If you are considering homeschooling through high school, check out the book ‘Homeschooling High School with College in Mind.’ Read More
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GeekMom Jenny has been homeschooling her kids for over ten years. Read about some of the lessons she’s learned along the way. Read More
The team behind Flash Academy offered us a three-month premium subscription, so I decided to spend some time improving my French. Read More
We are a game loving family and we cannot resist a new find. Today I’m going to tell you about a new favorite game in our closet: ‘Unbored Treasure Hunt.’ Read More
I do not think you need to spend much money to have some STEM fun. My children have enjoyed STEM challenges using cardboard boxes and broken pool toys. They have built forts and fairy houses. And one time I make a tinker kit for only $5.
That said, I spent a little money on our Tub STEM and the learning and peace has been priceless. Read More
Among the biggest of homeschooling perks in my world is the fact that our family is able to play games frequently. We don’t have to try to squeeze in a family game night on an already jam-packed weekend, but rather we can play daily and sometimes multiple times daily if we desire. Read More
When I was a little girl, I loved poetry. Somewhere along the path to adulthood, I became disconnected from poetry… until I had children. And now, as an unexpected homeschooler, I find myself appreciating poetry in a way I hadn’t before. Thanks to the Brave Writer curriculum we love, we make space for poetry every week! Today, I’m sharing our family’s favorite titles and a few tips for adding poetry to your homeschool routine! Read More
The Brave Writer lifestyle is not only fun and easy to incorporate into your family’s routine but it also results in oodles of fun family experiences and memories that are sure to last a lifetime. Read More
Daily self care seems like being a lazy parent, but at what point is a break absolutely necessary? Do we have to wait until it’s doctor’s orders? Read More
My 6-year-old’s first grade teacher gave all the parents a flier during orientation: “This year we will continue to identify shapes and polygons, such as a parallelogram and trapezoid, as well as some of the more common 3D shapes.” My 3D printer and I could definitely crank up the geek factor for this one! Read More
I have one of those kids who understands higher-order math concepts but stumbles over the rote memorization piece of it. He makes careless errors because he’s always flying at full speed, and he hates back-tracking to remedy the situation. We are homeschoolers and, initially, this tendency resulted in heaps of power struggles. And tears. I want my children to love math, and to see the value in it. I want them to grow into adults who feel confident in math. How can we practice those skills without the never-ending battles? Is it possible to make it fun? Read More
There are countless benefits to music education, and you do not need to have a grand piano in your living room or weekly guitar lessons in order to incorporate music education into your home routine! Here are seven fantastic music-themed books for your family library. Read More
What if I told you that you could take your Connect Four love to the next level with an updated game that you can hold in the palm of your hand? Read More
My first real word, after Mama and Dada, was bookie. I would follow my mother around the house, like her little shadow, with a book in hand. All the while I’d be repeating, “Boooooookie bookie bookie bookie bookie!” Read More
My husband and I have this little trick we play on our children.
Every night, we try to get our three children in bed as close to 7:00 pm as possible. Our rule is that they need to stay in their rooms quietly and lights must be off. Oh, unless they feel like using this.
Are you scratching your head over there? Read More
There are some folks in this world who set out to homeschool. Homeschooling has always been a part of their life plan.
Then there are others who, for one reason or another, stumble into the world of homeschooling.
I never, in a million years, imagined myself here. Read More
What homeschooling is and isn’t, the influence of the tech community, and the role it can play in making education better for everyone. Read More
Some people think homeschoolers teach their kids at home, short and simple. Well, that’s not entirely true. Sure, I might teach my son, the Chief, how to do math, or how to find out more information about his favorite planet, or we might read stories together. But truly, the learning goes both ways. Read More
EcoFluxx is one of the many games in Looney Labs’ line of Fluxx card games. GeekMom Melanie wonders, is it worth buying another Fluxx game? Read More
Go Math! Academy provides on-line learning for kids with positive reinforcement at every step. Read More
The Parentalist, a website which features interviews with notable parents, has picked our own Jenny Williams for today’s episode! Read More
Edward Snowden’s extensive, competent knowledge of surveillance, sophisticated technology, and programming is what landed him that job, diploma or no. Read More
In GeekMom Book Dish, author Melissa Wiley talks shop with other writers and artists. This episode’s guest: author Quinn Cummings. Read More
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Python for Kids is a book from No Starch Press that aims to teach kids ages 10 and up and their parents about the Python programming language. I happen to have an 11 year old daughter for convenient review purposes, so we’ve been working through the book together. Read More
There’s no substitute for direct, hands-on, person-to-person learning. Read More
Exciting news for kids, parents, and autodidacts everywhere! Khan Academy, the innovative online platform that brings free education to the masses, has added computer science to their already stellar lineup of subjects. John Resig, Khan Academy’s Dean of Computer Science, describes the new offerings on his blog: We’re releasing a completely new platform that targets… Read More
It’s been a long time since anyone’s done anything truly revolutionary when it comes to online video, but leave it to the folks at TED to buck that trend, and to revolutionize online learning while they’re at it. The TED-Ed … Read More
First, this Geekdad idea is great! I have two boys, 10 and 6, and I’ve resigned myself to the label of ‘geek’ or something analogous. As I get used to posting under my own name and not a snarky and … Read More
Want to cause a ruckus? Criticize attention-deficit meds. Over three million U.S. kids take these drugs to help them stay calm and attentive. Parents may not be thrilled to dose their children but they are following expert advice to improve behavior and school performance. They tend to see results. And they don’t need to be… Read More
What drives big thinkers, creators, and leaders who achieve success on their own terms? Jamie McMillin wanted to find out, hoping her quest would help her raise and educate her own two children. She delved into biographies of luminaries including Margaret Mead, Pearl Buck, Marie Curie, Louis Armstrong, Theodore Roosevelt, John Muir, and Beatrix… Read More
I received lots of kudos for getting to interview Joy Hakim. Maybe this is because most of my friends are geeks of some sort, most homeschool their kids, and we all have read Joy’s books, amazed at how she draws us into learning so easily with her gift of storytelling. I hope you enjoy this… Read More