adult partner read all the directions and instructions carefully.  Chemistry plays an important part in the inventing and making of toys.

In this issue of Celebrating Chemistry, you will learn more about the chemistry of toys and make a few toys from items that may be found in your home. Read the articles about the materials and the chemistry used to make toys. After you have finished reading and doing the activities, ask your teacher or family members about the toys they played with as children. Share your knowledge of the chemistry in toys.

Celebrating Chemistry is designed to engage and educate children (Grades 4th – 6th) in the basic principles of chemistry, and is full of interesting information, activities and hands-on experiments for your homeschool use.

To download this pdf, right click here and “save link” to your computer. Mac users, press the “control” key and click the link and save to your mac.

Having a Ball with Chemistry

Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 12.00.21 PMFrom the American Chemical Society, here’s another fun and informative issue of their Celebrating Chemistry e-publication… this one on how chemistry and sports are related. Celebrating Chemistry is designed to engage and educate children (Grades 4th – 6th) in the basic principles of chemistry, and is full of interesting information, activities and hands-on experiments for your homeschool use.

From the introduction of this ebook:

Did you know that the first Olympics ever recorded took place in 776 B.C.? Since then, a lot has changed. The study of chemistry has improved the way that athletes train, the sports they play, and the equipment they use.

For example, we now know much more about how our bodies break down foods to provide “power” for our cells. Scientists are able to measure the energy and nutrients that foods contain so that we can make better decisions about what to eat. We also realize that it is essential to stay hydrated—our bodies need water to carry nutrients, to regulate temperature, and to help muscles work properly.

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Candy: The Sweet Side of Chemistry

Screen Shot 2017-02-17 at 11.48.34 AMThis week we will be sharing the “Celebrating Chemistry” publications for kids, produced by the American Chemical Society and available on their website. “Celebrating Chemistry” is designed to engage and educate children (Grades 4th – 6th) in the basic principles of chemistry, and is full of interesting information, activities and hands-on experiments for your homeschool use.

From the introduction of this ebook:

Candy… How sweet it is!!! Don’t you love the sweet taste of jelly beans, gummies, jellies, caramels, toffee, fudge, and gum drops? Or how about lollipops, taffy, cotton candy, candy canes, hard candy, candy bars, chewing gum, and licorice? Candies come in many different textures, from soft and chewy to hard and brittle. The texture of a piece of candy depends mainly on the number, size, and type of the sugar crystals, the amount of sugar compared to water, and the other ingredients present.

Did you know that most types of candy are made of sugar from two kinds of plants: sugar cane and beets? The common form of sugar is called sucrose, a molecule made up from glucose and fructose (see front cover). But what else is in the recipes for candy? Many contain corn syrup, milk, gelatin, chocolate, and vegetable oils, for starters, along with other ingredients such as flavors and food colorings. Sour candies, for example, contain citric acid, the acid that makes grapefruit sour. All these ingredients are combined to make a sweet and flavorful product.

In this edition of Celebrating Chemistry, you will learn about the chemistry in candy making, certain properties of candy, and much more. Read on to learn more about chemistry’s sweet side.

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