New Notebook = New Routine

Five days ago I stumbled across this cool blog post about using spiral notebooks for homeschooling. This was really close to what I was doing already. The system I started last year for my homeschool girls was printing out a list every morning of what they needed to accomplish in each subject. Copy, cut, paste. Pretty easy as most of our school days follow the same pattern. But this year we have changed things up a bit. … [Read more...]

Mad Science Lab

Sugar crystals edition! Over the years (or "over the summers") our family has tried many recipes to make rock candy/sugar crystals. Last summer I must have wasted $20 on sugar that never made it's transformation. I can't tell you the number of canning jars with simple syrup we've had, when what we were going for was rock candy. But at long last, I have found a recipe that works! I also wanted to avoid throwing good money after bad, so instead of using canning jars, I used the empty baby food jars that Dory so obligingly supplied us with. The new Beechnut jars a taller than the standard baby food jars, allowing for more string to be in the solution. Here's what we … [Read more...]