Did you know the Underground Railroad had stops in Huntsville? Burritt on the Mountain is hosting a very special program for kids and their families in honor of the brave men and women who made this dangerous journey.
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If you have a kid that’s really in to science, technology, engineering, and math, but doesn’t have time or opportunity to explore those topics in a formal capacity, there are a lot of media resources out there that are engaging and fun and can feed their desire for STEM-based learning.
A Top Chef program brought some real STEAM into Riverton’s school cafeteria with the help of local farmers and students. But who’s cuisine reigned supreme?
One local Girl Scout’s story about how she used her passion for STEM to create an academic curriculum exploring GMO pros, cons, and misinformation.
While they still take on the more traditional 4-H activities, Alabama 4-H offers programs that hone 21st century skills to build excitement for science, technology, engineering, arts, and math. Who knew?
There’s a great place in Huntsville for kids in grades 5 – 12 that are interested in a career in aviation – FlyQuest even offers scholarships and hours toward your kid’s pilot’s license!
STEM-based learning activities are booming in the Huntsville & Madison area, and robotics is a classic way for kids to be introduced to technology and other STEM-related disciplines. But where do you go if your child’s school doesn’t offer robotics?
Do you have a middle schooler interested in robotics? Would they like some hands-on STEM education this summer, learning from students who have won in competition? Spark Industry Robotics could be your jam.
Honeycomb Campground and Day Use Area sits next to Lake Guntersville about halfway between Huntsville and Guntersville. If you’ve never camped next to a body of water, you are in for a treat. Honeycomb faces a range of small hills formed by the creation of the lake. A friend said she thought it as picturesque […]
Do you have a child that likes to tinker or has a love for theater? Or maybe your child is obsessed with science or math really gets them excited. Find out if Destination Imagination – or DI – is right up their alley!
Camping with your kids can be a rewarding experience: getting outdoors, falling asleep to crickets waking to the sound of an owl, spying some deer, eating s’mores. You get the picture. What can ruin the experience: whiny kids without their electronics forgetting supplies, or rain. With that in mind, here’s a list of things to put you on the road to a memorable – in a good way – camping trip.
One of the larger green spaces in Madison County, Sharon Johnston Park is full-service with a playground, pool, campground, ad picnic areas.
Situated on the hill at the back of Dublin Park in Madison, Kid’s Kingdom is an enclosed, well-maintained playground shaded by several large oak and walnut trees. The playground is designed with a castle theme: turrets, bridges, walkways, with various ways to get up (climbing lattice, stairs) and down (slides, stairs). There is also a climbing wall, tire swing, various balance challenges, rings (for bigs and littles), an obstacle course, and plenty of other structures conducive to imaginative play.
Monte Sano State Park is close to home and close to civilization (as in Star Market is just down the mountain). As newbies, we knew nothing of a tent camping checklist. We were pretty inexperienced when it came to setting up and tearing down a campsite, too, so Monte Sano seemed like a great place to do a trial run.
How to set up your home to encourage more experienced-based learning.
To say Katrina has a full, busy life is an understatement. With four kids, pursuing a Masters of Science in Nursing, and a passion for self-sufficiency and sustainability, Katrina is always on the go and constantly balancing priorities. Amongst taking care of chickens, beekeeping, and hand-making various food-stuffs, Katrina also homeschools two of her four […]
I recently attended a homeschooling conference where games (both table-top and video/app) were discussed as a way to hone skills like math, critical thinking, reading, and spelling for success in academic studies. The handout for the workshop listed 24 different topics (and related games) from art to engineering and from biology to money management skills. […]
School has started back and with it the start of team sports. Some think this is one of the downsides of homeschooling: the lack of organized sports for those not in traditional school. But as our list will show, there are plenty of options – some unique – for team-based sports in the Rocket City […]
Every year, kids across the country pose for their “first day of school” photos – new school supplies in backpacks, hair combed, clothing neat, sometimes smiling faces. It’s a tradition you can see propagated across social media, a rite of passage and a milestone marking a brand-new year. But what do homeschoolers do for that […]
The following is a compilation of resources for parents who have decided to homeschool or are considering that option in Huntsville and Madison County, AL.