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Fun American History Songs


31 Jan

“Constitution, constitution, the law that’s supreme, all across The Union…”

Okay, so maybe rap and hip-hop aren’t your thing, but maybe, just maybe, this music from Smart Songs can make some aspects of United States History a little bit more interesting to learn and remember for your homeschooler.

I stumbled upon these while looking for various videos for what we were studying for American History a couple of weeks ago. Most of the videos presented by this channel pertain to history, but there are a few others on there that could be useful as well. They’re a bit catchy, and are a great way to help your child learn or review some of this information. At the very least, it can break up a bit of the monotony that can come from learning history names and dates.

Enjoy!

Beyond the Mask – On DVD and Amazon Streaming


12 Oct

If you were interested in Beyond the Mask, and never went to see it in the theater, then you can see it now. Netflix offers it in their DVD options, and Amazon has the DVD for sale, as well as offering it for rent on Amazon Instant Video. The DVD from Netflix for us is on its way, and I can’t wait to see it!

In case you missed the original post here is the trailer:

Let us know what you think!

A Movie by Homeschoolers – Beyond the Mask


13 Apr

 

Beyond the Mask

Have you heard about this movie?

 

This is a movie by homeschoolers, with a historical and Christian slant to it. It seems to have a Pirates of the Caribbean (Hey, what can I say? I’m a fan! Savvy?) action feel, but is a more family-oriented film. This is already in theaters, will only be shown in certain places on certain dates, and tickets can only be purchased online.

I highly doubt my family will be as excited about this movie as I am, but I can’t wait till it’s out on DVD or online for private viewing (and then I’ll make them watch it anyway! Haha!) It really looks like a great movie for the theater though. It’s a shame they don’t have a 10:30pm showing.

Check out more information about this great movie (I’ll leave that up to them, since my intent was more to make you aware of it, not give details regarding it, seeing as how I haven’t actually seen it yet), and get your tickets here:

http://www.beyondthemaskmovie.com/home

Oh, and if you’ve already seen it, or plan to go, I’d love to hear your comments on it!

 

 

My New Favorite Language Book


26 Mar
Spanish Dictionary
Italian Dictionary French Dictionary

 

If your homeschooler (or someone else in your household) is learning a foreign language, these books are a great resource. I stumbled upon these accidentally, and fell in love with the Spanish version immediately. Yes,  I have my son learning the language, but I have also taken a considerable amount myself and love the language. I’m not fluent, but wish I was, so I love any awesome resources I come upon.

What’s Inside

These books have tons of vocabulary for lots of different subject areas, complete with articles, and beautiful colorful pictures. A lot of pages also have a chart of related phrases or adjectives to go along with the main topic area.  Topic areas include sections such as:

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Manufacturing Day – Friday, October 3, 2014


23 Sep

Have you heard about Manufacturing Day? I hadn’t until this year, but it’s a way for manufacturers to open their doors to put manufacturing on display and work together to discuss the issues involved with their industry. Basically on that day, a lot of manufacturers open their plants for tours, and this is a chance for people to watch the process for whichever local company they feel is an interest to them.

Here is the site:

http://www.mfgday.com/

If you go and click “attend an event” you can then search by location to see what’s available near year, and find out more of the details (such as age requirements, times, what their tour offers, etc.) Various places also offer online tours or events as well.

It could be interesting…and hopefully fun! Check it out!

FREE: HTML 101 for Kids


25 May

Do your kids like the computer? The Internet? Do they want to be able to design their own web pages? Do you want to use your children’s love of computers to actually have them learn something rather than just mindlessly websurfing or playing games? This upcoming class may be your chance!

Offered by a fellow homeschooling parent, this free class in basic HTML will give your children the chance to learn the basic HTML tags and the fundamentals of Web Design.

I can’t tell you how the class actually is at this point in time, but I just signed up my son and we will see how it goes.

The upcoming class starts Monday, June 2, 2014, and another one starts on Tuesday, July 8, 2014. There’s also a link to learn more about future classes if now is just not the right time.

Here is also some basic info (basically taken from his site):

– It’s open to students 9-years-old and older

– Some familiarity with a keyboard is valuable

– It’s a FREE “Beta” class, and feedback on the class is desired.

 

There’s no “set time” when your child has to be on the computer to do this, so it’s just something for them to work on and do when they can over the time period given. Hey, it’s better than hearing the classic, “I’m booooooored” or “There’s nothing to dooooooooooo” and will keep their minds alert this summer.

Click Here for more information on HTML 101 for Kids: Basics of Web Programming

Happy Coding!

 

A Day of Museums


17 May

Day 11, Saturday, May 11, 2013

Well, the weather report had said that Saturday was going to be a rainy day, so I planned ahead of time that this would be the day we’d do both the Smithsonian’s American History Museum and Natural History Museum. I had hoped to be done with the American History by lunch, eat lunch, and then head on over to the Natural History Museum, but by lunch we had only finished ONE of the three floors! I decided we’d eat lunch and then cover the rest a bit quicker, but it was probably at least 1:30 or 2:00 before we finished seeing the American History Museum, and that was with half the museum closed for renovations! It was interesting, but sadly lacking a lot of the things I remembered, or had hoped to see. I didn’t even realize until just now the Foucault Pendulum is gone! I looked it up and found out it was removed in the late ’90s.

The Natural History Museum (more…)

And Walk Some More in D.C.


11 May

I’m still a day behind in this, and I really don’t even know if anybody actually reads this, but, in case someone does read it, I post to share our trip experiences, and maybe help someone out with their own trip. Maybe it will inspire someone else to consider taking a trip like this. At the very least, it acts as a travel journal of sorts that I can look back on and say, “Oh, yeah, that’s when we did that,” or “I remember that!”

Day 10, Friday, May 10

Friday was a day we got up and out of the hotel room super early because I planned to attempt to get tickets for The Bureau of Engraving and Printing since I had failed to secure them ahead of time with my state representative, having submitted on the later side of things. We were out of the hotel room by 7:15am in hopes of getting to the place they hand out tickets by 8:00am (though some trip advisors said the line could start as early as 6:30!)

Unfortunately, we were only just getting off The Metro when we realized it was already 8:15am, but kept heading to our destination in hope of getting some tickets. We arrived in the front of the building (more…)

What do you do in DC? You WALK!


10 May

Day 8, Wednesday, May 8, 2013

This day was a total wash, seeing as how, other than a trip to IHOP (I didn’t feel like making our regular smoothies for breakfast) and a stop at Target for some items, we spent the whole day in the hotel room. Last week in Virginia it was often cold and windy and I had to battle my son to wear his coat (which he insisted he didn’t need on some days, even though it was quite cool) and along with the rainy experience from Tuesday, it finally caught up with him and he had a bad cold. I had heard it coming for a few days, but after the day in the rain and him waking up sounding horrible, we decided to stay in the hotel room despite our desire to head out and explore the city in better weather.

We spent the day resting and he received a healthy dose of juice, tea, soup, and some medicine to help out his cold.

Day 9, Thursday, May 9, 2013

After Wednesday’s not-so-fun hotel seclusion, we really wanted to be out and about, and we were both relieved when my son woke up feeling and sounding much better. I knew from the weather reports that it was going to be a glorious day, weatherwise and I had time to make up due to missing the day previously and not being able to do anything. Also, there was the fact I had pre-purchased tickets for a show at Ford’s theater on Thursday and I really didn’t want to have to forfeit on the tickets. So, we ate breakfast, got dressed, and decided to make the most of our day!

Ford’s Theater is an interesting place to visit. They have a museum inside you’re allowed to see that’s part of your ticket, and I also paid to see a performance they had going on there called, “One Destiny,” a skit that featured two men who portrayed several men (including Mr. Ford) who were (more…)

Driving, Gorgeous Land, and Rain!


09 May

Day 6, Monday, May 6, 2013

Monday we actually didn’t get to do a whole lot of stuff, because this was the day we drove to our second hotel in northern Virginia so we are closer to D.C.

On the way up I happened to catch a glimpse of one of those famous brown history signs and asked my son if he wanted to go to a battlefield. He was up for it, so off to Fredericksburg we went. We went to the visitor center where the man working there gave us a nice little talk and then we followed the trail they had along with various signs explaining the battle and things we saw along the trail.

There was a house that was actually there during the battle and it displayed bullet holes as proof. There was an actual part, as well as a reconstructed area, of a stone wall that was there the Rebel army hid behind, as well as some monuments and a soldier cemetery, where there were something like 30,000 buried, but most in mass graves because only less than 3,000 could be identified.

We also had time at the end of the day to sneak in a visit to Mount Vernon , though we really should have had more time for it.  (more…)

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