Posts You Loved in 2016

It is always fun to look back through my stats to see what posts have been the most popular. Statistics really tell a blogger a lot about their beloved readers. Seeing what posts have been loved, retweeted and pinned by you makes me love you even more. My tribe of nerdy, Star Trek, science fiction and STEM loving, book fanatic friends.

Here are 12 of Milk and Cookies’ popular posts that were written in 2016.

35 Shows Perfect for STEM Learning

In my post 10 Unique Things Your Future Scientist Needs in His Life, I mentioned that teaching science in the younger ages is very simple, but if you have a future scientist in your house, you may have a slight fear that eventually you will run out of quality curriculum or that your kid will become smarter than you and you will have no clue what you are doing anymore.

In that post, I shared ten items that you could purchase to keep the joy in science. This expands on that list, with thirty-five (!!!) television shows and YouTube channels that I highly recommend.

10 Unique Things Your Future Scientist Needs in His Life

We are raising a scientist. Our days usually revolve around science and math. Teaching science in the younger ages is very simple, but if you have a future scientist in your house, you may have a slight fear that eventually you will run out of quality curriculum or that your kid will become smarter than you and you will have no clue what you are doing anymore.

This post will assure you that running out of fun, easy to use, quality materials for science is very unlikely to happen. (Even if you have sped through every decent science curriculum and you’ve purchased a microscope, a telescope, and every packaged kit you can get your hands on.)

Free 2016-2017 Doctor Who Calendar and Planner For Kids

Updated for August 2016 – December 2017
34 pages of Doctor Who planning fun!

For each month, there is a blank calendar and a matching blank check sheet where you can list all your subjects on the left. Print one out for each week of the month.

Free Minecraft Calendar and Planner Pages for Kids 2016-17

Free 2016-2017 Minecraft Calendar and Planner For Kids

Updated for August 2016 – December 2017
34 pages of Minecraft planning fun!

For each month, there is a blank calendar and a matching blank check sheet where you can list all your subjects on the left. Print one out for each week of the month.

Minecraft Math Cubes

Minecraft Math Cubes

This is another set similar to the Minecraft Story Cubes I posted a couple of weeks ago. Again, I honestly wish I would have thought of this idea when my son was younger and needed help practicing math facts.

There are 3 cubes and the goal is to use them to practice addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division.

Throw the cubes into the air, see whatever topic appears, and then let your imagination take over.

Ten Ways to Teach With Star Trek

Ten Ways to Teach With Star Trek

I think Star Trek is hands down one of the greatest shows ever made. No other show in history has had such a positive impact on so many people, young and old. Thousands of successful 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? Parents who value the education of their children will always be looking for ways to turn interests into teachable moments, and when we find a show like this, a show so powerful, we must take advantage of the opportunities to use it to inspire and educate.

Happy Trees and Bob Ross BINGO

I cannot believe that anyone in their right mind doesn’t love Bob Ross and if anyone tells me that they don’t even know who Bob Ross is, I think they’ve been living under a rock. Even people in the 20’s must know who he is and if they truly don’t, it is a travesty.

Bob Ross giphyYes, a travesty, I tell you.

Happy trees and happy squirrels.

100 Ways to Teach With Sci-Fi

100 Ways to Teach With Science Fiction

Sparking a love of learning can be difficult. Not all of us love math. Many people loath science. Others don’t see the relevance of learning about history. As parents and teachers, how can we help kids cultivate a love of learning? Sometimes all it takes is the right book, movie, or TV show. That little spark of interest can develop into a full-blown obsession and before you know it, you are considered a member of a “fandom”. The love of a fandom usually lasts a lifetime and this love can open up an immense world of learning opportunities.

For many kids and teenagers (and even adults), the fandoms that most often lure them in are categorized as science fiction or sci-fi. These stories span the universe, alien life, technology, cyberspace, time travel, and even alternate realities.

Clever Gifts for an Obsessive Reader

Shopping for the absolute perfect gifts for everyone in your family can take some time, research, Googling, store hopping, and probably sneakiness.

So, if you have a loved one who is obsessed with books and can stay up reading way past bedtime, hopefully this list will remove some of the stress of Christmas shopping. I can’t help you with the sneakiness, however. You’re on your own.

Minecraft Story Cubes

The story cubes will provide hours of entertainment for any Minecraft fan. You can incorporate them into your language arts curriculum and see creative writing and storytelling soar.

Included are 8 printable cubes:
actions, friends, enemies, goals, 2 objects cubes, and 2 situations cubes

A Peek Into My Planner

I’ve mentioned before that we haven’t used a homeschool schedule in many years. I am a Type A, INTJ, Ravenclaw rolled into one, so not obsessively creating a detailed homeschool schedule was hard for me in the beginning. When something is really important, like my son’s education, my inner Leslie Knope wants to come out with a massive 500 page, color-coded binder full of year-long meticulous schedules.

I couldn’t do that with an advanced learner like my son. I never knew how fast he was going to go through a book or what his next interests were going to be, so creating a schedule was waste of time. Instead of planning what he would be learning, I made sure that he had loads of resources at this fingertips and I started keeping track of what he had learned.

How to Save Money on LEGO

I am sure every mom, dad, grandparent, aunt or uncle of a LEGO-loving child is constantly on the hunt for ways to save money on LEGO. Two years ago, out of curiosity, I tallied up how much money we have spent on LEGO products since my son turned 5 and was bit with the LEGO bug. This includes sets, minifigures, pieces, books, and games. The amount was so insane that I won’t dare share it.

Over the years, I’ve learned quite a few ways to save a ton of money while adding incredible sets, pieces and minifigures to my son’s collection.

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