Aug 24, 2013

Quiet around here

As we are winding down our home ed journey things may be quite quiet on the blog. If I find new or interesting resources I will be sure to post them and as we get closer to the process of KM registering and taking the GED I will be sure to post about that experience as well. However for the time being feel free to hunt through the archives, scroll through my top posts - listed a bit of the way down the right sidebar - and check out all the pages of free and nearly free resources we have gathered over the years!

Aug 12, 2013

Guess who's back --- CNN Student News


That's right CNN Student News our FAVORITE current events resource will be back on the air starting Monday August 12th! If you have not checked out this fantastic FREE resource, it is the easiest way to include current events in your daily home ed life! There is a daily 10 minute broadcast that is available after Monday through Friday and gives a fantastic synopsis of U.S. as well as world events. There is also a daily curriculum and weekly 10 question quiz available for those that like that sort of thing in both web version and PDF files. Parents are welcome to subscribe as educators to get the answer key as well as some other bonus materials throughout the week! Kids are encouraged to respond and interact on the Blog: A to Z as well as by participating in polls and sending in student iReports. This will be our 4th year using CNN Student and KM loves watching it while eating her breakfast every morning! 

~~~ Please note that CNN Student News is designed for use in middle and high school classrooms. It's always a good idea for you to preview each program before showing it to students. To learn more about how to use Student News in your classroom, click here: FULL STORY

Aug 2, 2013

Fuller Craft Museum - Highland Street Free Fun Friday

I had been meaning to get to the Fuller Craft Museum for some time now. The website was rather vague, but there were a few exhibit features that seemed like they would be quite interesting, so when we saw it was participating in the Highland Street Foundation Free Fun Friday program we decided it was time to go.

There were a few hands-on things KM enjoyed, but most of them were not quite up her alley.

And there were a number of beautiful sculptures, sensational mosaic pieces and carved wood fixtures that were breathtaking.

It took us a little over 30 minutes to drive to the museum and we weren't even there 45 minutes before we had seen all the exhibits. We were planning to have lunch there, but the "cafe" had nothing but coffee, tea and chips ahoy cookies. This really was a bit of a disappointment. I heard from another patron that they do have some really great art programs throughout the year, but that they are quite expensive given the area. I also would NOT suggest bringing little ones as there are quite a few displays that are just open and there were a number of personnel shouting at young ones who were scooting around fragile pieces that were on pedestals in the middle of corridors - who ever thought that was a good idea should probably get a different job! I don't like to give negative reviews, but I would not plan on making a trip to Fuller Craft Museum unless you had other things to in the area.

For more information on the remaining venues that are participating in Free Fun Fridays be sure to click the link below -