As a homeschool momma, I love all the free resources I can find. Mystery Science gave us a year subscription for free. Mystery Science is used in 50% of elementary schools. They took 150 of the most asked questions to teachers by students ages 5-10 and turned them into science open and go lessons.
We currently use it as
a supplemental source of learning for my daughter and not primary. They send me
cute emails of videos and projects on Sundays, so I plan it into her week. I
find she enjoys the videos because it’s a nice way to break up bookwork during
the week and something different than her hands-on science experiments. I
wanted to share an extension project that was offered by them because the skull
is a perfect symbol of Halloween. It’s amazing how kids can be entertained by a
simple piece of paper.
(She was able to use
scissors and tape, so she was happy. Science and Art all together. What’s
better than that?)
If you are looking for something to boost your child’s knowledge of the world around them, check out www.Mystery.org
Here is one of our Halloween Favorites from MADDivaConcierge and your favorite #Mixologist theMADDiva! It’s our Pineapple Sherbet Float with Pineapples and Pineapple Ice Cream garnished with Gummy Worms! If you drink, you can add your shot of choice. We recommend Pineapple @ciroc or patron #tequila. If you don’t drink, keep it clean and do it virgin!
What is your favorite specialty drink for this time of year?
This year I was really excited about my daughter being old enough to really pick out her own pumpkin! I purchased a safety knife, so she could cut it out herself after cleaning it. (She was hesitant about sticking her fingers in.) I told her it was ewwwweeee gooey fun, so she dug in! Still, she wasn’t thrilled about the texture. Being a homeschool mom, I made a really big deal of it. Not only was it a field trip to the pumpkin patch but it was also a whole Pumpkin Unit Study! We talked about the life cycle of a pumpkin and she learned vocabulary words. We read 4 different books about pumpkins. Her pumpkin investigation worksheet is below.
She even named her pumpkin” Spookly”! It was a great way to end a productive school week. It also made me realize how much children can really learn while keeping homeschool fun. As she was washing the pumpkin seeds, so we could roast them, she counted each and every one of them! So, math, science, english, home economics and reading were all covered just by a simple trip to the pumpkin patch. There is a whole world out there to explore with your kiddos and keep it fun! I’d love to learn some of your homeschool tricks. Please share.