Monthly Archives: June 2009

Homeschool Worksheets

Homeschool worksheets can be found in almost any bookstore, homeschool supply store, or on innumerable websites. Worksheets can be a wonderful and powerful tool to help you with your homeschool. However, worksheets in and of themselves should not replace your proper homeschool curriculum. At educationbug.org we recently posted an article that may help you weigh the pros and cons of using homeschool worksheets, and also give you great resources for worksheets.

Many of you will be visiting lakes or beaches on your summer vacations so why not take the opportunity learn a little science about the water and oceans while you are enjoying a bit of fun and sun. Our latest science project article had great ideas for experiments and projects about the water and oceans. Perhaps, you can even get some ideas for next years science fair, collect the things you are going to need while on vacation, then come home and get a head start on that science project.

Science Projects on Sound

Even though the science fair season is over, school is out, and you think you have all the time in the world before thinking about a science project, you should really think about all the different areas in which to do science projects. There is always someone who does a volcano project, an ant farm project, or a solar system project, but how often do you see a science project on sound? In our latest science project article we have great ideas for sound science projects. They are categorized my grade level so you can find one that is age appropriate. In this article you can find everything from how sound travels, musical instruments, to how a stethoscope works. Many of these projects can be accomplished using things you have lying around the house. Many are very simple yet a great educational opportunity.

Still attending college? Wondering about a graduate degree? We also recently posted is an article on Graduate Degrees. If you are considering pursuing your graduate degree you should take a look at this article. It has great information on the different types of graduate degrees, requirements for graduate degree, and tips on getting your graduate degree.

Prepositions and Division

Do you know the difference between simple prepositions, complex prepositions, prepositional complements, and what the roles of prepositional phrases are? If not, we have a great grammar lesson article for you to read at educationbug.org. Our grammar lessons are posted on a regular basis and can help you learn about many things in the English language. You will find articles about parts of sentences (like nouns, prepositions, adjectives etc…), allusion vs illusion, passed vs. past (and many more easy confused comparisons), and reminders of English grammar rules like I before E.

Educationbug also has a math lesson category with many new articles posted regularly. This week in math lessons we cover mathematical division. This article is a great reminder of some of the basic information on how to divide, and some of the many ways in which to solve division problems.

Chemistry Projects and Ideas

Just wanted to let you know, if you are looking for more great science project ideas and instructions then you should visit educationbug.org regularly. We recently posted a really fun easy science project instruction article on How to Make a Magnet.

If that one isn’t of interest to you then maybe you would prefer one on Forms of Matter and Chemistry science projects. These articles are not only interesting, fun, and easy but a great way to spend time with your children doing educational projects. Most of them have very little cost or are made with objects you have around your house.

Public School Ratings

Since 2002, when the No Child Left Behind Act (NCLB) was signed, the issue of Public school ratings has been a hot topic. NCLB was designed to make available public education more equal in standards across the country. There is much debate on how well this program has worked. However, one thing it has done is provide some standardized testing that at least provides some form of data on how well the students are learning and at what levels. Prior to NCLB there was no data recorded or reported to tell the public how well their students or child’s school was doing in their education. We recently posted an article at educationbug.org with information and statistics on Public School Rating we think you may be interested in reading.

Also while you are there check out the new science project article that has
science project ideas for ecosystems, habitats, and environments. Summer time is a great time to do some of these simple science projects with your children. They may not even realize this is an educational experience if you approach it as just another fun summer activity. (wink wink)

Homeschool Supplies

Whether you are just considering homeschool, just starting a new homeschool, or have been homeschooling for a while homeschool supplies are something you can not do without. Educationbug.org recently posted an article on homeschool supplies, including a list of what you need, where, and how to get all of your needed homeschool supplies. Don’t wait until summer is over. Plan ahead, start now, and be prepared for when school starts again.

While you are at educationbug.org check out the new math article on decimals, it has great information and tips on how to work with decimals and decimal conversion.

You may also find the new science project article on how to make a compass helpful in keeping your children busy this summer. These projects are a great way to spend time with your children doing something constructive, educational, and most of all FUN! The make a compass article give you instructions on how to make three different types of compass’, including what materials are needed (most of which you will find around your house). Then take advantage of this cool experiment and go on a little adventure to try out your new compass. Come on, don’t sit around all summer being bored or playing video games, get out and have some fun!

Homeschool Preschool

There are many things parents can do to prepare their children for school. Whether you decide to send your children to a public school, private school, charter school, magnet school, or to homeschool them if you take the time to teach them some basics they are more likely to succeed throughout their school years. By teaching your preschooler basic reading, writing, and math skills your child will be better equipped to start school without being overwhelmed.

There are many fun-filled ways of teaching preschool age children. In fact, it is the easiest time in their life to learn. You can even teach them things without them feeling like they are being taught. By reading to them every day, playing guessing games, card games, counting games, etc…You can make almost anything you do during the day into an educational experience.

There are a few homeschool preschool curriculum’s available to help, if you are struggling with ideas. Keep in mind most states do not have any educational requirements that include preschool, therefore homeschool preschool does not have to be documented and will count as credit towards their educational graduation requirements. That is not to say they will not be rewarded, the education in and of itself will be a huge reward. You may also wish to reward them for their accomplishments as it will help them gain a sense of self esteem and accomplishment.