Top Ten Video Games

If you had to choose the ten greatest video games of all time, which ones would you choose? Would they be childhood favorites, or more modern cutting edge games? or perhaps it would be a mixture of both. Andy McNamara, the editor-in-Chief of the magazine, Game Information, was asked by a local Pittsburgh, Pa television station what his top picks would be. Game Information is tha largest video game magazine in the entire country. McNamara’s picks span through the years and through the platforms. From the Arcade system to the PC, his seems to have covered all of the basis. … Continue reading

Pioneer Games

This summer try playing some of these fun games that pioneer children used to play. For more fun pioneer activities see my blog Celebrate Pioneer Day. Shadow Tag This game needs to be played on a sunny day. The person who is it tries to step on another player’s shadow. If their shadow is stepped on they have to stand still. The game continues until every person has been tagged. Then the first person tagged becomes it. If a player gets tired of running they can lay down. Then the player who is it can’t tag them. Ducks Fly This … Continue reading

Celebrate Pioneer Day

Pioneer Day is July 24th. Whether or not you had any ancestors who crossed the plains in search of religious freedom, better farmland, or even gold, this month is a great time to remember the many men, women, and children, who made the long trek across the plains to settle the west. So take some time this month to celebrate the pioneers. Share Pioneer Stories Pioneer stories are a great way to share the pioneering spirit with your children. Many stories are faith promoting; others express the dangers of pioneer life, while some are humorous. If you had ancestors who … Continue reading

The Friend Online

For those of you that have primary aged children, I wonder if you have heard of the Friend, online? I discovered it about a year ago, and it is a fabulous thing to direct your children to if they want to have computer time. So many kids see us on the computer all the time, and of course, they want to do everything we do. My four year old loves to be a big girl, and has already figured out how to work the mouse. It’s scary. But, if you can direct your children, to safe, wholesome places on the … Continue reading

Antiquing With Kids

Next time you and the kids see an antique and rummage store, go inside. It’s a lot of fun to show them what phones looked like when you were a kid, the typewriter you learned to type on, your first camera, or the same dishes your grandmother had. We like to look at old postcards too, some are very silly. I like to show my kids things like butter churns, glass citrus juicers, or old washing machines and have them guess what the items are. Sometimes even I don’t know what the things are and we ask. Usually people are … Continue reading

A Cruise Ship Like No Other

It’s not everyday that you can travel along a zip line while you are sailing the high seas. But that’s exactly what the folks at Royal Caribbean are offering cruisers in the months to come. An onboard zip line and a whole lot more. The company, which pioneered rock climbing walls and ice skating rinks on cruise ships says its latest extreme offering will be located at the back of its spectacular 5,400-passenger Oasis of the Seas, which sets sail in December 2009. The new vessel will be the largest cruise ship ever built and will cater to families. In … Continue reading

Fifth Grade Social Studies Curriculum Part 1

Fifth grade social studies focus on exploration and discovery, particularly of the United States and North American. This is a fun time period for children to learn and it can be done effortlessly and cohesively throughout the years. Personally, I feel that most of the lessons in fifth grade social studies should come in the form of historical novels. Part I involves discovering American History. This part of fifth grade Social Studies should be largely read, discussed, and written about in essays. Exploration and discovery: Read and discuss The World Made New: Why the Age of Exploration Happened and How … Continue reading

Thanksgiving for Kids Online

Thanksgiving comes in just a few more days. Have you begun making your preparations? While you are taking care of all of your last minute cooking tasks or during that long drive to the relatives, it is nice to have some great Thanksgiving activities to keep the kids occupied and enjoying the time leading up to the holidays. We’ve found quite a few on the Internet, from Thanksgiving craft ideas to Thanksgiving games and puzzles that you can print out. Take advantage of your computer and printer to provide the kids with all of these Thanksgiving activities for free. DLTK … Continue reading

Thank You Dr. Moore, and Rest in Peace

Dr. Raymond S. Moore, also known as the Grandfather of Homeschooling, died Friday, July 13, 2007 at the age of 91. He suffered a stroke on Father’s Day and his health declined from there. In addition to private funeral services, memorial services are planned for August 11, 2007, 4:00 p.m. (Tentative ), Sunnyside Seventh-day Adventist Church in Portland, OR and August 18, 2007, 4:00 p.m. , Central Seventh-day Adventist Church in Camellia Avenue, Sacramento, CA. Along with his also deceased wife, Dorothy Moore, Dr. Raymond Moore Led the charge in the early days of homeschooling, published numerous books for and … Continue reading

Family Home Evening: Modern Day Prophets

This family home evening lesson is based loosely on the conference talk “Prophets—Pioneer and Modern Day” by Elder Earl C Tingey. The talk focuses on the many blessings that the church received while President Brigham Young and President Gordon B Hinckley were prophets of the church. This topic can be as broad or as narrow as you wish. You can easily include all of the prophets in the talk or focus specifically on President Gordon B Hinckley. You can open the family home evening lesson by reading Doctrine and Covenants 1:38. You can talk about what that scripture means. It … Continue reading