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Curl up and Read Aloud with Free Kindle Books

Winter is the perfect time to curl up with a good book or Ebook-Reader and read aloud to your children. It is never to late to read aloud. I read to all my children when they were teenagers. You can download a 31 page list of classics by grade level (K-12) at the bottom of this post. Did You Know ... Read More »

Get Books FREE with Paperback Swap!

I am really excited about Paper Back Swap (PBS)! Most homeschoolers have shelves and shelves of books sitting and waiting to be used.  Want to swap them for a book you have been wanting- FREE? You do need to pay to ship books but media rate is under $3.00. In return you can get almost any book without paying shipping! ... Read More »

Seven Neat Things You Can Do With LibraryThing

LibraryThing is the program for book lovers. It helps you create a library-quality catalog of books: books you own, books you’ve read, books you’d like to read, books you’ve lent out … whatever grouping you’d like. Here is a screen shot of my page. Click on it to see the real page. Years ago, I spent days attempting to record ... Read More »

Blogging & Twitter Addictions?

Are you worried you spend too much time Twittering or blogging? Its a good thing to analyze how you spend your time. We can turn anything into sin if it’s out of balance or if we have the wrong motivation. Shoes, make-up, food, TV, sports, pets, etc. can become addictions or idols. Volunteer work at church can become sin when ... Read More »

Twavorite Tweets Thursday

A Twitter Tweet is a 140 characters about anyone, any topic, anything. Tweeting is micro-blogging. Clcik continue for a list of my Tweets this week. I'll list some each Thursday for those who don't twitter or those who were not online when these were Tweeted. Read More »

Tweet Your Testimony on Twitter#

Can you give your testimony in under 140 characters? Twitter is a free social networking and micro-blogging service that allows messages known as tweets, which are posts of up to 140 characters in length. Help me spark a testimony fire. I’m asking all Christians to add a Tweet Your Testimony on Twitter to witness on Twitter.  If enough show up ... Read More »

What is RSS? Can it Make My Life Easier?

Do you try to keep up with more than one blog? I do. I enjoy several blogs but I don’t have the time to jump around to all of them. So I use an RSS reader. RSS is Rich Site Summary. Most news-related sites, weblogs and other online publishers syndicate their content as an RSS Feed to whoever wants it. ... Read More »

Save $10 on ClickN' READ Phonics

I started using ClickN’ READ Phonics with my 6- and 8-year-olds this summer. It’s a great program. The boys love it and compete with each other to see who can get to the highest level each day. It is the latest in beginning reading phonics instruction used in thousands of schools and homes in over 60 countries. Save $10 off ... Read More »

Visual Thesaurus

Click to view larger image. The Visual Thesaurus is an interactive dictionary and thesaurus which creates word maps that blossom with meanings and branch to related words. Its innovative display encourages exploration and learning. You’ll understand language in a powerful new way. Stumped for just that right phrase? Type in a term and watch as an interactive word map blossoms ... Read More »

Instant Online Writing Prompts

A writing prompt is a statement that asks the students to write a paper about a specific topic. It defines the audience and purpose for writing. The list below from Creative Portal will help when you need an idea or a writing prompt or two to get your student in the writing mood. A writing prompt serves as a catalyst ... Read More »

Think Quest

If you are using Heart of Wisdom unit studies you have probably visited a ThinkQuest site via HOW links. ThinkQuest inspires students to think, connect, create, and share. Students work in teams to build innovative and educational websites to share with the world. Along the way, they learn research, writing, teamwork, and technology skills and compete for prizes. Building a ... Read More »

Teachers Xpress

Teacher’s Xpress describes itself as the “the education web for busy teachers. Find everything in one place”. It is a gateway to a wealth of useful information and resources, of especial value to teachers. This is a secular site. With the number of web pages more than doubling every 3 months, teachers need a fast way of finding interesting new ... Read More »

Using Web2.0 to Teach

This is part of a series of articles on Utilizing the Internet focusing on Web 2.0 communities. I’ll be discussing this topic much more in upcoming posts. For now this video from Teacher Tube may get you thinking about the possibilities. Read More »

Del.icio.us Social Bookmarking – A Powerful Tool

This is part of a series of articles on Utilizing the Internet focusing on Web 2.0 communities. We begin with is a video (be patient, it takes a while to load but worth it) Del.icio.us in the Classroom   Del.icio.us is asocial bookmarking website, which means it is designed to allow you to store and share bookmarks on the web, ... Read More »

Google Alerts

This is part of a series of articles on Utilizing the Internet focusing on Web 2.0 communities. Google Alerts are emails automatically sent to you when there are new Google results for your search terms. Its almost like having a research secretary! Alerts results come from News, Web, Blogs, and Groups. You can use Google Alert to keep track of ... Read More »

Websurfing with Stumble Upon

This is part of a series of articles on Utilizing the Internet with Web2.0 communities. Channel surf the internet with the StumbleUpon toolbar to find great websites, videos, photos and more based on your interests–I use to find homeschool sites, Bible studies, and web design. You can use it to find things you that meet your interests. StumbleUpon learns what ... Read More »

Firefox Keyboard Shortcuts

These are very handy. My favotite is Ctrl+= to make the text larger on almost any page. Once you learn these your browsing will be super fast. Spacebar (page down) Shift-Spacebar (page up) Ctrl+F (find) Alt-N (find next) Ctrl+D (bookmark page) Ctrl+T (new tab) Ctrl+K (go to search box) Ctrl+L (go to address bar) Ctrl+= (increase text size) Ctrl+- (decrease ... Read More »