Easter, Kids, STEM Learning, Toy Reviews

Easter Gifts: Creatto Light-Up Crafting Kits

Creatto Light-Up Crafting Kits

If you are scanning Amazon from home to find some Easter and at-home STEM learning fun then consider these Creatto light-up crafting kits. These are three-dimensional creations that light up and the kids build themselves. They won’t even know it’s STEM building because the pieces are so fun to work with and build.

You can build a light-up moose, elephant, shark, unicorn or kitty. These crafting kits stand on their own and require only batteries. See the video below:

There is a manual and videos to help the kids build. You don’t need hardware or tools. The plastic pieces connect with each other. This means you don’t have to commit to building only the animal in your booklet. You can connect them any way you like and get creative!

The string of LED lights makes for a particularly fun sight to display anywhere such as your bedroom or game room.

Creatto Light-Up Kits are available at retailers such as Amazon.

Education, STEM Learning

Engage Your Child in Science with this Homeschool Science Curriculum

This post is sponsored by College Prep Science. Copyright 2020 by Greg Landry

These days all of us have had a small dose of homeschooling our kids. The Teachers for my 6th grader have been great at checking in and sending assignments that are easy for him to follow and keep track of. I can’t imagine a classroom of 20-30 of tweens especially the ones who have zero interest in a given subject. It’s hard to focus when you are not engaged or interested as an adult , yet a tween or teen?!!

College Prep Science is homeschooling education to help the uninterested student find interest by using an Appropriate Homeschool Science Curriculum for “Non-Science” Students

What I’ve Learned from Teaching Thousands of StudentsGreg Landry

Over the past 20+ years I’ve learned a lot from teaching thousands of homeschooled students (and university students who were homeschooled). One thing I’ve learned is that it’s a huge mistake to teach “college-prep” science to “non-science” students! And, in my experience, about 70% of homeschooled students are “non-science” students.

The depth, breadth, and pedagogy of many college-prep biology, chemistry, and physics classes, and a homeschool science curriculum in those subjects, leaves many “non-science” students frustrated, uninterested, and ultimately learning very little. I find that students in this situation often don’t have an overall understanding of the subject matter that is so critical in these sciences. They can’t see the forest because they’re lost in the trees. 

So, how do we define “non-science” students? I think the simplest and broadest definition is that “non-science” students are unlikely to be college science majors or they may not be planning to attend college. They should not be taught biology, chemistry, and physics as if they are going to be college science majors. I believe that’s a disservice to them and ultimately deprives them of fully grasping the big picture and magnificence of God’s Creation. 

So, I developed “life prep” versions of my biology, chemistry, and physics online classes and wrote the textbooks specifically for “non-science” students – students who may be “artsy,” “techie,” “handy,” or just may not particularly care for science. Equivalent in-depth and breadth to a standard public or private high school class but specifically designed to be interesting and appealing to “non-science” students, and with minimal math.

Many of students’ assignments and assessments are done in their choice of format, including, but not limited to: artwork, video, graphics, sketches/drawings, hand-crafted models, graphic novels, audio, wiki pages, game creation, graphic organizers, podcasts, e-portfolio, or just the simple written word. Much of students’ work in these classes are geared toward helping them to learn via their particular bent – their God-given talents and interests.

– Life Prep Biology (8th-12th) – Two Semester Class
– Life Prep Chemistry (9th-12th) – Two Semester Class
– Life Prep Physics (9th-12th) – Two Semester Class
– We also offer self-paced recorded classes for 3rd -6th-grade students

In the words of a homeschool parent…

“Greg, …what you did for our daughter will have far-reaching effects. You showed her that learning can be enjoyable…”
Thankful in Indiana
Jim H.

These “life prep” online homeschool science curriculum classes also include lab experiments in our very cool virtual homeschool science laboratory and graded lab reports. Students attend class once weekly (either live or by recording), turn-in homework, and are tested on a regular basis. These classes are all-inclusive and provide students with an enjoyable, comprehensive science experience.​Homeschool dad, scientist, and former college professor, Greg Landry, offers live, online homeschool science classes, Homeschool ACT Prep Bootcamp, the Homeschool Mom’s Science Podcast, in-person two-day science lab intensives nationwide, freebies for homeschool moms, and student-produced homeschool print publications.

2019 Holidays, STEM Learning, Toy Reviews

3Doodler Start Essentials 3D Printing Pen Set

If STEM or educational play gifts are what you are looking for this season, consider this award-winning pen that brings creativity to life in 3D. The 3Doodler Start 3D Pen Set can be used by kids 8 and older and the pen tip does not get hot so it is safe to use.

3Doodler Start comes with all you need to start creating:

  • Doodler Start Pen (Blue)
  • 2 Packs of 3Doodler Start Plastic
  • Activity Guide (with over 12 projects)
  • Micro-USB Charging Cable

The plastic is BPA-free and non-toxic. You just turn it on, insert a 3Doodler plastic strand and start creating in 3D!

This truly is award-winning!  Toy of the Year 2017 (Rookie category), and winner of numerous awards including Good Housekeeping’s 2016 Best Toy Award, The Oppenheim Toy Portfolio Platinum Award, National Parenting Product Award, Scholastic Parent & Child GOLD STAR TOY Award, and Toy Insider STEM 10.

Visit 3Doodler and find a 3D printing pen set right for your family.