Afterschool/Skill Building – Time4Learning https://www.time4learning.com Homeschool, Afterschool, Skill Building Mon, 15 Jan 2018 16:31:57 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.1 Homeschool Unit Study: Fun Facts About New Jersey https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/homeschool-unit-study-new-jersey-state-facts/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/homeschool-unit-study-new-jersey-state-facts/#respond Mon, 18 Dec 2017 12:00:19 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=11730 Every year on December 18, the state of New Jersey celebrates its anniversary as part of the United States. It was the third state to ratify the constitution and become part of the newly founded country. But this is only one of the many interesting facts about New Jersey that your homeschoolers will find out […]]]>

Every year on December 18, the state of New Jersey celebrates its anniversary as part of the United States. It was the third state to ratify the constitution and become part of the newly founded country. But this is only one of the many interesting facts about New Jersey that your homeschoolers will find out in this unit study. We’ll be exploring the “Garden State” by pointing out some of the important historical facts about New Jersey, some New Jersey trivia that may surprise your students, and even some fun things for children to do in the state. You’ll also enjoy our collection of online New Jersey learning games which will challenge your homeschoolers to test what they’ve learned via interactive play.

This particular unit study can be used as part of your geography and/or history lessons, or just a neat supplement to your regular social studies teaching schedule. You may want to combine it with other Time4Learning homeschool state unit studies, as well.

Are you ready to learn more about this small state with a big history? Then let’s get this homeschool unit study started!

New Jersey Fast Facts

Became a Colony 1702
Became a State 1787
State Capital Trenton
State Abbreviation NJ
Border States
  • Delaware
  • New York
  • Pennsylvania
State Flag New Jersey State Flag
State Song New Jersey is the only state without a state song.
State Nicknames
  • The Garden State
Notable New Jerseyans
  • Frank Sinatra, singer
  • Grover Cleveland, 22nd and 24th president of the United States
  • Jerry Lewis, actor and comedian
  • Judy Blume, author
  • Albert Einstein, physicist
  • Alice Paul, civil rights and women’s rights advocate

New Jersey Historical Facts

The history of the New Jersey colony begins when the area was discovered by Italian explorer Giovanni da Verrazzano. 1664 was when New Jersey was founded by the British. Until that time it was settled mostly by Dutch, Finnish, and Swedish colonists. Here are some additional New Jersey colony facts that homeschoolers will find interesting:

  • For the first eight years of its history, it was actually divided into two separate colonies, East Jersey and West Jersey, but it became a single royal colony in 1702.
  • Although British colonist George Carteret wasn’t who founded New Jersey, the state was named in his honor. He had been governor of the Isle of Jersey in the British Isles.
  • In 1758, the first American Indian reservation, the Shamong Township, was established in NJ.
  • Iron ore was a key resource of the New Jersey colony. It was able to export items such as nails, locks, and plows back to England and to the other colonies.
  • Although far less well-known, New Jersey had its own tea party uprising about a year after Boston’s. Called the “Greenwich Tea Party,” it set a cargo of tea afire in a field.
  • During the Revolutionary War, George Washington and his troops spent more time fighting in NJ than in any other colony.
  • In 1787, New Jersey became the third state to join the U.S. and the first state to sign the Bill of Rights.

In 1790, the town of Trenton officially became the capital of the new state of New Jersey. And that was just the beginning of the story of the Garden State. Here is some more New Jersey state history trivia that you’ll enjoy learning:

  • The first officially recorded baseball game in America happened on June 19, 1846 in Hoboken, NJ.
  • Over 25,000 New Jersey soldiers fought for the Union in the Civil War.
  • The inventor of the submarine, John Holland, first tested his prototype in New Jersey’s Passaic River in 1878.
  • Many of the patents for Thomas Edison’s inventions were granted while he was working in the state, including the light bulb.
  • The disaster that destroyed the German passenger airship LZ 129 Hindenburg in 1937 happened when it was attempting to dock in NJ.
  • Also in 1937, the first FM radio stat
  • New Jersey residents did not have to pay state income tax until 1976.

New Jersey Geographical Facts

While there are plenty of historical New Jersey facts for children to learn, the geography of the state is worth covering in your homeschool unit study as well. Exploring a map of the state will help a lot. You may want to print out this map of New Jersey and start marking it up with everything you’ve learned. Here are just some of the things you may want to explore and mark on your map.

  • Even though it is the fourth smallest state in America, NJ has a wide variety of ecosystems including pine forests, salt marshes, a mountainous region, and many lakes and rivers.
  • New Jersey is the most densely populated state in the US, and it is the only state where all of its counties are labeled “urban” or “metropolitan.”
  • Food and agriculture are New Jersey’s third leading industry, so it’s no surprise that it is nicknamed “The Garden State.”
  • One of the interesting New Jersey culture facts has to do with food, as well. It is called the “Diner Capital of the World” because it has more diners than any other state.
  • Many people associate the Statue of Liberty with New York City, but it is technically in the waters of Jersey City, NJ.
  • The largest seaport in the US is located in Elizabeth, NJ.

New Jersey State Map

Download our FREE New Jersey state map printable. Use it as a coloring page or use it to plot the state’s geographical features.

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Activities for Children in New Jersey

Whether you live in New Jersey or are planning a trip there soon, you’ll be excited to know that there are learning opportunities around every corner. Below are links to some of the best historical places in NJ, as well as sites that are ideal for science, art, and nature study as well. Each one of the destinations has incredible potential for learning and will enhance your New Jersey homeschool unit study.

  • Aviation Hall of Fame of New Jersey (Teterboro) — Not only does this museum offer the chance to learn about the history of aviation, but there are many educational programs designed for children as well, including a program that teaches aeronautics through building gliders.
  • Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary (Short Hills) — Get up close and personal with nature at this outdoor paradise of trails and grounds. It includes a birdwatcher’s room, animal exhibits, and educational programs throughout the year.
  • Historic Cold Spring Village (Cape May) — June through September, this living history museum stretches across 22 acres and introduces families to rural life in Southern New Jersey in the 1800’s. There are education programs for people of all ages.
  • Montclair Art Museum (Montclair) — This unique museum highlights not only American art, but Native American art, as well. The collection includes over 12,000 works and offers traveling exhibits as well. Many educational programs are available for students.
  • Storybook Land (Egg Harbor Township) — It couldn’t be easier to tie in a literature study with this field trip option. Your family can walk through the most memorable stories of your childhood in this book-themed park.

For additional field trip options in New Jersey, visit A2Z Homeschooling’s New Jersey Field Trips with Kids page.

New Jersey Freebies and Deals for Homeschoolers

  • Adventure Aquarium (Camden) — During special days of the school year, homeschoolers are eligible for tickets at up to 50% off normal pricing.
  • Cape May County Park & Zoo (Cape May Court House)— Zoos with free admission are few and far between, so don’t miss a chance to visit this one, especially since they are open every day of the year except Christmas!
  • Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge (Medford) — Homeschoolers ages 3-14 can attend nature education classes on the second Tuesday and Wednesday of each month, September through June. Cost is only $10 per child.
  • Grover Cleveland’s Birthplace (Caldwell) — Step back in time to the early 1800’s with this museum dedicated to the country’s 22nd (and 24th!) president. It is open five days a week and self-guided tours are FREE to the public.
  • Seabrook Educational and Cultural Center (Seabrook) — Immerse yourself in the stories of Japanese and other immigrant and refugee populations who created this culturally diverse community. You’ll be fascinated by the large scale model of the village from the 1950’s as well as many other exhibits. Admission is FREE and hours are Mondays-Thursdays from 9 to noon.

New Jersey Learning Games for Children

Want to extend your New Jersey unit study even farther? The following learning resources will introduce you to even more fun facts about New Jersey and will also give your homeschoolers the opportunity to test their knowledge of what they’ve learned so far.

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Star Wars: Where Science Meets Imagination https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/star-wars-where-science-meets-imagination/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/star-wars-where-science-meets-imagination/#respond Thu, 14 Dec 2017 12:00:31 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=11743 Almost every child remembers the first time Luke Skywalker activated his lightsaber: the brilliant, fluorescent glow and the powerful humming noise. It was Star Wars tech and science fiction rolled up into one cool weapon. The audience’s collective imagination went wild. And it was fun! With the newest Star Wars movie premiering in the next […]]]>

Almost every child remembers the first time Luke Skywalker activated his lightsaber: the brilliant, fluorescent glow and the powerful humming noise. It was Star Wars tech and science fiction rolled up into one cool weapon. The audience’s collective imagination went wild. And it was fun!

With the newest Star Wars movie premiering in the next few days, everyone is talking about it. Now, teachers across the country are integrating Star Wars science into their science classes — they even help children build their own lightsabers! And why wouldn’t they? Children love the creatures, the other-worldly planets, and the amazing technology. More importantly, children are interested in learning about how they can create their own star wars universe. And that’s great because jobs in science and technology are booming and children should become aware of their benefits and the opportunities they offer.

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Star Wars Science Experiments

Homeschooling parents are always looking for creative ways to challenge their children and make learning exciting. Star Wars science experiments provide an amazing opportunity to blend technology with everyday homeschooling.

For example, Amazon.com offers a Star Wars Droid Inventor Kit. It comes with easy step-by-step directions — and children can work on their own or with their parents. The kit also offers an “Inventor app” that challenges children to teach their droids new skills. What an amazing way for parents to introduce their homeschoolers to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) programs.

Holograms are another way families can experiment with the effects seen in Star Wars. Holograms are a three-dimensional image formed by the interference of light beams from a laser or other coherent light source. A simple Google search will provide directions for making a hologram.

Benefits of the Science of Star Wars

As noted earlier, STEM programs and job opportunities have risen over the past decade. But the workforce experience that employers are looking for can’t match the jobs available. The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology stated in 2012:

Economic projections point to a need for approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than the U.S. will produce at the current rate over the next decade if the country is to retain its historical preeminence in science and technology.

You may think studying STEM lessons is a bit crazy to focus on science in the early years. But any science or math, especially utilizing programs and themes that interest them, helps children become more prepared and confident in their abilities. Instilling that confidence motivates them — and also encourages learning on their own.

The Star Wars theme certainly interests most children and acts as an alternative to basic science lessons. They are visually and physically interacting with characters they have a connection with and a love for because they’ve experienced them at the movies. Take advantage and watch your children enjoy themselves as they learn.

Impact of Star Wars on Society

The characters in star wars impacted people of all ages. Their wacky names (Obi Wan Kenobi), and endearing habits, such as the worried C-3PO, piqued the interest of the young and not so young alike. But what really made the movies memorable have been the incredible weapons, spaceships, and technology. Who could forget hyperdrive?

Hyperdrives allow starships to travel faster than the speed of light, crossing space through the alternate dimension of hyperspace.

But the impact also reached the education world. While they don’t let you travel faster than the speed of light, technology such as tablets, hand-held devices, and smartphones have opened up a new world of learning for children.

Star Wars made an indelible mark on society and it continues with the new episodes. If your child has shown interest in star wars technology, tune in every week on the Star Wars YouTube page for exciting educational episodes featuring all things Star Wars science. May the force be with you!

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The Time4Learning Benefits You Might Have Missed https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/the-time4learning-benefits-you-might-have-missed/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/the-time4learning-benefits-you-might-have-missed/#respond Wed, 06 Dec 2017 14:00:39 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=11467 Sure, everyone knows that Time4Learning is an online curriculum that’s fun and easy to use for preschool through high school. We know that the multimedia lessons keep kids and teens engaged as they learn. We even know that it’s great for homeschool, afterschool, and summer use. Yet, behind the comprehensive, standards-based program used by tens […]]]>

Sure, everyone knows that Time4Learning is an online curriculum that’s fun and easy to use for preschool through high school. We know that the multimedia lessons keep kids and teens engaged as they learn. We even know that it’s great for homeschool, afterschool, and summer use. Yet, behind the comprehensive, standards-based program used by tens of thousands of families, lie a host of benefits of homeschooling with Time4Learning that aren’t as well-known.

Let’s look at 17 of the benefits you receive as a Time4Learning subscriber that you definitely should be aware of, if you aren’t already.

Time4Learning Printables

Time4Learning Helps for Students

  1. Free printables — Although Time4Learning is an online curriculum, we know that many parents and students appreciate the hands-on reinforcement of printable worksheets. These are available for many of the curriculum lessons and can be found in the Resources section of the Parent Dashboard.
  2. Educational Playground — Whether it’s used as a break between lessons or as an incentive system, the learning playground is a safe, fun, and motivating environment for students.
  3. Educational Gameroom — Similar to the Playground, Time4Learning offers students in grades 4-12 age-appropriate games, educational activities, and more. Timer settings allow you to control when and how long your student can access this environment.
  4. Time4Art — One of the most fun perks of homeschooling for Time4Learning students is the animated art curriculum available to users starting in the fourth grade. Kids learn both art theory and art history with online and offline activities.
  5. Time4Friends — Teens usually have a strong need to connect with other teens based on mutual interests and activities. That’s why our Time4Friends moderated social network for high schoolers is so popular with students.

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Time4Learning Helps for Parents

  1. Free homeschool guide for new homeschoolers — Is this homeschooling thing brand new for your family? Our free Welcome to Homeschooling Guide will be an invaluable resource as you learn how to homeschool.
  2. Spelling lists by grade level — Students can improve both spelling and vocabulary with custom spelling lists for each grade level. These are available in the resources section of the parent dashboard.
  3. Reading lists by grade level — Parents can see at a glance what books and literature are integrated into their child’s language arts lessons with these downloadable resource pages. These are available in the resources section of the parent dashboard.
  4. Science supply lists by grade level — You’ll never get caught off guard or be without something crucial to the next offline science experiment thanks to these downloadable lists. These are available in the resources section of the parent dashboard.
  5. Customized progress reports — This newly updated tool provides a detailed account of all Activities, Quizzes, and Chapter Tests the student has completed based on the parameters you establish. Once generated, custom reports are available for print, PDF download or as an Excel file where you can enter in your own offline activities.
  6. Parent forum — Sometimes you just want to know what other families using Time4Learning are experiencing. You might wonder how they handle specific aspects of subjects or lessons. That’s where the Parent Forum comes in. Search, browse previous posts, or create your own.
  7. Time4Learning-Families on Facebook — If you use social media frequently, another great networking option is our dedicated parent group on Facebook. Asking questions and getting answers is the name of the game in this supportive community.
  8. Transcript template — Many high school members have requested a transcript they can use to track their coursework with Time4Learning. Although Time4Learning is not a school, and doesn’t give credits, we offer families a homeschool transcript template to use for creating their own. Colleges and universities are usually very open to custom transcripts from homeschoolers.
  9. Six-week summer program — When you want to use summer as a time for review or preparation for the year ahead, our six-week plans for Kindergarten through 8th grade will give your student that step up that he or she needs. These are available through the parent dashboard resources.
  10. Discounts on Extra Education options — Although Time4Learning is a comprehensive curriculum covering math, language arts, science, social studies, and more, we understand that families have different needs. For you, we’ve teamed up with some of the best names in educational technology to bring you discounts on supplemental homeschool resources. View these opportunities in the Extra Education section of your parent dashboard.
  11. Refer-A-Friend program — Earn $25 or a free month’s subscription for every friend or family member who becomes a Time4Learning user and gives your name and email as a referral. We even have a customized invitation page you can use.
  12. Activity Planner — Keeping your homeschool on schedule is easy with Time4Learning’s Activity Planner. Depending on whether you simply want to know how many lessons to schedule for your student each week, or want to make a detailed plan for the whole year, our customized planning tools are up for the task.

Time4Learning Custom Reports and Planner

If you’re already a Time4Learning member, then we hope you will find these benefits a cool bonus to an already broad-based program. If you aren’t yet a member, then after seeing all these perks, we hope you are ready to SIGN UP and start exploring all that’s waiting for you!

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Homeschool Unit Study: Delaware State Facts https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/homeschool-unit-study-delaware-state-facts/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/new-homeschooler/homeschool-unit-study-delaware-state-facts/#respond Mon, 04 Dec 2017 13:00:22 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=11498 On December 7, 2017, the state of Delaware will celebrate its 230th anniversary as part of the United States. In fact, it was the very first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. But this is only one of the many interesting pieces of information that your homeschoolers will find out in this unit study. We’ll […]]]>

On December 7, 2017, the state of Delaware will celebrate its 230th anniversary as part of the United States. In fact, it was the very first state to ratify the U.S. Constitution. But this is only one of the many interesting pieces of information that your homeschoolers will find out in this unit study. We’ll be exploring the “First State” by pointing out some of the important historical facts about Delaware, some Delaware trivia that may surprise your students, and even some fun things for children to do in Delaware.

You’ll also enjoy our collection of online Delaware learning games which will challenge your homeschoolers to test what they’ve learned via interactive play. This particular unit study can be used as part of your geography and/or history lessons, or just a neat supplement to your regular schedule. View relevant lessons per grade level for this unit study. Are you ready to learn more about this tiny state with a big history? Then let’s get this unit study started!

Delaware Fast Facts

Became a Colony

1664

Became a State

1787

State Capital

Dover

State Abbreviation

DE

Border States
  • Maryland
  • Pennsylvania
  • New Jersey
State Flag Delaware State Flag
State Song

“Our Delaware”

State Nicknames
  • The First State
  • The Diamond State
  • Blue Hen State
Notable Delawareans
  • Joe Biden, 47th Vice-President of the United States
  • Henry Heimlich, surgeon and inventor
  • Richard Allen, founder of the African Methodist Episcopal Church
  • Annie Jump Cannon, astronomer and creator of the Harvard Classification Scheme for organizing and classifying stars
  • E.I. du Pont, founder of one of the world’s largest chemical companies

Historical Facts About Delaware

The history of Delaware is a lengthy one. It begins, when in 1610, explorer Samuel Argall named the river and the bay of the area after the governor of Virginia, Thomas West, Lord De La Warr. Later, it became one of the original thirteen British colonies established in 1664. Let’s look at some fun facts about the colony of Delaware.

  • The first European settlers of the area were the Swedes and the Dutch.
  • Dutch and Swedish rule ended when the British conquered the area in 1664.
  • Legend has it that the Stars and Stripes first flew here during a Revolutionary War battle at Cooch’s Bridge in 1777.
  • Also in 1777, Dover became the capital of the state.
  • It became a state on December 7, 1787.
  • It got its nickname as “First State” because it was the first of the thirteen original colonies to ratify the U.S. Constitution.

But statehood was only the beginning for Delaware. Here are some more Delaware state facts you can share with your children.

  • The Delaware city of Lewes was bombed by the British in the War of 1812.
  • The first public schools in the state were created in 1829.
  • Delaware remained in the Union during the Civil War, however when the 13th amendment was created to abolish slavery in 1865, Delaware voted against it.
  • Between 1883 and 1886, the Baltimore and Ohio Railroad extended throughout Delaware.
  • Between 1911 and 1924, Delaware added a highway that ran the length of the state.
  • In 1920, Delaware rejected the passage of a women’s suffrage amendment.
  • Over 40,000 Delawareans served in World Wars I and II.
  • The Delaware Memorial Bridge, that links the state with New Jersey, was built in 1951.
  • E. I. du Pont de Nemours and Co. was the state’s largest employer from the early 1900s through the 1990s.
  • Delaware’s first female governor, Ruth Ann Minner, was elected in 2000.

Geographical Facts About Delaware

While the diamond state’s history is rich, you’ll want to make sure to cover important facts about Delaware’s geography with your children, too. Exploring a map of the state will help a lot, and if you have a printable Delaware map that you can mark up, that’s even better! Here are just some of the things you may want to explore and mark on your map.

  • Delaware is the second smallest state (after Rhode Island.)
  • Despite being so small, Delaware is the sixth most densely populated state.
  • Much of the state is surrounded by water, with the Atlantic Ocean, the Delaware River, and the Delaware Bay all sharing parts of its boundary.
  • Delaware occupies most of the Delmarva Peninsula, a large peninsula on the upper East Coast of the U.S.
  • There are three state forests in Delaware: Blackbird, Taber, and Redden.
  • The southern border of the state contains over 30,000 acres of swampland.
  • Delaware has only three counties.

Delaware State Map

Download our FREE Delaware state map printable. Use it as a coloring page or use it to plot the state’s geographical features.

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Activities for Children in Delaware

There is no better way to enliven a unit study than with hands-on learning! Do you live in Delaware? Or perhaps you will be traveling to the state in the near future? Homeschooling families looking for educational field trip ideas will discover plenty of things for children to do in Delaware. When planning your trip to Delaware make sure to enhance the experience for your children with these enriching activities that will surely help them absorb more knowledge on the Diamond State.

  • Ashland Nature Center (Hockessin) — 130 acres of natural landscape for learning and playing. Nature trails will wind you through marsh, woodlands, meadows, and alongside a creek. In addition, there are many educational opportunities for homeschoolers such as a Young Naturalist Club, Young Waterfowlers Club, and nature clubs for preschoolers.
  • Delaware Children’s Museum (Wilmington) — a giant learning playground for students. Homeschoolers will learn about everything from the human body to ecology to banking at the state’s only children’s museum.
  • Hagley Museum and Library (Wilmington) — the site of the original gunpowder works founded by E.I. du Pont in 1801. This memorial to industry and innovation includes both indoor and outdoor exhibits such as restored mills, a workers’ community, and the original home and gardens of the du Pont family.
  • Historic Odessa (Odessa) — historic village that played an important role in the 18th century commercial life of the state. There are guided tours of the properties, or you can explore on your own to see striking displays of the architecture and grounds.
  • The St. Jones Reserve (Dover) — a natural estuary filled with hiking trails and interactive exhibits. Your homeschool students will enjoy a ¼ mile jaunt on a boardwalk over the salt marsh, as well as the restoration demonstration areas.

For additional field trip options in Delaware, visit A2Z Homeschooling’s Delaware Field Trips with Kids page.

Delaware Freebies and Deals for Homeschoolers

  • The Delaware Contemporary (Wilmington) — this art museum offers FREE admission, and it features “Free Family Sundays,” a guided art exploration for children and parents.
  • Air Mobility Command Museum (Dover)— a great place to learn about the history of the Air Force, and Dover AFB in particular. Museum admission is completely FREE and students 10 and older will even have an opportunity to fly any of the museum aircraft on a flight simulator.
  • Seaside Nature Center (Lewes) — as if five 1,000 gallon fish tanks and a touch tank filled with local wildlife weren’t enough to convince you to visit this destination, there is no cost for this educational outing! Plus, it is also part of the Friends of Cape Henlopen State Park’s free borrow-a-bike program.
  • Woodburn, the Governor’s Residence (Dover) — although you’ll need to schedule them at least 24 hours in advance, tours of Woodburn are free to the public. The home was built in 1798 and has an incredibly diverse history attached to it.
  • Port Penn Interpretive Center (Port Penn) — this state park is open from Memorial Day to Labor Day each year and features exhibits that highlight the folklife of the 250 year old village. FREE admission.

Delaware Learning Games for Children

Want to extend your Delaware unit study even farther? The following learning resources will introduce you to even more fun facts about Delaware and will also give your homeschoolers the opportunity to test their knowledge of what they’ve learned so far.

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Creative Math Help for the Atypical Student https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/creative-math-help-for-the-atypical-student/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/creative-math-help-for-the-atypical-student/#respond Mon, 24 Apr 2017 21:26:32 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=10053 “Average” is only for numbers. Some students need a more customized and creative math approach. Traditional math instruction is designed for “traditional” students. But, what if your student has learning differences and needs remedial math guidance. Or, what about kids especially savvy with numbers who need gifted math intervention? Out-of-the-box learners need a more custom-made […]]]>

“Average” is only for numbers. Some students need a more customized and creative math approach.

Traditional math instruction is designed for “traditional” students. But, what if your student has learning differences and needs remedial math guidance. Or, what about kids especially savvy with numbers who need gifted math intervention? Out-of-the-box learners need a more custom-made approach to building number sense. This could include:

  • using visual math approaches such as manipulatives (concrete or virtual objects) to represent numbers and symbols
  • providing accommodations for specific weaknesses such as letting children with spatial deficits use graph paper to line up subtraction problems
  • accelerating a student to more advanced math if he or she shows signs of boredom
  • modeling problem-solving strategies for difficult tasks
  • giving children opportunities to connect math concepts to real-life situations
  • avoiding criticism and instead building on known strengths
  • using game-based review and remediation tools

Math is More Than Sums and Products

Gifted math students are often naturals when it comes to memorizing their multiplication tables, dividing fractions, or determining percentages. Arithmetic (manipulation of numbers), though, is only one aspect of mathematics (theory of numbers). Remedial math students who struggle with number sense may show incredible strengths in other math areas such as geometry, algebra, or probability. You may feel much better about your particular student’s struggles in math when you see that they may simply have strengths in one area of math and weaknesses in others.

Putting the “Fun” in Fundamentals

When working with your children on the math areas they are weakest in, don’t hesitate to use out-of-the-box strategies that incorporate the things they already love. Games like Monopoly™, Candyland™, and even video games such as Madden NFL™ and Lego Dimensions™ help students practice number sense. Putting your child in charge of the meal planning and grocery shopping one week a month requires an enormous amount of intuitive math skills. Time4Learning’s interactive math lessons and the wide array of math games on Learning Games for Kids are another way to blend education with fun.

Honoring Your Child’s Uniqueness

Because every child falls into a different place on the math learning spectrum, it’s important not to lean on a one-size-fits-all approach. Every student deserves a math program that is customized to their specific needs. Time4Learning’s math curriculum can help. We offer access to up to three grade levels of instruction, the ability to pick and choose lessons based on concepts needing review, and a multimedia style that keeps kids motivated to learn. Try one of the many math demo lessons to see if Time4Learning’s unique approach is a good fit for your one-of-a-kind student.

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Seeking Skill Building and Supplemental Educational Resources? https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/seeking-skill-building-and-supplemental-educational-resources/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/seeking-skill-building-and-supplemental-educational-resources/#respond Sun, 02 Apr 2017 14:13:55 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=9801 Find them at your next homeschool convention Homeschool families know that homeschool conventions are a treasure trove of information. Homeschool families who are in a “good place” with their homeschool and curriculum can still benefit from their local annual event. If your student is in a traditional school setting, attending one is eye-opening and beneficial […]]]>

Find them at your next homeschool convention

Homeschool families know that homeschool conventions are a treasure trove of information. Homeschool families who are in a “good place” with their homeschool and curriculum can still benefit from their local annual event. If your student is in a traditional school setting, attending one is eye-opening and beneficial for you, as well. Here’s why. When a child struggles or excels with a subject or concept, whether they’re attending traditional school or not, homeschool conventions provide new and dynamic techniques for teaching them how to overcome those difficulties or capitalize on their mastery.

Benefits of Homeschool Conventions

Attending a homeschool convention gives you access to educational vendors and workshops with skill building resources and supplemental educational products. But, just as beneficial is the community of parents just like you who are seeking guidance, new ideas, and tools to help their children succeed. Homeschool parents and parents of children in typical schools will see more similarities than differences when it comes to giving their children the very best education.

Advocating for your child never stops: Homeschool families have to stand up for their students just as much as parents of children in traditional schools. One homeschool mom shared the story of her son who had graduated at the age of 15 and upon entering his local junior college, and in spite of near perfect ACT math scores and the completion of trigonometry in high school, was told he had to take College Algebra. He was also told that he could not take a science lab because he was too young. His mom fought to make sure he was placed in the right classes and paved the way for other homeschoolers.

Parents of traditionally schooled children know that if their children are struggling or bored because they’ve already mastered a subject, they must get involved to get the right program that will work best for their student.

Aside from having other parents to get ideas from, homeschool conventions showcase all kinds of learning programs from traditional to game-based and reward systems. Parents can take an active role in their child’s education and feel like they’ve accomplished something rewarding for themselves and their children.

You’ll do next to anything to help your child fulfill their passion: Children don’t always enjoy school — but they do enjoy learning. By attending a homeschool convention, parents discover new outlets and resources that bring the love and passion back to school. They may take the form of music, aviation, nature, or some other field. Discovering and supporting these passions makes school more interesting. And these conventions delve deep into finding alternative subjects that interest children and motivate them as they continue with their core studies.

A desire to help your child achieve subject proficiency: Homeschooling parents and parents of traditionally schooled children often feel frustrated and alone when their students struggle. For traditionally schooled children the struggles often grow because the classroom work progresses with or without your child. Homeschool families have the benefit of learning on their own schedule. After school and supplementary programs like Time4Learning can provide the extra boost most children need when they’re working to keep up. It combines serious learning techniques, dynamic interaction, and fun.

A need to learn and grow as a parent: Parents from all walks of life and educational situations (such as homeschoolers and non-homeschoolers) learn from each other at conventions. Ideas are swapped, professionals hold workshops and educational tools are available for review and demonstrations. Conventions open up a whole new educational experience for parents looking to help their children keep up with their classwork or expand on subjects they’ve already mastered.

When you have your homeschool running like a well-oiled machine, or if your child is attending public/private school, going to homeschool convention may seem unnecessary. However, homeschool conventions are for more than new homeschool families or those on the cusp of going from traditional school to homeschool. Parents with children in any educational setting are bound to find tools and resources to address any challenges they may be facing. They can also get tips and techniques to help their children in learning more about the things that excite them be they music, art, chemistry and the like. Lastly, there is a camaraderie among parents at homeschool conventions that ensures the event is incredibly worthwhile.

Time4Learning is made up of thousands of learning activities, lessons, and assessments that span preschool through high school. Time4Learning is a student-paced program so children can learn at an accelerated pace or take more time with subjects they find challenging. If you haven’t joined yet, take advantage of the Time4Learning 14-day money-back guarantee today. Try our free demo now!

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3 Ways to Grow Your Child’s Foreign Language Skills https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/3-ways-to-grow-your-childs-foreign-language-skills/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/3-ways-to-grow-your-childs-foreign-language-skills/#respond Wed, 21 Dec 2016 18:34:44 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/?p=9109 The time had finally come and we were ready for our family vacation to Mexico. After the 6-hour flight, we finally landed and made our way to baggage claim to collect our belongings. As we stepped outside to catch a ride to our hotel, I saw a man yell, “Necesitas que te lleven?” I didn’t […]]]>

The time had finally come and we were ready for our family vacation to Mexico. After the 6-hour flight, we finally landed and made our way to baggage claim to collect our belongings. As we stepped outside to catch a ride to our hotel, I saw a man yell, “Necesitas que te lleven?” I didn’t know what he was saying so I just shook my head and politely said, “No, that’s alright.” Little did I know that the man was asking if we needed a ride. Instead of quickly getting to our hotel, I passed on the offer and delayed our transportation all because I didn’t speak or understand Spanish. After that week long trip, my children made me promise that before our next vacation, we would make an effort to learn the country’s native language.

Travel is just one of the many reasons families choose to learn a second language. Learning an additional language improves one’s native language skills, memory, and academics. Many school-aged children pick language as an elective. And still, there are families who relocate to other countries because of work or military obligations. Whatever your reason is for learning a foreign language, consider incorporating these three tips to grow your children’s foreign language skills.

How to Grow Your Child’s Foreign Language Skills

  1. Sign Up for a Foreign Language Program
  2. Take a Mock Vacation
  3. Practice your New Language in Creative Ways

Sign Up for a Foreign Language Program

There are in-person classes, tutors, homeschool co-ops, foreign language clubs, and even apps that can be great resources for teaching your child a foreign language.

We found the best fit for our family was to add Time4Languages on to our Time4Learning membership. These online interactive courses can be accessed on a desktop, mobile, or tablet 24/7. We chose German, but they also have courses in Italian, Japanese, Russian, Spanish (Latin American), French, Chinese (Mandarin), Latin, and English (American). The program is great because it helps my children think and speak in German. They are also talking into a microphone to perfect their pronunciation of the words.

Take A Mock Vacation

Taking a trip to the country in which the language originates in or studying abroad are great ways to learn your foreign language. However, if you’re like my family, taking a trip once a year is all that fits in our budget. Since Germany was the next country we would be visiting, we held a mock vacation day at home, where my children and I immersed ourselves in the German culture all from our home. We dressed up in lederhosen, which is the German word for trousers, we baked pretzels, and cooked bratwurst on the grill. We also spoke German all day. This really put our knowledge to the test. If we didn’t know how to say a specific word or phrase we would write it down so we could do some research on it later.

Practice your New Language in Creative Ways

Learning a new language is exciting, but you definitely have to practice to help it stick. We have found fun and creative ways to keep up our family’s newfound skills before our trip. Here are a few that you and your family can also try:

  • Change all your settings on your phone/computer to the specific language you are learning. Surprisingly enough, you will catch on very quickly and be able to maneuver around your device sooner than later.
  • Rent a foreign movie but try to hold off on the subtitles as long as possible.
  • Fun Fact: Wikipedia pages have been created in over 200 languages, get ready to read lots and lots of foreign content.
  • Visit a restaurant specializing in the country for the language you are learning. Not only can you practice reading the menu and order in the language, but also get a feel for the culture.
  • Find a penpal in a country that speaks the language you are learning. You can either write letters to practice your writing or Skype to practice your pronunciations.
  • Join a foreign language club. It’s a great way to make friends with common interests.

Today, we live in such a diverse world, where approximately 350 different languages are spoken throughout the U.S. and 43% of the world’s population is bilingual. If you are ready to help your children become multilingual, consider an online program such as Time4Languages, which can easily fit into your daily schedule. And don’t forget to practice those newfound skills with reading, writing, and pronunciation activities inside and outside of the house. I can’t wait to see how this extra effort pays off when we visit Germany in the summer.

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What About Math? https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/what-about-math/ https://www.time4learning.com/blog/afterschoolskill-building/what-about-math/#respond Fri, 22 Apr 2016 14:20:59 +0000 https://www.time4learning.com/blog/?p=95 Time4Learning strongly feels that a solid math foundation is vital for children to succeed. Without these skills, chances are they will have a lot of trouble in school and beyond. It’s no wonder that students with weak math skills have a difficult time with the subject. As a result, they get poor grades and you […]]]>

Time4Learning strongly feels that a solid math foundation is vital for children to succeed. Without these skills, chances are they will have a lot of trouble in school and beyond.

It’s no wonder that students with weak math skills have a difficult time with the subject. As a result, they get poor grades and you may even notice that they begin to develop math anxiety. But when a child develops a solid math foundation, you’ll be amazed at how that stress and anxiety disappears. You might even hear your child say that math is fun!

Building a solid foundation in math requires a systematic approach. Too many children do not get the broad introduction and ongoing practice that builds confidence and deep understanding. The primary mistakes that parents make in teaching math are having too narrow a focus and reviewing math concepts out of sequence. This blog post will discuss broadening focus; a future blog post will cover proper sequence.

Parents tend to overemphasize arithmetic and overlook other math areas. The Time4Learning math lesson plans are available for you to review. They teach these five math strands:

  • Number Sense and Operations – Knowing how to represent numbers and recognizing “how many” in a group paves the way for grasping number theory.
  • Algebra – Even at the preschool level, learning to recognize patterns and sets (“pick the small red fish”) creates the groundwork for working with unknowns and algebraic variables and prepares students for algebra in middle school.
  • Geometry and Spatial Sense – When children build on their knowledge of basic shapes, they increase their ability to reason spatially, read maps, visualize objects in space and eventually use geometry to solve problems.
  • Measurement – Learning how to measure and compare is an important life skill that encompasses the concepts of length, weight, temperature, capacity, time and money.
  • Data Analysis and Probability – Using charts, tables and graphs will help children learn to share and organize information about the world.

The Time4Learning online system allows children in pre-k to high school to progress through the math curriculum with a self-paced, comprehensive, fun approach. The fundamentals of math are taught in such an engaging way that your children will enjoy learning their math. Try our interactive demos or sign up now and receive a 100% satisfaction guarantee.

Time4Learning’s math program continues through high school. This includes Pre-Algebra, Algebra I and II, Geometry, Trigonometry and Pre-Calculus. Learn more about our pre-algebra and algebra online course.

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