3 Top Tips to Enhance Learning with Digital Media [Infographic]

Enhance learning with digital media
Do your kids like to watch movies and videos? Looking for a way to incorporate their viewing habits into your homeschooling? Enhance learning with digital media from Pure Flix Digital’s 4-week curriculum for homeschooling parents.

Pure Flix Digital has added a library of educational videos and movies that homeschoolers can use to supplement their curriculum.

They recently reached out to me and we collaborated on this infographic that shares some of the benefits of homeschooling with digital media. Continue Reading →

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2017 Total Solar Eclipse Infographic

Are your kids excited about the total solar eclipse this summer? Want a handy way to teach them about eclipses? Here’s a great infographic from Space.com that illustrates what causes eclipses and the different kinds you might see.

2017 Total Solar Eclipse

Quick STEM Tip

You can spend an entire week investigating eclipses. The best application is to figure out the math that determines when an eclipse will occur.

Bonus #1: If you have an artist in the house, have your child draw the relationship of the sun, moon, and earth during an eclipse.

Bonus #2: Take a look through your history books and see when an eclipse occurred at the same time as a major historical event.

WARNING: Never view the sun, even during a total solar eclipse, without protective eye wear.

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Total Solar Eclipse 2017 – 5 Best Online Resources

Total Solar Eclipse 2017 - 5 Best Online ResourcesA total solar eclipse doesn’t come around very often in North America. The last one was 40 years ago and the one happening this year has been getting a lot of attention.

The eclipse will cast a shadow across 12 states as it moves across the country. If you’re along the path of totality, you’ll see the sky plunge into darkness for up to 3 minutes during the day. If you live where where the total solar eclipse isn’t visible, you’ll still see a beautiful partial eclipse.

You’ll want to make sure you have protective eye wear for safely viewing the eclipse. There are some links in the sidebar to solar shades. It’s a good idea to buy some now before supplies run low and prices go up.

Here are the 5 Best Resources I’ve Found for the Total Solar Eclipse of 2017:

  • NASA Eclipse 2017 – NASA’s official site for the 2017 North American solar eclipse. Get the latest news and scientific data about the eclipse and find out out you can participate as a citizen astronomer.
  • Great American Eclipse – Here you’ll find a lot of great original content like videos, posters, and graphics as well as information about eclipse parties in ever state.
  • Eclipse 2017 – Provides a lot of great general information about the upcoming eclipse and detailed information about viewing in specific cities along the path of totality.
  • Kids Eclipse – Designed for grade K thru 6th grade, Kids Eclipse is produced by an an elementary school teacher to guide children through this spectacular and mystical celestial event.
  • Mr. Eclipse – Technical information from a retired NASA astrophysicist and eclipse expert. Includes thorough explanations of the event with links and resources.

Sound Off

Are you travelling to see the total solar eclipse or do you live in a state where it will be visible. Have you planned any activities around the event? Let me know in the comments below!

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Apple’s App Rating System Explained and Google Family Link- WHS 207

Apple App Rating System Google Family Link

More and more, companies are finally starting to realize that parents want a way to let their children safely use digital devices.

Apple and Google have been providing app ratings similar to the ESRB ratings for video games for years now but what do those ratings mean?

In this episode of The Wired Homeschool I take a look at the Apple app rating system and give a brief overview of Google’s new parental control feature: Family Link. Continue Reading →

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3 Easy DIY Crafts for Homeschooling Children with Special Needs [Guest Post]

DIY Crafts for Homeschooling Children with Special Needs
If you have a special needs child that you homeschool, there’s a good chance you’re often looking for new ideas for crafts to delight and entertain them while helping them develop skills. Of course, it will depend on your child’s abilities/disabilities when it comes to what they can work on, but you should have a good feel for what both you and they will be comfortable with. Now that spring is here, I thought it might be fun to focus on some thematic activities. Continue Reading →

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