DIY Chalkboard Globe

I am in love with this globe. Although the process to make it took 2 days, it really was pretty easy to do. I have had a broken globe (the stand broke off) sitting on a candle stick on a shelf for several years. After seeing one of these globes for sale for $300, I thought I could definitely make my own! All you need: A globe. Duh 2 shades of chalkboard paint. I wanted green for the land and chose this shade because it matches a lot of the colors in my house. I chose black for the water…

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DIY Gigantic Wall Map for State Study

One day at the library, we came across this book called Heroes of Ohio: : 23 True Tales of Courage and Character. If you can locate a book like this for your state, please do! It brought great pride to us as Ohioans and really showed us just how much history was practically in our backyard. Within the first couple of chapters we were hooked and also inspired by the cover that shows each hero in his or her place of birth or main residence. This giant 30″ x 30″ homemade map hangs on our living room wall, right next to the front…

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DIY United States Magnets

Real Simple had this really cute idea to refurbish an old United States wooden puzzle into a magnetic United States wooden puzzle for the refrigerator. I found this idea at the perfect time last year – cycle 3 of Classical Conversations was just beginning and we were studying states and capitals. However, wouldn’t it figure that in all the boxes of old toys in the basement, I could not locate our old wooden puzzle! Off to the store I went and wouldn’t it figure again, that the 2 stores I went to did not have any US puzzles. Well, like they…

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Homeschooling With Star Trek

Homeschooling With Star Trek

In honor of Sir Patrick Stewart’s (aka Captain Jean-Luc Picard) birthday this month, we would love to share my family’s love of Star Trek with you. Everyone who knows us knows we are complete Trekkies. My son actually wants to be a scientist because of Star Trek. Did you know that hundreds of engineers and scientists proudly proclaim that their career choices were influenced by Star Trek. How many tv shows can claim that kind of success and influence?? Inspired by Trek The big wigs at NASA, for many decades, have been Star Trek fans. NASA’s first shuttle was actually named…

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Genealogy for Kids

The year after my husband and I were married, my father-in-law told me a story that changed my life. As a young Army mechanic stationed in his ancestral Germany during the late 1960’s, he spied an old book in a small bookshop that detailed his family history and even included a picture of the “family castle”. FAMILY CASTLE?! You can imagine the romantic thoughts going through my love-struck newlywed mind. I envisioned an enchanting trip with my handsome and chivalrous husband to visit the rebuilt ruins of this marvelous palace. I could wear my fake tiara on the tour and…

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