Welcome to the ninety-second issue of Fuel the Fire.
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Hi, hope you are having a good May so far.
Things have been busy here as both children will be taking exams in a few weeks. Fingers crossed as these are final exams for my daughter and her University place depends on them. I am still a little surprised that both children opted for exams. If yours are more reluctant then do check out my blog post about the other opportunities available to teens.
Have a great month and see you next time.
Mothers Day Gift Ideas
Need a gift idea from the children? Do go check out my printable downloads - perfect for grandmothers everywhere :) Print it yourself, then add your own handprints for a truly personalized gift.
Mother and Daughter Journal
This seems like the perfect time to get closer to your daughter (or mother!). This Mother/Daughter journal is a no stress, no rules journal that you both fill in and share with each other.
Conductive ink is a type of ink that conducts electricity. So it lets you draw a circuit that you would normally need a wire for. No more soldering!
What a great opportunity it gives us for homeschooling science and electronics projects! An educational project that is also fun!
I went searching for ideas for prjects we could use it for, and this is what I came up with - Electronic Conductive Paint Projects
I have used one hour homeschooling on and off all through our homeschool journey. It makes a wonderful schedule perfect for
I have found it to be a really effective schedule (see Can a one hour homeschooling schedule really work).
Need some ideas on how to try it out? Find out more about one hour homeschooling.
My friend Sonya's daughter has make this really cool Velociraptor from paper mache.
Sonya has kindly put together a tutorial on her site, complete with the paper mache recipe they used - and lots of pictures!
I can think of lots of uses of building this kind of 'animal sculpture'. Check it out here and see what you think.
And if you have children that love dinosaurs do take a look at my other website - www.kids-dinosaurs.com
It is the time of year, in the UK at least, when caterpillars are starting to appear.
Raising butterflies is something we have done almost every year since the children were small.
It is a wonderful way to introduce children to life cycles and metamorphosis. A fascinating way to do a bit of homeschooling science!
I am sure you are all familiar with Facebook by now (and if you haven't liked my page then go do it now!!).But I really loved this idea from Classtools.net.
I have absolutely loved incorporating board games into our homeschooling.
They are a great addition to almost every subject - and a fun way to learn. Over the years we have tried out LOTS :) And I have pulled together a list of my favorites.
Would you like to write up to 100% faster? Need a secret code to stop prying eyes reading your stuff?
We have been wanting to do both of those things recently, so we took a look at learning shorthand.
There are several forms of shorthand, but we liked the look of Handywrite.
It has been interesting working through the lessons and learning something new. And hopefully we will find it useful in the future for taking notes too.
If you would like to take a look, the Handywrite site is here.
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