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Why hello there lovely people. It’s been so very long. For both talking to you and reading in general. 

What are you reading? 

Truthfully, I haven’t had the time to read at all. Period. We’ve had a lot of traveling, but since I was doing the driving it made it a little hard to read. Yes, audiobooks, but I don’t always do so hot with those. 

Never mind my brain has been a bit preoccupied the last few months as we readied Laurianna for her graduation. And a trip to Africa. Sigh.

Add to that getting our local pool and swim team ready for the season and it’s been truly non-stop, not sitting down, never mind picking up a book. By the time I get to bed at night, I don’t last long in my attempts at reading. 

I actually sent Laurianna a picture on Saturday of the first time I’ve been able to sit down and read. For real.  Ironically, the book is  It’s All Under Control by Jennifer Dukes Lee. So far LOVING IT!!

My 2019 Reading List.is technically making progress, but rather slowly. lAt the moment seven of the 14 books on the list have been marked off – so there has been progress! This month ONE of the books in my pile are from my core list, one from my fiction list, and one is from my “if there’s time” pile. They look so very good!!

*all links are referral links

What the Kids are Reading

Nada. Nothing. 

Call me a crazy mom, but we are focusing on wrapping up the few things that have taken a backseat while we tried to get things ready for Laurianna to head out. 

Well, technically Laurianna is done with school, so anything she reads is all on her own time now. I am no longer responsible for her literature intake (or lack thereof). But she’s a reader, and books were definitely in her bags she took to Africa. 

Kaleb is still working on All About Reading Level 4  with me and will continue reading through the summer. We are also having him tested by a friend of ours who is a reading specialist to make sure we aren’t missing anything and can add in suggestions to help him out in his reading. 

What I Read Last Recently (and Quick Thoughts)

Here are the books I’ve read in the last few months along with a more detailed look at 

Parenting Beyond the Rules by Connie Albers – This is the book that I wish would have been around six or so years ago, BEFORE our kids were teenagers. Reading through this now, with four kids ranging in age from 12 to almost 18, I was nodding my head in agreement, especially as we learned some things the “hard way” on our parenting journey. 

Albers addresses so many various topics from building a strong foundation in your relationship with your kids to not giving into the fear that can strangle you as a parent (been there!). Her heart is encouraging parents, and that is so strongly achieved in this book. Through examples of family meetings gone completely off course and other extremely relatable examples, this book is a wealth of information for parents who are either embarking or wading through the pre-teen/teen years with their kids. 

Parenting teens is hard, but it can also be one of the most rewarding times in our lives and reap benefits for years to come. It’s the timeframe when our kids are waking up to all the possibilities that are in front of them – and we get to have a front row seat (and part) in the adventure! The best news is that it is never too late to learn from our mistakes, take a step back, and approach things in a different manner to connect with our kids. (5/5 rating)

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – This is one of those books that will have your brain going in so many different directions as you get sucked into the story, but also all of the societal implications behind the story. As a nurse hesitates to perform CPR on a newborn (because she was ordered not to touch him), it spirals into criminal charges that will have you truly looking into your thought processes on race, religion, privilege, and justice. Definitely a great read. (5/5 rating)

The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah Ladd – normally I’m a huge fan of Sarah Ladd, but this is one of those books that just fell a bit flat and short for me. If you don’t mind reading a few spoilers, you can read my full Good Reads review, but in short I’m personally just a little bit done with heroines having to be a part of the “action” in a sense when it borders on unrealistic. (Call me crazy) (3.5/5 rating)

You can follow along with me via the Goodreads app where I share my reviews and additional thoughts. What have YOU been reading this month? 

 

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Years ago I fiddled around with a granola bar recipe until our kids told me they loved them (and bragged they were the best ever). Considering I’m baking for a select audience, I considered that the highest praise and quit messing with a god thing.

The fact they we know what is in the recipe is an added bonus.

They disappear quickly around our home (keep in mind we have some growing teenage boys), and if you stick around our house long enough, the kids may offer you one. 

And side note – fresh and warm out of the oven, when the chocolate is all melty – well, they are pretty tasty then as well!

Homemade Granola Bars
2019-06-06 08:32:41
Serves 36
A delicious homemade alternative to granola bars - guaranteed to disappear!
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups rolled oats {not quick oats}
  2. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  3. 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground
  4. 1/2 cup wheat germ
  5. 1/2 bag {6 oz.} of mini chocolate chips
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar {or 1 cup if no sucanat is used}
  7. 1/2 cup sucanat
  8. 3/4 to 1 cup honey {depends on how sweet you like them}
  9. 2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. 1 cup oil {I use a mix of coconut oil and olive oil}
  12. 2 eggs, beaten
  13. 3 tsp vanilla extract
To Make
  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in one bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a second bowl until eggs and other ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Add to the dry ingredients and combined.
  2. Press the mixture onto a well-greased jelly roll pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. We like ours a little more ‘chewy’ so I baked ours for about 22 minutes.
  4. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then cut into bars. Let them finish cooling in the pan.
  5. Remove from the pan and store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. Makes: 24 – 36 bars depending on the size of the bars you cut. I made 24 with the first batch and then cut them smaller {more like a store bought size} the next time and made 36 bars since they are very filling.
  2. The sucanat can be easily omitted and a different sugar can be used based on your personal preferences. To omit wheat germ or flax seeds, sub equal amounts of flour.
By Jolanthe Erb
Homeschool Creations https://www.homeschoolcreations.net/
We’ve had friends over the years tell us they have subbed applesauce for the oil with fabulous results, so have fun fiddling with this recipe as well. We personally prefer using the mini chocolate chips (they are the best chocolate chips to use in any situation because you technically get more chocolate per bite – wink). 

In a bit I’ll be sharing some other favorite “fill up the kids” recipes, because having bottomless pits of boys (and girls) in the house means I need to stock up quite frequently!

Homeschool Tools Footer

 
 
 

This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.

 
 
 

Access the subscriber only page at any time HERE. Password to open the page is freecards.


         

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June Science Calendar

Each month here at The Homeschool Scientist, you will find a new FREE Science Calendar you can download and use in your homeschool or classroom. Each day on the calendar contains a link to a fun science activity or fascinating science information that your students will love digging into.

Many use the science calendar as a fun kick-start to the school day. Others use it as a reward for getting school work completed. If you are taking a summer break, the science calendar makes a fantastic boredom buster and a great way to sneak in some learning. 

June Science Calendar

So, what’s in this month’s science calendar?

June means the official start of summer, but it’s also National Dairy Month, Get Outdoors Month, and National Candy Month. You can bet we found some fun ways to celebrate these with science and included the links in this month’s calendar!

Download the June calendar and you will also learn about:

Download Your FREE Science Calendar!

The June Science Calendar is FREE for our email subscribers! Just enter your info in the box below to subscribe and we’ll send a download link for the calendar asap! As a subscriber, you won’t get spammed or put on any other list. What you will get is updates when new posts are published, subscriber-only freebies, and alerts to deals and resources I think you will love!

If you are already a subscriber, simply fill out the form to claim your download. You won’t be added twice.

Enjoy!

June Science Calendar 2019

 

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fourth of july stem activities

Fireworks, parades, flags, cook-outs, family, and friends. I love the 4th of July!!

Growing up, my family always had a huge cookout with other families and then we would all go watch our town’s fireworks display. Back in the day, the big treat for the young kids was sparklers, while the older kids shot bottle rockets and the occasional roman candle. So much fun!! But….

What were our parent’s thinking???

We all, remarkably, made it through childhood with all our fingers and minimal sparkler scarring, but thinking about it now as a parent makes me cringe.

I still love Fourth of July. We still have cook-outs and go see fireworks. However, I try to find safer activities for the kids, but ones that they will remember as fondly as I do those darn sparklers. In my search for fun stuff this year, I ran across a bunch of fourth Of July STEM activities! Perfect!

Here are my top 10…..

Fourth Of July STEM Activities 

4th of July Straw Rockets

Declaration Of Independence map math activity 

4th Of July Skittles Experiment

Fireworks In A Jar

Milk Fireworks

Independence Day Building Structures STEM Activities

Film Canister Rocket Fireworks

Star Spangled Slime

Fizzy Fireworks Painting

Red White And Blue Chemical Reactions

More Summer STEM Activities

 

 

Rss

Why hello there lovely people. It’s been so very long. For both talking to you and reading in general. 

What are you reading? 

Truthfully, I haven’t had the time to read at all. Period. We’ve had a lot of traveling, but since I was doing the driving it made it a little hard to read. Yes, audiobooks, but I don’t always do so hot with those. 

Never mind my brain has been a bit preoccupied the last few months as we readied Laurianna for her graduation. And a trip to Africa. Sigh.

Add to that getting our local pool and swim team ready for the season and it’s been truly non-stop, not sitting down, never mind picking up a book. By the time I get to bed at night, I don’t last long in my attempts at reading. 

I actually sent Laurianna a picture on Saturday of the first time I’ve been able to sit down and read. For real.  Ironically, the book is  It’s All Under Control by Jennifer Dukes Lee. So far LOVING IT!!

My 2019 Reading List.is technically making progress, but rather slowly. lAt the moment seven of the 14 books on the list have been marked off – so there has been progress! This month ONE of the books in my pile are from my core list, one from my fiction list, and one is from my “if there’s time” pile. They look so very good!!

*all links are referral links

What the Kids are Reading

Nada. Nothing. 

Call me a crazy mom, but we are focusing on wrapping up the few things that have taken a backseat while we tried to get things ready for Laurianna to head out. 

Well, technically Laurianna is done with school, so anything she reads is all on her own time now. I am no longer responsible for her literature intake (or lack thereof). But she’s a reader, and books were definitely in her bags she took to Africa. 

Kaleb is still working on All About Reading Level 4  with me and will continue reading through the summer. We are also having him tested by a friend of ours who is a reading specialist to make sure we aren’t missing anything and can add in suggestions to help him out in his reading. 

What I Read Last Recently (and Quick Thoughts)

Here are the books I’ve read in the last few months along with a more detailed look at 

Parenting Beyond the Rules by Connie Albers – This is the book that I wish would have been around six or so years ago, BEFORE our kids were teenagers. Reading through this now, with four kids ranging in age from 12 to almost 18, I was nodding my head in agreement, especially as we learned some things the “hard way” on our parenting journey. 

Albers addresses so many various topics from building a strong foundation in your relationship with your kids to not giving into the fear that can strangle you as a parent (been there!). Her heart is encouraging parents, and that is so strongly achieved in this book. Through examples of family meetings gone completely off course and other extremely relatable examples, this book is a wealth of information for parents who are either embarking or wading through the pre-teen/teen years with their kids. 

Parenting teens is hard, but it can also be one of the most rewarding times in our lives and reap benefits for years to come. It’s the timeframe when our kids are waking up to all the possibilities that are in front of them – and we get to have a front row seat (and part) in the adventure! The best news is that it is never too late to learn from our mistakes, take a step back, and approach things in a different manner to connect with our kids. (5/5 rating)

Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult – This is one of those books that will have your brain going in so many different directions as you get sucked into the story, but also all of the societal implications behind the story. As a nurse hesitates to perform CPR on a newborn (because she was ordered not to touch him), it spirals into criminal charges that will have you truly looking into your thought processes on race, religion, privilege, and justice. Definitely a great read. (5/5 rating)

The Governess of Penwythe Hall by Sarah Ladd – normally I’m a huge fan of Sarah Ladd, but this is one of those books that just fell a bit flat and short for me. If you don’t mind reading a few spoilers, you can read my full Good Reads review, but in short I’m personally just a little bit done with heroines having to be a part of the “action” in a sense when it borders on unrealistic. (Call me crazy) (3.5/5 rating)

You can follow along with me via the Goodreads app where I share my reviews and additional thoughts. What have YOU been reading this month? 

 

Homeschool Tools Footer

 
 
 

This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.

 
 
 

Access the subscriber only page at any time HERE. Password to open the page is freecards.


         

Rss

Years ago I fiddled around with a granola bar recipe until our kids told me they loved them (and bragged they were the best ever). Considering I’m baking for a select audience, I considered that the highest praise and quit messing with a god thing.

The fact they we know what is in the recipe is an added bonus.

They disappear quickly around our home (keep in mind we have some growing teenage boys), and if you stick around our house long enough, the kids may offer you one. 

And side note – fresh and warm out of the oven, when the chocolate is all melty – well, they are pretty tasty then as well!

Homemade Granola Bars
2019-06-06 08:32:41
Serves 36
A delicious homemade alternative to granola bars - guaranteed to disappear!
Write a review
Print
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Prep Time
15 min
Cook Time
25 min
Total Time
40 min
Ingredients
  1. 4 cups rolled oats {not quick oats}
  2. 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
  3. 1/2 cup flax seeds, ground
  4. 1/2 cup wheat germ
  5. 1/2 bag {6 oz.} of mini chocolate chips
  6. 1/2 cup brown sugar {or 1 cup if no sucanat is used}
  7. 1/2 cup sucanat
  8. 3/4 to 1 cup honey {depends on how sweet you like them}
  9. 2 tsp cinnamon
  10. 1 tsp salt
  11. 1 cup oil {I use a mix of coconut oil and olive oil}
  12. 2 eggs, beaten
  13. 3 tsp vanilla extract
To Make
  1. Mix all of the dry ingredients together in one bowl. Combine wet ingredients in a second bowl until eggs and other ingredients are mixed thoroughly. Add to the dry ingredients and combined.
  2. Press the mixture onto a well-greased jelly roll pan.
  3. Bake at 350 for 20-25 minutes. We like ours a little more ‘chewy’ so I baked ours for about 22 minutes.
  4. Let cool for about 10 minutes and then cut into bars. Let them finish cooling in the pan.
  5. Remove from the pan and store in an airtight container.
Notes
  1. Makes: 24 – 36 bars depending on the size of the bars you cut. I made 24 with the first batch and then cut them smaller {more like a store bought size} the next time and made 36 bars since they are very filling.
  2. The sucanat can be easily omitted and a different sugar can be used based on your personal preferences. To omit wheat germ or flax seeds, sub equal amounts of flour.
By Jolanthe Erb
Homeschool Creations https://www.homeschoolcreations.net/
We’ve had friends over the years tell us they have subbed applesauce for the oil with fabulous results, so have fun fiddling with this recipe as well. We personally prefer using the mini chocolate chips (they are the best chocolate chips to use in any situation because you technically get more chocolate per bite – wink). 

In a bit I’ll be sharing some other favorite “fill up the kids” recipes, because having bottomless pits of boys (and girls) in the house means I need to stock up quite frequently!

Homeschool Tools Footer

 
 
 

This post may contain affiliate or advertiser links. Read my full disclosure policy here.

 
 
 

Access the subscriber only page at any time HERE. Password to open the page is freecards.


         

Rss

June Science Calendar

Each month here at The Homeschool Scientist, you will find a new FREE Science Calendar you can download and use in your homeschool or classroom. Each day on the calendar contains a link to a fun science activity or fascinating science information that your students will love digging into.

Many use the science calendar as a fun kick-start to the school day. Others use it as a reward for getting school work completed. If you are taking a summer break, the science calendar makes a fantastic boredom buster and a great way to sneak in some learning. 

June Science Calendar

So, what’s in this month’s science calendar?

June means the official start of summer, but it’s also National Dairy Month, Get Outdoors Month, and National Candy Month. You can bet we found some fun ways to celebrate these with science and included the links in this month’s calendar!

Download the June calendar and you will also learn about:

Download Your FREE Science Calendar!

The June Science Calendar is FREE for our email subscribers! Just enter your info in the box below to subscribe and we’ll send a download link for the calendar asap! As a subscriber, you won’t get spammed or put on any other list. What you will get is updates when new posts are published, subscriber-only freebies, and alerts to deals and resources I think you will love!

If you are already a subscriber, simply fill out the form to claim your download. You won’t be added twice.

Enjoy!

June Science Calendar 2019

 

Rss

fourth of july stem activities

Fireworks, parades, flags, cook-outs, family, and friends. I love the 4th of July!!

Growing up, my family always had a huge cookout with other families and then we would all go watch our town’s fireworks display. Back in the day, the big treat for the young kids was sparklers, while the older kids shot bottle rockets and the occasional roman candle. So much fun!! But….

What were our parent’s thinking???

We all, remarkably, made it through childhood with all our fingers and minimal sparkler scarring, but thinking about it now as a parent makes me cringe.

I still love Fourth of July. We still have cook-outs and go see fireworks. However, I try to find safer activities for the kids, but ones that they will remember as fondly as I do those darn sparklers. In my search for fun stuff this year, I ran across a bunch of fourth Of July STEM activities! Perfect!

Here are my top 10…..

Fourth Of July STEM Activities 

4th of July Straw Rockets

Declaration Of Independence map math activity 

4th Of July Skittles Experiment

Fireworks In A Jar

Milk Fireworks

Independence Day Building Structures STEM Activities

Film Canister Rocket Fireworks

Star Spangled Slime

Fizzy Fireworks Painting

Red White And Blue Chemical Reactions

More Summer STEM Activities