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Cool science experiments to do for the homeschool!

Cool science experiments to do for the homeschool! How to make an naked egg. Click the picture below courtesy of imagination station.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Keep fall fun! 50 must-do family fall activities

Check out this great list for the familiy: 50 must-do family fall activities

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Are you still in those beginning stages of narrowing down the curriculum for this year’s VBS? The first step to planning is choosing a fun theme that all the kids will enjoy learning about! With all kinds of different curriculum choices out there, it seems almost impossible to decide.  Here at Nest Learning, we offer the top picks for this year!

If you’re looking to find a new recommendation…there’s one in particular that we suggest…Concordia’s Amazing Desert Journey!

Join the Journey and teach about Jesus from the very beginning!

This packet includes special Director Tools, Leader Tools and Student Tools along with a day by day schedule categorized by Bible Story, Key Point, Memory Verse, and Connector.

Check out this link and learn more about this exciting VBS Starter Kit that you can’t go wrong with!

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Planning Your Homeschool Curriculum for Fall 2011!

While summer is in full swing across the nation, many homeschooling families are planning out what the fall school semester will look like for their children and choosing their homeschool curriculum materials. Although there is no reason to sound the alarms and call an end to summer, there is definitely a need to check your calendar and count how many weeks until school starts.

There are a few things that you’ll want to have in order before classes actually get started for the new school year. This may be a good time to clean out any clutter that has been left behind from previous years of homeschooling, or the general clutter that busy families tend to create and leave behind. Perhaps you still need to find a support group that will be a good fit for you and your homeschooling family, or some extra-curricular groups. This is even an ideal time to start streamlining some meal planning in advance while you have the time to teach older kids how to cook.

One of the biggest obstacles for you to overcome is the research and purchase of the homeschool curriculum that best suits your family’s needs. This is one of the things on your list that is best done now, while you are fresh off of the semester, than later, when your judgment is hazed by the glow of summer. Make a list of what has been successful in the past, or ask other homeschooling moms what curriculum they like best and why. Make sure that you have exhausted all of your questions and that you have asked about any additional details before making a decision on the best homeschool curriculum for you.Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

Switched-On Schoolhouse 2011Some of the most widely used curriculums are heavily promoted during the month of July. Alpha Omega Publishing (or AOP), is a Christian publishing company that proudly provides quality, Bible-based curricula for students in preschool through 12th grade. Their Christian curriculum choices include Switched-On Schoolhouse, LIFEPAC, Horizons, and The Weaver Curriculum. Saxon Math and Phonics is the nation’s best-selling and most thoroughly researched skills-based mathematics program for grades K-12, and Saxon curriculum has consistently been one of homeschoolers’ top choices when it comes to math curriculum. Rosetta Stone Homeschool features predefined curriculum paths for learning, so parents can be sure their students are moving forward… even if parents don’t speak the language themselves. The choices are endless, but only you can know what will be the most suitable choice for your family.

Once you are ready to purchase your homeschool curriculum materials, don’t wait! Give yourself time to order it, receive it and review it carefully before your school season begins. Not only will this allow you to check off one very major important decision on your list, it will give you more time to enjoy your friends and family, and enjoy the fun that comes with the season of summer.

5 Reasons Why Your Child Should Play Sports

Math – Check. Science – Check. English – Check. History – Check. Sports – ?.

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Organized sports teaches your child teamwork and good sportmanship – a value that will help them succeed in life!

It’s that time of year again – time to break out the calendar and begin planning next year’s schedule. While you are planning and budgeting your homeschool curriculum materials, are you leaving something out? Everyone covers the basics when purchasing homeschool materials: science, math, social studies, English, etc., but many forget a very important part of any child’s homeschool schedule: Sports.

Study after study has shown the importance of sports in a child’s life. Organized sports in particular can offer many more benefits than simple exercise at home.

1. Exercise

In this age of electronics and video games, obesity and diabetes along with other health disorders are on the rise. Organized sports get kids off the couch and get them moving again. Not only will they be burning calories, but building strong muscles and working out that ever so important muscle: the heart.

2. Life Lessons

Organized sports and being a part of a team teaches children many valuable life lessons and skills. Being a part of a team requires making a commitment: a commitment to show up on time, work hard in practice, and contribute something to the team. Practicing teaches patience and discipline along with the value of hard work. Games build a healthy sense of competition and teach good sportsmanship: you can’t win them streaming movie 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi 2016

3. Encourage Self-Confidence

Self-confidence can be difficult thing to build up in a child, especially in their teen years. As children get older, they begin to compare themselves with others and may feel inadequate in comparison. Sports are a great way to ensure that encouraging self-confidence is embedded into your homeschool curriculum. Sports encourage self-confidence by allowing for self-exploration and a sense of achievement: “I want to throw a curve ball.” And that day at practice, they learn and use it to strike several out in the next game.

4. Social Skills

It is extremely important in the homeschool environment to ensure that your child has a chance to develop social skills and be around others their own age. Organized sports is a great way to teach skills such as: being kind to others, encouraging one another and healthy conversation. They will also get the chance to show graciousness and kindness to the opposing team.

5. Family Time

Last, but definitely not least, organized sports encourages family time! Whether helping out at practices, practicing at home, going to games, getting involved in fund raisers, or all of the above, your family will spend hours together doing something that your child is passionate about.

Whether planning, scheduling, budgeting, or buying your homeschool curriculum materials, don’t forget to fit sports into your schedule. Don’t know where to look? Try finding a Homeschool Athletics Association in your town, join a gym, or talk to the public schools in your area – some have openings on the team for homeschoolers.

Earth Day Activities and Projects To Teach Your Kids

Earth Day 2010

Fun Activities for Earth Day

Earth Day activities and Earth Day projects are a great way to celebrate Earth Day’s 40th Anniversary on April 22, 2010! Earth Day is about creating awareness and promoting appreciation for our Earth. What a great time to teach your children about their planet and how to take care of it! At NEST Learning we are celebrating by offering you tips and supplies to create fun  educational Earth Day activities for your kids.

Here you will find helpful resources for protecting the Earth with our Earth Day books, Earth Day projects, Earth Day DVDs, Earth Day classroom decorations and many other Earth Day activities. Plus, we have listed some do-it-yourself ideas that you can implement at home.

Earth Day Projects and Earth Day Activities:

See who can come up with the most activities to help conserve the Earth’s resources. Then set a week where the kids have to implement those activities and every time they do they get a sticker. At the end of the week, the one who implemented the most ways to help save the Earth gets a special Earth Day Gift!

Some ideas to talk about for Earth Day would be:

  • Reduce Electricity by turning the lights, TV, computer, and household appliances off every time you leave the room. Even when appliances or DVD players are off they still use electricity if they are plugged in.
  • Shut off the water when not in use. When brushing teeth turn off the water while actually brushing and turn back on only when needed.
  • Ride a bike or take a bus instead of taking the car.
  • Hang dry clothes rather than using the dryer
  • Eat Organic
  • Recycle – make separate containers for plastic, glass, aluminum and paper. Take aluminum to a recycling plant and show them they can get money for doing great things. Take old clothing or unwanted toys to a local thrift store, church, etc. to help others and reuse those materials.
  • Collect food scraps to turn into a great compost for the yard. Maybe have the kids pitch in to buy a composter so you can start doing this as a ongoing project.
  • Get reusable bags to use for grocery shopping, packing lunches, etc.
  • Take nature walks or go camping to point out different bugs, plants, trees, and more and tell about each of their importance for being on the Earth.
  • Reuse trash to make cool art projects, containers and gifts.
  • Find local festivals that are celebrating Earth Day in your area top take your kids to.

There are many more fun Earth Day activities and Earth Day projects to teach your kids about the benefits of conserving resources. Be creative and let your kids come up with their own ideas as well. Plus, save a little money on your utility bills while in the process!

To purchase supplies and materials to help you teach your children about the Earth this Earth Day  see our categories below to shop now!

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The Good Samaritan Intermediate Activity #2

The Good Samaritan  Intermediate Activity 2


Objective:   The children will identify excuses people use for not helping others.
Principles / Values:  Charity, Compassion, Service
Scripture reference:  Luke 10:25-37

Activity:  The teacher will lead a discussion about the excuses the priest and Levite used for not helping the wounded man. The children will examine their own lives and see if they use excuses for not helping others and look for an opportunity during the coming week to help someone. 



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