Blog, She Wrote http://blogshewrote.org Embracing the Independent & Authentic Nature of Homeschooling Fri, 01 May 2015 09:00:49 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=4.2.1 100 Books You Should Read by the Time You Turn 20- The Printable Listhttp://blogshewrote.org/2015/05/01/100-books-you-should-read-before-you-turn-20-the-printable-list/ http://blogshewrote.org/2015/05/01/100-books-you-should-read-before-you-turn-20-the-printable-list/#respond Fri, 01 May 2015 09:00:49 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=17753   This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support! We are so excited that the post 100 Books You Should Read by the Time You Turn 20 has been so popular. Our teens worked on the list and just since January we’ve had tens of thousands of visitors to the post. Today’s post is […]

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100 Books You Should Read before You Turn 20- The Printable List

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We are so excited that the post 100 Books You Should Read by the Time You Turn 20 has been so popular. Our teens worked on the list and just since January we’ve had tens of thousands of visitors to the post. Today’s post is a go along for the list – 100 Books You Should Read by the Time you Turn 20- The Printable List.

Books are the treasured wealth of the world and the fit inheritance of generations and nations. – Henry David Thoreau

What Is the List of 100 Books You Should Read before You Turn 20?

This is a list made by our teens in response to the NPR list of 100 books of all time for teens. Our teens didn’t like the NPR list and set about making their own based on their favorites but also what makes a good book to them. Things like provokes discussion and classic made their criteria. Which ones have you read? Which ones are your favorites? Maybe you’d make your own list.

100 Books You Should Read by the Time You Turn 20

The Printable List of 100 Books

Many thanks to the reader who suggested that a printable list of the 100 books would be useful. What a fabulous idea! How can you use this list?

  • Tracking Purposes– of how many books your family has read
  • Keep on Hand– While you visit the library and book sales so you can pick up books from the list
  • Make an Assigned Reading List– It makes a great reference point for books to be sure and read

I’ve thought of some other ways you can use the printed list of 100 Books. As a gift to subscribers, you’ll receive a copy of this mini ebook entitle, 100 Books You Should Read by the Time you Turn 20- A Printable List. The ebook includes the original premise of the list along with the criteria for books to make the list, ways to use the printed list, bonus titles the kids added on based on their personal reading since November when the list of 100 books was made and published, other blog posts on building a reading culture, and a printable checklist of the 100 books with boxes for checking off titles you’ve read.

If you already subscribe, you’ll find the button in your email today. If you haven’t subscribed to Blog, She Wrote yet, take a moment to do so. You’ll get the mini ebook plus the Geography Quest Printable. New subscribers will see the buttons when the next email is sent. Current subscribers, if you missed the Geography printable, it’s still available in your emails.

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If you are still discovering the world of books with your children and teens, then perhaps you could use some more information. While I don’t know of many exhaustive resources, I have come to rely on a few.

Building a reading culture is an important piece of our homeschool. I hope this list will help your family to find new favorites!

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years

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Every Wednesday, parents share their stories with us so that other families can find the encouragement they need to continue their homeschooling journey through the middle & high school years.

Thanks to everyone who supports us week after week, we are building a wonderful community.

Here are four recent posts that everyone loved. Have you read them yet?

5 Simple Steps for Choosing Curriculum from Classically Homeschooling

Emma’s Top 50 Historical Fiction Picks from Sweetness & Light

Homeschooling Middle School from Our Journey Westward

Keeping the spark alive in middle and high school from Simple Homeschool

Continue reading to see what amazing ideas get added this week. If you’ve written something related to homeschooling middle & high school students, we would love you to share it with us.

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Reading aloud to your kids is like sunshine for the soul or a cool drink on a hot day! Nothing soothes the grumpies at our house like a read aloud. Nothing. I’ve been a long time advocate of reading aloud to your kids. Not just the bed time kind of reading, but the kind that can start at any time and last for hours. So, I thought it would be a good idea to give some pointers on how to get started with reading aloud and How to Make the Most of Your Read Aloud Time.

Benefits of Reading Aloud to Your Children

There are all kinds of benefits to reading aloud. It is always time invested that pays huge dividends. Here are a few:

  • Increases Vocabulary– Kids who hear big words regularly understand them and use them!
  • Increases Literacy Success– Kids who have been read to for at least 20-30 minutes a day, have excellent pre-reading skills and end up learning to read successfully.
  • Involves Dad– Dads make great readers for your kids and it has the added benefit of seeing that Dad reads and makes reading a priority. That’s a win in the world of learning to read.
  • Brings All Ages Together– There is almost always a book choice that can cover the age spread of your kids. Often I will read something a little more geared to the younger crowd especially knowing I read with my teens as well. There are plenty of family stories to choose from for one of your current selections.
  • Adds to Your Studies– What better way to learn about a topic than by being immersed in the subject via books?

When to Find the Time to Read Aloud

First of all, reading aloud to your kids is some of the best time spent in your homeschool. The benefits cannot be underestimated! That said, there some times when it’s especially a good idea.

  • Start of the Day– Start your school day off together.
  • Lesson Time– We have several books going as part of our academic time.
  • After lunch– Begin together after lunch with a good book.
  • Traveling– Take a good book along and read it while you are on the way somewhere. Can’t read in the car? Audio books make a great traveling companion.
  • Vacation– We read around the campfire or to settle everyone down in a tent before lights out. Yes, even still!
  • Day Long Outings– I have been known to gather my kids around at home shows, while my husband talks with vendors, and read to them. We enjoyed the bulk of Nim’s Island this way!
  • Waiting Areas– If you have appts and other waiting times, a good book is a great way to pass the time. On a recent trip to the ER, we read to our patient while they observed him.
  • Hikes & Long Walks– I often bring along a book to read while we rest. This was so great when our kids were younger!
  • Winter Evenings– When you need a break from screens, gather around and enjoy a story.
  • When a Regrouping is Required– When a day is going badly, we drop everything and read together. This solves a myriad of ills and we can begin again refreshed and becalmed by a story.

Strategies for a Successful Read Aloud Time

I know what some of you are thinking. The read aloud is almost a cliché in the homeschooling world. Some of you are groaning because you simply don’t like it. Aren’t good at it. Or haven’t made the time despite your best intentions.

Many of you probably are avid readers to your kids, but what do you do if you aren’t or if you have tried in the past but have not been successful with it. Maybe your kids don’t act interested. Maybe they are too squirmy. I can tell you I have been known to read to my kids for two hours at a time and if I stop it is most likely protested with kids yelling, “More!”

So, how do you get there? By just picking up a book and reading it to your kids. Enthusiastically and consistently. You can’t lose!

  • Most kids enjoy sitting on the sofa or lying on a bed while you read.
  • If you have little ones, they might enjoy some extra cuddle time while you read.
  • Fidgety kids can take a spot on the floor rolling cars or playing with another quiet toy.
  • Some of my kids really like to sit and draw while we read.
  • Take it outside. I used to read to my kids while they played at the sandbox or while they would swing. Now that my kids are older, they like the change of venue on a nice day.
  • Think about the best time of day for a read aloud- when is best for a quieter activity? Or maybe it’s a time when things are just out of sorts. A read aloud is a great way to restart our day.
  • Know your audience! Pick books to which you know your kids will best respond.
  • Read to your kids separately– We often think of reading all together, but you can drive interest by reading to kids on one one or to just a few kids at a time. This way you can pick up a book that might be fabulous for your older kids and not so great for the younger ones. Pour into your kids’ interests by setting aside time just for them.

How to Make the Most of Your Read Aloud Time

How to Choose Books for Reading Aloud

With so many options out there, along with different preferences and family values, how do you choose which books to read? How do you know what’s appropriate?

  • Consult books about books– There are annotated bibliographies designed to share about books which can give you information.
  • Go with an interest– It’s hard to go wrong if you choose a book within a child’s interest.
  • Prepare kids to read more in a series– I will often choose a read aloud based on a series I know my kids will love. One that I want them to read independently. Once I hook them with the first story, or even the first half of the first story, they are motivated to pick up more on their own. This is an excellent strategy to use when you have a reader who judges a book by its cover so to speak!
  • Choose a family option– a book that can be read to everyone. Youthful enough that young children get it and written well enough to capture older kids.

What to Do If You Don’t Like to Read Aloud

Personally, I adore reading aloud to my kids. My kids also love to read aloud and they love to be read to! But if you don’t enjoy reading to your kids, what are some other options?

Audio Books– There are lots of sources for audio books.

  • Audible– We love Audible. All of my kids are readers, but a few of them love audio books. A Kindle and an Audible account are a match made in heaven! With a free credit each month and deals on classics and lectures all the time, this has been a great investment for us.
  • Libravox– This site has free audio versions of public domain books. Free is good, but some readers aren’t very good. It’s hit or miss.
  • Jim Weisse– A perennial storyteller for the homeschool crowd, his stories are available on CD and mp3. This link is to the digital collection.
  • The Library– You can borrow audio books both on CD and mp3 audio files through digital circulation.

Have the Kids Take a Turn– When I’m tired or under the weather, my kids are great at reading aloud. It provides speech practice for our apraxic kid and my teens love to read to me. My 16yo is reading, The Screwtape Letters by CS Lewis out loud to me. Time well spent for both of us.

Do It Anyway– All it takes is 20 minutes of your time. 20 minutes is the magic number for big benefits. You might not be the read aloud queen, but surely you can muster up courage for 20 minutes of reading!

Resources on Reading Aloud

It’s always nice to have encouragement along the way. Reading aloud is a great tool in your arsenal to build a family reading culture. Here are a few places I find inspiring:

  • Trelease on Reading– This is Jim Trelease’s website. You’ll find a lot of statistics on the effectiveness of reading aloud along with anecdotes. Reading is a big deal and Mr. Trelease shares all the compelling reasons to devote your time to it as a parent.
  • Read Aloud Revival– Sarah Mackenzie has done a fabulous job of creating a community of parents who are committed to reading aloud. You can find free podcasts on this page on all sort of topics related to reading aloud- for young children and teens. Don’t forget to check out her membership site. I joined because I knew I’d love the extra inspiration on something we do. Sure, I’ve been doing it for years, but I love the cheerleading and resources.
  • Storyformed– This is Sarah Clarkson’s site on reading and story. This corner of the internet is all about why stories are so important to children and well…all of us! You’ll learn about how story impacts our imaginations for a lifetime.

The Ultimate Guide to Establishing a Reading Culture in Your Home

Related Blog, She Wrote Links on Reading

Building a reading culture is one of our strengths here at Blog, She Wrote. Please take the time to be encouraged by reading these posts.

The Ultimate Guide to Building a Reading Culture in Your Home– This is a one stop resource spot for all things reading and library building in our home.

How to Organize Your Homeschool Library– Part of building reading in to your day is having a rich source of print material. How do you keep it all ready to use and inviting?

100 Books You Should Read by The Time You Turn 20– This is a post put together by my high schoolers and it’s for high schoolers in response to the NPR list of 100 best book for teens.

Read aloud veterans good for you! Keep up the great work. Those of you who have not tried or have not been consistent I urge you to keep on trying until it works. Often times I will read aloud to a timid reader until he wants to take the book on his own. I get them into the book and then when they are impatient waiting on me to finish, they pick it up for themselves. How’s THAT for clever??

Another great benefit of reading aloud to your children is that when they read to you as emerging readers and beyond, you won’t be bored because they will read to you with the same inflections and tones of enjoyment with which they are read!

Truly that is a joy to experience.

Reading aloud to my kids is one of my favorite things to do! We have had many enjoyable hours reading aloud to our children over the years. The more you do it, the more you get used to it and the better at it you become. Likewise, the more you do it the better your kids get at listening and what a profound skill to have!

As much time as I’ve spent here, I’ve really only scratched the surface of the advantages of reading aloud for your family. Reading good books to your children at every age is a wise investment of your time- as a mom and a homeschooler. It reaps benefits far beyond those precious moments so enjoy them!

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #52

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We here at Finishing Strong know it’s important to have support and encouragement while you’re schooling your teens at home. That’s why we started this link up. To bring those of us on this unique journey together so we all know that we’re not alone.

We are thankful that week after week you come here and support not only us, but all of the families homeschooling high school & middle school kids.

We love that you willingly share your stories and ideas with our community. It’s because of you that we’re here for families when they need help.

Did you get a chance to read these awesome posts from last week?

Ann-Notated: Homeschool High School Blogroll from Annie and Everything

How to Teach Middle School Science from Eva Varga

Life After High School: Alternatives to College from Weird Unsocialized Homeschoolers

When Your Child Needs More Than You Can Give from Cabin in the Woods

If you know someone who is homeschooling middle & high school kids, make sure to tell them about Finishing Strong!

Add your ideas, unique learning approaches, and encouragement for homeschooling middle & high school students below.

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History Quest: President Garfield Edition

Welcome to History Quest where our ninth grader, Rebecca puts together an exploration in history for you and I prepare it for the blog. Join us this week for History Quest: President Garfield Edition.

Who Was James Garfield?

Let’s find out more about this man who would become a President of the United States.

  • When and where was he born?
  • Tell about his education.
  • What career did he have before he became president?
  • This career gives him a special distinction among presidents which still stands today. Can you find out what that is?
  • Research Garfield’s involvement in the Civil War.
  • How old was he when he was given the honor of a high rank in the Army?

About Garfield’s Presidency

Anyone else a presidential buff? Our 11th grader loves all things Presidential and he spent a lot of time when he was younger, learning all about them. What do we know about Garfield’s presidency?

  • Which President preceded Garfield?
  • Who served as President after him?
  • How long was Garfield President?
  • What Years did He Serve as President?
  • What number President was he?
  • Which President had a term shorter than Garfield’s?
  • What was he known for as President?
  • Based on what you’ve read about his political career, do you think he would have made a good president had he been able to finish his term? Be prepared to explain your answer in a discussion.

Other Notable Facts about President Garfield

We don’t know much about Garfield as President, but there are some things about him you may not know.

  • He had special skills as an orator. What famous court case sealed this reputation?
  • After college, he went to work as a professor. How long did it take for him to become president of the college?
  • He was also a mathematician. What was his contribution to mathematics which was published in the New England Journal of Education?

Do you have any Presidential buffs in your home? It can be fun to explore other Presidents.

Be sure to visit our other History Quests for more short history adventures.

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Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #51

It’s Co-Hosted By – Aspired Living, Blog, She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, & Starts at Eight

Every week, our faithful readers join us in sharing inspirational stories, valuable insights, and practical tips for schooling teens at home. It’s not always easy, so it’s crucial that you travel the journey with others – a community. That’s what we’re here for!

Are you worried about homeschooling high school, especially credits and transcripts?

Here are a few of our most read posts from last week that are all about high school:

Homeschool High School: What Kid #5 Had on His Transcript from 7 Sisters Homeschool

It’s Not That Hard to Homeschool High School from Annie and Everything

Our Steps to College – 3 Ways to High School Credit from BJ’s Homeschool

What About High School Credits? from Year Round Homeschooling

Thank you for being a part of our community!

Add your ideas, unique learning approaches, and encouragement for homeschooling middle & high school students below.

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Chalk Pastel Art for All Ages

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Chalk pastel art from Tricia and Nana at Southern Hodgepodge is on sale for 50% off! The half off sale is live now through midnight on April 15, 2015. If you’ve been thinking of investing in this art program for all ages, now is the time!

Chalk Pastels Themes for Year Round Art

There are Chalk Pastel ebooks for every season of the year. It’s one of our favorite things to pull out to start a new season and the art never disappoints.

50% off ALL art curriculum

Quick Ways to Incorporate Chalk Pastel Art

Sometimes we forget how easy it is to include art in our school days. Chalk pastels are such an easy medium and you don’t need a lot of supplies. Here are a few ideas on how we use them.

  • After a Nature Walk– You could even stop and paint during the walk if you are adventuresome.
  • Spring school Moment – Head outdoors and enjoy some art in the warm sun.
  • Seasonal Art Fun– There’s an ebook for every holiday theme and time of year and these projects are easy go to successes.
  • Vacations– They are easy to travel with and easy to pull out and use. You can choose seasonal theme to match or go with location related ebooks.
  • Supplement lessons– We used the Shark Week pastel project as part of our Geography Quest- Shark Edition.

Chalk Pastel Sale

Chalk Pastel Fun at Blog, She Wrote

We’ve been using chalk pastel ebooks for years!

The half off sale on all the Chalk Pastel Art from Hodgepodge is going on now through midnight on Tuesday, April 15, 2015.

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Finishing Strong- Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years Week 50http://blogshewrote.org/2015/04/08/finishing-strong-homeschooling-the-middle-high-school-years-week-50/ http://blogshewrote.org/2015/04/08/finishing-strong-homeschooling-the-middle-high-school-years-week-50/#comments Wed, 08 Apr 2015 10:00:35 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=17634 It’s Wednesday ~ time for Finishing Strong, the link up featuring stories from families who are homeschooling their middle & high school children. Meet Our Fabulous Co-Hosts – Aspired Living, Blog, She Wrote, Education Possible, Eva Varga, & Starts at Eight Every week, bloggers share some amazing posts with us, full of information and inspiration. […]

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It’s Wednesday ~ time for Finishing Strong, the link up featuring stories from families who are homeschooling their middle & high school children.

Finishing Strong ~ Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years #50 @Education Possible

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Guitar Lessons With or Without a Teacher from Our Journey Westward

Homeschooling History with Primary Sources from The Sunny Patch

Preparing for Homeschooling High School from Curriculum Choice

What Should My Child Be Writing and When? Part 2: Middle School and High School from Classes by Beth

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History Quest: The Ten Percent Plan Editionhttp://blogshewrote.org/2015/04/06/history-quest-the-ten-percent-plan-edition/ http://blogshewrote.org/2015/04/06/history-quest-the-ten-percent-plan-edition/#respond Mon, 06 Apr 2015 10:00:46 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=17613 This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support! If you haven’t participated in a History Quest before, check out our other History Quests here at Blog, She Wrote. Rebecca, our 9th grader, does the research as part of her history course and writes the Quest and I format them and prepare them for the […]

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History Quest: The 10% Plan

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If you haven’t participated in a History Quest before, check out our other History Quests here at Blog, She Wrote. Rebecca, our 9th grader, does the research as part of her history course and writes the Quest and I format them and prepare them for the blog post. Enjoy!

Even before The Civil War was over, President Lincoln was planning and instituting the reconstruction of post war America. At the heart of Lincoln’s plan was The Ten Percent Plan. Join in today for History Quest: The Ten Percent Plan Edition and explore what was to happen after The Civil War ended to bring the southern states back into the Union.

The Details of the Ten Percent Plan

The plan was designed to help rebuild the Union after The Civil War was over. Let’s find out more about the plan.

  • What was The Ten Percent plan?
  • High ranking civilian and military Confederate officials had to apply for what from the President?
  • Did other Confederate citizens have to apply for anything?
  • As part of this plan, Confederates would have their property returned to them. There were some exceptions. What were they?

The Plan for Confederate States to Be Readmitted to The Union

The plan called for specific guidelines in order to be reabsorbed into the Union. We’ll learn more about what was required of the states:

  • What did ten percent of citizens have to do for the state to be readmitted to the Union?
  • States had to write a new constitution. What was the main point this new constitution needed?
  • Were all Confederate States readmitted to the Union treated as second rate states?

Opposition to the Ten Percent Plan

Not everyone liked the plan. In fact, an entire was made of people who opposed the Ten Percent plan.

  • What was the name of the party which opposed Lincoln’s Ten Percent plan?
  • Why were some against the plan?
  • How did President Lincoln’s assassination affect the implementation of The Ten Percent plan?
  • What were some alternative ideas on how post war reconstruction was to happen?

Picking up the pieces after the war was difficult for both the north and the south after such a brutal, emotionally charged conflict. Learn more about Lincoln’s plan by exploring the Ten Percent plan. New amendments would be made to the US constitution leading to the end of the war. If you want a detailed picture of how Lincoln worked toward the 13th amendment, I recommend the movie, Lincoln. It is best suited for high schoolers, but it was an interesting perspective on Lincoln, his cabinet, and the war.

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Best Educational YouTube Channels for Homeschoolershttp://blogshewrote.org/2015/04/03/best-educational-youtube-channels-for-homeschoolers/ http://blogshewrote.org/2015/04/03/best-educational-youtube-channels-for-homeschoolers/#comments Fri, 03 Apr 2015 16:36:30 +0000 http://blogshewrote.org/?p=17581 This post contains affiliate links. Thanks for your support! Over the last few years, YouTube has exploded with content made by experts in their field. Some of them are very talented at sharing concepts in creative ways. These channels are the reason it’s fun to make a YouTube Playlist for your students. Today’s post is […]

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Best Educational YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers

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Over the last few years, YouTube has exploded with content made by experts in their field. Some of them are very talented at sharing concepts in creative ways. These channels are the reason it’s fun to make a YouTube Playlist for your students. Today’s post is all about the Best Educational YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers.

As always with internet content, previewing is a good idea. While many of these vloggers have great things to share, you want to be sure it is right for your family.

Math Channels on YouTube

Videos are a great way to enjoy math and these YouTube videographers have some fabulous content for us. Apart from curriculum math, I love the way these channels make us think about math. You’ll find everything from tutorials and instruction to current events and new ways to think about mathematical concepts.

  • ViHart– You may know her from Kahn Academy videos, but she has a style all her own. She has some fast paced videos which are sure to keep your attention and keep you thinking.
  • Numberphile– Just like the name suggests, this guy loves numbers and so will you after spending some time here.
  • Computerphile– A channel about all things computers. I know our youngest would adore this channel!
  • Kahn Academy– There’s a tutorial for everyone here! Math, science, languages, etc. These are individual videos, but on their website you can take courses as well. Our youngest enjoys the courses on computer science.
  • WowMath– This is a harder core lesson channel for high school math. Calculus anyone?
  • Professor Leonard– Another channel dedicated to math education.

This video from ViHart is all about the hexaflexagon. After watching it, our daughter made a bunch of them. Try it!

YouTube Science Channels

Science is an easy video topic with many science enthusiasts making contributions. If you have a favorite not listed here, please share it with us!

    • Mythbusters– Who doesn’t love this fun concept of busting or proving common conceptions (or misconceptions) in the physical world?
    • Vsauce– This guy tackles fun science questions like, “What is the speed of dark?”.
    • MinutePhysics– Fun physics videos that teach us why things are the way they are in the world around us
    • Periodic Videos– These are fun videos based on elements in the Periodic Table of the Elements.
    • SciShow– Fun videos on science concepts with an engaging format.
    • MinuteEarth– A fun look at earth science and conservation concepts
    • Veritasium– An element of truth. A look at science from the angle of misconceptions we may believe.
    • Sixty Symbols– Cool videos on physics and astronomy
    • How It’s Made– Our kids love this show! Now you can view episodes and clips on how everyday objects are made in factories around the world.
    • Cornell Lab of Ornithology– All things birds on this channel. If you are a nature enthusiast, then this is a great place to start.
    • Peterson Field Guides– Add a visual to your birding with these videos
    • BrainCraft– A show about neuroscience. Cool things to learn about our brains and the way they work!
    • ASAPscience– A weekly dose of fun science

Ethan, our 11th grader, suggested this video from VSauce to share with you. It’s a perfect illustration of the fact that many of these YouTube personalities talk about a variety of subjects. Just know that I grouped channels together reasonably well, but you will find these folks stepping out of their niche from time to time. While VSauce is mainly science, this video talks about language and how we use it. This is a fun look at words!

History Content Channels at YouTube

It’s easy to find video web content on historical topics, but it’s nice to have it all in one place. These are a few of our favorites when it comes to history and social studies in general. Sometimes you can catch full episodes of shows and other times, it’s only a clip.

  • CrashCourse– This channel has all sorts of subjects including historical and political content.
  • History Channel– You can find clips and full episodes of shows on the The History Channel.
  • Brain Bubble TV– Be smarter in 60 seconds. All kinds of questions and historical topics covered here. Probably other subjects too.
  • Mental Floss– A weekly trivia channel for knowledge buffs!

Tips for Using YouTube in Your Homeschool

Since most of us probably don’t need another reason for our students to sit in front of a screen, what are some ways to use YouTube effectively?

  • Sick days– You know those days when your kids aren’t totally sacked out, but they aren’t up for doing their regular school work? That’s a great day for a YouTube play list on math or science.
  • Traveling– Educational and reasonable when you have long road trips and you’ve played out the alphabet game
  • Waiting Time– I love to pass the time in doctor’s waiting rooms with a good math video. We’ve had quite a year of therapies and dr’s appts and this keeps the kids thinking.
  • Enhancement– Of a concept they are already looking at. Doing geometry in math? Find a fun video on Pi.
  • Inspiration– ViHart is a great artsy math example for our artsy daughter. She loves to watch math doodling videos and give them a whirl. It’s also good for introducing new vocabulary like, “fractals”.
  • Project Ideas– When our kids are working independently on their own projects, they can find help with a simple search.

Tools for Using YouTube in Your Homeschool

So, what do you need to get started using YouTube channels? Families are in different places with technology. Most people have a desktop computer, but not everyone has a mobile device. Here are some ideas:

  • Desktop Computer– There’s nothing wrong with saddling up and watching at the desk.
  • TV– Using a Wii which can access the internet. This is a great choice if you want a lot of people to see the video at once.
  • Tablets– Like iPads and Kindle Fires. If your family does not have a tablet, then I recommend the Kindle Fire. It’s a very economical way to enter the world of tablet computing and it’s a great product for internet consuming!
  • Mobile Apps– If you do have a tablet or a phone, you can use a YouTube App to view your playlists easily. I was even able to add to my playlists on my phone.
  • Playlists– If you want to have the lists of videos made ahead of time, then you can make a playlist. How to Make a YouTube Playlist is a tutorial on how to do just that!

How to Make a YouTube Playlist

Other Technology Posts at Blog, She Wrote

As I have become a user of some savvy tools in our homeschool, I like to share not only our experience but also how others can make use of the same tools. Enjoy some posts on technology in homeschool:

  • Managing the Internet in Your Home– All about how to use your router to filter content along with how to put access controls in place for your family’s devices. My husband Dan did a great job making this accessible to readers.
  • How to Make a YouTube Playlist– In case you missed this link and want to make customized playlists for school subjects.
  • How to Use Google Earth in Your Homeschool– Tutorials, lessons, and ideas on using this digital globe.
  • How to Homeschool with a Kindle– This page shares with you all my posts using a Kindle (both the reader and the tablet) in your homeschooling. Most people aren’t aware of all the features a Kindle offers. These have been invaluable in our studies.

What are your favorite YouTube channels? Please share them in the comments!

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