Jonathon Franzen doesn’t seem to like anything other than his own writing; the esteemed author was most famously noted for getting pissy that his novel “The Corrections” was included in the Oprah book club. Now that the author has another book in the spotlight, Jonathon Franzen is again trying to make controversy, this time by trying to stir up controversy about whether e-books are worthwhile or not.
His opinion? Jonathon Franzen says that e-books are not valuable.
There are many books, DVDs, and online resources about "the Law of Attraction." While the concept is far from new, its popularity rose after the release of http://www.amazon.com/Secret-Rhonda-Byrne/dp/1582701709 in 2006. As it is very rare for me to shell out $16.99 to buy a book at a bookstore, I waited a few years until I could get a copy on discount through Amazon. Nothing about The Secret impressed me, so I decided to find out what other people thought of it.
The book has 135 pages of reproducible worksheets (important if you are homschooling more than one child). Within those 135 pages are four categories of school work that will help your child prepare for a test. They include language arts, mathematics, social studies, and science.
Whether you are Christian, Jewish, neither, or only curious, Bruce Chilton has written a fascinating book you might like to read. While most material about Jesus emphasizes his birth and his ministry, http://www.amazon.com/Rabbi-Jesus-Biography-Bruce-Chilton/dp/0385497938 tells much more about his life.
If you live in the Austin area and want to brush up on your Spanish skills, or teach a child to learn Spanish, there’s a really fun way to do it without buying expensive programs or even taking a class. You can do it by immersing yourself (or your child) into literature and films that you are already familiar with, but that are in Spanish. The best of these, of course, are of the children’s variety, since they have simpler words that are more often used in conversation—and that are easier for us to learn and understand.
This book stirred up quite the debate, given that the two penguins featured, are male penguins. The debate stemmed from the on-going controversy regarding homosexuality, gay marriage, same sex couples and adoption.
Reality is, this is a story that simply explores these animals ability to hatch an egg and raise it. Yes, there are two male penguins, but the book isn’t necessarily a podium for gay rights. Research of the behaviors of these animals in the zoo, showed that they did not engage in sexual behaviors – and did demonstrate heterosexual behaviors, yet the two seemed to have bonded and actually attempted to hatch a rock – that they believed was their egg. It is a heartwarming story showing the nurturing impact of animals.
I am currently using Vocabulary Spelling Poetry I by A Beka Book for seventh graders with my daughter. There are several things I like about it, and a few that I wish the curriculum had implemented, but didn't. I would still recommend the book, however, if you are willing to put in a bit of additional work yourself.
But then again, I could be wrong. It sure wouldn’t be the first time.
When most children begin learning about animals, they often are taught about cats, dogs, lions, bears, birds, and elephants. There are books and toys that show pictures of all of these animals. They help children learn what each looks like…the sounds they make…where they live. We all know the world is filled with animals, the popular, unpopular, ugly, cute, aggressive and nurturing. Yet, not all of those animals make the cut – so many interesting animals remain in the shadows, waiting for someone to bring them to life…to tell their story.
The Missing Link: Found is a literature book that comes with an accompanying study guide. It was written by a mother and daughter team, Christina and Felice Gerwitz, who are the founders of Media Angels Inc. Christina was only 12 years old at the time the book was written.
The story revolves around two children who are homeschooled, which was perfect because I homeschool my daughter. She was able to relate to the characters in the book because of this. What we also enjoyed was that the book was written with so much action and adventure that we just couldn’t wait to read what would happen next.
I first started using Spectrum Spelling when I began home schooling my daughter. I didn’t have a lot of money back then, and these books were an unbelievable $9.95 at Staples. Spectrum gears itself to be used as supplemental materials, but I have found them to be far superior to several of the full curriculums on the market. Even my friend who was a teacher for nine years used these with her daughter.
Spectrum has spelling books for kids in 1st grade all the way up through 6th grade. Each book is broken down into lessons. Each lesson is then broken down even farther into five sections. I would require my daughter to complete one section each day from Monday through Friday. In addition to Monday’s lesson, I would also have her write each spelling word on a note card. The note cards were to be reviewed once per day, with a quiz on the words after the Friday lesson.