5 Tips for Choosing Video Curriculum To Use for Homeschooling

5 Tips for Choosing Video Curriculum To Use for Homeschooling

5 Tips for Choosing Video Curriculum To Use for Homeschooling Anyone who hangs out with me oten knows I love using online courses for our homeschooling. One huge benefit is the video format because my kids seem to learn better from viewing videos instead of just reading text. But, I need to be discerning to choose video curriculum that is well-produced and presented by a credible, trained instructor. In this post, Thomas Purifoy Jr. shares some tips for selecting video curriculum for your homeschool. His years of experience as a film-maker and homeschool dad qualify him as an expert on this topic. Thomas uses his expertise to create homeschool video courses at Compass Classroom.  You can learn more about Compass Classroom HERE. Thomas shares…. I have a … [Read more]

The Best Homeschool Unit Studies You’ll Find Online

The Best Homeschool Unit Studies You’ll Find Online

  Homeschoolers love to use unit studies to explore many subjects at once. In the past, families would load up on books from the library, but today, so much learning can happen on the web … to the point of overwhelm. Instead of scouring the web trying to DIY a unit study for your family, be sure check out these three options for homeschool unit studies. Each is offered in a digital format for techie homeschooler to access easily.  Let’s look at three popular options for unit studies in digital format… Online Unit Studies, Homeschool in the Woods and Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett. Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett Families who love digital learning may enjoy Unit Studies by Amanda Bennett because her product is a … [Read more]

Amazon Stem Club: A Mom’s Honest Review

Amazon Stem Club: A Mom’s Honest Review

The importance of play for children has long been recognized. Free play time helps develop the logic centers of the brain. Having a variety of toys and games around to stimulate your child’s brain is an essential component of your child’s development, from infancy into their teen years. Finding educational toys for our kids can be a challenge. It can be particularly daunting to find great toys that focus on STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) for older kids. The Amazon STEM Club Subscription Program solves this problem for you! STEM toys are especially effective at helping children engage in functional play. By having these types of toys available for your children even as they grow older, you are helping strengthen their brain development. When first launched in early … [Read more]

Essential Homeschool Supplies for Learning Online

Essential Homeschool Supplies for Learning Online

“What type of device do I need for techie homeschooling?” That’s a question I get asked often. As our family has embraced digital learning, the list of physical items we need has changed. We’ve needed to upgrade our traditional school supplies to techie homeschool supplies. As our family has embraced techie homeschooling, our homeschool “room” has been reduced to a bookshelf of Chromebooks and tablets, a few books and supplies for hands-on projects. Who needs a globe and wall map when you can walk the streets of Paris with Google Maps? Textbooks and workbooks have been replaced with online courses. And I don’t think anyone in our family has used a calculator for years. … RELATED POST … How Our Digital Homeschool Evolved Mind you, … [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]

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]

How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses and Malware

How to Protect Your Computer from Viruses and Malware

Nothing can thwart your techie homeschool lesson plans more than a slow, lagging computer (or worse yet, a totally non-functioning device). Lots of times these problems stem from your computer being infected by a virus or malware. Malware refers to an umbrella term that comes in the variety of malicious and harmful software containing viruses, trojan, worms, spyware, adware, and such. There is almost no difference between malware and viruses and both have hazardous impacts on the computers, like disruption of operations, stealing of information, unauthorized access, slow functioning, hanging and sudden shutting and even more. All of these harmful effects can be eradicated or at least minimized if we follow the following practices to ensure computer safety. As your family’s IT specialist, it’s important … [Read more]