Essay Writing

Essay writing isn’t always a favorite assignment with kids. Of course if you pick a topic they like, or choose an interesting book for them to read, it can help make them much more receptive and even excited about their assignment. That is why I always try to pick topics that they might find interesting, or even let them choose a topic once and a while. Since spring has just arrived, I am assigning it as my daughter’s next essay topic. Topics like these are great because there are so many things that your child can choose to write about. They could write about flowers or insects. They could write about the animals that hibernate during the winter, but wake when spring arrives. Like I said the topic of “spring” has many possibilities for an essay paper ;)

5th Grade Math

Math! Depending on your child, you will either hear moans and groans or excitement in your child’s voice, when they hear the word “math”! Some people are just naturally better at math than others, but just because it is harder for some people to learn, doesn’t mean that the person can not only learn math, but enjoy it as well. There are so many ways to help your child learn math, regardless whether it come easy to them or not. Here are a few ideas, to help you teach your 5th grader, math. Using a great math curriculum is key. If your child is bored, or having a hard time grasping the content, it could be your math curriculum. Sometimes, just switching to another program, can make all the difference in the world. Another idea is to add to your math curriculum. You can do this by making some math flash cards. Learning games are also a great tool to use. By letting them play math games, they can learn while having fun :)

Roadschooling

Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a fun and safe eve, celebrating in 2015 :)  We of course had tons of fun with family and friends. Watching the ball drop has always been my favorite part. Of course with the New Year, comes new resolutions. What is mine, you may wonder. To Roadschool! What is roadschooling? Well, it is traveling while homeschooling. Now, some families choose to live life full time on the road, where others just go for a little bit of time here and there. I do not know if we will ever be full timers, but a trip here and there, sounds like a fun way to spend time as a family while learning about things in person. I mean it is one thing to read and see pictures of Mount Rushmore for example, but being there in person, I am sure is something totally different and amazing. When will I start my adventure? I am not sure, but I hope it will be sooner rather than later ;)

Winter Themed Unit Study

Winter is almost here and with that comes an opportunity to do a winter themed Unit Study! You can buy one that has already been put together, or you can create one yourself. It is pretty easy to do, especially with so many topics to pick from. You can learn about snow, how igloos are built, and do fun crafts like make a snow flake. Other ideas are: winter animals, Artic Ocean, hibernation, etc. In addition, you can add themed printables & spelling list, nature games, crafts, field trips, etc., etc., etc. Anything, that you think that would be educational, interesting, and fun!

5th Grade Spelling

If you’re looking for some Thanksgiving themed additions to your regular homeschool curriculum, then why not create a Thanksgiving spelling list. Themed spelling lists are an easy and fun way to add some holiday into your homeschooling lessons. You can add even more learning fun by taking those words and creating crossword puzzles, word searches, word jumbles, etc. Some words that you could use are: Thanksgiving, Pilgrimage, Indians, Colony, Harvest, Vessel, Survival, Celebrate. You can also have your 5th grader prepare a story or short poem using the spelling words. As you can see, there are several things that you can do with a themed spelling list ;)

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!

How to Make Glow in the Dark Slime

October has arrived and soon it will be Halloween. As always, we will be doing some Halloween themed printable worksheets this month, but one thing new, that we are going to be doing is making Glow in the dark slime! Perfect for 5th grade Science :) Making Glow in the dark slime is Fun for the kids and very quick and easy to do.

Approximate Time: 20 minutes

Supplies:

• 1 – 4 oz bottle of clear or blue gel Elmer’s glue
• 1 cup warm water
• 2-3 Tbsp. glow-in-the-dark paint
• neon green food coloring
• 2 tsp. borax
• 1/3 cup warm water
• You will also need something to store your slime in.

Instructions:

1. First mix together the Elmer’s glue and the 1 cup of warm water.
2. Stir in the paint and food coloring.
3. In a separate small bowl, mix together the 1/3 cup warm water, and 2 teaspoons of borax. *Stir until the borax is dissolved.
4. Next you will add about 2 tablespoons of the borax solution, to the glue solution. *The more borax you add, the stiffer the slime will be. The less borax solution you add, the more runny your slim will be .

Voila! Green glow-in-the-dark slime!

*Instruction’s courtesy of www.thriftyfun.com* “Making Slime for Kids.” ThriftyFun. N.p., n.d. Web. 01 Oct. 2014.

Learning a Foreign Language

We all know that math, language arts, science, etc. are the basic subjects that are children will learn, but what about other subjects, like foreign language? Knowing how to speak more than one language is a valuable skill to have. Even though, I think 5th grade is a great time, deciding when the best time to add this as part of your homeschool curriculum, will depend on you and your child. When you do, you will be glad to know that there are many resources that you can use, to help your kids learn in a fun and easy way; for example: foreign language courses, foreign language games, flash cards, etc., etc., etc…

Back to “Home” School

It is that time of year again, back to school, or should I say back to “home” school! Most of you have probably been busy all summer, or longer, preparing for the new school year; especially if you’re new to homeschooling. Whether you are a “newbie” or not, planning the next school year, looks the same for most of us. We all re-evaluate what we did last year, figuring out what worked and what didn’t. We all spend countless hours picking out the perfect curriculum for our children. Except for those of us, who have luckily already found that perfect curriculum :) We all also take time setting up a schooling area, as well as buying the necessary supplies that we will need, for the new school year, ideally, at the awesome tax-free weekend sales. At the end of the day, whether you are just starting to homeschool or are a seasoned veteran, we all have also chosen to educate our children at home for the same reason. Because it is what we think is best for our kids!

Educational Games

As I mentioned in last month’s posting, many homeschoolers and public school parents like to provide some type of learning opportunities during summer vacation. Of course, some families like to stick to the traditional public school schedule. They enjoy having that time off and want to enjoy their summer vacation time, school free. Whether you are for or against year-round schooling, allowing your child to play educational games is a simple, stress-free, fun way to provide learning opportunities during your child’s summer vacation. How do I find these, you might be asking? It is pretty easy; you can find tons of free educational websites online. If you have a tablet or smart phone, there are many, many apps available too. Board games can also be fun and educational. Whatever you may choose, the idea is to provide learning opportunities for your child, in a fun way.

Summer School

Many homeschoolers like to follow the typical public school schedule. So summer for most kids, public or homeschooled, is a time to take a break from their regular school studies. Of course, some homeschool and public school parents want to provide education to their children year-round. Now, for some that means schooling as usual trough the summer, where others summer school a few days a week. Providing learning opportunities during the summer, is a great way to help kids not suffer from summer learning loss. Whether you use an actual curriculum, like online summer school, or choose to put something together yourself, providing education during the summer is always a good way to help further your child’s education.