Category Archives: STEM

A Day of Extremes

When I read the logs of other homeschoolers’ days, I’m usually struck by how awesome they sound, and wonder how the heck they manage it, or by horrible they sound, and how the heck did they manage to *survive* it. … Continue reading

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From here to the moon…

Cultivating wonder is one of my major jobs as a science educator, so you’d think that I’d have pushed for my kids to see LADEE launch last night. Nope. *I* saw LADEE blaze across the southern skies last night, an … Continue reading

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STEM Lego Minifigs! For girls!

Have a kid, especially a girl, that is into science? Have kids that like Lego? Read here to learn about the history of STEM minifigs (Lego people), as well the secret code that will let you find which Series 11 … Continue reading

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Do Creationist curricula meet the National Standards?

This question was just brought up on a list I belong to by a person wishing to homeschool with a Christian worldview, and I thought I’d try to address it.  Here’s what I wrote in response:

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The last eight weeks…

… have been our usual Spring Rush.  Here are some highlights: We’ve celebrated five birthdays, including my mom’s 75th, and my 40th.  The girls are now  six, which completely blows my mind.  (Turning 40 was cake compared to dealing with … Continue reading

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Decoding sentences and equations with a first, last, middle strategy

Sometime in the last six months I started referring to mathematical equations as ‘math sentences’, since they convey meaning just like English sentences.  This convenient little explanation lead us down an interesting road this last week, as we compared the … Continue reading

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Snapshot of a Day

The first book I read about homeschooling, about ten years ago, was Homeschooling: A Patchwork of Days, by Nancy Lande, which tells the stories of a single day in the life of dozens of homeschooling families. It was THE book … Continue reading

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Where we’re at

I haven’t documented where we are in our various subjects and activities for a while, so here goes – the early 2012 edition of Turkeydoodles Homeschool:

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Robots made with balloons and coffee grounds? Yup!

They even throw darts! (2/15: fixed the link – sorry!)

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YES! Put the T & E in STEM!

Just read a terrific article about how one engineering and technology teacher puts those two letters back in the STEM education package.  My former dean at RISD called for STEAM education, adding that Art education helps bring the creative process … Continue reading

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