Category Archives: Academics

SEA Homeschoolers have tips and information for secular homeschoolers about all categories of secular academics. All the articles in this section meet the Secular, Eclectic, Academic Homeschoolers’ definition for what constitutes secular academics.

July 27th, 2020 by 
Fantasy Map-Making Workshop For kids who love fantasy, maps, art, and making! Join Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT for a hands-on workshop to explore hand-drawn, relief, and printed maps. Examples of maps from literature, science, and media will be explored, both within the fantasy genre and the real historical maps they are inspired from. The four sessions will also include discussions on storytelling and design, map-making techniques, and using a variety of materials. This is a fun and engaging class that encourages personal creativity and skill-building! Taught by Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT Enroll NowWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: …
June 25th, 2020 by 
Research Bootcamp for Parents Critical thinking, analyzation, and resource management are all essential skills for any learner. In this Research Boot Camp for parents, we’ll be focused on how to research accurately and efficiently using the plethora of resources available, how to identify credible sources and examine bias, and use this knowledge to help your learners dive deeply into the subjects they are passionate about. There are three Level of the Research Boot Camp The Middle School Research Boot camp will cover the basic foundation of solid research skills as well as building the knowledge students will need for high …
June 18th, 2020 by 
Human Origins: Human Evolution from Prehistory to the Agricultural Revolution Many history books leave out prehistory (the time before written records), but the study of human evolution is essential to understanding how we became capable of everything that followed. In this class, students will explore how our prehistory sets the stage for how humans adapted to their environments and formed communities before the Agricultural Revolution, when humans began building villages and farming their food source. This class is multidisciplinary, weaving history, art, science, and more through discussion, research and writing assignments, and hands-on projects. Taught by Samantha Matalone Cook, MAT …
June 10th, 2020 by 
Protest Songs through History: A Reading, Writing, and Listening Project If music is the pulse of a generation, then the times our hearts have been racing are captured in protest songs. We can learn so much not only about the events that inspired these emotional, passionate displays but also about how music offers a platform for people who feel otherwise unheard. This class uses Dorian Lynskey’s book 33 Revolutions per Minute to explore 12  protest songs ranging from 1939-2008. Learners will explore pieces like Billie Holiday’s “Strange Fruit,” Carl Bean’s “I Was Born This Way,” Public Enemy’s “Fight the Power,” and …
April 22nd, 2020 by 
Earth Day Online Scavenger Hunt It’s Earth Day! Normally this is a day when communities have lots of organized activities to help people learn about and improve the environment, but with the current global pandemic that is not an option this year. So, we created this fun and educational online scavenger hunt that families can complete together while sheltering at home. We hope that as you check off all of the challenges on this list, you will learn about important environmental issues and find ways you can reduce your family’s environmental impact & help solve the climate crisis. 1. Find …
April 21st, 2020 by 
The Other Science Crisis: Climate Change Everyone, everywhere is talking about the coronavirus right now and for good reason. But this Earth Day, let us remember that there are at least two major science crises going on right now: The global warming that is causing the climate crisis Of course, the coronavirus The science explaining the coronavirus is not yet well understood. The science explaining climate change is. And there is no time like the present to learn the science of climate change. In part because, "Scientists have long warned that climate change will impact not just our environment, but also …
April 7th, 2020 by 
What is Intersectionality? "Intersectionality" is an important concept today that helps us to understand how social differences and categories affect how people live their lives. In this course, we will discuss how this concept brings together gender, race/ethnicity, LGBTQIAA+ studies, and other ideas to better explain how the same thing in society can be very different across people. Taught by Sabrina Weiss Enroll in ClassWhat Makes SEA Online Classes Special Class Duration: June 29-July 12 Class Size: 3-8 learners Age Range: 14+ Total Price: $40 Full Class Description "Intersectionality" is an important concept today that helps us to understand how …
March 31st, 2020 by 

Pandemics – Unit Study Several days ago Pandia Press reached out to Pandia authors & SEA Homeschoolers Samantha Matalone Cook, Amy Sharony, Lindsey Sodano, and Blair Lee and asked us to collaborate on a unit study focused on the history and science of the causes, cures, and responses of pandemics. Here it is as a direct download. We worked to create something usable for a large grade range. Much of the science is excerpted, rearranged, and edited (to be specific for this topic) from RSO Biology 2. All the rest is newly written. Even the science has some new labs …

March 15th, 2020 by 

Over the last week SEA Homeschoolers has had an influx of new members in our Facebook groups, many of whom are unexpectedly homeschooling due to school closures across the United States and around the world. For some this will be a temporary situation, while others will use it as a way to dip their toes into the homeschooling community or dive in head-first for a long-term homeschooling journey. Whether you have been considering homeschooling previously or find yourself suddenly in unfamiliar territory, the SEA Homeschoolers community welcomes you and hopes that we can be a source of support, advice, and …

July 12th, 2019 by 

Women’s History Month: Reading List March is Women’s History Month and the SEA Homeschoolers facebook group has been buzzing with excellent book recommendations to add to your family’s TBR lists. Thirteen books to read during Women’s History Month. Rad American Women A-Z: Rebels, Trailblazers, and Visionaries who Shaped Our History . . . and Our Future! This unique A-Z book introduces 26 diverse women spanning several centuries and multiple professions. There are artists and abolitionists, scientists and suffragettes, rock stars and rabble-rousers, and agents of change of all kinds. Recommended Age: Elementary Students Little Leaders: Bold Women in Black History …

July 2nd, 2019 by 

I’ve been leading a class that I created called Making Through History for almost two years, and it has been one of the best teaching experiences I have ever had. The class explores history and the humanities through the art and invention that expressed the values and aspirations of people in a specific time and place. These days STEM/STEAM education is all the rage, and we are told that our children can’t be prepared for the future without it. While I agree that technology and science literacy are essential to navigating the new economy, I would also argue that it …

June 7th, 2019 by 

Vetting secular science curriculum can be overwhelming and frustrating, but here are 10 tips that you can use to make sure your curriculum is secular.

May 3rd, 2019 by 

Are you thinking about how to approach history in your homeschool? Particularly if you are just starting out, it can seem like there are too many choices. Should you start with American history, or go chronologically? Should you buy a structured program or build your own, based off your child’s interests? I’ll be breaking down how to make decisions about history for your homeschool, and sharing my planning process plus a free printable chart along the way.

October 1st, 2018 by 

[et_pb_section bb_built=”1″][et_pb_row][et_pb_column type=”4_4″][et_pb_text _builder_version=”3.15″] The 2018-2019 SEA Homeschoolers Teen Book Club list has been finalized. There is a mix of fiction and non-fiction books. Several of the books are required reading for teens in other countries. There are also books with teen protagonists dealing with serious situations that I hope lead to thoughtful and thought-provoking discussions. If you are reading this after the start date, don’t worry. You can join any time. The monthly online discussions through Google Meet have been interesting and insightful! Send an email to [email protected] with subject “Teen Book Club Signup” to join. We start the year with …

September 4th, 2018 by 

Lecture Series on Teaching Evolution SEA Homeschoolers is partnering with the Teacher Institute for Evolutionary Science (TIES), a division of the Richard Dawkins Foundation, to offer a series of lectures for our homeschool community.  Filled with great information on teaching evolution to middle schoolers, these lectures are suitable for all ages.  Attend and ask questions from your own computer absolutely free! Visit the TIES website for tons of links to free resources on teaching evolution. This is the first time that TIES has collaborated to bring these resources to homeschoolers, and we are thrilled to be a part of it.  Spread the …