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]
Did you know the Rubik’s Cube is named after its inventor? In honor of Rubik’s birthday today, July 13, I’ve opened up access to the Erno Rubik lesson in the Famous Artists Online Unit Study. Until Sunday, your family can learn about Rubik, plus discover the origin of the “Magic Cube”, watch Rubik’s Cube world records being made and find out how to solve the puzzle. To access your free lesson, sign up here. The link is good through Saturday, July 16. Enroll in the Famous Birthdays Online Unit Study and celebrate the birthday of two famous people each month. Lessons will be added every month for a year’s worth of lessons. Learn about each person, record information on an ever-growing digital timeline and complete projects.
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
“”Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” …Benjamin Franklin… Celebrate Independence Day with the 4th of July Online Unit Study. With this online course, elementary and middle school homeschoolers will discover what we celebrate on July 4th. They’ll examine the Declaration of Independence, even rewriting part of it in modern English. Your family can learn the science behind fireworks, then create a digital fireworks show. 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. Learn more about Independence Day on my 4th of July Unit Study Pinterest board.
“Nobody will ever deprive the American people of the right to vote except the American people themselves and the only way they could do this is by not voting.” …Franklin D. Roosevelt… One of the greatest rights of the American people is the right to vote. However, in our culture, that privilege is not realized by many people. Only 36% of eligible voters cast ballots in the 2014 mid-term elections, with the top two reasons for not voting being “too busy”and “not interested”. This means voting is not a priority. We need to promote a different attitude in future generations by teaching our youth why their vote matters. With the All About Elections Online Unit Study, elementary and middle school homeschoolers will discover the importance of voting. They’ll process what they learn through discussions and digital projects, culminating in a virtual newspaper about the election process. Course Contents: Why Do We Need to Learn About Elections? Why Do We Vote? Where did US Politics Come From? How Do We Vote? What is the Electoral College? Who Can Vote? What Do We Vote For? What is a Campaign How Do I Decide … [Read on, my friend]
“Memorial Day”…what thoughts enter your mind when you hear those words? The beginning of summer? A 3-day weekend? End of school? Yeah, I’m with you there, along with the feeling of guilt that we don’t remember the true purpose of Memorial Day. Honestly, I had a rude awakening as I started planning this unit study. I told my husband that I was considering writing a unit study about Memorial Day, and my 9-year-old chimed in, “What’s that?” Mom fail! My daughters need to learn about the honor due for our heroes. So here you have it, my homeschoolin’ momma friend…the Memorial Day Online Unit Study. Your family will learn the true meaning of Memorial Day. Then, research the branches of America’s armed forces and explore our past conflicts and war casualties. Express and share honor for our fallen soldiers by creating a digital illustration that will encourage others to remember the sacrifice of our heroes. If you would like to see “inside” the Memorial Day Online Unit Study, CLICK HERE to view a Periscope broadcast about it. (Ignore that it says the video is 33 minutes long. It’s just a Periscope … [Read on, my friend]
Austrian Gustav Klimt, an Art Nouveau artist, is most known for the decorative style of his artwork. Oddly, Gustav stated, “There is nothing that special to see when looking at me. I’m a painter who paints day in day out, from morning till evening – figure pictures and landscapes, more rarely portraits. However, if you examine his work, especially the paintings of his Golden Phase, you will notice many special things. The scroll work, geometric shapes and golden leaf overlays in Klimt’s paintings set his work apart from other artists of his time. In the Famous Artists (Vol. 1) Online Unit Study, homeschoolers study Klimt’s acclaimed Portrait of Adele Boch Bauer. This elaborate painting, now known as Woman in Gold, is said to be the greatest painting of Klimt’s golden phase. Click here to see an enlarged image of the painting. Zoom in to see the patterned details. Grab a piece of paper and try to draw some of the patterns you see in the painting. Klimt’s painting has an intriguing history, so interesting in fact that a movie was created about it in 2015. To learn about the theft … [Read on, my friend]
Without a doubt, your kiddos have asked questions about the stars. All throughout history, man has been intrigued and captivated by the night sky. I’ve created a stellar Stars Online Unit Study to satisfy the curiosity (or maybe spark a deeper interest) of your young astronomers. With the Stars Online Unit Study, your family will learn about the different types of stars and view stars close up. You will explore the night sky and discover constellations, then make models of those constellations. This homeschool curriculum integrates multiple subjects. Students access websites and videos and complete hands-on and digital projects, all within Online Unit Studies’ easy-to-use format.
Have an outer space fan in your family? Then the Solar System Online Unit Study is a great choice for your homeschool plans. This homeschool curriculum integrates science, history, art, language arts, math and tech ed as your family travels the solar system. Students access websites and videos and complete hands-on and digital projects, all within Online Unit Studies’ easy-to-use format. For more astronomy resources, follow my Outer Space Unit Study board on Pinterest.
Google “most famous paintings”, and you’ll find the Mona Lisa at the top of most lists. It’s also at the top of “the most parodied paintings” list. Creating your own Mona Lisa parody is a memorable art project for your whole family (that includes you, my homeschoolin’ momma friend). Start by searching online for “Mona Lisa Parody”. Then gather a few simple supplies and start creating. Supplies Needed: Printed Mona Lisa coloring page. CLICK HERE to print White paper Pencil Markers or colored pencils Tracing pad or window Instructions: Decide the theme of your Mona Lisa. How will you change the picture? What props will you use? How will you change the setting? Print out the Mona Lisa coloring page to trace. Trace the parts of the Mona Lisa that will stay the same. For example, you may want to just trace her face and body so that you can draw a different background. Or you may just trace her body and face so you can draw different hair. If you don’t have a tracing tool, you can tape your template and blank paper to a window to trace. Add the … [Read on, my friend]