Homeschool Lesson Plan: Cooking

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A great benefit of homeschooling your children is the ability to customize lesson plans for each child.  Of course, you will need to check the guidelines for your specific state, but you will find you have a lot of flexibility in terms of how much, what topics, and when you want to educate your child.

Kitchen Education

One area that I lacked in growing up in terms of education was the kitchen.  I believe we had a food processor, but I don’t think I knew really what it was for or how to use it until I was an adult.  My mother didn’t like to use it because it was so difficult to clean, and I think newer models have addressed this draw back and most parts can go in the dishwasher.  You don’t need to have the best food processor in order to use it in your lesson plan, just as long as you have one!

For a younger child, I recommend teaching a recipe that will keep his or her interest.  I don’t think most children are very keen on homemade pesto, but most children I know love french fries, and both Cuisinart and Kitchenaid have french fry discs for most of their food processors.  So what would be your lesson plan if you were going to make homemade french fries and count it as education time?  You could talk about some of the following items:

  1. Food pyramid / plate
  2. Nutritional value of a potato – before and after frying
  3. Portion control and calories
  4. Properties of stainless steel that make it good for cutting
  5. First Aid (in case you cut yourself on that sharp french fry disc)
  6. What makes a good frying oil and why

After the education, all is left is to cook and eat your french fries!   If you are really feeling ambitious, you can also make your own ketchup, which could be a whole separate lesson plan!

Making Your Kids Go Out and Stay Active

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SKeep your kids active too while homeschoolingkateboards have long been a favorite American sport. Recreation for most young people between the ages of 12 to 18 can encompass a number of sports from football to skiing.  Still a majority when facing time with only a few friends or while alone will find themselves playing a video game or watching television. Passive activities are not the best, but when there are a limited number of options it’s likely to happen.  The answer many have found for the long afternoon, or for weekend boredom is skateboarding. Cruising on a cool loaded longboard is entertaining and offers a chance to practice both balance and coordination. The extra bonus for taking up this form of exercise is it can also be used for short-range trips such as visiting a friend, or going to a park.

 

Longboards and the Fun of Cruising

 

Those boards built long and low to the ground are best for cruising and sliding. Even the beginner boards are good for short trips for a few blocks, or just to practice close to home. For most new skaters it will take a little practice to maintain balance and speed at the same time. Beginners are recommended to go slowly at first, and to always wear protective gear in order to avoid injury. The longboard is a fun choice for those who want to commute short distance, but some training is necessary as is gear that will protect the knees, head, and hands. Some riders use these boards often throughout the day as they are comfortable to ride, and easy to carry around. Boards

 

Downhill Cruising

 

The downhill cruise is an intermittent move made more entertaining with a cool loaded longboard. Downhill it’s possible to pick up speed and practice slides, or simply glide down feeling the power of the board under your feet. Anyone of any age can appreciate the feeling of freedom enjoyed with a board that will sustain weights up 185 or more depending on the board. With wheels that extend outward the board is easy to steer and guide for riders of any level of experience. Flexibility in the board increases the stability of the ride. Loaded longboards typically feature a symmetrical shape for a better center of gravity and for the ability to weight the deck to control and give it energy as the rider needs to push off to coast. Speeds up to 25 mph are possible, although beginners are recommended to stick to comfortable speeds at first.

 

The Possibilities

 

For the young person with time on their hands such as those who have limited access to extracurricular activities or who are homeschooled this affords some time spent out of doors enjoying a fun sport or traveling to a friend’s home. Shortboards are good for time spent learning tricks and stunts, but the longer boards are great for long afternoon outings, and time spent with the great feeling of energy and speed offered by this stable form of transportation.

How to Teach Your Kids About Firearms Safely

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There are many things to consider when handling a firearm. For those who have children, the most important consideration is to ensure that your children recognize that the firearm is not a toy, but a tool that is only handled by adults. There comes a difficulty with teaching your children about firearms. Sometimes, how you present a firearm to them can be confusing or they may not fully grasp the importance of not utilizing the firearm. Luckily, there are a few steps that you can take to teach your kids about firearms in a safe way so that they are aware of how careful one must be around it.

Don’t Keep Your Firearm Hidden Away

According to ABC News, there is currently a vibrant debate regarding whether or not it is more beneficial to hide or to show the firearm to your child. The truth is, you can’t always protect your child from the world. Shielding them away from what a firearm is will prevent them from learning that one needs to be careful and considerate around it. Therefore, the best solution is to take your firearm and your optics accessories out and to show it to them. Explain what each part of the weapon is, and what cannot be touched and what should be locked up like shown in the video below.

Teaching About a Gun Also Means Showing What it is to Use One

There are many ways to teach your kid about firearms. One thing you should cover safely is that a firearm is more than just a tool, it is something that has the potential to hurt someone if not used safely. The most ideal way to teach this lesson is to take your children in a clear area and demonstrate what shooting a firearm can do to an aluminum can. Keep your children at a distance, add great rifle scope accessories to your firearm, and shoot at the can. The force exerted and the bullet in the can will indicate that a firearm isn’t just for activity on a shooting range, it is also something that can damage, which means that one needs to be very careful with it.

A Toy Gun for Your Child – Lesson Learned

The final step that you can take, once you’ve covered handling a weapon, its components, and what happens when fired, give your child a toy gun and ask them how they would use it safely. At this stage, you want to make sure that the child is aware that the firearm is not a toy, but something that needs to be well taken care of and used properly.

Summary

Teaching your child about firearms safely is no easy feat. Taking the above steps into consideration and teaching your child early on about guns can help them understand that the firearm requires careful handling. By teaching about firearms safely, you are also creating a better environment for your child, rather than sheltering them away and creating potentially dangerous curiosity later on.

Watch and Learn Games For Better Listening And Learning

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Listening exercisesEveryday Everywhere Science

One of the advantages when your home becomes a classroom and laboratory is that life lessons are all around. You can help your kids learn them by showing them how to be better listeners and lookers.

Practice Listening

Good listening is key to successful learning and living. It’s also the foundation of good science. Here are a few fun exercises that help students of any age become more effective listeners.

Listening Exercise #1 Home Sounds

Listening for your baby

Have the kids sit silently to see how many sounds they can hear for a certain period of time (relative to age). Make a list of all the sounds students report. Have the students keep a log of sounds in a notebook, tablet, or computer file.

 Listening Exercise #2 Baby Sounds

If you have a baby monitor in your home, kids can practice focused listening, especially if there is a baby at the other end. Home students can become baby scientists as well as help parents as caregivers.

  • Count the number of breaths in a minute
  • Keep a record of baby’s sleeping and eating habits
  • Record cries other baby noises

Listening to the baby sounds better through a monitor in the houseYou don’t have to have the latest, hi-tech monitor with Wi-Fi streaming video. The best baby monitor for this exercise is the old-fashioned, audio-only baby monitor.

 Practicing Looking

Like good listening, learning to be more observant is a skill that will serve your student in every area of his or her life.

Observing Exercise #1 Bug Eye

Present kids with small, interesting objects such as a bug. If you don’t have a bug or would rather not handle one, students may be asked to find an insect of their own –

weather permitting and with guidance on those species to avoid. Ask kids what they see:

  • How many details can you see on this bug?
  • How many legs?
  • What is its body shaped like?
  • What colors can you see?

Always supplement home learning with off-sites, or as the Boy Scouts say, Go See It events. Visit a museum of natural history, a bug house at the zoo, or a library to learn more about insects and how scientists study them. To help students develop observing skills take them to places that encourage and reward close observation and study.

Observing Exercise #2 Scene of the Crime

Ask your students to sit in one of the rooms of your house and be quietly observant of the space. Tell them to try to notice everything, take it all in. Give them two or more minutes to be observant of their surroundings, and then have your students leave the room. Take a picture of the room, make twenty-one changes to the room, and then take another (or two).

Tell the students that the criminals or leprechauns snuck into the room and made 21 changes. Ask the students how many changes they can spot. This game can be played by any age and as many times you wish. Students will also have fun taking turns being the changer.

If your students want to play a clever video version of the game, here is one that challenges viewers to spot the 21 changes made in a brief theater scene. How observant are you?

Looking and listening carefully are the foundations of science and thus essential to the training of good scientists. Supplement and deepen close observation and listening with off-site or on-line research and plenty of discussion. Home schooling presents the unique opportunity to turn the home into a laboratory and open up the everyday to novelty and surprise. As your students become more attuned to the world around them, you may find the same happening to you

College Debt vs Free Virtual Schools

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A virtual school gives opportunities to students to learn more and possibly gain a college degree out of a classroom. Aside from freeing you from paying an expensive student loan or seeking loan forgiveness, virtual schools allow you to flexibly take different subjects as you work toward the possibility of gaining a college degree.

For prospective learners who are discouraged by the high price of college education, pursuing a degree through virtual schools is an option most students choose. Aside from being practically free, students can flexibly choose from the different courses available online.

Advantages of Attending Virtual Schools

For students looking for free alternatives or additional supplement to lessons in colleges and universities, elearning has become the primary option to pursue higher level education. Virtual schools have been existent since the 1990s and they have provided alternative learning options from primary schooling up to higher level post-graduate level subjects. Currently, there are many premiere universities throughout the world offering some of their courses for free online. Through this, students are able to learn for free from these free online schooling options. Since these modes of education free students from the burden of student loan and the stigma associated with it. Free virtual schools give students, adults and other individuals alike the opportunity to learn university subjects and courses at their own pace, at their own time, without requiring them to pay expensive matriculation fees.


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Disadvantages of Attending Virtual Schools

While virtual schools are a great alternative to actual university study, there are still some things that only university education gets to offer that virtual schools cannot provide. For one, a virtual university entails limited access and interaction with fellow students. Moreover, assessment of actual learning may be difficult on the part of the teachers. In a group class, the teacher may choose to proceed with more advanced lessons without taking into consideration if the students have actually grasped the basics and the foundation of the lessons. While a free virtual school’s main advantage is that it frees a student from the burden of a student loan, a certain investment must still be made by prospective learners. In order to succeed in virtual learning, a student must have access to high speed internet, a computer and the required software for these programs. The initial outlay of money, in this case, is higher than actually going to university.