Saturday, October 29, 2005

The Haunted History of Halloween - 'The History Channel'

One of many favorite teaching tools, 'The History Channel' is featuring an hour long program on the history of Halloween. The show will trace the origins of the creepy day. Visit 'The History Channel' website for showtimes in your area.

If you miss the show, it's available on VHS and DVD.

John Hopkins University Talent Search Program for Gifted Students - Grades 2 to 8

The Johns Hopkins University Talent Search program is designed to identify, assess and recognize students with exceptional math and/or verbal reasoning abilities. Students scoring at or above the 97% percentile on a standardized test may apply to participate in the program.

This program opens doors to workshops, resources and opportunites to your student.

Visit the website for more information and apply online.

Visit 'Dr. Laura' s website - Stay at Home Moms and Dads

Are you looking for articles that address your needs, as a Stay at Home Mom and Dad, at? You'll find some of the top experts' articles on her website. It can be found at the Stay-At-Home section, at Dr. Laura's website.

Check out the 'Organizing Your Home Office' by Jill Hart. She has some great tips. I actually do file as I go. When I receive the mail, I immediately sort and file it. That includes the circular file - the trash can. It doesn't take much time and is a good habit.

You can get more articles and the 'Tip of the Week', at Dr. Laura's website. Enjoy.

Thursday, October 27, 2005

Fun Fall Projects for Kids and Teens

Now that the nights are longer are you looking for projects to keep your kids and teens busy?

Consider visiting your local Michael's Arts and Crafts store. They have kid projects, on Saturdays. For only $2, your child will receive supplies and instruction for the featured craft. There's also affordable arts and crafts projects classes. Our local Michael's even has a knitting class for teens. Visit the website for more information on classes and events.

Visit about.com for some more free fall project ideas.

Happy crafting.

Wednesday, October 26, 2005

Thermal Energy Workshop at USS Midway

San Diego Aircraft Carrier USS Midway Museum off onboard science labs for grades 4 to 8. This is a great enrichment for traditional Science classes and homeschool groups.

Our Science Club is going to be taking the Thermal Energy workshop. The students will be learning what turns the Midway's engine turbines, drives the propellers and powers the catapults. They'll learn why thermal energy is important to airplanes to cars. There's also a tour of the newly restored Engine Room.

Visit the website for more information. This is a great hands on opportunity.

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Rona's Movie Review - 'Good Night, and Good Luck'

I love classic Jazz and my husband knows that. My husband is a big history buff and I know that. So when I heard that 'Good Night, and Good Luck' was playing I thought this would be a movie we would both enjoy. I was right.

George Clooney, director, did a great job. I loved his choice for a soundtrack. It was done to a minimum. His choice of black and white was right on the money. And of course, the story. Yes, the writing and the acting were fantastic. Dianna Reeves, the jazz singer, will send shivers down your back. I found myself tapping my foot and wanting to hear more. The CD is available on the website. I ordered it and cannot wait to receive it.

Now, this is not a movie for everyone. We actually saw some people walk out. This movie is for people who really appreciate a great story. It doesn't hurt to know alittle about the events. There was a guy behind us that kept asking questions. Ugh!

Looking for a Light Dinner ? Panera Bread Bakery Cafe

I took my husband to see "Good Night, and Good Luck", on Saturday night. After the movie, we wanted to get a bite to eat, nothing too heavy. I took his hand and led him to Panera Bread Bakery Cafe.

He ordered a French Onion soup, 1/2 Sierra Turkey sandwich and a Jones Green Apple Soda. I decided to have the Bacon, Turkey Bravo and a mug of Hazelnut House Blend coffee.

The server was very helpful and nice. He asked me if I wanted a mug or a paper cup. I took the mug.

We found a table, off to the side and immediately began our people watching. The restaurant reminds me of some of the smaller cafes back east. There was some classic jazz being played. The crowd was pretty diverse. Many families, couples, young and older, teens and singles. The cafe offers Wi-Fi so there were people with their laptops. I cannot see how one could get much work done with all the crowd.

My husband absolutely loved his soup. (I knew that he would) The ingredients were so well balanced. I managed to get a spoonful of the soup. It was yummy and hot. My sandwich was terrific too. The lettuce and tomato were fresh and crisp. The bacon was thick, not greasy and also crisp. The bread was moist and handled the amount of fillings.

This place is has found a place on our favorite list.

Partnering of Public Schools and Homeschoolers - Homeschool Buzz.com

A recent article, posted on HomeschoolBuzz.com, about a homebased learning program in California. The program offers parents and students special writing courses, science programs and reading programs. Each student has a Education Coordinator. The EC's meet with the parents every six to eight weeks. This allows time to review the progress of the student and plan.

Our thirteen year old son is enrolled in an Independent Study Program, offered through our state school district. They supply all the books and materials. If he needs tutoring, they will offer it. Every month, there are field trips, workshops and enrichment classes offered. There are also mandatory classes such Algebra, Physics and language classes. Our son takes advantage of many of the classes.

We also include additional Language Arts, U.S. History and other learning tools in our son's program. He does volunteer work through Teen Korps and Boys and Girls Club. He attends workshops and field trips, offered through San Diego Musuems.

Instead of being weary of non traditional homeschooling programs, consider the fact that there are many types of homebased learning. Each family must review and chose the one that best fits their lifestyle and student.

Monday, October 24, 2005

National Telecommute Institute - Looking to Hire Bilingual IRS Call Center Reps

National Telecommute Institute is looking for bilingual Customer Service Reps for the IRS project. They are making one exception, you do not need to meet the disablity requirement.

This is a work from home position. You can find the system and work requirements at their website.

Please visit the website to apply.

This Week's Homeschool Talk Radio Show - October 24

This week's show featured topics and speakers are:

Author Christine Field, from Home Field Advantage.org, talks about her experience homeschooling a challening child. True Learning Disabilities, Attention Disorders, Personality Issues, Learning Style Differences, and Discipline issues are all discussed as well as tips and tricks that can help you homeschool your challenging child. This is Part 1 of 2

JoJo Tabares, from Art of Eloquence, reminds us that humor and hands on activities are a perfect combination for ADD/ADHD kids.

Parent to Parent's own, Jodie Lynn, answers a question about whether or not to following traditional school curriculum for homeschoolers.

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Don't forget to visit the website. It full of resources, that are important to homeschoolers.

Achieving Balance in Your Life! Free Teleseminar

I would like to invite you to a free teleseminar, Achieving Balance in
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There will be a Prize Drawing for copies of Aurelia's newest book,
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I have utilized Aurelia's coaching services and found that them to be very helpful. She really got me to see that I always had the answers within myself. I'm a much happier person, these days. Her book, Journey to Joy, is a terrific ebook. I have notes in the margins. I continue to refer to it.

I hope to hear you on the line. Here's all the info.

When: Friday, October 28, 2005
When: 9:00 p.m., Eastern Time
Where: Sign up