• Homeschooling with Technology

    by Published on 06-21-2019 01:59 AM
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    So, when we became accidental homeschoolers eons ago, it happened literally overnight. My oldest went to a normal day at public school, to coming home at the end of the day with a suspension for defending himself when attacked. He was suspended, the other 2 kids were not. This was the straw that broke the camelís back with public school for us. And poof, we were suddenly homeschoolers.


    I liken suddenly becoming homeschoolers to suddenly quitting your job. It felt really good to do it. Then you get to angry mode. And doubt mode. Then panic mode. It was during panic mode that I realized I had NO PLAN! NONE. I was capable of teaching toddlers(I run a childcare/preschool). Not a 6th grader. We barely survived the math he brought home the week before. OMG! BreatheÖ.


    GOOGLE TO THE RESCUE!

    I googled the heck out of homeschooling. How to homeschool. Homeschool laws in my area. Creating your own curriculum. Online curriculum. Online public schools. Homeschool co-ops. Homeschool groups. Types of homeschooling. It became one of those moments where suddenly you are 27 pages deep. I was so deep, I donít know where I started! LOL But, I did feel more confident about our homeschooling decision. ...
    by Published on 11-02-2017 02:09 PM
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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 donít know if it is because we didnít 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 arenít immune to this fear. I find myself sort of hoping all that reading my kids do will simply ďrub offĒ on them without me having to do much actual instruction in writing! But I am also a realist. So Iíve been doing some research lately on some very cool online helps for teaching writing to your homeschoolers of all ages.

    • I think Iíve 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 Ė - 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, Iíve 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 weíre still snow-less, itís likely that weíll see some of the fluffy stuff in the next few weeks.

    Thereís no need to abandon our homeschool routine just because weíre hankering for some outdoor time, though. Like so many families, our homeschooling has little to do with ďhome.Ē Itís simply learning wherever we happen to be. And if that happens to be outside with Jack Frost, then itís time to find some educational ideas we can do in our mittens and boots.

    So, to celebrate all things snowy and bright, Iíve pulled together ten STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) activities that will put the WIN back in WINTER. You ready? Letís dare to escape those walls that sometimes feel like theyíre 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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