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A New Tool For Education May 3, 2009

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I saw this article on YAHOO and thought I’d have my son view someof the over the summer.  I followed the link to YouTube where I found this site which I think will be very useful over the summer and will help and entertain my son.

 

Love This Poem April 26, 2009

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Reading in Bed
by
Helen H. Moore

Oh, what could be better
Than reading in bed,
Or thinking about
All the books that you’ve read?

With someone who loves you,
A father, a mother,
A doll, or a pet,
Or a sister or brother,

A grandma, a grandpa,
An uncle, an aunt –
(Can you think of anything better?
I can’t!)

While outside the sky
Is all twinkling with light,
From stars that shine down
As we sleep through the night.

Oh, what could be better
Than sleeping in bed,
When the books that you love
Fill the dreams in your head?

 

From InForum Blog by Shelia Liaugiamas

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An article to read for any pertinent information.

 

Great Learning Ideas April 23, 2009

Filed under: DS, The Younger — alwayswithme @ 8:29 am
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  1. When multiplying 9’s; write 9 to 0 in the ones column and 0 through 9 in the 10’s column.
    This gives you the nines tables.
    0x9= 0
    1×9= 9
    2×9= 18
    3×9= 27
    4×9= 36
    5×9= 45
    6×9= 54
    7×9= 63
    8×9= 72
    9×9= 81
    10×9=90
  2. How many feet are in a mile? 5 tomatoes
    ( 5 )five ( 2 )to ( 8 )mat (0)oes
  3. To remember where the states, California, Oregon and Washington are, it spells COW.
  4. Treble Line in reading music: Notes EGBDF
    Every Good Boy Does Fine. (Treble is people)
  5. Treble Space in reading music: FACE (Treble is people)
  6. Bass line in reading music: GBDFA
    Great Big Dogs Fight Animals (Bass is animals)
  7. Bass Space in reading music:
    All Cows Eat Grass (Bass is animals)
  1. The order of the planets.
    My = Mercury
    Very = Venus
    Educated = Earth
    Mother = Mars
    Just = Jupiter
    Showed = Saturn
    Us = Uranus
    Nine = Neptune
    Planets = Pluto
    (This is what I learned in school, now that Pluto is officially not a planet, I don’t have a new one.)
  2. When trying to remember the compass, always remember that it spells WE across. (West to East)
  3. He pat my liver, is good to remember that HEPAT is the Latin for liver.
  4. When dividing fractions don’t ask why but flip the last one and multiply.
  5. 4 quarts = 1 gallon like 4 quarters = $1.00
  6. Order of Division
    Driving = Divide
    My = Multiply
    Super = Subtract
    Cool = Compare
    Buggy = Bring Down
  7. < & > Less than and greater than
    > always eats the bigger number because he is hungrier.
    < always points the little number.
    (i.e. 3 < 7)
  1. The 11 Times Trick – We know the trick when multiplying by ten – add 0 to the end of the number, but 11’s are simple as well when multiplying by double digits.
    Take the original number and imagine a space between the two digits (in this example we will use 52:
    5_2
    Now add the two numbers together and put them in the middle:
    5_(5+2)_2
    That is it – you have the answer: 572.
    If the numbers in the middle add up to a 2 digit number, just insert the second number and add 1 to the first:
    9_(9+9)_9
    (9+1)_8_9
    10_8_9
    1089 – It works every time.
  2. To get the first eight digits of pi, count the number of letters in each word of this phrase:
    May(3) I(1) have(4) a(1) large(5) container(9) of(2) coffee (6)?
  3. Divide a number by 3? Just add up all the digits until you have a single number. If THAT number is divisible by three, so is the original number. (I.e.  4545  . If you add 4+5+4+5 you get 18. Then add 1+8, which equals 9. Nine is divisible by three, so you know that 4545 is too.)
  4. Order of taxonomy in biology: 
    Kids Prefer Cheese Over Fried Green Spinach (Kingdom, Phylum, Class, Order, Family, Genus, Species)
  5. Red sky at night, sailor’s delight;  (meaning pretty day)
    Red sky at morn, sailor’s be warned. (meaning storms)
  6. MISSISSIPPI – M,i, crooked letter, crooked letter, i, crooked letter, crooked letter, i, hump back, hump back, i.
  7. A song to learn the order of the presidents of the United States of America.

 

 

 

  • Cincinnati is a word
    Hard to spell but easy heard.
    It need not cause you irritation,
    Just drop the ON from CIN CIN NATION.
  • Massachusetts is tricky,” the teacher confesses,
    “Just remember to spell it with two tees and four s.”
  • Let’s put an end to all this confusion.
    We can’t tell the difference between Tuscan and Tucson.
    The best way to end typographical stress
    Is to remember to put the C before S.
  • ANTI­DIS­ESTABLISH­MENT­ARIAN­ISM is really not the longest word, do you know what is?
  • To know the difference between b and d, make a bed using b and d.  b-d.
  • HOMES on a Great Lake:
    H-Huron, O-Ontario, M-Michigan, E-Erie, S-Superior (I had forgotten this one but Mom2fur had given that suggestion to us.)  I love it!
  • Learning the 10 commandments:
  • H/T to ilovemy5kids

     

    Teaching Children April 21, 2009

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    John Taylor Gatto said that when a child is ready and willing, he can learn the entire scope of basic math in less than 100 hours. I believe him. When it comes to learning, readiness is everything. And– contrary to what the scope and sequence programs of our schools suggest (dictate)– all children are not ready to learn the same things at the exact same age. God has made each child unique, with his own scope and sequence for learning and developing. (I read in a book that Einstein didn’t speak until he was four years old. Can you imagine how much a modern parent would wring his hands and fret over this and search for the best therapies and “help” for their child?!)  From High Desert Home

     

    A Book To Look For April 18, 2009

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     The Eighth Day Books catalog. It is a catalog of “classics in religion, philosophy, history and literature.” Go to eighthdaybooks.com.

     

     

     

     

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    If I Were To Homeschool My Son

    Filed under: Catholic,DS, The Younger,Family,Organization — alwayswithme @ 2:36 pm
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    My youngest has shown some apprehension about middle school, which is normal, I know.  I have apprehension about middle school too; having had three boys already go through it.  I did not enjoy the experience.  We live in a good school district so it is not the education; it is the social crap.  DS is a sweet, sensitive, shy boy.  He isn’t the most popular, doesn’t have a lot of friends, is intelligent, has ADHD, is afraid of flying insects, is wise, isn’t team sports inclined and I just love him to pieces.  Part of me thinks that life is hard enough, why put him through middle school.  Anyway, I have looked at homeschooling before in a general way as I find the whole thing fascinating.  This year, however, I am going to investigate it further.  I plan to attend our areas Catholic Homeschool Conference in June.  In looking at different methods of educating a person I believe that I prefer the unit study method.  I plan to start accumulating that type of information in the event we decide to go that route. 

    There.  I made is public.