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5 Fun Back-to-School Astronomy Activities – Guest Post by Luke Gilkerson

In my experience as a homeschool dad (and as a parent), most kids don’t relish going back to school in the fall. This is why we try to kick off the school year with special learning opportunities every year—as a friendly reminder to our kids that learning is actually fun.

Milky Way Galaxy
Astronomy is one of those subjects that carries a natural appeal for kids, so before the colder months approach, take advantage of what the sky above is doing. The end of August and beginning of September offers some great opportunities to excite kids about astronomy. 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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Tech Innovations That Help Autistic Kids in Homeschooling [Guest Post]

Word AUTISM with kids shoes on wooden background - Tech Innovations That Help Autistic Kids in HomeschoolingFor children on the autism spectrum, sometimes traditional schooling just doesn’t work. With homeschooling, a more personalized approach to learning can go a long way. However, to really reap the benefits of homeschooling, it has to be done right.

Luckily, there are plenty of resources available to you when you are homeschooling your child. This ranges from detailed pre-planned lessons, professionals that can give you advice on teaching, and various technologies. Technology, especially, has evolved greatly with a portion of it dedicated to helping those with autism. In this article, we will take a look at some of this technology that you can incorporate in homeschooling your child to make learning easier for them. Continue Reading →

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Is It Time We Introduced Cyber Security Into Our Children’s Upbringing? [Guest Post]

Is It Time We Introduced Cyber Security Into Our Children’s Upbringing?The technology and internet in today’s world are ever changing and evolving. How to make sure your privacy is secured online, and how to defend yourself from phishing emails, malware attacks and other forms of cyber threats are common topics for adults.

But what about the younger generation?

How can the society or parents teach young children to use the internet in a safe way? The kids growing up today are often introduced to smartphones, laptops or tablets at a very young age. When you look around, how many kids do you see using a smartphone? Personally, I see it relatively often.

These children know everything about video games, YouTube, animal animations, etc. But little do they know about malicious malware, viruses, phishing, and other online threats. Continue Reading →

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Homeschooling and Liberty Summit

Homeschooling and Liberty Summit
I had the pleasure of participating in the Homeschooling and Liberty Summit along with 27 other homeschooling and entrepreneurship leaders.

This free summit starts on February 1, 2018 and features interviews with myself and others on topics that will interest veteran homeschoolers as well as parents who want to start homeschooling.

Besides me you’ll hear from Ron Paul, Pam Laricchia, Dr. Brian D. Ray, Kerry McDonald, Pat Farenga and more!

Sign up through email at www.homeschoolingandliberty.com and you’ll receive each interview in your inbox every day in February. Continue Reading →

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