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November 30, 2011

College Prep

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

College Prep Genius has exceptionally informative newsletters.  When you sign up for their newsletters, you  also receive 5 bonus articles including “21 Tips for Test Success”, “A Remedy for Bad Test-Takers”, “How You Don’t Have to Be a Math Genius”, “Why Writing Section Should Not Be Feared”,  and “Critical Reading Is Not About Reading”.

College Prep Genius also has important information on their site.  For instance–do you or your students think the PSAT/NMSQT test is only a practice SAT and is no big deal?  False!  It is a HUGE deal because it can mean incredible scholarship offers for students if they qualify in their junior year.  Some perks are: full ride, free tuition, honors dorms, money to study-abroad, etc.  Every freshman and sophomore should take this test for practice; every junior should take it because it might result in MANY scholarship offers!

As always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

November 28, 2011

Number 1089

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

Number 1089 is a centerpiece of a curious mathematical trick.

Take any 3-digit number, say, 732 and write it backwards: 237 in this example. Now, subtract the smaller of the two numbers (237) from the larger number (732).  The answer is 495.  Write this one backwards too and compute the sum: 495 + 594.

Here comes the surprise: regardless of your original selection, the final result will always be 1089!

Go to Why the Answer Is Always 1089 to learn why this is so.

How fun!  And fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

By the way, this is just one of the interesting bits of information in the FREE Math Tutoring Book I wrote about last week–http://i-a-e.org/free-iae-books.html.

This trick does not work if the number is a palindrome — that is, if the number is the same when it is written backwards.

November 21, 2011

FREE Book on Math Tutoring (Good for Teaching Math too!)

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

David Moursund, a retired professor from the University of Oregon has co-authored a book about math tutoring that he’d like to share with Homeschool.com readers.  This book is very extensive…informative…and great for Math Teachers of any type–including homeschoolers. The Becoming a Better Math Tutor section is especially helpful.  So, check out this FREE book– http://i-a-e.org/free-iae-books.html.

There’s a chapter on how to make Math fun…and as we all know….fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

November 18, 2011

FUN Science Site

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

Fun science facts for kids!   Learn interesting earth facts, amazing chemistry facts, cool space facts, funny facts about animals and much more.  Did you know that sound travels 4 times faster in water than it does through air?  Or how about some human body facts–

  • The brain uses over a quarter of the oxygen used by the human body
  • As well as having unique fingerprints, humans also have unique tongue prints
  • Your sense of smell is around 10,000 times more sensitive than your sense of taste

Science is a fascinating subject, there are so many amazing things to learn and discover.  Check out this fun site–it also contains lessons, videos, projects, games and much more.         http://www.sciencekids.co.nz/.

Because fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

November 17, 2011

ANOTHER FREE Hands-On Equations Introductory Math Webinar!

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Verbal Problems Demystified

Monday, November 21,  6:15 PM to 7:00 PM (ET)

After a brief review showing how Hands-On Equations is used to solve an equation such as

4x + 3 = 3x + 9,  you will learn how problems such as the following can be made visual:

  • Five times a number, increased by 2, is the same as three times the same number, increased by 12. Find the number.
  • James and Jack have the same number of pencils. James has four boxes. Jack has two of the same boxes as James and 6 extra pencils. All the boxes have the same number of pencils. How many pencils are in each box?
  • Karen is 6 years older than twice Pedro’s age. If the sum of their ages is 27, how old is each?

Be prepared for an interactive and fun webinar experience!

Registered participants will receive a link to the webinar one day prior to the webinar date.

November 16, 2011

Thankful Poems

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

Interested in a Thanksgiving project that will focus on gratitude and giving thanks?  How about Thankful Poems.  As the author Amy states,  “Doesn’t Thanksgiving fall at a perfect time?  Just when my girls start rattling off their extensive Christmas wish lists, I can pull out some Thanksgiving books and crafts and we can all reflect more deeply about what we are truly thankful for.”

Thankful Poems–a great way to get your kids to focus on what really matters.  And they’re fun….and as we all know…fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

November 14, 2011

Two Mom-Trepreneurs Have Launched the AutoLearner!

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

Two mom-trepreneurs recently launched a children’s education product called AutoLearner.  AutoLearner is designed for preschool and early elementary school-aged children.  Parents or other caregivers can use the AutoLearner lessons as a starting point to talk with a child while spending time in the car and engaging him or her in an educational conversation.

AutoLearner is a plastic lesson holder that fits onto the front headrest of your car so your child is facing it while you drive. You can download from their website interchangeable lessons on phonetics, numbers and colors which you print at home or your local copy center.  Each lesson comes with a guide with suggested discussion topics for parents and caregivers.

The Holder is  $17.99 and lessons are $.99 – $2.99.  AutoLearner is  offering a special 20% discount to Homeschool.com readers with code FRIENDS20.

This is a fun learning tool–and fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

November 12, 2011

FREE Hands-On Equations Introductory Math Webinars!

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

DEMYSTIFYING THE LEARNING OF ALGEBRA!

Wednesday, November 16 — 6:15PM to 7:00 PM (ET)

Wednesday, November 303:15 PM to 4:00 PM (ET)

These interactive webinars will provide an overview for introducing students in grades 3 – 9 to algebraic concepts.

Learn how to solve equations such as:

  • 4x + 3 = 3x + 9
  • 2(x + 4) = x + 10
  • 3x + (-x) = x + 4
  • 2x = (-x) + 12

In addition, Hands-On Equations will provide a glimpse on solving verbal problems such as:

  • Three times a number, increased by 2, is the same as the number increased by 10. Find the number.
  • Sally is four years older than Tim. If the sum of their ages is 22, how old is each?

Be prepared for an interactive and fun webinar experience!

Registered participants will receive a link to the webinar one day prior to the webinar date.

November 11, 2011

How Many Words Do You Know?

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How many words do you know?  According to dynamo.dictionary.com,  I know approximately 50, 037!

How many words do you and your kids know?  Log on and check it out!

It’s fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

By the way…..I did have to guess a few times….

November 9, 2011

A Discovery Internship for Your High Schooler?

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An internship can significantly help high school students make more informed decisions about their future college and career plans. Immersion in a professional work environment enhances understanding of an industry or career and provides insight into the day-to-day activities of a professional working in that industry.

Since 2002, Discovery Internships has helped motivated high school students make more informed decisions about their future by exploring career interests through a customized professional internship. The Discovery Internships program is an all-inclusive, internships experience. In addition to gaining hands-on, career-focused learning opportunities, participants explore and live in an exciting city. All program locations feature a safe and fun living and learning environment based in a college residence hall. A meal plan, 24-hour staff supervision and mentoring, and a host of cultural, recreational, and other community events and excursions around the city are all included. Participants receive access to supplementary professional development seminars that enhance the internship learning experience and help students excel on the job. Students receive academic credit for their internship and completion of related coursework from New York University (NYU). The Discovery Internships program is offered in Boston, Chicago, London, Los Angeles, and New York. Applications are received from students in nearly every state in the U.S. and just as many countries.

How exciting!  How fun.  And fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

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