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Water on Earth and in space – the ESA/UNICEF water quiz

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Thursday, 27 August 2009 21:03

ESA astronaut Frank De Winne

To mark ESA astronaut Frank De Winne's six-month OasISS mission to the International Space Station, and triggered by his role as goodwill ambassador for UNICEF Belgium, ESA's Human Spaceflight education team has teamed up with UNICEF to launch an online quiz for 12-14 year old European children.

The theme of the quiz is water on Earth and in space. UNICEF is currently running a campaign called WASH about water and hygiene. The campaign centres on the importance of clean water for human life.

Water, as a primary element supporting life, is also of paramount importance for human spaceflight and future exploration endeavours. Considerable effort is being made to help resolve the specific problems encountered in space – such as water scarcity, the need for recycling and special hygienic conditions. The technologies and solutions developed to meet these challenges are directly applicable on Earth.

By participating in the ESA/UNICEF water quiz you can find out more about water on Earth and in space and learn how the two are related.

At the end of the quiz, Frank De Winne will reveal the answer of the final question and announce the winner of the competition from on board the International Space Station. The inflight call will be broadcast during the ISS Day, an education event scheduled to take place in Brussels, Belgium, on 6 October. A recording of De Winne's announcement will be available on the ESA website a few hours after the event.

 

Check it out here.

 

Swine Flu Prevention

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Tuesday, 04 August 2009 19:44

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With the outbreak of Swine Flu this might be of interest...

Please paste this address into your browser: http://kidsvaluepack.com/germattackpage.htm to receive a free download of a wonderfully funny song, "Germ Attack" that teaches children the importance of covering their mouths when sneezing or coughing with their arm.It is from our album "Shake and Bake" which has been given positive reviews by the USDA and several health agencies. Knowing music is a wonderful teaching tool, please pass it on to others who have, teach, or care for children.We wrote it when my daughter had whooping cough and my son had mono (after 4 months of illness-I understand why mother animals eat their young :) You can view the lyrics on You Tube:


 

or for more information,  email us at: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . It's been very successful with the typical AND special needs population! We think germ prevention is terribly important now. Let us know what you think.

Enjoy and educate...Caroline and Danny 770-365-3763

Last Updated on Tuesday, 25 August 2009 21:58
 

Free Online Curriculum to Spread Peace!!

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Thursday, 11 June 2009 15:06

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Last month, Peace One Day (  www.peaceoneday.org  ) – a UK-based organization that works to promote global Peace Day, September 21 – proudly launched its United States educational curriculum with an initial roll out in the six Northeast States. The curriculum, recommended for grades 6-12, aims to foster discussion among young people about peace and nonviolence in their schools, local communities, and the world at large.

Now we need your help to make sure the initiative is an even greater success!

We want as many people as possible – namely educators – to access this valuable tool. Please register for the resource online at http://education.peaceoneday.org/ and share the link with your friends and colleagues who might be interested in learning more about this project.

Together, we can help make our nation, and our world, a more peaceful place.

Thank you for your support!

Anna G. Richardson
 

Colourful picture vocabulary language flashcards

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Wednesday, 08 April 2009 11:57

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Hi teachers!  Today I received a e-mail from one of our visitors, he made a review of his new site www.vocabzone.com, so read more about it in the following text. 

"I have been teaching for 2 years. I have created sets of 800 colorful picture vocabulary language flashcards in printable PDF format in English, French, German and Spanish - with phonetic pronunciation guide.  The first 40 flashcards in each language are free to download directly from the web site. The full sets of 800 flashcards are for sale for £3.95. Visit my website at http://www.vocabzone.com/index.html I have developed the flashcards to be a fun and colurful learning and teaching resource for languages within the home and the school. The flashcards include nouns, adjectives, verbs, prepositions, questions, key words, key phrases, alphabet and numbers. A full list of the contents is available on the website. All of the flashcards are gender color coded. If you wish, you can buy a set with a phonetic pronunciation (how to say) guide on each card.
The flashcards are perfect for viewing on the computer or on a classroom whiteboard. They can also be printed and laminated as required."
 

Why Do People Home School Their Children?

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Tuesday, 07 April 2009 21:05

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Of course in America there are many options to educating our children. There are public schools, private schools, charter schools, Montessori schools and, of course, the option of home schooling. There are advocates of both home schooling and public schooling. Those of us who don’t home school, which is still the majority of Americans, need to fully understand the reasons why people choose to home school their children.

Religious or Philosophical Convictions:

Religion is not permitted in the public schools. Many families feel that religion needs to be a larger part of their child’s education than that which the public schools allow.

People who have deep religious beliefs show great passion. These are the individuals who are passionate about their children’s education and feel that only they are able to teach them to the best of their ability and the content that they feel they should be learning. The home schooling parent is in charge, they call the shots and they like it that way.

Socialization:

Some people that don’t understand home schooling believe that it is confining rather than socializing. But those individuals that believe that are stuck in thinking about the stereotypical socialization of an age-based classroom. Children that are home schooled are exposed to social situations in a mixed age range. They have "age-mates" instead of "class-mates".

Many home schoolers feel that their children need to be exposed to the appropriate ways to behave not inappropriate. They feel that their child should be exposed to the model behavior of people who have learned to make decisions and handle themselves in various social settings. By being exposed to appropriate modeling of social behavior, home-schooled children will learn how to act appropriately.

Parents of home schooled children can also see when their child "gets-it" when they model for a younger child appropriate behavior.

Home-schooled children get a reality based social lesson. On a daily basis they see adults they know, love and trust manage and balance life day to day. Modeled for them is academics balanced with real life chores; caring for a sick friend or neighbor, shoveling the driveway and walkway, doing the grocery shopping and dropping of the dry cleaning, cooking dinner while folding laundry, putting laundry away and talking on the phone with Aunt Sara. These are real life situations that home schoolers are exposed to and public school children are often sheltered from or are privy to a controlled school environment.

Academics:

Home schoolers have several advantages over publicly schooled children. The curriculum is designed specifically for them – not for children their age and what children at a particular age are expected to know and learn. Public schools differentiate instruction the best they can. However, a home-schooled child has a curriculum tailored to their needs. They may read at a 4 th grade level, spell at a 3 rd grade level and complete math at a 6 th grade level.

A home-schooled child is neither rushed nor not given enough time. There are no other children to "keep busy" so they are free to work at their pace and move as quickly or as slowly as need be.

Much research has been done on how children learn best. A home-schooled child is not only taught by the person who knows them best in the entire world but also since they are the only student, the learning style never has to be varied. If a student learns best through music, then the curriculum of a home-schooled child can be tailored to meet their needs so they will be more successful.

Home-schooled children get to spend more quality time as a family. They are not trapped in a traditional school setting for 6 hours a day but are free to spend quality time as a family every day.

It is said that parents are a child’s first teacher. Families that home school want to continue to be their child’s teacher because they feel that their children need the guidance of their family and God and not the guidance of someone hired to do a job that is naturally theirs from the day their child was born.

 

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