2010 Winter Olympic Schedule – Ideas #2

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January 25, 2010

You can’t have fun watching the 2010 Winter Olympics if you don’t know when everything is happening.

Here is the official Olympics schedule with the Opening Ceremony starting Feb. 12th @ 6 pm, and the Closing Ceremony on Feb. 28th at 5:30 pm.

Take a minute with the kids and scan all the great sports that are listed on the schedule – Have your kids heard of the luge, curling, the nordic combined, or the skeleton

And even better, each of the events listed on the Olympics schedule is clickable and you can then see:

  • Where the event will take place
  • All other times the event is planned
  • More about the sport and it’s history
  • More about the athletes competing in that sport
  • Photos and news about the sport.

Enjoy!

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2010 Winter Olympic Homeschooling Projects – Ideas #1

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January 20, 2010

 

Looking for a fun unit study?  The Winter Olympics are coming in a few weeks, and there are TONS of resources and ideas for you and the kids to enjoy and follow along while they happen.  I’ll be doing a series of posts with my favorite resources.

First is Currclick: a great homeschooling resource for e-books, lapbooks, and online classes that you join via the internet.  The prices are great, and you get most of the products instantly as PDF documents that you can read on your computer or print if you’d like.

Here are the best-priced 2010 Olympics selections:

  1. The Winter Olympics 2010 Lapbook with Study Guide – $4.00 – Get ready for the 2010 Winter Olympics with this educational, hands-on 3-folder lapbook by A Journey Through Learning!
  2. Vancouver Olympics Unit Study – $9.00 – This unit study is designed to teach students about the past and present Olympic Games as well as the Paralympic Games. Students will read about the significant historical events of the Games and complete activities including research, creating time lines, and writing a newspaper column. Students are also provided with a medal tracking sheet to keep track of the 2010 events.
  3. Live Class – Winter Olympics – $30.00 – 5 Class Sessions, Ages 8-12, Tuesdays from 1:45 – 2:30 pm Central, February 2, 9, 16, 23 and March 2
  4. 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympic Games- A Unit Study & Lapbook Project – $6.85 
  5. Wonderful Winter Lapbook with Study Guide – $13.00
  6. Winter Olympic Games – $16.00
  7. Plus lots more Olympic selections . . .

Enjoy!

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Lots of Great Homeschool Freebies – List by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

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January 18, 2010

Homeschool Freebie Directory from The Old Schoolhouse Magazine

If you like FREE – take a look at this list of Homeschool Freebies put together by The Old Schoolhouse Magazine.  Free art lessons, woodworking projects, science kits, sample curriculum, and more.  Many are bonuses and samples offered by companies who sell to the homeschool crowd and there’s something for almost everyone.

Enjoy!

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Fun Multiplication Tips and Tricks – 9’s

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January 15, 2010

Make the times tables a little fun for little ones with this ‘handy’ trick for doing the 9’s:

  1. 9 x 6 =
  2. Hold up both hands, 10 fingers, starting at the left, bend down the 6th finger.
  3. Count the numbers to the left of the bent finger = 5, and the fingers to the right = 4 and you have your answer = 54.
  4. This works for multiples of 9 up to 10.

For the ‘do it in your head’ crowd, try this:

  1. 9 x 6 =
  2. Take the multiple (6) and subtract 1  . . . 6 minus 1 = 5
  3. Then figure out how much you need to add to the 5 to get up to 9.  5 + 4 = 9.  There’s your answer = 54
  4. Again this works for multiples of 9 up to 10.

If you’re looking for some fun free games to practice multiplication, try these:

Enjoy!

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Need Some Fun Indoor Game Ideas for the Kids?

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January 13, 2010

 

Are your kids going a bit stir-crazy being stuck indoors during the winter?  Disney’s Family Fun website has this cool list of table top games the kids can design, make, and play indoors.  It’s a great homeschool day bribe to break up math and Latin.

Here are a few easy favorites:

Enjoy! 

P.S.  Do you have any good indoor boy-energy using ideas?  I’ve got 4 stir-crazy boys and both I and my daughter would love some ideas!

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Alasandra’s Carnival of Homeschooling

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January 12, 2010

Pop over to Alasandra’s Homeschool Blog to read the latest articles in the “Dog and Cat” Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling.  Enjoy!

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Swagbucks – Free Giftcards for using Swagbucks Search Engine.

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January 5, 2010

After I just spent a ton on Amazon.com for Christmas, I thought I’d share this money saving tip:

Search & Win

I heard about Swagbucks on some money saving blogs, and decided to try it out.  You basically do your normal internet searching using the Swagbucks search engine, which combines results from Google and Ask.com, and every now and then, you get awarded some ‘Swagbucks’ for a search.  You can then redeem them for a whole bunch of prizes, including gift cards from places like Amazon, ITunes, Target, Paypal, etc.

After a couple of weeks using it, I was up to 45 Swagbucks, and I just turned it in for a $5 Amazon Giftcard.  It’s not a ton, but since I do a lot of internet searching, it doesn’t cost me any extra effort or time, so why not?

Here’s what you do:

  1. Sign up for a free Swagbucks account
  2. I recommend installing the toolbar – it makes it easier to use, so I can type search terms right into my toolbar instead of going to the Swagbuck website.
  3. Search as usual and earn Swagbucks.
  4. Spend them on giftcards you want.
  5. You can also earn extra Swagbucks when your friends sign up 🙂  (Thank you!)

Enjoy!

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Homeschool Carnival is Up!

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January 5, 2010

Looking for some fun and informative reading?  Grab a drink (or some chocolate) and enjoy perusing the most recent Homeschooling Blog Carnival:

The 4th Anniversary Edition of the Carnival of Homeschooling

Enjoy!

P.S.  If you blog about homeschooling, consider submitting one of your articles and contribute to the fun.

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Free Shipping for 3-Months of Amazon Prime.

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January 3, 2010

I had to share this great deal – for anyone who uses Amazon, they are offering another 3-month free trial of their Prime membership when you add a specific book to your cart.  This gives you free 2-day shipping on all orders, and you don’t have to reach the $25 minimum for free shipping.

Here’s how:

  1. Add this ‘textbook’ to your cart by clicking on the button that says:  “Add to cart with Free 2-day shipping”:  Pride and Prejudice
  2. Sign in to your Amazon account.
  3. Continue checking out until you get an offer for a free 3-month Prime membership.
  4. Don’t actually place the order.
  5. Return to Amazon home page.
  6. Click on “Your Account” at the top right of page.
  7. In the “Settings” box, 3rd one down, click on “Manage Prime Membership”
  8. Select the option: “Do NOT upgrade” automatically.  If you don’t do this step, you will be charged $79 after your free 3 months are over.

That’s it – you’ve got free 2-day shipping for 3 months.  Enjoy!

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Five in a Row – The Early Reading Curriculum that doesn’t feel like school at all!

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January 2, 2010

five in a row

Do your kids love stories?  Would you rather pick up a stack of library books and snuggle together on the couch with a blanket than break out the school work?

Jane Claire Lambert has designed a great curriculum where you read and reread a classic book to your children each week, while focusing each day on lessons taught by the story in five subject areas; Social Studies, Language, Art, Applied Math and Science.

This curriculum is called Five in a Row, and is an excellent first curriculum for younger children.  The daily lessons, including any facts and details, are spelled out very clearly and little preparation is needed.

My younger kids have loved these books and lessons.  Fun pieces of the classic stories have made their ways into our daily lives.  For example, we call the kids to come to evening prayer by singing, “La, la, la, la, LI!”, from “The Story About Ping” and the little duck that was too afraid of the swat he would get if he was the last one on the boat.

Has your family used the Five in a Row curriculum?  What did you like/dislike?  Please share in the comment section!

Five in a Row: Volume 1 includes lessons on the following children books:

This is an excellent list of classic childrens’ books to read, even if you don’t purchase Five in a Row.  I’d also love to hear which is your favorite classic children’s book?  Please share – I’m always looking for good books to read to the family!

story about ping

The Story About Ping by Marjorie Flack and Kurt Wiese

lentil
Lentil by Robert McCloskey

Madeline by Ludwig Bemelmans

pair of red clogs
A Pair of Red Clogs by Masako Matsuno

rag coat
The Rag Coat by Lauren Mills

who owns the sun
Who Owns the Sun? by Stacy Chbosky

mike mulligan
Mike Mulligan and His Steam Shovel by Virginia Lee Burton

glorious flight
The Glorious Flight by Alice and Martin Provensen

how to make apple pie
How to Make an Apple Pie and See the World by Marjorie Priceman

grandfathers journey
Grandfather’s Journey by Allen Say

cranberry thanksgiving
Cranberry Thanksgiving by Wende and Harry Devlin

dancing bear
Another Celebrated Dancing Bear by Gladys Scheffrin-Falk

papa piccolo
Papa Piccolo by Carol Talley

very last first time
Very Last First Time by Jan Andrews

clown of god
The Clown of God by Tomie DePaola

storm in the night
Storm in the Night by Mary Stoltz

katy big snow
Katy and the Big Snow by Virginia Lee Burton

night moonjellies
Night of the Moonjellies by Mark Shasha

stopping woods snowy evening
Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening by Robert Frost (with illustrations by Susan Jeffers)

Enjoy!

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