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Homeschooling the Middle & High School Years

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Free Educational Videos and Interactives
Category: Academics
Tags: educational video social studies videos science education videos

NeoK12  Educational videos, lessons, quizzes, games and puzzles on sciences, social studies and other core subjects; also has a number of interactive diagrams to label online ..

Fuel Our Future Free resources for science, technology, engineering and math (STEM). The site is searchable by elementary, middle school, or high school grade levels. For each grade level, there is a video section, virtual lab (where science is explained with an interactive activity), and brainteasers.

Mathtrain.TV  Short, student-created videos explaining basic math topics, such as prime factorization, finding the better buy with unit price, percents, and others.

Snag Learning  Documentaries produced by well-known educational resources, including PBS and National Geographic; searchable by subject and grade level; includes discussion questions for each video.

Basics of Personal Finance for Teens
Category: Academics
Tags: teen personal finance teen entrepreneurs identity theft teen credit

 

The U.S. Department  of the Treasury and  the U.S. Deparment of Education are sponsoring the National Financial Capability Challenge, a program designed to improve the financial literacy of middle- and high school  age students. The initiative offers free, online lesson plans through an Educator Toolkit  that includes ready-made lessons (in PDF format) on such topics as managing your money and finances, paychecks and earnings, entrepreneurship, investing, consumer credit, insurance and identity theft.

Students can also take the Challenge, which is an online series of financial questions. The test is for any student age  13 – 19, (including homeschoolers), and takes about 30 minutes on average. It’s being offered  from March  7  to  April  8. Top-scoring students will receive award certificates. For students to participate in the Challenge,  you have to first register on the site.  

For additional links to business and finance topics for your teen, visit the Young Entrepreneurs group. 

"Glogging" On History
Category: Academics
Tags: Glogster history glog the Tudors Bloody Mary

My children have been trying out the Glogster site, where you can put together multimedia reports.

My daughter did one on the lifestyle of the Tudors, based on a book she just finished reading, Mary Bloody Mary.

 

 

My son did one on a subject he's been into lately: secret codes.

 

Here's another one my son did for his cub scouts Forestry pin.

The kids are enjoying this modern form of scrapbooking. Glogster's design elements, audio and video tools enable you to easily create a glog that can be quite elaborate.

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