Most 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 “5 Mind-Expanding Astronomy Themed Science Project Ideas [Guest Post]”
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 “Homeschooling and Liberty Summit”
Homeschooling 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 of 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 “5 Online Science Classes for Homeschoolers”
As 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 “7 Online Writing Classes for Homeschoolers — Guest Post”
Does your child sit at home tapping his pencil and staring absently out the window instead of completing his assignements? Or are you a frustrated homeschooler with a child who just isn’t doing well? Would you like your child to have a high school diploma but don’t want to quit homeschooling? There is way: online learning. More than 10 million pre-K-12 students will take classes online by 2014, according to a study conducted by the research firm Ambient Insight. It’s a genuine alternative for homeschool students who aren’t thriving in a homeschool environment or for parents who want to give their children a more traditional high school education at home. Continue reading “Online High School Is a Real Solution for Some Homeschoolers – The Wired Homeschool”