Blueglass Homeschool Magazine #homeschool

Sometimes we just need a little time for Mom, a little ‘mother culture’. For a mental retreat and some thought nourishment you might want to check out Blueglass Homeschool Magazine.

It’s described as “a fresh, new iPad magazine designed to inspire and encourage Christian homeschooling parents. As a gathering place for creative non-fiction writers, artists, poets, painters, illustrators, crafters and home-educators, Blueglass celebrates the art and craft of homeschooling and homemaking. Published quarterly, each issue is full of thoughtful essays and stories, beautiful art and photography, homemade recipes and projects, all thematically woven together by a growing community of contributors, including New York Times bestselling author, Ann Voskamp.”

The first issue, Linger, includes over 100 ad-free pages filled with uplifting ideas about how to linger in your moments. 

Check it out on the iTunes store. Also available on Android at Google Play and for Kindle Fire at Amazon.

https://itunes.apple.com/ca/app/blueglass-homeschool-magazine/id839591067?mt=8

Kids Need Us More Than Friends – Gordon Neufeld talk #homeschool

Let’s be honest – when I’m on the treadmill I need something to watch or read to completely distract me otherwise I’m will flit off and do something less useful.

I also figure that while I’m ‘captive’ I should probably grow my brain as well as my leg muscles. So I was quite happy when a fellow homeschooler recommended this live talk of Gordon Neufeld, a development psychologist, talk about why our children need us more than they need their friends (peers).

It’s worth the time investment to hear about how we can fortify our children’s resilience. Great stuff.

It’s on TVO Parent’s website but may be accessible from other websites.

Kids Need Us More Than Friends

12 Dozen Places to Education Yourself On-line for Free from Marc and Angel Hack Life #homeschool

A fellow homeschooler posted about this list on our local homeschooling list and I’ve very grateful!

Be sure a check out the blog post from Marc and Angel Hack Life for 12 Dozen Places to Educate Yourself On-line. Yes, that’s 144 places divided into categories ranging from Science and Health, Business and Money, to English and Foreign Languages. Very impressive.

 

 

Long car rides ahead? Need audio books? #homeschool

Long car rides ahead? Need audio books?

Today we’re welcoming a guest post from Greta Kvinnsland!

For those long rides in the car this summer or for those who need to listen
instead of use print media, try Librivox Recordings at www.Librivox.org.

Librivox is the result of something called The Gutenberg Project where there are currently over 4000 books available in digital print or audio, for free download.

Kids today might think that older titles aren’t interesting but there are so
many classics here that really are great stories and they have titles for all ages.

You can download a zip file of the entire audio book to your computer and then to
any MP3 player, or burn to CD. The files are available in several formats (I use MP3)
or they’ve also done something quite high tech – you can subscribe to books
as daily podcasts via iTunes and they come to you a few chapters at a time
and they download via iTunes every day on podcast. Search for Librivox inside the iTunes store.

In addition, if you have an Apple product you can download a free audio
reader from the iTunes Store and then get the books – search on Librivox.
On the iPad you can go through a catalog and it downloads the books directly
to your iPad and the reader reads the audio book to you – probably the same for
other Apple products.

The readers are a mix of synthetic voices, and real people reading and I’ve
found some voices I like better than others. With 4000 titles to choose from if I don’t like it I move on. Sometimes I get a British person reading who pronounces words differently and my child doesn’t understand. Some books like Sherlock Holmes, Charles Dickens novels, Anne of Green Gables, the Bible, have multiple versions and readers to choose from.

There are language courses and books available in, I think, 17 languages
from Latvian to Latin and Hebrew.

If you have a regular computer, then you can download to your computer and use the speakers to listen, or for about $65 you can get a bluetooth headset on Amazon to be wireless or for the same $65 or less you can get any number of MP3 players. Sorry if I’m talking down to anyone but I find that a lot of us parents haven’t had the time to figure out all these options.

Thanks Greta for sharing info on Librivox. It’s a very valuable resource for us homeschooling moms.

My dirty little secret… #homeschool #charlottemason

Okay, it’s out. I have a dirty little secret. I love technology AND I’m a Charlotte Mason homeschooler.

I know, I know. Some people may think that you can’t pitch your tent in both camps. How can you be a follower of an educational philosophy from the turn of the last century that embodies the essence of delicious living books while advocating the use of, dare I say it…screens…??!?!

Well, any modern day follower of Miss Mason knows that it’s the perfect philosophy for technophiles for a number of reasons. The most obvious being the proliferation of ebooks.

If there’s one thing that stands out amongst Charlotte Mason types, it’s our love of quality books. Good, well-written, ‘living’ books where the author embraces the passion of their chosen subject and passes it along to the reader. Thankfully, an extraordinary number of quality books are now available as ebooks for free or fairly inexpensively. Check out my previous post where I list reputable free ebook sites. You can’t beat the ability to store and read thousands of books on devices as small as an iPod Touch or a Kindle or an iPad and have them accessible when you need them instead of sitting, hidden behind another book, somewhere on a shelf.

Charlotte Mason also advocated short, focused lessons. And nothing draws a child’s attention like a ‘gadget’. Technology can help a distracted child focus those precious minutes on learning while still satisfying their curiosity. I’ve found that it takes twice as long to drill math facts by ‘hand’ (flashcards) than if I had my child drill with a website. And well-designed sites and apps also chart progress and other interesting stats. Check out Math-u-See’s drill page for distraction-free practice.

Foremost, Miss Mason’s philosophy encompasses education as being an ‘environment’, a ‘discipline’, a ‘life’. I think that by providing your children with an environment that incorporates technology instead of fearing it, the precedent is set for your child’s success in the future.

New approach to education uses social networking #edtech

New approach to education uses social networking | KurzweilAI.

Borrow Kindle ebooks from your library? coming soon! #homeschool

Amazon announced today that they will make Kindle books available for borrowing through libraries later this year.

It looks like they will be working with Overdrive Media and the ebooks will work with all versions on the Kindle and Kindle apps (yay!!).

One of the nice features is that with Amazon’s WhisperNet technology users will be able to make notations and bookmarks that will remain with the borrowed ebook should a user check out the book again. How handy will that be for schooling multiple children? You’ll be able to keep notes, reading schedule, etc for subsequent children without having to think about storage.

One think to keep in mind is that there will be limited copies of ebooks available for check-out. For popular titles still expected long waiting lists.

Technology News: E-Readers: Amazon Kindles Enthusiasm of Library Crowd.

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