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Biography: Resources on Julia Child

Posted by on Apr 17, 2015

Julia Carolyn Child (August 15, 1912 – August 13, 2004) was born in Pasadena, California as Julia Carolyn McWilliams.  After receiving an education at both the Westridge School and Polytechnic School in Pasadena, Julia attended Smith College in Massachusetts. After college, she moved to New York City and worked as a copyright in the advertising department of W. & J. Sloane, an upscale home-furnishing firm. In 1937, she returned to California and spent the next four years writing, working and volunteering. In 1942, during WWII, Julia joined the Office of Strategic Services (OSS)and moved to Washington D.C., where she worked directly with the leader of the OSS, General William J. Donovan.  In 1944, Julia was assigned to a post in Kandy, Ceylon and then later to China.   It is in Ceylon that she met Paul Child, another OSS employee.  On September 1, 1946, Paul and Julia wed in Lumberville, Pennsylvania.  Their lives then took them to Washington D.C. and later to Paris, Franch in 1948. It is in Paris that Julia Child attends Le Cordon Bleu cooking school, studies under Master Chefs like Max Bugnard, and meets Simone Beck and Louisette Bertholle.  Together the three women, Child, Beck and Bertholle, write the world-famous cookbook  Mastering the Art of French Cooking.   This cookbook was first published in 1961. The Childs continued to move about Europe until they finally settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Julia’s first cooking show, The French Chef, debuted in 1963 and ran for the next 10 years. Julia Child spent the rest of her life cooking, baking, writing and starring in a variety of cooking shows. Julia went on to publish another sixteen cookbooks and starred in ten additional television series and specials. Julia Child’s kitchen which was designed by her husband, Paul Child, is now on display at the National Museum of American History in Washington, D.C..  This kitchen served as the setting for three of her cooking shows. To learn more about Julia Child check out these great resources:     The Julia Child Foundation At the Julia Child Foundation, you can learn more about Julia’s life (through a great timeline) and her accomplishments. Julia Child at the Smithsonian  Virtually tour Julia Child’s kitchen (available in both flash and text versions) at the Smithsonian.  Here you can, explore her kitchen, learn more about the cooking tools and gadgets she used and read stories about her life. Go behind the scenes of this exhibit at What’s Cooking?.   Learn more about this kitchen’s journey and how it went from a simple kitchen in Cambridge to a full-fledged exhibit at the Smithsonian.  Listen to audio clips by Julia herself, as she talks about her kitchen in Julia’s Stories.    Visit the Project Diary section to learn more about:  Exploring Julia Child’s Kitchen, Talking with Julia, Packing the Kitchen, Curating the Collection and Creating an Exhibit. In the Resources section, the Smithsonian also provides a  recommended children’s book list, which consists of cookbooks, fiction and non-fiction cooking themed books.   PBS: Julia Child View (and print!) Julia Child’s recipes online. Watch full episodes, clips and more in the Julia Child Video Collection. The Julia Child Video Library includes episodes from: In Julia’s Kitchen, Baking with Julia (38 full episodes), In Julia’s Kitchen with Mater Chefs (37 full episodes), Julia Child: Cooking with Master Chefs (16 full episodes) Cooking in Concert Series, and The French Chef. Take a Julia Child quiz to find out “Which Julia Are You?”.   Amazon Prime...

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Grammar: 8 Free Online Resources

Posted by on Mar 31, 2015

Whether you are writing or teaching grammar, everyone can use some grammatical help once in a while.  Luckily, there are several great resources readily available online  — and they just so happen to be free.     Grammarly free Grammarly has a free online tool that will check your writings for grammatical errors.  Errors are underlined in red or green.  Not only will it find misspelled words, but it also makes punctuation and word choice suggestions. You can also download an app that will run in Chrome and find all of your mistakes (for better or worse) in everything you write while in Chrome.  They also have downloads for Microsoft Office and Outlook. A free plagiarism checker is also available. They also have a blog where everything related to grammar is discussed, along with tips, quizzes, and trivia. Subscriptions are also available and they range in price from $11.66 – $29.95. Guide to Grammar and Writing free This guide to grammar and writing is sponsored by the nonprofit Capital Community College Foundation and is dedicated to the late Dr. Charles Darling (the creator of this online guide). A wealth of grammar information is contained on this site; charts, examples, and quizzes accompany each grammar lesson. This site contains over 170 online quizzes. Navigating the site is made easy by well-organized drop-down menus, a search box, and an extensive index. A FAQ section provides answers to a number of common grammatical issues, like “affect versus effect” and “beginning a sentence with the world and or but“.   Learn English Kids free British Council This site is created by United Kingdom’s international organization for cultural relations and educational opportunities.  Learn English Kids has online games, stories, lessons and activities to help elementary aged children learn English. This site teaches spelling, writing, reading, and grammar. Registration is required to access certain areas of the website (registration is free). A variety of grammar rules is explained through short videos.  Printable worksheets and answer keys are included with each video (registration is required to access these worksheets). Contains printable grammar tests, quizzes and reference cards .  Grammar rules and brief examples precede the grammar test sections. Practice your English grammar with simple interactive online games. Learn English also has two other websites LearnEnglishTeens and TeachingEnglish. Onestopenglish  free & $ is a teacher resource site, part of Macmillan Education, one of the world’s leading publishers of English language teaching materials. Grammar is explained in their grammar reference section.  These explanations are easy to follow and concise. You can also sign up for different weekly newsletters (lesson plan may be included). Registration is required to access this site and at least half of this site is for subscription members only (teachers/institutions). Online Writing Lab (OWL) free The Learning Center at D’Youville College This site is a good reference tool for teachers or older students looking for information regarding grammar, sentence structure, and punctuation. Use OWL to learn and review basic grammar rules.  The topics covered on this site include  sentence construction, common sentence construction errors, agreements and the parts of speech. Examples and online practice exercises accompany these mini-lessons. Online Writing Lab (OWL) free Purdue University At Purdue’s Online Writing Lab students and teachers can learn all about grammar and the mechanics of writing (among many other things). Grammar topics covered are spelling, numbers, adjectives, adverbs, appositives, articles, prepositions, pronouns, nouns and verbs. The parts of speech are covered...

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US History: Colonial Williamsburg (Free)

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

Colonial Williamsburg This site is maintained by the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  Colonial Williamsburg gives you a comprehensive look at what life was like during colonial times in America.  It is filled with images, audio clips, podcasts, slideshows, videos, live webcams, downloadable PDFs, games (for both adults and children), book recommendations, teaching resources, online collections,  and more. This site is broken down into eight main sections  History, Education, Publication, Research, Museum, Debate, Multimedia, and Kids. History Learn more about the people of Williamsburg (the founders, businessmen, housewives, servants, slaves etc.).  Some of the people profiled include  Patrick Henry, Thomas Jefferson, George Washington, Martha Washington, Gowan Pamphlet (preacher), Gaby Burwell (slave), Catherine Blaikley (midwife) and John Montour (Native American interpreter). You can also learn about the clothing they wore, their gardens (past and present), historical places in Williamsburg, the occupations and trades of colonial people (apothecary, blacksmith, cooper, foodways, wheelwright etc.), and  The American Revolution (this is a separate website: Learn about fifes and drums (downloads, audio clips, videos, etc.) There is also an interactive map of the city which allows you to explore Colonial Williamsburg virtually. Education Learn more about in-person field trips, electronic field trips, downloadable lesson plans, and teacher resources. Read select articles from their Teacher Gazette E-Newsletter online or sign up here to receive a copy of this free, monthly e-newsletter. Learn about HERO, a  new multimedia library and e-learning environment sponsored by The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation.  This is a subscription based service and homeschooling discounts are available. Publication Read the current Colonial Williamsburg Journal issue online. You can view and search old issues of this journal as well (going back as far as 1992). Shop for books, videos, DVD’s and music at their online store. Research Read about their current projects in their Current Project section, like the Market House Reconstruction project, the Capitol Ravine Excavation, and Project Archive. Learn more about archeology, history, architecture and historic trades in their Research Area. Visit other Online Resources, which include Virtual Williamsburg, The American Revolution, Slavery and Remembrance, Digital Library, eWilliamsburg and Principles of Freedom. Get visitor’s information on the John D. Rockefeller Jr. Library or search for materials online and visit their digital library. Museum Learn about the museums of Williamsburg and their collections. Visit their Online Collection which includes images of architectural fragments, artwork, ceramics, costumes and accessories, furniture, glass, household items, maps, mechanical items, musical instruments, quilts,  textiles, tools and equipment, toys and more. Visit their Online Exhibits, which includes a Portrait of George Washington, Historical Threads: Three Centuries of Clothing, Conserving the Murray Sisters, Coins and Currency of Colonial America, Mapping Colonia America and more. Videos, slideshows, podcasts and downloads are also available. Debate This section is called The Tavern, where citizens debate.  What is The Tavern? “In 18th-century taverns, citizens exchanged ideas and opinions about the events of the day. The Tavern renews that tradition, featuring thoughtful commentary on current events and how they relate to American history and citizenship.” (The Tavern) Read articles and blog posts, watch debates and subscribe to The Tavern updates in the Debate section. Multimedia Downloads, slideshows, video, podcasts, audio clips, ePostcards, an online photo store and games are all available in the Multimedia section. View the city live through webcams (Multimedia section).  Live webcams capture video from outside The Raleigh Tavern, Merchants Square, the Capitol, the Courthouse, the Armoury and the Market House Reconstruction. Kids At the Kid’s Zone:...

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Mathematics: Khan Academy (Free)

Posted by on Mar 27, 2015

Khan Academy free Khan Academy is a non-profit organization founded in 2006.  The founder, Salman Khan, believed that everyone in the world should be entitled to a free education and from this belief Khan Academy was born.  Salman Khan has a BS in mathematics, a M.Sc. in electrical engineering and computer science and an MEng in electrical engineering and computer science from M.I.T..  He also holds a  Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School. This is what you can find in their mathematics section: There are teaching tools available for both parents and teachers.  Parents and Teacher create their own logins to track student progress. They have Spanish, French, and Brazilian Portuguese versions of the site. Khan Academy produced Youtube videos provide students with live lessons Math lessons are broken down by topic and skill level.  Videos and interactive practice problems accompany lessons. Early math (K-2nd Grade):  counting, place value, patterns, addition, subtraction, measurement, geometry 3rd Grade:  addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, geometry, place value, rounding, expressions, and patterns. 4th grade:  addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, fractions, measurement, geometry, place value, rounding, factors, multiples and patterns 5th grade: arithmetic operations, fractions, place value, and decimals, algebraic thinking 6th grade: arithmetic operations, negative numbers, ratios, rates, percentages, properties of numbers, variables and expressions, geometry, data and statistics 7th grade: rates, proportional relationships, ratios, negative numbers (addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division) fractions, decimals, percentages, variables and expressions, geometry, statistics and probability 8th grade: numbers and operations, solving problems with one unknown, two-variable linear equations and functions, systems of equations, geometry, data and modeling Algebra:  Basics, Algebra I and Algebra II, Linear Algebra Geometry Trigonometry Probability and Statistics Calculus:  Precalculus, Calculus, Differential Calculus, Integral Calculus,  Multivariable Calculus Visit the Mathematics Section of Home & Schooling for...

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Reading: We Give Books (Free)

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

We Give Books began in 2010.  As of today over 3, 782, 703 books have been read on this site. We Give Books contains a large variety of children and young adult books that can be read online.    You can filter this collection by age, genre and author.  You can also sort this collection by date and popularity.  Featured books, editor’s picks and classic book lists are also available.  In October 2014, We Give Books joined First Book.   We Give Books   free Registration required (free) This collection includes board books, picture books, easy readers and chapter books in both fiction and non-fiction. Book by popular authors like Rosemary Wells (Max and Ruby), Anna Dewdney (Llama Llama) and DK publishing are included in this collection. Books can be read online (there is no read-a-loud feature) Author information is included with each book (activities and worksheets are listed when available) The recommended ages for these books is 0 – 10 (board books are included in this collection) Activities, plans and other teaching resources Great resource for when you can’t get to the...

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Printable: About Me Packet (Free)

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

I made this writing packet for my daughter and I thought I’d share it with everyone.  It’s a simple seven-page booklet, in which your child can draw pictures of themselves, their family, home, bedroom and best friend.  Children can also practice their writing skills with fill in the blank writing exercises.  It’s a fun learning assignment that allows children to write about their favorite toys, foods, activities, etc..  It also helps to reinforce useful information like your home address and phone number.  The same printable is available in black and white, a blue theme, and a red theme. Downloadable PDF: About Me Packet – Blue Downloadable PDF: About Me Packet – Red Downloadable PDF: About Me Packet (Black and...

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Science: Bring Zoo Animals into Your Home (Virtually)

Posted by on Mar 22, 2015

Are you learning about animals right now or do you want to?  If you can’t get to the zoo (and who can most days).  Visit these great virtual zoos online.  Our favorite was the Richmond Cheetah Cam –log on at night and watch them sleep (the cubs are adorable!). Virtual Zoo World Association of Zoos and Aquariums (WAZA) There are over 600 animals in this virtual zoo. The virtual zoo contains mammals, fish, reptiles, amphibians, birds, and invertebrates. Choose animals by species, randomly from pictures, from the zoo map and from the different world regions. Animal names, scientific names, animal photographs, animal facts, zoo information (why zoo’s keep these animals? etc), distribution information (information on habitat, range, wild population, zoo population, etc.), and a map as to where these animals live in the wild can all be found in this virtual zoo. Live Zoo Cameras National Zoo (Smithsonian National Zoological Park) – Animal Cams View animals live at the National Zoo. Elephant Cam Asian Small-Clawed Otter Cam Clouded Leopard Cam Fishing Cats Cam Lion Cub Cam Naked Mole-Rat Cam Orangutan Cam Panda Cam Houston Zoo View animals live the Houston Zoo. Flamingo Habitat Giraffe Feeding Platform Giraffe Yard Chimpanzee Window Chimpanzee Yard Elephant Pool Elephant Yard Rhino Yard San Diego Zoo View animals live the San Diego Zoo. Pandas Apes Elephants Polar Bears Woodland Park Zoo View animals live the Woodland Park Zoo. Bear Cam Giraffe Barn Cam Savanna Cam Richmond Cheetah Cam A partnership between the Richmond Times-Dispatch and the Metro Richmond...

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Free Curriculum @ Your Library with Premium Databases

Posted by on Feb 20, 2015

Free Homeschool Curriculum Resources with Your Local Library Part One We are always looking for ways to cut costs while still providing our children with access to the best academic resources.  Investing in your child’s education can get expensive quickly and finding quality free resources is key to reducing homeschooling costs without compromising your child’s academic experience.  Most public libraries offer free access to otherwise expensive commercial services that can help advance your child’s education without the accompanying high price tag. Using Your Library for Free Curriculum: Every library is different and not all offer the same access to databases and other subscription services, however, the following exceptional databases are frequently offered in most public libraries. Here are some of my favorite programs to explore and take advantage of with your library card: Hoopla Digital: Hoopla is an online digital media service available through a large number of libraries.  Patrons establish an account with their library card and can access e-books, audiobooks, films, documentaries, educational and instructional videos, and music albums.  All content is available without waiting, there are no holds.   Each user is allowed to check out 10 items per month (ten downloads).  Lending periods: TV and movies for 3 days, audiobooks for 21 days, and music albums for 7 days. The Hoopla app is available through iTunes or the Google Play Store.  You can download and access your content through Firefox, Google Chrome, Internet Explorer 8 and 9, and Safari. Hoopla is available on any iOS device that run iOS 6 or newer, iPad 2 and newer, iPad Air and Mini, and Iphone 3-6.  It is also available with several Android OS devices that run 4.0 or newer, Samsung Galaxy phones and tablets, Google Nexus, Nook, Motorola Droiz Razr M phone, and more. Some of My Favorite Free Hoopla Curriculum for Students: Examples of Hoopla Digital’s Audiobooks for Elementary Students:  The Snow Queen by Hans Christian Anderson Thomas Jefferson: Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Everything by Maira Kalman Spanish In Minutes:  How to Study Spanish the Fun Way by Liv Montgomery Through the Looking-Glass and What Alice Found There by Lewis Carroll  Just So Stories by Rudyard Kipling The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame Chicken Soup with Rice by Maurice Sendak The Clown of God by Tomie dePaola The Star Spangled Banner by Peter Spier And Then What Happened, Paul Revere? by Jean Fritz Brave Irene by William Steig Looking at Lincoln by Maira Kalman Tale of Two Bad Mice by Beatrix Potter Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say A Kiss for Little Bear by Else Holmelund Minarik The Fox Went Out On A Chilly Night by Peter Spier The Selfish Giant by Oscar Wilde Examples of Audiobooks for Middle & High School: Non-Fiction The Decline of the Fall of the Roman Empire Spanish In Minutes:  How to Study Spanish the Fun Way by Liv Montgomery Classic Fiction: The Picture of Dorian Gray by Oscar Wilde Little Women by Louisa May Alcott The Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare F. Scott Fitzgerald Short Stories by F. Scott Fitzgerald Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte The Legend of Sleepy Hollow by Washington Irving The Strange Case of Dr. Jekyll & Mr. Hyde by Robert Louis Stevenson Vanity Fire by W.M. Thackeray The Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan Moby Dick by Herman Melville The Count of Monte Cristo by Alexandre...

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