Cool Sites – September 25, 2013

Posted on Sep 22 2013 in Cool Sites by admin

3.1 Christian Resources: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 10
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Soap Dispenser Refills
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article – “Drawing and Storytelling with a Purple Crayon”
3.4 Video: Video Website – WatchKnowLearn
3.5 Family Fun: 50 Activities for Autumn
3.6 Sewing: Cheap Bibs from Plastic Bags
3.7 Preparedness: September is Preparedness Month
3.8 College: Homeschool-Friendly Colleges

 

3.1 Christian Resources: International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church – November 10

Voice of the Martyrs and other groups sponsor an annual International Day of Prayer for the Persecuted Church (IDOP) near All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day. This year it will be celebrated on Sunday, November 10, 2013. See the free promotional video, suggested prayers, other resources, and ways to get involved at the website.

www.idop.org

http://info.persecution.org/IDOP2013[K1]

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Soap Dispenser Refills

If you love foaming soap but are not such a fan of the price, see this blog on ways you can refill the dispensers inexpensively.

http://fullofgreatideas.blogspot.com/2010/10/diy-foaming-soap-refill.html

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3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article – “Drawing and Storytelling with a Purple Crayon”

Do you remember Harold and the Purple Crayon? This article is less about that exact book and more about using a well-known (or well-liked by you) book and teaching from it. Having your child make a drawing inspired by the book and then tell about it (telling his story aloud) is a great pre-writing activity. Try the suggested “complete the drawing” exercise from a paper you supply with a squiggle or shape on it. Look for more “Harold” stories in the library.

www.teachpreschool.org/2013/09/drawing-and-story-telling-with-a-purple-crayon

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3.4 Video: Video Website – WatchKnowLearn

Thousands and thousands of videos organized by topics and subjects are free for the watching. Caveat: Common Core has crept into the site, so exercise care.

www.watchknowlearn.org

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3.5 Family Fun: 50 Activities for Autumn

Many of the activities involve a learning activity in addition to being just plain fun. For example, number 19: “Make s’mores on the patio with your kids–use a solar oven to warm them. Try experimenting and adding extra ingredients to your s’mores…” Here is your chance to research the many models of relatively simple, homemade solar ovens before the next power outage makes you really wish you had already done this one! Enlist the aid of the kids in the house. Perhaps the simplest is the foil-lined pizza box. Let the kids brainstorm the second part (added ingredients) and have fun with what could be some odd-but-tasty s’mores’ add-ons.

http://kidsactivitiesblog.com/18391/50-activities-for-autumn

Parents: Not all activities in the list may be suitable for your family.

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3.6 Sewing: Cheap Bibs from Plastic Bags

Make cheap bibs using fused plastic grocery bags decorated by crocheted trim. Learn about this household iron fusion technique and all you can make by recycling and creating an assortment of homemade accessories and kitchen aids.

www.crochetdynamite.com/2013/01/fused-plastic-baby-bib.html

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3.7 Preparedness: September is Preparedness Month

Explore the links on this brief page and take some steps towards being more prepared if a natural disaster or emergency strikes.

www.vaemergency.gov/news/news-releases/2013/NPM

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3.8 College: Homeschool-Friendly Colleges

Here is a list and some basic information about homeschool-friendly colleges and universities. Caveat: Being considered homeschool-friendly doesn’t necessarily constitute an endorsement of that school.

www.homeschoolingteen.com/category/homeschool-friendly-college

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