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The LIVEbrary, an online educational program from children's book publisher Annick Press, welcomes guest author Shari Graydon for the fourth week of Media Awareness. The two-year program for middle school and junior high schools students, teachers, librarians and homeschoolers is funded by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

Graydon will be chatting about her book "Made You Look," which challenges kids to become aware of how advertisers try to manipulate them. Graydon was also the guest author during Week 2, in which she discussed her book dealing with society's conceptions about beauty, "In Your Face." You can view a transcript from that live chat at the LIVEbrary blog:

http://annickpress.blogspot.com/

Live chats are every Thursday afternoon from 2-3 p.m. ET. The chats are put on with assistance from Skype Technologies <http://www.skype.com>.

The LIVEbrary blog also features lesson plans, instructions for using the chats in the classroom, and registration information. Teachers, librarians, parents and homeschoolers must register in advance to participate in the LIVEbrary.

For more information, please contact LIVEbrary@annickpress.com
3rd-Oct-2007 12:42 pm - Grades 4-8: Media Awareness Program
Annick Press has begun an ambitious new online program for middle school and junior high schools students, teachers, librarians and homeschoolers called the "LIVEbrary." The two-year program is funded by a grant from the Canada Council for the Arts.

The first season begins October 15th with a 5-week program on Media Awareness. Among others, it features media literacy pioneer Shari Graydon, author of "Made You Look" and "In Your Face," books that challenge kids to become aware of how advertisers try to manipulate them.

The Series Librarian for the LIVEbrary program is Gary Price, editor of ResourceShelf.com and director of information technology for Internet search engine, ASK.com.

The LIVEbrary publishes a lesson plan each week that includes a reading, discussion questions, an assignment, and a quiz. Students may participate through the LIVEbrary blog, email, and/or live chat. Live chats are every Thursday afternoon from 2-3 p.m. ET. The chats are put on with assistance from Skype Technologies, makers of the popular SKYPE Internet phone software, which recently introduced a new secure Public Chat capability.

Teachers, librarians, parents and homeschoolers must register in advance to participate in the LIVEbrary. More information, including registration, instructions, and a complete schedule are available at the LIVEbrary Blog <http://annickpress.blogspot.com> or via email from LIVEbrary@annickpress.com.
17th-Apr-2007 09:28 pm - A bit quiet around here, isn't it?
Circe
Recently I started selling my original handcrafted jewelry on etsy.com, an online marketplace made up entirely of artists selling their handmade goods.

I told a friend about it and she constructed a project with her daughter. Her 16 year old daughter has always had a talent for art and was wondering how she could make some extra money with it, so she's created a shop on etsy and is selling her work. She's tracking how much it costs to create each of her items, paying herself an hourly wage, looking into getting a business license from the government, how much health insurance would cost her if she wasn't already on her parent's plan, and has turned it into a full blown legitimate business!

Just thought I'd suggest this as a project for older home schoolers. Something like the 'track the stock market' project, only even more involved :)
28th-Aug-2006 01:42 pm - Taking the leap…
Not in Kansas
Hello everyone. I’m new here, and in fact new to Home Schooling.
I’m going to bite the bullet and take the leap to home school my 5yr old (soon to be 6 Sept 26th).

This was brought on by the age rules GA has established that I find unsatisfactory, being from NY. My daughter’s birthday is September 26. GA mandates that all 1st graders must be this age before September 1 in order to attend 1st grade. However, my daughter was tested and found to be on Second grade level in Reading, Math and all the core subjects.
Emotionally I know she is not ready for Second grade. However if we were in NY she would be going to 1st grade. I am outraged at this requirement being that she was found socially and academically ready to be in a more challenging class and grade.

Hence, Home schooling or private schools are my options. Looking at the rates of private schools- that is NO longer an option.

Anyway, I’m writing just to get an idea of some of the curriculum being used by seasoned home schoolers. I’m looking at Calvert School Education Services and Core Curriculum of America. Being new at this, I will need something that provides EVERYTHING i.e. lesson plans and daily time outlines.

Please let me know what you’re doing and how it has been working for you. As well as any suggestions, thoughts and ideas- all is welcome. ;-)

Thank you,
~Nia
19th-Jul-2006 09:36 am(no subject)
http://www.biltmore.com/special/educational/homeschool.shtml

It is Sept. 19th and 20th, which is a Tue. and Wed. Reservations with
payment have to be sent in by Aug. 15th. The homeschool day cost is
$19 per person. The normal cost for this time of month during the week
is $42
per adult, $21 ages 10 to 16, and free for under 10.
28th-Jun-2006 01:41 pm(no subject)
rise
Hi, my name is Kat and I'm seventeen, and I'm looking for a good homeschooling program.

For the past year my mother and I have been cheated by Penn Foster and James Madison, both of them sending me either no work period or no work that is relevant to the classes I need to pass. I was going to try and finish 12 grade at regular school, but thanks to these two worthless homeschooling places I'm going to have to do 11 and 12 grade in a homeschooling program, since you can't get anywhere with a GED.

So, my question is: do any of you know of any GOOD highschool homeschooling programs that AREN'T ripoffs? Thanks in advance. : )
31st-Mar-2006 11:24 am - Child Safety PSA
Fly
A friend of mine - who is a probation officer - posted this reminder in her journal and I felt compelled to pass it on:



This message brought to you by your Friendly Neighborhood Probation Officer....

As the nice weather and longer days are upon us, and people begin to actually come out of their houses and do fun things and go fun places, please remember to be safe. To that end, please consider the following, in regards to the safety of your children:


Don't use any personalized items with their names on it. T-shirts, bags, hats, beach towels...anything that allows strangers to see what their names are. It's easy enough to lure a small child away, it's even easier when the person can use their name, thereby making the child think they know them and are safe to go with. Even if you've drilled "don't go with strangers" into your child's head, if they hear their name, they aren't thinking stranger.



PLEASE KEEP YOUR KIDS SAFE FROM PREDATORS THIS SUMMER!


x-posted everywhere
1st-Mar-2006 09:51 pm - testing question
askgoodjoan
This is probably a silly question, but I hope it's simple enough to answer. I have a 1st, 3rd and 5th grader that I am pondering homeschooling. I am curious about a very specific problem. Where do you take your kids to do standardized testing? Even if I pull them out of school for this year, my 3rd grader would need to take this year's test. Would I have to take him to the school board office, or a school that is testing and have him sit in, or can I give the test to him at home?
31st-Jan-2006 12:13 pm - toddlersgonewld
Fly
Several of us have set up a new community: toddlersgonewld. We envision it as a parallel to badparents, because it's not always the parents who are bad. Sometimes our little monsters deserve their own time in the spotlight.

It hasn't really gotten off the ground yet, but if your child is anything like ours are, there should be no shortage of funny posts! We welcome you to join and play along.
Aum
I will be cross posting this.
This article stands on its own in my opinion about how bad public schools are.

http://wmaz.com/news/top_stories.aspx?storyid=20466
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