Free online government and civics games

Free Online Government and Civics Games

Episode 45: Free online government and civics games

 
These are the free online government and civics games mentioned in this episode. Most of them are geared to middle and high school students but elementary students can enjoy some of them too.

1. The American Presidency – match actual events from Trumans day with 7 of the presidential roles.

2. Redistricting game – There are 5 missions that demonstrate exactly what redistricting is

3. iCivics – 20 fungames on many different topics related to government and civics. Win the White House is one game that can be played by different ages. And Do I Have a Right? is one that is also available on an iPad or Android tablet.

4. Let’s Talk Politics is a quiz game on Amazon Echo. Just ask Alexa to play it.

These games and other great online resources are incorporated in FundaFunda Academy’s Electing a President Unit Study and their High School Government class.

Be sure to join our Facebook group where we carry on the discussion about Homeschooling with Technology.

If you are looking for more podcasts to enjoy, check out the other ones offered through Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network or scroll through this list of Homeschool Podcasts.

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Free Online Government and Civics Games #governmentgames #onlinegames #civicsgames


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Best of Life as a Lifeschooler: Unhurried Homeschooling with Durenda Wilson

Unhurried Homeschooling - Durenda WilsonWe hope you are enjoying your summer break!  Here’s one of our best episodes to brighten your summer day:  For this episode, I had the pleasure of chatting with Durenda Wilson, author of The Unhurried Homeschooler, a mercifully short book on homeschooling, and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart. I just love Durenda’s heart for unhurried homeschooling and her passion for helping moms learn to trust fully in the Lord with their children’s education. I know you will be blessed, too!

Durenda is a homeschooling mom of eight (born 1991-2004), five of whom have graduated. She has been married for 28 years to Darryl and they have 4 grandchildren. Durenda has written The Unhurried Homeschooler-a simple, mercifully short book on homeschooling and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart. She is the owner/writer/host of her blog and podcast, Durenda Wilson. She is called to a ministry of encouragement and has a very special place in her heart for moms and homeschooling moms because she believes, for many reasons, that motherhood is not only a gift, but often the unseen place where God moves in very powerful ways. This is why she is convinced that Christian moms must have a working knowledge of the Word that will give them the courage to raise their children as faithful followers of Christ above all else.

Here is what I asked Durenda on the show:

  • Tell us first of all how you started homeschooling and how it became unhurried homeschooling?
  • In reading your site, so much of it resonated with me and I felt like I could have written it! In particular, you talk about today’s homeschooling parents as being bombarded with all this information about what is best for their children. You say: “In an effort to do what we think will ultimately benefit our children, we are, in fact, robbing them of the very thing they need to engage in higher learning and become well-adjusted adults. The results are that our kids are having to cope with the complexities of adulthood and losing their one chance to be a kid.” Explain to us more of what you mean by that.
  • What has had the biggest influence in shaping your educational philosophy of unhurried homeschooling? Were there any books that had a particular impact on you?
  • To remind our listeners, the definition of lifeschooling is “the individualized process of discovering your child’s God-given gifts and talents through real life experiences that happen within the context of your family’s unique situations and missions.” How does your family lifeschool? Is there a part of that definition that particularly speaks to you?
  • Tell us about a typical day in your homeschool and has this changed over the years?
  • What are some of the gifts that you saw early on in your children and how did you tailor their education around the development of those gifts?
  • I think for many homeschoolers who have not yet seen homeschooling through to the end with any of their kids, it is very reassuring to hear veteran success stories, especially from those who have embraced unhurried homeschooling. Tell us a little bit about the children you have graduated and what they are doing now.
  • You wrote a couple books, The Unhurried Homeschooler, a mercifully short book on homeschooling and Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart. I love that… “a mercifully short book…” by the way, because I think most of us homeschoolers struggle getting through an entire book! Tell us a little bit about your books and where to find them. (You may find Unhurried Grace for a Mom’s Heart and The Unhurried Homeschooler on Amazon.)

And that’s Life as a Lifeschooler! Subscribe to the podcast so you never miss an episode. Hope you’ll join us next time!


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


Online resources to help you select curriculum

Online resources to help you select curriculum

Episode 44: Online resources to help you select curriculum

In this episode, we look at 6 steps to use online resources to help you select curriculum that is a good fit for your child.

Please refer to episode 36 – Tips for buying and selling curriculum online to help you find the best prices for whatever curriculum you finally decide on

1. Offline brainstorming

Take a piece of paper and write down everything you can think of that can narrow down what you need. Think about earning style, what has/hasn’t worked in the past, whether they are likely to study this subject at college etc.

2. Online places to ask for advice

3. Reviews of curriculum

  • Once you have narrowed it down to a few options, Google the product’s name + “Review”. Take into account if it is a sponsored post or if the blogger received the curriculum free in exchange for a review.
  • Also, look at reviews on the product website if that is a feature (it is at our sponsor FundaFunda Academy where you can read what the student’s thought)
  • Look for video reviews on Youtube

4. Free trials and demos

Most companies do offer this – even the smaller ones. If you can’t find it on their page ask. SHOW your kids – get them involved at this point.

Our sponsor, FundaFunda Academy, has a demo classroom where you can see a module for each of their full-semester classes. You can find this on the home page or on the FAQs.

For their web-based unit studies, they offer a free “lite” version of their Intro to Game Programming” unit study. AND if you listen to the podcast before the end of July you will get a coupon to reduce the cost of the Around South America in 30 Days unit study to just $5 (from $20

5. Online curriculum fairs

These usually happen over the summer. Google to find them.

6. Keeping track of it all

As you research, store ideas and links in Evernote, a spreadsheet (like Google Sheets) or on Trello

Be sure to join our Facebook group where we carry on the discussion about Homeschooling with Technology.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review!

Contact Meryl via email on meryl@mediaangels.com or connect with her on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook


Special Thanks to Our Network Sponsor -Overcomer Movie

Life changes overnight for coach John Harrison when his high school basketball team’s state championship dreams are crushed under the weight of unexpected news. When the largest manufacturing plant in town suddenly shuts down and hundreds of families begin moving away, John must come to grips with the challenges facing his family and his team. Urged by the school’s principal to fill-in and coach a sport he doesn’t know or like, John is frustrated and questioning his worth… until he crosses paths with a student struggling with her own journey.
Filled with a powerful mix of faith, a twist of humor, and a ton of heart, the Kendrick Brothers return to theaters with OVERCOMER, their newest feature following FACING THE GIANTS, FIREPROOF, COURAGEOUS, and the #1 box-office hit, WAR ROOM. The inspiring family film stars Alex Kendrick, Priscilla Shirer, Shari Rigby, Cameron Arnett, and introduces Aryn Wright-Thompson.

Opening nationwide on August 23, OVERCOMER dares to leave you filled with hope, inspired to dream, and asks the question: what do you allow to define you?

Click here to learn more!


Online resources to help you select curriculum #homeschooling #podcast #selectingcurriculum

When Homeschoolers Judge – Best of Homeschooling IRL

Free homeschooling podcast about judgment among homeschoolers.Homeschooling is a choice born out of the freedom to choose what we feel to be the best educational option for our children. It should follow, then that if a family who has made the choice to homeschool then decides to put a child into a traditional school setting, fellow homeschoolers will support that freedom to choose, too.

Unfortunately, that’s not the reaction many receive when they announce they’ll be returning to school. Instead of encouragement and reassurance, they often receive condemnation from the homeschool community.

What’s a homeschooler to do? And what is the Biblical, grace-filled, gospel-centered response as both the homeschooling parent returning kids to a classroom and the homeschooling friend looking on?


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Music clips used on this episode:
Judge Not – Bob Marley (Buy it here on iTunes)

 


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Teaching a Providential View of History

teaching a providential view of history

Teaching a Providential View of History

When teaching a providential view of history, our view of history isn’t that there is a “Christian history” and then “secular history.” All of history is God’s story, it’s His Story. His working with people, places, and events to bring about his Kingdom, rule, and reign.

The main purpose of history is story of God.

Are we teaching the story of man or are we teaching the story of God? What has God done and what is God doing?

This is a Providential View of History.

What is the Big Picture of History?

Teaching a Providential View of History

In every era we need to go back and look at what God was doing. In every era of history God is at work. There’s never been a time when God hasn’t been at work.

This is why we focus on missionary work, the work of the church, etc. But, even in so-called secular history we see God working as the hand of Providence.

History Resources

  • America’s Story by Angela O’Dell (Master Books)
  • World Story by Angela O’Dell (Master Books)
  • Taking the World for Jesus by Kevin Swanson
  • Mystery of History
  • Adams Chart (Master Books)

Listen in for more.


Join Israel Wayne and his wife Brook, every month as they discusses life, theology, Christian Apologetics, education, family and cultural issues from a Biblical worldview. Israel is an author and conference speaker who often 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?

Many studies indicate that Christian youth are leaving the Church, and anti-Christian education has been linked as a major factor in this equation. 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? Order your copy here.

Subscribe to Family Renewal HERE.

View our other shows.

 

Homeschooling When History Gets Messy

Homeschooling When History Gets Messy

Homeschooling When History Gets Messy

Homeschooling when history gets messy.

Show notes:

  1. When teaching history it’s important that we focus on truth.
  2. Truth is broader than mere facts.
  3. The Bible is full of conflicted people. We can’t avoid teaching them.
  4. True history tells the story.
  5. There are 2 types of Revisionism (Liberal & Christian).
  6. What is the agenda in the public schools teaching of history?
  7. What is the agenda of Christian revisionism?
  8. We should teach the entire truth.
  9.  Can we resolve the dichotomies truthfully? The way the Bible does?

Join Israel Wayne and his wife Brook, every month as they discusses life, theology, Christian Apologetics, education, family and cultural issues from a Biblical worldview. Israel is an author and conference speaker who often 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.

_____________________________________

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?

Many studies indicate that Christian youth are leaving the Church, and anti-Christian education has been linked as a major factor in this equation. 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? Order your copy here.

Subscribe to Family Renewal HERE.

View our other shows.

Part One

Part Two

Book Clubs Instead of Book Reports

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #090, Book Clubs Instead of Book Reports, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Podcast Network

Book Clubs Instead of Book Reports

In “Book Clubs Instead of Book Reports,” episode #090, Meredith Curtis weighs in on the question: should we write book reports or have a book club? She shares why book reports affect the way you read a book and how it is possible for them to suck the life out of reading. However, she gives tips for making them more interesting to write and read. Meredith explains how book clubs can revolutionize literature in your home school and treat the entire family to an hour of fun, food, and great learning. She also gives practical advice to help you get started and questions you can start with to get the ball rolling.

 

 


 

High School Curriculum by Powerline Productions

Powerline Productions, Inc.

Being World Changers, Raising World Changers!

We offer books and ebooks to help you homeschool to the Glory of God!

Check out our great literature classes!

 

 

 


Show Notes

What is the purpose of writing about a book or discussing a book?

Why we tried book clubs

Book Reports

Why they can be helpful

Why they can be harmful

Why they are boring

How to make book reports worth writing

Book Clubs

Why they are more fun than book reports

E.G. Robin Hood

Why they are help you dig deeper into the work of literature

How books clubs make you want to read more

What are the challenges?

Book Clubs

Setting up a book club

Having a Focus (Scarlett Letter Symbolism, …)

Food & Drinks

Building a Lifetime Habit

Alternatives to Book Clubs

Homeschool Co-op Classes

Chatting Online

Family Dinner Table

Questions that Work for All Books

Did you like this book? Why or why not?

What was your favorite part of the book and why?

Who was your favorite character and why?

Did anything that happened in the story surprise you? Why did it surprise you?

Does anyone in the book remind you of someone in your family or one of your friends?

Did you like the characters in the book? Why did you like them?

Was their one or more characters you didn’t like in this book? Why didn’t you like them?

Resources

Finish Well Radio, Podcast #024, Link Between Literature and Political FreedomFree Reading Lists by Powerline Productions at joyfulandsuccessfulhomeschooling.com

 

 

 

 

 

These Courses all include Book Club Discussion Questions

 

American Literature & Research Course by Meredith CurtisBritish Literature & Writing High School Course by Meredith CurtisCommunications 101:Essays and Speeches High School Course by Meredith CurtisFoundations of Western Literature High School Course by Meredith Curtis

Newspaper Reporting Middle School Course by Meredith CurtisWho Dun It? Murder Mystery Literature and Writing High School Course by Meredith CurtisWorldview Understanding the Times High School Course by Meredith CurtisHIS Story of the 20th Century: High School Workbook by Meredith Curtis

Tips for buying and selling curriculum online

Tips for buying and selling curriculum online

Episode 36: Tips for buying and selling curriculum online

 

If you are buying or selling curriculum online this summer, here are some tips to help you.

And be sure to join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast. We will carry on the conversation there.

Some places to buy and sell curriculum online

1. Facebook groups

Look for local groups first. A good national group is Homeschool Curriculum Marketplace (over 70 000 members)
Also look for groups that specialize in the curriculum you use eg Sonlight or classical homeschooling

2. Forums

If you are a member of a homeschool forum, see if they have a classified section. Well-trained Mind is the one I used.

3. Used curriculum websites

Homeschool Classifieds has an out-dated look to the website, but it works well and I have bought and sold a lot of curriculum there. You get a certain number of listings free. After that, you can pay, or share info on local field trips etc to earn extra credits.

4. Amazon and eBay

So many options on both these websites and you can often find real bargains. You will likely end up making less if you sell through them, but you are also more likely to make a sale because of their huge audience.

General Tips for Buying and Selling Curriculum Online

You will need to get a PayPal account for buying/selling on all the places listed above except Amazon

Create a spreadsheet and use it to record your research before you start buying and selling curriculum online. Keep track of the new price for the item, how much you see it selling it for, the date you buy/sell it, when it ships, how much profit you make, etc.

Tips for Selling Curriculum Online

Remember you will need to pay for postage (and fees if you sell on Amazon or eBay).

A postage scale can be a great investment

Get your kids involved. Either pay them an hourly rate or give them a cut of profits. They will learn real-world skills and you will get some help!

Save Amazon boxes and padded envelopes throughout the year.

Don’t sell single paperbacks – it just isn’t worth it. Bundle a few together, or state in your listing (if you are listing on a FB group) what the minimum amount you are willing to sell is. That way people can make their own bundles.

Take photos as post whenever that is an option as people like to see what they are getting.

If you plan to sell on eBay, I would suggest you list it as “Buy it Now”. You can see what your item usually sells at by setting the filter to “Buy it Now” and then scrolling down and on the left look for “Show only”. Check Completed Items and Sold Items and you can see what your item has sold at recently.

Tips for Buying Curriculum Online

To find the cheapest website selling used books, go to BookFinder.com.

But before you do that, if you have use Chrome or Firefox and have the Library Extension you may realize you can just borrow the book from your local library instead.

When you use eBay, I suggest selecting “Buy it now” unless you absolutely love the thrill of trying to win an auction.

If you know the item(s) you are wanting will be hard to find, start looking in May and buy as soon as you see. If you know there will be plenty available you can hold out until August when you might snag one for a better price as people get more desperate to sell.

Got more tips? Share them in the comments or in our Facebook group.

Be sure to take a look at FundaFunda Academy’s online classes and web-based unit studies. This class uses all the methods mentioned in this episode – and more – to study history!

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review!

Contact Meryl via email on meryl@mediaangels.com or connect with her on Pinterest, Instagram, and Facebook

Tips for buying and selling curriculum online

Teaching History | What should we emphasize?

Teaching history: What Should We Emphasize @FamilyRenewal // Israel Wayne

Teaching History

Teaching History | What Should We Emphasize?

Family Renewal Podcast with Israel Wayne

Second in a 5-Part Series. Part ONE can be found here.

Tune into the Family Renewal podcast as Israel and Brook Wayne talk about teaching history in your homeschool.  For additional podcasts by Brook & Israel Wayne, visit their podcast page.


Show Notes Outline

Teaching history what should we emphasize?

  • a requested topic from listeners and readers
  • how do we teach history
  • who and what should we emphasize?

Learn more in the new book, Education: Does God Have an Opinion? A Biblical Apologetic for Christian Education & Homeschooling

 


Israel Wayne is the author of the books:

Homeschooling from a Biblical Worldview (out-of-print, Wisdom’s Gate, 2000)

Full-Time Parenting: A Guide to Family-Based Discipleship (Wisdom’s Gate, 2012)

Questions God Asks: Unlocking the Wisdom of Eternity (New Leaf Press, 2014)

Questions Jesus Asks: Where Divinity Meets Humanity (New Leaf Press, 2015)

Co-Author of Pitchin’ A Fit! Overcoming Angry & Stressed-Out Parenting  (New Leaf Press, 2016)

Education: Does God Have an Opinion? A Biblical Apologetic for Christian Education & Homeschooling(Master Books, 2017)

Answers for Homeschooling: Top 25 Questions Critics Ask  (Master Books, 2018)

 

Homeschool Answers Book Bundle

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?

Many studies indicate that Christian youth are leaving the Church, and anti-Christian education has been linked as a major factor in this equation. 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? Order your copy here.

That’s Why I’m Here | Interview with Leslie Nunnery

Join us to chat about motherhood – childbirth and all issues with raising families large and small.

That’s Why I’m Here | Interview with Leslie Nunnery

“That’s Why I’m Here.”

Visit Leslie at Teach Them Diligently

As busy moms, we wear many hats– wife, mother, housekeeper, chef, educator, taxi driver, and so much more. The demands on our time are endless. Do you ever lose sight of why you do all that you do? Do you ever find yourself feeling discontent with where God has you right now, or do you ever feel like there is no more of you to give to anyone? Let’s take a very practical and personal look at exactly why we are here. Along the way, I think we’ll see the incredible purpose and peace we all can have when we truly figure that out.