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Our children can learn a lot of things from textbooks and online curriculum but there are some intangible things that cannot be learned through typical schooling.

Often, it’s intangible traits or characteristics in our children that determine whether or not the will succeed. This list is by no means exhaustive but it’s a good start when considering what we want to encourage in our children.

Grit

Determination, or grit, will sometimes differentiate your child from others. In sports and other activities, sometimes the person with the most grit gets the best results.

Cooperation

Although we hear a lot about “self-made” men and women, there really isn’t anyone who did it all themselves. Look beyond the facade and you’ll see many times when that person needed to work with others in order to obtain success.

Curiosity

People who are curious want to know more about the world and how it works. These are inventors and big thinkers who sometime challenge the status-quo to go on to do remarkable things.

Empathy

This is one of the hardest things to teach some kids. Most kids are born empathetic and grow out of it but others lack the ability to care for other’s feelings.

Adaptability

Being able to adapt to situations will help your child go further than someone who is stuck in their ways. Adaptability allows someone to see when something isn’t working and pivot to move towards a solution to a difficult problem.

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Ursula Burns, Chairman and CEO of Xerox smiles when she attends an interview at The Times Center in New York April 13, 2013. REUTERS/Eduardo Munoz (UNITED STATES – Tags: BUSINESS) – RTXYKSJ



Ursula M. Burns became the first black woman to head a Fortune 500 company when she was appointed CEO of Xerox. She also became the first woman to succeed another as head of a Fortune 500 company.

Burns led the STEM program of the White House from 2009 to 2016 and is the current chairman and CEO of VEON, the eleventh largest mobile network operator in the world based on subscribers. Burns is also on the board of Uber.

Much like we did with the previous “Homeschool Like” series, we’ll take a look at her business acumen and apply that to homeschooling.

1. Be Authentic.

In an interview with Time, Ursula Burns said in the early years of her career the one thing she would not give up is her hair.

She encourages women, especially women trying to get into STEM to use their uniqueness as an opportunity to distinguish themselves from others.

We need to encourage our children to embrace what’s unique about themselves (being homeschooled) and use that as a way to stand out from the crowd. Don’t look at it as a burden, but an opportunity.

2. Listen to your employees.

Some parents think they have all the answers when it comes to homeschooling. While we are certainly responsible for educating our children, we should listen to them too.

As our children get older, their interests will change and we should be able to tailor their education so that they have a vested interest. We can only do that if we listen to them.

3. Recognize that you can not do everything yourself.

Speaking with Poppy Harlow on CNN Money, Burns reminds men that they need to step up when their wives have a baby. Women shouldn’t have to do all the work of raising children.

The same is true in homeschooling, it’s difficult for one parent to be the only educator. Both parents need to help.

4. Take a stand for what you believe in.

Believe it or not, there are still people out there who think homeschooling is bad for children. Governments, like Brazil and Germany, have basically made it illegal to homeschool.

There may come a time when you need to take a stand for your belief in homeschooling. Be prepared to hold your ground against family, friends, and total strangers.

5. Measure goals and outcome to make better decisions.

Grades are not goals. test results don’t always reflect the outcomes you’re looking for when educating your children. Book knowledge shouldn’t be the ultimate goal.

In our family, we want to instill a love of learning. We want to equip our children to be successful adults. We also want them to define what success looks like.

6. Have fun and truly enjoy your job to have the most success.

When I hear about parents and children who are burdened by homeschooling my heart drops. Anyone who is homeschooling and doesn’t truly find joy in the process will not have ultimate success.

It brings a smile to my face when I see the joy on my wife’s face when she’s talking about an experiment the kids did or a history nugget she learned about that day.

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Google recently announced a gaming service that requires no console. They’ve made some big promises about this new product and it looks to be the future of gaming. Michael Prince from BecauseFamily joins me today to discuss what parents and homeschoolers need to know about Stadia.

For more information about Stadia and cloud gaming, check out these links:

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Rob Jensen graduated from BYU with a BFA in Industrial Design. After graduating, he moved to Michigan to work for Ford Motor Company where he designed future cars for 7 years.

After moving back to Utah and starting a business, Rob began drawing with my kids and realized it would be fun to share their art-time with other families. Art For Kids Hub was born.

You will probably hear an unfamiliar voice in this episode because it’s one of the rare episodes where I’m joined by my wife, Lisa.

This episode was originally released in February 2015, please refer back to the show notes for episode 139 for any links.

You can find Rob’s videos and more at artforkidshub.com.

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Scratch 3.0 was released in January 2019 and includes a number of great new features including the ability to create and play projects on a tablet.

Ryan Swanstrom joins me today to discuss Scratch 3.0 and how homeschoolers can use it to teach their kids how to code, for free!

Ryan is a homeschool dad, computer programmer, and data scientist who helps homeschool parents integrate programming and technology into their curriculum with online courses and a weekly/monthly newsletter. He and his wife homeschool their 5 children in South Dakota, USA.

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Educational content is available all over the Internet. As streaming services become more popular, more educational documentaries become available to homeschoolers.

Previously, I’ve shared YouTube channels and documentaries on Netflix that are educational. In this episode of The Wired Homeschool, I share 10 documentaries you can find on Hulu right now that you can use for homeschooling.

The list reflects my leaning towards science and technology (especially, space) but you can find other interesting educational content on Hulu that covers topics like humanities, finances, and history.

Telescope


A new generation has been inspired to design and build the greatest TELESCOPE yet – NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope, and will be a veritable time machine capable of taking us back to the origins of our universe. Runtime: 43 minutes. Rating: PG. Watch now.

Life After: Chernobyl


Thirty years after the worst nuclear radiation catastrophe in history, 100 times the combined amount of the Hiroshima and Nagasaki bombs, two scientists have now been allowed total access to the area surrounding the infamous Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant. Runtime: 42 minutes. Rating: PG. Watch now.

9/11 Fifteen Years Later


CNN Films Presents collaborated with director/producer Gédéon and Jules Naudet and retired Manhattan firefighter James Hanlon for a new anniversary edition of the film, “9/11.” Now, 15 years on, the filmmakers talk to the surviving members of the firehouse, as well as their family members, about that day, and their lives in the days and years since. This edition of the film includes a poignant introduction by actor and producer Denis Leary. Running time: 103 minutes. Rating: NR. Watch now.

Above and Beyond: NASA’s Journey to Tomorrow


Directed, produced, and narrated by Academy Award®-nominated and Emmy®-winning Rory Kennedy, the film examines the ways NASA has changed not only our vision of the universe, but also our planet, and ourselves. Running time: 90 minutes. Rating: NR. Watch now

Born in Light: Tesla


Claiming to be in contact with aliens, Nikola Tesla was ultimately prevented from pursuing his greatest inventions by a ruling elite concerned he would derail their systems of mass control. Running time: 61 minutes. Rating: NR. Watch now.

Curiosity: Life of a Mars Rover


A chronicle of the journey of NASA’s Curiosity rover, the most powerful robot ever launched from Earth, from the drawing tables at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory through the rover’s first six years discovering the ancient lakes of Gale Crater. Running time: 47 minutes. Rating: TV-G. Watch now

Freakonomics


A collection of documentaries that explores the hidden side of human nature through the science of economics. Based on the book by Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner. Running time: 93 minutes. Rating: PG-13. Watch now.

How It’s Made


How It’s Made shows viewers how many of the everyday objects we seldom stop to think about become the things they are. Viewers will be amazed to see the process of how many common items are manufactured in high-tech factories around the world. Running time: 22 minutes per episode. Rating: TV-G. Watch now.

Revolt


In this documentary series, we explore the future of energy in America’s Heartland and how that will shape the future of our climate. Running time: 11-15 minutes. Rating: NR. Watch now.

Zero Days


A black ops cyber-attack launched by the U.S. and Israel on an Iranian nuclear facility unleashed malware with unforeseen consequences. The Stuxnet virus infiltrated its pre-determined target only to spread its infection outward, ultimately exposing systemic vulnerabilities that threatened the very safety of the planet. Delve deep into the burgeoning world of digital warfare in this documentary thriller from Academy Award® winning filmmaker Alex Gibney. Running time: 114 minutes. Rating: R. Watch now.

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This year at CES, there were a number of themes amid all the tech that was on display. This is the third year in a row I’ve covered CES from afar and each year things get more and more interesting.

Last year, I had reports from people at CES but I was unable to coordinate any interviews or recordings from participants. Instead, I will take a look at three trends I noticed at this year’s event.

Voice Assistants Everywhere

Voice assistants are showing up everywhere: cars, bathrooms, kitchens. How do we train our kids to responsibly access information when it’s always a voice command away?

Parent-Focused Tech

With so many well-connected parents these days, tech companies are focusing on parents that have always had devices in their hands. How is this information used? Should we be concerned about our kids being under constant surveillance?

Robots and Automation

Robotic pets, autonomous vehicles, and closets that fold your laundry were on display at CES. Automation is great but can we become too dependent on it?

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Throughout 2018, there were a number of blog posts and podcasts that readers and listeners found helpful.

Some of them were published this year, and some are more popular now than they have been in the past.

Here are the top five blog posts and podcasts for 2018.

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2018
  1. 7 Online Writing Classes for Homeschoolers
  2. 10 Educational Shows for Homeschooling Tweens and Teens on Netflix
  3. 5 Online Science Classes for Homeschoolers
  4. A Lesson for Homeschooling Parents: These are the 10 Apps to Use!
  5. Body Image and Instagram – Infographic
Top 5 Podcasts of 2018
  1. How to Become Fluent in a Foreign Language with Duolingo
  2. Experience Astronomy with Luke Gilkerson
  3. Connect Movie Review and Discussion with Michael Prince of Family Tech Blog
  4. 7 YouTube Channels for Homeschoolers to Learn How to Fix Cars
  5. 10 Ways to Use an Amazon Echo Dot for Homeschooling
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Looking for practical ways to teach your kids STEM topics? Today I share some suggestions for teaching your kids about STEM topics through everyday things like visiting the gas pump or watching sports.

Briefly, the three examples I give in this podcast are:

  1. At the gas pump – How is fuel made?
  2. Watching sports – How does a pitcher throw a curveball?
  3. In your house – Calculate the volume of various objects.

Listen to the episode to hear more.

This is a presentation that I’m working as part of the workshops I offer to homeschool groups and conferences. Get in touch if you’d like to schedule a workshop in the spring or summer.

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Michael Prince from BecauseFamily joins me again to discuss safe digital parenting.

With the holidays just around the corner, you’ll want to make sure any gifts you’re giving to your kids are safe and ready to use when they’re unwrapped.

Michael and I talk about some of the things you’ll want to do before handing a pocket-computer over to your kids this Christmas.

Resources

iOS 12’s Screen Time App Changes Everything!
The Best Way to Keep Your Kids Safe On Youtube
Circle With Disney Whole-House Device Management
Accountable2You – Accountability Software
Bark – Monitor Your Kid’s Online Activity

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Music for the podcast by Kevin Macleod.

Disclosure of Material Connection: Some of the links in the post above are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, I will receive an affiliate commission. In some cases, I may have been given a free sample of a product to review. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsement

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