5 Tips for Healthy Tech Habits in Your Family

5 Tips for Healthy Tech Habits in Your Family

I am “that mom” You know, the one who wouldn’t feed her kids junk food when they were little.  I’m a firm believer that if you’re going to put something in your body, it should be worth it. It should be full of nutrients that will sustain you and help you grow. I did this in hopes that when my girls grew up, they would make good food choices (because they certainly aren’t going to be eating only at my table forever). I was also diligent about teaching them to make good reading choices when they were young. As a former English teacher, I was comfortable discussing the attributes of a good read. I exposed them to rich literature and guided them toward good book choices. I wanted them to use their reading time wisely so they would grow in knowledge and their understanding of the world through the books. So, with all my experience guiding my children toward healthy eating and reading habits, why has it been such a struggle to guide my kids towards healthy media habits? You can read the extended answer to this question in A … [Read on, my friend]

Chinese New Year Online Unit Study

Chinese New Year Online Unit Study

心想事成 Xīn xiǎng shì chéng May all your wishes come true (including your wish for a perfect unit study to learn about Chinese New Year) My Chinese New Year gift to you, my homeschoolin’ momma friend, is our Chinese New Year Online Unit Study. This Internet-based tech-driven e-Learning course is perfect for homeschoolers. Check out this video to find out what our Chinese New Year unit study is all about. Your family will discover the history and customs of Chinese New Year. After exploring traditional Chinese dances and creating a Chinese dragon, they will produce an animated video to share what they learned. Follow our  Chinese New Year Online Unit Study Pinboard for more Chinese New Year study resources. Follow Techie Homeschool Mom’s board Chinese New Year Online Unit Study on Pinterest. [contentblock id=3 img=gcb.png]

A Mom’s Greatest Struggle in This Tech-Driven World

A Mom’s Greatest Struggle in This Tech-Driven World

“They’re always sitting in front of a screen. That’s all they want to do. I’m tired of nagging them to get off. Things are so different than when I was a kid. I wish they would just play or read a book or do something unplugged.” Sound familiar? Those are the words in my head. And the conversation I have had with many of my friends. And the complaint I read about online. It’s a big issue for us moms, trying to figure out how to guide our kiddos’ media consumption and electronics usage. And to balance the good of technology with the bad. Living in a tech-driven world is not all evil, so why do we struggle so much with our kids being “plugged in all the time”?   Well, I have a theory. It’s not anything backed by scientific research or piles of data. It’s just a little thought from my brain…and my heart. My momma friend, I have concluded that the source of our frustration with our kids’ tech usage is, simply, our ignorance. I’m not saying we are “ignorant” in a negative and derogatory way. It’s just … [Read on, my friend]

5 Ways to Create a Timeline Online

5 Ways to Create a Timeline Online

Timelines….a common discussion topic in the homeschool community. So many popular homeschool methods and curriculums encourage timeline creation, so most likely it is part of your home learning. I was going to let you know all the wonderful things about using timelines, but realized some other bloggers have said it better than I can. Check out Why You Should Make Time for Timelines @ The Unlikely Homeschool or Why Timelines Matter When Teaching History @ Our Journey Westward. I am a history lover, organization freak and visual learner, so I pretty much geek out over timelines. To add history to our unit studies, our family has used multiple methods over the years to create timelines. We’ve done the a drown-yourself-in-paper timeline notebook, the large hide-it-under-the-bed posterboard and the take-over-a-wall-in-your-home timeline methods. Now that I’m embracing the whole digital learning thing, I’ve recognized that I need some online timeline creation tools to offer my girls. As 21st century learners, they need to apply what they learn. They need to create something to process the information they learn, putting the knowledge into action. [Read more about the needs of digital learners] I found these 5 timeline creation … [Read on, my friend]

15 Projects Homeschoolers Can Create With Canva

15 Projects Homeschoolers Can Create With Canva

I don’t think anyone can argue that we live in a visual world.  90% of the information sent to our brains is visual, and we retain 80% of what we see as compared to 20% of what we just read or 10% of what we hear. [Check out this infographic] And this doesn’t just apply to adults, my homeschoolin’ momma friend. Your kiddos respond to visual information the same way, if not more. Now combine this with the fact that 21st century learners need to apply what they learn. They want to do something with the information they take in, putting the knowledge into action. [Related post: What Homeschoolers Don’t Know & What They Need] So, why not add more visual design projects into your homeschool lesson plans? Do you think it is too hard to teach your kids how to create visual design projects? Well, you don’t need to teach them how. As 21st century learners, your kids are (most likely) more digitally literate than you are. You just need to point them towards the tools and instruction to learn on their own. Canva is the graphic design webtool homeschoolers often use for … [Read on, my friend]

Valentine’s Day Unit Study

Valentine’s Day Unit Study

This Internet-based tech-driven e-Learning course is perfect for homeschoolers. Check out this video to find out what our Valentine’s Day unit study is all about. Discover the history of Valentine’s Day and learn why it’s called Valentine’s Day. Experiment with sweetheart candy.  Write a love poem, and design a card to share with someone you love. Follow our Valentine’s Day Online Unit Study Pinboard for more Valentine’s Day study resources. Follow Techie Homeschool Mom’s board Valentine’s Day Online Unit Study on Pinterest.

8 Homeschool Webtools for an Aspiring Designer

8 Homeschool Webtools for an Aspiring Designer

Do you have an aspiring designer at home? A child who… Is always itching to make stuff Likes things “just so” Gets  excited about art or building supplies Carries around a notebook just in case they see anything they need to draw Sees shapes in everything Uses color names like “coral” and “salmon” instead of “orange” Likes to take things apart to figure out how they work Explains things in pictures     Whether it be graphic design or industrial design….fashion design or interior design….it is up to you, my homeschoolin’ momma friend, to nurture their interest. You don’t need to be a design expert to guide your child.  In fact, it’s OK if you don’t have the slightest clue. You just need to direct your kiddo towards information that will introduce them to design concepts. Your budding designer needs to “play” with the digital tools that real designers use.  Don’t feel like you need to teach your child to be a designer. As a digital learner, your child thrives on challenging opportunities to take responsibility for his/her education. Point them towards tutorials and let them figure it out. [Click for related post … [Read on, my friend]

When Homeschooling Doesn’t Work (for just one of your kids)

When Homeschooling Doesn’t Work (for just one of your kids)

True confession time….When I was a young, idealistic homeschooling mom with three kids, I dissed traditional school. However, one day, my mom offered this advice. “You shouldn’t badmouth school in front of the girls because someday one of them may need to go to school.” My initial reaction? “My kids go to school? NEVER”.  What did my mom know? She had never homeschooled…she didn’t understand the “evils” of traditional school…these are my girls (not hers) that she’s talking about. But, my mom’s words resonated.  And the advice sunk in. And I realized I shouldn’t speak badly about institutional education in front of my kids.  Really, I shouldn’t bad-mouth ANYTHING, period, because it leads to a spirit of judgement and condemnation. So, I stopped speaking negatively about traditional school. Now, fast forward about 10 years.  I had become a wiser, more seasoned homeschooling mom. Mike and I were solid in our mission for homeschooling.   To guide our girls to love God and others well and much To nurture a love for learning and pursuit of purpose To teach our girls HOW to learn and equip them with the tools needed … [Read on, my friend]

What Homeschoolers Don’t Know (& what they need)

What Homeschoolers Don’t Know (& what they need)

Have you ever seen the “Kids React to Technology” Youtube video series? A narrator gives kids a rotary phone or a walkman or an old computer, and the kids need to figure out what it is and how to use it. I relate to these videos so much more than my girls do.They just sit there wondering “what’s so funny?”…since they don’t know what the items are either. (I’ll show you an episode at the end of this post. But promise you won’t watch  until after you read this, or else you will get sucked into YouTube land and I’ll never see you again. I know you too well, my homeschooling mama friend.) But, even without watching the Youtube, I’m sure you’ll agree that technology has come a long way in our lifetime. And it changes fast…too fast for us adults to keep up with sometimes.  But, guess what? Our kids are more immune to the technology changes because they don’t know any different.   What homeschoolers nowadays don’t know is life without the Internet. They don’t know rotary phones. They don’t know cassette tapes. They don’t know 20-volume encyclopedias.They … [Read on, my friend]

Martin Luther King Jr. Unit Study

Martin Luther King Jr. Unit Study

This internet-based tech-driven e-Learning course is perfect for your homeschool study for… Martin Luther King Jr. Day American History Civil Rights Movement Biographies Watch this video to discover out what the Martin Luther King Jr. Unit Study is all about.   Learn about the Civil Rights Movement and Dr. King’s impact on our country. Evaluate a famous speech and create your own. Learn to design an illustrated quote graphic and share your learning with others. Discover more resources about Martin Luther King, Jr. on my Martin Luther King Jr. Online Unit Study Pinboard Follow Techie Homeschool Mom’s board Martin Luther King Jr. Online Unit Study on Pinterest.