5 Reasons Online Courses are Great for College Prep

Many students will be looking ahead to college long before they arrive. There are ways to prepare in advance for this experience. Considering the level of coursework, study requirements and subject matter covered, students will want to get a real life example. Online courses offer students a great way to prepare for college. These courses are available in a variety of forms. Some universities and community colleges offer supplemental courses to students.

There are courses that do not require traditional admissions requirements to take. Online academies and paid courses are also an option when it comes to these pursuits. The design of this process provides students with the course load for individual topics, without necessarily having to be on campus. Certificate and licensure programs in certain areas, can provide this experience, as well. Here are 5 Reasons Online Courses are helpful for College Prep:

1 – Expand Academics

There are differences between high school coursework and those experienced in college. Students taking online courses will be able to learn this first hand. Depending on the subject matter, it is possible to expand academics altogether. Some courses require a high level of study materials and assignments. Credit courses, especially will take the students experience to the next level.

2 – Coursework Requirements

Students may opt to take many different courses for their college preparation goals. It doesn’t matter whether they take Math, History or Science. The requirements for these courses include study materials, assignments and research activities. Students can take one or more courses to gain this experience. This also allows them to get familiar with professor expectations.

3 – Assignment Levels

Although many high school students are taking advanced classes, they are not the same as college level courses. The assignments required for these courses will like double the expectation of students. Some of these will include writing assignments, research projects and complex topic coverage. Utilizing multiple resources to advance in individual courses is a part of the process and college experience.

4 – Career Accessories

Many students, who take online courses for college prep, will prefer to focus on their future careers. This may mean taking a Political Science course if you want to go into the law field. Students are likely to gain familiarity with a particular area of study through these courses. This can help them to gain tangible accessories that prepare them for specific industries or focuses. At the same time, some students will take courses that eliminate areas from future pursuits.

5 – Pinpoint Majors

It is possible to pinpoint your major for your bachelor’s degree through these courses. Students can use these courses and their requirements to decide on majors and minors. Some subjects will be tailored to a particular major, while others could simply be an interest of the student.

The challenge that online coursework provides alone is a good benefit to high school students. They allow them to see what the next level of education will be like. In many instances, these courses will provide more than this. They may highlight career pursuits for students. Online courses are available in virtually every subject.

For 15 years Mimi Rothschild has been privileged to help hundreds of thousands of homeschoolers educate their children at home. The MorningStar Academy is a private online Christian school offering diplomas and teachers. The Jubilee Academy is an online Christian curriculum provider offering over 150 full year online Christian courses for PreK-12.


Why Are More and More Families Homeschooling?

The family is the basic unit of society. Not everything society teaches or how it teaches is best for your child. There are various reasons why families are switching. More and more parents are homeschooling their kids because they want to be closer to their child’s growth.

When I first heard about homeschooling, my initial thought was, it should be more ‘convenient’. See, your child not needing to physically attend classes anymore, less packed lunch preparation time, no more forced morning classes and a lot more. On the other hand, the first question that came to me was, is it going to be more expensive? The answer will really depend on the financial situation and the current tuition fee you pay for your child’s school.

These factors should not be the main priority. You might want to ask yourself other factors to consider first, such as: what can homeschooling offer my children? Is it something that could help them have more flexibility and opportunity?

The way I see regular schools for most parents is that, sending their children to regular schools frees their time to take the responsibility of teaching their own kids. It allows them to have more ‘me’ time, or time for other things.

Imagine a family that travels a lot. Some schools could be lenient when it comes to attendance, but not conduct special classes for your children for lost time. The students will still be subject to exams and project deadlines. Due to this, the child will be bouncing back and forth to different styles of teaching. This might be stressful for the student and even for the teacher.

Even if we have anti-bullying laws and campaigns do you still want to expose your child to a life based on laws that work only when the act is already done? The world might be progressing in terms of laws and technology, but the basic laws of survival of the fittest may still be at play in some families.

Homeschooling prevents these things from happening to a child at the age when they are still growing. Building a strong moral foundation for your child is essential and this can only be done within the family. You can teach and express without discrimination.

Homeschooling offers you and your child freedom. Freedom from the regular school systems which are focusing less on morals and education. Schools have a regulated system that will be in line with what you government requires to be taught based on their studies. This type of system is not appreciated by many families. It could be good enough for those families living in countries which have a better economy, but for those families who live in third world countries, it might be a totally different story. There is a high possibility that even those private schools which middle-class families can afford don’t really provide quality education.

Families are growing more and more restless to the degrading quality of traditional schools which present a learning Utopia for kids, but in reality are nothing better that the other.

Quality growth starts at home. Homeschooling has everyone at home on their feet when study time comes. Some families find this activity fun and an awesome way to grow and learn together with their children building a strong bond for their future.


Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies. 


How to Break Up the Homeschooling Day

A day in the life of a homeschool student should not mimic that of a public school student but should be based on the needs of the individual child. Breaks are important to the comprehension of new material and can aide in the memorization of important facts but frequent breaks are not feasible in a public school setting. One of the benefits of homeschooling is that parent/teachers can allow frequent breaks so children have a chance to process information, get the wiggles out, and prepare themselves to learn even more.

A “break” can mean anything from a quick dance party to snack time to gross motor play and should be scheduled regularly throughout the day. Preschool and younger elementary age children should not be expected to sit for more than 10-15 minutes without being provided a chance to stretch and move their bodies. With careful planning, you can even make movement part of the lesson: children can move like the animals they are learning about, pretend to be objects beginning with a specific letter, or mimic the water cycle. Children who have been allowed to move will be much more receptive to learning and better prepared for writing and other fine motor tasks.

Older children are generally able to focus for longer periods of time but it is still important to give them a chance to move, stretch, and regroup regularly. Allow some time for yoga between subjects, ask kids to jump on one foot as they recite math facts, or organize a race to group objects by category.

Breaks that don’t necessarily coincide with the lesson are important as well. Allow young children time for exploratory play with Legos, blocks, or other toys. Get them outside, weather permitting, to run and yell and be rowdy. Encourage healthy snacks mid-morning and after nap or rest time to fuel their brains and muscles. Download songs with clear instructions to jump, tip toe, gallop, crawl and stretch so kids learn how to move their bodies in different ways without feeling shy.

Even pre-teen and teenage kids need some downtime throughout the day. Allow for a few minutes of social media or other online time. Provide outdoor tasks or activities such as shooting baskets, playing catch, or weeding a flower bed. Calisthenics are a great way to get blood pumping and the body moving if outside time isn’t feasible. Even if they won’t admit it, older kids need some rest as well so encourage a few minutes of quiet conversation or reading to help their bodies and brains rejuvenate.

Devising a plan for a typical homeschool day seems like an easy task but the reality is rather complicated. Homeschool parent/teachers understand that a schedule is important to a successful educational plan; without a plan, it would be too easy to get distracted, complacent, or simply too tired to teach a lesson. Lessons and breaks should take place at a similar time each day, the structure and rules should be consistent, and the calendar should be followed as closely as possible to ensure that core subjects are taught and reviewed within the school year. But parent/teachers should also realize that a “typical” day will rarely happen, therefore the lesson plans and schedule need to be fluid and adjusted as necessary. There are simply days when more breaks are needed and the best homeschool settings allow for that to happen.


Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies. 



Why Art is Important

Every homeschool parent schedules time for reading, math, science, and social studies but are music and art included in your curriculum? If not, you need to reevaluate your lesson plans and find ways to incorporate the fine arts into your child’s schedule. Music and art not only help children become well-rounded adults who can speak on a variety of topics but also help them understand the common core subjects better. A student who studies music will better understand math concepts and may even be able to learn a second language faster than a student who has never been exposed to music education. But why is art important?

Art is a creative outlet that literally anyone can utilize, even those with “no artistic ability.” Simply coloring in a coloring book qualifies as art and can be a stress reliever for parents and children alike. Art doesn’t have to be complicated or perfect, it just needs to be creative. A piece of construction paper, a cup of glue with a Q-tip paint brush, and a few pieces of cut yarn can yield a masterpiece when studying the letter /Y/. Follow up the craft project by asking kids to explain what they have created or, for older kids, write a description of their art, and you have successfully transitioned from fine motor skills into language and reading territory.

When art is part of a homeschool curriculum, it gives students an opportunity to express their feelings, practice fine motor skills, use their imagination, and showcase projects they are proud of. Incorporating art into common core subjects can help students understand the concepts, timelines, or ideas in a deeper way. Ask a child to illustrate a favorite book and he will start to think about the characters and settings in a new way. Encourage a student to create a visual display to explain a challenging math concept such as dividing fractions and she will grasp the concept much sooner. Help your child design and put together a costume or diorama of a period in history and it will be forever cemented in his mind.

Parent/teachers can teach art history with trips to local museums or virtual visits to galleries around the world. Students can mimic great works of art or recreate famous styles such as Picasso’s abstract pieces or Andy Warhol’s iconic soup can imagery. When kids are exposed to a wide range of artistic styles and mediums, it allows their own imagination to soar.

But art education doesn’t have to be limited to learning about great artists or as a teaching tool but can simply be about having fun and being creative. A trip to a craft store with a budget and an idea can transform a rainy afternoon into an art bonanza. A bucket of craft sticks can become a house, a picture frame, or a marble run. Googly eyes can transform an odd sock into a new friend. Glitter glue can turn an ordinary piece of paper into a frame-able piece of art. Continue reading “Why Art is Important”

New 100% Mold Free Bath Toy Organizer

If you have kids you know they like to have all the toys in the bath. And afterwards they are all over the bath tub soaking wet and you have to leave them there to dry.

But by having The Bath-Buddy (a bath toy organizer) it means your kids toys won’t be left all over the bathtub or the floor. It will also encourage your kids to clean up after themselves and you don’t have to worry about dirty mold growing on the bath toys.

That’s because the Bath-Buddy is free draining, and easy to keep clean, which means you bath toys can dry naturally, and this helps eliminate the possibility that mold can grow on the toys.


The bath-buddy has two suction cups which hold the bath net securely on the bathroom tiles or shower, making it simple and easy to install. The bath net can also easily be removed when needed. It also comes with two extra hooked suction cups which can be used to hold other bathroom accessories such as scrubbing brushes meaning that the Bath-Buddy caters for both kids and adults bathroom needs.

Here is what one happy customer said:

The Bath Toy Organizer helps keep the toys out of the bottom of the tub. I like it because it helps dry out the toys and they don’t get moldy. After getting this one home and putting it in our only bath tub it makes it a lot nicer for the person that gets in right after my granddaughter. Before we had this the next person would have to shake out all the toys as best they could and put them next to the tub until the next time my granddaughter comes over. Now I just have her put them in the bag which is nicely hanging on the wall with the strong suction cups and nothing is in anyone’s way. After seeing her toys in it I kept thinking of a bunch of other uses for the suction cupped bag. I kept thinking how nice would it be if all my products were hanging on the wall in the tub instead of trying to find where my son has moved my stuff. It would be nice if all I all my stuff at my finger-tips. I think I am going to have to buy at least one more if not 2 more.”

So if you want to create a tidier bath time, then the bath toy organizer could be the answer to creating a tidier and more organized environment for you and your kid.

To discover more about the Bath-Buddy’s bath toy organizer go to Amazon.com


Top 3 Teen Mission Organizations

A mission trip is an amazing journey that exposes first-world luxury and opens the heart to people living in abject poverty or unsafe environments. For a teenager, a mission trip can be the beginning of a lifelong passion to serve and an opportunity for new adventures. For parents, a mission trip might sound scary and overwhelming so detailed research is vital in choosing the mission organization that best serves the population while keeping its volunteers safe. Domestic and international missions vary drastically in scope and regulation; this article offers the best domestic mission organization for teens, the best international mission organization for teens, and the best organization that offers mission trips both within the United States and worldwide.


The Christian Appalachian Project (CAP), founded in 1964 and based in Kentucky, serves the residents of the Appalachia Region. Much of their work is focused in Kentucky but they also send teams to help residents in 13 neighboring states. Appalachia is home to some of the nation’s poorest families, in fact 41% are considered living in poverty. The CAP works with families, the elderly, and adults living with disabilities; their goal is to lift people out of poverty by encouraging self-help and teaching life skills. Each summer, the CAP hosts YouthFest mission trips as an alternative to traditional Spring Break trips for high school students. Groups of any size can spend 1-2 weeks building and repairing houses for families in the region who desperately need help. They also offer Short Term mission opportunities for individuals or groups who can commit to a full summer of home building and repair. Teens can also apply for Summer Camp positions to offer encouragement and hope to children living in poverty and gain a more personal insight into the reality of life in Appalachia.


Teen Missions sent its first team out in 1971 and hasn’t looked back since. They currently serve more than 110 countries and offer several teen mission trips each year. Teen missionaries can choose which country or region they would like to serve and apply for a position on the team. Tasks vary depending on the location but often include building wells or schools, repairing homes, or helping to cultivate farm land. Obviously an international mission will require more documentation, medical evaluations, vaccinations, and personal volunteer costs but the investment may well be worth the returns. The opportunity to travel the world, meet new people, experience an entirely different culture, and make a positive impact on the world is priceless.

Domestic and International

Adventures In Missions offers prospective missionaries the choice between serving in the United States or internationally. Domestic missions may be urban or rural, an alternative that is appealing to many teens who wish to experience life and make a difference in a setting apart from their own without traveling overseas. Adventures in Missions focuses on relationships and weaving missionaries into the ministries already in place in their destination. Service projects may be a need in some areas but other mission trips may include prayer walks, evangelism, or sports ministry.

Choosing to serve on a missions trip is a commitment that should not be made lightly; teens should be aware of the responsibilities, code of conduct, and time frame they are committing to. Serving with an open heart can be a life-changing experience that will hopefully continue throughout a lifetime.

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Educational Toys

One of the most important things in life is literacy. In fact, one of the most important things your children will learn to do during their lives is learn to read. Learning to read well at an early age is truly the key for a bright future. Studies show that children who learn to read at an early age are more likely to become successful students throughout their educational careers.

How can you, as a parent, help your children learn to read at an early age? One way is to start reading to your children as early as possible. Another way is to give them learning tools that aid their development and understanding of language. One of these vital tools is educational toys. http://www.toydepotbargains.com/ carry many great educational toys.


In example would be LeapFrog. They have really established a collection of learning toys and tools that help children at any age learn to speak, read and learn. LeapFrog engages all of the child’s senses to capture their attention and get them interested in the words. LeapFrog even has toys that is a type of pen device that children touch on the pages of a book. When this Tag reader touches the pages, it recites the words on the page, helping children learn the sound of the word while correlating that word to its written form.

This Reading System from LeapFrog works with special Tag reader-enabled book. The Tag reader has a tiny camera on the tip that looks at the images of the words and recites them back to the child. The best part? The amazing technology behind the this, the Pink Tag™ Reading System from LeapFrog allows it to adjust to a child’s level, allowing the child to easily understand what is being read back to them. You won’t have to worry about frustrating your child with Pink Tag™ Reading System from LeapFrog!

The Pink Tag™ Reading System from LeapFrog is interactive for you as a parent as well. You can connect the Pink Tag™ Reading System from LeapFrog to your computer and track your child’s progress through the books and reward their growth by developing a learning path made specifically for them!

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How to Opt Out of Vaccinations in Your State

Parents, physicians, and lawmakers debate on the safety and effectiveness of today’s vaccines. Some vaccination guidelines vary based on the type of vaccine that is required by the state that does not reflect the recommendations of pediatricians and public health entities. Each state has their own laws regarding vaccination requirements and exemptions. Exemptions can be based on three reasons: medical, religious, and philosophical.

All states allow a child exemption from one or more vaccines if they have written medical exemption. A licensed medical or osteopathic doctor can determine if the child is at risk by taking the vaccine, but they must often follow contraindication guidelines issued by the Centers for Disease Control.

All states except for Mississippi and West Virginia allow a child exemption to vaccination based on sincere religious belief. This exemption is based on the constitutional right to exercise religious beliefs. The state definition of religious belief varies as some states require specific membership and written proof from bonefide religions that prohibit invasive medical procedures.

Many states allow philosophical or conscientious exemptions, however legislation continues to change for this exemption. The efforts of lobbyists for pharmaceuticals, medical trades and public health industries want to eliminate or restrict this type of exemption.

One resource that has complied the state laws and vaccine requirements is the National Vaccine Information Center (http://www.nvic.org). They also keep advocates informed of changes in vaccine policies and legislation. All information on this site is for educational purposes and is not intended to be used for medical or legal advice.


Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies. 

How to be an Intentional Parent

The parent is a child’s first teacher. Teachers work with lesson plans to ensure that the child learns what they need to move on to the next level toward a goal, which is graduation. Parents, however, do not have lesson plans. Sure, they have health guidelines, milestones, and millions of parenting how-to books, but is there a goal in mind?

The Intentional Parent Method was developed to help parents teach and train their children with thoughtfulness. It follows the Hebrew definition of “teach” which meant that relationships are built and time is spent on the person. Through observation and interaction, parents are able to pass on “gifts” to their children with a goal in mind. That goal is to raise children with gifts that will benefit them spiritually, physically, socially, mentally, emotionally, and practically.


Before starting a lifestyle as an intentional parent, it is important to know yourself as a parent. Is God’s purpose in your mind? What are your strengths and weaknesses? Do you have the maturity that will help you improve your relationship with your children and demonstrate the values that you teach as a role model? As a parent, you will seek patience, consistency, and balance, especially when dealing with teens or children with special needs. Asking God for guidance can help the intentional parent give the child what is best and most helpful to them.

What are those gifts?

  • The Bible

  • Enjoyable pastimes

  • Academics

  • Character

  • Home skills

These gifts, which are organized to make the word TEACH, build relationships which encourage the growth of the child as a Christian and a productive adult later in life. They will be creative, strong, and faithful based on the relationships that started with their first teacher: their parent.

Mimi Rothschild is a veteran homeschooling mother of 8, writer of a series of books called Cyberspace for Kids, and passionate advocate for children and education that is truly worthy of them. In 2001, Mimi and her late husband founded Learning By Grace, a leading provider of online Christian homeschooling Academies.

Managing Teens

As kids become teenagers, their personalities tend to change. More often than not, they become rebellious. They’ll speak to you less, offering one word answers whenever possible. It may be annoying but it’s natural so don’t let it bother you. They are simply adjusting to adulthood.


That doesn’t make things any easier on the parents though. So how does a parent break through the barricades? Here are a few tips for parenting teens:

Give Them A Break
Teens need to be able to figure out their identity and to do so, they need more independence. Take a step back and let them find their way to becoming the adults they wish to become.

Let Them Experiment
Of course if your teen is self-harming or getting into major legal troubles, step in and help them out. But if they’re dying their hair, painting their room dark or leaving clothes all over the floor, it’s not a major deal.

Get To Know Their Friends
You don’t need to be buddy-buddy with them, but knowing who your teens are hanging out with is important. Invite them for dinner and ask them questions. See the vibe they give you and try to find out if they’re good apples or bad seeds.

Plan The Rules And Consequences Early
Typically speaking, you and your spouse need to decide rules and the consequences of breaking them in advance. Be fair but be strong when carrying out discipline. And make sure your significant other backs your decisions, and vice versa.

Talk About Check-ins
Let your teens have later curfews as they show more responsibility, but make sure they remember to call in once in a while to let you know what they’re up to, and where. As they become more responsible, you can scale back how important check-ins are.

Have “The Talk”
Don’t leave it up to school teachers. Sit your teens down and warn them of the risks involved with premarital sex. And while you’re at it, warn them about drugs, alcohol, and any other dangers they may be growing up to face. Don’t lie to them; there’s a fair chance they’ll experiment in some way and find you may have lied to them.

Set Plans For Their Safety
Let them know you are prepared to pick them up at any time if the only other option is riding with a drunk driver. Or send them off with extra money for a taxi, or tell them to call a cab and inform the driver that you will pay when the teen arrives. This helps your teen figure out ways to deal with possibly unsafe situations.

Teenage parenting isn’t exactly easy, to say the least. But being a responsible parent doesn’t need to be difficult.

Gift ideas for children

When you have young kids at home mostly you indulge in purchasing personalized gifts which are actually delightful and make the kids feel special. One such gift purchased by parents is wooden train letters. This helps to spell out the name of their kids or train the kid to identify each and every alphabet. You will see them on the entrance of the children’s room or positioned at place where kid can simply read them. You can put them anyplace and the kid is sure to feel overjoyed. Most parents find the application of alphabet trains as most important learning toy.



Another use of wooden name train is mostly found as personalized gift. While individuals wish to gift a loved one or a kid with something which unmistakably spells their name they choose high quality wooden letters which are made as per their requirements. Specialty online shops provide numerous sized wooden letters to place on Christmas Toy containers, paddles, or any other gift you like to embellish. A personalized gift undoubtedly helps your gift to be noticeable from other gifts and it is the finest way to show you care. Participating in any particular event in a loved one’s life is vital and wooden letters mark something unique which is unforgettable for a lifetime.

Online shops sell wholesale wood letter alphabets for craft projects which need additional numerous letters to create meaningful sentences. They are good options for not just little kids however even for the grownups who like to spell the name of their company or business outside their business place. To make an everlasting promise you can use Maple landmark train to write the exclusive message for your dear one. With few creatively and imagination there are plenty number of ways to place these wonderful wooden train letters to use.

Purchasing wooden toys needs only some amount of online research. Written descriptions and photos from the producer offer shoppers with beneficial information, which includes if the toys are painted with harmless paint. Wooden toys endure for so long that children can grow up and pass them down to their own kids. Name Train wooden toys last for so long that kids can become adult and pass them down to their own children.

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Period tracker app

If you want to increase your chances of conceiving, avoid becoming pregnant, or you want an easy way of tracking your menstrual cycle, Period and Ovulation Tracker will help you achieve all of these and a lot more. It is a free app that improves upon itself as more data is entered into it.

With this app, women who want to keep track of their period can do the following:

  • Enter the most popular symptoms of PMS that they exhibit
  • Observe the menstrual flow; heavy, medium, low or spotting.
  • Take note of the start, end dates and duration of their period.

In addition to that Period tracker app can also:

  • Calculate and predict period dates in the future
  • Show the history of menstrual cycles in the past
  • Maintain a complete period diary.
  • Store each entry made by the user as a text note.


For women who desire to get pregnant, the Period and Ovulation app comes in handy and will provide the following features:

  • Indicate the most fertile days when the chances of conceiving are very high
  • It will give a detailed graph and chart of cervical mucus, position, BBT, firmness and opening.
  • It will notify the user about the particular day they need to do a pregnancy test.
  • It allows users to make record of intimate date of unprotected/protected sex to determine whether you are correct in the timing to get pregnant.

Apart from the ovulation calendar and the ovulation calculator features, there are other benefits of using this app. Continue reading “Period tracker app”