Teaching History with Adventure!

summer historyYep… I make no bones about it… I love summer. Mostly because the daily boot camp that is my life on a typical school day is gone during those blissfully peaceful summer months. Yet, the teacher (and probably “Monk” tendencies) in me is concerned that my kids keep their brains active during the summer! So, I am constantly looking for ways to do this without making it seem like we are having a regular school day. This is where I love the idea of Adventure History!

During the summer we often try to brush up a bit on the history of our local areas. A great way to do this is to have a history adventure. Here are a few ways that I try to teach local history.

1) My all time fav… take a day to have a scavenger hunt! Find all of the historical landmark signs that scatter the streets of your neighborhood!

2) Visit your local Historical Society Chapter. Ours has a great website with lots of cool old pictures of our county seat. In fact, we are fortunate, our tiny little town (we are talking a post office and 3 buildings) even has their own book published!

3)Read a book together that is about history in your state. After you finish the book take a day trip to visit the setting of the story! There are some pretty neat things that you can do along those lines in our state. We live in Georgia so it’s a veritable hot bed of Civil War history! Here is a great FREEBEE site to find awesome homeschool literature!

4) Google – have an online day where you use all types of online resources… like this FREEBEE online state games! Then try to visit some of the sites that you learned about online!

I am participating in the Homeschool Friday Freebee Link up… So, buzz on over there and see what other awesome homeschool freebees are waiting for you!

Q and A about Online Homeschool

Is Online Homeschool for you?

Homeschooling is an exciting adventure, but is online homeschooling a good choice for you? It is sometimes difficult to tell until you try something if it will actually work for your homeschool or not. Online homeschooling is an option that has made homeschooling easier over the past several years. Typically, online homeschooling involves your student learning and studying online via either an online teacher or online software setup.

If I choose online homeschooling is that all I can use?

If you choose to school online, you can combine online homeschooling with other typical homeschool courses. Most online schooling allows you to pick and choose the subjects that you want to use online. In this way you can do each homeschool subject in a way that best benefits your students individual needs.

Is there a grade limit to how I use online homeschool?

There are an amazing amount of online homeschooling resources. A google search will supply you with more results than you could research in a day. Everything from regular academies that will charge you a monthly tuition and monitor your child’s achievement, to simple online software programs that allow you to manage your own child’s education. There are options in levels of instruction as far as how challenging the program is, to how many grades are offered within that online homeschooling resource.

How will I keep records using online homeschooling?

This is the easy part. Most of the time online homeschooling will automatically keep school records for you. Most of the online software is set up to grade and monitor achievement immediately. However, in cases where your online homeschool option uses real teachers the teachers will keep the grades and records for you. At the end of the course, you can take the grades that are received from the online course and add them to the transcript records that you have been keeping for your child.

Will my child be bored doing online homeschool?

Many parents worry that online homeschooling will bore their children. However, most of the time that is definitely not a concern. Most online curriculum have been designed to make it incredibly interesting for the student. The materials are typically very engaging and exciting. If you schedule your child’s day to make sure that they aren’t sitting in front of the computer for long periods of time, then there should be no worries about boredom!

Play Ball!

Have you ever noticed how intently kids will invest time and effort into fine tuning skills that have to do with sports? It seems that they willingly practice and invest extra time and effort into making themselves better.
Why don’t they respond this way to school work and learning? I am sure some of this comes from the athletic focus of our culture, but the rest I believe stems from the ability to apply these skills immediately. They enjoy the fact that they discover if what they are learning works. They like the relevence of investing time to become better at something. How can we translate this enthusiasm to education?
I believe that answer to making this work for homeschooling to make the learning relevant. They won’t be motivated by being told they’ll use this knowledge years down the road. They need ways to apply it now. Through contests, projects, pen pals, competition…whatever you can find…work to make it relevent for them now!

Homeschooling Online

Homeschooling is an awesome opportunity to challenge and encourage your children to be the best that they can be. The options for homeschooling your child are endless… and the resources that are available are astonishing. Homeschooling has really come a long way. We have used a large array of these resources and some of them truly are awesome.

 Yet, the best resource that we have come across over the years is the online curriculum that we use to supplement all of our other resources. This curriculum really keeps our children engaged and interested. They love the animated lessons and the feedback on their achievement is great. Parents can also track the child’s progress and give assignments. Every day we use this online curriculum to add some spice and a bit of learning fun!

By using varying teaching methods in your daily homeschooling it keeps your child engaged in the learning process. Filling in blanks, reciting times tables, and working in workbooks each day will really take the joy out of learning. Young people need change and excitement. Give it to them by varying your styles from day to day and week to week. Keep ‘em guessing… you’ll have loads of fun!