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Sunday, March 22

Lay Your Hands on Me (Bon Jovi)

Go the earth AND your wallet!  Happy Earth Day!!!!!

As a frugal homeschool mom, I'm always trying to get creative and use what we have around the house for learning.  It looks like the kids have been watching closely.  In the past year or two, my oldest has taken it upon himself to come up with some wild and wacky creations out of items laying around the house.
  • Toilet paper rolls
  • Aluminum foil
  • Scotch tape
  • Paper clips
  • Scrap paper
  • Yarn / string
  • Old sheets
  • Empty soup cans
Nothing is safe!  If it's laying there, he assumes it's available for an art project.  (99% of the time, this is a great thing...)  I LOVE that the kids are learning to repurpose items - reducing the trash and still creating something new.

When the same son came to me, begging for the new Lego Mindstorms EV3 Robotics kit, we decided to turn this pivotal moment into a teaching one!   It's a great little toy...perfect for encouraging those STEM skills...and about $350 - considerably out of our price range.  
So we made a deal - he would have to earn every penny of that money, and then he could go and buy it.  He decided to try and use his repurposing ideas to earn the kit.  He spent several weeks painstakingly typing out instructions for, and taking photos of, historical art projects.  Sure - he had a grand time creating the projects, but it was not-so-fun trying to format everything into a usable format for others!  In the end, mom helped him with some graphics to punch it up, but 95% of the work was his own.

And so, I am very PROUD to introduce to you a brand new resource for teachers and homeschoolers who would like a hands-on approach to teaching and encouraging a love of history -- Recycled History : Re-purposing Ideas for Hands-On History.  The idea is to reuse, repurpose, and recycle everyday items into these projects, and I think that you're going to love it!  Happy Earth Day!!!!!
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