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September 29, 2010

An Easy and FREE Nutrition Lesson for Your Children

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

Nutrition Detective is an innovative program for elementary school children.  It shows them “5 clues” to read food labels and detect marketing deceptions while learning to identify and choose healthful foods.  The program is novel, engaging, and efficient, imparting crucial information in minimal time.

And it’s FREE by going to  www.davidkatzmd.com/nutritiondetectives.aspx.

Remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

September 27, 2010

How to Foster Entrepreneurship

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

In my last Educational Adventure, I wrote about a young man who was able to become an entrepreneur while being homeschooled.  How do we as parents foster entrepreneurship within our children?

Bouje Publishing offers a series of books, the Future Business Leaders’ series that might help.  This is a set of fiction adventure books that introduces pre-teens to the concepts of business and entrepreneurship. The message crosses all geographic, gender, racial and socioeconomic lines by empowering kids to reach for their dreams while learning real life lessons.  The lessons covered in the series can make all the difference in a child’s future: the importance of dreaming big, protecting an idea, fighting doubts, building self-esteem, hiring the right people, finding the right location, listening to customers, branding, knowing the competition, networking, and achieving success.

You can learn more by going to www.boujepublishing.com/series.htm.

Steve Mariotti, the founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) has this to say about the series, ” Bouji brilliantly takes a potentially dry subject as entrepreneurship and communicates its basic principles in a fun and entertaining way.  As the founder of the Network for Teaching Entrepreneurship and one of the leading experts on youth entrepreneurship education, I know how complicated this subject can be for children.  Unlike many financial or business books written for children, this one approaches kids at their level with an engaging story and plenty of mystery & suspense.  The author actually gets kids excited about becoming entrepreneurs themselves, and that’s an amazing accomplishment.  In addition, it is a wonderful introduction to free-market capitalism. It should be a part of American school curricula and every family’s library, because it sets the basic foundation that every kid needs to build a successful future.”

And remember, fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

September 24, 2010

An Amazing Young Man and a Homeschool Success Story!

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

Nick Ravagni is a homeschool success story, a college student, a musician and an entrepreneur.

Nick states,  “I was homeschooled from first grade to twelfth. Being homeschooled provided me with the opportunity to pursue my dreams and passions.  With the encouragement of my parents, I was able to gain two patents by the time I was twelve years old.  At eleven, I started teaching a weekly computer class at a local senior citizens community.  I am still teaching the class.  I have 78 students and after all these years they are like grandparents to me.  They were a huge part of my education, as they fostered me with all of their wonderful life experience.  I am so fortunate to have had so many experiences in my life.  I NEVER would have had those opportunities had I been in a public or even private school setting.”

As I mentioned earlier, Nick is an entrepreneur.  Two of his websites are www.fretlessfingerguides.com and www.dontfret.com.  The first site has a wealth of information for beginning violin students while the second site it oriented towards guitar.  Both sites are exceptional.

Please check them out and remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

September 22, 2010

The First Day of Fall

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

For people living in the Northern Hemisphere, the first day of Autumn this year is September 23rd.

Did you know, that if you lived in the Southern Hemisphere–in parts of South America, parts of Africa, or in Australia or Antarctica, fall would actually begin in March?  What a great piece of information to give your kids!

The first day of autumn (fall) is celebrated on the fall equinox – a time when both night and day are equal.   After the 23rd, nights will lengthen until we reach the Winter Solstice in December.

For fun fall printables, check out http://www.apples4theteacher.com/holidays/fall/printables/.

And remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

September 20, 2010

What is Kumon?

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

“Imagine…not just raising grades, but realizing potential”. This happens to be one of Kumon’s slogans.  And I have to say, it had me at hello.  I wanted to know more.  So I did a little research.

For the last 50 years, Kumon has been one of the most successful academic enrichment programs, not only here in the United States. but throughout the world.  Kumon has over 26,000 learning centers in 46 countries.  They’ve helped over 16 million students “defy expectations and exceed them”.

I have used tutors all along in my homeschooling.  I’ve used them when my children needed a little help and when they far surpassed their grade level.  I’ve always felt that tutoring is a great addition–another set of eyes…another viewpoint…a check and balance.

If you’re looking for a math or reading tutor, check out Kumon.  Millions of parents have!  And guess what?  They’re on our homepage!

And remember, fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

September 17, 2010

FREE Museum Admission

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 1:00 am

Did you know that many museums offer FREE admission for students/homeschoolers?  Check the local museums near you.  You might be surprised at the programs specifically for homeschooled students–including FREE admission.

The Fort Walla Walla Museum in Washington is just one of the museums in the country that offers free guided tours for all school children (that includes homeschoolers).  In fact, in the past decade, nearly 50,000 students attended Fort Walla Walla Museum’s admission-free school tour program.

In addition, Fort Walla Walla Museum offers online educational material, an on-site Tales o’ the Trail program and camp opportunities.

A number of museums will be listed on our Local Homeschooling section  in upcoming months–these are museums that are courting your attendance.

Remember, fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

September 15, 2010

Take Those Ear Infections Seriously!

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures,Main — dailynews @ 1:00 am

Per the website, www.howtolearn.com,the University of Sydney, has found that persistent middle ear infections in young children can have a detrimental impact on their language and literacy skills.

The author of the study, Dr. Heather Winskel, states that middle ear infection or otitis media (OM) is the most common childhood illness.  Per Dr. Winskel–”The peak incidence of OM occurs when children are between 6 and 18 months, which is the most critical period of language development, when the infant is tuning in to the speech sounds that characterize their native language. This process allows young children to break into the stream of speech and eventually map sound onto meaning. Fluctuating hearing loss due to OM during the early years of life presents the child with an intermittent speech signal that is difficult to process.”

The Doctor adds, “There was a general tendency for children with a history of OM to achieve lower scores on phonological awareness skills of alliteration, rhyme and non-word reading, semantic skills of expressive vocabulary and word definitions and reading compared to non-OM children.  Extensive research has indicated that phonological awareness is a necessary skill children need to begin reading.”

Clearly, chronic ear aches require medical attention and resolution!

Ann Simpson

September 13, 2010

A Whale of a Time!

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 1:00 am

The staff at Homeschool.com recently had the opportunity to go on a dolphin/whale watching expedition with Captain Dave in Dana Point, CA.  We wrote about it in our southern CA travel guide entitled Hollywood and MORE!

Captain Dave’s wife just informed us of  www.whalewatchingtv.com.  This is a fun, educational and exhilerating site!

If you scroll down to the very bottom of the homepage, you can watch clips from Captain Dave’s upcoming film “HD Dolphins and Whales”, and see first hand how amazing a trip with Captain Dave really is.  We were on the boat featured in this clip and saw both dolphins and a blue whale.

Please check out www.whalewatchingtv.com–you’ll truly enjoy it.

And remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

September 10, 2010

Another Reason to Homeschool–Our Children’s Health!

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

Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the last 30 years resulting in a generation of children who are facing very adult health issues such as high cholesterol, diabetes and heart disease. This is an epidemic in our country—an epidemic that can easily be avoided. As homeschoolers, we have an inside track—a special ability to safeguard our children from becoming a part of this unhealthy statistic.

There are two primary factors resulting in the above statistic. First, children are not eating the right kinds of foods. Second, children are not getting enough exercise on a daily basis.

In terms of food, many children in the United States live on a diet of fast foods and processed foods. Many children go an entire week without eating a vegetable and others eat the majority of their meals (breakfast, lunch, and snacks) at their school cafeteria. Over 50 % of their caloric intake comes from food supplied by their public school. Have you seen a school lunch recently? Unappetizing and unhealthy! Public schools are failing when it comes to the food they dispense and when it comes to the exercise they provide.

The National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD) Study of Early Child Care and Youth Development reports that young children are not getting enough physical exercise/activity through their schools’ physical education (PE) programs. The third graders in the study spent an average of 25 minutes per week in moderate to vigorous activity. Experts recommend that children be involved in physical activity of a moderate to vigorous variety for 30–60 minutes every day.

Changing the trend in the rate of child obesity in America is not difficult as long as parents are willing to accept their responsibility for teaching their children healthy lifestyles. As homeschooling parents we can do that better than most parents. We have more control over what our children eat and we can build an adequate to an exceptional PE program into our homeschooling endeavors.

PE is fun and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

September 8, 2010

A Fun Game for Building Math & Word Abilities!

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

Interested in a fun, quick, entertaining and educational game for family game night or for use in your homeschooling endeavors?  Try 26! This game encourages both math and word skills, is fast paced and did I mention–it’s FUN!

The objective of this game is to use your seven cards (all cards have a number and a letter on them) to create both a word and an arithmetic equation that equals 26.

It’s a game to have fun with or to reward your kids with.  Up to four people can play at a time so it’s great for family play too.

Fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

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