Today is another exciting day here at Faithfilled Chaos. Not only am I bringing you another FREE printable, but today is also the first day of the Homeschool Days Blog Hop. Each month on the third Wednesday, myself and several other great homeschool bloggers will be linking up some awesome posts to share with you. I hope after you are done reading my post that you will take the time to explore what these other bloggers have to offer.
Now onto the Project
I remember from when I was in school, public school, that every year we would do lots of projects centered around the upcoming holidays. I loved doing that and have always wanted to bring that fun into our homeschool. Homeschooling however, is such a different animal and even though we would do fun things around the holidays it usually didn’t happen during our school time. With all the cooking, cleaning, and teaching going on I felt like we would get too far behind to stop and do a craft. In the many years that I have been homeschooling, we have come a long way and are now taking the time to have fun around the holidays, all while learning at the same time. Today’s activity is a great example of that.
I don’t know about you, but Christmas time is so busy that we can’t seem to fit in all the fun projects we would like to do. One thing we have stopped doing around Christmas is gingerbread houses. They are so fun but we just don’t seem to have the time around Christmas. I can’t tell you how many gingerbread kits we have bought that sat in our pantry for almost a year before I would throw them out. Last year we started a new tradition to make graham cracker houses around Valentine’s Day. Since Christmas is over we are all able to relax and just have fun with it, instead of feeling like we have to finish, to move on to the next activity. This year I have expanded on that activity and have added a FREE printable pack to go along with it!
S.T.E.M. is a huge topic in education now. What is S.T.E.M.? It stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Did you know that building a gingerbread or graham cracker house falls into this category of learning? It sure does. To truly get the most out of the project, the kids need to think about this as a problem they are trying to solve. When doing a science experiment usually a lab report is written after. Doing a S.T.E.M. project is very similar, just with different steps. I have created an easy to follow printable kit that walks you and your kids, no matter how young, through this process and helps you document the project. So, even if you have never done this before, it will be a piece of cake, for you and your kids.
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