Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Applied Science

The other day, Anna and Katrina were heading outside when Katrina tripped.  Anna, who has been studying the skeletal system in science, asked, "Did you hurt your femur?"

I'll take that as a success.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Field Trips

A good friend of mine told me years ago that the best time to visit some of the museums in our area was during the first week the public schools are in session. I have taken her advice often and it has always been great. Yesterday, I took my kids to the local Science Center and we only had to share it with about 3 other small families.

While planning your field trips this year, look to schedule them in the early afternoon. If a school does have a field trip to that particular place, they will be leaving shortly after lunch time in order for their students to catch the bus and you and your children will have the place to yourselves. Also, schools rarely plan field trips for Mondays. When you don't have to share a place of interest with 300 other school children, guides will have more time to talk with you and answer questions and your children will be able to handle any hands-on displays without being rushed.

Just some helpful homeschool hints!

Sunday, September 5, 2010

Science Fun

I love that my son sees experiments in his book and goes ahead and tries them without my prompting.  It's also great entertainment for the whole family!

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Understanding my Children

In sitting with my children helping them do their schoolwork, I have come to a deeper understanding of them and their struggles.  In spending hours sitting with each precious child day in and day out, I have come to a poignant conclusion:

The reason my children often SEEM brainless is because the ARE!  It is no fault of theirs, but their school books have the power to deplete the majority of their brain cells during the course of the morning.

How did I come to such a profound conclusion?  Because by the time the morning is over, MY brain cells have been severely reduced by textbooks on 5 different grade levels.  By 2:00 in the afternoon, there is nothing left of me than a mere shell of a human being.

Brain cells DO grow back.  I know this because I have a fully-functioning brain by 7:00 every morning.  I enjoy them the few hours they actually last.

Here's hoping your brain cells remain plentiful always...