Every now and then it’s fun to take a look back over the year and reflect on the things I enjoyed writing about. Today I’m sharing my favorite posts from the last year in Blog, She Wrote Favorites from 2014.
Essential Elements of a Home Learning Environment– How do you put together an environment which encourages learning at every level? These are some principles we’ve found to be successful.
How to Use Current Events in Your Homeschool– How do you approach current events in your home? This post is all about how and when to introduce them and how to use them as your kids get older. Note the video of a G+ hangout on the topic.
Entomology: The Science of Insects– A series of blog posts on how to be an entomologist and collect and pin insects. This is a 5 day series with the other series titles at the bottom of the post.
Creating Other Worlds- Writing Fantasy & Science Fiction– Love this post on how we encourage fantasy & science fiction writing in our home. You’ll see lots of great resources and how to approach it.
Must Have Supplies for an Authentic Project Based Homeschool– Do you want your kids to be independent and have an environment for project work? This is your guide to the essential supplies for a project based homeschool.
Engaging Multiple Ages in Your Homeschool– Do you have more than one student to homeschool? Do you have younger and older kids? Discover how we work together during a school day without necessarily studying the same things.
Learning Geography with Atlases– A fun list of great atlases along with why and how to use them in your homeschooling. This includes a G+ hangout video with another atlas aficionado, Tyler Hogan from Bright Ideas Press.
Must Have Art Supplies for a Project Based Homeschool– A comprehensive list of our best art supplies for doing art and projects in our homeschool.
Weather Stations & Forecasting– This post is special to me because it’s a very early post which I decided to update last year and it was mounds of fun! Since then, I’ve taken a number of early posts and made them new. Honestly, it’s a new favorite blog past time!
The Salamander Room: Amphibians & Reptiles– Long a favorite FIAR title in our homeschool, this post takes a look at other resources and how to study these animals as part of enjoying the book. We even had the book’s author, Anne Mazer, in our family room to learn about her writing process! It was great fun to see the galley copy of the book (the first mock up of the book printed by the publisher) and learn the inspiration for the story.
The Snake Project– I love this one because it is a compilation of a year of life science nearly completely directed by Rebecca’s interest in reptiles and, specifically, snakes. She mapped the way and it was delightful to see how thoroughly she would tackle her questions. She explored a lot of reference material and contacted experts at the local veterinary school while having the authentic experience of keeping a snake. We still have snakes. She was up to 3 this summer, but currently has one which she cares for diligently.
Tips for Botanical Illustrating– Rebecca loves to draw plants and this post is all about how to approach botanical illustrating based on a workshop we attended along with other resources on the topic.
Steampunk Fashion Design & Drafting– The thing I love most about this post is the work it represents, from studying and learning about Jules Verne, to hearing about steampunk, to choosing a design for a dress and creating it only from ideas. This project has it all. And the results are stunning. As an update, the final product went to state fair!
Celebrate Spring with Hodgepodge Art– Who doesn’t love a good art project? Hodgepodge is one of our favorite art resources and this particular post shares a rare Hodgepodge acrylic paint tutorial.
How to Implement an Independent & Authentic Learning Homeschool Day– A look at how the elements of discussion, mentoring, consulting, reading aloud, and project time come together during our day and how you can implement the ideas which work for your homeschool.
Thanks for joining me down blogging memory lane. Which ones are your favorites?
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