5 Days of Free Homeschool Curriculum for Mother’s Day from CurrClick

May 10, 2010


 Today is the first day of CurrClick annual Mother’s Day Freebie Event.  If you’ve never tried Currclick’s electronic homeschool curriculum, now is a great chance.   For 5 days, they offer a handful of free products as their gift to moms everywhere.

Today they’ve got a free Science Jim class to help moms with ideas for home projects, a Mother’s Day Unit Study, a Horse Preference Project, and a “Tips for Successful Kids Chores” book.

And don’t forget to have your kids write a ‘review’ of their mom and why they like her, and they will be entered to win a free iPod shuffle!


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Why Don’t We Teach Kids to Be Entrepreneurs? Great Homeschool Ideas!

April 23, 2010

In grade school, I saw a display of “Bonkers” marked down to $0.10 each, since the candy was being discontinued.  The going rate for a candy bar was $0.25 at the time.  I went home, got every cent I had saved, $20, and bought 200 of them.  I took them to school and sold them for $0.20 and doubled my money.  As a kid, I had already come up with ideas about making a profit while also pricing my product under the competition. 

I loved this talk by Cameron Herold with great ideas to encourage our kids to be entrepreneurs, to be innovative, leaders, problem solvers, business founders instead of employees.  If you have a kid with an interest in business, making money, being a leader, go grab him or her and spend 20 minutes enjoying this video:

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Some Fun Art Games from The Getty Museum

March 22, 2010

Looking for a fun change in your art instruction?  The J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles has developed a collection of fun art games called “Getty Games” using pictures of artwork, sculptures, and more. 

They use the artwork to do matching games, detail detective, switch, and jigsaw puzzles.  You can click on the book icon any time during a game to get info on the background of the art pieces used in the game.  Pretty fun, even for me.


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2010 Winter Olympic Book Reviews – Idea #8

February 8, 2010

Getting excitied about the Winter Olympics?  We love to curl up on the couch with a stack of books together.

Try heading over to your local library or Amazon and pick up some good books on the subject.

Here are a few top picks:

The Boys of Winter: The Untold Story of a Coach, a Dream, and the 1980 U.S. Olympic Hockey Team – $10.04

This is a book about the 1980 U.S. Hockey team and their incredible story.  A bunch of unknown college kids taking on the great Russian team in a time when American spirits were pretty low.  They pulled off an amazing victory with the famous quote by Al Michaels who cried, “Do you believe in miracles? Yes!” as the Americans won. 

The Winter Olympics: An Insider’s Guide to the Legends, Lore and Events of the Games Vancouver Edition – $12.89

This is a fun guide specific to the Winter Olympics, written by Ron Judd, a popular columnist at The Seattle Times.  The book has profiles of the individual sports along with the history, athletes, how each sport is played and judged.

Freeze Frame: A Photographic History of the Winter Olympics – $12.89

Like pictures?  This history of the Winter Olympics takes you through how it all began, the different sports, and highlights of all the games – all in beautiful pictures.

Check out this Winter Olympic Sport Series with books highlighting individual sports, thier histories, greatest moments, famous athletes, and more.  (P.S.  These are part of Amazon’s 4-for-3 promotion, so you get one free if you buy 3)

Do you have a favorite Olympic book or story?  Please share!

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2010 Winter Fantasy Olympic Team – Fun Idea #7

February 5, 2010

I had a fun idea to get really excited and involved in the upcoming Olympics:  what if someone set up a Fantasy Olympic League, like the fantasy football my brother and his buds get all crazy into?

Well, these guys have done it:  Fantasy Olympians – with all the rules and scoring information along with a blog about past events.

If you’re curious about how it works, and how fun it is, check out this article on how the Olympic Fantasy League gave the writer a reason to really get into the Olympics.

It sounds pretty entertaining.  I’d love to hear back from anyone who decides to try it.


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2010 Winter Olympic Craft and Preschool Printable Ideas #6

February 3, 2010

Do you have preschoolers who might enjoy the Olympics?  Try some of these for the littles:


Have you done an Olympic craft or activity with your preschooler?  Please share.  Thanks!

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Fun Multiplication Tips and Tricks – 5’s and 10’s

February 2, 2010

photo by woodleywonderworks

The idea that you simply add a zero to a number when you multiply it by 10 is probably one you already know, but it’s a fun one to teach beginners.

After that, however, did you stop to think that just as 5 is half of 10, when you multiply a number by 5, it is half of what it is when it’s multiplied by 10?

Here’s what I mean – something like this:

  • 5 x 5 . . . I know 5 x 10 is just 5 plus a zero on the end = 50, so 5 x 5 is half of 50 = 25.
  • 7 x 5 = half of 70 = 35.
  • 16 x 5 = half of 160 = 80

Or you can think of it this way – divide the multiplicand in half and then times 10:

  • 5 x 5 = half of 5 is 2.5 . . .2.5 x 10 = 25
  • 7 x 5 = half of 7 is 3.5 . . . 3.5 x 10 = 35
  • 16 x 5 = half of 16 is 8 . . . 8 x 10 = 80

It is an extra step, but it’s definitely faster than counting by 5s on your fingers to get to the answer.  Plus, it’s a big help once you move up into the bigger numbers you don’t have memorized.  It also help teach relationships between numbers, another fun trick.


P.S.  Here are some previous tips and math reviews:

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10 minutes or less – 2010 Winter Olympic Fun Ideas #5

February 1, 2010

Are you too swamped to plan anything big, but you want the kids to get excited about the upcoming Winter Olympics?

These ideas are for you – no work, no fuss, only fun:

  • Plop down in front of Vancouver Olympic Committee’s official YouTube channel and start clicking.  Watch videos until you’re done.
  • Students Live chose 24 students to attend Olympic events and write articles, blog, tweet, facebook, video, etc., about their experiences.  Help your child choose one and see what they’re learning and enjoying about the Olympics.
  • Check out the Olympic Torch Relay Interactive Map and click around as the torch makes it’s way to the Opening Ceremony.  Make sure to click on the “Stories” button under each day to read about the interesting people chosen to carry the flame.
  • Browse this comprehensive list of Olympic Videos:  Don’t miss Vancouver host videos, cultural Olympiad videos, explore Vancouver videos, Olympic torch relay vids, video galleries by sport, and more.
  • Go to the Official 2010 Vancouver Olympic website and have your child pick any of the 15 winter sports arrayed in blue boxes across the top of the page.  They have very cool info including photos, news, about the sport, training, and my favorite: “athlete’s voice” where you get to hear actual athletes describing things like a typical day of training, etc.  Awesome stuff for kids (and adults) to explore.


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2010 Winter Olympic Lesson & Activity Ideas – Ideas #4

January 29, 2010

Need some fun ideas for lessons or activities about the 2010 Winter Olympics?  Here are some good resources and great information:


Do you have a good lesson or project idea for the Olympics?  Please share.

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Fun Multiplication Tips and Tricks – 6’s

January 28, 2010

photo by pshutterbug

I don’t know about you, but when I memorized addition and multiplication facts as a kid, it seemed that the 6’s, 7’s, and 8’s always seemed the hardest to remember.

Well, here’s a fun trick to help remember the 6’s:

  • When multiplying 6 by an EVEN number (sorry, it doesn’t work on the odds), the answer ends in the same final digit.
  • Some examples:  6 x 2 = 12, 6 x 6 = 36, 6 x 8 = 48, 6 x 12 = 72 and yes, even 6 x 472 = 2,832 if you really wanted to know.  🙂

Hope that helps a few of you out there.  Do you have any math tricks that helped you memorize the facts?

P.S.  Here are some previous tips and math reviews:


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