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Entries in Homeschool (150)

Monday
Oct202014

See How You Can Help Create "A Better World for Kids" Virtual Game

A number of years ago I started playing A Better World, a social game on Facebook that takes a bit of a twist, because in addition to being entertaining it rewards you for the good things you do in real life.

And now ToonUps the company behind A Better World has started a Kickstarter campaign to produce A Better World for Kids.  This virtual online game will aim to teach children a sense of community with kindness, online AND in their everyday lives.  It's an alternative to violent and time-wasting games that are offered to your kids.

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Saturday
Oct042014

George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

"Being a tourist" in your own city can be fun.  Even though we've lived in DFW for over a year now, we're still discovering the attractions that this area has to offer.   And there are a. lot. of them!  This past May when my parents came to visit for Amber's graduation we took them to many different sites and places and one of them was the George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum.  Political leanings aside, if you're ever in an area where any Presidential Library is - be sure to stop in and see it.  They are well worth the admission price and the time spent in them.

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Friday
Oct032014

SeaWorld® Kids - Underwater ABCs™ Smartphone App

SeaWorld® Kids - Underwater ABCs™ helps your preschool child master the basic way to write both upper and lower case letters and starts the building block of your child's learning how to print and read.  Being able to trace the letter with their fingers allows them to understand the motions they need to employ prior to even putting a pencil in their hands.  The app also gives them an alphabetical study in sea life!

 

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Wednesday
Sep172014

Celebrate Johnny Appleseed Day, September 26th

John Chapman, or you may know him as Johnny Appleseed, was born on September 26, 1774. Yes folks that's just a week and a bit away!  Whether you have pre-schoolers or grade schoolers there are fun things you can do to celebrate this day.  Homeschoolers can plan a whole day around Johnny Appleseed and of course others can bring their knowledge and fun to school and celebrate before and after too!

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Tuesday
Sep092014

Dolphin Tale 2 Premieres this Friday

Dolphin Tale 2 opens in theaters this Friday, September 12!

Dolphin Tale 2 tells another true story inspired by the life of Winter Dolphin, but also involves a new baby dolphin named Hope who was rescued by the Clearwater Marine Aquarium in 2010.  Morgan Freeman, Ashley Judd, Kris Kristofferson, and Harry Connick, Jr., are all back for Dolphin Tale 2.

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Sunday
Aug172014

Six Things I Wish I Had Known As a Parent Before Our Daughter Started the #JourneyToCollege

As many of you know we just celebrated our daughter’s high school graduation this past spring.  Her junior & senior years of high school were some what stressful for our family because of our circumstances of selling our home in South Dakota and moving our family to Texas. that decision was partially because of our daughter’s choice of the university she wanted to attend.  Neither my husband or I did our higher education in the United States and since Amber has been homeschooled since seventh grade, the whole college application and admissions process was slightly overwhelming for our family.

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Tuesday
Jul012014

"This is America, Charlie Brown" - 8 Remastered TV Specials on DVD

Snoopy and the Peanuts gang inspire viewers to celebrate Independence Day with the release of This is America, Charlie Brown, from Warner Bros. Home Entertainment.  This entertaining collection is comprised of eight delightful animated Peanuts television specials that have been re-mastered for superior picture and sound quality.  Each of the animated specials centers on various important events in the course of American history, as seen through the eyes of the Peanuts gang.

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Monday
Jun162014

What Is Relativity? or as Jeffrey Bennett Explains: Black Holes Don't Suck

As our homeschooling journey is now complete, I've been winding down on those kind of review posts and topics.  But I couldn't resist taking just one more on even right when Amber was graduating.  I mean how can you not be intrigued by a book written by a prominent author and astrophysicist that explains the fact that despite what our TV and DVDs tell us; Black Holes Don't Suck, but also in a way that the average Joe (or Tammy in this case) can actually understand it?! 

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Saturday
May032014

Agnitus (iPad, Android, Kindle) Tablet App + Giveaway

Agnitus is a Tablet (iPad, Android, Kindle) app that has over 45 educational games for children 2-6 years old.  This is a great resource for homeschool families with younger children.  I'd say it's best for the mid range in those ages 3-5.

Agnitus offers curriculum-based, fun learning games and they also offer a grading system & report cards!

The app focuses on literacy and math skills, but they have some other games in there as well including one for tooth brushing.

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Wednesday
Apr162014

Spider-Man 2 Family Discussion Guide Review & Giveaway

We have great enthusiasm for superhero movies around our home, so we're excited about the release of The Amazing Spider-Man 2 on May 2nd.

We've always known that Spider-Man's most important battle has been within himself: the struggle between the ordinary obligations of Peter Parker and the extraordinary responsibilities of Spider-Man. But in The Amazing Spider-Man 2™, Peter Parker finds that a greater conflict lies ahead.

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Friday
Apr112014

Giveaway - Alone Yet Not Alone

Alone Yet Not Alone by Tracy Leininger Craven is inspired by a true story, which her grandmother Leininger first told her when she was young after tracing their family’s genealogy.

In 1755, Allegheny warriors ambush sisters Barbara and Regina Leininger's, 12 and 9, house, killing their father and older brother, kidnapping the young girls and taking them to their village.  There they were forced to adapt to the warriors’ way of living—which included dyeing their faces, wearing warrior clothes and adopting the Allegheny ways of worship.

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Wednesday
Mar122014

Planning a Successful College Visit

It’s that time of year! Families across the country are gearing up for college campus visits.  Before taking the time (and spending the money) to apply to schools, it’s a good idea for students to visit a variety of campus’ to determine which will be a good fit for them and their family. However, this may not be feasible for many families due to the associated costs. As an alternative to the traditional campus visit, students can do virtual tours on websites such as www.youniversitytv.com, or attend a virtual college fair on www.collegeweeklive.com.

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Tuesday
Mar112014

+U Student Scholarship Entry Now Open

As most of you know our daughter is in her senior year of high school and is preparing for graduation and university.  Last fall we downloaded so many forms for applications, admissions and scholarships; printed them all, filled them out, sent them back, and then began the waiting period.

All of the months of essay writing, all of the recommendations, all of the testing, came down to waiting for the responses, and it was agonizing.  And then one day in the mail the admission letter came.

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Tuesday
Feb042014

DiscoverE a 24/7/365 Engineering Resource for Families, Schools and Community Organizations

From the time our daughter was old enough to play she took to assembling and building things like a duck does to water.  Puzzles and LEGOS kept her busy for hours and she was building sets geared for older children long before the suggested age on the box.

When other girls were playing with Barbies and pretend food, Amber was mixing up slime and creating science projects.

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Friday
Dec132013

For Dads ~ World War II: The 3-Film Blu-Ray Collection

Ever since he was a small boy my husband has been enthralled with history, specifically the time period surrounding World War II.  It might be because his dad had so many stories to tell from World War II, and likely also because the community we group up in most every family had immigrated right around that time because of the situation in Europe.

If his favorite science fiction or fantasty shows aren't on, he's tuned in to the History Channel.

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Thursday
Oct242013

Review ~ PlayTown: My Story Maker App

PlayTown: My Story Maker is an Android and iOS app that allows your child to turn your tablet or phone into a story studio!

The PlayTown app is free to download and consists of three Adventure Playsets to help your child get started; Pirate's Treasure Hunt, Travel Around the World and Princess Party.  Additional playsets can be purchased for $1.99.

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