A Homeschool Mom’s “Must Have” Webtools for Teaching Writing

A Homeschool Mom’s “Must Have” Webtools for Teaching Writing

This week I read a post at My Learning Table with ‘7 Tips for Teaching Teen Writers’.  As a former English teacher and current facilitator for a homeschool teen literature group, Anne shared her discovery that ”many homeschool moms don’t even know where to begin teaching writing to their teens.” In her post, she identified two types of writers and ‘7 Tips for Teaching Teen Writers‘ through the writing process of Prewriting, drafting, editing, revising, proofreading and publishing. You may remember the good ol’ writing process from your days as a student.  However, you may not realize that the “how to” of each step of the writing process has changed with the development of technology. So, you, my homeschoolin’ momma friend, need to change the … [Read more]

How to Choose a ‘Just Right’ Unit Study

How to Choose a ‘Just Right’ Unit Study

“Goldilocks and the 3 Bears” was my daughter’s go-to story when she was little. You know, the one she asked me to read over and over (and over and over and over) again. My little blondie even had a “Goldilocks and the 3 Bears” 3rd birthday party.  How cute is that?!?! I remember her cute little voice quoting Goldilocks …”Too soft. Too hard. Just right.” “Too hot, Too cold. Just right”…over and over (and over and over and over) again. Choosing a unit study can feel like a Goldilocks experience. “Too long. Too short. Too dry. Too fluffy. Too rigid. Too flexible. Too much planning. Too many supplies.” It’s hard to find the “Just right” unit study for your family. Unit Studies have always been … [Read more]

Daily Life in Ancient Egypt Online Unit Study

Daily Life in Ancient Egypt Online Unit Study

“Walk like an Egyptian”…have you ever paid attention to the lyrics of that song? Very strange, my friend. But, The Bangles were fascinated enough with the unique culture of the Ancient Egyptians to write a song about it. Are your homeschoolers curious about Ancient Egyptians?  This Internet-based tech-driven e-Learning course is a perfect introduction (or supplement to a more indepth study). Check out this video to find out what this Daily Life in Ancient Egypt Online Unit Study is all about.   With this 3-day Online Unit Study, your family will explore daily life in Ancient Egypt. Learn what they ate, how they played, and what they wore. Create a digital design project to compare life in Ancient Egypt with today.        

How I Answer When Asked “Why Do You Homeschool?”

How I Answer When Asked “Why Do You Homeschool?”

“Why do you homeschool?” That is a question homeschooling families can’t avoid. Early in our homeschool journey, I would flounder when asked and throw out a random answer.   “So that we can be the greatest influence in our kids’ lives.” “To strengthen our family” “Because I know my child best.” “So our kids can learn freely about God.” We had decided to homeschool even before our oldest daughter was born. We felt it was best for our family. I had taught school for a few years and knew that I didn’t want our children to attend school. There were lots of reasons in my heart for homeschooling, but I couldn’t verbalize them clearly when people asked.   I realized that I needed a concise answer … [Read more]

What I Discovered on My Teen Daughter’s Pinterest

What I Discovered on My Teen Daughter’s Pinterest

Recent conversation with my 14-year-old… Me: “What are you working on, Sweetie?” Her: “Oh, I’m just on Pinterest.” Me: “Really? What are you doing?” Her: “Just getting ideas” Doubts that hit my brain…. “Again? She’s always on Pinterest.” “Should I let her be on so much?” “Is she being productive?” “Is this helping her grow?”   (These is the same “in-my-head” conversations I had when she was younger and always had her nose in a book.) We’ve been teaching our 5 daughters to develop healthy tech habits. [Read 5 Tips for Healthy Tech Habits in Your Family] So, I needed to trust her. I bit my tongue, walked away and prayed, asking God to work in Julia if she was developing unhealthy habits. I reminded myself of … [Read more]

5 Benefits of a Paperless Homeschool

5 Benefits of a Paperless Homeschool

“Mommmmmmm the printer’s not working!” For some reason, that holler grates on my nerves. That is one of the wails I dislike more than anything, probably because I struggle with finding a solution. I see the documents in the queue, but it takes deleting the documents, shutting down the computer, and reprinting to correct it. I have a theory  though. I think the little minions inside the printer forget what they are supposed to be doing because ….we hardly ever use the printer anymore. We only print monthly chore charts and schedules to post on the fridge and an occasional math worksheet. You see, we have pretty much become a paperless homeschooling family. It’s not like we went all environmental and became paperless intentionally. It’s just that we … [Read more]

St. Patrick’s Day Online Unit Study

St. Patrick’s Day Online Unit Study

This Internet-based tech-driven e-Learning course is perfect for homeschoolers. Check out this video to find out what our St. Patrick’s Day Online Unit Study is all about. Your family will discover the history of St. Patrick’s Day and learn about the man behind the holiday. You will create a watercolor painting, then use your original artwork in a digital illustration. Be sure to check out the BONUS at the end to discover a way to extend your learning.     Follow our St. Patrick’s Day Online Unit Study Pinboard for more St. Patrick’s Day study resources. Follow Techie Homeschool Mom’s board St. Patrick’s Day Online Unit Study on Pinterest. [contentblock id=3 img=gcb.png]

New & Improved Homeschool Unit Studies

New & Improved Homeschool Unit Studies

  What’s not to love about homeschool unit studies? You can choose topics that interest you and cover multiple subjects at once. They work great for families with a range of ages and learning styles. And unit studies lend themselves to a more experiential education with hands-on project-based activities. We’ve been homeschooling with unit studies for over 12 years. However, as much as I love unit studies, for the past few years, I’ve been disappointed with the format of traditional unit studies.  I need to gather and/or purchase lots of additional resources. I end up with tons of paper and projects cluttering my home when the study is done. Often the suggested projects seem like “busy work” and are not relevant to the way my kids learn. … [Read more]

25 Free Webtools for Creating Homeschool Projects (Free Download)

25 Free Webtools for Creating Homeschool Projects (Free Download)

“25 Free Webtools for Creating Homeschool Projects” is a must-have list for digital learners. Discover cloud-based applications for creating graphics, video, infographics, timelines, maps and more. Discover tools like…. Emaze – browser-based presentation software with pre-designed templates and helpful tutorials Quizlet – website providing learning tools for students, including flashcards, study and game modes. Tinkercad – simple, online 3D design and 3d printing tool Timetoast – application for creating timelines complete with expanding windows, pictures, text descriptions, and hyperlinks. Powtoon – webtool for creating engaging professional “look and feel” animated presentations …and so many more.  Download your copy of “25 Free Webtools for Creating Homeschool Projects” To discover more digital learning tools and resources, follow me on Pinterest.  Visit Techie Homeschool Mom’s profile on Pinterest.

Are Your Kids Wasting Time on Electronics? 3 Questions to Ask

Are Your Kids Wasting Time on Electronics? 3 Questions to Ask

Here we are, all home on a Sunday afternoon, most of us cozied up on the couch….and there are six screens glowing. Daddy’s researching products for a client, I’m writing a blog post, two girls are playing Minecraft together, two girls are watching YouTube and one girl is jamming to some tunes while she washes the dishes. Some people look at our family and think “They are on electronics all the time. They should be doing something more productive.” And, honestly, I think that myself sometimes and start doubting our unlimited tech time policy. But, my children are digital natives, and using electronic devices is a way of life for our family. We need to keep a balance between “plugged in” and “unplugged” time, helping the girls to … [Read more]