Smithically Speaking: Episode 5 ~ Resources for Alternative Ways to Learn in Ninth Grade

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Today we conclude our series on preparing for high school where I share more fears and slight anxieties. But mostly I’m excited to see the interests that will take over the mind of our oldest as he enters high school.

Mentioned in today’s podcast

Parrot Rescue in Pittsburgh (hands-on, volunteering in something Rowan loves)

MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses)

Really Great History Podcasts that encourage
Dan Carlin’s Hardcore History
15-Minute History
Stuff You Missed in History Class

TED Talks (Interest building)

For Dummies Books (example: How to Balance a Checkbook)


Literature in Film – this is a subject in MY wheel house. I’m currently making a list of great books turned into good films, the big literature themes found in film, and creating my own course for him, based on his interests.

Butler Symphony

Khan Academy

What is a homeschool co-op?


Socks Rocks – the youtube channel of my 13-year-old producer, Sawyer Smith.