Online Writing Classes for Homeschoolers—Guest Post

As many homeschooling parents know, writing can be a difficult subject to teach. Even if your student understands grammar and can write well, many children simply do not like writing, resulting in poor content and a lot of complaining. It can be hard to teach writing if your student does not like it, or if you do not enjoy the subject either, for that matter.

Grammar is a tedious subject, but one that is so important. Why not hand over some of the responsibility to an online classroom? Here, your students can engage in grammar and writing assignments and even take quizzes. You can rest assured knowing they are learning grammar rules correctly, and they might be more motivated when they have to turn in assignments to someone other than their parent. While this is not a replacement for your teaching, it is a supplement. Of course, checking their homework and adding any additional writing work you feel necessary is still required. Continue Reading →

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Interview with Michael Prince of Four Point Families – WHS 109

Four Point Families

Michael and Melinda Prince with their 3 children.

Homeschooling families face a challenge: preparing our children to live in a culture that defines itself in extremes. How can families prepare their children to face a world where casual sex and continuous connectedness are the norm? Establishing Biblical culture in our homes gives our children a strong foundation to face the world when they get their first job or leave for college. Michael Prince and his wife Melinda of Four Point Families are missionaries to the American Church and speak to parents about the culture our children face and how parents can equip themselves and their children to live in a culture where “likes” and our personal information are traded as commodities.

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6 Tips to Avoid Computer Vision Syndrome at Home

Technology is great but one of the downsides is that if we’re not careful it can wreak our health. If you or your kids spend several hours a day at the computer or using a tablet or smartphone you should be aware of the strain and stress it cause on your eyes and back.

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One of the things to look out for in you and your kids is Computer Vision Syndrome.

Computer vision syndrome (CVS) is a temporary condition resulting from focusing the eyes on a computer display for protracted, uninterrupted periods of time. Some symptoms of CVS include headaches, blurred vision, neck pain, redness in the eyes, fatigue, eye strain, dry eyes, irritated eyes, double vision, vertigo/dizziness, polyopia, and difficulty refocusing the eyes. These symptoms can be further aggravated by improper lighting conditions (glare or bright overhead lighting) or air moving past the eyes. Source: Wikipedia.

I work in front of a screen all day and on those days when I don’t take a break from staring at my screen I can feel then stress and tension not only in my eyes but my back and mind.

It’s important that we give our kids the tools to live a productive life and one of those tools is good habits when it comes to the use of technology. Avoiding eye and back strain are becoming increasingly important as homeschool parents rely more and more on technology.

Here’s a great infographic to help you remember some simple rules to keep your eyes and back healthy and strees-free! Continue Reading →

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How to Choose the Best Tablet for Homeschooling – WHS 108

Choosing the Right Tablet for Your Homeschool

A question I get asked a lot is, “What’s the best tablet for homeschooling?” Honestly, there is no right answer. The one that’s right for you depends on a number of different factors. Some of the things to consider are price, purpose, and performance. Take a look at the 8 things you should consider before you purchase you first or next tablet for homeschooling.

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