Saturday, March 18, 2006

'Charlotte Forten: A Black Teacher in the Civil War' and 'Journey Home'

Here's the two books that I've finished reading this week.

'Charlotte Forten: A Black Teacher in the Civil War' by Peter Burchard - This book was written based on Ms. Forten's journals. She was from a promenient African American family. met and mentions many famous people, like Frederick Douglass and Robert Shaw. This is a terrific read and only 99 pages.

'Journey Home' by Yoshiko Uchida - Story takes place during World War II. 12 year old Yuki and her parents have been released from a camp, in Topaz, Utah after getting approval to return to California. Once returning they are faced with prejudice and anti-Japanese violence. Eventually they find new hope and strength in themselves, and Yuki discovers that coming home is a matter of the heart and spirit.

Visit your local public library for these books and other books written by these authors.

Visit San Diego Museum of Man - American Indian Exhibit

Check out the Tourist, Trains & Tomahawks: Looking Beyond the Stereotypes of the American Indian West exhibit. This exhibit features information, artwork and personal accounts from members of American Indian communities.

The San Diego Museum of Man is open daily from 10am to 4:30 pm. Adult tickets - $6, ages 6 to 17 - $3, and under 6 are free. Visit San Diego Museum of Man website for more information.

Friday, March 17, 2006

Homeschooling Spring Science Club Starts March 16

Beverly Hernandez, Homeschooling About.com guide, has announced it's time to sign up for Homeschooling Spring Science Club. The cost is only a .63 cent stamp to cover postage.

Download the Science Club form and check out the additional information. Don't forget to view last year's Science project pictures.

This project will make a great addition to your Science curriculum.

Mom Writers Talk Radio.com - March 17 Show

Please join Paula Schmitt and Alana Morales as they talk with your favorite mom authors, discuss their latest work, talk about how the writing process works for them, and share their secrets on balancing a hectic schedule while writing and raising a family.

You may listen to this show all week, March 17 through March 23, to hear mom writer Natalie Collins talk about her latest book Wives and Sisters Online at
Mom Writers Talk Radio.com It's available 24 hours, 7 days a week.

Would you like to know who the next author is? Don't forget to sign up for the free newsletter.

Thursday, March 16, 2006

Money Saving Tips from 'Real Simple' website


Many Stay-at-Home and Work-at-Home message boards deal with money saving ideas. You've seen them, use coupons and a list when grocery shopping, turn off the cable, get rid of the luxury, gas gushling car, ect.

In this week's 'Real Simple'e-newsletter, 'Money-Saving Secrets - 20 ways to plug hidden financial leaks' addresses issues that many of us don't think about. For example, did you know by paying your bills online or automatic payment you can save $70 a year by not buying stamps? And don't forget about possible late fees because of lost mail.

Another great tip, taking advantage of flexible-spending accounts. Employers offer flexible-spending accounts that let you sock away up to $5,000 per household tax-free for medical expenses, which you can use for health insurance co-pays, prescription drugs, and even non-prescription drugs. Since many of my treatments and medications aren't covered by our insurance this would be extremely benefit to our family budget. Not to mention all three of us wear eyeglasses. Next enrollment period I will be signing us up!

To read more helpful tips, visit 'Real Simple' website.

Ways to Create More Intimacy in Your Marriage

Sharing your thoughts, opinions and feelings in your marriage is a great way to build more intimacy in your marriage. Did you know that's it's easier than you think?

I love taking walks with my husband, even just around the neighborhood is enjoyable. Leave a cute note inside his briefcase for him to find. (that's one of my favorites)

Read the article, 'Ways to Create More Intimacy in Your Marriage' at Marriage About.com site. Some of these you may already be doing.

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

'Network Your Way to a Work at Home Job" by Nell Taliercio

Network Your Way to a Work at Home Job By Nell Taliercio

When you first start to look for a work at home job, it’s easy to get discouraged. Postings for work at home jobs can be scarce and when they do come up, competition among applicants is fierce. What many moms new to telecommuting don’t realize is that there is another way to land a work at home job – Networking. Many people get their work at home jobs either directly from or as a referral through other people they network with.

When you are networking, you are not actively pursuing a work at home job. Your main focus should be on making new friends in the Telecommuting community. Down the road those friends may send you a lead for a great job, but first you have to make those friends.

Let’s take a look at four different ways to network in the Work at Home Community.

Message Boards
Message boards are a great way to network with other telecommuters. Spend your time asking questions and answer the questions of other people. You may not see any immediate return for the time invested in networking on the boards, but it will pay off in the long run.

If you are a person that is helpful and well liked on the message board, and one of the other board members comes across a position they are not qualified for, or they just don’t need the extra work at the moment, they will likely think of you and send the lead your way (and you should do the same).

Creating those types of relationships are what you are working to create through networking on message boards.

Online Groups
One of the biggest online groups is the Ryze Network, but there are also Google, Yahoo and MSN Groups. Each of these networks has groups on any topic under the sun.

Search for Telecommuting groups and lurk around a few for a while. You’ll find one or two groups that seem like a good fit for you and then start participating.

Instant Messenger
After you have gotten to know some other telecommuters on the boards or in the groups, approach them about exchanging Instant Messenger ids. You know have a fast one-on-one way to stay in touch with them and to further build a relationship.

Local Work At Home Mom Groups
Check with your local chamber of commerce or the small business organization to find some local offline networking events. Just like networking in the online world, you are there to meet new people and develop relationships with them.

Some of the best places to network online are WAHM.com - the first work at home mom website with an active forum and of course TelecommutingMoms.com/BB - the only message board devoted to telecommuting moms. Head over there today and make some new friends!

Be careful not to get too wrapped up with chatting though…it’s all too easy to get wrapped up in message boards and spend hours a day networking!

So please be sure to keep a good balance. If you network "right" you will see the benefits of telecommuting networking!

Article by:

Nell Taliercio is the owner and founder of www.TelecommutingMoms.com – which is a leading resource website with work at home jobs and everything a telecommuting mom would need. Come visit us today!

This article is available for reprint with author's resource box intact and all links live and clickable. Copyright is reserved by author.

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Would You Give Your Teen Their Own Credit Card Poll at About.com

Our teen has a prepaid reloadable Visa. I do monitor his spending, on a monthly basis. We discuss his monthly statements and utilize this into his Independent Living curriculum.

Visit Parenting of Adolences About.com for this poll question.

If you would give your teen a credit card would you monitor their spending?

Monday, March 13, 2006

Education World.com - March Lesson Plans


Visit Education World.com website this month for a large selection of lesson plans and worksheets. You'll find lesson plans for K through 12. Best part is their free!

Here's just a few themes to select from.

March Madness - Make the most of your students' interest in the NCAA basketball tournaments with these cross-curricular lessons and activities. Included: Additional online resources about basketball.

Iditrod Dog Race - Alaska Dog Race

Nutrition Month - nutrition themed lesson plans and activities

Women's History Month - lessons, activities, and resources to involve your students in the study of women's contributions to the world.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Rona's Author Pick for March - Yoshiko Uchida


Today, my teen and I read a short story, 'Tears of Autumn' ,written by Yoshiko Uchida. It was about a young Japanese woman from a traditional family who decides to accept an arranged marriage offer in California. She and the young man send letters and than she prepares for her long boat trip. After arriving in the states, she meets her husband-to-be. She's a bit nervous and disappointed when she first meets him. But than she remembers why she came and looks forward to her new life.

Yoshiko Uchida experienced first-hand the discrimination that many Japanese Americans faced during World WarII. She and her family spent a year in a Japanese American internment camp in Topaz, Utah. Allowed to leave to attend college, Uchida became a student of Japanese history and folklore.

Uchida became the first woman to write chidren's books about the interment experience. Her twenty seven children's books include 'Picture Bride, 'Journey to Topaz' and 'Desert Exile'.

Check with your local public library for her books. Also visit Amazon.com for these and many more of her terrific books. Don't forget to stop by Web English Teacher website, you'll find lesson plans for her books.

Homeschooling While Working From Home

There are many articles about working from home but this is the first one that addresses working from home and homeschooling. Click here to read it.

I like this website because their mission is to parent efficiently while working from home. Isn't that what's most important? Visit 'The Parent's Home Office' website for more articles, tips and links.