If Google Maps Was REALLY Cool…

By on Aug 28, 2014 in Random Bits | 2 comments

…they would allow you to put down historical overlays on top of their maps so that you could see where empires and country lines were throughout history.

Breakfast Discussion

By on Aug 28, 2014 in Etiquette & Manners | 1 comment

Our breakfast discussion today: 365 Manners Kids Should Know: Games, Activities, and Other Fun Ways to Help Children Learn Etiquette



Someone needs some heavy hints, I type in a droll tone of fingers.


Alexander and Bucephalus

By on Aug 27, 2014 in Ancients, Drawing, Greece | 1 comment

Alexander & Bucephalus

We’ve finished up our ancient Greece history unit and capped it with mapwork, copywork, discussions, literature, research, and videos about Alexander the Great. While I read to the Bigs, I asked them to quickly use marker to sketch an outline drawing of Alexander and Bucephalus from this photo available on the Wikimedia Commons:

Believe it or not, we’ve all improved over time! 😉

Tip: National Geographic Publications Index

By on Aug 27, 2014 in Education Tips | 0 comments

If you are a National Geographic fan and don’t know about the publications index, you’re missing out! Combine this with a subscription to the magazine(s) and their electronic back issues for way too much fun – or don’t, because you might end up sucked into the black hole of reading old articles.


By on Aug 27, 2014 in Animal Kingdom | 0 comments

Our new morning routine involves watching CNN Student News and then a YouTube video over breakfast to discuss. I really enjoy the Smarter Every Day channel, so I queued up two videos about how fish eat.

By the time we got halfway through the second of the series, this is what our faces looked like.


Our spectacular “Holy…WHOA!” faces

Check it out. If you have an awesome “Holy… WHOA!” face, please feel free to link it up in the comments. Oh, yeah – kid-friendly educational YouTube channel recommendations are always appreciated, too.