Refined Metals Academy

January 23, 2014 | Posted in Classroom Help | By

By Amber Schoessow


When given the opportunity to show and tell about our family and homeschooling, I thought, “Wow, it’s going to be so fun to share with others what God is doing in our home!” But after I started writing and rewriting my article umpteen times, I realized how difficult it is to express in just nine hundred words who we are, what homeschooling looks like in our home, and why we do what we do.

I think it was tougher than I expected because I didn’t realize how deep homeschooling runs in our home. Life, homeschooling, discipleship, and family all kind of blur together—and that’s a lot to talk about! To really give you the whole picture, I should start at the beginning.      Read more →

Developing a Love of History

January 22, 2014 | Posted in Classroom Help, History | By

By Mary Hood, Ph.D.


When I was starting to get my thoughts together for this article, my 33-year-old son, who has always loved history, came in and asked me what I was working on. When I told him it was an article about helping children learn to love history, he said: “History can be so dull when you focus on places, dates, and names. To get someone to love it, you have to help them learn to walk in the shoes of the people who lived back then.”

So true . . . but how, exactly, do you accomplish that?

It has been almost fifty years since I was in seventh grade, but I still remember like yesterday how my social studies teacher inspired a whole classroom of students to love the study of history. She gave up many of her weekends to travel all over the state of Wisconsin with us, teaching us about various historical sites and telling us stories of the people who had lived in the area before we did. She told us about Solomon Juneau, who founded the city of Milwaukee. She shared the story of the first kindergarten in the United States and took us to see it. She walked around the state capitol building with us and helped us learn the names of the important state legislators from years past, as well as meet with some of the current men who worked there.      Read more →

10 Great Subtraction and Addition Apps for Kids

January 20, 2014 | Posted in Classroom Help, Organization, Preschoolers, Technology | By

Taken from
By Tia Benjamin
Updated on Jan 9, 2013

Practice makes perfect, and budding mathematicians can build their subtraction skills and addition ability with a range of apps.

If the idea of mixing math with summer fun horrifies your kid, she may reconsider after playing a math-centered (and entertaining) app. Competitive kids can test themselves against others in multiplayer contests, and outdoor types might find they enjoy mixing math and gardening. Get your reluctant mathematician excited about numbers again with these top ten subtraction and addition apps.    Read more →

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