Special Replay: Keeping Your Calm This School Year

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Special Replay!  School approaches … can you believe it?  Here’s a special replay with some special tips to help you get ready to have a calm school year!

Thanks to our sponsor, CTC Math.

As this school year approaches, I thought I would share some of my plans to have a calm year! This year I have one 7th grader, one 9th grader, two high school seniors, one in Estethecian School and one junior in college. Whew, that is a lot. I will be honest, the first couple of weeks I find myself struggling to get us all on the same page. Between school, jobs, sports, etc… keeping this house running smoothly is a challenge.

 

Here are some of my tips for surviving back to school:

  1. Create Dream Posters.
  2. Create a Healthy Meal Plan.
  3. Follow Through on Healthy Meal Plan.
  4. Plan a family night to make dream posters. You will need poster board, markers, magazine, and glue. Invite your children to create a dream poster and display them in your home.
  5. Have a Dream Poster Date Night with your partner/spouse.
  6. SLEEP… get sleep. Make sure everyone in the home is getting enough sleep.
  7. Organize your space and remember less is better. Don’t forget to create a cozy corner for reading books/getting away.
  8. Take time to watch and listen. What are your kids talking about, playing with, dreaming of? What pushes their buttons, brings them joy, challenges them?
  9. Create a realistic routine that you can live with. Encourage children to stick with routine.
  10. Be Flexible – If something isn’t working, don’t be afraid to change it.

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Online Olympic Resources for Homeschoolers

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Online Olympic Resources for Homeschoolers

 

282:  Online Olympic Resources for Homeschoolers

Here are several online Olympic resources that will help you extend the excitement of the games into educational opportunities for your children. From interactive apps and science videos to music lessons and virtual museum tours, we’ve got a variety of tools to make the most of the Olympic season in your homeschooling journey.

Key Resources Discussed:

  1. Official Olympics App – Free, provides schedules and update
  2. 15-minute Music Lesson on Olympic Music (from Music in Our Homeschool)
    • Free printable download available that goes along with the lesson
  3. Science of the Summer Olympics: Engineering and Sports
    • Nine educational videos on various Olympic topics
  4. Fan School
    • Free Olympics prediction game
    • Opportunity for kids to write articles
  5. Olympic Bingo Board
    • Available from FundaFunda Academy for $0.99
  6. FundaFunda Academy’s Mini Unit Study on Olympic History and Culture
    • Web-based, $5, covers both summer and winter Olympics
  7. Literary Adventures for Kids – Online Book Club
    • “The Boys in the Boat” – Middle school and high school versions available
  8. Olympic Museum Online Resources
    • Virtual 360 tours of the Olympic Museum
    • Various PDFs and educational materials available

Additional Tips:

  • Use videos on EdPuzzle for ad-free video watching with embedded questions
  • This blog post has some more ideas and a giveaway for the mini unit study

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Are They Ready for College? – MBFLP 305

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 Are they ready for college?There’s more than academics at stake!

This episode is Sponsored by CTC Math.

If your student is heading for college – next year or several years from now – of course you’re going to pay attention to class work, transcripts, resumes and such. But as we’re preparing our seventh student  this fall, we’re thinking about a lot of things which never make it to a report card or CV – things like emotional maturity, spiritual development, and more.  This episode we’re talking about those critically import matter which will be remembered long after the tassel is moved!

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Is Writing Proficiency still important in the AI era?

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Writing Proficiency in an AI Era

Episode 281: Is Writing Proficiency Still Important in the AI Era?

Guest Jennie Miller, English Teacher at FundaFunda Academy, shares her thoughts on the relevance of writing proficiency in the AI era.

Jennie’s Classes:

  • Freshman English: An introductory high school English class focused on learning how to write academically and analyze classic and contemporary literature
  • American Literature: A look at 400 years of American history through the lens of prominent writers and thinkers
  • British Literature: A survey of works and ideas starting in Anglo-Saxon England through the Postmodern Era
  • Senior English: An independent English course that focuses on high stakes themes, reflective writing, and the overall impact of storytelling

Key Discussion Points:

  1. The Importance of Writing Skills:
    • Writing proficiency is still essential despite advancements in AI.
    • Writing fosters critical thinking and deeper understanding of complex issues.
    • Learning to write helps students articulate thoughts and opinions effectively.
  2. Concerns About AI in Writing:
    • AI can produce factually incorrect information.
    • Over-reliance on AI can hinder the development of critical thinking and essay structure skills.
    • Mastery of writing involves understanding MLA format and following detailed instructions.
  3. The Value of Traditional Writing Education:
    • Organic learning and the struggle of writing are crucial for intellectual growth.
    • Writing helps students learn to express themselves and develop a personal voice.
    • Personal experiences and stories in writing are irreplaceable by AI.
  4. Real-Life Applications:
    • Writing skills are essential for professional communication, such as emails and reports.
    • Critical thinking and the ability to articulate thoughts verbally are enhanced through writing practice.
  5. Teaching Strategies:
    • Encourage students to write independently and resist the temptation to use AI for assignments.
    • Parents should discuss the importance of writing with their children and monitor their work.
    • Teachers need to be aware of students’ writing styles to detect discrepancies indicating AI use.

Conclusion:

  • Writing proficiency remains critical in the AI era for developing critical thinking and effective communication skills.
  • Parents and educators should emphasize the importance of learning to write independently

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US Geography Virtual Field Trips

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US Geography Virtual Field Trips

In “US Geography Virtual Field Trips,” Episode, #213, join Meredith Curtis for a hack that bring US geography to life: virtual field trips. Meredith shares the kinds of field trips she takes her students on during the online US geography course she teaches. With general field trip ideas and a link to a sample of each kind of video, US geography will never be the same in your homeschool adventure.

 

 

 


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Show Notes

When I wrote my US geography textbook and workbook collection, I was determined to keep the theme of travel throughout. Then I taught US geography online at True North Homeschool Academy. How would I do that?

The answer: virtual field trips!

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HD Drone Videos

Painted Desert

https://youtu.be/x_hJbNAf8s4?si=pL967IQba2glCJ3a

Texas 4K Video UHD

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Sebastian Island Florida – Sebastian Inlet Aerial View

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Alaska USA – by drone (4K)

https://youtu.be/PRSkjM_N3Fg?si=1BqAa15eX1nfTuGF

Charleston, South Carolina / 4K Drone Footage

https://youtu.be/E0fffg9_cXw?si=wtFDfX-ezLVGmcYk

Watering Holes

Trail Camera Setup and Pickup: Hidden Mountain Pool (Arizona Wildlife) – AZ

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Wildlife at a Sonoran desert water hole – AZ

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Bridges & Boat Trips

Chesapeake Bay Bridge Tunnel – US 13 Eastern Shore Virginia – Time Lapse

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GoPro: Kayaking the Tennessee Rapids with Nick Troutman

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Slow Ride : Life and Times Along the South Carolina Intracoastal Waterway

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America Works

Mike Rowe looks at different jobs across America!

Travel Videos

The BEST Things to Do in CODY, Wyoming: A WILD WEST Adventure! – WY

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10 Best Places to See in Michigan

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Personal Travel Videos

Tide Pools Sebastian Inlet State Park & Vero Beach Ghost Crabs

https://youtu.be/Dv1OCfHD7_k?si=ROUA1_EFkgQsFeyZ

10 Things We WISH We Knew BEFORE Moving To AMERICAN SAMOA

https://youtu.be/MudQP_aW-2g?si=_OXY3PI0U3GHFcAf

Company & Club Videos

Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor (New York)

https://youtu.be/Ly4PxyeTs9o?si=_ZN1sl2Zh0i_co5j

Helen Delich Bentley Port of Baltimore

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Military Videos

Dover Air Force Base

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Naval Base Kitsap Overview

https://youtu.be/h5PHiKWQAYM?si=oRKODNeNQiM-of6K

Funny Videos

Why It’s Hard Eating Healthy in the South

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Ma’am in Not an Insult

https://youtu.be/X4o1WuZjelg?si=T3wuyq7mvzvrf8oF

Signs You Were Born In The Midwest

https://youtu.be/VC_p1DzgN0U?si=a7hthUhM9co14orz

LA vs NY / Jimmy Kimmel Live

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US Geography Resources

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Back-to-Homeschool Tips

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Back-to-Homeschool Tips to start your homeschool year off wellTitle: LifeSkills101 with Lisa Nehring – Back to Homeschool Tips

Show Notes:

Thank you to the episode sponsor, CTC Math

Introduction:
Welcome back to LifeSkills101, the homeschooling podcast where we equip parents and students with essential life skills for a successful homeschooling journey. I’m your host, Lisa Nehring, and today we’re diving into the topic that’s on the minds of every homeschooling family – “Back to Homeschool Tips.” Whether you’re a seasoned homeschooler or just starting, we’ve got some valuable insights to help you kickstart the new academic year with confidence and joy.

Episode Highlights:

1. Set Clear Goals and Expectations:

– Begin the homeschool year by setting clear academic and personal development goals for your child. This will help both of you stay focused and motivated throughout the year.
– Encourage open communication with your child to understand their expectations for the upcoming year and address any concerns they may have.

2. Organize Your Homeschool Space:

– A well-organized and clutter-free learning environment can significantly impact your child’s productivity and focus.
– We’ll discuss practical tips to create a dedicated homeschool space, whether it’s a room, a corner, or even a portable setup.

3. Plan Your Curriculum and Resources:

– Choosing the right curriculum is crucial to meet your child’s unique learning style and interests.
– We’ll explore various curriculum options and how to incorporate additional resources such as online courses, educational apps, and field trips to enhance the learning experience.

4. Develop a Flexible Schedule:

– Flexibility is one of the greatest advantages of homeschooling, so embrace it!
– We’ll provide tips on creating a daily and weekly schedule that balances academics, extracurricular activities, and downtime.

5. Nurture a Positive Learning Environment:

– A positive learning atmosphere fosters a love for learning and encourages your child to explore their passions.
– We’ll discuss ways to celebrate achievements, overcome challenges, and foster a supportive homeschool community.

6. Personal Growth and Life Skills:

– Homeschooling offers a unique opportunity to incorporate essential life skills into your child’s education.
– We’ll share ideas on teaching financial literacy, time management, communication, and other crucial life skills.

7. Self-Care for Parents and Educators:

– As a homeschooling parent or educator, it’s vital to prioritize self-care to avoid burnout and remain effective in your role.
– We’ll explore simple self-care practices that can make a significant difference in your well-being.

Conclusion:

Thank you for joining us on this episode of LifeSkills101 with Lisa Nehring. As we venture into another exciting homeschooling year, remember that homeschooling is not just about academics but also about nurturing a love for learning, personal growth, and building strong family bonds. Embrace the journey with patience, adaptability, and a sense of wonder. Be sure to check out our website for additional resources and support.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe and leave us a review. Your feedback helps us create content that resonates with you. Until next time, happy homeschooling!


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The Fourth Industrial Revolution and your Homeschool

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279: The Fourth Industrial Revolution and your homeschool

Fourth Industrial Revolution and your Homeschool

 

This episode discusses how we are living in the midst of the Fourth Industrial Revolution driven by technologies like AI, nanotech, blockchain, Internet of Things, etc.  and how this affects our homeschool

The 4th Industrial Revolution started around 2011 and is characterized by AI, IoT, nanotech becoming mainstream and integrated into daily life, even if we don’t realize it (Netflix recommendations, Siri/Alexa, etc.) You can find interesting blog posts about it on the World Economic Forum

The recent release of ChatGPT has brought AI technology into the forefront. Some ways to use AI in your homeschool

  • for personalized learning
  • differentiating reading levels,
  • creating custom videos/slideshows
  • explaining concepts via analogies

Prevent an over-reliance on AI:

  • Teach critical thinking so kids don’t just turn to AI for everything
  • Ensure they build core knowledge in subjects, not just turn to AI
  • Model responsible AI usage and discuss ethics around it
  • Be aware of risks like bias, misinformation in training data
  • Don’t let kids treat AI chatbots as real friends who give advice

Potential AI benefits discussed include medical advancements through rapid data analysis, communication aids like sign language-to-speech, etc. But risks like deepfakes, cheating in classes, and losing core skills are covered as well.

Meryl recommends talking about when AI use is okay vs. cheating, establishing a family “secret word” to verify identity, and never naming AI chatbots with human names


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Reading Adds Joy to Life

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Finish Well Homeschool Podcast, Podcast #212, Reading Adds Joy to Life!, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Reading Adds Joy to Life

In “Reading Adds Joy to Life,” Episode, #212, join Meredith Curtis for inspiration for parents and teens to read books for pure enjoyment! Reading excellent literature for fun works out your brain, stretches your vocabulary, increases your attention span, cultivates compassion, and builds character. Plus when you read for fun, you release endorphins and add joy to life!

 

 

 


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Show Notes

Reading for fun is enriching and education.

Reading is a Brain Workout!

Flex your brain muscles – improve comphrehension, build thinking & logic skills

Improves Vocabulary

Classical literature and well-written works will expose you to a richer vicoabulary. Older books have more description, conversation, and character development.

Increase Attention Span

Opening a book takes us away from short blogs, short movie scenes, and shorter commercials. Trains our brain to focus.

Cultivate Compassion & Character

Times change but human problems remain the same. Choosing books with good role models can impact you. He who walks with the wise grows wise.

Add the Joy!

Everyone loves a good story! Everyone loves an intellectual challenge like a mystery. Or a lovely romance. Or a grand adventure.

What Shall I Read?

Check our reading lists for every age imaginable: https://www.powerlineprod.com/homeschooling/reading-lists/

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50 Summer Projects For Kids | Just for Kids Podcast

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50 Summer Projects For Kids – Episode 431

There are so many fun ideas for summer, but what about 50 summer projects for kids? Summertime is a chance to learn new things, explore and have a great time, but it can also be easily wasted doing nothing. Here is a list of ideas to get you started.

Welcome to this Just for Kids episode!

Here is a list of my 50 top ideas for kids and they are not in any particular order, but it gives you a starting place to come up with ideas of your own. For example, anyone can read one book, but what about an entire series? Sure, this may take time if you are reading something like the Hardy Boys or Nancy Drew. But, it will take less time if you are reading Little House on the Prairie. Even if the book is for younger kids take a chance, especially if you have not read the series before.

  1. Read a series of books.
  2. Start a business. Think of things you’d like to do.
  3. Manage money. See how much you can save.
  4. Learn to cook, bake or create new recipes.
  5. Learn a new skill.
  6. Learn a new sport.
  7. Learn to play a musical instrument.
  8. Learn a new language.
  9. Create an obstacle course.
  10. Create something that flies.
  11. Make something out of recyclables.
  12. Learn to draw.
  13. Write with your non-dominant hand.
  14. Make a list of things you’d like to collect and start a collection.
  15. Make a list of movies you’ve watched and the ones you want to watch.
  16. Make a list of books you have read and the ones you want to read.
  17. Make a new friend.
  18. Help a neighbor or friend.
  19. Each day say something nice to each member of your family.
  20. Start a new habit, like fixing your bed.
  21. Plan a trip for the family.
  22. Plan a family event, like a game night.
  23. Plan an entire month of fun activities. These can be simple.
  24. Stage a play. Write, and produce it for others to act.
  25. Write a short story.
  26. Create a podcast. What would your show be about?
  27. Create a scavenger hunt.
  28. Learn about geocaching.
  29. Go on a treasure hunt.
  30. Organize pictures. On a phone, or computer.
  31. Learn to take good pictures.
  32. Learn to sew a button.
  33. Write an mail a letter to a relative or a friend.
  34. Learn to write a thank-you card.
  35. Jobs – what do you think would be fun to have as a job.
  36. Build something.
  37. Create a fort.
  38. Learn first aid.
  39. Create a list of rules for different things.
  40. Play a game using a different set of rules.
  41. Create something new. Think about this.
  42. Create an exercise routine.
  43. Learn to eat healthy.
  44. Grow something from a seed.
  45. Start a garden.
  46. Create a challenge with someone in your family.
  47. Learn to play chess – or another game you don’t know.
  48. Learn a new craft.
  49. Create a kite.

As you can see some of these fun projects can take some time and others can be done easily. If you like some of these ideas, make a plan on when you will start to do them and write them in your calendar. Learning to set deadlines and goals is an important part of learning to accomplish and get things done! This also helps us to be creative and figure out ways to make things work. I hope one or many of this ideas help you.

You might also like these Rainy Day Summertime Activities.

Learning with Micro:bit

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Learning with Micro Bit

278: Learning with Micro:bit

Guest Joseph Lemke shares with us how he is learning with Micro:bit and why this is a great way for students to explore coding.

What is a Micro:bit?

  • programmable microcontroller, like a tiny computer
  • has built in sensors like temperature, gyroscope, compass, microphone, speaker, touch button, blue tooth antennae to talk to other microbits and your phone
  • has enough computing power to do a lot of things

What are the strengths of Micro:bit?

  • it’s a good starting microcontroller because has a good programming platform
  • microsoft makecode – graphical platform or text code
  • micropython is another option

How do I get started?

  1. Purchase a starter kit for about  $25 on Amazon.
  2. Go to Makecode.microbit.org, and work through the Tutorials

What are some of the favorite projects you’ve made with micro:bit?

  • drink dispenser
  • controlled dot matrix printer from the 80’s
  • Borg costume
  • fingerprint reader for light switch

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