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New Pathfinder Honors!

Looking for unit study ideas for older children?  There are some newly approved Pathfinder honors that look like fun, including a LEGO® design honor!

Many of the new honors are scienced-based, which makes them the perfect foundation for a unit study.   You will find the list of new honors HERE along with more information about each one.

Did You Miss the Agriculture Conference?

Good news, many of the videos have been posted so you can catch up on what you missed!  I highly recommend the video from Thursday morning entitled,  Back To School: The ABCs of Agriculture in Childhood Education.  Here’s the link you need:  Agriculture Conference Replays

Close-up mid section of woman holding soil

Show & Share – November 12

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Welcome to the November 12th edition of Show & Share. We look forward to enjoying what you have to share today. For Show & Share ideas and guidelines, read this post

The Best-Laid Plans…

…don’t always turn out to be the best unit studies.  The topic for my 3rd grader’s unit study this month was trees & leaves.   I collected stacks of library books and filled a 3 prong folder with interesting information and  activities.  We were going to have a good time!    Although we did collect leaves and acorns, and set up two science experiments – the unit study was a dud.  We both just couldn’t get into it.

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Our chromatography experiment with various colored leaves.

You know what?  In 11 years of homeschooling, this is not the first time this has happened.  Nor will it be the last.   Not every lesson I plan is going to result in academic fireworks.   When I realized that his interest was flagging, I didn’t push the subject, I just let it go.  Why force an 8yo boy to learn about trees?  Because it’s written in ink on my plan book?  Nah, it’s not that serious.  Really, it isn’t.    I’m quite sure the topic will come up again in the future.   There’s so much in the world to learn about, why drag our heels in simple and compound leaves?

New homeschooling parents, I share this especially because I want you to know it is okay to fail sometimes.  To have lessons that don’t work out.  You are not a lousy homeschooling parent and the world will not collapse.  It is really is okay.   So we didn’t learn as much about tree rings as I had planned,  BUT we did discover a few pecans on our tree that the squirrels missed,  and which oak in our yard has the largest acorns.  Best of all, we learned that time spent nature together is never wasted.

Show & Share ~ October 29

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Welcome to the October 29h edition of Show & Share. We look forward to enjoying what you have to share today. For Show & Share ideas and guidelines, read this post

Partial Solar Eclipse on October 23rd

A partial solar eclipse viewable in most of North America will occur on Thursday, October 23rd.  How much of the eclipse that you will be able to see will depend on whether you are on the western or eastern side of North America.   This ScienceAtNasa video explains:

Those of you outside of North America- don’t feel left out- a total solar eclipse visible from Greenland, Iceland, Europe, North Africa, and northwestern Asia will occur on March 20, 2015.

 

 

Show & Share – October 22nd

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Welcome to the October 22nd edition of Show & Share. We look forward to enjoying what you have to share today. For Show & Share ideas and guidelines, read this post