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First Day of Winter

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

This year, the first day of winter, or the Winter Solstice for the Northern Hemisphere will be December 21.  On this day, because of the earth’s tilt, the Northern Hemisphere will be leaning farther away from the sun than at any other time during the year, and it will be the shortest day of the year.

Winter lasts from the winter solstice  to the vernal equinox in March.

Following, is a poem about winter,  by Arimoko Konshei

Winter is cold

Winter is brittle

Winter is dark

Winter is long

Winter is here

Winter is gone

How is that possible?

It seems so far away in the Summer

It seems so close in autumn

Why? How?

It is winter

Poems are fun and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

Questions for Grandparents

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Chances are, your kids might be spending time with their grandparents this month.  Grandparents are a source of unconditional love and great knowledge.  Why not encourage your kids to video or tape record an interview with their grandparents this holiday season?  It will give them an opportunity to bond with their grandparents, learn about their grandparents’ lives, and make a voice or video record that they can have forever.  Sample questions they might want to ask include–

What is your birthday and where were you born?  Do you have siblings?

What were your parents like?

When you were growing up, what was your house like?

Did you have pets?

Did you have chores?

Did you get an allowance?

What was school like?  What were your favorite subjects?  What kinds of grades did you get?

What fads do you remember?

What were your favorite TV shows?

How old were you when you met Grandma/Grandpa?  How did you know s/he was “the one”?  How old were you when you married?

What was Mom/Dad like when they were young?

What makes you proud of Mom/Dad?

How is the world different today from when you were growing up?

Have you accomplished all the things you’ve wanted to accomplish?

What advice would you like to give me?

Of course, I’m sure  you can think of many more!

Make it fun–because fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

The Arts–the Perfect Gift!

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Legacy Learning Systems is offering readers an exclusive offer of 50% off any of their award-winning courses! The Legacy Learning Systems series of Homeschool courses, guitar, piano and painting, are some the most comprehensive DVD-based courses on the market today. Each course is taught by an accomplished instructor; from the Grammy-Award winning Will Barrow (Learn & Master Piano) to Steve Krenz (Gibson’s Learn & Master Guitar).

Their three courses – Learn & Master Guitar, Learn & Master Piano and Learn & Master Painting – are perfect for hands-on training and true multi-modal instruction (reading, watching, doing and listening).

The courses include DVDs, a lesson book, jam-along CDs and unlimited access to the student support forum. They also include a teacher’s guide to help walk you through the material and track your child’s progress.

With these courses, you do not need to know anything about guitar, piano or painting. Everything is included that is needed for your son or daughter to learn and master the skills. Plus, if you aren’t satisfied with the course for any reason, you have 60 days to return it if for a full refund of the purchase price.

Legacy Learning Systems has stated, “It just makes sense for us to provide the #1 Homeschooling Community with the #1 Homeschool courses for learning guitar, piano and painting!”

The arts are certainly educational and fun.

And as we all know, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

How Do You Know You’re Doing a Good Job?

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“Am I doing a good job of homeschooling my children?”  It’s a question that many of us ask ourselves.  And how do you answer?  Rebecca Kochenderfer, the author of Homeschooling and Loving It! and the founder of believes you can answer this query by asking yourself a few additional questions–

  • Have my relationships with my children improved or grown stronger?
  • Are my family members happy and healthy?
  • Are my children learning to be kind, honest, respectful, self-reliant and responsible?
  • Have my children learned how to think, express themselves and do they enjoy increased self-esteem as a result?

If you can answer “yes” to these questions, then you can answer affirmatively to the first question, “Am I doing a good job of homeschooling my children?”.

Also, from Rebecca’s book– “Isn’t in interesting….Learning and assimilating information happens best when the student is having FUN!”.  So maybe this can be another question you ask yourself–“Are the children and I having fun”?  Because as you know, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

Not Just a Present–a Trip Around the World!

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Do you enjoy giving gifts that–

  • are educational and loads of FUN?
  • keep on giving long after the wrapping paper has been recycled?
  • pique your interest as well as the intended child’s interest?

Look no further–Little Passports is for you!  One of the most charming and educational products on the market, it teaches your children geography, history, culture and language in a way that everyone enjoys.

Each month the Little Passport characters, Sofia and Sam, travel to a new country on their magical scooter and share their experiences with your child.  Sofia and Sam send your child an exciting adventure package via postal mail which includes an adventure letter, fun souvenirs, an activity sheet, a photo from the country, a passport stamp, a map marker, a suitcase sticker, and a collectible boarding pass to access online games and activities.  But first, your kids receive an Explorer Kit, complete with a wall map of the world, a travel passport and much, much, more.

The recommended age range for Little Passports is 5 to 10 years old.  But I think older kids will be envious and you’ll enjoy getting the package too!

You’ve got mail!

FUN mail!

And as we all know, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

Many Roller Skating Rinks have Homeschool Programs!

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I have been in contact with many skating rinks throughout the United States, and many have homeschool skate times and/or homeschool PE classes.

Following, are just a few reasons why roller skating is a beneficial activity–

  • Roller skating is a great form of exercise that kids of all ages can enjoy.
  • Roller skating provides a complete aerobic workout and involves all of the body’s muscles, especially the heart.
  • Roller skating is the equivalent to jogging in terms of health benefits.
  • Roller skating burns 350 calories an hour (at 6 miles per hour).
  • Roller skating provides kids with opportunities for social interaction.
  • Roller skating centers offer safe, drug-free, alcohol-free, and smoke-free fun in a clean, wholesome, supervised environment.

So check out the roller rinks near you!  Quite a few rinks have recently placed listings on our Local Homeschooling pages.

And remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

Why Does Organic Milk Last Longer?

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My daughter pointed out to me that organic milk lasts much longer than pasteurized milk.  I was wondering why this might be the case, so I did a little investigating.  I discovered the following–

  • Organic milk lasts longer than pasteurized milk because producers use a different process to preserve it.  They do this because there are fewer organic dairies, and organic milk travels farther from the dairy to the store.
  • The process that gives milk a longer shelf life is called ultrahigh temperature (UHT) treatment.  With UHT,  milk is heated to 280 degrees Fahrenheit for two–four seconds.  This kills the bacteria.
  • There are two types of pasteurization processes but neither heats the milk to 280 degrees.  The first process heats the milk to 145 degrees Fahrenheit for 30 minutes.  The second, more common process heats the milk to approximately 160 degrees Fahrenheit for at a minimum of 15 seconds.
  • UHT destroys more bacteria than pasteurization.


Ann Simpson

It’s True! No Two Snowflakes are Alike!

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The probability that two snow flakes would be exactly alike, in molecular structure and in appearance, is very minute.  That’s because 1) not all water molecules are alike and 2) snow flakes are affected by  atmospheric conditions–they are sensitive to temperature and change their shape and design as they fall. To have two snow flakes with the same history of development would be very unlikely.

If you wanted to prove otherwise–if you wanted to prove that there are two snowflakes exactly alike, it would be virtually impossible to do so.  That’s because each winter there are about 1 septillion (or a trillion trillion) snow crystals that fall from the the clouds!  To compare them all would take about a hundred thousand years!

Snow crystals make up snow flakes.  There may be similar snow crystals–but it is highly unlikely that one would find two matching snow flakes.

Interesting!  And interesting learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

Physics and Music

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Did you know that Physics and Music are related–that you can teach these subjects in tandem to your older, musically inclined students?

The site, explains the acoustics of many instruments.  Basic information is given as well as more complex material.

If your child understands the science behind the music s/he is playing, perhaps your student  will have the tools to improve his/her performance.

It’s certainly an interesting subject!

And remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

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