Stars Online Unit Study

Stars Online Unit Study

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.      

The Homeschool Mom’s Guide: Using Social Media as a Learning Tool

The Homeschool Mom’s Guide: Using Social Media as a Learning Tool

Have you ever considered social media sites as learning tools? Is social media a part of your homeschool lesson plans?  You probably haven’t considered this because we are the first generation of digital immigrants raising digital natives. So it isn’t very natural for us to consider the multiple uses of online tools. But, it is second nature to our kids. And they learn differently than we did when we were their age. [Related Post: What Homeschoolers Don’t Know (& what they need)] I am one of those who believes that social media isn’t all that bad…if it is used properly.  Consider this….most people focus on the “social” aspect of social media.  It’s a way to connect and interact with others, and there is much debate … [Read more]

Solar System Online Unit Study

Solar System Online Unit Study

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.

Create a Mona Lisa Parody

Create a Mona Lisa Parody

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 homeschool art history lesson plans. Combine this activity with research about Leonardo DaVinci, and your kids will rank up in art connoisseur status.   This art project is an excerpt for the Famous Artists Online Unit Study. Mona Lisa Parody Project Instructions 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 … [Read more]

Why I Stopped Managing My Kids’ Screen Time

Why I Stopped Managing My Kids’ Screen Time

Let’s face it, moms. We (or at least most of us) don’t know the best way to handle our kids’ screen time. We are the first generation of moms raising digital natives. Our kids have the wide world web in their back pockets and can navigate on the computer and mobile devices like it’s nobody’s business. All this while we’re standing back, silently rationalizing whether they should spend so much time in front of a screen. [Related Post: A Mom’s Greatest Struggle in This Tech-Driven World] I’ve been through the gamut trying to come up with win-win tech rules for my family. Once upon a time, I micromanaged the use, complete with log sheets so that we were sure everyone got their allotted time on … [Read more]

Famous Artists Online Unit Study

Famous Artists Online Unit Study

  Want to add more art to your life and homeschool? Yes? Then you are going to love me for creating the Famous Artists Online Unit Study. This phenomenal homeschool curriculum integrates art, history, science, math, writing and tech education to learn about 10 famous artists. Yep, all that in Online Unit Studies‘ easy-to-use format. In my 12+ years as a homeschoolin’ momma, I’ve never come across another art study like this. Sure, there are great books and curricula about famous artists, but something that has the kids creating a virtual art gallery? Come on…how cool is that? After exploring the meaning of “art”, your family will study 10 renowned artists and discover 10 art movements from Renaissance to Surrealism. You’ll watch videos and visit … [Read more]

Digital Homeschool Project: Virtual Art Gallery

Digital Homeschool Project: Virtual Art Gallery

I’m always on the lookout for nifty webtools for home learning projects. Our kids are digital natives and have different learning needs than we did at their age. Navigating online and using digital tools is second nature. We need to guide them towards productive tech use and assign some digital projects as part of their home education. [Related post: What Homeschoolers Don’t Know (& what they need)] I discovered Emaze, a phenomenal tool for creating presentations. It’s Powerpoint on steroids and a “must have” for your techie homeschool’s webtoolbox. How would your kids like to create a virtual art gallery using Emaze? They can use this project to share their own artwork or to demonstrate what they’ve learned about famous artists and artwork.   Check out … [Read more]

What Are You Teaching Your Kids About Social Media?

What Are You Teaching Your Kids About Social Media?

Let’s talk about social media. For us parents, it’s a hot topic. We wonder, “Should I let my kids engage in social media? When? Is it safe? What if they see something they shouldn’t? What if they get addicted? What rules do I need to set?” The uncertainties go on and on. That’s because we are the first generation of digital moms who need to figure this out. We can’t ignore it. Social media and online relating are here to stay. If we do our job properly, our kids will one day leave our care and make decisions on their own. And, most likely, one of those decisions will be “I will use social media”. So, you’ve got a responsibility now. It is up to … [Read more]

United States Presidency Unit Study

United States Presidency Unit Study

“There should be no bitterness or hate where the sole thought is the welfare of the United States of America. No man can occupy the office of President without realizing that he is President of all the people.” Franklin D. Roosevelt Do your homeschoolers fully understand the role of America’s president? With this Mini Online Unit Study, your family will discover how the presidential role originated and learn the requirements and duties.  You will explore the White House and create an infographic with the information you learned.   Follow my United States Presidency Unit Study Pinterest board for more President resources. Follow Techie Homeschool Mom’s board United States Presidency Unit Study on Pinterest.

Paint a Self-Portrait Van Gogh Style

Paint a Self-Portrait Van Gogh Style

Vincent Van Gogh is one of the most recognized art masters of all time.  Not only is his Post-Impressionist painting style recognized, but also his face with his bright red hair and gaunt features.  And the reason we identify him so easily is that he left behind over 35 self-portraits. Any study of VanGogh should involve a study of his self-portraits. Visit the National Gallery of Art to learn more about the portraits.  Be sure to zoom in on the paintings to see the details of Van Gogh’s color-usage and brush strokes. You may have noticed that Vincent Van Gogh typically drew his self-portraits with a 3/4 view of the face.With the Vincent Van Gogh Online Unit Study, homeschoolers create self-portraits in the same style … [Read more]