Homeschooling in Pennsylvania means we are required to teach "history of the United States and Pennsylvania" as part of the homeschool law. Home School in the Woods has an easy way for us to accomplish that goal with Hands-On History Activity-Paks Make-A-State. Having used Home School in the Woods before, I knew that it would be full of fun activities to do and that it would be a great way to check off this requirement for the year.
I want to introduce my readers to Novare Science & Math and their book, Science for Every Teacher. Novare's approach is Mastery, Integration, and Kingdom. With mastery, Novare is trying to get away from the cycle of cramming and forgetting. Instead, they have molded their curriculum into a learn and retain format. In order to aid the retention, they integrate science into many other skills in order to get away from compartmentalized learning. Lastly, Novare is a biblically based science curriculum that merges the science mind and the religious mind to see the world as God intended.
This year has been sadly lacking in field trips, but we did finish out the year with a couple fun ones. Last week we spent two days at the beach, and it was a necessary break from home and it was a mental health refresh.