To mark the 47th anniversary of the Apollo 11 moon-landing mission, the Smithsonian has made available a high-resolution 3-D scan of the command module “Columbia,” the spacecraft that carried astronauts Neil Armstrong, Edwin “Buzz” Aldrin and Michael Collins to the moon. This highly detailed model allows anyone with an internet connection to explore the entire craft including its intricate interior, which is not possible when viewing the artifact in the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum. The Smithsonian is also making the data files of the model available for download so it can be 3-D printed or viewed with virtual-reality goggles.
This is amazing — even better than seeing the capsule in person. And it’s fun too!
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Homeschooling With Dyslexia 101: What You Need to Know to Homeschool Your Kids With Dyslexia by Marianne Sunderland is a concise, informative primer for parents considering homeschooling their dyslexic child. Whether you are brand new to the idea of homeschooling or you have been homeschooling for some time and need some guidance, this book will help you.
Marianne shares that this eBook is a result of her own journey of homeschooling her 8 children (7 of whom are dyslexic) from preschool through high school since 1996. She shares many practical steps that you can take to establish, organize and be more successful homeschooling your own kids.
Chapters in this 50 page PDF ebook discuss getting started in homeschooling, understanding learning styles, creating a positive learning environment, setting realistic goals, and more.
Note: This freebie requires an email opt-in.
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DSOKids is an educational website for young people, sponsored by the Dallas Symphony Orchestra. It is chock full of great music education resources, including excerpts of classical music (organized by composer and instrument); How-to Projects to make your own instrument (the xylophone is a great project to build!); online games about music and composers, and more.
You’ll also find over 300 PDF lesson plans that the symphony has created for teachers, to accompany different music programs they have put on in the past. These can easily be adapted for home use. Just search for the appropriate musical piece on their site, or on youtube and you’re sure to find some audio to accompany their lessons and projects.
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There’s no machinery at The Imagination Factory, and smokestacks don’t pollute the air. Instead, this “factory” teaches children and their caregivers creative ways to recycle by making art.
From their site:
“Most people are familiar with traditional recycling methods. However, our techniques teach them how to reuse items that are often thrown away, and the projects usually involve solid waste that cannot be commercially recycled. The materials we suggest are a ready source of inexpensive art supplies for parents, teachers, and others who work with children. You Can Use Trash to Make Art, Too!
If you look around your house or school, you’ll find many scrap materials that can be recycled in art projects. These include items such as junk mail, magazines, bottle caps, and small pieces of gift wrap. Reuse old file folders, shoe boxes, and other containers to store your materials until you need them. Bookmark this site, and come back. Each week or so, we’ll present a new project, and you’ll find art/recycling tips and past projects in Previous Activities.”
The lessons and activities include drawing, painting, sculpture, collage, papier-mache, marbling, and crafts. There are loads of creative ideas and projects for students of all levels here.
Click here to go to their art lessons & projects archive page.
The National Library of Virtual Manipulatives
Here’s a great site from Utah State University’s math department that is chock full of online apps and virtual math manipulatives for teaching math concepts to students of all ages, K-12. ALL the online manipulatives – and there are HUNDREDS of them – are free.
“Learning and understanding mathematics, at every level, requires student engagement. Mathematics is not, as has been said, a spectator sport. Too much of current instruction fails to actively involve students. One way to address the problem is through the use of manipulatives, physical objects that help students visualize relationships and applications. We can now use computers to create virtual learning environments to address the same goals.”
The apps on the site require Java, or you can download their NLVM app to run any or all the manipulatives on their site. Highly recommended!