Independence Day Teaching TipsWritten by Freda J. Glatt, M.S.
Independence Day is a good time to think about America, what it took to become a country, and freedoms we enjoy. (These ideas are easily adaptable to any country.) Here are a few suggestions:
1. Children may enjoy making a red, white, and blue shaker. Use red, white, and blue glitter to decorate two paper plates; let glue dry thoroughly. After mixing dried beans and uncooked macaroni, put a handful in one plate. Decorate further with two red, two white, and two blue streamers made of crepe-paper; each should be about 6" long. Put about an inch of them on plate with beans/macaroni mixture and staple other plate on top in 1" segments. These can be used on Flag Day, Fourth of July, or any time you want to shake with pride for USA! (If you live in a different country, use glitter and streamers in your country's colors and shake with pride for your heritage!) When you are finished with project, use activity for sequencing questions (ie: What did we do after this? What did we do before this?). Also ask critical thinking questions (ie: What would have happened if we hadn't stapled plates together?).
2. Let your children help you make a rectangular cake and frost it to look like flag. Ask children to predict if using red and blue food coloring will change taste of white food coloring. Were they right?!
3. Make a Fourth of July History Minibook using symbols of USA and customary celebrations...pictures of George Washington, American flag, Liberty Bell, bald eagle, Statue of Liberty, fireworks, and family picnics or barbecues, for starters. Below each picture, write a sentence or short paragraph indicating importance of each to America. Perhaps title page could have a picture of cake you made in tip number 2!
7 Reasons to Pursue an Online DegreeWritten by Rick Hendershot
by Rick Hendershot, Review-of-the-Week.com
We all know that furthering your education can open up opportunities that you would not otherwise have. And there is no better way to further your career pospects than by earning a degree or taking college courses to refine and expand your skills. In fact studying for an online degree can revolutionize your future.
Unfortunately most people find it difficult to study when they need to earn money. So traditional college courses are not an option for many people. Or if they are, they are often much too expensive or time consuming.
Earning your degree online has changed all that. Distance education has been with us for many years, but development of internet has created an explosion in online study. Many people who have not been able to attend college to study for their degree now have chance to earn a degree from home.
Advantages of Online Study and Online Degrees
First, studying for an online degree is incredibly convenient. Your classroom is your home office or living room and you can work on your online degree any time of day or night -- on weekend, before breakfast or in middle of night.
Second, when you study for an online degree you eliminate tiresome and expensive commute that is part of traditional college study. Earning an online degree makes commuting a thing of past.