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One way to secure your child a top paying job in the future!

Parents are constantly asking us two important questions:

  1. Why should my child learn to code?
  2. What makes Codeavengers.com the best place to learn to code?

We’d like to answer these questions for you right now!

For those unfamiliar with the term, “coding” is simply the ability to use computer languages to build software applications and perform complex calculations.

The past few years has seen the emergence of a global ‘Learn to Code’ movement promoting the idea that every child should learn how to code at school. Countries like the UK and Australia have gone as far as making coding a mandatory part of every child’s education, just like Math’s and English.

As a homeschool parent, you are charged with the responsibility of deciding whether to include ‘coding’ in your child’s curriculum. This decision is especially daunting if you are unfamiliar with the subject. So, in order to help you make an informed decision, we want outline four key reasons why your child should learn to code.

  1. Code is everywhere

The electronic games, devices and appliances we use on a daily basis are all powered by code and created by people who know how to code. In a world where almost everything has a digital component or is somehow digitally mediated, knowing how to code is more valuable than ever.

As Steve Jobs explained, everything around you is “made up by someone who was no smarter than you.” By learning to code, your child will unlock their power to build apps that have a massive positive impact on people around the world.

       2. Lots of High Paying Jobs

The software development industry is a very strong career option with jobs in this field among the highest paying and most satisfactory. In the USA, computer programming jobs are growing at 2x the national average, and it is predicted that by the year 2020 there will be 1.4 million new computing jobs and only 400,000 computer science graduates to fill them.

With such high demand and high salaries, it’s definitely worth gauging your child’s interest in learning to code.

       3. Gives you an advantage in any industry

Even for people who don’t enter the Information Technology (IT) industry, there is growing range of jobs where coding skills are becoming increasingly valuable, including graphic designers, engineers, scientists, marketers, business people and even jobs in the finance industry. In these jobs, people who know how to code have a big advantage over their colleagues who don’t.

Learning to code will give your child an advantage no matter what industry they end up in.

       4. Improves Problem Solving skills

Coding is fundamentally a problem solving activity. Whether it’s fixing code that has errors, or designing an innovative app, creative problem solving is critical.

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At this point it should be clear of the value coding can provide in your child’s homeschool curriculum. But you may be apprehensive about teaching coding if you have never learnt to code yourself! Thankfully, there are lots of online resources to help you and your child learn how to code together, which leads us to the second common question parents ask us:

What makes Codeavengers.com the best place for my child to learn to code?

We make learning fun and effective!

During his PhD research, Code Avengers founder Michael Walmsley uncovered 12 key principles for an optimal online learning experience. By applying these principles, our team of expert educators are developing a learning platform that makes learning as fun and effective as possible.

Code Avengers provides:

  • Students learn how to build apps, games and websites with 150+ hours of interactive lessons.
  • Lessons are designed for complete beginners 12 years and older, but have been successfully completed by many 8-11 year olds.
  • Parents get live updates of student progress.
  • We give great support, so parents don’t require any prior knowledge.

To learn more about how Code Avengers can help you to make coding apart of your child’s curriculum and how to get access to our exclusive risk free trial visit www.codeavengers.com/homeschool  You have nothing to lose but you child has everything to gain.

 

What is T.E.E.?

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What is T.E.E.?

And why your 7th, 8th or 9th grader must have it!

Many people don’t know what TEE is and why it’s a CRITICAL part of EVERY 7th, 8th or 9th graders education.

Here is a brief overview of TEE:

What is Technology and Engineering Education (TEE)? 

TEE has been part of a hands-on, minds-on curriculum offered in high schools and middle schools everywhere for nearly one hundred years.

In the early 20th century it was taught as “Industrial Arts”, reflecting the industrial society.

Today it’s taught as Technology and Engineering Education (TEE) with a powerful curriculum reflecting our modern and sophisticated technological era.

TEE is a critical part of the recent S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiative.  TEE is the T and the E of STEM but the fact is TEE is STEM because is also includes the science and the math in a hands-on applied, real-world context.

What do students learn in modern TEE classes?

In a word, it is about INNOVATION! Students learn how innovators think and how to apply technology and engineering to create solutions to problems facing society.

TEE is a critical part of the recent S.T.E.M (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) initiative.  TEE is the T and the E of STEM but the fact is TEE is STEM because is also includes the science and the math in a hands-on applied, real-world context.

What do students learn in modern TEE classes?

In a word, it is about INNOVATION! Students learn how innovators think and how to apply technology and engineering to create solutions to problems facing society.

But why is it called Technology and Engineering education?  Is it primarily for students who want to be engineers?

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TEE does help fill the engineer shortage we now have, but that’s not its primary goal.  The reason the word engineer is in the name is this:

Engineers are the professionals who are most closely associated with technology.  They are professional innovators.  If you want to learn about innovation and technology, there is no better profession for students to study.

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Learning target: Technological Literacy

The first job of Technology and Engineering Education is to help your student become technologically literate.  The term “technological literacy” refers to one’s ability to use, manage, evaluate, and understand technology.

  •  A technologically literate person knows what technology is, how it is created, and how it shapes and is shaped by society.
  •  They are comfortable with and objective about technology.  They are not afraid of it, nor obsessed with it.
  •  They are confident consumers who can better evaluate products and make more intelligent buying decisions.
  •  They have some technical abilities and can use their powers of innovative to design and build things, to solve technical problems and to help sustain a strong economy.

Because technology is everywhere, technological literacy benefits everyone.  Corporate executives, brokers and investment analysts, journalists, teachers, doctors, nurses, farmers and homemakers will all be able to perform their jobs better if they are technologically literate and adaptable.

Technological literacy is much more that just knowledge about computers. It’s about having knowledge about the nature, behavior, power and consequences of technology from a real world perspective.

Learning target: Academic performance

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Did you know that students who take these types of courses get better grades in subjects like math, science and literature?

The second reason these types of courses are important is because they create greater interest in academics.  Statistically, students who take these types of courses have higher graduation rates and higher nation wide GPA’s.  And, they are better college and career ready!

Learning target: Purpose

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Technology and engineering education helps create Purpose – Did you know in 2014 one of the top questions asked on google was “Who am I?”

We have a crisis of identity.  People need to know who they are, and what makes them come alive.

For many students the study of technology, innovation and engineering is what they feel they born to do.  They are innovators at heart and nothing is more fulfilling to them.

The problem: To many student don’t have experiences like these to help wake up the innovator inside.  Too many students don’t know who they are…they are innovators!

Middle school years are especially important and are meant for exploration, in the hopes that something will resonate inside a students heart as an signal to them about their natural abilities and desires.  Desire reveals design, design reveals destiny or purpose.

Students who know who they are when they enter the job market aren’t just employed, they feel deployed with a sense of purpose.

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TEE – It’s for everyone!

So, helping create a student who is technologically literate, has hi academic performance and lives with purpose means that Technology and Engineering Education really is for everyone!

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Did you know in the U.S. there are over 35,000 of TEE educators teaching in public schools?  But why don’t private and home school students have access to us?  You do now!

      CLICK HERE to see T.E.E. course offerings for your 7th, 8th, or 9th grader     

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Beyond the Classroom with Online Learning

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Taking Students Beyond the Classroom with Online Learning

By Melissa King, Ph.D

Most of us are familiar with the natural high we get when super-excited about something. Similar to an adrenaline rush, our bodies react with a sudden burst of energy and our senses are on alert. This happens to me with learning opportunities that intrigue and challenge me. As an educator, I strive to provide student engagement that will ignite that same fire inside, motivating learners to dig in and charge full speed ahead.

How to accomplish that? For starters, consider everyday learning experiences. Here are some examples that encourage people of any age to get on board with learning:

  • You and your child visit Niagara Falls, and he is amazed and exhilarated by the awesome sights and sounds, which he captures on his smartphone.
  • You and your family go to the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum, and everyone is captivated by the amazing multimedia and interactive displays.
  • At the movies, you watch The Theory of Everything, about Physicist Stephen Hawking, and you’re so fascinated that you immediately order his biography to read more about him.

These are real-world experiences that inspire us to learn more, and a toolbox of digital technology can help us take advantage of these exhilarating moments.

Today’s educational offerings go far beyond the traditional brick-and-mortar environment, expanding the “when, where, and how” of learning experiences. Technology tools give us powerful new ways to expand what we see, hear, interact with, and enjoy. When incorporated into online courses, these tools deliver dynamic learning that meets students where they are and takes them where they need to go. But consider this: online courses go even further, propelling students with additional information, inviting them to push their cognitive capacity in new directions. That’s the magic of online learning!

How does this play out? Let’s explore a realistic scenario. Suppose Amelia is enrolled in online life science such as the course available from K12. Before she begins, she and her parent look at the syllabus to understand what she’ll be learning so she can be prepared when she begins. She can also get a sense of all the hands-on materials offered by K12 because learning online doesn’t mean she’ll be stuck in front of a computer all day.

And because she’ll be learning without a teacher, guided by K12’s award-winning curriculum, she can set her own pace and progress through the course in the way that best suits her needs. Amelia logs in to the course, which gives her immediate access to the lessons, activities, e-book, instructional resources, and more. Right away, Amelia gets organized. As she experiences the content with interactive animations and video clips, Amelia’s interest in life science topics intensifies.

How does this differ from sitting in a high school classroom? Since Amelia is bright and conscientious, she moves through lessons at a rapid pace. Without time spent waiting for other students to keep up, Amelia has time for in-depth investigation of topics that interest her. Using recommended resources and web links in the course, as well as her own online searches for related information, Amelia goes the extra mile to apply her skills and build knowledge. She visits websites about living systems, locates recent research reports, and views detailed graphics that illustrate key concepts. All this is at her fingertips. As she studies, Amelia is super-charged. Given the opportunity, she picks up the ball and runs with it, demonstrating initiative to pursue what has captured her imagination.

Where’s the magic? First of all, Amelia is in charge of her own learning. She engages with the course at a pace that’s right for her, she has the freedom to explore more, and she’s motivated to be productive and creative. Secondly, she appreciates the anytime, anyplace availability of content, so coursework can fit into her full schedule. Most importantly, Amelia is excited and energized about learning!

Online learning is a “smart solution,” according to Susan Patrick, president and chief executive officer of the International Association for K–12 Online Learning (iNACOL), Students who engage with online learning perform better, on average, than students taking the same course in face-to-face environments. Student-centered learning is a win-win for everyone. The flexibility and cost-effectiveness of online learning make it a great option for many learners. No wonder more than two-thirds of today’s learners say they want to use technology to support their own learning.

 

Homeschool Planet

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Learn the Secret to an Organized Home and Homeschool!

Is your life crazy busy? We know what you’re thinking, “Of course my life is busy – We are a homeschool family!” What if we told you there was a planner that could manage the crazy, organize the busy, and keep up with you and your homeschool? is

Homeschool Planet is a simple-to-use yet full-featured planner, designed by homeschoolers for homeschoolers. Homeschool Planet, from the Homeschool Buyers Co-op, combines the power of a computer with the convenience of paper to give you the tools to manage and organize your home and homeschool.

Thousands of homeschoolers have made the switch to Homeschool Planet and are raving about the features of this powerful planner and the changes it has made to the way they homeschool. Still unsure about making the switch from paper and pencil or other online planner? We invite you to try Homeschool Planet absolutely FREE for 30 days in your homeschool!

We know the struggles you face every day with managing not only your home, but also your homeschool. At the Homeschool Buyers Co-op, we aim to equip homeschool families with the tools to make this amazing journey of homeschooling just a little bit easier. Are you ready to join thousands of other homeschoolers and start managing your home and homeschool? Start your 30 Day FREE Trial TODAY!

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Acellus Academy

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The Power of Personalized Learning

Acellus is the fastest growing learning system in America. Each subject is taught through video-based lessons featuring some of the most talented teachers in America. Acellus uses Deficiency Diagnostics to find the holes in a student’s understanding and customizes the instruction to fill the gaps in each student’s knowledge.

Help your student excel in their schoolwork, or earn a diploma at home. Learn more at: www.AcellusAcademy.com.

 

 

Explore Everywhere Culinary Adventures

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Explore Everywhere Culinary Adventures

As a music teacher who uses engaging songs and activities to introduce young children to global cultures in my program, All Around This World, and also as the father of three (6, 8 and 11), I’m very conscious of the way children develop an appreciation for people and places that are distant from theirs. How do we raise out kids to be “global citizens,” open to difference, eager to explore?

Also, as a human being, I eat. Sometimes up to three meals a day! And my kids eat too, and since I hope they always will, and since one of the tastiest ways to get to know about an unfamiliar culture is to meet it through its food, I’m particularly intent on raising my children to be culinarily curious. Like many children I know, my kids default to the bland — plain pasta, mac and cheese. And, like many children I know, my kids are kids; any food I would introduce “because its good for you,” no matter how yummy, would taste to them exactly like food that is “good for you.”

Instead of forcing far-flung foods on our family, my wife and I have chosen to take a less insistent, longer term approach. Our goal is not to micromanage our kids’ meals in the present, insisting that every lunch box includes a cuisine from each continent, but to enable them to develop a lifelong appreciation for different tastes and an overarching eagerness to explore. We stay active and try foods that are new, but when we do, we focus more on enjoying the experience than any eating one particular meal. We want to create an atmosphere of acceptance, and resist the instinct to arm-twist as we do.

This is a delicate, patient dance. I call it “the long con.”

Is this working? Slowly. Our family’s favorite restaurant has long been an Indian place nearby. My wife and I have brought the kids there for years and everyone in the family feels welcome. Until recently our kids, though claiming to love “Indian food” because we all enjoyed eating there together, would only actually consume copious amounts of rice and bread (naan). Tempted as we were to force-feed anything more exciting my wife and I usually restrained ourselves; a taste here, a taste there, no hard sell. Our hope was that one day the kids’ taste buds would catch up to their appreciation. Not so long ago during one usual family feast our eldest tried a sauce, liked it, and introduced it to her sisters. Now when we go they not only actually eat Indian sauces but also sometimes even try to find tastes that are new. Victory? Sore of. They still fill up on rice and bread. But there’s light at the end of the tunnel…and that tunnel is made of shahi paneer.

At home we aren’t always creative, but when we do try to cook something international and new we try to make it an adventure. Finding the recipe together, shopping for ingredients together, cooking as a form of family fun . . . We hope for success but we don’t rely on it.  When the results are tasty we enjoy them. When the experiment turns out terribly . . . we laugh and break out the mac and cheese.

All Around This World’s online cultural curriculum, Explore Everywhere, approaches culinary adventures as participatory projects. First, we find a recipe that we can actually concoct from ingredients we find in our cupboard. Then, and most important, we cook it together. Lately in class, as we’ve been learning about the music and cultures of Africa, we’ve tried Ugandan chapati and sweet Moroccan couscous. We’ve achieved modest culinary success. But we’ve had 100% fun.

So maybe if you want to help your kids overcome the fear of eating internationally, relax. Forget about the food itself. Make international eating an adventure. Explore somewhere new, have a great time doing it, but don’t put on pressure. Promise the kids that if everyone tries everything and still hates it you’ll stop for pizza on the way home.

Play the long con. Will it work? Who knows. But one the way, we’ll all eat well.

 

** Jay Sand is the founder and lead teacher of a world cultures and global music program called All Around This World. Homeschool.com recently featured his online curriculum, Explore Everywhere, as one of the top resources in our Back to Homeschool guide.

All Around This World: A Global Music and World Cultures Experience for Kids and their Families Website | Twitter @AATWMusic | YouTube | Pinterest | Facebook | Spotify Learn about the world through music everyday, wherever you are. Subscribe to Explore Everywhere!

Problem Solved!

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Learning Problem or Teaching Problem

Does your child struggle in math? You are not alone. It is also pretty safe to say the struggle is not a learning problem. It is likely a teaching problem. In America, it is extremely common for teachers (and parents) to teach in a way that addresses only one learning style, usually auditory. The problem is, only 34% of us learn that way. What about the other 66%?

We can’t blame educators for getting up in front of their students and “showing” students how to perform a procedure, like 45 + 39. After all, they learned that way when they were in school. We teach how we were taught, usually.

In order to support ALL students and create equity, teachers/parents need to facilitate lessons that address all learners. They need to make the math meaningful, where students make connections. Math is a story where connections can be made within concepts and across concepts. Math is not a series of unrelated procedures. But, it is still taught that way. 

Problem Solved! online sessions are designed to provide your child with deep conceptual understanding. Problem Solved! facilitates instruction that gives students the opportunity to construct their own strategies, and then make meaningful connections.  

Please click here to learn more.

 

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3 Tips for Fall (Homeschool) Planning

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Three Tips for Effective Fall (Homeschool) Planning is a guest blog post from ueisworkshop.com.

As summer winds down and Fall launch approaches, we are filled with a sense of renewed optimism. Our unwavering faith in our children, their dreams and what we believe they can achieve motivates us to provide an optimal learning environment. The instructional planning and preparation that we employ are critical to achieving our goals. With this in mind, we offer the following friendly tips:

1. Reflect on previous instructional experiences.

In order to make sound adjustments, it is critical to reflect on prior instructional practices. What went well? What didn’t go so well? When was my child fully engaged and interested? Should I employ more direct teaching or does my child thrive during independent learning time? Should I invest in more training in order to enhance my teaching skills? Addressing such questions are critical to our growth as instructional leaders in our homes.

2. Provide practical learning experiences.

Research tells us that learning is preserved when applied. In other words, providing children with opportunities to practice what they have learned increases the likelihood of the information being retained. For example, when studying plant life or the ecosystem, encouraging children to build and cultivate personal gardens is an effective way to employ a “live curriculum”.

3. Stay organized.

Preparation is essential to delivering effective instruction. How well we organize our planning time greatly impacts our ability to deliver instruction, assess student progress and provide differentiated learning opportunities in response to what we have learned. Knowing what we need to teach, documenting how we plan on teaching it and archiving the information in such a way that it can be easily retrieved and used is a great first step.

No one strategy can guarantee an easy “back to school” transition. However, early preparation is a great starting point. So dust off your teacher hat and let’s start planning!

Organize Your Homeschool for Success

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Organize Your Homeschool for Success

Are you ready for the new homeschooling year to begin? As the days of summer begin to dwindle, many homeschool parents start the countdown to the first day of school and often begin to feel stressed. Whether you’ve been blessed with one child, two, or a tribe of 12, getting prepared to homeschool takes more than just good intentions or wishful thinking. To start your homeschooling year on the right foot, try these helpful organizational suggestions and ideas:

Organize your curriculum

If a busy summer schedule has kept you from reviewing the homeschool curriculum you purchased two months ago, now’s the time to open the boxes and start making lesson plans. As you study teacher’s guides, student workbooks, and testing materials, spend an entire week planning, so you begin the new school year with at least one month of lessons for subjects such as Bible, math, language arts, science, and history. Also, if you have curriculum from last year that can’t be passed down to younger children or given away, don’t waste extra space on your shelves. Pack the old curriculum away and only place each child’s current schoolbooks on your book shelves.

If you really want to make things easy, get all your homeschool curriculum for the whole family with a Monarch Plan, which grants up to three students unprecedented access to 50 courses for grades 3-12. Plus, you’ll get the convenience of automatic grading and lesson planning.

Organize your house

Getting your home ready for the new homeschooling year includes fall cleaning. Although you likely aren’t enthusiastic about this chore, you probably won’t move the furniture to give the carpet a thorough vacuuming again until December. So reclaim the living room and your children’s bedrooms by chasing those spider webs away before you get into the routine of schooling each day.

You should also decide which rooms in your house should be used as classrooms. Since every home is different, work with your floor plan and available space. Maybe the kitchen works best for your family because the table is big enough to accommodate four children. Also, make sure there are plenty of storage spaces like a pantry or closet nearby to hold all your schoolbooks and supplies. You’ll also find it beneficial to prepare a place in each child’s room for quiet, independent activities, as well as find places to hang maps, time lines, and posters on your walls to stimulate your child’s learning interests.

Another organizing tip that saves time is stocking up on essentials such as non-perishable foods, cleaning supplies, personal items, and paper products. Extra trips to the store for these items will be reduced, creating more uninterrupted, homeschooling time.

Organize supplemental teaching materials and supplies

Bookcases have a way of getting out of control when books have been haphazardly returned to their spots throughout the summer months. Reorganize before starting a new school year by separating shelves into different categories such as encyclopedias, fiction, non-fiction, and reference books for history, science, and other subjects. Educational toys such as math manipulatives, games, and puzzles can be sorted for older or younger children and stored in plastic tubs. Plastic storage units with three or four drawers can house arts and craft supplies, as well as markers, colors, pencils, and other everyday schooling supplies. If your homeschooling budget is tight, be creative. Make storage containers out of empty laundry soap boxes, cookie tins, coffee cans, and other inexpensive, ordinary items found around your home.

Organize the family chores

If there’s one good thing about homeschooling with a large family, it certainly provides opportunities for learning a variety of life skills. The problem arises, however, when trying to keep track of each child’s chores and responsibilities. To keep things organized, especially when the children are younger, use a weekly schedule and post it on the refrigerator. Whether helping prepare the meal, setting the table, washing the dirty dishes, carrying out the trash, cleaning the bathroom, vacuuming, collecting dirty laundry, or folding clothes and putting them away, each child will know what is expected of him that week. When the daily chores are completed, your children can place a sticker or check mark in the box next to the assigned, age-appropriate chore completed.

Organize your household rules

Save more time for teaching instead of parenting with a posted set of family rules. Decide together with your children what these rules will be, along with the consequences if they are violated. Disobedience, disrespect, pouting, and other poor character qualities that interfere with homeschooling can be addressed before you begin the school year. Also, don’t forget to include a clear understanding of expected bed times, as well as how much screen time is allowed each day.

Organize yourself

Be truthful. Since you’re the first link in the homeschooling adventure, don’t forget to pencil in time for yourself when organizing your yearly homeschool calendar. After all, if the stress of parenting and teaching 24/7 causes your marriage, friendships, and relationship with the Lord to fail, what good are all your homeschooling efforts? Plan dates with your spouse, fun days with friends, and special alone times with the Lord before the year begins. If you don’t schedule these important events, they’ll never happen. Also, be sure to schedule more time than you think you’ll need, since unforeseen circumstances usually cancel half of them for one reason or another. More importantly, make sure you prioritize your daily schedule and include time for personal devotions and exercise, so you find the spiritual, emotional, and physical strength you need.

Although organization takes a fair amount of time to accomplish at the beginning of the homeschool year, it only takes a short amount of time to maintain. Take advantage of these last days of summer vacation. Get organized and make your homeschooling year the best it can be, as you enjoy more free time teaching the people you love most.

 

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