Win a Free Apologia Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day Text! Just enter our Facebook Fan Contest.

  

The silence and serenity of the underwater world host some of creation’s most brilliant and astonishing specimens. Through the comical expansion of the puffer fish, the shocking defense mechanism of the electric eel, and the oyster’s ability to transform a bit of gritty irritation into a lovely pearl, our Creator exhibits the magnitude of His creative genius through the Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day.

So this week’s contest is similar to last week’s. To enter, simply write the name of a swimming creature that you find particularly beautiful or compelling as a “Comment” to the contest post on our Facebook PageFeel free to enter posts on the culinary delights of the underwater world as well! The winner will receive a free copy of Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 2: Swimming Creatures of the Fifth Day.

All entries must be received by Noon CST on Wednesday, April 7th, and the drawing will be that afternoon. One winner will be selected randomly from the number of responses received. The winner will be announced on Facebook, and he or she will receive a message from Finders-Keepers requesting shipping information. Please feel free to share the contest information with friends and family, but we do request that responses be limited to one per person.

And don’t forget,the Finders-Keepers website offers free Apologia Notebook Pages and Sample Modules as well as fantastic prices on Apologia Science materials with FREE shipping on all orders of $50 or more.

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Happy Birthday, Robert Frost! We’ve created a FREE study guide for “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” to celebrate.

One of the best known works in American poetry, “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” offers a great opportunity for a quick & pleasant lesson in literary appreciation.  We’ve created a FREE Study Guide for this purpose, which can be printed or downloaded HERE.

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Win a Free Apologia Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day Text! Just enter our Facebook Fan Contest.

Whether it’s the echolocation abilities of bats, the astounding speed of a hummingbird’s wings, or the magnificent display of a peacock’s plumage, flying creatures offer an amazing testament to intelligent design and the glory of their Creator. For this week’s contest, simply write the name of a flying creature that you find particularly beautiful or compelling as a “Comment” to the contest post on our Facebook page. The winner will receive a free copy of Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day.
 
Apologia Exploring Creation with Zoology 1: Flying Creatures of the Fifth Day
 
All entries must be received by Noon CST on Wednesday, March 31st, and the drawing will be that afternoon. One winner will be selected randomly from the number of responses received. The winner will be announced on Facebook, and he or she will receive a message from Finders-Keepers requesting shipping information. Please feel free to share the contest information with friends and family, but we do request that responses be limited to one per person.  And don’t forget, Apologia Notebook Pages and Sample Modules are available FREE at the Finders-Keepers Website. Just click HERE
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“Give me liberty or give me death!” A study guide, a clip, and an appeal to parents.

The anniversary of Patrick Henry’s famous speech could not come at a more appropriate time.  As political lines are drawn and ideological fervor escalates, Americans are reexamining what liberty really means and which issues are worth contending over.  Politicians are scrambling to save their own hides, and citizens are uniting to ferret out untrustworthy leadership.  Regardless of our position on the political spectrum, recollection of Henry’s stirring appeal on the eve of revolution offers a much needed recalibration of our expectations of political leaders. 

Our children have much to learn from great Americans such as Patrick Henry, so we are appealing to parents to take a few minutes to introduce him to your students if you’ve not already done so.  Younger students may only be ready for a few basic facts, but older students can compare and contrast the political standards of the past with those of the present. To help start the conversation, we have created a brief study guide as well as a document featuring the text of the original speech.

They can be printed out at the following links:  STUDY GUIDE      SPEECH

Please pass this along to friends and family—especially those with children in public schools.  Patrick Henry’s legacy has slowly been chiseled out of many school textbooks, and they may not have another opportunity to get to know this key figure in America’s history.

Feeling ambitious?  Why not have your students stage a dramatic reenactment of the speech?  You could even capture a video clip and post it on Facebook or YouTube.

Speaking of YouTube, they offer several audio renditions of this speech for those who prefer to listen.  Here are a couple of examples: 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W72tx_UW9TM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XvJrSdr34co

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Daffodils Class of 2010

Each year, a section of our yard is transformed from boring to brilliant as the daffodils emerge and burst into bloom. The scene seems almost miraculous, given the fact that the only attention they get from us is a few weeks of appreciation and a good mowing when they finally start to look desperately pathetic.

Last week as my daughter and I strolled among them enjoying the fragrance and taking some snapshots, she recited this poem, and I thought it would be a very nice selection to recommend for a springtime memorization assignment.

The Daffodils
I wandered lonely as a cloud
That floats on high o’er vales and hills,
When all at once I saw a crowd,
A host, of golden daffodils,
Beside the lake, beneath the trees
Fluttering and dancing in the breeze.

Continuous as the stars that shine
And twinkle on the Milky Way,
They stretched in never-ending line
Along the margin of a bay:
Ten thousand saw I at a glance
Tossing their heads in sprightly dance.

The waves beside them danced, but they
Out-did the sparkling waves in glee: –
A poet could not but be gay
In such a jocund company:
I gazed – and gazed – but little thought
What wealth the show to me had brought.

For oft, when on my couch I lie
In vacant or in pensive mood,
They flash upon that inward eye
Which is the bliss of solitude;
And then my heart with pleasure fills
And dances with the daffodils.

William Wordsworth

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Suggestion for a new home improvement show: “Satisfied With What We’ve Got”

Here’s the concept:  The owners of the featured homes show the viewing audience that outdated cabinets store canned goods just as well as new ones, popcorn ceilings don’t cause mesothelioma, and friends will come over to visit even if you have laminate countertops and mini blinds.  From what I’ve seen, these points may come as a surprise to the world of cable TV.

It’s not that I’m against remodeling.  I like a little creative spruce up every now and then myself, and it’s nice for a home to reflect the owners’ tastes, which do often evolve over time.  What bothers me is the way hosts on many of these shows demean and ridicule home owners because of their serviceable but outdated décor.  I know, I know, these people volunteer for the show, so they know what they’re in for.  And they apparently do want to make the changes, so they probably agree with the hosts.  Still, it just seems like poor manners and unnecessary insult to roll your eyes, make gagging noises, or scream, “Oh my gosh! This mauve carpet is awful!” upon entering someone’s home.

Worse still, they sow seeds of discontent.  Couples are often pushed into public conflict, either because of disagreements over past decorating decisions, resentment over project delays, or even strife over whether something actually needs to be changed at all. In one episode of HGTV’s “My Parents’ House,” the husband fought valiantly to save his beloved easy chair.  Here are couple of snapshots from that show.  Note the unkind captions:

Unfortunately, the will of the father was no match for the collective enlightenment of the hosts, the (adult) children, and the mom.  The chair had to go, and go it did.  It made me so sad.

But thinking beyond the guests on a particular show, I have to wonder how this kind of condescension impacts young, impressionable couples. How many have “learned” to be ashamed of the homes with which they were previously quite happy? Given our country’s extraordinary standard of living, is it really advisable to ratchet up expectations even higher?  I think not.

 We can install hardwoods, upgrade to stainless appliances, and tear out every last scrap of wood paneling, but perhaps we should first pause and consider this:  Nothing improves a home like satisfaction and gratitude among its inhabitants.

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Published in: on March 14, 2010 at 7:52 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Breaking News: eBay Repeals Ban on Teacher’s Manuals! Please help spread the word!


As many of you know, about four years ago eBay adopted a policy prohibiting the sale of teacher’s manuals.  The rationale was that public school students could potentially gain access to materials that would aid them in cheating in the classroom. The net effect was that homeschoolers—a significant presence in the eBay marketplace—were deprived of the ability to buy and sell many of their favorite curriculum items.  The policy change was not widely communicated, and many sellers (including Finders-Keepers) did not find out about it until listings were canceled and violation notifications were received from eBay.

Ever since that time, we have made regular appeals to anyone at eBay willing to lend an ear, as have many others.  As it turns out, what we thought was a lost cause wasn’t lost at all.  Today our eBay account manager informed us that the policy has been reversed, and teacher’s manuals are once again welcome at the world’s largest marketplace.  This afternoon we created a test listing featuring a teacher’s manual, and it was submitted to eBay’s Trust and Safety department for their review.  They confirmed that all was well, and we were even encouraged to include the words “Teacher’s Manual” in our titles.

Please help us spread the word!  This is great news for the homeschooling community, but information about the reversal is even more obscure than information about the original policy.  While many people have continued to sell teacher’s manuals unaware of the prohibition and undetected by the watch dogs, many others have withdrawn from the venue altogether. 

We are very thankful that just when many families are trimming their budgets to the bone, eBay is once again a happy hunting ground for the homeschool bargain shopper.

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Published in: on March 11, 2010 at 6:56 pm  Comments (1)  
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Thinking about spring cleaning? As you clear out your old clothes for the thrift store…

1997 - Christopher and Annalee, dressed up as an immigrant family during our study of Ellis Island.

Don’t forget how much fun it was to play dress up! Why not get one last little bit of use out of those clothes by letting the kids enjoy them for a few days? A temporary dress up box can spark imaginations and add new excitement to pretend play. And when the kids are tired of them, you can simply take them on to the donation center.

Published in: on March 9, 2010 at 9:09 pm  Leave a Comment