Cool Sites – July 23, 2014

Posted on Jul 20 2014 in Cool Sites by admin

3.1 Christian Resources: Elisabeth Elliot Audio
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: $5 Dinners
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article – “Math Manipulatives Every Preschooler Needs”
3.4 STEM: Khan Academy
3.5 Technology and Family: Make YouTube More Family-Friendly
3.6 Organization: Top 58 Most Creative Home-Organizing Ideas and DIY Projects
3.7 Organization: Free To-Do Lists

 

3.1 Christian Resources: Elisabeth Elliot Audio

Blue Letter Bible has a list of audio files by Elisabeth Elliot, noted Bible teacher and women’s mentor. Choose from many encouraging titles, including “How to Find Rest,” “Made to Be Mothers,” and “Guide to Contentment.”

www.blueletterbible.org/audio_video/elliot_elisabeth/misc/Elisabeth_Elliot_Speaks_About.cfm

 

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: $5 Dinners

How can you resist at least glancing at a weekly e-mail that promises a “Free Weekly Meal Plan with Printable Grocery List.” With just a few exceptions (food they grow in the garden and spices, for example) the main meal for a family of four with only small children costs $5–or less. She buys only sale items and uses coupons extensively. Check her FAQ page for more info on that. She has a free daily e-mailed newsletter, sells a cookbook, and has recipes on her blog that consider food allergies and homemade baby food. Bon appetit!

http://frugalfun4boys.com/2013/05/13/build-a-chain-reaction-with-popsicle-or-craft-sticks

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3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article – “Math Manipulatives Every Preschooler Needs”

This has a handy title that pretty much explains the whole thing. The author gives her opinion on the essential manipulatives preschoolers need to learn math at that age. Among the items cited are Unifix Cubes, wood pattern blocks, and pom-poms!

http://nblo.gs/Y676o

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3.4 STEM: Khan Academy

Khan Academy does not enroll students, take attendance, give grades or degrees–and it’s free! It’s actually a YouTube channel that describes itself this way:

“Learn for free about math, art, computer programming, economics, physics, chemistry, biology, medicine, finance, history, and more. Khan Academy is a nonprofit with the mission of providing a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere.”

www.khanacademy.org

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3.5 Technology and Family: Make YouTube More Family-Friendly

If you–like many–are bothered by objectionable ads on YouTube and the very non-family-friendly images that can show up while you try to use worthwhile videos, one of their settings will help. Go to the YouTube main page (click on the YouTube icon in the upper left hand corner) then scroll allllll the way down. Find the “Safety” button and set it to “on.” That blocks most of the yucky content, including comments, but it’s not foolproof. Parents remain the final and best “tool” to safeguard their families while online.

www.youtube.com

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3.6 Organization: Top 58 Most Creative Home-Organizing Ideas and DIY Projects

This article covers the whole house and garage with what the author considers the best organizing tips around. Some ideas will not apply to every reader (most people don’t need storage for lots of yarn), but they can still be adapted to help you as you organize and prepare for the next school year.

www.diyncrafts.com/1805/home/top-58-most-creative-home-organizing-ideas-and-diy-projects/23

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3.7 Organization: Free To-Do Lists

In a rare two-fer, here’s another timely organization helper.

Many homeschool families who choose to take a break during the summer use some of the extra time to reorganize. Sometimes it means re-doing a room; trying new curriculum before buying or experimenting with a different teaching style; or it could be reorganizing other aspects of home life such as chores, housekeeping, or the budget. Check out these free printable to-do lists that might help. The most popular 15 are pictured or skim the whole section of 65 lists.

www.printabletodolist.com

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