Monday, May 31, 2010

Lobster Network Review- Homeschool Tools You Never Thought Of!

The Lobster Network

The Lobster Network is all about connecting you- connecting you with the items that you need and connecting you with the people who need the items that you have. Whether you want to sell, buy or give away, the Lobster Network is a great tool to help you in your Homeschool!

It is totally FREE to join the network and it is easy too. I joined and set up two separate groups for our Homeschool Support Group (T.E.A.C.H. Home Educators!) to use very quickly. We are using it as a way to track our lending library. Our Librarian can easily see who has borrowed an item and anyone can view the listing to see who has the item they need and when it will be returned.

We are also using it to set up a "barter" type system wherein those members of our group who have a service or item to trade, can let everyone know what they have and what they need. This is perfect for many in our group, because we have quite a few self-sufficient types, crafters and Homesteaders!

We are just beginning to use the network, but so far it is going well and our members are starting to join up as we get the word out to them, so that they won't miss out on all the great "stuff" people want to give them trade or sell.

Our Homeschool Group is very pleased with the service we have received and we are excited that this resource was created by a Homeschooling family and is available to us at no charge!

Imagine the possibilities for a great venue like this ...

Thanks Lobster Network!


Light Speed Video Learning Review

Cerebellum is a company that provides lots of great tools for parents who decide to Homeschool for the High School Years. They have different lines of DVD materials available including video study materials for the Advanced Placement Exams. These DVDs include a quick review of the material the tests will cover and a workbook on DVD that you can use from your computer to practice for the AP test.

Our family was asked to review the "U.S. Government and Politics" AP Exam Prep DVD and share our ideas and opinions with you.

The DVD was a great way to review and study the material that students will have covered prior to using the DVD and the Digital Workbook that is included with it. The material is presented in an interesting way. The "lecturers" are young people (actors) who are giving the information quickly. It moves right along with 30 topics briefly covered in 30 minutes. The Light Speed Home Video Learning DVDs all include test taking tips as well which will help to prepare your student for taking the AP Exams successfully!

We thought this was a bit dull, but the subject matter was the issue (all those endless dates to memorize-sigh!), not so much it's presentation!  We have looked at a few Test Prep programs this year (ACT etc), and it is my ninth-grade daughter's opinion, that the DVD was better than only having a workbook.

I looked at the College Board's website to see how the subjects covered coincide:

You can see that the Cerebellum Corp. obviously took into careful consideration the topics that should be covered and it looks to me as though the material they covered on the DVD would adequately inform your student of what will be required of them on the test. 

The DVDs are available at the Cerebellum Corporation's website here for $49.98 (but they are $10.00 off right now!):

Homeschooling Teen Online Magazine

Many Homeschooled Teens like mine, find the time to pursue a particular talent or interest and "Homeschooling Teen" magazine may give them the opportunity to hone their skills and interest in writing. Some Teens are not naturally inclined toward writing but might be motivated by being 'published' and by seeing how their review or article could be of interest and help to others.

Check out this great resource for Homeschooling Teens- by Homeschooling Teens!

They accept informative articles, creative writing and even cartoons.  I love to see creative resources and opportunities like this for Homeschooled young people. Go ahead and sign them up for the ezine and let us know if your teen decides to send something in to the magazine so that we can be sure to support their efforts!

Have a wonderful week - MeritK