Welcome to the first issue of 2018! Is one of your resolutions to improve your time management? One of the ways I do that is by getting my news from theSkimm‘s free daily email. It’s a 5 minute read and is an entertaining way to know what’s going on in the world. I read it every weekday morning, and I’m always disappointed when I check my email on Saturday and realize that it won’t be in my inbox again until Monday. Check it out. (If you sign up through my link I could earn Skimm swag, which I would love.)
2018 news… With both of my children graduated, I am focusing more on the technical aspects of running TheHomeSchoolMom and less on writing. I realized over the past year that it is time to hand over the newsletter reins to someone more actively involved with homeschoolers, and I can’t think of anyone better suited for this than Jeanne Faulconer. Jeanne is a prolific contributor to homeschool groups on Facebook with excellent advice and a seemingly endless supply of resource suggestions.
As a longtime homeschool evaluator in Virginia and a coach for Brave Writer’s Homeschool Alliance*, Jeanne has a wealth of knowledge about homeschooling, and she has many wonderful resources to share with you in upcoming issues. You might be familiar with her work on TheHomeSchoolMom’s website as a contributor, where she has an advice column called "Ask Jeanne" and where she also blogs about topics like what to use instead of curriculum, deschooling, and the practical aspects of homeschooling. Jeanne will be introducing each issue and choosing the homeschool resource links for the newsletter. As always, we welcome your feedback – just hit reply to this email.
Enjoy the newsletter!
Mary Ann Kelley
* TheHomeSchoolMom is unaffiliated with Brave Writer or the Homeschool Alliance.
Recent Blog Posts
Instead of Curriculum: Learn Government Differently
Need high school government credits for your older teens? These free ideas are a great way to implement a course without a dry curriculum.
Don’t depend on boring government textbooks; use an activities approach to learning how government works. If teens do these activities, talk about their experiences with you and others, and follow rabbit trails online, they will likely retain more knowledge about how government works than if they just read from a government textbook. Gaining this knowledge can fulfill the requirement for high school government credits.
You’ll want to ask them good questions, using the approach called inquiry-based learning.
Teens could keep a journal or blog about their experiences, or they could write essays, record short videos, or create presentations based on some of the activities. Your teens learning about government go, do, experience, think, question, and use some of the following unusual resources to earn high school credits.