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Creation Illustrated & Mother’s Day

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“Stop and Smell the Roses” this Mother’s Day with Creation Illustrated – a gift that lasts ALL YEAR LONG!

Mother’s Day generates the second largest flower sales Holiday of the year!  Over $18.6 billion will be spent on Mother’s Day gifts and meals with the average consumer spending over $150.

That includes a lot of flowers that will soon fade and be discarded.  We wanted to correct this trend of fleeting signs of love and appreciation with a gift of stunning flowers, spiritually uplifting messages, and even wholesome recipes that do NOT fade or get discarded.  In fact, our Mother’s Day gift comes 4 times a year (shipping included) for less than $15!

That’s right, Creation Illustrated magazine has been helping Mom’s slow down to “stop and smell the roses” for over 21 years!  In fact, readers call it, “The Christian answer to National Geographic!” — every issue’s a keepsake.

Mom’s like it not only for themselves and as a gift to every Mom in their family, but it also serves as a perfect homeschooling tool for providing character-building lessons for students of all ages.

It all got started when our homeschool family found the greatest amount of stress relief, restoration, and learning opportunities out in God’s Creation, and we knew that others could benefit in the same way.  After all, that’s how we were made — remember our first parents spending time in the garden learning eternal truths from their Maker?  Our publication INSPIRES Moms and students to pursue, study, and flourish in Creation — which is Christ’s method of teaching through parables about the things He made — including the flowers!  “Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin . . .” (Matthew 6:28).

In fact, we were prayerfully led to divide Creation Illustrated into 3 sections — Creation Illustrated in Nature, in Scripture, and in Living.  These 3 sections offer animal and bird features, outdoor adventures, gardening tips, recipes, a youth photo contest, and even an Instructional Guide to help glean vital lessons and encourage activity in God’s Creation.  This balance of the Mental, Spiritual, and Physical enrichment helps develop children in a meaningful way — not our idea, it is God’s design and desire for us from the beginning.

But in addition to these personal benefits that readers savor, our letters to the Editor from all over the world often comment on the stunning photography and meaningful articles.  Readers collect all of the back issues because they never become outdated, and will not fade away like the flowers often given on Mother’s Day.  You can even get FREEbies by signing up on our Creation Illustrated website: www.CreationIllustrated.com

Anyone who has not seen Creation Illustrated can “stop and smell the roses” that won’t fade with a Mother’s Day gift subscription for yourself and all the mothers in your family.  Enjoy the blessings for a full year at 25% Off by clicking this link:  http://bit.ly/1F0USku. Or, you can try a Free introductory copy by clicking this link:  http://bit.ly/1JSbMos

 

Web Design for Kids!

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Web Design for Kids!

By Chris Yust, from Homeschool Programming, Inc.

In this highly technological age, you may find that your children spend quite a bit of time on the Internet. They may be working in online classes, researching topics for papers, updating their social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, or just surfing the web. Regardless of what your children enjoy doing when they are online, chances are they have shown some interest in creating their own websites. Fortunately, basic website design is something that just about anyone can learn with no expensive software!

When you view a website, you are typically using a program called a web browser. The most common web browsers on the market today are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. These browsers all speak a common “language” called HTML. While these letters may seem mysterious, the language itself is something that can be easily learned and understood by computer-literate children.

Tools of the Trade

OK, so your eager students are ready to learn HTML. What do they need? A big fancy computer? Special software? Nope! Simple web pages can be created in any text editor program that comes already installed on your computer, like Windows Notepad or Mac’s TextEdit. This means that all you need is a personal computer, some basic computer skills and your imagination! You don’t need to set up a web server or install new software. If you need a quick primer on using Notepad or TextEdit, click here to watch a brief video.

Your First Web Page

To get started, run your Notepad or TextEdit program. Once you have your text editor program open and you’re staring at a blank screen, what next? HTML code is just a series of “tags” that tell the browser how to display your web page. There are two tags that must be included in your file. The “<html>” tag tells the browser that you are starting your html code and it must be the first line in your file. At the very end of your file, you will “close” the tag with the word “</html>”.

<html>

</html>

In between these outermost “html” tags go two more important elements: the “<head>” and the “<body>”. The <head> area can contain information about your web page that is not displayed in the browser, so you can ignore that for now. The “<body>” area contains all of the visible content that you want to appear. Anything you type between the “<body>” and “</body>” tags will be displayed on your web page. So, if you wanted to make a web page that said “Hello there!”, you could create a file containing this text:

<html>

<body>

Hello there!

</body>

</html>

Now you can save your file with a name that ends in .html (like “myWebPage.html”). Then just find your file using the Windows Explorer or Mac OS Finder, double-click on it to launch your web browser, and marvel at your first ever web page!

Learning Options

Our super-simple example doesn’t add any fancy colors, formatting, pictures, or other things you’re used to seeing on a public web page. That’s ok, you’re just getting started. There is much more to learn! You can find out more about HTML tags by searching through the many different tutorials that are available online.

If your student just wants to dabble a little then a freebie tutorial may fit your needs perfectly. But finding well-organized semester or year-long programs geared for kids can be tougher task. Fortunately, Homeschool Programming offers the KidCoder: Web Design self-study courses, fun for 4th-12th graders. Students can learn HTML, CSS, and JavaScript with step-by-step instructions and hands-on activities. Put this class on your schedule and your students will thank you!

About the Author

Chris Yust has 17 years of experience as a software engineer and is co-author of the KidCoder and TeenCoder computer programming courses for 4th-12th grade students. Find out more about computer programming and website design for kids and teens at www.HomeschoolProgramming.com

Top 4 Laptops for Homeschoolers

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Top 4 Laptops for Homeschoolers – This is a guest blog post from Alpha Omega Publications

Whether it’s time for an update or you’re making the move to computer-based curriculum for the first time, purchasing a computer as a gift is a great way to make your homeschooler’s day with an exciting new gadget that they’ll use for education, too.

Laptops work especially well with Monarch online curriculum from Alpha Omega Publications. With budget-friendly plans that give your child or family unprecedented access to 50 courses, Monarch lets you customize learning across grade levels. Monthly payments make it easy to stick to your homeschooling budget, while yearly plans maximize savings!

Though any computer at the store should work well with Monarch, check out four recommendations from AOP’s technical support team to help you choose a computer that meets your needs and budget, and works well with our revolutionary curriculum.

ASUS Chromebook C200 – $179

A budget-friendly option, the ASUS Chromebook C200 starts up fast and is great for surfing the web. Unfortunately, you can’t install addition software, but its lengthy battery life and lightweight design make it a great option for on-the-go homeschoolers.

Pros:

Inexpensive

Quick startup

User friendly

11-hour battery life

Weighs less than 3 pounds

Cons:

Web only

Slower performance

Limited options for remote assistance

HP Pavilion x360 – $379.99

This mid-priced, compact computer converts easily from notebook to stand to tent to tablet mode. With a touch screen functional in all modes, parents can easily navigate the screen while assisting children with schoolwork.

Pros:

Portable

Includes touch screen and keyboard

Functions as a computer and a tablet

Cons:

Lower-end processor

Surface Pro 3 – $799

Similar to the Pavilion in that it doubles as a tablet, the Surface Pro 3 runs the full version of Windows 8, allowing users to install outside software. The lightweight laptop comes with a Surface Pen that allows for a natural, on-screen writing and drawing experience.

Pros:

Runs the full version of Windows 8

Functions as a computer and a tablet

Core i3 processor

Cons:

Mid-range battery life

Lacks a CD-ROM drive

Keyboard and cover accessory sold separately

MacBook Pro – Starts at $1299

The thinnest, lightest, and highest-performing MacBook models to-date, these high-end notebooks come with an appealing, easy-to-use operating system. Though windows offers more software options, MacBooks provide everything you’ll need to use Monarch online curriculum with ease.

Pros:

User friendly

Strong yet compact build

Minimal maintenance required

Core i5 processor

Cons:

Fewer software options

Some MacBooks cannot be expanded

 

Alpha Omega Publications is a leading provider of PreK-12 Christian curriculum, educational resources, and services to homeschool families worldwide. AOP follows its mission every day by creating and providing quality Christian educational materials to thousands of students through curriculum, educational books and games, support services, family entertainment, and an accredited online academy. To learn more, visit www.aophomeschooling.com or call 800-622-3070.

Discover your Child’s Learning Style

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This is a guest blog post from the Homeschool Buyers Co-op.

 

Discover your Child’s Learning Style

Whether you have one child or five in your homeschool, you’ve probably noticed that no two children learn the same way. As much as we love our children’s differences and unique abilities, it can make teaching a little difficult sometimes. What if we told you that you could discover your child’s learning style as well as learn the best way to teach to that learning style?

Is your child a Performing Paul or Paula?

The Homeschool Buyers Co-op has teamed up with Mariaemma Willis, a Learning Style Specialist, to help you discover your child’s unique learning style! Whether your child is a Performing Paul or Paula, an Inventing Isabel or Ian, or one of the other learning styles, you can learn the best way to teach to their specific needs. Here’s a brief overview of each learning style as described by Mariaemma Willis:

  • Performing Paul & Paula: Need for excitement and movement. They are movers, risk-takers, adventurers and crave hands-on, experiential activities.
  • Inventing Isabel & Ian: Need to explore, discover, ask, solve. They are explorers, collectors, experimenters who ask a lot of questions.
  • Thinking/Creating Ted & Terry: Need to think, create, be alone. They are imaginative and creative who tend to bring a new perspective to every situation.
  • Relating/Inspiring Rita & Ron: Need to talk, interact, cooperate. They are usually talkers and social by nature and desire cooperation, interaction and discussion.
  • Producing Pete & Pam: Need for order. They are punctual, neat and productive students who thrive on rules, routine and tradition.

Do any of these learning styles sound like one or all of your students in your homeschool? If so, take a look at our Learning Styles Overview for more information on each learning style. Then, when you’re ready to start your child’s Learning Style Assessment, the Co-op has a special $5 Learning Style Assessment offer for the month of May.

Make homeschooling your children a little easier by teaching to the learning style that best fits them and watch the light bulb burn even brighter!

About the Homeschool Buyers Co-op
With over 135,000 families, the Homeschool Buyers Co-op is the world’s largest homeschool co-op and a great source for award-winning, affordable homeschool curriculum. Membership is free and you will be part of a Co-op that brings you the greatest homeschool curriculum values on earth.

All Around This World – The Map Game

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THE MAP GAME

Do you and your family do enough to learn about the world…?

My name is Jay Sand and I’m dad of three very active girls (now 10, 7 and 5). Eons ago, in my life before the family  (I’m told it existed. Photographic evidence is convincing) — I was also very active, a world traveler, the kind who would hop on a plane (or train, or boat, or, depending on where I was in the world, a donkey/elephant/camel) on a moment’s notice and disappear into some distant part of the globe for as many months as I could. Sometimes I was “working” — doing research for a freelance article or some convoluted project — but mainly I was just exploring, always wanting to know what excitement would greet me down the road, around the bend or in the next town. The tools of my trade? A backpack, a camera, a guitar. Insufficient elementary school Spanish. Inept elementary school French. A smile. Every so often, luck.

Out in the world like that I was so glad to know how to sing a few songs. I made many friends with my guitar. Everywhere I went people whose spoken language befuddled me would hear me singing and, in whatever English they could muster, implore me to, “Play American music! Play the Beatles! Bob Marley!” (I know, I know. I didn’t correct them).  After singing to my new friends for a while, ultimately I’d encourage them to sing songs that were important to them. Very quickly we would transition from singing to each other to singing with each other.

Even with these experiences, I didn’t automatically find global music; I didn’t really begin to explore the musical world until I was in my twenties. When my first-in-line daughter was three years old I realized she was as curious about the different songs people around the world sang to express themselves as I was. Together we invented what we came to call “The Map Game.” Every so often we would take out big map of the world and she would point randomly to a country. Then I would take to the trusty computer, do a quick Wikipedia search on the most popular musicians from that country, switch to YouTube and plug in some names in the search bar, adding “+live.” We’d then watch live performances of musicians from that country until we ran out of favorites, or felt inspired to move on, or just quit and wanted a snack.

Not an earth-shattering, life-altering thing to try.  Nothing autocratic or didactic. Whether or not this one game in and of itself had any real lasting effect on my daughter, I don’t know — do we ever?  But for me, it mattered.  Playing “The Map Game” inspired me to learn more than just American music, and quickly I realized I wanted to share it with my daughters and their friends. When I saw how much they enjoyed singling so many different songs, and how little they worried that the words weren’t in English, that the melodies were different and the rhythms often not what they were were used to, I dove in deep and developed a music program for little kids and their families called All Around This World. Today All Around This World’s global music and world cultures curriculum for infants through elementary school children consists of over three hundred songs from a hundred different countries. I’ve since taught over a thousand parent/child classes, developed global music and world cultures kits for elementary schools, and am about to launch an online global learning curriculum for families and schools everywhere — especially homeschooling families and self-directed learners of all-ages! — called “Explore Everywhere.” I’m launching the program with a pledge campaign, which started May 1st and ideally will ending with success on June 21st, in time for International Make Your Own Instrument Day, with the goal of inspiring 1000 families to pledge just $25 each to enable me to give year-long subscriptions to Explore Everywhere to 1000 School Classrooms or Homeschooling Groups worldwide.

As a traveler, parent and now as educator of many kids, I understand the power of the little steps that ultimately enable us take a long journey. Bringing out the map and pointing to a country, opting to try to cook with spice we never had in the cupboard, checking out a library book that we’ve never read just because it has someone who looks different than us on the cover, listening to a piece of music just because the title “sounds weird…” These are little steps my family and I started taking. For my daughters, I hope the steps lead somewhere fabulously fantastic. For me, the steps turned into a mad dash to help kids meet the world through songs.

All Around This World: A Global Music and World Cultures Experience for Kids and their Families
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Learn about the world through music everyday, wherever you are. Subscribe to Explore Everywhere!

Finishing the School Year on Top

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Finishing the School Year on Top is a guest blog post by Jennifer Campbell, from RedAppleReading.com.

If your kiddos are like mine, they weren’t overly excited about getting back to the grind after the holidays. It can be tough to inspire children to finish the second half of the school year well! What can parents do to motivate their kids to do their best in school? Red Apple Reading has 4 easy steps you and your child can take to finish the last half of the school year like a champ!

1) Think Short Term – It’s easy for kids to get overwhelmed when they only focus on the end result. For instance, your child may think it’s impossible to finish the semester with a B in math. Consider helping your kid reframe how he looks at school. Instead of one big long term goal, encourage your kiddo to take the second semester of school one week at a time. As adults we know how crushing it can feel to look at all that must be accomplished by the end of the day. But when we break the day down into small tasks, we feel empowered as we check one thing off at a time. Taking small bites instead of big ones is a skill that will serve your kiddos well for the rest of their lives.

2) Set Goals – After helping your child reframe the way she approaches the second half of the school year, it’s time to make a list of weekly goals. Sit down together and discuss what she would like to accomplish for the week. If she is struggling with spelling, a reasonable goal would be to study her spelling words for twenty minutes each night. Is your kiddo having trouble completing her homework in a timely manner? Then set a goal to begin homework thirty minutes after returning from school. A plan is empowering. If your child feels she has some control over her circumstances, she is more likely to rise to the occasion.

3) Conduct Weekly Reviews – Goals are great; but if we don’t periodically check our progress, we often veer off course. At the end of the school week, sit down with your little one and discuss how the week went. Did he meet his goals? If not, what hindered him? If the goals were met, did accomplishing them help improve his school experience? Questions like these will help you and your child evaluate if real progress is being made. Don’t be discouraged if things didn’t go as well as the two of you hoped. Use a weekly review is to tweak and fine tune short term goals. If you and your kiddo consistently meet and hash out the details, eventually you will see progress!

4) Offer Incentives – If your child has made real effort to accomplish her weekly goals, then a treat is in order! Decide beforehand what incentive you want to offer your little one. When you make weekly goals, tell her what she can expect if she cooperates. Don’t worry! You don’t have to break the bank to inspire your child to work hard at school. Simple incentives will do the trick! For example, if you typically eat out on Friday nights, let your child choose the restaurant the family eats at. Do you see what just happened? You took something you were planning to do already and turned it into a treat!

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Jennifer Campbell is a mom of 4 and blog writer for RedAppleReading.com. RedAppleReading offers online learning fun to help get kiddos up to speed by the end of the year.

BoomWriter – Join for FREE

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BoomWriter – Join for FREE and Bring Vocabulary Instruction to the 21st Century!

BoomWriter’s easy to use and interactive group-writing tools are an ideal fit for homeschool co-ops and let students develop and enhance their writing, reading, vocabulary, and peer assessment skills—collaboratively! BoomWriter’s award-winning tools are perfect for homeschoolers ages 6-18 and can be used with a variety of curricula including Social Studies/History, Science, ELA, and more.

WordWriter, our interactive and easy-to-deliver vocabulary development tool, is the perfect way to start out using BoomWriter with your homeschoolers! WordWriter introduces you to the BoomWriter collaborative writing and voting process with simple, single submission activities.

Begin by providing homeschoolers with assignment directions in the Guidance Notes, students will see this when they start to write their entries as well as the list of vocabulary words you have chosen for them to include in their writing. The Word Bank only needs at least one word to be included, so feel free to include as many terms, dates, people, or phrases for your homeschoolers to incorporate as you like, or have the focus be on just one keyword to master. When your homeschooler types the requested vocabulary, the word will then be highlighted in their piece as well as checked off their Word Bank!

After writing his or her individual entry, students then submit their work for your review and approval. You can assess each entry and choose to approve or request revisions, as well as provide individualized feedback, before initiating the voting portion of the process. Students will then review up to four random, anonymous submissions of their peers at a time and cast a vote for what they believe is the best version. Students may also have the opportunity to cast more than one vote, depending on the number of entries. A winning submission will be determined and that is the end of the activity—fun, fast, and easy!

Throughout the entire process of writing, submitting, peer assessing, and voting, students will accrue Boomer Bucks allowing them to customize and/or purchase virtual goods for their personal Boomer Avatar. This gamification of the program is sure increase participation and interest levels, while instilling a love of writing and understanding of important vocabulary goals. WordWriter needs just 5 participating students for the fun to begin—ideal for co-ops or any other home-based learning groups.

WordWriter also features Trending Words—revolutionizing vocabulary instruction, it allows you to easily create vocabulary for your homeschoolers from your most trusted source for curriculum—other educators and homeschooling parents on BoomWriter! Trending Words crowdsources terms that have been used in WordWriter activities with other students and displays the most popular vocabulary words being taught for that month, in real-time, on a grade-by-grade basis. Using Trending Words, you can easily create vocabulary curriculum for your homeschoolers based on top words being taught right on BoomWriter!

WordWriter enhances students’ vocabulary development through application in their own written work and it proves an effective tool that allows you to gauge students’ understanding levels individually and as a whole group. Ready to start collaborating in the co-op? Join for free today! BoomWriter’s group-writing tools are sure to increase your child’s engagement levels and understanding around key areas of study while instilling a confidence and love of writing!

About BoomWriter Media

BoomWriter Media is redefining what it means to tell stories, through its two collaborative writing platforms: award-winning BoomWriter, for education, and newly launched Skrawl, a fanfiction-focus writing service for everyone. BoomWriter Media’s unique approach enables writers, in all areas of life, to collaborate and compete for pieces of stories. Readers can follow projects as they progress and watch competitions happen in real-time. Through the two writing solutions, BoomWriter Media has been used in over 60 countries, had over 2,000 titles published in 2014, and has a presence in over 20,000 classrooms. For more information, please visit http://www.boomwriter.media.

 

 

Writing Strategies – Choosing a Topic

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Writing Strategies – Choosing a Topic

This is a guest blog post written by Crystal Pratt.

A sure-fire way to produce a look of panic on a student’s face is to tell them to get out their writing journal and write about whatever they want. Sure, there are a random few that are willing to take on this task, but more often than not, the kids will just freeze in place. But it’s not just kids that have this problem. Whether you’re planning a lesson or writing for yourself, you’ll often find that choosing a topic is the hardest part.

Of course, there are times when you want to give your child a topic to write on. You might want an autobiography on a famous scientist or a response to a literature assignment. On the other hand, there are times when you want independent writing to take place. It’s good exercise for the brain. But how do you get them to start? Suddenly, a blank piece of paper becomes terrifying.

Some of the tips that I’ve found useful in guiding my students (and quite often myself) in choosing topics are as follows:

Keep a notebook or journal with a page or two dedicated to writing topics. If an idea pops into your head, write it down. You may find that you never use that topic (because hopefully, after awhile, you’ll have several to choose from). However, before you know it, you’ll have a list waiting for you when you’re ready to sit down and start writing.

Five minutes of free writing. My students found this method challenging at first, but after a few times, they really looked forward to doing it. The tough part of this is that your pencil cannot stop moving for the entire time. (I generally chose five minutes, but you may want to shorten this time period for younger children). The fun part is that you can write about anything you want. You should write about whatever is in your head at the time. Allow a lot of freedom in this area. I’ve seen students make lists of their friends or what they would like for lunch. They might copy words off of a poster on the wall. I did not place restrictions on this as long as the pencil kept moving. Keep this page in your writing journal for future reference.

Draw a tree. The trunk of your tree is your base. Start with the first topic that comes into your head. Begin to draw branches on your tree by adding words related to that topic. You may find out that one of your branches becomes your actual topic.

Create a waterfall. I found this especially helpful when I wanted my students to write historical fiction. The top of your waterfall is your “big” topic. For example’s sake, let’s say you are studying the Revolutionary War in history. The Revolutionary War will be the top of your waterfall. Many, many topics can rain down from your waterfall: George Washington, liberty, Delaware, the Boston Tea Party, Green Mountain Boys, etc.

Don’t be afraid to just let you child write in the moment. Sometimes it’s easier to just write. Drafts are not bad things. I write many, many drafts of articles, blog posts, etc. that never see the light of day. That’s OK. The important exercise is the practice.

These methods should keep you and your child armed with a list of ready-made topics whenever the time comes for independent writing. The more often you employ these tricks, the easier choosing a topic will become. I wish you the best of luck in your writing journeys.

 

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Crystal Pratt is an employee of Calvert Education Services. She has been involved in education for 20 years. Crystal is a certified teacher, a writer, and a lover of all things that sparkle.

For information on working with students who have writing challenges, including dysgraphia, watch a recorded version of our free webinar, Inspiring Struggling Students: Writing Challenges.

7 Tips for Homeschooling an Independent Learner

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7 Tips for Homeschooling an Independent Learner

It is both fulfilling for your child to learn independently and can free up your time so you can focus on things you need to get done. You might even be able to find some time to spend on yourself!

Here are 7 tips for homeschooling an independent learner:

  1. Organize your homeschool in a way that is conducive to independent learning. Buy some magazine holders or file/paper trays that are stackable. Organize them for each of your kids by name and subject, and label them in the same fashion. Keep all the workbooks and materials in separate subject holders, so each child will have their own set of holders with materials for each subject. This way your kids can easily find what you assign them to work on. It will help empower them to take learning into their own hands if things are easy to find.
  2. Plan ahead and make checklists. The more things you plan ahead of time, the easier it is for your child to figure out what to do next. Making checklists is a great way to foster independent learning by setting clear objectives and expectations. Your child knows what assignments are on the list, and they will feel empowered as they tackle assignments and check them off the list. For younger children, you can make their checklist picture-based.
  3. Independent work is important. Plan assignments that don’t require you to assist. This gives children the opportunity to think for themselves, which is one of the most important parts of being an independent learner. You know those moments when you’re just amazed at the profound things your kids say. You’ll have many more of those moments if you give them time to focus on learning independently.
  4. Take a hands-off approach. During these times when your children are doing independent school work, don’t intervene. If your child has a question let them try to come up with an answer first. If they absolutely can’t move forward without an answer, then help them. It’s important to give your children time to think things through and arrive at the answer on their own. You may be surprised at how many times they’ll be able to figure things out on their own.
  5. Don’t worry. If you’re panicking after reading #4, stop panicking! Trust that your kids are going to be okay if you let them work and play independently (with supervision for younger kids, of course). Letting them learn and solve problems on their own will help them grow and feel empowered.
  6. Check up on your kids. After they complete independent work, review it. Make sure your child is on the right track and has completed what’s on their check list, and hold them accountable for things you’ve assigned. This is the perfect time to go over unanswered questions your kids might have.
  7. Use a curriculum that doesn’t require 100% of Mom’s time. If you use resources and plan assignments for your children to work on independently, it also provides you with extra time to get things on your plate done, and you might even be able to fit a little “me” time in there! Don’t choose things that require you to spend big amounts of time teaching, especially when there are so many resources to do this for you.

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Standard Deviants Accelerate

A flexible, individualized, video-rich learning system, optimized for learning on-the-go. Standard Deviants Accelerate works great to support these 7 tips for homeschooling an independent learner!

Educational videos at the beginning of each lesson teach the topics in a way that’s entertaining and fun, so mom doesn’t need to spend as much time on instruction. Students can go at their own pace, while easily navigating through a series of well-rounded assignments.   A fully online program accessible anytime, anywhere there’s a web connection, Standard Deviants Accelerate is the perfect supplemental tool for homeschooling an independent learner.

Don’t forget to sign up for SDAccelerate’s free 7 day trial!

Post Author: Danielle Bloch, a Standard Deviants Accelerate writer.

Contact: Danielle Bloch

Email: dbloch@cerebellum.com

Phone: (866)386-0253 x207

 

Online Tools for Homeschool Organization

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Online Tools for Homeschooling Process Organization

One of the challenges that homeschooling families face is staying organized and on task every day. Selecting curriculum is part of this process, but it is also necessary to organize instruction time, track progress, maintain records, and ensure that kids have access to the resources that they need. Fortunately there are many great websites, apps, and software packages that can help homeschooling families meet their goals while maintaining their ability to educate their children the best way they can. If you are looking to add a little more organization to your daily homeschooling tasks, you may wish to consider one of these nifty utilities.

 

This homeschooling productivity app lets you access a variety of tools. These include:

Tracking and calculating grades

Monitoring the amount of time spent on each student

Measuring the progress of kids at different grade levels

Storing and updating lists of books

Creating, storing, changing, and deleting lesson plans

Reporting

If you are part of a homeschooling family in a state with stringent reporting requirements, this app may be very helpful to you. Many families view this as a great, all in one, homeschooling organizational app.

This is a calendar app that each member of the family can use to stay connected with each other, and keep organized. If your homeschooling includes lots of field trips and independent study, this is a great way to make sure everybody knows where they are supposed to be at any given time without being intrusive. If your family is already using Google’s calendar app, Cozi can interface with your Google calendar accounts to ensure that everybody is up to date, online or off.

This is an iPhone based app that allows you to create and track lesson plans. If you are a homeschooling parent who prefers to create your own curriculum, this app can help you as you design lesson plans for your children.

This website was built to help families in setting educational goals, and then designing their homeschooling approach in order to meet those goals. The author of this website offers practical, real world advice that is tailored to each family’s individual needs.

The tools and templates page of this website is simply amazing. You will find access to help with classroom organization, calendars, motivational materials, along with templates that are designed for specific academic subjects.

Whether you are searching for curriculum ideas, organizational advice, or projects to work on with your kids, Pinterest is a great resource for any homeschooling family.

Take a moment to visit this website, and download the free homeschooling planner. This includes planners, calendars, unit studies trackers, assignment sheets, and even household chore lists. Fans of Flylady will love the fact that some of the features on this app are compatible with flylady.com.

 

Well, there they are.  Great websites, apps, and other tools that are sure to help your family succeed in its homeschooling endeavors. Hopefully you will find that a few of these tools help keep your family, happy, productive, and of course always learning.

 

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