Magic School Bus Science Kits 50% Off

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Magic School Bus Science Kits are on sale 50% off!

With the Magic School Bus Science Kits, children will explore science through exciting and thrilling experiments that will spark an interest and curiosity in science. Each kit includes a colorful manual based on the characters, as well as everything you need to complete at least seven experiments related to that month’s theme.

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Join The Magic School Bus Science Club and make science come alive!

Developed by a team of Harvard graduates, scientists, and educators, the award-winning kits are delivered monthly right to your doorstep. Children will explore science through exciting and thrilling experiments that will spark an interest and curiosity in science.

Each kit includes a colorful manual based on the characters, as well as everything you need to complete at least seven experiments related to that month’s theme. Have your kids fasten their seatbelts and go on the ride of their lives with Ms. Frizzle and her students on The Magic School Bus!

Who is it for?

  • Kids ages 5-12
  • Parents and homeschoolers looking for an exciting way to incorporate a science curriculum

What is included?

  • 1 year subscription includes 12 Magic School Bus kits + FREE SHIPPING

Each kit includes:

  • Detailed, large 12-page colorful manual that is full of experiments and topic information
  • Each manual is based on the popular Magic School Bus books and TV series
  • Includes an adult section so that adults with no science background will find the kits easy to use
  • Materials and information necessary for a range of interactive experiments (include sample photo)
  • Online Clubhouse for further exploration on each kit topic
  • Certificate of Completion

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Want to get a discount on science experiments for kids?

Save 50% on the Magic School Bus Science Kits on Educents! Offer ends 8/26.

Magic School Bus Science Kits

Get an exciting new Magic School Bus Science Kit delivered to your doorstep every month for a YEAR!

These science experiments for kids include hands-on experiments with magnets, water, bacteria, fungus, lights, rainbows, and more!

Educents has the award-winning Science Kit subscription for 50% off
(Get free shipping within the U.S. and $2/kit shipping to Canada)!

Order yours here before this offer ends!

Tips For Avoiding Homeschool Pitfalls

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I admit that when I first began homeschooling I fell for every single one of these pitfalls!

It’s so easy to get caught in them, and it keeps you from enjoying the freedom that homeschooling allows each unique family to experience.

Here are my top three tips for avoiding the Homeschool Pitfalls!  If you have more that you think should be added to the list please share them in the comments below, I’d love to hear them all!

1. Do NOT compare yourself to another homeschooling family!

This is probably THE single most important lesson that any homeschooling mom can learn. You can cause a lot of damage to both yourself and your children when you do this. God made each one of us totally unique, so why would we want to try to be like anyone else. This just stifles who we are intended to be. I think I finally learned this lesson for the first time last year, and it has changed the entire atmosphere of our homeschool fr the better.

2. Don’t get upset if your child isn’t the next Mozart, Einstein or DaVinci.

If you are homeschooling for this reason, you may be setting yourself up for disappointment. I’m not saying that your child won’t be smart. In fact I do believe that homeschoolers are super smart about the things they are passionate about. But as homeschoolers, I don’t feel that we need to make this our priority. Learning will happen, but more importantly are the relationships that will grow stronger every day!

3. Don’t seek outside approval.

There is absolutely no way that you are going to please every single person who looks at your homeschool. There will always be at least one judgemental person who is going to raise an eyebrow at what you are doing. I am so guilty of wanting to please other people. The first couple years that we homeschooled, I felt myself always defending my decision to homeschool. I wanted to make every person I talked to agree with me that this was the ideal situation. Since I learned to avoid this pitfall altogether, I have felt so much freedom to do what I know is right for us since someone is bound to object anyways.

If you learn these pitfalls early on, you’ll be much better prepared for an abundant homeschooling experience. Remember that God has created each and every one of us unique. This means that he also must have a unique plan and direction for your homeschool and your family. I know I wouldn’t want to carve out my own path because I saw someone else doing it, and miss out on the plan the Lord has already carved out for us.

This is a time for the Lord to prepare your chldren to become the people he has chosen them to be for His Kingdom and not yours.

Don’t Homeschool Your Child!

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This is a post I wrote in 2010 but feel it needs to be said again.

When I first began homeschooling, my daughter was in fifth grade and my son was just four years old and had just graduated preschool.

I remember the overbearing weight I felt to succeed that first year. After all, everyone was looking to me to see if this homeschooling stuff really worked. I was also very aware of the fact that many were just waiting to see me fail so they could say I told you so.  In fact somewhere in the darkness I could hear my own voice questioning my ability to see this through.

Please don’t get me wrong I had others who were supportive of my decision and many who were simply undecided. And so I began my homeschool journey with a heavy burden that was not of God.

Oh how I wish I could go back all those years ago and have a good talk with myself!

I would tell myself to NOT homeschool my child!

I don’t mean I wouldn’t homeschool at all because I most definitely would since we have been called by God to follow this path.

**I should add in at this point in the post that I do not believe everyone is called to homeschool.  We must all as parents follow the path that has been uniquely carved out for our family.  

But I wouldn’t force any kind schooling on a four year old!

I am specifically talking about my four year old son here. What I mean is that I would remind myself that he was already learning from everything around him. Instead of focusing on traditional lessons I would give him lots of time to play outside and learn first hand about out Creator through creation. I would spend more time playing games with him that involve matching or sorting. And I would read to him a lot!

We would spend more time taking trips to the library, nature centers,zoos, farms, parks, cider mill, museums….

I would tell myself that it is not a race. I have nothing to prove to anyone but God and I would lay the burden of performance at the Masters feet.

I would allow my son to lead during this time. One thing I’ve learned is that I didn’t need to push my child at four to learn to read. I did this mainly out of fear of what the rest of my family was thinking as they looked on with disapproval. I know now that there is a time for more formal lessons later, and I would have cherished those early years more had I known what I know now. I would have spent more time cuddling and talking with my child and less time forcing a reading or math lesson.

I would remind myself how exciting it is to be taking those first steps of faith into a journey of homeschool!

Minecraft Learning Activity Sheets

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Minecraft Math Worksheet Freebie - Educents

You can find all kinds of Minecraft Activity Sheets from Educents.

Do your Minecraft kids need some encouragement to practice math? How about a quick addition refresher before going back to school?

Download Multi Taskin’ Mom’s FREE Minecraft Themed Addition Worksheets.

These fun math worksheets include single digit to double digit addition, making this freebie useful for Minecraft kids ages 5 to 12.

Here’s more ways to use your child’s interest in Minecraft for learning:

Looking for more ways to turn gaming time into learning time? Check out all the Minecraft-themed educational products offered on Educents at a discount.

Free Homeschool Planner!

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Free Homeschool Curriculum Planner



 

You might also be interested in these FREE Printable Homeschool Report Cards.

Even though I know we still have several weeks left, I am already preparing for next year. I know I’m not the only one right?  Thankfully I can relax a bit since we homeschool all year long!

Today you can get a FREE Homeschool Planner!

As a homeschooler myself, I am happy to see today’s freebie! Basically, New Beginnings has put together a great page of printable downloads to help you build your own planners & student planners for the new homeschool year.

You’ll find 180 pages of helpful scheduling resources and planners in this very well designed system that you can use to create THE perfect Homeschool Planner that will work for you!

You’ll find all of the different pages to download along with instructions on the best way to use this system. They offer several options to make this planner truly yours starting with your choice of covers!

Start building your FREE Homeschool Planner today!

 

Teach Your Kids Study Habits That Last

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How to teach your kids study habits that will last a lifetime?

If getting your kids to sit for longer than 5 minutes in front of anything that isn’t tv, computer games or food, then don’t despair. You’re not alone. Parents across the globe battle with how to get their kids to concentrate on their homework. This is especially important if you have chosen to homeschool, where there are be more distractions than in a traditional classroom setting.

Here’s our top tips to help you support your kids to develop study skills they will have forever.

Cut out distractions

Communication is key — if our attention is elsewhere, we can’t expect our kids to be any different. It might sound basic, but remember to turn off the phone and the TV, find a time when you won’t be disturbed and give your kids your undivided attention to get them going .

Define the study space

Whether it’s a separate study, somewhere in the family living space or a desk in their own bedroom, your child needs a designated space to do their work. This should be far away from tv screens or other distractions. Make sure they have access to paper, pens, a computer if they need one, and a comfortable chair to sit on. A great tip is to get your kids to help design their own study space -– if they have chosen their own desk or study light for example, it can really help them to feel ownership over a space that they will want to spend time in.

Encourage good study skills

One of the most effective things we can teach our kids is the ability to learn for themselves, something which home-schooled children often excel at. Encourage your kids to develop their note-taking skills and to summarise ideas and concepts in their own words. It may take some time, but working on these skills now will really pay off in the future. Not only will they feel better equipped for their exams but study skills may also help them to go on to further education, and allow them to achieve the qualifications to gain entrance to renowned international schools, such as University College London (UCL) in the UK, the American University of Sharjah (AUS) in the United Arab Emirates or Stanford in the US.

Be realistic

Finally, be mindful of how much kids can cope with at different stages in their development. Opinion is slightly divided – and every kid is different — but most child psychologists say that the attention span for a child is around 3-5 minutes for every number of years old they are. So if your child is 10, they may be able to concentrate on a task for 30-50 minutes, but don’t expect them to sit for hours. Encourage regular breaks and look out for signs your child is getting frustrated.

Homeschooling can be hard work, but also extremely rewarding when we see our kids excel. So keep calm, persevere and above all, enjoy helping your kids to learn.