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Cool Sites for Homeschoolers

April 26, 2012

3.1 Christian Resources: Grace Gems Daily Devotions
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Dave Ramsey Resources for Financial Literacy Month
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article – “The Gardening Tot”
3.4 Science and History: Eugenics Archive
3.5 Technology: 12 Mobile Learning Science Applications for the iPod Touch
3.6 Outdoors: Celebrate Urban Birds
3.7 English: YourDictionary.com Teacher and Student Resources
3.8 Art: Article – “In Praise of Coloring Books”
3.9 Writing: New Curriculum from World Magazine Publishers – Sample Lesson

 

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3.1 Christian Resources: Grace Gems Daily Devotions

This “gem” of a website will send you a short daily e-mail devotion if you like. You can read or listen to as much or as little as you wish of the shorter selections from Puritan authors and pastors. Read longer passages free on the website or buy the books if you’re interested in the entire works. Some website features include quotes, sermons, commentaries, and collections of written works divided by author and topic, or prayers. There’s much more!

http://www.gracegems.org/

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Dave Ramsey Resources for Financial Literacy Month

Some of the links on this page of freebies include tips on teaching finances to kids.

www.daveramsey.com/article/liveable-literacy-practical-money-knowledge-you-can-use-today/lifeandmoney_other?ectid=1204cnlextra_3

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3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Article – “The Gardening Tot”

Aside from the fact that little kids love dirt (we did not need to be reminded, did we?), there is so much more to it that we grown-ups tend to overlook. Take advantage of their natural inclinations and help them create art, study nature, begin to learn scientific observation, not to mention learn how to grow their own food and flowers! Then top it off with fun-in-the-sun scavenger hunts, guessing games, and running around outdoors. What more could a kid want?

http://hsbapost.com/2012/04/17/the-gardening-tot

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3.4 Science and History: Eugenics Archive

How quickly we forget. As bioethicists (term used loosely) actually begin to suggest seriously that we return to such practices as forced sterilization and abortion, a look into our not-too-distant past may help. Maybe. Parents may use this for their own information or with mature students.

http://eugenicsarchive.org/

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3.5 Technology: 12 Mobile Learning Science Applications for the iPod Touch

The Teaching Science and Math website has online resources for educators in all grades and early college. This link is to free programs that can be used with the iPod Touch and relate to biology, astronomy, natural history, and geography. Note: This is a secular site so parents may wish to screen for references to evolution and other objectional content.

www.teachscienceandmath.com/2010/08/20/12-mobile-learning-science-applications-for-the-ipod-touch

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3.6 Outdoors: Celebrate Urban Birds

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology sponsors the Urban Birds websites. There are free educational resources, citizen-scientist projects, contests, free newsletters–even a gardening section–and more. Explore the website and see what’s there.

www.birds.cornell.edu/celebration

www.facebook.com/pages/Celebrate-Urban-Birds/71397573269

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3.7 English: YourDictionary.com Teacher and Student Resources

There is an extensive list of links to aid teachers, parents, and students.

http://education.yourdictionary.com/

 

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3.8 Art: Article – “In Praise of Coloring Books”

The author of this brief blog post suggests a few things to do with coloring books besides just occupy children as you wait for your meal to arrive in a restaurant. Very often, such reading will also jump-start your own ideas! She suggests some favorite sources for buying coloring books.

www.dtenw.com/blogs/dwellwellnw/2010/may/07/praise-coloring-books

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3.9 Writing: New Curriculum from World Magazine Publishers – Sample Lesson

“Write with WORLD” is the two-year middle school writing curriculum developed by education and media professionals.” The developers say, “Learn about this groundbreaking curriculum that uses fascinating current events, insights from over 20 media pros, and a compelling Christian worldview to motivate and teach students effectively.” You can test drive it via this sample lesson.

www.writewithworld.com

www.learnwithworld.com/pdf/writewithworld/sample.pdf

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