Monthly Archives: April, 2013

Ultimate Homeschool Blogroll

Ultimate Homeschool Blogroll

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Greetings,

Do you ever wish you could connect with other homeschooling parents and see what is (and what is not) working for them?  Well, hiphomeschoolmoms has compiled that blogroll and here it is!

Thank you, hiphomeschoolmoms, for your awesome work.  

To everyone else, enjoy!  And if you are a homeschool blogger, be sure to add yourself to the listing.

All Best,

Nikala

101 Ways to Spice Up Your Homeschooling

101 Ways to Spice Up Your Homeschooling

Greetings,

Enjoy these 101 great ideas. We will try #95 this coming week.

Have a great weekend,

Nikala

Where to Send your Children to Summer Camp (or How to Create Your Own)

Where to How to Summer Camp or How to Create Your Own

Greetings,

Now is the time to look for those perfect, affordable summer camps for our kiddos.

Here is a wonderful directory provided by the National Association for Gifted Children to get you started.

Also, if summer camp is too pricey, think about putting together your own “camp”.  For instance, my son loves robotics and computer technology, so we are organizing our own Robo-Tech camp with a few other children using kits from Amazon and free online programs.  Some of the resources that we will be using are:

  • Renewable Energy Resources Textbook/Workbook (free, tvakids.com)
  • Scratch (MIT Computer Programming/Video Game Design Software; free)
  • Erector Multi-Model Construction Set by Erector $22.99 (Includes materials for 6 Models)
  • Elenco Snap Circuits Green – Alternative Energy Kit $43.66 (125 alternative energy projects included)
  • Elenco Electronic Playground 50-in-one $18.71
  • Thames and Kosmos Air+Water Power $32.11 (Includes materials for 15 models)

We will also be gardening, swimming, playing outside, playing chess, visiting museums and workshops, watching films, cooking, and feeding the homeless.  It should be an exciting summer and I am sure that you and your little ones will attend or create a program just as exciting.  If your daughter likes fashion, maybe you can create a two-week fashionista camp where she studies design drawing, color combinations, basic sewing skills, and finishes with a project or fashion show.  Be creative and have fun.

I hope that this was helpful.

All Best,

Nikala Asante

Kirikou and the Sorceress

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Greetings,

If you and your children have not seen this wonderful movie, do not deprive yourself a minute longer!

Kirikou is a young African boy (a baby, really) who is determined to save his village from an evil sorceress.

Kirikou teaches children lessons about bravery, perseverance, problem solving and more.

I encourage you to purchase the DVD from Amazon to add to your collection. Meanwhile, you can watch the full film with your kiddos on YouTube.

All Best,

Nikala

Building Workshops for Children

Greetings,

I hope that your week is off to a productive start.  I have some exciting news.

Recently, I learned that Home Depot and Lowe’s offer free building workshops for children.  Please visit the following links and enter your zip code to find the upcoming workshop near  you. Enjoy!

Africana History Fact: Did you know that one of the first known architects was Imhotep, who designed the first pyramid – the Saqqara Step Pyramid for King Djoser?

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Home Depot Workshops: http://workshops.homedepot.com/workshops/

Lowe’s Workshops: http://www.lowesbuildandgrow.com/pages/default.aspx

All Best,

Nikala Asante

Homeschool Math and Science Resources

Homeschool Math and Science Resources

Greetings,

Today, I would like to share with you a new website created by a dear friend of mine, Deirdre Mimes-Danner.  She is a homeschooling mom with a special passion for math and science.

Deirdre has created a wonderful site for homeschool math and science resources, videos, and books.  While the site is still under construction, there are already many helpful links posted that you can immediately use.

Enjoy!

All Best,

Nikala Asante

Free Africa Unit Studies Lapbooks

Free Africa Unit Studies Lapbooks

Free Ghana Unit Study and Lapbook

Greetings,

I hope that you are having a pleasant Sunday.  Please enjoy these free Africa Unit Studies Lapbooks in creating a culturally relevant and diverse curriculum for your students.

All Best, 

Nikala Asante

Black Books for Kids

Black Books for Kids

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Greetings,

I hope that your week has been awesome.  Today, I would like to share my new website with you.

I created Black Books for Kids to fill the need for a central online marketplace for affordable African American children’s books.  

As a parent and home school educator, I am always searching for books.  Personally, I love books from all cultures.  Some of my favorite authors are Octavia Butler, Ray Bradbury, Kurt Vonnegut, Chitra Divakaruni, and Ama Ata Aidoo.  While I believe that children should also be exposed to literature of all cultures, I find that it is a little more difficult to locate books from Africana cultures to fill a child’s library.  The books are out there.  They just require extensive time and energy to uncover.

With Black Books for Kids, the footwork is already done for you.  The prices are great, because we are powered by Amazon.  Everything is divided into age groups and genres for easy navigation.  Best of all, I am sharing reading resources, articles, and videos regularly.

Please visit whenever you need to purchase books for your child or teen.  Check back often, because new books are posted frequently.  If there is a book that you do not see listed, send me an email at blackbooksforkids@gmail.com and I will include it.

Thank you for your support.

In unity,

Nikala Asante

8 Great facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

8 Great facts about Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

Greetings,

On the anniversary of Dr. King’s assassination, let us celebrate his life by learning a little more about him!

All Best,

Nikala Asante