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Books For and About Strong Girls

I have three little girls five years old and younger, and they love princesses.  I don’t think there has been a single day over the last two years that at least one person in our house hasn’t been wearing a tiara and pearls.  We have it all -- the dresses, the boas, and the books.  Oh the books!   I know little tot princess culture is a hot topic of sorts, with some people hating everything about it and other people thinking it is a harmless phase that many little girls go through.   I guess you could say I’m kind of in the middle.  I don’t see any problem... read more

Interview with The Bitter Homeschooler, Deborah Markus

Part 1 (Find Part 2 here)   In this episode the moms interview Deborah Markus, author of the Bitter Homeschoolers Wish List, and editor and owner of Secular Homeschooling Magazine.     Some links in this episode:   The Bitter Homeschooler's Wish List   Secular Homeschooling Magazine   Don’t Worry! A Guide for Relatives and Friends of Homeschoolers     To see the full show notes, including a LOT MORE links to all the resources mentioned, please visit our website: The Savvy Homeschool Moms, episode 32.   To subscribe to or download our show, check us out... read more

Five Tips for Helping Tweens (Re)Discover Pleasure Reading

By Leah Lesser   Homework. Swimming. Riding (or insert any other sport or activity). Saxophone. Friends. Family time. Dinner. Homework. Bedtime Story. Sleep. Add in there a bit of laughter, play, riding bikes with siblings, and chores, and you’ve got the makings of a very busy tween.   Does any of this sound familiar?   We’re living it. Our 11-year-old daughter can make my busiest days look fairly tame. And she doesn’t even come close to some of her friends who are taking on four or five after-school activities.   One of the things she has talked... read more

Free To Learn: A Transformative Book

By Laura Grace Weldon         Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life by Peter Gray isn't just a book, it's a powerful agent of transformation. I'd like to put a copy in the hands of every parent, teacher, and policy maker.   Gray, a research professor in the field of psychology, is an expert on the evolution of play. I discovered his work when he started writing a blog for Psychology Today where he explores topics I'd just finished researching for my book. He... read more

5 Great Math Websites for Kids and Parents

Math may be one of the more challenging subjects to teach and learn, but it doesn't have to be a bore! There are lots of great ways to expand your child's math skills in a way that will have them begging for more.    Check out our top five favorite ad free sites:   Count On: This site offers a wide range of math focused games that are unique and fun to play. We especially love their codebreaker and math mysteries sections--perfect for kids who love a challenge.    Figure This: Offered by the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics, this website offers... read more

Teaching Science at Home: A Guide for Parents

As more and more parents, educators and politicians recognize the importance of strong science and engineering education for our youth, increased opportunities are appearing for kids at school and in the community. A growing focus on these subjects in some schools and after school programs like STEM offer young children an educational boost: preparing them for future learning.    But what about teaching science at home? According to many parents, one of the hardest subjects to tackle themselves is science--especially once you start moving past the life... read more

Arduino for Kids: Bringing Science Home

This article is part of our guide to Teaching Science at Home.   Most parents have never heard of Arduino, but is an absolutely excellent option to bring science concepts into your home in a way that will captivate the whole family.   If your child is fascinated by robots, computers and how things work, Arduino is a brilliant way to feed their curiosity. And don't think they have to be high schoolers to take part--the kits we looked at are suitable for kids (and adults) of all ages. What is Arduino? Massimo Banzi, co-founder of Arduino, was kind... read more

Recommended Science Curriculum: Real Science-4-Kids

This article is part of our guide to Teaching Science at Home.   Real Science-4-Kids offers unique and high quality science curriculum options for children grades K-12. Developed by homeschooling mom and biophysical chemist Rebecca Keller, their texts and other resources are smart, easy to use and affordable.    Real Science-4-Kids provides printed workbooks, laboratory workbooks, and teacher's manuals as well as interactive online classes and an online testing center. Subjects covered include Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Astronomy and Geology for elementary... read more

Recommended Science Curriculum: Supercharged Science

This article is part of our guide to Teaching Science at Home.   What is Supercharged Science?   Created by rocket scientist and educator Aurora Lipper, the programs from Supercharged Science provide some of the best value we've seen for a complete science education at home.    Supercharged Science offers two really great options for science education: a complete e-Science program that is offered fully online and a Science Mastery Program that includes not only the e-science element but also a detailed printed book, all of the materials for each... read more

Fairy Tales: Soul Food for Children

“But they’re so awful!” This is a response I often hear from parents when I recommend Grimms' fairy tales as reading fare for their children. While Grimms' is all the rage these days for adults, parents often recoil at the idea of regaling their young children with stories of orphans and witches, kidnappings and murders -- at bedtime no less. Understandable. But savvy parents understand that fairy tales are soul food for children. They nourish the developing psyche in complex ways. But the real ones, not the prettied-up, pasteurized ones.   The Brothers Grimm... read more

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