Hands-On History: Ancient Technology

The topics we cover in ancient history may seem a bit irrelevant to some (foolish) kids, but when we use hands-on, project-based learning, we give our students a tangible, memorable connection to the material they are learning.  Conveniently, most ancient technology is so simple, kids can reconstruct it themselves.  Here are just a couple of … Continue reading Hands-On History: Ancient Technology

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Test, Observe, Revise: Engineering with a Preschooler

The slow-motion video option on my phone has captured my preschooler's attention lately, so we are using it to improve our marble track engineering.  When we record a run in slow-motion and review it, he can more easily see where problems occurred in our design and come up with potential solutions. He also really likes … Continue reading Test, Observe, Revise: Engineering with a Preschooler

If You Don’t Have It, Make It: Woodshop Edition

While we are a far cry from homesteaders, we would like to instill in our children some sense of self-reliance.  Rather than run out to the store and buy every little thing, if it's at all possible for us to MacGyver it on our own, we like to at least try. Our latest project was … Continue reading If You Don’t Have It, Make It: Woodshop Edition

What We Are Building

Every single day, we are making stuff in this house.  And I don't just mean messes.  Every day, we are using our hands and our brains to put things together.  Here are our favorite projects this week. Puzzles It has been a non-stop puzzle-palooza around here.  Little brother is into our chunky Melissa & Doug … Continue reading What We Are Building

All Aboard!

Albert Einstein said, "Play is the highest form of research."  This is most true when our children play with toys that allow them to create, experiment, and solve problems. Our three-year-old is enchanted with his wooden train set these days.  He's developing his understanding of some basic engineering as he figures out where to place … Continue reading All Aboard!