Video History

With the new year coming upon us. We are going to add some to our social studies curriculum  a video history curriculum.

This will be a great addition to our history.  We where sent Educational Edition to America the Story by The History Channel.


You can download  teachers guide, student guide, episode guides and so much more. This is going to be a great addition to our school day.


It will be great to see where we can work in out social studies games in with this video series.

Technology and Learning to Read

There are so many things out there now in today’s technology to help our kids in their learning to read.  Between preschool games online to even foreign language games.  With the biggest gift giving season here.  I am getting all kinds of emails and sales ads for learning to read toys that are portable.


Here are a few of the top toys I have seen this season.


LeapFrog Leapster 2 Learning Game System – Green 


LeapFrog TAG Reading System – Green

LeapFrog LeapPad Explorer Learning Tablet (Pink) 


Vtech – InnoTab Interactive Learning Tablet 

But then if you want to have something you child can use and you can too there is always the Kindle.

Kindle Fire, Full Color 7″ Multi-touch Display, Wi-Fi


If you want your kids to do their curriculum out in public then you can always get the Nook Color ebook reader.  Just down load the adobe flash player and your child can do school on the go on it.

Barnes & Noble NOOK Color eBook

Follow up to NaNoWriMo

A few weeks ago I told you I had a NaNoWriMo post . This was where I told you about the National Novel Writers Month challenge that was issued in November. I have asked other parents about this and wanted to follow up on how their kids had done.


Some parents said “My child did not finish, Nov 30 came and they stopped writing.”
Some parents said “Oh! I love it, my son is determined to keep going until he is finished.”
Some parents have said “My child finished and the novel is great and can’t wait for his creative writing tutor to read it.”
But my favorite so far was when I asked a student how she was doing at the beginning of December. She said “I am still editing but can’t wait for it to be done! I have put in so many hours and want to read the whole thing.” When I responded. “If she needed extra readers I wold be glad.” She then said in a surprised come back, “Really, cool?!?”
What a confidence builder this whole program has become. Oh, I had a parent of a younger student state that in doing this project they learned that their child needs to work on their spelling, you know the basic spelling.  So she is going to use popular word list from What a great idea!

Christmas Hink Pinks

Christmas is coming and some of you are slowing down in your schooling and some are not.  There are all kinds of great games out there to keep our kids going during Christmas break.

Since our kids like to be on the computer anyway why not have them play some games that include Christmas Spelling List.
Your family does not do Christmas but Hanukkah, what about the Hanukkah Spelling List.   Both list has games to play with each spelling list.
Lately my son has gone back to those Hink Pinks again. He keeps thinking up ones to stump his Dad with. I love when he succeeds. 
Here are a few that he thought of for Christmas. 

Large person who doesn’t enjoy Christmas?

Huge Scrooge

Shovel up the droppings from the reindeer?

Scoop Poop

What do you call it when the elves “sniffer” stuffs up?

Nose Froze


My son could go on and on with these. Have your kids thought of any lately?