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Some papermaking ideas,recycling sculpture, and sand painting information has just been added below. For kids and adults. Then scroll down to read about some websites.

Homemade paper is fun to make! It's a great way to reuse paper and it makes a wonderful gift. Once you have mastered the basic technique try adding different "extras" like leaves, thread or flowers to the slurry mixture.
For ages 8 +
You will need:
A plastic tablecloth,
scrap paper (writing paper, construction paper, and tissue paper work well; newsprint or magazines don't work),
one wooden frame approximately 8" x 10",
wire window screen,
deep tub or roasting pan larger than the frames,
household iron,
and short pieces of thread,dried flowers orherbs(optional).

Papermaking can be a wet activity. Use a plastic tablecloth over your workspace.
Tear the scrap paper into small pieces about the size of a quarter.
Staple the wire window screen to the wooden frame; be certain the screen is tight and won't sag with the weight of the wet paper. Watch out for sharp edges!

1.Fill tub or roasting pan half full with warm water.
2.Fill the blender half full of warm water and add two handfuls of paper;add thread, flowers or herbs if used.
3.Place lid on blender and blend at medium speed until mixture has a soup-like consistency. The soupy mixture is called slurry.
4.Pour the slurry into the tub and mix well.
5.Push the frame into the tub with the screen side up. 6.Slowly pull the screen out of the water, keeping the screen level as you go.
7.Keep the screen flat, allowing the excess water to drip off. You should have a fairly even layer of slurry on your screen. Try not to touch it, it will leave holes in your paper!
8.Turn the screen, paper-side-down, onto a flat and clean piece of newspaper. With a sponge, blot away any excess water but do not rub the screen.
9.Carefully lift off the screen leaving the paper. Cover the paper with a dry piece of newspaper, and iron it at a medium-high and dry setting. Iron both sides until the newspaper is completely dry.
10.Gently peel the paper away from the newspaper.

              Homemade Envelopes
Ever wondered what to do with that wildlife calendar from last year or that stack of magazines you have out in the garage? Instead of throwing them away, use them to make your own envelopes. All of the wonderful pictures make for very interesting mail. You really can send them too!

You need old magazines or calendars with nice pictures, scissors, glue, pen or pencil, and a large piece of heavy paper or cardboard.
             To make an envelope:
1.Make a pattern for your envelope using a pen or pencil and the heavy paper or cardboard. Open an envelope an trace it onto the cardboard as your template. Cut out the pattern along the solid lines. You can modify the size and shape of each envelope to fit the magazine picture you are using or the size of the letter you are sending.
2.Select a picture from the magazines and carefully remove it, trying not to tear the page. The picture will be on the outside of your envelope.
3.Trace the pattern on to the picture. Then cut it out just as you did with the pattern.
4.Place the picture face down on the table. Fold bottom up first,press with your hand, and then fold in the left and right sides to shape the envelope.
5.Apply glue,to the three adjoining flaps. Not too much! It will make your envelope soggy.
6.Check to see they are stuck together.
7.Insert your letter in the opening, put a small amount of glue on top flap for final seal. Address the front,stamp, and mail!

              Recycled Sculpture
Did you know that you can make a catapult out of a margarine tub? A robot out of egg cartons? A flower vase out of a soda bottle? Making sculptures out of"trash" is a lot of fun and it helps find a use for things that might otherwise get
thrown away!
You need glue, scissors, tape, string, and any of the following items:
wood scraps, wire, packaging material, clean plastic containers, cardboard boxes, wallpaper samples, paper, scraps of cloth, carpet or upholstery scraps, egg cartons, empty spools of thread, toilet paper tubes...

        To be a sculptor:
Using your wildest imagination and whatever materials you have collected, CREATE AND ENJOY!

              Potato Prints
You can print your own cards, posters, or t-shirts using ordinary potatoes! It's a good idea to practice on scrap paper first.
You will need several large potatoes (you can make two stamps per potato), paint(tempera, poster paint, fabric paint), sharp knife, paint brush, and heavy paper, poster board or article of clothing.

              Printing with Potatoes:
1.Wash and dry the potatoes thoroughly. Cut the potato in half cross-wise.
2.Cut a design into the white of the potato so that is about 1/2" high. Your design will print as a mirror image, so shapes as opposed to letters are easiest.
3.Paint the raised area of the stamp with a thin, even layer of paint. Press firmly on the printing surface.
4.You can rinse your potato stamp to print with different colors. When you are finished, the potato stamps can be composted.

              Sand Painting
Here's a great way to "paint" pictures using objects found in nature like twigs,pebbles, and sand.
You need: small rocks, leaves, sand, flower petals, and other natural materials, white glue, an old paint brush, heavy paper or cardboard, a small plastic cup and a pencil.

              Painting Procedure:
1.Lightly sketch an image onto the heavy paper or cardboard. Keep the design simple without too many little details.
2.Pour some glue into the small plastic cup along with a few drops of water to thin the glue to the consistency of paint.
3.Spread glue onto areas of the design that you want to be the same color,material, etc. Sprinkle sand, leaves, etc. to fill in areas in the design.
Gradually "paint" each section until all areas are complete.
4.Let dry on a flat surface.

Here are a few websites I have visited that could be most helpful for educating our children, and for making our days run more efficiently:

If you write to NASA they will send you a FREE educational packet on space. Now when I say "packet" it arrived in a box! It is all based on the age group you ask for. Mention  you are homeschooling it will save time and money. It includes posters, lithographs(lots), craft projects, teacher and student workbooks. It really is a whole cirrulicum on space! The NASA address....
NASA Publications
250 E Street,Southwest
Washington, DC 2002

SmarterKids.com offers 1,000s of teacher selected, tested,
and approved fun educational games, toys, books, software
and more!  Learn with Pooh, Madeline, Arthur, Barney, Elmo
and others.  Experience the most advanced personalized
shopping on the web to match precisely the best products
to your child's specific educational needs and learning
style. In addition to great offers and fun products, you can also benefit from the SmarterKids.com Parent Resource Center. Here you'll find essential content-rich articles,
parenting tips, and entertaining activities for you and
your children.


Blopens: With these new pens kids can create posters, signs, greeting cards, and gift wrap while exploring different airbrush techniques.

Gallery Glass from Plaid Enterprises: Make beautiful "stained glass" effect stickies with Gallery Glass Window Color.  http://www.plaidonline.com
Holidaycrafting.com Dozens of holiday craft ideas for all age groups!  http://www.holidaycrafting.com

Free Booklets!
Clapper Communications is giving away FREE cross-stitch, painting, and crafting booklets! Visit:
http://www.clapper.com/FREE.html for more details!

Details for our year 2000 painting and cross-stitch festivals are now available online!Heart of Cross Stitch Festivals:http://www.heartofcrossstitch.com

More Wild Flowers For You (All ages)
Teachers, group leaders, parents, kids and adults. Make your gifts and stocking stuffers - FREE!

  Here are some teaching and testing info websites:

  This could be a harbinger of customized educational publishing to the home.There is a varitety of testing, tutoring and content services that involve
parent and child.  Free.  Main thrust here being homework and tutoring support.
     www.bookadventure.com/index.html    This is a free service of Sylvan Learning Systems providing reading materials foer elementary students combined with testing and rewards.

   This next site provides parents with the ability to test how their child is performing on particular aspects on particular state standards combined with
advice on tutoring support and acquiring materials.    www.home2school.com
and could be an added help to homeschoolers and those attending school.

   These next few I haven't seen but the article I'm reading from only gives addresses, and doesn't get specific regarding fees if any...

    CAMS: Comprehensive Assesment of Mathematics Strategies
     Cirriculum Associates
     www.cirriculumassociates.com     ph  800-225-0248

   Essential Test Prep
    Teaching Essentials
  Heart Beeps

   Math Test Generator Vol.1, and 2
   Optimum Resources
   www.stickybear.com        ph  888-STI-CKYB

   Micro Test III
   Chariot Group Software  

   Question Mark Software
   www.question mark.com        ph  800-642-3950

   Website for creating tests

   WebWare for the SAT
   Stanford Testing Systems

   Spelling Test Generator
    (also from) Teaching Essentials

   Teacher's Tool Kit
   Hi Tech of Santa Cruz
   www.teachertools.com       ph  800-336-2558

   Test Creator
   Centron Software
   www.centron.com      ph 800-848-2424

   Worksheet Magic Plus
   Teacher Support Software
   www.tssoftware.com        ph  800-228-2871

   This information is from CONVERGE magazine..Education>>technology>>
fast forward.  The magazine is free.  Paper, or online.  Fax 818-760-4490,
for the mailing,  online web address is:  www.convergemag.com

Thirty years ago this week, a UCLA student named Charley Kline sent a simple email to a computer at the Stanford Research Institute, 300 miles to the north. Kline was working under one of the earliest Internet pioneers,
Dr. Licklider. The email read "login" and was considered the first email in history.  Today, the world communicates via email, and the Internet has become a vital part of everyday  life.  In adulthood, our children will depend even more on the Internet, so it is important that they learn to explore the Web safely. Here are some great sites for kids that are safe, fun, and are a good introduction to the Internet. If you want help explaining the Internet to your kids (or students), you may want to read this article: http://kids.infoplease.com/spot/99internet1.html

Are you interested in Mega-cooking?  Jill Bond, author of Dinner's in the Freezer has recently opened her site with extensive information on freezing foods, and her ministry is not to be missed if you don't yet know about her and her endless money and time-saving ideas. Please visit there as you will learn a tremendous amount.

BLUE MOUNTAIN ARTS (http://www.bluemountain.com) is the best place on the web for kids (and adults) to send electronic greetings.


Grade Level: Middle School, High School
Subjects: Environmental Science, Biology, Chemistry
Web Site: http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/waterproj/

Web Site: http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/genproj/

Grade Level: Elementary School, Middle School (Any age may participate)
Subjects: General Science, Mathematics, Language Arts
Web Site: http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/tempproj/

Grade Level: Elementary School
Subjects: Science, Math, Language Arts, Reading, Geography, Social Studies
Web Site: http://www.k12science.org/curriculum/squareproj/

Grade Level: Middle school, High School
Subjects: Math
Web Site: http://www.k12science.org/noonday/
(Usually done in March)




  Info on how to subscribe to the CIESE listserv to hear about project announcements and other useful science/math resources can be found at:>http://www.k12science.org/training/basictraining/listserv.html
The CIESE homepage is at: http://www.k12science.org/>
Center for Improved Engineering and Science Education
Stevens Institute of Technology
Phone: 201-216-8063
Email: mmckay@stevens-tech.edu

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