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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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Body Image and Instagram – Infographic

Instagram Body Image Issues in TeensWhile media has come a long way in its portrayal of body image, we are still far from fully embracing images that represent every ‘body.’ Teens and younger tweens are faced with images daily that impact the way they view their own bodies…and contribute to what they perceive as the ideal for beauty.

In the 90s, Kate Moss’ thin aesthetic gave way to the waif ideal. However, the grunge movement and the Riot Grrrl musicians in that same decade helped teens and younger women see other ideas of what it meant to be female.

Today’s teens, however, are faced with curated and contrived images of beauty. Thanks to Instagram filters and the wonders of photoshop, bodies can be tweaked, faces can be glossed over and a look can be flawlessly transformed. Reality, it seems, is virtually blurred.  Continue Reading →

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Smart Homes, Smart Toys How Kids Use Technology at Home – Infographic

Smart Homes Smart Toys How Kids Use Technology

Smart Homes Smart Toys

If you’ve made the decision to homeschool your children, remember that technology can be your ally. Children living in this digital age are already used to interacting with technology every day, so integrating it into the learning curriculum can facilitate the learning process.

Even so, there are important reasons why you need to be mindful of the extent to which your children use technology. Consider some examples from tech titans present and past. Bill Gates did not permit his kids to have their own smartphones until they reached 13 years old, and Steve Jobs never allowed his young kids to use iPads. This doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t consider technology for younger children — but you should be more vigilant with younger kids.

There are indeed some interesting ways that you can use smart home technology and smart toy technology to make homeschooling a more interactive experience for you and yours. What follows is a look at specific smart home technology and smart toy technology to consider. Continue Reading →

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Violence in Media—A Guide to Media Ratings [Infographic]

Violence in Media—A Guide to Media Ratings
Violence in media seems unavoidable. Even content deemed “family-friendly” probably contains some level of violence. It could be mild and joking or it could be an epic battle between heroes and villains.

It’s likely that kids graduating this summer have seen 40,000 murders on TV if they watch the national average of 7.5 hours of media per day.

I’m all for including entertainment in our homeschooling. It can spark an interest in a topic or supplement a lesson. Sometimes we use it as a reward for getting school work done.

No matter how you use media (TV, movies, games, Netflix, YouTube videos) it’s important for us as parents to be aware of the content. Media ratings help, but it’s better to preview content when possible.

Rawhide Boys Ranch created a great infographic that shares eye-opening information about the media consumption of kids in America.

Check out the infographic below. If you want to dig deeper in to the details, check out Rawhide’s excellent article that compliments the infographic. Continue Reading →

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5 Best Online Grammar Tools for Flawless Writing

Writing is one of the most difficult subjects to teach in homeschooling. Many parents recognize good writing but don’t know how to teach it.

Woman typing on laptop — 5 Best Online Grammar Tools for Flawless Writing
There are many online courses your child can take to learn to write but even with excellent instruction, they’ll still make mistakes.

Your kids may be perfect but their writing can use some improvement. These five online grammar tools will have your child turning in flawless writing assignments.

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