New Report Shows Homeschooling is Still On the Rise – The Wired Homeschool

A new report released by NHERI (National Home Education Research Institute) indicates that homeschooling is still on the rise.

According to the report released on January 3, 2011 there are approximately 2.2 million children being homeschooled between the ages of 7 and 12 in the United States.  The number of homeschooled students increased by approximately 7% since 2007.  This accounts for about 3.8% of all school-aged children in the U.S.

The report also indicates that it is difficult to calculate the number of “underground”homeschoolers.  “Underground homeschoolers are parents who choose not to comply with state laws.  A conservative estimate is that 10% of homeschoolers are “underground” in states that require registration of homeschooled students.

You can download and read the entire report here:http://www.nheri.org/HomeschoolPopulationReport2010.pdf

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HSR: CurrClick – The Wired Homeschool

Every once in a while your child may suddenly develop an interest in the Civil War or perhaps a particular inventor like Thomas Edison.  You want to nurture and develop that interest but where can you find a curriculum in short order and not pay a bundle for it?  CurrClick has got you covered!

Currclick describes itself as:

Your one-stop shop for electronic lapbooks, affordable curriculum, and homeschooling resources. Unit study, novel study, bargain home study online downloads for home education!

My wife has been using Currclick for a few years now and we are so happy with the great products they have to offer. There is a huge library of free materials that you can download and many times things will go on sale for $1.

In addition to their downloadable products, they also offer live online classes taught by other homeschooling parents. It’s a great way to supplement your child’s current curriculum.

Don’t miss out! Sign up at CurrClick today and start getting the most bang for your homeschooling buck. You won’t be disappointed.

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HSR: Khan Academy – The Wired Homeschool

If you haven’t heard about Khan Academy yet then you must be living under a virtual rock (I was for a while too).

Khan Academy is a free, online video library that covers topics within the fields of mathematics, science, and economics (just to name a few). With over 1800 videos that you can online watch for free, I doubt you’ll run out of material any time soon.

Originally started to help his niece, Salman Khan now shares his videos with the whole world.

The Khan Academy is all about using video to explain the world…we hope to empower everyone, everywhere with a free, world-class education.

There’s really no way to explain the Khan Academy with words. You need to watch the videos in order to understand how useful this is to homeschoolers.

You can get more information about Khan Academy and watch videos athttp://khanacademy.org

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App Review – Kids Quotas – The Wired Homeschool

Time is precious in a homeschooling house.  Computer time is like pixie dust that can be sprinkled upon your children and they’ll magically do their chores and school work.  However, if your kids don’t know how much of that pixie dust to expect then they start arguing.

With Kids’ Quotas from Active Mind Apps you can monitor your kids’ activity time.  Originally intended to monitor iThingy (iPod, iPhone, iPad) usage, Kids’ Quotas can be used to track all kinds of things like TV time, reading time, play time and quiet time (especially important for Mommy).

Once you’ve established times for a particular activity it is very simple to setup that quota.  After the quota is established just tap it and a countdown begins after a confirmation dialog.  Multiple quotas can run simultaneously and you can drill down through the usage time and have a detailed look at quotas used.  If you forget to stop one of the timers you can edit the amount of time used.

Kids’ Quotas allows you to:

  • Track one or more children
  • Quickly setup as many different quotas per child as you’d like
  • Configure each quota to track time by day, week, or month
  • See clear visual indicators of the running status of each quota
  • View detailed histories with average and total usage summaries
  • Just touch and go to track time and end the arguments

A couple of things I’d like to see added to the app are an audible or visual notification when a quota has expired (I let one run for over 9 hours) and a password or PIN required to edit the time used. I find this app very useful and I think we’ll be using it in the future to track our kids’ quotas.

Kids’ Quotas is compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad. Requires iOS 3.0 or later and costs $2.99.

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Which Browser is the Best – WHS 22

For a long time “the Internet” was synonymous with Internet Explorer.  Since then a number of challengers to Internet Explorer’s dominance on the Internet has emerged.

Browser market share differs globally and the differences between the US and European market share a very interesting.  Internet Explorer’s dominance is fading and Google’s Chrome browser is quickly taking market share from all of the major browsers in the market.

Today I talk about different browsers available for OS X and Windows and provide you with my recommendation.  I also talk about how you can support the podcast and some of the plans that I have for the future.

Browser stats were taken from Wikipedia’s article, Usage share of web browsers.

I also mention the new blog posts you can find on the website: Homeschool Resource of the Week and the iPhone App Review of the Week.  If you have an app or resource you’d like reviewed, please contact me using the information below.  If you’re product is a paid resource, please provide a promo code or free trial so that I can fully test and review your product.

If you’d like to leave feedback about this or any other episode you can call and leave a voice mail by calling 518-290-0228, send email to wiredhs [at] gmail [dot] com, or leave a comment on the blog. Don’t forget to follow me on Twitter: @jwilkers.  Also follow the podcast on Twitter: @wiredhs

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