Monday, October 28, 2013

Outback Steakhouse! Kids Eat Free Halloween!

Just in case you don't want to cook and would rather grab a bag of snickers at the grocery store for the kids than roam the neighborhood in the freezing that just me???

Monday, October 21, 2013

Homeschooling and The Plugged In Generation!

This is from

This was was an article that appeared in The MOORE REPORT INTERNATIONAL - September/October 1998.  Dr. Raymond and Dorothy Moore are considered the "grandparents" of the homeschool movement.  The wrote 

 and several others.  Dr Moore was almost always used as an expert witness for homeschooling parents back in the day when homeschooling was illegal.  They led the charge....

Effect of the "On-Screen Age" on Families

by Dorothy Moore
Like the proverbial fly caught in th spider's web, our society is caught in the "on-screen" trend which threatens the existence of home-life as it used to be. Everywhere we look, we are urged to rent a video; load a new software game; watch a special TV show; or surf the Web. From the screen come pictures, information overload, trivia, and various stimuli which rule our lives.
Research on television has long shown that it is mostly negative with bad language and amorality, if not immorality. It is designed to "hook" the listener and create curiosity for what's next, that is hard to resist. I have never known of a family who has been really successful in controlling it, especially when Mom or Dad is busy, gone, or preoccupied. It could be compared to a dangerous undertow in the ocean, because of the way its temptations pull us under. Some people, including adults, seem to be almost hypnotized with this addiction. TV is empty, impoverishes instead of feeds, and has persuasive power to shape the minds of the watchers.
But what about videos in our homes where we can be selective instead of going to the theater where many have thought the influences and/or the second feature might be objectionable? Some think there's little or no difference. My dad was not a Christian but he had high standards for us children and we were never allowed to got to the theater. At its best anything theatrical is an escape from reality. And even then there is always pressure for more of the same, so that children, especially, are led so far from real life that it is difficult to help them learn responsibility and the consequences of impulsive actions.
What about educational videos? No doubt there are some very informative videos which teach about specific things the family may be studying. But these need to be carefully selected and limited, with the children knowing that they are expected to give input on discussion afterward. One long-time educator remembers when films came into the schools and were predicted to be the great tool of teaching. "But sitting in the dark put too many kids to sleep," he said, "and most of the expensive equipment wound up in closets." One man recalls the use of films when he was in school: "We loved them because we didn't have to think for an hour, teachers loved them because they didn't have to teach, and parents loved them because it showed their schools were high-tech. But no learning happened."
Then how about computers? We have been warned about the dangerous information that can be found in cyberspace in terms of standards and, educationally speaking, there is much doubt even among educators that computers produce excellent learning. At present says The Atlantic Monthly  of July 1997, "There is no good evidence that most uses of computers significantly improve teaching and learning." And the Nov. 10, 1997 issue ofEducation Week reported, "There is no guarantee that technology improves student achievement." Many experts agree that technology's complexity is better suited to students at the high school level and possibly children with disabilities. Generally the younger children need the "hands-on opportunity to manipulate physical objects" that computers cannot offer. Even Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Computers, who has probably given away more computers to schools than anyone else, has come to the conclusion that no amount of technology will make a dent in the problems of education.
Specialists have stated their concern that because computers separate children from reality, they may indeed hinder rather than enhance basic learning, creativity and intuition. Like other on-screen devices, they represent passive learning when children need active learning. They also largely eliminate parent-child interaction. As I have quoted before, in connection with methods Christ used in training His disciples: "It is not the highest work of education to communicate knowledge merely, but to impart that vitalizing energy which is received through the contact of mind with mind, and soul with soul. It is only life that can beget life." Desire of the Ages, p. 250
Several principles apply to the decisions which parents need to make. The first consideration has to do with CHOICE -- to see or not to see, to hear or not to hear. Is it worth the time it takes, are there other constructive activities which would be better (such as exercise which is seldom adequate), is the program in our home in balance? Next are LIMITS and CONTROLS. I have known of constructive time (not games) on the computer used as a reward for goals met in both physical and mental work. This has helped with a reluctant learner. Then there are the STANDARDS we must set for the images and sounds with which we choose to spend time. Shall we set our standards at a level somewhat higher than society we live in? Their standards are going downhill every day. So if we compare ourselves with society, our standards will also go down. The only safe way is to set our standard by Phil. 4:8. "...whatsoever things are true... honest... just... pure... lovely... good report... think on these things." Or I Cor. 10:31 "...whatsoever ye do, do all to the glory of God."

A Pair Of Red Clogs Links!

SS:  Geography
                      Geography of Japan
                      Japan - National Geographic Traveler
                      Tour Of Traditional Japanese Home
                      Traditional Japanese Drummers
                      Traditional Japanese Music Performance
                      Cooking Sukiyaki - Very Traditional Japanese Meal
                      Japanese Culture Circa 1963
                      Japanese Clog (geta) Shop
                      Japanese Rain Geta (clogs)
                      Walking On Wood

***Beefing UP

Research Japan in an encyclopedia and write a sentence or paragraph about it Or make a map and mark important cities and Mt. Fuji

LA - Vocab- word search
         Drama - Act Out

Art -  Colored Pencil
         Unity of Theme Through Color          
         Make a Picture in the Style of the Artist

Math - Playing Store, Money and adding Money

***Beef UP   
           Add up the shoes the Store owner has
Science - Weather
                Weather for Kids
                Weather Forecasting

                  All About Clouds

***Beef UP 

                 Cloud In A Bottle Experiment

Go to Japanese Dinner or make it!!!

Saturday, October 5, 2013

Need Homeschool Inspriration??

Well you've probably been homeschooling for a month or so now and for some people this is when they start seeing what they don't like about their new curriculum and are a little discouraged...Read this great post!!  So inspiring and shows you that you don't need TONS of expensive curriculum to homeschool...

Greater Expectations

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