STEM: Incorporating Math and Geography

Welcome to part 4 of a series about incorporating geography with STEM. In part one, I wrote about studying science and geography together and in part two, I shared ideas for learning about technology in conjunction with geography. Part three taught about engineering with cartography. The final part in this series moves onto the M in STEM: math. Math and maps…two of my favorite things on the planet. You may be wondering what math has to do with geography. Why is math important in the field of geography? Math is used in map creation. Math is used in surveying land. Math is used in city planning. Math is used…

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STEM: Incorporating Engineering and Geography

This is part 3 of a series about incorporating geography with STEM. In part one, I wrote about studying science and geography together and in part two, I shared ideas for learning about technology in conjunction with geography. Now we move onto the E in STEM, which is engineering. Engineering is a field of study that is growing leaps and bounds every year. What exactly does an engineer do? You should ask is there anything that an engineer doesn’t do. An engineer uses scientific and mathematical principles to develop solutions to problems. They are the geniuses who find ways to meet our needs. They research, analyse, design, invent, create,…

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Incorporating STEM and Geography

Most people tend to lump geography in with history, but categorically, geography is actually a science: the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Research proves that kids learn more effectively when subjects are blended together instead of separately taught. Countries, states, and cities may often be forgotten unless there is an interesting tie-in to help your child remember the location and importance. I have an affection for anything involving maps and globes. I think this stems from the genealogist in me. Township, city, county, state, country maps… they all fascinate me. I look at a map and start to wonder about the deep…

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Christmas Science: Geography

Christmas Science: Geography

Welcome to my series on Christmas science, in which we’ve covered chemistry and zoology. Today is all about geography. In homeschool, most people tend to lump geography in with history, but categorically, geography is actually a science: the study of places and the relationships between people and their environments. Christmas Around the World The best way to study geography in terms of Christmas is to simply study how different countries and cultures around the world celebrate Christmas. There are dozens of wonderful websites dedicated to this topic, but here are my favorites that we have used in the past… A free, printable Christmas…

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Hands-on Geography for Teens

A few weeks ago, I read a review from my friend Kris, about a set of maps that she was using in her homeschool. I was so intrigued by the maps (especially the fact that her older kids enjoyed them) that I added the link to my Pinterest board of things I am going to buy for our homeschool. Since we are currently studying explorers, I’ve been heavily incorporating maps (even more than usual) into our history lessons. My son remembered the salt dough map that we made four years ago and suggested we make another one. This map was…

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I Should Have Named it The Gigantor Book of Homeschool Ideas

A few months ago, I published a book affectionately named The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas.  55 homeschool moms contributed chapters pertaining to their areas of expertise and we ended up with a whopping 103 chapters. It really is a wonder in itself. 560 pages full of awesomeness. To spotlight the book, this month we are going on a tour of some of the author blogs so that you can learn more about their areas of expertise and why they chose to write about their passions. So, every day in the month of October, you learn more about one of the authors of The Big…

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