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Cool Sites For Homeschoolers – May 23, 2012


3.1 Christian Resources: Foster Care Prayer Vigils – Anywhere – Ends May 27
3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Window Washing Hints
3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Early Years Read-Alouds
3.4 Science: Pet Wiki
3.5 Technology: Stop Yourself from Falling for Fakes!
3.6 Holidays: Memorial Day – Observed May 28
3.7 Free Rice: Feed the Poor and Learn While Playing Games
3.8 Physical Education: 20-Minute Daily Exercise Plan
3.9 Health: The Case of the Contaminated, Reusable Grocery Bag
3.10 Biblical Archaeology: Archaeologists Uncover a First Temple Seal

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3.1 Christian Resources: Foster Care Prayer Vigils - Anywhere – Ends May 27

May 20 through 27, 2012. You are encouraged to register your vigil time on the website and can indicate whether or not it is open to the public. Time for planning public events is obviously very limited, but your small group study or family can set aside time to pray for children not in permanent homes worldwide. See the website for more information.

www.FosterCarePrayerVigil.org

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3.2 Thrifty Ideas: Window Washing Hints

Combine these “Hints from Heloise” with a tip from your editor’s hubby: he was raised using nothing but newspapers and water for window-washing and sticks with it to this day. Can’t get much cheaper!

http://shar.es/2eR2C

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3.3 Preschool and Kindergarten: Early Years Read-Alouds

Simply Charlotte Mason.com has a suggested read-aloud list for children ages three through five years. Learn more about each title by clicking on the title. Preview books to see if they are appropriate for your family.

https://simplycharlottemason.com/planning/eyguide/eyreadalouds

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3.4 Science: Pet Wiki

Pet Wiki is another addition to the “wiki” genre, with categories that include dogs, fish, horses, cats, reptiles, birds, rodents, and other pets.

thepetwiki.com/wiki/Main_Page

https://twitter.com/#!/ThePetWiki

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3.5 Technology: Stop Yourself from Falling for Fakes!

This short article from Lavasoft gives some common warnings to help computer users avoid malware, phishing scams, and the like. Even if you already know these, perhaps a student in your family does not.

www.lavasoft.com/mylavasoft/company/blog/stop-yourself-from-falling-for-fakes

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3.6 Holidays: Memorial Day – Observed May 28

Annie’s website has loads of holiday-themed pages of links, so bookmark this for other holiday resources. There are many history links, links to other Memorial Day pages–even BBQ links–all you need to enjoy the weekend with your family and teach your children why we observe Memorial Day.

By the way, be sure to check your local area for opportunities for you and your family to honor those who have died in service to our country. Some venues offer free or reduced admission to veterans, active duty service members–maybe even their families as well–on or near patriotic holidays.

www.annieshomepage.com/memoriallinks.html

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3.7 Free Rice: Feed the Poor and Learn While Playing Games

For every correct answer, 10 grains of rice go to a program that feeds the poor. Categories have expanded to now include Humanities (famous paintings and literature); geography (flags of the world, identify countries on the map, world capitals, world landmarks); English (vocabulary and grammar); math (multiplication and basic math/pre-algebra); chemistry (basic and complete symbols); foreign language (German, Spanish, French, and Italian); science (human anatomy); and test prep (SAT).

www.freerice.com/category

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3.8 Physical Education: 20-Minute Daily Exercise Plan

“A 20-Minute Daily Exercise Plan for People Too Busy to Work Out” proposes a six-day-a-week exercise plan for basic fitness. It rotates upper body, lower body, and core exercises, and includes explanatory videos.

http://lifehacker.com/5909383/a-20-minute+per+day-plan-to-get-in-shape-for-people-too-busy-to-exercise?tag=exercise

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3.9 Health: The Case of the Contaminated, Reusable Grocery Bag

The infamous norovirus that has ruined so many cruises, struck a teen soccer team and some parents after one player became sick and contaminated a bag holding snacks, etc. Read the story that illustrates the imperative need to wash or wipe down reusable grocery bags regularly. The second link provides information on how to keep reusable grocery bags safe.

www.foodsafetynews.com/2012/05/the-case-of-the-contaminated-reusable-grocery-bag/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=120510

http://laundry.about.com/od/stainremoval/a/How-To-Keep-Reusable-Grocery-Bags-Clean-And-Safe.htm

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3.10 Biblical Archaeology: Archaeologists Uncover a First Temple Seal           

While relics of the Second Temple are not too unusual, this find from the First Temple is an exciting discovery.

http://zionica.com/2012/05/04/archaeologists-uncover-first-temple-seal

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