How a Pendulum Clock Measures Time: Day 9 Hands-on Learning Activities and more...

{Please share my weekly newsletter with another homeschool mom who would benefit from it.} Newsletter Winter January 15, 2016.

(I don't have enough to do, so for 2016 I created a new Pinterest account, come on over and follow me there too.)

Slow uhmm Sweet Start to the New Year!

Look who came to visit, Mr. Senior 2013. I admit it, I have been playing hooky.


I haven’t seen my baby in 6 months since he left South America to move to New York.

And I had all my sweet men corralled in one spot, a favorite Japanese restaurant, so I grabbed a picture or two.

(Of course, I only took pictures of us after I stopped crying like a baby.)

He leaves this week, but I am so happy to at least be on the same continent with him again.

Back to reality, I need to scoot on with our homeschooling, so look what we have been up to.


If only magic fairy dust could be sprinkled in my fairy tale land that I like to escape to when the hard times of homeschooling hit. And then all my homeschool woes could go away. I’m still waiting for it to happen.

In the meantime, sharing 3 ways you’re making homeschool harder than it has to be, I hope these tried and true tips will help you make some changes and sprinkle a little magic fairy dust for you.

Creative Ways to Give Life to History

History field trips have a way of not only making history fun, but places have a way of helping a child remember important dates, important people and events.

Moving from the book to visiting historical places makes learning history memorable and engaging.

Look at this list of 22 places to visit for history and oh yes, be sure to print off some copies of my Homeschool Field Trip Journal Pages and my free Editable Field Trip Tracking Guide.


Homeschool Luv

Slapping down a map to label states and countries has never been an engaging way to teach my kids homeschool geography. Drill and kill of boring facts to remember only worked for a short time too.

I am sharing 11 awesome ways to learn geography that don’t include labeling a map because geography is so much more than writing out the names of states and countries.

Can you say snore? zzzzzzzz. (okay, okay)

Including ways to teach geography to a variety of ages, I hope some of these help you to get out of your geography rut.

7 Step Curriculum Planner.

Did you grab your 2016 calendars yet? I have two color options.

Here is Dreaming!

And here is Sparkle!

What's Coming Up!

You know my passion for hands-on activities.

I have a HUGE, HUGE resource coming, 365 Days of Hands-On Activities.

One for every day of the year! Stay tuned.

And I have some updates coming up for the planner including some 2017 forms and a fun twist on a new fun science curriculum we are using.

Don't Forget About Our Exclusive Facebook Group.

Be sure to read the guidelines because I want it to be a place that everybody feels welcomed.

Just Plain Fun Things

I love this reference, The Ultimate Guide to Ancient History.

And I love this reference too, Kids Learning to Code!

Check out all the other blog posts below!

Hugs and you know I love ya,

How a Pendulum Clock Measures Time: Day 9 Hands-on Learning Activities

The great Italian scientist, Galileo Galilei sat in the cathedral in Pisa watching a lantern swinging back and forth. Soon he realized that the lantern was a pendulum and that each swing took exactly the same amount of time. Making our pendulum clock we decided to try it too. Here are the simple supplies Tiny […]

5 Year Holiday Reference Page (7 Step Free Homeschool Planner)

Today, I’m excited because I did a color change for the 5 year holiday reference page as well as updating them to the years 2017 to 2021. For a few years, I have done a passion pink and turquoise color. But today, I have named one purple-licious and aquazoom. I normally try to get these […]

How Accurate is a Sand Clock? Day 8: Hands-on Learning

Moving on in our hands-on series, we focused on reading about all kinds of crude clocks. Today, we wondered how accurate is a sand clock. This is a fun hands-on idea whether you’re studying the desert, about time or just learning about crude inventions. Man has always been fascinated with time and so we thought […]

How Does the Power of Ice Shape Mountains? Day 7: Hands-on Learning

Today, we were reviewing how weather shapes the land and learning about how the power of ice shapes mountains. To test ice power, we did a fun and simple hands-on activity. TEST ICE POWER Look at this short list of things you probably have around the house: ►egg ►wooden skewer ►a pinch of modeling clay […]

Geoscavenge – A Rock and Mineral Hunt: Day 6 Hands-on Learning

I think we’ve skipped winter here in Texas and are going straight to spring. So to celebrate spring, I’ve prepared this geoscavenge or a scavenger hunt list for a rock and mineral hunt. I geared it toward middle school, but younger kids can join in too. Just print how many copies you need. Hands-On Geology […]

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What is a Lapbook Video.

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Anatomy of a Well Laid Out High School Geography Curriculum

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