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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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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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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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5 Online Science Classes for Homeschoolers

Model of human skullHomeschooling parents know science can be a difficult subject to teach. Even if your student understands basic scientific principles, some children simply do not like science and that can lead to a lot complaining. Add to that, the cost of equipment and materials for labs and it’s understandable why so many parents shy away from teaching science at home.

Online science classes allow parents to hand over some of the responsibility to online classrooms. Your kids can engage with a teacher during a live class or with interactive courses that help homeschool students learn at their own pace.

While not a replacement for your teaching, an online course can help fill in any gaps in your homeschooling or supplement your current curriculum.

Here are 5 Online Science Classes for Homeschoolers that I’ve found that will help homeschooling parents teach science to their kids. Continue Reading →

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7 Online Writing Classes for Homeschoolers — Guest Post

Homeschooler writing in a notebook with a pencil - Online Writing ClassesAs many homeschooling parents know, writing can be a difficult subject to teach. Even if your student understands grammar and can write well, many children simply do not like writing, resulting in poor content and a lot of complaining. It can be hard to teach writing if your student does not like it, or if you do not enjoy the subject either, for that matter.

Grammar is a tedious but important subject. Why not hand over some of the responsibility to an online classroom where your students can engage in grammar and writing assignments and even take quizzes?

You can rest assured knowing they are learning grammar rules correctly. They might be more motivated when they have to turn in assignments to someone other than their parent.

While this is not a replacement for your teaching, it is a great supplement. Of course, checking their homework and adding any additional writing work you feel necessary is still required.

At Grammarly, where I work, we grammar check hundreds of documents of all types. I often look at online writing classes to see how they’re teaching. This helps me see how people best learn English so I can improve our product strategy.

I often see writing classes for homeschoolers that impress me. Here are some of the best I’ve come across: Continue Reading →

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