Archive for the ‘Links’ Category

  • VANISHED, a new alternate reality game

    “An environmental disaster has taken place on Planet Earth and we need your help.” Kids aged 10 1/2 to 14 can go on a learning adventure with VANISHED, a new game from The Smithsonian Institution and the MIT Education Arcade, funded by the National Science Foundation. The centerpiece of the game is using critical thinking skills […]

  • Story Prompt Tools for Young Writers

    This Christmas, we got a pair of cool story prompt tools for young writers. Both could be good for writing projects or even as verbal party games. Storymatic is a box of 500+ cards with character and story ideas. Rory’s Story Cubes is a set of six dice with different idea icons.



  • Free Museum Day

    Free Museum Day is coming Sept. 26th. Not all museums participate (list here).



  • Essay Contest for Inventors

    Inventors Digest is running an essay contest for kids ages 12-17. Show them in 500 words or less what technology, tool, product or service will shape our lives in 2059 and why. The grand prize includes a laptop computer. The contest ends August 31st.



  • Entrepreneurship Online

    This year’s Thirty Day Challenge has just started. Every August for the past few years, Ed Dale and friends present a month-long course in “making your first $1 online.” It’s totally free and takes you through the basics of online marketing. Home school families have done the challenge in the years past and it is […]



  • More Educational Flash Games

    GeekDad posted a list of 4 educational Flash games and there are many more in the comments. Odosketch is also an interesting online sketchbook.



  • Five Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do

    Earlier this year I blogged about Gever Tulley’s TED talk on Five Dangerous Things You Should Let Your Kids Do. He really touches on six things though: play with fire, have a pocket knife, throw a spear, take apart appliances, break the DMCA, and drive a car. We’ve not yet let either of our kids […]



  • Book introductions from the NIV Study Bible

    The International Bible Society now has the book introductions from the NIV Study Bible available online. The introductions give the background and an outline for each book of the Bible. That can help understand who the author was, their intended audience, and time frame of each book. Note that most Bible study sources, including the […]



  • Free astronomy lessons

    This site has an excellent interactive slideshow that teachs you to recognize the basic star constellations and navigate by the night sky. Once you master those basic landmarks, Skymaps.com has full printable star charts.



  • Library Elf

    We’ve become big users of Library Elf, a web site that can monitor our whole family’s activity at our local library. Now we get text messages and emails whenever books are about to become overdue or a book that we held is now available. It also collects all of the library cards for the whole […]