Blog, She Wrote http://blogshewrote.org Homeschooling mom to 4 Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:51 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.0 The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas: Transitioning from Teacher to Mentor in Your Homeschoolhttp://blogshewrote.org/2014/10/01/transitioning-teacher-mentor-homeschool/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/10/01/transitioning-teacher-mentor-homeschool/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 09:00:51 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16040 This post contains an affiliate link. Thanks for your support! Welcome to the start of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Tour where we’re going to be stopping in on the authors of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. … Continue reading

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Blog, She Wrote: Transitioning from Teacher to Mentor in Your Homeschool & The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas

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Welcome to the start of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Tour where we’re going to be stopping in on the authors of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. 55 homeschool moms contributed 103 chapters of homeschool awesome. My contributions were a chapter on mentoring, one on geography, and the last on teaching sewing. Read on to find out why I wrote these chapters and a glimpse at their content.

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Tour

Everyday in the month of October, we’ll meet a new author of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas. You’ll find out why they contributed their chapter or chapters to the book and why they feel passionate about that particular topic.

How it works:

  • Visit each author on the blog tour and participate in the giveaway they may be hosting. You can see the giveaways in red in this post. Tomorrow’s giveaway is listed below at Harrington Harmonies.
  • Enter the giveaway for The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas & iHomeschool Studio Bundle below.
  • Purchase the bundle! Don’t worry. If you win the giveaway, you’ll get your money back. Buy now while you can!
  • October 2 – Stephanie Harrington from Harrington Harmonies. Author of the chapters Everything You Need to Know About Gardening and You CAN Teach Art. Stephanie will be giving away a Teaching Art Basketful of Goodies.
  • Click the calendar to see the other authors on the tour and to see their giveaways.

Big Book Blog Tour CalendarTransitioning from Teacher to Mentor in Your Homeschool

When you are homeschooling young children, much of your time is spent in direct instruction with your students whether it be basic skills in reading, math, or writing. As your children get older, your teaching role begins to transition to more of a mentoring role. This chapter discusses the details involved in being a mentor.

  • Why does your role as a teacher change as your students get older?
  • The benefits of a strong mentoring relationship with your older student
  • How to transition from direct instruction to being a mentor who consults
  • What does mentoring look like for mom in a homeschool?
  • What role does your student take on as they grow and how does that affect your homeschool?
  • Tips on how to be a good mentor to your student.

Taking ownership of their learning is very important for students as they approach high school. This chapter is full of concrete advice on how to foster this growth for you and your student.

Teaching Sewing in Your Homeschool

Regular readers know that our high school freshman is an aspiring fashion & costume designer. She leads the way on her learning and gains new skills all the time. How did we get to this point? If you have a student interested in learning to sew, what is the next step?

  • What if mom doesn’t sew? Many moms today never learned to sew and aren’t sure where to turn if their children want to learn. I offer ideas and resources for families.
  • Finding resources- There are many ways to start and you’ll find ideas and resources which will help you begin.
  • Materials- What are the essentials? What about machines? Other supplies? What do you really need and what can you wait on?
  • Advice on allowing time for students to learn
  • How to go from small projects to longer projects- building sewing endurance
  • The Learning Curve- How to add skills so that eventually your student can design and draft patterns if that is a goal.

Teaching Geography with Geography Quests

Here at Blog, She Wrote, I offer Geography Quests which allow families to explore the world together. They are offered according to season, headlines, and the calendar. You’ll find topics of all kinds. In this chapter, I explain some details and advice regarding the Geography Quest such as:

  • What is a Geography Quest?
  • Why did I choose this format for them?
  • How to engage your students with a Geography Quest
  • How to implement the Geography Quest
  • Benefits of studying Geography with a Geography Quest

Geography Quests are a regular feature on my blog. Find out how to use them with confidence in your homeschool.

Chance to win the Bundle with The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas & the iHomeschool Studio

We are giving away 10 bundles as part of the blog tour! Don’t let the giveaway deter you from purchasing the bundle right away though. If you win a bundle, we’ll get your money back. It’s a win/win!

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Purchase The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas & iHomeschool Studio Bundle

For a limited time you can buy The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas with iHomeschool Studio for $15. That’s less than half price! The sale will run from October 1, 2014- November 10, 2014.

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas contains 103 chapters, 560+ pages, from 55 authors. The digital ebook comes in three formats for Kindle and other mobile devices. The iHomeschool Studio files come in the mp3 format and can be played on any device which plays mp3s.

I love The Big Book and Studio because it’s helpful to moms on a practical level. There is something for every age and stage of homeschooling inside both inspirational and practical. These resources reach out to where you are as a homeschool mom- veteran or beginner.

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 31http://blogshewrote.org/2014/10/01/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-31/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/10/01/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-31/#comments Wed, 01 Oct 2014 08:59:25 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16081 Welcome! We’re glad you’re here. If you’re new to Finishing Strong, we’re a place for homeschooling families to show how they’re schooling their middle & high school students at home. Did you miss last week’s link-up? Here are a few … Continue reading

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Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Education Possible

Welcome! We’re glad you’re here.

If you’re new to Finishing Strong, we’re a place for homeschooling families to show how they’re schooling their middle & high school students at home.

Did you miss last week’s link-up? Here are a few popular posts that were shared with us.

The Art of Fall- Mixed Media Workshop & More Plans for High School Art by Blog She Wrote

STEM Club ~ Plate Tectonics by Eva Varga

The Creative Homeschool by Hodgepodge

Organizing the Unorganized Learner by Our Journey Westward

Don’t forget to check out all of our co-hostsAspired Living, Blog She Wrote,Education Possible, EvaVarga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  1. Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post, not to your home page. You can add any post related to homeschooling middle and high school students. Posts unrelated to that will be removed.
  2. Please no advertising, individual Pinterest pins, Facebook, Twitter, or other link-up links!
  3. Grab our button to add to your post after you link it up. Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to highlight on all 7 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an “I was featured” button.
  4. The linky will go live on each co-host’s blog each Wednesday at 6am EST, and will be live until Tuesday at 11:55 pm.

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Blog, She Wrote: History Quest- Around the World in 1862

Most Americans know what was happening in America in 1862. It was the second year of the Civil War in the United States, right? But, what about elsewhere in the world? What other things were happening in the US during the war? Today’s quest will take us on a tour- History Quest: Around the World in 1862.

Milestones of the Civil War in 1862

Of course, the war was in full gear by 1862 and a lot of battles and skirmishes were all over the south. As we take a look at what else was happening, it’s important to note the facts about the Civil War at the time.

  • This was the year of the bloodiest day in US military history- What was the name of the battle? Where did it occur?
  • The war tore the nation in half. It also tore a state in half. What  new state was formed in 1862?
  • President Lincoln issued a Proclamation which allowed African Americans to serve in the Union Army. What was it and what did it say?
  • There were several battles, surprises, and counter attacks during the war in 1862. Other than the bloodiest battle mentioned above, what were they and were they deciding factors during the war?

Notable Happenings in the US other than the War in 1862

The Civil War was in its second year, but other things were going on in our country.

  • What tax was put into place on January 1, 1862?
  • What were greenbacks? What US Bureau issued them?
  • Samuel Colt was an inventor who died in 1862. What did he invent?
  • Lincoln signed The Homestead Act into law. What was that act and how did it work? What literary family took advantage of The Homestead Act?
  • Lincoln signed The Land Grant Act that year. What was it? Can you name any institutions that came out of The Land Grant Act?

Events around the World in 1862

Outside of the US, lots of things were happening. Let’s find out what some of them were:

  • The bowling ball was invented- Can you find out anything about the early game of bowling or how it came to be invented?
  • Lewis Carroll is the pen name for an author who wrote a famous children’s book. What is the name of his famous book, written in 1862?
  • What war in Europe was brewing?
  • Name the Asian country also having a civil war in 1862. What was it called?
  • The Father of Germ Theory did the first of many experiments on April 20, 1862. Who was the Father of Germ Theory? What did he experiment on?
  • Italy and what other country signed a peace treaty?
  • A lot of countries were unifying or declaring independence during this time. Research to see what was happening politically in Europe in 1862.

I hope you enjoyed our trip around the world. Maybe it gave you a new perspective from which to see the American Civil War as you learned what was happening besides the war that year. It was a fun quest to write because I was growing a little tired of all the battles. I decided to see if anything else was going on at the same time. I was surprised by all the other business our government was engaged in during the war. Were you?

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Coming Up! The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Blog Tourhttp://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/28/coming-big-book-homeschooling-ideas-blog-tour/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/28/coming-big-book-homeschooling-ideas-blog-tour/#comments Sun, 28 Sep 2014 13:09:35 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16026 I’m excited to announce a new blog tour hosted by the iHomeschool Network. During the month of October, we’ll be visiting the authors of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas and there will be a sale on a fabulous bundle … Continue reading

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Big Book Blog Tour CalendarI’m excited to announce a new blog tour hosted by the iHomeschool Network. During the month of October, we’ll be visiting the authors of The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas and there will be a sale on a fabulous bundle including the Big Book! First up on the tour is me! I’ll be sharing why I wrote the three chapters of mine which are featured in The Big Book of Homeschooling Ideas. Some of the authors even have a giveaway. Join us!

The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas Author Tour

  • October 1 – Heather Woodie from Blog, She Wrote. Author of the chapters Teaching Geography with Geography Quests, Teaching Sewing in Homeschool, and Being a Homeschooling Mentor Rather Than an Instructor.
  • October 2 – Stephanie Harrington from Harrington Harmonies. Author of the chapters Everything You Need to Know About Gardening and You CAN Teach Art. Stephanie will be giving away a Teaching Art Basketful of Goodies.
  • October 3 – Joan Otto from Unschool Rules. Author of the chapter Learning from Video Games. Joan will be giving away a $20 GameStop gift card.
  • October 4 – Mary Prather from Homegrown Learners. Author of the chapter How to Teach with LEGO. Mary will be giving away free LEGO scripture copywork.
  • October 5 – Amy Stults from Milk and Cookies. Author of the chapters Learning with Maps and Genealogy for Kids. Amy will be giving away a copy of WonderMaps from Bright Ideas Press.
  • October 6 – Eva Varga from EvaVarga.net. Author of the chapters How to Use Postage Stamps for Learning and Inquiry Science with Middle School Students. Eva will be giving away Getting Started with Inquiry Science.
  • October 7 – Colleen Kessler from Raising Lifelong Learners . Author of the chapter Hands-on Science. Colleen will be giving away Science for Smart Kids: Electricity.
  • October 8 – Sallie Borrink from SallieBorrink.com. Author of the chapters Allowing Play to be Your Child’s Preschool, Parenting a Spirited or Highly-Sensitive Child, and Parenting an Only Child. Sallie will be giving away a $25 shopping spree at Sallie Borrink Learning.
  • October 9 – Karyn Tripp from Teach Beside Me. Author of the chapter Homeschooling with Games. Karyn will be giving away a printable Build a House – Math Bingo Game.
  • October 10 – Selena Robinson from Look, We’re Learning. Author of the chapters Teaching Foreign Language, Active Learning Ideas for Kinesthetic Learners, Using Movies for Learning, How to Add PE to Your Homeschool Day, and Homeschooling Through the Summer. Selena will be giving away We Got Jazz.
  • October 11 – Janine LaTulippe from True Aim Education. Author of the chapters How to Encourage Math Haters, How to Answer the Critics of Homeschooling, and Character Development. Janine will be giving away a Character eBook Set and a Free Character Building Activities printable.
  • October 12 – Marci Goodwin from The Homeschool Scientist. Author of the chapter Nature Study. Marci will be giving away a field guide.
  • October 13 – Jennifer Dunlap from Forever, For Always, No Matter What. Author of the chapters Homeschooling in a Large Family and Homeschooling through a Move. Jennifer will be giving away a couple of Florida learning resources.
  • October 14 – Ticia Messing from Adventures in Mommydom. Author of the chapters Tools to Teach the Bible to Your Kids and Hands-on Learning. Ticia will be giving away an Old Testament Bible study.
  • October 15 – Alicia Hutchinson from Investing Love. Author of the chapters Children’s Literature, Homeschool Conferences, and Unit Studies. Alicia will be giving away Mrs. Hutchinson’s Classroom Guide: Homeschool Basics.
  • October 16 – Michelle Cannon from Heart of Michelle. Author of the chapters Transitioning from Elementary to Middle School, Homeschooling the Child with Bipolar Disorder, and Navigating from High School to College with a Dyslexic Child. Michelle will be giving away a one-hour homeschool consultation.
  • October 17 – Jennifer Janes from Jennifer A. Janes. Author of the chapters Special Needs Homeschooling and 25 Ideas for Ministry and Volunteering in the Community with Kids.
  • October 18 – Renee Brown from Great Peace Academy. Author of the chapters How to Find Resources for Gifted Child Homeschooling, How to Homeschool During Job Loss, and Prioritizing your Marriage While Homeschooling. Renee will be giving away a $25 Amazon card.
  • October 19 – Adelien Tandian from Blessed Learners. Author of the chapters How to Start Research With Your Logic Stage Kids. Adelien will be giving away Basic Science Notebooking Pages and Graphic Organizers.
  • October 20 – Heidi Ciravola from Starts at Eight. Author of the chapters Making Tweens and Teens More Independent Learners and High School Literature. Heidi will be giving away The Ultimate Homeschool Planner and The Ultimate Weekly Planner for Teens from Apologia.
  • October 21 – Dianna Kennedy from The Kennedy Adventures. Author of the chapters Keeping Babies and Toddlers Occupied While Homeschooling, Managing Extra Curricular Activities and Homeschooling, and Homeschooling While Pregnant. Dianna will be giving away a $25 Amazon gift card.
  • October 22 – LaToya Edwards from Learning to Let Him Lead. Author of the chapters Homeschooling Elementary Aged Boys, and Single Parent Homeschooling.
  • October 23 – Carisa Hinson from 1+1+1=1. Author of the chapter Homeschooling Tots. Carisa will be giving away Animal ABCs Bundle.
  • October 24 – Shannen Espelien from Middle Way Mom. Author of the chapters Getting Started with Credit-by-exam, Where to Buy and Sell Used Curriculum, and Transitioning to a Virtual School from Public School.
  • October 25 – Marianne Sunderland from Adundant Life. Author of the chapters Homeschooling Teen Girls, The Power of Interest-led Learning, and Raising Kids With Vision. Marianne will be giving away a DVD/study guide bundle of Intrepid: The Zac Sunderland Story – Part 1, Part 2 and Wild Eyes: The Abby Sunderland Story.
  • October 26 – Kyle Suzanne McVay from Aspired Living. Author of the chapter Classical Homeschooling. Kyle will be giving away A Home Educators Guide to Living Math.
  • October 27 – Mama Jenn from Mama Jenn. Author of the chapter Homeschooling Twins. Jenn will be giving away an Education Cubes Set (membership AND cubes/photo blocks).
  • October 28 – Amy Matkovich from A Journey of Purpose. Author of the chapters Making the First Day of Homeschool Special, and How to Make a Homeschool Budget and Stick to it. Amy will be giving away Dave Ramsey’s Total Money Makeover book and The Graduate’s Survival Guide (book and DVD).
  • October 29 – Amy Maze from Living and Learning at Home. Author of the chapter Free eBooks and Audiobooks.

Bundle Sale- The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas & iHomeschool Studio

From October 1- November 10, 2014 you can purchase both the iHomeschool Studio and The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas together for $15- that’s over half off!

Just think of all the practical homeschool advice contained in the 23 audio files plus the 101 ideas from The Big Book of Homeschool Ideas! Purchase yours before the limited time ends on November 10th.

Studio and Big Book Bundle

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 30http://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/24/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-30/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/24/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-30/#comments Wed, 24 Sep 2014 10:00:09 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=16008 Thank you for joining us here at Finishing Strong. We hope you enjoy all of the great posts shared here, every one dedicated to homeschooling middle & high school students. In case you missed last week’s link-up, here are a … Continue reading

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Finishing Strong week 30

Thank you for joining us here at Finishing Strong. We hope you enjoy all of the great posts shared here, every one dedicated to homeschooling middle & high school students.

In case you missed last week’s link-up, here are a few fun, hands-on ideas you can do in your own home.

Native American Unit Week 1- The Birchbark House: Neebin by Angelicscalliwags

Money Management with Teens and Tweens by Fried Clams and Sweet Tea

Chemistry for kids – How to separate water into hydrogen and oxygen using electrolysis by Navigating By Joy

Chromatography with Leaves: A Nature Study Experiment by Our Journey Westward

Don’t forget to check out all of our co-hostsAspired Living, Blog She Wrote,Education Possible, EvaVarga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  1. Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post, not to your home page. You can add any post related to homeschooling middle and high school students. Posts unrelated to that will be removed.
  2. Please no advertising, individual Pinterest pins, Facebook, Twitter, or other link-up links!
  3. Grab our button to add to your post after you link it up. Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to highlight on all 7 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an “I was featured” button.
  4. The linky will go live on each co-host’s blog each Wednesday at 6am EST, and will be live until Tuesday at 11:55 pm.

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History Quest: The Anaconda Planhttp://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/19/history-quest-anaconda-plan/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/19/history-quest-anaconda-plan/#comments Fri, 19 Sep 2014 09:00:24 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=15992 Welcome to another edition of History Quest! This week Rebecca has focused on a plan which was the Union’s primary wartime strategy. Today’s History Quest is about The Anaconda Plan. War Strategy- The Anaconda Plan This week Rebecca has a … Continue reading

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Blog, She Wrote: History Quest- The Anaconda Plan

Welcome to another edition of History Quest! This week Rebecca has focused on a plan which was the Union’s primary wartime strategy. Today’s History Quest is about The Anaconda Plan.

War Strategy- The Anaconda Plan

This week Rebecca has a series of questions for you. As you research, see if you can determine how the plan got its name.

  • What was the Anaconda Plan?
  • What kind of blockade did the plan call for?
  • What else did the Union need to seal off to execute the plan?
  • Did the plan rely on troops? If so, how many?
  • How would they get the troops to the south?
  • Was the plan successful?

The Purpose of the Anaconda Plan

It’s important to consider why the Union needed to act at the start of the war and how they planned to make things difficult for the south.

  • What is a blockade?
  • What is an anaconda?
  • Why is the plan named for an anaconda?
  • What was the purpose or the mission of the plan?
  • Who developed The Anaconda Plan?

Change in Union Strategy

The plan had supporters and critics. It was also modified along the way.

  • What part of the plan was originally deemed unnecessary but was put in place later?
  • Find out how long they estimated the plan to take.
  • Why do you think things turned out differently?

Thank you for joining us this week for History Quest. I’m looking forward to seeing what Rebecca comes up with next week. Happy Questing!

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 29http://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/17/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-29/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/17/finishing-strong-homeschooling-middle-high-school-years-week-29/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 10:00:40 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=15990 Happy Wednesday. We’re so glad you’re here! Are you homeschooling a Middle School or High School student this year? If so, you’re in the right place. We love hosting Finishing Strong every week. The ideas and inspiration that are shared … Continue reading

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Happy Wednesday. We’re so glad you’re here!

Finishing Strong #29 Education Possible

Are you homeschooling a Middle School or High School student this year? If so, you’re in the right place.

We love hosting Finishing Strong every week. The ideas and inspiration that are shared here definitely make the journey a bit easier. Hopefully you’ll find the posts shared here as helpful as we do.

Here are a few great ideas that were shared with us recently.

Literature Meets Sociology: High School Books about Class Systems by 7 Sisters Homeschool

Our Steps to College – Three Ways to High School Credit by BJ’s Homeschool

3 Easy Steps to Teach Time Management Skills to Your Child by Classically Homeschooling

Writing With A New Twist – Bucket Lists by Fortuigence

10 FREE NaturExplorers Lessons by Our Journey Westward

Don’t forget to check out all of the co-hostsAspired Living, Blog She Wrote,Education Possible, EvaVarga, Milk and Cookies, Starts at Eight, and Tina’s Dynamic Homeschool Plus.

Bloggers, by linking up, you may be featured on our co-hosts’ social media pages or our Pinterest board. We may even select you to be featured in a future post!

Guidelines for the hop:

  1. Link up to 3 posts from your blog. Make sure you use the exact URL to the post, not to your home page. You can add any post related to homeschooling middle and high school students. Posts unrelated to that will be removed.
  2. Please no advertising, individual Pinterest pins, Facebook, Twitter, or other link-up links!
  3. Grab our button to add to your post after you link it up. Each week we will be choosing our favorite posts to highlight on all 7 sites. If you were featured, make sure you add an “I was featured” button.
  4. The linky will go live on each co-host’s blog each Wednesday at 6am EST, and will be live until Tuesday at 11:55 pm.

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Standard Deviants Accelerate- Online Learning Resource for High Schoolhttp://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/17/online-teaching-tool-standard-deviants-accelerate/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/17/online-teaching-tool-standard-deviants-accelerate/#comments Wed, 17 Sep 2014 09:00:20 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=15776 Disclosure: For review purposes, I received use of this online learning resource and I was compensated for my time. The opinions in this review are mine and I was not required to write a positive review. It’s always fun to … Continue reading

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Blog, She Wrote: Standard Deviants Accelerate Online Learning Resource for High SchoolDisclosure: For review purposes, I received use of this online learning resource and I was compensated for my time. The opinions in this review are mine and I was not required to write a positive review.

It’s always fun to find a new resource to lend a hand when it comes to teaching middle and high school at home. Standard Deviants Accelerate offers a variety of subject areas to come along side you as you help your secondary students to reach their academic goals.

What is Standard Deviants Accelerate?

SDA offers homeschoolers a complete online core curriculum supplement. You can expect to find some common features within each subject:

  • Video- Each video has a transcript for your student to follow along with dynamic, young people and modern references. You can even take notes.
  • Vocabulary- There are key terms for each chapter. You can click to hear the word and listen to the definition.
  • Diagram- You’ll find drag and drop puzzles to round out the instruction along with diagrams and explanations which are animated and require interaction.
  • Quizzes- These are filled out online and submitted for a grade. You also have a print option.
  • Written Answer- Otherwise known has short answer and essay questions
  • Parent Account- So, that you can monitor your student’s progress. Each student signed up for the course uses an account as well.
  • Student Account- I love the feature that allows students to message the parents to let them know they need help. With some of our students working so independently, this is a great way to stay connected easily. Students can message parents to let them know they need help.

Benefits of Using SDA in Your Homeschool

Standard Deviants Accelerate provides great supplement to a homeschool curriculum. Here are a few I noticed:

  • Provides independent instruction with a way to monitor your student’s progress
  • Has automatic grading on quizzes
  • Offers easy grading on other assignments with a rubric
  • Allows you to choose individual courses from a selection
  • Provides easy to follow video instruction with a written transcript to follow for multi-modal access to information
  • Gives parents extra confidence in areas where a parent is unsure
  • Ensures extra practice & preparation for AP tests
  • Provides practice for students who need extra time and help with math
  • Gives a homeschool mom some hands off time while her student watches high quality, relevant videos on a topic related to his studies. This is a big deal for those of us teaching multiple levels.
  • Take instruction on the go- By using a fantastic mobile interface. With so many places our teens need to be, it’s great to be able to keep up & supplement with school work on the road. How to Homeschool with a Kindle gives more detail on using how we use a mobile device to help with learning.

Blog, She Wrote: Standard Deviants Accelerate- Online Learning Resource for High School

SDA Online Learning Resource Available Courses

There are 14 courses currently available from SDA including:

  • English Composition
  • Algebra
  • Arithmetic
  • Fundamental Mathematics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • Earth Science
  • Nutrition
  • U.S. History

Online AP Test Prep Offered by Standard Deviants Accelerate

Is your high school student preparing for AP exams? Using these e-courses as a prep course will improve student achievement.

  • American Government & Politics
  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • English Language & Composition
  • U.S. History

Using Standard Deviants Accelerate for a Homeschool Supplement

We’ve been enjoying the benefits of SDA in our homeschool in a few different ways. How would you use SDA with your curriculum?

  • Preparation for Chemistry final- As our 11th grader finishes up his chemistry course, the chemistry class information in SDA has been helping to shore up some areas for him.
  • Alternate instruction for earth science concepts- We’ve just started our year with earth science. It’s useful to supplement our text book with the reinforcing activities and the relevant videos.
  • Extra math practice- For my 7th grader who needs extra time to reinforce concepts. He can practice on his own while I can be hands off.

Blog, She Wrote: SDA- Online Learning Resource for High SchoolFree for Homeschoolers- 6 Month Trial with SDA

What a deal! SDA is offering a free six month trial to ALL of the subjects if you sign up before November 15th.

SDA offers regular subscriptions at a monthly and annual rate for one teacher and one student. Find the one that fits your family’s needs.

  • AP Prep Courses- $14.95 per month
  • Individual Courses- $24.95 per month and $99 annually

Don’t forget to try out SDA by signing up for their free six month trial to any or many subjects by November 15th. See firsthand the advantage of using this online teaching resource for multiple subjects areas.

Standard Deviants Accelerate provides online resources for your middle & high school students. Do you find extra sources of instruction to be helpful? Sign up for the free trial today.

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The Art of Fall- Mixed Media Workshop & More Plans for High School Arthttp://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/15/art-fall-mixed-media-workshop/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/15/art-fall-mixed-media-workshop/#comments Mon, 15 Sep 2014 09:00:52 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=15941 This post contains affiliate links. I was given participation in the workshop in exchange for some posts. Thanks for your support! As some of you know, our ninth grader’s homeschool curriculum includes a one credit art course. In fact, if … Continue reading

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The Art of Fall Mixed Media WorkshopThis post contains affiliate links. I was given participation in the workshop in exchange for some posts. Thanks for your support!

As some of you know, our ninth grader’s homeschool curriculum includes a one credit art course. In fact, if you could look at her four year high school plan, you would know it features both a one credit art course and a one credit sewing and design course annually. Today’s post is all about The Art of Fall- Mixed Media Workshop & More Plans for High School Art.

High School Four Year Art Plans

While I knew that Rebecca wanted art incorporated into her high school curriculum, I wasn’t sure what it would look like. Here are a few things we knew for sure:

  • One high school credit is roughly three hours of course work a week- however she chooses to work on her art, it has to total three hours over the week.
  • Rather than working sequentially through technique in a program, she wants to try modules of various learning experiences.
  • Traditional art concepts and themes embedded into whatever she is working on
  • Learn new skills- try different media, perfect techniques, and generally press the envelope to keep learning new concepts and skills.

The Art of Fall- Mixed Media WorkshopPlans for 9th Grade One Credit Art Course

With our criteria in mind, I met with her to discuss some of the ideas I had for what she could use and she came to me with a request. The entire year is not planned out- yet. The first semester is almost taken care of and as opportunities become available, we’ll be able to fill up the second half of the year. So far her art course uses the following:

  • Mixed Media Pen, Ink, & Watercolor – a course from Craftsy. This is one she requested. Rebecca faithfully follows their blog and we’ve taken other Craftsy classes for sewing. She loves the pen and ink.
  • Sketch Tuesday- Weekly art prompts from Barb Harmony Fine Arts
  • Pablo Picasso Art & Artist Study- Also from Harmony Fine Arts
  • Dots & Lines- 10 Week (one hour) homeschool co-op class
  • The Art of Fall Mixed Media Workshop- This is a new addition to our line up and one Rebecca is really excited about. She loves mixed media and can hardly wait to get started on this fall themed mixed media workshop.

The Art of Fall- Mixed Media WorkshopThe Art of Fall Mixed Media Workshop

This 4 week e-course video workshop is offered by Alicia Gratehouse at Flourish. Every Monday morning beginning on October 6, 2014 your 10+ year olds can immerse themselves in creative activity with a fall theme. There are over 20 Projects in all! We’re looking forward to:

  • Having access to the class for one year- so we can work at our own pace.
  • Signing on for the class and receiving a materials list right away so you have time to gather supplies before October 6th.
  • Enjoying over 20 projects which stretch her art abilities into new areas
  • Experiencing mixed media projects with sketching, acrylic painting, watercolor painting, chalkboard art, collage art, sculpting, hand lettering, art journaling, etc.
  • Learning poetry, the people behind the art, and fall recipes
  • Art based on the autumn season with march butterflies, changing leaves, etc.

Best of all, if you sign up for the The Art of Fall- Mixed Media Workshop for Kids through September 30, 2014 you can pay the early registration free of $36. The regular price after September 30, 2014 is $48.

What are your plans for art this year? Do you have the supplies? Visit Must Have Art Supplies for a Project Based Homeschool for ideas on what to purchase. We’ve added a few to our list based on The Art of Fall-  Mixed Media Workshop for Kids- gesso and painty pens.

All students need some art in their life. Will you join us?

The Art of Fall- Mixed Media Workshop

 

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History Quest: Habeas Corpus & the Civil Warhttp://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/14/history-quest-habeas-corpus-civil-war/ http://blogshewrote.org/2014/09/14/history-quest-habeas-corpus-civil-war/#comments Sun, 14 Sep 2014 09:00:45 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=15917 This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support! Welcome to the first History Quest at Blog, She Wrote! As part of our studies using All American History Volume II by Bright Ideas Press, our high schoolers are working on … Continue reading

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Welcome to the first History Quest at Blog, She Wrote! As part of our studies using All American History Volume II by Bright Ideas Press, our high schoolers are working on history projects of their choice. Rebecca, our 9th grader, chose to write a History Quest for my blog based on something she is learning in modern American History. She gets to choose what catches her eye whether it’s the focus of her study or not. Each week you’ll find a new History Quest mostly written and prepared by her with some of my own text thrown in to round things out (with maybe less of that as she gets a groove!). We hope you’ll enjoy these brief moments of explorations with us!

A note from Rebecca: I will be writing History Quests once a week for my mom’s blog. The topics will somehow relate to what I’m learning. This week’s History Quest: Habeas Corpus during The Civil War.

What is Habeas Corpus?

  • Habeas Corpus is a Latin term. What is the literal translation?
  • Habeas Corpus is a writ. What is a writ?
  • What is the purpose of this writ?
  • What is a petition?
  • Who can make a Habeas Corpus petition?
  • Who has to give the evidence first?

Habeas Corpus during the Civil War

  • What happened to Habeas Corpus during the Civil War?
  • Who suspended it first?
  • Why did he suspend it?
  • What did it allow the Union Army to do?
  • Why was this important?

Website Resources

Habeas Corpus and Lincoln’s Proclamation were briefly mentioned in her reading for this week and it caught her eye. Rebecca decided to learn more about what it is and why it was changed during war time. Here are a few websites she used to read more about the topic. As you might have guessed, she used her Kindle for research!

  • The ‘Lectric Law Library- A library of law references great for citing legal references such as Habeas Corpus. While the author seems to have a sense of humor, use caution as the funny stuff may be too mature for your audience!
  • The Free Legal Dictionary- Everything you wanted to know about law in the form of the dictionary.
  • About.com Historic US Documents- This link provides information on Lincoln’s Proclamation during the Civil War from the legal powerhouse About.com.

This exploration of the law lends itself quite well to discussion and if your kids are interested, it might be worth researching the topic with regard to current events.

We are studying modern American History this year from The Civil War and reconstruction up to current times. Join us on our weekly History Quests!

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