The key to improving Amazon’s homeschooling recommendations – train the algorithm

Someone recently asked me how it is that I find so many excellent educational materials for children. Do I belong to some fantastic mommy group? I do have a handful of friends who send me brilliant ideas for sure. But the answer, for the most part, is (1) I spend a lot of time playing … Continue reading The key to improving Amazon’s homeschooling recommendations – train the algorithm

An outstanding microscope for young children

A homeschooling friend recently asked me for advice on picking out a microscope for young children. As we have a STEM-obsessed eight-year-old daughter, I have a lot of opinions on this topic. [This is not sponsored content!] For an affordable, but still high-quality, microscope that is super straightforward for a young child to use, I … Continue reading An outstanding microscope for young children

Our human biology and genetics curriculum (homeschooling)

Continuing my series publishing my lesson plans so parents who are interested in homeschooling can see how we do it in detail. This is our 4th grade human biology and genetics curriculum. Our daughter is gifted and interested particularly in science. We go all out in studying science each year so she feels happy and … Continue reading Our human biology and genetics curriculum (homeschooling)

Our read-aloud literature for 4th grade (homeschooling)

Continuing my series publishing our lessons plans so families that are considering homeschooling can see how we do it in detail. Each morning, we start with reading a chapter or two from excellent children's literature. This is a great way to prepare your child for learning while they wake up and eat breakfast. This year, … Continue reading Our read-aloud literature for 4th grade (homeschooling)

American Folk Music, Folk Art, and Folk Tales curriculum (homeschooling)

Continuing my series detailing our homeschooling curriculum for 4th grade for anyone who is considering homeschooling to see how we do it in real detail. As I explained in an earlier post, I try to take an interdisciplinary approach to homeschooling. This year, our theme is our identity as Americans. We are studying American history, … Continue reading American Folk Music, Folk Art, and Folk Tales curriculum (homeschooling)