Shawn Barrieau of MyFunScience – WHS 228


Shawn and Heather Barrieau founded MyFunScience in 2016 to fill a need they saw in the homeschooling community. They noticed that parents were struggling to teach math and science starting in the middle and high school grades.

The classes are taught from a Christian perspective and they believe:

  • A well-rounded STEM curriculum is critical to each student’s success in school, college, and life.
  • Our future generations and future job markets require solution-oriented thinkers and the skills provided by STEM training.
  • Working through science and math curriculums provide lifelong skills to enhance your student’s ability to deeply and richly engage in any academic and professional arena they choose!

Their teachers have years of professional and teaching experience. Each of their teachers cares deeply about making students feel welcome to explore and discover.

Sign up for the MyFunScience mailing list by June 28, 2018, and receive $50 off an online course and a chance to win a free course!

For my take on their courses and the STEM Study Skills Summer Blitz read the article 10 Tips for Parents of Homeschoolers Taking Online Courses.

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10 Tips for Parents of Homeschoolers Taking Online Courses

Summertime is here! Homeschoolers all over the world look forward to taking a break from their school work and basking in the sun, soaking in the pool, staying up late by a campfire roasting marshmallows, and taking online courses.

Teen Girl with laptop — 10 Tips for Parents of Homeschoolers Taking Online CoursesYou might be thinking to yourself, “John, one of those things is not like the other.” I know. Who wants to roast marshmallows all summer long?

Summer is supposed to be about fun and sun but sometimes you need to do a little catch-up. Maybe you took an extended vacation during the school year and got behind in a subject. Perhaps there was one parent in your co-op didn’t cover a subject as thoroughly as you’d expected.

Online courses can supplement what a child learned last year or allow them to pursue something that interests them without having to take away from their normal schoolwork. Summertime is a great opportunity for this because while school is “officially” over, learning can continue.

Since moms and dads need a break from homeschooling too, online courses can also offer parents a way to keep those math skills polished or add in an extra course during the school year without having to do all the preparation.

The folks at My Fun Science sent over a PDF that will help you and your kids get the most out of an online course. These 10 Tips for Parents of Homeschoolers Taking Online Courses will help you and your child get the most out of any online course you take this summer. Continue Reading →

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How to Become Fluent in a Foreign Language with Duolingo – WHS 227


I stumbled across a video on YouTube a few weeks ago by Evan Edinger wherein he talked about how he learned German using Duolingo.

If you’re not familiar with Duolingo, it’s a website and app that helps you learn to speak a foreign language through gamification. It’s also free. It uses a very novel approach that I’ve previously discussed on the podcast.

I though I’d pull out some of the points in his video and share them with you if you’re thinking about using Duolingo to teach your kids a foreign language. Continue Reading →

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5 Mind-Expanding Astronomy Themed Science Project Ideas [Guest Post]

Astronaut Orbiting Earth - Astronomy Themed Science ProjectMost homeschooling parents are no strangers to the need to instill their children with a thorough education in STEM subjects. One of the most exciting aspects of studying science throughout school can be hands-on projects that bring abstract concepts to life.

I personally remember creating a model of the solar system that depicted the relative sizes of the planets, and it is one of my fondest educational memories. Not only did I have the chance to be creative and get my hands dirty with colors, but the project brought the reality of our solar system’s planets to life.

It taught me how small my home planet is, which grew into a larger love of astronomy and a more-involved appreciation of the fragility of our system and universe.

The unknown reaches of the universe are complex and relatively incomprehensible, but these abstract places and ideas fill people with wonder, and the study of astronomy forces us to confront our universe’s mysteries.

Experimentation is an excellent way for children to engage astronomical concepts and realities with concrete visualizations. Fortunately, in this era, we are gifted with a multitude of digital resources that can accompany hands-on projects in order to solidify underlying education objectives.

Ours is a universe of motion, so we should take advantage of our electronic ability to visually represent difficult concepts.

Below are five simple, engaging twists on classic astronomy-themed science projects for homeschooled children of all ages. Each project has a suggested approximate age level, but these are not absolute as they are subject to your child’s unique interest, learning objectives, and ability. Continue Reading →

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