Friday, April 24, 2015

Freebie Friday


We all love a freebie now and then.  In planning for next session for my children, I've come across a good number of them--some that I can use and others that I thought you might be interested in knowing about.

I'm sharing them by category/subject/topic. Leave me a comment below if you find something that works for you.

If you've happen upon a good resource--do share! (I like freebies, too.)

Happy Learning!


Math
Math Mammoth Light Blue Series
Hooda Math (Games for Levels 1-6)
Calculation Nation (Games for levels 3-8)
Math Practice (Level 5 and up)
Pre-Algebra & Algebra

Language Arts
Literature Network (middle school & up)

Reading
Worksheet Genius (will use to create word searches, crosswords, etc.)
K-5 Games

Science
Anatomy Arcade (middle school & up)
Human Body Resource
Virtual Lab
Biology (borrow-free dissection alternatives)
Periodic Table Lessons
Middle School Science Curriculum (several on this site, various topics)

History
Mapping History (levels 5-12)
Civil War Interactive (middle school and up)
Ages of Exploration (levels 5-12)
American Constitution (middle and up; lessons and activities)
American Constitution Interactive Timeline

The Arts
Free Sheet Music

Thursday, April 23, 2015

Thankful Thursday


Today I decided to sleep in a bit longer. Not a weekend day, but I needed the extra sleep. I'm thankful that I was able to do that.

There is much to be thankful for today. The sun is out and the birds have been singing for a good while now. (A perk of having bird feeders around the house.) We've spent a good bit of the week cleaning and now I have three spaces that I can relax in.  I'm thankful for friends who keep me laughing!! I'm also thankful that at this very moment my children are helping each other without fussing.  Not sure how long that will last--lol.

Today we're headed out to a library and I'm thankful that we have them along with librarians who assist us regularly in all the ways we need.

Want to join in? Leave a few from you list below.

Be well.

Wednesday, April 22, 2015

Out in the Streets

April begins festival season in our area. This is the time when the city comes alive with people in the streets--for various reasons (smile).

Even with all the rain that has been part of our forecast recently, we've braved the weather and armed with umbrellas (which actually worked at keeping the rain away) have attended a couple these last two weekends.

Here's a peek at just a few things we saw.


















What activities in your area are you taking your family to? There is much to be learned just by being out and exploring.

Be well.

All photographs have been used with permission from Heather James Photography. All rights reserved.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

On Community -- Fun, Food & Fellowship

A few weeks back I mentioned that we would be gathering with friends and family to share two meals communally.  Well, they were both a success. We gathered for different reasons, yet the outcome was the same--fun, laughter, good food and fellowship.

It's the little steps we make in opening ourselves up to the good around us. Being willing to share what we have with others and allowing them to share what they have with us. It can be risky. Many of us aren't as trusting of others as we say or as we'd like to believe of ourselves. I don't mean on the surface level--it's actually quite easy to be in non-commital, casual relationships. Yet the ones that reap the most are those that ask us to be vulnerable--to show our true selves.

I am blessed to have people who do life with me and my family. We've been looking for this; have hoped for and lost in the process of allowing others to be who they are (believing them and allowing them to move on). It's been worth the wait and we're looking to continue in adding others who are looking for the same and willing to give as well as receive.

Here are a few pictures of both of those gatherings!








Our second gathering:












Looking at them again, I am reminded of all the laughter, lively conversations, good food and plain 'ole fun! We are truly blessed by all these wonderful people who have arrived right on time in our lives.

How are you creating your circle? What activities do you engage in regularly? A meal is always a good reason to gather. I encourage you to call up your special people and enjoy some time together!

Be well.


All photographs used with permission from Heather James Photography.

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