Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Love letter from our heavenly father

Hi all, this is not a post to tell you about a wonderful educational resource. Today, I'd like to share with you a wonderful video that a friend sent to me. I love it and it is sooo inspiring. I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. God Bless!

Please feel free to post comments on the posted video.


Saturday, March 20, 2010

Lattice Multiplication anyone?

Hello again,

As I mentioned in earlier posts, I have a child that will be starting High School next year, so this year we have been using a few of The teaching Company videos. We were using The Basic Math series for review and I just have to tell you about a cool concept that I saw while reviewing Math with my children. Have any of you ever heard of Lattice Multiplication? I really wish someone would have taught me how to do long multiplication using this technique! Check it out:

Very cool right? Well if you have a child who is struggling with long multiplication, try to teach them using this method :-)

If you are interested in The Teaching Company videos, they can be found at:

Wednesday, March 17, 2010

It's been a long time, so what's been going on?

Hi all, I can't believe how long it has been since I last posted!!! Please forgive! This year has been so crazy busy, the time just got away from me. Ok, first let me catch you up on what's been going on with me and then I'll share my free resource with you.

Let's see, I decided to join a coop this year. The coop meets twice a week and you can choose to have your children take most of their core courses with them, or you can choose individual classes (very nice). I decided to sign the children up for 3 classes and they have been enjoying the experience and making wonderful friendships with the children in the group.

I am teaching two science classes: Anatomy and Astronomy. My Anatomy class is for high school and gifted middle school students. It focuses on the major body systems and will end with a unit study of forensic science. We are using the Apologia Exploring Creation through Astronomy textbook for the Astronomy class and really having a great time with it. Did I mention how much I love Apologia Science books? Love it!

I have also been working on writing a book and it is going very slowly, but I'm hoping to have it finished by December of this year. So....what is everyone up to? Any great homeschooling stories to share? Please let me know what you are doing for school this year.

Now, my resource of the day: Free History DVD from the history channel!!!!

From the website:

America The Story of US — premiering on HISTORY™ April 25 at 9pm/8c —
is a six week event that provides a fascinating look at the stories of
the people, events, and innovations that forged our nation. It will
provide you with an unprecedented opportunity to bring our nation's
history to life for your students. This 12-hour series will be
supported by educational materials tied to curriculum standards and is
copyright cleared for Fair Use in the classroom by instructors or
pupils in the course of face-to-face teaching activities.

* HISTORY is offering America The Story of US on DVD to every school
in the United States. School must be an accredited public, private or
home school, for grades K-12 and college. In order to receive your
school's DVD, your school principal (grades K-12) or Dean of Students
(college) should fill out the request form below. HISTORY strictly
limits one request per school.
DVD requests must be made prior to July 1, 2010. DVD's will be mailed around August 2010 and free shipping is included in this offer.

http://classroom. america-dvd/ event/form

Well that's it for now. My next post will be a review on the Teaching Company Resources I have been using. Please stay tuned!