In today’s fast-paced world, the importance of learning a second language cannot be overstated. While languages like Latin,Spanish and French have traditionally been the go-to choices for language learners, there’s a new kid on the block that’s quickly gaining recognition for its role in unlocking a world of STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) career opportunities: German! Ja, das ist richtig (Yes, that’s right)!
So, why is German gaining so much traction in the STEM world? Well, grab your lederhosen and let’s explore how this language can open doors to exciting career paths in a lighthearted way!
Germany, often referred to as the “Land of Ideas,” is renowned for its contributions to science and technology. German inventors and innovators have given us everything from the automobile to aspirin. By learning German, you’re tapping into a treasure trove of knowledge and innovation. Plus, who wouldn’t want to visit the birthplace of the bratwurst while pursuing a STEM career?
When it comes to engineering, Germany takes the cake (or should we say, the Black Forest cake). The country is famous for its precision engineering, and many global engineering giants like Volkswagen, Siemens, and Bosch call Germany home. Knowing German can give you a leg up in landing a dream job with these industry leaders.
Leading in Research
Germany is a research powerhouse, with numerous world-class universities and research institutions. If you’re passionate about scientific discoveries, learning German can help you access cutting-edge research and even pursue higher education in Germany, often tuition-free!
German isn’t just spoken in Germany; it’s also widely used in Austria, Switzerland, and even parts of Italy and Belgium. With your newfound language skills, you’ll be ready to collaborate with scientists and engineers from various German-speaking countries, broadening your professional network.
STEM Study Abroad
Imagine studying STEM subjects in the heart of Europe, surrounded by centuries-old architecture, picturesque landscapes, and yes, delicious sausages. Learning German can make this dream a reality, as many universities in German-speaking countries offer STEM programs in English.
Being bilingual is like having a secret superpower. Studies have shown that bilingual individuals tend to have improved cognitive skills, problem-solving abilities, and even better career prospects. Learning German can give your STEM career a boost and make you a hot commodity in the job market.
In a nutshell, if you’re contemplating a STEM career, learning German is a strategic move that can open doors to a world of opportunities. From engineering marvels to scientific breakthroughs and international collaborations, the German language is your ticket to success in the STEM universe. Plus, who can resist the allure of schnitzels, pretzels, and Oktoberfest?
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So, dust off your language books, fire up your favorite language learning app, and immerse yourself in the wunderbar world of STEM auf Deutsch (in German). Viel Erfolg (Good luck) on your STEM journey with a sprinkle of German flair! Prost!
I don’t know about you but I saw my high school guidance counselor a total of 3 times during high school when she signed off on the classes I was going to take. But, in public (or private) school, most students are following a typical lock step method of education, and the classes are in place for whatever track the student happens to be on, vocational or college bound based on test and performance scores. Easy peasy for the guidance counselor. Plus, they don’t have parental investment in the kids or hopes and dreams for their future.
With homeschooling, as we’ve said so many times before, you have so much freedom. Freedom to choose what to study and when, and to personalize as little or as much as you want to. Like I point out in my workshop What a Homeschooling Parent Actually Does, being a Guidance Counselor is one of the roles of the Homeschooling Parent. And what a great role it can be with some simple parameters.
Crafting a Personalized Learning Plan can be so helpful. It’s like a map that you can follow to the letter or take fun little detours from, but regardless of it still keeps you on track. A Personalized Learning Plan can provide a clear path toward academic achievement and personal growth.
Start with the End in Mind
Where do you see your kids going post high school? You know them best and you have great ideas about what they are capable of, the cost of many things, including vocational and college training and also what it takes to support certain lifestyles. Start talking with your kids while their young about the lifestyle that they want and how they’ll pay for it.
Before diving into the nitty-gritty details of planning, take some time to establish clear goals and objectives for your child’s high school years. Consider academic aspirations, personal interests, and potential post-secondary paths. Are there specific subjects your child wants to excel in? Are they considering college, vocational training, or other career paths? Defining these goals will serve as the foundation for creating a tailored plan. Consider serious hobbies or areas of interest as well. How important are they to current and future plans, what will it take to support those interests?
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Research the educational and graduation requirements for your state. This includes necessary credits in subjects like mathematics, science, English, social studies, and electives.
Plan a Four-Year Program
Divide the high school years into four academic years, each focusing on a balanced curriculum that aligns with your child’s goals. Incorporate core subjects, such as mathematics, science, English, and History, and include elective courses that cater to your child’s interests. Also consider subjects like computer science, foreign languages, Art and Music, Bible, Career Exploration and Entrepreneurship. And look, just because you plan a 4 year program, doesn’t mean it has to be accomplished in 4 years. I’ve worked with students who have finished high school as young as 13 and as old as 21. So, again, you have freedom to work with your kids and your lifestyle.
Plan by Year
Using a Typical Course of Study as a guide, plan by year, taking into account any prerequisites or sequential learning paths. Be sure to include Middle School Courses that are high school level hours and rigor and don’t forget to include CLEP, DE, Honors and AP courses if you choose to go that route.
Include Extracurricular Activities High school isn’t just about academics. Factor in extracurricular activities such as church, sports, arts, community service, and clubs. These activities play a crucial role in personal development, building social skills, and enhancing college applications.
Take Advantage of Amazing Opportunities
Each family, locale and season presents unique opportunities. Be flexible enough in your schedule that you can take advantage of them as they pop up! And remember, parents, YOU are your kids very best resource. Include them in your hobbies, activities, business, dreams and big ideas! You never know where they’ll lead!
Keep Your Student Involved in the Process
Involve your child in the planning process. Their input is valuable as they’ll be more engaged when they have a say in their education. Discuss their interests, strengths, and preferences to tailor the plan to their needs. Again, talk to them about the kind of lifestyle they want and how they’ll support that. Help them understand that how they’ll support that lifestyle goes beyond money and can include social, familial, spiritual, physical and mental resources!
Monitor Progress and Adjust as Needed
Review your high school plan and schedule to monitor progress. Are your student’s goals being met? Is the schedule realistic and manageable? Make adjustments as necessary, considering any changes in goals, interests, or circumstances.
Foster a Love for Learning
While planning is crucial, remember that fostering a love for learning is paramount. Incorporate projects, hands-on activities, and real-world applications to keep your child engaged and excited about their education.
As your child progresses through high school, they may discover new interests, strengths, and passions. Embrace flexibility in your plan to accommodate these changes. The high school journey is a time of growth and self-discovery, and your plan should reflect that evolution.
Crafting a high school plan is a collaborative and dynamic process. It requires careful consideration of your child’s goals, a well-structured curriculum, and a flexible approach. With dedication, open communication, and a commitment to fostering a love for learning, you can craft a high school experience that equips your child for a great high school experience and future success!
Homeschooling offers a unique opportunity to tailor your child’s education to their individual needs and strengths. One powerful and time-tested technique that homeschooling parents can incorporate into their teaching toolbox is narration. Narration is a simple yet incredibly effective method that not only aids in the comprehension of subjects but also enhances communication skills, critical thinking, and retention. We’ve used it for years in our homeschooling and as our kids have gotten older they naturally do this as adults, with books and movies that they’ve been reading or watching. They’ll share highlights, insights and connections; at a much more advanced level than when they were younger, to be sure. The word might seem intimidating, but it’s really not that complex and it’s a fantastic educational tool.
Understanding Narration’s Role in Learning
Narration, in its essence, involves having a child tell you what they’ve learned in their own words. This process encourages active engagement with the material, causing kids remember themes and details, fostering deeper understanding. Unlike passive learning methods, narration requires students to process information, extract key points, and articulate them coherently.
Why Narration Matters
Comprehension: Narration prompts students to process information at a meaningful level. As they retell a story, explain a concept, or summarize a lesson, they begin to grasp the subject matter in a more thorough way.
Critical Thinking: Narration encourages analytical thinking. Narration causes children to organize their thoughts, identify important details, and draw connections between ideas, cultivating their ability to think critically about the material. Good writing, and good speaking, is good thinking. So, students who narrate to an engaged and interested adult, who can guide them with good questions, develops critical thinking and executive functioning skills. That’s a big win from one simple conversation!
Communication Skills: Expressing thoughts verbally or in writing hones communication skills. Narration promotes the development of vocabulary, sentence structure, and coherent articulation. Narration requires students to actively engage with another person with give and take conversation.
Retention: The act of narrating information reinforces memory. When students actively engage with what they’ve learned, they are more likely to remember it over the long term.
Personal Connection: Narration allows children to make the subject matter their own. It empowers them to relate the material to their own experiences, enhancing their sense of ownership over their education. Narration allows the student to engage with the aspects of the lesson that make sense to them, to connect with other meaningful experiences. It’s guided and also organize.
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The 5 Common Topics can be super helpful when you are just getting started with personal, interactive education. This simple, easy to use Ebooks provides you with real examples using a variety of subjects and learning styles! Use across grade levels and subject areas to help students take ownership for their education!
Incorporating Narration into Your Homeschool
Choose Appropriate Material: Start with manageable portions of material. This could be a short story, a lesson from a textbook, or a chapter from a book. As your child becomes comfortable, gradually increase the complexity. Younger and less experienced students should start out with simple, short lessons.
Active Listening: Encourage your child to pay close attention to the material. After reading or discussing it, ask them to recount the main points or the sequence of events.
Variety in Expression: Mix up the types of narration. Encourage spoken narration, where your child verbally retells what they’ve learned. Additionally, incorporate written narration exercises, fostering writing skills.
Open-Ended Questions: Instead of asking yes-or-no questions, prompt your child with open-ended questions that require them to think critically. For instance, “What was the most important lesson in the story?” or “How would you have handled the situation differently?” “What would you have done if you had been in their shoes?” “How does this initial even affect the outcome of the story” etc.
Create a Comfortable Environment: Make narration a comfortable and positive experience. With narration, there is no right or wrong answer. But you also want to encourage your studnet to actively engage with the material, wrestle with confusing concepts and catch major themes, people and events.
Use Narration as Assessment: Narration can be a valuable tool for assessing your child’s understanding. It provides insights into their grasp of the material and areas that may need further attention.
As you can see this is a versatile and effective technique that complements the homeschooling environment beautifully. By incorporating narration into your teaching methodology, you’re not only enhancing your child’s understanding of subjects but also nurturing vital communication skills and critical thinking abilities. As a homeschooling parent, you have the privilege of witnessing firsthand the growth and development that narration brings to your child’s education journey. So, embrace the power of narration and watch your child’s learning flourish in ways that extend far beyond the confines of a traditional classroom.
We don’t buy into the same old, same old. Relying on outdated materials and methods can stifle innovation and engagement. Embracing new technologies and teaching strategies ensures that education remains relevant and exciting. At True North we utilize the SAMR Hierarchy of online education as well as gamification, Socratic Discussion and more to keep interest level high and student learning optimal.
Time Tested Educational Pedagogy
On the other hand, you won’t find us throwing out time tested educational pedagogy. You know, teaching in a way that actually works. While innovation is important, there’s value in retaining effective elements of time-tested pedagogy. Blending the best of both worlds can create a balanced and impactful learning experience. True North homeschool academy teachers are constantly working to find great curriculum and classroom experiences that reimagine education for students’ progress and benefit.
You won’t find a lack of classroom interaction, In the digital age, classroom interaction has taken on new forms. Virtual discussions, online collaborations, and interactive platforms can enrich the learning experience beyond the traditional classroom! Students around the world work collaboratively on projects together, create and deliver presentations, and solve problems collectively. They’re learning real world skills that will set them up for future success!
Faith Based, Creative Educators
You won’t find former public-school teachers who are fed up with teaching, distrust parents and are burned out on student interaction. Our teachers are faith based, creative educators who have homeschooled or worked in alternative education and love nurturing a positive learning atmosphere for each student. We require videos on so that we can get to know each and every student by name to provide a wholistic learning environment geared to personal and academic success.
Speaking of innovation, you won’t find dry and dusty assessments limited to quizzes and tests.: Relying solely on one type of assessment can hinder a holistic understanding of a student’s capabilities. Embracing diverse assessment methods can better capture a student’s true potential and skills so you’ll find our teachers using a variety of assessments, including quizzes and tests as well as papers, projects and presentations, group projects, escape rooms, challenges and more!
At True North Homeschool Academy we don’t put up with mind numbing conformity. We believe in educational freedom that allows for parents and students to determine what fits best with their family, schedule and lifestyle. That’s why you can choose ala carte classes or choose a full program, purchase live online classes, or self paced, connect with one of our experienced educational coaches or purchase our helpful diagnostic test.
People of the Book
At True North Homeschool Academy we are people of the book, committed to a decidedly Judeo- Christian point of view. Teachers, students and families commit to an Honor Code that provides a milieu of mutual respect and a firm foundation to ensure optimal learning and growth.
So, while we’re different than other online class providers, it’s a difference that you can count on. True North Homeschool Academy is your trusted academic partner.
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Nurturing Holistic Education Through the Scriptures
Among the diverse approaches to homeschooling, Bible-centered homeschooling stands out as a powerful way to integrate faith and academics. By weaving the teachings of the Bible into various subjects, parents can cultivate a deep spiritual foundation while fostering a well-rounded education. In this blog post, we’ll explore the essence of Bible-centered homeschooling and provide suggestions for incorporating the Bible into different grade levels and subjects.
Understanding Bible-Centered Homeschooling
Bible-centered homeschooling is a pedagogical approach that places the Bible at the heart of all learning. It recognizes that the Word of God is not merely a religious text but a source of timeless wisdom that can enrich every aspect of life, including academics. By infusing subjects with biblical principles, parents aim to nurture values like compassion, integrity, critical thinking, and a love for learning, all rooted in a strong faith.
Primary Grades (K-3)
Language Arts: Incorporate Bible stories into reading comprehension exercises, teaching kids valuable lessons while improving their reading skills. Encourage them to create short stories inspired by biblical narratives.
Mathematics: Use stories of generosity and sharing from the Bible to introduce concepts of addition and subtraction, fostering an understanding of sharing and caring for others.
Science: Explore the beauty of God’s creation by delving into the wonders of nature. Study animals, plants, and ecosystems while instilling a sense of stewardship.
Intermediate Grades (4-6)
History: Study biblical history alongside world history to understand the context of events and cultures. Analyze how historical figures’ decisions were influenced by their faith or lack thereof.
Geography: Map the journeys of biblical characters, helping children visualize the settings of stories. Discuss geographical regions mentioned in the Bible, connecting them to global cultures.
Art: Create art projects inspired by biblical themes, such as illustrating psalms or recreating famous scenes from Scripture. Encourage discussions about the symbolism in their artwork.
Middle School (7-8)
Literature: Introduce deeper biblical analysis by studying allegorical works like John Bunyan’s “Pilgrim’s Progress” or C.S. Lewis’s “The Chronicles of Narnia.” Encourage critical thinking about the moral and spiritual lessons embedded in these stories.
Social Studies: Explore social justice issues through the lens of biblical teachings about compassion and justice. Study the lives of reformers and activists inspired by their faith.
Mathematics: Discuss concepts of fairness, and stewardship through math problems related to biblical scenarios, like managing resources during times of scarcity.
High School (9-12)
Literature and Philosophy: Dive into the works of Christian philosophers and theologians, such as Augustine or Thomas Aquinas. Analyze their contributions to faith and reason.
Science and Ethics: Engage in discussions about the intersection of science and faith, addressing topics like evolution and ethics. Explore how faith can inform ethical decision-making.
Civics and Government: Study biblical principles that underpin ideas of justice, equality, and governance. Analyze historical movements influenced by faith, like the civil rights movement.
Bible-centered homeschooling offers a unique opportunity to cultivate both intellectual growth and spiritual maturity. By infusing the teachings of the Bible into various subjects, parents can guide their children toward a well-rounded education grounded in faith, values, and a deep understanding of the world. As homeschooling allows for flexibility and personalization, parents can tailor the curriculum to their child’s interests and strengths while keeping the Bible at the core of their learning journey.
Hello, dear readers! I am Lisa Nehring, and I’m excited to embark on this educational journey with you! I have spent the past three decades deeply immersed in the world of education, homeschooling my own kids for 30 years, writing and speaking about education and finally creating and founding True North Homeschool Academy in 2018, and my passion for reimagining education has only grown stronger. Today, I invite you to join me in exploring a new path for our children’s learning journey as we stand at the crossroads of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Embracing Change in Education
It’s evident that traditional educational approaches are struggling to keep pace with the rapid transformations of our world. The disruptions we experienced in 2020 were a mere preview of the profound shifts that the 4th Industrial Revolution is bringing. Institutions we once relied upon, from healthcare to government institutions are faltering, and the realm of education is no exception. Our children are growing up in a unique era— one where flat earthers meet yearly on one coast and where transhumanists meet on the other! Our kids will live and work in this smash up of medieval thought and sci-fi!
In this tumultuous landscape, our role as parents has never been more critical. We must be vigilant, prayerful visionaries, crafting a roadmap that prepares our children to thrive amid the chaos and uncertainty.
Casting a Vision
To navigate this uncharted territory, we must first cast a beautiful and purposeful vision for our children. It’s essential to not only consider immediate goals but also to envision the long-term trajectory. Our children are bombarded with competing voices and influences; thus, our vision must be intentional and steadfast.
Firm Foundation in Faith:Grounding our children in faith provides them with a moral compass to navigate challenges and decisions. This foundation will help them develop essential virtues and values that will guide them through life’s twists and turns.
Developing Soft and Life Skills: Beyond academics, our children need to cultivate soft skills like integrity, collaboration, critical thinking, and humility. The world demands adaptable individuals who can pivot across industries, making Entrepreneural and life skills more important than ever before!
Nurturing Academic Autonomy: Encouraging self-directed learning equips our children to become autodidacts—lifelong learners who can acquire knowledge independently. Study skills, memory techniques, and analytical thinking empower them to thrive in a rapidly changing world.
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Through a series of engaging modules, recorded sessions, and an interactive group, you’ll embark on a transformative learning journey to unlock your full potential as a homeschooling parent ready to homeschool through high school.
Reimagining the Curriculum
Traditionally, education has followed a rigid structure, encompassing subjects like Math, English, Science, History, and more. However, in this era of fluid careers and global connectivity, we must expand our horizons.
Career Exploration and Entrepreneurship:In a world of evolving professions, providing our children with career exploration and entrepreneurship education is paramount. They’ll learn to pivot swiftly, market themselves, and adapt to new opportunities.
Holistic Vision: Beyond monetary aspirations, we must consider the complete lifestyle we desire for our children—spiritually, socially, and emotionally. With this holistic vision, we can chart a course that aligns with our values and dreams.
Dream, Plan, Execute!
As we stand on the brink of a new educational era, the call to action is clear. We, as parents, must dream, plan, and execute with purpose. In a world marked by disruption, uncertainty, and possibility, homeschooling becomes a beacon of hope and opportunity. So, before you dive into the busyness of this coming school yeras, spend time reflecting on the remarkable journey ahead, casting a vision that prepares our children to embrace the unknown and shape a future filled with promise.
Are you ready to embark on this transformative homeschooling adventure? We’re here for it! At True North Homeschool Academy we offer 2nd- 12th grade live online and self-paced classes, Tutoring, Coaching and Advising, Testing, and Parent Equipping classes and Resources! We’d love to partner with you as we equip our children to not only survive but thrive in the midst of the 4th Industrial Revolution. Together, we’ll nurture their hearts, minds, and spirits, guiding them toward a future where their dreams become reality.
As we deep dive into the 4th Industrial Revolution many aspects of life are going to be disrupted by technologies and rapid advancements. It’s going to become more crucial for teenagers to equip themselves with entrepreneurial skills. Just like the fierce predators of the deep seas, teens need to embrace the spirit of Shark Tank! What do we mean? It’s time to sharpen skills and abilities to strategize, innovate, and navigate the ever-evolving business landscape. This Shark Week, let’s explore how teenagers can embrace entrepreneurship and develop the qualities necessary to thrive in this era of unprecedented change.
Embracing the 4th Industrial Revolution
The 4th Industrial Revolution is transforming industries through Artificial Intelligence, Robotics, 3-D Printing, automation, and other groundbreaking technologies. Teenagers must recognize this paradigm shift and understand its implications. By actively engaging with emerging technologies, they can identify new opportunities, create innovative solutions, and shape the future of business.
Developing an Entrepreneurial Mindset
To succeed as teenpreneurs, young individuals must cultivate an entrepreneurial mindset. This includes being proactive, embracing risk-taking, and having a relentless drive to turn ideas into reality. Encouraging creativity and resilience allows teenagers to view obstacles as stepping stones to success. This allows them to develop the tenacity reminiscent of the sharks in the business world.
Nurturing Strategic Thinking
Strategic thinking is a vital skill for any entrepreneur. Teenpreneurs should learn to evaluate market trends, identify gaps, and conceptualize innovative business models. By analyzing customer needs and devising effective strategies, young entrepreneurs can position themselves for success in the competitive landscape of the 4th Industrial Revolution.
Our Entrepreneurial Skills track is just what you are looking for! We are offering so many marketable skills classes– including Entrepreneurship! And yes, our Entrepreneurship class includes a Shark Tank Challenge- how cool is that?
Embracing Collaboration and Networking
The interconnected nature of the modern business world highlights the importance of collaboration and networking. Teenpreneurs can leverage social media platforms, attend entrepreneurial events, and connect with mentors to expand their horizons and gain valuable insights. The Shark Tank approach emphasizes the power of partnerships, fostering relationships that can elevate both ideas and execution.
Developing Pitching Skills
The art of pitching is a key aspect of Shark Tank, where entrepreneurs have limited time to capture the interest of potential investors. Teenpreneurs should learn to communicate their ideas effectively, highlighting the unique value propositions of their products or services. By mastering the art of storytelling, teens can inspire confidence, attract investors, and propel their ventures forward.
Embracing Failure and Learning from it
Failure is an inevitable part of entrepreneurship. Teenagers must embrace this reality, recognizing that setbacks are opportunities for growth. By adopting a resilient mindset and learning from their mistakes, young entrepreneurs can develop a steely determination that sets them apart in the fast-paced, ever-changing business landscape.
Leveraging Digital Tools
In the 4th Industrial Revolution, digital tools are essential for success. Teenpreneurs should familiarize themselves with various software applications, automation tools, and digital marketing strategies. By harnessing the power of technology, they can streamline operations, scale their businesses, and create a strong online presence.
Shark Week serves as a reminder of the incredible power and potential of the natural world. Similarly, the 4th Industrial Revolution offers unprecedented opportunities for teenagers to unleash their entrepreneurial spirit. By adopting the qualities seen in the Shark Tank arena—strategic thinking, innovation, resilience, collaboration, and a hunger for success—teenpreneurs can navigate the complex waters of the 4th Industrial Revolution and leave their mark on the business world. So, let us encourage and empower young minds to dive fearlessly into entrepreneurship, transforming challenges into opportunities, and paving the way for a brighter future.
Ahoy, shark enthusiasts! It’s that time of the year again—Shark Week! As we immerse ourselves in the awe-inspiring world of these incredible creatures, let’s take a moment to reflect on the valuable life lessons we can learn from them. While it may seem unusual, developing shark-like skills can actually help kids become more competitive and successful as young adults. In this blog post, we’ll explore how online classes can serve as a fantastic platform for kids to acquire these essential attributes. Get ready to dive into the depths of this exciting concept!
Online classes provide a unique opportunity for kids to adapt to new technologies and digital environments. By navigating various online platforms, virtual classrooms, and interactive tools, they learn to be flexible and comfortable with different modes of learning. This adaptability will serve them well in a future where digital literacy is becoming increasingly important.
Many colleges have new students show up a week before classes begin, just to teach them how to manage the LMS (Learning Management System). With True North Homeschool Academy’s cutting edge LMS, your kids will already be prepared for college LMS’s because it’s absolutely a transferable skill. And because our system is so robust, they’ll be ready for about anything!
Attending online classes requires a certain level of self-discipline and motivation. Kids need to stay focused and organized while managing their own schedules. They learn to overcome challenges like technical glitches, distractions at home, or limited face-to-face interaction. Such resilience helps them develop the determination to excel academically and overcome obstacles in their personal and professional lives.
With weekly accountably baked into our live online classes, paired with a syllabus each teacher provides, students know what to expect, and what’s expected of them!
Participating in online classes allows kids to take ownership of their learning. They have the opportunity to actively engage, ask questions, and contribute to discussions, fostering a sense of confidence in their abilities. Moreover, the supportive and inclusive virtual learning environment empowers them to express their thoughts and ideas freely, further boosting their self-assurance.
With both parent and student dashboards, students can begin the somewhat intimidating task of learning to self-advocate! They can communicate with each teacher directly, let the teacher know when they’ll be gone or ask clarifying questions.
Online classes open up a vast array of educational resources and opportunities. Kids can access a wide range of subjects, courses, and expert instructors beyond their geographical boundaries. This exposure encourages them to explore new topics, pursue their passions, and develop a love for lifelong learning—a trait shared by sharks as they constantly refine their hunting skills.
At True North Homeschool Academy we pair time tested educaitonal pedagogy with cutting edge tech to provide parents and students with robust resources, including bulletin, resource and topic boards and a monthly newsletter chock full of resources for everyone!
In the online learning environment, kids must manage their time effectively and resist distractions to stay focused on their studies. They learn to prioritize tasks, set goals, and work towards achieving them independently. This sense of discipline and determination translates into success not only in academics but also in their future endeavors.
World class teachers cast a vision for what it takes to be a leader! Your kids have the positive peer pressure of a well-run and engaged online classroom along with the focus and clarity of a subject matter expert. It’s a definite win!
Contrary to popular belief, online classes foster collaboration and teamwork among students. Through discussion forums, group projects, and virtual study groups, kids learn how to collaborate effectively in a digital space. They develop valuable skills like communication, empathy, and the ability to work harmoniously with diverse peers—similar to how a group of sharks coordinate their hunting efforts.
Classes often have group projects and utilize break out rooms so that students can collaborate and engage with each other! Friendships have been formed across the country (and out of it) and students build enriching and positive relationships! And in this day and age of loneliness and anxiety, that is a true gift!
Some students may want to use this course as an opportunity to create a Micro Business that will earn them money, experience, and business relationships. This is a must-take course for any student as the future of work is changing rapidly, most adults will work in the “gig” economy, and having a side hustle is becoming more than the norm than the exception.
Adaptation to Change
Online classes inherently expose kids to a rapidly evolving digital landscape. They learn to adapt to new technologies, digital tools, and online learning platforms. This adaptability to change equips them with the skills necessary to thrive in a world that is continually evolving, just as sharks have successfully adapted to changing oceanic environments for millions of years.
Look, our kids are going to work in world where they’ll change careers, on average, 12 times! That’s a LOT of pivoting! Our kids need to know what it means to adapt, improvise and overcome, can I get a witness? Taking online classes prepares our kids well for the future world of work!
Online classes require students to manage their time independently, establishing routines, and adhering to schedules. They learn to balance their academic commitments with extracurricular activities, personal responsibilities, and free time. By mastering time management skills, kids can optimize their online learning experience and develop a valuable life skill that will serve them well in their future pursuits.
Homeschooling Mommas are, understandably, rooting for their kid’s success, but that can often mean they’re too easy on them! External accountability on things like turning in assignments on a certain date or being prepared for an end of semester test builds real world skills your kids will use throughout life!
Empower Your Kids!
As we head into Shark Week, let’s remember the incredible lessons we can glean from these fascinating creatures. Online classes provide a conducive environment for kids to acquire shark-like skills such as adaptability, resilience, confidence, continuous learning, focus, collaboration,adaptation to change, and time management. By embracing online learning opportunities, we can empower our kids to navigate the competitive landscape of young adulthood with finesse and success.
So, dive deep, embrace your inner shark, and watch as your kids swim confidently towards a future filled with endless opportunities. Remember, in the vast ocean of life, online classes and shark-like skills will always keep them one step ahead of the curve!
Education is a fundamental aspect of every child’s development and future success. In the United States, parents have the option to choose between public, private, and homeschooling for their children’s education. However, each choice comes with its own set of financial considerations. While there’s other things to consider as we look at educational options, today, we will explore and compare the real financial costs associated with public, private, and homeschooling in America. And let’s not forget the cost of ignorance!
The Cost of Ignorance
The costs of ignorance can be significant and wide-ranging, affecting individuals, communities, and society as a whole. While it is challenging to quantify the exact monetary value of ignorance, the consequences can manifest in various ways:
Missed Opportunities: Ignorance can lead to missed opportunities for personal and professional growth. Lack of knowledge about available resources, educational opportunities, or career paths can limit individuals’ potential to succeed and achieve their goals.
Inefficient Decision-Making: Ignorance can hinder effective decision-making. Without accurate information or understanding, individuals may make uninformed choices that have negative consequences for their well-being, finances, relationships, or health. This can lead to wasted time, resources, and opportunities.
Health and Safety Risks: Ignorance about health-related matters can result in higher healthcare costs and compromised well-being. Lack of knowledge about preventative measures, healthy lifestyle choices, or potential risks can lead to avoidable illnesses, accidents, or unhealthy behaviors. This places an additional burden on healthcare systems and can lead to increased medical expenses for individuals and society.
Social Division and Conflict: Ignorance can contribute to social division and conflict. Misunderstandings, stereotypes, and prejudices often arise from a lack of knowledge about different cultures, beliefs, or perspectives. This can lead to discrimination, hostility, and strained relationships within communities, hindering social cohesion and progress.
Economic Impact: Ignorance can have economic ramifications. Lack of financial literacy, for example, can lead to poor money management, debt accumulation, and financial instability. Additionally, ignorance about economic policies, market trends, or emerging industries may hinder individuals’ ability to adapt to changes and take advantage of opportunities in the job market.
Environmental Consequences: Ignorance about environmental issues and sustainable practices can have severe ecological and economic impacts. Failure to understand or address climate change, pollution, or resource depletion can lead to long-term damage to ecosystems, decreased biodiversity, and increased costs associated with environmental cleanup and adaptation.
Stagnation of Progress: Ignorance can impede societal progress and innovation. Without a well-informed population, scientific advancements, technological breakthroughs, and social advancements may be hindered. Progress in fields such as medicine, renewable energy, and social justice requires a knowledgeable society that can actively participate and contribute to positive change.
It is important to note that ignorance is not synonymous with lack of intelligence or education. It simply refers to a lack of knowledge or awareness about specific subjects or areas. Overcoming ignorance requires a commitment to learning, critical thinking, and a willingness to challenge preconceived notions.
Investing in education, promoting access to information, and fostering a culture of curiosity and lifelong learning can help combat the costs of ignorance and empower individuals to make informed decisions, drive positive change, and create a more inclusive and prosperous society.
The Cost of Public Schooling
Public schools are funded by the government and offer education free of charge to all students. While public schooling is often considered the most affordable option, it’s important to examine the hidden costs that can arise:
a) School Supplies: Although public schools provide basic educational materials, parents are usually responsible for purchasing additional supplies such as textbooks, notebooks, pens, and backpacks. These costs can vary depending on the grade level and specific requirements. $577 for eled, $763 for middle school and high school students d $1,223
b) Extracurricular Activities: Public schools offer a variety of extracurricular activities, such as sports, clubs, and field trips. While participation in these activities is optional, they often come with associated fees for uniforms, equipment, transportation, and event tickets. $739
c) Transportation: Public schools typically provide transportation for students who live within a certain distance. However, families residing outside this radius may need to arrange and finance their own transportation, which can add to the overall cost. $554
Average Cost $2516
The Cost of Private Schooling
Private schools offer an alternative to public education, providing specialized curricula, smaller class sizes, and often a more rigorous academic environment. However, these advantages come at a higher price:
a) Tuition and Fees: Private schools charge tuition fees, which can vary greatly depending on the institution’s reputation, location, and facilities. Additionally, some schools may require an application fee, enrollment fee, or annual re-enrollment fee. It’s essential to research and consider these expenses when deciding on private schooling. $1500 to $48000
b) Uniforms and Dress Code: Many private schools enforce dress codes or require students to wear uniforms, which can be an added expense for families. Uniforms may need to be purchased from specific suppliers, increasing the overall cost. $249
c) Extracurricular Activities: Similar to public schools, private schools offer extracurricular activities, but these often come with additional costs. Parents may need to pay for club memberships, specialized training, or travel expenses for competitive events.
d) Fundraising and Donations: Private schools often rely on fundraising initiatives and donations to support their programs and facilities. Families may feel obligated to contribute to these efforts, adding financial pressure beyond the tuition fees.
Homeschooling provides parents with the flexibility to educate their children at home. While it can be a cost-effective option, families should consider the following financial factors:
a) Curriculum and Learning Materials: Homeschooling requires parents to invest in educational resources, including textbooks, online courses, and educational software. The cost of these materials can vary depending on the chosen curriculum and the child’s grade level.
b) Teaching Resources: Parents may need to purchase teaching aids, manipulatives, and supplies to create an effective learning environment. These costs can accumulate over time, especially as the child progresses through different educational stages.
c) Extracurricular Activities: Homeschooled children often participate in extracurricular activities outside the home, such as sports, music lessons, or community programs. These activities may incur additional fees similar to those associated with public and private schooling.
d) Parental Time and Opportunity Cost: Homeschooling requires a significant investment of time from parents or guardians. This can result in the loss of income if one parent needs to leave the workforce to take on the role of the primary educator.
Considering Real Costs
When considering the real financial cost of public, private, and homeschooling in America, it is crucial to look beyond the initial expenses. Public schooling offers the lowest direct cost, but parents should budget for supplies and extracurricular activities. Private schooling provides a more tailored education but comes with higher tuition fees, uniforms, and fundraising expectations. Homeschooling can be cost-effective, but parents need to invest in curriculum materials and consider the potential loss of income.
Ultimately, the decision on which educational option to choose should be based on factors beyond financial considerations. Each option has its own set of advantages and disadvantages, and parents must consider their child’s individual needs, learning style, and overall educational goals. By making an informed decision, parents can ensure that their child receives an education that aligns with their values and aspirations while managing the financial implications effectively.
Are you ready for the teens in your life to level up and become the superhero version of themselves? We’ve got you covered! We’re about to embark on an epic journey into the world of two extraordinary books that can turbocharge your kids’ personal growth and skyrocket their social skills. Get ready to dive headfirst into “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Sean Covey and “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. Trust us, these game-changing reads will help your kids to navigate the crazy rollercoaster of teenagerhood and emerge as a true champion!
Let’s face it, being a teenager can sometimes feel like you’re caught in a whirlwind of confusion and constant change. From school pressures to peer dynamics and the quest to discover your true self, it’s easy to get overwhelmed. That’s where “The 7 Habits” and “How to Win Friends and Influence People” swoop in to save the day!
So, why should you bother picking up these two legendary books? Well, buckle up because we’re about to unveil the mind-blowing reasons why they’re absolute must-reads for every ambitious, curious, and growth-hungry teenager out there!
Unleash Your True Potential!
We all want to navigate the ups and downs, make lasting connections, and, most importantly, become the best versions of ourselves. Luckily, there are two amazing books that have been helping people do just that for years: “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Sean Covey and “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie. These bad boys (or should I say “game-changers”) hold the secrets to unleashing your true potential, conquering life’s challenges, and having a blast while doing it. So, buckle up, folks, as we delve into why these books are absolute must-reads for all us cool teens out there.
The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
Alright, guys and gals, brace yourselves for some serious wisdom! “The 7 Habits of Highly Effective Teens” by Sean Covey is like your personal guidebook to conquering the world (or at least conquering high school). Covey breaks it down for us with seven epic habits that are like the ultimate life hacks for achieving success in all areas of life. From taking charge of your own destiny to juggling priorities like a boss and creating win-win situations, these habits are the secret sauce for leveling up your game. Trust me, once you embrace these habits, you’ll be equipped to face any challenge head-on, set goals like a pro, and build a character that’s as strong as your WiFi signal.
Once you’ve read the original there’s even more. Covey has written entire books on each of the 7 Habits, as well as created an amazing scheduling system, workshops and more!
How to Win Friends and Influence People
Okay, let’s get real for a sec. We all want to be popular, right? But not just in a “look how many followers I have on social media” kind of way. We’re talking about genuine connections and friendships that will stand the test of time. That’s where “How to Win Friends and Influence People” by Dale Carnegie swoops in to save the day. This classic gem spills the tea on the art of building meaningful relationships and becoming the ultimate social butterfly. Carnegie’s tips and tricks will show you how to charm your way into people’s hearts, be an active listener, and make others feel like the most important person in the room. Get ready to be the life of the party, my friends!
This is a great book for anyone wanting to break into sales, or further understand the art of persuasion (and seriously, that is a skill that will come in handy in every aspect of your life)! And they just might help your student understand themselves better. We love these books so much we encourage our Career Exploration Students to read them both, as the get to understand their gifts, abilities and interests and how that might lead to a career that they love!
So, there you have it!
These two books are the secret weapons in your arsenal for conquering life and becoming the absolute best version of yourself. Buckle up, grab a cup of your favorite beverage, and let’s dive into both of these life-changing reads. I’d suggest having a journal handy so that you can take notes as you go! There’s a lot to digest in both of these books, so make sure that you are not-taking, underlining and tabbing the pages as you go for the best 2 Book Adventure so far!
Int this full year, 1 credit course, Students will identify the intersection of passions, interests, and the necessity of work, begin to explore the difference between work and career and how both fit into their personal pathway, and discover learn “How They Learn.”
Students will identify their strengths and weaknesses using a multitude of assessments and will leave class with a Personal Pathway based on strengths, interests, passions, and gifting paired with real-world career exploration.