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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Learning About Communities with LEGO

Social Studies for kindergarten usually focuses on local communities with the goal of teaching kids about being good citizens. While we definitely learned a lot about the world last year, I didn’t want to skip over any basics. I think homeschooled kids learn a ton...

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Moon Sighting Watercolor

Of all the things we have done for Ramadan, this one is my favorite. I wanted to have this post ready for the start of the month, but I didn’t get it together in time so I decided to do it at the end. Sighting the new moon is an exciting part of Ramadan that I want to...

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Ramadan Lantern Sun Catchers

These Ramadan lantern sun catchers were inspired by two of my favorites: Sweet Fajr (she posts more on IG) and Tinkerlab. Like the card making activity, we also did this in our Preschool Group. The coffee filter painting is perfect for little ones and adding the...

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