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Homeschool Lesson: Biosphere Project

An interesting science project about biospheres to teach your homeschool!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download


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Homeschools need electives, too!

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Homeschools need electives, too! Make sure to wrap up the back to school shopping with electives.

Art Worksheet for the Homeschool

Here’s a great art worksheet we found to use for your homeschoolers.


Great Project And Activity For Your Family An easy project to do with your family. “Grass Head Guys”download movie The Diary of a Teenage Girl 2015

Fall Festival Activities and Games

Fall Festival Activities and Games

Fall is here for many homeschooling families and this means changing with the seasons. Here are some ideas for gamescostumes, and activities to occupy September and October for homeschoolers!

1. Bean Bag Toss Game– Set up a large rectangle cut out of cardboard or wood and cut a small hole in the middle and fill up some old socks with rice or beans! It’s very simple and you can get creative by decorating with any theme your homeschool desires. We suggest the colors of green and orange and place some pumpkins around.

2. Ring Tossing Game– You can create your own posts (like caution cones) if you don’t want posts in the ground in the backyard. Assign points to various difficulty levels and give out treats this way!

3. Scavenger Hunt Game- For this activity, write clues onto pieces of paper near scavenger items littered around the backyard. This doesn’t have to be complicated. You can place pumpkins with a letter painted on that spells out “autumn” and place it around some hiding spots and the one of the clues can be “a synonym for fall.”

4. Pinata Party– What’s great about a pinata is it’s two activities in one. You can have a day to make the pinata with your homeschool, because crafting a pinata makes a great art activity! Then on another day, throw a fall shindig and get ready to crack into some wonderful treats.

5. Hide-and-Seek Game– This is a great classic game to play during the fall, because there are plenty of leaves and branches to hide around during this season.Watch movie online The Transporter Refueled (2015)

Wishing a great Fall Festival for the homeschools!

How To Prepare Your Homeschooler For The “Real World”

How To Prepare Your Homeschooler For The “Real World”

There is a stigma against homeschoolers as unsociable and unprepared people compared to public school students, when in fact many studies prove the opposite argument that homeschoolers are better prepared, well-rounded, and work-ready.

Fighting this stigma already, how do we prove to our homeschools and to ourselves as parents and teachers that they will be prepared after leaving the class? How do we prepare them for college, beyond, and most importantly the “Real World?” The “Real World” meaning entering the work force, living on their own, and using life skills.

Here’s some pointers to get you in the right direction. From here, you can find what works for you and your homeschool, because every homeschool is different and unique.

  • Start with being their guide and mentor. That’s why it’s great being a homeschool teacher. You’re the parent and teacher all in one package. You can serve as their college admissions guide and present them information on what schools are around. Check on what kind of SAT scores he or she needs and when they should start the test prep. You know their interests and needs best. Guiding them in this process also helps them focus on which subjects to develop more of.


  • Start intertwining real living with schooling and due to the fact that a homeschool is usually in the home (ha, “home” is in the word, folks!) start from there. Take a lesson in dish washing 101, cook a meal (great homeschool activity that can also be turned into a science lesson), or go outside when it’s hot out to hang some clothes on the line. These little lessons turn out to be big lessons when your homeschool student is living on their own.


  • Add a language for your homeschooler. It keeps your student competitive in the workforce, especially if your student has real exposure and fluency in his or her chosen language. Sometimes a language is not needed at all, it depends on what you see in your homeschool student. Maybe he or she is not an international business student and plan to stay local. You know them best, but if you feel he or she needs it…add a language!


  • Bolster their learning with extra curriculum. Here are some suggestions in materials to use from our homeschool experts here at Nest:

Lesson Boosters or Guidance Systems for life lessons and supplementing lessons. These curriculum are counselling systems that teach students how to manage conflicts. It’s what we call “soft people skills.” You don’t want Jimmy punching Bobby in the face, but when they grow up…. These skills are great in customer service and hospitality. Hone them in now.

Bob Beaudine’s Power of Who for making connections. Essentially The Power of Who is networking on steroids. Yes, start giving them books like these when you start to see them bud in high school. Many students get into business in one form or the other and networking is a must-have skill! All those skills you thought never got a class, you can make it into one.

As you can see, there are plenty of charts and questions to answer. It’s a workbook like any other one from a curriculum.

Rosetta Stone and MegaWorld for language learning and travel learning. We recently got MegaWorld: Dubai. Didn’t you love watching all those National Geographic specials? I loved watching these and when you are on a budget, stick to a DVD and not a plane ticket.

There are also great DVDs by Cerebellum Curriculum that we have in our homeschool. These two I really liked from Daily Planet.

What kinds of life skills are you teaching your homeschool?

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Getting Ready For Back To School

Here are some simple rules for Back to School and the rest of the school year.

1. Be prepared– Back to school can be a hectic time for families. Two words: be prepared. Go back to school shopping with a planned out list. Inventory what you already have and plan for what you are going to stock up on. Then shop online and research store sales, so you can plan to shop and save. Lesson planning takes good amount of preparation, too. Find a template and adjust it to your homeschool’s needs, so you don’t start from scratch.

2. Start with a positive attitude– It’s all about mentality. Even when the day is going by and everything feels overwhelming, remember every family is different and we all have to deal with our problems our own way. No one is perfect! Simply don’t let one bad moment trip up your whole day’s mood. Take a break and breathe. Remember that you want to stay positive and get things completed, because you are the teacher and your homeschool needs you!

3. Stay organized– Take 10-15 minutes a day just putting equipment (scissors, paint brushes, books, etc) back when you are done. Create filing systems out of cereal boxes (thank you, pinterest) and label where it goes. This tiny step will help your homeschooling days flow by! Get the homeschool to help as an end of the day activity to clean up the work area. Tack this as a rule in the homeschool space.

4. Be flexible– Sometimes in our homeschools, we get stuck in a rut from problems. Whether you bought the wrong curriculum (this kills me when this happens) or have taken too long to get to a lesson, you need to adjust and turn a problem around quickly. For example, you’ve sunk the money for a new math curriculum and it’s not working out. It’s not too late to reap the rest of what you paid for. Curriculum is not cheap! Homeschooling families are usually working on one income, so we have to make a mistake work. Use what you can from the text and understand what is not working (usually figured out in hindsight). Buy cheap supplements and see what works, then work from there. Usually you as the teacher finally understand how your homeschooler is processing and understanding the information to make a better decision on the next purchase. Scrap it up as experience and move on quickly. This is what it means to be flexible!

5. Be creative and have fun! Don’t forget that your homeschool is absorbing everything they see and hear and feel from you! The saying goes, “The mind is a sponge!” Keep it simple and fun. Stay creative and make inspiration/idea boards for you to use so you can keep the homeschool fresh. It doesn’t take too much (money wise) to make something entertaining. For example, tape some water color paper on the underside of your kitchen table and let your homeschooler feel like a renaissance artist!

Some pointers before back to school rolls around!


Who is Nest Honoring?

These are some photos from all of us here at NEST – people close to us who have served our great nation. God Bless!

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5 Homeschool Methods You Should Consider

The middle of July seems like an odd time to start thinking about school, but not if you are a homeschooling parent that is in the process of deciding which teaching method to use in the fall.  Although homeschooling is not a new concept, the different methods that can be used to teach have drastically increased since the beginning of homeschooling. With each homeschooling method, there are potential pros and cons. Many of the differences in homeschooling methods boil down to differences in how you view education, how much you want to be involved in teaching, the amount of structure your child needs, and what you want them to learn.
We have compiled a small list of methods to get you started on your research and thought process, while you still have time to decide and choose the best method for you.

The Classical Home Schooling Method:

Based on the philosophy of education used in ancient Greece and in Europe during the Middle Ages, this is a rigorous style of education that views education in three phases. These stages correspond to the development of a child’s ability to reason.  One example of this method is the Memoria Press curriculum, which is designed to be accessible to homeschool families who have no familiarity with the subject being taught. This method works well if you are looking for structure and want to be fairly involved as a teacher.

Computer-Based Home Schooling Method:

As this type of home schooling method is becoming more popular, there are increasing varieties of how students use the computer for their home schooling. Some computer-based curriculums have the curriculum on CDs or DVDs, such as Switched-On Schoolhouse.  This method works  best if you need to find a way to not be involved so much in the day-to-day process of your child’s education, though you would be available to give help and general guidance, and if you have a child who likes being able to work at his own pace and use the computer.

Literature-Based Home Schooling Method:

Rather than use textbooks, this can be rather dry and uninteresting to many children, literature-based curriculums use “living books”. Students read historical fiction, first-person accounts and books written by people with a passion for their subject. This is a good method to choose if you value having your child love to read and if you want to be involved in the day-to-day process of your child’s education. By reading these living books, he or she will love to read!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

The Unschooling/ Relaxed Method:

In the unschooling approach, the parent offers support, resources and encouragement, and the child leads the way in learning. In this home school method, the belief is that the child will learn best if he is interested and self-motivated.  This is a good method if you want your child to have the freedom to follow their own interests, and if you have enough confidence in the process of learning that you don’t mind if not all of your child’s learning can be documented by a written test.

Textbook-based/Traditional Home School Method:

This homeschooling method bases its model on the traditional idea of a classroom school, with workbooks and textbooks.  Some of the most popular textbook-based curricula come from AOP and Bob Jones University.  If your desire is to have your child studying material in a similar scope and sequence as other public or private schools, then you may want to purchase curriculum that comes from a well-known publisher, such as these.  This method works well if you desire the style of a classroom school and want your child to experience that at home, and if your child is able to do well and learn through fill-in-the-blanks and quizzes.

Although this can feel like an exhausting process to think about in July, this list by no means is exhaustive in its potential methods to think about implementing for the school year.  When you have decided which method is best for you, we hope that you will visit NEST Learning. NEST Learning understands Homeschool Curriculum as part of your child’s education, and we provide Homeschool curriculum books, textbooks, workbooks, software, and complete Homeschool curriculum packages from many of the most respected Homeschool publishers including, Wordly Wise, Alpha Omega Publications, BJU Homeschool, Apologia Educational Ministries, Saxon Homeschool.

Hand-Eye Coordination as a part of Homeschool Curriculum

Hand-Eye coordination is an invaluable and necessary skill sometimes overlooked as part of homeschool curriculum. As simple as it seems, hand-eye coordination must be learned. The good news is that kid’s games and summer activities are a perfect way to disguise training. Here are our three favorite hand-eye coordination homeschool curriculum kits – easily camouflaged as just another game for a summer of fun!Watch Full Movie Online Streaming Online and Download

1. Joey Jump

Place a beanbag on one end of the 27.67″ inclined plane and stomp on the other end, your beanbag sails in the air for you to catch. A wonderful activity your child will practice again and again! Includes 2 bean bags and a 28″ plastic launching board. Bean bag colors may vary. Ages 2 and up.

2.  5-Peg Ring Toss

The fast-action tossing game! Toss rings onto wooden pegs. Assign points to each ring and calculate who gets the most points after 7 tosses!  Includes two sturdy plastic 10″ bases, 2 posts, 4 plastic rings and instructions. Play indoors or out! 2 to 4 players.

3.  Bean Bag Toss

These bean bag sets are perfect for your playground, carnival, or physical education programs. The backboards feature colorful animations with different sized holes for an added challenge to any game! The regular Bean Bag Toss features 3 holes with a dragon on one side and an octopus on the other and includes three bags. The large Bean Bag Toss features 6 holes with an octopus on one side only and includes six bags. Ages 4 and up.

Adding these to your homeschool curriculum is sure to enhance your child’s hand-eye coordination and bring some fun back to the classroom this summer.


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