Monthly Archives: February 2011

Doodle 4 Google Contest is Open to Homeschoolers!


From the official contest site:

…this year we’re inviting U.S. kids to exercise their creative imaginations around the theme, “What I’d like to do someday…”

Whether students want to find a cure for cancer or take a trip to the moon, it all starts with art supplies and some 8.5″ x 11″ paper. And, one lucky student artist will take home a $15,000 college scholarship and $25,000 technology grant for their school, among many other prizes.

Registration closes at 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT) on March 2, 2011, and entries must be postmarked by March 16, 2011 11:59:59 p.m. Pacific Time (PT). The winning doodle will be featured on our homepage on May 20, 2011.

Labels: High School
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Free Resources for Learning World Languages








Here is a list of useful resources for studying foreign languages. I have been collecting them for a long time, but they are biased towards the languages that my kids are interested in. So please be sure to let me know via the comments or e-mail if you know of any I missed.

Labels: World Languages
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Free Color Matching Printables

This week, we continued to work on colors with Dora. I made a couple of printables for her that I thought I would share. All of these items work best if printed out on card stock. Please let me know if you have any problems with these printables.

Feel free to use these printables for your personal use. If you want to mention them on your blog, great, just please be sure to send your readers to this post. Thanks!

Color Matching File Folder Game – Glue the paint cans to the insides of a file folder, leaving the top side of each paint can open. Have your child sort through the various items into the matching paint cans. If your child has trouble matching the items, you might have him look at the colors book (below) first so he can learn which items go with which color (I added a few items that are not in the book to further challenge Dora).

Colors File Folder Game Sample

Color Matching Memory Game – Pairs are made by matching a color to an item of that color. If your child has trouble matching the items, you might have him look at the colors book (below) first so he can learn which items go with which color.

Memory Game Sample

Colors Book – This is a little book about colors. When you print it out, it may look like the pages are messed up, but when you put them all together and fold the booklet in half, it will be right. It is intended to be printed double-sided. If you cannot do that, you will need to glue or tape the pages together or else you will have blank white pages in between the actual pages.

Colors Book Sample

Labels: Apps, Blogging Business, Printables, Toddlers
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

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Labels: Educator Discounts and Curriculum Sales, Toddlers
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

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Labels: Toddlers
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Journey North Sunlight Mystery Class Has Started!


I just learned about this “Mystery Class” and am really excited to be able to participate, since it ties in really well to our earth science studies. It started January 31st, but you can still catch up, as you only need to look up your local sunrise/sunset times for that day. The program’s description is:

As spring sweeps across the Northern Hemisphere, day length changes everywhere on Earth. Mystery Class is a global game of hide-and-seek. Students follow sunlight clues to find ten secret sites located around the world. As students solve the mystery, they discover the reasons for seasons.

Graphs and journal pages are provided for you to download for free.

Journey North is a global study of wildlife migration and seasonal change from Annenberg Learner.

Labels: Science
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff

Your Homeschool Can Participate in A Global Experiment


I just learned about this set of global experiments, which I am hoping to also include in our Earth Science studies this year.

“Chemistry—our life, our future,” is the slogan of the International Year of Chemistry (IYC), 2011. During the year, a global chemistry experiment will be performed by many thousands of school children across the world, potentially becoming the biggest chemical experiment every conducted. Under the theme, “Water: A Chemical Solution,” students will focus on modules that examine the properties of their local water and the technological solutions chemistry makes available to humanity in supplying clean drinking water…

…Primary school to high school students are invited to explore one of the Earth’s most critical resources, water. The students will report their findings on water quality and water treatment on an online map, allowing them to compare results and connect with other students around the world.

Labels: Science
Posted by Maureen Sklaroff