Friday, October 21, 2005

Colonial Days Can Be Fun -

Marcus is studying early US History, this year. The American Revolution, 13 colonies, Boston Tea Party can be pretty boring, to a kid. I recently found a website that provides some fun to the topic. offers monthly broadcasts that take students back in time. There are personal narrative, online discussion forums, lessons, streaming videos and kids' games.

I love the pictures of the colonists, acting out daily living. This really helps my teen get a visual of what life must have been like.

There's something here for many ages and grades. Remember that learning can be fun too.

Kids: Do You Have the Most Creative Peanut Butter Sandwich?

Has your child, age 6 to 12 years old, invented a new kid-friendly sandwich that contains at least two tablespoons of Jif peanut butter?

If they have, they can enter for a chance to win a $10,000 scholarship fun.

For official rules and entry forms, visit website. Deadline is November 15, 2005

Good luck!

Wednesday, October 19, 2005

First Annual "America Loves Math" Essay Contest for 3rd-12th graders

Do you love math? How about a chance to win a $1000 college scholarship? In 250 words or less, tell how math has inspired you. Has a certain teacher or a specific problem sparked your enthusiasm for math? Has math led you toward a certain career? Was there a moment when math suddenly made sense to you in a new way? Do you dream of using math to do something unique in the future? Visit the website for more info or to enter.

Good luck!

Our Favorite Writing Tool: 'Weekly Reader: Writing Magazine for Teens

One of our favorite writing tools is the 'Weekly Reader: Writing' magazine. This magazine contains insiteful articles, grammar and writing tips for teens. It's content will definitely appeal to teens.

The most recent issue features Stephen King. He talks about his love of writing, his writing habits, suggestions and tips. There's pictures of his home, the local bookstore and places that inspired some his famous books. If you visit the Weekly Reader website, your teen will have the opportunity to contribute to a story Mr. King has written. How cool!

There are other features, at the website, such as Teen Activities. Check out the Screenager Central for tips on keeping a Blog, building a website or making their own video. Teens can even read and post to 'Word', 'Weekly Reader's official teen Blog.

Marcus really enjoys receiving his issues, in the mail. We include them in our English curriculum. 'Weekly Reader' offers other magazines. Many can be purchase for individuals.

The website has writing ideas that you can also include in your curriculum. After one visit, it will probably find it's way to your favorites list.

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

Rona's Book Review - 'The Prodigal' by Beverly Lewis

As autumn, cooler weather and daylight saving time approach, I love to increase my amount of reading. This month, I decided to check out 'The Prodigal' by Beverly Lewis. This book is part of a series. I believe it's book four. I've never read the other books but decided to start with this one.

Beverly Lewis, author, gives you a clear picture of Amish life. She actually grew up in Lancaster, Pennsylvania. The dialogue has been a been a bit of a challenge but as I continue reading it becomes easier.

So far, I am enjoying this book. There's even a family secret that is revealed.

Visit for her other books, in the series. Or check with your local public library.

Have a great day.

Monday, October 17, 2005

Dr. Laura is on

One of my daily habits is to listen to the Dr. Laura show. Our 13 year old can actually set his watch to the show. It starts at noon PST, in our area. He even mentioned to me, today, that I should get a T-shirt that says that.

I really enjoy the questions that callers have. Dr. Laura's advice is very direct. If you're not a regular listener you'll soon know that she doesn't approve of premartial sex or living together. You'll also never say that you don't know where she's coming from.

Her website has many features. Check out the 'Call of the Day'. Take a listen to Amber's call. It was about her conflict with her mother-in-law giving gifts to her son. I think many can identify with this one.

There's a section for Stay at Home Moms. Many articles about parenting, budgeting, arts and crafts and work at home.

You can order her varies books too. Including 'The Proper Care & Feeding of Husbands'. I've known many women who credit their improved marriages from reading this book. I actually had a friend give me many of these tips years ago. That didn't stop me from reading the book.

If you don't receive Dr. Laura, on your radio, in your area. You can sign up for StreamLink. Just look for the icon on the website.

Sunday, October 16, 2005

October 15 is Dictionary Day

Today is Noah Webster's birthday. Noah Webster wanted Americans to have their own form of the English language. To do this, he decided to make the first American Dictionary.

Well, that's enough history, now onto the fun projects. I located 'Education World' website. They have projects for all ages. A fun one for the younger crowd will be the picture dictionary. There are also games and creating your own words.

Looking for a free online dictionary for your kids? Marcus introduced me to It's easy to use, has word origin, will show and will show the top possible words. (if spelling is off) He uses it often for grammar, vocabulary and writing. It also has a thesaurus.

Have a relaxing Sunday. I have to find out what dromedary means.

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