The Perfect Pet

There’s a new picture book out this fall – and I wrote and illustrated it! It’s published by Sylvan Dell Publishing, a company that combines math or science with a great story. In The Perfect Pet, a child uses animal classification to choose just the right pet. The story begins when Mom says “yes!” to a pet. To help him decide, the child starts

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National Projects

Citizenship means being a member of and supporting one’s community and country. Conserving natural resources is part of this concept.  As a citizen, my son participates in national citizen science projects understand the environment and benefit its wildlife. This also provides a way to connect with other people across the country in a fun and educational way. This idea took hold in 1900 when

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Backyard Bird Studies | Homeschool

Spring seems to be just around the corner, as this past week has brought warmer weather and sunny days. We’ve found daffodils growing in our yard, buds on the dogwood trees, and songbirds — lots of them — in the trees, in the grass, and all around the house. If you have elementary students, consider doing a springtime unit study on the birds found

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Feed the Birds

A few years ago, we did a unit study on backyard birds. As part of our study, we built our own bird feeder with supplies we had on hand — a long wooden pole and a large plastic planter dish. To make the feeder, we flipped the planter dish upside down and nailed the center of it to one end of the pole. We

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