I have been on a math kick lately so our most recent educationbug.org articles are centered around mathematics. There is an article in the Math Lesson section which is centered on Addition. Addition is one of the very first math lessons we learn. We start out as toddlers figuring out if there is more than just one of us then we are going to need enough to share with everyone, therefore quickly learning how to add the objects and the people we will need to share with (usually just to make sure we are assured we will get our share). This article is a greater reminder of all the different ways you can use to solve a problem with addition.
The other math article we posted is in the Science Projects area, called Math Science Projects. Most people think of “science” when considering what to do for a science project, especially one’s they intend to use for a “science fair”. But you would be surprised at how many different things you can do with math science projects. If you will read the article, I think you will find some fun and exciting ideas you can use for your next project.
Next, let me start by saying I do not homeschool my children, but, I came across an article about “Homeschool Math” and considering my interest in math lately I decided to read it. Something in the article really struck me, it suggests that just because you did well in math when you were in K-12 does not mean you are ready to teach math to your children. I had to take a step back and ask myself if I thought I would be qualified. At first, I thought, Yes! Then, remembering I took an algebra course at the local college last year and was thinking to myself, “I don’t remember learning this in high school.” Then I went home to do my homework and found out that my daughter (who was a sophomore in high school) was studying the exact same thing, and she started helping ME with MY homework. I suddenly realized I would not be well enough equipped to homeschool my children, at least not into their latter years of school. And once again I had a sense of relief to know my children are being educated by people who know this stuff and love it. I feel so fortunate that my children are have the opportunity to learn and grow from these wonderful teachers. I am so thankful there are people in this world who want to become teachers, who love education, who have patience and understanding, and who are willing to teach our children. THANK YOU TEACHERS!!!!
We have recently added two more science project articles to educationbug.org. The first, Make Salt Crystals gives great hints and tips for all ages. These are simple, easy to use ideas for creating salt crystal science projects. In this article, you will also find instructions for making sugar crystals. Why not make both and then compare the two?
The second science project article is on magnets, electricity, and energy, here you will find ideas for science projects in all of these categories. The projects are divided into categories by grade, simple projects for 1st-4th grades, moderate for 5th-8th grade, and more complex ideas for 9th-12th grade. The ideas in this article are a great way to test your knowledge and help you learn more about magnets, electricity, and energy. You may even find your next science fair project in one of these science project articles.
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.
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.
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.
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)
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!