Sunday, August 29, 2010
Saturday, August 28, 2010
Leap Frog - Learn to Read at the Storybook Factory - Marked down from $14.99 to $9.99
LeapFrog Leapster 2 Learning Game System - Green -Marked down from $69.99 to $39.99
LeapFrog WordLaunch Learn-to-Read-It System -Marked down from $39.99 to $17.98
LeapFrog - Letter Factory-Marked down from $14.98 to $8.49
LeapFrog Math Adventure to the Moon -Marked down from $14.98 to $8.99
Tuesday, August 24, 2010
in a crispy dress.. with two blue eyes...and a happy laugh that ripples all day
long, and a batch of light blonde hair that bounces in the sunlight when she
runs. I Trust You'll Treat Her Well.
She's slipping out of the backyard
of my heart this morning and skipping off down the street to her first day at
And never again will she be completely mine...
proud, she'll wave a young and independent hand this morning, and say goodbye
and walk with little-lady steps to the nearby schoolhouse...
be the chattering little hoyden who lived only for play, and gone will be the
delightful little gamin who roamed the yard like a proud princess with nary a
care in her little world.
Now, she will learn to stand in lines...and
wait by the alphabet for her name to be called...
She will learn to tune
her little-girl ears for the sound of school bells, and for deadlines...
She will learn to giggle and gossip... and to look at the ceiling in a
disinterested way when the little boy across the aisle sticks out his tongue.
Now she will learn to be jealous...and now she will learn how it is to
feel hurt inside...and now she will learn how not to cry. No longer will she
have time to sit on the front porch steps on a summer day and watch while an ant
scurries across a crack in the sidewalk...
Or will she have time to pop
out of bed with the dawn to kiss lilac blossoms in the morning dew. Now she will
worry about important things...like grades...and what dresses to wear...and
whose best friend is whose. Now she will worry about the little boy who pulls
her hair at recess time... and staying after school...and which little girls
like which little boys...And the magic of books and knowledge will soon take the
place of the magic of her blocks and dolls.
And she'll find her new
heroes. For five full years I've been her sage and Santa Claus...her pal and
playmate...her parent and friend. Now, alas, she'll learn to share her worship
and adoration with her teachers (which is only right).
No longer will
her parents be the smartest, and greatest in the world. Today, when the first
school bell rings, she'll learn how it is to be a member of the group...with all
its privileges, and, of course, its disadvantages, too.
She'll learn in
time that proper young ladies don't laugh out loud...or keep frogs in pickle
jars in bedrooms...or watch ants scurry across the cracks in a summer
Today, she'll begin to learn for the first time that all who
smile at her are not her friends. That "the group" can be a demanding
mistress... and I'll stand on the porch and watch her start out on the long,
long journey to becoming a woman.
So WORLD, I BEQUEATH TO YOU TODAY ONE
LITTLE GIRL in a crispy dress, with two blue eyes, a happy laugh that ripples
all day long, and a batch of light blonde hair that bounces in the sunlight when
I TRUST YOU'LL TREAT HER WELL.
By Dan Valentine
So you tell me. Is that the world you want your gifts from God going into at the tender age of 5 and coming out of 13 years later? I'll Pass.
Friday, August 20, 2010
Don't worry! If you didn't win this contest I have another one coming up next week. I will be reviewing and giving away TWO copies of A Well Planned Day homeschool planner!
Thursday, August 19, 2010
1. Mark the Date. Even if you homeschool year around have an official start to your school year. It will help you and your child feel accomplished and organized if you have an official start and stop to your school year.
2. Decorate for Back to School. Maybe you don't have a dedicated space but even if you are teaching out of your living room decorate for the first day of school. Make it something special and exciting!
3. Have a "Not Going Back to School" Party. Celebrate with other homeschool friends or just with your own child. Decorate a cake and have a special lunch, play games and do a special back to school craft.
4. Buy New Supplies. Even if you don't need a new backpack or a lunchbox, go out and buy a special folder, pencil box or art supplies. Buy a special outfit just for the first day. Starting the new year is much more fun with new things and even homeschoolers need to restock every now and then.
Back to school can be a fun time to celebrate new goals and old successes. Make your homeschooler feel special!
K'NEX Kicks Off 2011 K'NEXpert Search
Kids Can Win $10,000 Savings Bond for College!
K’NEX is inviting kids to design a creative, original model made entirely from K’NEX parts. Three imaginative children – one from each of the three age groups: 5 to 6-year-olds; 7 to 8-year-olds; and, 9 to 12-year-olds - will each win a $10,000 savings bond for college. The models made entirely of K’NEX pieces are judged on creativity, uniqueness and detail.
In addition to $10,000 for college, the three grand prize winners will also receive a trip for three to K'NEX headquarters near Philadelphia, PA for the K’NEXpert Award Ceremony, where they can meet each other and discover, through company designers and a factory tour, how K’NEX is made. Seven finalists will each receive $1,000 savings bonds and all ten winners will receive $250 worth of free K’NEX Building Sets, and their very own photo gallery page at www.knex.com.
The 2011 K’NEXpert Search will run through September 10, 2010. Children can enter by printing out the entry form and mailing it in.
The K’NEXpert Search is open to U.S. and Canadian residents and there is no purchase necessary. For more information on K’NEX, the contest and previous winners, visit www.knex.com.
K’NEXpert dedicated page -
Wednesday, August 18, 2010
Wednesday, August 11, 2010
First, you need to gather a few basic supplies:
Rubber Ball Recipe
•borax (found in the laundry section of the store)
•cornstarch (found in the baking section of the store)
•white glue (e.g., Elmer's glue - makes an opaque ball) or blue or clear school glue (makes a translucent ball)
•food coloring (optional)
•spoon or craft stick to stir the mixture
•2 small plastic cups or other containers for mixing
•watch with a second hand
•zip-lock plastic baggie
Next mix water and borax, add food coloring if desired, and measure out your glue:
Dump the borax and water into the glue and watch the reaction!
Now here is where it gets a tad messy. Take the mixture and roll it in your hand. It will be very sticky at first, but don't worry after about 2 minutes it will start to form a rubbery texture. Roll until you have a round ball and then test it out by trying some of the experiments here!
Tuesday, August 3, 2010
In honor of Shark Week on the Discovery Channel here are a few resources to help you plan out a lesson all about sharks!
Kidzone-Facts and fun activities all about sharks!
Discovery Education has free lesson plans all written out for you!
First School offers craft ideas for younger and older students
Atlantis Marine World has lesson plans for grades 11-12
Currclick offers several shark lapbook and notebooks
Home Science Tools- Get hands on by disecting a Dogfish Shark!