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]
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]
At holiday time, we encourage our children to make gifts for others. They learn a new skill and develop character traits such as problem-solving, perseverance, frugality and consideration of others. They’re DIY gift giving has even led to income-producing opportunities when others have seen their handcrafted products. As a techie homeschool mom, I direct my kids to the great wide web for DIY gift ideas. And Pinterest and YouTube can be a maker’s best friend….or biggest frustration. You can spend hours finding the perfect idea, only to find the instructions are unclear. Or you can spend hours NOT finding the perfect idea because you are so overwhelmed by all the possibilities. I’ve learned that having your homeschoolers take an online course to learn a craft is the way to go. Your kids are getting complete instruction by someone who knows what they are talking about (unlike the tween sitting in her bedroom on YouTube). And they are gaining experience with online courses, something they will most likely encounter in our techie future. [Related Post: Are You Homeschooling for the 21st Century?] Check out these 50 online courses for DIY gift … [Read on, my friend]
How often does this happen to you? You open up the photo gallery on your phone, only to discover a whole series of selfies taken by your child. Or maybe the images are petsies or toysies. Chances are that at some point in their life, your digital natives will take a picture and share it with the world. They see all those attractive images on social media or websites and want to duplicate the effect. On our vacation last week, my daughters spent lots of time trying to get cool shots of nature to share on Instagram and Facebook. I was thrilled that they were experimenting and got even more homeschool-momishly excited when they asked if they could learn more about photography. So, I did what I always do when my kids want to learn something new….I looked online for a course. I started with my usual first stop (Udemy) and <BOOM!> there it was – Photography 4 Kids. I read the reviews, checked out the course contents and watched the preview lessons. I knew my girls would love the weekly photo adventures, so I signed us up. Then I got … [Read on, my friend]
Udemy is a great resource for any techie homeschool family. This online learning marketplace is used by over 10 million students taking online courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography–and much, much more. Each of Udemy’s 40,000+ courses is taught by an expert instructor, and every course is available on-demand, so students can learn at their own pace, on their own time, and on any device. With so many courses available, it can be hard to find one that is right for kids. But…I’ve got you covered, my friend. Here is a list of 50 courses for kids on Udemy. Keep in mind that I haven’t tried all these courses, so you’ll want to check out the previews and decide if the course is a good fit for your family. ART Drawing for Kids: How to Draw Step-by-Step Interactive Art Art for Kids and Beginners: Learn to Paint Acrylic Paintings Art for Kids: Learn How to Draw & Paint Animals in Acrylic Art for Kids & Beginners: Drawing and Watercolor Painting Watercolor Painting for Children Building Kids Confidence Through Drawing: Art for Children Art School for Kids … [Read on, my friend]
Discover the importance of government Learn election vocabulary Create a virtual newspaper to share what you learn Online Unit Studies integrate multiple subjects for multiple ages of students. Students access websites and videos and complete digital projects. With Online Unit Studies’ easy-to-use E-course format, no additional books and print resources are needed. Just gather supplies for hands-on projects and register for online tools. Since it is a stand-alone lesson, “Why Do We Have Elections?” gives you a peek inside the All About Elections Online Unit Study without needing to enroll in the full course. Sign up for access to your “Why Do We Have Elections?” lesson.
We’ve got Olympic fever at our house. After two weeks of watching the 2016 Rio Summer Olympics, our whole family has been inspired by the dedication of the Olympians we’ve cheered on. And I wanted my children to know about one of America’s most well-known athletes, Jesse Owens. That’s why I chose to celebrate Owens as one of the September birthdays in the Famous Birthdays Online Unit Study. But, no celebration is fun if you do it alone, so I’m sharing the Jesse Owen’s lesson from the Famous Birthdays Online Unit Study with you… Learning About Jesse Owens “We all have dreams. In order to make dreams come into reality, it takes an awful lot of determination, dedication, self-discipline and effort.” – Jesse Owens Jesse Owens made his dreams a reality and gave hope to many people. To learn about this great athlete, read Jesse Owens on Epic!. (You’ll need to register to access the ebook..and the thousand other ones…but you can get a free trial for 30 days) For a less in-depth study, CLICK HERE to read Owen’s biography and to discover his achievements at Ducksters.com. Which of Owens’ achievements do you think … [Read on, my friend]
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Remember using graph paper as a kid to make word searches? Growing up, I would spend hours making crossword puzzles and word searches for my sisters. I’d put them in little books with riddles and mazes. That was my jam, my friend. So, I’m sure you can imagine the degree of geekiness that kicked in when I discovered a webtool that takes word puzzle. Educaplay is designed as a tool for teachers, allowing them to gamify the information they are teaching. But, I see it as having more value by letting our kids create games and puzzles. We all learn by doing, right? Today’s digital learners don’t want to just learn information, they want to take action related to their learning. [Related Post: Are You Homeschooling for the 21st Century?] Educaplay is one of my favorite homeschool webtools because it gives my family opportunities to be information creators, not just information consumers. We can create crossword puzzles, jumbled sentences, interactive “maps” (which could be any type of image), matching games and more. Users have to discern the best settings for their projected outcome. And once the puzzles are created, they can … [Read on, my friend]
Learn about the Olympics with the Olympics Online Unit Study. With this online course, your family will discover the history of the Olympics, study Olympic traditions, and “meet” inspirational Olympics. You’ll learn what it takes to be an Olympian, watch your favorite events in current Olympics and keep track of winners. Then create a collection of online puzzles/games as a final project. This homeschool curriculum integrates multiple subjects. Students access websites and videos and complete hands-on and digital projects. With Online Unit Studies’ easy-to-use E-course format, no additional books and print resources are needed. Just register for online tools and you’re set. Learn more about Online Studies HERE. How about trying some free lessons? Sign up below for FREE access to the full “History of the Olympics” module