Blog, She Wrote http://blogshewrote.org Homeschooling mom to 4 Fri, 28 Nov 2014 13:42:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0.1 Meal Planning & Shopping Made Easy with Plan to Eathttp://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/27/plan-to-eat-black-friday-sale/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/27/plan-to-eat-black-friday-sale/#comments Thu, 27 Nov 2014 11:13:49 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=12204 This post contains an affiliate link. Thanks for your support! Plan to Eat is one of my favorite places on the Internet. Enjoy! I don’t regularly post about meal planning & household management here at Blog, She wrote. But, these … Continue reading

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I don’t regularly post about meal planning & household management here at Blog, She wrote. But, these things are a regular part of our lives and I happened upon Plan to Eat three years ago. I can’t imagine meals without it now! My favorite meal planning subscription service is on sale this weekend for half off! You can’t beat the $19.50 it will cost to have your meal planning time made easy!

My Favorite Features of Plan to Eat

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  • Recipes are easy to input into the website either by hand or by a browser add on which “grabs” recipes from sites like The Food Network and other magazine sites, etc.
  • Allows me to drag and drop my recipe choices into the calendar- for three meals a day and a snack
  • Auto-populates a grocery list as I make my food choices for the week (or for however long I’m planning). This feature alone is worth the full price cost in my world! I can plan meals, but getting that meal list translated into an accurate grocery list is another story.
  • Use the pantry feature to keep track of things you have on hand.
  • Mobile view is exquisite and once I’ve done the planning on my pc, I head out the door and my phone has my list and it’s a sweet deal with a large, clean list and the ability to click away the item after it’s in the cart. Woot! It even cheers for me when I’m done.
  • Cookbook view let’s me see a recipe in the kitchen on two clean screen views with a large font. Truly beautiful.
  • No ads! I love the price and I love even more the no ad site.
  • Blog- You’ll receive recipes and ideas for managing meals
  • Updates- the folks at Plan to Eat are always adding new features and bonuses. I use it often enough to notice pretty quickly.

Benefits of Using Plan to Eat

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I’m hooked on Plan to Eat- I wouldn’t dream of letting my subscription run out! How has Plan to Eat been a positive thing in our home?

  • Once I choose a recipe, I’m not entirely responsible for making sure all the ingredients end up on my list! The list autopopulates when I drop recipes into the calendar.
  • I can easily reference the meals & their recipes I said I’d make for the week without it being on the wall in my kitchen.
  • Plan to Eat moves seamlessly between my devices so I can work on it where ever I am- on my laptop, on my tablet, or on my phone.
  • I never have to worry about forgetting my list- because it’s always on my phone (don’t worry. If you don’t have a smart phone, you can still print your list- the one you didn’t make alone!)
  • It’s been fun to share recipes with other friends on Plan to Eat. If someone mentions a recipe, we can ask, “Is it on Plan to Eat?”
  • Adding new recipes only takes a few minutes. So, I haven’t lost the habit of using the service.
  • My recipes are never far. They are consolidated into Plan to Eat and I can use my tablet in the kitchen with cooking view.

The sale ends on December 1, 2014. Grab this deal while you can. Hint: I purchased my first subscription on Black Friday three years ago, so I always get to buy for half price at renewal time. However, I would purchase this membership at full price. It’s been a time saver for me over and over.

Happy Holiday Shopping & Baking!

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100 Family Games for Kids of All Ageshttp://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/26/100-family-games-kids-ages/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/26/100-family-games-kids-ages/#comments Wed, 26 Nov 2014 11:00:16 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16245 This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support! Achieve Quality Family Time with Games Games are a terrific way to spend time together as a family. Instead of discussing school and business, you can engage with each other on … Continue reading

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Achieve Quality Family Time with Games

Games are a terrific way to spend time together as a family. Instead of discussing school and business, you can engage with each other on a common goal. Here are a few ways to make game time easier.

  • Games from the Hat- One rainy Fourth of July we voted on various games to play and threw them into a hat. We spent the day pulling games from the hat and enjoying them together.
  • Sticks in a Jar- Pictured below, the sticks have the names of our games on them. This is a creative way to remember all the resources you have to use and the objective way of making sure you use them!

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Preschool Games for Family Fun

There are a lot of games out there for young children. They make a great start into the world of taking turns and playing games together.

  • Moon Balance Game- a fun game of balance using a cylinder blocks on a rocking moon surface
  • The Very Hungry Caterpillar- A feed the caterpillar game based on the Eric Carle book
  • Boggle Junior- fun preschool letter and word game
  • All Around Town- A lovely errand running game which makes a great go along for the book The Big Green Pocket Book.
  • Scrabble Junior- Word game for young spellers
  • Don’t Wake Daddy- Just plain fun for moving around the board and taking turns.
  • Silly Faces- Colorforms faces make for a lot of fun
  • Candyland- Need I say more?
  • Chutes & Ladders- Just when you get to the end, you have to start over! This is a great add on gift price.
  • The Ladybug Game- Nice first game for preschoolers
  • Sequence for Kids- An animal themed sequence game for young players
  • Goodnight Moon- Memory game based on the book by Margaret Wise Brown
  • ABC Game- by Eric Carle on letter recognition and sounds
  • Clue, Jr- a young player version of Clue introduces kids to the game play of figuring out the mystery. Each version has a theme that is kinder than the murder mystery of the regular game.
  • Rivers, Road, & Rails- Path laying game for younger and olders, but game play starts at preschool age.

Math Games

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Parents everywhere get sneaky with math games. What’s not to love? Whether you are practicing computation, strategy, or visual discrimination these games will make it all a fun time.

  • Monopoly Jr- Counting money skills for young players. This one requires no strategy. It’s all in the luck of rolling and landing.
  • Spot It- visual discrimination game
  • The Amazing Labyrinth- Gather all the artifacts by navigating the moving labyrinth board
  • Blokus- Spatial reasoning game for all ages
  • Triominoes- Triangular domino game
  • Dominoes- These come in various configurations with as many as 12 dots on the highest domino. If your kids aren’t playing a game, they can use them to build tracks
  • Monopoly- Classic game of money domination, fun for all
  • Monopoly Empire- Buy brands and win by having the most money
  • Monopoly Millionaire- Great game for teaching place value in large numbers, the first player to one million dollars wins!
  • Monopoly Electronic Banking- Use an ATM card to handle all your money and there’s a machine to keep track of the big sums
  • Math Dice- Roll the dice and use the numbers to come as close you can to the target number. You can use any operation in your skill set so this is a great game for abilities (just not maybe all at once!)
  • Math Dice Jr- Same as the original with larger dice and simpler operation suggestions and a scoring mat
  • Yahtzee- Roll the dice and try to score points as you collect elements of a poker type hand. Great for practicing adding.
  • Zingo 123- Number recognition with two levels of play starting with preschool and going to 5th grade
  • Sumuko- Number tile game based on multiples

Geography Games

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Geography games are a lot of fun! They are a great way to practice geography skills and facts. The trick is to keep an up to date game. We also love classic games like Where in the World or USA is Carmen Sandiego, but obviously the world edition is behind the times. Which ones are your favorite?

Card Games

These are wonderful for quick games or having games on the go. We keep ours stored in an IKEA box so we don’t have so many individual boxes.

  • Uno- The quintessential family card game. There are MANY forms!
  • Blink- Fast paced visual discrimination game
  • Professor Noggin- Trivia games based on lots of topics
  • Linkology- Card game of relationships based on various topics of science
  • Timeline- See if you can put the events in the order they happened.
  • Set- This is a great math game too for visual perception!
  • Sabateur- You are dwarves trying to get to the gold but there is a player who is secretly the sabateur
  • Monopoly Deal- A fast paced card edition of Monopoly
  • Ziggity- Card game from Cranium
  • Labyrinth- Navigate the labyrinth by laying down cards and collecting the artifacts. Card version of the board game.
  • Waterworks- Lay down pipes to finish the job and try to avoid the leaks to win the game!
  • GeoCards World- Educational world geography game
  • Scrabble Slam- Fast word building game with cards

Dice Games

These games all involve rolling dice as a primary part of the game play. Which ones are your favorites?

General Games

This category holds all the plain old family games we grew up with along with some new games.

  • Sequence- A combination of cards and placing chips
  • Life- Make choices and live a life while going around the board. This game plays a little differently than the one when we were kids. We like the older version best!
  • Jenga- Build a tower and see if you can keep it from falling while removing pegs
  • Forbidden Island- A cooperative game for the whole family
  • Sorry- The classic board rounding race game
  • Trouble- Another board rounding race game with a popping bubble to roll the dice
  • Clue- Solve the mystery! There are several editions of this game, but the classic (or if you can find it, Master Detective) is best.
  • Battleship- Naval War game on a grid, it’s sold in a variety of forms now. I like the one we grew up with.
  • Othello- Turn over more of your color
  • Cadoo- Young family game for all
  • Family Fun- Similar to Cranium for the whole family
  • Stratego- Battle game
  • Cranium- Family edition, fun trivia and stunts for everyone
  • Pictionary- The drawing and guessing game in various editions. We still have two volumes plus a Bible edition from the Pictionary heyday!
  • Trivial Pursuit- Lots of editions to see if you know your stuff. We have a Disney edition, two genus editions, the 20th anniversary edition, and my personal favorite- the 80s edition!

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Word Games

No home is complete with word games! This would be our family’s second favorite category of games. You can’t beat word games for the vocabulary building.

  • Scrabble- Classic crossword building game. We like the Super version with the tile grid lock.
  • You’ve Been Sentenced- Build the best sentences given your cards and earn points.
  • Scattergories- Choose a category and try to think of words that start with the letter you roll that fit the category.
  • Spill & Spell- Cube crossword game
  • Very Silly Sentences- More sentence building
  • Silly Sentences- Sentence building games with picture cards and words
  • Word on the Street, Jr- Word category game using letters
  • Funglish- A word guessing game using only word tiles!
  • Apples to Apples Jr- Making word comparisons, is a great party game. Apples to Apples has much more adult sort of themes in the words to compare, but the Jr seems to be just right even for adults.
  • Boggle- Classic word search game still gets a lot of play at our house!
  • Bananagrams- Compete against players for building your own crossword and using all the tiles you pull. Fast paced and fun for the family

Strategy Games

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This is arguably our favorite game category. We have some classic games we love to play, but our family goes big for the strategy games that take a long time to play.

  • Dominion- Build your kingdom by collecting resources and purchasing land. Short and fun, a family favorite along with its many expansions!
  • 7 Wonders- You lead an ancient civilization from its barbaric roots to a world power
  • Ticket to Ride- Love this game of rail travel by saving tickets and laying down routes
  • 1910 Expansion- Fun expansion with extra tickets for Ticket to Ride
  • Ticket to Ride Europe- Another rail game with a little different play than the USA version
  • 1912 Expansion- Extra set of tickets for Ticket to Ride Europe
  • Merchants & Marauders- Be a merchant or a pirate on the Caribbean during the golden age of piracy. Our family loves this game!
  • Settlers of Catan- Popular game of settling an island and garnering resources.
  • Cities and Knights Expansion- The best expansion set for Settlers of Catan including making larger cities and employing knights
  • Seafarers Expansion- Settlers expansion involving sea travel
  • Traders & Barbarians Expansion- A small expansion for Catan giving you extra resources
  • Munchkin- A little card game of role play. Very humorous if you’ve ever played popular role playing games
  • Axis & Allies- Game of World War II war strategy a lot like RISK
  • RISK- Classic game of world domination
  • Chess- This classic takes only a few minutes to learn and a lifetime to master
  • Memoir 44- Short war strategy game based on actual battles
  • Carcasonne- Fun builders game where you settle the countryside, short game play, lots of expansions
  • Mastermind- Mind puzzle game where you guess your opponent’s color sequence

A Note on Junior Games

Play up when you can. Kids grow into (or out of) junior games quickly. The mechanics of many games are easy for preschoolers to get, it’s just strategy that is more difficult and since younger child games don’t have much that’s not a big concern! When it comes to games, I’m looking for the lasting game play. Most junior games just don’t have it. However, having a few around is great to get your game play started when all the kids are young.

Homemade Games

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Some of our kids love to make their own games. How about yours? We like to keep game making supplies on hand for when the mood strikes. Ethan, our 16 year old, has made some really nice games in the past.

  • Game Making Supplies- From Bare Books include all kinds of game boards, pieces, spinners, dice, and money. All are perfect for serious game makers
  • Make a Game Prototype- Did you know you can send away and have a game made more professionally? I haven’t tried it yet, but it’s fun to think about.
  • Game Adventure Box- Have you ever visited any of my Adventure Box posts? This one is all about games!

Would you believe we own all the games I’ve listed here? Actually, we have quite a few more, but many are out of print or no longer available. Perhaps you have some of our favorites like Zooreka, Starfarers of Catan, or the Catan Card Game. Any one of these games will bring hours of family fun to your home.

What are your favorite family games?

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I love a good map, don’t you? Ever since I was young, I have always loved to pour over a map- whether they are local or world maps. It’s fun to think about place and people. Even better than just one map is a whole book full of maps! Or many books full of maps of all kinds! Today’s post is all about Learning Geography with Atlases.

Learning Geography with Atlases

As with most things, you can direct learning with an atlas in a formal or informal way. I think it depends on your purpose and the goals you have for teaching geography. We use both approaches in our homeschool. Here are a few examples of resources requiring an atlas.

  • NorthStar Geography- A middle and high school geography course for high school credit. Written by Tyler Hogan at Bright Ideas Press, this curriculum offers specific strategies for using atlases and being a student of geography.
  • Geography Quests- Featured here at Blog, She Wrote, the Geography Quest is a mix of formal and informal as we set on adventures incorporating seasonal and news based geography.
  • Google Earth Lessons- A place where you can find lessons on geography of all kinds using Google Earth.

Our Favorite United States Atlases

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No post on atlases would be complete without a run down of our best loved editions. First up are the United States atlases. Although you can find the U.S. in a World Atlas, you’ll find better detail in an atlas devoted entirely to the United States.

World Atlases for Learning Geography

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World atlases are a great tool for gazing through a window to the world! Here are a few we have on hand for our world travel in the homeschool room.

Electronic Atlases

For those of us who like to take advantage of technology, there are some nice electronic atlas options.

  • WonderMaps- This is map making software from Bright Ideas Press that allows you to customize and print maps. Not only can you print maps for school any way you’d like, but it is a great reference atlas as well and very easy to use on any computer.
  • Google Earth- I *heart* Google Earth! It’s a virtual globe with gobs of detail which lets you visit any place in the world. You can even use the ground view and see pictures people have uploaded from that area. What a fun feature if you’ve never been. Families can learn so much from spending time with Google Earth.
  • Atlas Apps- Check your favorite app store for low cost atlas apps. I know Kindle has a few available for purchase. While not super detailed, these are fun for quick reference on the go. How many of us school in the car?

The great thing about electronic atlases is they are always up to date! You can update an electronic file much easier than making a new printed edition. This is one of my favorite features of WonderMaps.

Specialty Atlases

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Of course, United States and World Atlases are not the only types of atlases out there. You can find historical atlases, literature atlases, and atlases of plants and animals. Here are the ones we have:

In finding links for some of these atlases, I noticed that some are older versions and many are still available used. If you want to know what to look for in an atlas, take a look at Tyler Hogan’s post on Choosing the Right Atlas.

All About Atlases

Recently, I took part in a G+ Hangout with Bright Ideas Press All about Atlases! Tyler Hogan from Bright Ideas Press and fellow Finishing Strong Co-Host, Kyle McVay joined me for a fun conversation about atlases. It’s hard to miss the enthusiasm. Take the time to watch!

Black Friday Sale at Bright Ideas Press

Great news! It’s that time of year and Bright Ideas Press is offering 20% off your entire purchase during Thanksgiving Weekend. This is a fantastic time to pick up WonderMaps or NorthStar Geography. Bright Ideas Press has other geography resources as well. Take a moment to browse the shop!

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 38http://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/19/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-38/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/19/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-38/#comments Wed, 19 Nov 2014 11:00:04 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16285 Happy Wednesday and welcome to Finishing Strong, the link up for homeschooling middle & high school students. Every week you share some amazing posts with us. We love reading about your homeschooling journey. The more we share our experiences about … Continue reading

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Happy Wednesday and welcome to Finishing Strong, the link up for homeschooling middle & high school students.

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #38

Every week you share some amazing posts with us. We love reading about your homeschooling journey. The more we share our experiences about schooling our middle & high school students at home, the easier it is for all of us.

Finishing Strong is co-hosted by: Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Starts at Eight, & Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Here are the four posts that had the most clicks last week. If you didn’t get the opportunity to read them, here’s another chance.

Middle School Chemistry: Chemical Reactions from Education Possible

Night Classes and Other Benefits of Homeschool from Hodgepodge

Get into a Homeschool Routine – Make a Schedule from Living Life and Learning

Homeschooling Through the Eyes of a High Schooler from Starts at Eight

With Thanksgiving around the corner, we will be taking next Wednesday off from this link up. We’ll be back the following week, December 3rd.

In the meantime, keep reading for some great homeschooling ideas and encouragement.

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 37http://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/12/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-37/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/12/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-37/#comments Wed, 12 Nov 2014 11:00:38 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16276 Welcome to Finishing Strong. We’re glad you’re here. We are a link up that focuses entirely on teaching middle & high school students. There were many fun and practical ideas shared last week. Hopefully you were able to take time … Continue reading

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Welcome to Finishing Strong. We’re glad you’re here. We are a link up that focuses entirely on teaching middle & high school students.

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #37

There were many fun and practical ideas shared last week. Hopefully you were able to take time out of your busy homeschooling day to read some of them. We always find new ideas and plenty of encouragement for schooling our older kids at home through the stories you share with us.

Co-hosted by: Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Starts at Eight, & Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Have you read these four popular posts from last week?

Science Sunday, #1: Chemistry Lessons from All Things Beautiful

I Kicked My Son Out of My Homeschool from Classically Homeschooling

“You Were Right, Mom!” – 5 Things Kids Learn from Natural Consequences from Homeschool Your Boys

Homeschooling in the Middle Years: 5 Tips for Teaching Independence from The Sunny Patch

Keep reading to see what great things get shared this week!

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U.S. Geography with Which Way USAhttp://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/09/u-s-geography-way-usa/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/09/u-s-geography-way-usa/#comments Mon, 10 Nov 2014 01:01:03 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16252 Disclaimer- I received a sample of product and was compensated for my time in writing this review. As always, these are my own thoughts and I was not required to write a positive review. Thanks! How many of us grew … Continue reading

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Blog, She Wrote: U.S. Geography with Which Way USADisclaimer- I received a sample of product and was compensated for my time in writing this review. As always, these are my own thoughts and I was not required to write a positive review. Thanks!

How many of us grew up on Hidden Pictures published by Highlights Magazine for children? Some of you may already know about their program Which Way USA. Here’s a look at this fun membership for kids and how you can teach U.S. Geography with Which Way USA.

Teaching U.S. Geography with Which Way USA

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Once you sign up to receive Which Way USA, each shipment comes with two puzzle books, two state maps, two license key tags, and there’s one game guide. So, how does it work?

  • State Puzzle Books- These books have puzzles all related to popular landmark & locations around the state.
  • Use Facts- From the books to solve the puzzles.
  • State Maps- Each state map is illustrated on one side and includes state stats along with historical highlights and famous people. The flip side has photographs of the famous places.
  • Game Guide- Has a page for each state where you can add stickers and facts about each one. You can even check off whether or not you’ve visited that state.
  • License Key Tags- Are collectible and unlock web content that goes with each state. What a fun way to include technology! And something old meets something new.

Benefits of Using Which Way USA

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Which Way USA has been around since my high schoolers were preschoolers and maybe longer! We used to keep a blank map of the United States on our wall and with each state we studied, we’d color it in on the map. Our primary aged students loved to see how many we’d already visited with our studies.

  • Builds map reading and other geography skills
  • Offers variety with the puzzle format
  • Practices problem solving & analytical skills
  • Includes a map that makes a wonderful home reference tool

Our Which Way USA New York State map has been a long time familiar sight on our wall! It’s an easy reference for young students to learn state geography.

How to Get Started with Which Way USA

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When you sign up, you’ll receive shipments with materials for two states each month- about every four weeks.

  • The introductory offer is $6.95 plus shipping/handling. After the first shipment, the price is $6.95 per state set plus $2.45 shipping & handling.
  • Add in a US Wall Map & Sticker Set for $2.99- We loved our wall map to follow our travels!
  • You can cancel Which Way USA any time if you find it isn’t for you.

Perhaps you are a reader whose family has not had the chance to get to know Which Way USA, I encourage you to give it a try and enjoy getting mail in the mailbox every month. When our kids were small, they loved getting a new set and testing out their state trivia along with marking a new place on the U.S. map. Join in the fun with U.S. Geography and Which Way USA by Highlights!

 

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 36http://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/05/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-36/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/11/05/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-36/#comments Wed, 05 Nov 2014 11:00:13 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16239 Happy Wednesday and welcome to another week of Finishing Strong. We are a link up dedicated to middle & high school students. It’s brought to you by Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s … Continue reading

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #36

Happy Wednesday and welcome to another week of Finishing Strong.

We are a link up dedicated to middle & high school students. It’s brought to you by Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

There were some amazing posts shared with us last week, covering all kinds of subjects. Hopefully as you read them, you learned something new or found encouragement to help you as you work hard to homeschool your older students.

Here are four of our most popular posts from last week:

A Week in the Life of a British Homeschooling Family by Navigating by Joy

Homeschool, Life, and Curriculum Update by See Jamie Blog

Why I’m a Morning Meeting Failure {and what I’m doing to fix it} by The Sunny Patch

How to Plan a High School Reading List by Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

Keep reading to see what great things get shared this week!

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Guidelines for the hop:

  1. Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post, not to your home page. You can add any post related to homeschooling middle and high school students. Posts unrelated to that will be removed.
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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 35http://blogshewrote.org/2014/10/29/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-35/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/10/29/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-35/#comments Wed, 29 Oct 2014 10:00:22 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16230 Welcome to Finishing Strong! Finishing Strong is all about homeschooling middle & high school students. It’s hosted by Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus. Two words sum up our most … Continue reading

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #35

Finishing Strong is all about homeschooling middle & high school students. It’s hosted by Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Two words sum up our most popular posts from last week: independence and interest. Seems like many of you are looking for ways to teach your teen to be more independent with their school work and want to include more of their interests into the lesson plans.

If that sounds like you, then you’ll love these articles shared by some of our faithful readers.

Interest-Led Learning for High School by Learning Table

Building Homeschool Teenager Accountability by Middle Way Mom

Growing Independence in My 7th Grader by One Homeschool Journey

Interest-Led Science: Tips & Guidelines for Independent Learning by The Sunny Patch

Don’t forget all of the new posts that have been shared with us – just keep reading!

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  1. Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post, not to your home page. You can add any post related to homeschooling middle and high school students. Posts unrelated to that will be removed.
  2. Please no advertising, individual Pinterest pins, Facebook, Twitter, or other link-up links!
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Comparing the Accuracy of Liquid Measurement Toolshttp://blogshewrote.org/2014/10/27/comparing-accuracy-liquid-measurement-tools/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/10/27/comparing-accuracy-liquid-measurement-tools/#comments Tue, 28 Oct 2014 03:27:25 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16199 Have you ever thought about how accurate your volumetric measuring tools are? How do you know your measuring cup is calibrated? Is it good science to use your kitchen tools for science? Today’s discussion is Comparing the Accuracy of Liquid … Continue reading

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Blog, She Wrote: Comparing the Accuracy of Liquid Measurement Tools

Have you ever thought about how accurate your volumetric measuring tools are? How do you know your measuring cup is calibrated? Is it good science to use your kitchen tools for science? Today’s discussion is Comparing the Accuracy of Liquid Measuring Tools.

Are All Volumetric Measuring Tools the Same?

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The gold standard in measuring volume is the Volumetric Flask. It’s a laboratory flask which is calibrated precisely to a certain volume at a particular temperature. They come in various sizes from 1-10,000 mL of liquid. But, they are also expensive and they are typically not found in classroom labs or homes because neither work with extremely precise volumes of liquid.

So, what do we use instead? The rule of thumb is to use the graduated cylinder. With all the markings on the cylinder, it is considered more accurate than other volume measuring tools. But, is there a big difference? We decided to test them to see.

Tools for Measuring Volume

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What are some tools available for measuring volume?

  • Beakers- Are containers primarily used for mixing and heating. There are markings on them for measuring, but they are meant to be approximate.
  • Measuring Cups- The liquid measuring kitchen variety. We use Pyrex brand.
  • Erlenmeyer Flasks- These are wide bottomed but not circular with a neck that can use a stopper (with or without holes). It makes a good reaction vessel and allows a larger area for smaller volumes.
  • Florence Flask- This is a round bottomed flask used for boiling solutions.
  • Field Collecting Tubes- These are screw top collecting tubes which come in 15 mL or 50 mL and they are terrific for collecting aquatic specimens in the field. We use them during our entomology excursions.
  • Pipettes- Used for moving small volumes of water or removing liquid in small increments. I like the disposable kind because the cleaning is much easier!
  • Graduated Cylinder- Are used for measuring volumetric quantities. They range in size from 10- 1000 mL. If you are going to choose only one, the 100 mL size is a good one.

So, if you want to use something other than what’s found in your kitchen, where do you get them? We use Home Science Tools. We order some specialty items, like collecting tubes, from BioQuip. Just for fun, we also visited our local university’s chemistry supply room. Armed with gift money, our then 8 year old, took a trip with Dad to pick out his own glassware.

Testing the Accuracy of Volume Measuring Tools

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Since we used the graduated cylinder as our gold standard, we chose to determine the final volume in a graduated cylinder. Our procedure:

  • Choose a beaker, flask, or collecting tube and fill it with water to the highest marked volume in mL.
  • Record that volume in your data chart which will be labeled with the containers you are using.
  • Pour the contents of the first container into the appropriately (closest) sized graduated cylinder available.
  • Measure the volume of water in the graduated cylinder
  • Record the volume.
  • Repeat using various sized measurement tools.

How to Record Data When Doing a Science Exploration

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The data chart for recording volume was designed by each student separately based on what we needed to write down. Here are a few things to remember about data charts and recording data.

  • Have each student design her own based on ability- parents can step in when columns are missing.
  • Give hints or general categories students need to remember when constructing their own chart. It’s ok if the charts turn out differently from others as long as they record everything.
  • Creating their own data chart is a great way to learn the skill of organizing information. I think we underestimate the importance of our homeschooled students being able to organize information on their own- without the help of a printable!
  • Remember printables are fun, but they aren’t necessary and sometimes they slow you down- like when you are spending all your time looking for ones you’ve already printed or when you can’t find just the perfect one.
  • Scientists in the field must create their own data charts since they often design their own experiments. Step boldly!

Our Findings- How Accurate are the Volumetric Tools?

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What were the results?

  • All volumetric containers are not the same!
  • The graduated cylinder has more markings and measures more accurately – it was certainly easier to determine an accurate volume with more gradations.
  • The readings on the graduated cylinder were higher than the same volume measurement in the other tools.
  • The larger the container, the larger the discrepancy. The largest beaker was off my 20 mL or more!

What does it all mean? Well, it means if you want accurate volume without using a volumetric flask, use the graduated cylinder for the best results. Always use the container that will reasonably hold your liquids. If you use the extreme opposite, your readings will be less accurate.

Does My Homeschool Need Volumetric Measuring Tools?

Some of you might be asking whether or not it’s a good idea to invest in some volumetric containers for your homeschool. Is it a good idea? Here are a few things to think on:

  • Using containers meant for science frees up your kitchen tools- I prefer to use science tools for science and kitchen tools for the kitchen. That might be the science teacher talking, but it’s more than that!
  • Some chemicals don’t belong in vessels we eat from- Perhaps your wet labs aren’t dangerous, but some of them might be.
  • Using science tools reinforces safety measures- We don’t eat in the lab! Nor should we really eat from vessels used in the lab.
  • Ensures your students know how to measure volume accurately using appropriate tools
  • Your students will be versed in labware and how to use it
  • It helps our science to be more accurate- rather than guessing at volume when your liquid falls somewhere between 50 mL marks!

It’s easy to start out with a few beakers and graduated cylinders. We have a mixture of plastic and glass, but plastic lets me relax a little more. I would recommend a 100 mL graduated cylinder, 250 & 500 mL beakers at a minimum to start. If you work in small volumes, a 10 mL graduated cylinder is a good size.

Even the simplest of labs can introduce a great deal of concepts and provide plenty of practice at homeschool science. It’s important to use scientific volumetric tools as much as possible. Your measurements will be more accurate!

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 34http://blogshewrote.org/2014/10/22/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-34/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/10/22/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-34/#comments Wed, 22 Oct 2014 10:00:30 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16193 Welcome to another week of Finishing Strong! Finishing Strong is the place where parents can come together and share their thoughts and ideas for homeschooling middle & high school students. It’s hosted by Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, … Continue reading

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years

Welcome to another week of Finishing Strong!

Finishing Strong is the place where parents can come together and share their thoughts and ideas for homeschooling middle & high school students. It’s hosted by Aspired Living, Blog She Wrote, Education Possible, EvaVarga, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Below are three of the most popular posts from last week. Have you read them yet?

Teaching Literature – Helping Teens Form Relationships with Books by 7Sisters Homeschool

Exploring Narrative in Art by The Art Curator for Kids

3 Reasons to Continue the All About Spelling Journey by The Sunny Patch

We hope you’ll take some time to read all of the wonderful posts that people have shared below.

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  1. Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post, not to your home page. You can add any post related to homeschooling middle and high school students. Posts unrelated to that will be removed.
  2. Please no advertising, individual Pinterest pins, Facebook, Twitter, or other link-up links!
  3. Grab our button to add to your post after you link it up. Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to highlight on all 6 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an “I was featured” button.
  4. The linky will go live on each co-host’s blog each Wednesday at 6am EST, and will be live until Tuesday at 11:55 pm.

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