How Our Co-op Began

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #075, How Our Co-op Began with Meredith Curtis and Laura NoletteIn “How Our Co-op Began,” Episode #075, Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette reminisce together about history days in the early 2000s where they combined families to spend one day a week studying history with hands-on fun, reading aloud, and listening to audios. As they began to include other friends, a homeschool co-op was born. Learn how they used food to involve the entire family in their studies, especially the hungry dads. Glean ideas for your own co-oping adventure.

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Meet Laura & Meredith and their kids

History Days

Reading aloud

Listening to Diana Waring audios

Crafts, Sewing, Art Appreciation, Drama, Creating Radio Shows, Models

Timelines, Maps

Cooking & Baking

What we studied over the years: American History, British History, Geography, World History

Adding Friends

The homeschool friend whose mom started working and wanted some time with other people

The homeschool friend whose mom couldn’t teach physics

The mom who was struggling

A Co-op Is Birthed

Adding more families

What didn’t work anymore: Listening to Audios, laid back schedule

What continued: reading aloud, hands-on fun, timelines, maps

Memories

Which was Better?

Not really sure; both were perfect for us in the season we were in.

Happy Homeschooling!

Resources

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisQuick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith CurtisSeven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith CurtisUnlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette

 

 

 

 

 


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Homeschooling with Google Sheets

Homeschooling with google sheets


Episode 3: Homeschooling with Google Sheets

Google Sheets is one of the Google Drive apps and if you aren’t familiar with all the benefits of those apps, listen to my previous episode. In this episode, you will learn some of the applications for Google sheets in your homeschool.

Google Sheets is more limited than many spreadsheet programs – which is actually a good thing if you or your children are just starting to use them. Google Sheets is nice and easy to learn to use.

Learning to use Google Sheets

This podcast is sponsored by FundaFunda Academy and they have a web-based unit study on all the Google drive apps which includes a module on Google Sheets. It is aimed at 6th – 12th grade, but parents can learn alongside their children!

You can also use the “Help” in Google Sheets or find videos on Youtube to show you what to do.

So, I will leave you to learn the basics on your own, and in this episode, I am just going to give you ideas on how you can use Google Sheets in your homeschool.

A fun way to start out: Battleships

To start with, you can practice using Google sheets by playing a game of Battleships against your child (or get 2 of your children to play against each other). Each will need a computer. You can follow the instructions here:

Spreadsheets are essentially rows and columns and are really great to use for

  1. Lists: spelling lists, sign up sheets etc
  2. Tables: create weekly schedules with daily activities / chores
  3. Calculating totals: as you add / change value, totals are magically adjusted. Use it for
    • Tracking community service hours for your children
    • Budgeting for you and your children
    • Trip planning
    • Homeschool curriculum purchasing planning / Christmas shopping planning
    • Rewards system/payment for chores etc

Other things to know about Google Sheets

 

  • In Google sheets, one can use formulas and functions. This can be helpful for students to be familiar with before they learn to program
  • Click on Explore at the bottom right corner of a page in Google Sheets, highlight some cells containing data, and you will be provided with statistics and also graphs!
  • All the information collected from Google Forms is stored in Google Sheets making it easy to manipulate

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Homeschooling with Google Drive

Homeschooling with google drive


Episode 2: Homeschooling with Google Drive

In this episode, you will learn what Google Drive is, why you should be using it and how to use it in your homeschool.

What is Google Drive?

 
Google Drive is essentially an online filing system. In addition, it is integrated with a number of apps which makes it even more powerful. You do need a Google account to use it. You can find it at drive.google.com

Why use Google Drive?

  1. You get 15GB free storage to use across Google Drive, Photos and Gmail
  2. You can sync it to your other devices
  3. It provides an way to transfer large files between people. When my online students create videos that are too big to submit in the Learning Management System we use, I tell them to upload to Google Drive and then share the link
  4. It is easy to share files. Just click on the share button and either use enter an email to share with a specific person or provide them with the link. The latter method is useful if you want to share something with a large number of people
  5. Storing files on Google Drive frees up space on your hard drive
  6. All the Google Drive apps include an autosave feature which means you can’t lose you work if you forget to save
  7. The Google Drive apps make collaboration between people easy. It is very easy to work together on a document. My high school children and I would share documents we kept updated with their activities and achievements so either of us could update it.
  8. The Google Drive apps allow you to recover earlier versions of your documents. Just to the right of “help” at the top of the screen, you will see “All changes stored in drive” or “last edit made on …”. Just click on that and in the righthand side of your screen you will see all your versions and you can choose the one you want to revert to.
  9. Changing the content of a shared document or file means that everyone with access to the file automatically has the latest version
  10. It is in the cloud so you can access it anywhere you have internet. You don’t need your own device. You can log in on anyone’s computer to access your files.

What are the Google Drive Apps?

How to organize your files in Google Drive

 
Just as with a physical filing system, you can create folders. And then you can create folders within folders. You could have one folder for “School”. Under that folder, you could have a folder for each child. And in each child’s folder, you could have folders for each subject.

Once you have high schoolers you can add a college folder which has more sub-folders for information about colleges, one for scholarships, one for the documents needed to submit to the applications. You just need to find a solution that works for you.

You can have top-level folders for all the major areas in your life you will use this for. For instance, I have one for my online classes, one for vacations and one for Science Olympiad (which I coach).

How to save your files in Google Drive

 
Once you have your folders created, you can either use the integrated Google Apps to create documents in the folders, or you can upload files from your hard drive.

Of course, if you realize you want to move a document to a different folder, it is very easy to do that!

If you use Gmail, you can save attachments directly from your email. At the end of the email, look for the Google drive icon. Click on that icon instead of downloading the file to your hard drive.

There is a Chrome extension called Save to Google Drive that makes it really easy to save files while browsing the web. You may want to download a document from a website you visit or a class you or your children are taking.

Open the file in your browser. Then click on the Chrome extension and the file will be automatically downloaded into the folder you designate. You designate this folder when you set up the extension and then everything will go to the same folder. (Call it ‘Downloads’ for instance). You just need to remember to go to that folder and move the document to the correct destination.

If you have never used Chrome extensions before, here is a video to explain what they are and how to add them to Chrome.

Online tutorials on Google Drive

If you would like your children to learn to use Google Drive, take a look at FundaFunda Academy’s web-based unit study which also covers how to use Google Docs, Google Sheets, Google Slides and Google Forms. In fact, you can learn along with your children!

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Homeschooling with Google Drive

How to Get into College

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #074, How to Get Into College with Meredith CurtisIn “How to Get into College, Episode #074, Meredith Curtis provides a four-year plan to choose and apply for the college of your choice. She talks about when to start looking, what to research, when to visit colleges, when to study for the PSAT, and why you should consider private colleges. This step-by-step plan will help you stay ahead of the game as you walk through the college application process.

 

 

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Getting into College is a Process that begins your freshman year.

Start Early

Freshman Year

Research Colleges

Research Majors (e.g. Marla)

Research Scholarships (e.g. Bright Futures Scholarship’s volunteer hours requirement)

Review 4-Year Class Plan

Talk with Mom & Dad

Talk about Money

Volunteer

Strong Academic Path (take the high road, not the slippery path)

Read Classic Books

Do Your Math at Least 4 Days per Week

Sophomore Year

Interest/Skills Assessment

College isn’t for Everyone, but don’t rule it out by your choices

Read Classic Books

Do Your Math at Least 4 Days per Week

Continue to

  • Research Colleges
  • Research Majors (e.g. Marla)
  • Research Scholarships (e.g. Bright Futures Scholarship’s volunteer hours requirement)
  • Review 4-Year Class Plan
  • Talk with Mom & Dad
  • Talk about Money
  • Volunteer
  • Strong Academic Path (take the high road, not the slippery path)

Summer Before Junior Year

Study for PSAT

Junior Year

Take the PSATs

Arrange College Visits (e.g. Katie Beth visit with Kristen)

Visit Colleges

Request Materials

Take SAT

Take ACT

Research Scholarships

Research Private Scholarships

Select Schools to Apply for

Continue to

  • Research Colleges
  • Research Majors (e.g. Marla)
  • Research Scholarships (e.g. Bright Futures Scholarship’s volunteer hours requirement)
  • Review 4-Year Class Plan
  • Talk with Mom & Dad
  • Talk about Money
  • Volunteer
  • Strong Academic Path (take the high road, not the slippery path)

Senior Year

Choose 4 or More Colleges

Make List of Deadlines

Apply to 4 or more Colleges

Send HS Transcripts

Complete FAFSA

Tips for Essays & Applications

Apply for Scholarships

Review Student Aid Report

Send Forms & Deposits

Choose 1 College & Notify Others

Receive Orientation Materials

Choose or Meet Roommate

Have Fun!

Resources

Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura NoletteCareer Choices and the College Decision by Meredith CurtisCommunications 101:Essays and Speeches High School ClassAmerican Literature & Research

Worldview Understanding the TImesGreat Commission Course by Meredith CurtisReal Men 103: LeadershipA Wise Woman Builds by Meredith Curtis

Incorporating Life Skills

Incorporating Life Skills

Podcast #58

In this epidsoce, we discuss incorporating life skills into your homeschool day. It is so important to pass on those life skills to our children. Homeschoolers have a unique opportunity to learn life skills in the home on a daily basis. Incorporating those lessons throughout the day in your homeschool lessons, will help your children be better prepared for adult life.

Some topics we discussed:

  • Time Management
  • Car maintenance
  • Sewing
  • Cooking
  • Personal Finance
  • Meal Planning
  • Grocery Shopping
  • and more!

 

Books we mentioned on our show:

Clean My Space by Melissa Maker

The Organized Homeschool Life: A Week-By-Week Guide to Homeschool Sanity by Dr. Melanie Wilson


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Our British Heritage

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #072, Our British Heritage with Meredith CurtisIn “Our British Heritage,” episode #072, Meredith Curtis takes you back in time to lay a pre-American history foundation. Our heritage of liberty and protected God-given rights didn’t originate in the 13 colonies. Explore our British heritage and learn some life lessons along the way.

 

 

 

 

 


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Show Notes

The British Isle Before & After the Battle of Hastings

Anglo-Saxon Until William Or Normandy Invades

Tribal with One Leader for War

Witan, Council of Nobility & Pastors

Localized Decision Making

Changes with William of Normandy

Serfs/Lord of the Manor

 

Magna Charta

Robin Hood

Good King Richard the LionHeart

King John

Trial By Jury/ No Taxation without Representation/ Habeus Corpus/Own Private Property

 

British Common Law

Passed Down Generation to Generation

Based on Word of God

These Laws Protect Private Property, Marriage, People from Physical Harm, Face Accusers When Charged with a Crime.

No Murder, no stealing, no Breach of Contact

Henry II Established a Court System (1100s)

 

Fall of Constantinople

Two Roman Empires (West/Roman & East/Byzantine)

Turks Conquered Constantinople 1453

Monks, Scholars, Priests Fled to Florence

Birth of the Renaissance

Printing Press

 

100 Years War

Fought from  1337 to 1453

English War with France over Throne (Joan of Arc)

Before 100 Years War, England & France Intertwined

After 100 Years War, Disconnected

Gunpowder

War of the Roses

Two Years Later

Fought in 1400 /1455 to 1485

Renaissance 1300 to 1600

Bloody Civil War Over The Throne

Lancaster Rose Red, York Rose White

 

Tudors Won

Combined Roses

Henry VIII

Edward VI, British Josiah

Lady Jane Grey

Mary I (Bloody Mary)

Elizabeth I

 

The Reformation

Corruption of Roman Catholic Church

October 31, 1517, Martin Luther Posted 95 Thesis on Whittenburg Door

Reformation swept through Northern Europe

New Protestant Denominations/ Puritan Work Ethic/

French Huguenots, Dutch Protestants Escaping Inquisition, English Separatists, German Moravians

 

 

American History & Literature Resources

American History CookbookFamilies Learning Together: American History Art Appreciation by Meredith Curtis CoverAmerican Literature & ResearchNewspaper Reporting by Meredith Curtis


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When Worldviews Collide

What is Your Worldview?

Making Wise Choices with Free Homeschool Materials (and Giveaway)

Free Homeschool Materials | Making Wise with Free Homeschool Curriculum

Free homeschool materials are so popular right now. I don’t see this trend going away. It’s too easy to google and find all kinds of free resources. But, let’s be wise when it comes to these freebies.

Making Wise Choices with Free Homeschool Materials

When you start your homeschool curriculum search, it doesn’t take long to realize you’ll be spending some money. However, most homeschool families are also single-income families. This can make it appealing to school your children completely on the freebies you find online. I want to challenge you to start with a strong homeschool mission statement or philosophy of education before you start down the freebie-only road. Make sure the free resources align with the overall goal you’ve sent for your homeschool.

Developing a Mission Statement for Your Homeschool

This doesn’t have to be complicated. Start with a simple list of the things that are important to you. Answering these questions can be a good start:

Simple Mission Statement

Answering these basic questions can help you create a simple mission statement that can guide your purchases or choices of free homeschooling curriculum. A simple mission statement might be something like this, “Our homeschooling model is based upon our Christian faith and desire to establish that Faith as the foundation upon which all curriculum choices are made. Academics are a top concern, as it’s important to our family that our children be able to reason and communicate not just their faith, but all things. We will work together as parents to ensure we stay committed to these basic ideals.”

Methods of Homeschooling

Once you’ve developed a basic mission statement, you can begin to look at the different methods of homeschooling. Knowing HOW you plan to education your kids is as important as WHY you’ll educate them at home.

Here are some helpful podcasts that can assist you in determine your method of homeschooling:

Understanding the Value of Free Curriculum

For most homeschooling moms, free curriculum is a supplement to their main curriculum. It might even be something we fall back on when times are tough. Looking at how curriculum is developed and the role of free curriculum can also help you make wise choices.

Give a listen to Is Free Curriculum Really Free? by Felice Gerwitz to get a better understanding of the pro’s and con’s of  free curriculum.

Felice Gerwitz has been a curriculum writer and developer for over 25 years and knows the painstaking hours that go into the development of curriculum. She’s spoken on the importance of using your homeschool mission and method to make your homeschool as successful as can possibly be.

She joins her voice to that of Carol Topp & Cindy West in their episode, 5 Warnings Against Frugal Homeschooling.

Her desire to provide quality, affordable homeschool materials gave birth to MediaAngelsMembership.com where you can homeschool your entire family starting at just $15 per month.

Make a Wise Decision

Knowing that for most of us, we’re homeschooling with eternity in mind. Choosing the very best in homeschooling materials and methods are something we take seriously. Free homeschool material has a place in the education of your children, but I challenge you today to think about how far you go with frugality. If you choose a free homeschool curriculum, look for one, such as Ambleside Online or Easy Peasy which offers a more cohesive approach.

You can make use of homeschool curriculum swaps, resale or homeschool consignment stores, eBay, or Amazon. Check out these resources:

PS. Here are some additional resources you can try to save money on other areas to better afford homeschool materials

To Help You on Your Homeschooling Journey

We’re all moms here (and dads!) and we know what it’s like for money to be tight. To kick of your back to homeschool, Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network is participating with our blogging friends to bring you the following giveaway! …  (be sure and see our privacy and giveaway policy).


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Another (home) school year is upon us!

Some of you may have already started your year, or some of you might school all year long, or some of you might be making those final curriculum decisions before your new year starts.  Whatever boat you are in, I’m sure you could use a little extra money for homeschool curriculum or resources.  Am I right?
I’ve gotten together with some fellow homeschool bloggers and we are pooling our money together to bless two homeschool families with a gift card to spend on their homeschools.  How does $250 sound in helping you buy curriculum, books, games, puzzles, or whatever educational supplies you might need?  Two people will win a $250 gift card to Timberdoodle!!

We know homeschooling can put financial strain on families – whether it’s from living on one-income or buying curriculum for multiple children – the financial aspect of it can be stressful.  Our hope is that we can bless a couple of homeschool families (although we wish we could bless many more) so they can buy the curriculum and supplies they need.

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Schoolhouse Rocked Interview with Garritt and Yvette Hampton

Schoolhouse Rocked | The Homeschool Revolution | Interview with the Hamptons & Israel Wayne

Join Israel Wayne as he interviews the Hamptons about their new film, Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution.

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There’s a revolution transforming American education, more than 2 million students strong, and it’s not happening in the classroom.

Schoolhouse Rocked: The Homeschool Revolution is feature-length documentary, currently in post-production and coming to a theater near you. This timely film is intended to encourage and equip homeschool families to start strong and finish well. The movie follows host, Yvette Hampton as she travels the country with her family. She talks with education experts, curriculum developers, college and university faculty and administrators, and homeschooling families at every stage in the process.  From kindergarten to college graduation and beyond. As viewers follow Yvette on this journey and share in her challenges and victories as a homeschool mom, they will gather the necessary resources and encouragement to homeschool their own children with excellence.

PRO-HOMESCHOOLING MOVIE

Schoolhouse Rocked is not an anti-public school movie. It is not an anti-government, anti-vaccination, anti-classroom, anti-NEA, or anti-Department of Education movie. Schoolhouse Rocked is a PRO-HOMESCHOOLING MOVIE. We believe that the slow, steady decline of the public schools, coupled with a rising desire among parents to take control of their children’s education and training has lead to the explosive growth of the homeschool movement – The Homeschool RevolutionSchoolhouse Rocked seeks to be a leading force in the next wave of that revolution.

 


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Join Israel Wayne every month as he discusses life, theology, Christian Apologetics, education, family and cultural issues from a Biblical worldview. Israel is an author and conference speaker.  He speaks at homeschooling conferences, and churches, as well as marriage and parenting seminars.

Finally, the information he teaches around the nation will be available to listeners like you. Each broadcast will be about a half hour and will feature interviews and thoughtful commentary from Israel and his guests.


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The decision to homeschool is difficult.  There is so much to learn, and there are often radical changes that take place in your family. Unfortunately, not everyone will be supportive.

Well-meaning friends and relatives may believe you are going to “ruin your child.” How can you make sure that you have laid a good foundation for your child’s future? How can you respectfully defend your choice to those who disagree with you?

The Bible is full of instructions on how God desires His children to be educated. IF GOD has a definite opinion about the issue of education, wouldn’t you desire to find out what it is and how best to implement HIS WISDOM?