Monday, June 30, 2008

Foreign Language Instruction

There was a recent discussion on foreign language instruction. So I am posting some of the sites I've found.

Irish (Gaeilge)

This New Testament Greek course prepares anyone yearning to read the Greek New Testament. It is being prepared for adults who may not have the ability or do not wish to attend a university or seminary. Anyone who has an average intelligence may participate, no matter what age. Many home schools with teenagers find the course beneficial because of the prepared study aids which accompany every lesson.

This is the Jewish Children's Learning Network. It is an excellent resource to learn about the Jewish Faith and it also teaches Hebrew.

Ancient Hebrew Research Center Teaching the Ancient Biblical Hebrew Language of the Bible Through the Study of the Ancient Hebrew Alphabet, Culture and Thought. They also offer free Hebrew Lessons. Have you ever wanted to learn to read the Bible in the original Hebrew language? It's easier than you might think. We have free lessons with audio available. Many have commented that the lessons are the best they have used, why not give it a try? .

Misc Languages
Offers French, German, Spanish, Italian and Portugese, Greek, Chinese and other languages listed under the drop down menu.

They have audio, Grammar, games, dictionary, videos, tests, and a whole bunch more stuff.


Offers by Age levels:
Ages 4-11: Art Geography History Languages Literacy Music Numeracy PSHE Science Other Subjects

Ages 11-16: Art Business Studies Citizenship Design & Technology English Geography History IT Languages Maths Music PE PSHE RE Science Study Skills Other Subjects

I love exploring their sites - I always run across something new.

You're busy. You don't have time to take a Spanish class. You're in luck, you've got us! We've helped millions of people learn to speak Spanish, at their own pace, in the comfort of their own homes. We have everything you need to start learning Spanish right now. Online lessons, quizzes and tests, audio drills with native speakers

Learn Spanish:

Spanish Grammar Exercise:

English & Spanish: Vocabulary Lists, Flashcards, Word Searches, and Worksheets

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French Tutorials

FSL Activities with M. Renaud

This site helps you learn French online. You can learn and practice FREE using our online French language lessons and unique question generator. It's free and cool!

French in Action
A video instructional series in French for college and high school classrooms and adult learners; 52 half-hour video programs, audiocassettes, coordinated books, and Web site

I'll be researching some Latin and German sites for you.


Over the weekend

We went to the Cleveland Museum of Art's reopening. They had a booklet that was a scavenger hunt for the kids to do. We looked for items in each room and matched a sticker to a picture in that room than put it on the booklet. Some of them were just a small part of the picture so it really made the kids look. We got to hold a helmet from a suit of armor (with gloves on of course) and the kids made a collage.

Even though they said it was "boring" - I think they may have enjoyed it a little bit. I think John even enjoyed it a little book. I know he was was his first time there ever! Once they are done with all the remodeling we are going to have a wonderful gem that will shine as bright as the Metropolitan Musuem of Art in New York. The website for the Cleveland Museum of Art:
They also have great activities for the kids at:

Friday, June 27, 2008

The week gone by

We've had a very good week. Monday & Tuesday the girls went to the Rocky River Nature Center and participated in Beginning Explorers and the Junior Explorers programs. We ran into some of our homeschooling friends there. The neatest thing - a hawk landed by the bird feeders. I got some pictures posted.

Thursday we went to a park in Olmsted Falls. The city park was a little small but nearby was a great little park where the kids played in the river. There were small waterfalls that they slid down. The cutest thing is they told dad they went on a waterslide and he's thinking blue plastic thing at a pool. I had to explain further it was really rocks that made up a small waterfall.

We've been also attending the afternoon programs at the library. We've been going up to the Madison branch. It's a shame more kids don't participate. The days we attended there were only 4 or 5 kids there.

Monday, June 23, 2008

Our weekend

Over the weekend we stopped in a local bookstore here in Lakewood, OH - Madison Rose Bookstore ( The people are super friendly and it is such a nice place to visit. They have a wide selection of used books, will look for a book for you, they even held a couple books my daughter wants until we come back later this week.

They have live music and poetry readings. I may be working with them to bring storytelling.

When in Lakewood you've got to stop in - you won't be sorry. They are on Madison east of Bunts near Wyandotte.

Wednesday, June 18, 2008

A Mathematician's Lament, by Paul Lockhart (2002)

Click on the title link - You've GOT to read this. Don't be scared off by the 25 pages - this is a must read for anyone who has struggled with math - anyone teaching their children math, etc.

Parade the Circle

We went to Parade the Circle which takes place in University Circle - Cleveland OH. University Circle is home to many museums, arts and music schools, Case Western Reserve University, University Hospitals, Rainbow Babies and Children's Hospital and much more.
I took a lot of pictures so it was hard to choose. Below is just a few of the pictures I took.

Thursday, June 12, 2008

Free Stuff - experiments, freebie of the day, curriculum

A great science site with great experiments:

It has public videos, member only videos and on the left side of the page you can sign up for the experiment of the week.


Homeschool Freebie of the day:

(Explanation from the website)

"Every weekday, Monday through Friday, we’ll post a new homeschooling “freebie” to this site. What kind of “freebies”? Stuff like: Unit Studies… Ebooks… Audio Programs… Games… Samples… Lesson Plans… classic books… and other quality resources! This is the REAL THING.
Many of these will be products that you would normally pay for on their regular websites… but here on the Homeschool Freebie of the Day site, they’re 100% free… at least for that one day! Just download your copy and enjoy! It’s as simple as that!"


High quality and free educational finds:


An Old-Fashioned Education created by Miss Maggie. You'll find here a directory of free homeschool curricula, literature and text books organized for the use of homeschooling families.

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Missing Child

Endangered Runaway
DOB: Jun 16, 1993
Missing: Jul 9, 2007
Age Now: 14
Sex: Female
Race: White
Hair: Brown
Eyes: Blue
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
Weight: 130 lbs (59 kg)
Missing From:CLEVELAND OH United States

Both photos shown are of Ashley. She was last seen on July 9, 2007. Ashley has a tattoo of "Gene" and a heart on her right arm.

Her hair may be cut and dyed blond.

National Center for Missing & Exploited Children
1-800-843-5678 (1-800-THE-LOST)

Cleveland Police Department (Ohio) 1-216-623-5005


Last week was Graduation week.

My niece Amanda gradauted from John Hay Early College High School on June 2nd. She will be attending Ohio U in the fall and majoring in Early Childhood Education.

Rose, Kim holding Haley, Amanda Patty, Amanda, Phil Amanda Class of 2008
Danny, Laura

Grandma & Amanda Tim Amanda Dia Aunt Linda, Amanda, Uncle John

My niece Kim had her promotion ceremony for 8th grade on June 4th. She received a Math Excellence award.

June 3rd was Amanda's graduation dinner with the family. My sister, her husband and my nephew Danny came in from Pennsylvania for the graduation and dinner. My Aunt Margaret & Uncle Don attended the dinner along with my mom. Amanda's dad's family was there too.
It was a nice time over all.

I'll be posting a separate item on my husband's missing granddaughter. I'm trying to get her picture out to as many people and in as many different outlets as I can.