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Italki Review

Language is life. As social creatures, our ability to communicate with those around us define the limits and borders of our world. Learning a foreign language not only expands our ease of travel, but expands our world, inviting in beautiful complexity of new cultures and ideas. It would be hard to argue that learning a foreign language is good for you, but of course, learning a language can be a Giant investment of time and resources.

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The Very First TV Network-Branded Online Course

While we're finished our homeschool journey and I had not anticipated blogging any more about it, I ended up with an interesting e-mail in my inbox earlier this month that I found too interesting not to share.

For all of you with high school aged students looking to either beef up their transcript or earn dual college credit here is an easy, inexpensive way to get three credits from an accredited institution, the very first online course from HISTORY and The University of Oklahoma: "United States, 1865 to the Present".

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Review – SeaWorld® Kids iPad Apps

imageHere are a few fun apps for SeaWorld® Kids that I think your children or grandchildren will enjoy.  With the recent release of Penguins of Madagascar Movie and the new North Wind group that appeared in it, I bet a couple of them will really resonate with those kids that have seen the movie too.

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Review: Joy Sprouts | Free iOS/iPad App

imageIt's no surprise to anyone that we used technology a lot in our home to teach our daughter.   Before there were tablets and smartphones, back in the late 90s when she was a toddler, she was busy pounding away at a computer keyboard playing edutainment software unknowingly learning letters and numbers.  Now parents can take electronic educational learning on the go with them, and Joy Sprouts is a free iOS/iPad app for preschoolers that will have them playing and learning at the same time.

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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.

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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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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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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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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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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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"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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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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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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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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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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