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July 30, 2010

Kids Love Bugs!

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 2:00 am

Lightning bugs….furry caterpillars…banana slugs…..potato bugs….kids love bugs!

How can you take this innate interest that almost all kids have and turn it into a fun science lesson?

Maybe you can make a bug habitat from recycled containers?  Or make your own ant farm?

http://www.ehow.com/how_5115290_make-habitat-recycled-produce-containers.html

http://www.ehow.com/how_2088812_make-ant-farm.html

How can you incorporate this interest in bugs into an art lesson? The possibilities are endless!

Because really, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

July 28, 2010

Last Call for Rusty & Rosy

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 2:00 am

Our friends at the Homeschool Buyers Co-op report that homeschoolers have only ten more days to purchase the award-winning Rusty & Rosy Learn With Me curriculum at a deep discount (50% off!).  After that, the publisher is going to break it into separate products and sell them direct at prices substantially higher, in aggregate, than the Co-op’s current price.

Sold to school districts for years by Pearson Education under the name Waterford Learning System, Rusty & Rosy Learn With Me is the product of over $100 million in research and development.  It is a complete, computer-based core curriculum for reading, math and science, Pre-K through Grade 2.  It has been used by millions of students in the United States and around the world.

Since introducing Rusty & Rosy to homeschoolers, this Co-op exclusive has garnered enthusiastic testimonials by homeschoolers, saying that their kids LOVE IT.  If you are looking for a complete curriculum for your Pre K-2nd grader, Rusty & Rosy could be just the ticket!

Fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

July 26, 2010

Let’s Go Fly a Kite!

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 2:00 am

Why do kites fly?  

http://www.gombergkites.com/nkm/why.html

How can my kids make their own kites?

http://www.howtomakeandflykites.com/

Can I make this a fun homeschool lesson–absolutely!

In fact, kite flying can be turned into several lessons!

So go ahead–fly a kite!

Because fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

July 23, 2010

Need a Little Inspiration?

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 2:00 am

Every once in a while, we all need to be inspired!

Below, are some quotes that might be inspirational to your homeschooling efforts–

A teacher affects eternity:
he (she) can never tell where his (her) influence stops.
Henry Adams

What nobler employment, or more valuable to the state
than that of the man (woman) who instructs the rising generation.
Marcus Tullius Cicero

The important thing is not so much
that every child should be taught
as that every child should be given the wish to learn.
John Lubbock

Inspired learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

July 21, 2010

Your Child’s Oral Health

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — admin @ 2:00 am

Oral hygiene is important.  I don’t think anyone would argue that statement.  So what are some guidelines we as parents should follow?  The University of Southern California (USC)  Dental School and Colgate suggest the following–

  • Your child should see a dentist upon eruption of the first tooth–or no later than age one.
  • Prior to two years of age, as your child’s teeth erupt, you should brush them with a non-fluoride tooth paste.
  • After the age of two, your child should use fluoride tooth paste.
  • Have your child clean between his/her teeth with floss.  Floss removes plaque from between the teeth and under the gum line, before it hardens to tartar.  Once tartar is formed, it can only be removed by a dentist or hygienist.
  • Limit starchy or sugary foods in your child’s diet, as these foods produce plaque acids.  Plaque acids cause tooth decay.  If your child does eat starchy or sugary foods, your child should eat these while eating a meal–not while snacking.  The extra saliva produced during a meal helps rinse food from the mouth.
  • Make brushing fun.  Brush with your child and let your child choose his/her tooth paste and the tooth brush.  Flavored tooth paste exists (grape, bubble gum, etc) , as do cartoon inspired brushes.

Have fun with it, because fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

July 19, 2010

Bubbles, Bubbles and More Bubbles!

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 2:00 am

Summer seems to be the time for bubbles!  They are fun for kids of all ages.

Not only are bubbles FUN–they are a science lesson!

For information regarding the science of bubbles–

http://chemistry.about.com/od/bubbles/a/bubblescience.htm

www.exploratorium.edu/ronh/bubbles/bubbles.html

So blow a few hundred and have a blast!

Because fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

July 17, 2010

Try Calvert School Risk-free! Special Offers for Homeschool.com Families

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  • 10% Off the Advisory Teaching Service Fee (K–8)
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July 16, 2010

Homeschoolers — Superior Socialization?

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 2:00 am

Dr. Thomas Smedley believes that homeschoolers have superior socialization skills when compared to children in the general school population.  He conducted a survey in which he administered the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Scales test to identify mature/adaptive behaviors in children.  Homeschooled children ranked in the 84% percentile while their public school counterparts ranked in the 23rd  and the 27th percentiles.

This information was sent to Homeschool.com by Karen Ritz-Dow.  I did check for accuracy and other sites refer to this same study.  Thank you Karen.

And remember–fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

July 14, 2010

A Summer Business

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 2:00 am

With the economy the way it is, it is difficult for our high school and college students to find jobs.  Now, more than ever, they need to be creative, look inward, assess their strengths, and when possible, turn their talents into economic opportunity.

Yard work and babysitting have always been possible money making activities.  But perhaps your teen can start an errand service, teach football to younger children, complete word processing projects for a local business, make/sell jewelry, dog-sit, help you in your employment endeavors, etc.

Starting a summer business as a teen can be a realistic opportunity, a great learning experience and it can generate income.  And perhaps the summer business will turn into something more…

Remember–fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

July 12, 2010

Contests/Scholarships with July Deadlines

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 2:00 am

There are almost twenty contests with July deadlines that are listed in Homeschool.com’s Contests and Scholarships section on the left hand side of our homepage.  These contests are for elementary through college aged students and include the subjects of art, architecture, science, etc.  Prize monies range from zero to $5,000.  To learn more, visit www.homeschool.com.

Just entering a contest is a learning experience!

And remember, fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

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