Cool Sites – November 13, 2013

Posted on Nov 10 2013 in Cool Sites by admin

3.1 Christian Resources: 30 Days of Thanksgiving
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Article – “Homeschooling on a Shoestring”
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Hanging Bird Treats
3.4 Technology and Family Fun: Free Knoala App
3.5 Cooking and History: National Indian Pudding Day – November 13
3.6 English: Tracing Lines Worksheets for Pre-writers
3.7 Arts and Crafts: Recycled Ornaments

 

3.1 Christian Resources: 30 Days of Thanksgiving

The website says, “30 Days of Thanksgiving is simply about helping people choose to live thankful lives. Gratitude is a foundational virtue for people who have experienced the grace of God poured out through Jesus Christ.” Although already in progress, you can jump right on in if you are a social media user–Facebook to be exact. See the series of four YouTube messages that explain it; there are also daily devotionals on the website with a printable “30 Days of Thanksgiving Devotional Booklet.” Why not start a new nightly tradition of sharing a sentence of thankfulness from each family member around the dinner table?

http://30daysofthanksgiving.com

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Article – “Homeschooling on a Shoestring”

Vicki Bentley has an article up on the Home School Legal Defense Association website with advice for parents of toddlers to tweens. She notes that while it is technically possible to homeschool with only a Bible and a library card, she suggests a number of other great ways to economize that are somewhat less drastic in the cost-cutting department.

http://hslda.org/earlyyears/Shoestring.asp

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3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Hanging Bird Treats

The birds will be thankful and your kids will enjoy this simple craft. An internet search will turn up more bird-seed crafts.

www.favecrafts.com/Easy-Kids-Crafts/Hanging-Bird-Treats/ct/1

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3.4 Technology and Family Fun: Free Knoala App

Download the free Knoala app on iTunes. Enter your kids’ ages and get suggested activities. You can also upload your own ideas and photos to share with other users.

https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/knoala/id639651078?mt=8

For more information, see these websites:

www.knoala.com

www.techlicious.com/blog/free-knoala-app-offers-crowdsourced-playtime-ideas-to-keep-todders-busy

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3.5 Cooking and History: National Indian Pudding Day – November 13

The website says, “A spinoff of British hasty pudding, this is a slow-cooked, classic New England dessert. Variations abound but the foundation remains the same: milk, cornmeal, spices, nuts and/or raisins, and a sweetener.” [your editor recommends the traditional molasses]. Try some of the suggested desserts and see which one is the family favorite.

www.food.com/food-holidays/indian-pudding-day-1113?ic1=obinsite

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3.6 English: Tracing Lines Worksheets for Pre-writers

Simple exercises can help students who are pre-writers with fine motor skills–and free a little of your time.

www.worksheets4children.com/2013/07/TracingLinesWorksheetsForKids.html

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3.7 Arts and Crafts: Recycled Ornaments

If you scroll down one section, you will see Homemade Christmas Ornaments, too. Choose the projects suitable for your family. See the left sidebar for other types of crafts; be daring and take a quick plunge into expanding your crafting skills.

www.favecrafts.com/Ornaments/31-Simple-Homemade-Christmas-Ornaments/ct/1#recycled

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