Online Great Books with Scott Hambrick – WHS 232

Online Great Books


Every homeschooler understands that reading is essential. However, sometimes we may not know what our children should be reading. Or, perhaps we know what they should read but we don’t understand the essential themes and ideas of a piece of great literature.

At Online Great Books you’ll find a community that will help you understand the classics of the Western world. As parents, it’s important for us to continue learning even as we’re teaching our children and Online Great Books is a fantastic way for you to dig into those classics that may seem daunting.

Scott Hambrick, the “Reader-in-Chief” at Online Great Books challenges us to answer the call of the great thinkers that shaped out civilization.

We take the ideas of ancient Greece, follow them through their evolution in Rome, the middle ages, the enlightenment, right up to our own time. We read the best, men like Plato, Aristotle, Locke, Kant, Wittgenstein, et al., and allow them to teach us.

We push our members to do the hard work it takes to become classically educated men and women who are ready to apply their newfound knowledge in every aspect of their lives. OGB also provides accountability, encouraging you to stay the course and obtain the educational goals you have set for yourself.

Scott and I had a great conversation about some of these classic books, how they shaped our culture, and why homeschoolers should be reading classical literature. During this interview, I was challenged to expand my literary knowledge and read some of the books covered at Online Great Books and I hope you’ll join me in the first seminar reading through The Illiad.

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7 Alexa Skills Homeschoolers Can Use With Their Amazon Echo – WHS 231

7 Alexa skills homeschoolers can use with their Amazon Echo


Last week I talked about 10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot for Homeschooling and one of those ways was to use educational skills. This week I’ll share 7 Alexa skills homeschoolers can use with their Amazon Echo.

If you’re using an Amazon Echo for homeschooling, let me know how you’re using it in the comments below. What other skills would you suggest? Continue Reading →

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10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot for Homeschooling – WHS 230

Amazon Echo Dot - 10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot in Your Homeschool

When the Amazon Echo Dot was originally released many people saw the smart speaker as nothing more than a novelty.

Many people bought it and its older sibling the Amazon Echo and quickly realized how helpful it could be in their day-to-day lives.

The Amazon Echo Dot has a lot of functionality in it that helps with day-to-day activities. With it, you can set reminders, message other people, and buy milk when you’ve run out.

Homeschoolers can make use of the Amazon Echo Dot too. Here are 10 ways to use an Amazon Echo Dot for homeschooling. Continue Reading →

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7 YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers to Learn How to Fix Cars – WHS 229

Two boys in a junkyard — 7 YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers to Learn How to Fix Cars

A major part of homeschooling involves teaching practical life-skills like how to fix cars.

OK, maybe not everyone needs to learn to fix a car but basic maintenance or knowing when to take your car to a mechanic are skills every homeschooler should learn.

If you have a budding mechanic or if you don’t think you can’t teach your kids to change the oil in a car, you can lean on these 7 YouTube channels to help you and your kids learn how to fix cars. Continue Reading →

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Girls That Make Wearable Technology Projects – Create Something Great

When I heard about Girls That Make I reached out to them and asked for a sample project in exchange for a review here on the blog. They agreed and my daughter and I both couldn’t wait for it to arrive.

Girls That Make Project Box

Subscription boxes have been around for years. The concept is really simple. You pay a monthly fee and receive either a project or box of goodies.

Girls That Make is a subscription box service that sends you wearable tech projects every month. Even though this is marketed to girls, my boys were dying to work on this project with my daughter and me. I held my ground and told them this was a project for the two of us. Continue Reading →

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