Leap Years Explained [Video]

Leap YearsThis year we get an extra day. Explaining leap years to kids can be difficult sometimes because there are a lot of exceptions to the rules and kids can be sticklers for rules.

Looking for an illustrative way to explain leap years to your kids? Check out this video!

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Can Dash and Dot Pick the Super Bowl Winner?

Last year we received Dash and Dot to review. This past year has been a fun year of coding with these two adorable robots from Wonder Workshop. We’re hoping this year that they picked the Super Bowl winner.

Accessories used in this video were the mallet from the xylophone and the smartphone mount. Programming was done in Blockly with an iPad Mini.

If you want to get started programming with Dash and Dot I recommend the Wonder Pack. It comes with all of the accessories used in this video and more.

Look for my one year review of Dash and Dot in an upcoming podcast.

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Northeast Homeschool Conferences and Conventions

It’s that time of the year again. Time to start thinking about homeschool conferences and conventions. Here in the northeast United States that means a break from the snow (hopefully) and an opportunity to look to the year ahead.

Northeast Homeschool Conferences and Conventions

Defining “the northeast” can be tricky. Most people include New England and Mid-Atlantic states. Others add Maryland and Washington, D.C. into the mix while the Library of Congress includes all states east of the Mississippi and north of the Ohio and Potomac Rivers. So which states should I include?

I’ve chosen to go with the addition of Maryland and Washington, D.C. this year. It’s a fair compromise (even though Maryland is south of the Mason-Dixon Line). Adding Illinois, Indiana, Ohio, Michigan, and Wisconsin breaks with the traditional definition of “the northeast” and would make for a longer list to maintain. Continue Reading →

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fischertechnik Introduction to STEM I & II Kits – Review – WHS 180

Teaching STEM topics to homeschooled kids can sometimes be difficult. Often times, the “freebie” worksheets and experiments you find online are either too simple for older or more inquisitive kids or they lack detailed explanations about how to perform the experiments. In addition, many science curriculum lack the rigor we desire for our kids. Our family is probably unusual in that regard.

When I was contacted by Studica to review the fischertechnik Introduction to STEM I & I kits they offer I was excited. After I actually used them with my kids my excitement was justified. These two kits exceeded my expectations in their quality, level of detail, and their supplemental as well as supporting material.

fischertechnik Introduction to STEM Kit

Introduction to STEM I

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5 Fantastic Reasons to Use Tech in Homeschooling – WHS 179

Why do we use tech in homeschooling? Is it just to look cool or keep up with our neighbors? Do we think we’re giving our kids an advantage when we use tech?

This week’s episode is a replay of one of my earlier episodes. It’s what I consider part of the foundation of this podcast and illustrates why tech is important to homeschooling.

Use Tech Homeschooling

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