Homeschool Resources

The Great Backyard Bird Count Needs You! Feb 16th-18th

“Since 1998, bird watchers across North America have come together for the Great Backyard Bird Count (GBBC). This February 16th- 18th is your chance to participate in the GBBC as a citizen scientist! In 2017 “an estimated 240,418 bird watchers from more than 100 countries submitted 181,606 bird checklists reporting 6,259 species-more than half the known bird species in the world,” according to the February 7th GBBC news release. Participating only takes 15 minutes outside with your little one to record the birds you see. All the materials you need to get started are provided below. So, grab some binoculars and a bird book, and get started!” -Dallas Arboretum



“Our spring #homeschool series kicks off March 12 with #PlantDetectives and CSI in the Garden. When you finish the session, step outside to smell the wonder of spring!”  -Dallas Arboretum

Spring Homeschool Days.

Leaving the Flock

DFW, Homeschooler’s Life

I continue to be amazed at the plethora of educational outings available to us in the DFW area! If you are in North Texas and not in any of the homeschool groups, you really are missing out on finding out about all the activities to take part in. The key places to look are on facebook under ‘groups’ or on meet-up. On either platform, just search ‘homeschool’ along with your city name…..and if all else fails, join us in the central Dallas group, Hip Happy Homeschoolers or DFW Unschooling Families.  If you are a homeschooling family that is hoping to get on the road, then the Worldschoolers group is a must too!

This week we continued with our worksheets from I am enjoying the ease of accessing these sheets. Select ‘Workbook‘, then grade level and print what you want out. I did pay the $60 for a year’s access, but I think the free version does let you print a few out per month too. Since many of our activities and downtime involve a screen, I enjoy using a pencil and worksheets. Our Mini has become our mobile classroom. Since we frequently driving between Lake Texoma and Dallas, we are able to get worksheets, reading, practice spelling and Spanish all done on the go!

When we got back to Dallas this week, we hit the ground running at the Perot. It was a BIG day. We spent 5 hours at the Perot! They had a homeschool day and set-up lots of stations for the kids to visit. They had mini ‘lectures’ and activities and gave a little certificate if they completed all of them. Be sure to check out the next homeschool event at the Perot on November 6th.



This was Sebastian’s favorite exhibit. If you wish to re-create it on your own, here is more info on creating your own ‘Bouncing Smoke Bubbles‘ and just in time for “spooky Halloween hands-on science”

After the Perot we attending our weekly Fine Arts’ class, where our Meet the ‘Blue Dog’ is coming along nicely!

Another day started at Spark! I would describe this place as an urban, indoor playground with a steampunk feel. The offered a homeschool day that incorporated free play and a short class & activity about how Pablo Picasso used geometric shapes to create works of art.

Of course, Sebastian re-created a ‘mob’ from one of his favorite video games, Terraria.

The play area is not for the faint of heart. It took Sebastian a little time to mentally prep for what we later referred to as the ‘Fastest Slide in Texas’!


Before we left we had to visit one of my childhood favorite toy’s, the ‘Light Bright’. At Spark, they have the ‘GIANT’ version.


He said he made this heart for ME. #ILoveYouToo #MiVidaMiCorazon #SebastianMyLove

Another time, we were at the Dallas Central Libray learning about marine mammals presented by the Alaska SeaLife Center via a Skype session on the ‘Discovery Wall‘. What a cool tool! This was done on a giant screen, and the presenter could see us in real time, so they and the kids could ask questions and interact with each other. Additionally, they were given supplies and constructed a seal from clay.


In coding class this week at Techie Factory, Sebastian learned to program a robot called ‘DASH’.  He was just thrilled with himself and tickled to show me what he had accomplished.

Finally, a new friend and fellow homeschool mom that I had the pleasure of meeting this week, introduced me to an app called PEARachute. After you click the link, I recommend selecting the $0/month plan just so you can log in and see what interests you. “Pearachute is a monthly membership that lets parents discover, book and drop into the best kids’ classes in DFW.” From what I understand, it has only been active for about a year, so the options are continuing to grow. I like the feature where you can select a future date and see what may be available to you. It gives you the chance to learn and try a place that you may not have heard about. I have yet to try a class through it, but will update when I do!

Leaving the Flock

Kickin’ off into September

We love September. Labor Day weekend is one of my favorite weekends at the lake and is always near my husband’s birthday. Therefore it is such a celebratory time for our family.


Cliff & Sebastian


Here is our classroom by the lake at dusk.


On top of our normal work, we had several, new adventures. We started the week with a visit to an old stomping ground. Thunderbird Roller Rink! The place I learned to skate at 10yo or so. It was HYSTERICAL to watch Sebastian learn to skate with the assistance of a ‘walker’. When I first put the skates on him, he looked like a cat shaking wet paws. He couldn’t control the new weight on his feet.

I skated after him for two hours as he gradually improved and gained confidence. By the time the event was over he was finally able to make a ‘walker-less’ lap…..not without a less than graceful ending.

Mid-week we were excited to meet-up with one of our homeschool groups for our PE/Recess and engage in jumping activities. Stuntman jump, basketball, bull riding, general large tramp jumping and the best was trampoline dodge ball. (I played too!)

He needs a little more practice on the bull!!

We are having a very mild and beautiful September here in North Texas. Another afternoon, we made a trip to the park to investigate & discuss living vs. non-living organisms. Our trusty USB microscope came in handy to inspect some living and non-living organisms up close.

This face full of happiness and smiles makes it all worth it!

By week’s end, we were on to the 2nd book in the series Diary of a Minecraft Zombie, reviewing money/coin’s addition & subtraction, adding to our short story ‘Funland’, typing & publishing a birthday & science blog, finishing our review of adjectives & verbs and completing the week’s quiz.

As all good stories end, let’s watch our hero bike off into the sunset!