I would like to first remind you that if you have a high school student please check out the 30 questions in 30 days series over at Let’s Homeschool High School. This is a great set of questions and answers so far from parents and high school students regarding homeschooling.

Second, I would like to remind you that if you have a child of any school age, from K-12, and you are considering homeschooling please check out the Time4Learning 10th Anniversary celebration. It is possible to get a great deal on the Time4Learning curriculum but time is limited and the special deal goes away at the end of the month!

Now on to my topic for this week…

Living and nonliving things.

When my daughter was younger she seemed to have a hard time understanding that “things” were either living or nonliving things. She couldn’t seem to grasp that nonliving things were never alive. She thought living and dead were opposite things and that there was no place for “nonliving” things.

She asked questions like, “Were the rocks born?” and “Where did the baby rocks come from?”
Really?! Baby rocks?
I heard a mom at co-op the other day having a very similar conversation with her son who was probably 4 or 5. Sure did bring back memories ?
I’m very glad that my daughter finally understands the concept of living and nonliving. I suspect that there are going to be some other concepts that are going to be even more difficult to grasp (and more difficult for me to explain!!) in the future…like…calculus and chemistry, trigonometry, and physics.
Sometimes I wish we were back when learning was easy.
I’d love to hear what topics were a little tricky at your homeschool, care to comment?

Living? Nonliving?


Homeschooler of one daughter for over 7 years, using their favorite homeschool resources, Time4Learning and Vocabulary and Spelling City. Interests include writing, reading, gardening, crochetting, knitting, and of course, homeschooling.

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One thought on “Living? Nonliving?

  • April 27, 2014 at 11:24 am

    Some great questions in the LHSHS series, aren’t there?! 🙂 I know what you mean about the nonliving vs living things…even I sometimes forget that living things that have died are still different than nonliving things, lol.



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