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March 31, 2011

Still Time to Win!

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

There’s still time!!!

If you haven’t already signed up to win a copy of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, you still have a chance. To enter to win a copy, visit http://www.facebook.com/homeschoolcom?sk=app_121121694568521 .

And remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

March 30, 2011

April Fool’s Jokes

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

Kids love jokes–and April Fool’s Day is a great day for jokes–

Q:  What’s the best day for monkey business?

A:  The first of Ape-rill!

Q:  Do you know all about April 1st?

A:  Yes, I’m fooly aware of it!

Q:  What’s the difference between Thanksgiving and April Fool’s Day?

A:  On one you’re thankful and for the other you’re prankful!

Q:  Why is everyone so tired on April 1?

A:  Because they’ve just finished a long March!

Q:  What monster plays the most April Fool’s jokes?

A:  Prankenstein!

And yes, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

March 29, 2011

The Chronicles of Narnia Lesson Plans

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 1:55 pm

Just a reminder – The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray April 8, 2011!

To celebrate the DVD/Blu-ray release, we have 20 copies of the film to give away to our readers! To enter to win a copy, visit http://www.facebook.com/homeschoolcom?sk=app_121121694568521 .

Did you know, you can incorporate this movie into your homeschooling endeavors?  Take a look at the following lesson plans that go along with the Dawn Treader.  They’re just excellent!

Lessons on Beauty & Bravery: A Study Guide for Women
A Faith-Based study guide that can be used to incorporate The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader into your homeschooling efforts.

Narnia Educational Guide
The activities within this Educator’s Guide are designed for students in grades 5-8 and comply with national standards in key content areas.

And of course, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson


March 28, 2011

Tumbling and Trampoline

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

There are so many physical benefits of tumbling and trampoline for our kids!

Such benefits include the development of bi-lateral motor skills, balance, coordination, cardio-vascular fitness, strength, flexibility and agility.

In addition, gymnasts, cheerleaders, divers, skaters and skiers all benefit from the use of tumbling and trampolines as tools to improve their sport specific skills.

A number of tumbling and trampoline organizations have recently reached out to Homeschool.com readers.  These include, The Trampoline Place in Connecticut, Gymfinity in Wisconsin, and  Northwest Aerials in Washington.

Not only are tumbling and trampoline great PE activities, they are FUN.  And fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

March 26, 2011

How would you like to win The Chronicles of Narnia DVD?

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 1:45 pm

We are very excited to let you know that The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader is coming out on DVD and Blu-Ray April 8, 2011!

The Chronicles of Narnia is a family favorite series and a perfect learning and teaching tool that encourages an influential, heartfelt and in-depth dialogue amongst families.  The film includes a lot of symbolism and valuable lessons throughout the film, including overcoming temptation, reconciliation and salvation.

To celebrate the DVD/Blu-Ray release, we have 20 copies of the film to give away to our readers!  This is a separate and new offering from the Product Tester give-away, so if you entered then and did not win, here is your second chance!

To enter to win a copy, please visit http://www.facebook.com/homeschoolcom?sk=app_121121694568521.

Good Luck!

And if you’re interested, all official rules can be found at: http://working.homeschool.com/articles/Narnia/default.asp

Note: If you are wondering why Homeschool.com has so many facebook posts about what creature the ship in the film is shaped like, it’s because our Product Testers had the chance to get a copy of the film before the general public!  If  you want to b e notified of products available for testing, please visit http://www.homeschool.com/ProductTester/default.asp to sign up!

And as always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

March 25, 2011

Computer Programming for Kids

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

Have your kids expressed interest in computers? Most children have, and will continue to do so, because we are in a technological world. There aren’t many programming courses on the market today that cater to teaching children about computer programming. Fortunately, BibleByte Books & Computer Science For Kids offers two different “parent-friendly” middle school and high school computer programming curriculums for Microsoft Small Basic, Visual Basic Express, Visual C# Express, and Oracle-Sun Java. One curriculum is designed for Christian based homeschool programs while the other curriculum is designed for secular homeschooling. Both are self-study and self-paced tutorials and neither requires prior parental or student computer programming experience.

They’re educational and fun.  And as we all know, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

March 23, 2011

My Wonderful World

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

My Wonderful World is a National Geographic-led campaign to expand geographic learning in school, at home, and in communities. The goal of this campaign is to give kids the power of global knowledge.

Our young people need to know geography in order to understand today’s world — and succeed in tomorrow’s. But they’re not getting enough of it. A National Geographic-Roper survey shows half of young Americans can’t locate world powers like Japan and India. Twenty percent can’t even find the Pacific Ocean.

Check out the My Wonderful World/National Geographic website.  Understanding geography is important.  With a little ingenuity, it can be fun too.  And as we all know, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

March 21, 2011

More Fun Facts

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

Want to impress and even astound your kids with your vast knowledge?

Just slip one of the following into your daily conversation–

  • On Venus, the Sun rises in the west and sets in the east
  • There are more insects in one square mile of rural land than there are human beings on the entire earth
  • A queen bee will never sting you.  Queen bees only sting other queen bees
  • There are 336 dimples in a regulation golf ball
  • Astronauts get taller when they are in space
  • A blink lasts approximately 0.3 seconds
  • During his entire life, Vincent Van Gogh sold only one painting

Admittedly,  you might have to google WHY the above are true….but these tidbits are certainly fun, and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

March 18, 2011

Which Mammal can Eat 1,200 Mosquitoes an Hour?

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

Bats are amazing mammals that play an incredibly important role in the ecosystem.  There are approximately 1,000 species of bats in the world, 44 of which are in the United States.

Sixty to seventy percent of the bat species throughout the world are insect eaters.  A single bat can catch up to 1,200 mosquitoes in an hour.  In addition, bat colonies protect crops.  When bat colonies are healthy, farmers can reduce their pesticide use.

To learn more about bats and how you can build bat houses, check out these links–

http://www.batconservation.org/

http://www.batcon.org/

Remember, fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

March 16, 2011

First Day of Spring

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

The first day of Spring, is March 20th.

Following is a poem about Spring by Else Holmelund Minarik.  It might be fun to teach this poem to your children and combine it with a planting project.  After all, fun learning is forever learning!

Little Seeds

by Else Holmelund Minarik

Little seeds we sow in spring
growing while the robins sing,
give us carrots, peas and beans,
tomatoes, pumpkins, squash and greens.

And we pick them,
one and all,
through the summer,
through the fall,

Winter comes, then spring, and then
little seeds we sow again.

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