STEM Christmas Gifts

STEM Christmas Gifts

161: STEM Christmas Gifts

STEM Christmas gifts have the advantage of being both educational and fun. Your children are likely to get more use out of them than many other toys. Natalie Vaughn joins me on this episode as we share some of our favorite STEM toys. You can find links to many of the ones we talk about on this post.

Here are our suggestions for STEM gifts:

  • Coding board games
  • Cytosis board game
  • Video games and apps like the Contraption Maker Game
  • Osmo
  • Marble Runs
  • Scientific instruments eg microscopes, telescopesLego Technics – books ideas robotics EV3
  • Building kits
  • Circuit kits
  • Science lab kits – eg forensics
  • Online coding classes

FundaFunda’s programming classes mentioned in this episode:

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STEM Christmas Gifts

An Easy Way to Get Your Children Coding

an easy way to get your children coding

160: An easy way to get your children coding

Do you need an easy way to get your children coding? Do you know they need to learn and have no idea where to start?

Well, this episode is for you. In it, I share about the Hour of Code and how it can get children of all ages (even ore-readers) started with coding – or get them to move on to the next level.

FundaFunda’s programming classes mentioned in this episode:

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10 Websites You Will Be Thankful I Told You About

Useful Websites for Homeschoolers

159:10 websites you will be thankful I told you about

The 10 useful websites for homeschooling that I talk about in this episode are:

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Online Primary History Sources

Online Primary History Sources

158: Online Primary History Sources

In this episode, you can learn why you would want to use online primary history sources as well as where you can find them. One use would be if your child is competing in National History Day which I talk about in episode 5.

The 4 sources I mention are:

The FundaFunda Academy history classes and unit studies I mention are:

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Technology and Handicrafts: An unlikely pair

Technology and Handicrafts

157: Technology and Handicrafts: An unlikely pair with Amber O’Neal Johnston

Amber O’Neal Johnston from HeritageMom shares how technology and handicrafts go hand-in-hand in their homeschool. If you think your family is more about crafts and prefer not to spend time using technology, then this episode is for you!

Follow her on Instagram at @heritagemomblog! She has great posts and stories.

Amber answers the following questions in this episode:

  1. What were your initial views of tech?
  2. What made you change?
  3. How did you start integrating tech in your homeschool?
  4. How do you currently use tech?
  5. Technology and handicrafts – how do they relate?
  6. What handicrafts does your family do?

Resources Amber mentions:

  • Instructional videos on Youtube
  • Self-paced courses through Teachable
  • Membership on Craftsy with on-demand courses

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eBook Creators to use in your Homeschool

ebook creators to use in your homeschool

In this episode, you will learn about various free eBook creation websites and how you can incorporate using them into your homeschool. This month is NaNaWriMo and if your children participate in that they can use one of these ideas to create an eBook that is easy to share with others.

The 5 eBook creators I mention are:

  1. Google Docs – this is a useful article explaining some of the formatting options – https://support.google.com/docs/answer/116338
  2. Writereader – a nice option for younger children
  3. Storyjumperthis video explains how to use it’s main features
  4. Book Creator – has a cool Autodraw feature. Find example books here
  5. Canva – once you export to a pdf you can upload it in Heyzine to create a flipbook.

The 3 FundaFunda Academy classes I mention that have book creating assignments are:

  1. Writing Fun – for 5tth – 8th grade
  2. World Geography – for 8th to 12th grade
  3. US History (Hons) – for 9th – 12th grade

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ebook creators to use in your homeschool

156: eBook Creators to use in your Homeschool

Screens and Guilt

Screens and Guilt

155: Screens and Guilt with Julie Bogart

Julie Bogart from Bravewriter talks to us in this episode about a subject many parents struggle with: Screens and Guilt.

Follow Julie on Instagram at JulieBraveWriter! That’s where I saw her talking about this issue.

Julie answers the following questions in this episode:

  • What makes video gaming controversial?
  • How can families use screens constructively?
  • What does the current research say about video games in particular?
  • How can parents set healthy boundaries for screens while also celebrating the good they accomplish?
  • Do you have any recommendations for parents who might want more information about screens and kids?

Resources Julie references:

Pre-order Julie’s upcoming book, Raising Critical Thinkers: A Parent’s Guide to Growing Wise Kids in the Digital Age.

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Online Resources for Brain Teasers

Online Resources for brain teasers

154: Online Resources for Brain Teasers with Christy Rickman

Guest Christy Rickman shares with us her favorite online resources for brain teasers. Christy first explains why it is beneficial for your children to be doing brainteasers.

These are the resources Christy mentions in the episode

1. A website with lots of brain teasers – Puzzlebaron

2. Most interesting brainteaser – Einstein’s puzzle

3. Most challenging – Lights Out

4. Most fun – Colored Lines

5. Other suggestions? Do online searches for battleship analogies

Get Christy’s web-based Brain Games Unit Study for 50% discount until the end of 2021 with code BRAIN50

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How tech skills helped one homeschooler pay for college

how tech skills helped one homeschooler pay for college

153: How tech skills helped one homeschooler pay for college with Samantha Shank

Samantha Shank from Learn in Color is our guest and explains how tech skills helped her pay for college.

Listen to the episode as she tells her story of how she started out as a 14-year-old – who didn’t have techie parents – and how she has grown the website to what it is today. And how it funded her college education!

The websites she mentions that she uses to create her products are

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How To Add Tech To Any Curriculum

How to add tech to any curriculum

152: How to add tech to any curriculum

In this episode, I discuss how to add tech to any curriculum – whether it is heavily dependent on books, completely online, or somewhere in between.

1. Review games/quizzes
2. Further exploration – webcams, virtual tours, youtube
3. Simulations – Phet, videos of experiments
4. Readalouds – audiobooks
5. Movies
6. Computer/video games eg Civilization
7. Use tech projects instead of essays
8. FundaFunda unit studies for a deep dive into topics

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How to add tech to any curriculum