Surveying the Sites

Aug 28, 2013

Not everyone has the time to surf around the Internet to find informative, fun and educational websites for their family to enjoy. That’s why we offer this column. By dividing it into four sections, we work towards our goal—to provide something for everyone. We hope that you will enjoy what we’ve mined for you this month.

Articles of Interest

The Weaker, The Stronger, The Homeschooler by Tim Challies
http://www.challies.com/christian-living/the-weaker-the-stronger-the-homeschooler

            “…we will see how the Bible can guide us as we seek to make wise decisions concerning education and how we can then relate to those who make a very different decision. (TC)

When Life Broadsides Your Homeschool by Vickie Bentley
http://americanhomeeducation.org/blog/post.cfm/when-life-broadsides-your-homeschool-part-1

            “You had a wonderful plan last fall for a well-rounded education, envisioning academic excellence and character development in your smiling, well-adjusted offspring. But then—it happened…” (VB)

 

Teacher Feature

generationOn
http://www.generationon.org/

            This organization has a mission to inspire, equip, and mobilize youth to take action through service. Their section for teachers includes service learning training, lesson plans, and ideas for service projects. They have helpful information for kids, teens, and parents, too.

 

PBS LearningMedia
http://unctv.pbslearningmedia.org/

            You’ll find thousands of classroom ready digital resources on this website. Search for resources by grade level, subject, standards, and collections. You will need to create a PBS account, but it’s easy, free, and worth the effort for what you get in return.

 

It’s Elementary

Science Buddies
www.sciencebuddies.org

            Whether your goal is to win the international science fair or simply to find an educational science project for your kids to engage in, this is a great place to start. There are over 15,000 pages of content developed and nicely organized by scientists and science professionals who remain on call to assist teachers and students as they choose and work through their projects.

Stress Ball Balloons
http://pre-schoolplay.blogspot.com/2011/07/stress-ball-balloons.html#!/2011/07/stress-ball-balloons.html

            You may call them wacky sacks or stress balls, but one thing is for sure, these playdough filled balloons will provide hours and hours of enjoyment for everyone in your family. Get creative with the learning opportunities, and why not make one for Dad to keep in the car as he travels back and forth to work and another for Mom as she nurses sick little ones back to health (think stress relief).

 

High School And Beyond

Hymn Stories
http://www.lectionary.org/hymnstories.htm

            Why not consider a research paper on the authors and stories behind some of our most beloved hymns? Here’s a great collection to jump start your thinking. Whether you decide to use this as the topic for your senior paper or not, reading through these great stories will encourage you in you as you continue to grow in your Christian faith.

Free Homeschool Curriculum: High School Music Appreciation
http://www.freehomeschooldeals.com/free-homeschool-curriculum-high-school-music-appreciation/

            Download these free ebooks. Harmony Fine Arts Music Appreciation books are available for each grade, 9-12. The plans were created for students interested in earning a Fine Arts credit. The host website offering this free curriculum also offers other free resources for homeschooling parents.

 

Note: Ideas and opinions expressed on the websites in this column are not necessarily those of the author or NCHE.

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