Cool Sites – January 22, 2014

Posted on Jan 19 2014 in Cool Sites by admin

3.1 Christian Resources: Church History for Kids
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Wikiversity
3.3 Toddlers and Up: Read-Alouds Online
3.4 Science: A Boxer Has Puppies
3.5 English: Readability Formulas
3.6 Homeschooling: Homeschooling with the Movies

 

3.1 Christian Resources: Church History for Kids

Select a name from the list of dozens of prominent Christians from the first through the twenty-first centuries. Read the short narrative during story time or family devotions. The stories even finish with a few questions.

www.christianity.com/church/church-history/church-history-for-kids

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Wikiversity

This free online learning resource may be of interest to families who are comfortable designing, researching, and supplementing their own curriculum. Older students may be interested in researching and posting their own entries for writing credit. The site describes itself saying,

“Wikiversity is a Wikimedia Foundation project devoted to learning resources, learning projects, and research for use in all levels, types, and styles of education from pre-school to university, including professional training and informal learning. We invite teachers, students, and researchers to join us in creating open educational resources and collaborative learning communities. To learn more about Wikiversity, try a guided tour or start editing now.”

If you’re ready to sample it, see what is currently posted for the “Daily Featured Project” and the “Daily Picture.”

http://en.wikiversity.org/wiki/Wikiversity:Main_Page

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3.3 Toddlers and Up: Read-Alouds Online

We’ve selected The Tale of Peter Rabbit as a place to begin, but there are many authors, titles, genres, and age groups served up by practiced readers on this website. Some books have printable worksheets provided. And it’s free! Skim through it to see what is suitable for your family.

http://etc.usf.edu/lit2go/148/peter-rabbit-and-other-stories/4923/the-tale-of-peter-rabbit/

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3.4 Science: A Boxer Has Puppies

Some families do not have pets; in addition, many pets are altered these days so our children may not have the experience of seeing animals born. When you have some time, screen these videos to see if you’d like to share them with your kids. You’ll find these are very “clean” births; however, there will be the inevitable questions, but by watching beforehand you’ll be prepared with the answers. Later on, you get to see the four puppies grow a bit and entertain us with their antics.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=67Ixx0-wuKw&list=SP44FCC7031BEF8138

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3.5 English: Readability Formulas

Many parents wonder how we arrive at the reading level for a given piece of literature. Here are several different ways educators do it–the results may surprise you, but wade on through the articles when you have time and see which formula seems most useful to you. A practical help without the fancy math is that if a student is struggling too hard, they tend not to learn much and may simply give up. That’s the frustration level.

www.readabilityformulas.com/flesch-grade-level-readability-formula.php

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3.6 Homeschooling: Homeschooling with the Movies

Do you remember Friday afternoon movies at your school? Sometimes Mom just has to have a break, or there may be a truly outstanding piece of film that will enhance a lesson or subject—especially for learners who lean heavily on visuals. There is even a Facebook group for Netflix users. Of course, the library is usually the least expensive source, but ideas about what to seek could come from anywhere.

http://hsbapost.com/2014/01/07/homeschooling-with-movies

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