Roadschooling with Technology

Roadschooling with TechnologyMy wife (Melinda) and I decided to hit the road full time with our four children almost a year ago. We had been homeschooling since our first was school age, but we knew that life on the road would make it a requirement. Because we travel all over the country, We were excited for our children to not only learn about the US but to experience it. Obviously, our homeschool looks different than most. The biggest difference is that we don’t want to be on the road full time and just sit in the RV doing school work. Our goal is to make our experiences a major part of how our children are learning. Plus, we have to be creative with how we do education with limited space in our motorhome. We aren’t able to stockpile curriculum or spread our children out all over the house to do their bookwork. Because of this, we use technology regularly to supplement their education.
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Kindle Oasis and Facebook Q&A – WHS 187

I held a live Q&A on Facebook earlier this week and this is the audio of most of that Q&A.

If this is something you’d like me to do in the future, please leave a comment below or on my Facebook page.

Also during the broadcast, I talked about the new Kindle Oasis from Amazon.Kindle Oasis with cover

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How to Homeschool Like Sir Richard Branson – WHS 186

In 1970, at the age of 20, Richard Branson founded a mail-order record company by the name of Virgin Records. Since then, he has founded eight different billion-dollar companies in eight different industries. Oh, by the way, he doesn’t have a degree in business.
Richard Branson

My general attitude to life is to enjoy every minute of every day. I never do anything with a feeling of, ‘Oh God, I’ve got to do this today.’ —Richard Branson

Branson is one of the most unconventional entrepreneurs of the 20th century. He has started a space tourism company and plans to be on the first commercial flight into space along with his children. He’s been known to participate in dangerous publicity stunts for his companies.

Richard Branson’s management style and philosophy has made him one of the most successful business men in history. Let’s take a look at some of characteristics of his management style and apply them to homeschooling.

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Consider Your Kids Before Posting That Pic on Facebook

Don’t Post About Me on Social Media, Children Say

Recently, university researchers asked children and parents to describe the rules they thought families should follow related to technology. In most cases, parents and children agreed – don’t text and drive; don’t be online when someone wants to talk to you. But there was one surprising rule that the children wanted that their parents mentioned far less often: Don’t post anything about me on social media without asking me.

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Chalking It Up: A Look at Homeschooling Children with Special Needs

Homeschooling children is a challenging endeavor that often leaves parents worrying that they are doing the best for their children. This is true for all children, but when a child has special needs we often experience increased anxiety and stress. We naturally want the best for our sons and daughters, but sometimes that means going against the grain and choosing alternative schooling solutions.
Mother and Daughter - Homeschooling Children with Special Needs
Whether our children have severe allergies, asthma, immune disorders, seizures, disabilities, hyperactivity, or any other special need they often have a hard time adapting to traditional public or private schools. While administrators and educators attempt to accommodate and push inclusion, their answers don’t always meet the needs of our children. The medical and behavioral needs of one often go unmet in traditional school settings that are trying to fulfill the needs of many. Continue Reading →

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