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January 30, 2012

Top Ten Math Apps

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

MathGameTime.com features FREE educational games, worksheets, videos and homework help for homeschoolers.  Find games by grade (Pre-K –7th Grade) or by subject (Addition, Time and Money, Problem Solving, Shapes and Geometry, and more).

In addition, MathGameTime.com has reviewed the top math apps and created their Top 10 list. These educational apps test skills such as addition, subtraction, multiplication, division, telling time, counting, and algebra. Their Top Ten Math Apps list can be seen here–http://www.mathgametime.com/blog/2011/06/top-10-math-apps/.

Math games are fun….and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

January 27, 2012

From Snow to Snow

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

From Snow to Snow, Poems by Robert Frost, Photographs by B. A. King, edited by Edward Connery Latham, Dean of Libraries Emeritus at Dartmouth College, Time & Quiet Press

The original edition of  From Snow to Snow by Robert Frost was published in 1936 by Henry Holt and Company.  It was initially issued for complimentary distribution at a convention of the National Education Association.  Three additional printings in 1936 were made for general sale.  In all editions, the only illustration included was a frontispiece, consisting of a holograph facsimile of the poem “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening.”

From Snow to Snow is reprinted for the first time, through permission granted by the Estate of Robert Frost and by Henry Holt and Company.  In this reprinted version, Mr. King adds  his beautiful black and white photographs, which are a lovely complement to Mr. Frost’s poetry.

A beautifully bound hardcover edition with thick paper pages, this book will be a treasured, longtime addition to any family’s library.

And of course, reading is fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

January 25, 2012

Look Around Books

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Look Around Books, the Habitat Series, by Tony King, Time and Quiet Press

Small books for small hands (3″ wide X 2″ high) — each Look Around Book contains 48 pages of information (i.e., the gray tree frog is about the size of your big toenail) and nature photographsphotographs that your child will get lost in.

The Habitat Series includes a look at five different habitat environments, including Bluebird Neighborhood, Found in Florida, A Patch of Desert, Swamp Nearby and Sea’s Edge.

These little books are a great way to introduce your child to animals that exist in your environment, or to introduce your child to animal and bird species that differ from the ones she sees on a regular basis. (East Coast bluebirds are different from West Coast bluebirds, and kids in the Midwest probably don‘t have any idea what a razor clam looks like.)

Each of the small books aims to help a child make friends with the earth, because, as the author states, “When a child feels at home out-of-doors, its as if she lives in a mansion!Great quotation, don‘t you think?

Look Around Books–a wonderful way to encourage a child to learn about and value nature!  Fun too!  And fun learning is forever learning.

Ann Simpson

January 23, 2012

Need a Little Math Help?

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

The Key to®…Series are math workbooks for elementary, middle, and high school math students.

The Key to®…Series are self-paced, self-guided workbooks that are classroom-tested and proven successful with students at all levels.  In each set of sequentially-oriented workbooks, 1) the instructions are clear and direct, 2) new concepts are explained in simple language and with pictures, 3) only one concept is presented per page, 4) examples are very easy to follow, and 5) word problems, when utilized, relate to familiar situations.  With these workbooks, students can feel comfortable with new ideas, rather than being overwhelmed.

We want our kids to feel comfortable with math–to be confident–to feel they “get it”!  We want them to enjoy math and to think it’s fun.

Because after all….fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

January 20, 2012

No Two Snowflakes are Alike?

Filed under: Daily News,Educational Adventures — dailynews @ 2:10 am

The probability that two snow flakes would be exactly alike, in molecular structure and in appearance, is very minute.  That’s because 1) not all water molecules are alike and 2) snow flakes are affected by  atmospheric conditions–they are sensitive to temperature and change their shape and design as they fall. To have two snow flakes with the same history of development would be very unlikely.

If you wanted to prove otherwise–if you wanted to prove that there are two snowflakes exactly alike, it would be virtually impossible to do so.  That’s because each winter there are about 1 septillion (or a trillion trillion) snow crystals that fall from the the clouds!  To compare them all would take about a hundred thousand years!

Snow crystals make up snow flakes.  There may be similar snow crystals–but it is highly unlikely that one would find two matching snow flakes.

Interesting!  And interesting learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

January 18, 2012

My School Year

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MySchoolYear.com is a site that allows you to keep track of your homeschool records online.

With MySchoolYear.com you can design your own lesson plans and revise them easily, organize your curriculum by subject and grade level, record your materials uses, track and retrieve information, keep track of grades and time spent working on each subject, view or print your own report cards…and so much MORE!

MySchoolYear.com is very easy to navigate and to use. It’s flexible, and can be easily personalized. It is password protected — making it available to you and only you.

MySchoolYear.com is the perfect assistant to your classroom. Your very own teacher’s aide  –  keeping you organized and allowing you the time to focus on your most important subject – your student(s)!

And as always — fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

January 16, 2012

Courageous–out on DVD

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Honor Begins At Home … and soon, you will be able to bring COURAGEOUS home!

This powerful film about five men who are challenged to become Godly fathers encouraged and challenged millions of moviegoers.

Starting January 17, 2012, you can enjoy it at home. Available on DVD and Blu-ray + DVD Combo Pack.

Special Features–

  • The Making Of Courageous
  • Commentary By The Kendrick Brothers
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Outrageous: Outtakes & Bloopers
  • Courageous In 60 Seconds
  • Heart Of Courageous
  • The Story Of My Father

Exclusive Collector’s Edition Features –

  • Casting Crowns “Courageous” Music Video
  • A Church of Prayer
  • The Importance of Fathers
  • Role of a Lifetime: Rev. Daniel Simmons
  • Mark Willard: Ministering Through Music
  • Erin Bethea: Serving Behind the Scenes
  • Sherwood Pictures Retrospective
  • Sherwood Volunteers
  • Plus, Ministry & Resource Videos to Guide Your Next Steps!

Get your copy (ies) now!

There are educational resources which go along with the movie as well!

Movies are fun and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

January 13, 2012

Get Outside in Winter – 8 Great Activities for Kids

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

Looks like we have an activity theme going with the last three posts!  Today, I’d like to share some ideas with you from ImaginationSoup and Judy Molland–http://imaginationsoup.net/2011/12/get-outside-in-winter-8-great-activities-for-kids/

Kids love winter.  So get out and enjoy!  Learn and have some fun–because fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

January 11, 2012

Calorie Counter

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

Interested in your basal metabolic rate (how many calories your body uses when doing absolutely nothing)? http://www.balancedhealthfitness.com/basal_metabolic_rate.html

Your body mass index?                                                                                http://www.balancedhealthfitness.com/body_mass_index.html

Or do you want to know how many calories you or your children burn, performing a certain activity?  http://www.balancedhealthfitness.com/calorie_calculator.html

You can use this information in conjunction with the peertrainer information from Monday!

Fun!  And fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

January 9, 2012

Peer Trainer

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Barbara Hayes from AfterSkoolKids.org wrote in to tell Homeschool.com the following, “I work at an after school program and your resources have been very helpful, it’s nice to find fun sites for the kids to use.”

Barbara continued, “The students and I have also been working on creating a section of our website which has links for kids to use at home.  I used a few of your links in there for the kids and their parents to check out, so thanks!  To show our appreciation, I wanted to share another resource that might be perfect for your page.  This page with games/activities for learning about physical fitness has been super helpful and might make a nice addition:

Physical Fitness Resources for Kids –http://www.peertrainer.com/how_to/physical_fitness_resources_for_kids.aspx “

Thank you Barbara — I DO like this link very much!

Scroll down the page and see the many and varied topics.  Click on a bullet and find even more fitness resources!

Fitness can be fun…..and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

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