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April 29, 2011

Arbor Day Farm

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

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!

Ann Simpson

April 28, 2011

Family Vacation?

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

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.

Ann Simpson.

April 25, 2011

Recycling for Little Ones

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

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!

Ann Simpson

April 20, 2011

Recycling Facts

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

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!

Ann Simpson

April 15, 2011

Wyoming for the Summer

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

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!

Ann Simpson

April 13, 2011

Plays, Musicals & Involvement in the Arts

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

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!

Ann Simpson

April 11, 2011

The Benefits of Singing

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 7:50 am

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.

Ann Simpson

April 8, 2011

Soul Surfer Opens Today!

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

In theaters everywhere on April 8th!

Have you purchased your tickets yet?

This truly is an inspirational movie and one that can be incorporated into your homeschooling endeavors.

Again–Soul Surfer opens today!

As always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

April 6, 2011

The Chronicle of Narnia Study Guides

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

If you didn’t get a chance to win the DVD/Blu-ray of The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, you can still take advantage of the lesson plans we have on the site, and you can purchase the film directly from Amazon.

To  purchase the film, please visit http://www.amazon.com/Chronicles-Narnia-Voyage-Treader-Blu-ray/dp/B002ZG99PY/ref=sr_1_2?s=dvd&ie=UTF8&qid=1298396757&sr=1-2

Here are the links to the lesson plans we have available on the site.

Lessons on Beauty & Bravery: A Study Guide for Women is 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.  In addition, The Narnia Educational Guide contains activities designed for students in grades 5-8 and comply with national standards in key content areas.

As always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

April 4, 2011

Soul Surfer

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 10:10 am

The movie SOUL SURFER , opening this weekend, is the inspirational true story of teen surfer Bethany Hamilton, who lost her arm in a shark attack and courageously overcame all odds to become a champion again, inspiring millions worldwide. How did she overcome the odds?

You’ll just have to see the movie to find out!

This is a great family or support group outing.

And remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

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