Sunday, April 29, 2012

Free video Game Download: Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey Premium Topday Only

Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey Premium screenshot
Fish, aquarium, marine biology, homeschool and classroom folks take note: today's free game at Game Giveaway of the Day. Today: Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey Premium: might be right up your alley:

 "Fishdom H2O: Hidden Odyssey Premium – Underwater hidden object fun! Help Jennifer, a young marine biologist, win the Best Aquarium "

Click the link above to download yours, but hurry it's free today only.

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Free 3D Titanic Screensaver Software Download Today Only

titanic screenshot
Since it's near the anniversary of her sinking, today's free software download is cool for homeschool, classroom, history buffs or nautical and shipping buffs alike.
Here's the info:
Giveaway of the Day - free licensed software daily. Today: 3D Titanic Screensaver - She was the biggest and the most luxurious liner of her time. But the maiden voyage of the "ship of ...: "dreams” ended as a nightmare. Dive into the depths of the Atlantic and explore the mysterious world of the Titanic imbued with the spirit of the past."

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Saturday, April 28, 2012

Free dragon Magic Sweets Video Game Today Only

Magic Sweets screenshot
Those who enjoy wizards, dragons, and magicians and Harry Potter and pretend spell-making might enjoy today's free video game over at Game Giveaway of the Day. Today: Magic Sweets: "Magic Sweet" is normally $6.99, but today you can download it free.
They describe it this way:
"Conquer the Magic Academy’s inhabitants using exquisite meals spiced with superb spells. Magical and tasty time management game."

Key features:

  • 3 game locations with 20 levels each;
  • Superb graphics and game atmosphere;
  • 8 unique talking characters;
  • A friendly trainable sidekick – a baby dragon Dino;
  • Reality and magic intertwined;
  • Wide screen support.

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Thursday, April 26, 2012

Save the Date for Free Online "Camp" National Scrapbook Day on May 5

Camp National Scrapbook Day
Hooray! I'm so excited! Whether you are new to scrapbooking or an old pro, you'll love this free event. I sure loved it last year, that's for sure. :)
Save the Date for "Camp" National Scrapbook Day!: "It's that time of year again! Saturday, May 5th 2012 is National Scrapbook Day and has some very fun plans for us!
Camp NSD Schedule

Last year I worked so hard my carpal tunnel etc. weren't happy with me, but my emotions were thrilled :) I highly recommend you check out at least one challenge in honor of the auspicious occasion :)
Let me know if you're coming to play with me and all the other participants!

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

Teachers Win a Free My Masterpiece Kit

Customized Poster

Teacher Appreciation Week Giveaway
To say THANK YOU for all that you do, will be raffling off one My Masterpiece kit each day of Teacher Appreciation Week (5/7-5/11)! Using My Masterpiece, you can create a custom poster of your class either with one class photo or a collage of photos from the year and have your students autograph it for a special keepsake of your 2011-2012 class. To enter, simply like our Facebook page and we will announce one winner every day!

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Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Free Purina Dog Treat Sample from Walmart

Hurry Dog owners! You can get a free sample of new Beneful Baked dog treats from Walmart while supplies last.
Click here:
Purina: Home:
Thanks Cha-Ching on a Shoestring :)
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Free Eye Bookmarks For Students Plus Lessons, Fortune Teller Activity Etc.

Optical illusion image used in psychological tests
Optical illusion image used in psychological tests (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Patterns creating optical illusion
Patterns creating optical illusion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Optical illusion image used in psychological tests
Optical illusion image used in psychological tests (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Optical illusion with decorative patterns
Optical illusion with decorative patterns (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
This is a picture of floor tiles in Basilica o...
This is a picture of floor tiles in Basilica of St. John Lateran, which create an optical illusion. The picture was taken by Tino Warinowski (User:Chino) in June 2006 and is hereby released to the public domain. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The Ponzo Illusion relies on the fact that par...
The Ponzo Illusion relies on the fact that parallel lines appear to converge as they approach infinity. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
The duck-rabbit, made famous by Wittgenstein
The duck-rabbit, made famous by Wittgenstein (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
filedesc Original Image: :Image:Wikidec2005can...
filedesc Original Image: :Image:Wikidec2005cani.gif Image author: Jeremy Hinton. The author created this image and also devised the visual illusion which it exemplifies. License: Template:PD-release Edit From, but with text removed. license-header Category:Optical illusions (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Optical illusion: The two orange circles are t...
Optical illusion: The two orange circles are the same size. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Optical illusion 3
Optical illusion 3 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Optical illusion 1
Optical illusion 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Optical illusion 2
Optical illusion 2 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Optical illusion with cubes
Optical illusion with cubes (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Optical illusion with staircases
Optical illusion with staircases (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
An optical illusion. Square A is exactly the s...
An optical illusion. Square A is exactly the same shade of grey as square B. See demonstration. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Optical illusion
Optical illusion (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

You might catch yourself saying "Eye didn't know that" (pun intended) when you check out the to order your free Eye bookmarks for homeschool or classroom students.

I compiled several optical illusions from around the web in honor of the occasion, seen here :)

Plus you can download several cool free lessons and activities (see below to check out what kind and the link.)
Optical Illusion
Optical Illusion (Photo credit: micahb37)

Optical illusion image used in psychological tests
Optical illusion image used in psychological tests (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

On "Eye Didn't Know That"  they offer a variety of materials that you can use with your homeschool or classroom students to make teaching children about healthy eyesight a fun and informative lesson.

Eye Didn't Know That Lesson Plans 

Diagram of EyeClassroom Activities

(we love the optical illusions :) 

Fact Sheets


Eye Fact Fortune Teller 

Coloring Pages

Educational Posters

Also check out interesting facts here: For Teachers | Eye Didn't Know That!:
Did you know that an elephant can see a 100 yards?
Optical Illusion
Optical Illusion (Photo credit: Hiddenpower)
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Free Lesson Ebook And Audio Honoring Paul Revere's Anniversary Ride Today

Here's a fun and timely offering for homeschoolers, classroom students, and history buffs alike over at Homeschool Freebie of the Day:
As the Erskines describe them: "Paul Revere, famous American revolution patriot, is most remembered today for his night-time ride sounding the alert before the battles of Lexington and Concord. His famous “Midnight ride” took place on the night of April 18, 1775 – exactly 237 years ago TODAY! William Dawes and Revere were instructed by Dr. Joseph Warren to ride from Boston to Lexington to warn John Hancock and Samuel Adams of the movements of the British Army. Today’s resource, courtesy of their sister site, celebrates both the man and the events of that night. Listen My Children is a great half hour audio story about Revere’s life and influence, including the events of that fateful night, as originally dramatized on the radio program “Cavalcade of America”, in December, 1952.

To download this MP3 Audio and the PDF “Listening Discussion Guide” that accompanies the audio program just click the link above.

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Shakespeare's Birthday Is This Month! Some Free Audios & Homeschool Ebook

Cobbe portrait, claimed to be a portrait of Wi...
Cobbe portrait, claimed to be a portrait of William Shakespeare done while he was alive Lëtzebuergesch: Uelegporträt vum William Shakespeare am Alter vu 46 Joer, gemoolt 1610 zu Liefzäite vum Dichter, haut am Besëtz vum Konschtrestaurator Alec Cobbe. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Aaah, Shakespeare. It's the Bard's birthday this month. Want to get your kids in your homeschool or classroom eager to learn about him? The Erskines are offering some stuff today to help over at Homeschool Freebie of the Day:
They surveyed over 300 homeschooling families "who already study and enjoy Shakespeare’s writings  and asked them what tips they would give to families new to the Bard’s work.  Here in this fascinating PDF report are some of their best suggestions, tips and study ideas… some great, real life practical experience here, folks!  These approaches have worked for others — you’ll want to go through all of these and glean what can work for YOUR family!"
Plus they are giving away 2 cool audios about him and his stories.
Have fun!
William Shakespeare's grave
William Shakespeare's grave (Photo credit: Mrs Logic)

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month: Get Involved #VetoViolence

child abuse prevention month
This topic is so extremely important. As a SocialMom, I want to share this important article with you from SocialMom Network:
April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month, a time to recognize that we can each play a part in promoting the social and emotional well-being of our children and the kids in our communities.
Child maltreatment includes all types of abuse and neglect of a child under the age of 18 by a parent, caregiver, or another person in a custodial role (e.g., clergy, coach, teacher). There are four common types of abuse:
Physical Abuse
Sexual Abuse
Emotional Abuse

In 2010, U.S. state and local child protective services (CPS) received 3.6 million reports of children being abused or neglected. Children who experience abuse and neglect are at risk for emotional and physical health problems for the rest of their lives.
Listed below are things you can do to help prevent child abuse (from Darkness to Light website -
  1. Learn the facts about child abuse and understand the risks.
    1. Read a book, attend a class, or look online to see how many children are affected by the different types of child maltreatment.
    2. Abusers are often people the family trusts; they look and act just like everyone else.
  2. Minimize the opportunities for abuse to occur.
    1. Talk about abuse
      1. Talk openly to your child and understand why children may be scared to tell someone about abuse.
      2. Talk to other adults about child abuse. This helps raise the consciousness of your community and influences their choices about child safety, while also putting potential abusers on notice that you are paying attention.
    2. Stay alert to the signs of abuse.
      1. Read a book, attend a class, or look online to determine the signs (physical and emotional/behavioral) of the different types of child maltreatment, while also understanding that some children may not display any signs
        1. Stay alert to the signs of abuse.
          1. Read a book, attend a class, or look online to determine the signs (physical and emotional/behavioral) of the different types of child maltreatment, while also understanding that some children may not display any signs
        2. Know what to do if you suspect the abuse or neglect of a child.
          1. Your reaction to suspected child maltreatment can determine how the child responds so it’s important not to overreact.
          2. Provide support to the child.
          3. Report suspected child maltreatment to appropriate authorities, either by calling the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.4.A.CHILD or by calling local child protective services or law enforcement agencies in your community.
        3. Act on suspicions.
          1. Even if you don’t have proof but you suspect abuse has occurred/is occurring, you should report it. If you want to talk to staff about whether or not to report, you can call the Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline at 1.800.4.A.CHILD.
            1. Get involved in your communities.
              1. Meet and greet your neighbors and organize/participate in activities in your neighborhood
              2. Go to a parents’ meeting or volunteer at your child’s school or run for an office in the parent organization at your child’s school
              3. Participate in an activity at your local library or community center
              4. Attend local government meetings (city council or school board meetings) and let them know how important resources are in your community. Let them know how parks, strong schools, and accessible services help to strengthen your family and other families
              5. Support legislation that protects children.
              6. Call and write your members of Congress.
              7. Write letters to your newspaper.
            Parents may feel they can’t prevent child abuse unless they personally see it happening to a child, or are involved in a field of work that helps children who have experienced abuse or neglect. But that’s not true! We all have a role to play and the role of parents is a crucial one. It’s critical that adults take responsibility for keeping children safe if child abuse is truly going to be prevented. This will require that each of us understands our role in protecting children and preventing child abuse. . CDC’s approach to preventing child maltreatment is promoting safe, stable, and nurturing relationships between children and their parents or caregivers. One way you can help ensure all children have safe, stable, and nurturing relationships is by supporting parents in your community
            Bullying is another way that children are abused. There is evidence that children with histories of abuse and neglect are more likely to engage in bullying behavior and are at a higher risk for being bullied by their peers than children who aren’t maltreated. (Shields & Cicchetti, 2001)  Check out our resource on howparents can stop bullying and violence against children in the classroom.

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Join the School Challenge | Eye Didn't Know That! To Win Free Vision Evaluations And Glasses For Your School

Eye Didn't Know That
Join the School Challenge | Eye Didn't Know That!: "by clicking on the link to enter your
"My Eye Promise School Challenge... for the chance to win a visit from mobile vision clinic, Eyenstein, in 2013 for free vision evaluations and if needed, free eyeglasses for the students in your school.

Encourage the other teachers/staff at your school or other schools in your area to make the promise!

Check out the For Teachers section of the site for free classroom materials, including lesson plans, posters, bookmarks, etc.

Printable My Eye Promise forms and a letter to send home to parents/caregivers explaining the program are available by clicking the links "

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Win $250 From Ross Dress for Less

All you have to do is click Like on Facebook and enter how they wish: choose your fave shoe style :)
(45) Ross Dress for Less:

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Ask Questions About How Food Is Grown And Raised

Food choices are important, right? Questions about how food is grown and raised and how farmers and ranchers provide consumers with a variety of choices can be answered at or USFRA’s Facebook page:"

Get their answers to the tough questions – How are farm animals treated? What are farm animals fed? What are genetically modified crops? How does farming impact our natural resources? And can this impact my food? shows how food is grown and raised.

According to One2One Network, of which I am a member, here is some info about USFRA:

"America’s farmers and ranchers founded the U.S. Farmers & Ranchers Alliance (USFRA) to start and lead an honest dialogue about American agriculture. USFRA has set the table for conversations with Americans to answer their questions about food and food production.

USFRA connects farmers and ranchers with consumers as a way to provide information and insights as to how our food is grown and raised.

USFRA tells the stories of real farmers and ranchers and connects consumers with farmers and ranchers to answer questions.

Active dialogue on USFRA Facebook’s page provides insights for today’s consumers and highlights recent media activity around how food is grown and raised.

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Monday, April 16, 2012

Cute Science Story Book About How Beans and Other Stuff Grow -- Great Read-Aloud for Homeschool Classroom etc.

What a cute ebook freebie over at Homeschool Freebie of the Day: "Seed Babies by Margaret Warner Morley (PDF ebook) –

As they put it: "Have your children ever asked you how plants grow from tiny seeds? Or how a bird hatches from an egg? If so, you’ll love this wonderful, fanciful read-aloud science book written in 1896. Two little children, Jack and Ko, discover some beans they threw to the ground have begun to sprout. And not only that, but they TALK to the children too, telling them the function of seeds and how they grow and develop into maturity. We meet different kinds of beans, peas, peanuts, nuts, and even venture into the animal kingdom and learn about coccoons, fish eggs, tadpoles, and bird eggs. Great fun and very informative!"

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Free Nature Study Handbook on Earth, Water, Sky For Homeschool, Class, Nature Aficionados

Another great offering over at Homeschool Freebie of the Day: "In the final section of THE BIG HANDBOOK OF NATURE STUDY – EARTH, WATER & SKY we focus on the world around us – from small brooks – to soil, minerals, and crystals – to the weather, skies, and sun, moon & stars. What a wonderful world it is… and many wonder-filled lessons and activities fill this last section of the book.

Again, each study begins with a great Teacher’s talk, and includes activities and discussion questions. Be sure to download all of these and keep in your permanent homeschool library. This is a keeper that you’ll use many time throughout your homeschooling years!"

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Check out my Entry to Be a Fat Quarter Idol, lol

Check out my entry board for this fun fat quarters fabric contest that I posted on Pinterest. Wish me luck. :) ABC Cookery Pink/Natural ~ In the Kitchen @ sew,mama,sew