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April 29th, 2009 | posted by ChoosyHomeschooler
Motivate your child’s summer reading with the Barnes & Noble annual Summer Reading program!
Last summer, Barnes and Noble provided 190,000 free books and participants read 2.3 million books! This year, children can join Percy Jackson and The Olympians on their summer adventure as part of their own summer reading journey.
For more information, see the Barnes & Noble annual Summer Reading program.
Name of Product: Web Poster Wizard
Link to Product/website: http://poster.4teachers.org/
Web Poster Wizard is a free tool
that helps teachers/parents create easy webpage worksheets online for
class or homeschool use. These worksheets can include photos and
educational resource links for students to learn more. With Web Poster
Wizard, students can display assignments, like book reports or science
projects, online. They simply follow the easy instructions for
completing their projects. Once the assignments are finished, students
can go to the URL site where their project is displayed. They can also
share this URL with others, if desired.
In order to use the free Web Worksheet Wizard tool, teachers/parents must first register
to create classes. A class code is then automatically created for each
class. It is also necessary to log in each time you use the tool.
Homeschool Uses: The
Web Worksheet Wizard can be used with children in grades K-12 and with
nearly any subject. Homeschooling parents can take advantage of the
management tools to help organize their classes/curriculum. This is
especially good for those teaching various age groups. Parents can also
create assignments based on whatever they’re currently covering. For
instance, you could choose to create book reports for reading/LA.
History projects could include biographical timelines, family history
posters, historical event timelines, etc. Numerous science-related
projects could be covered using this tool. The possibilitiesare endless.
Content and Safety: “Students are not allowed to put last names, email addresses, or other identifying information on their projects.”
Content is based on what the teachers/parents decide their worksheets
or assignments should cover. You can also use the Teacher Feature to
archive all your students’ work and choose whether to keep this page
Nikki’s Experience Using the Product: The
first thing I did was register, which I found was a very simple and
painless process. No personal information was required, other than an
email address. I then created a worksheet and a poster assignment.
Even though I do not have much experience creating these types of
items, it took very little time and effort for me to do so. In fact,
it was quite easy!
FREE Google Tools
While there are numerous Google
tools available, my picks for homeschoolers include the unique search
tools: Google Scholar, Google Book Search, and the Google Custom Search
Engine. I have used all of these tools and found them to be excellent
sources for researching various topics of interest.
is a free search engine that indexes scholarly sources such as research
papers, journals, abstracts, citations, etc. The most relevant results
can be found on the first page and may include one or more related
articles or various versions of the same resource. Each result also
includes bibliographic information. When using Google Scholar, you can
use the “Library Search”
feature to find nearby libraries that offer books pertinent to your
search. Other features of this tool include the “group of” link, which
allows users to search for digital or physical copies by showing links
to the target journal article. The “cited by” link provides abstracts
of articles that have been cited while the “related articles” link
provides a list of articles that are closely related to those searched.
The help link provides a more in-depth tutorial for using this tool.
The Google Book Search
(I love this one) tool is great for finding books on nearly any given
subject with just one search, making it much easier and less time
consuming for both students and educators to find exactly what you’re
looking for. I have found many useful books in my genealogy and family
history quest by using this tool. Homeschoolers may find it useful for
research projects, additional lesson plans, and more. With many of the
out-of-copyright books, you can browse through the entire book online
and even download it to your computer (in PDF, which requires Adobe
Reader). Other books offer limited previews of sample pages, short
snippets of the text, or simply bibliographic information. Use the
“About this book” link to locate similar titles. Results will also
include links to booksellers and libraries where you can obtain other
copies of the books.
Summary: Google Tools
for Educators offers numerous options for anyone teaching children.
Homeschooling families should find the previous tools, as well as many
others, helpful for various curriculum activities and lessons.
Free tool to Organize your Books
Name of Product: BookBump
Link to Product/website: http://www.bookbump.com/
Whether it’s books you’ve read, or books you want to read, BookBump offers an easy and effective way to keep track of them. Use of the site is FREE and, after a quick registration process (confirmed through email), you’re ready to begin building your personal Library! Their search function lets you find a book by ISBN, title, author, keyword, or a combination of all. Then simply click on the book you want to add it to your list
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Name of Product: Sense and Dollars
Link to website:http://senseanddollars.thinkport.org/home.html
Description of Product: “Walk through a ‘virtual life’ and see if you have the skills to survive on your budget…Sense and Dollars was designed to give kids in middle and high school effective ways of earning, spending, saving and investing money in a safe interactive environment.”
Nikki’s Description of Product: Sense and Dollars is a free educational site that teaches kids about money management. At the Sense and Dollars Clubhouse, they can learn about various topics pertaining to money. Earning Money shows them different ways for raising or making money, while Spending Money teaches them about spending their money wisely, including how to manage money and how to understand credit. Saving Money gives them different ideas for saving or investing money. In addition to these tutorials, kids can take part in fun, interactive simulations that mimic real-life situations and test both their current finance knowledge and math skills. In these activities, kids will balance their needs and wants with realistic income and expenses in order to make financial decisions.
Full Review about this Free tool and homeschooling uses
July 6th, 2009 | posted by ChoosyHomeschooler
Free Children Stories is a great tool to help parents teach their children, and is great for adding to your existing language arts curriculum. These stories are short and simple, yet endearing. They are like the books I grew up reading, books that made you want to read, that fostered a love for reading! This site is really easy to navigate, making it easy for kids to use with little or no help.
Name of Product: KeepandShare®
Link to Product/website: http://www.keepandshare.com/
Eliminating the need for separate websites and programs, KeepandShare simplifies creating, organizing and sharing information with their suite of user-friendly applications. Supporting hundreds of file types, which can be created on-site or uploaded, the applications offer a broad range of functions and are easily customizable. Add in the ability to share with any number of people you choose, go public, or keep it all private, and this tool gets even better.
Full Description and Homeschooling Uses
August 2nd, 2009 | posted by ChoosyHomeschooler
Hey homeschool LEGO fans! WIN A LEGO GIFT CARD!
The Little Brick Schoolhouse is launching a new forum where homeschool LEGO enthusiasts can discuss all things pertaining to LEGOS! To kick things off, this month they are having a CONTEST.
POST THE MOST in the Little Brick Schoolhouse Forum and win a $10.00 LEGO e-Gift Card!
Go to http://forum.littlebrickschoolhouse.com/index.php for contest details. Start posting now to start winning! Contest ends August 31, 2009.
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