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A few good educational resources!

Well, it is hard to believe I haven't blogged for a while, but life has been extremely busy. I have kept busy home schooling, managed to visit our oldest daughter (and husband AND new baby!) in Germany a few weeks ago, and our 3rd daughter just had an emergency appendectomy that was pretty awful - hospital visits and recovery - as well, as keeping an eye on the new AHEA Facebook page. (The Facebook Page is hopping with links and comments, though!)

Life is kind of slowing down and I am back. smile

I was looking for a baby present and a preschooler / toddler birthday present yesterday and came across two great resources.

The first was a Leapfrog Frig Farm Animal Magnet Set. (I actually saw this on a Facebook Garage Sale Page for our area - that is another tip for the Facebookers! People not on Facebook, keep checking Kijiji and real life garage sales! BUT for those of us on Facebook, the Garage Sale pages for our areas are a great resource. I am loving ours and have found many great house items on great sales, as well as some educational items, too. I bought a used set for $5.) The new set for a baby gift was aroud $23 at the Bargain Shop.

The second resource that I saw and LOVE for little home schoolers was the Leapfrog Letter Factory Phonics. Again, it was at the Bargain Shop - around $27. I shop mostly in rural Alberta, so I had never seen this before other than online. Love it. I think it would be a great educational extra for a little home schooler to help learn the letters of the alphabet with - great as a workboxing extra OR to keep a little one busy while the big kids are homeschooling.

The last item is a KEVA Contraptions set. I saw this at one of the Home School Supply Stores and after a little consideration, I picked up for our household. Our kids are older - our youngest is 14, but I thought it would be a great building set to have in the house. I was right - I've had a few home school events in our house OR babysat for friends and had some kids LOVE building with it.

If you have a resource to share, why not check out the Facebook Page or email me at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it ? Happy Home Schooling AND Happy Summer Vacation!

Bow Making Workshops for Home Schoolers!

Raphael Bird is a 12 year old homeschooler in Saskatoon, SK and is offering several bow making classes across Saskatchewan and Alberta this summer / fall. His first class in Alberta will be in Calgary and will be the PVC Longbow (30-40lb).

This class will take place mid August.

We are still setting exact dates, times and locations based on how many students and their age groups enroll.

There will be two age groups, ages 9-13 and 14-18 for this particular bow style. The difference between the classes are the speed, size, force, weight, creation and design of the bows suited to the age group.

The PVC Longbow is a medium to higher weight bow and is not meant to be a toy for young children, but is for archery and intended to have parental supervision and guidance for the younger students.

The class will be 5-6 hours long in total and will run on one day with a one hour break for a potluck style snack / lunch half way through and some “show and tell” time for the students.

Cost is $75 for the first student in a family and $60 for each additional student in that household.

All the supplies are provided and the child will leave the class with their new bow, arrow, and a full electronic tutorial of how to make their next bow independently from home.

Raphael asked me to mention that if there are low income families, very large families, or those facing financial hardship, that would like to take the class, that they should be in touch with him to arrange for partial sponsorship into the class or a family rate.

Raphael is looking for both volunteer parent supervisors for his classes and host locations for each class. Please email us if you want information on volunteer or host
requirements / benefits. Hosts receive their first students’ class for free!

To enroll, each student and parent must first watch Raphael’s Parent Introductory video to learn a bit more about the bow and if your child is best suited for this class. We will email you the link upon request.

The deadline for enrolling into this class is August 8th, 2013. For more info, to enroll, volunteer, or host, contact myself (Carol) or Raphael at 306.931.6861 or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Another Easy Home School Idea - Using Youtube in Your Home School

This is an idea that I have used in our home school often through the years. *I was just thinking I do a lot of online extras BUT the internet is a tool in our home and home school. I always recommend monitoring it closely. Our computers and laptops are in public areas and I continue limiting and checking how much our daughters use them AND what they are doing on them. That is a parental responsibility in this day and age. *I do trust our children often, but I don't trust their friends usually - parents have different rules, so it is important to keep an eye on even our trusted children. I was reminded of that recently.

BUT using Youtube in our home school has been a valuable tool. I am always looking for tips and links to illustrate what we are learning about.... I often check out Youtube for a video to make a lesson come to life. It works for checking out: animal habitats for science, current news stories, art or paper play techniques, math extras - Doodling in Math Class, anyone? (We love her series on Sprials, Fibonacci and Being a Plant), historical videos (Ancients Behaving Badly - Genghis Khan- there are many other videos, too) and much more.

Here is a link to Using Youtube in Your Home School for even more ideas.

I think the key is to make home schooling work in your home. If you are comfortable with Youtube, it is just one more tool to use!

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