APR
19
2015

Little Bits Review & Giveaway

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Have you guys heard of Little Bits Electronics? Well, they were new to me! But when they sent me an email to review their products, I was intrigued. I already knew that Turbo loved to play with anything electronic, and after taking a look at their website, I knew he’d love to check them out!   And I was right. After stalking the mailman for what seemed like forever (really about 3-5 days), our package finally arrived! It took him all of about 1 second to tear into it, and start playing around.   Instantly he was lurking around asking people to shake his hand. I thought it was going to be a shocking experience, but actually it was just a harmless buzzer that caused a lot of giggles around here.   He then went back to work creating more projects with the fun manual. They sent us the deluxe kit, and there are about 15 projects in the manual, but there are hundreds more projects online on their website. One thing that are so cool about these kits is that they … [Read more...]

APR
12
2015

LEGO Education Simple Machines – Crane

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Good morning readers! We had another great LEGO Education group again this month! This time we worked on building and using cranes!     This month we created LEGO Ants which were probably one of the more enjoyable creations! Well, the most entertaining anyway! We had battles…and races…and fun!   I’ve had several questions about the LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms, and I do have to say that we LOVE IT! The lessons are great, and it could definitely suffice as a portion of your science or robotics class for the year. There are about 34 lessons in the Activity Pack, so you could do one per week to make it last for the whole year if you wanted to use it as a formal curriculum. We’ve been using the kit for about 2 years now because we meet once a month for our co-op. But you could certainly do it more often if you wanted to! You do need to purchase the activity pack (lessons) separately from the base set if you want the … [Read more...]

JAN
18
2015

LEGO Education Go Carts & Sleds

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We've been using the LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms for our Co-op group for awhile now. Since we only meet once a month this kit is lasting us about 2 academic years which is nice. So far we've had a great time, and today we learned all about go carts and sleds. The lesson included changing out tires to see which ones had better traction. We also learned which ones pulled themselves up a steep hill faster. And finally we created a sled so that the carts could pull some weight. At the start of each lesson the students are broken up into teams of 2. Each person builds their section of the booklet, then they bring their finished products together to form the final model. I like that they each get to work alone for a bit, then as a team to create their projects.   Here is one of their initial carts. I didn’t get pictures, but all three carts had different tires on them. We experimented with small vs. large tires, along with smooth or thick … [Read more...]

SEP
29
2013

LEGO Education Simple Machines Giveaway

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Hi readers! I’m so excited about today’s giveaway! As many of you know we’ve been absolutely loving the LEGO Education products lately. And my kiddos are super excited that we’ve added them into our curriculum this year. We’re going to be doing a co-op with the  LEGO Education Simple & Motorized Mechanisms Base Set this year, but I’ll have more to share on that later. Today I have the pleasure of reviewing the LEGO Education WeDo Construction Set and Software for you. This stuff is so cool, I had no idea! Literally. I had no idea until my friends 12 year old showed me how to use it. And yes, I felt old. But then I realized how cool this product is!   As I mentioned, we received the LEGO Education WeDo Construction Set, Activity Pack, and Software set. We downloaded the Farris Wheel instructions from their online resources, then built the project using the WeDo 9580 + 9585 sets combined. Once our project was complete, we installed the LEGO Education WeDo … [Read more...]

MAY
01
2013

Homeschool Science Curriculum Forum

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    Hi readers! Welcome to today’s homeschool curriculum forum on science! As most of you know, I am currently using Abeka science in our homeschool. I have to say that this has been a wonderful addition to our homeschool this year. Not only does it require very little planning on my part, but it does include some hands on activities as well. Since this program has a variety of resources included, I thought it might be helpful if I told you which things I purchase when doing Abeka Science. One thing I don’t love about Abeka are all of the little booklets that you have to purchase. It would be nice if they came all together to make life easier. But for the science I always purchase the teacher’s manual or “curriculum” as they are often called. The student work text, the student workbooks, and the answer keys if I am teaching an upper grade. I also purchase the tests and quizzes and answer keys to those as well. I do not always choose to purchase the … [Read more...]

APR
03
2013

Flower Dyeing Science Experiment

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Hi everyone! So a few months ago we did a fun science experiment using food coloring and daisies to show how plants absorb water up through their stems.   Normally, plants have roots which absorb water from the soil. The water travels through the roots and up the stem and into the leaves. The leaves gather sunlight, then use the sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water to make food for the plant in a process called photosynthesis. Cut flowers don’t have roots, but the water still moves up the stems and into the leaves giving a nice visual to how the process works. After our last experiment the kids wanted to try it again, but this time we thought we’d try to die one flower two different colors. I have to say this one was a bit trickier!   What you will need: White Daisies or Carnations (However many you’d like to use, we did four) Glass Mason Jars Food Coloring or liquid watercolors Cutting board & Exacto Knife Time to experiment with our flowers! So first we … [Read more...]

APR
02
2013

Animal Classification Unit

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Hi everyone! Today I wanted to share a fun animal classification unit I created. Although my Expedition Earth and Road Trip USA curricula include quite extensive animal units, I needed something that included a little more detail on the classification of animals along with something hands-on for my younger students.     --> Click here to download the Animal Classification Unit <-- (Having trouble downloading this form? Right click on the link and select “save link as” then click “ok” to save it to your computer.)   Instructions for use: You can use this animal classification unit however best fits your needs. It is a great supplement to a curriculum teaching students about animal classes. It can also be used on it’s own as a small unit on animal classification. Here are a couple ways you can use this document to create a fun hands-on learning project for your students. The study includes fun information for mammals, amphibians, reptiles, … [Read more...]

FEB
05
2013

Science Experiment & Colored Flowers

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Hi everyone! I wanted to share a quick little science experiment you can do right at home! We’re learning all about plants right now, and so we did this cute experiment to show the kiddos how the stem of the flower pulls up water and nutrients to feed the flower.   Plants have roots which absorb water from the soil. The water travels through the roots and up the stem and into the leaves. The leaves gather sunlight, then use the sunlight, carbon dioxide, and water to make food for the plant in a process called photosynthesis. Cut flowers don’t have roots, but the water still moves up the stems and into the leaves giving a nice visual to how the process works. What you will need: White Daisies or Carnations (However many you’d like to use, we did four) Glass Mason Jars Food Coloring or liquid watercolors (We used food coloring, but I think the liquid water colors give a brighter end result.) Experimentation Time! First we filled our mason jars about half … [Read more...]

AUG
28
2012

Life Size Human Anatomy Activity

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Hi everyone! I’m gearing up for science this year and have a fun printable to share with you today! It’s a Human Body Anatomy Puzzle and life size organs! We’re going to work on the Human Body a little bit this year, so I created a human body skeleton and organs puzzle along with some life size organs that you can use with a simple outline tracing of your students body! Here is a sample of the puzzle, I used a Xyron 900 9" Creative Station with the Magnetic/Laminate insert to make my puzzle magnetic. But you can also just simply laminate for durability. --> Download the Human Anatomy Printables <-- The puzzle is about 2 feet tall, and includes the skeleton pieces, all of the major organs, and word labels. Here is a closer view of the puzzle so you can see the labels, and pieces. There is also teacher’s manual for this part that includes the body organ functions along with a guide for proper organ placement.   For fun I also created printable color and black … [Read more...]