Monday 13 November 2017

November Inspiration

We are well into November now. Well past Reformation Day,
 Guy Fawkes night and even Remembrance Day.

November is also a month for anyone who wants to write a novel. The NanoWriMo site has a special feature for younger writers with the ability to set an individual word target and help designed for children.

There are plenty of children though who struggle with reading and writing. This can induce a fair amount of parental guilt especially when there is a societal expectation that anyone from a home filled with books will love reading. This is a really helpful article about Where kids still struggle with reading even in a print-rich home.

We haven't really got into podcasts for children yet but this is a list to explore.

I'm not an unschooler but this post about learning and living is thought provoking. Yes, home educated children do get a chance to follow their interests now in a way that wouldn't be possible for a child in school. 

This model DNA is so easy. We made it recently and unlike many other cell/DNA activities around it isn't  filled with sugar!

I am currently on the look out for book club suggestions. The club has children from 10-13. We read both fiction and non-fiction. The group has a science theme, this year but the books don't necessarily have to have a scientific theme although  bonus points if they do! Any suggestions?

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  1. A few years ago our co-op studied Michael Faraday's *The Chemical History of a Candle," and combined it with Charles Ludwig's biography of Faraday called *Michael Faraday: Father of Electronics.* We also used this study guide ( ) for some great (and very exciting!) science demonstrations/experiments. These helped our children to better understand Faraday's original lectures, which at times, because they were written in 1861, were a bit of a challenge. This may not be exactly what you are looking for, but our co-op greatly enjoyed this study.

    1. That sounds great. Science demonstrations/experiments go down very well!

  2. I would second the recommendation for Charles Ludwig's book, and we have also enjoyed the Sower's Series biographies of Johannes Kepler, Samuel Morse and Robert Boyle by John Tiner. Thank you for the link to the DNA model- our eldest daughter is doing IGCSE Human Biology, and is on the DNA section just now, so that will be very helpful!