Friendly Chemistry: Is it possible?

True confessions, I am a social scientist.  I love research and even statistics.  But chemistry gave me stomach aches every day in high school.  I finally dropped it.

Fast forward from those ancient times.  I have a 9 year old homeschooled son whose only subject he actually doesn't hate is Chemistry.

The promise of explosions, sparks, and other visible chemical changes are very alluring to my sensory-seeking son.

He's done every science experiment he's seen on Steve Spangler's site and lots of probably unsafe experiments viewed on Youtube. My neighbors can tell you about the 6 foot flame created by two curious boys.

So I'm not exactly confident I'll be able to keep ahead of him and help him fully develop his chemistry knowledge.  So I'm thrilled to see this resource highlighted on Freely Educate.

There are more materials and manipulatives available to accompany the book at the Friendly Chemistry Website.

All About Spelling giveaway

The folks over at Freely Educate are sponsoring a giveaway contest for the fabulous, IMHO, All About Spelling curriculum!!

Followers of the blog know that we seek out  multisensory and multiple intelligence strategies in our homeschooling approach.

Like many folks, we've had severe cutbacks in our income these past couple of years so we've been unable to purchase pre-packaged curricula and have been using lots of other spelling resources, but this one has been on the top of my wish list for some time.

The website at All About Spelling has a huge offering of FREE ARTICLES AND RESOURCES to offer home educators as well, including tips and spelling lists.  We've made great use of those free resources.  It also completed changed my perspective on "invented spelling."

Like this reviewer from Treasure Seekers, I too benefited greatly from phonics instruction as an elementary student and like this same systematic phonetics-based approach to spelling from All About Spelling.

You can get more insight about how one home educator has been using All About Spelling. You'll love her cool tricks for using free paint chips to teach spelling along with the All About Spelling board!!
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