Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Academic Earth- Free Lectures

Academic Earth is a website that provides free lecture series from MIT, Berkeley, Harvard, Princeton, Stanford, and Yale.

These are full courses. They have courses in Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Computer Science, Economics, Engineering, English, Entrepreneurship, History, Law, Mathematics, Medicine, Philosophy, Physics, Political Science, Psychology, and Religion.

Here is an example. This is the first lecture, of 24, in the Introduction to Ancient Greek History series.

Friday, May 1, 2009

Learning A-Z Open House

Learning A-Z is having an open house next week, in honor of teacher appreciation week. From their website:
Sample our online learning resources--for free!
Learning A-Z understands the complex challenges facing today's teachers. There's never enough time in the day, and shrinking budgets force many teachers to spend more money out of their own pockets to get the right resources for differentiated instruction.

See for Yourself!
Especially important during these difficult economic times, Learning A-Z provides unparalleled value. Nowhere can you get so many high-quality resources to meet the varying needs of your students at such a low per-student cost. During the week of May 4, we invite you to see the value we offer by exploring our resources and then downloading and using some of them with your students.


One of their websites, Reading A-Z, is having its open house Monday, May 5th. This website was recently recommended in Secular Homeschooling Magazine as a good site to find readers for children learning Spanish or French. They also have readers in English.

If you are teaching your children a foreign language, I recommend checking them out next week. You could save a lot of money.

Percy Jackson Series by Rick Riordan

My sister gave the first Percy Jackson book to my 11 year old son for his birthday. The Lightning Thief by Rick Riordan is a great book. It's all about Greek gods, and their half human offspring, in present day. I will say that some parents may not like these books because they introduce the concept of illegitimacy and adultery. However, if your children have had any exposure to the Greek/Roman gods, they have already been exposed to this. These books are written about the present day. They are excellent books that my entire family enjoys.

For a good review and ideas on lessons to go along with these books, please visit my sister's blog:Percy Jackson and the Olympians.

The reason I am bringing these books up now, is that the last book in the series is getting ready to be released on May 5th.

Tonight, I found a neat "celebration kit" on Rick Riordan's website. It has quizzes, crosswords, art, and more. I highly recommend these books. Other than the adultery issue, there is not anything questionable that I could see in them. They do not have any sexual references or bad language.