The AIE Savings Calculator

Do you wonder what happens to the money you put in your savings account? This calculator asks you for your age and how much you could save today instead of spending (like $5 for a fast food meal, or $12 for a CD), and then it tells you how much that money would grow to become in 10 years, 25 years, and by the time you retire. You’ll be surprised!

The AIE Savings Calculator


I have added a link in my blogroll to an article by Debbie Schwarzer, Crises and Volunteering that is posted at the Homeschool Association of California’s website. I hope that you will not only visit the link, but also share it far and wide with other homeschoolers!

Thank you! — Mary

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National First Ladies’ Library

The National First Ladies’ Library serves as a unique national resource for patrons from school children to serious scholars. As a national archive devoted to educating people about the contributions of First Ladies and other notable women in history, the Library’s holdings fill an informational void that has long frustrated academicians and armchair history buffs alike. The Library fulfills this mission by serving as a physical educational facility and an electronic virtual library, in an effort to educate people in the United States and around the world.

National First Ladies’ Library

California Update – Interview with Debbie Schwarzer

On June 23, 2008, the California Court of Appeals held their rehearing in regards to In re Rachel L.

Debbie Schwarzer, homeschool Mom, HSC Legal Co-Chair and Attorney attended the hearing and she spoke to me earlier this week to bring us up to date.

You can hear the interview here:[display_podcast]

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Posters from the WPA – 1936-1943

I wasn’t quite sure whether to place this collection about these  posters from the Library of Congress under Fine Arts or History.  They certainly fit both categories,  but I’ve settled for the art due to the description at their site that reads:

The By the People, For the People: Posters from the WPA, 1936-1943 collection consists of 908 boldly colored and graphically diverse original posters produced from 1936 to 1943 as part of Franklin Delano Roosevelt’s New Deal. Of the 2,000 WPA posters known to exist, the Library of Congress’s collection of more than 900 is the largest. These striking silkscreen, lithograph, and woodcut posters were designed to publicize health and safety programs; cultural programs including art exhibitions, theatrical, and musical performances; travel and tourism; educational programs; and community activities in seventeen states and the District of Columbia. The posters were made possible by one of the first U.S. Government programs to support the arts and were added to the Library’s holdings in the 1940s.

Posters from the WPA – 1936-1943

Mad Science Network

MadSci Network represents a collective cranium of scientists providing answers to your questions.

Their Edible/Inedible Experiments Archive looks very interesting!

Mad Science Network

Creature Adventure

Travel the world and guess whether the creatures the natives tell you about are real or fake. There’s only one real creature per map so guess carefully!

Play it here.

California Appelate Court Rehearing

Many of you may recall the ruling in February that grew from an alleged abuse case involving one family to a broad reaching decree stating that CA parents must be “certified” if they to teach their children at home.

The case was rescinded in March and yesterday, June 23, 2008, the California Court of Appeals held their rehearing.

The news is that many homeschoolers and homeschool advocates spoke in favor of overturning the decision and the CA Teachers Union spoke in favor of keeping it. Debbie Schwarzer, homeschool Mom, HSC Legal Co-Chair and Attorney was at the hearing. Look for an interview with her later this week to hear more of what happened at the hearing.

The Dot

Tumblepad that lets you read children’s books online. One book, The Dot written and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds caught and held my attention as I was perusing the choices this morning.

The Dot tells the story of a young girl who thinks she can’t draw until a wise adult shows her she can. You can view this simple yet sweet story here.

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