200+ Live Online Homeschool Classes

200+ Live Online Homeschool Classes

If there’s one thing (well really two things) that I’ve discovered about techie homeschoolers, it’s that…. You favor an eclectic style of homeschooling You’re receptive to discovering new online tools and resources to use in your home education Good thing….because I like to share what I find on my quest for more digital learning opportunities. And I would have been really bummed if you didn’t want to know about the latest things I’m excited about. One of my best discoveries is Outschool. It’s the best source I’ve found for LIVE interactive online courses for homeschoolers. Yep…I said “LIVE”, as in you log in to a secure classroom and the teacher and kids interact directly, in real time. It’s one of those gigs that I would have never imagined when I was a kid or even a college student. I remember how “rad” it was that I could send electronic notes back and forth to my sister sitting in another computer lab 45 miles away. (Note: This is a sponsored post. Outschool compensated me in return for my honest review. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own and not influenced by Outschool.) Outschool is … [Read on, my friend]

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Lauren

Meet a Techie Homeschool Mom: Lauren

Lauren has been homeschooling her 10-year-old for two years. Her family has a relaxed, eclectic style of home education. How do you include technology in your home education? I use technology as a resource and tool to make learning fun, efficient, meaningful, and to prepare my son for 21st century life-long learning. We use apps, digital books, audio, video, social media, on-line learning, gaming, websites, and more that are integrated into our content learning. What kind of devices do you use for techie homeschooling? Desktop computer, Android phone, iPhone, iPad, GoPro camera, Kindle, Amazon Echo Dot What traditional homeschool supplies and tools have been replaced by techie homeschool tools in your home? I haven’t totally replaced supplies and tools, but rather teach my son that he has options that he can use to make his learning more meaningful and efficient. We use digital and ebooks, but we also use and read hard copies and visit the library weekly. He uses Power Point and word processing (MS Word) to type much of his writing instead of paper and pencil. Although he knows how to research using books, he prefers to search on-line for both … [Read on, my friend]

Techie Visionary, Steve Jobs: A Mini-Unit Study

Techie Visionary, Steve Jobs: A Mini-Unit Study

  This mini-unit study is an excerpt from the …Famous Birthdays Online Unit Study…     Read or listen to Steve Jobs: Technology Innovator and Apple Genius on Epic!. To access the book, Login (or create a new account) at Epic! HERE. You can get a 30-day trial for free (but if you’re a techie homeschool family, you will probably fall in love with it and sign up for a monthly plan!) CLICK THIS LINK to read the book. (If you’re not directed right to the book, search by “Steve Jobs: Technology Innovator and Apple Genius” in Epic!) Steve Job’s vision has changed the world, but not just because of his technological innovations. He also left a legacy of wisdom about pursuing your passion and working hard. Listen to this speech he presented at the Stanford University’s graduation in 2005. Jobs shares three stories, each with a powerful message. After each story, stop the video and discuss the “take away” with your family. What is one nugget of wisdom Steve Jobs gained from the experience? How can you apply that to your life? If needed, refer to the speech transcript by … [Read on, my friend]

Choosing the Best eBook Subscription for Your Family

Choosing the Best eBook Subscription for Your Family

One of the best ways to start techin’ your homeschool is to include eBooks. Now, I’m not particularly fond of reading eBooks myself. I’m a digital immigrant who tends to stick with what works. But, my kids (and yours) are digital natives. Technology is and always will be a big part of their lives. We need to guide our kids toward using tech in healthy and productive ways. and one way is getting comfortable with them reading eBooks instead of printed books. [CLICK HERE to read “Why Your Kids Should Read eBooks] And the advantages of eBooks are appealing to me as a homeschooling mom…. They take up less space They are usually less expensive than print books They can (usually) be accessed instantly We don’t need to leave the house to get them They don’t get lost There are two options for getting eBooks…you buy ’em or you borrow ’em. We prefer to borrow. With seven family members who like different genres and styles, it would get spendy to buy the eBooks everyone wants to read. But, which eBook subscription service is best for families (or your family in … [Read on, my friend]

Techie Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers

Techie Gift Ideas for Homeschoolers

I’ll admit it. I’m a little sneaky when it comes to gift giving. If you’ve been hanging out with me for long, you know that I’m all about efficiency and function. And when I give a gift, I want it to be something that will be useful, especially for homeschooling.   So, to go along with my goal of inspiring you to add more technology to home education, I’ve got some techie gift ideas that can double as learning experiences for your family. Watch this series of “Techin’ Your Homeschool” replays on Periscope to get some fresh gift ideas. Just click each image below to see the videos.   CLICK HERE to learn more about VidAngel’s gift options. CLICK HERE to discover “100 Online Courses for Delight-Directed Homeschooling” CLICK HERE to shop for Chromebooks (our preferred techie homeschool device). CLICK HERE to get a Minecraft account. CLICK HERE to check out Skrafty, the homeschool server I mention in the scope. CLICK HERE to check out the Kinect on Amazon. CLICK HERE to learn more about Echo I’d love to hear your techie gift ideas. Leave me a comment and let me gifts … [Read on, my friend]

Our Christmas Around the World Tradition: France

Our Christmas Around the World Tradition: France

I don’t know about you, but I just don’t feel like homeschooling between Thanksgiving and New Year’s. There’s so much to do…making gifts, baking, participating in church events. So I pull the “learning from life” card.  But then I feel that homeschool mom guilt of feeling like I’m not doing enough. You now the feeling, right?A few years ago, I found a solution. I realized that learning about Christmas in other cultures would be a great way to keep the learning going. I’d been creating unit studies for my five daughters for years, so why not create a Christmas Around the World Unit Study? I knew that in true unit study fashion, I would be able to integrate all school subjects and come up with a unit that would work for multiple ages. Now studying Christmas Around the World is a family tradition. Being the techie homeschool mom I am, I scour the internet for resources.  We read web articles and watch videos to learn about each country, then explore with Google Maps. We discover the unique Christmas traditions of each culture. And create a craft or other hands-on activity, like a Swedish heart basket, … [Read on, my friend]

100 Online Courses for Delight-Directed Homeschooling

100 Online Courses for Delight-Directed Homeschooling

One of the greatest joys of homeschooling is the freedom to design a child’s education around their interests and talents.  I love that I can direct my children towards their God-given purposes.  I know, without a doubt, that God has designed each of my children for a purpose, instilling interests, talents and giftings in them that they will use to change the world. [RELATED POST: How I Answer When Asked “Why Do You Homeschool”] God has also instilled a natural curiosity and desire to learn in all of us. And, since they have always been homeschooled,  my daughters’ curiosities haven’t been stifled. They have the freedom to learn whatever interests them. And can learn in ways that fit individual learning styles and aren’t limited to “grade-level” instruction. Yes, as homeschoolers, we can even let our kids take classes that are developed for adults. And actually start learning skills that can apply to future careers. Shocking, isn’t it?!? (note my sarcasm). We discovered online courses when my oldest daughter wanted to take voice lessons. We wanted her to prove her interest before investing time and money in private in-person instruction. She started … [Read on, my friend]

Techie Homeschool Project: Illustrated Quote Graphic

Techie Homeschool Project: Illustrated Quote Graphic

You see them all over social media…a beautiful photos with inspiring quotes. It brighten your day, get you thinking and encourage you to keep on going. Illustrated quote graphics are a great project to add to any homeschool study. No matter what you are studying, you can find a memorable quote. It might be wisdom from a notable person or a quote from a favorite story. When your children create their own illustrated quote graphics, they’re activating deep thinking. They’re evaluating memorable words of others, then discovering the perfect picture to go with those words.  Plus, they are developing a techie skill and maybe igniting an interest in graphic design. When selecting a photo for your project, be sure to follow the rules for using online images. (Learn more about that HERE) Or take your own pictures or use original artwork. There are plenty of apps that will create your quote graphic instantly, but I encourage my daughters to create their own with a graphic design program like PicMoney or Canva. They’re able to personalize their image and use lots of problem-solving and reasoning in the process. This tutorial for creating an Illustrated … [Read on, my friend]

6 Reasons Homeschoolers Shouldn’t Buy Gifts

6 Reasons Homeschoolers Shouldn’t Buy Gifts

I’m a firm believer that real-life experiences are the best opportunities for learning. I believe that I need to grab hold of relevant and natural home education experiences for our children. I know that God has designed my kids to be curious and talented and capable of learning through just living life.  And that is part of the reason my children learn at home. [Related post: How I Answer When Asked “Why Do You Homeschool”] Some of the best learning experiences for my children have been when they create something.  And, in our home, Christmas time (or birthday time) ’tis the season for gift making. There’s nothing like a good homemade gift, right? You receive something unique, special and sentimental….often times useful and tailored to you. But have you considered all the “real-life education” that takes place when your homeschool goes all-DIY for gift giving? Why should we encourage our kids to buy gifts when they can learn so much from making gifts? When your children create gifts, they… Learn and/or expand their talents.  Sometimes it may be a new talent or a new twist on a talent they’ve already developed. Develop their problem-solving skills. Things … [Read on, my friend]