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Kid's Corner - animal classification. Mindful Homeschooler: Unschooling Ideas: Strewing. The first time I heard the term unschooling, I pictured something akin to Lord of the Flies. Where children ran wild, uncombed and unwashed, spending days in the woods with no parental supervision - I wondered how that sort of upbringing could possibly offer educational opportunities, let alone prepare a child for the responsibilities of adulthood. Three years later I know better, and I’m glad to call myself a full-fledged member of the unschooling club. But if the view you have in your head is similar, then let me offer some reassurance: There are as many ways to unschool as there are flavors of ice cream. More importantly, the approach doesn’t have to be radical. When you strip away the labels and subsets, the philosophy of unschooling is simple: Let the child lead. Forget the conventional approach - unschoolers learn through everyday life experiences, from the banal (such as dentist appointments) to the inspired (such as museum visits).

There is no formal syllabus, no curriculum. “How?” Level 4 Lapbooks. Lapbooks at HSS - Master List. The ultimate guide to homeschooling as a working mom | Unschool RULES. Some days, I feel like my head is going to explode. I’m a wife, a mom, a daughter, a sister, a friend, a blogger, a martial artist, a homeschooling facilitator, a newspaper columnist, an editor, a project manager and, occasionally, it all gets to be a bit much. There are days where I wallow in “oh, poor me.” You know… I work at home. I don’t use a planned curriculum, so just about everything my daughter learns requires my direct involvement.

I’d love to be able to have “free time,” or even “uninterrupted time,” but it never happens. Someone still has to keep up with the dishes, the laundry and the floors, and that someone is often me. And then I realize how blessed I really am. I’m busy – but so are you. That’s why I’ve made the time over the past few weeks to compile what I hope will be the ultimate guide to homeschooling as a working mom – because it’s important.

This guide is my look at how NOT to end up like that. Here’s who this guide is for: That’s a big list, right? Let’s get real here. Interactive map: Loss of Indian land. The Vault is Slate's history blog. Like us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter @slatevault, and find us on Tumblr. Find out more about what this space is all about here. This interactive map, produced by University of Georgia historian Claudio Saunt to accompany his new book West of the Revolution: An Uncommon History of 1776, offers a time-lapse vision of the transfer of Indian land between 1776 and 1887. As blue “Indian homelands” disappear, small red areas appear, indicating the establishment of reservations.

(Above is a GIF of the map's time-lapse display; visit the map's page to play with its features.) The project’s source data is a set of maps produced in 1899 by the Bureau of American Ethnology. While the time-lapse function is the most visually impressive aspect of this interactive, the “source map” option (available on the map's site) offers a deep level of detail. This vagueness benefited the government’s purposes in crafting treaties and executive orders. Homemade Glowing Slime Experiment. Tessellation. Ceramic Tiles in Marrakech, forming edge-to-edge, regular and other tessellations A periodic tiling has a repeating pattern.

Some special kinds include regular tilings with regular polygonal tiles all of the same shape, and semi-regular tilings with regular tiles of more than one shape and with every corner identically arranged. The patterns formed by periodic tilings can be categorized into 17 wallpaper groups. A tiling that lacks a repeating pattern is called "non-periodic". An aperiodic tiling uses a small set of tile shapes that cannot form a repeating pattern. In the geometry of higher dimensions, a space filling or honeycomb is also called a tessellation of space. History[edit] A temple mosaic from the ancient Sumerian city of Uruk IV (3400–3100 BC) showing a tessellation pattern in the tile colours. Tessellations were used by the Sumerians (about 4000 BC) in building wall decorations formed by patterns of clay tiles.[1] Etymology[edit] Overview[edit] In mathematics[edit] In art[edit]

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Lego ornaments. Summarizing. Strategies for Reading ComprehensionSummarizing What Is Summarizing? Summarizing is how we take larger selections of text and reduce them to their bare essentials: the gist, the key ideas, the main points that are worth noting and remembering. Webster's calls a summary the "general idea in brief form"; it's the distillation, condensation, or reduction of a larger work into its primary notions.

What Are We Doing When We Summarize? When You Ask Your Students to Summarize, What Usually Happens? They write down everything they write down next to nothing they give me complete sentences they write way too much they don't write enough they copy word for word What Did You Want Them To Do? Pull out main ideas focus on key details use key words and phrases break down the larger ideas write only enough to convey the gist take succinct but complete notes How Can I Teach My Students to Summarize? Here are a few ideas; try one...try them all. Download and Print: En Espanol (with thanks to Martha L. Math Worksheets Go! Free Printable Math Worksheets! Interactive Math Activities, Demonstrations, Lessons with definitions and examples, worksheets, Interactive Activities and other Resources.

Handouts. What Causes Hiccups? Multiplication Trick | Full-Time Kid | PBS Parents. Gamify Your Life. The problem with most productivity apps on the market is that they provide no incentive to continue using them. HabitRPG fixes this by making habit building fun! By rewarding you for your successes and penalizing you for slip-ups, HabitRPG provides external motivation for completing your day-to-day activities.

Instant Gratification Whenever you reinforce a positive habit, complete a daily task, or take care of an old to-do, HabitRPG immediately rewards you with experience points and gold. As you gain experience, you can level up, increasing your stats and unlocking more features, like classes and pets. Gold can be spent on in-game items that change your experience or personalized rewards you've created for motivation. When even the smallest successes provide you with an immediate reward, you're less likely to procrastinate. Consequences Whenever you indulge in a bad habit or fail to complete one of your daily tasks, you lose health. Accountability. Facebook. Zombie Corals - Ph.Detours Ep. 10. World History Timeline - World History TimeMap.

Archaeologists want you to solve this 1,200-year-old Pictish puzzle. Cosmic Log Alan Boyle, Science Editor NBC News 21 hours ago Relicarte / 3dei A screenshot shows how the Pictish Puzzle program allows users to manipulate 3-D representations of fragments from a 1,200-year-old monument. An online game will challenge computer users to solve an archaeological puzzle: how to put together thousands of stone fragments to reconstruct the chiseled design on a 1,200-year-old Scottish monument. will make its debut on Oct. 25, thanks to National Museums Scotland and the project's digital designers. "The principal aim of the project is to create a citizen-science, open-source solution" to the puzzle presented by the Hilton of Cadboll Stone, said Aegir Maciver, director of Relicarte Digital. Pictish artists carved intricate designs into the 7.5-foot-tall (2.3-meter-tall) slab of sandstone, apparently to celebrate their conversion to Christianity.

Maciver emphasized that the game isn't designed only for video gamers. More citizen science projects: 6 Tools to Determine Your Kids’ Learning Styles. I homeschool for many reasons, not the least of which is that I can do a better job with my two kids than a classroom teacher can with 25 to 30 (or more!). There is no room for debate on this issue. Educational experts have called for decades for smaller class sizes, but as budgets get tighter, class sizes get bigger.

There’s no doubt that a personalized education far exceeds a factory model. Except. What if I’m treating my homeschooled kids as if they were seats in an assembly-line classroom? When Grace showed signs of reading readiness, I purchased Handwriting Without Tears and Hooked on Phonics, and I printed hundreds of pages’ worth of sight words and Montessori materials from my favorite early childhood websites. No kidding. She hated Hooked on Phonics. My daughter was ready – and eager – to learn to read, but she didn’t fit the approach I tried to force her into. I should have known better. . , our school time became dramatically easier. Anyway. The image above comes from link #3. Rkrampf's blog. 200 Free Kids Educational Resources: Lessons, Apps, Books, Websites... This collection provides a list of free educational resources for K-12 students (kindergarten through high school students) and their parents and teachers.

It features free video lessons/tutorials; free mobile apps; free audiobooks, ebooks and textbooks; quality YouTube channels; free foreign language lessons; test prep materials; and free web resources in academic subjects like literature, history, science and computing. This newly-released list is a work in progress. Please tell us if we're missing something good. Free Audio Books, eBooks and Textbooks Free Audio Books: Our collection of 450 free audio books includes many children's classics. Free eBooks: This collection includes many children's classics in ebook format. Gives you access to free online classics of reference, literature, and nonfiction, including Strunk & White's Elements of Style, The World Factbook, The Oxford Shakespeare, and The King James Bible. Foreign Languages Deutsch – warum nicht? CELLS Alive! Neil Gaiman’s | The Coraline Video Tour Readings. Virginia Scottish Games and Festivals.

The Scale of the Universe 2. The Scale of the Universe 2. Prepares for First Virginia Coast Launch to Moon. IXL Math | Online math practice and lessons. Home – The Official Neil Gaiman Website for Young Readers. Constitution USA with Peter Sagal. It Only Takes About 42 Minutes To Learn Algebra With Video Games.