US citizens – Demand the right to know what’s in your food

Think your food labels are complete and honest, even if you can’t pronounce 3/4 of the ingredients?  Think again.  GMOs (genetically modified organisms) developed by Monsanto and proven to cause cancer and other DNA alterations are not required by the FDA to be labeled.

This video does a great job to illustrate the point.  Just don’t let the issue drop there.  After going here to tell Pres. Obama to cut all ties between the FDA and Monsanto, take another moment to write your representatives from the bottom up.  Let them know that not only are you fed up with Monsanto contaminating and controlling our food supply, but that as a human being you have a right to know what is in your food.  It is about time the US caught up with the rest of the world on this matter.

Lastly, do not forget to share your concerns with local grocery stores, family, and facebook friends and tweeters.

To find out more about Monsanto and the damage caused by genetically engineeredfrankenfoods,” or GMOs, go here:

Quality not quantity counts – even with fruits & vegetables

11 yo homeschooler takes on Monsanto

Monsanto’s Dark History  (1901 – 2011)


11 yo homeschooler takes on Monsanto

Nationwide, homeschoolers are rising to wake up our citizens and politicians to behind the scenes corruption in our biggest industries that affect everyone’s daily lives.  Today, we salute 11 yr old Birke Baehr from the Asheville region of NC who does a phenomenal job to prove that homeschoolers are not isolated in social bubbles, but are ready to even take center-stage to get their points across when necessary.

I used to want to be a NFL player.  Now, I want to be an organic farmer so that I can make a bigger impact on this world.  — Birke Baehr, 11

Here he takes on Monsanto – the industrial farming conglomerate with deep ties to the FDA.


To get a clearer picture about the controversy surrounding Monsanto check these out:


Quality not quantity counts – even with fruits & vegetables


Monsanto’s Dark History  (1901 – 2011)

DO YOUR PART to help fight Monsanto!

Click here to tell Pres. Obama to cut $$$ ties

between FDA & Monsanto

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President Obama makes colleges rethink tuition hikes

I have long ranted about how colleges abuse their monopolization on education by forcing unnecessary tuition hikes year after year.  It had come to the point that I actually touted them as holding our lives for ransom under degrees that are often overestimated in worth and exaggerated in need.


This may seem completely contradictory to my love for learning and ascertainment that “Knowledge is power,” but it simply is not.  One can easily teach themselves how to do virtually anything in our media millennium.  Unless it’s surgery or piloting a plane, & yeah ok, I’ll concede a few other ambitions, most specialties can be honed at home.

While society is a long way from bowing to my point of view, degrees are nearly a prerequisite – although not a reassurance of – employment for now and the future.  Given this, I have already informed my children that 1) yes, you’ll go to college, but 2) there’s no way your father & I can afford it.  At least they have no misconceptions ahead of time and realize that effort, diligence, and scholarship (probably multiples, in fact) will be expected.

However, President Obama did just step up for a startling reality check to the higher education industry:  control your tuition or lose federal funding.  It parallels quite *nicely* with doctors and hospitals overcharging in 1 form or another simply because they know Medicaid/Medicare will cover the cost.  Of course they have to be extra sly, so they will push or exaggerate certain diagnoses like mental illness, diabetes, and heart disease into receiving treatments that have actually been proven to make the problem (or others) worse.

President Obama also addressed the abuse of inflated interest rates on student loans.  I never would have thought when I was in high school that any bank or lender could possibly legally take advantage of someone via student loans.  Thank God I never made it an option for myself, because stories abound of people going bankrupt — yes, bankrupt — for having done so.

Taxes, child support, and student loans are the 3 types of debt that cannot be wiped off your credit report for non-payment.  So naturally when you put this fact together with federal funding, subsidized tuition via grants like the Pell Grant, a workforce that no longer trusts itself to train its workers (read — too cheap to train their own workers), & tuition rates set by the very people paid the highest within an institution of higher learning, then of course abuse would be rampant.

Netflix offers an excellent revealing documentary “Frontline:  College, Inc.” discussing this very matter.  A well-versed viewer gives it 3 out of 5 stars & then comments:

A narrow expose that does not address the broader problem and its root causes. The factors driving the growing demand for advanced degrees – of any kind, from any university – deserve scrutiny. What was once a cost-benefit decision is now a foregone conclusion: You must get a college degree. Like all bubbles, the college bubble has been pumped to excess by societal and market failures. Among these: the societal failure that for many, a public high school education is often inadequate or irrelevant; and the market failure created that distortions in the market for a college education – principally, tax-payer funding – has produced an artificial demand for it and facilitated its costly supply. (In an environment where super-loose monetary policy already encourages malinvestments in education, fiscal distortions are the last thing you need.) This documentary could have focused on the common problems affecting the entire advanced education complex, but instead simply focused on the failings of the latest entrant, the for-profit sector. It could also have cited studies that show that much of the performance gap among sectors is due to differences in demographics. To be fair, this narrow expose still allows an open-minded viewer to see a broader problem and diagnose a common cause. He or she would have been able to (a) compare and equate problems afflicting students and institutions in the private sector system with analogous problems in the public systems, and (b) conclude that misplaced State-involvement appears to be a growing common factor in both systems. Yet, the documentary does not attempt to broaden the discussion or to explore common causes. Worst, in an attempt to speculate about a solution to the problem of private sector colleges, the documentary appears to suggest…even more taxpayer funding funding for Community Colleges. Is this what being educated without learning is about? Humh. Watch instead CATOs online panel Profit from Ivory Towers of 11/30/10.

More information:

Obama to High-Priced Universities: ‘You’re on Notice’

Quality not quantity counts – even with fruits & vegetables

1st I want you to consider a few truths regarding the FDA guidelines or RDA [recommended dietary allowance] of vitamins, minerals, and food group portions demonstrated by the colorful My Food Plate and its predecessor the Food Pyramid.  While the plate does give fruits and vegetables a more prominent division of our diet than grains, it still gives grains a 25% allocation to your meals.  The Food Pyramid had recommended a gargantuan 9-11 servings of carbohydrates in a single day.

Food industry monopolist Monsanto has had their hand in the FDA for a long time.  Grains are cheap to produce & are added to foods like meat that we’d never consider to examine.  They also cause cows to develop e-coli.  Monsanto has “poisoned the water hole” so to speak by putting cancerous chemicals in our food supply, sued family farmers when their own Frankenstein seed contaminated the farmers’ seed, bankrupted many by keeping them in legal limbo, & even caused 1000s of Indian farmers to commit suicide by drinking pesticides.  [click here to tell Pres. Obama to cut the ties between Monsanto & the FDA — takes only 20 sec]

Go here to read Monsanto’s Dark History  (1901 – 2011).

Before my days of behind the scenes nutritional research, back when my kids were toddlers, I would lament how in the world could I fit ~10 healthy carbohydrates a day in & still provide a rich diet of fruits and vegetables.  It became clear quickly that it was an either/or situation.  While I tried to offer a fruit at each breakfast, then at least 1 if not 2 veggies at lunch, 2-3 vegetables at dinner, cushioned with at least 1 fruit snack throughout the day, affordability often gave way to dependence on grains.  At least I did use oatmeal as our mainstay rather than pre-packaged cookies and cakes.  Now if I can just track down organic oatmeal…

When it came to my selection of fruits I relied on unsweetened applesauce, oranges, bananas, and canned varieties.  Wow, have I come a long way, baby.  Out of my choices at least half of them were just plain sorry.  I will give bananas a bit of credit since the 1g of fat in each does help provide their developing brains and nervous system with the fatty protective myelin sheath that insulates nerves.  While it is famous for potassium, it turns out to be an inferior source compared to raw potatoes, cantaloupe, strawberries, and even raw cacao beans (or dark chocolate if cacao is inaccessible to you).

Oranges were a great source (but are also a choking hazard, so beware – helps to peel the inner white linings off to reveal the raw pulp), but the canned applesauce reported zero nutrients.  FRESH raw apples – including chewing the seeds extra well – are, however, superb choices.  Canned fruit (pineapples, peaches, fruit cocktail) is loaded in corn syrup.

Corn syrup (and corn oil) has been linked as a direct cause of diabetes, obesity, and soaring triglyceride fat levels, and cancer.  Quite simply it is so concentrated that it overloads the pancreas in 1 form & chokes out cell walls in the other.  Our family has come to refer to it as “diabetic juice”  and “cancer Kool-aid.”

Which brings to mind another fact:  raw fruits are better sources than juice for the simple reason that juice contains an overabundance of servings, is not fresh unless juiced yourself, and is pasteurized.  On the flip side, freshly juicing vegetables is the most fantastic way to get your quota in without sore jaws and bloat.  The fact that industrial farms have depleted our soils with pesticide and chemical fertilizer use, as well as picking produce green & shipping it cross-country or world-wide means what you’re eating isn’t as nutritious as it could be.  There is no source more superior than locally grown organic foods.

The following video shows why you should be choosing fruits and vegetables with HIGH antioxidant values.  They reduce inflammation which will help clear your skin, fight disease, and heal worn out cells.  Doing so prevents a milieu of life threatening conditions.


Warning signs of dyslexia you may have overlooked

A very comprehensive site that gives us clues or warning signs of the possibility of dyslexia in loved ones will help you arm yourself with tools to remove learning obstacles in both children and adults.  This by no means is diagnostic, nor is a diagnosis a sentence of doom and gloom for one encountering problems.


Contrary to Jack Nicholson‘s famous line, “You can’t handle the truth!” from GI Jane starring Demi Moore, I have always found strength and reassurance in nothing less than the truth.  A problem becomes manageable when all aspects are brought to the forefront because energy no longer has to be spent in useless direction as the source is sought.


So think of this as empowering, not degrading, or even scary information.  Success is meant to be had by everyone, even those with dyslexia, any other learning disability, or unique brainwave patterns.  Follow up any warning signs with professional testing and personalized development exercises.


Symptoms of Dyslexia

Hitting the lesson plan mother lode: a global classroom

I both finished my evening up and began my morning searching for truly helpful, engaging tutorial lessons for some of the most complicated subjects.  Man, did I hit the mother lode.  Talk about synchronicity and the infinite value of the World Wide Web…  Just when I was thrilled to discover some wonderful math sites, a friend of mine on facebook posted a most incredible link to my wall this morning.

I have always said that every child’s education needs to be personalized, and while that is true, until now that has been difficult for teachers in mainstream schools.  Homeschooling parents resolve this, but as their kids grow older with more sophisticated lessons, it becomes very daunting as they wonder, “How can I teach them what I don’t know myself?”  I have always been a strong believer in that an educator doesn’t need to know everything, they just need to how to find the answers to everything.

Khan Academy has connected those dots for all of us.  Better yet — in an unbelievably humanitarian gesture — membership is FREE.  Salman Khan has developed over 2,700 video lessons in all sorts of subjects, and using colored gel pens on a black background, he divides the information up by color as it is presented.  This is the same technique I have applied to teaching phonics.

Besides allowing the individualized progression for each student, you can also track their comprehension of the topics so that you aren’t spending time on items they have grasped.  It also opens up the doors to world-wide collaboration which is something many students miss, especially homeschoolers.  No matter where you are, what your age, or what manner you are educated, when you get stumped on an issue, help is just a networking link away:  social media at its finest.

Khan Academy also encourages anyone savvy in a topic to sign up as a tutor, whether you are a student using the software or an adult just wanting to help.  I’d like to add that he takes a conversational, sometimes humorous, approach to presentation rather than monotonous lecture.  Please watch this full presentation that describes what Khanacademy has to offer, and take special note of the esteem boosters this approach to education has to offer.

Classical education: the Trivium, logic stage, 5-8 grade

Trivium —  3 stages of classical learning method including grammar (memorization of facts in all subjects), logic (explaining the why’s and how’s of a subject), and rhetoric (supporting ideas with facts and communicating them effectively).  Each stage maximizes the brain capacity and psychological stages of development in different childhood periods.


Everyone warns you about the terrible 2’s & puts the fear of God in you wondering what they’ll be up to as teenagers, but the logical stage is overlooked and understated in every parenting book I have read from psychological texts to Dr. Sears‘ attachment parenting philosophies.  Until now.  Having come across the invaluable source “The Well Trained Mind” by Susan Wise Bauer and Jennie Wise, they reference Dorothy Sayers‘ book “The Lost Tools of Learning” throughout, and this is what Ms. Sayers has to say about ages 10-13:

The Pert age…is characterized by contradicting, answering back, liking to “catch people out” (especially one’s elders); and by the propounding of conundrums.  Its nuisance-value is extremely high.


Both of my sons (ok, and yes, myself) had what amounts to rebellious meltdowns in our studies that crept up at age 10 & was flaming full force by age 11.  All 3 of us were bright, curious individuals with loads of potential, but quite frankly had learned so much that we had gotten a little big for our britches, and “just because” or “because I said so” wasn’t gonna cut it anymore.  Nor would learning that which dulled our senses beyond belief, because of course our imaginations alone were rich enough to sustain us.  I am sure that for 1 reason or another, bookworm or not, by age 11 almost every child begins to think they are miniature adults and therefore sufficient authority to decide everything for themselves.  Ha!  If they only knew….but that’s where we as parents come in, right?


  • step 1)  Breathe.  This, too, shall pass.
  • step 2)  Consistency is key.
  • step 3)  Then again, so is flexibility.  *agggh*, I know.  But it’s true.  Just know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em, know when to walk away, know when to run.  Kenny Rogers, folks…a mantra that will get you through many a trial & error.


Instead of focusing on the negative, focus of the positive side of your child’s newly developed discernment.  Like I mentioned before, it is truly ok if they learn more than you know about something.  Do not create ceilings for them just out of your own pride’s sake.  Instead take advantage of their knowledge by using it in your own life.  My oldest son became the family’s official tech guy around that age, and both kids enjoy cooking supervised meals.


Also do not let the disrespect slide.  They like to call you out?  Then calling them out will be equally effective — even more so in the presence of company.  I know, I’m cruel.  Hey, when your 10 year old disappears for 30 min. in a community center when you expected him to just go to the restroom, embarrassment can be your friend once you recover and realize he has not been kidnapped, afterall.


During this stage, your child should be fluent enough in reading, writing, and arithmetic to apply these tools into solving complex problems.  They should actually be able to evaluate the problem and figure out 1) what steps/tools/skills it takes to solve it and then 2) finish the task.  By nature, they should be doing more independent work and developing the skill to ask for help appropriately while also not relying on others too much.  Like everything, it is a delicate balance.


10 minutes of parental tutoring

for every 1 hour of independent study is typical.

Some subjects will involve more in-depth conversation (or lecture for those who’re really old school), but these are usually philosophical discussions that reach across every subject line.  Such as nutrition – involves math (weight, measurement, caloric needs, vitamin and mineral content and intake),  social studies (sustainable organic farming and local farmers’ market support v.s. mass-produced factory farms churning out GMO‘s at your Wal-Mart grocery), science (effects of organic nutrition v.s. pesticide &/or genetically modified products on the human immune system).  The reading, vocabulary, spelling, and grammar by example should be ample in articles, videos, etc…used as sources.


Which brings to mind something very important:  your source is crucial.  There is none more superior than a primary source.  (That’d be the “horse’s mouth,” so to speak.)  Secondary sources are acceptable as long as you do your best to know the motivation of who published it.  Are they sponsored?  By whom?  A front for propaganda agendas?  Literally being able to pick and choose the good from the slime of media sources is absolutely crucial, particularly in the digital age of immediate gratification and instant publication.


A big key to maintaining interest in subjects that you pick for child during the logic stage is to find some way, any way, for them to relate that topic to themselves.  Telling my current 11 year old to eat more is not enough.  Reiterating that his muscles must have protein to build, otherwise they waste away, makes him understand clearly that he cannot put off a good diet if he intends to hold on to those biceps he’s so proud of.


For an example schedule to help organize the what, when, & how much to learn during the logic phase, go here.

Create your own homeschool curriculum

So much to say & so many places to begin as we are all individuals with our own goals, past experience, interests, strengths, & weaknesses.  Logically then, the 1st place to begin is within ourselves.  There is no shame in admitting where we may fall short, only shame in denying ourselves the effort or opportunity.  Therefore, honesty with ourselves and others is paramount to progress.

After nearly a decade of homeschooling, I recently came across a wonderful used book for sale at an out-of-town library.  You see, used book sales of any variety are my weakness.  A borderline hoarder, I compete with the best of squirrels and bears as I constantly scan titles for current or future useful material whether it be for myself, my 2 sons, or now, our new expected son.  It turns out with alot of experience you can judge a book by its cover…well, almost.  I also do a quick scan of chapter titles along with vocabulary and syntax used by the author.  The older and more sophisticated the abilities of my kids, obviously the better versed I expect their “teachers,” unless it is a subject entirely new to them and then simple language and metaphors can be a breath of fresh air.

For $1.50 I procured “The Well Trained Mind:  A Guide to Classical Education at Home” by Susan Wise Bauer and Jessie Wise.  Hardcover and in excellent condition, it is the best $1.50 I’ve spent in years.  Not only does it reveal very structured guidelines (allowing plenty of variance in choice) for each grade level, but it came with an even bigger surprise:  validation.

Little did I know, not only does the classical method offer the strongest college prep foundation, but I had unwittingly been creating and following the patterns of the trivium ever since I pulled my 1st kindergartener out of public school & began teaching him scientific anatomical terms for skeletons and dinosaurs.  Yeah, I know….I laugh myself when I think of my expectations at the time, but seriously, it’s how it’s done and it works.

I based my own teaching theory on:  exposure, repetition, demonstration, verbal explanation, written explanation.  While I did veer away from memorizing facts for the sake of memorization, I did emphasize that those facts be drilled in every sensory aspect I could derive.

My tests for the majority have not been traditional multiple choice/fill-in-blank tests, but 1st- a verbal test.  If my child can verbally explain or teach me the concept they just absorbed, then we are halfway there.  For the record, I also do not grade papers, but I do check them for mistakes.  That means anything written should be spelled correctly for their age level and if not, it’s a new spelling word to be learned and rewritten several times.  If a math problem is incorrect (or not legible) then it is redone on the pages following.  If notes taken are not appropriately thorough for the age, topic, and content derived from then they are required to reread & add to them until I feel their personal best has been reached.  That, afterall, is an A student, and there is no sense in moving on to points 2, 3, or 4 if point 1 is fuzzy.

As they grew older, beginning around 3rd grade, I began asking for written explanations.  In general, 3rd grade should master the paragraph, 4th grade the 3-paragraph report, 5th grade the 5-6-paragraph essay, the 7th an 8+paragraph analysis, and 9th grade the multi-page research paper.  In truth, a paragraph, report, essay, analysis, and research paper are just growing extensions of the same thing:  putting rational thought onto paper as if having an intelligent verbal conversation.  Facts, details, conclusion, citing sources….It is merely the maturity level of the student that determines the appropriate length.

However, a lesson I did learn pretty quickly was that scheduling specific daily lesson plans months or even a full week ahead of time and expecting that schedule to be followed prudently made very little sense if 1) my real priority was comprehension and not thoughtless parroting and 2) I were ever to acknowledge that kids learn best about what they are truly interested in.  Of course there are always some things that may just be flat boring that are still absolutely necessary, but if we just change our perspective of say…math and grammar…changing them from rule-filled doldrums to number riddles, symbolic messages, and creative tools, then voila! our attitudes will follow along with the ability to grasp, retain, and use the vast amounts of knowledge.

Another priority of mine was to be able to think critically — to examine a topic from all angles, brainstorming solutions or descriptive details until I had wrung my options dry.  Assuming nothing and researching everything, I sought to find correlations amongst topics that crossed subject boundaries.  To this day, my sons marvel aloud sometimes when a conversation leads from 1 tangent to another, crossing the realms of math, science, social studies, and English.  Usually we find ways to throw art and music in there too.  Literally ANY interest can be picked apart in this manner.

My final priority is interest and innate talent.  Curiosity does lead a vast majority of our school days, which is the exact reason (coupled with speed of grasping a topic) why scheduled, strict lesson plans have never worked for us.  Knowing what direction we are headed in is uber crucial.  In what manner we get there, however, is not so much.  Innate talent should be encouraged ad nauseum — as long as the child is interested.  When or if you see interest waning, reassess are you seriously cramming it down their throat, or are you reminding them of their skill and actively encouraging development of that.  Usually it means the parent/teacher/tutor needs to just chill and make sure that there is as much if not MORE praise regarding the talent than criticism, even if it is constructive criticism.  It may also mean that they are simply just lonely,  having found themselves isolated in their talent, and simply want you to join them even if you well, suck at it.

So exactly WHAT is the trivium, and how does it compare to my own intuitive methods?  Catch it here.

What subjects and how long should I expect my child to study each day?  Well, here’s a start.

Learn to Read with Stories/Games/Songs

I’ve begun tutoring a first grade reader recently, and I have to say, I really enjoy getting back to the beginning stages of learning again. Afterall, my own boys are ages 10 and 13 5/6ths years old, so their level of activities has taken on a whole new meaning comparative to the learning drills that could be turned into a game on a moment’s notice.

Their perspective of fun matures, but I find that as I grow older, I gain more of an appreciation for the simpler ways of experiencing (and learning from) life. I would say in direct ratio to how serious a person usually is or views life, is the same need to make time for more sillier pursuits.

Anyway, I began to think with my new little muse that he would respond better to games and activities that required reading, but were not long, extensive stories. Many of these same things would sharpen listening skills and reinforce following directions, yet the interactive nature gave him something to busy his hands with and control all at the same time.

I looked through a very useful site today published in England. The content is challenging for beginning readers, but varied and interesting. Whether it is reading a joke or creating crazy animals, it has many ideas that use sight words and high frequency words to get their stories across.

Another website Apples4Teachers offered a great deal of American literature, nursery rhymes, and other reading material for beginning to intermediate readers.

Click below to see reviews and links to full site:

Learn English, Kids!  by the British Council



Literacy Links to Learn How to Read English

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Q: What do you call a dinosaur wearing a blindfold?

A: Do-you-think-he-saw-us!

Q: Why do dragons sleep during the day?

A: So they can fight knights!


Q: Why did the computer squeak?

A: Somebody squeezed the mouse.


Q: What does Triceratops sit on?

A: Its Tricera-bottom!


Q: Why are fish so clever?

A: Because they are always in schools.

More Jokes    Child clicks for the answer.  Great for beginning-intermediate readers.

Short Stories:  Each 1 of the short stories on this site has an educational interactive game you can play while the story quickly loads.  Once story is loaded, you can skip activity if you like and go straight to the book.

“The Hungry Dragon”    Online story read outloud with text.

“Planet Earth”

“Dinosaur Dig”  This one pauses at the end of each page, so the reader turns the page to progress the story.  Great for identifying words after they have been read.  Gives the child more of a chance to look at the words themselves.  Pictures and animation will draw the eye 1st to each scene, so pausing on other stories would be necessary for them to read the words aloud.

“The Lucky Seed”   This one also has the reader turning the pages.
Animated story read aloud.


Bookworm    To play, the child will direct the bookworm to eat the letters of a word.  They must be eaten in the correct spelling order, or the game ends.

This may frustrate your child in the beginning, but it actually reinforces the notion to stop/interrupt your child when they misspell a word outloud.  My oldest son had a tendency to want to talk about it, “Oh, I thought it was spelled ….”  Although I encourage my kids to be outspoken appropriately otherwise, this is a subject that I won’t allow to be discussed because it just gives their brain more exposure to the INcorrect way.  So, later when recalling how to spell it, their brain will be in a memory battle trying to grasp what letter combination made the right word. 

Insect World    I really liked how the reader is required to listen and read to follow their own path of learning as insects are categorized by habitat, thus giving the reader control, but also more choices.

Asteroid Blaster     Wonderful graphics, though it does make a blasting sound when asteroids are shot.  Works just as easily muted as with sound.  The idea is the child blasts the asteroids until a word is complete.  They do not choose letters, but instead each successful hit gets a new letter.  When the space word is completely spelled, the mission is over; game stops and child has chance to read the word they discovered. 

I always define words as they are introduced into my child’s vocabulary.  I don’t even wait for them to ask because it is so easy for the brain to just skip recognition of the word entirely when it is still unknown to it.  Giving it a moment of special attention builds on the memory bank of knowledge they can use for recall later.

Clean and Green     Good for learning recycling words/items.

Making Questions    Click large word bubbles to put the words into correct order for a question.  Timed exercise.  Questions are ~3 words long.  May get longer as you progress through exercise.  I only played it a short while to test it out.

Label Easy Dino Parts    Interactive label dino parts.  Words are:  claw toe jaws nostrils horn back tail neck.

Labeling Games    list of labeling games – subjects:  Spring, sea animals, classroom, insects, dinosaurs, playground, bedroom, transport, clown’s face, dragon, animals,

Working with Animals    Matching job with description regarding care of animals; 1st grade sentences, but job title “scientist” they would need help reading.

Silly Monsters    Match the silly monsters with their description.  Encourages sight word reading.

MORE  Matching Games     Subjects:  teeth, personality, working with animals, fireworks safety, seasons and animals, weather, gadgets, computers, monsters, monster jokes, human body, Halloween costumes

Paint It    These aren’t just interactive paint games, but also a following directions challenge through attentive listening.  Subjects:  bedroom, flags, pets, sea animals, playground, shapes, rainbow, clown’s face, winter clothes, transport, witch’s brew

Banana Milkshake        Challenging but possible for 1st grader…Read and arrang the order of instructions teaching us how to make a banana milkshake.

Make Your Own Story     Very cool interactive story maker.  They guide the choices, your child reads and chooses their favorite option to get the story written.

Crazy Critter Animal Maker    Cute game. Simpler words are used to give directions on making crazy animals.  Both reading and following directions are worked on with this one.


“The River”      Story/song with text and animated graphics.

MORE Songs    List of animated songs with text.

Choosing Faces    Practice listening with Face Match.  Read or listen to a description of a person. You’ll see six faces. Which is the right person? Click on the face and then click on ‘choose’ to see if you are correct.

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Great tools, books, poems, puzzles, games for students, parents, and teachers with special emphasis on the beginning – intermediate reader.

Get more Free Rockin’ Independent Knowledge as we begin to add more learning resources to our catalog.  Check with us often!  Our goal is to update each category at least once a week.

Much thanks to my little reading muse for inspiring me to prioritize publishing this post.  🙂  The Infamous FRIK

OH!  One more thing…here’s something cute I caught online this morning.  Just wanted to share a smile…

 video of Staff Caring for Baby Orangutan


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An attitude adjustment about learning

A different approach to learning how to write

Creatures of habit? or reinvention?

A campside reunion with philosophy

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