Animal Encounters

When I was a kid, one of my favorite animal encounters happened at a zoo in Indiana.

I was living in Ohio at the time, and we went to Indiana to visit some family members. All of us went to the zoo, there were dolphins at the zoo, and I loved marine life. I always have since I was young, and I was really excited to see the dolphin show.

We were in the stadium, and we were watching the show, and then they had some dolphins slide up onto the platform around their pool. A trainer said that they … Read more

How to Use Binoculars Activity

I want to give you three steps for how to use binoculars with your kids.

1. Location, Location, Location

The first step is to choose a good location where you can watch animals. You’ll need to find a place where you can see trees or bushes or water or flowers because these are the types of natural objects that are going to attract animals to come to them. If you’re in the city and don’t have trees and bushes and water nearby, then you can look for places where animals might perch because a lot of birds will perch on … Read more

How Do Binoculars Work?

This week I went outside to do some birdwatching because it’s the time of year when birds are migrating through my area. I get to see birds that I don’t normally see other times of the year.

I was outside looking for birds, and I saw one perch in the distance. It looked like it had yellow underneath and gray on top, so it had a contrasting color. I could tell it was a medium-size bird, but I couldn’t see any details on it to understand what kind of bird it could be. I didn’t have enough information to even … Read more

Venn Diagram Template and Activity

Here are three steps for making your own Venn diagram.

1. Pick Two

The first step is to choose two different organisms to compare and contrast. You can choose two animals of the same species, but for beginners with Venn diagrams it’s best to use two different types of organisms. You could use two different kinds of mammals or two different kinds of birds, or you could compare a certain type of mammal to a certain type of bird, or you can even use plants. You can compare plants to each other or you can compare an animal to … Read more

What is a Venn Diagram?

When you’re teaching your kids, at some point you’re probably going to use a Venn diagram.

You’ll use this great tool to compare and contrast two different objects, or you might compare and contrast three different objects once your kids are more advanced with using Venn diagrams.

When I started teaching, I didn’t know what a Venn diagram was, but then I saw the term online and started researching to find out more about it.

What I learned is that it’s a great visual way to compare and contrast. For example, if I wanted to look at the differences between … Read more

Nature Walk Ideas for Getting Kids Outside

Have you ever been disappointed after realizing that you and your kids spent all day inside?

Last week I went to a conference in Nashville and checked in to a fancy hotel with a comfortable room and excellent food.

But as evening approached during my first day there, I realized I hadn’t been outside since arriving that morning.

There were several types of trees growing around the hotel, so I stopped what I was doing, grabbed my phone so I could take pictures, and went on a nature walk.

If you want to get your kids outside, here are three Read more

Homeschool Dad

Are you a dad who’s homeschooling your kids for the first time? Are you wondering how to be successful with science?

I have an awesome science program that your kids will love! They’ll learn science through a combination of videos and hands-on learning.

Together, you’ll watch a short video. Afterwards, you’ll complete the steps from the video. Then you’ll watch another video, and continue to repeat this process.

I’ll teach the content and give step-by-step instructions. You can guide your kids through the steps and provide the materials they need. You and your kids will get to spend quality time Read more

What Is the Meaning of a Feather?

This morning, I took my dog on our daily one-mile loop around the neighborhood. We usually go right before sunrise, when the day isn’t too hot yet, and the air isn’t quite as heavy with humidity. On these walks, I keep an eye out for treasures like new flowers in bloom or a bird I’ve never seen before. Today, I found a feather.

This feather is black, and it’s the largest one I’ve ever found. Of course I brought it home and added it to my collection. Then I started thinking about all of the things we can learn from … Read more

Watersheds and Your Connection to the Ocean

watersheds and ocean scienceNo matter where you live, you are connected to the ocean. Some of the rain that falls in your neighborhood makes its way through streams and rivers until it discharges into the ocean. Much of the oxygen you breathe is in the air because of small photosynthetic organisms in the ocean. Whether you live in a coastal community or a landlocked region, ocean science is relevant to your children. Here are some ideas for how to include it in your homeschool curriculum.

Watersheds

Watersheds are the concave basins of land that surround a body of water. Often, they’re named after … Read more

Kindergarten Science Curriculum Homeschool

Kindergarten Science Curriculum HomeschoolWhen you’re looking for kindergarten science curriculum for homeschool, you should make sure that it contains the right ingredients to give your child a successful learning experience.

Accounts for Short Attention Spans

Children tend to have short attention spans, so it’s important to use activities that can be broken into shorter segments. Then children can work for as long as their attention spans allow them to.

One way to help children have longer attention spans is to teach them in nature. As Last Child in the Woods author, Richard Louv, points out, being in nature can also help children with … Read more