• Homeschooling with Technology

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    One of the things I see over and over in homeschool forums and in homeschool-related email groups is a fear of teaching writing. I don’t know if it is because we didn’t feel like we got adequate writing instruction ourselves, or we just put so much emphasis on the importance of strong writing skills. Truth is, though, that those of us with a B.A. in Writing aren’t immune to this fear. I find myself sort of hoping all that reading my kids do will simply “rub off” on them without me having to do much actual instruction in writing! But I am also a realist. So I’ve been doing some research lately on some very cool online helps for teaching writing to your homeschoolers of all ages.

    • I think I’ve mentioned before the great online writing classes at Time4Writing. Each of my boys has taken some of these courses and they are so well done! There are classes for every student level – - from elementary to high school and college prep!
    • For a quick writing refresher, there are some neat Writing Videos at neoK12.
    • WritingCity has fun, easy and best of all user-friendly online and offline lessons for writing and grammar for grades K-5.
    • GrammarGirl is a fun and easy way to get your teens excited about writing. She has terrific podcasts, a Facebook fan page, and even some actual paperback books
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    Recently, I was introduced to a brand new resource that I simply
    must pass along to you secular homeschooling peeps. AMAZE is a completely non-profit, non-partisan tool for making sex education less weird and lots easier for students and parents. AMAZE uses humor to try and lighten-up some of the more awkward aspects of talking about the many changes of puberty.

    Just what is AMAZE?

    AMAZE is an animated video series for the digital-savvy 10 to 14 year old that provides factual,non-judgmental, and age-appropriate information about puberty, periods, body image and sexuality in fun, bite-sized clips. If we want our children to know the facts about their bodies, ...
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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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    The apps and extensions I most appreciate in my homeschool are those which help keep me organized. And one of the most incredibly useful programs I’ve discovered in the past few years is called Symbaloo.

    The idea behind Symbaloo is to help us truly organize and easily access the sites and programs we use most frequently. AND, as an even bigger bonus, we can then share our Symbaloo “webmixes” with others - - which comes in amazingly handy when homeschooling 1 or more students.

    Get started with Symbaloo
    If Symbaloo is brand new to you, I recommend watching their introduction video.



    Then, it’s as easy as setting up your account and starting your very first webmix. For more tutorials on Symbaloo specifics, explore their YouTube Channel.

    Here are the top three ways I find myself using Symbaloo for homeschooling:

    To Get Answers Quickly

    No matter what we’re studying, and no matter what curriculum we’re using to study it, my kids are always going to have questions that aren’t answered in the text. So to prepare for that, I’ve created some Symbaloo webmixes to make it easy to follow our curiosities about everything from when Legos were invented to where Beatrix Potter was born. For example, my “reference tools” webmix is full of kid-friendly sites where we can get quick answers to ...
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