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January 1, 2008

Resolutions For 2008

I've figured out a resolution for the New Year. In the Bible, it says that someday every knee shall bow and every tongue will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, even athiests. As a Christian this is very simple for me to do and can take a very small amount of time.

2008 Resolution~Bow in humble prayer on a regular basis, that even though wrongdoing is so prevailant in the world, I respect Jesus, that He is, even now the King of Kings, the Lord of Lord, and the Ruler of all existance.

Infallable Word of God says:
Romans 14:10-12
Philippians 2:9-11
Isaiah 45:22-24 (NKJV)
1 Corinthians 15:52-54

This is a truth, every unbeliever and/or follower after his own desires will someday, say, "Yes, Jesus is to be worshiped as the ultimate king. . . I'll just go ahead and give Him His due respect now.

Some who read this blog entry may consider me odd. I don't care. I've got to have something to cling to in life that satisfies my longing soul and I find that in Christ, God and the Bible.

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Jonathan Edwards' 70 Resolutions

Most are looking for resolutions to better themselves in the coming year.

This morning, I was reading Our Daily Bread and found reference to the 70 Resolutions of Jonathan Edwards. The educated scholarly type of his time in the 1700's would write out resolutions for the life and regularly refer back (example: Ben Franklin and George Washington).

I was so excited when I found a copy of the resolutions online @ The Jonathan Edwards Center At Yale University. . I must say, I was scepticle at pulling info from such a liberal college. But after checking out the site and reading through the PDF file of the list of 70, I consider it trustworthy enough.

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Forgiveness, Power and Hope

I've been having some intellectual fun on the first day of this new year. Christian devotions always give advice for living better. So I checked out the Back to the Bible website to see what some of their devotions discussed. Here's a good quote from Joy and Strength by Mary Wilder Tileston.

. . .How could I be anything but quite happy
if I believed always that
all the past is forgiven,
and all the present furnished with power,
and all the future bright with hope,. . .
~James Smetham

Key details-
1. past forgiven
2. present power-filled
3. future hope-filled

This Bible verse from the devotion makes a great word picture in your mind about God's love for His people (good memory verse):

As the mountains are round about Jerusalem,
so the Lord is round about His people
from henceforth even forever.
PSALMS 125:2

Personally, this devotion refers me back to Lamentations 3:22-26

22It is of the LORD's mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not.
23They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.
24The LORD is my portion, saith my soul; therefore will I hope in him.
25The LORD is good unto them that wait for him, to the soul that seeketh him.
26It is good that a man should both hope and quietly wait for the salvation of the LORD.

Chuck Swindol

God uses Chuck Swindol to help me learn the things of God. I love to study people who are a success. If I can, I love the chance to learn from them in a candid way. Five years ago in the month of June I heard the bio of Chuck Swindol on the Family Life Today program. I was so enthralled as Chuck Swindol honestly in a conversational way told the story of his life. I tried to memorize the details as I heard them from my car radio but I wanted to go back and listen some more. Now I'm finally doing that. Here are the broadcasts and transcripts from the program on June 3, 2002 and June 4, 2002.

January 2, 2008

Aurora Borealis
Totally Awesome . . . I wanna take my family to the A. B. for the 4th of July!

Technically speaking

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Aurora Australis

Don't forget the lovely and awesome display in the southern hemisphere, otherwise known as the Aurora Australis.

Aurora Australis From Outer Space

Another time lapse

The Aurora Page

Michigan Tech provides some good infor and snapshots plus links to other websites about the Aurora Borealis.

Grammar Lesson 22~Pronouns And Antecedents

The word for which the pronoun stands is called its antecedent. It may be in the same sentence, in a previous sentence, or not given at all. An example would be The boy threw the football. He threw it over the fence. Boy is the antecedent for he, and football is the antecedent for it. A pronoun can be an antecedent for another pronoun. He likes his new car. He is the antecedent for his. The antecedent always comes before the pronoun for which it is the antecedent.

Pick out the pronouns and their antecedents in these sentences.
1. He ran after his dad.
2. Jennie wanted her doll for bedtime.
3. The rabbit hopped into its hole.
4. They will help you with your work themselves.
5. The teacher gave us homework everyday, and she made our lives miserable.


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Which Versus That

When you write do you sometimes wonder if you're using which and that properly? Or maybe you thought they were just interchangeable in a sentence. Here is some helpful info:

World Wide Words
Notorious Confusables: Which And That
Quiz For That, Which And Who

James Thurber on Who And Whom

I love it when literature is combined with grammar. I found a great quote by the famous author, James Thurber, discussing the inappropriate use of who and whom.

The number of people who use "whom" and "who" wrongly is appalling. The problem is a difficult one and it is complicated by the importance of tone, or taste. Take the common expression, "Whom are you, anyways?" That is of course, strictly speaking, correct — and yet how formal, how stilted! The usage to be preferred in ordinary speech and writing is "Who are you, anyways?" "Whom" should be used in the nominative case only when a note of dignity or austerity is desired. For example, if a writer is dealing with a meeting of, say, the British Cabinet, it would be better to have the Premier greet a new arrival, such as an under-secretary, with a "Whom are you, anyways?" rather than a "Who are you, anyways?" — always granted that the Premier is sincerely unaware of the man's identity. To address a person one knows by a "Whom are you?" is a mark either of incredible lapse of memory or inexcusable arrogance. "How are you?" is a much kindlier salutation.
~James Thurber
Ladies' and Gentlemen's Guide to Modern English Usage

~Guide to Grammar and Writing website

Notorious Confusables

At this site, Guide to Grammar And Writing, you can learn of words that are notoriously confused with another and regularly misused.

Part One-- A-I
Part Two--I-Z and Quizzes

January 3, 2008

Samuel Johnson's Weakness

Today when I read Our Daily Bread, I learned about a man who lived in the eighteenth century who kept a journal. Just like most people today, he would make a resolution to do better and then falter and not follow through:

"Here is a typical entry: 'I have corrected no external habits, nor kept any of the resolutions made in the beginning of the year, yet I hope still to be reformed, and not to lose my whole life in idle purposes.'"

I agree with Mr. Johnson.

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Favorite Celebrations

I stumbled upon a sweet inspirational website full of quotes and color called Favorite Celebrations.

Grammar Lesson 23~Possessive Personal Pronouns

Some personal pronouns are called possessives because they show whose something is. They are the following pronouns: my, mine, your, yours, his, her, hers, its, our, ours, their, and theirs. An example would be The money is mine. Mine tells whose money it is.

Find the possessive pronouns in the following sentences.
1. The new car is his.
2. Yours will be here tomorrow.
3. I like theirs best.
4. Should we go for a ride in his or hers.


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I found a helpful site to help learn English. There are pages that give a detailed description of grammar information and then there are plenty of exercises available to help learn concepts. The site is WordPower.ws.

Pronouns And Their Antecedents #1

1. In the sentences below, fill in the blanks with the personal pronouns which agree with the underlined antecedents. For example:

Although ___ knew it was dangerous, the girl wanted to ride the horse.
Although she knew it was dangerous, the girl wanted to ride the horse.

The tree is very tall, but __ does not give much shade.
The tree is very tall, but it does not give much shade.

1. The children are happy because _______ have a holiday today.
2. My father and I had planned to visit the park, but since it was raining _______ decided not to go.
3. This chair is valuable because _______ is so old.
4. The woman is pleased because _______ has found work.
5. Until _______ retired, their father managed a business.
6. After the apples have been cut up, _______ should be sprinkled with cinnamon.
7. Because her husband used to study music, _______ knows how to play several musical instruments.
8. My neighbor and I like to go shopping together, so that _______ can help each other choose what to buy.
9. Her daughter likes to study, because _______ finds the work interesting.
10. The car is in good condition, but _______ needs a new muffler.

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Pronouns And Their Antecedents #2

Paying attention to the meanings of the sentences below, fill in each blank with he, she, it, we or they, and underline the antecedent of the pronoun.
For example:
The bicycle must be repaired before __ can be ridden again.
The bicycle must be repaired before it can be ridden again.

The bananas are quite soft, but ___ can be used in banana cake.
The bananas are quite soft, but they can be used in banana cake.

1. When the moon is full, ______ rises just as the sun sets.
2. Tracy and I like spending time together, because _______ share many interests.
3. When my uncle was young, _______ enjoyed playing soccer.
4. The students worked hard, because _______ were anxious to complete the assignment.
5. When the lady entered the hotel, ______ asked to speak with the manager.
6. The man was surprised when ______ heard the news.
7. My friend and I had to leave early so that _____ could catch the bus.
8. I liked the picture so much that I had ______ framed.
9. Your grandmother is old, but ______ is still beautiful.
10. The boats look picturesque when _______ are tied up in the harbor.

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Pronouns And Their Antecedents #3

3. The underlined pronouns in the following sentences are ambiguous, since it is not obvious to which antecedents they refer. For each sentence, first underline the two possible antecedents of the pronoun. Then make the sentence unambiguous by choosing one of the antecedents and repeating it, instead of using the pronoun. When repeating the antecedent, it is also necessary to repeat any words which modify it. For example:
I invited the woman and her sister, but she could not come.
I invited the woman and her sister, but her sister could not come.
or I invited the woman and her sister, but the woman could not come.

George gave Tom a book. Then he went home.
George gave Tom a book. Then Tom went home.
or George gave Tom a book. Then George went home.

The boys challenged the girls to a game, but they did not play well.
The boys challenged the girls to a game, but the boys did not play well.
or The boys challenged the girls to a game, but the girls did not play well.

1. I used your pen to finish the assignment, but then I lost it.
2. My father told my uncle the story, but he did not believe it.
3. When the students met the teachers for the first time, they were not sure what to expect.
4. The girl was dressed like her mother, except that she was not wearing a hat.
5. The man had arranged to meet his son at four o'clock, but he was late.
6. The box was the same size as the trunk, but it was much heavier.
7. The lady wanted to visit my aunt, but she had to leave town unexpectedly.
8. The riders slowed down their horses because they were growing tired.
9. The butterfly was sitting close to the flower, but it could not be seen in the photograph.
10. The cups were supposed to match the saucers, but they were a lighter shade of blue.

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Mrs. Dowling's Grammar

I found a site by teacher who's got it all together! It is called Mrs. Dowling's Grammar and she teaches the eleventh grade in Virginia, USA.

January 4, 2008

Attention All Word Lovers

Lexophiles are people who love words. And of course, that would refer to me. Here is a list my husband found that plays with words and their meanings. They will make you laugh.

I wondered why the baseball was getting bigger. Then it hit me.
Police were called to a day care where a three-year-old was resisting a rest.
Did you hear about the guy whose whole left side was cut off? He's all right now.

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The Humble Cow Pea

My husband found this interesting entry telling of the origin of black-eyed peas for New Year's Day tradition on a message board called Online Baptists.

The Humble Cow Pea

Tomorrow is New Years Day, 2008. Here in the South we are fond of
tradition and one of the traditions which will be observed tomorrow
is the eating of Black-eyed Peas also known in the South as Cow Peas
and often served in a dish known as Hoppin'-John.

Tradition is a good and useful thing. It's purpose is to make us
remember and it serves to teach those who were too young to witness
the original lesson first hand what was so important to their

So what's so important about Black-eyed Peas? What lesson could that
humble little pea possibly teach us? Well, let me tell you a little

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January 15, 2008

Vocabulary Fun


1._______________(adjective) going on without stopping or in a way that seems endless
2._______________(adjective) used so often that it has become stale or dull
3._______________(adjective) given or gotten free
4._______________(adjective) dishonest, sly or tricky


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Grammar Lesson 26~Relative Pronouns

Relative pronouns join dependent clauses to independent clauses. They are who, whose, whom, which, and that. For example, He found his money that he had lost. That joins the two clauses together into one sentence. Clauses will be taught in detail later.

Find the relative pronouns in the sentences, and see how many other pronouns you can find as a bonus.
1. I want the house, which is brick.
2. Jack ordered the meal that we picked up.
3. Freddie is the girl who won the contest.
4. Jon is a man on whom I can rely.
5. The student whose answer was wrong turned bright red.


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January 17, 2008

I Have Returned

It's been a struggle for us to get this site back, but it's up now. I have missed blogging everyday! It's where I store stuff I consider interesting and I put stuff here that is educational for my children.

Soooooooooo glad to be back.

The Near Miss

I was on my way to fill in for a middle school teacher around 10:15 this morning. The morning was cold with a dusting of snow. As I started out, the roads were all clear. I decided I would take a common route to my destination.

Some of the road is hilly.

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Grammar Links~ Relative Pronouns

Perdue provides some detailed information about relative pronouns.

The Tongue Untied website can also help you learn more about relative pronouns.

The Lousy Writer website offers a very detailed description of relative pronouns. What is most interesting about this site is that it provides grammar examples from classic literature!

Relative Pronouns Practice

1. Stratford is the town ____ Shakespeare was born in.
Either could be used here.

2. The hotel ____ we stayed was good.
Either could be used here.

3. The man ____ interviewed me seemed friendly enough.
Either could be used here.

4. The British Prime Minister, ____ was interviewed yesterday, denied responsibility.
Either could be used here.

5. The car ____ was stolen belonged to my partner.
Either could be used here.

6. The house ____ they have rented is in the centre of town.
Either could be used here.

7. The crowd, ____ were making a lot of noise, were told to move on by the police.
Either could be used here.

8. The company, _____ CEO is under investigation, is doing very badly.
Either could be used here.

9. The capital city, ____ cathedral is one of the finest in the country, is worth visiting.
Either could be used here.

10. The school, ____ has seven hundred students, had the bext exam results in the country last year.
Either could be used here.

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Quotes By Charles Swindol

Attitude by Chuck Swindol
"The longer I live,
the more I realize the impact of attitude on life.
Attitude, to me, is more important than facts.
It is more important than the past, than education, than money, than circumstances, than failures, than successes,than what other people think of, say or do.
It is more important than appearance, giftedness or skill.
It will make or break a company...a church.... a home.
The remarkable thing is we have a choice every day regarding the attitude we will embrace for that day.
We cannot change our past...we cannot change the fact that people will act in a certain way. We cannot change the inevitable.
The only thing we can do is play on the one string we have, and that is our attitude...
I am convinced that life is 10% what happens to me and 90% how I react to it.
And so it is with you..we are in charge of our Attitudes."

Other quotes by Swindol

January 19, 2008

Read the Bible Through!

Not long ago I worked in a factory. At one point, I was an instructor to the newly hired. Then much to my disappointment they downsized me and I was forced to go back to assembly line work. When I returned to the assembly line, it was difficult to keep from boredom. Even though it was against the policy of the handbook. I had to do something to keep my mind from wandering and to get encouragement. So I wrote out Bible verses on index cards. I would fold them in quarters and then memorize Bible passages in small increments. This action kept me from falling into deeper depression, helped me to deal with the embarrassment and gave me something to think about. I remember memorizing two distinct passages. One was from Psalm 139 which gives a good description of how well God knows us and loves us. And then the other was one I read this morning from the Psalms. It is Psalms 19:7-11. I love the Bible and I love the beautiful description this passage tells of it (:

The law of the LORD is perfect,
restoring the soul;

The testimony of the LORD is sure,
making wise the simple.

8 The precepts of the LORD are right,
rejoicing the heart;

The commandment of the LORD is pure,
enlightening the eyes.

9 The fear of the LORD is clean,
enduring forever;

The judgments of the LORD are true;
they are righteous altogether.

10 They are more desirable than gold,
yes, than much fine gold;

Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.

11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned;

In keeping them there is great reward.

Here's the site called Bible Gateway.

Spelling Flashcards

Here's an online site which helps you personalize flashcards to memorize your spelling words. It's called FlashcardExchange.com

1200 High-Frequency Writing Words

I have found a site with the 1200 most frequently used words in writing.

The words in this list are in the order of their frequency of use in everyday writing.
Since the is the most frequently used word in the English language, its number one.
The first 25 words are used in 33% of everyday writing.
The first 100 words appear in 50% of adult and student writing.
The first 1,000 words are used in 89% of everyday writing.

Here's the site where I found the list.
There is a book called Sitton Spelling Source Book Series which will organized the words so that they can be incorporated into learning and review each year through eighth grade.

Here are some examples that contain the grade, word list and internet games:
First Grade
Second Grade
Third Grade
Fourth Grade
Fifth Grade (Also check out this Check the Spelling game)
Sixth Grade

This really draws out my blog but here's the entire list of 1200 words:

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40 Ways to Practice Spelling

I found a website @ TeachNet.com that gives a list of 40 ways to practice spelling.

1. ABC order- Write your words in alphabetical order.
2. Rainbow Words - Write your words in three colors
3. Backwards Words- Write your words forwards, then backwards.
4. Silly sentences -Use all your words in ten sentences
5. Picture words - Draw a picture and write your words in the picture.

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Smorgasborg of Educational Sites

Whew! I found a site that has a smorgasborg full of all different kinds of educational websites. The site is called Student Resources.

Lots of Keyboarding Sites (:

Here's a list of several websites that can help students learn keyboarding. It's found @ ComputerLab.Kids.New.Net

Learn US Geography

Here are some sites that will help students learn geographical locations.

QuizHub-- Identify the states and their capitals
Scholastic.com--This site gets you familiar with the states and their shapes.
NetState.com-- If you click on the state on the map you will be able to read more about each state
AddictingGames.com has a site where you can find a state and then drag to the spot where it belongs.


Whew! Tons of games @ AddictingGames.com

January 20, 2008

Grammar Lesson 27~Demonstrative Pronouns

Demonstrative pronouns are pronouns that point out. They are this, that, these, and those. That is my hat. I like these not those.

Find the demonstrative pronouns in these sentences.
1. That is a great idea.
2. I will take those.
3. How much money do you want for this?
4. These are the shoes I want.


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Vocabulary Fun


Fill in the blank with the correct word for the definition.
1. _______________(adjective) ridiculous; so out of place as to be funny
2. _______________(noun) strict compliance to an ethical standard
3. _______________(verb) to set on fire; to stir up or excite
4. _______________(adjective) that arouses one to be angry, amused, curious thoughtful
5. _______________(adjective) given to joke


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January 21, 2008

Challenging Typing Site

Here's a free typing tutor @ a site called PowerTyping.com. They also have a test which will tell you how fast you can type. I took it and it was challenging. AlphaRain is a fun game. So is Foggies Typing Game.

I Have A Dream . . .

Here is a PDF file of Martin Luther King's famous speech, I Have A Dream. . .

Learn Some Fun History

Here's a fun place to learn history @ America'sLibrary.gov.

Pronoun Resources

Here is a site linking to sites all about pronouns. Its @ emints.org.

Pronoun Quiz

Do you know the correct answer to the pronoun quiz at the bottom of this page on this grammar site? You will be able to check your answers afterwards.

January 22, 2008

The Northeast States They're Capital And Meaning Of They're Name By Ginny

The states which are in the Northeast region of the United States are:
New York
New Hampshire
Rhode Island

Here are their capitals and the meaning behind their names:

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Grammar Lesson 28~Indefinite Pronouns

Indefinite pronouns are pronouns that do not point out specifically. They point out generally. They include such words as another, any, anybody, anyone, anything, both, each, either, everybody, everyone, everything, many, neither, nobody, none, no one, one, other, others, some, somebody, and someone.
Find the indefinite pronouns in the following sentences.

1. Everybody loves someone sometime.
2. Both of the students should hand in everything they have completed.
3. I didn't see anyone I knew.
4. If no one helps others, nothing gets done.
5. Somebody said that one should touch neither of them.
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January 23, 2008

George Washington's 110 Rules Of Civility

I found a site called The Papers Of George Washington. It has his 110 Rules of Civility. It is from the University of Virginia.

9 Different Sections Of the United States

1. The Northeast~New York, Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Connecticut and Rhode Island
2. Mid-Atlantic~Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, Washington, DC

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Fractions: Numerators and Denominators

Here's is a site which helps you learn what a fraction is. It helps the student know the difference between a denominator and numerator plus several other basics.

Here's a site called kidsolr.com to help kids understand fractions.

College Math Placement Test

Here is a sample copy (PDF) of a math placement test given by Mansfield University to freshmen students. The student will be able to check answers and there is also a description of why.

Mathematical Terminology

I don't think I've ever seen so much mathematical terminology! Here's a site that's a big thick dictionary packed full called Mathwords.com.

Mathematical Humor

The list of math humor just goes on and on @ this math site, math.utah.edu.

January 25, 2008

The Mid-Atlantic They're Capital And Meaning Of They're Name By Ginny

The Mid-Atlantic section of the United States consists of Pennsylvania, Maryland, New Jersey, Delaware, and our nation's capital, Washington, DC.

Pennsylvania capital is Philadelphia.

The name Pennsylvania was specified in the charter given to William Penn by England's Charles II in 1680. The Latin Sylvania meaning "woodlands" was added to Penn to create "Penn's woods."

Maryland's is Annapolis.

The charter that Lord Baltimore received from King Charles I of England specified a name for the new colony. It was to be called Maryland to honor King Charle's wife Queen Henrietta Maria (Queen Mary).

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January 26, 2008

Reminder: Jabez Prayer

I have to encourage myself sometimes because life gets hard. I've prayed this for my family and then for my husband in years past. Now I'm going to pray it for myself:

1 Chronicles 4
9 Jabez was more honorable than his brothers.
His mother had named him Jabez, saying, "I gave birth to him in pain."
10 Jabez cried out to the God of Israel,
"Oh, that you would bless me
and enlarge my territory!
Let your hand be with me,
and keep me from harm
so that I will be free from pain."
And God granted his request.

New International Version (NIV)
Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 by International Bible Society

January 27, 2008

Homemade Healthy Salad Dressings

There's a sweet little blog put up by a homeschooling mother of 9! that has some homemade healthy salad dressings that are worth trying. She's @ The Common Room. A detail I like about her recipes is that she makes them flexible. Obviously, she has had to just make do at times with what she's had on hand in her home. Hey, I respect stuff like that in Moms! The recipes are for Buttermilk dressing, Sweet and Sour salad dressing, Basic Tofu Salad dressing and Russian salad dressing:

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Some Lovely Little Poetry Websites

Poetry Tea @ Saint Micheal's School~Includes a few good poems for children (When the Frost is on the Punkin', Wet Weather Talk, A Jingle of Words, The Spider and the Fly, The Camel's Nose.)
Expose Middle school students to classic poetry @ Yale New Haven Teacher's Institute~lesson plans (scroll down some on the page to find the list)
Lovely little poems to read to a lovely little baby can be found @ Ambleside Online
This site, Classic Poetry Aloud has some enjoyable recitations of poetry. I like the English accent.

God's Diary

I stumbled across a site called WordSite.org that is dedicated to spreading the Gospel of Jesus Christ to 2,000,000 people before He returns. They have written a chronological telling of the story of the Bible that is organized into five sections and is called God's Diary. It also gives a detailed Biblical timeline of world history focused around the events of the Bible. If you have the opportunity please order a copy of God's Diary from their website.

Children's Writings Of Plutarch

Our Young Folks’ Plutarch
By Rosalie Kaufman
Plutarch's Lives for Boys and Girls by W. H. Weston
Tales of the Greeks by F J Gould
Tales of the Romans by F J Gould

These books are all found @ The Baldwin Project

Who was Plutarch? You can learn about him @ eclassics.com


I've discovered a wonderful site filled with tons of quality information for teachers to sort through and organize to teach the very best to their students:) It is Amblesideonline.org.

What Is Pink?

Here's a cute poem my daughter found in one of her reading books. Rossetti is one of my favorite poets.

What is Pink?
~Christina Rossetti

What is pink? A rose is pink
By the fountain's brink.
What is red? A poppy's red
In its barley bed.
What is blue? The sky is blue
Where the clouds float through.
What is white? A swan is white
Sailing in the light.
What is yellow? Pears are yellow,
Rich and ripe and mellow.
What is green? The grass is green,
With small flowers between.
What is violet? Clouds are violet
In the summer twilight.
What is orange? Why, an orange,
Just an orange!

I found this poem along with some other wholesome children's poems @ StoryIt.com.

Grammar Lesson 29~Interrogative Pronouns

Interrogative pronouns ask questions. Who, whom, whose, which, and what are interrogative pronouns.

Find the interrogative pronouns in these sentences.
1. What is that?
2. Who is going with me?
3. Which is the right answer?
4. Whose was right?
5. To whom did you want to speak?
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A Mighty Fortress Is Our God Hymn

This hymn was written by the famous church reformer Martin Luther and put to music by Frederick H. Hedge. I found it on Cyberhymnal.

The Lyrics:

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Free Geology Curriculum For Elementary School

Here is a free On-line Geology Curriculum @ AnswersInCreation.org. They also come from a Biblical perspective on a page called Science News in they have articles discussing recent events. I found it on the Mrs. Happy Housewife website.

January 28, 2008

JigZone Puzzle Site

I found an internet puzzle site called JigZone.com. It was great to discover that there is a classic that has several famous paintings. Here's Starry Starry Night by Vincent Van Gogh:
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Here's the famous haunting one called The Scream. My middle son likes this one :)
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Tons Of Geography Sites

Sometimes I am amazed at the tons of info there is to sort through on the internet. Check out this geography teacher website. It may take you awhile:)

January 29, 2008

Elementary Geography

Ambleside has old fashioned geography lessons by Charlotte Mason for elementary students. It was published in 1925.

Fun With Mazes

@ ABCTeach.com you can find mazes of different themes to print out.
NationalGeography.com also provides some maze sites.

National Geographic Games

Games @ NationalGeographic.com has a bunch of games that kids can sort through to gain interesting knowledge.

Geography Quizzes

Dartmouth.Edu provides several basic quizzes for geography from around the world.

Math Word Problems

@ RHLSchool.com you can find many math word problems with different themes and their answers.

Geography Super Quiz

@ Maps.com you can find a geography Super Quiz which asks a variety of questions in world geography.

Jigzone Van Gogh Painting

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Vincent van Gogh (1853-90), Self-Portrait With a Straw Hat and Artist's Smock, 1887. Oil on cardboard, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting).

January 30, 2008

Maps To Print Out

Education Place has a list of unlabled outline maps that can be printed out from a PDF.

GeoBee Daily Quiz

I was excited to find this site made by National Geographic.com. It has a GeoBee daily 10 question quiz to sharpen your children's geographic skills :)

If you have any questions that you don't know, have no fear!, you can find some real good answers on the CIA World Factbook site.


John William Waterhouse's The Lady of Shalott, 1888 (Tate Gallery, London) from JigZone.com.
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This is one of Waterhouse's most famous paintings. A study of Elaine of Astolat, who dies of grief when Lancelot will not love her.

The Lady of Shalott is a Victorian poem by the English poet Alfred, Lord Tennyson. The Lady of Shalott floats down the Shalott, chanting a "a carol, mournful, holy," dying as she sings.
Here's the poem:

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Grammar Lesson 30~Pronouns Review

This lesson is a review of the five kinds of pronouns.

Find each pronoun and tell what kind it is. It is either personal, relative, demonstrative, indefinite, or interrogative.
1. From whom did you get that?
2. Neither of my brothers would read me the story.
3. You need someone who will be kind to others.
4. What does this have to do with me?
5. I liked the play that you hated.
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Vocabulary Fun


1. __________ (noun) the special attraction that one person has for another
2. __________ (noun) regard with awe; great love and respect, as for something holy
3. __________ (adjective) living alone; living in seclusion
4. __________ (adjective) ability to sense or perceive that which is not apparent-- (noun) a person who seems to have clairvoyance
5. __________ (verb) to look at very carefully; examine closely
6. __________ (adjective) of or on the surface; not deep

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January 31, 2008

52 Ways To Manage Stress

Here are many helpful stress reducers from Women's Texas University.

52 Proven Stress Reducers
Get up fifteen minutes earlier in the morning. The inevitable morning mishaps will be less stressful.

Prepare for the morning the evening before. Set the breakfast table, make lunches, put out the clothes you plan to wear, etc.

Don't rely on your memory. Write down appointment times, when to pick up the laundry, when library books are due, etc.

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Michelangelo's The Creation of Adam Puzzle

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The Creation of Adam is a fresco on the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel, painted by Michelangelo Buonarroti circa 1511. It illustrates the Biblical story from the Book of Genesis in which God the Father breathes life into Adam, the first man.
Taken from the Jigzone.com.

3-D Brain Anatomy

The National Geographic site can help students learn the anatomy of the brain by viewing is a three-dimensional manner.

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