## March 30, 2012

### Studyvibe

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Studyvibe is a a free study website for secondary students and has been specifically designed to help students develop positive study habits.  The website is fully self-funded, has no advertising, and anyone can access the resources.

Just thought you’d like to know!

And as always, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

## March 28, 2012

### April Fool’s Jokes

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Kids love jokes–and April Fool’s Day is a great day for jokes–

Q:  What’s the best day for monkey business?

A:  The first of Ape-rill!

Q:  Do you know all about April 1st?

A:  Yes, I’m fooly aware of it!

Q:  What’s the difference between Thanksgiving and April Fool’s Day?

A:  On one you’re thankful and for the other you’re prankful!

Q:  Why is everyone so tired on April 1?

A:  Because they’ve just finished a long March!

Q:  What monster plays the most April Fool’s jokes?

A:  Prankenstein!

And yes, fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

## March 26, 2012

### Crypto Mind Benders–FUN!

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The Crypto Mind Benders® set of books develop mathematical reasoning and critical thinking skills.  They’re great for introducing children to encryption, algebraic thinking, and basic computer programming operations.

These books compel students to break a secret code so they can identify a hidden message (quotation or joke, depending on the version you purchase). To break the code, students must apply logic and mathematical reasoning to 3 sets of clues.  Frequently, one or two sets of answers comes without too much difficulty, but the third one takes considerably more time to figure out.  The challenge is getting all the information out of each set of clues. Once students break the code, they can solve the cryptogram by substituting the numbers with the corresponding code letters.

The Quotations book familiarizes children with classic quotations from famous thinkers such as Albert Einstein, Voltaire, Socrates, and more–the quotations are educational, in and of themselves. The Jokes edition familiarizes  students with classic, good-humored, jokes that both kids and adults enjoy.  Purchasing one of each, and using them in tandem might be nice–as the quotations are certainly educational but the problems are so taxing, your student might want to be rewarded with a joke!

Crypto Mind Benders® are challenging…sometimes very difficult…and surprisingly, they are fun.  Your students might grumble through the first two problems, but by the fourth exercise, they’ll be hooked–and want to do more.  Completing a problem correctly gives such a feeling of accomplishment and confidence.

These books are great for kids that don’t like word problems, as these are word problems without the words!  Once your students can do these, they might look at word problems differently–from a more positive viewpoint.

Perfect for school, home, and travel, Crypto Mind Benders® are popular as brain jump-start, extra credit, or reward activities. The exercises are also great for adult cognitive maintenance.   Although for grades 3+, third graders might find the problems too difficult.

Crypto Mind Benders® come in hard copy and eBook form.  Either way, you’ll need scratch paper!

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

Ann Simpson

## March 23, 2012

### STEM

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“Traditional subjects like biology or physics might have homeschoolers using a single subject textbook, digital book, online course or co-op.  STEM is something different–it’s an opportunity to combine many scientific, mathematical and technological concepts into an amazing soup.”  Mary Saville, www.engineeringkook.blogspot.com.

STEM lessons are project-based with a heavy focus on collaborative skill.

To learn more about STEM, to see how Mary is using STEM in her homeschool community, and to learn how you can communicate directly with Mary, just visit her blogspot.

Collaborative learning is fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

## March 21, 2012

### Waffle Butterflies

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Interested in a tasty snack for your kids?  Try Waffle Butterflies!  They’re really cute — nutritious — and fun!

And fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

## March 19, 2012

### Top 10 iPad Apps for High School Students

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The website edgalaxy.com offers “cool stuff for nerdy teachers”.  This cool stuff includes lesson and teaching ideas, tutorials, (including how you can make your own map using google maps) and information on gaming and teaching apps, including the Top 10 iPad Apps for High School Students (you have to scroll down the page a bit for this list).

Apps are fun–and fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

## March 16, 2012

### Vocabulary for Success

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Vocabulary for Success, brought to you by William H. Sadlier, Inc., is a research-based vocabulary program for middle school students.  The program aligns with Common Core State Standards for vocabulary acquisition and use,  provides instruction in academic vocabulary, basic word lists, and vocabulary strategies, supports and enriches instruction with video and audio online resources and builds background knowledge for striving readers.

Each unit within the book consists of three lessons of 10 words each, revolving around a content-area topic or theme, with high-interest social studies and science topics engaging students. Students can check their understanding, learn about word meanings, and learn synonyms, antonyms and idioms.  Student-friendly explanations of word meanings, not formal dictionary definitions are also provided.  Each level of Vocabulary for Success provides in-depth instruction for 210 carefully chosen Lesson words. With over 21 lessons, it’s a great resource for students throughout the year.

The Teacher’s Edition includes an introduction to the program and suggestions for its implementation including planning and pacing suggestions, teaching notes for lessons, as well as the answers to the exercise items in the student text.

In addition, Sadlier sponsors a blog where English teacher Sarah Ressler provides a new vocabulary activity, game or author interview every week.  Entitled Vocab Gal, the blog shares great student activities and games that come with free downloadable handouts to modify and use instantly with students.

Vocabulary for Success is a very straightforward and thorough program, with a separate book for grades 6, 7 and 8.  It’s also excellent for English Language learners.

Vocabulary skills are important, and fun to learn.  And fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

## March 14, 2012

### Blogspot Help

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Did you know that there are approximately 175K new blogs being created every day?

Would you like to start a blog, or maybe make your present blog a little more attractive and interesting?  Check out Leelou Blogs for FREE blog templates, backgrounds, social network icons, twitter backgrounds and more.  Leelou even offers FREE tutorials.

Read about Julie who founded the site, and show her About me page to your kids.  Here is a woman that found her passion…and is working at what she loves.  It’s inspirational.

Fun too–and fun learning is forever learning!

## March 12, 2012

### First Day of Spring

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The first day of Spring, is Tuesday, March 20th.

Following is a poem about Spring by Else Holmelund Minarik.  It might be fun to teach this poem to your children and combine it with a planting project.  After all, fun learning is forever learning!

# Little Seeds

by Else Holmelund Minarik

Little seeds we sow in spring
growing while the robins sing,
give us carrots, peas and beans,
tomatoes, pumpkins, squash and greens.

And we pick them,
one and all,
through the summer,
through the fall,

Winter comes, then spring, and then
little seeds we sow again.

## March 9, 2012

### AERO

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The Alternative Education Resource Organization (AERO) was founded in 1989 by Jerry Mintz.  AERO’s goal is to advance student-driven, learner-centered approaches to education.

AERO provides information, resources and guidance to families, schools and organizations regarding their educational choices.  AERO disseminates information internationally on topics such as homeschooling, democratic education, public and private alternative schools, and charter schools.

Just thought you’d like to know.

And as always…fun learning is forever learning!

Ann Simpson

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