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June 29, 2011

SAT Question of the Day

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

I haven’t been on the SAT site for a while, and I didn’t know they have a SAT Question of the Day.  What a great idea to incorporate into homeschooling!   This might be fun for kids in middle school and it’s certainly a helpful tool for high schoolers.

See if your students can answer the SAT Question of the Day right off the bat, or whether the “Hint” is necessary.

Keep a record of questions answered correctly, make it a game, do something fun–because fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

June 27, 2011

Pollinator LIVE!

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

Pollinator LIVE a distance learning adventure–is a very educational site!

Did you know–bees aren’t the only pollinators in the garden?  Bats, beetles, flies, and other insects acts as pollinators too!

So why do we need pollinators?  Well, it’s not just for pretty flowers! One out of every three bites of food arrives on our tables as the result of a pollinator!

This is really an interesting site.  Check it out!

Because fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

June 24, 2011

DVD Courses in Painting, Guitar and MORE!

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

Up until recently, the only paintings I’ve ever done , have been the walls of my children’s bedrooms (my son’s walls were black and white striped at one point).  But then I received the Learn & Master Painting Home School Edition course form Legacy Learning–and I’m painting–actual pictures!

Learn & Master Painting comes with 20 professionally produced DVDs, a hundred plus page Lesson Book with supplemental information, a 56 page Teacher’s Guide, and access to free online student support. This course is so thorough!

With this program, I have been able to learn at my own pace, watch material over and over again, and refer to both written and visual explanations (the combination has been very helpful).

Legacy Learning Systems also offers home school courses in guitar, piano, drums, blues guitar, and even ballroom dance.  I think the piano course might be next!

Because after all, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

June 22, 2011

Field Trip Website

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

I found a wonderful website that I would like to share with you–www.fieldtripfactory.com.  This site informs you of FREE community based field trips in and around your zip code.  Some “trips” occur at the computer, others are on-site.  Field trips are recommended by age level and many meet Scout badge requirements. The Teacher Corner is especially helpful.

Check it out.  Field trips are fun….and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

June 20, 2011

Six Suitcase Travel

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

Do you have a large family that travels together?  If so, you might want to check out the site www.sixsuitcasetravel.comThey have a list of over 4000+ hotels  that have rooms that sleep as many as eight people. They only list hotels with PERMANENT bedding for at least six – no rollaways so you know for sure when you book that there will be enough beds for everyone.  Just thought this was of interest!

As always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

Ticket Raffle, Free Tickets from The Discovery Museums

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

The Discovery Museums in Acton, MA would like to give away eight FREE admission tickets to homeschool students. Teachers are always free at the Museums, including homeschool teachers.

The Discovery Museums blend the best of science, children’s and environmental learning on a beautiful 4.5 acre campus in Acton, MA. The two museums–Science Discovery Museum and Children’s Discovery Museum–offer hands-on, playful exhibits developed by professional educators to inspire curiosity, exploration, experimentation and imagination.

All those entering the ticket raffle must join the museums’ e-mail list. To enter, write Ann@Homeschool.com, and type  Museum Tickets in the subject line.  Please write the number of tickets you need (not counting yourself) in the  text of the e-mail. The Museum will notify winners via their facebook page, www.facebook.com/discoverymuseums.

Good luck.  And as always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson


June 17, 2011

Homeschool Blogs

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

One more nod to Rebecca Flannery!  At the end of her blog http://www.rebeccasponderings.com/whatcha-dooooin/, she writes–

You are welcome to share this post with your friends via Facebook or email (see the buttons below). If you do create a list, please post a comment with some of your ideas or share a link to your blog. I know there are a lot of families looking for frugal, creative fun this summer. I look forward to making this the best summer ever!

I like the idea of sharing blog links….sharing ideas.  If you write a homeschooling blog and would like to let me know about it, please write me at Ann@Homeschool.com.

And remember, fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

June 15, 2011

More Things To Do This Summer

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

On Monday I wrote about Rebecca Flannery, her blog http://www.rebeccasponderings.com/whatcha-dooooin/, and how she and her children came up with their own Things To Do This Summer list.  Many items on Rebecca’s list were family specific.  Some of her activities included–

  • Read five books about Russia
  • Build a pirate ship (Rebecca, can you send me a picture when this is complete–my interest has been piqued!)
  • Grow tomatoes
  • Make three pieces of jewelry

My question to you is–what’s on your list?  I’d really like to know.

Please e-mail your lists to Ann@Homeschool.com.

Thank you….and as always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

June 13, 2011

101 Things To Do This Summer!

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

101 Things To Do This Summer is the title of a newsletter we publish yearly at Homeschool.com.  Over the last two years this newsletter has contained check-off boxes, allowing parents/children to check off items when completed.

I was so pleased however, when one of our readers, Rebecca Flannery took our 101Things To Do This Summer newsletter as a starting point, wrote her own Things To Do list and improved upon our check system by developing a weekly activity form and agenda.

With Rebecca’s permission, we have uploaded these forms to our site.  The newsletter, along with the forms can be found in our Printables section. These forms have been placed in all age group categories.

To see Rebecca’s own list of Things To Do This Summer, please visit http://www.rebeccasponderings.com/whatcha-dooooin/.

Thank you so much Rebecca for allowing us to use your forms!

And remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

June 10, 2011

Father’s Day–HERO Day

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

Father’s Day is coming up–so of course, I find myself thinking of, and missing my father.  He died about five years ago.

He was–and still is, my HERO.

When I was growing up, he was busy supporting the family, but I remember him at swim meets, father/daughter events–he even took me shopping a few times–which he loved to complain about–”How can we go shopping for an entire day, and come home with nothing?”

I went to the college where my father worked, and he often drove me home when I needed to do my laundry, visit my dog, and just enjoy being with family.  It was an hour drive, and we bonded while on the road–I found that I really enjoyed talking to him!

As an adult, I realized how truly wonderful he was.  He was my “go-to” person, in so many ways.  I wanted my children to appreciate and love him too–and they did.  I can honestly say, he was their HERO too.

One sad day, out of the blue, our roles reversed–I became the parent.  Even then, he remained my HERO. My Dad died about a year later.

Father’s Day is June 19th.  Why don’t you and the kids think of something wonderful to do for your Dad and for theirs.

Dads are special.  Let them know it.

Let them know they’re your HEROES.

Ann Simpson

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