Educational Games for Kids that Teach STEM

Educational Games for Kids that Teach STEM

STEM – that 21st century academic subject that integrates Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. For the past few years, STEM clubs and STEM classes have been popping up all over the place as we try to prepare kids for a tech-reliant future. We homeschoolers need to keep up with the trend and make sure we teach STEM concepts to our kids. One easy way to do that is to add some of these STEM-inspired games into your family fun schooling.   Educational Science Games   Totally Gross: The Game of Science Totally Gross: The Game of Science tests your knowledge of wacky science facts and presents you with hilarious challenges. This unique, game is perfect for a family game night filled with fun, and education. … [Read more]

Teaching Kids How To Stay Safe on the Internet

Teaching Kids How To Stay Safe on the Internet

“Mommy, why is the sky blue?” “Daddy, where do people go when they die?” These are two examples of tough conversations parents have with their children every day. It’s a daunting task navigating these childhood inquiries, which are fairly tame compared to the ones technology throws at parents today. But, even though you might feel a bit clueless about all things techie, you need to be proactive about teaching your kids how to stay safe on the Internet. Online safety is one of those topics that can be hard for parents to talk about with their children. A recent survey shows 54 percent of parents worry more about online sexual predation than any other online threat, but only 37 percent of them talk to their … [Read more]

The Ultimate List of Online Courses for Homeschooling

The Ultimate List of Online Courses for Homeschooling

The online class options for homeschooling have grown exponentially over the past few years. When I started homeschooling my oldest daughter, there were very few options for digital curriculum. We had a collection of CD-ROM games and access to a handful of online lessons. Now, the choices for an online home education are endless. Benefits of homeschooling with Online Courses There are many advantages to using online courses for your homeschooling. Homeschooling parents don’t need to take on all the responsibility and tasks of “teacher”. Instead, you can be a “guide” for your child. You can consider your child’s interests and needs as choose the right online courses for him. And you will make sure they attend classes and get the necessary work done. But … [Read more]

Ten Great Options for Homeschool Math Courses Online

Ten Great Options for Homeschool Math Courses Online

Choosing the right math curriculum for your child can be so challenging with the countless options that are available. And unless you are a math genius yourself, it may seem a little daunting thinking about teaching math, especially as your child reaches higher grade levels. Thankfully there are many great options for math courses online that can minimize that seemingly daunting task. Recommended Online Math Courses for Homeschoolers Mathseeds… is an online math program for early learners, aged 3 to 6 years. There are a wide variety of lessons and activities available for your child to progress through at their own pace to build early mathematical skills. Mathseeds is currently available through the Homeschool Buyers Co-op at a 25% discount. Dreambox Learning…  is a cloud-based … [Read more]

The Best Homeschool History Curriculum You’ll Find Online

The Best Homeschool History Curriculum You’ll Find Online

Are you looking for a homeschool history curriculum that will keep your students engaged and excited to learn? You’ll love this list of digital resources you can use for both U.S. and World History topics.   Recommended Online Homeschool History Curriculum Online Unit Studies … offers history-focused internet-based unit studies for mid-elementary to middle school students. Students access websites and videos to learn about a focused topic, all the while covering multiple academic subject areas. They complete fun hands-on and digital projects like interactive timelines or animated videos. Mystery of History… is a wildly popular history curriculum offered as either a self-paced or live online course . Mystery of History is written from a Christian perspective and broken into four different volumes covering historical events … [Read more]

Choose an Online Homeschool Science Curriculum Your Kids Will Love

Choose an Online Homeschool Science Curriculum Your Kids Will Love

Finding the right homeschool science curriculum can be a time-consuming process, spending hours researching and evaluating the many options that are available. Here is a comprehensive list of homeschool science curriculum to help you choose an online program your kids will love. Recommended Homeschool Science Curriculum Online Unit Studies …. offers science-relevant internet-based unit studies for mid-elementary to middle school students. Students access websites and videos to learn about a focused topic, all the while covering multiple academic subject areas. They complete fun hands-on and digital projects like interactive timelines or animated videos. Apologia Online Academy… offers comprehensive live and self-paced course for students 12 years old and up. Courses are taught from a biblical worldview including intense science courses which are strongly and effectively … [Read more]

Surprising Educational Benefits of Minecraft

Surprising Educational Benefits of Minecraft

Minecraft is a favorite techie homeschool tool for our family. When my kids started playing, I searched for a safe environment and was thrilled when I discovered SKrafty, a free Minecraft server for homeschoolers. SKrafty is run by the Syx Family from Alabama, a fellow homeschooling family that loves to play Minecraft. In this guest post, Holly and Brian Syx share the benefits of Minecraft for homeschooling. … SCROLL DOWN … To Learn More about Skrafty and Win an Annual Subscription to SKrafty Homeschool Courses   You may have heard other homeschoolers mention something about using Minecraft in their homeschool. It has become really popular over the past few years and does not seem to be going away anytime soon. That’s just fine with me as … [Read more]

How to Use Minecraft for Homeschooling

How to Use Minecraft for Homeschooling

A few years ago, I kept hearing about a video game called Minecraft. So, did my kids. In true kid fashion, they kept asking and asking and asking if they could play. Now, you have to know that neither my husband nor I are big gamers. Over ten years ago, we watched a close family member nearly ruin his life due to a video game addiction. And we helped him during his recovery. The experience was enough to make us wary of getting too involved in gaming. So, I was apprehensive about jumping on the Minecraft bandwagon. I had an impression that it was an addicting, zombie-filled game where characters kill each other to survive. But, for the sake of keeping up with tech trends (and to … [Read more]

How to Use Your Kindle for Homeschooling

How to Use Your Kindle for Homeschooling

So, you’ve got a Kindle (or are considering getting one), but don’t know what all you can do with it for homeschooling beyond reading. When Kindles first came on the scene, they were primarily just a digital reader. But now, with the Kindle Fire line, you can do so much more. Learning the many ways to use Kindle for homeschooling will benefit your family’s home education. Incorporating Kindles into your homeschooling routine has many benefits, starting with ease of use. They are one of the most economical tablet options out there, especially when Amazon offers a deal. Kindles are pretty durable when you use a protective case. You can set parental controls to limit the access to online content and set time limits. It doesn’t … [Read more]

Basic Computer Maintenance Tasks Everyone Should Do

Basic Computer Maintenance Tasks Everyone Should Do

Every mom needs to have a system in place for managing household chores. You’ve probably got something in place that involves the whole family in keeping your living spaces maintained and livable. But, do you have any techie tasks on that list? If you use any computers for your homeschooling, it’s important to keep them maintained so that you don’t experience techie frustrations. Here’s a list of basic computer maintenance tasks you can add to your household chore lists.   … RELATED POST … PC Maintenance Tips to Keep Your Family’s Computers Working Great Basic Computer Maintenance Chores … Download a Copy of this List Below … One Time Set up your operating system to update automatically – get instructions for Windows HERE or Mac HERE … [Read more]