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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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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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Useful Apps for Homeschooling Parents

 

Homeschooling isn’t an easy task and any help that you can get in whatever form can be useful.

Apps can help to get you informed on the topics that your child needs to know and can assist in making the learning process much more fun for both of you.

Description of 5 different apps that can help you organize your home and homeschool at hsbapost.com

Useful Apps for Homeschooling Parents

Homeschool Helper is widely touted by many as the best app to use to organize your child’s work day, plan field trips and track their progress. It has many features that you can utilize to switch up the schooling process and keep an eye on how they’re doing. Your child can also use the app to find out how their progress is going and what they can do to improve it. Reports and feedback are also available to give to the child and you can even email them out to anyone that wants to know more about home education. You can learn more about this app here – http://www.homeschoolhelperapp.com.

Homeschool Helper screenshot

iPlanLessons is an excellent tool for those who want to bring a bit more organization into their home classroom. If you need guidance on how to make the lesson interesting and structured then this is the app for you. This is an Apple only app that looks great from the small screen to the big screen with increased amounts of functionality with each update. Use the timer buttons to practice your lesson before delivery and you’ll be a well-oiled teaching machine before you know it. This is a timekeeping app as much as it is a planning app and as we all know it’s important to keep on track when you’re teaching. See what this app can bring to your lessons here –https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/iplanlessons/id445740545?mt=8.

iPlan Lessons screenshot

Bingo games can be a way to encourage kids to learn about numbers while allowing them some cool down time on their tablet or smartphone. Bingo Heaven is a free app that is played using in game credits, so there’s no real money gambling. Your child can learn about numbers, colors and countries of the world as they blast through the levels on this game. For instructions on how and where to play bingo games you can check out http://www.gomobilebingo.com/.

If you’re constantly having trouble fitting lessons in to day to day life then you can use the app Cozi to get things organized. Each family member can schedule in tasks or prior engagements so you can work around your life. We’ve all been in the situation in which we have to make a difficult decision over lesson plans and other commitments and this app can help stop this from becoming an issue.

Cozi screenshot

It’s useful if you have older children that can schedule their own plans in or a partner who can arrange other lessons around yours. Have a look at the information for this app to see if it could help organize your busy life http://www.cozi.com.

For children that are expected to do chores as well as schooling look no further than the Chore Pad, which can be synced to a number of devices. You can set up the list that you would like them to complete and watch them being checked off from further afield. You can even set deadlines and attach pictures or instructions to make sure each chore is done properly. Kids can take a picture of their handiwork when it’s done and then you can treat them to something based on their performance. Running an organized home is not a one-person task so having each family member pitch in can make a world of difference. Give this app a try and discover if it’s the solution that you’ve been looking for http://www.nannek.com/.

Nannek screenshot

What apps do you use in your home and homeschool?

 

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PlanItWisely Student Information System {review}

 

If you’ve been homeschooling for longer than a year or so, you’ve probably tried many different types of planners. When it comes to planners, there are so many options out there that it can be difficult to find just the right one for you. I think that’s why reviews can come in handy, so I took the opportunity to try out and review PlanItWisely Student Information System online planner.

PlanItWisely online homeschool planner review @ The Homeschool Post

Disclosure: I received free access to PlanItWisely for the purpose of review and I was compensated for my time. Please see our full disclosure policy for more information.

 

PlanItWisely Student Information System

How PlanItWisely Works

PlanItWisely is an online planning system to keep complete student records and create transcripts. It can work for the whole family within just one account. It’s cloud-based so you can use it from any computer with nothing to install.

With one login, you can manage all your students, whether you’re running a small co-op or using it for your own children in your homeschool. Set-up takes a little bit of time to input your students’ names, grade levels, course of study/subjects, and resources. These are referred to as Events. I would recommend setting aside an hour to get familiar with it when you first begin. Once that initial information is done, using the program and setting up recurring entries or switching around times within the schedule is fairly straightforward.

iHomeEducator Educational Apps, the creator of PlanItWisely, has put together a series of very helpful tutorial videos and hints for users. Take advantage of these videos and you’ll be up and running in no time. They also have a blog where they highlight different features of the system, as well as answer frequently asked questions.

PlanItWisely

My Favorite Features

  1. Different views: You can choose how you want to view your plans on the screen — either daily, weekly, monthly, yearly, by student, or by subject. I find myself going back and forth between those views when planning.
  2. Drag and Drop: This really simplifies the process when you want to move things around from day to day or change the time of an event. It makes it so quick and easy to select an event and drag it to the correct place on the schedule.
  3. Color coding: Student events/subjects can be color coded so it’s easier to distinguish between them when looking at the calendar overview.
  4. Cloud-based: I don’t like being tied to the computer all the time while I’m teaching my girls. I like the fact that I can use PlanItWisely from the desktop computer or the laptop, depending on where we are and what we’re doing. It automatically saves and syncs so I don’t have to worry about it.
  5. Budget and resources tracking: I like this feature so I can keep track of what I have and what I need to buy, as well as staying on budget.

Subscription Plans

PlanItWisely is available in monthly ($4.99) or yearly ($49.90 regularly, currently on sale for $39.90) subscriptions. Both options include the following:

  • 1st Month Free Trial
  • No Setup Fees
  • Up to 30 Users
  • Unlimited scheduler events
  • Unlimited grade records
  • Unlimited attendance records
  • Unlimited transcript records
  • Unlimited inventory resources
  • Dedicated database
  • Dedicated sub-domain

Summary

If you’re looking for an organized system to keep records and help you create transcripts for your high school students, PlanItWisely might be just what you need. It is a thorough and full-featured system for keeping track of multiple students. It would also work well for co-op teachers or private school teachers. If you live in a state that requires stricter record-keeping like attendance, grades, and more, PlanItWisely has you covered.

Connect with PlanItWisely and iHomeEducator

You can learn more about PlanItWisely on their blog, Twitter, Pinterest, Facebook, and YouTube.

Try out a free demo or sign up for a free month trial period of PlanItWisely and try it today.

Don’t miss the $10 off annual subscription special going on now! 

 

Happy Homeschooling,

 

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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