Author: Kat Hutcheson

Science, Naturally! Review

Clever STEM books for secular homeschooling families. Are you looking for a fresh new addition to your secular homeschool toolbox? Look no further than Science, Naturally! With award-winning, National Science Teacher Association recommended books for preschool through middle school, available in multiple languages (and bilingual books too), Science, Naturally! connects kids with STEM education through brainteasers, puzzles, fiction, and nonfiction by merging facts and fun. Though written for elementary students, my preschooler loves If My Mom Were A Platypus: Mammal Babies and Their Mothers by Dia Michels. It’s filled with information about how 14 different mammals are born, how...

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Secular Homeschool Recommended Book List

On any given day you will find multiple conversations focused on books in our online community. Rich discussions of authors and subject matter, innovative ideas for related lessons, and always a plethora of recommendations for more books. Reading back through hundreds of threads in various SEA Homeschoolers Facebook groups these 25 books have been recommended time and time again. Having read nearly every book on this list I can certainly understand why. This book list is secular homeschool approved. Secular Homeschool Reading & Book List Red: A Crayon’s Story by Michael Hall – A funny, insightful, and colorful story about...

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A Peek Inside the Vendor Hall at the 2017 Secular Eclectic Academic Homeschoolers Conference

Over the last year I had the opportunity to get to know some incredible people and awesome companies as we organized our inaugural conference. The companies represented in the vendor hall at the SEA Homeschoolers Conference offer great secular products and truly have a passion for education. These videos will give you a peek inside the 2017 vendor hall, while we work to make 2018 even bigger and better.   Amanda McClure talks about the engaging multi-discipline classes offered by Groovy Kids Online. Meet Amir Nathoo, Co-Founder of Outschool. Offering thousands of live online classes from independent teachers for...

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SEA Homeschoolers August Booklist, 2017: It’s All About Astronomy!

Members of the SEA Homeschoolers’ community have been preparing for the upcoming Perseid meteor shower and solar eclipse by sharing lots of interesting resources. Here is a collection of astronomy and eclipse related books, both fiction and nonfiction, recommended by our community. The Space Book: From the Beginning to the End of Time, 250 Milestones in the History of Space & Astronomy By Jim Bell Expanding the series that began with the highly successful volumes The Science Book and The Math Book, astronomer and planetary scientist Jim Bell presents 250 of the most groundbreaking astronomical events, from the formation...

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Review of R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Astronomy 2

R.E.A.L. Science Odyssey Astronomy 2 from Pandia Press brings top quality secular science into your home or classroom in an engaging hands-on manner. Scientist and author, Blair Lee, has a conversational writing style that opens up serious science topics to students in a way that invites them on a journey through learning. The combination of thorough science education, fun labs and activities, and the author’s ability to share vast amounts of information without overwhelming a novice makes RSO Astronomy 2 an excellent course for both students who love science, and those who do not. The writing style, uncommon for...

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Choosing an Educational Game

If you decide that educational games might be useful for your child, it might seem like there are way too many things to consider. How popular they are, what themes and subjects to focus on, how recommended they are and so on. And while there are a lot of educational games out there, I hope I can help you narrow down your options — not based on what the games seem like on the surface, but on what type of learning your child will experience when they’re playing. What is your Child Actually Doing while Playing? One of the...

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Out of the Box Learning, Empowering You On Your Homeschool Journey

I don’t often read books on homeschooling. Not that I don’t think I can learn from others experiences, but finding a book whose author I could connect with, that didn’t push a specific methodology, and wasn’t dripping with religious references, was more of a challenge than it was worth to me. As the homeschool community has evolved so have the homeschooling books available and I have been pleasantly surprised by a few of them recently. When I picked up my copy of Beverly Burgess’ book, Out of the Box Learning, I wasn’t sure what to expect, but as I...

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Reading Challenge: January 2017

One month into 2017 and my kids and I are having a blast with the SEA Homeschoolers’ Reading Challenge! My son and I are reading all new books for the challenge, for my daughter we are reading a mix of new books and rereading some favorites. Each month I will share what we have been reading as well as recommendations from other homeschooling families doing the challenge. Reading Challenge Recommendations from Kinsey age 2 Annabelle and Aiden The Story of Life by JR Becker  JR Becker will be at the SEA Homeschoolers Conference in June to read from this...

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2017 SEA Reading Challenge

This is the time of year when I see so many great reading challenges, but I often struggle to adapt them for my kids. This year instead of trying to find one that my whole family could do together I decided to create my own and share it with our SEA Homeschoolers’ community. My kids are two and twelve so they certainly won’t be reading the same books. For my youngest we will find children’s books to read aloud and my oldest will probably use audio books for most of his. Some books we read may check off more than one...

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Another Fun Game in Honor of Banned Book Week, 2016

Written by Kat Hutcheson Continuing our celebration of Banned Books Week, here is a fun little quiz to see if you can match the quote to the banned book. This is easier than the first quiz, so if you gave up on that one, why not give this one a try. Write your answers in the comments section. “The mark of an immature man is that he wants to die nobly for a cause, while the mark of the mature man is that he wants to live humbly for one.” “You have never really understood a person until you...

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