Introduction to Physical Science Additional Resources

Module #1

The scientific method:

Matter: Anything that has weight and takes up space.

all matter has volume and weight
three states of matter: solid, liquid and gas

Molecules in Solids, Liquids and Gases

A solid can become a liquid and a liquid can become a gas.

A gas can become a solid. (example: frost)

A liquid can become a solid

Properties change when matter changes it’s state


Atoms And Molecules:

Atoms, Elements: Eureka #22

Basically atoms and elements are the same thing. 

An atom is just the smallest amount of an element.

Eureka Episode #23 Electrons

Molecules in Solids, Liquids and Gases


Build an Atom Simulation and Game

An animated movie and short quiz about atoms

Dynamic Periodic Table

Module #1 Quizlet Flashcards and Activities

Measurement and Units:

Measuring Matter:


Why the metric system matters – a Ted Ed video by Matt Anticole


Great video on manipulating units using steps and a silly sentence.

And more help for converting between units:




And now… Converting between systems! Yes, the bane of physical science and chemistry and yet once you understand it, it’s fun.  Well, for me anyway.

concentration – the quantity of a substance within a certain volume

Dilute: A small amount of solute per solvent

Concentrated: A large amount of solute per solvent

The air we breathe is made up of a solution. Solutions can be separated again.

The ability of something to be dissolved is called its solubility.

Saturation is the point at which no more solute can be dissolved into a solution.



Simple Homeschooler Mission Statement

This blog, Simple Homeschooler, exists to help mothers with their most important and sacred duty of being managers of their homes. Primarily this means creating a space where her family is loved unconditionally, while at the same time she encourages the family members to take daily steps toward spiritual perfection.

Simple Homeschooler and my First Communion. Create BIG memories.
This is me on the day of my First Holy Communion

our purpose as mothers

As humans we were created to know, love and serve our Heavenly Father in this world so that we can be happy with him in the next. As mothers, the education of our children, both spiritually and academically will help us attain our eternal reward, Heaven, because fulfilling our daily duties requires the sacrificing and unselfish commitment necessary to attain true humility. Each day we die to ourselves a little more and thus move closer to a life in Christ.

The cross and our homes

Embracing our cross means striving for only the best in our homes. From creating a cozy, relaxing atmosphere, to training our children, to supporting our husbands – Trusting in Divine Providence provides that every minute of every day we are granted the opportunity to embrace our crosses for the greater glory of God.

My intention for this blog is to help younger women in the spirit of Titus 2: 3-5. That is, to “encourage the young women to love their husbands, to love their children,to be sensible, pure, workers at home, kind, being subject to their own husbands, so that the word of God will not be dishonored.”

What must we do to serve god

With that in mind, I will write about homemaking, specifically meal planning for large families and minimalism for controlling the clutter and creating a relaxing atmosphere. I will also write about our Traditional Catholic Faith, especially how to celebrate feast days and how to teach our children to love and serve the Lord. Finally, I will give tips on homeschooling. What has worked for us and also what has not worked for us, including scheduling, organizing, curriculum and resources.

i am here for all of you

I encourage all my readers of Simple Homeschooler

Simple Homeschooler believes children need to connect with nature and homeschool moms need a break occasionally
Getting out to explore nature gives everyone a much needed break

to contact me with questions or comments. I will endeavor to answer you each individually as well as address some of your concerns on the blog.

Thank you for joining me on this journey. I pray for you all and wish you joy and peace as we travel the path of Simple Homeschooling.



The Regina Caeli replaces the Angelus during the joyous Paschal season. Our children love when this happens because we sing it before every meal as part of our Blessing Before a Meal.

Here is a polyphonic treatment of this beautiful prayer:

Saint Patrick’s Feast Day in Our Homeschool

homeschooling saint patrick ireland
The day Amanda moved.

We absolutely love celebrating Saint Patrick’s Feast Day!

Sadly, this year we are missing our party planner extraordinaire. This past July Amanda moved all the way across the country. She was the one who really got into this holy day and did it up big. We are going to be hard-pressed to come even close to her zeal for the Patron Saint of Ireland.


This year we will still have the standard Beef and Guinness Stew and Irish Soda Bread. We will still break out our Google Playlist of Clancy Brothers and High Kings, plus a new favorite (see below). But there will definitely be an empty space where Amanda used to be. Perhaps a Skype call and some sing-alongs might help. (Wink, wink, Amanda!)


So, what else do I have planned for our homeschool Saint Patrick’s Day this year? Well, there a few new books. We have not read these yet, but are looking forward to adding them to our shelves this coming week.


Paddy and the Wolves is actually available for free with a Kindle Unlimited subscription. Look here for Kindle Unlimited Membership Plans and sign up for a free trial. After my free trial I realized that the monthly cost was well worth it for the savings it offered me. See my post on how I use Kindle Unlimited in our homeschool.

We are also trying out this lovely booklet about The Blessed Trinity from Catholic Icing. I decided to give it a try since it is only $3 and I found it to have several great ideas for us to choose from. Songs, drawings, craft ideas and stories. There is quite a bit included in this small book.

teach catholic kids about the trinity Saint Patrick's Day
PDF download Available from Catholic Icing $3.00



And, of course, we had to purchase the new Celtic Thunder CD as soon as it was released. This has to be one of the most surprising albums I have listened to in a very long time. The songs range from traditional Irish folk songs to remakes of popular 70s and 80s songs, to broadway show classics. This is also available for unlimited streaming with Amazon (free 30 day trial available) or on your Google Playlist.

celtic thunder X irish music for Saint Patrick's Day
Music for the Feast Day


We absolutely love Nana and her chalk pastel art lessons. We had terrific results with our Advent art projects and are beginning our Spring art lessons. One of the first will be part of the Super Bundle for the Spring Semester. We will be doing the shamrocks along with the video art lesson this week.

While the Spring Semester Super Bundle is worth the price considering it is an entire semester of art lessons for the entire family, the price ($100) may be a little daunting for some of you, especially without having tried the program first. So the Shamrock lesson is also included in A Seasonal Start in Spring Chalk Pastels for only $8. There is also an Easter Chalk Pastels for All Ages that we plan on continuing with for the remainder of March.

So, besides the decorations that we will get from our local Dollar General where Meghan works, that about covers our plans for this year.


I still need to decide on a dessert. I’m open for suggestions if you would like to send your ideas my way via the comments section or by email. I always look forward to hearing from my readers.


Also, please join me on Facebook. I’ve started a private group for followers of my blog and would love to see you there. Follow this link. I’ll be posting pictures of our Saint Patrick’s Day celebration as well as photos our art projects.


Join our Private Facebook Group

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Have you ever wanted to be a part of a group of homeschool moms that combines experience with fun?

If so, please head on over and join our brand new private Facebook group for homeschoolers. This is a place where we can learn from each other, post our favorite resources, and so much more. I will be available to answer your personal questions within this Facebook group.

Click here to join!

Homeschooling for Almost Free with Kindle and Kindle Unlimited

I have the Paperwhite and I just love, love, love it. If you have been thinking about it, now is the time. If you’re not a Prime member you can sign up for the 30 day free trial and still get the sale price.


One of my favorite resources has become my Kindle that I received for my last birthday. Kindle books can also be read on most computers and devices, so the Kindle reader itself is not necessary, but using mine introduced me to the whole new world of Kindle Unlimited.

I have found numerous homeschool favorites in Kindle format. Granted, it’s not exactly the same as holding a book in your hands, but it is very portable, searchable and highlightable! Which makes it a huge plus for this busy homeschool mama.

So, on to my very first Kindle Unlimited find.

I had always wanted to read this book by Alexandra Swann, but was hesitant to spend the money in case it was not what I was looking for. When I saw it listed as a ‘Read for Free’ with the Kindle Unlimited free trial, I decided to give it a try and cancel after my free month.

This book was an interesting read and, although I do not follow everything that the Swann’s did by a long shot, some of the information in this book is spot on for homeschooling a large family. One of my biggest take-aways is encouraging independence in learning so that as the children get older they take on the responsibility of their own education. No Regrets by Alexandra Swann

After reading No Regrets, I decided to see what else was available with the Unlimited plan. I was so excited to find a few psychological thrillers. Yes, this is my weakness and my ‘help me fall asleep’ reading choice! I downloaded In the Shadow of Lakecrest by Elizabeth Blackwell. This was a decent book full of suspense and surprises.

So I was excited to find many other books in this genre for free also.

And then I found there were some children’s books! This one, Ducky Duck Doesn’t want to be a Duck, intrigued me because my youngest child has had a stuffed duck since she was a baby that’s name is… you guessed it!… Ducky Duck! So, we got to read it FOR FREE!!!

And this is my latest find. Not of This World: A Catholic Guide to Minimalism. The title caught my attention because it’s the book I would have written if I were writing a book! After ordering it for free, I quickly skimmed the chapters and am looking forward to reading this book! It looks like not only a delve into the philosophy of minimalism from a Catholic worldview, but also chapters and chapters of practical application.

I will save a review for a future post. But for now, go ahead and order and read it along with me! I always appreciate comments, so let me know if you’re reading.

Anyway, as you can probably guess, I did not cancel my subscription. I get so much use out of my Kindle Unlimited and the free Prime books, that it is worth the $9.99 a month.

I encourage you to give the free month a try and see if you can’t find some great additions to your homeschool curriculum.

UPDATE 2/22/18  My original Paperwhite froze one day. I couldn’t do anything with it. Granted, the kids had slightly cracked the screen earlier in the week, but I didn’t think that could do it. So I contacted a very nice Amazon representative through the chat and he arranged for it to be sent back (free) and replaced with a brand new Paperwhite Kindle. Not only that, it does not have the ads (I didn’t want to pay extra to begin with). So I’m giving them an A+ for awesome, stress-free customer service. 

Quick and Easy Large Family Beef Stroganoff

I often get asked for ideas on what to feed a large family. This recipe for Beef Stroganoff is a family favorite. It can be very inexpensive depending on your choice of ingredients.

What you’ll need:

3 lbs Ground Beef
1 Medium Onion
Small can mushrooms
36 oz of Egg Noodles (I used three 12 oz bags of Egg Noodles)
3 oz Tomato Paste
3 Cups Sour Cream (maybe a little more if not creamy enough)
2 tablespoons Better than Bullion
2 tsp Worchestershire Sauce
1 1/2 Tbsp thyme
Salt/Pepper to taste

Bring a large pot of water to boil.

Cook 3 lbs ground beef, chopped large onion, and drained mushrooms over medium heat.

Prepare eggs noodles in boiling water. Once done, drain and set aside in large serving pan. Mine is like this:

Drain excess grease from ground beef once it’s thoroughly cooked.

To the ground beef, add in 3-cups sour cream, 3 oz tomato paste, two tbsp bouillon, thyme, Worcestershire sauce and salt/pepper to taste. Mix completely.

Pour the cooked ground beef mixture evenly over the cooked egg noodles.


Preparing for A Traditional Catholic Baptism

Matthew 28:19 “Going therefore, teach ye all nations: baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost.”

Scroll all the way down for a video of our daughter’s Baptism. She is now 12 years old.

Ah, the Sacraments! One of the best parts of being a Catholic!

Amanda’s Baptism 1997

And Baptism… well what better way to welcome a new child into this world than by also erasing all Original Sin and paving his/her way for life in Christ and as a member of the Mystical Body of Christ?

And so, it is with such humble gratitude, that my husband and I find ourselves again asked to be Godparents to a special new little girl that entered our world last week. I was supposed to have been on hand to help her momma give birth. It was a privilege I was very excited about and anxiously looking forward to. But, sadly, the flu finally found our home and I was one of the first to fall prey.

But, Deo Gratias!, labor was fast and easy and the sweet girl arrived surrounded by her parent’s love. And then, surprisingly, we were asked to be godparents!

So I thought I’d reveiw for my readers what it means to be a Catholic godparent?

According to (emphasis mine)

“In the case of children, the role of the godparent is to be that of “spiritual guardian” who takes up any “slack” in the child’s catechesis, helps ensure that his godchild learns the Faith, and prays for the godchild throughout his life. St. Thomas Aquinas writes in his Summa Theologica III-67-8:

Now it has been stated…that godparents take upon themselves the duties of a tutor. Consequently they are bound to watch over their godchildren when there is need for them to do so: for instance when and where children are brought up among unbelievers. But if they are brought up among Catholic Christians, the godparents may well be excused from this responsibility, since it may be presumed that the children will be carefully instructed by their parents. If, however, they perceive in any way that the contrary is the case, they would be bound, as far as they are able, to see to the spiritual welfare of their godchildren.

This is a very solemn obligation, not one to be entered into lightly. Parents should choose their child’s godparents very carefully and select traditional Catholics who know the Faith, understand the obligations of godparenting, and are willing and able to live up to them. Parents and godparents should work together for the goal of helping the child to know, love, and serve God! During the Rite of Baptism, the godparents will answer for the child, that is, they will make the replies to the questions asked by the priest of the one to be baptized.”

Below is the baptism of our daughter Isabella. Our priest at the time was Fr. Hewko and he gives a wonderful explanation of everything he is doing.

Please keep our new goddaughter in your prayers (name withheld for privacy).

Homeschool Consistency Bootcamp Challenge

Pam Barnhill of Homeschool Solutions is hosting a Homeschool Consistency Boot Camp Challenge.

The course closes on February 24th. Click here to find out more details.

Here is what Pam says you can expect from her course:

A unique blend of accountability group and online course.

Learn the benefits of homeschooling consistently and why this is such an important habit to cultivate.

Discover the myth of homeschool independence and how it might be sabotaging your homeschool.

Find out how a few simple habits can make a huge difference to your homeschool morning — and they don’t involve getting up at dawn or working out.

Get tips on how to avoid distractions and derailment — and what to do when that happens.

Learn the difference between grace and excuses.

Build your own habit of personal accountability to last long after the boot camp ends.