Tuesday, February 7, 2012

A--mazing Amazon Deal! Over 100 Batteries for 10 bucks or Less!

By using the promo code for ReStock, $10 off any three qualifying items you can really save by stocking up on batteries.  

I purchased 2 AA packs (96 batteries) and 1 AAA pack (36 batteries) for a total of $10.89 and free shipping after using the $10 off promo code   6EFUJ3X7  from Restock It. 

Sunday, February 5, 2012

Homeschool Art: The Melted Crayon Project

You know the project.  Odds are if you are on Pintrest, you have it pinned to a board.  Lately, its been circling the blogosphere.  We finally had the chance to do it.  And while its "fun" there is also a lot of learning that can take place during this activity.  Teachable moments include:

Start to finish it took a little more than an hour.  The supplies for each child cost us $3 at Michael's.  Here's how to do it:

Supplies:  One box of 60 Crayons, One canvas (14x10 approx), hot glue gun, hair dryer

Step One:  Take small sections of crayons and put them into color order.  Add small sections of crayons to the color-ordered group. 

Step Two:  Hot glue crayons onto canvas.

Step Three:  Experiment with hairdryer at different heights, distances, and speeds to achieve the type of melting that your child wants most.  Experiment with layering by heating and cooling newly melted wax. 

Friday, January 13, 2012

Homeschool Tech Activity: EASY Stop Motion Videos and a Challenge Activity

I am always looking for new ways to make homeschooling fun and hip, and I try to tie in the kids interests into things we learn about whenever possible.  They love learning and I want that to continue.  That's the basic principal behind my homeschooling mantra.

My masters degree is in Instructional Technology- essentially how to incorporate technology into instruction; to use technology to engage learners, building on the STEM skills they will need.  That's what I have been doing all while in my cozy pajamas using the gifts the kids got for Christmas. And I thank Steve Jobs everyday for making that oh-so-easy.

One of my Masters classes was on making movies.  Although only 10 years ago, we used big bulky video camera, edited in iMovie-like software (for hours) and came up with a half-way decent result.  When we repeated that lesson back into the classroom it was successful but so time consuming.

Flash forward 10 years to a couple of homeschoolers, an iPod touch and the internet:  the possibilities are endless and SIMPLE!

Here's what you will need:
iPod touch/ iPhone/ iPad (needs the camera feature)
iTimeLapse Pro it'll cost you a whopping $1.99
your choice of subject matter

You can do so much with this!  My 8 year old, with minimal help took his kit of Legos: Rockefeller Center and built it using the manual picture mode (taking a picture after every step of lego building) and really, other than the music selection, the app did the rest!

Here's his video:

I'd like to do a carnival of sorts.  A chance for others to learn about this app and share some of our results using a similar set of subject objects.

TASK:   Using the following items, create your own stop action movie and have it shared here in 1 week!  I think it'll be very cool to see how many different versions we can come up with using similar props.  Let's start out very simple since many of you may not be familiar with any of this application.

  • iTimeLapse Pro 
  • Paper City Paris on madebyjoel.com (this will be our "common thread" in all of our videos-- its doesn't  matter how you use it just so long as its there somehow)

Once you have made your video post it to YouTube.com and email us the link and we will post our results!  Can't wait to see what turns up!  Get all videos in by January 21!!  Email the link of your video to jenaferlm at hotmail dot com  (if you can't get it loaded up to YouTube just email us the video!) When you send us the link or video let us know what name you would like displayed with your video (no need for real names- if you want to be private and internet-safety-minded!  AND if you have a blog and want it linked add that too!)

Happy movie making!

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