Learning About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina: Part1 – The Colonization of New Mexico and Dia de Los Muertos

Josefina was a girl in the Southwest Frontier in 1824. Josefina lived in New Mexico, which was part of Mexico at that time and included modern-day New Mexico and northwest Texas. History of New Mexico You can use the following script with the visuals below. Glue the images to popsicle sticks and have the childrenContinue reading “Learning About the Southwest Frontier with American Girl Josefina: Part1 – The Colonization of New Mexico and Dia de Los Muertos”

A Christ-Centered Family Easter Tradition

Have you ever noticed how Christmas is a really BIG holiday, but Easter, not so much? At least in the U.S.. I know other countries and cultures have some really cool Easter traditions that help them focus on Christ, but here it seems kind of neglected to me.

A couple of years back I decided I wanted to figure out how to make our family’s Easter celebration a meaningful experience that helps us focus on the Lord, worship Him, and draw nearer to Him. So we developed a tradition that is kind of like an Easter advent. We start it three weeks before Easter and finish on Easter Sunday. It’s been a really great experience for all of us. The kids like it, and it gives us all an opportunity to focus on the Savior.

So this is what we do.

Candy-Free Easter! Ideas for a Non-Food Easter Egg Hunt

In our family, we try to keep our celebration of Easter focused on Christ, but we still enjoy a good Easter egg hunt on Easter morning! When I was growing up, the Easter Bunny brought us those little foil-covered chocolate eggs, jelly beans, sometimes Peeps or chocolate bunnies, and maybe even a Cadbury egg. IContinue reading “Candy-Free Easter! Ideas for a Non-Food Easter Egg Hunt”

Chemistry for Kids: Hands-on Activities for Learning About the Chemical and Physical changes

Young chemists love to make things happen and what better way than through physical changes and chemical reactions! Let’s get started! What is a Physical Change A physical change is any change to a substance that does not alter its chemical composition. An example of a physical change is a state change – when matterContinue reading “Chemistry for Kids: Hands-on Activities for Learning About the Chemical and Physical changes”

Chemistry for Kids: Hands-on Activities for Learning About the pH Scale

In chemistry, we often talk about the pH of various substances, but what exactly does that mean? Let’s find out! What is the pH Scale? pH stands for potential for hydrogen. Look at hydrogen on the periodic table. How many protons does it have? How many electrons? Look at a diagram of hydrogen. What doContinue reading “Chemistry for Kids: Hands-on Activities for Learning About the pH Scale”

Chemistry for Kids: Hands-on Activities for Learning About Compounds, Polymers, and Crystals

Today we are going to learn about compounds! When different atoms join together they form a compound. Compounds can range from a simple molecule to more complex structures, such as polymers and crystals. Let’s investigate what some simple compounds look like. Molecule Match In this activity, we will build molecules and match them to theirContinue reading “Chemistry for Kids: Hands-on Activities for Learning About Compounds, Polymers, and Crystals”

Chemistry for Kids: Hands on Activities for Learning About Atoms and Molecules

As a homeschooling mom, I think hands on activities make learning science so much more interesting and fun. I also think they help children to understand science in a more concrete way. Things like atoms and molecules are pretty hard for a young child to comprehend without something tangible to relate to. In this post,Continue reading “Chemistry for Kids: Hands on Activities for Learning About Atoms and Molecules”

Overnight Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal: How to make your family a nourishing whole-food breakfast – in your sleep!

It’s really important to me to feed my family healthy nourishing foods. But making a healthy whole-food breakfast every morning can really be a challenge! I’m going to share with you my favorite way to feed my family a nutrient dense breakfast. It’s fast and easy – so easy, in fact, that you can doContinue reading “Overnight Pumpkin Baked Oatmeal: How to make your family a nourishing whole-food breakfast – in your sleep!”