Does your child dread doing math lessons? Maybe each lesson ends with frustration (or tears)? Does your child begin math assignments confidently and end up getting many problems wrong? My son tried very hard to understand math concepts and complete his assignments, but regardless of which curriculum or teaching method I tried (including math games for middle school), I still had a child … [Read more...] about Is Your Middle School Child Struggling with Math?
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This year, I’m teaching chemistry in our science co-op, so my family is becoming very familiar with the periodic table. Our study of the elements has been interesting, but the review required to master the material can get, well, boring. That’s one reason I was excited to be introduced to Atomidoodle, a fun chemistry app from Hero Factor Games. Rote review often drives me insane, so if there's … [Read more...] about Discover the Periodic Table with the Atomidoodle Game App
When we hear the term, chemical reaction, we usually visualize something exploding, don't we? But not all reactions are that noticeable. We're actually surrounded by chemical reactions every day without thinking about it. Reactions like rust, a match lighting, yeast in bread, or silver tarnishing. This post contains affiliate links. What is a Chemical Reaction? It is when a chemical change … [Read more...] about Middle School Chemistry: Chemical Reactions
Over the past few years we have tried a number of different math curriculum including workbooks, manipulative, online lessons, math games for middle school, math songs, and more. Nothing seemed to help! Although my kids enjoyed math when they were younger, somewhere along the line things just didn’t “click” any longer and they began struggling with math in our home … [Read more...] about Our Kids Were Struggling With Math So We Started OVER!
There is an old adage “you reap what you sow”. What this essentially means is that if you want your children to harness their inner scientist, you have to create a home-sized lab. Foster a healthy passion for learning and understanding our world at home. It isn’t really time consuming or money heavy to raise a science-minded child. Here are a few things you could do: Science Games for … [Read more...] about How to Raise a Science-Minded Child
This year we are studying chemistry in our science co-op. I'm excited to be teaching this subject to our middle school kids because there are a ton of ways to bring it to life through interactive lessons. Our first class was all about the periodic table, elements and atoms. To help the kids firmly grasp these concepts, we completed a variety of activities. We started by making our own periodic … [Read more...] about Middle School Chemistry: Build Atoms with Candy