Cool Sites – May 22, 2013

Posted on May 18 2013 in Cool Sites by admin

3.1 Christian Resources: Matthew Henry’s “Prayer to be Used by Children”
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Clothes Mending Guide
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Coloring Pages and More
3.4 Science: Backyard Ballistics Teacher Resources
3.5 English: Vintage Speller – Three Thousand Practice Words by Westlake
3.6 Family: Free Chore Charts
3.7 Virginia Tourism Website

 

3.1 Christian Resources: Matthew Henry’s “Prayer to be Used by Children”

From the 1700s comes Matthew Henry’s “Prayer to be Used by Children.” Henry was a very famous English preacher who wrote a Bible commentary still in use today. Note how many clear references there are to Bible verses in the prayer (an older child could be asked to identify the verses as a devotional exercise). Since Henry was a Presbyterian, the prayer assumes the child would have been baptized.

www.matthewhenry.org/read/kjv-first-person/chapter-nine/#.ULpRz6w0Vac

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Clothes Mending Guide

Make items feel like new when you repair rips, missing buttons, and misaligned zippers with these mending instructions. Mending has gone out of fashion–but it saves lots of money!

http://ht.ly/l0w8E 

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3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Coloring Pages and More

Here are a variety of Bible-related coloring pages and Scripture memory pages.

http://biblebasedhomeschooling.com/free-bible-printables

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3.4 Science: Backyard Ballistics Teacher Resources

The website that accompanies the classic guys’ book, Backyard Ballistics, comes complete with a section of “Lesson Plans and Classroom Activities.” Do follow all recommended safety measures for a learning experience that’s a real blast (sorry, your editrix couldn’t help herself) and leaves the kids–and adults–eager for more.

www.backyard-ballistics.com/teachers.php

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3.5 English: Vintage Speller – Three Thousand Practice Words by Westlake

Three Thousand Practice Words: With an Appendix Containing Rules for Spelling, Rules for Capitals, Etc., by James Willis Westlake, 1874, is available as a free Google e-Book. Webster wasn’t the only one who wrote spellers! If you love vintage school books or the art and science of spelling, you’ll love this volume. Spelling lessons are arranged alphabetically and are made up of upper level words. Part II is “difficult words” and Part III, “proper names.” Part IV, homophonous words in the form of dictation exercises, may be useful to many and entertaining to logophiles (and the general reading public). The appendix is almost another speller in itself with several more parts! Truly a rich resource for older spellers and their teachers who want to be excellent spellers.

http://books.google.com/books?id=iE4XAAAAIAAJ&source=gbs_ViewAPI

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3.6 Family: Free Chore Charts

Download and print free charts of “15 Minute Chore Lists” from the Heart of Wisdom and “Bible Based Homeschooling–{On a Budget}.” Seeing goals and tasks on paper makes them real to younger thinkers and may help parents guide children to develop good habits/character.

http://biblebasedhomeschooling.com/free-15-min-chore-lists-from-heart-of-wisdom

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3.7 Virginia Tourism Website

As summer nears and many families will seek a day outing or longer to see some of our home state, some folks may have come from another area and not be aware of the many places–some very close to home–to see. Check the Virginia Tourism website and subscribe to their free newsletters to see a representative sample of spots to see. Sites are divided into such categories as historic sites, family, outdoors, and such. Explore the site when you have time to get the feel of it and become acquainted with the options and filters. Start with the banners and work down–then go!

www.virginia.org/directory/historicsites

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