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World War II Interactive

World War II Interactive for iPad provides a glimpse into World War II, its causes, events, and aftermath. The app includes more than 600 photos, 35 rare video clips, and audios of famous speeches made by Allied leaders.

You can browse by timeline event, media, people, and weapons.

This interactive app is perfect for students, teachers, veterans, or history buffs. I particularly like the app because it uses all the senses: auditory, visual and even kinesthetic (the interactivity of the app itself). Perfect for lesson plans and unit studies. 

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Medieval Life

Medieval Life features sound effects and interactive pen and ink drawings, paintings, and photographs that tell the story of life in the middle ages. It includes information on castle life, cathedrals, farms, towns, work, play, food, clothing, religion, homes, children, women, knights, tools, weapons, monastery, Vikings and Viking ships.

Pros: The sound effects, such as dogs barking, a blacksmith clanking tools, geese honking, and monks chanting, help pull you back into the middle ages. I like that. I also found it fun trying to find all the interactive hot spots; kind of like playing “Where’s Waldo.”

   

Cons: There is no animation or video including in the app. Although the pictures are interesting and there is a bit of interactivity, this app lacks the features that would

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Ready, Set, GO!!

Its the third week of August, and I can feel the winds changing! Yes indeed, my friends. The school year is approaching once again!

There are two additions to my treasure trove of curriculum that has me particularly giddy this year. The first is a math book named for a precocious little professor that goes by “Fred”. The Life of Fred is a series of math books covering everything from fractions through calculus and trigonometry (as well as biology and economics). However, what makes Fred so different from other Math curriculum is that it is specifically written with the “math-phobic” in mind. Fred’s creator (Stanley Schmidt, Ph.D) has had plenty of experiences with less than enthusiastic math students. After teaching on both a high school and college level for over 15 years, Dr.

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Modern Pioneers in Classical Education: Susan Wise Bauer

One of the first Classical Pioneers of the 21st Century is an English Professor from the College of William & Mary in Williamsburg, VA.

Susan Wise Bauer first entered the homeschooling community as a student. Though homeschooling was mostly unheard-of at that time, her parents not only created a solid educational environment, they followed a neo-classical style of their own design (including teaching Susan Latin at the age of 10). She was a good student, devouring everything that they offered her. Books were the central feature of her education and weekly trips to the library were a special treat. By the time Susan was 17, she had completed her studies at home and was accepted into college as a Presidential Scholar and National Merit Finalist. While in College, Susan earned a B.S. in

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Victory Garden Video

Looking for resources to teach a World War II Unit? Here are a few I found:

The Good Fight : How World War II Was Won by Stephen E. Ambrose. This book is excellent and perfect for family reading.

Mr. Donn's World War II Lesson Plans.

Create a World War II Memory Book.

Start a Victory Garden! Watch this old video for instructions!

Victory Garden Video
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Using a Camera in Your Homeschool

Today, just about everyone has a digital camera or a mobile phone that takes pictures. Why not use this handy tool in your homeschool? Here are some ideas:

Field trips:

Take photos of animals at the zoo, aquarium, or natural history museum. Create a notebook with one photo per page. Have your students label the photo with the name of the animal, as well as write a short report that includes the animal’s classification, natural habitat, diet, and other facts of interest.

Take photos of historical sites. Have your students write a short report about the historical significance of the site or a biography of a famous person connected to the site. Include photos in the report. For younger children, create a matching game. Using a large poster board, paste photos on the board along

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Recipes for Learning: Depression Casserole

Recipes for Learning: The Great Depression

The Great Depression was a time of high unemployment and shortages. Although I grew up after the depression, I still felt the effects from my parents. I remember collecting "wintercress" in the field for dinner and my mom making her own "yellow" butter by adding dye to it. Our diet wasn't exactly healthy either either as we ate a lot of lard and butter! But we did have a huge garden and enjoyed all the wonderful food it produced. 

When studying the Great Depression, it is fun to cook a few recipes that were popular during that era. Here is a casserole that you might actually enjoy!

Depression Casserole

Ingredients:

  • Sliced potatoes
  • Sliced onions
  • Sausage
  • 1 can whole kernel corn
  • 1 can tomato soup
  • 1 can tomatoes,
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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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