Special Replay | Mother’s Day Gifts

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Mothers Day Gifts Podcast

Mother’s Day Gifts, aka “What Mom Really Wants,” is the topic for today’s podcast. As a long-time mom – my first child was born in 1980 – I’ve had some experience *WINK* celebrating Mother’s Day. Mother’s Day has been a time of joy and, truthfully a time of hardship! We moms want to be grateful for whatever we have. While this is true, and I am grateful, I’ve also struggled. Listen as I share some tips for the best Mother’s Day gifts ever, and be sure to subscribe to the Vintage Homeschool Moms podcast!

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Mother’s Day Gifts – What Mom Really Wants

Episode 271

I’m including something personal at the end — so stay tuned for Mother’s Day Gifts that I now learn to except and enjoy!

I’ve had some exhausting Mother’s Days! When my children were little, I was sleep deprived, and I don’t do well with little sleep. I’m not one of those people that thrives on four hours or less and feels so productive. No, I’m the crash and burn Mom who would fall asleep while nursing my baby in the middle of the day. When baby number two came along, baby number one was a wild-man two-year-old, and he kept me awake in the day, so no worries about falling asleep! At least baby number one was sleeping through the night, and two, well, let’s say she finally slept all night at age four!

Then came numbers three, four, and five. A larger home, and guess what? Our home turned into a party central. All of the family came for Mother’s Day dinner, and somehow my day turned into a frustration for all. The kids and my husband had to help clean up, I had to cook, and everything had to be perfect when the first mom came! I finally became wise and learned that with these easy tips, I could reclaim my Mother’s Day! First of all, I had to think about what I really wanted to do. Did I want to go out to a costly meal? Did I want a gift that we couldn’t really afford? Did I want to stress my husband and kids by wondering, “What does mom really want for Mother’s Day?

Truthfully the best Mother’s Day gift is to be appreciated and loved.

Those precious handwritten cards with “Mommy, I love you!” are the ultimate best!

Mother’s Day gift selection for me from my family was not working! After years of costly presents, presents that didn’t fit, household items I didn’t want, and the worse, costly flower bouquets ordered and delivered by the florist–have you seen how much they cost?! I said enough! We needed to cut back financially and it was getting so out of hand. It all came to a head, after the following event.

One Mother’s Day, after church and breakfast, my husband decided to take the three younger children fishing. Our subdivision has many small ponds and drainage streams/ ditches where fish abound. He was doing this to give me “alone time.” As I sat with my feet propped up, enjoying my day, my older son came home and looked smug. I knew something was up! Later I learned from the little kids–you’ve gotta love them; they can’t keep a secret–“Dad called up Neal and asked him to buy and bring us flowers — your Mother’s Day gift — to us– at the pond! Isn’t that great Mom?” So much for secrets. I certainly gave flower delivery an entirely different spin!

Yes, as my husband walked in to hand me flowers! A gift. And I was grateful, especially for the smaller price tag, but I decided that day…it’s now or never time to take charge of my own Mother’s Day gift!


First, my sanity tips for Mom, and next, my ideas for the best gifts ever — or ones I’d enjoy!

Here are my Mother’s Day Sanity tips:
1. If you are cooking, make an easy meal: Baked Ham, store-bought scalloped or mashed potatoes, frozen or canned veggies, and prepared salads.
2. Do a potluck. Everyone loves to show off a special recipe. Assign different entrees or sides and desserts to those attending and let everyone else help with the meal.
3. Use paper products. The trees will survive another day.
4. Flowers. Buy yourself some. You can get them locally at a discount. Make your own arrangements. Hint: Use all of one color and baby’s breath for filler. You can not mess up. I promise!
5. Do something for you. Is it a 15-minute uninterrupted shower or soak in the tub? Is it a manicure? Is it a book that you want to read?
What I’ve learned from the thirty-eight years of being a mom… many times, your family wants you to have the perfect day because they really do love and appreciate you; they need help! Being proactive goes a long way to making your day wonderful!
My favorite Mother’s Day gift was going to church, then out to the beach, and one of our favorite casual restaurants. There is a pizza restaurant that has an extensive sandwich, and salad menu as well. Here we can sit with an amazing view and enjoy each other’s company. The food is delicious and then we can go to the beach and enjoy a few hours before it gets too hot! When we get home, the kids help clean out the car; it gets vacuumed while I shower. Then, prep for an evening meal handled by my now grown-up teens and husband! Things have changed but then, I had to ask for the change, something we moms don’t want to do!

Suggestions for Great Mother’s Day Gift Ideas:

1. Gift Subscriptions – sometimes there are subscriptions I won’t buy for myself and I really want. This is my top list. DO you have any you would add?
  • Audible
  • Kindle Unlimited or other eReader subscriptions
  • Streaming movie channels – like Hallmark *wink
  • Streaming radio channels
2. Coupons from kids
  • I love you mommy notes!
  • Neck messages
  • “Chore upgrade” coupons
  • Car wash
3. Flower bushes
  • Rose bushes
  • Flowers planted
  • Mulch
  • Tree planted
4. Household
  • Trash emptied each day!
  • House cleaned
  • Floors cleaned
5. Devices
  • Sleeve for laptop
  • New phone case
  • eReader
  • Battery charger
Relax. Have Fun. Enjoy Your Day.

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Special Replay | Tools for Struggling Learners – Part 1

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Tools for Struggling Learners pt. 1Tools for Struggling Learners – Part 1

Today we are talking with Cindy LaJoy. You might remember Cindy from a previous episode where we talked about the Soft Skills of Work Ethic. Cindy spent the pandemic busy as ever, learning many new videography skills, working on a graduate degree and co-authoring a book. Along with Natalie Vecchio, Blazing New Homeschool Trails: Educating and launching Teens with Developmental Disabilities

Cindy and her husband have adopted 5 kids, now young adults from Eastern Europe and has a fantastic story of hope for other Moms homeschooling non-traditional learners. Her five kids, some of whom were adopted as older children who did not speak English and were illiterate have over 25 diagnosis between them and yet, as young adults, they have gone on to college, entrepreneurship, owning an award winning business and hiring other developmentally challenged adults. Cindy is also the amazing homeschooling Momma behind Blue Collar Homeschooling and the Facebook page and group Blue Collar Homeschooling.

Cindy has spent the last decade and a half searching out appropriate curriculum, therapies and realistic opportunities for her non-traditional students, as well as helping them develop realistic life skills that have allowed them not only to manage and cope but thrive and become leaders in their own right.

She and her family make their home in Colorado. If you are in the Montrose, Colorado area, stop by their “Best in the Valley” shop, Buckaroos Slices and Scoops, for great pizza, ice-cream, and customer service!

In this episode and the next, we’ll take a look at what’s available for those who are homeschooling non-traditional learners.

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Unrealistic Expectations | Special Replay

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Unrealistic Mom Expectations | New Podcast #Momfessions

Unrealistic Mom Expectations with The Real Kathy Lee

Episode #5

I had a great time talking with Keri Vasek about the unrealistic expectations we as moms put on ourselves. You might remember Keri from Episode 2 where we talked about Losing Your Joy in Motherhood. Keri is the mother of three “muddlings” and enjoys encouraging other moms to let their children PLAY.

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In this episode, Keri and I get real about the expectations that haunt mothers. As mothers, we often feel the need to keep a spotless house, present perfect children, and always be dressed and ready to host an event. Well, this is UNREALISTIC. Moms with little ones often have chaos, and unruly children and can be found in yoga pants and a messy bun. Keri and I share some of the unrealistic expectations we had early on as moms and agree that keeping it simple is best.


I loved Keri’s 3 REALISTIC expectations for each day.

1.  Find time to read aloud.

2.  Invite your children to play.

3.  Be intentional about loving one another.

Let’s EXPECT good things from our kids and from ourselves. My goal is that my children grow up to know they are loved, so that they feel free to give love to others.

You’ve got this,


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Special Replay | Can Your Homeschooler Go To College – HIRL Episode 27

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Can Your Homeschooler Go To College?

The answer to this question is obvious: we all know that homeschoolers can go to college!

This episode is brought to you by CTCMath.com – a wonderful math curriculum for all of your homeschool needs, or to brush up on new skills.

On this episode of Homeschooling In Real Life, Fletch and Kendra get real and challenge their listeners to join them in a difficult discussion about fear and trusting God as they contemplate sending their children onto higher education.

Along the way, they sit down with two college admissions counselor. They ask them to share the experiences they have had when homeschoolers apply to college. How are we doing when it comes to academic preparedness, pride and preparing our kids for college?

Finally, Fletch and Kendra wrap up their show with a special edition of the HIRLer’s Treasure Chest. Tune in to see what these two are recommending for you now!


Homeschool College Success

Not only can homeschoolers go to college, they can succeed when they are there. Time and again, we have seen the statistics. There are a wide variety of college prep opportunities for homeschool kids.

Episode Timeline

03:45 – Fletch/Kenj talk begins the discussion about parenting from a place of fear.
15:13 – Grand Canyon University Admission reps Nick Chandler, and Carrie Fox-Buttram joins the discussion.
45:29 – HIRL’ers Treasure Chest


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Truth Seekers Mystery Series | Special Replay

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Mystery Series | Has you child wanted to write a book? What about a mystery? Join Felice as she interviews her co-author and daughter. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #creationscienceTruth Seekers Mystery Series Episode 

Join Felice Gerwitz as she interviews her co-author in the Truth Seeker’s Mystery Series, Christina (Gerwitz) Moss. Christina shares her homeschool experience and how the series evolved from an idea to three books in the series.

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Christina began the idea of writing a novel and finally convinced her mom it was a good idea. When Felice, a non-fiction author with a publishing company, Media Angels, Inc., explained she didn’t know how to write a novel, her daughter shot back. “We are homeschoolers; we can figure it out!” And figure it out; they did.

First In The Truth Seekers Mystery Series

Christina’s first novel, The Missing Link Found (Book One in the Truth Seekers Mystery Series), outsold her mother’s Creation Science: A Study Guide at the convention debut. In fact, this book helped children learn about Creation science in a fun way, and in turn, they were enthusiastic about attending creation science events.


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Incredible Meal Planning Tips for Homeschoolers: Have Fun and Save Time with the April Organize It! Planner

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Incredible Meal Planning Tips for Homeschoolers: Have Fun and Save Time with the Organize It! Planner for April

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As a homeschooling parent, you have a lot on your plate – literally and figuratively! In addition to managing your child’s education, you also have to think about meals for the day. With busy days and multiple responsibilities, it can be challenging to plan and prepare healthy, nutritious meals that everyone will enjoy. However, with a little bit of planning and preparation, meal planning can be made easier and more manageable.

Here are some tips for meal planning while homeschooling:

1. Plan your meals ahead of time

Planning your meals ahead of time is one of the most effective strategies for meal planning. Take some time at the beginning of each week to plan out your meals for the coming days. This can help you save time and reduce stress during the week, as you’ll already know what you need to prepare for each meal.

2. Involve your children in meal planning

Involving your children in meal planning can be a fun and educational activity. Ask your children for their input on what they would like to eat, and encourage them to help plan meals for the week. This can help your children develop an appreciation for healthy foods and encourage them to try new things.

3. Keep it simple

When planning meals, it’s important to keep it simple. Choose recipes that are easy to prepare and require minimal ingredients. This can help you save time and reduce stress during the week.

4. Make a shopping list

Making a shopping list is an essential part of meal planning. Once you have planned your meals for the week, make a list of all the ingredients you will need. This can help you stay organized and ensure that you have everything you need when it’s time to prepare your meals.

5. Batch cook

Batch cooking is a great way to save time and ensure that you always have healthy, nutritious meals on hand. Choose a day of the week to prepare several meals in advance, and store them in the fridge or freezer for later in the week.

6. Use a slow cooker

A slow cooker can be a lifesaver for busy homeschooling parents. Simply add your ingredients in the morning, and by dinnertime, you’ll have a delicious, nutritious meal ready to serve. This can help you save time and reduce stress during the day.

7. Don’t forget about snacks

Snacks are an important part of any homeschooler’s day. Make sure to plan for healthy, nutritious snacks throughout the day to keep everyone fueled and focused.

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Some Parting Ideas for Meal Planning

Honestly, meal planning while homeschooling can be a challenge, but with these tips, it can become a manageable and even enjoyable part of your routine. Planning ahead, involving your children, keeping it simple, making a shopping list, batch cooking, using a slow cooker, and incorporating healthy snacks can help you stay organized, save time, and ensure that your family is eating nutritious meals throughout the day.
It’s also important to remember that meal planning doesn’t have to be perfect. Sometimes life happens, and you may need to make adjustments to your plan. Don’t stress if you miss a meal or need to make a last-minute change – just do your best and focus on providing healthy, nourishing food for your family.
Finally, don’t forget to make mealtime a family affair. Eating together as a family can be a great way to connect and bond, and it can also help reinforce healthy eating habits for your children. Make mealtime a priority, and enjoy the time together as a family.
In conclusion, meal planning while homeschooling can be a challenge, but with a little bit of planning and preparation, it can become a manageable and even enjoyable part of your routine. By involving your children, keeping it simple, using a slow cooker, batch cooking, and making healthy snacks a priority, you can ensure that your family is eating nutritious meals throughout the day. Don’t forget to make mealtime a family affair, and enjoy the time together as a family.

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Can Homeschooling Be Fun and Educational With Games?

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Games that Teach

Homeschool Games that Teach by Felice Gerwitz

Do you have a homeschooler who loves to have fun and learn at the same time? You’re in luck! With an array of entertaining and educational games for your homeschool, you can find something for every learning level and interest.

From the classics like Scrabble and Monopoly to the latest apps and online learning tools, these games provide an engaging and rewarding experience for you and your young learners. In this article, we’ll show you how games can provide an interactive way to teach important life skills, such as critical thinking, problem-solving, and collaboration. You’ll also learn about the best games for homeschoolers and how you can use them to build a fun learning environment in your home. So, get ready to have some fun and unleash your kid’s potential with games that teach and bring fun into your homeschool!

By Felice Gerwitz

My children tease me by saying “You can take a teacher out of the classroom, but you can’t take the teacher out of my Mom!” And they are correct…I find “education” everywhere. A simple trip to the supermarket can have us looking for foods that have a space theme… “Milky Way” bars, “Star” shaped cereal, “Crater” cheese (Swiss), and other silly as well as practical ways to refresh their memory of a topic we study. You can use grocery store trips in any number of ways.

Fun Ways to Incorporate Games That Teach

Another fun (or not so fun), depending on your perspective, is to hand your child a calculator and have them tally your groceries and see how close they come to the check-out price. Difficult to do if you are using coupons or there are discounts, such as buy one get one free. You can allow for some margin of error, and no matter what the outcome, praise is always important.

Mapping a grocery store is always fun as well. Tell the children ahead of time you are going to ask them to draw a map of the grocery store when you get home. You can have them bring paper and a pencil if you desire. Make sure they note the order of the isles and have them jot down categories instead of specifics. Teaching the children to use order, larger to smaller, and categorize are all good skills. I know it will take longer to get through the store. This might be good exercise for a time when you have light shopping.

Treat and Rewards

Don’t forget the treats. I can’t tell you how far we’ve made a bag of candy M&M’s go! You can use them for counting; you can use them for rewards; you can use them to sort, etc. They are by far a favorite of the Gerwitz household, with or without the academic incentives! 

Games that Teach On the Go

Riding in the car? How about naming every noun you see? Or, you can ask little ones to count all of the blue cars or all of the trucks you see on the road. Live out in the country? No problem; after teaching the children about specific types of trees, you can ask them to find these trees on your journey. Or use birds, animals, fence posts, whatever you find that there are a lot of. 

How about taking turns naming store names and signs in alphabetical order? We call it the ABC game. My all-time is finding the state license plates. Here in Florida, the winter months bring the flurry of winter visitors from up North with license plates from all over. And surprisingly, many of our visitors drive. Would you believe we have seen license plates from Alaska?  So we keep a photocopy of a map outline of all 50 states, and the children place marks on the states viewed and tally them once a month. 

Quick Games Do Teach

These games do not take long to prepare and can transform a day of the same old thing into a fun time for all. I am compiling a book of fun activities our family play; if you have some you’d like to share, email me anytime! I’ve got to run. My kids want to play “big-step-little-step.”  

Felice Gerwitz is a wife and mother and the owner of Media Angels Publishing and the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

Visit her online at http://www.MediaAngels.com 

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Preparing Your Kids To Defend Creation Science

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Every day we’re bombarded with scientific data and facts. From climate change to quantum physics, we’re told to just trust the science and believe – no questions asked. But the reality is that interpretation of scientific information is far more nuanced than that and is colored by each person’s worldview and preconceived biases, and yes- even as a creation scientist.

According to a study conducted by the National Science Foundation, 82% of Americans have difficulty understanding the meaning of scientific information. This means that despite our best efforts, many of us are unconsciously misinterpreting scientific data – and even coming to incorrect conclusions.

In this article, you’ll learn why we often misunderstand science, how different personalities interpret scientific information differently, and how to work around our own biases to draw accurate conclusions from scientific data.

preparing your kids to defend creation science

A Preconceived Mindset

By Christina Gerwitz Moss

The interpretation of scientific information is not as clear-cut as many would like to assume. An individual’s disposition or preconceived mindset can make it challenging to accurately interpret scientific information, data, and facts.

 As a believer in Creation Science, when I encounter scientific information, I immediately see it with the eyes of a Christian. In the same way, an evolutionist, looking at the same scientific information, will immediately see and interpret that data through different eyes.

Being Aware of Biases

 Although biases are never favorable, being aware of your predisposition, whether creation or evolution, can be a starting point to more objectively analyze information. This, of course, does not mean that you must forsake or squash your beliefs. Instead, objectivity allows others to see the creditability of your research and better understand your interpretation of the material. It should be noted that both creation and evolution are belief systems.


 Here’s the logic—no one was there at the beginning of life (until it happened!), and we have not been able to duplicate the origins of life through experimentation scientifically—therefore, scientifically speaking, neither viewpoint is “provable” instead each must be accepted by faith—we were either created by a loving God or through the evolutionary process of death

Making the Data Fit

In the third novel, Keys to the Past: Unlocked, we had several opportunities to present characters that were oblivious to their biases. When the characters enter into discussions, the perceived mindset of an individual was quickly brought to light. Yet, often the characters did not see their own prejudices. (This is often the case with many individuals today.) When Dr. Foster (the scientist in the novel) interpreted the data he recovered, he looked at the information assuming that evolution was the mechanism by which life started. By doing this, he was no longer truly looking at the information or data but instead simply attempting to make the data fit into a model he had already constructed and believed to be true.  

Scientific Assumptions

Often a creationist is looked down upon by evolutionists because they assume scientific information is only analyzed by a creationist as long as it meshes with the model and time periods explained in Genesis. This, however, is not the case. Any good scientist will analyze all of the information and then come to a nonbiased conclusion; at least, this is what we hope for. 

Scientific Scrutiny

Because creationism has been so scrutinized by the secular scientific community, I feel that in many cases, creationists are more aware of their personal disposition and need for objectivity. On the other hand, many, though not all, secular evolutionists have raised themselves above creationists—deeming themselves unbiased. 

This is because many secular (as well as some Christian) scientists believe that evolution is a proven fact. The National Science Standards (which you can find online) state that teaching evolution is mandatory for all students. They specifically address the issue of the “problem” with creation. 

They point out that creation is a “religion,” yet evolution is a scientific fact. This illustrates that there appears to be a trap some scientists and educators fall into: they are unaware of their own preconceived viewpoint (or choose to ignore it). Overcoming a biased opinion or interpretation of data can only fully happen when you admit you have one. 


Creationists wholeheartedly admit to believing in the first eleven chapters of Genesis—which lays out the Creation story. They realize their potential for approaching scientific data with a perceived mindset—thus, they are able to move past it onto the information. 

Most evolutionists, however, claim to be unbiased. This blindness makes them all the more venerable to the problem of incorrectly interpreting scientific information. By arguing they are not biased, they are, in fact, closing themselves off from overcoming—their evolutionist disposition. 

Bias as Human Fact

Biases are an undeniable fact, for we are all human—having said this, they should be considered when conducting research or interpreting data. Creationists have such an awesome opportunity to share their faith and the truths about creation science with the entire scientific community. 

It is important to analyze the content of a scientific paper and the author of the work. One way to do this is to read a biography of the author or of the research institution. Personally, I feel confident with the information I find on websites such as The Institute for Creation Research or Creation Studies Institute

Being aware of personal biases is important to each of us. Understanding this issue will go a long way in preparing you and your children for the onslaught of evolutionary claims found in the general media. 

The Good News

The good news is there is a light at the end of the tunnel, and that is the truth found in the Word of God!       


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Christina Moss Christina (Gerwitz) Moss was home-educated from K-12 and enjoyed the opportunity to learn at her own pace. She developed a love for diverse activities such as writing, reading the classics, teaching and working with the youth at church, participating in Archaeological and Paleontological digs, and SCUBA diving. Christina graduated in 2004 with honors from FGCU as a Communications Major with a minor in Anthropology. She received a scholarship to attend an archeological study group on the Island of Rotund, off the Honduras coast. She has been published in the FPEA Almanac, the FGCU student newspaper, and various other publications. Christina is married to William Moss, and they have nine children. Christina is homeschooling her children, and therefore, she no longer accepts personal emails. To contact Christina, please send an email with a reference for her to: felice@mediaangels.com

10 Ways to Jazz Up Your Science

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Are you looking for ways to make homeschooling science fun and engaging for the whole family? Look no further with 10 ways to jazz up your science!

Science can be a blast when it’s creative and interactive, so you’ll love our top 10 ideas for livening up your next homeschool science lesson. Discover how to mix in art and music, explore multi-sensory activities, and create a hands-on experience that your kids will never forget. From playing science-based games and crafting homemade projects to visiting tech-savvy museums and putting science experiments to the test, you’ll find a variety of ways to turn science into a lively adventure.

So get ready to awaken your kids’ curiosity and whip up a storm of STEM fun in your home.

10 Ways to Jazz Up Your Homeschool Science | Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Here are ten ways to jazz up your science!

  1. Jazz up your science. Go outside:

  • Dig a hole Amazing what you can find. If you have manicured lawns, try digging in an obscure section of a flower or shrub box. Make sure the ground is damp. If it isn’t, you may want to water an area of ground where you plan to dig for several days in a row. This will attract larger insects you can observe with the naked eye. Bring a cardboard box out of a shoe box or larger, so you can sift through the dirt. You can make a sifting screen box to put your dirt in and gently shake it back and forth. Bring a magnifying glass or, better yet, a lighted microscope and look at the grains of sand under it. If you can, use the same hole and continue to dig deeper each time. 
  • Study the trees, shrubs, or plants in your own yard or in the neighborhood, and take a walk 
  • Observe butterflies and categorize them.
  • Observe birds and identify (one year, we had chimney swifts nesting in our fireplace. We didn’t know what type of birds they were at first, but with some research we found out. Isn’t it amazing how the Lord provides?!)

More Outside Observation

  • Observe the types of airplanes and helicopters that fly by. Research them.
  • Take pictures of these things and put them in a nature album with a brief description, which can be a single word for a preschooler or a paragraph for an older child. 
  • Draw pictures and keeps a nature album of all of the above.
  • Blindfold your child and have them identify sounds they hear. Let them blindfold you, and you can do this too!!
  • Study and observe the weather. Make various instruments to gauge the weather.


If we were in a small group, I would ask you what areas of academics we covered above, just by the things I mentioned, but since we aren’t, I’ll answer my own question Writing (which encompasses spelling and grammar), reading, observing, researching, math (counting, sorting, categorizing), acoustics study of sounds, ballistics study of flight, ornithology bird study, nature study, dendrology tree study, The botanical study of trees and other woody plants, entomology insect study, meteorology weather study, etc…


While you are outside, jazz up your science like this…


  1. Plant a Garden

The benefits of growing a garden are innumerable such as teaching children the art of giving, generosity, the joy of sharing, responsibility, nurturing, productivity, and accomplishment. From a scientific point of view: they could learn about soil analysis, seed germination, weather, seasons, calendar, insect control with and without pesticides, composting and fertilizers, and, best of all, fruits of labor! Eating: digestion, health, nutrition, etc


While you are still outdoors…


  1. Nature Walks

Possible supplies needed: A magnifying glass, binoculars, sunscreen/ bug screen, camera, pad, paper, and backpack to carry supplies. Try to take walks in different ecosystems. Begin simply in your own neighborhood, then branch out. If you have never camped, maybe this is a time to get started. If the thought of buying everything you need to “rough” puts you off, you may want to consider going to a “retreat” campground. Look around and see what is available near where you live or take a trip!

Areas for Nature Walks

 Mountainous area: Look at rock formations. As you probably already know, in Florida, there is an abundance of porous rock called limestone. Many times the kids can use a sharp object and scrape away at it and find fossil formations have the children look at the rock formations and categorize them. You can have them collect rocks from different locations they visit or enlist family and friends to bring rocks back for them. Remember to use your resources

 Beach area: Study or collect shells, in FL the coquina are great fun to watch (Take a clear cup and fill the bottom with sand, some water, and these tiny creatures. Then watch them bury down into the sand. It’s neat. Make a shell collection/ organize and classify your finds at the beach.

 Swamp area: There is an abundance of swamps in the Southern area of Florida. As I mentioned earlier, I have first-hand knowledge of this because we happen to live in the middle of an area known as the 6-mile cypress slough. Some of our land is underwater for a good part of the summer. While it may not make me very happy at times, it supplies an abundance of wildlife for the children to observe and learn about.

 Projects: Use your resources. There are great resources available on the Internet. You can do many searches using science as the keyword or the subject you are studying and find many resources. We have been involved in Science Fair projects and competitions. It may be worth considering if you have access to these competitions in your area or within your homeschool group.


5. Videos or Television Programs, computer programs, and Internet Sites 

The list is endless. You may need to see what is available in your area for videos and television programs.

 Here are some websites with great information on science.

Internet Sites: some of my favorite…

  • www.nasa.gov/
  • www.exploratorium. edu/
  • www.howstuffworks.com
  • www.icr.org/
  • www.MediaAngels.com


Computer Programs I have an extensive list in my book, but here are some I have personally used…

  • GeoSafari Science ages 8 and up,
  • A.D.A.M. the inside story (may need to be monitored),
  • Mayo Clinic Family Health,
  • ProOne Chemistry and Biology.


There are times when life gets in the way of schooling. Has this happened to you? Perhaps someone is ill, there is a new baby in the family, or it is the holiday season. There are times when video, computer, and internet resources can be a wonderful supplement to your curriculum.

When we studied astronomy, we downloaded free software that made looking at the night sky so much easier. We were able to maneuver around the night sky, look at planets close up and figure out what the night sky would look like when we went out in the evening to view the stars on a clear night. What a wonderful supplement to our curriculum.

Last year we studied world history and the children and I watched the series “Planet Earth.” It was a spectacular cinematographic feat. I enjoyed it more than the children. We took notes, mapped the geographic locations of the varied DVD, and kept track of the animals listed with drawings and additional research. This can be a stand-alone assignment for older children, with you keeping a watchful “ear” as you view the show nearby.

Of course, since your children are grounded in the evolution vs. creation debate, hint, hint, wink 😉 they can view these programs with an ear out for anti-creation thoughts. If not, you may want to look at our curriculum.

Television Programs

The most common are on the Discovery station and PBS Science. Noted shows include, “Bill Neye the Science Guy, Newton’s Apple, and Weird Science.

Here are a few Internet websites.



Discovery Channel


Sadly, the internet has replaced computer programs for the ease of accessibility and the freedom to view what you want, when you want. Thankfully, we can host a virtual field trip!

What are your favorite science internet websites or television programs? Share your favorites with us!


  1. Experiments and Activities

If you are teaching by reading science textbooks or having your child read the information in a workbook and skipping the experiments, then your child may find science very boring. This is the reason I didn’t like it as a child. I don’t remember doing one experiment until I reached high school. With hands-on experiments or activities come a better understanding and a greater chance for the retention of knowledge. Just observing has its limitations, just experimentation has its limits, and the scientific method in itself has its limits. Not everything is observable, but a mixture of reading about the topic and doing an activity or experiment is a wonderful combination. There are too many great experiment books to mention. I have many reviews for my book.


  1. Planetarium and Nature Centers

If your town has one, a nature center is a wonderful place to visit. They often include designated walks, museums, guides, gift shops, and group discounts. If you do not have a Nature Center in your town, perhaps you could find the closest one to you and plan a visit. Our children attended many of the science workshops they offered during spring break and during the summer.

If you want a guide to star gazing, then a Planetarium is for you. Most have shows (some that are pre-taped), and they shine various stars on the curved ceiling, pointing to various constellations and stars. They also have high-powered telescopes, and most of the nature guides we have met have been very enthusiastic, some offering to stay as long as we wanted! I recommend that anyone can attempt star gazing at home or in a dimly lit area. It’s exciting to take a car ride in the evening to view the stars. Get acclimated to the dark first. Put out a big blanket or get out the lawn chairs using a glow-in-the-dark star finder and a good pair of binoculars.


  1. Archaeological Dig

Remember when I mentioned action and adventure? Archaeology is something many children enjoy. There are archaeological sites all over the world! Did you know people out on walks have found the majority of the dinosaur fossils? Over the years, my children have viewed various digs. When they were younger, we visited Pine Island and a Caloosa Indian Dig. They found all types of artifacts, broken pottery, and shells. They took a canoe (the only way to get there is by boat) to Useppa Island and observed a dig there.

By far, their favorite has been the Fossil Float, which they took in Arcadia, Florida. A gentleman on a previous dig with CSI (Creation Science Institute) found Mammoth bones! The kids looked forward to this trip for a long time! They took canoes, homemade sifting screens, and their survival skills and braved the Peace River. There are alligators in this river, so care must be taken. The children found countless shark teeth and some fossilized remains. They were given charts to help in identifying the pieces they found. The Peace River is a freshwater river, and there is interesting speculation as to how saltwater creatures’ teeth are in a freshwater river. (We have written a fiction account, which takes place in Arcadia. It is an action-adventure in the book the Missing Link Found!)


  1. Field Trips

There are great places to visit all over the world. When you plan trips, consider a study of science. Once again, the Internet is a wonderful source for finding great locations. It is fun to plan trips with friends who are also homeschooling. Or try a virtual field trip!

Here are some trips we have attended:

Turtle Watching: In Florida, several times of the year are optimum for turtle watching. The large loggerhead turtles come up on FL beaches to lay their eggs and check with your nature center many have night watches using volunteers.

The Kennedy Space Center includes many rockets, space gear, and interactive displays. A hot air balloon festival. We went to the Brandon balloon Classic and usually held it in April. Brandon is near Tampa. For more information, contact the Chamber of Commerce.

Museums and State Parks are fun trips located all over the world. As the children get older, so do their interests. This year my older 2 children and husband took a SCUBA certification class. They learned so much science in this intense course. They learned about currents, tides, buoyancy, air pressure, altitude, water pressure, pressure/ volume and density relationships, safety in handling scuba equipment, underwater vision, underwater hearing, heat loss, respiration, temperature, bottom compositions, aquatic animal and plant life, fresh and saltwater and on and on. Best of all, they had covered many of these concepts earlier at a much younger level. This was an opportunity to re-learn and apply past knowledge.


10. Co-ops

A definition of this is several families pooling their resources and talents, working together with the best of both worlds, still homeschooling, and enjoying group dynamics with handpicked friends. One parent recently told me she invited two of her daughter’s friends over once a week to do science, and this ensured that they got to the projects and experiments she often neglected. This gives you time to do experiments, activities, arts and crafts, plan trips, etc.


Could I keep this to just ten ideas? Of course not. Here are some extras:

  •  Study Scientists: Kepler, Newton, Morse
  •  Hatch chicken eggs: I have had many friends who have ordered eggs from a science catalog, and the children patiently waited for the chicks to hatch. Make sure you have a place for them to go after they’ve hatched!
  • Take Lessons: As I stated earlier, Scuba, water safety, boating, canoeing, sailing, and mountain climbing.
  • Science Camps: There are many camps available for children those that readily come to mind are space camps and oceanography camps. These are quite pricey, and you may want to plan ahead with your children for ways to fund these. Perhaps they could do special jobs for you, a neighbor, or a relative. Work takes on a whole new meaning when they are saving for something special.
  • Host a workshop: Have a speaker come to your area. This is a great way to motivate yourself or your children. Many are available and travel extensively.

 You can teach science!

As you can see, it is as easy as walking outside and digging a hole. You are the best model for your child, even your special needs child, whether you are enthusiastic, curious, or have the ability to make mistakes and correct them. There are many valuable lessons to be learned. The best way to begin is to just do it!

Felice Gerwitz is a wife, a homeschool mom and has five children, and has graduated two.

She is the owner of Media Angels, Inc., an author, and a conference speaker.

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Virtual Field Trips: Turn Web Browsing into a Goal-Oriented Educational Experience

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Virtual Field Trips: Turn Web Browsing into a Goal-Oriented Educational Experience

Virtual Field Trips: Turn Web Browsing into a Goal-Oriented Educational Experience!

By Felice Gerwitz

As a product of the late 70’s college education classes, I learned school should be steeped in “fun,” and the key element in a child’s school experience should be “feel good” and “self-esteem” driven. While the “open classroom” has been a total failure, some of the concepts drilled into me, I found through trial and error, do work.

Of course, with some major tweaks, Christian focus, and a good dose of not all school work equates to fun, our success as a homeschooling family is evident. I have well-rounded children I am very proud of, two graduated and adults, and three more in the fold learning, growing, and meeting challenges head-on.

Homeschooling Challenges

Homeschooling since 1986 has brought a set of challenges. Computers soon became a major asset in our day. The Internet, a whole new world of quick and easy access as well as information at our fingertips, could have ruined our fine-tuned curriculum if I allowed the children to visit “Google University” instead of searching through the books to find an answer to a question or concern. The “smart” generation is relying way too much on technology (in my humble opinion), and if the plug were pulled, where would we all be?

I think a balance of books and the internet can make for a very well-rounded school, and smartphones are only as smart as the generation that knows how to read and work them.

If you wonder where I stand in the field of technology, I own many computers, have a smartphone, and am well-versed in updating my websites (with a little help from my friends!).

However, where I see the most benefits in technology is in the areas we otherwise might never reach except for our access to online tools.

Virtual Field Trips

Over ten years ago, I came up with an idea for a Virtual Field Trips book. The internet was feared among many people in their inability to grasp the concepts of online travel. With a click of a button, some very loud and engaging pinging-ponging-and otherwise noisy engagement (think dial-up for those of you old enough to remember), we could visit the World Wide Web to our heart’s contents!

We lost hours of time “surfing” and “searching” and getting lost and trying to use the internet for our children besides trying to understand how emails worked. Buying on the internet? Never! The idea that your credit card information would travel at the speed of light brought fear to everyone. I sold very few books virtually despite all the precautions of the day.

E-Books and New Technology

How we have turned an about-face, made the owner of PayPal a very rich man, and now use the internet daily in our lives, buying at a click of a button, downloading eBooks (sales have topped my mail-you-a-copy books), and very few people blink an eye at how our lives have changed.

There was new technology, funny icons, and a vocabulary that was a complete mystery to most of us. Acronyms ruled the day, and LOL, ROFLOL, dh, dd, fyi, and btw all became part of our culture.

As an educator, I look at things with that “teacher’s” eye, and I quickly found that I would not take my child to Alaska in person, but they could experience an Alaskan wilderness, a famous museum, the oceans of the world or the fastest roller coaster on earth with a few clicks of a mouse. So, how to use this to “qualify” our time and not escape as so many do for hours only to find later the kids have long since gone to build blocks, paint or jump on a trampoline rather than sit as mom figured out where she had navigated to and wondered how to get back.

Scavenger Hunts

One evening in frustration, I was sharing with another couple of very good friends of ours who also schooled at home how I desired to use the internet as an educational tool instead of a time-waster. I was encouraged to create a website, but in the late ’90s, websites were still very expensive, and while I considered this as an alternative, I wanted a book, something I could hold in my hands, refer to, and of course give the children to find the answers to questions in a “scavenger hunt” method.

I worked on the book, jotting down questions and soon finding the websites that I had navigated were gone! Things on the internet were not stable, and it occurred to me that keywords were the way to go, as well as information that could be found in a good set of Encyclopedia’s. (Raise your hand if you still have a set of encyclopedias in your home!) While most of our very expensive sets have all been donated to the mission field, one set remains, and from time to time, I show our children the “old-fashioned” way to research.

More Research

Where else except the internet can you travel to faraway places, scale mountains, or use Google Earth to come within a micro-inch of the earth, even (very scary) your own backyard? Not everyone has the time or inclination to visit websites and create study guides for the kids, research some background, or come up with some questions for the children to answer, but I did.

As it worked out, the book was a success, and the website was an even greater success, especially when I found it ranked number one for many years. Families loved virtual field trips!

Tips to Travel on Your Own Virtual Fieldtrip

Going on a virtual trip:

  • Decide which trip you would like to take. Have your printer set and ready to go!
  • You may want to print out some of the information. Some sites use very advanced technology; therefore, you may not be permitted to print out information from the screen that you are viewing, or even the control-copy or command copy (on a mac) will not work. I don’t recommend copying websites.
  • Some websites allow you to copy certain sections, and they may even have a print icon – or an email where you can send the website to yourself via email.
  • While there is no one correct way to view the different sites, there are some ways that are better than others. Each site offers its own array of links. The Internet is one big link! Some links are directly related to a particular website. Some links are of similar topics, which you may decide to explore another day. You can decide how much of the site you would like to see. And now, onto the trips. I hope you have a wonderful time learning!

Here are some of my favorite topics:

Oceans Keywords:

  • Global Ocean Coral Reefs Tides Oceans Alive
  • Plate Tectonics Water Cycle Currents Wind Waves
  • Tides Food Web Remote Sensing
  • Museum of Science
  • Boston Museum of Science
  • Museum Science Exhibit
  • Science Activities Oceans
  • Science Oceans Teacher Resources

The Zoo Keywords:

  • National Zoo
  • Virtual Animal Exhibit Tours
  • Smithsonian BioPark
  • Conservation Zoo Washington D.C.
  • Kids Science Zoo Education
  • Educational Research Wild Animals
  • Zookeepers (Type in strings of animals that may be observed in a zoo.)

Email and Internet Keywords:

  • how emails work,
  • how the Internet works
  • alternative search engines
  • how keywords work
  • is email safe
  • safe settings on the internet
  • safe settings on social media
  • social media

Benjamin Franklin Keywords:

  • Benjamin Franklins World
  • Archive Benjamin Franklin
  • History Benjamin Franklin
  • Science Inventions Benjamin Franklin
  • Franklin Stove
  • Inventor of Electricity
  • Benjamin Franklin, the Inventor
  • Benjamin Franklin Statesman
  • Benjamin Franklin Writings

(You can use this for other famous people you want to learn about – look at keywords that will help your search!)

Space, Constellations, Planets Keywords:

  • Outer space
  • NASA
  • planets
  • constellations
  • video on space travel
  • space travel
  • astronauts
  • rockets
  • space shuttle
  • Milky Way
  • outer space
  • black hole
  • lightyear
  • space suits
  • space food

Ready, Set, Virtually Travel for Your Field Trip

For homeschoolers, virtual field trips provide much-needed enrichment and fun. Unlike traditional field trips, they can be conducted anywhere, anytime, and there are numerous tools available to help make the process simple.

From social media to virtual reality, homeschoolers have the ability to create enriching and memorable experiences that go beyond the traditional classroom. With a bit of planning and creativity, homeschoolers can easily open a world of educational opportunities that not only spark curiosity but deepen learning and help create lasting memories. So let’s explore the possibilities and welcome virtual field trips into our homeschooling plans!

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Felice Gerwitz is an author, speaker, and publisher (Media Angels, Inc.), as well as the owner of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network, where she podcasts at Vintage Homeschool Moms.

With the internet a field trip is as close as your computer. In this guide, Felice shows you how to make field trips a part of your homeschool study. With questions that can be answered with an easy search, your children will travel to the White House or the zoo all with an educational twist. Easy to follow and you’ll never browse without an eye to education again.You can purchase the Virtual Field Trips E-Book as part of the 7 Christian Homeschool E-Book  Bundle!