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How Brilliante!

Thanks, blue milk, for passing this award on to me. I’ve never gotten a blog award before, so you can imagine my delight. It only took just a little under an hour for me to figure out how to put it in my sidebar, but you can darn well bet that I wasn’t giving up until I got it there, right at the very top. I took only the very slightest bit of offense to you thinking that my blog might be boring, and I’ve recovered completely. I admire your blog for the way in which it helps create community, for it’s tireless linking to other posts and blogs, for it’s inclusivity, for the way you’ve created a platform for the exchange of ideas. As Harriet Lerner PhD, said in The Dance of Deception, ” Feminism taught us that when we share what is most shameful and private, we learn that it is most universal and shared.” Your blog, in it’s invitation to communication exchange, helps us all to continue to stand up for what is right.

I don’t have nearly the blog filofax that you do, but here are some of the blogs that I like to read:

Under the Sun ….the very first blog I ever read, and the inspiration for my own. A homeschooling mama of four boys under the age of 8 who can and does do pretty much anything she sets her mind to, from homesteading to piloting bush planes. I often think of her when I’m worried that I won’t be able to manage something.

Snickollet …..another inspiring woman, raising twin toddlers on her own after the death of her husband from cancer. She doesn’t shirk from telling it like it is, and I’ve been a regular reader since I stumbled across her blog a year ago.

Organically Inclined …..”have less, be more” is the tagline. Attachment parenting, gardening, living simply, living cheaply, eating well, and issues including homelessness, poverty and global warming.

The world according to e …… a writing mama with all sorts of interesting thoughts.

Challenging Assumptions…. author, poet, journalist, editor, co-founder of several magazines, and a pioneer of the unschooling movement, having made the decison to raise her girls without school 35 years ago. A continually critical look at the way our society and media represent the truth.

Highly Gifted Minds….an uncompromising investigation into the world of gifted education and the lives of intellectually gifted individuals. There aren’t many blogs out there that deal with this topic, and it’s one that I’m very interested in, having had to forge a unique educational path for son#1.

I hope I haven’t surprised too many of the bloggers that I’ve mentioned, considering that I’m a regular reader, not a regular commenter, and I’m sure that many of you don’t know I exist. I hate to impose them on you, but these are the rules in this link exhange:

  1. Put the logo onto your blog.
  2. Add a link to the person who awarded it to you.
  3. Nominate at least 7 other blogs.
  4. Add links to these blogs on your blog.
  5. Leave a message for your nominee on his/her blog

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stuff 2Of the 100 largest economies in the world, 51% are corporations.

The US has less than 4% of their original forest left.

40% of the fresh water in the US is undrinkable.
The Amazon forest loses the equivalent of 7 football fields of trees to harvesting every minute.
The USA has 5% of the world’s population, but consumes 30% of the world’s resources, and produces 30% of the waste. If the whole world consumed on this scale, we would need 3-5 planet Earths to live on.

Over 100,000 synthetic chemicals are used in the production of consumer goods.

The US produces 4,000,000 pounds of toxic chemicals every year.

Human breast milk, being on the top of the food chain, is one of the most concentrated sources of toxic chemicals.

Only 1% of all consumer goods purchased in the United States are still being used within 6 months of the date of sale. 99% are trashed.

These are some of the tidbits I learned when I watched The Story of Stuff, released last week in California, and available for viewing online. It is a simple, powerful video that explains  the linear system of consumption in North America. Very visual, very straightforward, and although packed with information, basic enough to be understandable to kids.

I found it on the Challenging Assumptions website.

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Pizza Fractions

pizza gameJay has been after me for some time to “teach her how to read recipes.” I didn’t quite understand what she meant, because she can read, so what’s to know? Then I thought she meant that wanted me to tell her what the tsp and Tbsp bits meant, but she finally explained that she wanted to know what “1 line 2” meant. She went on to say that she knew it meant a half, but didn’t know how. I tried to explain it, without using bothersome words like numerator and denominator, but I could see that she was getting frustrated, so we left it for a bit, and then last week, on a trip to our favorite educational toy store, I happened across a nifty game called Pizza Fraction Fun. I looked at it, looked at the price, thought of how easy (and educational!) it would be to draw our own pizza fractions on cardboard, and then thought what the heck, why not splurge a little? and I bought it. Looking at it now, I still can’t quite believe I did it, because, really, there are oodles of ways of teaching this concept all over the internet, but I did buy it, and we have it, and it made for a fun afternoon.

In case you’re needing to teach fractions this week, and don’t have Pizza Fraction Fun, here’s a fun interactive pizza fraction game.


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Free Online Language Lessons

For anyone interested in learning another language, here’s a link to a couple of great free online language courses: click here.

I tried the Coffee Break French (learning with your latte), and the big kids came right over to the computer to learn too. 15 minutes every day, and we’ll be parlez-vouing in no time!

I found the link on this website.

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Test Your Extrasensory Perception

I’m never sure exactly how much the kids learn from me, but I sure learn a lot from them. Big kid R showed me this diverting site

The ESP game.

You’re matched up with an unseen opponent, and you’re shown images. You try to guess the word that the other player used to describe the image. It’s fast paced, addictive, and a complete waste of time. Perfect for those times when you want to use your brain, but just don’t know how.

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Think You’re Clever?

Do you know a lot?

Test yourself at Free Rice. For every word you get right, the United Nations World Food Program donates 10 grains of rice. There are 50 word levels, but almost nobody gets past level 48.

Try as I might, I could only get to level 46.

How far can you get?

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Organically Inclined is a blog I’m adding to the ever-growing list of blogs I like to read. Mom of 6, homeschooling, gives tips on all things green, frugal, and kid-related.

Also, Cheap Like Me (“where economy and ecology meet”).

And here’s an enlightening link (don’t worry, it looks like an ad but it’s not).

I’m the 106,869,566 richest person on earth!
Discover how rich you are! >>

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