4 Apps For Homeschoolers

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This summer I discovered 4 apps for homeschoolers (and everyone else) that have streamlined my life.  They’re not really revolutionary.  Recipe organization, to-do lists, and planners have been around forever.  These techy versions just smooth out the bumps and I’d like to introduce them to you. Habit RPG The first is called HabitRPG.  RPG stands for “Role Playing Game”.   It’s a simple program in which you enter things on your habit list, you dailies list, and your to-do list.  You check them off when completed and earn points toward the next level and earn coins you can use to … Keep on reading

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Layers of Learning Unit 3-5

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Layers of Learning Unit 3-5 is here. This unit in the Layers of Learning Program includes: History: Renaissance England Geography: Tanzania & Kenya Science: Mammals The Arts: Shakespeare  Make spoon people puppets of Good Queen Bess, her friends, and her enemies.  Read about the two sides of Oliver Cromwell and his place in English history then decide for yourself whetehr he’s a villain or a hero.  Make a Serengeti shadow box while you learn about Tanzania and Kenya.  Use our printable dog anatomy worksheet to learn how mammals have similar internal parts.  And read and study Hamlet, step by step, … Keep on reading

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How To Track Grades and Transcripts for High School Homeschool (and a free Google Sheet template to do it in)

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You can keep track of younger kids grades if you want to (or if your state requires you to) but in high school you must track your student’s grades.  The high school grades are necessary for college admissions, military admission, and sometimes for jobs, even years after graduation.  Here we’ll explain how to track grades and transcripts for high school homeschool.  We’ll also share a Google Sheets spreadsheet we formatted to do the grading calculations for you.  The file contains pages for two semesters (you can easily add more) and a page for the transcript all in one document.  You … Keep on reading

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How To Use Evernote In Your Homeschool

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We started using Evernote as our homeschool planners this year for all the kids, from the six year old to the high school senior.  It’s been extremely effective already in helping and teaching the kids to be independent, in keeping me on track, and in utilizing all the resources on the web.  I will now teach you how to use Evernote in your homeschool. What is Evernote? Evernote is a tool used to organize information.  It’s like a virtual shelf of binders, which are full of dividers, which are stuffed with papers containing notes.  It’s very simple and sort of … Keep on reading

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Layers of Learning Unit 3-4

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Layers of Learning Unit 3-4 is here. This unit in the Layers of Learning Program includes: History: Reformation Geography: Angola & Zambia Science: Birds The Arts: Reformation Art  Make a chart discussing the argument between the Catholics and the Protestants during the time of the Reformation and teach your kids your two cents about what you believe.  Play a “Bible Smuggler” game.  Discuss the costs of the salve trade that still plague Angola and how important family and society structures are to individual happiness.  Play a matching game and learn how bird’s bills are shaped to make eating their favorite … Keep on reading

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Second Breakfast and a Chocolate Coffee Cake Recipe

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I am most definitely not a morning person.  I roll out of bed moments before our 8am beginning of school scheduled time.  That would be why we instituted the great tradition of Second Breakfast. We named it “Second Breakfast” {yes, it’s capitalized on purpose!} in honor of J.R.R Tolkien and his Hobbits and because for a portion of the family at least it really is their second breakfast.  The kids sometimes get up at the ridiculous hour of 7am  {if you are a morning person you are not allowed to comment on my hour of rising}.  They’re hungry when they … Keep on reading

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Layers of Learning Unit 3-3

Layers of Learning Unit 3-3

Layers of Learning Unit 3-3 is here. This unit in the Layers of Learning Program includes: History: Mogul Empire Geography: Pakistan & Afghanistan Science: Fish The Arts: Mogul Art Learn the story of Humayun, a lesser known Mogul Emperor who went from very bad and very useless to quite the reverse.  Create a mandala design to show the equal status of religions in Akbar’s India.   Learn about the ancient code of Pashtunwali and create a decorated Afghanistan map using these principles.  Learn about the life cycle of the trout, color a printable of the life cycle of the trout … Keep on reading

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Our Homeschool Room

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Our homeschool room, which I posted about years ago, was overdue for an update.  Partly because we have different needs now, more kids, more computers, and partly because it was ugly.  Mostly the problem was that I had personally done the taping and mudding.  Let me just say, the talented people who can make a smooth wall are not paid enough. My new homeschool room is beautiful and functional . . . stay tuned to see how I got around the whole ugly drywall seams problem. Don’t underestimate the power of a pretty room.  You should feel happy, comfortable, and … Keep on reading

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2014 Curriculum at Michelle’s House

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Recently Karen told you what’s going on at her house with her reduced curriculum (which sounds like mine on full bore, dontcha know) and now I’m going to tell you what happening at my house.  I’ll start with the youngest and move to the oldest taking you on a tour of our 2014-2015 homeschool curriculum. Harrison is six this year and a first grader.  He is learning to read, still getting number sense, and ready to join in full throttle with our Layers of Learning subjects.  We’re using Explode the Code Book 1 and if he finishes that we’ll move … Keep on reading

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Layers of Learning Unit 3-2

Layers of Learning Unit 3-2

Layers of Learning Unit 3-2 is here. This unit in the Layers of Learning Program includes: History: Ottoman Empire Geography: Egypt & Libya Science: Reptiles & Amphibians The Arts: Poetry Learn the tale of Osman’s Dream, paint it, and retell it in your own words when learning about the founder of the Ottoman Empire.  Learn how to celebrate the Egyptian holiday of Sham el-Nessim (smelling the breeze) and go on a picnic with your colored eggs.  Make a snake mobile, internal anatomy and all when studying reptiles.  And learn step-by-step to create your own Diamante and Cinquain poems.   Unit … Keep on reading

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