Sunday, August 19, 2012

Homeschooled-Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas' mother talks 'Raising an Olympian'

Gabby Douglas,the homeschooled-Olympic gold medalist, amazed in London 2012 where she won the all-around Olympic gold medal. Her achievement is a boon to black athletes nationwide. Her story inspires and at the same time amazes. You see, Gabby Douglas was a young child with a vision for her future. So much so, that she knew what she wanted, who she wanted for a trainer, and was willing to move away from home at the age of 14 to make her dream a reality.

As you will hear in the following interview, that decision wasn't as easy for her mother, Natalie Hawkins to make.

Traveling from Virginia to Des Moines, Iowa,to train with renowned gymnast coach Liang Chow, Douglas moved in with a host family and began homeschooling. The educational freedom gave her the time needed to devote attention to her gymnastic training.

Check out the videos below to hear the sacrifices that were made in order for Gabby Douglas to achieve her Olympic dreams by the tender age of 16-years-old.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Walmart offers back to school supplies at great savings!

Educators and homeschooling families alike will find great savings on some of school supplies' best brands. Popular school supplies include Crayola, Bic, Durable, Elmer's Glue, Abery, and Pilot. You can shop by grade level and you can find a ton of supplies for less than $5. Walmart also offers bundles starting at $12. Those looking for calculators will find a wide selection to choose from. Other items include binders, folders, notebooks, loose paper writing supplies, arts and crafts, learning and activity tools and books, pre-school supplies, work books, and teacher supplies.

Walmart is also offering a wide selection of dictionaries and thesauruses to ensure children have the tools needed to get their work done. Those who may homeschool and attend another school setting requiring uniforms, as well as those in other school settings, will find plenty of items for the student on the go. Walmart has a wide selection of backpacks, school uniforms,and more to ensure kids are ready for the challenges of the day.

If you're looking for back-to-school supplies ranging from pre-school to college, and want to save on great deals and top-brand names, then check out Walmart. You won't be disappointed. USA, LLC

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Watch live shark cam

Discovery Channel has enabled a live shark cam in honor of the 25th anniversary of Shark Week. The cam is live throughout July and August.

Here is the description provided by Discovery regarding the shark cam.

Shark Cam 360

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Shark Week, we present you a special #SharkCam experience inside the "Ocean Voyager" exhibit at Georgia Aquarium in Atlanta, Ga. Shark Cam will be live throughout July and August 2012, daily from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. ET. 

Shark Cam is now fully controlled by you! Just click and drag the video to change your view of the shark tank. Take a look around. Follow a shark as it swims by. Even look straight up to the surface and catch a huge silhouette of a whale shark. This 360° live video experience is provided by Immersive Media.

Check out the second camera too! Click the Multiview button to connect to another camera angle from within the exhibit. Even though you can't move this second camera, we have a few special surprises none the less. Here, we'll have a live feeding and a diver chat (schedule coming soon). Check back often as we'll be moving this camera around a bit as well.

Beginning Monday, August 13, tune in for live diver Q&A sessions starting at 12:30 p.m. ET, and daily whale shark feedings at 10:30 a.m. and 3 p.m. ET — every week day during Shark Week (premiering Sunday, August 12, at 9PM e/p).

Shark Cam not enough? You can go behind the screen and into the "Ocean Voyager" exhibit to swim with sharks at Georgia Aquarium via their Diving with Whale Sharks Program!

Check out these shark videos and don't miss the live shark cam below.

Watch the live shark cam

Live broadcasting by Ustream

Live Chat with Diver Chris

Video streaming by Ustream

Shark Week Mega Fun Book on sale in time for show

On August 13, 2012, CurrClick announced the "Simple Days Unit Studies Shark Week Mega Funbook" would be on sale for the week of Discovery Channel's "Shark Week." The book includes a variety of lessons and activities including a lapbook, crafts, phonics activities, math based lessons and more.

This is a great activity and you can check out a preview at the site! Click the video below for a look at "Shark Week's" "Sharkzilla!"

Check out the awesome "Shark Week" resources at Amazon!

Dictionary lesson plans: Teaching on teaching tools with links to dictionaries

Dictionaries are a homeschoolers best friend. Since Noah Webster published the first American dictionary in 1806, A Compendious Dictionary of the English Language, to the modern day Merriam Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary students have built vocabularies using these tools. It’s important that children understand the best way to use a dictionary and that educators ensure children develop life-long skills to ensure learning success.

Check out the dictionary resources on CurrClick!

One of the most popular dictionaries in use today is the Merriam Webster's Collegiate® Dictionary that is available in part online through the official Merriam-Webster site. It is important to note that the Merriam-Webster is a derivative of the original Noah Webster dictionary of 1806. Merriam-Webster continually adds new words to the dictionary on an annual basis.

Here are some resources for those teaching about the dictionary.

Education World: All About Words: Dictionary Activities!
Oct 16, 2000 – Eight new lessons for using dictionaries... The letters ZIP in the word Zip Code stand for "Zone Improvement Plan." 

Dictionary Skills | A to Z Teacher Stuff Lesson Plans
This is a lesson which will help students review their spelling words while practicingdictionary skills. Objectives: Students will successfully locate words in the dictionary

Dictionary Skills - eThemes
Oct 26, 2004 – There are worksheets, definitions, games, lesson plans, a tutorials, and more. Check out the link to eThemes resources on online dictionaries

Dictionary Lesson Plans - LessonCorner
Learn engrossing ways to increase your students' vocabulary and improve effective use of this essential tool in LessonCorner's Dictionary section.

Lesson 1: Using the Dictionary
Lesson 1: Using the Dictionary ... Plan to refer to this lesson later. ... Spanish-
English dictionaries are, without exception, prepared for the use and convenience

The Internet Picture Dictionary
Free, online multilingual picture dictionary with interactive activities for English, French, German, Spanish, Italian and ESL learners.

LITTLE EXPLORERS Picture Dictionary by
Little Explorers Picture Dictionary-A multi-lingual picture dictionary with links to educational activities and games. Even preschoolers can surf carefully chosen

Dictionary Exercises
This section will help you review and strengthen your knowledge of the dictionary
. Theexercises are grouped into beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels