## pH Rainbows, Probability and Tricky Hydrogen

A Homeschool Science Lesson about pH, Concentration of the Hydronium Ion, and Logarithmic Scales. A pH lesson may be my very favorite lessons. It has all the best things – math, science, and rainbows. This lesson was a two day process, but I’ve been subtly leading us here for a while, on the math side…

A Hand Craft to Accompany our Study of Native America I often pair handcrafts with our history lessons. This keeps little hands busy while we are listening to our lessons and helps us to retain our lessons more easily. One of the many handcrafts that I chose for our Native American block last year was…

## An Introduction to History Analysis and Essay Form

Using Comparison and Continuity and Change over Time for Homeschool Writing This is the second year of US History. If you don’t know, we start with world history with the Ancients and move chronologically through elementary school. In middle school we start with US History. Last year, we spent the year on the Indigenous peoples…

## Ice Cream Flavor Permutations

Join us as we explore a fun math activity to introduce the factorial function for homeschooling. skip to video We are getting ready to study some probability and statistics for our seventh grade math, and I thought I’d start out with a review of permutations that we’ve done before. This was a fun little exercise…

## Preparing for High School

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## A Time-Sequence Graph

When my son was in eighth grade, I compiled several resources to make a “How We Learn/How to Study” course in preparation for High School. It went over thinks like memory recall, reflection, interleaving, and notetaking. One aspect that we spent some time on were graphs and using them for study, understanding, and notetaking. In…

## Sophomore Year in Review

Whew! High school has been a whirlwind for us, but homeschooling high school is definitely doable. I just have to mentally prepare myself by realizing that there will be lots of changes through the years. He shifted gears midway through the academic year, which I talk about in the video. We used a variety of…

## Making Mushroom Spore Prints

We love to go mushroom hunting. Our mushroom hunts are for spore prints. We do NOT eat our mushrooms. I wish I knew which ‘shrooms were edible and which were not, but alas… Goals!  Spore prints are a favorite around here. I do not know how I made it all the way through my college…

## “Notice and Wonder” with Cuisenaire Rods for Homeschool Math

Today for math we did one of my favorite activities, though I will admit, it is not always my children’s favorite. My daughter, now 10, build a structure with the Cuisinaire Rods, and then we did a “notice and wonder” activity. The structure that she build for today was a pyramid. I could have guessed…

## Planning for High School

You know that feeling you get when you feel like you aren’t doing enough for your kids?  The one that causes you to panic and doubt yourself, go look for curriculum, and then over-schedule your homeschooling days?  Yeah, me too.  Even though I’m a well-seasoned homeschooler that has been at this for over a decade,…