Tuesday, March 29, 2011


As I kid I hated tests - Spelling tests mostly but for some reason I remember the Standardize Tests almost fondly.  I liked the extra attention we got on those days.  An extra snack, a sharp no. 2 pencil and a firm never bitten eraser - at least at the start of the day.

The state we are registered with as homeschoolers requires us to give a standardize test every other year starting in 2nd grade.  So this year is my first year having to test one my children.  I spent a few days looking around on the internet and ended up going with BJU Press for their testing materials.  I had to send in my college diploma, I also sent in my teaching certificate and then had to sign some forms.  I paid a bit of money to get a DVD so that I could give the Sanford test but ended up going with the Iowa test.  Though I might try the Sanford in two years just to compare.

I can't share anything about the test itself but I can say the process so far was simple except for a little mix up on the shipping address -which we resolved without too much hassle.

I just hope my dear children end up with fond memorize of Standardize tests.

Grammar Rock Adjective

Monday, March 21, 2011

Teach Art?


I am not an artist but I want my children to appreciate art and have an understanding of who the famous artists in History are considered to be.  The "artyfactory" website will come in handy.  
They offer on line:

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Ancient Civilizations Timeline

This is just one of the websites created by students involved in the ThinkQuest Competition.  It looks like a fun and handy tool for teaching history. 
Ancient Civilizations

Friday, March 18, 2011

Parthenon Graphics Timelines

Parthenon Graphics Timelines...Where History Never Gets Old.

I like timelines - I have really gotten into our timeline this year for myself.  My kids are not so thrilled with it yet.   I thought it would be nice to have a family time line so I've made the one we have mine.

I just found this website that makes time lines - they have a link within the site where you can buy them from.  I would love to have all of them as I think this kind of timeline would be better for my young children.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

Books to Read by

lexileEver wondered how to know what level book your child is reading?  Well this website:  Lexile levels figures all that out for you. 

With a little information it will also give you book suggestions based on what your able to read and your interests.  

It can guide you in book choices for your children and help you gradually increase the difficulty level of each book.  

Wednesday, March 9, 2011


neoK12 tag line is:

Kids learn best by "seeing' the real world.
So, here's the best collection of FREE online educational
videos, lessons, quizzes, games and puzzles.

Found this video through this site. Many topics to choose from.

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Imagine That - Ancient Ruins

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Found this video on this website that gathers up free educational video that is out there on the internet. Great resource for teachers in school or at home. Cute video below about what an Ancient Ruin is. There are 20,000 videos in over 3,000 categories according to their website. Enjoy!