I Learned About Taekwondo & the Gifted Student
Travel To Your Curriculum!
Want to Resell You Homeschool Materials?
Java House... radical opinions about whatever, from OldSage
As a homeschool mom, who once had a career that involved management
and travel, I recognize that even though my current job is a daunting
one, there is still more I can fit into a day. [read
I Learned About Taekwondo & the Gifted Student
When people hear the phrase “martial arts”, often
they assume it is the militaristic way of the Asian past. "Tae
kwon do" means “The way of striking with hand and foot”.
Taekwondo, has a fierce history, but presently it enjoys the status
of being an Olympic sport that is mastered by world class athletes...
Travel To Your Curriculum!
One of things homeschoolers can do with ease is to add travel
to school schedules. At the beginning of the year I look at what
sort of topics we plan to explore during the school year, and
then my student and I plan our “field trips”. We’ve
used field trips for Art, World Culture, Foreign language, Science,
Engineering, Geography and History... [read
Want to Resell You Homeschool Materials? Good
by Amy Cortez - Editor The Eclectic Telegraph
Sale: Math-U-See Complete set including Textbooks, Teachers Edition,
videos manipulative. BANNED AT EBAY.
found this little gem out the hard way. Ebay has banned the resale
of Teachers Editions by homeschoolers as if we were pandering porn.
Fortunately I didn't lose as much revenue as other homeschoolers:
23 06 2006
In my opinion, Ebay is no longer a homeschool-friendly place.
Even though some materials can still be bought and sold on
the auction site, this policy directly discriminates against
homeschoolers because they have chosen to prohibit all teacher’s
editions, even those made exclusively for private educators.
This effectively limits sellers who offer items like all-in-one
curriculums, homeschool teaching manuals, and student/teacher
textbook sets. It also cuts off families who seek these products.
There are potentially millions of homeschoolers affected by
this decision, as so many have come to rely on Ebay as their
source for educational supplies....[read
Filed at 5:57 am under HE&OS by Daryl Cobranchi
I spoke this morning to the head of Rosetta Stone’s
legal department– very nice man but not very accommodating.
Fairfield Technologies will not allow their software products
to be resold by individuals. You must be an authorized seller.
If they find your product on eBay or Craig’s list or
any other eBay affliate, they will pull them. I did get him
to admit that this was their policy not a legal issue since
legally I have the right to resell. However, as long as these
sites have an agreement with Fairfield, then Fairfield is
at liberty to pull listings. I expect you will find other
software companies will be “jumping on the bandwagon”
so be prepared...[read
from Home Education Magazine on the Ban at eBay...[read on]
editions are getting harder and harder to come by through the tried
and true methods. Good luck Newbies! Apparently the public school
systems are concerned that now students are purchasing Teachers
Editions to cheat on tests and other areas that performance matters.
How horrifying! Perhaps if they weren't under such pressure to perform
and "test well" it wouldn't be an issue. Anyway, those
of us who use Teachers Editions are going to have to get creative
to acquire them.
frustrated with the eBay ban on teacher’s editions can take
their business to other sites who understand the importance of being
able to buy and sell teacher’s editions for home educators.
you want to write to your attorney General or Consumer affair agency
to register a complaint:
are several Yahoo groups where you can discuss or actually sell
your used homeschool materials:
you can build your own website and sell your stuff there.
Home Education &Other Stuff
A Democratic/Libertarian-Leaning Edu-Blog
sample of the writing
made a laughingstock
A branch of the state government, the Division of Non-public
Education (DNPE), has completely overstepped its legal authority
in its regulation of homeschooling. In so doing, it has
garnered national attention alternating between cries of
horror and hoots of derision.
Whether one agrees that homeschooling is a social good or
not, the fact of the matter is that it is a legal right,
based on laws passed by the General Assembly. Those laws
mandate that all homeschools must maintain vaccination,
attendance, and testing records and that these records must
be maintained at the “school,” so that a state
representative from the DNPE may inspect them at reasonable
times. My own belief is that these records and inspections
serve little or no purpose, but the law is the law. And
we follow the law– to the letter. Unfortunately, the
same cannot be said for DNPE.
On October 10th, DNPE sent out a notice (reproduced here:
requesting that homeschoolers in the Triangle area voluntarily
come in for a review meeting at a centralized location.
The tone of the letter was anything but a request. DNPE
has no legal right to demand a meeting away from the “school,”
but it gets much worse than that. Along with extra-legal
requests to review textbooks, lesson plans, and portfolios,
the letter tells, not asks, parents to bring their kids
(ages 7 to 17) to this meeting. AT THE POLICE STATION! Yes,
the state bureaucrats could not come up with a better location
than that. What a terrific way to scare a bunch of kids.
We live our lives without school.
their "About Us": Life Without School Publications
is an on-line publication and blogging community. We live
our lives with out school. For some, Life Without School
begins as a conscientious choice that is whole-heartedly
embraced. For others, it begins as a quest for second chances
and new opportunity....[read
With The Kid
about our adventures in our own back yard and on the road!
From a mom who has been homeschooling and traveling with
a highly gifted student for more than 5 years.
Teaching Children how to program Interactive Robots
RoboLogo is a system that enables children to program interactive
robots. Children can program a robotic truck that interacts with
the environment without having to deal with low-level implementation
Using iLogo, a high-level interactive language, the children can
easily describe the robot's actions in the environment and just
as easily program the robot's reactions to external events, such
as encountering an obstacle.
The Allen Brain Atlas (ABA) is an interactive, genome-wide image
database of gene expression in the mouse brain. A combination of
RNA in situ hybridization data, detailed Reference Atlases and informatics
analysis tools are integrated to provide a searchable digital atlas
of gene expression. Together, these resources present a comprehensive
online platform for exploration of the brain at the cellular and
Kids at Home
A practical website geared towards homeschooling and traveling with
gifted and talented students.
From a mom who has been homeschooling a highly gifted student for
5 years. Here you will find ideas about how you might homeschool
your gifted student. Ideas about how to homeschool and travel.
the Eureka podcast, you can listen to exclusive commentary
by star Colin Ferguson about each episode, while you're watching
Commentary by the cast is presented unedited and uncensored,
and may contain adult language. Listener discretion is advised.
Week in Science
"The kickass Science Podcast"
October 03, 2006
Things Great and Small...
We talked about them! This week we interview Dr. Alexandra
Navrotsky from UC Davis on the subject of nanotechnology and
its implications for the future of the world. Will we all
succumb to a great mass of gray goo? Find the answer by listening
Science Fiction Podcast Magazine.
Bringing you the best of our archives of science fiction and
fantasy stories suitable for most ages. For current stories
(including some material for mature audiences only) please
visit the main
Escape Pod site.
OLIVE GARDEN SEEKS NEW HOLIDAY IDEAS FROM YOUNG WRITERS
11th-annual Pasta Tales essay contest begins Oct. 2
ORLANDO, Fla. – Olive Garden is asking students
in first through 12th grade: “If you could create a new
holiday, what would you name it and how would it be celebrated?”
Answers could be worth a trip to New York and a $2,500 savings
bond, as part of Olive Garden’s 11th-annual Pasta Tales
to post courses on Web for free
By Reuters Published: September 21, 2006, 6:16 AM PDT
ale University said on Wednesday it will offer digital videos of
some courses on the Internet for free, along with transcripts in
several languages, in an effort to make the elite private school
While Princeton University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
and others already offer course material online without charge,
Yale is the first to focus on free video lectures, the New Haven,
Conn.-based school said...[read
Armleder Memorial Park
Now Open In Cincinnati Ohio
Amenities include seven irrigated soccer fields, a multi-purpose
field, playground, pavilion with concessions, picnic shelter and
restrooms, community event space and parking, 1.89 mile paved
loop trail (multi-use) with trail head shelter,1 0 acre dog park,
parking and the restoration of approximately 78 acres of natural
area with prairie, wet meadow, mud flatsa nd successional forest.
Proposed improvements for Phase Two of is scheduled to take place
in 2007, include a river overlook, canoe landing with access road,
picnic shelters and interpretive signage
Ride Around the
World: The Amazing Global Journey of the Cowboy traces the
1,000-year global evolution of horse-and-cattle culture as it
spread from Spain to every corner of the New World. In the process
it would shape how entire societies live, speak, dress, the music
they listen to, the stories they tell, and the ideals they hold
to... the very fabric of their lives. October 4 - March 11
Explore Engineering & How to Grow Your Own Engineer!
November 4, 2006
Registration for the Girls Explore Engineering Student Workshop
is now full.
Space is still available for the Parent & Teacher Workshop
“How to Grow Your Own Engineer!”
& Teacher Workshop: “How to Grow Your Own Engineer!”
Join biomedical engineer and educator Celeste Baine to learn how
to encourage middle school girls to stay involved with science
and math. Cost is $15. It is not necessary to have a student enrolled
in the Girls Explore Workshop to attend. Space is limited; pre-registration
is required by calling 614.228.2674.
Museum of Science and Industry: Chicago
Robots Like Us
Get ready! You are about to meet a “far-out “collection
of robots and space toys from the mid-twentieth century.
These characters tell us a story of a very interesting era —
the time between World War II and the first human Moon landing
— and they depict how people in the past saw our future.
From the 1940s to the 1960s, popular culture was greatly influenced
by visions of the future and science fiction fantasies. Robots
became the toy to own. They explored the fantasy of an unknown
frontier and were armed with the technology of the future!
are looking for homeschoolers!
is considered receptive to homeschoolers because it does not
require them to supply any more information than traditional
"Homeschooled students, by and large, are a liberal arts
college's dream," "We want more students who think
outside the box and color outside the lines. Homeschoolers often
have developed into self-directed learners. Traditional high
school students sometimes lack that trait." says Sabena
Moretz-Van Namen, associate director of admission at the University
coveting home-schooled students
By ALAN SCHER ZAGIER, Associated Press Writer
"At Stanford, sympathetic admissions officers
have helped make the university a beacon for high-achieving
home-schoolers. The support can be seen on the Stanford admissions
office's Web site."... [read
children have been and are still the most oppressed, exploited
and victimized group of human beings on the planet. Children
remain the most voiceless and the most discriminated against group
of people in all societies. [read
on] from www.childadvocate.org
is Emotional Abuse? [read
in Sensory Integration (DSI) is a problem in processing sensations?
your student have trouble with penmanship? How about
spelling or in sounding out words? How about with the way food
tastes or feels? How about sensitivity with the way clothing feels?
Or has unusual sensitivity to bright lights? Loud sounds? Sometimes
these "twice exceptional" students have sensory integration
processing issues. Your student may be overcompensating in one
area to "hide" these issues. Remember that one of the
qualities you'll find with the gifted student is intense perfectionism.
If your student avoids certain tasks, it may be because of a sensory
integration issue. It's worth exploring. Sensory Integration
and "Out of Sync Children"[read
four-year colleges do not use the SAT I or ACT to admit
substantial numbers of bachelor degree applicants. From fairtest.org
Brazilian-made Obvio can go from zero to 60
in 4.2 Seconds?
Obvio is a whimsical, hybrid-fuel three-seater that is 34 inches
shorter than the Mini Cooper and can run on gasoline or alcohol
distilled from sugar cane, can go from zero to 60 in 4.2 seconds?
It is also competitive when it comes to fuel efficiency...[read