A great way to expand a child's vocabulary is to expose them to fiction books that define words directly in the text. Unfortunately not a lot of book series explain word meaning within the story. These are some books that manage to define and entertain at the same time.
Writing can be a fun hobby or a way to make a living. If you want readers to love your work it helps to take a creative writing course or to create a creative writing course with these right books. This is a list of books useful for self publishing indie authors or anyone hoping to find an agent.
When writing fiction you may not want to use say, said and asked over and over, but you may not always want to use alternative words either. This is a list of alternative words but also a guide on how to show rather than tell.
Tangles in a dog's fur can lead to mats. And mats can lead to serious health problems. To remove mats from a dog's fur you will need the right tools. This is a guide on how to remove mats and tangles from fur.
If there's a bad odor coming from your dishwasher, it's most likely because gunk and grime are building up in places you can't see. This is how I was able to get rid of the terrible stench coming from my dishwasher.
A checklist of things you will need before you bring a new puppy or rescue dog home. Getting a new dog is exciting, but in your excitement don't forget to stock up on all the things you will need.
If you love to listen to audiobooks and want access to the latest titles you will love this list of paid and free websites and apps that offer access to new and bestselling book titles.
Many book lovers are disappointed when a movie adaption is so different from the novel it is based. These are some reasons changes are so often made when a book is turned into a movie.
Online sales are growing and anyone can get in on the action. But you have to know where to source products to sell. These are four places you can look for products to sell in your own online business.
A list of young adult books with strong female lead characters who must carry out heroic deeds.
Confirmation bias is the tendency to seek out sources of information that confirm existing beliefs or to only notice information that doesn't contradict existing views.
The Coast Starlight is a train adventure that runs from Los Angeles to Seattle. Here are some tips and things you should know when planning your trip.
Wayfair.com is a great place to buy furniture at affordable prices. Here are some things you should consider before shopping with Wayfair.
Electric cars are convenient, they can save you money and they're good for the environment. But there are some things you need to consider before buying or leasing your first EV.
These are some fun places for Southern California residents or tourists visiting the Orange County area to take their kids.
More and more people are cutting the cord on their cable television or satellite services and using online entertainment options instead. These are some options available to cord cutters.
Instagram is designed to be mobile only but there is a way to upload images directly from your computer to Instagram without using a phone.
This is a list of great free websites and apps for frugal movie lovers.
This is a list of 10 great websites for homeschooling or for supplementing a public or private school curriculum.
In just a few years Katy Perry went from being a massive superstar to someone who failed to reach the top 10 on iTunes with her newest single. Why is she flopping and in decline?
You might assume that the washing machine kills viruses and bacteria on your clothes, but in fact, washing can transfer germs from one item to another. Here's how to properly clean your clothes.
Spotify has been controversial since it's launch in 2008. Find out why so many musicians are so hostile to the popular streaming service.
Classic rock greats Led Zeppelin have been accused of plagiarizing many of their songs. Were the band really musical thieves? Or is plagiarism standard practice?
An overview and review of the AmScope M162C student microscope kit
Google Home and the Echo with Alexa are voice controlled home assistants. Which one is right for you?
Horseshoe theory argues that the extreme left and the extreme right on the political spectrum resemble each other in many ways
There are different ways to go about learning a musical instrument. These are the pros and cons of each method.
A list of books that seek to debunk popular conspiracy theories, and examine the history and the psychological aspects of belief in them
A list of 21 different providers of music streaming. Some require a paid subscription while others are completely free.
While blue collar workers complain about a lack of high paying factory jobs, manufacturers complain that they are unable to fill high paying factory jobs. Here is why there's such a disconnect.
This is a list of gifts that child and teen music fans will love. Prices range from about $10 to about $200.
Learn the multiplication times tables using this simple and easy learning method with helpful tips and tricks
It's a common accusation nowadays that rock music was a black art form stolen by whites. How much truth is there to this claim?
If you listen to pop radio stations often it's hard to escape the fact they play many songs over and over to the point of overplaying them. Why have radio playlists narrowed so much?
Google Play Music All Access and Spotify Premium offer on demand access to millions of songs for a monthly fee. This is an overview of their features and who I think is better
This is an easy method to learn carrying the one in addition that uses dimes and pennies to teach.
It's free and easy to edit inappropriate words out of songs with explicit lyrics.
Many apps available in the Apple Store or in the Google Play App Store aren't available for use on Kindle Fire Tablets. This simple work-around will allow you to install Google Play apps.
Rewards websites are a great way to earn a little extra cash for online shopping. This is an overview of 3 major rewards sites Swagbucks, Instagc and Bing Rewards
The most popular methods of discovering new music are unlikely to expose you to much outside the mainstream and the Billboard Hot 100. These are some ways to expand your musical horizons.
Saxon Math is a controversial math teaching program that has both ardent supporters and ardent critics. However it can work wonders for some kids. Find out if it may be a good fit for your child.
The ukulele is an easy instrument for both adults and kids of all ages. It's a great starter instrument and a great option for smaller children who are interested in learning guitar.
Should you put your kids into private or group music lessons? To decide you need to take into account your own personal circumstances and the personality of your child.
Are singers "real artists" if they don't write their own songs? Many people will say no but many highly respected singers didn't write their own material.
Minecraft is a hugely popular video game with more than 100 million users. If your kids want to become part of this phenomenon here's what you need to know about setting up accounts
Female artists often make up only a tiny percentage of the acts that perform at music festivals. What might explain the preference festival organizers have for men over women?
When Paul Simon recorded his acclaimed album in South Africa, he violated a UN resolution calling for a cultural boycott of the apartheid nation. His decision is still controversial today.
The often unconsciously held belief that men are more competent than women may partially explain why women get paid less than men for doing the same work
A legal ruling that Blurred Lines by Robin Thicke violated the copyright of Gotta to Give It Up by Marvin Gaye could potentially have a chilling effect on singers, songwriters and record labels.
The Grammy's claim to reward musical excellence over charts and popularity. But winners aren't always the most acclaimed in their genres. And plenty of mediocre artists gets nominations and wins.
White rapper Iggy Azalea is enjoying massive commercial success and has been nominated for Grammy Awards. But she's received an enormous amount of criticism for racial insensitivity.
A list of great rock, country and folk songs about nostalgia and memories with some background information on each song
A list of geography books to for elementary age homeschool kids or for parents who want to supplement a public or private school curriculum
A list of great educational websites for homeschoolers or for use as a supplement to public and private school curriculums. These sites cover multiple grade levels and subjects.
The whole genre of pop music is often written off as manufactured and lacking creativity. However many respected artists like The Beatles, Elton John and Michael Jackson made pop music
Opposing views on whether people become great because they were born with the right genes or whether they become great due to practice and getting the right opportunities in life
Many American schools have implemented zero tolerance policies as a means to reduce school violence. These policies appear to be doing more harm than good.
Celebrities often make comments attacking fellow celebs for doing things they themselves are guilty of. These are some cases of hypocritical celebrities getting called out for their behavior.
Find out where the rich live, the tallest building in the world, the worst traffic in the world, the most corrupt city, a list of famous lost cities and more.
Portable TENS units use electronic pulses to relax muscles and reduce pain. This is my experience using an electronic pulse massager to manage my back pain.
Learning multiplication facts can be a frustrating process but Times Tales can make it easier and fun for kids. The program uses stories as a simple mnemonic device to help kids recall facts fast
The BBC station Radio 1 is open about the fact they don't want to play music by older singers because they want to appeal to a younger demographic. Is this fair?
Many people wonder why digital books and albums are so expensive compared to physical books and CDs. But manufacturing and other physical costs are only a small part of the cost of books and music
The music industry often promotes wholesome young singers and bands that parents want as role models for their kids. This backfires when these role models become involved in scandals.
American Girl dolls started off celebrating brave historical characters who were interested in the issues of their time. They're being replaced with bland contemporary characters.
How to convert Audio_TS and Video_TS DVD files to ISO quickly and easily for free. Transfer your DVDs to ISO format.
Make piano lessons more fun for children and teens with songbooks for beginning, intermediate and advanced piano players covering pop and rock music, and songs in popular kids movies
Pitbull has managed to have a very successful career despite criticism that he isn't talented. So, how did he do it?
Many Americans think mental illness is caused by emotional weakness or is all in the sufferer's head. Physical illness is taken seriously, so why don't we take mental illness seriously as well
Anorexia is thought to be a Western disease caused by media exposures to unnaturally thin women. But the discovery of anorexia in rural Africa is raising doubts that the media causes eating disorders
Bro-country is a type of country rock music that's largely taken over country music radio. It's male dominated and has left little room for talented female artists to get country radio airplay
PARCC is the new common core test for public school students. These are some test preparation options for parents and homeschoolers
If you suffer from allergies or asthma these are some things you can do to reduce allergens in your home
10 Great songs about suicide with some background information on each track
Many Asians come from the upper classes of their home nations, so they bring higher levels of education and business skills to America
List of 10 great rock, country, and pop songs about reincarnation, the afterlife, life after death and Heaven from a secular or nonreligious perspective
If you can't afford piano lessons there are some great self teaching methods that can be used with kids.
Review of the Sunny Health and Fitness Rowing Machine, which is a small, lightweight and cheap rowing machine
Longer school days and school years may seem like one solution to America's education woes but they may not help solve the nations educational problems
Death and dying are subjects we don't like to think about. But there are many great songs that deal with the topic. This is a list of rock, pop, country and punk songs about death
List of ways to help kids learn and memorize their times tables and multiplication math facts
How important is singing ability for professional singers? Vocal skills, musical ability and musical talent in general are subjective. Talent is individual preference and can't be objectively measured
Artists and record labels struggle with the problem of bootlegged recordings and leaks of unreleased songs. Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen, Pearl Jam and Prince have all tried to fight the leakers
Madonna and Cyndi Lauper appeared on the music scene around the same time. Both were huge but their singing careers took very different paths. Why did Madonna succeed while Cyndi failed?
Forbidden fruit theory says that anything that's forbidden becomes more desirable. This has psychological, legal and economic consequences and explains why prohibition is often unsuccessful
Sea monkeys are actually a type of brine shrimp often used as fish food that are marketed to children as pets.
There are about 200 million illegal videos on Youtube. A recent Youtube purge of illegal content proved to be ineffective. Why isn't Youtube doing more to remove illegal videos?
Why the Cremona SV-130 is an excellent beginners instrument for children who want to learn to play the violin
A list of magazines for babies, toddlers, preschoolers, kids and teenagers organized by topic and age ranges.
A list of classic novels and chapter books about horses for elementary and middle school aged kids.
Illegal downloads are costing the music industry billions of dollars. People who steal music make many excuses to justify their behavior
A list of engaging and fun books that teach elementary age kids about people, times and events in history. These books are great for homeschool use and many are available at libraries
Books, coloring books, workbooks, software, websites and apps that teach geography for elementary age kids and homeschool
Ke$ha has been recording songs since she was 15, approximately 7 years before the release of Tik Tok. She has several dozen unreleased pop, dance, hip hop, country, rock and folk songs.
How to make a quick and easy ballet hair bun for medium to long hair.
Ke$ha is upset because people think she isn't able to sing and doesn't deserve her success. She wants to prove her vocal ability on her latest album Warrior and Deconstructed EP.
Chapter book suggestions for elementary age girls. These chapter books series often include dozens of books that are appropriate for young girls.
Give your homeschool students an overview of key events and people in world history with these books. These history books are ideal for a history curriculum in a homeschool setting.
Biography book series are a great way to teach kids about famous people and events. This is a list of some excellent chapter book biographies for elementary and middle school age kids.
The preschool years are a great time to introduce kids to basic math concepts, including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division. These are some suggestions on how to teach math to your preschooler in a fun way.
Katy Perry has only had two successful albums but she has actually recorded dozens of songs. Many are demos and unreleased songs from the years she struggled to break into the music industry. This is a complete list of all Katy Perry songs I have found.
Do you want your child to start learning to play the violin? These are some things you need to know before buying a first violin for your child.
Finding good books for 7 year olds can be a challenge. This is a list of chapter books and classic books that my 7 year old loved. These books are great for both boys and girls.
The California Virtual Academy is a free public homeschool program. CAVA has both K through 8 programs and a high school program. This is a list of some pros and cons of using CAVA.
Adding details to blank maps is a fun and easy way to teach world geography to kids. They can learn about the countries of the world, biomes and climates while having fun drawing, painting, coloring and labeling maps.
Make a quick and easy ballet hair bun using the following items and steps. Includes a list of items needed, steps to follow and a video to guide you through making a simple hair bun.
Explanation of how repeat marks work in music. Uses colored blocks to demonstrate the order in which notes should be played to make it easier for new piano learners and kids to understand.
Many people misunderstand the meaning of the 1st Amendment to the Constitution relating to free speech. Free speech rights are wrongly being brought into the current Chick Fil A controversy.
Fertilize plants in your garden using food scraps without a compost heap or worm bin. Even if you don't want a compost pile around your home, you can still use food scraps to improve soil quality in your garden.
Before buying a kids guitar, there are a few things you need to consider, such as nylon versus steel strings and guitar size.
Music is fun for kids. These are suggestions to teach classical music appreciation to young children.
A list of educational television shows for young children. Educational programming for kids.
A list of classic books for 5 and 6 year old kids. Recommended classic literature for young kids.
Knowledge of science is crucial for many high paying jobs. Yet America's students do poorly at science. These are some fun ways to expose preschool and elementary age kids to science.
Resources for teaching world history to preschool and elementary age kids. World history is an important part of a classical education or homeschooling.
Teaching a preschooler how to write may reduce frustration with writing in the school years.
Teach physics, chemistry, biology and Earth science to kindergarten and elementary school kids. Recommended homeschool and afterschool science curriculum.
Tips on how to practice piano and keyboards and how to make learning music theory easy. Make learning to play piano easy for you or your kids.
A list of public homeschool options in California including charter schools and online schools.
Most kids don't get enough DHA and EPA in the diets. This is a list of foods that most kids will probably enjoy that have high levels of DHA and EPA. DHA and EPA are important for brain, eye and heart health.
A list of chapter books that teach science that is appropriate for kids in elementary and middle school.
Tips on how to introduce preschool age children to history with recommended books, videos and apps for the ipad and android.
Teach your kids about early humans, prehistoric times, fossils and evolution with books, games and videos.
How to introduce basic math including addition, subtraction, multiplication and division to toddlers and preschoolers. Early math for toddlers, preschool and kindergarten.
Free educational online resources and websites for homeschoolers and parents who are looking for free educational material for their kids.
A list of great science apps for the iPad. Science iPad apps for preschool and elementary age kids.
Learning math facts is very important but not much fun. An iPad can make learning addition, subtraction, multiplication and division math facts more fun. Here are five fun iPad math fact games.
Improving a child's general knowledge is necessary for academic success. This is a list of some good websites that help build general knowledge in kids.
Bubbling Math is an addition, subtraction, multiplication and division math facts game for use on the iPad. Practice math facts for kids.
Fun websites that teach children how to read. All of these websites can be used to teach babies, toddlers, preschoolers or early elementary school kids how to read.
Studies of early readers have found that they maintain a reading advantage over later readers. Just learning to read a year earlier can put a child ahead. Teaching a baby, toddler or preschooler to read will likely create a lasting academic advantage.
Job hunting advice for job seekers from an employer. Knowing how to apply for a job is an important part of job hunting and the hiring process.
How do you find legal images for use on websites, hubs and blogs? Public domain images are one good free image option. This is a list of websites that offer free and public domain images for commercial use.
People often mistakenly believe that critical thinking refers to questioning or doubting the ideas of experts. But critical thinking actually refers to questioning our own beliefs, evaluating evidence, looking for logical fallacies and finding the best solution to a problem.
Learning to play a musical instrument, such as the piano or violin, raises IQ in children. A University of Toronto study determined that it was musical training and not another factor that raised intelligence in kids.
Does chiropractic treatment cure back pain? Chiropractic therapy is a controversial treatment method but it may be helpful for some back pain sufferers.
Review of Brillkids Little Reader software for teaching a baby or toddler to read. Your baby can learn to read.
This is a list of airlines that fly from Los Angeles LAX to Dublin with no more than one stopover. Offers some advice on what to expect when choosing airlines that fly from Los Angeles to Dublin, Ireland.
Easy and fun tips to quickly improve your child's vocabulary. Expanding kids vocabulary is crucial for academic and reading success.
Are you looking for books about science for kids? This is a list of great science books for preschool and elementary age children.
Critics of teaching babys or preschoolers to read often point to Finland because formal reading instruction starts at 7. However many Finnish students may start to read earlier and reading in the Finnish language is much easier than English.
Explanation of the Thomas Jefferson method of education, a classical homeschooling method. This is a great books approach to learning and education.
West Virginia is modeling it's education system on Finland's schools. But Finland may be successful academic because the Finnish language is so easy to learn.
Children and adults need 160mg of DHA and EPA daily in their diets. This is a list of foods, such as eggs, yogurt, butter and milk, with added DHA or EPA as well as natural DHA / EPA food sources.
Using the STAR or PAR job interviewing technique may help you stand out from the crowd during job interviews. Ace your interviews with the STAR method.
An easy way to help yourself or your kids focus on reading and lectures. Teachers and homeschooling parents can help kids improve concentration during reading, study, test preparation and lectures.
Tips and explanations of behavior based job interviews, structured job interviews and competency rating systems for job interviewers and employers.
Review of River Springs Charter school, which offers a free public homeschool program serving San Diego, San Bernardino, Orange, Riverside, and Imperial counties.
Education reform in America is focusing on bad teachers, teacher's unions and merit pay. But are teachers the main cause of educational failure in America?
You can quickly and easily create a fun and custom homeschool curriculum for your toddler by creating themes. Find a list of curriculum themes for your toddler.
This is a list of mystery and crime solving books for 4 to 10 year olds (preschoolers and elementary age kids).
It is easy to teach your baby or toddler to read and baby reading has many advantages. Learn ten (10) great reasons to teach your baby or toddler to read.
Finland's educational success is often used as a case against early learning. Is Finland successful because it delays school entry or are there demographic reasons for it's success.
Ten games for teaching introductory math and math facts using your iPad. Many of these games are also available for the iPhone.
Information on how to introduce young children to classic literature. Includes a list of recommend classic books for kids.
To improve your child's reading skills, you need to work on both decoding and building general knowledge. Find a list of knowledge building books for preschool and early elementary school students.
Tips to help your child quickly and easily memorize addition math facts.
Instructions for two simple games to teach addition, subtraction, multiplication and division math facts to kids. Great for homeschool math.
Delaying math until middle school won't fix American math education. Using effective math curriculums like Singapore math is a better solution.
This is a list of educational chapter books for 4 to 10 years olds that cover science, vocabulary, history, geography and biography.
Your baby or toddler can learn to read easily and without pressure. Learn how to teach your baby or toddler to read.
List of fun learning websites for math, reading, phonics, foreign languages and others subjects.
These are some simple and fun ways to teach basic multiplication and division to preschoolers and kindergarten age kids.
Improving kids writing skills doesn't have to be an exercise in frustration. There are many ways to make writing fun and incorporate it into day-to-day activities.
Ant extermination can be done without spraying chemicals and pesticides inside and outside the home. Find natural ways to get rid of ants.
You can use a free tool like Google Analytics to determine if your website is successfully attracting and keeping visitors.
How to teach the theory of evolution to kids. Includes Evolution videos, games and activities for kids as well as teaching resources for teachers and homeschoolers.
Homeschooling offers many benefits and advantages that public schooling lacks, such as flexibility, custom curriculum, self pacing, etc.
Sensationalistic stories about science in the mainstream media is creating a lot of confusion and misunderstanding among the general public.
Thomas Malthus' prediction that population would far exceed food production and lead to mass starvation hasn't come true. But this may become a reality as the Earth's population rapidly increases while the pace of food production is slowing.
Homeschoolers rate better on standardized tests than public school students. Homeschool kids outperform other students in spelling bees and other academic contests.
Tips to improve your child's reading. Use Dolch sight word lists, free videos, phonics songs, and free websites to quickly improve kids' reading skills.
The US should adopt graduation exams, similar to other countries, to improve education and student accountability.
What to do if a library loses a book you returned and how to prevent a loss from occurring.
Teach yourself how to conjugate Bengali verbs by learning some simple rules. Learn Bengali verb conjugation.