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6 Educational Goals for the New Year

Do you make New Year’s resolutions for your homeschool? Some people bristle at the word “resolutions,” but we all know it’s important to set some kind of goals to keep us on track. Not only do we get a sense of accomplishment as we work toward them, we teach our kids responsibility and accountability. This does not have to be drudge work! Check out the six ideas below for educational goals you can set this year.

6 educational goals you should consider in your homeschool this year! hsbapost.com

6 Educational Goals for the New Year

Wouldn’t it be great for your kids to learn to play a musical instrument, speak a new language, or pick up some computer skills? Educents has the tools to help your kiddos achieve GREATNESS in 2016!

Resolution #1: Learn a new language

Children learning a new language

Children learning a new language will spark interest in geography and culture!

Maybe you don’t speak a second language, but your kids still can using this online language program. With this award-winning package, there’s no need to memorize lists of words or listen to boring adult conversations. Kids learn by watching kids like them in real-life, humorous situations!

Spanish Course – Buy 1 Get 1 Free


 

Resolution #2: Create healthy habits

Yoga promotes healthy habits in a fun and active way. Pop in this Yoga DVD and reap benefits like balance, focus, flexibility, self-control, improved posture, and so many more healthy habits.

Practice yoga with your child inside or outside!

Practice yoga with your child inside or outside!

Yoga DVD is Fun for Kids and Parents

The Family Fitness program includes hundreds of physical education lessons for ages 5 to 18. The 1-year program includes warm ups, cool downs, outdoor exercises, and nutritional lessons. The lessons will guide you and your family through a 20-40 minute physical education session. You can do as much or little as you like depending on how much time you have.

Ready-to-go Fitness Lessons for your Entire Family


 

Resolution #3: Keep the house clean

Enough said.

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“I cannot imagine a more well spent $20! I am not even kidding–my house looks stellar and my kids have that feeling of accomplishment, knowing they’ve worked hard and done an amazing job. I’ve tried chore charts and reward systems but this is by far the easiest and the most all-encompassing.” – Celena, The Traveling Sisterhood

$20 Cleaning System That Actually Works


Resolution #4: Be more creative

Kids gotta have time to be creative. With all the social stresses and studying, leave room for FUN. Whether it be learn a new skill, journaling, or start playing an instrument – encourage creativity!

Help your kiddo learn the basic skills of photography this year!

Help your kiddo learn the basic skills of photography this year!

Downloadable Photography Lessons for Kids

This has probably been included in ONE of your New Year’s Resolution lists: Learn to play piano. Well, time to live vicariously through your children! Maybe your child will learn, and then turn around and teach you piano! This kit has everything you need to get started tickling those ivories.

The Piano Starter Pack can teach your child how to play!

Does your little one want to learn how to play a musical instrument this year?

Does your little one want to learn how to play a musical instrument this year?

Playing the violin is not only a way for children to be creative, but it also develops motor skills, sharpens memory, teaches perseverance and increases focus.

Violin Starter Kit has everything you need to get started.


Resolution #5: Get hands-on

Lessons are more fun when you get your hands a little dirty. Take reading lessons outside, do a weekly science experiment, or try these STEM kits that arrive to you once a month (totally ready to go!!).

STEM Project Boxes 3 Month Subscription

Add science fun to your weekend projects! These science experiments are delivered to your door and ready to go. Kids will learn about magnets, fungus, space, volcanos, and more!

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Take lessons outside with science experiments!

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Resolution #6: Learn new tech skills

Your kids might already spend a lot of time in front of a screen, but is that screen time educational? Use those hours to learn new tech skills! If your kiddo is already a Minecrafter, consider using this program to build skills and add layers to the game!

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Kids Ages 8+ Can Learn to Code Using Minecraft

 

What are your resolutions this year? Have your children set resolutions for themselves? Share in the comments!

 

 

Sara (122 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Start the New Year with New Homeschool Resources

 

Ready to start a new year of homeschooling? Looking to make some changes or additions to your current curriculum choices? You’ll want to check out the Educents Year End Sale!

Start the new year with some new homeschool resources! Read about some of our favorites. hsbapost.com

Out with the old, in with the new! Our friends at Educents have come through with an end if the year blowout sale that’s too good to miss! These deals won’t be around after the first week of 2016, so you have to act fast.

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Shop the Educents Year-End Blowout Sale

On top of these already awesome deals, you can use the code SAVE15 for an extra 15% off sitewide, or FREESHIP for free shipping on orders over $49.

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Life of Fred Elementary Math SeriesThe wildly popular Life of Fred books are a great way to get your child excited about math. I know it sounds crazy, but kids everywhere love the misadventures of math genius Fred.

National Geographic for Kids

National Geographic Kids World Atlas | Space Encyclopedia – National Geographic is one of the most trusted names when it comes to education about our world. Through brilliant photography, the National Geographic World Atlas can help educate your entire family.

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5 Kit Magic School Bus Variety BundleThe Magic School Bus has spent decades educating children about all facets of science. Now, with this variety bundle, the lesson can continue in a fun and engaging way. Perfect for kids aged 5-10, this bundle will be more than enough for a whole school year of learning fun.

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Freestyle Building Kit – Children have loved building toys as long as the simple wooden block has been around. The Freestyle Building Kit pushes that creativity even further with this kit. The kit includes thousands of blocks of various vibrant colors; the kit will be more than enough to help.

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Spanish Course – Buy 1 Get 1 Free – Learning another language is one of the most valuable skills you can have, and countless studies have shown that the earlier you start, the easier it is to learn. This buy-one-get-one-free Spanish package is already a great deal, and now you can get it for even less.

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Scholastic Beginning Reader Boxed Sets – When it comes to supplying books for young students, not many do it better than Scholastic. From LEGO, to Star Wars, to Clifford, these books are a great way to get your littlest learners excited about reading.

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Scholastic Young Reader Boxed Sets – And for the slightly older readers, you can continue their education with some more classic books. With topics ranging from Harry Potter to Minecraft, any young reader will be sure to find something they like.

Whether you are a parent hoping to turn playtime into learning time, a teacher stocking up supplies, or a homeschooler starting new lessons in January, there’s something on Educents for you.

Shop the Educents Year-End Blowout Sale

Happy New Year!

 

Sara (122 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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Talking with Your Kids about Worldview and Pop Culture

 

As parents, we’re all well aware that popular culture can be a minefield for tweens and teens. Thankfully, homeschooling can often afford us a better chance of guiding our kids through the tough issues as we teach them to think critically for themselves outside the sphere of peer pressure. Keeping the lines of communication open as we build relationships with our kids is critical.

Even with that advantage, it can be difficult to know and understand all of the issues they face with the constantly changing dynamics of pop culture. Did you ever wish you had a translator who could make you aware of all the latest challenges while also giving you the tools you need to talk to your kids about it? What about a way to distill Christian worldview for your tweens and teens so they know why they believe what they believe and how it impacts their life choices?

That’s where Axis steps in and gives you the tools to do exactly that!

Free resources to help you talk to your tweens and teens about pop culture and Christian worldview from Axis.org

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written on behalf of Axis.org. I was not obligated to give a positive review and all opinions are my own. I was compensated for my time.

What is Axis?

Simply put, Axis is a cultural translation team. It was founded in 2006 by two friends, Jeremiah Callihan and David Eaton, who were concerned about the exodus of young people from the Christian faith. They set about seeing what they could do to examine the problem and offer solutions. It has grown to become an expanding mission field to reach kids and young adults from ages 11-22 with the Biblical worldview that they can directly apply to their own lives and choices amidst the lures of pop culture. Axis talks to kids on their own level, not dumbing down or watering down the message, but making it approachable and practical to kids where they are. Axis also offers tools to parents, churches, youth groups, homeschoolers, and Christian schools to share the message and help youth leaders and parents directly address the pop culture issues that these tweens and teens face.

Axis explains their mission this way:

Our strategy is simple, yet incredibly unique: We are culture translators. Being aware of the pulse of culture allows us to bridge the gap between generations by translating pop culture into the ideas it espouses for younger generations, while explaining and interpreting youth culture in ways that older generations understand. By speaking the languages of both generations, we bring common ground and open the way for understanding.

Here is a sampling of the tools they provide:

Axis Virtual ~ a monthly online subscription with multimedia videos, presentations, curricula, and interviews with experts that you can watch with your kids and discuss together.

The Culture Translator ~ receive this free newsletter by email and get an overview of the current events in pop culture, including social media, movies, music, and TV. You’ll be well prepared to talk to your kids about it from a Biblical worldview.

Live Presentations ~ Axis has traveling teams that offer presentations to Christian schools and youth groups in person.

They cover all of the controversial issues in the news today — from gender to the sanctity of life to the power of social media and more. Though the topics are heavy, Axis addresses them with hope and the enthusiasm to share the truth that sets us free.

I can appreciate the idea that knowledge is power, and as Christians we have the truth with which to fight the lies of pop culture. Axis helps empower both young adults and their families to do that.

Free Worldview and Pop Culture Resources from Axis

Axis is offering a free download of their ebook How to Talk with Your Kids about Pop Culture. It’s a great starting place to help you realize exactly how pervasive pop culture is for young adults and how dismal the statistics are if we don’t step in and do something to help them cultivate a Biblical worldview. There is no obligation to download the ebook and I highly recommend it for all Christian parents.

You can also sign up for their free e-newsletter The Culture Translator.

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Stay up-to-date with the happenings at Axis on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram.

 

How to Talk with Your Kids about Pop Culture free ebook download from Axis.org

 

 

Sara (122 Posts)

I'm a reader, writer, dreamer, wife, and homeschooling mom of 3 girls. We take a relaxed, eclectic, Charlotte Mason-leaning, Montessori-ish, literature-rich, delight-directed, almost unschooling-at-times approach to learning. Lots of unit studies, field trips, and lapbooks, too. I like to blog about our learning adventures (plus faith and encouragement) at Embracing Destiny.


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