Shenandoah National Park #parksforall

A few weeks ago we were able to visit Shenandoah National Park. It was a truly beautiful experience and the kids learned so much. The park cuts a long, narrow slice through a northern section of Virginia. It took us about two hours to get there from our home in...

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Elementary Chemistry: Calcium

Calcium is a great element to study because it's found in so many everyday items plus it's important for our health. We talked a little about what is made of calcium and how varied it can be. Pure calcium isn't found in naturally. Instead it's usually part of a...

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Elementary Chemistry: Boron

We studied the element Boron and mixed up some slime as part of our Elementary Chemistry class. This was a perfect moment to talk about states of matter, elements that behave strangely, and the importance of following directions when doing chemistry. First I'll share...

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Elementary Chemistry: Hydrogen

Hydrogen is another abundant element that’s great to study with kids. We spent a class learning about where we find hydrogen and its properties. We also explored heat producing chemical reactions with hydrogen. This post is part of a series on chemistry that’s based...

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Project Playground: Watkins Regional Park

Watkins Regional Park is located in Upper Marlboro Maryland. Even though there are many activities in the park, it’s well known for the marvelous, Wizard-of-Oz-themed playground. We decided to go check it out. I knew that the kids had never heard of The Wizard of Oz....

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Elementary Chemistry

Last Spring, I taught a homeschool co-op class on chemistry for elementary aged students. Chemistry is usually a subject reserved for older kids I imagine because traditionally younger students aren't allowed to have many hands-on lab work. I think that mindset is...

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Elementary Chemistry: Carbon

Carbon is a great element to begin a study about the elements because it’s so common. It exists in pure forms that are readily available and highly interesting. It's also a word we hear thrown around often: carbon dioxide, carbon emissions, carbon footprint. There's a...

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