Economics in the Homeschool

Economics in the Homeschool

Sadly, the formal study of economics is left out of most of the curricula I’ve run across in my 11+ years of homeschooling.  An understanding of economics is EXTREMELY important as our children grow up to care for a family, learn to tithe and give, and become the financial leaders of our country. Unless we…

Hands-On Volume Lesson

  (This post contains affiliate links and links to my business website, Shining Dawn Books.) Target Age Range: 3rd-7th Skills Covered: volume, length, width, height, formulas, 2-dimesional shapes, 3-dimensional shapes Snap cubes are great for teaching perimeter, area, and volume in a hands-on way.  This lesson focused on volume and understanding the formula for finding…

Standard Measurement with Play Dough

Standard Measurement with Play Dough

This hands-on, literature-based math activity will help your younger students concretely understand the concept of standard measurement. This post contains affiliate links. Target Age Range: K-2 Skills Covered: non-standard measurement, standard measurement, making comparisons, fine motor skills, reading Understanding measurement doesn’t have to be hard for little ones.  In fact, teaching it early with concrete…

Economics for Kids: Productive Resources

Economics for Kids: Productive Resources

(This post contains affiliate links and links to my business website, Shining Dawn Books.) Target Age Range: 3rd-8th Skills Covered: economics, productive resources, natural resources, capital resources, human resources, sorting Last January, I took a professional development class on incorporating economics into your classroom.  Yes, apparently homeschool parents can take professional development classes…they knew I…

Yummy Shapes

  Target Age Range:  PK-1st Skills Covered:  shape names, cutting, fine motor, baking, creativity This living math lesson for little people is simple and motivating.  Who doesn’t want a cookie break in the middle of the school day?? 1. Make your favorite sugar cookie dough recipe first and refrigerate it.  For a real living math…

Play Dough Geometry

Learning math with play dough geometry is so much fun! Middle and high school students like to play, too, and this series of lessons gives them a great, hands-on overview of beginning geometry. Concrete learning (actually touching, building, and manipulating things) is so important to solidify a real understanding of otherwise abstract concepts. Play dough…

Popcorn Math Activity

  (This post contains affiliate links and links to my business website, Shining Dawn Books.) Target Age Range:  3rd-8th Skills Covered:  estimation, capacity measurements, multiplication, calculator, collecting data, making comparisons, cooking Food motivates my children and I suspect it might motivate your children, too!  It just happens to be a bonus that this food inspired…

Fun with Patterns

  Target Age Range: PK-6th Skills Covered: finishing patterns, growing patterns, symmetry, naming patterns, area, perimeter, charting, relationships between patterns, number patterns, problem solving PK-2 Activities Top Photo: Begin a simple pattern (using any manipulative you like) and ask your child to continue the pattern. To help young children begin to understand what a pattern…

Living Math Series

Beginning next week… October 15-26… a series full of practical ideas for incorporating more living math into your school days! Join me here daily!  Better yet, add my feed to your feed reader so you’re sure not to miss a post!

Hands-on Geometry

I continue to be impressed by the materials Prufrock Press sends me for review.  Believe me, if I didn’t like something, I wouldn’t post about it!  And if I don’t actually use it in my homeschool, I won’t post about it either! Hands-On Geometry is a book we used in our school once a week…

Nature Study – Leaves

Nature Study – Leaves

(This post contains affiliate links and links to my business website, Shining Dawn Books.) It was COLD in Central KY yesterday The nature walk part of our nature study was rather short – just a quick trip down to the creek bed to collect a variety of leaves.  But once we got home – the…

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