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Fabulous Resource for Teens

I can’t recall if I’ve mention iTunes U here or not? It’s a large collection of free lectures and educational videos downloadable for free via iTunes. No need to have an iContraption – you can watch them right on your computer. I thought that was a great find.

Today, I ran across Academic Earth. Free online video courses from an assortment of colleges on topics like math, architecture, history, and more.

Modern technology changes education daily, doesn’t it?

Do we need to teach our children to read?

I have never taken credit for teaching my children to read. It’s just something they learned. We read aloud – a lot. Books were always available. But lessons? Nope. Debra over at From Skilled Hands pointed me to a great post at Psychology Today.

Here’s just a tidbit:

For children in standard schools, it is very important to learn to read on schedule, by the timetable dictated by the school. If you fall behind you will be unable to keep up with the rest of the curriculum and may be labeled as a “failure,” or as someone who should repeat a grade, or as a person with some sort of mental handicap…

…But the story is entirely different for unschooled children. They may learn to read at any time, with no apparent negative consequences.

It’s worth a read!

Help for Haiti: Learn What You Can Do

Are We Bad At Math?

I just ran across an article on MSNBC, Why American consumers can’t add. It’s worth a read. It certainly inspires me to make sure my kids are covering the bases of the basics.

Check this out:

*Only 42 percent were able to pick out two items on a menu, add them, and calculate a tip.

*Only 1 in 5 could reliably calculate mortgage interest.

*1 in 5 could not calculate weekly salary when told an hourly pay rate.

*Half of 17 year olds couldn’t do enough math to work in an auto plant, according to President’s National Mathematics Advisory Panel.

The author even touches on the education and requirements of teachers in the public school system:

*In 18 U.S. states, not even one elementary math class is required for certification.

*Some teaching colleges allow admittance as long as students have math skills equal to their future students — that is, as long as they could pass a 5th grade math test.

*It’s possible in some states to pass the teacher certification exam (Praxis) without answering a single math question correctly.

Interesting, yes?

The Salem Witch Trials

You will either find this gruesome or you will appreciate the fact that Evan is combining history with his Lego passion. I give you the Salem Witch Trials in Lego form:

New Life Skills

Brad is home from his week at the Hawaiian music and lifestyle camp, and brings with him some photos and new life skills.

Now, it may LOOK like he’s going to get a lesson in washing laundry, but no. This is the set up for cleaning octopus. More photos under the fold, just in case some of you are too squeamish to look (though it’s really not that gross).


Love of Learning

Brad is away this week at a Hawaiian music workshop for which he was granted a scholarship. He doesn’t much like to talk on the phone, and getting details from him can be painful. We’ve been before as a family, so I know the kind of experience he’s having – hands-on learning with access to some of Hawai‘i’s wonderful musicians. I discovered yesterday that he finagled someone’s computer so he could put a post up on his website (but no email to me, alas). Here’s what he wrote:

I am posting from Keoki Kahumoku’s music workshop in Pahala, HI. I am having a great time. So far I’ve picked up some new vamps and tips from Uncle Sonny Lim, insights from Uncle Herb Ohta Jr., and a finger boot camp from Uncle Moses – opening a coconut by hand and finger exercises. This morning we chanted the sun up at Punalu’u beach. Every night we’ve been singing Hawaiian choir with Auntie Darci Baker; it’s been so much fun – she makes it easy for us to sing well.

Can you just feel the joy in learning oozing from him?

Free Historical Figure Bookmarks

My friend Jody runs Charlotte On The Cheap and just posted about a really cool freebie that seems perfect for homeschoolers no matter where they live. You can get free historical figures bookmarks from the Federal Reserve. Click over to her site to find out how to get your free bookmarks so you can snuggle up with a good book and, say, George Washington.

Once you’re at the Federal Reserve site, take a look around – there’s lots to choose from and it’s mostly free.

Music Session

The other night we went to a great event. Part of the ‘Ukulele and Slack Key Guitar Institute, the kani ka pila is a jam session that brings together the artists who will be teaching at the institute. The public is invited to watch the session. And players? Why they’re invited to come up on stage and play with these musicians. Of course, the professionals are plugged in, while the amateurs are not.

The lineup is a veritable who’s who of Hawai‘i’s musicians. This particular song was led by Jake Shimabukuro; you’ll see him in the center. And you’ll see him taking much time with the two young boys seated next to him. It was so wonderful to watch the way he helped those boys – and I’m sure it was a thrill for them. Jake is big here – and if you’re a Jimmy Buffet fan, you might even know of him, as he joins Jimmy in concert on occasion.

This is He Aloha No O Honolulu, from almost the beginning – via my small camera.

American Sign Language?

Hey homeschoolers, hook me up! For a story, I need to speak with someone in FL, GA, SC, AL, or TN who has taught their *hearing* child(ren) to use American Sign Language to improve developmental/social abilities. Anyone? Email me: Kris ~at~ KrisBordessa ~dot~ com.


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