Saturday, August 20, 2016

Story of The World - Confucius Vol 1. Ch. 33

Confucius- China's Wise Teacher (551-479bce)

 Confucius lived in ancient China during the Zhou Dynasty. He was a philosopher,  educator and political thinker. Confucius taught a moral code of honesty, respect, education, kindness and strong family connections.   

Confucius believed that strong families were the key to a stable economy and society. He taught of respect to not only living family, but to ancestors as well.  How different our society would be today if they lived by Confucius' teachings of building strong family relationships and showing respect to our elders and to our fellow citizens.  

 "To put the world in order, we must first put the nation in order; to put the nation in order, we must put the family in order; to put the family in order, we must cultivate our personal life; and to cultivate our personal life, we must first set our hearts right"

Friday, August 5, 2016

Hot Deals for the Summer Olympics 2016

The 2016 Summer Olympics are Here!  I love watching the Olympics especially when amazing things happen like Micheal Phelps breaking swimming records. I'm sure I'm not the only one that was cheering him on as he continued to win race after race.  I love everything about the Olympics. After months and years of training these superb athletes come together to put their skills and training to the test.  What event are you excited to watch?
Now until August 21st the whole world will be abuzz with Summer Olympics, and there is so much opportunity for learning and getting active! Here are (a perfect) 10 tools to foster olympic-worthy learning and help you host your own olympics at home! Tip: Use code GETREADY at Educents for free shipping on any order.

Learn About the Olympics

1. Summer Olympics Fun Pack - Printable!

SO fun pack

Monday, July 25, 2016

Win a Nights Stay at Pinkie's Place

Have you wanted to visit Bryce Canyon, Zion or Grand Canyon National Parks as part of your homeschool learning?  Well now is your chance! Pinkie's Place is hosting a giveaway on their FaceBook Page for a 1 free night stay.  Pinkie's Place is located in Glendale Utah between  Zion and Bryce Canyon National Parks making it the perfect location for your stay.  Grand Canyon, Lake Powell, Cedar Breaks and Coral Pink Sand Dunes are just a days drive away.

Friday, July 22, 2016

4 Apps Better than Pokemon Go

Pokemon Go is all the rage these days.  Whether you love it or hate it - or don't know what it is - Pokemon Go is one of the most popular apps in the world right now. Here are some alternatives created intentionally to foster learning, making them a truly worthwhile time investment. For fun, and since Pokemon's from Japan, I'll count the 4 apps in Japanese - Ichi, Ni, San, Go!

Ichi (One): Have story time anywhere with the FarFaria App


Wednesday, July 13, 2016

A House United - Book Review

By Nicholeen Peck
 After being frustrated with one of my stubborn children, I decided to look for some parenting advice.  If your children are like mine, they didn't come with a user manual.   I have one child that just likes to agitate everyone he can because he thinks its funny to see his oldest sister or brother cry.  As a parent I didn't really know how to discipline this child, nothing works with him as he is strong willed and fights me every step of the way.  Least you think he is a miserable child, he is also my hardest working child that is willing to jump in and help with yard work, farm work or whatever it is we are doing and he is happy to do it.  So as long as I can find something productive for him to do, he is happy and a joy to be around.  

Monday, June 13, 2016

Story of the World Vol. 1 Ch. 32

 China: Writing and the Qin (230-212bce)

 In ancient China, calligraphy was done with a paintbrush made out of animal hairs. Each character took a long time to write. The Chinese wanted to find a quicker way to write, so they craved characters into blocks of wood then dip it in ink and transfer to the image to paper. The Chinese were the first ancient people to use printing.

China was made up of several different kingdoms, each one having their own ruler or warlord. There were at least 6 different warlords during this period known as "The Period of Waring States," because China wasn't one country, it was several all fighting with one another. 

The Great Wall of China

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Red Scarf Girl - Book Review

Autobiography by Ji-Li Jiang

 Book Summary:

"This accessible autobiography is the true story of one girl's determination to hold her family together during one of the most terrifying eras of the twentieth century.
It's 1966, and twelve-year-old Ji-li Jiang has everything a girl could want: brains, friends, and a bright future in Communist China. But it's also the year that China's leader, Mao Ze-dong, launches the Cultural Revolution—and Ji-li's world begins to fall apart. Over the next few years, people who were once her friends and neighbors turn on her and her family, forcing them to live in constant terror of arrest. When Ji-li's father is finally imprisoned, she faces the most difficult dilemma of her life.


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