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Nov 062014

We use  to make Jeopardy style study guides.

We have game buzzers … but they’re awfully hard to use. Even though they each  make a different sound,  it’s impossible to tell who buzzed first.

But it’s still more  fun than studying on your own. 🙂

Playing this gives the kids a good idea of what kind of information will be on the test. After we’ve played,  they can use it all they want for studying.

Click on the picture to play!


Mystery of History Jeopardy – Roman Republic through the Golden Age of Athens


So, one question was ‘What caused Athens to be able to have it’s Golden Age?’  

( answerA 30-year peace treaty with Sparta. )

Duel answered: a peace treaty

Me: Yes, but how long was it?

Duel, answering with great excitement: Six feet!



 Posted by at 9:05 pm
Nov 042014


As soon as we’re caught up on a couple of things we’ll be trying  out skits and productions using this …..


green screen


This is a really lousy picture, but it’s the only one I could take before the camera died. Nothing could persuade me to unroll this monstrosity  just for the purpose of taking a decent photo!

I’m really excited for the kids to begin using this! Not only does it open up endless possibilities for productions, but will also give them a  chance to really get familiar with the editing software.

I’ll be doing the first one, just so I know how to use the green screen features. After that, I plan on just being background help for if they get stuck on something.

Nov 032014

I was supposed to have them posted by the 26th, since Friday was our last day of the first quarter, but last week was a sick week… a nasty virus had taken over our home!

Anyhow, it did provide the opportuntiy to find a bug in the admin program. The report cards are for first quarter, however there’s second quarter grades listed from tests they took last week.

Yes – I make sick kids take tests.

(they did pretty well considering!)


 Posted by at 5:54 pm
Oct 312014

When we started the school year I was using k12reader for everyones spelling words. A few weeks ago I switched the older kids to  BigIq , because the words in k12 just weren’t relevant enough.  While I like K12, there were too many words thrown in that wouldn’t help them with their everyday writing. Plus, I wanted to combine spelling and vocabulary words.


Now I’m switching Daphne also because the first grade words are just too easy.  The goal is to  start challenging her with words that she already TRIES to write, but I wanted to be able to still give her sheets that first grade “feel”. Found a great generator on :



This way I can choose the mixture of hard and easy words but still give it the elementary look. The only down side is that you can only fit 10 words on a sheet.

 Posted by at 6:43 pm