Cultural & Botanical Information

Irish Culture and Customs: Emblems of Ireland: The Shamrock - Learn how the shamrock became an emblem of Ireland. 

Fine Gardening: The History of the ShamrockFull of symbolism, this plant has mystical roots - Article

SFGate: Botany Difference Between Clover and Shamrock Plants - Read about the difference between the two.

Wikipedia: Shamrocks - Offers information about different aspects of the shamrock: As a cultural icon and plant species. 


Craft Projects

DLTK: Shamrock CraftsGet instructions to make: A 3D Shamrock paper craft, a lacing craft, a cross stitch pattern, and more.

Artists Helping Children: Shamrock Crafts For Kids: Saint Patrick's Irish Shamrock Day Crafts and Activities for Children & Preschoolers - This site offers a variety of crafts that include shamrocks.

About Framily Crafts: 21 DIY Shamrock Crafts - This site offers links to a variety of shamrock related crafts.

Kids Activity Blog: 17 Shamrock Crafts for Kids - Links to shamrock crafts.

Hands On As We Grow - 20 Lucky Shamrock Crafts for Kids to Make this St. Patrick’s Day - More interesting ways to make shamrocks. 

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Presidents of the United States of America Resource Page

The following resources can be used with the Presidential Fill-In Challenge, a research project I developed, now available on Funschooling Press.

White Learn More About Each President - When you click on this link, you will be taken to a government site. Click on the name of the president you want to learn more about and read the brief information offered. The names appear in order of their presidency. 

Wikipedia: Each link offers general information...

List of Presidents of the United States

List of Presidents of the United States by Home State

List of Vice Presidents of the United States

History: U.S. Presidents - Information, videos, and photos. Click on a photo of a president to learn more about them.

Still Learning Something New: Resources for Presidents - Links to: Biographies, short videos, quotes, and a quiz.

Enjoy the follow video about presidents of the U.S..

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Homeschooling In the News: Stronger Regulations

Lately, I've been seeing a lot of articles in the news about homeschooling because of the unfortunate situation that happened in California with the Turpin family. These articles, which I list below, are a mix of thoughts people have about what should be done about regulating homeschoolers around the nation.

Yes, unscrupulous people hide behind their ability to homeschool in their state to do horrible things to children, but if you follow the stories, and read each one, more of the picture unfolds, and you come to see that many of these families were in the public school systems where these situations were 'missed' or 'overlooked' before homeschooling came into the picture.

I can't help but ask, what should be done when a family, who is under investigation in the public school system, hides behind the guise of homeschooling to continue to abuse their children? Unfortunately, this family was never placed under investigation.

If you are not getting the backstory to this situation, and how it was able to go on for so long, you would think that this family always homeschooled in California, when they didn't, they lived in Texas, and the oldest child attend a public school for four years (K-3), where she was bullied because of her appearance.

Now we have an explosion of opinions and legislation being submitted to keep the freedom homeschooling allows under wraps. 

Why isn't legislation being submitted that would protect young people from unscrupulous students, teachers, and school faculty from doing horrible things? Sure, some get arrested, and go to jail, but I do not see schools, or public school families being investigated for more of the same, or undergoing major and invasive restructuring of their system.

If homeschool families need to submit to home inspections and the like, does that mean all parents and educators will have to be treated as likely criminals as well?

I believe that the backstories to these situations need to be considered before states take away the freedoms of others.

The sins of the very few, should not result in the loss of freedom for a primarily peaceful group of families who are doing the best they can for their children.

Here are the articles I've found this week, please submit other articles, for and against stronger regulations, if you know of them, and I'll add them to the growing list. If you write an article on this topic, I invite you to share it in comments so I can read it and add it as soon as I can.

Thank you for reading, here are the articles that sparked this post:

Homeschooling Articles That Do Not Encourage Change In Regulations

A Psychologist’s Take on the Turpin Case: Homeschooling and Child Abuse

 Articles That Encourage Stronger Regulations

One more thing: This YouTube video features the message a Facebook user wrote about the oldest Turpin girl, his one time classmate. To me, it shows that something could have been done much, much sooner. 
Classmate: Turpin child was bullied in school

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Funschooling With Hearts!

When my kids were little I would offer them quick and easy craft projects to do and we'd do them as a family. Over the years, we expanded this tradition by challenging ourselves to be more creative with the activities we did. The more we challenged ourselves, the more we learned. Turning simple items into something more became an amazing learning experience. I thought of it as recreational learning, my kids called it Funschooling.

With all the benefits we have gained from our experiences, there is no doubt that these activities allowed us to be more creative, forward thinking, better problem solvers, open to exploring new ideas, and make lots of lemonade when things went sour.

Since we thought the activities were so much fun, I used them to develop very successful craft programs for my local library, 4-H groups/programs, and homeschooling programs. 

Now, I'd like to share them with other families so they can enjoy open-ended creative learning activities too.

IntroducingFunschooling With Hearts

You can find it in my Etsy Store: Funschooling Press

There are two parts to this publication:

Part 1 is a printable PDF booklet that offers

  • A brief word about Funschooling with Hearts.
  • Tips for making great patterns.
  • 40 craft/project ideas that promote creative learning fun for all ages.
  • General information about where to fit the activities into a curriculum.
Once you print out the booklet, it can be folded in half.

Part 2 has 7 pages of printable templates that can easily be made into patterns that will be good for many uses. Instructions are included in the booklet section. 

Templates include:

 - X Lg. heart (1 per page) 
 - Lg Hearts (2 per page) 
 - Medium Hearts (3 per page)
 - Small Hearts (6 per page)
 - X-Small Hearts (12 per page)
 - Mixed Sizes ranging from large to x-small (9 per page)

 - Crazy Hearts Page with 6 interesting shaped hearts

These ideas are great for families, homeschoolers, classrooms, groups, camps, libraries, crafters, babysitters, grandparents, and anyone who runs craft-related or learning programs for children, families, or adults.

This digital download is sold as a PDF on Etsy.

I hope you'll take the time to check out the first publication in my math series and be on the look out for more!

The regular price for this publication is $9.00.
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