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October 31, 2011

Five Advantages of Homeschooling

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

1.  If you can’t  find matching socks for your child first thing in the morning, who cares?

2.  Cleaning out the refrigerator can double as chemistry lab.

3.  You never have to drive your child’s forgotten lunch to school.

4.  If you get caught talking to yourself, you can claim you’re having a PTA meeting.

5.  If your child claims that the dog ate his homework, you can ask the dog.

I have to give credit, where credit is due.  These are  not mine–they came from http://homeschooling.gomilpitas.com.

They certainly are fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

October 28, 2011

A Website Full of Fun Science Projects

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

“Science projects are an extremely effective way of encouraging your child to engage in exciting hands-on learning experiences. By making fun gadgets and gizmos such as a kaleidoscope, intruder detector, rain alarm, fruit powered battery and many more, they will not only have fun, but they will also learn about the scientific method, pose questions and analyze results”.

The Experiland site offers experiments by subject, age group, difficulty and by time required to complete the experiment.  This is really an informative and fun site.

And fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

October 26, 2011

Maps4Kids

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Maps4Kids.com – is a free site designed to help kids learn about the world through maps.

Here is what I learned from this site–

The three states which have the most coastline–

3. California, with 840 miles of coastline  2. Florida–1,350 miles  1.  Alaska–with 6,640 miles of coastline!

The three states with the highest population density–

3. Massachusetts with 816 people per sq. mile  2.  Rhode Island with over 1,030 people per sq. mile  1.  New Jersey with 1175 inhabitants  per sq. mile.  Alaska is the least populated state, with only 1.16 inhabitants per square mile.

Countries in the world with the highest populations–

Country Population
China 1,339,724,852
India 1,210,193,422
United States 312,061,000
Indonesia 237,556,363
Brazil 190,732,694
Pakistan 177,028,000
Nigeria 158,423,000
Bangladesh 151,146,000
Russia 142,905,200
Japan 127,950,000

And of course, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

October 24, 2011

The No-Cash Allowance

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The No-Cash Allowance by Lynne L. Finch was named Most Outstanding Parenting Book by the Mom’s Choice Awards®.  Website: www.TheNoCashAllowance.com.

The No-Cash Allowance explains an easy-to-use money management strategy to help kids learn how to manage money without cash. Kids are responsible for keeping track of their own money so the system doesn’t break down.

The No-Cash Allowance is a flexible plan that is easily adapted to any homeschool setting.
1) Easy to start with pre-schoolers and continues through high school graduation.
2) Places responsibility on kids for math, record keeping and decision making about their money.
3) Introduces concepts of managing money that does not exist as cash, an important skill for kids to learn before they become adults.
4) Continues from year to year, while kids learn to manage more money and assume increased responsibility.
5) Parents, in this case teachers, become facilitators and advisors about the subject of money, instead of being parent authority figures.

A no-cash allowance places control of cash and non-cash money in the hands of the child to create a real-life money management experience including both fun and necessary spending. Children can learn to manage money day-to-day while making responsible spending choices.

As always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

October 21, 2011

The Science of Hockey

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Do your kids like hockey?  Then incorporate the science of hockey into your homeschool curriculum!

The Discovery Science Center, the Anaheim Ducks, the National Hockey League, and USA Hockey have all joined together to showcase The Science of Hockey.  It’s your chance to explore physics, physiology and flying pucks! No helmets required! So interesting…..and so much fun.

And as you know, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

October 19, 2011

Did You Know

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On average, homeschool students, grades 1-4, perform one grade level above their public and private school counterparts. The achievement gap grows in grade 5; by 8th grade the average home school student performs four grades higher than the national average (The Scholastic Achievement and Demographic Characteristics of Home School Students)

No meaningful difference was found among home school students when classified by gender. Significantly, there was also no difference found according to whether or not a parent was certified to teach (The Scholastic Achievement and Demographic Characteristics of Home School Students)

Children who are homeschooled “… may be more socially mature and have better leadership skills than other children …” – Richard G. Medlin, Ph.D.  (Home Education Research Institute)

95% of homeschooled students said they were glad they were home educated.  82% planned to home school their children  (Homes School Legal Defense Association)

Fun learning is forever learning.  (Ann Simpson)

October 17, 2011

Construction Toys

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

I found a GREAT site–full of construction and farm toys.  Such an assortment of cool trucks!  A little boy (or girl) would love these toys!  I found myself wishing I had a little one — just so I could buy a few!

Whether you need a “Skid Steer Loader” or a “Multi-Terrain Loader”, a  “Pony Tractor” or a “Sue Tractor”–this site is worth a look-see!

Fun toys–and fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

October 14, 2011

Happy Birthday!

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

Today is a very special day — the day my daughter was born.  She was my first — and the first grandchild.  She was (is) our pumpkin, our sweet, sweet girl.  Our everything.

She has now grown into a determined, goal oriented, happy, young lady.

She has overcome the obstacles that I wish I could have removed — those pesky obstacles and difficulties that life throws at us — the ones that a Mom shouldn’t be able to remove — but wishes she could.

My daughter has become more than I had ever hoped for or imagined. Really, she is AMAZING!

And it’s her birthday.  She reads my blog posting…so I just wanted to take the opportunity to say — Happy Birthday — I am so proud of you!

Love you SO much!

Mom

October 12, 2011

National Geographic Daily Geography Quiz

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

The National Geographic site has a daily geography quiz–how cool!  Just thought you’d like to know–because geography is important–and can be incorporated into so many other lessons–history, math, art, etc.

Geography can even be fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

October 10, 2011

Lesson Minder–FREE for an Entire Year

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

Susan Howard, founder of LessonMinder.com, shares with Homeschool.com the inspiration for creating the “ultimate online lesson planner and record keeping system”.

“I am not an organized person.  So to compensate, I used to spend weeks every summer preparing  “The Brain” – the all inclusive forty-pound binder that kept a year’s worth of lessons and day planning for three children covering seven subjects, plus my Declaration of Intent, resource lists, phone book, reminders, and a slew of other important “stuff”.   One day I lost my “Brain”. Panic set in.  I couldn’t imagine rewriting by hand  several months of planning for 21 subjects!  That is when I asked my Internet Developer husband to build my dream planner – an online planner that I could access from anywhere and could easily manipulate, navigate, track and grade daily assignments, schedule events, keep records automatically, import data from previous years, store resources to search on myriad criteria, produce official transcripts and diplomas, and could not leave behind at the park.

Finally, after years of design, redesign, and the typical roadblocks that arise while home schooling and raising five children, we launched LessonMinder.com just in time for the 2011-2012 school year.

It is great to finally have my dream realized, but even greater to receive the thanks and praise of so many of our users.  “This is the best planner by far that I have tried”, “Love love love this planner!”and “Thank you so much for the effort you put into this for us” are just some of the comments we have received.  And as we continue to develop and add functionality I am excited about our ability to support other home educators.”

You can check out LessonMinder free for an entire year at www.LessonMinder.com.

As always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

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