Saturday, September 16, 2006

San Diego Fleet Science Center - This Month's Subject: Forces


It's so fun to be able to implement something like this into our son's curriculum. When you can make a topic come alive for them it gets them more excited about learning!

The San Diego Fleet Science Center, Balboa Park, is offering hands-on activites designed for adults and children. This month's science subject is forces. Visit their website for ticket prices and schedule.

Not living nearby doesn't mean that you shouldn't be on the look-out for science activites and classes in your area. Your local public libraries, community service newsletter and websites can be a great resource. If you're lucky to leave near a science museum than put the books down and take a visit. You'll be so glad that you did.

Friday, September 15, 2006

Rona's Book Recommendation: '10 Stupid Things Couples Do to Mess Up Their Relationships by Dr. Laura Schlessinger

I've been married for more than 10 years and feel that my husband and I have a great marriage. But it never helps to improve right?

After reading '10 Stupid Things Couples do to Mess Up Their Relationships by Dr. Laura Schlessinger I knew there was room for improvement. With a pen and paper I started taking notes as I found myself enthralled by the information and listener's letters.

This book makes a welcoming gift for newlyweds and married couples of all ages.

Thursday, September 14, 2006

Army Wife Talk Radio Show - This Week's Show


Click on the Army Wife Talk Radio button located on the lower right side of my blog to listen to this week's fun and informative show. With September 11th upon us Tara decided to feature two hosts regarding cooking and getting together.

I think this was one of her best shows. So get your pencils and paper ready for some yummy recipes.

Glorious One Pot Meals

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Colleges Want Your Homeschooler by Patti Miller

Our son has been receiving college recruitment materials since he was in the 7th grade. They actively encourage him to attend their summer programs, tours and request more materials. Parents of homebased educated students will find that schools are more apt to want your student. With rising test scores, overall education, sports, and communtiy service these students are very attractive.

Click here to read Patti Miller's article 'Colleges Want Your Homeschooler' for her take on this subject. Also don't forget to click on the links that follow her article. Many have additional helpful information.

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

5 Ways to Develop Good Study Habits by Dinorah


5 Ways to Develop Good Study Habits
By: dinorah

Homework is a fact of life. If you have school-age children, you’ve probably found yourself doing math problems or helping with English essays. But parenting does not necessarily mean that you’re stuck doing homework again. Although it is your duty to make sure your kids fulfil all their academic tasks, it’s also your duty to instruct them on how to do it themselves; while you fade into the background as a supervisor. So don’t get frustrated by all the cutting, researching, and solving; teach your children these simple steps.

1. Take a few minutes to relax. Although traditionally parents demand that the kids start working on their homework as soon as they get home, I have found that it’s not always the best alternative. School can be as stressful as a full time, demanding job, and like you, your child needs to relax before tackling the assignments. Just a few minutes will do; enough to eat, change clothes, and get organized.

2. Pick a good place. An adequate place is one with few distractions, great lighting and comfort. Make sure the temperature is comfortable; there is an appropriate chair and desk or comfy rugs and/or pillows. Access to a computer and printer are also necessary. Also, avoid changing places after you’ve found one that works.

3. Get your materials ready. In order to keep from having to get up every few minutes to fetch one thing or the other, make sure the chosen study spot has a decent supply of everything like pencils, pens, crayons, markers, erasers, sharpeners, ruled paper, white paper, calculator, etc. I always suggest to students that it might be a good idea to also have a snack readily at hand (something that won’t make a mess, though), that way you won’t have to interrupt your work because you have the munchies. Be sure to have all books, notebooks and other documents with you before you begin.

4. Keep an agenda or homework guide. Relying on your memory might not always be a good idea. Make sure you have a specific place to write down all your upcoming assignments. It will save you a lot of trouble, time and unnecessary phone calls.

5. Take a break. Few children are able to concentrate on homework for hours at a time. Usually a short 10 minute break between assignments can be relaxing and invigorating.

Overall, teach your kids to take advantage of their study time by making it a calm, stress-free experience. Your goal is to help them become independent and responsible students.

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Dinorah Blackman-Williams has been a teacher for 16 years. She lives in Panama with her husband and preschooler, Imani. Dinorah is currently working on her second book. Her first book can be previewed and purchased at www.lulu.com/blackman

Monday, September 11, 2006

Our 'Little One' Took a Right Instead of a Left !

Now that our son is a Freshman in high school he was required to move to the senior youth ministry. I commented around the beginning of August that it would be a good idea for him to swing by and check it out. He kept putting it off. After all he was very comfortable with the Junior Youth Ministry. He has been going there for almost 2 years, knows the kids and the youth leaders very well.

I decided to do the 'mom thing' a make an introduction call to the Senior Youth Leader. He assured me that I should drop off our son and he would introduce him to a few of the kids. It actually turned out that Marcus knew him.

So last Sunday, I waved to our son as he took a right instead of a left. And did he enjoy his first day with the Senior Youth Ministry? Yes, I actually had to pick him because he still hanging out, playing X-Box games with some of the kids, after the service.

Recommended Blog of the Week: The HomeCast.com

I decided that I will start spreading the word about my favorite blogs once a week. The one that I would like to recommend today is TheHomeCast.com. This is a group blog of ladies who comment on a variety of topics, including home business, parenting, homeschooling and home management. Their common ground is that they are Christians.

Jessica Harvey is the founder of TheHomeCast.com Crew. She also happens to be living in my home state of Maine. (Go Sea Dogs!) Other Crew members are Eleanor Joyce, Anissa Degrasse, Kristina Duckett,
Melonie Murray and Patrica Hunter.

This is a very active blog so visit often.

Sunday, September 10, 2006

Visit About.com Parenting Teens Poll: What Time Does Your Teen Go to Sleep?

Visit About.com Parenting Teens Poll Question, 'What time does your teen go to sleep?'

Our teen goes to sleep around 10pm and usually wakes up about 9 am. Experts say that teens need 9-10 hours of sleep. They need this amount to be their most productive.

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