Surveying the Sites

Jun 25, 2014

We’ve been busy surveying the Internet for websites that you will enjoy. Our goal is to provide something for everyone so we’ve organized these fun, informative, and educational websites into four categories. Have fun exploring!

Articles of Interest

“Letter from an Imperfect Homeschooler” by Darcy Milder

http://my3boybarians.com/2009/12/letter-from-an-imperfect-homeschooler-2/

            “It’s easy to share the successes and triumphs in our homeschool days. We have been conditioned to speak positively, think positively and always put our best foot forward. This is, inherently, a Good Thing. But it doesn’t always reflect our realities.” (DM)

“Does God Care about My Math Curriculum” by Elizabeth Tsukayama

http://heartofthematteronline.com/does-god-care-about-my-math-curriculum/

            “I found out early on that it is not difficult to make math fun, especially in the early years. There are so many things you can supplement your textbook with, or even just replace it altogether if you feel confident enough.” (ET)

Teacher Feature

Working with Workboxes

http://www.squidoo.com/workboxes

Structure your school day and develop independent work habits with workboxes. This illustrated tutorial-style article walks you through the steps to get started. Also included are links that enable you to peek into another homeschooler’s classroom and observe how they are utilizing workboxes.

Copyright Law for Homeschoolers

http://www.ihomeschoolnetwork.com/honorcopyright-homeschool-copyright-ba...

            Chances are, most people don’t understand the importance of copyright law and how it applies to ethical homeschooling. This informative panel discusses the definition, limitations, freedoms, etc., of all things copyright related.

It’s Elementary

Raising a Boy Who Loves to Write

http://playfullearning.net/raising-a-boy-who-loves-to-write/

            Writing is a learned skill, and this approach will be helpful to those of you that struggle with reluctant writers. You’ll find great ideas and links to help you create an environment filled with opportunity and variety.

How to Utilize Legos in Homeschool

http://teachersofgoodthings.com/how-to-utilize-legos-in-home-school/

            This homeschooling mother has organized some great links into educational categories that will help you supplement your child’s curriculum with Lego learning fun. She even gives you tips on how to store and preserve your Legos.

High School and Beyond

Learning to Blog Using Paper

http://www.notesfrommcteach.com/2010/09/learning-to-blog-using-paper.html

            This creative project idea looks like something everyone would enjoy, especially those who are part of a learning co-op with a group of students who interact with one another on a particular subject.

MIT OpenCourseWare

http://ocw.mit.edu/index.htm

            “MIT OpenCourseWare makes the materials used in the teaching of almost all of MIT's subjects available on the Web, free of charge. With more than 2,000 courses available, OCW is delivering on the promise of open sharing of knowledge.”

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

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