Wednesday, December 7, 2011
Friday, November 18, 2011
Wednesday, October 5, 2011
Robotics AcademyThis project is a 10-week, resident summer internship for students specifically interested in robotics who have taken active interest in robotics in demonstrable ways.
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Digital Learning NetworkDLN offers videoconferencing or Webcasting at no charge, providing interactive educational experiences to students and educators from kindergarten to university levels across the Nation and around the world.
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Wednesday, September 28, 2011
“When are you going to cut your hair?”
“You look like a girl.”
“Excuse me, Miss?”
For 2½ years, I have had these teasing comments from friends, family and strangers about my long hair. My brothers in law are in the Marines, you should hear them. At first I let my hair grow to be different but as my hair grew, I learn about cancer. Recently Ember Hill, passed away from cancer. My Nana has cancer, her dad died from cancer, then two of his brothers, and his sister lost all her hair from chemo for cancer.
What is Pantene Beautiful Lengths? A charity organization that provides real hair wigs for girls that have lost their hair due to chemo therapy treatments for cancer.
I know that a girl with cancer going to school without hair is hard. You think people are mean to me, imagine not having any hair at all! I'm growing out my hair to donate to the organization, giving a child a chance to fit in and not be teased, stared at, or made fun of.
Teasing and name-calling have been a daily situation for me. Every time I turn around, my long hair has been causing a bit of confusion along the way. Everyone thinks I am a girl, if I am in my Boy Scout Uniform, they ask if I am selling Girl Scout Cookies. I just ignore it and smile. I can take the teasing a lot better than a girl trying to survive the fight of her life.
I don't care that they think I'm a girl. I'm helping those kids. They need my help. And just so you know, yes, I am going to do it again for my Eagle Project and I hope that more people will help me. Pantene Beautiful Lengths wigs are FREE of charge!! Human hair wigs can cost quite a bit of money, they distributes them to women at no cost. All it takes is 8 inches, Will you make the pledge?
Wednesday, September 7, 2011
Tuesday, September 6, 2011
before you write, know what your about to write, each paper answers a different question and a different audience: http://www.timeforkids.com/homework-helper/a-plus-papers
and Razzle Dazzle Writing is an amazing tool
1. think it
2. talk it
3. do it
4. draw it
5. explain it
6. gather vocabulary
7. watch modeling
8. write it
9. read it aloud
10. revise it
11. edit it
12. share it
Lets get organized:
Computers Crash, Issues happen, many people can help 'edit', we work in the cloud.
We use Google Docs or Microsoft Windows Live Skydrive to start your online file folder.
this is usually easiest to start with nouns: (this is your who what where list)
white capped waves
clicky clack, clicky clack of the train
- What did the boat feel like?
- What shape did the clouds look like?
- What sound did the bird make?
- What did the sea smell like?
- What did the muffin taste like?
What was the point of the day, what did you set out to do? What changed? Did you enjoy what happened instead of what you planned to do? Do not directly answer these questions with we started out blah blah blah and we ended up blah blah blah, but actually write about it and let the story unfold. Remember, it doesn’t have to be a HAPPY story, and it doesn’t have to be HAPPY thoughts, but it does have to be emotionally charged, visually stimulating, and evoke a response in the reader.
When that is all done, write your summary, use lots of imagery, lots of senses. Length: how much is enough? 100 words per grade is my recommendation, 1/5 of that for each paragraph, five senses, and five W's.
Helpful words to use like a shopping list, scan and incorporate:
- Positive Emotion Words
- Negative Emotion Words
- Strong Verb Words
- Sight Words
- Sound Words
- Smell Words
- Taste Words
- Touch Words
Class / Subject:
Paper Due Date:
Friday, August 26, 2011
Fundamentals of Algebra & Geometry 2%
Intermediate Language Skills A === 1%
Composition ============== 0%
Grammar ================ 2%
Vocabulary =============== 3%
Literature ================ 2%
Welcome Back to OLS ======= 100%
TX Science 6 =============== 7%
History Social Studies 6 ======= 1%
Intermediate Art ============ 1%
Music Concepts =========== 0%
PE 6 =================== 3%
Health 6 ================ 3%
Monday, August 22, 2011
Sunday, August 14, 2011
Science (2 lessons)
PE - bike Hike (1 lesson)
Health (2 lessons)
Literature (2 lessons)
Math (2 lessons)
Art - Craft (1 lesson)
Grammar / Vocabulary (2 lessons)
Literature (2 lessons)
History / Geography (2 lessons)
PE - Swimming (1 lesson)
composition / spelling (2 lessons)
Literature (2 lessons)
Math (2 lessons)
music - piano (1 lesson)
Grammar / Vocabulary (2 lessons)
Literature (2 lessons)
Math / Geography (2 lessons)
Science - experiment (1 lesson)
Spelling (2 lessons)
Literature (2 lessons)
Friday, August 12, 2011
- Read Introduction (Fundamentals book) x-xii
- Read Foundations (Fundamentals book) 4-7
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 2-4
- Do Topic (Fundamentals book) Pages 8-9
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 5-7
- Do Problem Set (Fundamentals book) Pages 10-11
- Do Topic (Fundamentals book) Pages 12-13
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 8-11
- Do Problem Set (Fundamentals book) Pages 14-15
- Do Topic (Fundamentals book) Pages 16-17
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 12-14
- Do Problem Set (Fundamentals book) Pages 18-19
Monday: Your Choice
- Study Hall
- Do Topic (Fundamentals book) Pages 20-21
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 15-17
- Do Problem Set (Fundamentals book) Pages 22-23
- Do Topic (Fundamentals book) Pages 24-25
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 18-20
- Do Problem Set (Fundamentals book) Pages 26-27
- Do Topic (Fundamentals book) Pages 28-29
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 21-25
- Do Problem Set (Fundamentals book) Pages 30-31
- Study Hall
Monday: [IDENTIFYING INFORMATION IN WORD PROBLEMS]
- Do Topic (Fundamentals book) Pages 32-33
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 26-28
- Do Problem Set (Fundamentals book) Pages 34-35
- Do Topic (Fundamentals book) Pages36-37
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 29-32
- Do Problem Set (Fundamentals book) Pages 38-39
- Do Topic (Fundamentals book) Pages 40-41
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 33-35
- Do Problem Set (Fundamentals book) Pages 42-43
- Do Topic (Fundamentals book) Pages 44-45
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 36-37
- Do Guide (Student Guide book) Pages 38-39
Sunday, August 7, 2011
When I feel intimidation, it is just the fear of the unknown. you didn’t know what kind of wife you would be, just dived in, didn’t know what kind of mom you would be, just dived right in, same with educating your children, if you were able to successfully get them to learn to feed themselves with knife and fork, use a toilet instead of a diaper, ride a two wheeler, tie their shoes, put on a seat belt, wear a coat in 32'F weather, you are the perfect type of mom to home-school. WHY? because you give a care about them. that you will mess it up, is HIGHLY unlikely, why? because there is a script built into the lesson plans, there is a schedule built into the OLS, there is progress reports that you will see daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly, and your students will take assessments daily, weekly, and three times a year and every spring to let you know that your doing a bang up job! just worry about how your going to spend all that free time that you would be looking for shoes when the bus is coming in the morning, and how your budget is going to react to NO SCHOOL LUNCHES and you cooking at home, and better yet, eating today’s science experiment for desert tonight. it doesn’t take a PHD to teach, it doesn’t take a MASTERS to teach, it doesn’t take a BS to teach, it takes someone that wants their kids to want to be inquiring minds and not mushrooms sitting in the back of the class and molding.
Gym / PE, we take bike hikes every week, we ride to different parts of our community, sometimes we ride to the piano teachers house, sometimes we ride to the store to get groceries. PE is what you make of it, it could be a day at the park, it could be a day at the beach, it could be a day at the amusement park, it could be a day at the health center, it could be a number of things, just teach your children to be active. we have even had Wii days of PE.
What I love is that it is a complete turnkey system in a box, if you MIGHT need it, it is in there, if you could use it, it is in there, and if you must have it, it is IN THERE. the script for teaching the class is in there, the grading each assignment is in there, the workbooks and reading books are in there, the science experiments are in there for the most part. we had some that we had to go get supplies last year, things like plant fertilizer and jelly jars from the recycling box.
The first year was a mix of deschooling and inquiry schooling. Getting the children to stop expecting me to stand at the front of the classroom and spoon feed them nuggets of knowledge, & evolving into a more lifelong learning model of them asking a question, and following it down the garden path to find out who, what, where, when, and why. the second year, was a mix since I added another child from B&M to the equation and he was confused why he didn't see his brother doing as much work as him, because he was still getting deschooled and his brother was quietly working independently and it would just be such a confusing thing for him.
We discovered that the first 9 weeks was a lot of review, things he already knew. COOL. at some point I would have to start teaching SOMETHING right? well the second quarter came and went, and we were still plodding along nicely, stressing reading and keeping up with everything else to various degrees. he was gifted in science, he could breeze through it like no bodies business, wow, I had a gifted child right? well, not exactly, if we spent the day doing the fun stuff, then we didn't keep up on the not so fun stuff like social studies and math, so we had to ration the science and balance our day with everything else. the best thing I learned was that everything is cyclic, that means that if you do not get it the first time, do not fear, it will come back around again, that spelling words will be there next year and the year after, that vocabulary will be there, the next year and the year after, that fractions will come around every year until they finally get it and understand what a fraction is. so that means that no matter what, I will have an opportunity to reteach and they will finally get it eventually.
The best thing that I discovered is that I had more flexibility to change the approach, to change the technique, to change the direction of a lesson so that my child could benefit from more than one presentation method. say a video game would help, yippee, use it. say a trip to the museum would help, wow, go for it, say you would rather give an oral test, YES YOU CAN. it doesn't have to be all or nothing, just keep plodding along. now say your are keeping track of the clock, what if you didn't make 3% this week in EVERY SINGLE SUBJECT, YIKES, what will happen, you will catch up next week, you have the entire quarter to have everything balance out so find what works for you. if you make 3% in one subject, you can change topics or you can push ahead and do 6%, just keep it balanced 25% max per quarter, and then bring the next subject up to that level, until you have ALL of them at 25% before moving ahead in a 'fun' subject. all the teacher tools have literally a script in there so that you can not mess it up, once you get comfortable, you can deviate and shoot more from the hip and teach off the fly.
Here is my take after 24 months of this 'experiment', figure out what is the worst possible thing that could ever happen? is it that you children will not make as much progress as they were in B&M? that they will stop learning all together, or perhaps forget everything that they ever learned and work for Taco Bell? now that you can see the worst case scenario, think about this. In an IEP meeting for a child that is challenged, they set a goal, what would you like to see by the end of the year? would you like to see your child reading on level? would you like to see your child able to complete an entire assignment without you doing 90% of it? would you like to not have homework consume your evenings? now break that goal down by 1/4, what would you like to have accomplished by the end of the first quarter, the second quarter, and so on. find measurable improvements based on what you find in your family to be worthwhile. for us, we really wanted our child to be able to READ, that was the first year goal. to ENJOY reading was an expectation, and to ENJOY READING on LEVEL was the end of the year Plan. if nothing else, if he was able to do that, we had succeeded.
Friday, August 5, 2011
Tuesday, August 2, 2011
Monday, August 1, 2011
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Wednesday, July 27, 2011
Let's Grow Smart! (Space and the Solar System, Grade 2- 3) [Workbook]
Creative Edge (Editor) for a $1.00
on Page 25, we were working on a Letter Scramble:
SLEEPA EB DEMORFIN REETH SI A TAANS SLUAC!
and we thought, wow, that is hard: but it was talking about APOLLO 8, and reported "after their trip around the moon on Christmas Eve."
so we Googled Apollo 8 Christmas Eve. and got this link: Apollo 8 but it was not until I got to this clip that we discovered the quote. Thanks for your help:
Astronaut James A. Lovell, Jr.
Please Be Informed There is a Santa Claus.
but then we wandered off into the tour of the solar system and discovered Colby. but that was not enough, so we went on a journey to the stars
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
Your sex is maleYour height is 95th percentile
Your height is 5 ft. 3.0 in., or 160.1 cm.
Your weight is 104.0 lb., or 47.3 kg.
Your birthdate is 09/29/1999, so your age is 11 years 10 months.
That means you are 95th in height compared to 100 kids your age and sex.
Your weight is 80th percentile
That means you are 80th in weight compared to 100 kids your age and sex.
Your Body Mass Index is 18.5, which is the 63th percentile
That means that your BMI is 63th compared to 100 kids your age and sex.The healthy weight range for your height and age is 84 to 117 pounds (38 to 53 kilograms). This range corresponds to a BMI between the 5th and 85th percentiles for your age and sex.
Sunday, July 24, 2011
Saturday, July 16, 2011
Always remember that failure is not an option. once you get that as a mantra, the rest is elementary. I have 5 children, all of which are in school at some level. two in college, one in high school, one in middle and one in elementary. I have two grand children, one will be in PreK this fall, one that is 8 months, and one on the way, due in February. everyone needs to be nurtured, managed, and fostered. my key in addition to calendar is skype, I can have a meeting with any of my kids and connect to answer questions, work through assignments, and even coach through exams when they are in college 5 states away. Project management is how we break everything down into manageable projects.
Friday, July 15, 2011
Children with Sensory Integration Disorder or Attention Deficit Disorder may not have difficulty forming friendships, but they may have a hard time keeping friendships because of impulsive behavior.
Imagine the joy at seeing a real bond between two brothers that have traditionally agitated each other for years.
It is not a great stretch of the imagination to see how the grouping of children according to birth year can breed envy of those older, contempt for those younger, and alienation from siblings. Spending all day in an institution run by adults (each equally requiring and supposedly deserving of respect and unfailing obedience) can provide competition in a child’s mind and heart for loyalty to and trust in his parents and the family’s own culture and values. The fact that most of our nation’s children are “socialized” in that system defines popular culture on those terms. Parents must be alert and active to combat these pressures, even if the children are schooled at home, and especially if they attend public or private school. The survival of our families and the souls of our children depends upon it.
T. J. ed.
Tuesday, July 12, 2011
All Registered, now what?
Simplified Progress & Attendance
Sunday, July 10, 2011
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.
Trust in the LORD with all your heart
and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways acknowledge him,
and he will direct your paths.
Proverbs 3, 5-6
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Tuesday, July 5, 2011
Friday, July 1, 2011
The SPARK Program
Join us on a W!LD animal adventure and explore the most spectacular and inventive animals on the planet. During the W!LD: Wondrous Innovations and Living Designs™ module, children explore W!LD and wondrous animal inventors. During the week, participants explore how cuttlefish use camouflage to hunt and hide, paper wasps that make “paper”, snails that create iron plated armor, fire beetles that use infrared light, and geckos that climb walls using nano hairs. Mother Nature’s very own inventors are sure to spark your imagination on thisW!LD animal exploration.
Mysterious coded messages have been left at The Curious Cypher Club™headquarters, and it is up to the Camp Invention participants to solve this puzzling mystery. Each day, children solve a different coded message and use the same code to send a message back to the culprit. After working on their codes each day, children work together to build a clubhouse using materials such as PVC pipes, rolls of corrugated cardboard, and other upcycled materials. After a week of solving coded messages and using their engineering skills to build a unique clubhouse, children uncover the culprit, end the message sending, and are awarded membership into The Curious Cypher Club!
During the Bounce! An Atomic Journey™ module, children investigate the science of atoms and molecules by experimenting with bouncy balls! A dynamic mix of chemistry and physical science, children bounce their way through atoms, molecules, mixtures, and compounds to figure out how cool matter (like a bouncy ball) is created. Children gain experience designing and conducting their own experiments and investigations as they explore how atoms join together to make molecules that shape our entire world! Children design high-bouncing investigations, practice moving atoms like nanotechnologists, conduct inquiry-based static electricity experiments, and make salty solutions, slimy compounds, polymer snow, and their very own bouncy ball to take home!
Children shake up traditional games to create new experiences that will have them thinking and upcycling their way to a brand new kind of fun! In the Game On: Power Play™ module, children are challenged to use nontraditional equipment (such as water balloons) to play classic games. Each day features fresh ideas that will have children mentally and physically engaged and completely entertained. The laughter is contagious as children use fun ways to enhance their level of cooperation and coordination in these innovative, team-building exercises. Children's minds and bodies are put to the test as they combine physical activity, creativity and fun!
During the I Can Invent: Edison’s Workshop™ module children walk in the footsteps of Thomas Edison as they create and market a multi-step machine. Creative problem solving is fostered as children imagine and assemble the unthinkable! Younger children work in teams to create multi-step inventions using pieces and parts of broken appliances and other upcycled materials. Older children work in teams to build complicated, multi-step machines that solve a challenge. All children further explore the process of invention as they market their inventions. A participant favorite, children of all ages find this module incredibly challenging and exciting!
Saturday, June 25, 2011
Change the world where'er you are.”
Friday, June 17, 2011
Report Cards are nearly ready...
here is our year in review and how we did not move smoothly, but towards the goal we did move.