Kids Need Us More Than Friends – Gordon Neufeld talk #homeschool

Let’s be honest – when I’m on the treadmill I need something to watch or read to completely distract me otherwise I’m will flit off and do something less useful.

I also figure that while I’m ‘captive’ I should probably grow my brain as well as my leg muscles. So I was quite happy when a fellow homeschooler recommended this live talk of Gordon Neufeld, a development psychologist, talk about why our children need us more than they need their friends (peers).

It’s worth the time investment to hear about how we can fortify our children’s resilience. Great stuff.

It’s on TVO Parent’s website but may be accessible from other websites.

Kids Need Us More Than Friends

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Google Trek (with Streetview) through amazing places!

We’ve been spending a few rainy hours walking through the Galapagos and are itching to get to some of the other Google Trek sites, like the Eiffel Tower, Mt. Fuji, Iqaluit, Kennedy Space Center, Mt. Everest, Burj Khalifa, Grand Canyon and the Amazon Basin.

There’s also behind the scenes footage, underwater ‘streetview’ and additional photos.

http://www.google.com/maps/about/behind-the-scenes/streetview/treks/

FREE Graphic Timeline of Natural and Human History #homeschool

Timeline Eons FREE for iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

If you’ve been avoiding building your own classroom timeline or centuries book you might want to consider having a look at this app.

This app is an extensive and wide-ranging timeline where you can drill down in time to a fraction of a second! Rated for ages 9 and up, I think older kids will enjoy browsing the graphics and the fun facts with links to other resources.

This app includes Natural History, World History, US History, Science and Technology, Art and Architecture and Sports.

Hope you enjoy it!

Freebook Sifter – A Resource for Free eBooks

Oh, I know what I’m doing today when I catch some free time! I’m camping out at Freebook Sifter.

Freebook Sifter is a compilation site of, you guessed it, free ebooks. It has the books sifted into categories and subcategories, including breaking the Children’s eBooks category into age groups and other relevant subjects.

Another advantage is users have rated the ebooks as well. Be aware though that not all books listed are for young eyes!

Check out Freebook Sifter and see what interesting reads you can find. And don’t forget I have a list of ‘reputable ebooks sites’ too.

Freebook Sifter – A Resource for Free eBooks.

Solar Walk – 3D Solar System model app – sure beats styrofoam balls!

Now that it’s back to school time, it’s time to start thinking ahead to all those cool projects where you’ll be dreaming of whipping out your paste and glitter. Well hold on there a minute, hotshot! This year you can keep your styrofoam balls and broken wire hangers for someting else because you won’t be using it for a solar system. Not after seeing this app.

Check out Solar Walk – 3D Solar System model. It’s an unbelievable and fascinating walk through our universe. You’ll learn about the planets, their history, points of interest and more.

This highly rated app has been featured by Apple as Best Apps of 201o and 2011.

My favorite part is the price – it’s currently $0.99 – that’s 70% for back to school time.

Solar Walk – 3D Solar System model for iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, iPhone 4S, iPod touch (3rd generation), iPod touch (4th generation) and iPad on the iTunes App Store.

World Map 2012 – includes time zones and borders – Free

 

If you’re looking for an updated world map app, here it is! It includes 2 large world maps – time zones and political boundaries. And it’s free.

App Store – World Map 2012 Free.

The Scale of the Universe – awesome perspective and fun

Here’s a really interesting website that gives you an idea of the scale of the universe. Use the slider at the bottom of the page to zoom either in, to see microscopic details, or to zoom out to see the universe. It’s a great conversation starter with the kids!

The Scale of the Universe 2.

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