Let’s Make a Science Kit, Avoid a Scavenger Hunt!

Let’s Make a Science Kit to keep in the closet or on the shelf for all those basic supplies that get used over and over again. How many times have you gone on a scavenger hunt for silly things like a marble or a piece of coated wire only to give up and not do the experiment?

Some science supplies are standard things that you can keep in a box so they are handy and ready to go. The kit won’t have the seeds or an ice cube in it but if you restock it, it may save some of the frustration of trying to amass a collection at the time the kids are eagerly awaiting a flashy explosion of a vinegar volcano.

Here are some things that should be in your non consumable kit:

clay

clothespins

coated wire

corks

a dowel

a magnifying glass

an eyedropper

magnets

paper clips of varying sizes

a marble

masking tape

mirrors

spools

a steel nail

iron filings

washers

a thermometer

tacks and straight pins

masking tape

Feel free to add any other things you may have

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Annual Book Sale Tips

Annual Book Sale Tips,  post about DO’S and DONT’S for the book sale

over the years- 13 in business, more than that attending fairs, I have learned a little about book sales 🙂
This is not criticism, just helpful hints

1. if you want it to sell, price it well – Abeka, BJU etc are very prevalent in the resale market. 1/2 retail is about what you will get.
people always ask me what I would sell it for.

2. if you are buying- know your prices and editions or take catalogs with you . If you buy a previous edition and cannot get the consumables (and want them), its pretty useless..

3. DO NOT use permanent stickers on the covers of your books- they never come off and if they do they take half the cover with them. I have to remove them or cover them up if you bring your books here. packages of stickers which I buy buy the 1000’s all say either permanent or removable on the front. File folder labels are not removable

4. If I come to the sale and offer you less than you are asking it is because I am going to re sell it in the shop. I cannot pay you more than I can sell it for. Then it is up to you to accept it. It’s okay to say no. This has caused contention in the past and I wish to avoid that in the future.  I am not insulting you or your book, I just know what that particular book will sell for in the shop- sorry, but I would prefer not to take a loss.

5. if you sell things online- please make sure you know how much it will cost you to ship it before you price it. You do not want to sell something for $5 then pay $4 to ship it meaning you made a dollar. If you need to purchase an envelope, it is more and your time to the post office is valuable.

6. take lots of change and $1 bills to the sale. you cannot expect someone selling to give change for a dollar book from a $20 or $50- it will wipe them out and may cause them to lose another sale if they have no change left

7. if someone wants something you already sold, please forward them to the Kurriculum Korner- I have a lot of the things that have been showing up on the loops in stock. They all belong to other local home school families .

IMPORTANT
I do not want all the rejects- I want the good stuff too. If you would not come here to buy it, why would someone else? If you sell all the teaching textbooks, apologia and rod and staff english, etc you did great. Do not bring me all the 1/2 missing workbooks, the older edition teacher manuals and all the books that your teacher friend or relative took from her stash and gave you because she thought you needed them to be able to successfully teach your child. (we all have one of those -LOL)

Karen at the Kurriculum Korner
Wed & Thurs 1-5pm
502-241-7264
6400 Clore Lane, Crestwood, KY 40014
www.kurriculumkorner.com

Oh no! Bug Season is here

It's BUG Season #2Oh no! Bug Season is here ! I found ants on the kitchen counter this morning, a nasty spider on the bathroom floor,and flies on the porch.

I have boys and they used to bring me all kinds of critters.  Identifying them was sometimes a challenge- I am a city girl transplanted to the country. Was this something that was going to bite or sting? Was this a helpful creature in the garden or a “pest”.  We learned how to use field guides and the internet for helping identify. We also liked reading books that made the spiders, bees and ants less scary like Miss Spider’s Tea Party, and Bee Makes Tea.

Here is a short list of some of our favorites. These are on Amazon.com using my affiliate link.

1. Bee Makes Tea 

2. The Big Book of Bugs 

3. Caterpillars, Bugs and Butterflies

4. A Bug Fandex

5. Miss Spider’s Tea Party

Have fun & learn about what shares our world.

Karen at the Kurriculum Korner

 

It’s Convention Season Again-Some Motherly Advice?

It's Convention Season Again-Some Motherly Advice?

It’s Convention Season – Some Motherly Advice?

It is Convention season again and time for me to pass on a little motherly, old sage advice. Conventions are a wonderful time away for renewal and refreshment.  Often you come away with a strong sense of purpose and renewed appreciation of all the options and freedoms you have in this country.

Often you come away with all kinds of curriculum you never thought you needed.  Salesman are really good at their job, that’s why they have them and why they send them to conventions.  No doubt about it, new things are wonderful!  Someone created something you have dreamed about as the healer of all the problems, the resolver of differences, the stopper of tears, the be all end all.  Well, hopefully, whatever you purchase meets those expectations. If not, don’t be too disappointed. One thing will not work for every child.

Every child is unique, your family is unique, your situation is unique, your homeschool is unique.  Embrace it and press onward.  You may need to tweak the curriculum a little to fit your needs. Or, you may need to replace it.  Chalk it up to taking a chance and move on without regret.

I will share with you the best advice I ever received.

Ready?

1.Go to Convention with friends or acquaintances that will become friends.

2. Divide up the sessions, take notes, collect giveaways

3. Have a “show and tell” at dinner over a glass of wine or coffee.

That way, everyone hears all the news, the pitches and gets to feel like they really learned a lot by being there.

Convention can be a really wonderful bonding time.  We as home school families are perpetual learners, always searching for optimum things for our families.  Every attending is there because they love their children and they love the learning process.

Have fun, be careful, pray over choices before making an impulse purchase and enjoy the camaraderie of like minded people.

Probably see you there..

Karen at the Kurriculum Korner

 

 

Answering the homeschool critics

IMG_2946How do you respond to friends, relatives, neighbors when they question you about your homeschool?

How do you answer the homeschool critics in your life?

Critics will question your choice to homeschool. After all, we have one of the best schools in town right here. They will question your ability to teach your child. “Do you have a teaching degree or are you smart enough?” They will question your child being out with you in the middle of the day. Homeschool children do not go to school for 6 hours so if you need groceries, they go with you. They will question your choice of curriculum. “Why are you not using …. it’s the best?” They will question all the little details of your day. They question your choices because your choices cause them to question their own choices and more importantly their own answers. Sometimes it is as simple as “friendly conversation”, sometimes it is way more than that.
So how are you going to answer the “nosey” cashier? How are you going to answer your neighbors bragging about winning the school science fair? How will your child answer “what grade are you in?”
Everyone will have a different answer. Talk with your family and come up with some answers so that you are prepared for that day- it will happen one of these days.

You are the Principal

You are the Principal and Lead Teacher, your husband is the Superintendent of Schools. You decide what time of the day you homeschool, what materials you will use, whether you have a designated school space. You even decide if you are going to do every single redundant grammar sentence or just some because you know the child knows the answers and does not need to beat it into the ground. It is something to think about ahead of time. Someone at some point, is going to question you about little or big things.  Be prepared.

Love,

Karen

P.S.

Here are a few books to encourage you in your  homeschool journey

1. Things We Wish We’d Known 

2. But What About Socialization? Answering the Perpetual Home Schooling Question

3. the Homeschooling Father 

affiliate links are enclosed and help keep the lights on

Thanksgiving Holiday Hours

Happy Thanksgiving! img_2578
Two important shopping days are here this week

Black Friday and Small Business Saturday
Kurriculum Korner will be open both days from 10-3.
Shopping here not only supports a small business but helps your fellow local homeschoolers recoup some of their investment in curriculum. One of the best things about shopping here – You can purchase used materials at a fraction of the cost of new.

                                Come see what is here!
Karen

Change in hours at the Kurriculum Korner

There are changes afoot at the Kurriculum Korner

The air is cooler in the morning. The days are shorter and most of our home schools are up and running, hopefully smoothly. Business has slowed down in the shop to a crawl with several days of no visitors and no phone calls. Therefore, as usual, I am switching to “ by appointment” effective October the 20th, after the close of business at 5pm.

I am still here and am happy to accommodate you if you want to come in and shop. Between now and the New Year, I have a few short trips planned for fall since summer is so busy but I am confident we can work around those. I am also looking forward to cleaning the shelves and rearranging to make things more accessible and “locate- able” . I am also planning to have special sales between now and Christmas on things that are suitable as gifts. Books and educational games make for great stocking stuffers, shoebox additions and party favors. Books are perfect to use as donations to charities, favorite doctor offices, waiting rooms in hospitals etc..

Please feel free to call or email to schedule a visit. Sometimes we just need reference books, literature or sometimes we need to rethink our approach and what we are using to accomplish our goals this year. It is perfectly fine to change curriculum mid year or even mid semester if it is not working. Sometimes, we need to find another way of explaining a complicated concept. Sometimes, tears on both the parents and students sides require more than just an attitude adjustment. Call me and we will arrange a time for shopping.

Please “LIKE” Kurriculum Korner on Facebook. If I open for someone to come shopping, I will post the hours there so you can also visit.

Stay tuned for all the “SALE” posts too!

Happy Fall Y’all,

Karen at the Kurriculum Korner
502-241-7264
6400 Clore Lane, Crestwood, KY
Email: kurriculumkorner@msn.com
Website: www.kurriculumkorner.com ( check it out- it was redesigned recently)

Please pass this on to those friends that are not “in the loop” and on all the usual sites for news from Kurriculum Korner

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HFHG Booksale Hints

The HFHG sale is FRIDAY THE 27th
1.)I cannot take ALL the things you do not sell there…In fact, I want the things that you and everyone else would come here for- Apologia, All About Spelling and Reading, Math U See, Saxon, Literature, CEC books (Caveat—they must be on the list for the upcoming year or I cannot take them) etc.
2.) PLEASE use removable stickers for prices…file folder labels ruin the cover of books and are not removable.
3.) I cannot sell your book in the shop or online if it is missing pages, cd’s, or has writing or file folder stickers across the front of it. Goo gone is a great product but does not remove file folder labels without taking half the cover with it…
4.)Know your prices, do not over price. Most of the things in the shop are 1/2 retail.. Abeka and BJU are very very prevalent in the resale market so mark your things accordingly. Take your catalog with you so you know what edition, author etc you need.
5.) take lots of SMALL bills

Karen at the Kurriculum Korner
502-241-7264
email: kurriculumkorner@msn.com

The Build Your Bundle Sale is almost OVER

By now you have probably  heard about the “Build Your Bundle” sale. If you are curious and have not taken the time to look yet, here is a link to take you to the sale.

https://www.buildyourbundle.net/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=601

I am excited by this sale because there are a huge number of contributors at really great prices. I wish they had done this when I was buying curriculum. Back then, almost thirty years ago, there were not as many great options and what choices there were, very rarely were on sale.

The bottom line is that if you are interested, I want to make sure that you are aware of what is in the bundles and that you have the opportunity to purchase them and don’t miss the deadlines.

The sale is actually over on May 23rd (tomorrow- Monday) at 11:59pm so time is running out. I am told by the organizers that there are shopping carts with over six figures worth of inventory in them awaiting payment. That is a lot of choices and a lot of great items !

Please be careful and read the contents of the bundles, some of the things are ebooks and downloadable items, not physical books. There are pre made bundles including Charlotte Mason, Homeschool Helps, Homemaking, Early Childhood, Fine Arts, Elementary and Middle school, Character Building, Brothers and Sisters. Etc.  Or, you can make your own !

All have wonderful resources in them or you can bundle your own from the many choices and options. All the details and options are on the website, and the link was above.

There is even a bonus bundle worth over $250 that comes with every purchase…those details are here:

Free Bundle of Bonuses with ANY purchase at the Build Your Bundle Sale ~ over $250 in FREEBIES! Copy and paste the following link

www.buildyourbundle.net/affiliates/idevaffiliate.php?id=601_85_3_84 #homeschool #curriculum #BYB2016 (aff)

Check it out, see what all the options are..
Karen at the Kurriculum Korner