Cool Sites – December 5, 2012

Posted on Dec 1 2012 in Cool Sites by admin

3.1 Christian Resources: Names of God Tree
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 31 Ways to Earn Extra Cash Before Christmas
3.3 Preschool, Kindergarten, and Up: Homemade Marbles
3.4 Science: Free Astronomy Classes and Lesson Plans
3.5 Government: Contact Elected Officials via USA.gov
3.6 Foreign Language: Latin Phrase List
3.7 Family: Seasonal Stationery Printables
3.8 Creation Science: Free Issue of Creation Illustrated Magazine
3.9 Gardening: Winter Care for Houseplants
3.10 DIY: Bookshelf with Planks of Wood and Two Ladders

 

3.1 Christian Resources: Names of God Tree

One family describes their little tree decorated with tinsel and simple tags printed with the names of God as found throughout the Bible. Make your tags as simple or as creative as you wish. Click on the links in the blog to see a listing of the names–or do your own research!

www.blessedbeyondadoubt.com/christ-in-christmas-name-of-god-tree

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 31 Ways to Earn Extra Cash Before Christmas

Some ideas will be quite obvious (make a budget and stick to it), but there may be some that will be new to you and help you find a little extra money.

moneysavingmom.com/2012/11/31-ways-to-earn-extra-cash-before-christmas-flipping-the-coin-day-31.html

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3.3 Preschool, Kindergarten, and Up: Homemade Marbles

This link is just one of many available online for homemade marbles. Use polymer modeling clay, regular pottery-type clay–or even the flour-salt dough variety to home make everything! Parents can research YouTube for videos showing traditional glass marble making and for visual demonstrations of making marbles at home.

See the second link for several marbles’ games variations.

www.allthingsscouting.com/2007/11/haw-to-make-clay-marbls

www.landofmarbles.com/marbles-play.html

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3.4 Science: Free Astronomy Classes and Lesson Plans

Select from a list of resources from NASA to Yale and for students from seven-year-olds to college age.

www.examiner.com/article/excellent-free-astronomy-classes-and-lesson-plans-online?CID=PROD-topic-email-articles

[Note: As ads may not be kid-friendly, parents will wish to check out these resources themselves. Hint: stop scrolling down when you reach "Suggested by the author." Also, material may assume evolution, but parents can edit.]

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3.5 Government: Contact Elected Officials via USA.gov

Use USA.gov to contact elected officials. Find e-mail and mailing addresses, phone numbers, and more for your local, state, and federal officials.

www.usa.gov/Contact/Elected.shtml

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3.6 Foreign Language: Latin Phrase List

Find a very handy list of almost all the common Latin phrases likely to be used in literature in the Wikipedia compilation. Browse randomly (how about one a day?) or look up as needed in the alphabetical listing.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Latin_phrases_(full)

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3.7 Family: Seasonal Stationery Printables

If you send out the famed family Christmas letter or just want pretty seasonal paper for a note, here are free printables so you can choose just the right one(s) for that particular use.

www.freeprintablestationery.net

www.pageborders.net

www.pageborders.net/category/new

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3.8 Creation Science: Free Issue of Creation Illustrated Magazine

Get a free sample copy of Creation Illustrated, a creation science magazine that bills itself as “The Christian answer to National Geographic.” Click on “Get a Free Issue.” The editors and publishers are a Christian couple who homeschooled their daughter.

www.creationillustrated.com

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3.9 Gardening: Winter Care for Houseplants

How easy is it to include horticulture with homeschooling when it’s right in the house with you? Check this article for tips on winter care for your houseplants. Many can be started with a cutting from a friend’s plant and potted very inexpensively. Some will grow in a glass of water! Internet searches will provide more information if needed.

www.bayeradvanced.com/articles/winter-care-for-houseplants

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3.10 DIY: Bookshelf with Planks of Wood and Two Ladders

If you need more shelf space and lack the time or skills to build, try this. As the title suggests, you’ll need ladders and wood!

www.buzzfeed.com/peggy/31-insanely-easy-and-clever-diy-projects?sub=1624957_371725

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