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Learning How to Make an Electromagnet – Project Attraction from EEME

Learning about electromagnets with Project Attraction from EEME

One of the best additions to our homeschool time this year has been the projects from EEME. Zachary has absolutely loved the hands-on learning and put it well into practice. One could say he is ‘wired’ this way (and yes, the pun was definitely intended)!

Learning about electronics one project at a time and gaining the knowledge of the ‘why’ behind how things work has been encouraging and confidence-building for Zachary. He has since started asking his dad to help out with projects (or may have attempted some on his own – cough), but it has given him a much deeper interest in how and why things work the way they do. 

Learning How to Make an Electromagnet

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Using Project Attraction from EEME, Zachary learned how magnetism is related to electricity and built an electromagnet. The project taught about: 

  • reed switches
  • electric current and heat

Overall, Zachary was able to finish the project in about an hour and a half (build time is approximately 1.5-2.5 hours) because he had a little bit of a hang up on one portion of the process and needed my help. Typically, he is able to work through the steps without parental help (I love that), but the fine wire used in the building of the electromagnet was more challenging and  required a little assistance from me at that point in the project. 

As with all of their projects, there are short step-by-step video tutorials to follow along in the building process. All of the materials needed for the project were enclosed in the box and detailed in the first video:

  • a small magnet
  • an LED
  • a 2″ wire
  • a resistor
  • a reed switch
  • a metal bolt with tape around thread
  • a thin wire coil
  • sandpaper
  • AA battery
  • rubberband
  • paperclip

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The timing of this project from EEME couldn’t have been better. As part of one of our co-op classes for The Mad Scientists Club book, the kids participated in a science fair where they chose a short story read during the year and then worked on a project based on what they learned. They needed to explain the scientific principle behind the project and create a display to showcase their learning. 

The electromagnet project fit in perfectly with the story “The Voice in the Chimney,” and Zachary was able to base his entire science display on this project. (We won’t talk about the short detour he took after putting together the project when he considered creating a much larger electromagnet using his father’s riding lawn mower battery. Fortunately, someone caught onto the boy’s mind meandering and he lived to see another day.)

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On a much more sane note, Zachary put together a science board explaining how electromagnets worked and showed the one he had created using Project Attraction and then another he tried on his own following the same principles learned in the video clips from EEME. I love that he was able to use the one project as a jumping off point to create more and learn more!

One of the big things learned during this process was the heat generated when creating the electromagnet (the bigger one he created generated more heat, so THANK GOODNESS he didn’t get far on the one with the lawnmower battery). The current flowing through creates the warmth/heat and the battery can also quickly drain if left connected. 

Things to LOVE About EEME

Aside from the fact that all the supplies are included in each of the EEME project kits, the video curriculum is well put together and explain the building process in detail. Each of the videos is between 2 – 10 minutes long. In addition:

  • videos explain the step-by-step process AND the principles involved (how/why something works) – a huge help for parents who don’t know the answers themselves (cough)
  • shorter videos help those with limited attention spans
  • comprehension questions ensure kids are understanding what you are doing
  • videos can be stopped/paused if needed during the process
  • the videos are free to watch – check them out here and get a peek!

The projects would be wonderful extensions to current curriculum or even as after school learning – or even make a great gift! There are different purchase options available, including a basic monthly subscription, individual projects, and a 6 month Project Set. They have different purchase options, and we’ve completed the first four projects so far from the basic subscription.  You can find more information on the EEME website, or follow them on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram, and Twitter.

Learn More About EEME

EEME makes hands-on projects and provides FREE online lessons to teach kids electronics, fostering their curiosity for how things work and prepping them for the STEM opportunities of tomorrow.

Each project kit is paired with online curricula to not only show your family how to assemble the kit, but more importantly, teach them how it works.

They also have FREE interactive online lessons to teach your family the fundamentals of electronics. Sign up for FREE to access EEME’s online lessons.

Project Attraction is one of the projects in the Builder Basic 6 Project Set and also the fourth project in EEME’s monthly subscription program. Zachary has thoroughly enjoyed all he has worked on (especially Project Amp) – a HUGE thumbs up from our family!

As I mentioned, we’ve worked on several other projects from EEME. If you’re interested in learning more about their monthly subscription program, be sure to check out the below posts for more information:

Building an electromagnet with Project Attraction - EEME

Project Attraction is perfect for ages 7+

Time Required: 1.5 – 2.5 hours

Parental involvement: varies based on child

 

We received this kit as part of a review campaign, and this review is our honest opinion. Our family has loved the various projects and highly recommends them. 

I’ve Been Quiet Because…

Last week our family was supposed to be on vacation. Toward the end of the week prior, we were packing and I was pulling posts together for the blog, and then the family we were camping with called in a panic. Water was pouring into their basement. 

That Thursday night there was a flurry of texts and phone calls as we checked to see how they were doing. There was panic when her husband set out in his canoe to help rescue neighbors from their quickly flooding homes. 

Never did they dream the words ‘flash flooding’ would so change their little town, White Sulphur Springs, WV. 

Maybe you saw some of the pictures on the news. Houses literally floating off their foundations. Neighborhoods in complete devastation. Roads gone. Over 25 people dead.

Vacation seemed like a rather ridiculous option at that point, and my husband and I headed over to help our friends and the White Sulphur Springs community. You all – I can’t even adequately put into words all that we saw. Here’s an update I shared with some friends via Facebook: 

Today we delivered meals into one of the hardest hit areas of the flooding in West Virginia. I stood next to a man who just held my hand and cried as he looked at his trailer. Mud everywhere and a complete loss. Nothing to salvage. He looked at me and said, “I know it may not mean anything to others, but it was all I had.” And he just cried.

Other than holding his hand, there was nothing to say. How do you even respond, other than saying how sorry you are and crying along with them? So we stood and cried together and he talked. As we left, he told me, “God bless you – have a great day!”

After losing everything – well, I really didn’t even know how to reply other than praying for him and hugging him. Which truly – it seems so trite in a situation like this.

Most everything we saw the past few days in White Sulphur Springs hasn’t been saved to film – because really, a picture shows so little of the story and seems like an intrusion on something incredibly personal to so many.

It’s just devastating.

Our family is working on ways we can still help. The surrounding communities have been pouring in help and relief, but there is so much that needs to be done in the upcoming weeks and months. 

The community itself has been pulling together in amazing ways, gathering donations and feeding families before emergency relief was available.Witnessing the support for and from everyone was truly amazing. The church we connected with though lost four members – three from one family alone, and everyone is reeling from the loss. 

 

One organization, Samaritan’s Purse, already had teams in some of the hardest hit areas, scooping mud and debris, cleaning out houses, and helping restore homes for families – long before Red Cross and FEMA were even on site. If you would like to help with any of the relief efforts, they are one that I would highly recommend partnering with – whether it be putting together a team of volunteers to help physically with restoration or sending a monetary donation for disaster relief. There are other wonderful organizations as well, but our family has been involved with Samaritan’s Purse in the past and they are an organization we know and trust. 

More than anything, will you continue to pray for the families impacted by this storm? 

July 2016 Planning Pages – Free Printable

July 16 planning pagesFor our family, June meant swim season kicked into full gear, our oldest started her first real job (WHERE IS THE TIME GOING, PEOPLE??), the girls had a week-long service camp they attended, and the days started to get hotter – so I spent some lovely time reading at the pool while the kids practiced a plethora of flips off the diving board. Ah…summer!

But how can it be we are already halfway through the year?? This past month, my entire ‘brain’ – if you will – was wrapped up in the pages of my planner. To help you get your days and weeks a little more organized, I have July 2016 Personal Planner Pages for you all to use, and I truly hope they are a help to you in the upcoming weeks. 

A Peek Inside My Planner

If you’d like to take a look at how I’ve set up my yearly planner, I’ve explained it more in this post here, as well as given links to my favorite binder and colorful tabs (because pretty makes life fun too, right?).

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This year I’ve done a little something different and pulled my planner out of the binder and had it spiral bound at Staples. Loving it so far!!

July 2016 Personal Planner Pages

You can download the July 2016 Personal Planner Pages by clicking the green download button below. There are 12 pages included as a part of the download: the month at a glance and then weekly planning pages as well, with a page that goes a bit into May as well. Each month I’ll be offering a free download for that month’s planning pages, so you can check back and download them as they become available.

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Purchase the Yearly Planner

Yearly Planner from Homeschool Creations - daily, monthly, and yearly pages to get you organized

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If you like the layout and want to start planning out the rest of your year now (and next year too), purchase the full Yearly Planner for $4.99. The calendar includes month-at-a-glance pages and dated weekly pages through December 2017.

Don’t miss my student planner and weekly homeschool planner – available as well!

Don’t Miss The Daily To-Do List

Daily to do list free printable

 

My Daily To-Do List is pretty basic, but hopefully it will work for you too. There is an area to make a list of things to accomplish, household goals, appointment, meals for the day, and even a space to record exercise and water intake. Each page in the document is identical so you can print them off, cut the page in half, and have two lists. If you print them front to back, you’ll have four to-do lists and save a little paper.

Hope you all have a wonderful month!! I’d love to hear your plans!

 

FREE Spelling Rules Posters – and something coming soon!

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For those of you who have used All About Reading Level 1, be sure to read through this post (because there is something to note!). If you’ve never used All About Reading before, you are going to LOVE this! Our family has been using All About Reading since it first released and hands-down it has been my favorite for teaching reading to our kids. Read more of our thoughts here

Mark your calendars, because in mid-June, the second edition of All About Reading Level 1 is set to release! 

This updated edition includes almost TWICE the content of the first edition, making it better than ever (get a sneak peek here). 

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Here’s what you’ll find in the upcoming release:

  • 4 new lessons in the Teacher’s Manual and over 100 pages of new material
  • Over 150 additional pages in the new activity book including 30 new activities and 52 new Warm-Up Sheets
  • 17 all-new, fully decodable stories
  • no price increase!! 

Did you catch that – there isn’t a price increase from the First Edition to this new (and bigger) edition. That’s WONDERFUL news!!

Keep an eye out on their website so you can see when the Second Edition materials are available for purchase. 

Important Information for any First Edition Users

If you’re currently using the First Edition materials,  you won’t be able to mix and match First and Second Edition materials. So if you’ve been thinking of purchasing additional materials for another student, now is the time to get them.

The remaining First Edition materials will only be available while supplies last. Note: the first edition is still a fabulous program and can be used with future children, just be sure to grab a few extra student workbooks while they have them on hand. 

FREE Spelling Rules Posters

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One thing I love about All About Learning Press other than their fabulous products, are their free printables – and their desire to give to the homeschool community. They recently released a set of spelling rules posters that are not only helpful, but beautiful – and FREE! Click HERE to download the posters

While you are over on their site, be sure to enter their monthly giveaway as well – you could win a $100 gift certificate! 

Enjoy the posters! My printer and laminator will be busy getting them ready for our kids!

 

Time is Almost Up!

The Build Your Bundle sale ends TONIGHT (5/23/16) at 11:59 PM EST! If you have been waiting and trying to figure out the best fit for your family, don’t hold off much longer – today is the day to buy!

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If you need some suggestions, feel free to take a peek at what our family has purchased. Don’t forget the Buy 2 Get 1 FREE deal and the incredible bundle of bonuses with you receive with any purchase!

What I’m Getting from Build Your Bundle (and Why)

For the last week or more you’ve been seeing graphics, giveaways, and heard the Build Your Bundle sale is coming. The first year it was held — I was so very, very confused. There was a lot to wrap my brain around and at the end of our homeschool year, there are very few coherent thoughts running around in my head. I’m not at the point where I really want to think much.

BUT saving money on homeschool curriculum is always enjoyable, so I kept digging, trying to fully understand, and realized how much the could really benefit our family! 

In case you are in the same boat I was and haven’t quite figured out the ins and outs of the sale, here is a QUICK look at the different options and explanations. Definitely take a peek before May 23rd though – because the sale ends at midnight and then you can’t take advantage of the deals you find now! (Scroll down to see what we will be purchasing). 

Purchase a Pre-Assembled Bundle

One Week Only - Ends 5/23/16 - Save 92% on the Character Bundle

Click here to checkout the 2016 Build Your Bundle Sale!

There are 15 themed bundles to choose from, ranging in price from $10 to $40 (10 of the bundles are $20 or less). The above graphic shows what is included in the Character & Bible bundle for $20 (do you see Picture Smart Bible – a $49 value – in the center??). Each of the bundle prices have savings of 86% or more and range from Early Learning through High School and there are also additional themes such as Charlotte Mason, fine arts, and more.  

 

Build Your Own Bundle 
Build Your OWN Bundles (Pick & choose what YOU want to buy!)

If you see one item in one bundle and another in a different one – you can pick and choose pieces using the Build Your Own Bundle option. This is a wonderful option if you have between 5 and 10 products you’d like to purchase and would rather not get 5 different bundles. 

  • Pick 5 items for $25
  • Pick 10 items for $39 
  • Pick ANY 10 for $59* 

*There are a few exceptions, so be sure to check out this page for more information. 

Get a FREE Bundle 
Buy any 2 individual bundles OR Build Your OWN Bundles and get one free!

One of the best parts of the Build Your Bundle sale is the Buy 2, Get 1 Free option. Build two bundles and get a third free. Or  pick 3 pre-assembled bundles and the lowest priced one will be free.  

Pick up a Bundle of Bonuses

Each purchase includes a pile of bonus offers – over $250 in free products and discount codes! 

The Bundles in MY Basket

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Curious to see what I’m choosing this year?  I definitely plan on purchasing several bundles as well! Here are the main ones I’m focusing on (and why). 

  • Elementary 1 bundle ($40) – my two main reasons for choosing this one are Masterbooks Elementary Geography program (value $49.95) and also WriteShop Junior D (value $71). The Heroes of History will be a great go-along for our US History studies next year as well as A Journey Through the Centuries of America. The Reading Journal in this also looks GREAT. WriteShop has been our FAVORITE writing curriculum so far and all four kids have used it with great results. Definitely much to love in this bundle.
  • Character and Bible bundle ($20) – my main picks from this one include the Honor Club curriculum ($29.95), Parenting with Proverbs ($9), A Content Heart ($29), and the Picture Smart Bible OT ($49). The Honor Club curriculum is based off the book Say Goodbye to Whining, Complaining, and Arguing in You and Your Children, and we are definitely looking forward to that one (because – let’s face it – all kids can have stinky attitudes at times and we can use all the tools we can get!). 
  • Early Learning bundle ($20 – but free with the Buy 2, Get 1 Free option) – the primary reason I am purchasing this bundle is for the coloring book version of Picture Smart Bible ($47 value) and You Can Read sight words ($10) for my nieces/nephews. While we have used the older children’s version of Picture Smart Bible, Kaleb would prefer these coloring pages (which I skipped purchasing before) because I didn’t think he would like them.  

Note: While I did look at creating my own bundle for $59, for $1 more I was able to get two of the larger products (WriteShop and Picture Smart Bible), so the above combo ended up being a better deal for me overall. 

Really – there is a LOT, and it is easy to get overwhelmed because of the bundle varieties. It took me quite some time to finally decide which bundles to choose (really, the Elementary bundle was never a question). Be sure to create and account and start browsing soon though in case you need time to think! Once you create an account, it will save your cart (don’t make the same mistake I did last year and forget to log in!). 

If you have any questions about the bundles or the sale, feel free to email and ask too!