# Category: Homeschool Den

## “Time In” for My Preschooler

I once read about the concept of a time-in. Well, at this stage of life I have to be really mindful to do this for my four year old…  Sometimes I even need to turn on the stopwatch on to be sure I’m stopping and focusing on ED for a good solid ten minutes. I do this for my older kids of course too, but at times it’s easier to...

## Have Your Kids Join in on these Engineering Activities!

Engineering Challenge – Week 2  The kids did their second Engineering Challenge this week.  Each day I spend time reading a book aloud to the kids. Right now we’re reading a wonderful book about the Oregon Trail.   On Thursday I had them try this challenge while I read. The Goal: Build a tower with post-it notes. Make it as sturdy and high as you can. Here are some of the solutions...

## Math: Fractions Unit (Day 1)

About ten days ago we started a new fractions unit in math.  I did these activities and games with both LD (age 8) and DD (age 6).  We did these activities at the beginning of our math time and then the kids went on to do their daily work in their math workbooks.   The kids’ math workbooks both have a chapter on fractions, but I wanted to go a...

## Welcome to the Homeschool Den!

On any given morning you’ll find our family trickling out of bed one by one and heading to the kitchen. Usually my youngest, ED, is the first one awake.  As I get her breakfast I put away dishes, grab my coffee and then finally sit down to read with her; she’s usually asked me a half-dozen times by then!  Most of the time the other two kids (DD, 6 and...

## Cute Writing Paper

I’ve been printing out our own customized writing paper for DD when she does her spelling and narration work.  She loves this paper and you can choose from all kinds of themes (animals, holidays, seasons, cartoon characters and more). You can also choose the size of the writing paper (from larger lines for beginner writers to standard rule for more seasoned writers).  Anyway, since we get SO much use out...

## Antarctica

I can’t say we did an entire unit on Antarctica, but we revisited it briefly this past week and a half as we read Mr. Popper’s Penguins aloud together. The kids really loved the book and it was a relatively quick read (about 4 or 5 days for us). I wanted to touch on Antarctica again partly for ED since we’ve been going over the seven continents for her and partly because...

## Valentine’s Day Word Hunt Game

I came across a Valentine’s Boggle Game at Teacher’s Pay Teachers. I printed it out and much to my surprise both LD and DD loved it.  They did it both yesterday and today and then complained that it was too easy the second time. I promised the kids I’d make a new word hunt for them and just finished it this evening. My version is not as cute as the...

So yesterday I managed to get my Twitter account sorted out. I’m so excited to see 15 people following me already!  This evening I managed to sort out my new Facebook account too, though I’m not quite sure how to add the like button in. I’m so excited to start chatting there! I even posted my first question for y’all… do you manage to get time to yourself during your...

## The Face Behind the Blog!

Hi! Nice to meet you! As you may know, we will be joining the Parent’s blog team pretty soon.  Our family decided we’d like to share a couple of photos of the family behind this blog.  Here’s my photo for what it’s worth! (Ugh… don’t mind the fly-away hair!) When we transfer over we’ll have a photo of me and the kids to share with you as well. Do you...

## We’re Moving Soon!

Not out of the house, we’re here to stay for a while yet… but the Homeschool Den blog will be moving. A couple of months ago one of the editors of Parents contacted me and asked if I would like to come under the Parents umbrella as one of their bloggers. I was honored and thrilled to join such a great team of people.  So in just a couple of...

## The Sistine Chapel

If you are doing art appreciation, you might be interested in going on a virtual tour of the Sistine Chapel. This website was absolutely gorgeous and well worth a look at Michelangelo’s magnificent work: http://www.vatican.va/various/cappelle/sistina_vr/index.htmlYou can scroll in and out and move the cursor around to see different parts of the room… not just the famous portions like The Creation of Adam below (photo from Wikimedia Commons). If you are...

## My New Vocabulary Word — Cholesteatoma

Unfortunately, I learned a new word yesterday… cholesteatoma. I really didn’t like wikipedia’s initial definition, “destructive and expanding growth” but overall I’m hoping it’s not that bad.  Read on to see what I have… After several months waiting to see a specialist, I finally got in to see an ENT.  I have a long history of ear infections which started for me around the age of five. I wear hearing...

## Recipe: Taco Soup

It’s the perfect time of year here for a warm crock-pot meal.  My kids love taco soup and I thought I’d share our recipe: 1/2 onion chopped1 can pinto beans rinsed1 can kidney beans rinsed1 small can green chillies, undrained1 1/2 Tablespoons taco seasoning2 chicken breasts1 can tomato sauce2 cups chicken broth (mine is homemade, just the frozen water/broth leftover from after boiling chicken breasts for other dishes)1 large can...

## Seahorse Art–Based on Eric Carle’s book

Eric Carle’s books are always inspiring for an art project.  A couple weeks ago we read Mister Seahorse. I cut out seahorses and the kids had a blast painting. The girls each did three or four paintings each. Be sure to visit Deep Space Sparkle for other Eric Carle-based lessons and other fantastic art project ideas.  A couple of years ago we  did a chameleon craft based loosely on Eric...