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Posts from September 2010

Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers

Life Prep for Homeschool TeenagersBarbara Frank says that, Life Prep for Homeschooled Teenagers is a "parent-friendly curriculum for teaching teenagers to live as morally and financially responsible adults." That is exactly what it is; and, how I wish it had been available for my own children! 

The spiral-bound, 100-page book includes lessons for the work-bound as well as the college-bound teenager. It teaches them life skills by having your teen read, research, and complete real-life projects that are related to the concept being studied. By the time your teen completes the curriculum, he will have had hands-on practice in buying a car, getting a loan, purchasing car insurance, learning about credit cards (the good, bad, and ugly!), purchasing health insurance, renting an apartment, grocery shopping, paying

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123 World Geography HD

123 World Geography HDWhat I really love about the iPad is that it’s not only fun, it’s educational, too. Why not take advantage of this feature by not only entertaining your children, but educating them as well. 123 World Geography HD can help you do just that.

123 World entertains your children by providing “coloring book” fun as well as exotic music from places like Cuba, Ireland, Asia, and Japan. And, while your children are “coloring” and enjoying these cultural sounds from around the world, they’re also practicing color, number, and letter recognition.

They can also practice foreign language skills. With a simple change in the settings, you can modify the voice-over language to speak English, Spanish, French, or German. Now, instead of one, two, three, it can say uno, dos, tres or un, deux, trios.

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Reading Skills Competency Test

Reading Skills Competency TestsLearning phonics rules is important, but you need to remember that only 80% of our vocabulary words can be decoded using phonics rules. Reading Skills Competency Tests (Second Level) by Walter B. Barbe, Ph.D. is a resource that covers all areas of reading skills, including phonics. 

Using the tests, chart, and recordkeeping form included in this book, you can access your child’s reading readiness and actual reading skills, as well as keep track of his or her progress. The chart is a chart showing all the different skills students should master. It is made of heavy-stock paper and pulls out of the book for easy reference. 

The skills covered include (not a complete list):

Vocabulary Skills:

  • Reading readiness
  • Sight words (includes Dolch list of 220 Basic
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Wipe Clean Worksheet Cover

I found these today browsing my local education store. Wipe Clean Worksheet Covers by roylco.com. What a great way to save money! Simply place your worksheet between the plastic cover and then use a dry erase marker to complete the worksheet. After your done, wipe clean and use again another day! How cool is that! Only $2.99 each.

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Preschool Memory Match App Review

Preschool Memory Match might be for preschoolers, but I had fun with it, too!

Preschool Memory Match is colorful, fun and educational. Your kids will enjoy delightful sound effects as they successfully find the pairs of animals, instruments, and other symbols. When they complete the game, they are rewarded with three wacky buttons that spin, whirl, pop, and fizz. What I like most about this app - kids will have fun and learn at the same time!

Choose from the Settings menu whether you want sound or not, which symbols you want to use, whether or not you want to show the words or hear the words. A super duper hard category uses all the symbols! 

Features:

  • Over 220 different pairs to match in 5 categories! (Transportation, Musical Instruments, Animals/Bugs, Food, and Objects)...
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Phonics Song Video

Phonics Song video from YouTube. Fun!

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The Teacher’s Book of Graphic Organizers

As a visual learner, I depend on strong visual pictures to help me process information. Consequently, I have learned the value of graphic organizers. A graphic organizer is a visual learner's best friend in that it helps us organize data, remember facts, and explain concepts. 

If you have a student who learns best from reading charts and graphs, I highly recommend The Teacher’s Big Book of Graphic Organizers published by Jossey-Bass. Included are 100 reproducible organizers for all subject areas.

For instance, the Carousel Brainstorm organizer helps students create a book report by filling in boxes of information. After the boxes are complete, they can take this information and easily write their final report. The report can be on the book itself or the topic discussed in the

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