The Handbook of Nature Study blog is the home of the weekly Outdoor Hour Challenge which encourages families to enjoy the nature in their own backyards through simple activities and nature journals. A global community of families link up with the Outdoor Hour Challenge community in a monthly newsletter and blog carnival.
Go to the website–check out the Getting Started tab, the Freebies tab, the blog, and the complete series of nature study ideas.
Kids love nature–what a wonderful topic to include in you homeschooling program.
AND, it’s fun! And as we all know, fun learning is forever learning.
The next big wave of innovation transforming how we travel is in social media…if you believe that people from around the world can share fun, trust, and friendship, then this is a great (and cheaper) alternative to hotels. The National Geographic
I joined to save money. But now I’d happily pay to meet these people and have these experiences. The New Yorker
I stayed with a fantastic guy who walked me around the city and told me about things I would never have known. NPR
What opportunity/site are these quotes referring to? CouchSurfing.org! When my adult son isn’t working on a farm in Europe, he’ll be couch surfing his way from one end of the continent to another. It’s not for everyone–but it’s certainly of interest.
Also of interest–the sites our kids know about, that we know nothing about! I didn’t know about WWOOFing (previous post) or an international couch surfing site until fairly recently. Ask your kids about interesting sites that they like–sites that perhaps you know nothing about. Let them be the teachers! It will be enlightening–and fun–and fun learning is forever learning.
Interested in FREE Kindle text books? Check out CK-12 at Amazon.com.
What is CK-12?
From their website — The CK-12 Foundation is a non-profit organization with a mission to reduce the cost of textbook materials for the K-12 market both in the U.S. and worldwide. As a leading member of the OER movement (Open Educational Resources), CK-12 is using an open-content, web-based collaborative model termed the ‘FlexBook’. With these free, common core aligned and NSES (National Science Education Standards) aligned digital textbooks, CK-12 intends to pioneer the generation and distribution of high quality educational STEM content that will serve both as core text as well as provide an adaptive environment for learning through the FlexBook Platform.
Free Physics textbooks!
How fun–and fun learning is forever learning.
I troll the Internet a lot, looking for sites, articles, products, etc., that might be of interest to homeschoolers. I found the BuckleyBoo site, and thought, “How Great”! Here is a woman that took an every day observation and turned it into a business! And her creation is educational too!
Never heard of BuckleyBoo? Read about her observation (below, in italics), and then click onto the site. You’ll be impressed….and maybe even inspired!
I discovered this universal truth playing on the floor with my niece. Surrounded by “stimulating” developmental toys, she made a bee-line for the buckle on her diaper bag.
Taking the hint, my mom and I pulled out the old sewing machine and made her a buckle toy, a tubular blue cat with five different buckles strapped across the tummy. At eighteen months we introduced her to an early version of “BuckleyCat.” She was captivated by the visual, and manipulative nature of the buckles, by the wonderful “click”, by the sense of accomplishment.
We gave Buckley prototypes to the children of friends, and they, too, were captivated. We had made a discovery: Babies love buckles! BuckleyCat was soon followed by Buckley buddies in various shapes, sizes, and colors. BuckleyBoo was born!
Fun–and fun learning is forever learning!
I’m sure you’ve carved a pumpkin–but what about a watermelon? There are certainly some cute ideas here. Your watermelon will be the topic of conversation at any picnic!
And of course, the kids will love it!
Circles–and folding circles can be an educational project/lesson! Check out Wholemovement.com, the website gallery, blog, testimonials, etc. It’s fascinating. And fun!
And fun learning is forever learning!
There is a conference of interest to homeschoolers in Oregon–check it out! The AERO (Alternative Education Resource Organization) conference is a five day event, from August 1st through 5th. There are many workshops for homeschoolers–you can see them listed here.
Sir Kenneth Robinson will be keynoting the AERO Conference on Friday, August 3rd at 6:30 PM at the Red Lion Hotel on the River. Robinson’s talks about how schools stifle creativity have been watched by a record 200 million on the TED talks.
Other keynote speakers/presenters include Naomi Aldortand and Pat Montgomery, PhD. Ms. Aldort has written several books for parents and has many homeschool fans. Pat Montgomery is the founder of the Clonlara Home Based Education Program, a pioneering home education program.
Right now the regular rate for the conference is $325 for the week, but Homeschool.com readers can attend for less! If you’d like to go just for the day that Robinson speaks, you can get a $75 day pass. If you’d like to go to the whole conference you can go for just $175! Children are free and inexpensive childcare is available. Here is the special link where Homeschool.com readers can sign up.
If you have specific questions you can contact Jerry Mintz, conference and AERO director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Conferences can be very educational, interesting, and fun! And as we all know, fun learning is forever learning!
All right, kids! Raise your hand if you like algebra! Hmmm. Now, raise your hands if you like Angry Birds! I see. What if I were to tell you that Angry Birds had been surpassed in the App Store — by a game that involves solving algebra equations? Because that’s what DragonBox did.
Do I have your attention now?
The above, has been taken directly from a blog posting by Wired Geek Dad. The entire posting can be seen here–and it sure is interesting!
Algebra–fun?! How great–because fun learning is forever learning!
My oldest son graduated college and is now traveling the world. How is he able to do this? He’s WWOOFing.
WWOOF is a world-wide network of organizations that link volunteers with organic farmers. It’s an exchange - in return for volunteer help, WWOOF hosts provide room and board.
And it’s a way for young people to see the world. My son flew into Berlin last week–he’s going to be working on a bee farm. From there he’ll going to Switzerland to work on another farm and to see the Alps. In August, he’ll be flying to Peru. In total, he’ll be gone about a year.
What an educational and amazing trip! And I’m sure–loads of fun!
You can make a rainbow–just follow the directions at http://www.tpwd.state.tx.us/publications/nonpwdpubs/young_naturalist/earth_sciences/rainbows/index.phtml . Then let your kids read the page and find the typos! Now your science project has turned into an English class!
And did you know there are lunar rainbows? The pic above is of a rainbow caused by moonlight–rather than sunlight.
Fun–and fun learning is forever learning.