How to Save (and Earn) Money with Coupon and Cash Back Apps

Who doesn't love some extra money in their pocket? Find out how to use coupon and cash back apps to save money on everyday purchases.

How to Save (and Earn) Money with Coupon and Cash Back Apps The cost of everything from groceries to gas seems to keep going up and up, so it’s important to find ways to save money where ever you can. Luckily, there are tons of amazing money-saving apps available to help you save on everyday purchases. Use these coupon and cash back apps to pad your family’s budget. Ibotta is the next generation of couponing and is a must for saving money on groceries and household goods. Simply browse this cash back  app for deals before shopping and open the app up when you get home to scan your receipt and the barcodes of eligible items to earn cash back on your shopping trip. In … [Read more]

How Nighttime Screen Use Affects Your Kids

Wondering if your kids should be on their tablets before bed? Read this post to find out the effect on nighttime screen use on your kids.

How Nighttime Screen Use Affects Your Kids Smartphones, laptops, even Rokus provide access to a seemingly unlimited amount of information. Technology may be an integral part of your child’s life, but there is a downside that can interfere with both academic and social success. Screen time before bed can disrupt your child’s natural sleep-wake cycle. Lack of sleep can compromise your child’s physical, emotional, and mental health, so it’s important for you to understanc the effects of nighttime screen use on your kids. Circadian Rhythms and Sleep Cycles A healthy sleep-wake cycle actually starts with light. As sunlight filters through the Earth’s atmosphere, it becomes blue spectrum light. Blue light and sleep have an interconnected relationship because the human eye has special photoreceptors that absorb … [Read more]

Luma Learn: A Marketplace of Online Christian Homeschool Classes

Have you tried Luma Learn yet? They've got a huge selection of online courses for homeschoolers, all taught by Christian teachers with a Biblical Worldview.

Luma Learn: A Marketplace of Online Christian Homeschool Classes Looking for online Christian homeschool classes? Then you need to check out Luma Learn, a new marketplace of online courses all taught by independent Christian teachers. You can choose from over 100+ live or self-paced online courses with new ones being added all the time. Luma Learn was founded by Tina Piper, a Christian homeschooling mother of seven, who knows first hand the struggles and concerns we parents have for the quality of our children’s education, such as finding passionate and engaging teachers who hold a biblical worldview and utilize a convenient and reliable e-learning platform. Your student will experience one of the most up-to-date learning management systems and virtual classrooms, giving them the confidence to navigate the modern educational experience. … [Read more]

20 Fiction Books for Kids Who Love Science and Tech

This is a great list. If you've got a kid who's into science and tech, they'll love these books with characters they can relate to.

20 Best Fiction Books for Kids Who Love Science and Tech Got a techie kid who loves science and tech? Why read factual books all the time when there are so many fiction books for kids waiting to be explored? Whether it’s a rainy day, lazy weekend or hot Summer afternoon allow your child to get lost in an adventure from one of these stories with characters just like them. Doll-E 1.0 Charlotte’s world is fully charged! With her dog at her side, she’s always tinkering, coding, clicking, and downloading. She’s got a knack for anything technological–especially gadgets that her parents don’t know how to fix! Then, she receives a new toy that is quite a puzzle: a doll! What’s she supposed to do with that? … [Read more]

Physical Activities for Kids Who Prefer Screen Time Over Active Play

Feel like your kids aren't active enough because they're always on a screen? Discover these great ideas for physical activities that techie kids will love.

Physical Activities for Kids Who Prefer Screen Time Over Active Play Looking for physical activities for kids, but struggle to get your kids to get off their tablets, game consoles, smartphones, and computers long enough to exercise? You are not alone. “My kids would rather have their faces glued to a screen than go outside to play!” This is a common complaint amongst parent of this generation of digital natives. As digital immigrants, we parents want our children to live healthy, balanced lives. We want them to get out of the house and run around – like we had to do when we were their age. While I do agree that getting some sunlight and fresh air is important, I disagree that going outside to … [Read more]

Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Join a Homeschool Co-op

Every year I consider joining a homeschool co-op, but then I remember all the reasons I didn't the year before. This post simply lays out advantages and disadvantages of joining a co-op. Maybe it can help you decide what's best for your family.

Why You Should (or Shouldn’t) Join a Homeschool Co-op There are a lot of decisions to make when you’re homeschooling your children. Among things like schedule planning, whether to use offline or online curriculum, and other quandaries, whether to join a homeschool co-op needs to be decided. Co-ops are wonderful homeschool programs for many families, where a community of home educators come together to share their strengths and knowledge for the benefit of the group. Being a member of one of these groups can be very beneficial for many homeschoolers, while others feel that they are not the best fit for their family. By exploring some of the pros and cons of joining a homeschool co-op, you can get a better idea if these groups … [Read more]

Everything You Need to Know About Online Tutoring Sites

Oftentimes, a tutor sounds like a good idea. You'd be surprised how much just a few sessions can get your kids on track. Find out why using an online tutor is the way to go, plus get recommendations for the best online tutoring sites.

Everything You Need to Know About Online Tutoring Sites There may come a point when you realize that you need a little extra help teaching concepts to your child. And it’s nothing to feel ashamed about! Even the best educators around may need some extra help, especially if you’re homeschooling high school – after all, it’s probably been a while since you studied most of the subjects. It makes sense to seek out resources to fill in the gaps. Fortunately, there are many online educational resources that can help you. One example of these resources is online tutoring sites. Now, I know what you’re probably thinking. “Tutoring is so expensive!” “Our schedule is so crazy, I don’t know how we’d find the time to meet up … [Read more]

Earn College Credits in High School By Taking These Tests

No way! You can earn college credits by taking an exam of your prior knowledge?? This is gold for homeschoolers who can plan their high school education with these exams in mind. And with the study guides at Study.com, prep is so much easier!

Earn College Credits in High School By Taking These Tests A while back, I published an article called How to Earn College Credits in High School Using Online Courses. However, online courses are not the only option available for earning college credits without enrolling in college. Students can also earn college credit by exam.  Through the credit by exam process, high schoolers earn college-level credits in some subject areas by passing a standardized proficiency exam. With testing centers nationwide and hundreds of higher learning institutions accepting credit by exam, it’s no wonder that more and more homeschoolers are taking this route. Curious about whether credit by exam is a viable option for your family? Wondering how to get your homeschooler ready? By the end of … [Read more]

Techie Homeschool Mom’s Roku Streaming Guide

I love how easy it is to find good quality videos to supplement our homeschooling. With a Roku, I can access thousands of channels. Read this article to learn why you should use a Roku streaming device for your family's home education.

Techie Homeschool Mom’s Roku Streaming Guide Do you keep hearing people talk about how much they love their Roku, but still have no clue what it is? This Roku Streaming Guide should answer your questions and help you realize why it is an essential device for homeschooling online. Our family got a first generation Roku media player back in the dark ages. We had gotten rid of cable TV and wanted an HDMI cord-free method to watch Netflix. Back then, that was about all we could do with the Roku, but now it has grown to a platform of over 1800 streaming channels, many of which are invaluable to our family’s home education. What is a Roku? Reading about my long history with Roku, you … [Read more]

6 Genius Ways Kids Can Learn to Code

What a great article about different ways kids can learn to code. Coding is foreign to lots of us digital immigrants, but it seems kids want to learn programming and coding. Lots of good ideas here!

6 Genius Ways Kids Can Learn to Code When it comes to preparing our kids for life as adults, I don’t think any of us can deny that technology plays a key role. In an age where computers and the internet are a large part of daily life, skills that we may have never considered vital when we were growing up may actually give this next generation an upper hand. One such skill is coding. But how does a parent who knows nothing about coding help their kids learn to code? Here are a few resources to help! Why should kids learn to code? There are many benefits to be gained when kids learn coding skills. On an everyday level, learning to code can help … [Read more]