Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschooling Families

112: Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschooling Families

Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschool Families

If you are looking for a last-minute gift, these virtual gift ideas will help you out.

1. DIY Virtual Gifts – listen to our previous episode for ideas.

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy has a unit study to guide your children through creating digital gifts – you can find that here.

2. Premium Version of apps – Some examples: Strava, All Trails, Spotify

3. Digital Magazines

4. Digital Escape Rooms

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy sells two – Mystery of the Amber Room and Mosby’s Treasure.

5. Annual subscriptions to National Parks, Zoos, Museums, etc

6. Gift Cards – some example: Steam, Uber Eats, H&M

7. eBooks

8. Subscription boxes – Kiwi Crate, Coffee, International Snacks, Makeup boxes

9. Online Classes – some examples: Masterclass, Airbnb virtual experiences
Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy sells an Intro to Game Programming Class that comes with a printable gift certifcate that makes a great option for 4th – 12th graders.

10. Digital Games – iPad, Steam

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. We would love to hear how you are using tech in early elementary homeschooling!

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Virtual Gift Ideas for Homeschool Families

Everybody code for one hour this week!

Code for and hour with Hour of Code

111: Everybody code for one hour this week!

It’s time for the Hour of Code again – and in this episode, everyone is encouraged to code for one hour! It doesn’t matter when you listen – the activities will be available free for you to try.

You can find all the Hour of Code activities here.

The ones I mention in this episode:

  • Disney Codeillusion: Media Art Adventure with Mickey
    Grades 2-8 | JavaScript
  • Design Your Own Maze!
    Grades 6+ | JavaScript
  • Code a Grandparent Card in Scratch
    Grades 2-8 | Blocks
  • Codesters: Code Your Own PSA
    Grades 6+ | Python
  • CodeMonkey Jr.: Pre-coding for Preschoolers
    Pre-reader | Blocks
  • Build your own chatbot in Python
    Grades 9+ | Python
  • Space Adventure: Write Code and Catch Bananas!
    Grades 2-8 | CoffeeScript
  • Professor Photon’s Color Conundrum
    Grades 6+ | Computational Thinking focused so no language

Show host FundaFunda Academy has a Christmas contest that includes basic Scratch tutorials.

For Computer Education week (ends Sunday 13 December) you can get FundaFunda’s 5-week Beginner Scratch or Python class for just $35 (a $20 saving). No coupon required.These classes are self-paced but are also graded and help is available for students who need it.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. We would love to hear how you are using tech in early elementary homeschooling!

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

Code for an Hour during this year's Hour of Code

Using Tech in your Early Elementary Homeschooling Journey

tech in early elementary

109: Using Tech in your Early Elementary Homeschooling Journey with Tiffany Aguirre

Our guest in this episode is Tiffany Aguirre from Life With Many Blessings. Tiffany shares how she is using tech in early elementary homeschooling.

Here is the list of different apps and websites Tiffany talks about:

And check out Tiffany’s awesome all-in-one homeschool planner for iPads.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. We would love to hear how you are using tech in early elementary homeschooling!

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

tech in early elementary

Online Grammar Games

Online grammar games

108: Online Grammar Games

This year I have put together an online Writing Fun class for middle schoolers and decided to add online grammar games to each week’s work.These are ones I found that are worth sharing with your elementary and middle school children.

Madtakes – an online version of Madlibs

Brainpop – Most of the grammar concepts listed have a “Sortify” game to use for practice

Freerice – Freerice has a grammar category

Semicolon Wars: The fight for Punctuation Island – This game from Mr. Nussbaum teaches more than just semicolon usage as you progress through different levels trying to win the island

Extreme Sentence Surgeons Saving Critically Injured Paragraphs – Another game from Mr. Nussbaum where players need to correct the mistakes in paragraphs

Sporcle – Search for the grammar games and then look through for appropriate one like “Grammar Police”.

Abcya has a number of grammar games eg “Journey to Past Tense” which takes players on an adventure as they practice grammar.

RoomRecess has two arcade style games that teach grammar – “Grammar Police” and “Grammar Gladiator”.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. And you can share phishing attempts you have experienced!

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Online Grammar Games

Teach your Children about Phishing

Teach Your Children About Phishing

107: Teach your Children about Phishing

Everyone with an email address and a phone is regularly affected by phishing attempts, and in this episode, I give some tips on how to teach your children about phishing.

My first suggestion is that when you receive a phishing attempt by email or phone, you show your children and talk about it with them.

You can also watch these videos with them:

Once your children have an idea what phishing is and how to spot it, test them (and yourself) with this quiz

Show sponsor FundaFunda Academy includes instruction on how to spot computer scams in their Computer Applications online class. This class is appropriate for 7th – 12th graders and worth 1 credit, but is great for middle schoolers so that they are prepared for high school.

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. And you can share phishing attempts you have experienced!

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Teach Your Children About Phishing

Online Resources for Creative Writing

Online Resources For Creative Writing

105: Online Resources for Creative Writing with Ayanna Murray

Ayanna Murray is the guest in this episode and she shares her favorite online resources for creative writing. Ayanna is an author herself and she shares how she taught her children to enjoy and excel at creative writing. You can learn about Ayanna at her website – Ayannamurray.com.

I met Ayanna through a Facebook group I host – Homeschooling College-bound Teens. You are welcome to join us there too!

These are the resources Ayanaa mentioned. Be sure to listen to the episode for more detailis about each of them:

Learn more about Ayanna, her books, and homeschool resources at www.ayannamurray.com. Follow her on Instagram @Ayanluv and Twitter @AyannaMurray.

You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s online classes and web-based unit studies here

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

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Online Resources For Creative Writing

Creative Ways to Use Tech for Foreign Language Learning

Ways to Use Tech for Foreign Language Learning

104: Creative Ways to Use Tech for Foreign Language Learning

This episode explains some creative ways to use tech for foreign language learning. This is not about apps and websites to teach a language, but rather on how to use tech to allow you to practice what you are learning in a natural way. The ideas I share can be used for all ages.

1. Listen to music in foreign languages

2. Read simple e-books in foreign languages

3. Watch TV shows and movies in foreign languages

4. Set shopping sites to the language you are learning

5. Use the Toucan web extension to integrate Spanish words into the websites you choose

6. Set your phone to Spanish

These ideas may spur you to further ideas – using tech or even without tech on ways to integrate foreign language learning into your daily life

Be sure to listen to the episode as I go into detail about how we did these things in our home.

You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s online classes (including Spanish!) and web-based unit studies here

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool.

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Ways to Use Tech for Foreign Language Learning

Online Election Resources For Students

Online election resources for students

99: Online Election Resources For Students

With the upcoming election, this seems to be a good time to talk about online election resources for students.

iCivics
Lots of teacher resources
Also games – Win the White House, Cast your Vote

Scholastic
Race to 270 – simulation that teaches about the electoral college
The Issues – choose reading levels for explanations on what different parties believe about different issues
Kid Reporters – articles about the election written by students
Quizzes

Redistricting Game
5 missions that teach what gerrymandering is

Balletopedia – who is running
List of all candidates by state running in 2020

Isidewith
Take a quiz on different issues to see which party and candidates your beliefs align best with

Fanschool
Listen to we did with the creator of this game, Eric Nelson
In October, a
game specific to the 2020 election will be added
Fanschool Politics allows students to draft “teams” of states or Congress representatatives and track how “well” they do. Visit the website to read all about it

Electing a President web-based unit study
This 4 module self-paced unit study from show sponsor, FundaFunda, uses many engaging resources to teach about US elections and the office of the president. Listen before the end of September 2020 to get a coupon for a 75% discount.

You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s online classes and web-based unit studies here

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. If you know of other online stock market resources please share them with the other listeners there.

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Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

98: Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

Our guest in this episode is Gena Mayo who blogs about many topics (including homeschooling and fashion) at I Choose Joy specifically about music and homeschooling at Music in Our Homeschool.

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For All Ages


Philharmonia.co.uk
This orchestra provides live (online through YouTube during the pandemic) concerts. Especially check out the Instrument Guides and the Family Concerts (also on their YouTube channel)

Naxos.com
Naxos Records is the world’s leading classical music label. Use this site to search by composers and hear their music right there.

Britannica.com
An online encyclopedia. Search composer’s name, style of music, etc.

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For High School


MusicAcademyOnline.com
Find composer biographies, music and composers in the news and a lot of resource links. They have a weekly podcast where they meet with artists, composers, performers, and scholars who share their art and love for what they are doing.

MusicianGuide.com
This site provides biographies for musicians and groups such as bands. There are a lot of 20th and 21st Century options here if you’re studying more modern music history.

TheatreHistory.com
Learn about musical theater here. This page provides links to individual musicals to learn more about them.

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation For Elementary School


ClassicsforKids.com
One of my all-time favorite music sites for kids! Includes games, biographies, podcast episodes about composers, and specific pieces.

DSOkids.com
Their “Learn and Listen” videos are great for instruments, composers, and “building blocks of music.”

Chrome Music Lab
Online games and activities to explore sounds and music composition

SFKids
Great site, but requires Flash (won’t work after Dec. 2020). Learn about instruments, listen to music, etc.

Creating Music
Fun games, but requires Flash (won’t work after Dec. 2020)

Learn.MusicinOurHomeschool.com
Gena Mayo’s self-paced music appreciation classes for all ages (including ones for high school elective credit)

You can find show sponsor, FundaFunda Academy’s online classes and web-based unit studies here

Join our Facebook Group especially for the listeners of this podcast! You can ask questions and get advice as you try integrating technology in your homeschool. If you know of other online stock market resources please share them with the other listeners there.

If you enjoyed this episode, please subscribe to the show and give a rating and maybe even a review! Subscribing will help you make sure you never miss an episode.

Digital Resources for Music Appreciation

Special Replay: Tax Exempt Q&A with Homeschool Leaders

Tax Exempt Q&A with Homeschool Leaders

This episode is an excerpt from the Indiana Homeschool Leaders Retreat. Carol Topp discusses tax exempt status and answers questions about self-declaring tax exempt status for your homeschool support group.

 

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