Images courtesy of Royal Tyrell and Streamable Learning
Field trips can be one of the most exciting and memorable learning events for our children, but there’s a limit to how many places we can go. Between the obvious geographical challenges, there are also financial considerations, logistical issues, and your time and energy!
Streamable Learning is a site that offers an awesome solution to this for homeschool families! They provide live, interactive streaming educational events that you and your children can attend and participate in right from the comfort of your own home. Their modern, easy-to-use platform makes it simple to see what events are coming up, and to schedule your family to join in the fun. Since these are LIVE events, you and your kiddos get to be a part of the learning in real time, including getting to ask questions and learn from what other participants had to say.
Many of the programs offer pre and post-event materials, so you can really get the most of out preparing for the event and taking advantage of learning opportunities that came up from being a part of the event. Most events include multiple time slots, so you can easily find a time that will work with your schedule. Recordings for most programs are available, too, so if for some reason you end up not being able to attend live, you can still enjoy the opportunity when it’s convenient for you.
Topics included on Streamable Learning include science, technology, engineering, math, culture, reading, literature, health and wellness, art, history, careers, essential skills, and more!
There are events geared toward all levels K-12, so there is plenty for all of your children. I am very excited to start using Streamable Learning with my high school boys. Here are the events for October and November that I scheduled us for. Look at the variety!
- The Team it Takes to Build a Video Game: What teen boys can’t appreciate this?
- An event discussing the themes in Ernest Hemingway’s The Old Man and the Sea (we are going on a road trip now, so we’ll listen to this book on our way)
- Charleston Jazz presenting a Live Jazz for Kids and a History of Jazz event (which are both geared toward grades 3-6, but I’m thinking jazz is great for everybody, so we will attend even though my guys are older)
- A program about volunteering to help Sea Turtles that looks really cool
- A presentation on Women’s Suffrage from the National Women’s History Museum
You can try out Streamable Learning for FREE during their Homeschool Week, which is happening Oct 24-November 1! During this special opportunity you can join in on the fun and take advantage of as many events as you’d like to, and see how these live events work for your family. There are a wide range of events available, including topics like:
- The Team it Takes to Build a Video Game
- A Trip to the Moon
- butterfly life cycle
- Mexic-Arte Museum’s presentation about the Day of the Dead
- and more!
Click here to sign up for Streamable Learning’s FREE Homeschool Week!
Right now Streamable Learning is sponsoring a Giveaway for you!
Five winners will be chosen to receive a FREE subscription to Streamable Learning that goes from now through June 2018. This free subscription will entitle the winners to attend over 450 live streaming programs! The value of each prize is $49.99.
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Our sponsor for this giveaway is Virtual Sheet Music
With so many homeschool families having children that play musical instruments, I know the need for sheet music is never-ending! So I was excited to hear from Virtual Sheet Music and get to learn about what they have to offer.
This terrific site offers access to sheet music for over 2,000 classical and traditional songs, from composers like Mozart, Bach, Debussy, Beethoven, Chopin, as well as music in the jazz, pop, rock, and many other genres!
I was excited to see that the sheet music here isn’t just for piano and guitar–they’ve got pretty much every single instrument included, from the accordion to the banjo, piccolo, harpsichord, and tuba, there are a TON of instruments included! (Check out the list here)
With their membership access you can download and print all of their titles for one low membership price. Additionally, there are tons of MIDI and Mp3 files available, and many accompaniment files available as well. They even offer interactive music via Scorch, which gives you the ability to play, change the tempo, transpose, and change instruments all within your web browser!
They also offer access to over 100,000 popular music titles by other publishers like Alfred, Hal Leonard, Schott Music, and others, at a deep discount.
All of the sheet music titles at Virtual Sheet Music are completely legal and are suitable for competitions, examinations, and are recognized by major music schools and institutions all around the world.
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English painter John William Waterhouse is best-known for his portrayals of women in Greek mythology and Arthurian legend. This collection is one of my favorites for drawing together myth, literature, history, and art. You’ll find Cleopatra, The Lady of Shalott, Orpheus, damsels in distress, and more in this Fine Art Pages set.
Currently you can get it FREE when you sign up at the right —>>> or click here.
Leonardo da Vinci is undoubtedly one of the most interesting and inspiring men in history. Not only was he a great Renaissance artist, but was also a great thinker and inventor, considering ideas that were far ahead of his time. The range of talents and skills he shared with the world offer an inspiring example for your own children!
I’m excited to share with you about this book series available at Amazon (aff), The Life and Travels of da Vinci from Creative Learning Connection. This five book series tells about many historical details of Leonardo’s life, including his art, in a fun, engaging manner. The books are relatively short, so you can read them to your children, or let them enjoy reading them on their own!
Whether you are studying the Renaissance this year, or just love to provide inspiring and interesting educational materials for your children, you will want to check these books out!
If you are connected to any groups of Christian homeschoolers on the internet, you have probably heard about The Good and the Beautiful. This newcomer to the homeschool world has taken off as one of the fastest-growing and incredibly popular choices for home education.
One thing that got my attention about The Good and the Beautiful was the mention that they integrate art into their materials. For anyone that has followed me for awhile, you know that I like to say that Art IS History. I know that the works of great artists can enhance our understanding and appreciation of other times, cultures, and historical events in a way that words cannot. So, I had to check it out!
The Good and the Beautiful sponsored this review and giveaway so I could let you know my thoughts on their programs. I’m excited to share with you today what I’ve learned.
The Good and the Beautiful is a non-denominational Christian program that aims to connect learning to the good and beautiful things in life, such as family, God, high moral character, wholesome literature, nature, and more.
Year 1 History
The first collection I reviewed was their Year 1 History. All of their history levels are meant to work for grades 1-12, and to be revisited every 3-4 years. All 4 years of their history cover the same sweep of history, from Ancient times through to Modern history, but each year stops at different spots along the way to dig in and learn more about particular people and events. The family-style intent of the program allows you to gather all of your children around 2 or 3 times a week for an hour-long lesson that includes a wide variety of activities that will keep your children interested and delighted. Leveled Student Explorer books enable each child to work at their own ability level, while the whole family learns the same basic content together, taking the guesswork out of trying to figure out what each age child should be doing. Designed to require very little prep time, I believe homeschool moms will find that a quick glance over the next several lessons will easily allow you to anticipate any extra materials you will need.
The Good and the Beautiful keeps things interesting in their history program by offering a wide variety of activities, which will virtually guarantee that your kids are never bored. Each lesson includes several different elements, which normally include reading to your children, but then spin off into other areas such as:
- map activities
- timeline activities
- high-quality audio presentations and stories
- opportunities for oral presentations/public speaking
- review activities
- food activities to enhance the lesson
- cutting activities
- playdough creation
- Keys of History game
- art projects
- writing activities
- fun and interesting learning activities
- copywork/dictation/notebooking elements
- science activities
I was VERY impressed with the range of different activities that are included, and I appreciated it that you are not bombarded with too many to choose from. In Year 1 History you’ll find that there is a nice balance of interesting variety that will not take too much time or be too overwhelming.
Who is this great for?
- Families homeschooling multiple children that want to simplify and streamline learning
- Families that enjoy bringing together elements from Classical, Charlotte Mason, Unit Studies, and traditional approaches to education. The Good and the Beautiful combines them all, without burning you (or your kids) out on any one thing.
- Conservative Christian families that desire Bible-based teaching, completely wholesome literature, and strong instruction about high moral character
Language Arts & Literature
The Good and the Beautiful Language Arts & Literature program has a lot of similarities in the approach to the way the history program is set up:
- Very little prep time required
- wide range of activities throughout
- thoroughly Christian viewpoint
- wholesome content
This program has several components:
- a Course book (one needed per child)
- the course companion (non-consumable and can be shared)
- the reader for this level (non-consumable and can be shared)
- Daily Checklists (each child needs their own copy)
- Geography & Grammar Cards (non-consumable and can be shared)
Lessons are designed to be open-and-go, with little or no prep time required. Children over level 4 are expected/encouraged to work independently through their lessons, and the lessons are written in such a way that they are guided through the steps to actually take ownership of the process. Having had two dyslexic children and some non-typical learners myself, I know that the goal of total independence in learning is not necessarily realistic for all people at a particular stage, but I do like that each step the student should take is clearly communicated, giving them the tools they need to organize themselves and learn to study and progress through the lessons carefully.
Similar to the history program, the Language Arts offers a wide range of activities and approaches to the lessons, so it’s not the same-old-same-old day after day. Instead, new surprises and activity types await with each turn of the page! Included throughout the program are things like:
- memorization (classical educators will especially appreciate this)
- grammar terms
- literary terms
- sentence diagramming
- art appreciation and art history
- reading comprehension
- editing activities
- Latin and Greek roots
- Writing activities
- grammar activities
- poetry appreciation, response, and analysis
- and more!
Several times as I read through the lessons I had the thought that this course would be good for someone that was interested in the grammar portion of Classical Conversations’ Essentials program, but wanted a much less expensive alternative. Classical educators are sure to appreciate the inclusion of sentence diagramming and grammar instruction. Charlotte Mason-style educators are likely to enjoy the inclusion of art and poetry. For those of us that appreciate the practical and efficient route to learning, one of my favorite parts of this program is that they use factual, historical, and informational content while teaching other concepts. So, for instance, instead of a silly made up story used for reading comprehension, your child will be reading about a famous person or event from history, or perhaps about some interesting geographical information. So, you’re getting more “bang for your buck” simply because The Good and the Beautiful capitalizes on these learning opportunities in a meaningful, valuable way.
This Language Arts program has a lot of different components, and it switches things up frequently. For some kids this will be an absolutely delight. For others it may be too unpredictable. Levels 1-5 are available FREE in PDF format, so I think that’s an excellent opportunity to dig in and see if you think this sort of approach is a good fit for your particular children. Personally, I would recommend that once you know The Good and the Beautiful is right for your family, go ahead and order the physical versions. The books are nicely printed, the colored pages are lovely, and it will cost you so much more to try to print it on your own. I believe that these materials are priced at a very good value, with many non-consumable components. You’ll be glad to have the printed versions available to you.
I know that a lot of Enrichment Studies families are curious to know about the inclusion of art and drawing in this program. In the History program, the art was more specifically linked to the content and felt like an enhancement. In the Language Arts & Literature program, the art and drawing activities seemed independent of the content in most cases. I would have loved to see more connections throughout, but for families that enjoy a sprinkle of art throughout their day, it may fit that need very well.
Who is this great for?
- Conservative Christian homeschoolers that want a thoroughly Christian perspective presented and completely wholesome content
- Families that enjoy combining elements of classical, Charlotte Mason, and traditional styles
- Students that thrive on variety and surprise
- Students that can manage multiple different books and materials without difficulty
- Families that enjoy a splash of art and creativity every now and then
Many thanks to all who entered our giveaway. The winners are Carrie and Yvie. Congratulations! Stay connected with Enrichment Studies because we will have more giveaways from The Good and The Beautiful in the future!