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July 29, 2011

By Foot Tours

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

Many cities have walking tours–what a wonderful way to experience an area!  New York City, Washington D. C., Seattle, and San Francisco all have walking tours, and Boston by Foot is especially oriented to children ages 6–12.

See if there are walking tours near you.  Feel, smell and taste your way around your favorite locale. It’s an up close and personal experience.  It’s fun too!

And fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

July 27, 2011

Department of Motor Vehicle Lesson

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

This month, my children learned the following regarding the registration of a vehicle–

  • Some transactions can occur online–you don’t need to go to the DMV and wait in line
  • To register a vehicle, sometimes you need to have it smogged first
  • The smog process is actually interesting.  If the smog technician has the time, he can explain the process to you
  • The smog shop sends the results electronically to the DMV.  Provided you start early enough, you can then complete your registration online
  • If your address is not up to date, and you do everything else in a timely manner, you may STILL have to go into the DMV
  • When you can’t complete your business online, it’s wise to make an appointment–appointments save time

After this lesson, I’m pretty sure, my kids will smog their cars a month prior to registration and they will make sure their addresses are up to date.

This was not a particularly fun lesson–but it was an important one!

Ann Simpson

July 25, 2011

MORE Businesses Reaching Out to Homeschoolers

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

In our Local Homeschooling section, among the Support Group listings, we have added business listings.  These are companies that want to serve the homeschool community. They may have special homeschool hours, special discounts, lesson plans, etc.

Companies that have been added in the last month include the Brooklyn School of Music, Crossing Borders (Texas), North Georgia College & State University, Greek Peak Resorts, A Plus Tutoring in Rancho Cucamonga, CA, Fairy Tale Princess Events (Maryland and Virginia), Henricus Historical Park (Virginia), Kitty Hawk Kites (North Carolina), Music Showcase and the Florida Academy of Performing Arts, the Tutoring Club of Charlotte, North Carolina, Kumon Math & Reading Center of Matthews, North Carolina, Mathnasium of Chula Vista, California, Bright Star Tutors (New Jersey) and More.

Remember, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

July 22, 2011

101 Gadgets That Changed The World

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

The July 2011 edition of Popular Mechanics has an article entitled 101 Gadgets That Changed The World. The magazine defines a gadget as something you can hold in your hands, is a mass-produced personal item, and is an item that evolved from novelty to necessity.

Here, are just a few items that made their list–

#  1– Smart Phone

#  4 — Hypodermic Syringe

# 20 — Remote Control

# 33 — Microwave

# 46 — Fire Extinguisher

# 54 — Ballpoint Pen

# 65 — Zipper

# 73 — Printer

# 95 — Super Soaker

# 99 — Stapler

#101– Duct Tape

Have your kids make a list of their top 10 gadgets and have them explain their ranking.  It will be fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

July 20, 2011

Banana Boat

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

A Camping Dessert Kids Will LOVE–A Banana Boat!

Ingredients:

  • 1 Banana (not peeled)
  • Mini marshmallows
  • Chocolate chips

Peel a banana down one side and cut a wedge into it. Place marshmallows and chocolate chips into the wedge.  Cover with the peel and then with aluminum foil. Place on the coals for about 5 minutes

I have to admit, I didn’t come up with this on my own.  I found it, along with other fun recipes at http://parentingteens.about.com/od/recipesforkids/a/dessert_recipes.htm.

Fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

July 18, 2011

Unique Communication

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

How do you get your kids to hear you calling them in the house? Or how do you let them know you’re in the parking lot and it’s time to be picked up?  House intercoms, cell phones and texting are great — but I have other ways that I get my kids’ attention.

In the house–if the kids are in their rooms, playing with friends, or listening to music–rather than yelling for them by name (which doesn’t work–they don’t hear me)–I ring the door bell.  The kids know that when the doorbell rings nonstop, they are to come to the top of the stairs, where I can talk to them.  They ALWAYS come–they don’t ignore it.  It really works.

For out and about, we have a family honk.  If the kids are swimming in the lake, and I’m in the parking lot–they know I’m there.  Our family honk goes something like this–Beep. Beep.   Beep Beep Beep.  Beep. Beep.   Beep Beep Beep Beeeeeeeppppppp.  Really–this is great–the kids come running–and for some reason, they’re not embarrassed by it.

Our modes of communication are rather fun.  And fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

July 15, 2011

Behind the Mist

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

Behind the Mist, is a wholesome, values-filled fantasy book written for 9 to 15 year olds, with an emphasis on the younger readers. Author, M.J. Evans has created a heartwarming story of a young boy, his horse and their extraordinary adventures as they attempt to save a lost soul.  Through her writing Evans teaches that being a role model through good virtues and morals is important.  Behind the Mist presents a Christian centered theme.

Children and young teens who enjoy fantasy with its classic struggle between good and evil will appreciate this book. You can purchase the book on the websites www.behindthemist.com or www.themisttrilogy.com or wherever fine books are sold.

Reading is fun….and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

July 13, 2011

Kids and Gardening

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Gardening is fun and educational and the website Taste of Home has an informative article on how to encourage your children to have fun in the dirt.  I found out about this article from one of our readers, Susan Williams.  Susan wrote in when I asked individuals to share their blogs with us.  Susan’s blog can be found at http://www.worldforlearning.com/blog.

From Taste of Home, the ten best plants for kids to grow are-

  1. Sugar snap peas. Kids love to eat them fresh off the vine.
  2. Lettuce. Easy to grow and lots of cool color varieties.
  3. Radishes. Within a month, these fast growers are ready to pick. Just for giggles, try red, white and purple varieties.
  4. Carrots. Quick-growing carrots are perfect for short attention spans.
  5. Potatoes. Kids really dig potatoes, which are as much fun to harvest as to eat.
  6. Green beans. The big seeds are fun and easy to plant.
  7. Cherry tomatoes. Little hands love to pick these tiny fruits.
  8. Pumpkins. Plant a smaller variety, like Jack Be Little, for your smaller helpers.
  9. Sunflowers. These beauties take off without much work, and come in tall or small varieties. Plus, it’s fun to harvest the seeds, or leave out the seed heads to attract birds.
  10. Broccoli. Like many veggies, garden-fresh broccoli tastes sweeter than store-bought.

Usually I end with my “Fun learning is forever learning” line, but today, I’m going to use a line from Taste of Home–Remember…. one of the most important things you’ll ever grow…. is a gardener! How fun!

Ann Simpson

July 11, 2011

Elderly Pets

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

Our very large dog (100 lbs), is 15 years old.  Up until the last year, people commented about what great shape he was in.  Now, they comment, on his age.  He’s starting to look and act like an elderly fellow.

I realize one day, very soon, our family pet, will no longer be with us.  So–how do I soften the upcoming blow and make this a learning experience for my kids as well?  We’ve talked about his aging–they can definitely see it. And I had them go with me to the last vet visit–where the vet prescribed joint medication, talked about his cataracts, his minor skin irritations, and actually said there was no point in updating any vaccinations other than his rabies shot. The kids read between the lines….they understood.

On the way home from the vet, they discussed ways to make their dog’s last months….or year….or hopefully more…. an enjoyable experience. They decided to take him on daily walks and take him to the dog beach when possible.  And best of all–they’re following through!

Pets are a wonderful addition to our families.  They teach our children so much.  Right now, our dog is teaching my children about aging.  They are responding with increased empathy and compassion.  I am very proud of them.

Eventually, my kids will learn about loss.  I already have the books Dog Heaven and Cat Heaven by Cynthia Rylant in our family library. These are amazing books that I think all pet owners should own.

For now though, we’re focusing on dog parks and long walks!

Ann Simpson

July 8, 2011

Our Favorite Outer Banks Attractions

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

With so much to see, experience and learn, you’re likely to need more than one visit to the Outer Banks to take in all of the extraordinary attractions in the area. Following, is a list of some of our favorite attractions (in no particular order):

1. Pirate Adventures of the Outer Banks, Manteo
http://www.piratesobx.com/home/homeindex.html

2. Jockey’s Ridge State Park, Nags Head
http://www.jockeysridgestatepark.com/

3. Island Farm, Manteo
http://www.currituckbeachlight.com/islandfarm/

4. Cape Hatteras Lighthouse, Buxton
http://www.nps.gov/caha/planyourvisit/climbing-the-cape-hatteras-lighthouse.htm

5. Equine Adventures, Frisco
http://www.equineadventures.com/

6. Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, Hatteras Island
http://www.fws.gov/peaisland/

7. Currituck Beach Lighthouse, Corolla
http://www.currituckbeachlight.com/

8. Wild Horse Tour, Corolla
http://www.outerbanksvacations.com/club-seaside-wild-horse-tour.htm

9. Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Hatteras Island
http://www.nps.gov/caha/index.htm

10. Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Manteo
http://www.fws.gov/alligatorriver/

11. Wild Horse Museum, Corolla
http://www.corollawildhorses.com/mustang_store.html

12. Whalehead Club, Corolla
http://www.outerbanksvacations.com/club-seaside-whalehead-club-tour.htm

13. Bodie Island Lighthouse, Nags Head
http://www.lighthousefriends.com/light.asp?ID=357

14. Elizabethan Gardens, Manteo
http://www.elizabethangardens.org/

15.Nags Head Woods Preserve, Kill Devil Hills
http://www.nature.org/ourinitiatives/regions/northamerica/unitedstates/northcarolina/placesweprotect/nags-head-woods-ecological-preserve.xml

Now you can see why we can’t wait to go back!

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