Tuesday, December 31, 2013

Teachable Moments January

January Homeschool Activity Calendar from Homeschool ShareMy family loves to use different teachable calendars through out  the year and integrate them into our studies.

CurrClick also offers a Teachable Moments calendar for free each month. They highlight important birthdays, historical events, and fun days to celebrate. Take a peek at one of  our homeschool's January Calendar and choose some activities to keep you enjoying your time together while you learn and grow. My kids really enjoy both these calendar as supplements to what we are already learning.

You can print some of our favorite calanders right here: 

Find the January 2013 calendar (PDF) right here!
 Scholastic January 2014 Calendar
Homeschool Share January 2014 Caledar



Monday, December 30, 2013

True Test of a Gentleman


True test of a gentleman!  OK men, this one is for you.  Can you pass the gentleman test?  Are you just old fashioned or are you a modern day Prince Charming? There is a difference between being your father and understanding that sexual equality means more than working for a woman. Do you behave yourself, when you have to, or do you come across as someone who misbehaves at only the best possible times?If your wife, your co-workers, your children were to be asked if you were someone they would consider to be a gentleman...would they say "Yes?"  Does it matter?  Statistics show that men who have more "gentleman" attributes get more respect from their peers, receive pay raises at a faster pace and overall report to have healthier and happier relationships.  It matters.  See how you do with the following questions...
  • Do I open the doors for all ladies and my peers?
  • Do I avoid ever speaking of offensive topics in the presence of ladies?
  • Am I careful to never engage in any behavior that could be misconstrued as inappropriate?
  • Do I always pay for the meals of those whom I invite to lunch or dinner?
  • Do I dress in a way that shows I have respect for myself and others?
  • Do I stand when a lady approaches or leaves my table?
  • Do I only extend my hand to a lady once she extends her hand first during an introduction?
  • Do I refrain from giving physical affection to ladies that I am in a casual relationship with, unless I have their permission?
  • Do I help all ladies in my presence with their coats, umbrellas or any other item that they need assistance with?
  • Do I refrain from ever borrowing money from a lady?
  • Do I keep my Word, always returning items on time and always completing task when I have committed to completing them.
  • Do I keep myself clean, always being mindful of my breath, body odor and overall hygiene?
  • Am I comfortable with making and keeping eye contact in all my conversation?
  • Am I confident, kind and honest?
  • Do I have polite table manners?  Do I use them at all times?
If you answered yes to most of these questions, then you my friend are a great example of a gentleman and I'm sure that you feel the benefits of being such in your life.  

Here is another cute online test for you to give your hand at.


ABOUT AND FACE THE UNKNOWN: The Journey of a Lincoln-Freeded Colored

ABOUT AND FACE THE UNKNOWN

Book Cover (4)
Title:
 And Face the Unknown
Genre: Historical Fiction
Author: CD Harper
Publisher: iUniverse
Pages: 232
Language: English
ISBN – 978-1-47594-754-0


As Levy clings to a tree high above a river and tries to catch his breath, he doesn’t know what to do next. He has been a slave for Mr. Willoughby since he was little boy, and now things are changing. Unsure of what year it is, Levy escapes the jaws of slavery on the cotton plantation. He is a runaway slave without a plan.
As soon as he sees a boat floating in the river, Levy knows what he must do. With Mr. Willoughby on his tail, Levy boards the boat and hides behind the big wheel. As he somehow eludes capture, he begins a journey with a colored captain at the helm who works for none other than Levy’s former owner. As the captain takes Levy under his wing and they travel down the river, Levy finally learns what it’s like to be a free man with choices and the ability to make decisions for himself. But danger lurks around every curve, and Levy soon finds that his journey to independence will not come without challenges..

In the second installment of this historical tale, a Lincoln-freed Colored risks everything in order to realize the sweet taste of liberty and justice for all.

Purchase your copy:

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ABOUT CD HARPER

CD Harper is a retired professor and arts administrator who holds degrees from the University of Illinois and St. Louis University. His first novel, Covenant, began the story that now continues in And Face the Unknown, the second installment of an intended trilogy. He and his wife reside in Gleneden Beach, Oregon.

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~Author Interview~

1.       What provoked your interest in writing book on slavery?
2.       The book has a Tom Sawyer feel to it, did you get any of your inspiration from Mark Twain novels?
3.       Slavery has been traced back all the way to 1760BC, what prompted you to select this era of slavery to write on?
4.       What were your influences in writing this book?
5.       I have a love of genealogy and traced my family heritage before to see if anyone in the family were ever slaves (freed or owned) or if anyone in the family owned slaves. Was there a particular genealogical influence that drew you to writing this book?
6.       What advice would you have to those who feel slavery is non-existent in today’s culture?

Sunday, December 29, 2013

Going Vegetarian

Cutting meat out of your diet does not mean cutting flavor or variety.Thinking about going veg? There are numerous reasons why people give up meat. A vegetarian diet doesn't even have to be permanent. You can try it for a while to lose weight or jump start healthier eating habits. It can be a tough transition for some, and you may find yourself wondering "Just what do I eat?" when you realize all your old standards no longer qualify. There are some staples you can keep in your kitchen, and in just a short month you may find yourself wondering why you ever thought you needed meat.

Plan of Attack

When preparing your shopping list, don't be overwhelmed trying to think of an entire month of meals. For the first month, focus on three different foods per week: three types of breakfast, three types of lunches and three types of dinner. You can alternate them so you're only having something about twice, possibly three times, in a seven-day period. This keeps you from getting overwhelmed by preparing a different food every single night, and you can make the most of leftovers. Incorporate one or two new foods per week until you get more comfortable cooking meatless meals.

Breakfast

Alternate your breakfasts daily so that you can enjoy both fast and cooked breakfasts throughout the week. For example, the first week you may have cold cereal one morning, a scrambled egg the next morning and a waffle the day after that, then repeat the pattern the rest of the week. If you want to prepare a big home-cooked family breakfast, make some meatless favorites on those days, such as home-baked cinnamon buns, French toast or a vegetable and cheese omelet with a dash of dry spicy ranch dressing mix for added flavor.

Lunch

Lunch can be a rough meal for busy parents and working people because it's often the meal you have to catch on the run. Having some easy vegetarian options planned for the week that you can grab and go will prevent you from being tempted by the drive-through windows. Hummus is an excellent protein-packed choice to stock your fridge with weekly; you can spread it on a sandwich or bring a small container to use as a vegetable dip. Try buying a different flavor each week for variety -- or make your own with chickpeas, garlic, lemon, vegetable oil and cumin, and blend in some dry dressing and dip mix to give it zip. Hard boiled eggs or an egg salad sandwich will also satiate you for the entire afternoon. Another good lunch plan is to utilize leftovers. You can re-heat your pasta dish in a microwave or bring your leftover salad with you. Buy convenient single-serving containers of creamy dressing to make packing a salad easy.


Dinner

If you loved your meat and worry about how hard it is going to be to give up, don't completely cut yourself off from the flavors and textures in that first vegetarian month. There are a lot of vegetarian meat substitutes to choose from in the freezer section of your grocery store, such as veggie burgers, faux chicken patties and meatless riblets. While they are processed and not the healthiest choices, working them into your meal plan once or twice a week can help give you that bit of familiarity and satisfaction so you can stay on track. Keep canned beans in the house, which can be very versatile when planning dinners. Make your usual soups, stews, pasta and rice dishes and just dump a can of beans in to replace the meat. Sprinkle on some dry dressing and seasoning mix to add flavor to the dish. As you hit the grocery store every week, bring home fresh or frozen produce that can easily be whipped up into grilled vegetable sandwiches, stir-fried and spooned over rice or roasted into casseroles and quiches.

Get you started menues
 1.Melanie mitro
2. Jillian Micheal's
3. Food exchange list
4. 30 day meal plans
5. Vegetarian Meal plans

References


Thursday, December 26, 2013

Unspoken

  • Paperback: 448 pages
  • Publisher: Bethany House Publishers (October 1, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0764211714
  • ISBN-13: 978-0764211713
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 8.5 inches
Charlotte Graham is at the center of the most famous kidnapping in Chicago history.

The task force of FBI and local cops found her two abductors, killed them, rescued her, but it took four very long years. The fact she was found less than three miles from her home, had been there the entire time, haunts them. She’s changed her identity, found a profession she loves, and rebuilt her life.

She’s never said a word—to the cops, to her doctors, to family—about those four years.

A family legacy has brought her back to Chicago where a reporter is writing a book about the kidnapping. The cops who worked the case are cooperating with him. Her options are limited: Hope the reporter doesn’t find the full truth, or break her silence about what happened. And her silence is what has protected her family for years.

Bryce Bishop doesn’t know her past, he only knows she has coins to sell from her grandfather’s estate—and that the FBI director for the Chicago office made the introduction. The more he gets to know Charlotte, the more interested he becomes, an interest encouraged by those closest to her.. But nothing else is working in his favor—she’s decided she is single for life, she struggles with her faith, and she’s willing to forego a huge inheritance to keep her privacy. She’s not giving him much of an opening to work with.

Charlotte wants to trust him. She needs to tell him what happened. Because a crime cops thought was solved, has only opened another chapter. . .

My Impressions

This was the first book I read by Dee Henderson and I think I know more about coins then I ever cared to know. Parts of this book really dragged on for me,going into way to much detail for my taste.I am not even sure that there are that many rare coins around on the level that the book goes into. Another huge disappointment for me was I really hoped the book would go into more detail surrounding the kidnapping and what took place over the 4 year period that Charlotte was held captive, but it only skates around the whole topic, which was quit frustrating.  I received a e-copy of this book and there were ALOT of spelling issues. Any words spelt with two "f f's" did not come across and formatting issues which made the book less enjoyable than it could have been and irritated me at times. So you have words like suffice, that come out suice and you are left pondering what the word is suppose to be till your brain catches up.

On the plus side,the book does hold true to its christian theme. It really dives into forgiveness, acceptance,and unconditional love. The need for a savior and a personal relationship with God to get you through life and to lean on and trust in Him no matter what life tosses at you,even when you do not understand His plan.

Overall I give this book 3 out of 5 stars, but i am not sure I can really recommend it highly.

My good reads review
My Amazon review

Biography

Dee Henderson  is the author of 14 best-selling novels, including the acclaimed O'Malley series and the Uncommon Heroes series. As a leader in the inspirational romantic suspense category, her books have won or been nominated for several prestigious industry awards, including the RWA's RITA Award, the Christy Award, the ECPA Gold Medallion, the Holt Medallion, the National Readers' Choice Award, and the Golden Quill. Dee is a lifelong resident of Illinois and is active online. Visit her at www.deehenderson.com. 
Disclaimer:I received a free e-copy of this book from Bethany House title from NetGalley's Public Catalog in exchange for my honest opinions. . 



New Years Interview

While scanning some of my favorite blogs looking for new and creative things to do with my kiddos this upcoming year I ran across  New Year’s interview printable  I absolutely love this idea so much that I found on Homeschool Share website that I decided to do this with my own children this year.The idea is very simply but gives you great insight to your children.After you ask your children all these interview questions, make sure you SAVE it! I make a year in review book for each of my kids called What I Love About.... and I give it to them each Christmas as a gift, something they can treasure years to come and share with their own children one day. When I stumbled across the New Year Interview I knew this would be a great addition to add into their books.

You can download the interview page by clicking on the image below. You can also TYPE right on this form (in the blue fields)!

new-year-interview
Homeschool Share
Here are some more fun ideas that you can do with your children: 

1. Have a New Years party with your kids,their best friends and parents. 
2. Buy lots of noisy noise makers for your kids to blow at midnight-and the rest of the night :)
3. Bake some fabulous snacks to eat through the night, introducing a new one each hour till you reach your favorite at midnight.  (snack list countdown)
4. Buy some champagne juice such as those welches makes.We do this every year only for New Years and my kids look forward to this tradition.
5. Fireworks-what new years is not complete without some fireworks? If you know how to make homemade fireworks even better! If not make paper fireworks using glitter,glue and your favorite colored construction-paper. 
6. Camp out-For all your outdoors men and ladies do a overnight camp out at your favorite campsite,backyard or inside your home.

What about you? What are some of your favorite New Year traditions?

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

My Favorite Web Sites for Homeschooling


Diagnostic Testing:


Web Browser for Kids: http://www.kidzui.com/


Religion/Character Development:

2.      Children's Bible Lessonhttp://gardenofpraise.com/bibleles.htm
4.      Youth Practice: http://www.youthwork-practice.com/index.html
5.      Principles and Practices of Biblical Parenting study
7.      Character education on responsibility http://learningtogive.org/lessons/unit514/ - grade 6 http://learningtogive.org/lessons/unit515/ - grade 7 http://learningtogive.org/lessons/unit513/ - grade 8
8.      Bible Trivia: http://biblestuph.com/trivia
10.  Role Models on the web: The goal of this site is to showcase outstanding role models to help youths and young adults to pattern their lives. http://www.rolemodel.net/
11.  For Drake: Little Talkerspresent delightful stories told by animals that will help children to understand the importance of living their lives for God each day and obeying Him in all things.http://www.parentcompany.com/little_talkers/default.asp
13.  Courage lessons & activities: Here is a list of multimedia art activities that can be used to explore the theme of courage http://www.humanityquest.com/topic/art_activities/index.asp?theme1=courage
14.  Bible Quiz: http://biblestuph.com/trivia
19.  Jesus Folk: Jesus Christ, God & Bible Centered Christian Online Community
20.  Bible Study Guide for all ages: http://www.biblestudyguide.com/
22.  Power Team For Kids: 13 Lessons from John for kids (requires Adobe Acrobat Reader)http://www.isob-bible.org/lessons/pteam.pdf
23.  Patch The Pirate – a radio show with activities http://www.patchthepirate.org/
24.  Mr Bill's World: a fun, safe, interactive zone for kids who love music, adventure and cool things to do.http://mrbillsworld.com/
25.  Calvary Kids: online games, printable pages, devotions, teen corner and more
26.  Confident Kids Support Groups -­ for hurting children and for struggling parentshttp://www.confidentkids.com/
27.  Calvary Chapel curriculum for both Old & New Testaments
28.  For the answers, please visit the free See AMC Montessori Hands On Spring Newsletter Part III http://www.amonco. org/spring3/ montessori_ spring_3. pdf
Receive more free spring lesson planning by visiting
http://www.amonco. org/montessori_ spring_handson. html
30.  Back To The Bible: radio, the Internet, TV and other media to share the
Gospel message and help Christians grow to spiritual maturity through
Bible teaching and engagement.
http://www.backtoth ebible.org/<http://www.backtoth ebible.org/>
31.  What are the basics of biblical parenting?
32.  KID'S WORLD includes lots of Bible lessons which are valuable for all ages (even teens and adults!), but especially for those up to age 12.
33.  Kids Ranch – a site for fun and encouragement: http://www.kidsranch.org/
34.  E Life Online - Christian magazine
35.  Teen Q & A: current events, teen issues, friendships, Christian living, etc
36.  Confident Kids Support Groups -­ for hurting children and for struggling parents http://www.confidentkids.com/
39.  Happy Mothering – inspiration to live a simple natural lifestyle
40.  Survival Kit for Students: This kit provides Christian students with the real answers they need to survive the onslaught of atheism, humanism and evolution in the public schools.
42.  http://www.balancingthesword.com/Order.asp bible study for teens


Unit Studies:

4.      http://www.midwestchristianacademy.com/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=49&Itemid=59 It will walk you through, step-by-step, how to use the ACE curriculum in a homeschool environment.
5.      http://www.weeklyreader.com/subcategory/18 I love using Weekly reader for part of my unit Studies, the kids adore them!
7.      Lighthouse Christian Academy
8.      www.konos.com
9.      http://www.ixl.com/
10.  http://www.tapestryofgrace.com/index.php : tapestry of Grace
12.  Can order ACE from curriculumexpress.com
14.   

TV Programming:

1.      History channel
2.      National Geographic
3.      Discovery Channel
4.      PBS
5.      Sesame Street
6.      The Electric Company
7.      Magic School Bus
8.      Man vs. Wild
9.      Beakmans World
10.  Between the Lions
11.  3-2-1 Penguins
12.  Cyberchase
13.  Teen Kids News
14.  Myth Busters
15.  Dog Whisperer
16.  The Deadliest Warrior
18.   

Computers/Computer Programing:

1.      Apps, Apps, So Many Apps http://www.lati3.com/Apps.htm
2.      I am looking into Scratch, scratch.mit.edu, for my children to start to learn programming.
4.      http://www. Kid Coder.com
8.      I have used Gimp, but I don't think it would work well for game creation.  I use Serif PagePlus which is a desktop publishing program, similar to Microsoft Publisher.  They have a "lite" version that is free:
9.       


Teaching/Parenting Resources:
1.      Teaching Online: Providing free lesson plans in all curriculum areas. Designed for teachers of students aged 5-14 years. Also includes starters & strategies Teachers Magazine in pdf format.http://www.teachingonline.org/
2.      Educational Games of all sorts/topics: Gudli: a free, online education service that makes learning fun for young children http://www.gudli.com/
3.      Children's Books Online: large collection of illustrated, antique books
5.      Worksheets for all ages: http://www.allkidsnetwork.com/worksheets/
6.      Descriptions and links for Apps categorized by topics that include science.
elementary-lesson-share
http://groups.yahoo.com/group/elementary-lesson-share
7.      Online Dictionary Encyclopedia Britannica http://www.britannica.com/
8.      http://www.edhelper.com/ All subjects/grades
9.      http://www.enchantedlearning.com/Home.html All subjects/grades
14.  Kathy Schrock's Guide for Educators is a categorized list of sites useful for enhancing curriculum and professional growth. It is updated often to include the best sites for teaching and learning.
15.  Work sheets for all ages/grades http://www.theheadoftheclass.com/
17.  A to Z Home's Cool Member Database http://groups.yahoo.com/group/A2Zhomeschool/database
18.  Record keeping: www.homeschooltracker.com for tracking my high schoolers.
19.  Visit www.Everythinghomeschooling.com    They will answer any questions and help you find ways to fit your schooling with what is going on in your house.
20.  http://www.lessonplanet.com/ all subjects/grades
21.  Teacher's Domain (free rego) Flash interactives, images, documents, lesson plans for teachers, and student-oriented activities. http://www.teachersdomain.org/
23.  Here is a site with interactive links based on public school grade standards for the 5th grade. http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_5th.htm http://www.internet4classrooms.com/skills_5th_original.htm
24.  There are a ton of online resources that are a lot more engaging than worksheets. But if you really want worksheet, here are a few sites where you can find them. http://www.havefunteaching.com/ http://www.worksheetworks.com/
29.  http://www.lessonpathways.com/Account/LogOn?ReturnUrl=%2fHome (this is AWESOME, you can create a lesson plan for him for every subject)
35.  Parent Pals: A special education community where parents and professionals share information and offer support.
38.  Factory Tours USA: A listing of factory tours available all over the United States. Find any that are close to where you live or check out the possibilities before you take your next trip. Great resource! http://www.factorytoursusa.com/
39.  http://www. Time4Learning.com/
40.  http://nicholasacademy.com/ all grades/subjects
41.  roadsideamerica.com for traveling
43.   

Anatomy Web Sites:

1.      Think Anatomy: Links to the best human anatomy study aids on the internet: http://thinkanatomy.com/
2.       Street Anatomy: an exploration of how anatomy is portrayed in everything from fine art to advertising http://streetanatomy.com/
3.       Get Body Smart: Beautifully detailed Flash animations and images are used in this online interactive anatomy textbook. http://www.getbodysmart.com/index.htm
4.       Making the Senses Make Sense; Hands-on Activities to Help Children
Explore the Five Senses; Unit designed for Preschool
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/899/\
Making%20the%20Senses%20Make%20Sense%20Hands%20on%20\
Activities%20to%20Help%20Children%20Explore%20the%20Five%20Senses.pdf
5.       "Whack-a-Bone!" We have been studying the human body this year, and that was a really amusing way to review the bones of the body! Anatomy Arcade: free, fun, interactive games that teach basic human anatomy. 13 and up (Younger students may enjoy this with parental supervision.) http://www.anatomyarcade.com/<http://www.anatomyarcade.com/>
Art/Crafts/Activities Web Sites
2.       Daily art projects for younger children : http://www.childcareland.com/artproject.html
3.       Activities for Preschoolers: http://fun.familyeducation.com/games/preschool/33373.html
5.      The Crafty Classroom – free educational crafts
8.       Lots of free downloads: http://christianhomeschoolhub.spruz.com/downloads.htm
9.       Hunkins Experiments
Cool cartoons that will have you experimenting with food, light, sound, clothes, and a whole lot more!!http://www.hunkinsexperiments.com/
10.   Make Beliefs Comics – create your own comic strip. Online educational comic generator for kids of all ages. You have the choice of characters with different moods and the chance to write words and thoughts for them. Help develop your child's imagination. http://www.makebeliefscomix.com/
11.   How to make a tea box planter: http://opossumsal.homestead.com/Gardening/wbfly.html
12.   Art/History: Found this online for making The Bridge over the Hellespont. http://edsitement.neh.gov/student-resource/300-spartans-bridge-over-hellespont
scroll down page to view resource, click and start building.
14.   Mark Kistlers Imagination Station : http://www.draw3d.com/
15.  try www.donnayoung.org: I use her & Draw write now
17.   How to make a color garden: http://www.eduplace.com/rdg/gen_act/color/garden.html
18.   The weeks surrounding President's Day are a great time to teach kids about money.
One fun way that I have found to make this difficult concept more hands on is to make Personal coins with each kid's profile out of silhouette paper .Get all the details on my blog post. Presidents Day Activity – Teach Kids About Money by Putting their Profiles on Coins:
http://kidscraftsblog.hyglossproducts.com/?p=689
19.  Cartoonster - if you are interested in learning about the basics of cartoon animation. Created by a teenager, there are simple tutorials that help you understand the concepts of frame by frame animation.http://www.kidzdom.com/tutorials/
20.   A nice way to "visit" a museum before you visit a museum: http://www.googleartproject.com/
21.   Drawing or animation. We use www.doink.com
22.  A Natural State: free virtual workshops with step-by-step instructions and illustrations on how to make artwork using natural materials such as clay, pine needles, branches, vines, acorns, nuts, flowers, leaves, rocks, shells, and more.
24.  Candle making and crafts: How to make gel candles, recycled candles, floating candles, chunk candles and decorative candles.http://www.allfreecrafts.com/candles/index.shtml
25.  Twisty Noddle: Thousands of free colouring pages and worksheets to customize and print for kids.http://twistynoodle.com/
27.   Creative Arts in Action - I think its in Watauga http://www.creativeartsinaction.com/
28.  The Wildlife Porch: Helping attract wild birds, butterflies, and other wildlife to patios, balconies, and backyards everywhere
29.  learn to sew website: http://www.sewinformed.com/
30.    
Astronomy Sites:
1.      Meet The Greens: a site for kids looking after the planethttp://www.meetthegreens.org/
3.       Imagine the Universe!
This site is intended for students age 14 and up, and for anyone interested in learning about our universe
http://imagine.gsfc.nasa.gov/
All about Animals:
2.       Owl Pages- heaps of info http://www.owlpages.com/
3.       The Nest Box – bird and butterfly info and pics http://www.nestbox.com/
4.       Discovery of Animals – fun and interactive http://www.kbears.com/k12animals.html
5.       Farm Sanctuary: Lots of information about farming and the exploitation of farm animals. http://www.farmsanctuary.org/
Economics:
1.      Show Me The Future: This free financial literacy game is designed to help tweens, teens, and college-age students prepare for their futures. The game helps players understand: The Cost of Living, Budgeting, Difference Between Wants and Needs,  Importance of Financial Planning, Setting Career Goals & Value of Higher Education
2.      Money Instructor; Money worksheets and Lesson Plans for teaching money including coins, checks, and money math.
3.       
Language Arts/Poetry/Handwriting/Spelling
4.      Free Classic Audio Books
6.      Fun Reading games
7.       Here is a 77 page activity book packed full of Easter-themed learning
for PreK through 3rd grade. It includes activities for Language Arts,
Math and Science as well as a several 'just for fun' pages. <http://christianhom eschoolhub. spruz.com/ list-of-download s.htm>
10.   grammar checker program: Whitesmoke
13.  Helping Struggling Readers  - Articles with resources to help understand how to help struggling readers
14.   spellingcity.com 
15.   BigIQkids.com
18.   http://www.guesthollow.com/homeschool/printables/printables.html  They have pintables in several different hand writing styles.  You can also do bible verses.
19.   http://www.signingtime.com/ sign language
20.   Learning the Basics of English Grammar
This free online course offers a comprehensive revision of English grammar. It is designed for those already fluent in English who want to improve their writing skills. It examines spelling, grammar and punctuation including commas, colons, adverbs and prepositions.
http://alison.com/courses/English-Grammar
23.   writeshop.com
26.  Here is a link that I use for sight words.
http://rbeaudoin333.homestead.com/sightvocab_1.html
28.  Spell Quizzer here:
29.   Twaddle Free Literature list
30.   www.easycbm.com Here's one that I've used for Math & Reading.
32.   http://www.livingtheanswer.org/classes/index.php
David Vogel offers a policy debate course for older students that I have
heard great things about.
33.   IEW has a curriculum called Speech Bootcamp.  www.excellenceinwriting.com
34.    
All Things Preschool (all Subjects):
2.       Apples4theteacher.com
6.       Kid Sparkles: Original preschool curriculum, activity printables and lesson
plans http://www.kidsparkz.com/index.html
7.       Activities for Teaching Phonics http://home-school.lovetoknow.com/Activities_for_Teaching_Phonics
8.       Learning through gesture is proved to be the best technique for Kindergarten and Montessori kids; we have developed software named MLearning Phonic Gesture to implement this technique in real world.Currently, its available in Android based phones and tablets whereas iPhone, RIM and Windows 7 for mobile solutions are under construction.That software is totally FREE to use in schools and homes.You can get this software from android market at https://market.android.com by searching MLearning or Phonic or Gesture.
And using direct link at https://market.android.com/details?id=com.pgs.android.gestures.demo&feature=search_result
Visit our website http://www.sluice.com.pk
9.      Interactive Clifford storybooks
10.  Homeschool Radio Shows – listen online to these classics
11.   www.starfall.com .  It's a fabulous website for young children that teaches letter sounds and reading.
13.  Printable PreK: Scrapbook pages, calendars with seasonal songs, cubby tags, bookmarks, awards and morehttp://www.printableprek.com/
14.   program that is wonderful for beginning readers is "Zoo-phonics." http://www.zoo-phonics.com/
15.   Here is a site to check out:
123 Child - lesson plan ideas for toddler, preschool and kindergarten teachers (great site!)
http://www.123child.com
16.   A lot of people find the free preschool curriculum list at http://www.universalpreschool.com/how-to/teach/cognitive_development.asp to
be very helpful
17.   universalpreschool.com for kindergarten too
21.  Old MacDonald's Farm site – heaps of great ideas and activities
22.  Frog flashcards
23.    
History/Social Studies/Gvt/Geology
1.       Lap booking: www.handsofachild.com
2.       There is an animated read along version on www.mightybookjr.com
3.       Animated Map and History of our Country http://www.animated atlas.com/ movie.html
5.       http://brightideaspress.com/?page_id=6 Mystery of History
7.       The Noble Experiment
8.       Notgrass Government and Economics
9.       USA Learns
11.  CBBC Newsround Online provides news for and about children every day of the year.
14.   Make A Hero: explore stories of mythical heroes from Mexico, Africa, China, Egypt, Greece, and the United States - and you can even make your own hero http://www.lucaslearning.com/myth/index.htm
16.  use The Animaniacs States and Capitals song on you tube:
22.  Try youtube at wakko'samerica by the animaniacs I wasn't thrilled with that cartoon but this song really stuck.orwww.webeans.net/hutt/statesong.htm for the lyrics scrambles states of america book has a website and some printables to help
23.   Teaching Social Justice to Kids http://www.howtomakeafamily.com/features/case/soc_just.htm
25.   This is kind of World History, or maybe Other World History. Enjoy this
clip. APOD (Astronomy Picture of the Day) is one of our all-time favorite
websites. http://apod.nasa.gov/apod/astropix.html
30.  EQ-IQ, the website where you can learn how to be prepared for an earthquake or any of the other natural disasters
31.  I thought this was neat for teaching American History: http://www.homeofheroes.com/
36.   History Channel and website
37.   Congress for Kids
gives you access to interactive, fun-filled experiences designed to help you learn about the foundation of our federal government and how its actions affect you
http://www.congressforkids.net/
38.   FREE (Federal Resources for Educational Excellence) Teaching and learning resources from Federal agencies http://www.free.ed.gov/
42.   There is a website that lists reading books for different time periods. http://www.abookintime.com/index.html
43.   We used these little workbooks for early elementary and really enjoyed them http://rainbowresource.com/prodlist.php?sid=1298038218-206661&subject=4&category=727
45.   Marco Polo and His Travels http://www.silk-road.com/artl/marcopolo.shtml
46.   Ancient Egypt :Multimedia and educational resource http://www.virtual-egypt.com/
47.   http://www.nps.gov/learn/juniorranger.cfm junior ranger program. Write reports. Illustrate our experiences. Take lots of pictures. Get library books to help us learn more. Read, read, read.
48.   http://www.vibeasia.co.uk/i-know-we-shouldnt-believe-in-caste-but-are-you-jatt-doe/629
I used it to provide a visual to my visual-kinsethetic learners at my house.
50.   HX from a Biblical Perspective:’ There are a few DVD's I have which cover this topic.
Search for Mt. Sinai: Mountain of Fire
The Search for the Real Mt. Sinai (Explorer Series)
The Exodus Revealed: Search for the Red Sea Crossing (By Questar)
There is also a 2-hr interview online that you can watch for free of a family who used to live/work in Saudi Arabia who have made multiple visits to the proposed site...with LOTS of evidence which points to this location.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W2dJ1KfftqY&feature=related (On Youtube...Part 1 of 8. Follow the links to the right for the "next" part) http://waytozion.org/video/caldwell.asf (NOTE: This is a link to the same interview in its entirety in a downloadable file.)
This is long, but WELL worth the time to watch.
This is also a good video...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4c0m-4e2psw&feature=related
Interview w/ Dr. Lennart Moller (Swedish research scientist who focuses his studies on the Exodus/wanderings of the Israelites)
51.   Brain Odyssey: Travel the world to solve historical mysteries http://www.positscience.com/games-teasers/brain-training-games/brain-odyssey
53.   Lore and Saga: V iking and Roman information
55.    
Cooking:
2.      Kid friendly recipes
4.      Passport of the World: http://christianhomeschoolhub.spruz.com/
7.      Healthy Recipes
9.      Be A Superkid: healthy recipes, games and tips http://www.dole.com/WhatsASuperkid/tabid/824/Default.aspx
14.   
Math:
1.      Life of Fred: I love these books
2.      Basic Math: A solid understanding of basic math skills by going in depth into many math topics. The answer to your math questions is most likely here. The site also offers basic math games, calculators, puzzles, and worksheets.
3.      For Drake: Fun shapes games for kids to play that reinforce shape and pattern learning.http://pbskids.org/games/shapes.html
4.       Math-u-see
8.       http://www.aaaknow.com/
11.   Math Tutoring: http://www.thinkwellhomeschool.com/
12.   We used dominoes.
Worked well to show math families too. 2 + 3 = 5 ---- turn the domino around and you get 3 + 2 = 5 -- count all the dots now cover up one side 5-2 = 3, now cover the other side 5-3=2.
we would play standard dominoes but you had to say a math fact.
Or use dice (we were able to find 10 and 12 sided dice at a comic book store for a couple dollars -- the same dice at a teacher's store were $12 !) We would roll and see who could get to 50 or 100 first.
13.  Mission US:Iinteractive adventure games set in different eras of U.S. history
14.   Math Whizz http://www.whizz.us
Online math program for learning elementary math.
They have a free trial available.
15.   Addition/Subtraction specific:
Memory Joggers - http://memoryjoggers.com/memory-joggers-system/how-memory-joggers-works/addition-subtraction
Rhymes to memorize addition and subtraction fact families.
16.   Multiplication/Division specific:
Times Tales- http://www.triggermemorysystem.com
Zero and one facts are easy, two's are just double addition, five facts are known if a child can read minutes on an analog clock, then Times Tales quickly teaches 6x3 thru 10x10 so the only additional facts that have to be memorized are 3x3, 3x4, and 4x4.
17.   Skip Count Kid Songs- http://www.skipcountkid.com
18.   "School House Rock Multiplication"- FREE online on YouTube just search for this title
19.   Timez Attack- FREE online http://www.bigbrainz.com/Multiplication.php
20.   Webmath is a math-help web site that generates answers to specific math questions and problems http://www.webmath.com/
21.   Visual Fractions http://www.visualfractions.com/
25.   Introducing math concepts: http://mathstart.net/
28.  Math Fact CafĂ©: free math worksheets and answer sheets
29.   Different math web sites: http://www.edjumpoff.4t.com/favorite_links_16.html
32.   www.easycbm.com Here's one that I've used for Math & Reading.
34.   http://www.bigbrainz.com/Download.html online math games
37.    
Gaming Sites:
1.      Tutpupwhere you can compete in fun, educational games against other kids from all over the World! (great security requirements)
2.      Children of the Earth: helps young people learn about animals, plants, ecology, and nature centers
3.       http://eluzions.com/
4.       Games to `fun – up' your day http://www.eslcafe.com/idea/index.cgi?Games
6.       Games For Learning Learn to make homemade educational games. http://www.angelfir e.com/wi2/ GamesForLearning
8.       Just Kids Games: a site with educational games to help teach kids about math, science, reading and the environment http://justkidsgames.com/
9.      Slime Kids: packed with games and book trailers, is designed to provide a fun, interactive learning experience to get students motivated to learn on their own! As well as superb educational tools including reference works and search engines.
11.   Games For Learning  Learn to make homemade educational games http://www.angelfir e.com/wi2/ GamesForLearning
13.  Games For Learning  Learn to make homemade educational games. 
14.   Scrabble
15.   Brain Odyssey: Travel the world to solve historical mysteries http://www.positscience.com/games-teasers/brain-training-games/brain-odyssey
16.   http://www.bigbrainz.com/Download.html online math games
18.    
Foreign Language: (some are for people to learn English, but these are also helpful to teach your kids the principles of English as well)
1.       Learn to speak Spanish: Interesting Spanish lessons. http://learntospeak -spanish. com/blog/
<http://learntospeak -spanish. com/blog/>
2.       Rosetta Stone
3.       http://www.engcamp.org/
4.      Everything ESL
5.        
Music:
1.      Essentials of Music
http://www.essentia lsofmusic. com/
2.        
Science Experiments:
2.       Testing without smelling: http://www.sciencek ids.co.nz/ experiments/ smelltaste. html
6.       Science World – fun and interactive experiments, etc http://www.kbears.com/k12sciences.html
8.       Lesson & Lab Exchange: Choose from hundreds of free, downloadable science lessons http://www.terrificscience.org/freebies/lessonexchange/
13.    
Science/Biology:
1.       From Cells to Systems; Unit designed for 2nd Grade: 10 Lessons http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/816/\
From%20Cells%20to%20Systems.pdf
2.       Insect Mania; Unit designed for 2nd Grade: 10 lessons (13-14 days) http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
1012/Insect%20Mania2.pdf

The focus of this thematic unit is to explore insects and their place in our
world. This unit will give students an understanding of basic insect anatomy,
advantages and disadvantages of insects, the life cycle of insects, and the
lives of social insects. Students will participate in hands-on and literacy
enriched activities and projects that are designed to help them appreciate
the workings of the insect world. It is best to introduce this unit during the
season of spring when there is an abundance of insects to observe in their
natural habitat.
3.       Interesting Insects; Unit designed for 2nd grade:
8 lessons (11 days; 1 day= 40-50 min.)
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
1020/Interesting%20Insects.pdf

In this unit students will learn about the characteristics of insects. They will
explore insects through cooperative learning, group projects, class discussions,
hands on opportunities and poetry. This unit ends with an insect project
presentation by each student.
Abstract)
4.       Insects; Unit designed for 2nd Grade:
15 lessons (includes assessments, field trips, guest speaker)
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
837/INSECTS.pdf

This insect unit will provide students with an introduction to insects as well
as insight into insect development. We will also study individual insects such
as ants, honeybees, and butterflies. This is a multi-disciplinary unit that
provides hands-on experiences for the students.
(Abstract)
5.       Water, Water Everywhere, and Nary a Drop to Drink! A Study of the Ocean;
Unit designed for 1st Grade: 5 Lessons
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
306/Water%20Water%20Everywhere%20and%20Nary%20a%20\
Drop%20to%20Drink.pdf
7.       There's a Commotion in the Ocean; Unit designed for
1st Grade: 9 Lessons
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
764/Theres%20a%20Commotion%20in%20the%20Ocean.pdf
8.       What's the Matter?;l Unit designed for 1st Grade: 5 Lessons http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
592/Whats%20the%20Matter.pdf
9.       Understanding and Measuring Matter, Unit designed for 1st Grade: 7 Lessons http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/812/\
Understanding%20and%20Measuring%20Matter.pdf
10.   Understanding and Measuring Matter, Unit designed for 1st Grade: 7 Lessons http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/812/\
Understanding%20and%20Measuring%20Matter.pdf
11.   Matter: Its States and Properties; Unit designed for 1st Grade:
Four lessons over a period of five to seven days
http://www.coreknowledge.org/mimik/mimik_uploads/lesson_plans/\
1184/1_matter_statesproperties.pdf
12.   Think: Mnemonics for example King Philip cried out for goodness sake --- Kingdom Phylum class order family genus species These are biological classifications for science.
15.   NOAA stands for the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Offers dozens of fun games and learning activities for kids from the elementary level to high school. http://oceanservice.noaa.gov/kids/
18.   The Wild Classroom: biology videos
 http://www.thewildclassroom.com/
20.  Sky Diary: Information, pictures, and graphics and find links on tornadoes, lightning, hurricanes and storm chasing
23.  Science Lab Roles and Descriptions
http://www.sanchezclass.com/curriculum/Science%20Lab%20Roles.pdf
Science Lab Roles- Badges (color-coded for different groups/teams)
http://www.sanchezclass.com/docs/Science%20Lab%20Roles.pdf
24.  Science Reference Sheet
(includes The Scientific Process, Science Process Skills
and the Periodic Table of the Elements)
http://www.sanchezclass.com/docs/Science%20Reference%20Sheet.pdf
25.  Eye On The Sky lessons
The lessons are integrated and, when taught together, allow young students to maximize their understanding of the Sun-Earth system and simultaneously hone their nonfiction reading and writing skills.
http://www.eyeonthesky.org/index.html
26.  Natural Inquirer, A [FREE] Middle School Science Education Journal
from the USDA Forest Service
http://www.naturalinquirer.org/
27.  Science & Technology
http://www.ftexploring.com/
28.  Mad Sci: a collective cranium of scientists providing answers to your questions. For good measure we provide a variety of oddities as well.
http://www.madsci.org/
29.  Soil Science Education
http://soil.gsfc.nasa.gov/
31.  Soil & Rocks: Activities that explore geology, & tectonic plate theory, Gr. 3-8
http://www.collaborativelearning.org/rocks.pdf
32.  Red Orbit: Space, science, health, and technology news.
http://www.redorbit.com/
33.  Setting Up and Running a School Garden
http://www.fao.org/docrep/012/i1118e/i1118e00.htm

Sports:
1.       HSSA offers soccer as one of their homeschool sports. http://www.hsaa.org/
3.       Teach PE: PE and coaching info. Terrific anatomical section especially on bones, muscles, the heart, lungs and energy systems. http://www.teachpe.com/
Dictionary/Atlas:
1.       The visual dictionary http://www.abcmouse.com/landing/SOC:FB:FG
Blogs I like:
6.        
REMEMBER:
12 Suggestions For Raising Godly Children
by Dale Harcombe

So you want to bring your children up in God's ways so that they will follow Him. Here are some suggestions for ways you can help achieve this.

1. Pray for and with your child. Let them see the reality of your faith as you turn to the Lord in prayer when problems or hard times come, or just for God's help with decisions each day.
Encourage them by your example to praise God for the blessings of life every day.

2. As you pray for your children, pray for those they will grow up to marry. From the time they were little, we prayed or God's choice of the right Christian marriage partner for each of our children

3. Read the bible to them when they are young and with them as they grow older. Many families I know use time at the dinner table to read God's Word and to pray. This time didn't always work for us. If it doesn't, then make another time to do this. Don't put it off because it is too hard. Those things that are important we can always make time for - if we try.

4. Read to your child- not just from the bible although that's a good start but share picture books, novels, non fiction and poetry with them. It's a precious time to be able to read with our kids and share literature.

5. Turn the TV off and spend time with your children - playing a board game, going for a picnic and enjoying God's creation, playing ball or talking.

6. Enjoy your children and spending time with them. Maybe try cooking together. Yes, it may end up with the kitchen a bit of a mess but it's a great time together and worth the mess. Make a game of clearing up the mess together afterwards. And cooking doesn't only have to be with daughters! Boys often like to cook with Mom or Dad too.

7. Often times traveling in the car or when involved in other activities like cooking, are times when children open up and talk about things troubling them or just talk. Value such times when you will gain an insight into your child.Listen to your children. Don't always be the one talking and telling them what to do. Their ideas are valuable.

8. Decide that time with your children and less material things are more important than extra income so they, and you, can have every toy or gadget as it comes on the market.

9. Remember you're the parent and this is one of the hardest but most rewarding jobs you will ever do. Take it seriously and do not spoil or give into your child. You are only making life hard for yourself and others who come into contact with your child.

10. Children need to know the boundaries and what the consequences are for overstepping those boundaries. Even if you don't agree with smacking, and I think there are occasions when it is warranted though it was not something I used often with my children, there are other options like taking away privileges instead. .

11. Be accountable. Be an example they can model behavior on. Parents aren't perfect. If you do lash out in anger and do or say things you shouldn't, admit that you were wrong.

12. Take them to church and Sunday school and encourage the friendships they make there. Talk about what they are taught and clarify anything not clear.

The Proverbs Curriculum: 50 Life Skills God Wants You to Teach
Your Children from the Book of Proverbs

1:7 ~ To fear the Lord
1:10 ~ To stand alone
1:23 ~ To turn at reproof
2:4 ~ A proper value system
3:3 ~ To love mercy and truth
3:5 ~ To trust God and not themselves
3:6 ~ To put God first in everything
3:9 ~ Give to God.
3:11 ~ To appreciate chastening
3:27-30 ~ To be a good neighbour
4:1-4 ~ To listen, learn, and remember
4:23 ~ To keep their heart
4:24 ~ To maintain a pure mouth
4:27 ~ To stay true to God
6:6-8 ~ To love work and not sleep
6:20 ~ To obey
7:25 ~ To be morally pure
8:13 ~ To hate evil
8:17 ~ To love God
11:14 ~ To seek Godly counsel 11:30 ~ To love the souls of men 13:13 ~ To love the Word of God 13:20 ~ To chose the right friends
14:9 ~ Not to mock at sin
14:17 ~ To control anger
15:8 ~ To pray
15:14 ~ To love to learn 15:16 ~ To have a grateful heart 15:20 ~ To please you
16:4 ~ To please God
16:19 ~ To have a humble spirit
17:9 ~ To cover other's sins
17:17 ~ To be a friend 18:13 ~ The folly of prejudice
19:5 ~ To be truthful
19;17 ~ To give to the poor
21:17 ~ Not to love pleasure 21:21 ~ That honour comes from godliness 21:31 ~ To find security in God 22:29 ~ To do their best in everything 23:17 ~ Not to envy sinners 23:26 ~ To love you and imitate your Godly lifestyle
24:10 ~ Not to quit.
25:19 ~ To discern the spirit of other people.
25:28 ~ To control their emotions
26:17 ~ To mind their own business
27:1 ~ To live in the present
28:1 ~ The boldness of a clear conscience
28:13 ~ To deal with their own sin
31:10-31 ~ The glories of a virtuous woman
(to become one or to marry one).