Safe Sunscreens

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EWG 2010 Sunscreen Guide

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Gardening

Jul 9, 2010 by

The Garden Watchdog is our famous directory of the 7,121 mail-order gardening companies worldwide, ranked and reviewed by our members.

When you’re ready to buy, PlantScout does the work for you by searching through 32,193 plants, seeds, bulbs and roots offered by 139 of the top-rated mail-order companies around the world.

Members write reviews of gardening merchandise, and links to purchase the products are present in most entries.

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Kids Bedroom Themes

Jul 9, 2010 by

Theme Bedroom Index

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Civics

Jul 8, 2010 by

iCivics: Games, activities, lesson plans and printables

How to be a Good Citizen: Lesson and worksheets

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Kung Fu Panda

Mar 16, 2010 by

“There is no charge for awesomeness…”  ~Po

MORE Kung Fu Panda Printables!

Skadoosh!

“One often meets his destiny on the road he takes to avoid it.” ~Oogway

Kung Fu Panda 3-D Paper Characters

“It’s gonna take a lot more than dew, and, uh, universe juice.”  ~Po

Simple Kung Fu Panda Lapbook:

Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the “present.”   ~Master Oogway

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Math Links

Mar 15, 2010 by

“Mathematics is the alphabet with which God has written the universe.”  ~Gallileo Galilei

Elementary:

Custom or pre-made worksheets, flashcards, time/money & games.

Secondary:

Thinkwell: Multimedia video lessons and demos

The laws of nature are but the mathematical thoughts of God.  ~Euclid

Multiplication:


If people do not believe that mathematics is simple, it is only because they do not realize how complicated life is. ~John Louis von Neumann

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Welcome To Holland

Mar 15, 2010 by

by Emily Perl Kingsley

I am often asked to describe the experience of raising a child with a disability – to try to help people who have not shared that unique experience to understand it, to imagine how it would feel. It’s like this……

When you’re going to have a baby, it’s like planning a fabulous vacation trip – to Italy. You buy a bunch of guide books and make your wonderful plans. The Coliseum. The Michelangelo David. The gondolas in Venice. You may learn some handy phrases in Italian. It’s all very exciting.

After months of eager anticipation, the day finally arrives. You pack your bags and off you go. Several hours later, the plane lands. The stewardess comes in and says, “Welcome to Holland.” “Holland?!?” you say. “What do you mean Holland?? I signed up for Italy! I’m supposed to be in Italy. All my life I’ve dreamed of going to Italy.”

But there’s been a change in the flight plan. They’ve landed in Holland and there you must stay. The important thing is that they haven’t taken you to a horrible, disgusting, filthy place, full of pestilence, famine and disease. It’s just a different place.

So you must go out and buy new guide books. And you must learn a whole new language. And you will meet a whole new group of people you would never have met.

It’s just a different place. It’s slower-paced than Italy, less flashy than Italy. But after you’ve been there for a while and you catch your breath, you look around…. and you begin to notice that Holland has windmills….and Holland has tulips. Holland even has Rembrandts.

But everyone you know is busy coming and going from Italy… and they’re all bragging about what a wonderful time they had there. And for the rest of your life, you will say “Yes, that’s where I was supposed to go. That’s what I had planned.”

And the pain of that will never, ever, ever, ever go away… because the loss of that dream is a very very significant loss.
But… if you spend your life mourning the fact that you didn’t get to Italy, you may never be free to enjoy the very special, the very lovely things … about Holland.

Emily Perl Kingsley is the mother of a child with Down Syndrome, Jason.
Over the years she has done much to improve the ways in which people with disabilities are portrayed in the media. She worked as a writer for SESAME STREET, receiving many Emmy Awards and was instrumental in integrating mentally and physically disabled children and adults into the format of SESAME STREET. Her works with the National Down Syndrome Congress, National Media Council on Disability, as well as numerous publications have earned a multitude of humanitarian awards and special recognition for herself and her family.

Welcome to Holland is her inspirational essay which has been reprinted in many languages and in many forms all over the world. Dear Abby runs this piece every October to commemorate National Down Syndrome Awareness Month and it has been reprinted in CHICKEN SOUP FOR THE MOTHER’S SOUL.  It has been used as the theme for several disability conferences, was worked into a patchwork quilt and is the subject of a series of oil paintings. It was recently set to music as a choral piece by composer Terrence Minogue and was performed at a concert in Sacramento, California.

From Journey of Hearts and Smooth Stones Academy

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Easter

Feb 27, 2010 by

Easter says you can put truth in a grave, but it won’t stay there.
~Clarence W. Hall

Easter Links at Lapbook Lessons

Our Lord has written the promise of the resurrection, not in books alone, but in every leaf in spring-time. ~Martin Luther

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