The Homeschool Classroom – March 15, 2017

As the weather turns warmer–at least SOME of the time!–many homeschoolers seek to take advantage of the balmier days. What better way to do that than by making a family unit study on weather and water cycles–and maybe even some preparedness and safety thrown in?

Can’t do it all? Don’t worry! As homeschool moms, we may tend to set unrealistic expectations for ourselves, but as homeschoolers, we also have the flexibility to choose those what is best for our families.


1.1   Article: “Recovering from Perfect Mom Syndrome”

As mothers, we desire the absolute best for our families, but when our desires for the best meet with the reality of what we can actually accomplish, discouragement could set in. Melissa Kruger describes the perfect mom syndrome and how you can recover.


Remember to check out this week’s blog post by Lynna Sutherland, with a great reminder that the flexibility of homeschooling gives us great freedom!

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1.2 Weather Resources for the Entire Family

The National Weather Service Education website has weather related resources for the entire family. There are links for weather science and weather safety for all ages.


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1.3   STEM Weather Unit Study

These weather activities would be a great addition to your weather unit study. They are organized into four categories: science weather, technology weather, engineering weather, and math weather. There is also a list of weather related books to read with your children.


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1.4   The Water Cycle

Your students will grasp the water cycle after creating this weather foldable. There is also a diagram to download and label.


You can explain warm and cold fronts to your children with this impressive demonstration.


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1.5 Weather Safety

Teach your secondary student weather safety with the resources at the Weather.gov website. You will find safety information about air quality, beach hazards, cold, drought safety, floods, fog, heat, hurricanes, lightning, rip currents, safe boating, space weather, the sun (ultraviolet radiation), tornadoes, thunderstorms, tsunamis, the wind, and winter weather.


This map provides an interesting visual of six decades of U.S. tornadoes, their location, strength, and duration.


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