Easy Rubber Egg Experiment! Yes, easy! It only takes about 5 minutes to set up and then a week’s worth of observations. Come see how easy it really is!
Celebrate Valentine’s Day with these Printable Harry Potter Valentines! As many of you know we are a household obsessed with Harry Potter. Though we’ve read all of the books we are in the process of re-reading the series again aloud. As such our son specifically asked for Harry Potter themed Valentines to give to his friends and fellow Gryffindors.
Did you know that you could freeze bubbles? We discovered the joy of frozen bubbles during our last snow! As long as your temperatures are below 32 degrees Fahrenheit, then you too can enjoy some frozen bubble fun with the kids!
A Harry Potter Origami Sorting Hat Fortune Teller (also known as a cutie catcher) was exactly what we needed as we finished “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” for the umpteenth time! It’s always bittersweet when we finish one of these wonderful books by J. K. Rowling. She is an expert at drawing you into a story and making you feel as though you are in the characters shoes, so to speak. One of the first nail biting moments of the book is when Harry is to be sorted into one of the Hogwarts Houses and the Sorting Hat is placed on his head. “Not Slytherin. Not Slytherin,” he whispers quietly to himself.
We were so thrilled to get our first snow here in East Tennessee! It was white, fluffy, and gloriously cold! So cold in fact that, if out long enough, your face and hands hurt! The children pointed out that when the sun’s rays hit it just right; it looked like millions of diamonds covering the ground. Of course the first thing I wanted to do, while the big fluffy flakes fell, was curl up together and read aloud. What better book to read while it’s snowing than the Little House in the Big Woods by Laura Ingells Wilder. When we got to the part where Pa brought in the pans of snow for Laura and her sister Mary to drizzle the maple syrup into, our children were instantly on board with making maple syrup snow candy!
One of my favorite things in the whole world is snuggling with my children and reading aloud from a great book. We enjoy picture books as well, but there is nothing like a fantastic chapter book or novel read aloud. I’ve found that our read alouds really deepen our bond and helps us to connect as a family. Plus I get to re-read some of my favorite childhood books.
The past year has seen many changes and challenges for our family and our homeschool. We found ourselves uprooted from the hustle and bustle of city life, and planted firmly on my sister’s farm in Tennessee. Adjusting to the ebb and flow of this new life has been both overwhelming and wonderful. We’ve found that the seasons of homeschool, much like our lives, can transition and shift. So, with this New Year and new homeschool season upon us I am focused on being thankful, making more meaningful connections, and making memories with our children. What better way to bond with our kids than with brownies, books and games in the New Year!
February 15th is Galileo’s birthday, so I decided to search out all of the kids’ books and fun resources to aid me in teaching our son about the man that designed the first pendulum clock. Galileo improved the telescope and thus discovered sunspots, tracked the phases of Venus, and puzzled over the rings of Saturn. He also went on to discover the four massive moons of Jupiter! This is definitely a scientist our son wanted to know more about.
As 2016 draws to a close I find myself reflecting on all of our homeschool adventures, rabbit holes of learning and books of inspiration. You, my readers, have with been with us through them all and I thank you. I hope we have brought you some encouragement, resources and laughs this past year. Here are the top 10 posts of 2016 here at Nourishing My Scholar, plus our top 10 photos on Instagram. I hope you enjoy this look back over our year!
I just went out and bought all the twinkle lights I could find! No, I’m not stocking up for next year’s holiday decorations. I’m preparing myself for the dark cold winter that lies ahead. As moms, we know that with the dreariness of winter’s days, the less happy we can become. A certain grey dullness can overshadow the joys of our everyday life. Even our little ones can exude a bit more crankiness this time of year. There are certain triggers, compiled over several weeks, which can bring about the gloom. Yet there are also some proactive choices we can make to help keep our happy even through the winter months.