Cool Sites – March 5, 2014

Posted on Mar 2 2014 in Cool Sites by admin

3.1 Christian Resources: Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson
3.2 Thrifty: Simplify Cooking and Teach Meal Planning
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Jan Brett
3.4 Economics: Two Views of the Federal Reserve
3.5 Homemaking and Organizing: Sewing a Denim Organizer
3.6 History: Free Hillsdale College Course: Constitution 101 – Revamped
3.7 Homemaking: Home Management Training Checklist
3.8 Homeschooling: Free Multi-subject Printables

 

3.1 Christian Resources: Family Talk with Dr. James Dobson

After Dr. Dobson left “Focus on the Family,” he established “Family Talk” to help preserve and promote the institution of the family. Family Talk is not affiliated with Focus on the Family. Family Talk’s goal is to help preserve and promote the institution of the family and the biblical principles on which it is based, and to seek to introduce people to the gospel of Jesus Christ. Read free articles, listen to streaming broadcasts (or download until convenient to hear).

www.drjamesdobson.org

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3.2 Thrifty: Simplify Cooking and Teach Meal Planning

Blogger Karen DeBeus (see this week’s Encouragement article) shares ideas from one of her readers. She saves money, simplifies meal planning and preparation, teaches cooking, and builds family bonds as different family members share kitchen tasks.

www.simplylivingforhim.com/2013/04/simplify-meal-plannngwhile-kids-are.html

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3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Jan Brett

Children’s author and illustrator Jan Brett has a fun, furry, and welcoming website with loads of free activities and printables. Sign up for her free monthly e-mail if desired.

www.janbrett.com/index.html

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3.4 Economics: Two Views of the Federal Reserve

DynaMinds Publishing produces and distributes financial education curriculum, books and games. They currently offer a free curriculum about the Federal Reserve Bank. It is designed to supplement the average high school or entry-level college economics course and aims to help teachers explain the role of the nation’s central bank in a new and multi-modal way. Created by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, it includes a DVD that provides an inside look at the role of the Federal Reserve , and an accompanying curriculum guide emphasizing key points teachers can highlight as students participate in scenarios that illustrate how monetary policies affect our economy’s well-being.

www.dynamindspublishing.com/free/fed.html

The von Mises–or “Austrian School” of economics is opposed to the Federal Reserve system. See their website for information.

http://wiki.mises.org/wiki/Federal_Reserve_System

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3.5 Homemaking and Organizing: Sewing a Denim Organizer

Use old pairs of jeans and pockets to make a personalized organizer with pockets for pens, paper, or sewing items, as in the illustration. The nature of its construction is very forgiving and little mistakes won’t show much. Note: the project requires free registration to download the instructions.

www.makeitcoats.com/en-us/discover/sewing-quilting/patterns-designs/fun-denim-organizer

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3.6 History: Free Hillsdale College Course: Constitution 101 – Revamped

Hillsdale College has updated its course “Constitution 101.” Watch updated lectures (new presenters) at your convenience, read the same study material college students do, access Q & A sessions, take quizzes, and get a certificate when you complete the course. Although the course is free, Hillsdale asks that you consider a donation to support their work. Explore their other free civics courses while you are there. The courses are suitable for high school and above.

https://online.hillsdale.edu

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3.7 Homemaking: Home Management Training Checklist

This amazingly complete training checklist from Raising Arrows is a super organizational help for Mom (or Dad) to teach kids how to keep house (room by room), cook, do simple home and auto upkeep and repairs, use a computer (basic functions), and more. Everyone should have copies of this!

www.raisingarrows.net/wp-content/uploads/2013/07/Home-Management-Training-Checklist.pdf

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3.8 Homeschooling: Free Multi-subject Printables

Find free printables from botany and biology, to Latin and French, many in the form of games such as “Tree Leaf Bingo,” “The Sheep Herding Game,”  “The Periodic Table Game,” a cut-and-assemble Noah’s Ark, and much more. Wide age and ability levels are included. There is an extensive links list too.

www.ellenjmchenry.com/homeschool-freedownloads/index.php

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