Author: Blair Lee

When Experiments Don’t Work, That’s When the Science Really Gets Fun!

We have all been there, even me. It is the situation where your child and you set up and perform a science experiment only to have it fail. For most people this is frustrating. When this happens parents often wonder if their children are learning from it. As a scientist, I find it interesting that our response is frustration and doubt instead of delight. R. Buckminster Fuller said it best when he said, There is no such thing as a failed experiment, only experiments with unexpected outcomes. Unexpected outcomes should be treated with a sense of wonder. You have...

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Using R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Biology 2 for High School Level Biology

Before I get into the specifics of how to do this, I would tell you to relax about this. About six months before Sean started ninth grade, I looked over the California A – G requirements. These are the specific course requirements students need in order to be considered for application to one of the University of California, UC, schools. This university system is considered by many to be one of the top university systems in the United States. Within each of these requirements you can look at the content UC expects you to cover. I was flabbergasted. Many...

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Letter from the Editor, March 2017

  Yeah! It’s March, my favorite month of the year, and this March has been especially good. Sean is much improved. Thank you so much to everyone who reached out to me with your well wishes. Even more importantly, he is a much more cautious driver. Spring is in the air in California. I am a gardener and this has been a great year for gardening. The weather has alternated between rainy and cool and sunny and warm. I have finished my latest book Climate Change for Kids. A book I have come to jokingly call my protest book. Digging...

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Letter from the Editor, February 2017

For the shortest month of the year, February has a lot going on in it. It is Black History Month, and Valentine’s Day and Presidents’ Days are in February. It is a busy month for us at SEA Homeschoolers too. We have a sweepstakes that will begin February 15th, and it is less than four months until our first annual SEA Homeschoolers Conference. From its inception, SEA Homeschoolers has been a support community and an advocacy group. SEA Homeschoolers advocates for the use of innovative, eclectic academics that are handcrafted for the unique learning style of the individual. This sort...

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Our Journey Together

About 11 o’clock Friday night February 3, I got the call every parent with a teen aged driver dreads. My 17-year-old son had been in a car accident, and they were taking him to the hospital. He will be okay. He had part of his small intestine removed and a tear in his colon sewn up. As I sat in his hospital room, I reflected on our homeschooling journey and homeschooling in general. This might seem like a strange thing to be thinking about; perhaps it was because the weekend was supposed to be a work weekend focusing on...

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