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Best Online STEM Courses for Remote Learning

Joe Wolf Homeschooling

Not only do STEM job opportunities abound, but the availability of online courses for STEM education is second-to-none. Whether you’re a student in search of some extra learning, a parent looking for online classes that your student(s) will enjoy, or a teacher on the lookout for digital classroom resources and/or lesson extensions, we’ve taken the time to put together a few worthwhile resources that you can explore. Let’s dive right in! …

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Best Online STEM Activities for Distance Learning

Joe Wolf Homeschooling

The jury’s still out on whether or not students will return to in-person learning before the end of the school year. Some states’ school districts opened their doors back in August, while others opted for remote learning. Districts trying to return to the classroom have also faced understandable pushback given COVID-19’s continued presence. Is your student still learning from home? No problem. We’ve put together a collection …

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What are Micro-schools?

Joe Wolf Homeschooling

COVID-19 brought substantial changes to how, when, and where we educate our students. As school districts shifted to digital means of instruction and learning, alternatives like pandemic pods and micro-schools popped up on the radar. And while pandemic pods are indicative of the times, the latter aren’t necessarily a new phenomenon (even though COVID-19’s made it seem that way). What are They? There isn’t one common definition of a micro-school (also sometimes referred to …

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STEM Supplies: Ultimate Shopping List for your School

Rebecca Gray Homeschooling

As a classroom teacher, choosing to purposefully integrate STEM into your daily curriculum is only the first step in preparing students for STEM literacy.  The next big question will address engagement:  How do you make STEM fun? The answer is:  STEM classroom supplies! Create an action-packed, hands-on, age-appropriate arsenal of lessons in science, math, and engineering activities that integrate supplies …

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Live Online Classes for Kids – the Next Advancement in Distance Education

Rebecca Gray Homeschooling

Online classes for kids are missing an important piece of the puzzle. Parents all over are getting up close and personal with dozens of online learning platforms.  Khan Academy, Lexia, Freckle, Google Classroom, Flipgrid, Zoom, Flocabulary, and Class Dojo are becoming common household words.  Like it or not – it looks like online learning is here for the foreseeable future.  So you better write down all …

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Why Isn’t My Child Learning Robotics, Coding, and Game Design in School? (And What to Do About It)

Joe Wolf Homeschooling, STEM Projects

There’s no better time than now for primary and secondary STEM education. STEM-based career opportunities continue to grow, which means our young learners only benefit from quality time spent on STEM projects in school. So if this is true, then why isn’t your child necessarily learning as much as he or she can about robotics, coding, and game design? And what can you do about it? …

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So Your Child Wants to Make Video Games? – An Outlet for the Game Obsessed

Rebecca Gray Education, Homeschooling

Don’t know the first thing about how to make a video game for kids? We got you. Let’s take a second and talk about how their desire to create a video game is a good thing.  Their obsession with video games is not necessarily ruining their lives, despite what some may tell you. It might even be steering them towards a lucrative career, and no I’m not referencing …

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Here’s What You Should Know About Pandemic Pods for Kids

Joe Wolf Homeschooling

School’s back! Sort of. The pandemic’s left schools with no other choice: Remote learning is the name of the game. Now, parents, teachers, and children are faced with a myriad of challenges. For parents, the online learning scope is completely new terrain to stumble across. With their children home all day, parents are scrambling for child care options and private tutors so that they can still effectively work full-time jobs. Teachers …