Educational Resources

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IEW Writing Instruction

Category: Educational Resources Date Posted: Tuesday, April 15, 2014 By: Deanne Smith

When: Weekly classes
What: Writing Instruction using the Institute for Excellence in Writing methods
Cost: $10-15 per class plus materials
Contact: Deanne Smith

"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." ~Sylvia Plath

In my experience, self-doubt is the largest barrier to developing good writing skills. The methods taught by the Institute for Excellence in Writing remove this barrier, guiding students to become competent communicators. As a certified instructor, I would like to offer my assistance in guiding your students toward this goal. I offer the following services: consulting, editing, individual and group tutoring, and classes. (References are available upon request.)

I am in the process of deciding what classes to offer next year. As I consider this, I would like to know what the needs/interests are. He...

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LIving History Days

Category: Educational Resources Date Posted: Sunday, March 30, 2014 By: Wendy West

Living History Days
Guilford Courthouse, North Carolina, 1781

You and your family are cordially invited to join us as we bring the spring of 1781 to life. After a year of horrible setbacks in 1780, the fortune of war could not have turned around more gloriously than in 1781. Experience 18th century life first hand; immerse yourself in the sights, sounds and activities of the past through costumed interpreters, hands-on activities, a drama, and two battle reenactments. Over a dozen different aspects of colonial life will be available for you to experience, so you are sure to learn a lot about our rich heritage. Fun for all ages, young and old alike, you will experience dedication, authenticity and true-life experiences that will make this memory last a life-time, and hopefully keep y...

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Federal Reserve Bank Teaching Kit

Category: Educational Resources Date Posted: Wednesday, February 5, 2014 By: Wendy West

Get a Free Copy of the "What We Do at the Federal Reserve" Teaching Kit.

It is a professionally-designed lesson plan produced by the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.

The kit is designed to give teachers hands-on activities to explain the role of the Fed. The kit's curriculum guide emphasizes key points teachers can highlight while studying topics like how prices, inflation and ultimately monetary policy affect our economy.

The kit includes a curriculum guide, a movie, classroom presentation on a CD, plus two bags of "Fed Shreds" to support conversations around money supply and what happens to old money.

To have a complimentary package shipped or to learn more, go to: http://www.dynamindspublishing.com/free/fed.html

Just provide your shipping address - that's all.

Free Books

Category: Educational Resources Date Posted: Saturday, January 25, 2014 By: Elaine Gaines

When: January 26-February 1
Where: Elaine Gaines home, 12778 Henson Creek St, Parker 80134
What: Books to give away
Cost: $0
RSVP: Call to be sure I'm home
Contact: Elaine Gaines

I have a couple hundred books to give away. Fiction and non-fiction. Juvenile-Adult. All topics, lots of history. Come by anytime this week. Just call ahead to be sure I'm home. 720-335-6583.

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ACT/SAT Prep Course Online Reviews

Category: Educational Resources Date Posted: Tuesday, January 14, 2014 By: Cheryl Lindberg

There is an online resource that could benefit homeschool students and their families. We all know it’s valuable for every student to study for the SATs - a lower score can be the difference maker when schools determine acceptance. Many students and families look into SAT and ACT prep courses to help them get the scores they want, but with so many options, where do they start? What’s the difference between one prep course to the next? And which one is going to be best suited for their kids? With these questions in mind, my team and I have worked hard to develop a completely free resource that will help students and their families easily answer these questions. Our resource features a comprehensive guide, expert ratings, data-driving comparisons, and unbiased reviews to help families ch...

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Leadership Institute Training

Category: Educational Resources Date Posted: Saturday, January 11, 2014 By: Wendy West

There is a two-day, intense political training for high school and college aged activists in Boulder, CO on the weekend of February 8th and 9th.

For over 30 years, the Leadership Institute has identified, recruited, trained, and placed conservative activists within the movement in both politics and the media.

Notable graduates of the Youth Leadership School training include Americans for Prosperity President Tim Phillips, Senator Mitch McConnell, Governor Terry Branstad, and Americans for Tax Reform President Grover Norquist.

The Youth Leadership School costs $30, however, if you register prior to January 15th the cost is only $15. This includes training materials, meals, and housing if necessary.

Here’s a link to the training: http://www.leadershipinstitute.org/Training/...

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Colonial LIving History Days

Category: Educational Resources Date Posted: Sunday, September 15, 2013 By: Wendy West

You and your family are cordially invited to attend Colonial Living History Days on Friday and Saturday, September 27th and 28th, 2013, at 14711 W. Morrison Rd., Morrison, CO, near C-470 and Morrison Rd.

We hope you will be able to join us as we bring the fall of 1780 to life. With 18th century costumed interpreters, hands-on activities, and two battle reenactments, you are sure to learn a lot about America’s rich heritage.

We open at 9 a.m. and close at 4 p.m. You are welcome to come and go as you please. The cost is $3 per person, ages 4 and up, or $15 per family.

For more information see http://www.livinghistorydays.com/events/info/
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Calling All Rock Hounds!

Category: Educational Resources Date Posted: Thursday, July 11, 2013 By: Elaine Gaines

When: July 15-26
Where: Elaine Gaines' home
What: Rocks, minerals and fossils & science supplies
Cost: free/give away
Contact: Elaine 720.335.6583

I am down-sizing my large collection of rocks, minerals and fossils -- all free to home schooling families. Call to arrange a time to stop by. Bring containers, such as, egg cartons, baggies, boxes. Also, I have some science supplies -- dissection kit, beakers, flasks, ring stands, chemical thermometers, etc. to give away. July 15-26.

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Tips for Teaching Reading

Category: Educational Resources Date Posted: Wednesday, July 10, 2013 By: Jannice Schamel

In preparing to teach reading again (this is the 9th child) to my new kindergardener, I was reviewing the book "An Acorn in My Hand" by Ethel Bouldin. It is an excellent book, and I highly recommend it if you can get a copy. I made a short list for myself that I thought others might find helpful, so I'm posting it for you.

Rules for Reading

(It is helpful to teach syllables at the same time as the reading. See below for help.)

Use flashcards to teach these to student.

1. Learn the long and short sound of each vowel.
2. Learn the sounds of the 21 Consonants.
3. Learn the sounds of the phonograms sh, ch, th, and ck (add the other phonograms later as the children read).
4. Learn the rule that if there are two vowels in a word of one syllable, the first vowel is long and the...

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IEW Writing Classes

Category: Educational Resources Date Posted: Tuesday, April 30, 2013 By: Deanne Smith

When: 2013-2014 school year
Where: to be determined
What: writing classes
Cost: varies
Contact: Deanne Smith deannesmith@ymail.com 303.550.8718

"And by the way, everything in life is writable about if you have the outgoing guts to do it, and the imagination to improvise. The worst enemy to creativity is self-doubt." ~Sylvia Plath

In my experience, self-doubt is the largest barrier to developing good writing skills. The methods taught by the Institute for Excellence in Writing remove this barrier, guiding students to become competent communicators. As a certified instructor, I would like to offer my assistance in guiding your students toward this goal. I offer the following services: consulting, editing, individual and group tutoring, and classes. (References are available upon request.) During the coming school year, I will be teaching two beginning writing courses based on IEW’s student writing intensive. The students will...

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