Because We Are Makers In All Cities

MakerFaire boy driving robot

Thanks to Barnes & Noble, Maker Faires are appearing this weekend in cities all across the US.  Gavin has been excitedly awaiting the Mini Maker Faire for over two months. Promotional flyers have been decorating his room. He took enough postcards to invite his Cub Scout Pack. He has even considered the red robot for the theme of … Continue reading Because We Are Makers In All Cities

In Which We Are Watched Like Hawks

Boy in Giant Bird Nest

The Cascades Raptor Center is offering free admission this week last week, in celebration of their 25th anniversary. "Through wildlife rehabilitation and public education, Cascades Raptor Center fosters a connection between people and birds of prey. Our goal is to help the human part of the natural community learn to value, understand, and honor the … Continue reading In Which We Are Watched Like Hawks

Watching September Drift Away

Kids Rafting

We took our Nature Study out to Perkin's Peninsula on Fern Ridge Reservoir and drifted around in the raft a while to do a little birdwatching.  It's awesome to watch the sunset while on the water.  As the sun went down, I realized that September was following the sun away over the horizon.  Where did it go? … Continue reading Watching September Drift Away

Free Printables: Letters and Numbers of the Week

Letters of the Alphabet printable

I was asked to make the alphabet and numbers for a homeschool mom to post a letter and number of the week on her bulletin board.  I'm hoping that by posting the files here some other homeschoolers can benefit from them, also.  Feel free to use these files in any way that helps you educate.  … Continue reading Free Printables: Letters and Numbers of the Week

Skunk Cabbage at McGowan Creek

Lysichiton americanus along McGowan Creek, near where the McKenzie river meets the Willamette River.

Planning with Homeschool Skedtrack: Inserting HTML Images

Computer with Michelangelo's David head on screen with art work

Today, I'm talking about inserting images into Homeschool Skedtrack with HTML. We all know that images add richness to things we are learning. Sometimes they are crucial to the idea being learned. Some of us are visual learners and seeing pictures and graphics help us learn a concept more quickly and more fully. Examples of … Continue reading Planning with Homeschool Skedtrack: Inserting HTML Images

Planning with Homeschool Skedtrack: HTML in the Daily Schedule

Netbook and Pink Ear Buds

One of my favorite features of Homeschool Skedtrack is the ability to write HTML code into a student's daily schedule. The most obvious way this benefits the schedule is to write in HTML links. You can do more than that though. You can format text, include tables, list items vertically, post images, and even embed … Continue reading Planning with Homeschool Skedtrack: HTML in the Daily Schedule

Planning With Homeschool Skedtrack

Homeschool Materials on a Bed

The Homeschool Skedtrack website says it is a, "FREE online lesson planner, scheduler, and tracking system rolled into one."  It certainly does more than just lesson planning.  You can either plan lessons in advance, or record work after it has been completed.  It keeps track of hours and days if you need attendance info for your … Continue reading Planning With Homeschool Skedtrack

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse, October 8, 2014

Blood Moon Lunar Eclipse, October 8, 2014