• Thumbnail“Democracy is not a spectator sport”

    So says Sandra Day O’Connor in her video introduction for teachers on the iCivics web site.

    iCivics is a web-based civics program that the former Supreme Court justice […]

  • ThumbnailPutumayo Music for Kids shares music from all over the world for kids and families!

    Great music, lyrics included, beautiful covers, and resources for teaching you can download from their web site all combine to […]

  • ThumbnailOr, quilting for the Rest of Us! I’ve seen lots of great projects using quilting – friendship quilts, family quilts, history quilts, but let’s face it, not everyone wants to sew. Here’s a book/kit for making a family history “quilt” of paper. It comes with precut squares, some blank and some with ideas printed on them, […]

  • ThumbnailCurt Gabrielson’s new book ” Kinetic Contraptions ” made me want to sit down and start tinkering! We recently mentioned his previous book on our front page , along with some other engineering resources, and this one looks equally interesting. It’s full of cool projects powered by hobby motors that any handy 10 or 11 year old (younger with help) […]

  • Thumbnail Rodeo de Gaia is the first CD by Magic Mama and features playful, funky music and stories for kids and adults. Her hip-hop version of “this little piggy” – called “Go Barefoot” is my favorite on the album. You can watch a performance – complete with kid participation – on UTube. Also includes a version of […]

  • ThumbnailThe World Flag was created in 1988 to raise awareness and funding for non-profit organizations working in the areas of Education, World Health, Human Rights and the Environment. It serves as a unifying symbol to inspire positive global change while continuing to embrace and celebrate our cultural diversity. Besides being a beautiful patchwork image of flags […]

  • ThumbnailIt’s high school or college in the car – or house or anywhere. College lecture courses on everything from music to history to philosophy. High school courses in math, science, history and study skills. My adult neighbor who is a military history buff swears by these and the list of classes on their web site is […]

  • ThumbnailWhere else could you read a true story by a 14 year old Indonesian girl, a poem by a 9 year old Japanese boy and see pictures drawn by kids from all over the globe? Skipping Stones describes itself as “a non-profit children’s magazine that encourages cooperation, creativity and celebration of cultural and linguistic diversity”. AND there’s […]

  • ThumbnailNSTA Press publishes huge numbers of science related books. All are designed for teachers, but many would be useful for homeschoolers. My favorites that I’ve seen recently are Even More Everyday Science Mysteries by Richard Konicek-Moran and Outdoor Science by Steve Rich. I’d skip right over the “Correlation to National Science Education Standards” – unless you find yourself […]

  • ThumbnailIf you were among those families trapped in an airport for hours recently, a copy of Bored Games: Simple Fun From Your Pocket or Purse Anywhere, Anytime by Lee Silber and Mike Metz would certainly have come in handy! It includes 70 different games with variations for each and a list of supplies (all common and most […]