Category Archives: Homeschooling

Citizen science for summer

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There are some great opportunities for scientific involvement this summer, and it’s not too late to get in on it. I like citizen science projects.  I think they’re a really fun way to get my family practicing science, and we love the feeling of doing our part to help real scientists. Usually the projects are really simple, like counting species… Read more »

Pressing plants

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For a long time I’ve wanted to learn how to press plants.  I like the idea of creating beautiful framed works of art using pressed flowers and herbs.  I had saved two large squares of cardboard for the project, and today I begged some newspaper from my mother-in-law’s recycling bin.  I attempted to entice both the boys in collecting specimens… Read more »

Our field trip to the Maine Wildlife Park

painted turtles

We save all our change for our homeschool field trips.  It’s gotten to the point where Summer will fish the coins straight out of his Daddy’s pockets to put in the pickle jar that now serves as a coin-bank.  Papa saves his change for the boys too; and between the two jars I rolled a total of $53 Sunday to… Read more »

How Unschooling Has Changed Our Lives

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Back in October when we decided to make the shift from homeschooling to unschooling, I had no idea how drastically it would change our lives.  I hoped it would have a positive impact on our family, but there was no way I could comprehend the full implications of this change; no way of knowing how much it would change me.Switching… Read more »

Best field trips to teach science

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Field trips with a focus on science are a great way for your family to learn more about science in real life. Providing examples of professionals utilizing the tools and processes of science can lead your own children to pursue careers in science, technology, and industry, for which our nation has a growing need. When planning your field trip it… Read more »

What Exactly is Citizen Science?

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I’ve mentioned it a couple of times in some of my posts, participating in a citizen science program at-home.  I also wrote about central Maine’s lack-of citizen science and environmental activism programs.  I even started a new blog recently, called Green in Central Maine–hoping to create more opportunity for citizen science where I live. But what exactly is citizen science? … Read more »

Science for Preschoolers

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Establishing an atmosphere of science-inquiry even when your children are small, will set the foundation for a scientific lifestyle that encourages your family to explore their curiosities and learn more about the science of the world around them. Most young children are naturally curious and inclined to exploration.  The traditional school system cannot encourage this inquisitive nature, and typically children… Read more »

Age is No Limit in Big Scientific Discoveries

This is amazing. Just two days ago, on January 2, this 10-year old Kathryn Gray in Canada was using a computer program that compares new and old images of the same portion of the night sky when she located a previously undiscovered supernova.  She is now the youngest discoverer of a supernova, proving that age isn’t an obstacle to practicing… Read more »

Exploring Winter Through Play

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The boys have been spending time outside almost every day learning about winter first-hand. Summer received a shiny new sled for the holiday from Papa, and could scarcely wait to get home to try it out. I like watching them from my front room picture-window; they can practically sled right out the back door and down the slope of our… Read more »

Science at-Home; Not Just for Homeschoolers

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Everyone agrees that parents play a critical role in their children’s education: research shows that when parents are actively involved in their child’s life he will achieve greater success as a learner.  It is also generally agreed upon that a scientifically and technologically literate society is crucial to America’s future success, yet much of the general population are intimidated by… Read more »