What Homeschoolers Need to Know about the Fall 2015 KLRN Virtual Classroom (a.k.a. #KLRNVirtual)

FREE Science Series for Homeschoolers | Fall 2015 | KLRN Virtual Classroom is funded by the Knight Foundation

Several weeks ago I mentioned that we were participating in a pilot project for homeschool families. It’s spearheaded by our local PBS affiliate, KLRN – San Antonio, and designed to better connect homeschool families nationwide with PBS educational materials.

It’s also completely free to participants, funded entirely by a large grant from the Knight Foundation. There’s no “catch.” It’s a service to the homeschool community, one that we hope will grow and expand as more homeschool families participate in the program.

There are several pieces to this project, including the Wednesdays @11 AM (CST) virtual classroom series. We’re participating in the current series (August 19 to September 23, 2015) about Earth Scienceand it’s not too late for you to join us!

The weekly series is ideal for elementary-aged kids as well as gifted preschoolers. Each session has a theme (ex. “Sun” is the topic for next week), and the KLRN staff recruits an “expert” to chat via text in real time on the OVEE platform while participants watch carefully selected video clips. The KLRN staff also moderates the discussion in real time to help the kids learn to engage with peers and elders online in a lively but respectful manner.

You can attend every session or just one. It’s up to you!

As eclectic homeschoolers (a family that draws from many learning resources and styles and presents material in a relaxed way), we’re using the current series as our science study for a few weeks. To supplement the lessons, I’ll be “strewing” (a term borrowed from the unschool community) other material relevant to that week’s topic in our kid’s path and his schedule.

If you’re more of a traditional “school-at-home” homeschooler, then you can either pair the topics up with your curriculum or just treat the series as a supplement.

Got a co-op, university model school, or other innovative learning community? Even charter schools can join in on the fun. Just sign up and tune in. (Larger groups may want to designate a “speaker” to ask questions.)

To sign up, just register for each session as it appears on OVEE. Mark it on your calendar but note that you’ll get an reminder from the OVEE team. Find out about this program at the last minute? You can just register with OVEE and join us.

Finally, because I work on this project on behalf of Gifted Homeschoolers Forum–and while wearing my new hat (GHF Ambassador), I am privy to some pretty exciting upcoming events this fall, including one phenomenal opportunity related to the rebroadcast of the classic Ken Burns documentary “The Civil War.”

Trust me when I say that you’re going to want to keep an eye out for announcements about special KLRN Virtual Classroom events. I’ll be talking about them via Twitter and on the How to Work and Homeschool Facebook page.

PBS Learning Media is a great resource for homeschool families. Come learn more about it and the KLRN Virtual Classroom project, too.