1909-2009 Peary Centennial Expedition

I shared the information about the 1909-2009 Peary Centennial Expedition

I received an update in the comment section today and I don’t want anyone to miss these great resources that were sent along.  Here is the update:

Just thought you’d like to know that we have daily audio blogs from the expedition up now. Also, our other major expedition, the Copeland-Heger 5-degree expedition, just launched. To celebrate this, we held a thank-you dinner for the local Inuit elders up in Resolute Bay, Nunavut, and you can hear the audio of the special blessing they gave to Sebastian Copeland and Keith Heger here:

We were told that we’re the only expedition outfitters who have done this – we hope it will become a tradition. The history of the Inuit in Resolute Bay is a very difficult one and we’re glad we can honor them in this way.

Looking for books?

A new homeschooler recently asked me how to find textbooks as they prepare to homeschool.    I remember asking the same type of question of a  friend and her explaining that you could often find even better information in real books, or books written by those who are passionate about a subject.  I tend to say the same thing to others after heeding her advise.  Still, there is the issue of finding the books.  I’ve enjoyed exploring books at the various award sites.

Here are some for you to explore as well:

The other thing we learned over the years was to always see if you can borrow a book before buying it to make sure you love it so your house doesn’t overflow with books.  Enjoy!

Better Late Than Early

Better Late Than Early; A New Approach to Your Child’s Education by Raymond S. Moor and Dorothy N. Moore was one of the first books I ever read about homeschooling.    I purchased and read it over twenty years ago,  and I still have the tattered  book with many of my favorite passages highlighted.

Books such as Better Late Than Early encouraged me when many of my friend’s children were  beginning school early and following a very different path than we had chosen.    As I’m thumbing through it again, I realize that the information remains relevant today and I wanted to share some snippets as encouragement.

During the first crucial eight years, home should be the child’s only nest and parents the teachers for their children.  These are the years when the child requires affection and emotional security more than learning skills, when he should be able to get ready for life unfettered by school rules. - page 3

This statement was particularly helpful to me when friends were critical of our choice to educate at home:

It is time to look at the facts instead of at the neighbors.  Just because “everyone is doing ” it,” does not mean that “it” is safe or good or secure for children. - page 7

I also recall reading ,  Without professional training, simply by being herself, a concerned, loving mother usually can do more for her normal child than a teach can.  Parents should, of course, be willing to learn news ideas.  But a mother need not be a trained teacher, nor does she need to teach in any formal way.  By using the framework of every day home activities in a practical way, she can help her children learn as much as possible about the things around him.

If you are just starting out, or maybe in the midst of a challenge, trust your heart, your instincts and most importantly, trust your children. My boys are both in college now and I wouldn’t trade a minute of memories we shared while  homeschooling.  Those precious first eight years the Moore’s wrote about  nesting are irreplaceable, and for us,  late really was better than early.

Alien Angle

I love games like this that are fun, yet test my skills.  Alien Angle does just that.

Alien Angle

Final Post at Life Without School

I was saddened to read that the final post was published at Life Without School on March 22nd.

I’ve enjoyed reading all the different authors and perspectives that were shared there over the last few years.

You can stop by and leave a comment here.

Extreme Sheep LED Art

Some things just scream to be repeated.  Thanks to Debra at From Skilled Hands and Laura Weldon for sharing it with her!  Maybe it’s because I’m named Mary, but  I love anything to do with lambs or sheep.  Enjoy!

Pennsylvania’s Three Mile Island nuclear power plant

It has been 30 years since Three Mile Island’s nuclear power accident occurred.  Three Mile Island, homeschool history resources

Here are some resources for studying this day in history:

The Crafty Crow

Arts & crafts, homeschool resources

While exploring the internet,I came upon The Crafty Crow that is a childrens craft collective. The day I visited there were suggestions for sewing your own ugly doll, bathtub paints, yogurt cup animal and much, much more.

The Crafty Crow

When Roses Bloomed in Winter

Online Exhibition from the Dittrick Medical Museum in Cleveland, Ohio : When Roses Bloomed in Winterdittrick-medical-museum

This exhibit is based upon Linda Lehmann Goldstein’s 1990 Case Western Reserve University PhD thesis. To read about different topics click on the image map below or start at Six Women graduates… and use the continue through exhibit button at the bottom of each page to view the entire exhibit.

When Roses Bloomed in Winter

Once you have finished exploring that exhibit, check out the other exhibits as well, but be forewarned, some of them are quite graphic.

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