Professor Astro Cat: our current obsession. 

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As a mom of extreme outlier, I struggle to find fun, colorful and INFORMATIVE children’s books for my kids.

A few weeks ago the Scientist casually asked me about black holes, gravitational waves and Einstein’s work. Easy enough task, right? While researching the topics and trying to simplify the language, I put “quantum physics for 5 year olds” and stumbled upon Dr. Dominic Walliman’s TEDxEastVan video Quantum Physics for 7 Year Olds. 5, 7…close enough. 

That lead me to his YouTube channel and I stayed up all night perusing the videos. 

That, in term, lead me to Amazon where I bough all the children’s books he wrote. Oops, that wasn’t the plan, I only wanted to purchase one, but kept slipping and falling onto the “buy” button. Repeatedly. 

Today we read Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventures. My wiggly kid who is NEVER still and is ALWAYS moving…sat still, barely breathing, with his eyes wide open for 2 hours. It a miracle!!!!

I share our read-aloud wiggly struggles and strategies to improve the experience here
Now please excuse me while I go out and patiently wait for our fabulous UPS driver by the road!  He is delivering these today: 

Professor Astro Cat’s Atomic Adventures

Professor Astro Cat’s Solar System

Professor Astro Cat’s Frontiers of Space

Professor Astro Cat’s Human Body Odyssey

What are your favorite children’s books? Bonus points if your gifted or 2e learner is mesmerized by them. 

Reading aloud to wiggly kids

Research shows that reading aloud to young children from the day they’re born is the single most important thing parents can do to prepare their kids for learning and reading on their own. It helps to develop a child’s vocabulary, phonics, storytelling and comprehension, and simply a familiarity and appreciation for the written word. It also fosters empathy, and encourages social and emotional bonding between parent and child. (See www.ReadAloud.org for more information and research.)

An award-winning author Emilie Buchwald said “Children are made readers on the laps of their parents.” An avid reader myself, I have always dreamed of perfectly peaceful snuggles during our hours-long read-aloud adventures. Who doesn’t like to curl up on the couch with a cup of tea and read, read, read?

My kids, apparently. They’re wiggly and full of energy, to say the least. I often joke that we read AT them, not TO them. Many attempts to make them sit still ended in tears, meltdowns, self-deprecating comments and aversion to story time. What was I doing wrong?

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I was conditioned to believe that good listeners sit perfectly still, hands folded in their lap, listening ears turned on and eyes wide open. After all, fidgeting while being read to can seem rude.

With constant nagging, “Sit down, sit still, stop wiggling, stop fidgeting,” the kids  were spending ALL their mental energy trying to keeping their bodies still and could not concentrate on the story.  Attempts to build early literacy through reading aloud were detracting from my boys’ enjoyment of the books. We had to find a better way to enjoy reading together, so we came up with the compromise.

If you have been following our Reading Snowflakes Challenge (#readingsnowflakes  on  Facebook and Instagram pages,) you have noticed that my kids always have some kind of project that keeps their hands (or mouths!) occupied during reading times. To make read-aloud sessions a positive experience, I read, they listen and keep themselves busy with quiet activities during reading times.

These are some of out favorite activities:

  • drawing or doodling in the journal
  • playing with playdough or slime
  • building with LEGO, Duplos, wooden blocks
  • creating with magnets
  • working on a puzzle
  • creating shapes on geoboard
  • finding a way out of mazes
  • building with toothpicks, pipe cleaners, marshmallows, dry noodles, etc
  • playing single player logic games (Shape By Shape, Q-bitz, Rush Hour and others)
  • exploring sensory bins (salt, sand, beans, chickpeas, water beads, shaving cream)
  • scissor practice (this is our favorite activity this winter! We have soooooo many beautiful snowflakes created during reading times!!)
  • acting out scenes from the book

How to maximize read aloud time:

  • let the kids explore the books on their own, even if they are not fluent readers yet.
  • read aloud in the morning,
  • read during meal times,
  • explore story time at the local library or bring a book to read during playdates,
  • have a tea party (poetry tea time became our favorite activity!)
  • OUTSOURCE! listen to audio books and podcasts in the car.

What read-aloud tips or activities do you have? I am always open to new ideas and suggestions.

Favorite Books Of 2017

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Up until a year ago, given the choice between fiction and non-fiction, I would pick fiction in 10 out of 10 cases. Something changed on New Year’s eve 2017. What happened a year ago?

We officially started homeschooling our twice exceptional son.

Term twice exceptional (or 2e) often refers to intellectually gifted children who also have some form of disability or learning differences. So double the challenge, double the fun.

As a self-proclaimed research junkie, I NEEDED to have more information, so I turned to books, Amazon, library, friends, Facebook groups and trusted web sites. I read this article and down the rabbit hole I went.  Over the half of the books I’ve read this year are non-fiction.

Out of 75+ books I’ve read in 2017 these ten stood out the most:

  1. The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star by Tom Clynes  confirmed my suspicions that our 5-year-old is highly gifted and that turning to non-traditional parenting choices was the right thing to do for our family, despite all the sighs and well intended advice we received.
  2. The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism by Kristine Barnett I picked up this book after seeing Jacob Barnett’s Forget What You Know TED Talk. Jacob has an IQ higher than Einstein’s, a photographic memory, and he taught himself calculus in two weeks. But his story is all the more remarkable because his extraordinary mind was almost lost to autism. Surrounded by experts at home and in special ed who tried to focus on Jake’s most basic skills and curtail his distracting interests Jake made no progress, withdrew more and more into his own world, and eventually stopped talking completely. His parents knew that they had to make a change.
  3. Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him by Sally Clarkson, Nathan Clarkson  Inspiring, heartbreaking and uplifting, this book made me feel like I’m not alone. We have an outside-of-box kid too, and I found myself tearfully relating to Sally’s story and making mental notes for the future. Nathan’s perspective was unique and eye-opening. I highly recommend this wonderful book!
  4.  The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do by Peg Tyre Thought provoking summary and analysis of the research showing that boys and men lag well behind girls and women in school achievement.
  5. Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown  At the end of the day I often find myself exhausted, but looking back at the day I realize that nothing important was accomplished.  “What if we stopped celebrating being busy as a measurement of importance?” Greg McKeown inquires in his book. He offers a simple but profound idea: that we accomplish more when we are more selective about where we direct our efforts. This book was essential (hehe) for me in 2017, with all the changes and new projects.
  6. Young Children Reinvent Arithmetic  Implications of Piaget’s Theory by Constance Kamii,‎ Leslie Baker Housman   Preschoolers easily grasp ideas behind fractions,  number lines, geometry and algebra elements. I see 3, 4 and 5 year olds exploring difficult concepts and taking on the challenges. Silly kids, they weren’t told yet that they hate math!
    Kids love the challenge of games. Why not use this attribute and incorporate games into learning? Instead of using endless worksheets and tests, give them problems to solve.According to Piaget’s theory, “children acquire mathematical knowledge…by constructing them from the inside, in interaction with the environment,” in other words, given the chance to explore and experiment, they will use their knowledge to  invent new ways to find solutions, explore patterns and make connections.  Let’s make math fun!
  7.  The Martian and Artemis by Andy Weir
    Andy Weir’s unique writing style, humor, meticulous research come together in well thought out, interesting, well paced page-turners. Once I picked up his books, I couldn’t put them down. Sleep? Who needs sleep, sleep is for the weak!
  8.  A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness An unflinching, darkly funny, and deeply moving story of a boy, his seriously ill mother, and an unexpected monstrous visitor. Such a beautiful and gripping story. This is one of those books that will stay with you long after you’ve read it.
  9.  Maisie Dobbs  After reading the first novel, I was very excited to find out that Jacqueline Winspear published thirteen books in the series.  A quick, light mystery with an engaging main character set in England in 1929. I would love to see this as  a TV show!
  10. Wonder by R. J. Palacio  August Pullman was born with a facial difference that, up until now, has prevented him from going to a mainstream school. Starting 5th grade at Beecher Prep, he wants nothing more than to be treated as an ordinary kid—but his new classmates can’t get past Auggie’s extraordinary face.
    Oh, what a wonderful book!!!! Well-written, touching, emotional and meaningful, this book become 2017 favorite instantly. We read it 4 (four!!!!) time. Our peculiar son fell in love with main character. I think he identifies with Auggie. You see, our eldest is 5 years old and since he was 18 months old we kept saying “His brain just works differently”. He absorbs every bit of information and remembers it FOR-E-VER, his vocabulary surprises and amazes us every day, he skipped 2 grades already, he adores everybody he meets. He is also very sensitive, VERY intense, VERY unpredictable. Parenting him is not easy, traditional parenting did not work with him and only deepened his anxiety. 80% of the time he can pass for a neurotypical kid, so when the atypical behavior kicks in, it is usually attributed to him being “spoiled” or “coddled.”
    **********SPOILER ALERT**********
    This book also helped us deal with a loss similar to that of August’s family. Loss of a beloved pet was (and still is) incredibly painful, and Daisy’s storyline helped our kids understand and cope with the devastating loss of a four-legged family member.

What books grabbed your heart and stayed with you in 2017? Share in the comments! 2018 is almost here and I NEED more, more, more reading material! Always.

 

2017 in books

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Non-fiction

  1. The Boy Who Played with Fusion: Extreme Science, Extreme Parenting, and How to Make a Star
  2. Hidden Figures: The American Dream and the Untold Story of the Black Women Mathematicians Who Helped Win the Space Race
  3. Rise of the Rocket Girls: The Women Who Propelled Us, from Missiles to the Moon to Mars by Nathalia Holt
  4. Different: The Story of an Outside-the-Box Kid and the Mom Who Loved Him by Sally Clarkson, Nathan Clarkson
  5. A Nation Deceived: How Schools Hold Back America’s Brightest Students (The Templeton National Report on Acceleration, Volumes 1 and 2)
  6. It’s OK to Go up the Slide: Renegade Rules for Raising Confident and Creative Kids
  7.  It’s Ok Not to Share and Other Renegade Rules for Raising Competent and Compassionate Kids  
  8.  The Out-of-Sync Child: Recognizing and Coping with Sensory Processing Disorder (The Out-of-Sync Child Series) by Carol Kranowitz and Lucy Jane Miller
  9.  Smart but Scattered: The Revolutionary “Executive Skills” Approach to Helping Kids Reach Their potential by Peg Dawson ,‎ Richard Guare
  10.  How Children Learn by John Holt
  11.  How Children Fail by John Holt
  12.  They’re Your Kids: An Inspirational Journey from Self-Doubter to Home School Advocate by Sam Sorbo
  13.  The Highly Sensitive Child: Helping Our Children Thrive When The World Overwhelms Them by Elaine N. Aron Ph.D. 
  14.  Simplicity Parenting: Using the Extraordinary Power of Less to Raise Calmer, Happier, and More Secure Kids by Kim John Payne,‎ Lisa M. Ross
  15.  No Bad Kids: Toddler Discipline Without Shame by Janet Lansbury
  16.  Teaching from Rest: A Homeschooler’s Guide to Unshakable Peace by Sarah Mackenzie  
  17.  Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End by Atul Gawande 
  18.  Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children From Nature-Deficit Disorder by Richard Louv
  19.  The Year of Learning Dangerously: Adventures in Homeschooling by Quinn Cummings 
  20. The Trouble with Boys: A Surprising Report Card on Our Sons, Their Problems at School, and What Parents and Educators Must Do by Peg Tyre 
  21.  Bright Not Broken: Gifted Kids, ADHD, and Autism by Diane M. Kennedy,‎ Rebecca S. Banks,‎ Temple Grandin
  22.  The Autistic Brain: Helping Different Kinds of Minds Succeed by Temple Grandin,‎ Richard Panek
  23. The Power of Different: The Link Between Disorder and Genius by Gail Saltz M.D. 
  24.  Young Children Reinvent Arithmetic: Implications of Piaget’s Theory by Constance Kamii,‎ Leslie Baker Housman 
  25.  Let’s Play Math: How Families Can Learn Math Together and Enjoy It by Denise Gaskins
  26.  Burn Math Class: And Reinvent Mathematics for Yourself by Jason Wilkes 
  27. Outliers: The Story of Success by Malcolm Gladwell
  28. What is Unschooling?: Living and Learning without Schoolby Pam Laricchia
  29.  Thinking, Fast and Slow by Daniel Kahneman
  30. Made to Stick: Why Some Ideas Survive and Others Die by Chip Heath,‎ Dan Heath
  31.  Essentialism: The Disciplined Pursuit of Less by Greg McKeown
  32.  The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian by Sherman Alexie
  33.  The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondō
  34.  The Spark: A Mother’s Story of Nurturing, Genius, and Autism by Kristine Barnett

 

 

Fiction

  1.  Sandstorm (Sigma Force) by James Rollins
  2.  Map Of Bones (Sigma Force) by James Rollins
  3.  Truly Madly Guilty by Liane Moriarty
  4.  Big Little Lies by Liane Moriarty
  5.  What Alice Forgot by Liane Moriarty
  6.  The Circle by Dave Eggers
  7.  The Other Einstein by Marie Benedict
  8. Storm Front (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
  9.  Fool Moon (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher
  10.  Grave Peril (Dresden Files) by Jim Butcher 
  11.  Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  12.  Strange the Dreamer by Laini Taylor
  13.  Dark Matter by Blake Crouch
  14. Maisie Dobbs by Jacqueline Winspear
  15.  Birds of a Feather (Maisie Dobbs) by Jacqueline Winspear
  16.  Pardonable Lies: (Maisie Dobbs Novels) by Jacqueline Winspear
  17.  The Dinner by Herman Koch
  18. The Night Circus by Erin Morgenstern
  19. In the Woods by Tana French
  20.  The Likeness by Tana French
  21.  Faithful Place by Tana French
  22.  A Gentleman in Moscow by Amor Towles
  23.  Killers of the Flower Moon: The Osage Murders and the Birth of the FBI by David Grann
  24.  The Lifeboat by Charlotte Rogan
  25.  Small Great Things by Jodi Picoult
  26.  Beartown by Fredrik Backman
  27.  The Hundred Lies of Lizzie Lovett by Chelsea Sedoti
  28.  Artemis by Andy Weir
  29. The Trouble Begins: A Box of Unfortunate Events, Books 1-3 (The Bad Beginning; The Reptile Room; The Wide Window) by Lemony Snicket,‎ Brett Helquist
  30. A Monster Calls by Patrick Ness
  31. The Forgetting Time by Sharon Guskin
  32.  I See You by Clare Mackintosh

Read-alouds with kids

  1.  Wonder R. J. Palacio
  2. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan
  3.  The Sea of Monsters by Rick Riordan
  4.  Black Beauty by Anna Sewell
  5.  The One And Only Ivan by Katherine Applegate
  6.  The Trumpet Of the Swan by E. B. White
  7.   Anything But Typical by Nora Raleigh Baskin
  8.  Mister Popper’s Penguins by Richard Atwater
  9. The Moffats by Eleanor Estes
  10.  Mary Poppins by Dr. P. L. Travers
  11.  Charlie And the Chocolate Factory by R. Dahl
  12. Charlie and the Great Glass Elevator by Roald Dahl
  13.  James and the Giant Peach by Roald Dahl
  14.  The BFG by Roald Dahl
  15.   Chitty Chitty Bang Bang: The Magical Car by Ian Fleming (author), David Tennant (narrator)
  16.  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies Again by Frank Cottrell Boyce (author) David Tennant (Narrator)
  17.  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang and the Race against Time Cottrell Boyce (Author),‎ David Tennant (Narrator)
  18.  Chitty Chitty Bang Bang over the Moon by Frank Cottrell Boyce (Author),‎ David Tennant (Narrator)

GAMES as an educational tool

November is here!!!! Yay! Two little Batmen hyped up on sugar, with Halloween hangover are going to LOVE strict schedule, worksheets and memorization drills!

Brb, dying laughing at my own joke. They most definitely would NOT love that. 

I expect today to be a complete chaos full of sensory overload, sugar and dyes aftermath: two silly boys and the dog bouncing of the walls, exhibiting all of their Dabrovsky’s overexcitabilities simultaneously. Day like this is perfect to start My Little Poppies’ Gameschool Mini-challenge. 31 days, 31 prompts, pictures, 31 ways to add more sneaky learning to our days.

We are eclectic and heavily influenced by unschooling. I often describe our homeschooling style as falling down the rabbit holes (read more about it here.) Games have always been a part of our day.  These are some of the reasons we enjoy gameschooling.

  1. Learning becomes more engaging experience. We get to travel through time and space, meet great inventors and create silly worlds, become engineers, scientists, artists or magicians. 
  2. I’m quick to point out that my 5 year old does not handle losing well, but let’s face it: losing sucks, regardless of the player’s age. Friendly (-ish) game night is perfect to practice teamwork and good sportsmanship for kids of all ages. 
  3. Kids enjoy challenge and find internal motivation to reach the goal. I recently noticed that when I try to encourage the boys by saying “Come on, this is easy!” they bristle up and refuse the work. However, when they sit down to play a videogame, I hear excited and proud shouts “That was hard, but I DID IT!!!” To my surprise, this tactic worked even for least preferred tasks (handwriting practice.)
  4. We put emphasis on problem solving in our house.  I don’t want to be a referee, judge and jury 24/7, so we encourage kids to work out problems and solve conflicts on their own.  Games are one of the resources that teaches them problem solving strategies.   
  5. While playing games, kids can improve their fluency, especially math and reading games. 

While games are great, we encountered a few difficulties along the way:

  • It can be hard to accurately assess the progress. 
  • Sometimes goals of games do not align with learning goals. ABC Mouse was a giant flop in this house! All kids cared about was collecting the tickets. They just randomly clicked on the screen, guessing answers.  
  • Family game night with kids  can be…challenging. Different personalities, ages and abilities don’t always mix well.  

    These tips and strategies emerged when Peculiar Kid #2 was born. They continue to change and evolve as family dynamic change. 

    1. House rules rule! 
    2. Whenever a new game appears at our house, kids ask me if the can “free play” it for a while:  familiarize themselves with the pieces, make guesses on what the rules may be, create elaborate backstories (I jot them down in the journal, Brave Writer style. Win/win!) This approach reduces anxiety and uncertainty that often affects perfectionistic, emotionally intense 2e kids. 
    3. “These rules are so clear and make so much sense. After reading them, I’m 100% confident I can play this game on the first try,” said no one ever. Watch play throughs!  Dice Tower and Table Top were game changers (pun intended) for our family.  
    4. I like to pair games with books, tea parties or subjects we currently study. Ancient Egypt with Pyramix, Nikola Tesla’s life and work with Circuit Maze, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang read aloud with Snakes and Ladders. 
    5. Create your own games! 
    6. Playing board games (or attempting any schoolwork) with toddlers around is hard! Families with older children can play after the littles go to bed. Letting our 2 year old in on the fun works best for our family.  While we play, he makes dice towers,  “keeps the score,” sorts cards or eats all the snacks. 
    7. Let some games be just for fun, with no learning agenda! As a homeschooling mom, I tend to turn everything into a learning opportunity. Real life example that may or may not have happened last week. “Oh, the tire pressure sensor is on! You know why? Let’s have a mini unit right here on the spot! Temperature dropped 30°F overnight, leading to decrease in tire pressure by about 3 psi (1 psi for every 10° drop. Insert long winded math discussion here,) that change triggered the sensor. Honey, are you awake?” What was I talking about? Oh, yeah, don’t turn everything you do into school project. Have some fun!!! 

    What are your tips to add more sneaky fun learning into your days? How do you keep family game night FUN for all participants? What challenges do you have and how donyou overcome them? What are your favorite games? Why am I asking so many questions? 

    What is your superpower?



    Absent minded professor, space cadet, loud and obnoxious kid bouncing off the walls – that’s ADHD stereotype.

    Struggles that come with ADHD go beyond distractibility. Low self-esteem and self-worth, immaturity, low frustration tolerance, impaired sense of time, poor motivation and underachievement often accompany the stereotypical impulsivity.

    But did you know that people with ADHD also have some amazing superpowers?

     

    • Being able to thrive in chaos. Receiving information from multiple sources, processing it and reacting to it is not a small task!
      Seeing a big picture and problem solving? Another superpower! ADHD brain takes the cacophony of facts and ideas and spits out the solution. Non-linear wibbly-wobbly…thought process leads to unexpected results.
    • Multitasking. Reading 5 books at once? No problem! Effortlessly juggling many tasks at the same time? How fun! Personal self-development (iTunes U courses, podcasts or audiobooks) while doing laundry? Yes, please! Catching up on the latest research in neuropsychology during endless commute? Sign me up! I can pursue wide variety of interests and subjects while managing a household, homeschooling our peculiar children, sharing our experiences on this blog, volunteering and tutoring.
    • Staying calm in emergency. I love Rick Riordan’s description of ADHD. Grover Underwood explained to Percy Jackson “you’re impulsive, can’t sit still in the classroom. That’s your battlefield reflexes. In a real fight, they’d keep you alive. As for the attention problems, that’s because you see too much…not too little. Your senses are better than a regular mortal’s.” ADHD brain usually operates as if EVERYTHING is an emergency, so when something unexpected happens, every day coping mechanisms turn into a superpower.
    • Creativity. Not every person with ADHD is Leonardo da Vinci (though there is strong evidence that suggests that he probably suffered from it,) but it is possible that impulsivity and divergent thinking lead to imaginative gifts.
    • Memory – ADHD doesn’t always mean a lack of attention. It can mean noticing and paying attention to everything, remembering and being able to recall facts later.
    • Hyperfocus. It seems contradictory to the stereotypical ADHD: concentration becomes focused on one task or a subject and stays there.

     

    ADHD is not all sunshine and superpowers, it affects every aspect of person’s life. The disorder is surrounded with misconceptions, myths, judgement and ”helpful” advice from those who know nothing about it. In honor of ADHD awareness month, I wanted to highlight some of the strengths that come with the diagnosis.  ADHD is my superpower. What’s yours?

    School day

    Our days rarely go as planned, but we try to follow a blueprint. Sort of. 

    Every day routine includes read alouds, board games, more books, 1 topic we’re obsessed with at the moment (that usually spirals into deep rabbit holes,) at least 1 writing activity and taking care of the house.

    Once a week we try to do one community service or hospitality project, one or two field trips and one outdoor excursion. 

    Popular morning baskets aren’t a good fit in our family: we only have a few hours before overexcitabilities kick in and attention span is gone. Instead, we read a few books or magazines during breakfast.

    1. Today  Breakfast and Books (modeled after My Little Poppies’ Coffee and Books) turned into Books in Bed. We snuggled up together in little guy’s room and read whatever kids wanted. 

    2. September is the most popular birth month in America, and it’s definitely true for our family. Big kid made birthday cards for everyone, he practiced handwriting, spelling, vocabulary ,  tracing and drawing. 

    3. When your kid is as literal as Drax (Guardians of the Galaxy,) math is fun. 

    Caffeine didn’t kick in yet, and this is the best my scrambled brain could come up with on the spot. “Yuri has 2 red books. His friend has 4 blue books. How many books do the boys have?”

    The answer:

    We are juggling Math-U-See, Life of Fred and Khan academy math and anxiously checking the mailbox for brand new Beast Academy 2A. Squeeee!

    4. After years of refusing to learn Russian, my kids are finally warming up to it. First lesson  went better than expected!

    We counted letters in Russian and English alphabets, found letters that look and sound the same, read Репка (The Turnip) and learned a new song, Мишка Косолапый (Clumsy Bear.)

    5. “I’m so tired, I need to relax a little with Rush Hour!”  And Jenga, and Shape by Shape, and…a screwdriver? 

    Schoolwork is done! And now it js our favorite time, laundry time! Cleaning time! Cooking time!
    I would love to hear what your typical homeschooling day looks like! 

    Gluten free dye free playdough recipe for 50 students? Challenge accepted

    Co-op science class studied structure of the Earth. Kids  started by creating an inner core from playdough, then they added outer core, mantle and crust.  All we need for the activity is playdough, 4-5  different colors. Sounds easy enough, right?

    Plot twist: playdough should be gluten free and dye free.

    After trying several recipes, I finally found one that’s super easy and makes right texture playdough.

    2 cups of rice flour

    1 cup salt

    4 tbsp cream of tartar

    1.5 cup if boiling water

    2 tbsp coconut oil

    *natural food dyes – optional.

    Mix all the dry ingredients,  add natural food dyes, then boiling water.  Mix thoroughly. If playdough is still crumble, add more water 1-2 tbsp at a time.

    *Extra step. Add too much water (2+cups instead of 1.5 that recipe calls for) and to go to the store to buy more rice flour*