100 Homeschool Hacks II

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #101, 100 Homeschool Hacks II, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network100 Homeschool Hacks II

In “100 Homeschool Hacks Volume II” episode #101, Meredith Curtis, Laura Nolette, and their friends share 100 ways to homeschool more effectively, efficiently, enthusiastically, and effortlessly. There were too many tips and advice for one show so we started earlier this month and are finishing up today. Sit back, relax and let seasoned homeschool moms and grads share their secrets of joy and success with you!

 

 


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Show Notes

We wanted to celebrate our 100th show in a special way!

Happy 100th Episode!!!

So Laura and I got together with some of our friends to come up with 100 homeschool hacks—tips, ideas, and methods that work to making homeschooling easier and more fun so that you can start strong and finish well.

Below are summaries of each section of the homeschool hacks. Enjoy!

Katie Beth Nolette: 10 Tips for Teaching Preschoolers & Toddlers that will give a strong educational foundation to your children, reaping benefits for years to come! Don’t worry these things are fun and relationship-building!

Meredith Curtis: 5 Ideas for Teaching History the Fun Way before God’s Story (HIS Story) should be exciting, joyful, and awe-inspiring. Shake off the dull routine of memorizing boring facts and dates. Instead, set sail on a grand adventure exploring the past as never before!

Laura Nolette: 5 Methods for Mastering Math that are simple to work into your yearly planning and weekly routines. They will make all the difference no matter when you start!

Meredith Curtis: 10 Tips for Teaching from a Christian Worldview so that our children can have confidence in Jesus and His Word, building their lives on a solid foundation of truth in all things.

Meredith Curtis: 5 Ways to Minister in Your Local Church Together as a Family so that everyone isn’t going off in a different direction.

Laura Nolette: 10 Field Trips that Don’t Cost Money, are closer than you think, and will make fun memories that last.

Meredith Curtis: 7 Tools to Give Lifelong Learners so that they can face every new learning opportunity with confidence and enthusiasm.

 

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Resources

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith Curtis Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Seven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis
HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century Middle School Workbook HIS Story of the 20th Century: High School Workbook by Meredith Curtis Teach 20th Century History the Fun Way
Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis American History Cookbook Ancient History Cookbook

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100 Homeschool Hacks I

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #100, 100 Homeschool Hacks I, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network100 Homeschool Hacks I

In “100 Homeschool Hacks Volume I” episode #100, Meredith Curtis, Laura Nolette, and their friends share 100 ways to homeschool more effectively, efficiently, enthusiastically, and effortlessly. There were too many tips and advice for one show so we will start this week and finish up next week. Sit back, relax and let seasoned homeschool moms and grads share their secrets of joy and success with you!

 

 

 


Proverbs 3:13-14 by Laura Nolette and Powerline Productions, Inc.

 

Powerline Productions, Inc.

Being World Changers, Raising World Changers!

 

 


Show Notes

We wanted to celebrate our 100th show in a special way!

Happy 100th Episode!!!

So Laura and I got together with some of our friends to come up with 100 homeschool hacks—tips, ideas, and methods that work to making homeschooling easier and more fun so that you can start strong and finish well.

Below are summaries of each section of the homeschool hacks. Enjoy!

Meredith Curtis: 5 Lifestyle of Learning Hacks to Keep your family on an enthusiastic quest for knowledge and wisdom.

Laura Nolette: 5 Tips on Organization and Scheduling that will make your day flow more smoothly and help you use and store everything you need for homeschooling success.

Katie-Beth Nolette: 5 Tips to Teach Little Ones to Read in a way that sets them up for success and ignites a love of reading.

Marla Stevens: 3 Methods to Raise a Musician that cultivate a gifting so that it can be used with excellence for the glory of God.

Sarah Jeffords: 5 Ways to Build a Home Library including what books to look for, where to keep them, how to find them, and ways to save money in purchasing them.

Meredith Curtis: 10 Helpful Patterns & Habits that will set you and your children up for success. After all, as Charlotte Mason says, “education is an atmosphere, a discipline, a life.” She also says, “The child who starts in life with say, twenty good habits, begins with a certain capital which he will lay out to endless profit as the years go on.”

Julianna Curtis: 5 Ways to Motivate your High Schoolers to Get Their Schoolwork Done that don’t involve nagging, yelling, or stressing the whole family out!

Mary Smith & Meredith Curtis: 10 Ways to Build a Solid Relationship with Your Kids that will last as children grow up into adults with their own lives, careers, and families. Lay a solid foundation now.

 

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Resources

Joyful and Successful Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis Quick & EZ Unit Study Fun by Meredith Curtis Unlocking the Mystery of Homeschooling High School by Meredith Curtis and Laura Nolette Seven R's of Homeschooling by Meredith Curtis
HIS Story of the 20th Century by Meredith Curtis HIS Story of the 20th Century Middle School Workbook HIS Story of the 20th Century: High School Workbook by Meredith Curtis Teach 20th Century History the Fun Way
Travel God's World Cookbook by Meredith Curtis American History Cookbook Ancient History Cookbook

Caedmon, 7th Century Songwriter

Finish Well Radio Show, Podcast #089, Caedmon, 7th Century Songwriter, with Meredith Curtis on the Ultimate Homeschool Radio Network

Caedmon, 7thCentury Songwriter

In “Caedmon, 7thCentury Songwriter,” episode #089, Meredith Curtis introduces you to a fascinating man of God who could not sing, recite a poem, or write a song; that is until the Lord gave him an amazing talent. Meet Caedmon, a 7thCentury Songwriter who touched the hearts of many, bringing Jesus and the Word of God alive for the wild, rugged Saxons of England. This is another Life Lesson from Ancient History, A.D. 600s.

 

 

 


 

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Show Notes

Life in Saxon England

Saxons were a wild, rough Germanic people

Being Christianized

Mass & Bible in Latin, not English

Life in a Monestary

Life/Schedule

Devotion

St. Hilda

Whitby

Caedmon

Shepherd

Unable to Sing

Old Man

The Gift

Answer to Prayer

A Dream

Singing the Scripture

Glory of God Only

Father of English Sacred Song

The Lesson

Faithfulness

God’s Timing

Humility

Using Gift for Glory of God

 

Resources

Ancient History CookbookAncient History Timeline by Meredith Curtis at Powerline Productions, Inc.British Literature & Writing High School ClassAmerican Literature & Research

Real Men 101: Godly ManhoodGod's Girls 101: Grow in ChristMaking of Real MenGod's Girls Brand New Life Bible Study

Piano University for Homeschoolers

The Piano University online is under the spotlight in Episode #152 of Roadschool Moms. The replay is a live recording by the Roadschool Moms team from the road. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Familiesbroadcasts from Rozwell, New Mexico. Across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher calls in from east central location Illinois near Peoria. The OTR duo are joined by Connie Cullum, creator of The Piano University online. This episode uncovers all the details of using the curriculum from this tried and true resource. Hit the replay to hear more about why music is an important piece of the homeschool puzzle.

Piano is a Great Place to Start

Connie Cullum, a former concert pianist, has 36 years of teaching experience. Her expertise in the musical field and her passion for piano is immediately transparent. First of all, she shares her thoughts on why music is important and how it benefits roadschool experiences for all ages. Consequently, piano keys are visual and easy to learn on. In addition, the Piano University expert discloses answers to other relevant questions.

  • Who can benefit from music lessons?
  • Why piano is a good place to start for any homeschooler’s music program?
  • How to transition to playing other instruments?
  • What is the recommendation if a full-size piano isn’t feasible at home?
  • Where to start at The Piano University?

Piano for the Homeschool Advantage

As a matter of fact, Connie reveals that music makes kids smarter in many other subjects, including math. As a result, this homeschool elective is proven to actually encourage engagement in students of all ages. For example, Connie talks about the historical time period of George Washington and the composer popular at that time, Ludwig Van Beethoven. Further, making these correlations connect history with music and the world events that surround it.

Color Me Musical is the curriculum written and published by Connie Cullum. Most noteworthy, her character creations aid in the learning adventure of music theory. A special offer exclusive to Roadschool Moms listeners is given in this episode that is good for the entire family. (Email the creator using Roadschool Moms as the subject line to learn more.) Not only do podcast fans receive a discounted price but also get access to all 20 ebooks published by Connie Cullum.

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Homeschool enrollment is on the rise. As a result, more and more families are moving into a home on wheels. Further, 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.

Roadschool Moms:  Season 11


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HSHSP Ep 75: Fine Arts Electives Give Transcripts SPARKLE!

This week on HSHSP Ep 75: Fine Arts Electives Give Transcripts SPARKLE!

HSHSP Ep 75: Fine Arts Electives Give Transcripts SPARKLE!

HSHSP Ep 75: Fine Arts Electives Give Transcripts SPARKLE!

College admissions officers look at thousands of transcripts each year. How can your homeschool highschooler stand out? Fine Arts electives give transcripts sparkle. It’s one way to catch their attention!

Join Sabrina for an eye-opening interview with Dr. Duane Cottrell, Associate Professor Choral Music Education at University of Delaware. Duane is not only a professor at UD but also has homeschooled his own children, which helps him understand and explain what homeschoolers need to know about Fine Arts on the transcript and in college.

Dr. Duane Cottrell University of Delaware Music Dept

Dr. Cottrell explains the current job climate where often:

  • Soft skills learned in Fine Arts make great employees in many areas
  • Right brained skills learned by teens who have studied the arts help build the creativity needed to compete in a career world new kinds of jobs are being invented every year

Dr. Cottrell explains the music major choices  such as (and why a homeschool highschooler might choose one:

  • Bachelor of Arts in Music (Liberal Arts degree)
  • Bachelor in Music (Music Education, Music Performance)
  • AND whether or not a graduate degree is required for success
  • AND how to find out specifically what your teen’s favorite colleges are looking for in their applicants

Sabrina and Dr. Cottrell also share how to handle Career Exploration in highschool so that they can clarify major choices.

Join us for a real-life, practical information about Fine Arts Electives!

5 Reasons You Need Fine Arts in Homeschool High School

Why Waste High School Credits on Career Exploration?

HSHSP Ep 75: Fine Arts Electives Give Transcripts SPARKLE!

 

 

Wrap Up a Successful Roadschool Year

 

Wrapping up a roadschool year is a snap with these tips from the Roadschool Moms team. Episode #139 comes to you live from the the State of Washington as well as southern Indiana. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  recaps her roadschool week from the Evergreen State. From across the country, Mary Beth Goff, the Road Trip Teacher looks back on their roadschool week in the Hoosier State.

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. Both KT and MB use T4L 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 special season ending episode takes a look back at the 12-episode journey to plan a successful roadschool year.

Summer Sun & Roadschool Fun: Sunglasses are on and homeschool calendars out for this episode. Listen to seven sweet suggestions for planning summer learning adventures.
Vision for a Successful Roadschool Year: Roadschool Mom Mary Jane Williams joins MB to talk about having a VISION for your homeschool plans. MB reminds listeners that “Comparison is a thief” and every family’s goals are different. Listen to the seven questions to ask yourself when formulating a homeschool vision.
Choosing Roadschool Curriculum:  KT and MB take apart their roadschool tool box and talk about the different ways to build a roadschool curriculum.
Record Keeping Made Easy:  Dave from Homeschool Tracker joins this special episode with all the expert advice on keeping track of your homeschool records. KT reminds listeners  “The best system is the one you will use!”
 
Roadschool Moms at FPEA:  The RSM team broadcasts live from the FPEA Convention in Orlando, Florida, from the beautiful Gaylord Palms Hotel. Special guest, Andrew Pudewa joins the show with rich and useful information needed to train your homeschoolers up to be effective writers.
Morning Time by Nature:  A favorite past guest, Holly Giles from The Giles Frontier, joins the show to share insight on using Morning Time for the next roadschool year. The homeschooling trio share their tips and advice on using nature for easy Morning Time plans.
Independent Learners by Nature or by Design:  A podcast filled with specific examples for training your kids to be independent learners by looking at the characteristics in your kiddos:  self-motivation, curiosity, persistence, critical thinking, responsibility.
Growing Successful Readers: Stephanie Simpson, a teamleader for Usborne Books joins the Roadschool Moms team to share top tips for growing successful readers in your rolling homeschool. Lots of great information is broken down into nuggets for emerging readers as well as early, fluent & expert readers.
Experience America the Beautiful:  American history & geography are front & center for this episode.  An up close interview with Charlene Notgrass, the creator of the fabulous curriculum, is the feature for this week. Textbook, maps, timelines, and lesson plans! It’s U.S. History for your middle or high schoolers – Ready, set, go!
National Holidays as Roadschool Opportunities:  An episode that reflects on how to use your surroundings, the time of year, and national holidays to feed your roadschoolers fresh, new information. Take out the calendar, there’s never a shortage of ways to celebrate the day.
Building a Strong Math Foundation:  Dennis “Mr D!” DiNola has all the facts about math. He reminds listeners to keep kids learning the math language.  His best message is “doing math can be like eating vegetables, you might not necessarily like it but you CAN learn to appreciate it.”
Hands-on Science:  Luke Gilkerson, Intoxicated on Life, shares information about his Experience Astronomy curriculum. Luke shares his best advice “to teach roadschoolers how to think” by the process of observing, testing hypothesis, finding a conclusion. He encourages roadschool moms everywhere that science is all around us and is easy to work into a roadschool schedule.
Icing Your Roadschool Cake:  Tricia Hodges gives great tips on letting your roadschoolers be creative. Chalk pastel art projects are so easy and fun to use anywhere, anytime. This episode reveals three things you can easily access to get started today.
The Roadschool Moms breaks down seven steps to wrap up a successful roadschool year:
  1. Celebrate the year
  2. Review accomplishments
  3. Create a portfolio
  4. Analyze interests
  5. Plan summer learning adventures
  6. Record transcripts
  7. Honor family traditions
“That’s a WRAP”

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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Art & Music Ices a Roadschool Cake

Art and music are two ways to ice next year’s roadschool cake. Episode #138 comes to you live from the the State of Washington as well as somewhere in middle Tennessee. Kimberly Travaglino, co-founder of Fulltime Families,  recaps her roadschool week from the Evergreen state. From across the country, Mary Beth Goff, calls in from on the road in Tennessee. Further, The Road Trip Teacher crew reveals they stopped to call in but still have miles left to travel on their way to the Midwest.

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. Both KT and MB use T4L 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, Tricia Hodges, who lives by the words You ARE an Artist! She begins her interview with one of her other favorite mantras, “Creativity is great theology.” The love Tricia has for chalk pastels as an art medium shines through the candid interview as she answers the Roadschool Moms questions. She talks at length about the importance of art as a regular part of your homeschool program. Tricia encourages roadschoolers to take brain breaks with short art projects when facing hard lessons such as math. Her reminder to think of smiles as rewards also encourages homeschool moms to incorporate art whenever possible. Tricia suggests that art for just 10 minutes weekly will make a positive impact in a homeschool schedule.

Another quote from Tricia’s art box is Pablo Picasso’s, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” With this thought, she describes how chalk pastels are a great choice for all ages. Further, using pastels is not complicated. As a matter of fact, you can start using chalk pastels today with only three things:

  1. A good starter set of chalk pastels (soft pastels)
  2. Paper that is on-hand (construction, copy paper, etc.)
  3. Art tutorials (easily accessed online)

MB talks about the Road Trip Teacher crew’s favorite resource from chalkpastel.com, the American Landmarks ebook. Tricia reveals it is one of the courses now offered as an online video tutorial. Using this one resource, this affiliate talks about how easy it is to integrate an engaging art project into destination unit studies or projects.

Looking for a roadmap for your next learning adventure? Scroll through the RSM library on iTunes to find more than 140 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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Studying Art, Music, and Nature the Charlotte Mason Way

Studying Art, Music, and Nature the Charlotte Mason Way
Episode 8: Studying Art, Music, and Nature the Charlotte Mason Way

Did you know that art, music, and nature study ought to be a priority in your homeschool? These add imagination, wonder, excitement, and discovery that support the rest of your studies for every child at every age. Join the conversation with Lindsey and Richele as they discuss the why and how behind integrating these subjects into your homeschool day.

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Simply Charlotte Mason Picture Study Portfolios: https://simplycharlottemason.com/store/product-category/product-art-study/

How to Get Started with Nature Study: https://afterthoughtsblog.net/2013/10/31-days-of-charlotte-mason-how-to-get.html

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Should I Major in Music at College?

Major in Music?

Should I Major in Music at College? with Meredith Curtis and Marla Stevens

Meredith Curtis interviews Marla Stevens, pianist, music major, and speaker at Finish Well. Marla shares how she prepared to be accepted in the music school of a private university, what it was like to major in music, and how her college major has influenced her life. If you love music and are thinking about majoring in music at college, be sure to listen in and hear some great advice from someone who’s been down that road.

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FW Should I Major in Music at College?

Meredith Curtis interviews Marla Stevens, pianist, music major, and speaker at Finish Well. Marla shares how she prepared to be accepted in the music school of a private university, what it was like to major in music, and how her college major has influenced her life. If you love music and are thinking about majoring in music at college, be sure to listen in and hear some great advice from someone who’s been down that road.