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Special Replay: Life Skills For Kids

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Life Skills | With the advance in technology many major, must-know life skills are forgotten. In this episode, we roll up our sleeves and discuss the important life skills you kids must learn. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #lifeskillsSpecial Replay:  Must Know Life Skills – Episode 343

With the advance in technology many major, must-know life skills are forgotten. In this episode, we roll up our sleeves and discuss the important life skills you kids must learn.

With smartphones, there is ready to access information on any imaginable topic – yet our children are at a disadvantage without this handy tool. By life skills, I don’t mean foraging in the forest to hunt and gather, better known as survival skills.

Here is my list and please add to this with your own ideas:

Personal Life Skills

Faith

  1. Convictions – Why you believe what you do
  2. Can you articulate your belief to others
  3. Can you defend your beliefs
  4. A hard look at your faith – and your relationship with Jesus

 

Communication – Verbal and Non-Verbal

    1. The ability to explain what you mean in a few words
    2. To be respectful and allow others to speak
    3. To listen when others talk and answer the question
    4. Cell phone etiquette – and oral communication
    5. The eyes and posture tell what you think

Critical thinking

    1. To realize that we must think for ourselves – but our parents have our best interests at heart!
    2. To realize that everything we read online is not a truth
    3. The ability to make decisions and solve problems
    4. How to resolve a bad decision
    5. Consequence

Control of Self and Opinion

      1. Everyone does not have to agree with you
      2. Everyone who does not agree with you is not wrong
      3. Allow others to have an opinion however know the difference between opinion and fact
      4. Anger management
      5. Stand by your convictions and know that “your own truth” or “he that defines the term wins” is just talk to make you doubt that you can have convictions.
      6. Self-awareness
      7. Empathy for others

Coping with Stress

    1. Daily stress happens how do you handle it?
    2. What are good ways to cope?
    3. What are bad ways to cope?
    4. How can you have less stress in your life?

 

Practical Life Skills

    1. Cooking, cleaning, hygiene and taking care of yourself.
      1. Make a sandwich or an entire meal.
      2. Do laundry.
      3. Plan a grocery trip and meals – comparing prices
      4. Clothing shopping and sales!
      5. Personal hygiene and why
      6. How to clean a house – a room!
      7. How to change a light bulb or do simple home repairs
      8. Order at a restaurant
    2. Money management
      1. (Allowance or earn money) – Save – Spend – Tithe
      2. Checking or savings accounts
      3. Understanding credit and why it should be avoided
      4. The difference between credit and debit
      5. Planning for the future
      6. Understanding household budgets
      7. Cost of goods – home, car, food, clothing, etc.
    3. Education and Learning
      1. Are you self motivated?
      2. Where do you find your information?
      3. Do you know about primary sources and what this means?
      4. Can you teach yourself? How?
    4. Writing
      1. Communication in the written form
      2. How to address an envelope
      3. How to write a nice email – or what should be in an email.
    5. Directions
      1. Can you follow a GPS
      2. Can you use a map?
      3. Do you know your general directions (N – S- E – W)
    6. Transportation
      1. How do you go from place to place
      2. Do you understand busses, subways, etc. if you are in a big city?
      3. Do you know how to maintain a car?
      4. Change the oil – or the tires?
      1. Insurance
      2. Social security cards
      3. Medication and things that do not mix
      4. Drinking / Driving etc.
      5. What doesn’t go in the microwave
      6. Cars and carbon monoxide

 

 

 

 

Teaching kids soft skills for digital communication

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Teaching Kids Soft Skills for Digital Communication

Episode 60: Teaching Kids Soft Skills for Digital Communication – interview with Lisa Nehring

Lisa Nehring from True North Homeschool Academy and the Soft Skills 101 podcast is the guest on today’s show. She shares with us some of the soft skills for digital communication we need to teach our children.

Learn more about the importance of soft skills in this article by Lisa Nehring.

Some of the topics covered in this episode that you should be talking to your children about are:

1) checking and responding to emails/messages in a reasonable time frame
2) using good grammar in online communication
3) considering tone in emails, and knowing when to speak to a person rather than use digital communication
4) digital communication lasts forever
5) integrity in online communication

Don’t assume your children understand these things. I encourage you to listen to the full episode to hear all the wisdom Lisa shares with us as we discuss this important topic.

For more on this topic, read Lisa’s blog post on teaching effective online communication.

In this episode we highlight show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s, Art of Argument online class for teens. In this class they will learn about logical fallacies and pratice writing argumentative essays.

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Critical Thinking with Lisa Nehring

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In this episode we’ll define Critical Thinking skills, examine why they are necessary and begin to talk about how to teach them.Critical Thinking skills are “An ability to use reason to move beyond the acquisition of facts to uncover deep meaning,” according to Robert Weissberg.

 

In this episode we’ll define Critical Thinking skills, examine why they are necessary and begin to talk about how to teach them.

 

Word Study: Critical Thinking Skills come from the Greek word “Kriticos” (meaning discerning judgement) and “criterion” (meaning standards). Critical Thinking Skills mean the word implies the development of “discerning judgment based on standards.”

 

A critical thinker can deduce as well as infer- they are both an information gathering and a problem solver.

Someone with critical thinking skills is able to do the following:

  • Solve problems systematically and sequentially with the ability to communicate them clearly
  • Understand and identify important ideas and to whom they are relevant
  • Make logical connections between ideas, across subject matter and time
  • Create, organize, deliver and evaluate arguments
  • Identify inconsistencies, errors and fallacies in reasoning
  • Reflect on, identify and offer an apologetic for one’s own core beliefs and values

Critical thinkers are constantly building upon their knowledge and experience. They are able to integrate how data and information can be used to develop, recognize and predict patterns of knowledge and behavior.

How do we teach Critical Thinking?

 

“Critical thinking skills are far more predictive of making positive life decisions than raw intelligence.” ~ Heather Butler

Resources for Teaching Critical Thinking

Fall Freebie- Bucket List! 

Perpeloxors (deductive reasoning puzzles) 

Tropes –figures of speech, such as simile, metaphor, alliteration, etc.

Logic- formal and informal

Scientific Method 

Brainchallenges 

https://www.facebook.com/LegendaryShots/videos/377986663112031/

Using Propoganda to teach critical thinking skills 

Laughter and Critical Thinking 

 

 

 

 

http://www.jamesbowman.me/post/socratic-questions-infographic.pdf

http://www.rotmanithink.ca/

 

 

Life Skills For Kids

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Life Skills | With the advance in technology many major, must-know life skills are forgotten. In this episode, we roll up our sleeves and discuss the important life skills you kids must learn. | #podcast #homeschoolpodcast #lifeskillsMust Know Life Skills – Episode 343

With the advance in technology many major, must-know life skills are forgotten. In this episode, we roll up our sleeves and discuss the important life skills you kids must learn.

With smartphones, there is ready to access information on any imaginable topic – yet our children are at a disadvantage without this handy tool. By life skills, I don’t mean foraging in the forest to hunt and gather, better known as survival skills.

Here is my list and please add to this with your own ideas:

Personal Life Skills

Faith

  1. Convictions – Why you believe what you do
  2. Can you articulate your belief to others
  3. Can you defend your beliefs
  4. A hard look at your faith – and your relationship with Jesus

 

Communication – Verbal and Non-Verbal

    1. The ability to explain what you mean in a few words
    2. To be respectful and allow others to speak
    3. To listen when others talk and answer the question
    4. Cell phone etiquette – and oral communication
    5. The eyes and posture tell what you think

Critical thinking

    1. To realize that we must think for ourselves – but our parents have our best interests at heart!
    2. To realize that everything we read online is not a truth
    3. The ability to make decisions and solve problems
    4. How to resolve a bad decision
    5. Consequence

Control of Self and Opinion

      1. Everyone does not have to agree with you
      2. Everyone who does not agree with you is not wrong
      3. Allow others to have an opinion however know the difference between opinion and fact
      4. Anger management
      5. Stand by your convictions and know that “your own truth” or “he that defines the term wins” is just talk to make you doubt that you can have convictions.
      6. Self-awareness
      7. Empathy for others

Coping with Stress

    1. Daily stress happens how do you handle it?
    2. What are good ways to cope?
    3. What are bad ways to cope?
    4. How can you have less stress in your life?

 

Practical Life Skills

    1. Cooking, cleaning, hygiene and taking care of yourself.
      1. Make a sandwich or an entire meal.
      2. Do laundry.
      3. Plan a grocery trip and meals – comparing prices
      4. Clothing shopping and sales!
      5. Personal hygiene and why
      6. How to clean a house – a room!
      7. How to change a light bulb or do simple home repairs
      8. Order at a restaurant
    2. Money management
      1. (Allowance or earn money) – Save – Spend – Tithe
      2. Checking or savings accounts
      3. Understanding credit and why it should be avoided
      4. The difference between credit and debit
      5. Planning for the future
      6. Understanding household budgets
      7. Cost of goods – home, car, food, clothing, etc.
    3. Education and Learning
      1. Are you self motivated?
      2. Where do you find your information?
      3. Do you know about primary sources and what this means?
      4. Can you teach yourself? How?
    4. Writing
      1. Communication in the written form
      2. How to address an envelope
      3. How to write a nice email – or what should be in an email.
    5. Directions
      1. Can you follow a GPS
      2. Can you use a map?
      3. Do you know your general directions (N – S- E – W)
    6. Transportation
      1. How do you go from place to place
      2. Do you understand busses, subways, etc. if you are in a big city?
      3. Do you know how to maintain a car?
      4. Change the oil – or the tires?
      1. Insurance
      2. Social security cards
      3. Medication and things that do not mix
      4. Drinking / Driving etc.
      5. What doesn’t go in the microwave
      6. Cars and carbon monoxide

 

 

 

 

Using Higher Order Thinking Skills in Your Reading

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LCP Ep 12: Using Higher Order Thinking Skills in Your Reading

 

Using Higher Order Thinking Skills in Your Reading with Literary Cafe Podcast #homeschool #homeschooling #literarycafepodcast #reading #higherorderthinkingskills #criticalthinkingskills #languageartsAre you wondering what we mean by “higher order thinking skills” or “critical thinking skills”?

And what do you do with them and how do you teach them to your children? And how are you supposed to do that with reading?

Visit Katie’s website for more fun ideas and tips to use in your homeschool at Katie’s Homeschool Cottage  or her Facebook Group.

Join Katie Glennon as she explains what higher order thinking skills are, why they are important, and how you can practice them with your children in fun and easy ways.

 

Show Notes

Using Higher Order Thinking Skills with Your Reading

Different Levels and Kinds of Higher Order Thinking Skills

Bloom’s Taxonomy

Thinking skills can be organized in a hierarchy of difficulty (and also according to stage of child and learning development). In other words, from least to most difficult and acquired as a child ages.

For a detailed description of these thinking skills, what they look like in your child, why they are important, and how to practice using them in easy and fun ways, you will want to listen to the podcast.

Bloom’s Taxonomy is a method of labeling and describing the different levels of thinking skills and what they entail.

Knowledge or Remembering – This thinking skill is the ability to recall information and details or memorize facts or words.

Comprehension or Understanding – This skill requires the need to understand the meanings of the words and what they mean when used together in phrases or sentences to express an idea. Your child needs to have the vocabulary knowledge and the capacity to understand the concept being presented.

Application or Applying – Not only does this skill require understanding and comprehension of something, but also the ability to take that learned and understood information and apply it to a similar situation.

Analysis or Analyzing – This skill requires understanding something and making connections in what is being read or studied because the connections are not spelled out or clearly identified for the learner. The learner has to make the connections on his or her own.

Synthesis or Revising – This thinking skill allows your child to make a leap or build new thoughts based on the connections they’ve made using the other thinking skills we’ve been discussing – formulating what they are comprehending, learning, and connecting from the reading and making something new or forming new thoughts from all of this.

Evaluation – This is where your child learns to make a judgment about something, form an opinion or make a decision.

Question Starters to Practice Different Levels of Thinking Skills

Bloom’s Question Starters Handout

Higher Order Thinking Question Stems Handout

Suggested Activities to Practice Using Different Levels of Thinking Skills

Recalling and retelling information through retelling what your learner has heard during a read aloud of a short story or chapter.

Graphic Organizers or Mind Mapping – Use these to practice thinking skills and organize and use different concepts or ideas.

Graphic Organizers to Print

Mind Map Examples for Different Topics

Activities and Projects Related to a Book (Out of the Box Book Report Ideas and Literature Study) – using different kinds of thinking skills and learning styles

Podcast and Show Notes with Handout for Essential Guide to Out of the Box Book Report Ideas and Literature Study

Have your learner create his or her own assessment to either give to another learner or themselves – a quiz, test, paper, project – and have them write it to include different levels of thinking skills. They would also need an answer key or something to evaluate the outcome of the assessment, requiring them to use even more thinking skills.

Have your learner create a lesson plan around your book, maybe literary devices or techniques, story elements used in the book, or character analysis. Have him or her include a lesson to present with created visual aides, guided practice opportunity with the class like an activity, game, or class practice, and an assessment like a quiz, practice worksheet, or other assignment.

Consciously making the effort and taking time to incorporate different levels of questions or activities or projects not only can make reading more interesting but definitely expands your learner’s thinking abilities and prepares them for knowing how to think – and not just answer questions only requiring recall.

This helps to develop our problem solvers, innovators, creators, and leaders of tomorrow.

Be sure to comment in the Comments box any ideas you’d like to share about using and practicing thinking skills  that your family has found helpful! Or, if you found any ideas here helpful or have any questions! I would love to hear from you!

Thanks for visiting! Come back and visit the Literary Cafe Podcast for March’s topic when we discuss developing language skills in your younger learners. I have all kinds of practical and fun ways to get your early learners reading and writing and loving it! We are also going to be tying it to Dr. Seuss’ birthday which is also celebrated in March!

Make sure you download our podcast at iTunes or subscribe to the Literary Cafe Podcast by clicking on the Android or RSS feed buttons below the recording on this page! And make sure you share this page with other homeschoolers with middle and high schoolers and are wondering how to get started writing in these grade levels!

 

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Introducing Soft Skills 101

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Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age

Welcome to Soft Skills 101: Life Skills for a Digital Age, sponsored by the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network and True North Homeschool Academy! My name is Lisa Nehring and I will be your host, with regular appearances by my husband, Dr. David Nehring. Together we have homeschooled our 5 kids for the past 27 years, and are passionately committed to resourcing and connecting fellow homeschoolers and Christians with the tools and resources necessary to navigate a complex world in need of a Savior.  Listen in as we share a little about ourselves in this introductory audio!

Each month we will focus on a particular soft skill, including the “4 C’s of Education*” such as

  • Team work/ Collaboration*
  • Integrity
  • Critical thinking*
  • Creativity*
  • Work Ethic
  • Leadership Skills
  • Time & Distraction Management Skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Communication*

It’s a well-known adage in the business world that you are hired for your hard skills and fired for your soft skills. It might be a well-known adage, but what exactly are hard and soft skills?

  • Hard skills are easily measurable and quantifiable skills, such as welding or heart surgery.
  • Soft skills are the personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively, harmoniously and productively with other people.

Over the course of each month we will:

  • Define specific aspects of the soft skill we are focusing on
  • Dive deep into how to implement these skills in your own life
  • Offer practical tips, helps, curriculum and books.
  • Interview guest experts and learn from those who are implementing these skills in their own lives.
  • Provide you with show notes that equip you with awesome resources

Join our on-going discussions at our FB groups: Help Homeschooling High School Tribe and Survive & Thrive Special Needs Homeschooling. Follow us at True North Homeschool Academy.com where you will find new blog posts 2-3 times a week as well as on Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter. Follow and download this podcast on iTunes and share it with your friends!

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Life Skills 101 – Life and Career Skills for Homeschoolers

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Life Skills 101 Podcast

Life Skills 101 Podcast: Life & Career Skills for Homeschoolers

Life Skills 101 Podcast

Your Guide to Homeschooling Success and Career Preparation

Welcome to the Life Skills 101 Podcast, proudly presented by Blue Collar Homeschoolers and the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network. Whether you’re an experienced homeschooling family or just starting your homeschooling journey, this podcast is your go-to resource for equipping your family with the skills and knowledge needed for a successful future.

So, What’s with the Life Skills 101 Podcast and What’s a Blue Collar Homeschooler?

At Blue Collar Homeschoolers, we understand that not every path to success requires a traditional college education. We’re here to provide you with alternative approaches to education, focused on trades, skills, and courses that empower the career-minded homeschooler. Our partnership with the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network allows us to bring you the best and most comprehensive content in the field of homeschooling and career preparation.

What to Expect

Podcast Episodes

Our podcast features a wide range of topics, including:

  • Alternative Education: Explore creative and effective ways to educate your children outside of traditional classroom settings.
  • Trades and Skills: Discover the world of vocational training, apprenticeships, and valuable skills that lead to fulfilling careers.
  • Career-Focused Courses: Uncover the best courses and resources to prepare your homeschooler for a successful future.
  • Homeschooling Tips: Get insights, strategies, and advice from seasoned homeschooling parents.

Expert Interviews

We bring in experts, educators, and industry professionals to provide you with invaluable insights and guidance. Learn from those who have experienced the challenges and rewards of homeschooling and alternative education.

Resource Recommendations

Our podcast is not just about discussion; we also offer resources, book recommendations, and tools that can help you on your homeschooling and career preparation journey.

 Why Listen to Us?

  • Tailored to Your Needs: We understand the unique challenges homeschooling families face. Our content is specifically curated to address these challenges and empower you with the knowledge you need.
  • Real-World Success Stories: We feature inspiring stories of homeschoolers who have gone on to achieve great success in their careers using alternative paths.
  • Community: Join a thriving community of like-minded homeschooling families, exchange ideas, and learn from one another.

 Subscribe and Stay Informed

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BONUS PODCASTS | Soft Skills

It’s a well-known adage in the business world that you are hired for your hard skills and fired for your soft skills. It might be a well-known adage, but what are hard and soft skills?  

  • Hard skills, such as welding or heart surgery, are easily measurable and quantifiable.
  • Soft skills are the personal attributes that enable someone to interact effectively, harmoniously, and productively with other people.

My name is Lisa Nehring, and I will be your host, with regular appearances by my husband, Dr. David Nehring. Together we have homeschooled our five kids for the past 27 years and are passionately committed to resourcing and connecting fellow homeschoolers and Christians with the tools and resources necessary to navigate a complex world in need of a Savior.

Check out our podcasts that focus on a particular soft skill, including the “4 C’s of Education*” such as

  • Teamwork/ Collaboration*
  • Integrity
  • Critical thinking*
  • Creativity*
  • Work Ethic
  • Leadership Skills
  • Time & Distraction Management Skills
  • Flexibility and Adaptability
  • Communication*

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  1. Listen right here
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Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers.

Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers

Why High Schoolers Need to Write Research Papers

Let’s talk about the often dreaded task of writing research papers in homeschooling. Is this topic taboo in your household?

We understand that while some students may enjoy the process, many find it challenging and overwhelming. However, there are several benefits of writing research papers, such as:

  • developing critical thinking skills
  • character development and
  • preparing students for future endeavors

It is one of those things we need to embrace, imperfections and all, so let’s dive talk about it.

The Benefits of Writing Research Papers

First of all, there are academic benefits from writing research papers:

  • learning about a specific topic in-depth
  • practicing following styles like
    • APA
    • MLA or
    • Chicago

Seeking Outside Help

Sometimes, parents may not feel equipped to teach research paper writing, or the dynamics between parents and students may become tense during the process. In such cases, it is perfectly acceptable to seek outside help. 

We encourage homeschoolers to connect with experienced writing teachers who can provide the necessary guidance and support. There are many options these days:

There is no shame in admitting that writing is not your strong suit. We all have different strengths and weaknesses as homeschooling parents. The important thing is to find support and guidance in the areas where we need it. 

When we acknowledge our limitations and give ourselves permission to seek assistance, we empower ourselves and our homeschool high schoolers. Then, they can excel in areas where we may not feel confident.

Why Are Research Papers Important?

Research paper writing is not just about academic skills. It’s also about character development and critical thinking. In today’s information-rich world, we have access to an overwhelming amount of information, where facts and opinions are readily available at our fingertips. 

Our teens have grown up in this information-saturated environment, but not all information is reliable or accurate. That is where research papers come in. They teach our teens how to evaluate the information they find. 

It is like learning to sift through the Niagara Falls of information and discern what is trustworthy and what’s not. 

Filtering Information and Broadening Perspectives

By writing research papers, our teens develop strong critical thinking skills and learn to navigate the vast sea of information available to them. They learn to filter out misleading or biased sources and recognize different perspectives on a topic. 

This broadens their understanding, fosters open-mindedness, and equips them to interact with diverse ideas and people. These skills extend beyond the research paper and find relevance in everyday life. As they grow into adulthood, they will be better equipped for

  • analyzing news articles
  • evaluating online information or
  • engaging in meaningful discussions.

Research papers offer an ideal platform for honing these skills, which are essential for their future, whether they are headed to college, the workforce, or any other path. 

Builds Perseverance

Plus, research paper writing also builds perseverance. This comes from the process as it requires multiple drafts and revisions. 

Writing a research paper is not a one-and-done task. It takes time to do careful research, evaluation, and synthesis of information to create a coherent and well-structured paper.

If you or your teen feel inexperienced or under-experienced in writing research papers, do not worry! 7Sisters has you covered in the realm of research paper writing! We offer research paper writing guides for:

These guides are affordable and designed to be user-friendly, with step-by-step instructions and different syllabus options to fit your schedule.

Overcoming obstacles and completing a research paper teaches our teens that they can do hard things. It is a valuable life lesson that will serve them well in any endeavor they pursue. 

Life Preparation

While some students may argue that they will never need to write a research paper outside of homeschooling, the skills they acquire during the process are invaluable. 

The ability to think critically, evaluate information, and communicate effectively will serve them well, regardless of their chosen path. These skills are transferable to various situations, such as:

  • verbal communication
  • online discussions or
  • even job interviews. 

Writing research papers helps to equip students for a future that demands strong analytical thinking and effective communication.

Research Papers

As you go on the research paper writing journey, remember that it is not just an academic exercise but a preparation for life, shaping your teen’s thinking and enriching them as individuals. 

Join Sabrina and Kym for this helpful discussion.

For more help on research papers, check out these posts:

Thank you to Richie Soares with Homeschool & Humor for writing this blog post and for Seth Tillman for editing the episode!

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Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool High School- Special Replay

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This week on Homeschool Highschool Podcast: Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool High School- Special Replay.

Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool High School- Special Replay

Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool High School

Need some fun in your homeschool high school? Think: movies!

Movies and reading can both count for Language Arts assignments? Yes, they can! Reading is fundamental, of course. However, movies can be a wonderful way to teach literature themes (and make a wonderful change of pace from books, books, books…). Our 7Sisters’ teens have loved the years where we took an entire year to study movies through a literature lens. They have also enjoyed years when we added a movie or two to study with literature themes.

Cinema studies for learning literature

Movies cannot always count as books. However, when our teens completed a study guide to accompany a movie we DID count that movie as a book. That’s because they were learning about literature through a movie, while doing high-school level learning.

they can be used to learn themes, plots, characters and other tools of literary analysis. Studying a movie can add some sparkle to a year that is getting bogged down in heavy literature books. However, you want to have good tools (like 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides).

Join Sabrina and Vicki for an enlightening discussion of movies for educational process.

Let’s start with another of Sabrina’s famous quotes:

Stories are stories.

So, a story in a movie is still a story.

Stories are stories. Even movies can be literature study tools.

Learning story analysis skills by watching movies is good for all teens.

Studying movies can build literature analysis skills for a variety of teens:

  • Those who have special needs
  • Average teens who need to liven up their literature learning experiences
  • College-bound teens who want to learn literature analysis skills in a variety of ways

Homeschool high schoolers with learning difficulties

These teens will find analysis skills more accessible when they watch and discuss movies. It can be easy to get bogged down in a book while trying to learn literature themes at the same time. Movies are short compared to many books, so there is less likelihood of becoming overwhelmed.

BTW- For more out of the box credit ideas and support for teens with special needs check out these:

Average teens who need more variety in their literature

Average teens, especially those not planning on going to college, do not need excessive amounts of literature analysis for the English/Language Arts credits. While they do need to read some real books and study some literature analysis, they can also liven things up by learning in different ways. Cinema studies for literature learning is a perfect way to do this.

College-bound teens who want to learn literature analysis skills in a variety of ways

Teens who are headed for college need solid literature analysis skills. They can build these skills with books with literature study guides. At the same time, they can add more levels of learning by using literary analysis skills to study movies.

So where do you start?

Choose one or two aspects of the movie’s story to discuss and analyze. This is important. It is wise to limit the ideas being studied for each movie- even if the movie has lots of outstanding features that could be explored. When you don’t over-teach, you don’t kill the movie. Not only that but teens can actually learn and hold onto their learning. We suggest 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides for this.

Cinema Studies for Literature Learning: Great educational opportunity

When teens learn some concepts from a film story, they can then find those concepts when they read books.

When teens learn literary concepts from movies, they can make connections with those same concepts in real books. Making connections is a necessary facet of education (and an important life skill).

Watching movies as an educational tool, helps teens begin to think that any time they watch a movie, they can use their brains and think about what they are consuming. In other words, when given tools for analysis in a gentle way, most teens will have more critical thinking skills for watching movies any time.

All 7Sisters curriculum is level-able (adaptable for Average- through Honors-level studies.) Homeschool high schoolers who are college-bound Honors level cinema studies will find interesting and meaningful leveling-up activities in 7Sisters Cinema Studies for Literature Learning Study Guides.

The way the Cinema Studies guides work:

  • Students watch the movie.
  • They take notes as they watch the movie on anything that is interesting to them.
  • Then they watch the movie again several days later.
  • Lastly they complete the study guide (questions and a writing assignment).

As an aside, Vicki and Sabrina rabbit trailed onto the topic of audiobooks for books and poetry. They noted that Benedict Cumberbach is one of their favorite readers. Vicki has several pins on her Pinterest Poetry board with him reading a poem.

Join Sabrina and Vicki for a *moving* talk about movies!

For more creative Language Arts ideas, check out A Novel Approach to High School Literature!

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Movies for Educational Purposes in Homeschool High School

Adam Pruzan on Conservative activism

A Production of the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network.

This week Lisa Nehring is joined by Adam Pruzan to share why the Time has come for Conservatives to Become Politically ActiveThe Time has come for Conservatives to Become Politically Active!

 

True North Homeschool Academy Director Lisa Nehring is joined by one Adam Pruzan. Adam has worked at high levels of public policy and has read every Senate brief since the 80’s. He currently works as a consultant and investment manager and teachers at True North Homeschool Academy

 

Today, we take a brief look at history and how it informs the political situation of today, and what a reasoned response might look like.

 

In the Roman Republic the strong middle class gave way to a ruling empire. The strong middle class is what made Rome strong and kept it a Republic. Once the middle class dissipated, Roman became an Empire.

 

In the 1850’s the south went to war to protect its feudal aristocracy.

The mid 1950’s was the zenith of the middle class in America. But the 1970’s- 1990’s America found two sources of cheap labor.

  1. Illegal immigrants – mostly from Mexico
  2. China

Both of whom worked for below market value. This has gutted the middle class and empowered the wealthy. The Globalists have become a class of Lords and knights.

 

Aristotle points out that the middle class is the most stable and a good regime because of its moral virtue.

 

We should look to Brazil- the presidential election was won by a leftist candidate, a convicted felon, while the popular, loved President has been ousted.

 

What will stem the tide of liberal globalism? We have 3 choices.

  1. Simply surrender.
  2. Political activism**
  3. Become Slaves

** such as exhibited during the Civil Rights movement under Dr. MLK.

Under the democrats, the intellect is dead.

 

Resources:
Turning Point USA
The Federalist

American Greatness

Victor David Hanson

 

Adam will be teaching Politics Philosophy & Economics, which is a 3 credit, Honors level class, limited to 8 Students. Why study philosophy while studying politics and economics? The skills needed to understand philosophy will develop your student’s analytical, critical and logical rigor. This will enable students to apply these skills to questions concerning how we acquire knowledge or make ethical judgments. The study of will provide your student with a thorough understanding of the impact of the U.S. Political institutions on modern societies both at home and abroad.

 

He will also be teaching World History- Strategy: War and Peace a 1 credit Honors level class, limited to 12 students. Students will learn why countries go to war, stay at peace and how to think critically and sort through propaganda and politics.

 

Teaching Critical Thinking Skills through Literature podcast with Adam Pruzan.

 

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