This year one of my goals was to have Farm Kid1 learn the names of all our 50 states, as well as their capitals. He already knew most of the states, but only knew that Salem was Oregon’s capital. I came up with a series of worksheets & flashcards so he could focus on 10 capitals per week. After 5 weeks he learned all 50
Recently we went on a road trip & a few of my ideas for keeping the kids busy in the car included cookie sheets from the Dollar Store & as many magnetic games/things I could reasonably bring with us. The Dollar Store had magnetic coins & bills! I thought, “what a great find,” and at a fabulous price. I wasn’t sure what I was going
When I was planning our road trip & realized we’d be going through San Francisco, there was one place I wanted to take my kids – the California Academy of Sciences. The main reason I wanted to visit this museum was to see the 4 story rainforest built inside. I knew my kids would love it. And yes, they did enjoy it. But, to be
The last place we visited before heading home on our road trip last month was Columbia State Historic Park. It was much more than just a historic park. It was a hands on walk through a town in the Gold Rush era. It’s located in Columbia, California just off Highway 49, near Sonora. I can’t say enough about it. We spent 5 hours there &
This post contains affiliate links. Back when I was home schooling, as part of our Farmer Boy unit, we made candles. In the book Almanzo talks about taking his lantern out to do chores and walk to his room at night. We discussed how they didn’t have electricity for lighting and instead used candles. We talked about how their method to make candles was different
Since we are learning about the Oregon Trail, I thought it would be fun to check out The End of the Oregon Trail in Oregon City. Historically, this is an important spot. Pioneers traveling along the Oregon Trail ended their journey here – well kind of. Back in the days of the Oregon Trail the whole area would be full of covered wagons. From here
As part of our Moving West unit, we are learning about Lewis & Clark. We spent part of the weekend exploring the Lewis & Clark National & State Historical Parks in both Oregon & Washington. This is along the Pacific Ocean, the final destination of Lewis & Clark’s Expedition. At Cape Disappointment we toured the Lewis & Clark Interpretive Center.
Vision therapy, mainly due to eye tracking problems, was a huge part of our first year homeschooling. In fact, it is connected to the reason we started homeschooling in the first place. In kindergarten & first grade, Farm Kid1 didn’t show any signs of being a struggling reader. So much so that in kindergarten he was in the highest reading group. By the beginning of