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    Homeschoolers are quite possibly the innovator's of the future. They are taught from the get-go to think "outside the box" and to let their curiosity and creativity take the lead. InnovatorsTribe.com is about harnessing the powers of students with gifts in innovation, craftsmanship and design and taking them to the next level of their think-like-architect-pngpassions.

    The courses from Innovator's Tribe are aimed at students in grades 6-12 and were developed to intentionally help revive innovation, creativity, and discovery. Your teenagers will learn about topics like engineering, nano-technology, architecture, innovation, 3D design, future technologies, robotics, bridge building, construction, manufacturing, and much more. They will also learn tools and techn
    iques that will help them think like an innovator and become world-class problem-solvers!

    This month, SecularHomeschool.com is offering two lucky site members the opportunity to think-like-engineer-pngwin either the Thinking Like an Architect course or the Thinking Like an Engineer course from Innovator's Tribe.

    Also coming this summer: Thinking Like An Engineer course for grades 1-4!!

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    To enter this giveaway, comment below and let us know why your family would like to win one of these great courses from Innovator's Tribe! You may earn up to five additional entries for this giveaway by sharing this giveaway on Facebook and coming back and commenting to let us know, by sharing this giveaway on Twitter and coming back and commenting to let us know (with your Twitter ID), by sharing this giveaway on your Google+ profile and coming back and commenting to let us know (with the URL link of your share), by sharing this giveaway on Pinterest and coming back and commenting to let us know (with the URL of your pin) or by sharing this giveaway on your personal blog or website and coming back and leaving a comment with a link to your post. (Each additional entry must be entered via a separate comment)

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    Making the decision to switch gears and begin homeschooling partway through the school year takes courage and faith. Whatever you were doing before wasn’t working, and whatever you are beginning hasn’t had time to feel routine yet. Here are ten suggestions to ease the way, whether you’re homeschooling independently or enrolling in Oak Meadow’s distance-learning program:

    1. Different philosophy; different approach. Students who have been in school have likely become accustomed to an institutional approach where work is prescribed to the class as a whole and the teacher’s attention is divided among many students. Shifting to a creative thinking approach can be challenging for a student who just spent last semester trying very hard to figure out how to succeed in an institutional setting. In contrast, Oak Meadow’s approach is flexible and creative, and homeschooling can often allow for one-on-one support between parent and child. Switching gears to this degree is quite an adjustment and might bring stress or frustration. Be understanding and acknowledge those differences as needed.

    2. Commit to riding out the transition. There is a progression in learning as your child adjusts, but it may take a few weeks or more to be able to look back and clearly see the progression. Don’t expect to see results right away. Trust the process and really commit fully to seeing it through for six weeks or so before you assess whether it is working for your child. Learning really does take place, even if it might not feel that way in the moment, and a few weeks’ perspective can make all the difference in understanding.

    3. Go easy on yourself and your child.You’ve just left behind an educational environment that wasn’t working for some reason, and now you’ve switched to an entirely different approach. During this adjustment phase, don’t get too caught up in whether every single item was done properly in each lesson. What’s the main concept or what are the key skills being addressed? What is most important for your child to grasp before moving on to the next lesson? Make that your focus, and give everyone points for effort as you navigate this new way of learning. Students beginning mid-year may need to go back to previous lessons if they aren’t understanding something in the current lesson.

    4. Consider downshifting or deschooling. Your child might need to ease into the new model slowly, and some children, particularly those who experienced trauma in their previous school experience, will benefit from a period of “deschooling.” This can be like an extended vacation from school, with plenty of nourishing rest, time to daydream, healthy activities of the child’s choosing, and supported emotional processing. It can be very helpful for some students to have a buffer like this between
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    Anyone else feeling cabin fever? Between the post-holiday toy hangover and trying to get back into the homeschool groove after a two-week break, I’ve never been more ready to pull on my boots and escape into the wintry world beyond these walls. Although in my local neck of the woods we’re still snow-less, it’s likely that we’ll see some of the fluffy stuff in the next few weeks.

    There’s no need to abandon our homeschool routine just because we’re hankering for some outdoor time, though. Like so many families, our homeschooling has little to do with “home.” It’s simply learning wherever we happen to be. And if that happens to be outside with Jack Frost, then it’s time to find some educational ideas we can do in our mittens and boots.

    So, to celebrate all things snowy and bright, I’ve pulled together ten STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities that will put the WIN back in WINTER. You ready? Let’s dare to escape those walls that sometimes feel like they’re closing in on us, and get outside and play with science and math!


    1. What to Wear Weather Module (Elementary, Science)
    2. Snowball Science: Exploring Melting Rates (Elementary, Science)
    3. Pine Cone Math Station (Elementary, Math)
    4. The Science of Sledding (Middle School, Science/Engineering)
    5. How Much Water Is in Snow? (Middle School/High School, Science/Math)
    6. Raspberry Pi Solar Weather Station (High School, Science/Technology/Engineering)
    7. Birding STEM Challenge (Elementary/Middle School, Science/Engineering)
    8. Winter Tree Study (Elementary/Middle School/High School, Science)
    9. Igloo Building STEM Challenge (Elementary/Middle School/High School, Science/Math/Engineering)
    10. Winter Stargazing with Mobile Apps (Middle School/High School, Science/Technology)

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