Travel to Learn US Geography

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #185, Travel To Learn US Geography, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Travel to Learn US Geography

In “Travel to Learn US Geography,” Episode, #185, Meredith Curtis shares ways to teach US geography as if you were on a road trip through each US state and territory highlighting natural wonders, historic landmarks, and interesting people and places. Learn to use mapping, road mapping,  sightseeing, drone videos, cooking, baking, and research to discover our beautiful country. Grab your road map, pack your suitcase, and don’t forget your camera—we’ll see lots of beautiful places! Traveling, even from your family room, is a great way to learn geography the fun way!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Hi! I love to travel. If only I could pack up the minivan and travel from state to state for a year or two.

Country Overview

  • How USA grew
  • Regions: Landforms, Climate
  • Farming

Road Trip & Packing

  • If we were going.
  • Why it’s their favorite class.

Regional Overview

  • Maps – colorful and fun
  • Mapping
  • Food, culture, music, landmarks, natural wonders, rivers, lakes

Take a Tour

  • State Description
  • Places to See
  • Food, crops, resources, fun things to do

Research

  • Statehood, flower, bird, fun facts
  • Copy flag – make it beautiful

Road Mapping

  • Lost skill with GPS
  • Where roads go and how they meander
  • g. Interstate highways (S to N even) (W to E odd)

Cooking & Baking

  • I dish or meal from each region
  • Kids LOVE this!

In Class Online

US Geography course at True North Homeschool Academy

Use God Bless the USA Exploring States & Territories

God Bless the USA State Capitals & Abbreviations

Travel God's World God Bless the USA Exploring States & Territories by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions God Bless the USA State Capitals & Abbreviations by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc.
  • Videos (esp Drone, travel, adventure)
  • Games
  • Questions: “What do you notice about this state flag (seal, capitol, coin, stamp)
  • Photo of Map Shape: “Give me the capital and abbreviation)

US Geography Online Class

Jr High US Geography

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US Geography Resources

Travel God's World God Bless the USA Exploring States & Territories by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA Cookbook by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette at Powerline Productions God Bless the USA State Capitals & Abbreviations by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc. Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Flags & Seals by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions
Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Stamps & Coins by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions Travel God's World God Bless the USA State Sorting Mats by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions National Parks Fact Cards by Meredith Curtis Travel God's World God Bless the USA National Parks Memory Game by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions

More Online Classes with Laura, Meredith, and Leanne

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Science Exploration A for K-3rd Grade at True North Homeschool Academy Science Exploration B for 4th-6th Grade at True North Homeschool Academy True North Homeschool Academy High School Computer Science Class Healthy Living for Teens Class with Meredith Curtis at True North Homeschool Academy
World History of the 20th Century for High School with Meredith Curtis at True North Homeschool Academy 8th Grade Math and PreAlgebra with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy Algebra I with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy Algebra 2 with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy

 


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Essential Computer Skills for Teens

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #184, Computer Science Online, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Essential Computer Skills for Teens

In “Computer Science Online ,” Episode, #184, Laura Nolette & Meredith Curtis discuss Laura’s Introduction to Computer Science course online at True North Homeschooling Academy and the essential computer skills for teens. Laura, a 30+ year veteran and continuing student of the IT world, offers some insight into why students need a computer science class and what they can learn in this one. Meredith and Laura talk about the computer related challenges they have helped homeschool students overcome as they learn online.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

What Students Need to Know About Computer Science

  • Basic history of computers
  • What computers do
  • How they work
  • How they think
  • What’s in a computer
  • What works with a computer
  • What is computer programming or game design
  • The internet – How it works how it was built
  • Internet safety
  • How can you use the internet to make money?
  • Office application
  • How to make apps work
  • How to find work on your computer
  • How to organize your computer
  • How to customize or personalize your computer

Teaching Computer Science Online

  • Learn What They Need Now
  • Learn What They Will Need in the Future
  • Start with the Basics
  • Using the internet to learn
  • Using the internet to share or submit documents
  • Compare & Learn To Use Different Systems
  • Microsoft Office 365 – including Word, Excel, and PowerPoint
  • Google Chromebook – including Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides
  • MacBook or iMac – inclkluding Apple Pages, Numbers, and Keynote

Teacher Experience

  • Been around computers since childhood
  • Worked as a IT professional for over 30 years
  • Involved in the beginnings of the internet
  • Siblings are all IT professionals
  • Taking more classes still

Always keep learning

True North Homeschool Academy - Introductions to Computer Science

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More Online Classes with Laura, Meredith, and Leanne

Check out all the great classes at True North Homeschool Academy!

Science Exploration A for K-3rd Grade at True North Homeschool Academy Science Exploration B for 4th-6th Grade at True North Homeschool Academy US Geography for Jr High with Meredith Curtis at True North Homeschool Academy Healthy Living for Teens Class with Meredith Curtis at True North Homeschool Academy
World History of the 20th Century for High School with Meredith Curtis at True North Homeschool Academy 8th Grade Math and PreAlgebra with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy Algebra I with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy Algebra 2 with Leanne Benjamin at True North Homeschool Academy

 


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Cozy Mystery English Online

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #183, Cozy Mystery English Online, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Cozy Mystery English Online

In “Cozy Mystery English Online,” Episode, #183, Laura Nolette & Meredith Curtis discuss Meredith’s Who Dun It high school English course online at True North Homeschooling Academy. Writing a novel in high school and creating Who Dun It high school English course has been a win-win for their teens. Who Dun It is fun in a co-op and online classes where students read and write cozy mysteries. This out-of-the-box high school English course is a blessing to many homeschool families who want to experience the adventure of clues, red herrings, plot twists, creating suspects, and leading their detective on a merry chase until the murderer is apprehended.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Our experience with novel writing in high school and eventually writing a who-dun-it.

Writing a Cozy Mystery

  • Cozy -no gore, clean, focus on solving a puzzle
  • Create detective, sidekick, friends, and suspects (characterization)
  • Create a scene-by-scene plot
  • Suspect’s Motives
  • Clues/Red Herrings
  • Setting/Tone/Mood/Christian Worldview
  • Plot Twists
  • Logic – Wrapping It Up

Who Dun It At Home

  • Read “Golden Age” Mystery Novels & Short Stories
  • Discuss Novels & Short Stories
  • Write a Short Story first semester
  • Write Novel second semester
  • Create Well-Rounded Characters/Introduce to Family
  • Read Sections of Short Story & Novel Aloud to Family
  • Get Input from Family
  • Watch Cozy Mysteries & Discuss with Parents

Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature and Writing High School Class

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Dun It in Homeschool Co-op

  • Read “Golden Age” Mystery Novels & Short Stories
  • Discuss Novels & Short Stories
  • Write a Short Story first semester
  • Write Novel second semester
  • Create Well-Rounded Characters/Introduce in Class
  • Read Sections of Short Story & Novel Aloud
  • Peer Review Writing Club Style
  • Watch Cozy Mysteries & Discuss

Who Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature & Composition Class at True North Homeschool Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Who Dun It Online

  • Read “Golden Age” Mystery Novels & Short Stories
  • Discuss Novels & Short Stories
  • Write a Short Story first semester
  • Write Novel second semester
  • Create Well-Rounded Characters/Introduce in Class
  • Read Sections of Short Story & Novel Aloud
  • Peer Review Writing Club Style
  • Watch Cozy Mysteries & Discuss

Who Dun It at True North Homeschool Academy

Literature & Composition: Who Dun It

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Literature Resources

Our curriculum works great at home; or in church, homeschool co-ops, and online classes, too! 😊

American Literature & Research British Literature & Writing High School Class Foundations of Western Literature by Meredith Curtis Communications 101:Essays and Speeches High School Class

 


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20th Century World History Fun Online

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #182, 20th Century World History Fun Online, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

20th Century World History Fun Online

In “20th Century World History Fun Online,” Episode, #181, Laura Nolette & Meredith Curtis talk about Meredith’s 20th Century World History Class online at True North Homeschooling Academy. First, they talk about history co-oping and how they ended up leading a co-op and teaching online. They discuss history labs (design an amusement park, diaromas, acting out battles, radio shows, commercials) and how they add depth and fun to history studies.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Our experience  history co-oping and teaching online

History Classes In Person – Co-op

  • All ages together for history lab
  • Separate classes for discussing history material
  • Archaeological Dig
  • “Olympic Games”
  • Quill Pens & Berry Ink
  • Tin Punching
  • Act Out Stagecoach Robbery
  • Underground Railroad Game (similar to capture the flag)

History Labs in the 20th Century

  • Games through the Century
  • DIY Miniature Gold
  • Diaroma of Battlefield – Trench Warfare
  • War II Poster
  • Listen to Music from each Decade
  • Radio Show – Truthful Reporting from Vietnam
  • Create an Airplane Company & Make Commercial
  • Plan a Trip on Route 66
  • Design an Amusement Park
  • Mapping
  • Family Trees
  • Much more!

Why Teaching the 20th Century Is Needed

  • So much of history is being rewritten
  • 20th Century impacts 21st Century
  • Socialism/Communism needs to be understood
  • Wars/Terrorism/Civil Rights Movement/Eugenics/
  • Set them up for success in the more formal years

World History 20th Century

  • Online classes at True North Homeschool Academy
  • 2 Classes – Middle School & High School
  • Textbook & Workbook at Home
  • Powerpoint, Videos, Project Sharing, and Discussion online

Benefits of Online History Fun

  • Teen LIKE history
  • Teens learn with other teens
  • Just one hour a week for 15 weeks/semester
  • Pleasant, wholesome atmosphere

20th Century World History at True North Homeschool Academy

  • World History of the 20th Century for High Schoolers

World History - 20th Century Class at True North Homeschool Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Twentieth Century History Modern World for Jr. High Students

20th Century Modern History for Jr. High at True North Homeschool Academy

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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History Resources

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HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century: High School Workbook by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century Middle School Workbook HIS Story of the 20th Century Cookbook by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette

 


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Hands-On Science

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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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Apprenticeship – MBFLP 163

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Although most high school graduates head off to college, most don’t reach their bachelor’s degree. And the ones that do, are usually saddled with a boatload of debt. Is this really necessary? Not in every field, no. Are there alternatives? Yes, indeed. This episode, we speak with the founder of a successful software company which has specialized in apprenticeship as their training model and Christianity as their business ethics!

 

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