Cool Sites – April 2, 2014

Posted on Mar 30 2014 in Cool Sites by admin

3.1 Christian Resources: “Down Gilead Lane” Radio Stories
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 10 Cheap Busy Bag Ideas for Kids
3.3 Preschool through Early Elementary: Basic Skills Series – Word Analysis
3.4 Keyboarding: Computing with Accents, Symbols, and Foreign Scripts
3.5 Multi-Disciplinary: Free Lesson Plans – Moving Beyond the Page
3.6 Homemaking: Home Repair Tutor – “Dishwasher Not Cleaning?”

 

3.1 Christian Resources: “Down Gilead Lane” Radio Stories

This popular children’s radio series is available free of charge and accompanied by a written lesson. Don’t let “lesson” scare you; it’s really just a brief additional explanation and question for thought and/or discussion. Skip it if you’d like.

http://biblestudyplanet.com/bible-teaching-for-adults/bible-teaching-for-kids/down-gilead-lane

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: 10 Cheap Busy Bag Ideas for Kids

The author describes these as kits that are easy to set up ahead of time from materials you already have at home, to have available to occupy kids as needed. Some–such as toothpicks and marshmallows–may require supervision.

http://innerchildfun.com/2014/03/10-cheap-busy-bag-ideas-kids.html

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3.3 Preschool through Early Elementary: Basic Skills Series – Word Analysis

In Part 2 of the Teaching Home’s Basic Skills Series: Word Analysis/Reading and Phonics, you’ll find numerous suggestions; especially ones that emphasize phonics, a critical skill to master on the way to proficient reading. Many parents successfully opt to delay formal pencil and paper reading work until first grade or even later. Whether you use it now or later, Part 2 of this series has valuable information.

http://archive.constantcontact.com/fs158/1101229843312/archive/1116836435528.html

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3.4 Keyboarding: Computing with Accents, Symbols, and Foreign Scripts

Have you ever been frustrated by a need to indicate the British pound (£), the degree symbol (°), or a German umlaut (ä)? In addition to the Windows® information on this page, there is an option for Macs®. You’ll find loads of useful info for math, language, foreign currency, and other applications. Internet searches (keyword “ALT codes”) will turn up many other charts and lists of coding. They are handy to print and post near the computer.

http://symbolcodes.tlt.psu.edu/accents/codealt.html#math

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3.5 Multi-Disciplinary: Free Lesson Plans – Moving Beyond the Page

A commercial website, Moving Beyond the Page, describes itself as “a comprehensive homeschool curriculum that covers science, social studies, and language arts.” The link goes to their parent-created lesson plans page. There are hundreds of free lesson, project, and demonstration plans in their range of subjects on all levels.

www.movingbeyondthepage.com/ideas

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3.6 Homemaking: Home Repair Tutor – “Dishwasher Not Cleaning?”

This item could have been listed under “Thrifty Ideas” because these do-it-yourself projects are designed to save you money. This fix-it project will help make everyone happier–who likes to eat off dirty dishes or hand washing them all when you own a dishwasher? Dad will save money on repairs; Mom and older kids can learn valuable home maintenance skills. Now you’re so curious you’ll have to read it to find out how this simple dishwasher tune-up is done.

www.homerepairtutor.com/dishwasher-not-cleaning

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