The Sound of Homeschool Music

We’ve been reading the story of Lentil, by Robert McCloskey. A big part of this story revolves around music, which led us on an entertaining rabbit trail all about music, sound, instruments, and bands. These rabbit trails are my favorite part of homeschooling. As we pursue our interests, the children come alive with delight, and […]

Paddle-to-the-Sea Unit Study Chapter 8-9

Our reading of Paddle-to-the-Sea is such an interesting way to learn about geography!  We pulled out our map for Chapters 8 and 9, to follow Paddle’s journey through the Great Lakes. Chapter 8 – The Largest Lake in the World In Chapter 8, Paddle drifts from the Nipigon River into Lake Superior, the largest lake […]

Testing the Tongue Mapping Theory

Remember testing the tongue mapping theory in elementary school? We were told that the tongue was divided into different sections. Each section was meant to taste either salty, sour, bitter or sweet. I clearly remember sitting in class, watching the teacher go around the class, dropping a drip of mystery fluid onto each student’s tongue. According […]

FIAR:  Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel

We have been reading Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel, as part of our Five in a Row (FIAR), Volume 1 curriculum.  This is a classic children’s book, written in 1939.  It is about a man who takes his well-loved steam shovel, Mary Anne, on an adventure to show that they are just as good – […]

Kids never get tired of building, do they?  As I was going to bed last night, I tripped over an elaborate arrangement of blankets, toys and chairs in the hallway, which was apparently a gnome village of some sort.  As I peeked into Clark’s room, I see his room completely draped in more sheets and […]

Learning About Steam Power

We’ve been studying the classic children’s book, Mike Mulligan and his Steam Shovel as part of our Five in a Row homeschool curriculum.  This is the story about Mike Mulligan, who along with his beloved steam shovel, Mary Ann, finds himself caught in a changing world.  In fact, the book was written in 1939, around the […]