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PHET Science Simulations

Phet science simulations

Episode 49: PHET Science Simulations with Kristin Moon

Today’s interview is with Kristin Moon from Kristin Moon Science and the topic is PHET Science Simulations. You can also follow her on Facebook.

Why use simulations

Simulations allow students to have a concrete idea of concepts that are difficult to explain.

What are PHET simulations

They are free simulations on the topics of math, physics, chemistry, biology, and earth science that are useful for students of all grade levels. They are created by the University of Colorado in Boulder and you can find them here.

Favorite simulations

  • Build an Atom
  • Balancing Chemical Equations
  • Reactants, Products, and Leftovers
  • Molecule Shapes

Other good simulations

  • Equality Explorer (it helps kids “see” how algebra works)
  • Balloons and Static Electricity (kids can “see” how static charge builds)
  • Gene Expression Essentials (students direct the formation of three different proteins from three different genes)
  • Circuit Builder

Visit show sponsor FundaFunda Academy for their online Ecoloy, Biology and Earth Science classes. They also are introducing web-based unit studies for 4th – 8th graders on anatomy.

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Phet science simulations #onlinescience #sciencesimulations #sciencefun

Using Technology to Foster Curiosity

Using Technology to Foster Creativity

147: Using technology to foster curiosity

In this episode, the discussion revolves around using technology to foster curiosity. Children are naturally curious and tech makes it easy to help our children explore topics of interest.

Here are 7 specific ideas:

1. Use Google Lens to identify plants and other things.
2. Explore.org and other live webcams to learn about animals
3. Find videos on Youtube and TikTok to learn about what it is like to live in other parts of the world.
4. Wander through a city’s streets with Streetview in Google maps
5. Immerse yourself in an experience using VR (Google Expeditions, 360-degree Youtube video example: Clouds over Sidra about a refugee camp on the Within app.
6. Discover the history around you with the Clio app
7. See how science works with simulations eg PHET
8. Web-based Unit Studies from show sponsor FundaFunda Academy

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Take a look at show sponsor, FundaFunda Aademy to see what they offer for online classes and web-based unit studies.

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Using Technology to Foster Creativity

Christmas Memories

Christmas Memories | What are your favorite Christmas memories? Each year we have so many wonderful memories of Christmas but soon we forget. Here is the solution! A Christmas Memory book! In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice shares another just-for-kids episode with you! | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #christmasmemories Christmas Memories – Episode 417

What are your favorite Christmas memories? Each year we have so many wonderful memories of Christmas but soon we forget. Here is the solution! A Christmas Memory book! In this episode of Vintage Homeschool Moms, Felice shares another just-for-kids episode with you!

Don’t forget a kid favorite! Novels for tweens – that are Christian based. Check out the Media Angels kids series, Truth Seekers Mystery Series and the book, A Few Minutes with God!

Check out the Media Angels books on Media Angels.com 

Be sure to go to VintageHomeschoolMoms.com – a copy of the Christmas Memory Book

Holiday Memory Book-2020

Advent Calendar: Here

What are your favorite Christmas memories? Was there a special gift you received? Maybe a special food you get to eat during the holidays. Is it a favorite activity, like roasting marshmallows or sipping hot cocoa when it is cold outside. Maybe it is a visit from special family members like grandparents or cousins. Do you like the Christmas decorations? The special books that your parents may read, or a special trip you take for example going camping or visiting a relative or friend?

There are so many different things that happen around Christmas time but often we forget these things once the holiday is over, and so in this episode, I want to share with you a special book I’ve put together just for you! A Christmas Memories Book. You can print it out and put it in a notebook or binder and add to it each year. Or, maybe this will give you an idea of creating one of your own. What are those memories that make Christmas truly special?

Sometimes the most important things are the things that cost nothing! This can be praying in what we like to call the count-down to Christmas, and that is the days before called Advent. It is a time when we gather as a family each night and light one candle per week as we read a passage from the Bible. Then we pray for special intentions. For example, “Peace on Earth,” or we pray for “Those who do not have anyone special to pray for them.” This is a time to think about what is truly important at Christmas time and that is the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

I want you to think about the best toy or gift you ever received for Christmas. Do you remember this? Did it break? Did you lose it? Did it not meet your expectations, that means when you got the gift did it not seem as special as you thought it would be? This happened to me when I was a kid. I wanted a camera so badly and when I finally got the camera I wanted that printed the instant pictures I was super disappointed. For one thing, the pictures were not that great and for another, the film was super expensive. It was better to wait to have your pictures printed rather than have a camera that prints out instantly but the quality is not that great. Today we have wonderful cameras on our phones and rarely do we ever print anything out!

Look around you this Christmas. Notice the beautiful decorations, enjoy each sip of your favorite drink, and make some new holiday traditions of your own! Here are some things that families like to do to celebrate the Christmas Holidays:

  1. Use an Advent calendar or wreath and pray each day or evening as the count down to Christmas begins. You can start this at any time. Be sure to read different Bible passages you can read the Nativity passages in the New Testament, but don’t forget the prophetic ones in Isaiah that talk about the coming Messiah!
  2. Read each evening from a special book. Some families like favorites like the Christmas Carol or the Night Before Christmas. What is your favorite book? Take this out and maybe this is a great time for a new family tradition to begin.
  3. Does your family like to bake? What are the Christmas cookies that you enjoy? Write these recipes in your memory book. There are some special recipes that are passed down from family to family that are very important and can be lost or forgotten. This way you will have your own copy.
  4. Plan a special trip. This can be a picnic in the park if you live somewhere that is not so cold – if you live in a cold area, do a drive through looking at the Christmas lights at different homes in the early evening. Or maybe put lights up on your own home for others to enjoy. When you get home think about your favorite part of this even.
  5. Spend time as a family. Look around you! Being a kid only lasts a short time. This is a special time to journal and remember because soon you will be grown up, have a job and a family of your own. So, enjoy this time with your family.
  6. Make a special Christmas ornament. This can be with a family picture or it can be something you draw. Be sure to write the year you made this and place it on the tree.
  7. Secret notes. Write a note to someone in your family that is kind and positive and put it somewhere they will notice. Do not sign it! It is nice to say things that are nice and special to encourage others.
  8. Make an outdoor fire with your family of course, and roast marshmallows -even if it is cold! You can bundle up and tell stories about past Christmas events or ask your parents to share their favorite Christmas past stories with you!
  9. Joyful attitude. Each morning wake up with a smile on your face – or one soon after you wake up – and greet each person in the family with a smile when you see them first thing in the morning. They will wonder what is going on, but smiles are contagious!
  10. Be kind! It is not always easy to be kind to others, but try this Christmas season to be joyful and uplifting to those in your family and only say things that are kind…or nothing at all!

Can you think of other things? I am sure you can! Use this as a beginning of making your own Christmas special this year! And, I pray a joyful and blessed Christmas on each one of you!

How to use Google Lens in your homeschool

Using Google Lens in Your Homeschool

Episode 102: How to use Google Lens in your homeschool with Dr. Kristin Moon

Today’s interview is with Kristin Moon from Kristin Moon Science and she explains what Google Lens is and how to Use Google Lens in your homeschool. You can also follow her on Facebook

Dr. Moon teaches Chemistry for show sponsor FundaFunda Academy and Biology at True North Homeschool Academy.

Be sure to listen to our other interviews with her including the one where she talks about PHET Simulations

This is a useful blog post that highlights some of the features of Google Lens.

Google Lens is part of the Google App on the App Store. Once you open the Google App you can access Google Lens from the top right-hand corner (see below)

Where to find Google Lens

You can find it on the Google Play Store here

Be sure to listen to the episode to learn how Google Lens will help you in so many different ways including identifying plants, translating foreign languages, and even finding homework help!

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Using Google Lens in Your Homeschool

Virtual Labs

Virtual Labs for biology and chemistry

77: Virtual Labs with Dr Kristin Moon

Our guest is Dr Kristin Moon from Kristin Moon Science . You can find her on Facebook too.

Dr. Moon teaches Chemistry for show sponsor FundaFunda Academy and Biology at True North Homeschool Academy.

Be sure to listen to our other interview with her where she talks about PHET Simulations.

Virtual Biology Labs


Expandable Mind is the website Kristin refers to

3 virtual labs from their site that she mentions:

1. eMind Frog: virtual frog dissection lab (and 4 additional mini-labs).

You can use their demo page to get a feel for what it’s like to use the virtual lab.

It costs $5.99/family for a single license (giving you 12-month access)

2. eMind Animalcules and Other Cells: virtual microscopy lab

So many cool specimens to view using their virtual microscope.

Once again, you can use the demo and get some of the features:

3. eMind Fly: virtual genetics lab

This virtual lab makes genetics come alive as students virtually “breed” fruit flies. They predict the results using a Punnett Square, breed the flies, observe the progeny and note the outcome, and analyze their results.

Find the demo site here.

It costs $5.99/family for a single license (giving you 12-month access) but is a freebie that comes with any purchase.

Worth noting: You can buy access to ALL of the virtual labs eMind has to offer (including the frog, a cat, a fetal pig, invertebrates (including earthworm, squid, crayfish, and sea star), and fish ( including the lamprey, the dogfish, and the yellow perch) for $19.99 (for an individual license).

Additionally, if you are buying for a class or co-op, there are volume discounts.

Virtual Chemistry Labs


Chem Collective is the resource Kristin talks about.

There are many virtual labs your students can perform on this site, all related to chemistry. These are all free.

Examples of some of the labs:

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Virtual Labs for biology and chemistry

Happy Birthday Creator-King

Finish Well Homeschooling Podcast, Podcast #103, Happy Birthday Creator-King, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast NetworkHappy Birthday Creator-King

In “Happy Birthday Creator-King,” episode #103, Meredith Curtis talks about birthdays and what makes birthdays special for the birthday person, the family, and the guests. How does the birthday person want to celebrate? As we celebrate Jesus, our Creator-King’s birthday, we can plan our Christmas celebration as a birthday where Christ is the center of all our plans, rather than an afterthought. If you can grasp these principles as a family, it will change your Christmas celebrations forever to be more festive and joyous than you could ever imagine.

 

 


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Show Notes

Introduction: Our Favorite Birthday Tradition: The Encouragement Game.

For by Him all things were created, both in the heavens and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities–all things have been created through Him and for Him” (Colossians 1:16 NASB).

What makes a birthday special for the birthday person?

What makes a birthday special for party guests and family?

Christmas is a birthday.

How God the Father prepared for Christmas. Lining up empires, lining up languages, prophetic words, mysteries, angels, a star, birthday party guests,

Genesis to Revelation role of Christ as Creator/Redeemer

God the Father commemorates special events e.g Passover. Commemorate stones crossing Jordan.

When we celebrate His birthday, do we get the Passover meal ready, visit the stones near the Jordan or do we go to the high places?

Is Jesus, the birthday person, the focus of all our preparations or is he on the periphery?

What Jesus likes….

  • Worship
  • Marriage
  • Family
  • The Poor, Needy, those in Jail
  • Celebrations (e.g. in Nehemiah)
  • Prayer
  • The Word
  • Us to Enjoy what He has given us
  • Generosity

 

Let’s throw a party!

Gifts for Baby Jesus

Time set aside for Worship

Romantic Lights

Family Devotions

Family Memories

Reading His Word

Inviting the Lost to the Birthday Party

 

Merry Christmas from our families to yours.

 

Christmas Resources

Christmas Devotions by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas with a traveling dinner by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Celebrate Christmas with Cookies Unit Study by Meredith Curtis Celebrate Christmas in Colonial America by Meredith Curtis

Teamwork Part 4: SMART Goals

SMART goals allow you to manage roles and responsibilities, as well as expectations of yourself and others. Time to learn about SMART Goals for teams!SMART goals allow you to manage roles and responsibilities, as well as expectations of yourself and others. Time to learn about SMART Goals for teams!

Bible Verse: Eph 4:11″And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers.”

Acts 15- AD 55 –James, Peter and Paul and the Council of Jerusalem

Quote: It’s amazing what you can accomplish if you don’t care who gets the credit. ! Harry S. Truman

Details of Show:

Refining ones goals means making SMART goals

Specific, Measurable, Attainable. Realistic, Timely

SMART goals allow you to manage roles and responsibilities, as well as expectations of yourself and others.   Without them, conflict will arise more quickly.

Goldilocks Principle – Not too hard, not too easy, just right.

Assessments and feedback loops are important to teams reaching their full potential.

Adjust for those on the team who “drag” the system and realize that often the drag has to do with the bigger story, not just our personal small story.

Lim Facs- Limiting Factors – what disturbances are you likely to run into?

Role Definitions and Hierarchy. Power is a means to the end, not the end and often people get hung up on hierarchy as a power trip rather than as a way to build clearly defined dream teams.

 

Resources- Books/Movies/Articles/You-Tubes/Podcasts

Acts 15 –the Council of Jerusalem- James, Peter and Paul

5 Common Topics ebook 

 

True North Classes

Writing Club

Jr. High Writing Club 

Art Club 

Speech Club 

Debate Club

 

True North Blog posts

Clubs

Whose ever heard of the 5 Common Topics

Using Teamwork in your homeschool

What is Your Worldview?

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #070, What is Your Worldview?In “What is Your Worldview,” Episode #070, Meredith Curtis explains what worldview is and the basic worldviews we encounter in the world around us: Christian, Muslim, Secular Humanist, Marxist Communism, Cosmic Humanist, and Post-Modern. Once we understand where people who hold different worldviews are coming from, we can compare those worldviews to the Bible because God’s Word speaks to every area of life.. In a mixed-up culture, Meredith challenges you to  think like a Christian and take a stand for the Truth.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Daddy’s Yellow Sunglasses

 

Biblical Worldview

Based on the Bible and Faith In Jesus Christs

 

Theology

God Is, Personal, Love, Holiness, Trinity, Faith, Supernatural,

Ethics

Moral Absolutes,  Lex Rex

History

Linear, Creation, Fall, Redemption, Return, New Heaven & New Earth

Center of History is Jesus. All History Points Forward to Him or Back to Him.

Science & Nature

Creation, Kinds, Creator has Ownership Rights over Creation

Philosophy

Faith & Reason

Psychology

Mind/Body, Image of God, Original Sin

Sociology

Authority Delegated to Family, Church, Government, Traditional Family

Economics

Stewardship, Private Property

Law

Divine Law & Natural Law, Lex Rex

Government

Justice, Freedom, Order

 

Secular Humanism

Man is the Measure of All Things

Naturalism, Material World is All There Is

One World Government Trumps National Sovereignty

Tower of Babel “Look What We Can Do!”

 

Theology

Atheist

Ethics

Moral Relativism

History

Historical Evolution

Science & Nature

Evolution, Naturalism, Material World is All There Is

Philosophy

Naturalism

Psychology

Self-Actualization

Sociology

Non-Traditional Family

State

Economics

Socialism, Redistribute the Wealth

Law

Law is Evolving

Government

Socialist One-World Government

 

Marxist Communism

Redistribute the Wealth

History is the Struggle Between the Haves and Have Nots

Proletariat must Rise Up Against the Bourgeoisie

Common Good More Important than Individual

 

Theology

Atheist

History

History is Struggle between Haves & Have Nots

Science & Nature

Punctuated Evolution

Philosophy

Dialectical Materialism

Psychology

Behaviorism

Sociology

Classless Society,  Remove Family & Church

Economics

Socialism, Redistribute the Wealth

Law

Law is Evolving

Government

State Runs Peoples’ Lives, Communist World Government

 

Cosmic Humanist

New World Order

Hollywood (Beverly Hills Show illustrated how Far Eastern Religions Moving In)

All Roads Lead to God

God is Impersonal, Spiritual Force

Meditation, Trances, Hypnosis, Eastern Religion

 

Theology

Pantheism

Ethics

Moral Relativism, Karma

History

Evolutionary, Moving Toward godhead

Science & Nature

Cosmic Evolution

Philosophy

Non-Naturalism

Psychology

Higher Consciousness

Sociology

Non-Traditional Family

State

Economics

Socialism, Distribute the Wealth

Law

Self-Law “If it feels good…”

Government

Self-Government, New World Order

 

Muslim

“Allah is god, Mohammed is his prophet”

God is Creator, Judge

Man not Fallen, no Original Sin

Works Oriented

Polygamy

Jihad

 

Theology

Theistic, No Trinity

Ethics

Moral Absolutes

History

Determinism (Fatalistic), Jihad

Science & Nature

Creationism

Philosophy

Faith & Reason

Psychology

Mind/Body, No Original SIn

Sociology

Mosque, Islamic State, Polygamy, Disrespect of Women

Economics

Stewardship of Property

Law

Shariah Law

Government

Islamic Theocracy (Global Islam)

 

Post-Modernism

Question Everything

No Ultimate Truth

Cultural Relativism

Follow Your Heart

What’s Good for You

What’s Right for You

Question Authority

 

Theology

Atheism

Ethics

Cultural Relativism

History

Multiple Perspectives on History, Not Interested in What Really Happened

Science & Nature

Punctuated Evolution

Philosophy

Anti-Realism

Psychology

Socially-Constructed Selves

Sociology

Sexual Egalitarianism

Economics

Interventionism

Law

Critical Legal Studies, Evolving

Government

Resist Realism Concepts of Power

 

Okay, so what is your worldview?

Does it line up with the Word of God?

Or have you been buying in to the devil’s lies?

 

Resources

Worldview: Understand the Times Workbook by Meredith Curtis

https://powerlineprod.weebly.com/worldview.html

 

Books

Understanding the Times by David Noebel

How Then Shall We Live by Frances Schaeffer

More Than a Carpenter by Josh McDowell

 

DVDs

“How Then Shall We Live?” (Frances Schaeffer & Frankie Schaeffer)

“Demolishing Strongholds” (Answers in Genesis)

 

Ministries

Summit Ministries https://www.summit.org/

 

Curriculum From a Christian Worldview

High School Curriculum by Powerline Productions20th Century History Books by Powerline Productions, Inc.Teach History the Fun Way with books by Powerline Productions, Inc., Finish Well Radio, Podcast #049

The Kitchen Explosion

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #069, The Kitchen ExplosionIn “The Kitchen Explosion,” Episode #069, you will get an inside look at a bustling high-energy homeschooling family. Sometimes in an attempt to make history come alive, I, Meredith Curtis have gone too far. How about you? Have you stepped out with enthusiasm only to have to call the fire department? Should we play it safe or step out with courage to live the adventure? I think learning should be fun and exciting! There is so much to learn everywhere, every day. Even if sometimes, there is an explosion in the kitchen.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Studying 100 Years War. Wanted to Make it Come Alive.  Gunpowder. Smoky fields.

Making Smoke Bombs. Didn’t realize how dangerous. Pretty pink flame and KABOOM!

Just to make it clear: I believe in safety.

 

The Quest for Adventure

Instilled in us by the Lord who is the God of the Adventure Story.

The Flood, The Tower, Elijah and the Prophets of Baal, Fiery Furnace, Daniel in the Lion’s Den, Lazarus, The Resurrection.

 

Try Something New

Fly an Airplane

Pick Up an Instrument

Write a song….or a poem….or a novel

Pets (Cat Show, Skipper)

 

Do It a Different Way

Painting a Map on the Bathroom Wall

Make a Website

Interview Someone Who Was There

Make a Radio Show

 

Get Your Hands Dirty

Dissections. Yuck!

My labs in college.

Panning for Gold.

Gardening

 

Travel

Learning Never Takes a Vacation.

Sand Crab Hunting

Sea World Passes

Teddy Roosevelt’s House Sagamore Hill, NY

Let’s Stop in Puerto Rice on the Way to Pittsburgh

 

Parties

Medieval Banquet

Luau

Victorian Teas

Olympic Games

Passover Feast

Sock Hop

Literary Party

Start A Rock Band With Your Daughter – HIRL Episode 11

HIRL_Start_A_Rock_BandPut on your crazy wigs and plug your favorite electric guitar into your amp, because  this show is all about rock and roll.

 

On this episode, Fletch and Kendra interview Brian Tompkins, an old friend from their days in college (and fraternity brother of Fletch).

 

Brian is a single father and one half of the Blue Eyed Maniacs rock band that he started with his daughter. When Brian found that his daughter Victoria was not putting in the practice required for her guitar lessons, he came up with the idea of starting a band. Since then, not only have her practice levels improved, but they have created giant memories and educational opportunities along the way.

 

Over the years, we have followed Brian’s life through annual Christmas cards and we have enjoyed how much he enters into the life of his daughter. He is creative, energetic and not afraid to get down to her level. We hope you enjoy this episode as much as we have. Rock on HIRLers!

 

-Show Notes-
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The Blue-Eyed Maniacs 

Ignite 6 – How to Start a Rock Band With Your Daughter

50 Dangerous Things You Can Do With Your Children

Teach Them Diligently Conferences

From the HIRLers Treasure Chest:

The Prodigal God

How to Think Like Leonardo da Vinci

The Reluctant Prophet

 

Join Fletch (from theMangoTimes) and Kendra (from Preschoolers and Peace) podcast every two weeks as they interview guests and talk through some of the goofiness they have experienced in nearly two decades of Homeschooling In Real Life.