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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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American History: Revolutionary War (Liberty’s Kids DVD Series for $5)

Posted by on Apr 15, 2015

Liberty’s Kids: DVD Series Recommended for ages 6 – 11 I purchased the Liberty’s Kids: Complete Series DVD set last week at Target.  At only $7.50 it seemed like a great deal, although Amazon currently sells it for $5.00 (which is an even better deal!).  We’ve watched four episodes so far and both my kids love it. Liberty’s Kids explores Colonial life in America.  It was a series that was developed by DHX Cookie Jar and first aired on PBS.  The series follows the lives of two teenagers (Sarah and James), a former slave (Moses), and an eight-year-old boy named Henri.   Sarah is a British loyalist while James is colonist and an American patriot.  This series includes 40 half-hour episodes was produced in 2003.  Guest voices include Annette Bening, Dustin Hoffman, Michael Douglas, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sylvester Stallone, Whoopi Goldberg, Billy Crystal, Ben Stiller and Liam Neeson. Topics include: Slavery Thomas Jefferson John Adams The American Flag The Boston Tea Party Paul Revere George Washington Benjamin Franklin Benedict Arnold The Ratification of the Declaration of Independence The Civil War Liberty’s Kids.com free Find online games, coloring pages and more Go behind the scene into the making of this series Visit the Library Archive to learn about 36 different historical figures, historical objects and 17 historical places In the Parents and Teacher’s Section, you will find:  short plays developed for children, lesson plans, historical facts, teaching tips,  activities, and...

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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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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 & $ Onestopenglish.com 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: www.ouramericanrevolution.org) 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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SAVE UP to 84% OFF Curriculum for Homeschool Families

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

  Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op is a great resource for homeschooling families, allowing them to purchase curriculum at terrific discount group rates.  It’s free to join, however, it’s only available to families that homeschool.  The registration process is simple and it only requires your e-mail and a few minutes of your time.  Every month the co–op presents curriculum at sale prices — sometimes at a huge percentage off.  When you make purchases through the co-op you earn “Smartpoints” — which can be used for future purchases. Here are Homeschool Buyer’s Co-op’s March specials that are about to expire, so if you are in the market for some new curriculum, check out the following.  You might find something great for your child or children that will help their learning progress. A few Highlights from Homeschooling Co-OP’s March Sales: Kaplan Test Preparation for ACT & SAT 83% OFF.  Regular Price: $299.  Group price:  $49.95.  This is an online program. IXL online practice preparation 25% off.  We use this and though it does not teach the concepts, it’s great for practice.  It does, however, explain what your child did wrong when they answer a question incorrectly.  This is available for both math and language arts. Reading Assistant for dyslexic students.  84% off.  Regular price is $800.  Member price:  $129.00. Zone Geometry 47% off. Rosetta Stone 60% off.  Homeschool foreign-language curriculum version 3 is now available in 19 languages, including Spanish, German, Chinese, and more.  Regular price $479.00, member price is $191.00 FableVision‘s award-winning “Mapping the World by Heart” is 36% off along with 42% off “Animation-ish”–  a program for teaching children to illustrate. “Stationary Studio” is 43% off, another good program for teaching writing. Singapore Math’s “Math in Focus” is on sale with free shipping for orders over $50.  Huge “Smartpoints” available with purchase. Highlights Magazine 30% Off. WordlyWise 3000 is now 89% off.  Online version grades K-12.  Regular price is $375 — member price is $39.95. Save 20% off Stanford University’s Gifted and Talented online courses (i.e. the first three months).  Save 20% if you sign up for automatic renewal.  Grades K-7. Typing Pal is 46% off and this price includes up to 5 students. Math Mammoth up to 50% on PDF workbooks. Choose from four series packages either as an electronic download or CD product.  Also included is a Soft-Pak. Grades 1-9 ________________________________________ Many more phenomenal deals are available through the co-op and too many to list here.  We hope you find this information helpful!  Amy      ...

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1 Yr Subscription Bon Appetit Magazine $4.99

Posted by on Mar 30, 2015

Bon Appetit Magazine 1 Year (12 issues) $4.99 (Reg. $15)  @ DiscountMags.com Bon Appetit on Kindle Fire, iPad, and Nook are now included for FREE with your Print Subscription 1 Year (12 issues) $4.99 2 Years (24 issues) $9.98 3 Years (36 issues) $14.97 No Auto Renew and Free...

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April Field Trips: William Sonoma Jr Chef Classes, LEGO Store & More (Free)

Posted by on Mar 28, 2015

Culinary Events & Classes @ William Sonoma Saturday, April 11, at 10 am Junior Chef: Lunch Box Lessons Saturday, April 18 at 10 am Junior Chef: DIY Homemade Drinks Saturday, April 25 at 10 am Junior Chef: Baking Bundts   Call your local store to register! Home Depot The following information is taken from Home Depot’s website: Saturday, April 4 (9:00 am- 12:00 pm) Learn How to Build a Chalkboard Planter Stand Come learn how to build a chalkboard planter stand FREE hands-on workshops; designed for children ages 5 – 12 All kid get to keep their craft, receive a FREE certificate of achievement, a Workshop Apron, and a commemorative pin while supplies last. Children must be present at the store to participate in the workshop and receive the kit, apron and pin. Kids Workshop activities are scheduled on a first come/first served basis. Please do not arrive before 9:00 a.m. Register online at Home Depot. LEGO Store Monthly Mini Model Build! The following information is taken from LEGO’s website: Tuesday,  7 (beginning at 5:00 pm until supplies last) LEGO UFO Visit your local LEGO Store on the first Tuesday of every month and you can learn how to build a cool mini model, and take it home – for free! Quantities are limited and offer is good while supplies last only. Models are not for sale and cannot be purchased. One free per child. Event is open to children ages 6 to 14 only. Ask a Brick Specialist for details.   Lowes Kids Clinic The following information is taken from Lowes’ website: Saturday, April 11 (10:00 am) See It Grow Build a wooden project and get a free apron, goggles, patch and more.  Spring is here and it’s time to start gardening! Your child will love learning about plants and watching them grow with this great kit! Register online...

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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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Atlanta Science Festival

Posted by on Mar 25, 2015

The second annual Atlanta Science Festival takes place March 21-28th and celebrates science, technology, math and engineering.  The festival was founded by Emory University, Georgia Tech and the Atlanta Chamber of Commerce with over 30,000 people attending the inaugural festival in 2014.  The festival combines top organizations, museums, schools and companies such as Google and IBM. The science festival offers a free family oriented  EXPO taking place Saturday March 28th from 11-4 at Centennial Olympic Park.  Come experience a “Farmer Scavenger Hunt” on a real organic farm Sunday March 29th at Gaia Gardens in Decatur, Georgia.  If you live in metro Atlanta, this is a great learning opportunity for your family.  Here are some highlights for the festival: hands on activities facility tours presentations performances throughout metro Atlanta FREE family Expo including hands on activities, demonstrations and stage shows. “Earth in Twilight” presented by Georgia Tech 6-9 pm.  Come and learn about how scientists are illuminating the Earth.  Teens 13-18. “How Not to Be Wrong”  Learn from Jordan Ellenburg as part of Georiga Tech’s “Science Matters Lectures” about the many hidden and chaotic sources of math.  Ellenburg will teach students how math surrounds us everywhere.  FREE.  Thursday 3/26.  Ages 13-18.  The Clary Theater inside the Bill Moore Student Success Center, Georgia Tech, 190 North Ave. NW Atlanta, GA 30332 “Making and Tinkering:  How Play Develops Social Awareness” for Educators and Adults.  Learn about play while attending this workshop at The Children’s School.  FREE.  Thursday 3/26.  7-8:30 pm.  The Children’s School Gym, Atlanta. “Nerd Nite:  ATL/ASF”  This event features three talks about the brain.  Adults $5. “STEM to STEM”  Mentoring program for teenagers interested in pursuing a science career.  International Google Science Fair. Teens ages 13-18.  FREE with advanced registration.  3/27 10-2.  Canadian Consulate General in Atlanta 1175 Peachtree Street NE, Atlanta, GA. Michael Green the Science Machine presents “Science for Everyone.”   This event features amazing experiments.  Children ages 5-12.  Friday 3/27 6-7:30 pm. FREE.  Little Shop of Stories 133A East Court Square Decatur GA 30030. “Cosmo Camp In” $20.  If you like rockets and space missions this event is for you!    The Cosmic Camp In takes place at the exhibit hall at the DCSD Fernbank Science Center.  Come out and see the Apollo 6 Command Module, launch rockets and prepare liquid nitrogen marshmallows.  You will have the opportunity to watch demonstrations of smart material resistance. Students will have the opportunity to examine a sample of the layers arranged for protective suits and design and assemble fabric into a space suit model.  Students get their own cosmic t-shirt. For children and families.  Friday 3/27 9pm to 12 am.  DCSD Fernbank Science Center, 156 Heaton Park Drive, Atlanta, GA 30307. Many more lectures and events available. Highlights of Saturday’s Expo include: 11-4pm March 28th at Centennial Olympic Park. Open to adults, families and children of all ages. More than 100 interactive hands-on exhibits, hands-on experiments, demos and performances. Meet local scientists and engineers Explore the Bio-Bus and STEAM Truck Design a paper airplane Touch a brain Explore the Biotech Tent and Maker Village Main Stage Highlights: “Matter Matters” by the Tellus Science Museum “From Fire to Ice: Chemistry Demos” by ChEmory “Take Flight” by Big Thinkers “The Circle of Life” by The Children’s School “Animal Encounters” by Zoo Atlanta “The Sand Princess and Friends” by the Georgia Mineral Society “Roob & Noob Theatre for the Very Young” by...

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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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Pottery Barn Warehouse Sale Ending Soon

Posted by on Mar 24, 2015

The Pottery Barn Warehouse Clearance Event is a large sale ending tomorrow.  Now’s your chance to stock up on essentials like curtains from $22.99 a panel down from $59 a panel.  Throws from $59 to $34.99 and items like embroidered shams and duvet covers from $39.50 to $14.99 and many more finds if you take a few minutes to search.  Sale ends March 25th Up to 60% off hundreds of items Up to 40% off beds and more Lamps starting at $79 20% off lanterns and more Rugs, drapes, curtains, window treatment accessories on sale Pillows, throws Bedding:  pillows, duvets, blankets, sheets, bed skirts and more. Bath, decor, organization and more all on sale For sale info, click here: http://www.potterybarn.com/shop/sale/seasonal-clearance-sale/?cm_type=lnav Happy Sale...

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Curriculum: Starfall.com Overview

Posted by on Mar 23, 2015

Starfall is designed for pre-kindergartens to second graders.  We purchased a membership several years ago when my daughter was in preschool.  This is one of the many tools we used in teaching her how to read.  To us, it’s a bargain at $35 a year.  Both of my children, Alice (second grade), and Cheshire (kindergarten) love the books, songs, games and activities that can be found at Starfall.com. Even without a membership, you can still access all of the same learning materials that helped launch my daughter into reading. Membership Details All memberships are valid for 365 days. Home Membership ($35) – This membership provides you with one account that can be used by different members of your immediate family.  After you become a member, you can “authorize” several computers at once so that multiple children can be logged into your Starfall.com account at the same time. Teacher’s Membership ($75) – One teacher and 6 students can use the account simultaneously; see website for details. Classroom Membership ($150) – This membership can be used for one classroom in a school; see website for details. School Membership ($270) – This membership covers one school campus; see website for details. Free Resources Some of the free resources available at Starfall.com include: ABCs: Short animated videos that teach the alphabet, vowels and how to sign the alphabet. Learn to Read: 15 basic and interactive books; these were created to teach the fundamentals of reading.  Each book is a part of a greater lesson that includes additional activities, movies, and games.  Reading is taught through both phonetic and whole language lessons. It’s Fun to Read and I’m Reading: Interactive books help children take their new found reading skills to the next level. Calendar and holiday activities and lessons The Homeschooling section contains free worksheets and books for kids to enjoy, like blank certificates, seasonal handouts, reading and writing journals, puppet templates, etc.. At the Teacher’s Lounge, you can download free ABC worksheets on how to write each letter (A-Z), number worksheets, lined paper, picture cards, sample lesson plans and more. Member Resources Some of the membership resources include: Learn pre-kindergarten to second-grade math skills (counting, time, addition, subtraction, days of the week, basic multiplication and division, geometry, and measurement). You children can learn and sing children’s classics in their sing-a-long section (Farmer in the Dell, Pat-a-Cake). There is also a section for nursery rhymes and historical folk songs. Read more books in the Talking Library (these books are also interactive and there is an option to have the books read aloud). Additional phonics lesson A variety of worksheets (reading, writing, phonics, numbers, math), picture cards, calendars, lesson plans, word find puzzles, color by number worksheets,  teaching guides, unit studies, animal kingdom printouts, writing rubric,  downloadable books, biographical information on famous Americans (Thomas Edison, Benjamin Franklin, Rosa Parks, etc.)  and more is located in the Teacher’s Lounge. Starfall Store Starfall also sells games, puzzles, stuffed animals, books, CD-ROMS, and more at their online store. Apps A free Starfall app is available at the Apple Store, Google Play and Kindle Fire (internet connection is required for an app to run). In order to access all of the app’s content, you need to be a Starfall member (there is very little free content provided in the app). At this time, they also have 10 additional apps that range in price...

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Homeschooling 101: How to Begin Homeschooling

Posted by on Mar 18, 2015

  If you are contemplating home schooling or have recently made the decision to homeschool, you probably have many questions regarding this important decision. Deciding to take complete responsibility for your child or children’s education is a huge undertaking, but fear not, it can be done and it’s not as complicated as some individuals may suggest.  You may be wondering how to withdraw your child from public school or how to notify the local school district about your decision.  Perhaps you have questions regarding the legalities involved with homeschooling in the state you reside, how to select the best curricula that meets your child’s needs, where to locate learning activities, and much more.  If this sounds like you, and you aren’t sure where to begin, I’ve outlined below my top tips for transitioning to homeschooling. Legalities of Homeschooling  The first place to start is with the law.  Homeschooling is legal in all 50 states, though each state has different laws and regulations.  States vary with their regulations with some like Massachusetts and New York requiring more from homeschool families (i.e., in New York, you must file a letter of intent, homeschool for 180 days, file quarterly progress reports, teach specific required subjects, submit an annual assessment) vs states like Michigan (No notice of intent required along with end of year tests or number of days mandated.).  Before you do anything else, you will need to understand your state laws well.  Home School Legal Defense Association (HSLDA) has outlined the laws for your state here: https://www.hslda.org/laws/ Essential Homeschooling Laws The following are some of the questions you will need to address before beginning homeschooling: What are the homeschooling laws in your state? Does your state require a letter of intent? When is this letter due and where do you send it?  (If you join HSLDA, they will walk you through this and provide you with a form letter to give to your school district). What qualifications are necessary to teach your child?  Do you need a B.S., high school diploma, etc.? Does your state offer religious exemptions and is this something your family should pursue? Does your state require proof of progress in the form of standardized tests, a portfolio of your child’s work, or a professional evaluation? Does your state require attendance records or a certain number of homeschooling instructional hours per year? What is the required attendance age (usually six but can be five) for starting school? What subjects are you required to teach? If applicable, are there any regulations regarding homeschooling a special needs child? All of these questions can be examined by studying your state laws.   Sometimes a quarterly report is a simple compliance like submitting a basic progress report and although your state may require you to teach certain subjects, you can choose the curriculum that best meets your child’s learning styles and or needs.  If you choose to join HSLDA, members enjoy guidance with 24/7 legal assistance ranging from answering small issues like how best to send in a letter of intent (If you are a member, they can provide you with a form letter on HSLDA letterhead for you to fill out and send notifying your district),  an attendance issue or what types of proof of progress (i.e. professional evaluation, types of standardized tests, acceptable scores, etc.) and any other legal question or issue you may...

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