Monthly Archives: March 2011

Curriculum and Corporate Training

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There is one question we get asked more than others.

Whether we are out running errands during the day or participating in a trail ride, someone always asks:

How do you do it?

How do you pick curriculum? How do you make your home more like a school? How do you teach your child if you aren’t a certified teacher?

Trust us, you DO NOT want to get the Webmom started. It’s like she’s thinking/reading/writing something the size of War and Peace! =)

Thankfully, she kept it short this time, just under 4 minutes. Although she got stuck trying to describe a “normal” school in a home. =)

If you have any questions you’d like us to answer, send them to us through our Contact page.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom




Ocean Exploration With Dr. Ballard

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As part of our homeschool work today, we participated in a live Q & A session presented by the JASON Project on the science behind tsunamis.

JASON, of course, was founded by Dr. Robert Ballard. THE Dr. Robert Ballard. Explorer extraordinaire and discoverer of many things – including the Titanic.

The JASON Project connects students with scientists and researchers in real- and near-real time, virtually and physically, to provide mentored, authentic and enriching science learning experiences.

Did you know that one year of NASA funding can run JASON for 1,600 years? Yes, really!

Check out what else Dr. Robert Ballard has to say about the Earth’s resources and ocean exploration:



The Webgran asked for a re-play and CJ actually scared the Webmom after watching this. He started clapping so loud! =)

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom




Hidden Tiger, Crouching Feline

Kanha National Park: Female Royal Bengal tiger hiding in tall grass by Jonas Tonboe Christiansen.

Jonas Tonboe Christiansen has some totally awesome pics on Smugmug. This one was taken in Kanha National Park.

Can you spot the female Royal Bengal tiger hiding in the tall grass?

If you are looking for an awesome worldwide virtual adventure, you’ve definitely got to see Jonas’s collection of totally cool pics.

Jonas makes taking a field trip to Uganda, Namibia, South Africa, Rwanda, Zimbabwe, Maldives, New Zealand, Tokyo, Hong Kong, the United States, French Polynesia and a few other places easy, inexpensive and safe! =)

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom




Tigers, Survivor and Society, Oh My!

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One of the coolest things about homeschooling is how you can take an everyday, incidental thing and turn it into a full-blown day of learning.

Today, for example, CJ found an old Zootles magazine dedicated to tigers. Which of course made the Webmom think of the Survivor song, “The Eye of the Tiger”.

You know, the Rocky song a lot of people play when they feel like they are the ant the world is getting ready to squish.

Naturally, that brought up questions about what the song really means, how important the tempo and specific sound elements are to the piece, why it gets used so much for motivation, if it really does motivate anyone (historic examples) and what it all has to do with a real tiger’s eye.

We haven’t even gotten to the Rocky movies. The Webmom isn’t sure they are something she wants CJ to see at this age but sometimes movies help document a time period.

Things that are popular during a time period resonated for a reason. What was going on then? How was a piece of entertainment relevant?

Sure, a lot of stuff is meant to entertain but sometimes, the author/songwriter/script writer had a bigger message that touched an entire generation. All while making a pretty penny.

Life science, music, social studies, history, money math and it all started with finding one of CJ’s old Zootle books …

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom




Blogging: Your Electronic Notebook

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We’ve noticed a trend lately. It seems like everywhere we turn, there’s a kid using a blog as part of his or her learning experience.

Whether it’s part of Language Arts or a virtual journal for the entire homeschool experience, kids are going tech.

We’ve seen kids with science blogs, nature blogs, citizenship blogs documenting their adventures in volunteering … The list is endless!

We are proud of these kids and their skills. We even follow a few of these smarties.

We aren’t sure why everyone else does it but homeschoolers sometimes use a blog as a way to build tech skills and a portfolio that can help open doors to higher education and awesome jobs.

Since the entries are dated and archived, all a parent has to do is either point someone to the blog itself or use a blog-to-book service and voila!

Yes, we know the internet can be a dangerous place. However, most parents (like the Webmom) will go out of their way to keep their child safe while still giving them room to learn and grow.

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom




CJ's Birthday Celebration – Part 9

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In honor of CJ’s 9th birthday today, we are sharing 9 educational and super cool websites, every hour for 9 hours straight.

This ninth site is dedicated to helping kids connect with the great outdoors.

April is just around the corner, a time when a lot of us think of camping, hiking and just being outside more.

Did you know that “Let’s Go Outside” is actually a real event? We didn’t know that until we landed on The Children & Nature Network’s home page.

The Children & Nature Network has a list of nature clubs you can join and the resources to start one, if there isn’t one in your area.

We also downloaded the free REI Kids’ Adventure Journal that they recommended. It has some good adventure-prep advice, a place to record your adventure memories and some fun puzzles.

Thanks for sticking with us as we shared some awesome sites today!

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom




CJ's Birthday Celebration – Part 8

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In honor of CJ’s 9th birthday today, we are sharing 9 educational and super cool websites, every hour for 9 hours straight.

This eighth site is all about making chemistry kid-friendly.

Andrew Rader Studios has done a nice job of going over stuff like:

  • Matter
  • Atoms
  • Elements and the Periodic Table
  • Reactions
  • Biochemistry

The best part? It’s so not boring or totally confusing!

Rader’s Chem4Kids isn’t just for kids. It covers matter, atoms, elements, the periodic table, reactions, and biochemistry in a way that even parents might enjoy.

We highly recommend looking around this site because they also have some great sites covering astronomy, biology, earth science, physics and math.

Stay tuned because we’ve got 1 more awesome sites to share today!

Have fun and stay safe,
CJ and the Webmom