A Legend Has Passed

This post is in memory of Neil Armstrong who died this past Saturday, August 25th, 2012 at the age of 82. Mr Armstrong is known as the first man to step foot on the moon and also credited with saying, “That’s one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind.”

First I would like to share a couple of links that you can use to help your kids better understand who Neil Armstrong was. After all, he did more than just land on the moon!

And now I would like to share some links to sites that explore the concept of how space flight has influenced the way we live today.

And lastly, here is a link to a free PDF lesson plan for 9th – 12th graders to learn about Spacecraft. 


 

Teaching Kids About Elections

With the Republican National Convention happening this weekend, and a major election looming on the horizon, I thought it would be cool to post some links for teaching our kids about the election process. No matter what our political persuasion, it is important for our kids to understand how our government works.

So here are some sites that we can use to that end:

By the way, what methods have you used in the past to teach your kids about the election process? While you are at it, why not include some spelling lessons using Social Studies Vocabulary?

It’s Called “Reading”

How many of us can relate to this little comic? Have we entered an age where books may become obsolete? I heard the other day that there are schools who are requiring their students to each have an iPad. I think it is wonderful that schools are embracing technology. However, it makes me a little sad to think that so many kids may grow up without having ever experienced the pleasure of getting “lost” in a great book! I guess I’m still old-fashioned in this respect. While I love the ease and affordability of reading books on an e-reader, there is just something about holding and reading a real book.

I know there are holdouts on purchasing e-readers for this very reason. They love the feeling of turning actual pages. They love the smell of books and the memories that come along with it.

What about you? Would you be sad to see books become obsolete? Do you think this is even possible? Or do you think it would be the greatest thing ever if all books could be converted to e-books?

A Brave, scratch that, A Scary New World!

My son, ManBoy, and I are preparing to enter the brave new world of homeschooling a high schooler. Well, it’s new to us anyway. And to be completely honest, I’m feeling anything but brave about it!  Once again, technology is coming to my rescue!

The site Let’s Homeschool High School may just become my lifeline as I prepare and then stride into this scary new world. There are all kinds of resources for those of us who are attempting to educate our moody, hormone charged teens.

In fact, I just found a resource that was precisely what I needed to help me determine what curriculum I still need for ManBoy this year. It is a form called Homeschool High School Planner for College Preparation. This form is really going to come in handy over the next 4 years! There are also other great planning tools in this section that I will need to peruse.

And when the going gets tough, I can check in with others who are going through the same valleys on the Let’s Homeschool High School forums.

The soon to be published High School Curriculum Directory will be invaluable in helping me find quality curriculum as we progress in this journey.

So if you are preparing to enter this scary new world as well, perhaps you might want to join this site and then we can make this journey together.

It’s Finally Here!

Spelling City has released their new app for the iPhone and other “iGadgets”. Not that my family is going to get to use it! Even tech junkies like us can’t afford to have ALL the coolest gadgets and phones. But for those of you who DO have these, you should check it out! You can find the app with this link: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/spellingcity/id538407602?ls=1&mt=8 or go to the App Store and search for “Spelling City”.