Most states require a student to study state history. If you are looking for an easy do-it-yourself way to meet this requirement, you might appreciate this free state history research project from Accelerated Christian Education Ministries. This 9-page download provides an independent study guide to help a student research his state, culminating in a notebook […]
Organize thoughts, develop the big picture. Free editable graphic organizer templates!
Scientists learn how things work by forming a guess and then testing their assumptions by experimenting. The process usually starts with an observation that leads to a question. Here are 7 steps students can take when performing scientific research. The Scientific Method in a Nutshell At its very simplest the scientific method distills down […]
Hey, that’s the point, right? We all want to be able to learn anything for ourselves. And we want to keep learning our entire lives. So, as educators, how do we encourage lifelong learning? Here are 5 simple steps — things to focus on when developing a lifelong learner: 1. Exploration Lifelong learners are […]
Here is how to guide your older student through writing a research paper: 10 Steps
Here is another great tool from ReadWriteThink.org — an animal facts page creator. The Animal Inquiry interactive helps students investigate an animal and record information in the following areas: Facts. Babies. Interactions. Habitats. To begin, create a title for your project and choose one of the areas above. Then follow the prompts to record: What […]
There are all kinds of ways to remove the clutter around articles that you want to pass along to your students. You can “Send to Kindle,” put your browser in Reader View, or do the old-fashioned copy and paste. Let’s add one more tool to our article-only arsenal: Outline! This great tool strips the sidebars, […]
Now that we have covered note-taking, it is a good time to cover managing references! Zotero is a free tool that helps you collect, manage, and cite your research sources. The app can be installed as an extension in your browser, or you can use the standalone version. Zotero is, at the most basic level, […]
Develop a note-taking system that you can improve upon as you develop your skills.
If you are researching a topic, it helps to have a reliable search engine. We have used a wide array of scholarly search engines in scientific applications (and to find helpful resources for the DIY homeschool mom), and there are several that typically find their way to the top of the stack. You’ll want […]
If your child is learning to learn on his own, he’ll need to develop a set of research skills — including finding his way through a dictionary. The dictionary is often the first place we turn when trying to find out what something is or means. Before your child is ready to consult a dictionary, […]
When you are on a budget, it is nice to know there are alternatives to some of the more expensive software applications! Many of these alternatives are not only free, but in some cases better than the original. Here are our favorite homeschool-handy open source alternatives: OpenOffice Update: We now recommend LibreOffice. An every-bit-as-good alternative […]