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Don’t Miss the Inaugural National Math Festival

Posted by on Apr 6, 2015

  The inaugural National Math Festival will take place on Saturday April 18th on the National Mall in Washington, D.C. and will include more than 70 events for all ages.  The festival is organized by the Mathematical Sciences Research Institute (MSRI), Smithsonian Institution and the Institute for Advanced Study (IAS).  This is the country’s first math festival and is free with learning events for every age, hands-on activities, demonstrations and lectures by top mathematicians. Attend a lecture by a top mathematician or programmer.  Participate in a math treasure hunt on the National Mall or play an interactive game-show in the Enid Haupt Garden and a chance to win cash.  Create Platonic geometric figures, go on a self-guided tour of the Solar System from the National Air and Space Museum to the Smithsonian Castle, explore interactive Discovery Stations at the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum and so much more! Highlights for the National Math Festival Include: “Knots and DNA” by Dr. Mariel Vazquez.  This lecture discuses “How Not to Be Wrong” by Dr. Jordan Ellenberg.  This lecture discuses how math touches everything we do including baseball, artificial languages, non-Euclidean geometry, the invention of calculus and more.  Smithsonian Ripley Center. “Early Math Learning with Technology:  Gracie & Friends Apps and Activities.”  Learn about this app used for subitizing and equipartitioning. Ages 2-7.   Smithsonian American History Museum.   “Cash Prizes for Everyone” take a chance all day long with this interactive game-show in the Smithsonain’s Haupt Garden.  Huge prizes offered to anyone that can “beat the house.”  Ages 14 and up.  10-4 pm. “Math Midway!” Presented by The National Museum of Mathematics consists of 20 interactive exhibits exploring shape, pattern, numbers and the world of math.  Come and see the Square-Wheeled Tricycle and Ring of Fire.  Smithsonian’s Haupt Garden. “Sort, Organize, Count, Categorize:  Collect!”  This hands on early childhood activity allows children to create and display their own collection drawing upon inspiration from the Smithsonian collections.  Smithsonian Early Enrichment Center.  Time: 10-2.  Ages 2-4. “Geometric Origami” is a building workshop presented by The Bridges Organization.  Learn about Platonic solids.  Make a mathematical origami octahedron and a dodecahedron.  All ages.  Smithsonian Ripley Center, Concourse. 10-4. “Math on the National Mall” A self guided tour.  Learn about math during this math treasure hunt!  Locate trapezoids, Mobius Strips, pyramids and more as you complete your search among the buildings, museums and art galleries along the National Mall.  Math map provided.  10-4 pm.  Meeting Place:  Smithsonian Ripley Center.  Ages 11 and up. Smithsonian’s Ripley Center (meeting place).  10-4. “Celebration of Mind: Mathematical Games, Magic and Puzzles”  Come out and cut, color, fold and glue mathematical illusions.  Explore hands-on puzzles with the Julia Robinson Math Festival.  All ages.  Smithsonian Ripley Center. 10-4. Learn about the fundamentals of Aerodynamics, decoding starlight, black holes, exoplanets and more at the interactive stations at the National Air and Space Museum.  Ages 8 and up. Watch a local team of experts build a hyperbolic star — a stellated icosahedron with embedded hyperbolic surfaces. Come listen to Stony Brook University math professor Dr. George Hart lecture about how “Math is Cool!”  Smithsonian Ripley Center Room 3037b.  3-3:45. For more information about the festival:  National Math...

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Free Entrance Days April 18 & 19 @ National Parks

Posted by on Apr 3, 2015

Free Entrance Days in the National Parks Mark your calendar for these entrance fee-free* dates in 2015: January 19 Martin Luther King Jr. Day February 14-16 Presidents Day weekend April 18-19 opening weekend of National Park Week August 25 National Park Service Birthday September 26 National Public Lands Day November 11 Veterans Day *Fee waiver includes: entrance fees, commercial tour fees, and transportation entrance fees. Other fees such as reservation, camping, tours, concession and fees collected by third parties are not included unless stated...

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3/25 60% off on Select Dover Coloring Books

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

Coloring Madness! 60% Off – 3/25 and 3/26 Only @ Dover Publications 7o educational coloring books on sale. Some of the items on sale include: Ancient Egyptian Designs Coloring Book $1.58 (Reg.$3.95) Dover Masterworks: Color Your Own Cezanne Paintings  $2.40 (Reg. 5.99) The History of the White House Coloring Book $1.60 (Reg. 3.99) My First Spanish ABC Picture Coloring Book $1.60 (Reg. 3.99) Story of the Civil War Coloring Book $1.60 (Reg. 3.99) Visit their website to view more sale items. Free shipping on orders over $50 (see site for...

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3/14 Sale on Magic School Bus Curriculum

Posted by on Mar 14, 2015

One-Year Membership to Magic School Bus Science Club , The Young Scientists Club $120 (50% off) @Amazon Local (Sale ends 3/20/15 – Limited...

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3/13 Rosetta Stone on Sale

Posted by on Mar 13, 2015

Rosetta Stone on sale @ Rainbow Resource Center

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Audible © “Winnie the Pooh” by A. A. Milne for $0.99

Posted by on Mar 4, 2015

Audible Daily Deal for March 4th 2015 until 11:59 pm E.S.T.  For those of you that have Audible memberships today’s daily deal is  “Winnie-the Pooh” by A. A. Milne for $0.99 — a great classic to add to your child’s audiobook collection.  Unabridged two hours and forty-six minutes.   This audiobook, performed by Peter Denis, consists of ten stories from the unabridged version of “Winnie-the-Pooh” by A. A. Milne including: In Which We Are Introduced to Winnie-the-Pooh and Some Bees, and the Stories Begin In Which Pooh Goes Visiting and Gets Into a Tight Place In Which Pooh and Piglet Go Hunting and Nearly Catch a Woozle In Which Eeyore Loses a Tail and Pooh Finds One In Which Piglet Meets a Heffalump In Which Eeyore Has a Birthday and Gets Two Presents In Which Kanga and Baby Roo Come to the Forest, and Piglet Has a Bath In Which Christopher Robin Leads an Expotition to the North Pole In Which Piglet is Entirely Surrounded by Water In Which Christopher Robin Gives a Pooh Party, and We Say Goodbye This title is also Whispersync for Voice-ready....

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Audiobooks: Build an Audio Library using Audible© Sales & Promotions

Posted by on Feb 22, 2015

  When I can’t find it for free through Overdrive, ClickIt or Hoopla Digital (three online digital subscription services I use with my library card), or I want to own a copy for myself, I turn to Audible. Last year we went searching for an audiobook at our local library and when they didn’t own it, I turned to Amazon and discovered Audible.  Previously we used our local library as our only resource for all of our audiobook needs.  Audiobooks are expensive, and we were interesting in purchasing them for reasonable prices.  Since we are frequent Amazon customers and Audible is an Amazon company, when I noticed the three month free Audible trial, I immediately signed up.  Here is what we discovered: What is Audible? Audible is a subscription service for audiobooks, audio magazines, newspapers, radio and TV programs.  They have over 150K titles as part of their collection.   How Audible Works:   Audible offers several different types of plans: Audible Listener Gold: 1 credit per month.  Cost:  $14.95 per month. Audible Listener Platinum: 2 credits per month.  Cost:  $22.95 a month. Audible Silver Plan:  This plan is bi-monthly. Cost: $14.95 every other month and receive one credit bi-monthly. Audible Listener Gold Annual:  12 credits all at once for $149.50.  No monthly charges, though you are still a member, until one year from when you began this membership. How Credits and Membership Discounts Work: Nearly every book on Audible is worth “one credit” with a few exceptions.  A rare number of Audible’s books are 2, 3, 4 or 5 credits.  These mostly consist of book compilations or courses. An example of this is a German Language course:  “German Phase 2, Units 1-30:  Learn to Speak and Understand German with Pimsleur Language Programs.”  In comparison, the shorter courses consisting of 1-2 units are one credit. Audible Does Not Determine Credits Based On the Length of the Book.  One Credit Books Include:  “War and Peace”by Leo Tolstoy (61 hours and 8 minutes). “Complete Sherlock Holmes” by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (70 hours) “The Fellowship of the Ring” by J.R.R. Tolkein (19 hours) “Watership Down” by Richard Adams (15 hours and 51 minutes) “The Old Man and the Sea” by Ernest Hemingway  (2 hours and  30 minutes).   Acquiring Audible Credits: Upon enrolling in a plan you receive at least one credit (more depending on your plan) and are eligible to purchase books at the membership discount price.  You may also take advantage of their promotional sales. Depending on the plan you select, you receive at least one credit every other month (silver), one every month (gold), two a month (platinum) or 12 credits all at once (Gold Annual)(For Gold Annual you are given your credits and billed at the same time for the entire year — you are not billed again nor do you receive credits again until the following year).  Since one credit is worth the same as a book that costs $0.48 or one that is $48.95, it makes the most sense to always use your credits for the most expensive books. Choose A Device to listen to Audible: You can listen to your audiobooks via Audible’s free app on your smarthpone, Kindle, Nook, tablet, computer, mp3, or other device.  Once you’ve made your purchase, tell Audible where to send it and begin listening to your audiobook on your...

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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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FREE Educator Discount Card from Barnes and Noble

Posted by on Feb 19, 2015

    Homeschool Teacher Discount Cards with Barnes & Noble As a homeschooling parent I frequently purchase workbooks, books, study aides and more as part of our children’s education.   Curriculum is expensive, especially when purchasing for several kids.  We order a lot of our materials from Amazon, however, we still purchase enough materials from our local Barnes and Noble store. For study guides and other books, I often want to browse the selection in person.  A while back I  stumbled upon the Barnes and Noble Educator Discount card while visiting our nearby store and always one for a sale, I immediately signed up. What is the Barnes & Noble Education Discount Card? Barnes & Noble offers an Educator Discount card for teachers, including homeschooling teaching parents, allowing them a 20% discount on most educational purchases.  Card holders may also receive 25% off Publisher’s List Books during Education Appreciation Days along with other e-mail promotional specials. Who is eligible? If you are a homeschooling parent (or an educator at a public or private school) teaching pre-K through grade 12 you are eligible for the card. How do I apply for the card? You may apply for the card at a Barnes and Noble store.  The application can not be completed online. Are there any Fees Associated with the Barnes and Noble Educator Card? The Barnes and Noble Educator Card is completely free for those that are eligible.  There are no application or annual fees. What Proof do I need? If you are a public or private classroom teacher, you will need a valid school ID or pay stub.  For homeschooling parents, you will need to provide a copy of your Letter of Intent or your current HSLDA membership card, names and grades of children currently homeschooled, a completed application with your address and a valid photo ID.  Despite teaching in public schools for years, I only recently obtained a Barnes and Noble Educator’s Card using my current HSLDA member ID along with the completed  application and my driver’s license. What Purchases May I use with My Barnes and Noble Educator Discount Card? You may use your card to purchase workbooks, textbooks, study aides, educational toys, games and more as long as it is related to your child’s education.  Some exclusions apply including:  “Café items; Music; DVDs; Blu-ray Discs; Gift Cards; eGift cards; periodicals; textbooks; digital content (including but not limited to eBooks, digital magazines, and periodicals); NOOK® or NOOK related accessories; other hardware and electronics; software; Rosetta Stone product; downloadable audiobooks in MP3 or any other format; products or services provided online at via Barnes & Noble BookQuest LLC.” ( May I Combine Other Discounts and Promotions with the Educator’s Card? The B&N Educator’s Discount Card cannot be combined with other coupons or membership discounts. Does My Card Expire?  Your educational discount card is good for two years from activation.  After two years you may renew if you qualify (same qualifications as previously stated). How Long Does it Take to Receive My Card? Once approved you receive your card immediately.  Mine took only a few minutes to process and a short while later I used it to purchase a stack of Kumon books, a Peterson’s Egghead Vocabulary Study Guide and a few picture books. Is there a Limit to the Number of Purchases I May Use with this Card?  As of...

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