Posted on Jan 20 2013 in Cool Sites by admin
3.1 Christian Resources: Presidential Prayer Team
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Homeschool Co-op and Free Homeschool ID
3.3 Preschool and Up: Therapy Crafts and Kids Crafts
3.4 Science: Nature Journaling a la Charlotte Mason
3.5 Penmanship: Handwriting Day – January 23 – Penmanship Tools Online
3.6 Technology: Online Security – Password Managers Are not Enough
3.7 Sewing: Free Block-of-the-Month Quilting Course
3.8 Government: Introductory Videos
3.9 Outdoors: Free Virginia Travel Guide
Inauguration Day reminds us of the need–indeed, the biblical commandment–to pray for our leaders. This non-partisan website and free daily e-mail offers guided prayer ideas and suggests a particular set of leaders from all branches of government for prayer each week. See the banners on the home page to get an idea of all the areas covered–there are a lot!
Many discounts for educators or tickets for students require valid identification as a homeschooler. Two of the best ways to obtain a homeschool ID card are to join HEAV or HSLDA. If a need arises before you have a chance to do those, you may print your own free ID card via the Homeschool Buyers Co-op or buy a professionally made version from them. The Co-op is a way to save money by arranging to join quantity discount buys too.
The therapy crafts are suggested for use by “diversional therapists, art therapists and occupational therapists”–but they are usable by families, too! The crafts and activities are especially designed for children with special needs or for one who is ill, but anyone could enjoy them. (Some activities are also highlighted for use by the elderly–a great way to include older grandparents whose activities are limited.) Find detailed instructions and the purpose of the individual craft.
The website has the usual assortment of crafts suitable for kids, but what makes the site special is the tidy materials list and “Craft Toolbox” that contains the time requirement, suitable ages, and an easy link to any comments.
This curriculum, which is free to download, teaches nature journaling in a way similar to methods used by Charlotte Mason. It combines drawing, writing, games, and other fun activities as it teaches students to observe and record what they find in the field. Don’t miss the link to a YouTube channel (at the bottom of the page) with videos that teach how to draw plants.
With the rising use of texting, e-mail, and word processing software (such as Microsoft Word), students get less and less practice in the fine art of penmanship. Donna Young has many forms of handwriting tools from letter animations to printables for both manuscript and cursive to aid in developing proper letter formation. Why not celebrate Handwriting Day with a special note to a loved one or shut-in?
Most people know the standard tips for selecting passwords such as using upper- and lowercase letters in addition to other symbols (&%#). Since it is recommended you not reuse the same passwords, you’ll need a paper record booklet to record all of them–which could be lost or inaccessible. The same applies to online password managers which could go offline. Here is another solution.
Parents, would you or your children like to learn to sew or quilt with structured lessons from your own home? Would it be even better if they were free? You will get a whole month to do one block, and will have a small quilt suitable for a small project (wall hanging or pillow) at the end of the year.
A dad, attorney, and formerly homeschooled student (grades 1 through 12) has created a series of short, animated videos on topics in law, government, and politics. The YouTube videos, approximately five minutes each, could be a useful teaser for lessons in social studies.
Order your free 2013 Virginia Travel Guide to get the latest in tourist info on our beaches, scenic drives, small town treasures, and more. Note the additional publications available, including a coloring book.