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Stardew For Realz Homeschool Quest Series: Year 1 Spring 2016

StardewforrealzStardew For Realz Homeschooling Lesson Plan:  Year 1 Spring/June 2016  

Skill Highlights:

  • Solution Creating
  • Mathematics
  • Science
  • Applied Technology
  • Research
  • Reading & Writing

 

As a homeschooling parent, it often times takes ingenuity to spark your kid’s attention.  In setting upon this quest to be the main leader of my kid’s education, I’ve been looking upon lesson plans in a new light; from a different angle; a perspective outside of the box.  How do you apply mathematics, solution creating, computation and science all into one homeschooling project? Yep, my Geeky Moms friends, you’ve guessed it – by playing games like Star Dew Valley.  Now, taking this a step further, let’s step back into the real world and make our own farming adventure a real life lesson plan.

Which brings me to this new Geeky Moms’ series entitled “Stardew For Realz Homeschool Quests.”  Each week, I will post our updates on the types of activities and lesson plans built around Stardew Valley, real-world farming, computation, mathematics, solution creating, art, reading and science. (more…)

Zentangle – Homeschool Art Project for Kids

20160302_115953The Zentangle art form and method was created by Rick Roberts and Maria Thomas. Its an abstract method of drawing with repeated patterns within a pattern.  For example, you can start with a myriad of lines on a page, fill up each block with a different pattern, and you have successfully ‘tangled.’  The great thing about this method of art is that its very meditative and develops focus and creativity.  As tangledpatterns.com highlights: “The Zentangle Method “increases focus and creativity, provides artistic satisfaction along with an increased sense of personal well being. The Zentangle Method is enjoyed all over this world across a wide range of skills, interests and ages.” As CZT Margaret Bremner has written, “One of the lovely things about Zentangle is that it isn’t supposed to BE anything. Even more, it’s SUPPOSED to NOT be a something. … Zentangle is simply beautiful patterns playing harmoniously together. Zentangle-inspired art (ZIA) is another story; it can be Something if you want.”(Read more here from tangledpatterns.com… What is a Zentangle?)

I was so excited to give this method a try with my kids and art students at our local homeschool academy!  We have been going through lessons on patterns, hatching, shading methods and perseption.  Zentangle is a nice segway into colorful design, patterning and shading, and its so much fun.  The added bonus to this artform is the only real rule is to just fill each section with a pattern.  The kids are not limited to anything else, and can let their imagination and mindfulness roam on the page!

For this project, I purchased cardstock paper and colorful sharpies with different types of tips.  Usually a fine tip marker or pen is the chosen method, but you can branch out into different styles of pens.

For the younger students, I drew lines creating triangles and squares on a page for them to start out.  You can find a lot of starting page patterns on the web.  I printed out sample patterns for them to get ideas, and there are a lot of those available online as well.

The result was a lot of fun and stunning artwork!  The classroom was so quiet…it was like they were all in a meditative state! :)  This project is to develop focus and mindfulness in the student, and a also gives them an art method that they can take with them and go as far as they desire.

 

Homeschooling Activity – STEM: Will pumpkin boats float?

If you are familiar with STEM, then you know how much fun it can be for kids to put on their thinking caps, work as a team to tackle a question, and create a solution.  With this project, we had a bunch of little pumpkins left from Halloween and Thanksgiving, so the question came up:  can you make boats out of pumpkins?

The kids came up with the design, and added a sail with a straw and a piece of paper.  After the first test run, it was concluded that a stronger sail was needed for future designs.

 

Project Happiness

I just discovered the Project Happiness resources. As a parent, homeschooler, professor, and teacher this site is a gift! As a child who grew up shifted towards the negative, and feeling the heavy darkness, I always looked for ways to improve my life via my thoughts and emotions. At the time I was seen as a Pollyanna, but now the world is finally opening up to the wonderful truth – we are alive to feel joy and have fun. :)

Every educator should instill these techniques and help our youth rise up even farther than imagined.

http://www.projecthappiness.org/why-creativity-makes-us-feel-more-alive/

How to Make Your Own Funny Gifs

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Sometimes, our PE classes get a little out of hand.  Today, we were doing our regular swimming lesson when suddenly it crossed over into the realm of crossfit.  My son rode his bike into the pool, then dove in and retrieved it about 10 times!  He said he was in beast mode! lol  Sounds exactly like something my crossfit group would make me do for time.

But, during these antics, I decided it was a great time to take a funny video for my YouTube channel and Social Media.  Gifs are so much fun to create and really easy to share.  No video player or sound needed, and the message comes across loud and clear.

For this gif, I recorded a video of my son’s bike antics in slow motion.  Then I imported it into a program called GIFMaker.  Its a free app on the Google PlayStore.  The app allows you to add text, apply a filter, crop the video, adjust contrast, etc.  You can also use picture series to create a GIF.  I left the watermark advertising the app on the gif, but you can certainly remove that option in the settings.

Here’s our result…just another homeschooling day on the Space Coast, Florida.  I challenge you to make your own funny gifs!

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Adventures in Homeschooling

Last year, my children and I moved across the country to Florida.  We moved into a much homeschoolingwarmer climate, a farm, and even more opportunities.  One of those opportunities was to homeschool.  We have been talking about homeschooling for awhile, but our lifestyle at the time wasn’t open for it.  Suddenly, we realized this is possible.   (more…)