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STEM: Build a Solar Oven

STEM is quickly becoming my favorite educational subject. It is so much fun to create these fun projects at home with my kids, we all feel as if we are playing and building, when in reality I am helping to stimulate their skills in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics. It is an important subject in todays world. So many of our important careers have STEM components. Colleges look for STEM based backgrounds, and even supply STEM based scholarships. Schools are quickly trying to create a broader base of classes and programs available in these subjects, but with defunding of public schools many are unable to incorporate these programs. As parents it is our job to fill in the gaps with extracurricular activities, groups, and even working with our kids at home. It only takes a little parental interest to make a project that seems boring and make it in to a fun and interactive game.

We have been trying to share different STEM activities at least once a month on the blog. We know that kids look forward to them, but we also know that parents get busy, and may not have the time to find things like this on their own. We also know that a lot of us pin great ideas to try, but we sometimes get so busy we lack the motivation and time to actually follow through. Many of you have told us that when you see our blog posts it reminds you that you can do these things. And many of you do. So we will continue to share in hopes that we can help you to accomplish the things you plan.

This month we want to share this fun STEM project is not only fun, it is also pretty tasty! PBSKids has shared a simple solar oven that can help you and your kids to create S’mores! Simply follow the incredibly easy to follow tutorial and enjoy the treats of your labor. 

Toobeez Building Toys

My kids love Legos. We spend probably 85% of our time indoors building legos. So when a friend recommended these toys I knew I had to check them out. Toobeez are like oversized K’nex toys. Like legos they teaching critical thinking, spatial understanding, nurture creativity, and working together.

Toobeez come in sets of 50 or 150. They feature long, medium, and small poles that can be connected with ball joints. You can also put sheets, or cloth coverings on them (each set comes with a few) to create tents, forts, etc.

We purchased one set and we were gifted another set. Since then m,y kids have been in building mode for days. we have already perfected the fort, and we have fallen in love with the airplane. Buy daughter who is currently Moana obsessed even found a way to create a sailboat. The building possibilities are endless. Kids can create and build all day long. It is fairly simple to begin, and the more you do it the adept you get at putting the pieces together and taking them apart.

Check out Toobeez for a fun building alternative, and be sure to see some of the interesting building ideas. You can look them up on Pinterest for dozens of building ideas.

 

Books about Presidents

Our kids do a lot of learning outside of the classroom. One of the ways they learn is by reading. Reading i one of the fun ways to learn new things. Especially when you read non-fiction. Non-fiction books do not have to be boring, they can actually be really fun. When you are learning new, interesting, and fun things about someone that you already know something about you become more excited about that person, and about learning. That is why we are suggesting some fun non-fiction books this month. The President of the United States is someone new every 4 or 8 years. We know all of their names. We even know a little bit about some of the more popular ones. But do we know anything fun or personal about them? By learning something fun and personal about them we can learn more about them as individuals.

Master George’s People: George Washington, His Slaves, and His Revolutionary Transformation: This fun book about our first President, George Washington, covers a wide range of background on the man who led our country in one of its most important moments. It tells about him as he was during his Presidency, and just before his presidency, and just after it. It really opens up about his slaves, his involvement  in the war, and creating our nation. This is a book for grades 5-8th.

Teedie: The Story of Young Teddy RooseveltThis book follows Theodore Roosevelt and discusses him as a child. Follow along and learn about the great bull moose president’s early years and how they shaped him to lead a country.

Barack Obama: Son of Promise, Child of HopeThis book allows kids to learn more about our most recent president. President Obama was probably the first president many of our kids had experience with. Now they can learn more about him as a child, the way he grew up, and how he became the man at the helm of change.