Thursday, September 1, 2016

It's STEM Week!

It's STEM week! What do you do in your homeschool for STEM? I have kids that love all things engineering and could construct new inventions for hours.  We love Life of Fred for math.  It is simple yet fun.  It's especially nice that it is not kill and drill.  Each chapter only has a few math problems to go along with the story. 

 Science, Technology, Engineering and Math are all crucial to learning about and participating in the modern era. And there is so much FUN to be had while diving into these subjects. I've rounded up a great resource for each discipline - whether or not these are perfect for your little ones, there are wonderful resources out there to inspire young girls and boys. Tip: Educents' Labor Day Sale code is LASTCHANCE and gets 10% Off and Free Shipping to boot!

 S is for Science: The Magic School Bus Science Kit

This is one of the most sought-after subscriptions - and gifts that keep on giving. 12 complete kits for science experiments arrive at your door for one full year. Best of all, it's 50% off right now and comes to $10/month. It's an investment that pays dividends in fun and learning. Buy Now

T is for Technology: Learn to Mod - Minecraft

Buy Now If you haven't heard of Minecraft yet, come out from under the rock! The Minecraft world gets kids excited to build their own creations. I like this one because it's a relatively affordable ($30, versus up to $300!) program that teaches children computer programming skills via Minecraft. If this one's not right for your family, I highly recommend other Learn to Mod programs - or just google "Minecraft Coding" and dive in!

E is for Engineering: Tinkering Labs Electric Motors Catalyst Kit

tinkering-labs_electric_motors_catalyst_square_1198 This beautiful set gets kids using their hands, creating a bevy of tinker toys from different challenge cards. The sky's the limit with this set that encourages design thinking that's so important in the work force. But the best part is this is just fun. Buy Now

M is for Math: Life of Fred Math Books

Life of Fred Elementary Math Series I can't speak highly enough of this series of narrative-based math books. Kids learning addition to young adults in college benefit from one character's journey through life encountering contextual math problems that make math make sense! Plus, cute. Check out the whole brand - there are even reading lessons with the same characters. Buy Now

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