1,001 Homeschool Days at the Beach

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #067, 1,001 Homeschool Days at the BeachIn “Homeschool at the Beach,” Episode #067, Meredith Curtis & Laura Nolette take you back in time to 1,001 homeschooling days spent at the beach and share what they explored and discovered about sand, ocean, marine life, tide pools, crabs, shells, tides, sunburns, swimming, and water safety.  So, next time, you decide to homeschool at the beach, don’t feel guilty! There are so many ways to teach geography, marine biology, oceanography, architecture, health, safety, and earth science lessons at the beach. Best of all, you can rest, relax, and play.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Let’s go back in time to the year 2000. We were two thirty-something moms who loved the beach and had nine children between us. And so the adventure began. And continued. We have logged many hours at the beach.

“Finish Math and let’s go to the beach!”

 

Marine Biology Observation

Bird watching

Dolphin sighting

Manatee sighting

Shark sighting

Fish in the water

Exploring around on the shore

Crab Hunting at Night with Flashlights

 

Marine Biology

Sea Life: Seaweed, Crabs, Sea Stars, Jellyfish, Fish, Hermit crabs, Mole Crabs

Beach Grass

 

Oceanography

Low Tide/High Tide moving stuff for tides

Currents

Rip Tides

Ingredients of Sand

Shell Collecting (What animal lived in this shell)

 

Earth Science

Erosion of Sand on rocks and shells and driftwood

Beach Erosion after Storms

 

Architecture

Bridges

Draw Bridges

Sand Castles (dealing with water drainage, etc.)

Bridges (Over Intercoastal Waterway)

Lighthouses (Ponce Inlet)

Beach Houses (notice how they are designed to protect from flooding)

Fort at Saint Augustine

 

History

Treasure Coast Museum

Ponce de Leon Lighthouse Museum

Saint Augustine Fort

Saint Augustine

 

Geography

Mapping Route to Beach

Looking at Maps of Beach for Inlets, Harbors, Islands, etc.

Landforms: Ocean, Shore, Rivers

Sand Dunes

 

Human Anatomy/Health/Safety

Burying One Another in the Sand

Water Safety

Rip Tide Safety

First Aid (e.g. Jelly Fish Sting)

Tanning, Skin Care, Skin Protection, Sunburn First Aid

 

Food & Nutrition

Planning & Packing Lunches, Snacks, Drinks for Hydration

 

Art

Sand as a Medium/Building Sand Castles

Photography of Nature

Photography of People

Scrapbook the Memories

 

Collections

Shell Collecting

 

Character/Leadership

Packing for the Beach

Serving (carrying stuff, setting stuff up)

Leadership (getting things ready to go, packing up when they leave)

 

P.E.

Climb Lighthouse

Walk Along the Beach

Frisbee, Touch Football, Paddle Ball

Swim, Body Surfing, Surfing, Skim Boarding

 

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How to Fit Science Into Your Busy Homeschool Schedule

How to fit science into your busy homeschool schedule | sample schedules & organization tips

How to Fit Science Into Your Busy Homeschool Schedule

How to fit science into your busy homeschool schedule- start with organization. Ideally science would be taught every day. Realistically that’s not always possible as children grow and have many subjects to cover.

What does organization have to do with science?

Studying the principles of science requires an organized approach. Don’t let the fear of how much time science will take factor in to your decision about whether or not to teach it! There’s no such thing as a perfect homeschool mom. Or perfectly organize done.

How do I get organized?

I’ll tell you what worked for me. I began on my knees in prayer. That’s been the mainstay of our homeschool life and life in general. Yet, what I lacked was an organized approach. I ended up going around in circles and feeling frustrated by the end of the day.  What I discovered is there are a million ways to organize your life and your homeschool. You just need to pick one and start applying the principles right away. Here are some to choose from:

Dealing with Interruptions in Your Homeschool Day

Start by having a basic schedule or routine.  This helps you know where to pick up where you left off when things get hectic. This helps you to have “planned interruptions.” Take the time to work on a simple schedule or check list that you can start using today for success in your homeschool tomorrow. Specifically regarding science, here are some suggestions:

Five Combinations for Teaching Science

  1. First method – textbook / workbook, experiment books
  2. Second method – textbook, questions done orally, research books, experiment book
  3. Method 3 – science as a single subject: scope and sequence, books on the topic to read, and experiment books
  4. Method 4 – unit study approach: books to read on the topic, biography, experiment books.
  5. Fifth method – family chooses topic (as a single subject) books to read on the topic, research books, and experiment books

A Very Doable Sample Schedule for Teaching Science

Three Days Per Week

Remember, these are suggestions. You make the decision that’s good for your family.

Approximate time spent teaching on a three days per week schedule:

  • K-3, 60-70 minutes per day
  • 4-8, 80-90 minutes per day
  • 9-12, 85-85 minutes per day

Approximate time spent teaching on a three days per week schedule:  K-3, 60-70 minutes per day 4-8, 80-90 minutes per day 9-12, 85-85 minutes per day

Two Days Per Week

Again, while these are what worked for us and what I recommend, please do choose a length of time that fits your own family.

Approximate time spent teaching on a four days per week schedule:

  • K-3, 90-100 minutes per day
  • 4-8, 120-130 minutes per day
  • 9-12, 125-135 minutes per day

Approximate time spent teaching on a four days per week schedule: K-3, 90-100 minutes per day 4-8, 120-130 minutes per day 9-12, 125-135 minutes per day

One thing to remember is that when using the unit study approach to science, you’re not just teaching science in this approximated time- you’re teaching several subjects! That’s a time savings!

 

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HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

This week on HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors!

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors

Note: We are not affiliates with any curriculum mentioned in this episode.

What if your homeschool highschooler is NOT going to be a science major in college, or might not even be going to college. Must they do a

  • Biology
  • Chemistry
  • 2 Other Sciences:
    • General Science, Physical Science, Earth Science, Astronomy, Physics, Marine Science, Geology, etc.
    • Health (Some states list Health as a Science, some create a special category for Health)

When creating a Science credit for your homeschool high schooler you will need:

  • Curriculum
  • 30 hours lab for Biology, Chemistry and one other science (at least 3 courses should include lab)

If you have a homeschool highschoolers who are not headed for college OR will not be a Science major (and will start at a community college or less competitive college), Average-level Science courses are a great choice.

What are levels in homeschool highschool?

Level 1: Remedial

Level 1 is a remedial level. This level is for students who have learning disabilities that prevent them from doing higher-level work. They need curriculum with short lessons, short assignments, simple vocabulary in the text for easy reading, modified tests experiences.

One popular curriculum for Level 1 Science is Pearson Education Pacemaker Series.

Level 2: Average

Average-level courses are for non-college-bound highschoolers or teens who will not be Science majors in college and will be attending a community college or less-competitive college. (College-bound teens should restrict their Average-level courses to around 2 credits.)

  • Westfield Studios 101. Make sure you follow their syllabus in order to earn a full Average-level credit.
  • Some online courses may be Average-level. Check Currclick.com. Be sure to read course descriptions and/or talk to the teacher.
  • Many local homeschool hybrid schools or co-ops will give this option. Co-ops are awesome because the contagious enjoyment of a teacher who loves science can help teens get the most out of these core courses. (And someone else is teaching a subject you may not like!)
  • Try group labs.

BE sure to note on your transcript which level your student’s core courses are taught.

Join Sabrina, Vicki and Kym for a discussion about their personal experiences with homeschool highschool science and some good resources. In the meantime, check out these posts.

Homeschool High School Transcripts: Recording Course Levels

 

HSHSP Ep 67: Science Labs for Non-STEM Teens

 

HSHSP Ep 103: Homeschool Highschool Science for Non-Science Majors


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Exploring Florida’s Marine Environment

Exploring Florida’s Marine Environment

Podcast #33

Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn to talk about some of the places in Florida to explore Marine science. There are many resources in Florida to explore this field of Science. Listen in and see what Florida has to offer! Make plans to join us this September for our STEM Conference. Find more information at the link below.

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STEM and Marine Science

STEM and Marine scienceSTEM and Marine Science

Podcast #32

In this episode,  Sherri Seligson joins Florida Parent Educators Association’s (FPEA) Chairwoman, Suzanne Nunn to talk about STEM and Marine science what it is and how you can get excited about it and incorporate it into your homeschool. Specifically, focusing on Marine Science. Listen in and get excited about the many ways to explore Marine Science! Make plans to join us and Sherri this September for our STEM Conference. Find more information at the link below.

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Wrap Up a Successful Roadschool Year

 

Wrapping up a roadschool year is a snap with these tips from the Roadschool Moms team. Episode #139 comes to you live from the the State of Washington as well as southern Indiana. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  recaps her roadschool week from the Evergreen State. From across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher looks back on their roadschool week in the Hoosier State.

Listeners hear a few words from the Season 10 series sponsor,  Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources. Both KT and MB use T4L in their own rolling homeschools. The coupon code “roadschooler” is shared for those who want to test drive a trial run of the online resource.

This special season ending episode takes a look back at the 12-episode journey to plan a successful roadschool year.

Summer Sun & Roadschool Fun: Sunglasses are on and homeschool calendars out for this episode. Listen to seven sweet suggestions for planning summer learning adventures.
Vision for a Successful Roadschool Year: Roadschool Mom Mary Jane Williams joins MB to talk about having a VISION for your homeschool plans. MB reminds listeners that “Comparison is a thief” and every family’s goals are different. Listen to the seven questions to ask yourself when formulating a homeschool vision.
Choosing Roadschool Curriculum:  KT and MB take apart their roadschool tool box and talk about the different ways to build a roadschool curriculum.
Record Keeping Made Easy:  Dave from Homeschool Tracker joins this special episode with all the expert advice on keeping track of your homeschool records. KT reminds listeners  “The best system is the one you will use!”
 
Roadschool Moms at FPEA:  The RSM team broadcasts live from the FPEA Convention in Orlando, Florida, from the beautiful Gaylord Palms Hotel. Special guest, Andrew Pudewa joins the show with rich and useful information needed to train your homeschoolers up to be effective writers.
Morning Time by Nature:  A favorite past guest, Holly Giles from The Giles Frontier, joins the show to share insight on using Morning Time for the next roadschool year. The homeschooling trio share their tips and advice on using nature for easy Morning Time plans.
Independent Learners by Nature or by Design:  A podcast filled with specific examples for training your kids to be independent learners by looking at the characteristics in your kiddos:  self-motivation, curiosity, persistence, critical thinking, responsibility.
Growing Successful Readers: Stephanie Simpson, a teamleader for Usborne Books joins the Roadschool Moms team to share top tips for growing successful readers in your rolling homeschool. Lots of great information is broken down into nuggets for emerging readers as well as early, fluent & expert readers.
Experience America the Beautiful:  American history & geography are front & center for this episode.  An up close interview with Charlene Notgrass, the creator of the fabulous curriculum, is the feature for this week. Textbook, maps, timelines, and lesson plans! It’s U.S. History for your middle or high schoolers – Ready, set, go!
National Holidays as Roadschool Opportunities:  An episode that reflects on how to use your surroundings, the time of year, and national holidays to feed your roadschoolers fresh, new information. Take out the calendar, there’s never a shortage of ways to celebrate the day.
Building a Strong Math Foundation:  Dennis “Mr D!” DiNola has all the facts about math. He reminds listeners to keep kids learning the math language.  His best message is “doing math can be like eating vegetables, you might not necessarily like it but you CAN learn to appreciate it.”
Hands-on Science:  Luke Gilkerson, Intoxicated on Life, shares information about his Experience Astronomy curriculum. Luke shares his best advice “to teach roadschoolers how to think” by the process of observing, testing hypothesis, finding a conclusion. He encourages roadschool moms everywhere that science is all around us and is easy to work into a roadschool schedule.
Icing Your Roadschool Cake:  Tricia Hodges gives great tips on letting your roadschoolers be creative. Chalk pastel art projects are so easy and fun to use anywhere, anytime. This episode reveals three things you can easily access to get started today.
The Roadschool Moms breaks down seven steps to wrap up a successful roadschool year:
  1. Celebrate the year
  2. Review accomplishments
  3. Create a portfolio
  4. Analyze interests
  5. Plan summer learning adventures
  6. Record transcripts
  7. Honor family traditions
“That’s a WRAP”

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Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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Hands-On Science

Hands-on science is on the agenda for roadschooling families everywhere who are planning a successful roadschool year. Episode #137 comes to you live from the the State of Washington as well as Central Florida. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  recaps her roadschool week as they have traveled into the Evergreen State. From across the country, Mary Beth Goff, calls in from on the road to reveal the Road Trip Teacher crew is traveling north towards the Midwest.

The highlight of the week for KT is the revelation that Half Price Books is not only a website but also a resource with store locations! She is enamored to find that she is located within just miles of an outlet store! Her most fabulous find on her recent trip there was a book she remembers from her childhood titled From the Mixed-Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. The book is next in line for the Travaglino family read-aloud. MB admits she is playing catch up as her family is still reading The Twenty-One Balloons. For those keeping score, it’s KT-3, MB-1 on the summer books reading list of accomplishments.

Listeners hear a few words from the Season 10 series sponsor,  Time4Learning. The comprehensive K-12 online curriculum is a favorite from the Roadschool Moms Approved resources and used by both KT and MB in their own rolling homeschools. The coupon code “roadschooler” is shared for those who want to test drive a trial run of the online resource.

This episode features special guest, Luke Gilkerson. Luke and his wife, Trisha, are behind the plethora of resources to raise strong families from Intoxicated on Life. He shares his thoughts on the importance of science in a homeschool plan. By including science, Luke advises roadschoolers will learn “how to think” by the process of observing, testing a hypothesis, and finding the conclusion. He advocates learning by experience. This homeschool dad of four boys, reminds listeners how easy it is to incorporate science into daily routines (like when his 8-yr old made slime last week.) He suggests that by weaving areas of science that are naturally interesting to your kids, it is simple to integrate the subject into the core curriculum of the 3 Rs.

The creator of Experience Astonomy, Luke also brings all the details of this hands-on science curriculum available for all ages of roadschoolers.  The elementary level is designed to engage young minds and put the fun back into the homeschool day. The upper level of Experience Astronomy is best suited for ages 12 and over. High schoolers can earn course credit with the Advanced Mastery option for the course.

  • Engaging Video Lessons
  • Hands-on Activities
  • Recommended Reading List
  • Weekly Opportunity for Outside Observations (upper level)

The Roadschool Moms team shares their favorite hands-on science resources with listeners from their combined OTR years of over a decade.  Mary Beth reminds the audience that two of her roadschoolers used Experience Astrology last year and loved it.  Other resources the dynamic duo recommends include these Top 3:

  1. Interactive Science Notebooks
  2. Apologia Science
  3. Time 4 Learning

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 130 podcast replays.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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Giles Frontier for Roadschoolers

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Listeners will remember the Roadschool Moms trip to the FPEA Homeschool Convention in Orlando, Florida. The traveling duo met up with Holly Giles from The Giles Frontier. Mary Beth and Kimberly’s favorite discovery from the weekend reveals the addition of Blaze New Trails to both of their roadschool plans.

Episode #98 features Holly, the creator of this groundbreaking K-8 family guide. The nature study seamlessly weaves together science, literature, and history.

In the broadcast, she speaks of simplifying your children’s day through nature’s classroom. Her insight shows homeschool moms the way to preserve the instinct for play and curiosity. Her methods build life skills and family relationships. Roadschool Moms agree that Holly Giles will lead a Learning Lifestyle Revival for all ages.

Holly also talks about other fabulous finds from her organic products including The County Fair and Prairie Life, a hands-on unit study using Little House in the Big Woods. She even has a concept for using math as a learning adventure in the Great Outdoors. On another Roadschool Moms favorite episode, find ideas to use these natural learning adventures for Morning Time plans. Watch the Road Trip Teacher crew for a kid’s perspective on these resources.

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 120 podcast replays for roadschool resources and families on the road.

Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. More and more families are moving into a home on wheels. As a result, the Roadschool Moms record this broadcast to present resources that meet the challenges of today’s roadschooler. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families, and Mary Beth Goff, the creator of Road Trip Teacher, team up every week to offer listeners a fresh take on homeschooling while traveling full time across America’s backyard.

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MBFLP – Stars, Signs, and Seasons

MBFLP Jay Ryan

Summertime’s a great time to get outside and search the stars. We all learn a few constellations and know what the planets are, even if we can’t find them. But did you know God had a deeper purpose than just decorating our night horizons? Author and astronomer Jay Ryan joins us to talk about the Biblical use of the stars “for signs and for seasons” (Genesis 1:14) – and to glimpse something of God’s glory in the heavens!

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Thoughts on Co-oping from the Mastermind of the Ultimate Radio Show

Truthseekers-Novels-2790672Felice and I met at a homeschooling convention many years ago and have been friends ever since!  Felice has a heart for encouraging, training, and helping homeschooling families enjoy their homeschool adventure.   Listen in as Felice shares her co-oping experiences as well as her thoughts and advice regarding making the study of science (as well as other subjects) meaningful!

Added bonus:  Hear how Felice and her daughter, Christine, began writing the Truth Seekers mystery series of exciting fiction books!  My children loved these books.  They are centered around homeschooled children who solve mysteries.

Using a “novel” approach your children will race through hundreds of pages of heart-pounding mystery, suspense, and edge-of-your seat adventure!

Three novels in the series:

  • The Missing Link Found
  • Dinosaur Quest at Diamond Peak
  • The Keys to the Past: Unlocked

“The Truth Seekers Mystery Series” is sure to get even the most reluctant reader interested. Why?

1. It’s a page turning mystery novel
2. It was written by a homeschool kid for other kids
3. The characters are Christian role models and adventurous
4. The story is engaging and fun!

 

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