This was a fun post enabling me to dig into my site statistics to find what was of interest to you, my readers. As I blog a lot about science at the middle school level, I predicted that many of my popular posts would fall into this niche. In some ways, I was correct. However, there are other posts that surprised me as well.
10 Most Popular Posts from 2014
Omitting posts that were published prior to 2014, the following list is a top ten countdown of my most popular posts this past year. These posts were viewed more than any other. Is your favorite amongst them?
10. The educational philosophies of Charlotte Mason, John Holt and Sandra Dodd seem to have intertwined themselves in our home. 2014-15 marked our eighth year of homeschool and both of the kids are in middle school – 7th and 5th grades. In my post, Our Curriculum Choices for Middle School, I shared some of the resources we use and am delighted that this post is one of the most popular this past year.
9. As Unschoolers, projects are a huge part of how we homeschool. Integrated across subject areas, projects provide students with real-world opportunities for research and problem solving. Read my post, 6 Steps to Project Based Learning, to learn more about this dynamic approach to education.
8. Insects have always fascinated me and I love sharing this passion with others. Studying insects is also a great hands-on way to introduce children to scientific classification, life cycles, and animal adaptations. In my post, Ultimate Guide to Studying Insects, I share a variety of activities and resources for using insects throughout the curriculum.
7. I have had the privilege of homeschooling (thus far) in two states, initially in Oregon and presently in California. Homeschooling in California is very different than Oregon and in my post, I describe the options available to families in California.
6. I didn’t expect the response I received when I posted, Why We Declined the Ice Bucket Challenge. I wrote the post in an effort to explain the decision that my children and I made upon a challenge from a friend.
5. Nature study has always been a major part of our homeschool and the kids and I have been Keeping a Nature Journal since we first began this journey. In this post, I shared how to get started with nature journaling in 5 steps.
4. Just as I did as a child, my kids love to sit and listen to their Papa tell stories of his childhood. Connecting with our ancestors through stories is just one of many ways we can share our family history and Genealogy with Kids.
3. In my post, Girls in Engineeering, I share how several organizations across the country are working to make girls more interested in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) fields.
2. Of all the STEM Club posts I have published in the past year, Modeling Plate Tectonics was the most popular. Coincidentally, it is also one of the kids’ most favorite activities as they were able to eat the results!
1. Without doubt, the most popular post I published in 2014 was Barnesklubb: Learning the Norwegian Lyrics to “Let it Go”. This is not really a surprise. With the popularity of this movie – I have seen more after-market products related to this movie than ever before and this post has been viewed more than any other.
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