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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Handbook of Nature Study - Free Copy

I found a free copy of the Handbook of Nature Study by Anna Botsford Comstock on-line today. The one I found is at  and is offered in many different formats. Enjoy!

War & Peace Pushed Me Over The Edge

OK, so not really, but ever since I finished it in December I have been doing nothing but reading junk! I was reading wonderful books last year good fiction, classics and nonfiction, but now I feel like an addict, I just can't stop myself! I have been reading apocalyptic fiction and detective novels, I am embarrassed to even post what I've been reading. So how do I break this addiction, any suggestions on books to transition me back to the light? In the meantime I have a new trashy book to read on my Kindle App...

Homeschool Skedtrack

I was looking on-line for a free homeschool scheduling tool and came across Homeschool Skedtrack. It took me a few days of playing around with it and watching the video tutorials to really understand how it works, but now that I do I quite like it!

I particularly like it because we are so relaxed that we don't follow a stringent schedule. If we do math one day great, if not that is fine as well. So if I don't check off the math lesson for that day it just moves it over to the next day. It also lets you add in field trips, science experiments, etc so everything is in one place. You can also upload Excel documents into it, which I find very helpful!

Another tool I particularly like is that you can "copy" the same coursework for different children. So with my twins I don't have to retype the entire year if they are doing the same work. I was going to be very annoyed if I had to do everything twice :-)

The only thing at this point that I don't like is that it isn't always intuitive how to use the program. The videos definitely help but it still takes some getting used to. Overall for a free program I am pleasantly surprised with how powerful this scheduler is!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Lego Separator for Arthritic Hands

I initially bought this Lego separator for Blue to help him separate those annoying flat Lego pieces. What I did not anticipate was how well it works for me! I am having a lot of dexterity problems again with my hands and this thing is fantastic. Now I can sit and play Lego's and not be completely useless :-)