Alyssa answered questions about how the book was started, what the process was like for her, what she enjoyed the most, what the hardest part was, and things she learned. You can read the entire interview on Frog on a Blog here.
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A couple of months ago I provided descriptions of writing courses for young writers that one of my daughters had taken on SchoolhouseTeachers.com in my daughter’s own words.
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Both of my daughters have completed quite a few lessons found on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, and we are looking forward to planning our upcoming year of courses.
We’ll probably enjoy some of the resources over the summer, too! Summertime is a great time to explore the resources available on SchoolhouseTeachers.com without having to worry about a school schedule. Perfect for nonhomeschooling families, too!
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Since one of my daughters provided a description of all of the courses she had taken on SchoolhouseTeachers.com, it only seemed fair to have my other daughter do the same. So, here is a list of all the SchoolhouseTeachers.com courses my other daughter took this past school year with descriptions in her own words.
You can probably tell by the courses she selected that she is interested in being an entrepreneur.
If you liked Public Speaking, you will probably love Advanced Public Speaking! The student reads a paragraph explaining what their assignment is and then writes a speech based on the assignment. For example, I had to do an introduction speech, an entertaining speech, a “speech evaluation” form, a PowerPoint presentation, and learn listening skills.
This was a great course to learn more about subjects I was interested while still practicing my speaking skills!
While ASL Adventures only counts for half a credit, it is a wonderful introduction to American Sign Language and the deaf culture. Each week has a 30-minuteish video along with supplementary materials. This course requires zero background in ASL, and each lesson is taught by Sandra Hefflin who has been involved in the deaf community for over 40 years. Along with learning over a hundred signs, the alphabet, and counting, Sandra also explains sentence structure and what is and isn’t acceptable in the deaf culture. In some videos, she shows clips of deaf people signing songs, having conversations, and introducing themselves.
If you would like to learn more ASL, are just a beginner, or have known ASL for a long time but want something to keep you practicing, ASL Adventures might be just the course for you!
Split into twelve weeks, four days a week, the student reads the material (about a page) and then does an assignment for each day. The course discusses Old Testament worship, how Jesus changed worship, the early church and its leaders, manuscripts that didn’t make it into the Bible and why, persecution of the Church, and how the different denominations were formed. Church History also discusses modern theology, missionaries, and our current fight. To finish the course, students have to do a project of their choice based off of something discussed in the course.
Overall, it was a very interesting class. If you want a basic outline of church history, I would recommend taking this course!
This was a great full credit course for anyone (not just teens!) wanting to start their own internet-based business! Students create a vision, design a logo, brand their company, develop a slogan, discover the pros of being an internet-based entrepreneur, and so much more. They can choose a name, color, and font for their business and learn the basics of illustrations, photos, and graphic design. They can also market their business through video, podcasts, multimedia, a website, social media, and blogging by taking this course.
Dissecting Internet Entrepreneurship for Teens takes some time, but it may help you become the best internet entrepreneur you can be!
This was probably my favorite class in 9th grade as it was very quick and simple. Although Logic is supposed to last fifteen weeks, four days a week, it took me much less than that. The first week is an introduction to the course. From there, students study a new fallacy each week. Once introduced, the course shows how to spot the fallacy and quizzes the student to make sure they understand.
This class was not only easy and taught me a lot, but it was also super fun and a little humorous. Although there was a little bit of copywork, I would recommend this course to anyone!
This was another wonderful course through SchoolhouseTeachers.com! Even if a student doesn’t like public speaking, this course is a great way to learn how to research, write better, dissect speeches, and have fun along the way!
Some of my favorite assignments for Public Speaking included a sales pitch and an expository (instructional) speech.
This .25 credit course is a great way to help students learn how to start their own business. Written by Carol Topp, who also wrote Career Exploration, Starting a Micro Business (For Teens) might be perfect for the student who wants to have a business of their own but doesn’t know where to start. This course helps students discover their skills and needs in their community and shows how to make a business around them. Students make marketing and business plans and start a business. While this course shows the basics, I love looking through my notes as it helps me remember the purpose of my own micro businesses.
We also read through multiple books in the Who Was book series. You can see all of the books we have read together from the series on my Pinterest board here. (The library is a great resource for the majority of these books!)
Which one of these courses seems the most interesting to you?
Brooke Van Sickle has accomplished a lot since that interview! She has continued to grow Journey to KidLit, founded a publishing company called BiblioKid Publishing, published a book called Pirates Stuck at “C”: An Alphabet Adventure (and has two more books scheduled to be released this year), and started a podcast. Wow!
If you are a children’s book author or aspiring children’s book author, I recommend checking out Brooke Van Sickle’s website Journey to KidLit. She offers a lot of information about writing and publishing children’s books.