Cool Sites – March 26, 2014

Posted on Mar 23 2014 in Cool Sites by admin

3.1 Christian Resources: Defend Magazine – Free Online
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 52 Different Ways to Save $100 per Year
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Basic Skills Series – Listening
3.4 Technology: “K9” Free Web Protection for the Family Computer
3.5 Technology: Computer Safety for People
3.6 Arts and Crafts: Yarn Cowl – No Knitting, Crocheting, or Sewing

 

3.1 Christian Resources: Defend Magazine – Free Online

This week’s quote by author Nancy Pearcey was taken from an interview that appeared in the free, online e-magazine, Defend Magazine. Parents and older students will find a rich store of resources such as interviews, reviews, and feature articles (recent ones included “God and Cosmology–What can modern science tell us about the existence of God?” and “Gary Habermas, leading Resurrection Scholar.”

www.defendmag.com

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 52 Different Ways to Save $100 per Year

At the time of this writing, “Eat More Beans” is the money-saving suggestion for week 47 on Money Saving Mom. Part of the article even addresses what to do if someone in the family hates beans! Just enter “52 Different Ways to Save” into the site’s search engine to see all the other ideas. The author states, “If you do all of these things, you’ll be able to save over $5,000 this year alone!” Can’t hurt to try!

http://moneysavingmom.com/2014/03/52-ways-save-100-per-year-eat-beans-week-47.html

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3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Basic Skills Series – Listening

The Teaching Home reminds parents that listening well (so as to distinguish sounds for phonics later) is an important skill that younger children can begin developing early. See their tips, resources, and reminders for parents that will make developing good listeners at your house enjoyable. There are significant links to good parenting skills too.

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs158/1101229843312/archive/1116258254641.html

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3.4 Technology: “K9” Free Web Protection for the Family Computer

Read the CNET reviews of this free downloadable software, K9 Web Protection for the family computer. The company also sells a professional version. Along with being free, there is a several year solid track record behind it, and both CNET staff and K9 user reviews. It is hardly the only product out there, but one worth a look at and a good way to begin your research to find ways to help safeguard your little ones online. A strong point in the “pro” column is the parental customizing possible.

http://download.cnet.com/K9-Web-Protection/3640-27064_4-12446038.html

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3.5 Technology: Computer Safety for People

Item 3.4 dealt with helping make computers safer with software; now let’s work on making the people safer. In the section of this website under “I want to teach online safety,” the basics of tips and concepts for safety are broken up into grade levels beginning at kindergarten. If this is what you are looking for, read it over and see if the information material is appropriate for your family. There are printable posters, lesson plans, activities, and more.

www.staysafeonline.org/teach-online-safety/grades-k-2

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3.6 Arts and Crafts: Yarn Cowl – No Knitting, Crocheting, or Sewing

Perhaps the words “Red Heart” on yarn make you think only of projects requiring skills such as knitting or crocheting. Likewise, do you think fabric crafts always require sewing? Here is a handy list of fiber arts crafts that do not require knitting, crocheting, or sewing!

www.redheart.com/free-patterns/wrap-knot-cowl

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