Summer Revolution

Posted by Annie on Jun 23, 2011 in Education

While reading the Outliers: The Story of Success, it occured to me that Liberty’s Kids would be a perfect tool for parents, who battle the summer vacation learning stagnation that takes place each summer in homes across the country.

I’ll bet your kids are planted in front of the television right now, soaking up the latest drivel streaming from the boob tube. It’s easy, requires almost no effort and provides little mental stimulation. Learning doesn’t have to be boring or difficult, in fact, it should be entertaining, easy to understand and engaging.

Most libraries have a pretty good selection of movies that can borrowed and if you watch for sales on Amazon, you can find educational DVD’s such as these for a song. When I find an item that I’d like to purchase on Amazon and the price is higher than I want to pay (or priced more than I can afford), I add it to my cart and save it for later. Each time I log in, I can check the items, Amazon let’s me know when the price has dropped or the item is finally in stock. I’ve found terrific bargains this way.

Check out this list of Revolutionary War DVD’s. Keep history alive and make it real for your kids. Summer should not only be fun, but educational. It will give your kids the boost they need to compete in our new global economy. Encourage the kids to explore what life was like during the Revolutionary War. It could change their perspective on the life they live today.

The Best of the Revolutionary War for Kids:

  1. Liberty’s Kids: Complete Series – 40 full episodes – [ages 7-13] Far more than a simple chronicle of the battles and major events of the American Revolution, Liberty’s Kids tells the story of the cultural, scientific, political, and social forces that helped shape America’s fight for independence from the perspective of two young teens from very different backgrounds. [DVD]
  2. American Colonies / American RevolutionAmerican Colonies/ American Revolution – [ages 8-13] A theatrical American history production with period and original songs, humor and puppetry, and free online activities and music/video clips. Corresponds to American history educational standards. [VHS]
  3. Johnny Tremain - [ages 8-13] Looking for a way to make the American Revolution come alive for your child? Based on Esther Forbes’s book of the same name, Johnny Tremain takes place in Boston from July 1773 through April 1775, and tells the story of a young apprentice silversmith drawn into a fight for human rights. [DVD]

  4. John Adams (HBO Miniseries)John Adams (HBO Miniseries) - [ages 10+] Adams, second president of the United States, is portrayed as a skilled orator and principled attorney whose preference for justice over anti-English passions earns enemies. The first thing one notices about John Adams‘ dramatizations of congress’ proceedings, and the fervent pro-independence violence in the streets of Boston and elsewhere, is that America’s roots don’t look pretty or idealized here. [DVD]

  5. The History Channel Presents Washington the Warrior The History Channel Presents Washington the Warrior – [ages 10+] The military career of George Washington is the well-chosen focus of this History Channel documentary, which will probably surprise the casual history buff. Learn the fascinating story of Washington’s youthful ride into the Ohio territory to deliver a message to the French, a defining moment (and one that made Washington a celebrity after his diary of the journey was published). [DVD]

  6. The Founding of America MegasetThe Founding of America Megaset – [ages 10+] The story begins with Samuel Adams and John Hancock in Boston, whose protests against British taxation led to the Boston Tea Party. Moving on to the Continental Congress meeting in Philadelphia, the brilliant delegates from the South, particularly George Washington and Thomas Jefferson appear on the scene, and the story is told of how an improbable cohesion between the colonies began. [DVD]

Learn more about Liberty’s Kids and watch the show online for free.

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CHSPE Deadline Approaches

Posted by Annie on Jun 3, 2011 in California, Education

My husband and I are both college dropouts, so it probably shouldn’t come to any surprise that our son has little interest in attending college. Now, don’t get me wrong — I place a high value on education — I am just not convinced that a college education means what it should for starters, or that it is worth the cost in this economy.

Barron's CHSPE: California High School Proficiency Exam (Barron's How to Prepare for the Chspe California High School Proficiency Examination) While, we have encouraged our son to pursue his dreams and to continue with his education, perhaps we’ve done a poor job advocating a college education, since we have little faith in public education as a whole ourselves. Who knows, perhaps he would have rejected college, even if we were strong supporters. There is really no way to know for certain.

What I do know is that unless my son changes his mind about formal education, which he hates, we were going to need some alternatives. As I started checking out his options, I discovered the CHSPE exam, which is offered to high school students in the state of California.

Student Eligibility to take the CHSPE

You may take the CHSPE only if, on the test date, you:

  • are at least 16 years old, or
  • have been enrolled in the tenth grade for one academic year or longer, or
  • will complete one academic year of enrollment in the tenth grade at the end of the semester during which the next regular administration will be conducted. (Regular administrations are the fall and spring administration each school year.)

CHSPE June Registration OpenRegistration for the June 18, 2011 administration of the CHSPE is now open. The regular registration deadline for the June administration is May 20, 2011. Registration materials including printed Registration Form, proof of eligibility, and appropriate payment, must be received in the CHSPE Office by 5 p.m. May 20, 2011 to avoid late registration fees.

Students can prepare for the CHSPE test using a variety of methods. We ordered Barron’s CHSPE: California High School Proficiency Exam (Barron’s How to Prepare for the CHSPE California High School Proficiency Examination) to assist our son in preparing for the exam. There are many free resources online.

If you reside in California and are considering the CHSPE option for high school completion, I would encourage you to explore your educational options and keep an open mind. It isn’t unusual for students to change their minds several times in their teen years regarding college, vocation, career and work opportunities they choose to explore.

Let’s face it: a college degree isn’t always needed for all career options. With the cost of a college education escalating the way it has in the past 10 years or so, it simply doesn’t make economic sense to go into debt for something that may never pay off the way we expect. I know plenty of individuals with masters degrees and PhD’s who are highly (over) educated but under employed, many will be paying off those college loans for most of their adult life.

I could write a book on this topic but instead, I’d like to provide you with resources to help you make some difficult and important decisions with your homeschooled child.

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Employment Opportunity

Posted by Annie on Jun 1, 2011 in employment

C3 Cyber Club is an established company that teaches kids exciting computer classes for ages 6 to 14 years old like 3D Lego Design, Video Game Design, Jr. Lego Robotics for Public Schools, Community Centers, private schools, Park and Recreation centers, Churches as an after school enrichment program. We are the only company offering unique mobile kids computer classes to the Loudoun & Fairfax County, Virginia area.

We are interested to recruit several homeschooling moms to market and represent our services to the homeschool network in targeted cities. If you know the ins and outs of homeschooling; are established within the homeschool community and interested in working part time – while continuing to homeschool your kids – this is a great opportunity for you.

Watch our marketing video about our products and what people say about us…

C3 Cyber Club is the only company offering kids mobile computer classes, our products are in demand and well accepted within the public school system. We would like to expand to offer our services to the homeschooling community. We will send teachers; provide laptops and software to co-op groups or homeschooling organizations that host a minimum of 8-students.

We provide training about our products and services. The successful applicant must attend between and 5 and 8 hours of training. Once you are familiar with our products and demonstrate the ability to work on your own, you can market our product from home.

We are seeking to add more homeschooling classes by fall, September-2011. Beginning in June, we launch our marketing campaign for our products and services; the project will last 3 months. We will provide marketing materials and an internet-marketing flyer. You will make contacts and follow up with leads. We are seeking an energetic and highly motivated person who is dependable & has an outgoing personality. Previous sales experience is not necessary, but you must be someone who is persuasive and has a knack for sales, marketing, & talking to people.

This is a commission based (plus bonuses) flexible part-time position. You must be able to add a minimum of 5 new homeschooling groups, your potential income is from $2,000 up to $10,000, all the details will be discussed at the job interview.

There are long-term opportunities here if you are successful! Please reply by email to davidc3cyberclub@gmail.com and include a resume and/or a short cover letter.

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