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Cool Sites For Homeschoolers – July 4, 2012

3.1 Christian Resources: Mission Network News
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Affordably Printing Coupons at Home
3.3 Preschool: Activities for Your 13-Month-Old
3.4 Health and Science: Poisonous Plants and Rashes
3.5 English: Free Field Trip Guide, Notebooking Pages, or Vacation Scrapbooks
3.6 Gardening: Worm Compost Bin
3.7 Patriotic Coloring Pages

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3.1 Christian Resources: Mission Network News

Read the latest missions-related news online or sign up for their newsletter. The articles are short and not too difficult for many older children to read aloud and be a “reporter” to the family. That’s great narration practice and good for quickly summarizing an article or topic, or for demonstrating reading comprehension.

www.mnnonline.org

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Affordably Printing Coupons at Home 

Wise use of coupons can save money and stretch your grocery budget. You could subscribe to a newspaper or magazine to get coupons or look for one newer source that is increasingly available–“free” printable coupons online. There is a “but.” Printing them yourself costs money for paper, ink, etc. This article shares tips for saving on those costs.

http://247moms.com/2012/06/affordably-printing-coupons-at-home

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3.3 Preschool: Activities for Your 13-Month-Old

This ambitious mom has planned a few simple activities for her 13-month-old daughter. Perhaps these will spark even more ideas as you think about them for possible use with your own toddlers. Note: this article suggests using buttons for one activity. Be sure to use buttons larger than 1.75 inches in diameter to prevent the possibility of choking.

www.activity-mom.com/2012/06/activities-for-your-13-month-old.html

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3.4 Science and Health: Poisonous Plants and Rashes

This photo essay includes clear photos of some common poisonous plants showing you and your students those to avoid while out on hikes, camping trips, or nature walks. You could even find them in your own yard as your editor has–twice! If you do come in contact with them somehow, there are also photos of the rashes they can cause and how to treat them. If you have any questions, please ask your health care provider.

http://soc.li/arZiDtk

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3.5 English: Free Field Trip Guide, Notebooking Pages, or Vacation Scrapbooks

Look for the line, “…special gift just for stopping by my site Field Trip Notebooking Pages, a free excerpt…” and click on the link there. Get a wonderful field trip planner and guide, plus several blank notebooking pages to help cement the hands-on learning your students do. By the way, it’s a useful tool to allow children to inexpensively scrapbook family vacations too!

www.thetravelingpraters.com/2012/01/welcome-and-free-offer

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3.6 Gardening: Worm Compost Bin

A worm compost bin can be a great way to take care of your food waste, especially if it is in a contained, mess-free, smell-free, easy-to-maintain system. As an additional benefit, you get rich soil amendments for your garden or yard. It’s not too late to plant some heat-tolerant garden plants; search the Internet for information. You can use good soil in your yard anytime.

http://queenbeecoupons.com/create-a-diy-worm-compost-bin

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3.7 Patriotic Coloring Pages

Well-known author and illustrator Jan Brett has a wonderful website for fans of her work. She also has a free newsletter, plus Facebook and Twitter pages. This week she shared patriotic coloring pages your children may enjoy.

http://janbrett.com/pledge_allegiance_to_the_flag_coloring_page.htm

http://janbrett.com/activities_pages_artwork.htm

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