The Adventures of Young Indiana Jones, episode 1

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youngindyI’d heard of this show before, and I think I had even stumbled upon the site Adventures in Learning with Indiana Jones, which is an entire website dedicated to using this series to educate kids:

The mission of Adventures in Learning with Indiana Jones is to provide educators with teacher-tested, standards-based lesson plans and resources that will allow them to integrate everyone’s favorite archaeologist into classrooms across the curriculum.

But  for some reason I had never actually checked out the show or the site! Until now!

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Young Indy arriving in Egypt with his family, in awe of the marketplace.

Just recently, I started watching the show on Netflix. Wow! This stuff is great!! It chronicles the fictional life of the Indiana Jones character as a child, traveling around the world with his parents and tutor. (Yup, he’s homeschooled!)

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Tina’s Nature Adventures are coming!!

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IMG_4407-0.JPGI don’t know why I didn’t think of doing this sooner. I guess I had a bit of an idea about something like this ages ago, but never took it to its full potential in my mind, so nothing ever came of it. Recently this seed of an idea was planted and it has bloomed in a very exciting way and now I am extremely excited and I think it could really work!!

It all started recently when I was lamenting (as I am known to do) the fact that it will be ages before we ever can afford to purchase the land I dream of having, so that we can have property to take groups on nature trails.This is a long time dream of mine, since I used to lead educational trails at an outdoor school years ago and have long dreamed of having a beautiful piece of property in nature somewhere, making a living off of running similar trails on my own land. skytrail

Review: Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader’s Edition

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Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader's Edition
Three Cups of Tea: Young Reader’s Edition by Greg Mortenson

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

My kids and I (age 9 boy, 14 girl) really enjoyed this book. I know there’s a lot of controversy around it and the lies the author has told and mismanagement of funds…but it doesn’t detract from what my kids and I learned from this book. And that is that education makes all the difference in the world. Even if this were a completely fictional story (it’s not…yes, large chunks of it are fabricated, but the main message is true and the fact that Greg Mortenson has indeed built schools in that area of the world and does truly care about those people…) I would have loved it.

Review: Dear Dr. Bell…Your Friend, Helen Keller

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Dear Dr. Bell...Your Friend, Helen Keller
Dear Dr. Bell…Your Friend, Helen Keller by Judith St. George

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Wow. This is a fascinating book! I had NO idea Alexander Graham Bell and Helen Keller were such good friends…or friends at all! And everyone I’ve talked to about this book was surprised as well!

My kids and I enjoyed learning all about Bell and Keller together in one book that focused on their relationship, but touched deeply on their individual lives as well. This was a great, quick read on 2 very inspiring and fascinating people!

I highly recommend to anyone who wants to know more about either or both of these people!

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No Mom is an Island, HomeschoolRealm.com

I don’t know what I’m doing any more than you!

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I just read this article and it got me thinking…about parenting in general, about homeschooling specifically…

None of us REALLY know what we’re doing, do we?

We’re all just doing the best we can with the knowledge we have.

But I don’t believe for one second that any of us should be doing this ALONE. Parenting OR homeschooling.

No Mom is an Island, HomeschoolRealm.com

Because humans are social beings. Both my kids and myself NEED other people to interact with regularly. Outside our immediate family. I truly believe that is CRUCIAL.

Not just for “socialization”…which of course we all know is important…but because we need to unload our stress, we need to hear others are going through something similar…We need to know we are not ALONE.

So if you’re someone that has a hard time getting out of the house…introvert or not…you need to do it, mama!