Keeping Summer Fun

Keeping Summer Fun

Summer is here and that means it’s time for baseball games, barbecues, camping trips and other vacations. However, it’s also a time for continued learning, whether you’re staying at home or out on the go exploring your community and beyond. Research shows that children who don’t read over the summer risk losing up to three months of important skills they obtained during the school year, and for students from economically disadvantaged communities, as many as 80 percent are at risk of falling behind academically. “The summer learning slide is an issue for most children,” said Carol H. Rasco, president and … Continue Reading →
Learn to play music and sing at MusicSchoolOnline.com

Learn to play music and sing at MusicSchoolOnline.com

The folks at MusicSchoolOnline.com recently asked if I was interested in reviewing their online courses (disclosure – I was provided free service to facilitate this review). While I am not a musician, Hubby is! He loves to play guitar and to sing. So he has been trying out MusicSchoolOnline.com for a couple of weeks for me and is sharing his experiences here today. This service is perfect for kids, teens, and even adult education. It is also a great resource for those who homeschool. Hubby has been setting up his man cave over the last several weeks as well and … Continue Reading →
Cool Back-to-School Ideas

Cool Back-to-School Ideas

I am a HUGE fan of so many 3M products. Two of my favorites are Post-It and Command items. Both of these are awesome for back-to-school season to help with both parents and students. I’ve gathered up some of their fantastic ideas to share with you today. The Great Dorm Hookup Sweepstakes For any of your kids who are in college, make sure to let them know how the Command Great Dorm Hookup Sweepstakes which runs thru September 30, 2015. The grand prize (1) is a $2500 Visa Gift Card and $100 in Command Products, first prize (3) $500 Visa … Continue Reading →
Knowing Your Child’s Learning Style Can Make Homework Time Easier

Knowing Your Child’s Learning Style Can Make Homework Time Easier

Even though my son is out of school I still get caught up in the back-to-school excitement this time of year. We did a combination of public school and homeschooling with T growing up, based on his needs at the time. One of the most important and helpful things I did was to learn and understand what his learning style was and use methods that focused on that style to help him with learning and remembering. Most kids will have a combination of these methods but you will be able to notice a strong tilt towards one of them. Auditory … Continue Reading →
Back-to-School with SanDisk Memory from Best Buy

Back-to-School with SanDisk Memory from Best Buy

These days students do so much of their school work in digital formats that most parents, even in grade school, are finding memory devices on the required school supply list when the kids head back to school. While I love cloud storage for many things, it is not always an option for students as schools block access to some things. If they require a removable memory device than I highly recommend SanDisk branded products. I have personally used many SanDisk items for years and years now and they are consistently the best performing and longest lasting. There are some cheap … Continue Reading →
Missouri Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Missouri Back-to-School Sales Tax Holiday

Here is Missouri our schools tend to start back for the new school year in mid-August. Early I know compared to many other states, but that’s the way it is. To help families save a bit of money on back-to-school shopping, Missouri has a sales tax holiday each year. This year the tax holiday runs August 7-9, 2015. Even if you don’t have a student you can still take advantage of these savings on certain items during this weekend. Since this is not part of school districts, homeschoolers can also take advantage of all of these savings! Missouri Sales Tax … Continue Reading →
Using Photos for Writing Prompts for Kids, Teens, and Adults

Using Photos for Writing Prompts for Kids, Teens, and Adults

During summer break kids, of all ages, can really get creative with their writing. I’ve done a few posts with lists of writing prompts for diaries, journals, and stories, 83 Teen Writing Prompts and 77 More Teen Writing Prompts. Today I want to share another great way to get minds thinking by using photos as writing prompts. There is no right or wrong way to use photos for writing prompts either. You can give some direction to the writer or nothing but the photograph. Just like with all learning at home you can customize it to fit the needs of each … Continue Reading →
Build Your Own Solar-Powered Phone Charger

Build Your Own Solar-Powered Phone Charger

Summer is here and the sun is out. Why not use the sun to your advantage and make yourself a solar-powered phone charger. This is also a great project for the kids to keep them learning this summer. My son loved making science projects like this all the time. I found this infographic with step-by-step instructions to make your own charger and a little extra info about solar power. Will you try making your own solar phone charger? Have you made any other solar-powered devices before? Infographic Source: Fix.com Continue Reading →
Learn About Butterflies Day – Infographic

Learn About Butterflies Day – Infographic

Today is “Learn About Butterflies Day” so I had to find a fun infographic for this week that was about butterflies. I love this animated one with 42 butterflies of North America that is animated! Amazing work by Tabletop Whale on this creation! I actually came across another wonderful infographic about butterflies that I encourage you to go take a look at. Terri Wilhelm created it herself and has them for sale as prints even. It is full of fun facts about butterflies and moths. When I was homeschooling my son many years ago we got a butterfly kit. It … Continue Reading →
Rock ‘N Learn 10 DVD Math & Science Collection Deal and Giveaway

Rock ‘N Learn 10 DVD Math & Science Collection Deal and Giveaway

In my email I get a lot offers to review various items. I say no to a great majority of them, but then there are those that stand out. Today Rock ‘N Learn jumped out at me. Why? Because as a former homeschooler and a parent who supplemented education during the time that my son was in “regular” school I was always on the hunt for really helpful educational items. I took a look at the sample clips from Rock ‘N Learn’s videos and was honestly impressed. They were modern and upbeat but did not talk down to kids at … Continue Reading →