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Thursday, December 13, 2012

Books: Don't Forget to Write

Two Volumes of Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons for Elementary and Secondary Grades

These are recommended by me because they aren't set up in a school or textbook way as most writing books for children are.

Don’t Forget to Write: 50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons for the Elementary Grades includes writing prompts for students ages 5-12. The book features amazing contributors, such as Jon Scieszka, author of The Stinky Cheese Man books, and irresistible lessons centered on fun themes such as space travel for beginners, integrating movement and storytelling, and writing for your favorite pet.

Its counterpart, Don't Forget to Write: 50 Enthralling and Effective Writing Lessons for the Secondary Grades, is perfect for students 11 and up. Contributors with lesson plans such as crafting a young-adult novel, songwriting, and writing from experience. [from 826 National]

[click the images below for more details & to see inside the books!]


Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Website: Mommy Labs

Creative blog by a Passionate Unschooling Mom

Creative ideas that inspire self-motivated young learners. Sharing open-ended art, writing, nature exploration, etc. 

I've already obtained so many great ideas from this blog: making a nature table, how to make math artful, creating a child's newspaper, art journaling and so much more.

Go to Mommy Labs

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Books: Doodle Yourself Smart...

Doodle Yourself Smart....

Geometry, Physics, and Math.

Sometimes, when you're stumped for a solution to a problem, the best thing to do is to relax. Free your mind. Doodle. Whether you're a budding Picasso or a novice artist, your drawings and scribbles can help you learn even the most difficult concepts. 

A fun way to learn!


Monday, October 8, 2012

Website: How It's Made (videos)

Find Out How Things are Made (videos)

Similar to the old videos from Mr. Rogers, this site has videos about how just about everything is made.

Some of them include:

Ice cream cones, Watches, Football helmets, Apple pie, Pocket knives, Band saws, Instant film, Banjos, Donuts, Sand paper, Corn tortillas, Wood pellets, Shoe polish, Candy canes, Clothes pins, Air conditioners, Baseballs, Disposable diapers, Goat cheese, Gears, Harmonicas, Pencils, Sewing needles, Pinball machine, Piano, Hammers, and more!

Go to How It's Made

Thursday, October 4, 2012

Books: By Taro Gomi!

Books by Taro Gomi!

TarĊ Gomi is one of Japan's most prolific children's book illustrators and writers. He has published over 400 books in Japan and his work has been widely translated into other languages. 

 We love his books that nurture creativity and individuality.
Check a few of them out below:

See all his books here.

Monday, October 1, 2012

Website: English For Everyone

English for Everyone is designed for grade school (K-12), General Educational Development (GED), English as a Second Language (ESL), and all interested in advancing their knowledge of the English language. 

They offer a large variety of accurate and concise skill building worksheets geared towards a range of ability levels.

Go to englishforeveryone.org

Friday, September 28, 2012

Website: Magic Tree House

Play Games and More!

Who doesn't love the Magic Tree House series? They make learning fun & enjoyable, the way it should be! 

On this website kids can play games inspired by the books, learn about other books in the series, take a passport quiz, and check out the Magic Tree House on Stage.

Go to the Magic Tree House 

Wednesday, September 26, 2012

Website: DragoArt

Learn to Draw, Step by Step

Dragoart.com is a great educational tool for children and adults who want to learn to draw. It's an online drawing tutorial community of artists, amateur and professional who have submitted their step-by-step tutorials for the online viewers to use for what is essentially free drawing lessons. The site is also very user friendly.

Go to DragoArt

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

Book: All the Math You'll Ever Need

One Handy Math Book

This book was recommended in a reputable homeschooling book that leaned more towards unschooling. We highly recommend it.

Here is a review:
"Great book! All of the calculations are written out so the logic behind them is clear. The writing itself is playful and makes the work seem not too serious. This book is definitely for math for everyday life, and the only unfortunate oversight is that there is no chapter on probability. Otherwise, this book is an excellent reference guide, and it doesn't weigh much."

Find more reviews and information here.

Monday, September 24, 2012

Website: Quirky

Submit an Invention Idea, or Vote on Ideas

Thousands of Creative People around the world have submitted their ideas to be evaluated by Quirky, and now it is up to you to vote for the ones with the most potential. If you help us find a finalist, we will reward you with influence. 

Or share your amazing product idea with Quirky and community will voice their opinion. The top concepts are chosen every week.

Go to Quirky

Monday, September 17, 2012

Website: Kids.gov

Learn Stuff, Play Games, and Watch Videos

Brought to you by USA.gov, Kids.gov is the official kids' portal for the U.S. government which provides a safe place online where kids can create, play, and learn.

Kids.gov is organized into three audiences: Grades K-5, Grades 6-8, and Educators. Each audience tab is divided into educational subjects like Arts, Math, and History. Within each subject, the websites are grouped as either government sites (Federal, state, military) or other resources (commercial, non-profit, educational). 

Go to kids.USA.gov