April 29, 2011
Arbor Day Farm recently placed a listing on our Local Homeschooling pages, and since it’s Arbor Day, it just seems appropriate to mention it! Arbor Day Farm has over 260 acres of education and fun, including Nature Explore Classrooms, miles of nature trails, the Pollinators Butterfly Habitat, a 50 foot High Tree House and much, much MORE!
Other companies that have recently added their names to our Local Homeschooling pages and are actively reaching out to homeschooling families include Sonshine Academy, Utah Swords Academy, Birmingham School of Music, Blue Sky Music, Chisolm Trail Heritage Center, Creason Studios, Discovery Language Programs, Edmond Historical Society & Museum, Emily Sobacki Violin Studio, Great Plains Zoo, Gymfinity Children’s Activity Center, Hinkle Family Fun Center, Kalahari Resorts, Kathryn Osborne Drama, Nebraska Prairie Museum, Rockin Robin Music, SciTech Museum, Sports Blast, Susan Shields Violin & Piano, Sonny Rios Studio, The Trampoline Place, Toggenburg Winter Sports and Tom McKinney Vocal Studios.
So many businesses trying to connect with homeschoolers! So interesting and fun! And fun learning is forever learning!
April 28, 2011
Family vacations are the quintessential summer activity of many families, whether homeschooling or not. Every year, our family takes at least one family vacation, and the destination usually varies each year. This year, we’ve decided to fly from California to North Carolina, to spend a week at the beach….the Outer Banks to be exact. When I tell people where we’re going, to the beach, they think I’m crazy. Our family lives not even an hour from the closest beach, yet we’re flying the entire brood across the county to visit the “same.” However, the Outer Banks (also known as OBX) of North Carolina has lots more than just beaches to contribute to our family vacation, and that is why I’ve decided it’s where we’ll be spending our family-vacation week.
The a 200-mile long string of narrow barrier islands off the coast of North Carolina begins in the southeastern corner of Virginia Beach on the east coast of the United States and covers approximately half the northern North Carolina coastline.
OBX is where the Wright brothers’ first flight in a powered, heavier-than-air vehicle took place (December 17, 1903, at Kill Devil Hills near the seafront town of Kitty Hawk). The Wright Brothers National Monument (which is one place we’ll visit while in the area) commemorates the historic flights.
If you were visiting the Outer Banks of North Carolina, where would you visit? If you’ve already been there, please share your experiences… I’d love to hear from you! You can write me at Ann@Homeschool.com.
As always, fun learning is forever learning.
April 27, 2011
Everyone likes trees….and we all know we need trees. But did you know the following?
- One acre of forest absorbs six tons of carbon dioxide and puts out four tons of oxygen. This is enough to meet the annual needs of 18 people. U.S. Department of Agriculture
- There are between 60 and 200 million spaces along our city streets where trees could be planted. This translates to the potential to absorb 33 million more tons of CO2 every year, and save $4 billion in energy costs. National Wildlife Federation
- Trees properly placed around buildings can reduce air conditioning needs by 30 percent and can save between 20 and 50 percent in energy used for heating. USDA Forest Service
- Healthy, mature trees add an average of 10 percent to a property’s value. USDA Forest Service
Fun links that might be of interest–
And remember, fun learning is forever learning!
April 25, 2011
It’s never too early to teach our children to recycle. Our pre-schoolers can learn!
In fact, the internet site www.storytimeforme.com has two online books entitled Fern and Her Friends Clean Up and Fern Protects the Environment. These stories are geared for children ages 1-4.
Everyone likes a story! Stories are fun! And fun learning is forever learning!
April 22, 2011
What a great concept to instill to our children. Yes, Earth Day is today, but it’s our responsibility EVERY day, to do what we can, to protect the Earth. Choose actions that you and your family can continue throughout the year, whether it’s recycling, composting, donating unwanted items to charity or any of the ideas listed here–http://www.factmonster.com/ipka/A0775891.html.
And of course, have fun with it, because fun learning is forever learning!
April 20, 2011
How long does it takes for garbage to break down? Some answers are astounding!
- plastics take 500 years
- aluminum cans take 500 years
- organic materials take 6 months
- cotton, rags, and paper take 6 months
Since plastics take so long to recycle…and plastic bags are one of the items we see littering our earth, purchase re-usable bags for your groceries and other shopping needs. Explain to your kids, that this is one of the things that you can do to protect our earth.
Kids learn by example, and you can show your kids that you’re concerned and taking action.
My bags were just $1 each and they’re very colorful and attractive. They’re almost fun to use!
And yes, fun learning is forever learning!
April 18, 2011
This week and next, we celebrate Earth Day on April 22, and Arbor Day on April 29. Since we all want to instill a respect and stewardship for the earth to our children, the blogs during this time will focus on the earth.
There are many internet resources which have kid friendly, fun information on recycling, Earth Day and Arbor Day. A few that might be of interest include–
It’s easy and fun to get kids enthused about Earth Day and Arbor Day. And fun learning is forever learning!
April 15, 2011
Kids and horses go together! Wouldn’t it be great if your child could have an intensive, hands-on ranch experience in the Rocky Mountain West that is both practical and fun? An experience where your child could learn horsemanship skills, participate in chores – and meet and ride with people from many parts of the world in a secure ranch setting?
HorseWorks Wyoming is offering a unique opportunity to Homeschool.com readers by reserving six places and offering a hard to beat credit if you mention Homeschool.com.
The sessions are four parts adventure, two parts relaxation and fun and two parts culture, wrapped up in a unique Wyoming package. Beginners learn the basics of horsemanship through instruction and trail rides. More advanced riders take their horsemanship to new heights by riding a variety of horses of different breeds.
All riders enjoy bonding with a wonderful horse while working livestock. And the scenery can’t be beat! Imagine wide-open sagebrush valleys, streams and beautiful mountains! On weekends, local cultural offerings include Yellowstone National Park, rodeos, hot springs, and first class museums at the Buffalo Bill Historical Center in Cody.
Applicants should be mature, independent, self-motivated, and able to participate in long hours of activities. Instruction is included so riding experience is not necessary.
Your wrangler’s memories will be preserved as they journal their experiences each day to share with family and friends.
Go along for a parent-child experience of a lifetime. Fulfill your dreams too–because learning is a lifelong experience. And as you know, fun learning is forever learning!
April 13, 2011
The Big Bad Musical is just one of over 800 plays and musicals available through WholesomePlays.com. This best-selling musical owes its popularity in part to its incredible versatility and broad appeal for actors ranging from upper elementary through high school age. The notorious Big Bad Wolf is being slapped with a class-action lawsuit by all the storybook characters wanting to get even with him, including the Three Little Pigs and Red Riding Hood. The audience is the jury and must decide the outcome of the trial, which conveys a subtle underlying theme that not every situation is straightforward and black and white.
WholesomePlays.com is a division of Pioneer Drama Service, Inc., one of the largest full-service play publishing companies in the United States. All of their scripts – extensively produced by schools, churches, and children’s theatres – are carefully selected to meet the specific needs of the educational and amateur markets. Plays and musicals from WholesomePlays.com offer flexible casts, simple sets and costuming, and trouble-free props and stage effects. Many of these are perfect for support group performances or even for large family performances (think family reunions)!
Involvement in the arts benefits our children – whether they’re in the audience, onstage, behind the scenes, or reading a play in the comfort of their own home. Besides building self-confidence and speaking and listening skills, reading scripts improves both fluency and expression. A strong background in the arts is both a gift and an educational experience we can give our homeschooled students. Don’t you agree?
And of course, fun learning is forever learning!
April 11, 2011
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Singing in FUN! Not only does singing bring us joy and emotional satisfaction, but it benefits our physical health through postural alignment and an overall reduction in stress.
Voice lessons allow a child to find his or her own personal sound and allows for personal expression like no other instrument can.
More than twenty voice teachers/studios are presently reaching out to Homeschool.com readers. Their ads can be found by going to the Local Homeschooling section of our website.
Remember, fun learning is forever learning.