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December 5, 2014

Tell Me Your Stories




TELL ME YOUR STORIES: An Oral History Curriculum for middle school – high school students – perfect for the holidays when your kids will be seeing their grandparents.

This is just one of the MANY listings in’s Holiday Fun Event.  There are many others–all associated with winter and/or the December holidays.

Please stop by-and see what piques your interest.

December 4, 2014

100 Winter Activities



100 Winter Activities is brought to you by, and is part of’s Holiday Fun Event.  This listing offers over 100 kid friendly winter crafts, activities, snacks, and more.

Plus, has many other winter-themed listings as part of our Holiday event.

It’s our gift to you!

December 3, 2014

Winter Math Activities

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Winter math activities – Koch Snowflakes, penguin math, and MORE.  From part of’s Holiday Fun Event!

There are many winter and holiday themed educational freebies (activities, printables, online subscriptions, and more!) listed in the event.

Come on over and check it out  –

December 2, 2014

Winter-Themed Activities

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Winter-Themed Educational Activities for Kids K-1st Grade Brought to You by

This is just one of the winter-themed freebies over at our Holiday Fun Event– There are MANY more, if you’d like to check them out.

December 1, 2014

Cyber Monday

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Cyber Monday at!

Black Friday weekend—was it hectic at your home? Did you get everything accomplished that was on your to-do list? Are there a few (or more!) things, you still have to follow up on?

Maybe we can make things a bit easier. Our Black Friday – Cyber Monday deals are still available.

Click here to see them!

Holiday Traditions – Buncee

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This is a guest blog post from  They’re also a part of’s Holiday Fun Event–you might want to check it out here.


Holiday Traditions Around the World – Buncee

Radio waves carry sounds of cheer, warm kitchens smell of sweetness, and magical sights await around every corner. An astute detective knows this can only mean one thing: the holidays are here! Around the world, families and friends are joyfully gathering, keeping holiday traditions alive.

Dive into the histories behind holiday traditions with your children, and learn how families across the globe celebrate by creating on Buncee’s simple cloud based, online creation canvas allows children, their parents or their teachers to create anything from digital stories and multimedia research reports, to presentations and projects, all while operating within their own virtual classroom. Below are just a few of the ways you can use buncee to create a global classroom at home this holiday season.

Learn the meaning behind the global tradition of gift giving at Christmas.


Create a buncee lesson comparing how you celebrate a holiday with how it’s celebrated in other countries. Who knew that St. Nicholas fills up shoes with goodies in Germany?


Pick a winter celebration that your family doesn’t celebrate, and create a buncee lesson to learn about it together.


Research winter celebrations around the world, and create a buncee about them. Point out the differences and the similarities, and discuss them together.


Create a buncee on a holiday story from another country, like the Italian legend of La Befana.


These buncee lessons and projects will take your children across the world, without having to leave your home or brave the cold! You will be amazed at what you and your children will learn.

Travel the world today on! Use our new holiday stickers to create festive educational buncees or your family’s holiday card. Happy Holidays to all from the buncee team!


November 28, 2014

Black Friday – Cyber Monday Sales

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Did you see the Black Friday Deals e-blast that went out today?  It can be found  here.  There are SO many savings to be had on exceptional products (games, subscriptions and more)!  Savings are good through 12/1—and many, beyond December 1st.

November 27, 2014

Happy Thanksgiving

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 Happy Thanksgiving Everyone! 

We hope you have a lovely, wonderful, meaningful day!

November 26, 2014

Googling -Thanksgiving Fun



Googling for Thanksgiving Fun is one of the listings in’s Holiday Fun Event, and one of the articles in our Holiday eMagazine.

Click on the links above to check out the cute crafts, fun recipes and LOL Thanksgiving jokes.

Why did the turkey cross the road twice?  To prove he wasn’t chicken!

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IMA_1 (IMA) offers online martial arts courses which include web-based instructional videos, training, monitoring, and an online belt testing program for individuals age 6 (beginner friendly) and older. Students can train on their own schedule, and train anywhere while having access to instructor feedback—it’s the cyber martial arts learning solution!

I started the Yellow Belt Program. This 4-month program includes fundamentals such as Forms, Basics 1, and Combinations. Students work through this belt by following the steps below:

  • Students start by watching the Quick Start Guide videos. Note that when material in the video corresponds to information on the site, the appropriate links are included below the videos. I like this. I like seeing and reading important information, whenever possible.
  • Reading through the training guides. These are broken up into units that match the training milestones—the structure and presentation make sense.
  • Following the class routine. Classes should include a thorough warm up and then a comprehensive review of the IMA curriculum, including Basics, Forms and Combinations. I appreciate being reminded to warm up. I tend to not do this on my own.
  • Warm Ups
  • Basics 1 – these include fundamental blocks, strikes, and kicks.
  • Forms – these are choreographed routines combining movement and techniques.
  • Combinations –these are linear fighting combinations, which combine punching and kicking.
  • Reviewing all instructional videos several times and then practicing the movements slowly, constantly comparing student execution with the execution shown in the videos (doing exercises in front of a full length mirror is pretty important). The site contains a wealth of visual, audio, and written material pertaining to the execution of each technique and exercise, which helps students make adjustments as necessary.
  • I appreciate Sensei’s 7 Keys to Success—Attendance, Focus, Effort, Discipline, Patience & Perseverance, Positive, “I CAN” attitude, and Performance.
  • Student log in and out times, as well as video viewing history are recorded to monitor level of activity.
  • Students should update the Student Notes section after every workout and training session.
  • Periodically, in the Tips and Other Information section, students receive achievement badges and bonus content based on accumulated viewing time milestones (this encourages kids to stay on track—which is a plus–the more effort and time students put in, the sooner they receive bonus content!).
  • As mentioned previously, the IMA program allows for access to an instructor for questions on curriculum and other related topics.
  • Toward the end of the program, students are asked to submit a video. A tutorial on how to prepare the video and what to record is available at the beginning of the fourth month. Students load everything through the student interface directly to IMA. IMA evaluates the video, posts the results, and upon successful completion, mails the new belt and certificate.

A video is worth a thousand words—so you can view a video of the program here.

Not only can individual homeschoolers use this program—but it also works well in a co-op or support group setting:

  • Mentors are given materials and videos on how to successfully administer the program.
  • There is a separate mentor portal that allows the person supervising a group of children the ability to run group sessions or classes.
  • Students and mentors have access to IMA instructors for support and questions regarding training and curriculum.
  • Each student marked present for the lesson receives viewing credit for all videos viewed during the group session, the time is added to their individual accounts..
  • The mentor has access to all student accounts to view activity and level of participation of each respective student.
  • Parents have access to view their children’s profile to make sure they are always aware of where their child is at in the program.
  • All group practices should are followed by discussion and feedback.

What do I like about this cyber program?


  • It’s convenient. You can do it anytime and anywhere.
  • It’s great for homeschooling P.E.
  • The entire family can do it together.
  • It’s versatile—individual families can do it, or groups can do it.
  • It’s very thorough.
  • In addition to the martial arts, this cyber program teaches life skills (for instance, the Sensei’s 7 Keys to Success)
  • Last but not least—kids want to do it—and they enjoy it.


Want to know more about the Sensei? You can visit the website at or call: 1-800-207-8624.

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