Have you started using online courses in your homeschool yet? There are so many wonderful benefits to doing so!
Why Use Online Courses in Your Homeschool
- Online courses are written by and taught by experts in the subject.
- Usually, online courses don’t require prep work by the teacher. Everything needed is right there in the course.
- Online courses can often be completed independently by the student.
- There are online courses available for every subject and every grade level!
- Kids will learn typing, app, website, and other skills they will need to know for the future.
- It frees the homeschool mom up to focus one-on-one with another child, focus on her job, or focus on other essential work around the home.
- Some online courses take care of giving tests and quizzes, grading them, and keeping the grades!
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What Online Courses are we using this year?
For all the reasons above, we are using quite a few online courses this year in our homeschool. I have 6 kids I’m still homeschooling, in grades 3rd, 5th, 7th, 8th, 10th, and 11th.
- Art lessons from Beyond the Stick Figure
- Selling on Etsy Masterclass for Teens course. My daughter is launching her Etsy shop NailSetsByB this week!
- All levels of Math (3rd grade through Algebra 2) with Teaching Textbooks
- Elementary Science with No Sweat Nature Study Live
- Upper-level Science with Apologia Self-Paced Marine Biology course
- Upper-level Spanish with Living Waters Spanish (If you sign up, tell Mrs. Riegg I referred you, so I’ll get a referral credit. Thanks!)
- Upper-level Music History with Music Appreciation: Middle Ages Thru High School
- Elementary Music Appreciation with Music in Our Homeschool Plus
- SAT test prep with College Prep Genius
- Entrepreneurship course with Visionary Entrepreneurship (Mark is happy to give any of my readers $10 off any plan if you use coupon code JOY10 .That coupon code expires on Aug 31.)
- More art lessons and art appreciation from Masterpiece Society
See below for some great online courses and sales!
In this online course you Let’s Study Newton will find 19 lessons based on the life, era and culture in which Sir Isaac Newton lived, including experiments, videos, MP3 audio files, printable worksheets, online games, and interactives. It is chock full of resources for ages upper primary through high school. Families will enjoy the ‘Read & Discuss’ sections about Newton’s life, greatest accomplishments, and beliefs. There are opportunities to review and test your knowledge as well as assignments for final projects that include experiments using the included scientific method lab report. Save 25% with Code: ONLINE2020 Learn more here
This online science & history course Let’s Study Galileo is full of resources for ages upper elementary through high school. Family’s will enjoy the ‘Read & Respond’ discussion-style questions about Galileo’s life, greatest accomplishments, and beliefs. Also included are opportunities to review and test your knowledge & fun, engaging experiments to learn more about Galileo’s most famous works and ideas. Assignments for final projects that include experiments, lab reports and fun, not-so-sciencey’ ways to express your knowledge and understanding of Galileo. Finally, there are excellent history resources and science museum information dedicated to the life and work of Galileo Galilei. Save 25% with Code: ONLINE2020 Learn more here
This online course Let’s Study Archimedes is 12 digital lessons and experiments about Archimedes It includes: ‘Read & Discuss’ information about Archimedes’ life and greatest accomplishments; An Archimedes Timeline, Fun Facts Quiz Cards; 5 fun, engaging experiments to learn more about Archimedes’ most famous inventions,15 + videos offering 6+ hours of instruction. Information about museums dedicated to the life and work of Archimedes. Save 25% with Code: ONLINE2020 Learn more here
With this online course How to Turn Almost Any Homeschool Subject into a Family Travel Adventure you will enrich your homeschool by planning staycations, family days out or epic family adventures based on your homeschool curriculum. Choose a travel destination and plan your homeschool with a family trip in mind. Learn how to utilize virtual learning in your homeschool as a way to inspire, educate and plan the next family travel adventure. Save 25% with Code: ONLINE2020 Learn more here
Does your homeschool teen need an elective credit on their transcript but feels uninspired by the options? Would your creative high schooler like to make money on the side while completing coursework? Would YOU like to have all the teaching outsourced, homeschool mom? Then the Selling on Etsy Masterclass for Teens is for YOU! Save 20% with code MOXIE Learn more here
Podcast Launch for Teens is a step-by-step game plan for creating and growing a podcast. Your teens can pursue the topics they’re passionate about, gain experience in new mediums and platforms, all while earning credit on their homeschool transcript Save 20% with code MOXIE Learn more here
The Ebay Reseller Mini-Course will give your teenager the step-by-step information he needs to declutter his personal stuff first, make some sales, then reinvest into his business and start reselling. Save 20% with code MOXIE Learn more here
The 15-Minute Music Lessons online course contains nineteen lessons especially suited for elementary-aged students. Everything you need is included right in the course: Lessons to read, Videos to watch, Printables, Online quizzes, and Sometimes links to other sites to enrich your learning on the subject. You can complete each music appreciation lesson in 15 minutes, but more material is included if you’d like to expand the time or the days on a particular lesson. Save 20% with code ONLINE2020 (exp. 8/31) Learn more here
Intro to Musicals for Elementary Students includes ten lessons on ten different musicals. Read about the story and background, watch video clips, work on one printable per lesson, take an online quiz, and explore links to outside sites with other materials to enrich your study. The ten musicals are Annie, Seussical, Cats, James and the Giant Peach, Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat, Mary Poppins, Newsies, Annie Get Your Gun, The Music Man, and The Wizard of Oz. Save 20% with code ONLINE2020 (exp. 8/31) Learn more here
You and your students will LOVE the 65 lessons included in the World Music for Elementary online course! Each lesson is about the music of a different country or area of the world. You’ll learn about unique instruments, folk dances, songs, and styles. • Listen to music sung in other languages. • See indigenous people perform their music for you. • Learn to love the people and their music from all around the world! World Music for Elementary is a perfect complement to any world geography or world history course. Each lesson should take you around 15-30 minutes, excluding the optional activity. Some lessons, but not all, include instrument notebooking pages as well! Save 20% with code ONLINE2020 (exp. 8/31) Learn more here
Online art courses and projects for the entire family. Get unlimited access to the ever-growing library of courses and projects at Beyond the Stick Figure. Suitable for students age 5 and up. Get your first 6 weeks in the Beyond the Stick Figure Unlimited Trial for only $9.99 with code BSFUPGRADE Learn more here
Want to paint delightful family portraits with you family? Makes a perfect project for back to school or holiday gifts! Learn step by step how to make these miniature masterpieces and then how to put them all together into an entire family. Use Paint Your Own Family Portraits to personalize to your style and personalities. Save 40% with code ARTFAMILY Learn more here
The course Watercolor Pumpkin Projects contains everything you need to add those special finishing touches to your holiday. Simple, clear, and concise, step by step videos will lead you through this signature mini-course. These projects can be used to decorate your table, create gifts, craft hand-painted cards, and so much more! Best of all, the techniques taught in this course will give you the skill and confidence to create your own masterpieces from scratch. Now, that’s the gift that keeps on giving! Save 40% with code ARTFAMILY Learn more
The Explore Delaware online course helps your upper elementary through high school students learn everything there is to know about Delaware by learning about Famous People & Places. They will explore literature, history, geography, science & art. In this online course students will enjoy the videos and the other hands-on activities as they learn about ‘The First State’. Save 25% with Code: ONLINE2020 Learn more here
The Explore Pennsylvania online course helps your upper elementary through high school students learn just about everything there is to know about Pennsylvania. They will explore literature, history, geography, science & art. In this online course students will enjoy the videos and the other hands-on activities. Save 25% with Code: ONLINE2020 Learn more here
Check out Gena’s Online Course Site and get 20% off with code ONLINE2020 through August 31, 2020!