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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Shawn Barrieau of MyFunScience – WHS 228


Shawn and Heather Barrieau founded MyFunScience in 2016 to fill a need they saw in the homeschooling community. They noticed that parents were struggling to teach math and science starting in the middle and high school grades.

The classes are taught from a Christian perspective and they believe:

  • A well-rounded STEM curriculum is critical to each student’s success in school, college, and life.
  • Our future generations and future job markets require solution-oriented thinkers and the skills provided by STEM training.
  • Working through science and math curriculums provide lifelong skills to enhance your student’s ability to deeply and richly engage in any academic and professional arena they choose!

Their teachers have years of professional and teaching experience. Each of their teachers cares deeply about making students feel welcome to explore and discover. Continue Reading →

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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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