Archive for February, 2011

Giveaway: Visual Latin

Monday, February 21st, 2011

Visual Latin | GrammarThe study of Latin is an important part of classical education.  Nate and I have been searching long and hard for a Latin curriculum that suits our family’s needs.  Song School Latin has been an effective introduction, but we need something more to continue our studies.

Enter Visual Latin, a “video-driven, self-paced curriculum for anyone who wants to learn Latin.”  The creator/teacher was nice enough to post a free complete lesson on his website.  We like what we see, and will most likely end up purchasing the curriculum.  Fortunately, we may not have to (at least not all of it)!  During the month of February, Secular Home School is sponsoring a giveaway of the first ten lessons of the Visual Latin series!  If you like the series, you may earn entries by commenting on the giveaway and by sharing it through various online media.

Now, check out free video lesson!

Blinded Me with Science – Quantum Mechanics

Sunday, February 20th, 2011

Those who are children of the 80s probably remember the song “She blinded me with Science” (follow the url for the video).  Lately I have been looking curriculum and resources related to science.

Youtube has an amazing amount of videos, both amateur and professional, on scientific subjects.  Levi in picture to the left is watching a video on the Standard Model of Quantum Mechanics.  It is a graphical introductory video and both boys seem to like it.  The picture is showing the four known forces of matter and energy and their separation at the big bang.

The four known forces in the universe are:

  • Electromagnetism
  • Gravity
  • Strong Nuclear Force (holds nucleus of atoms together)
  • Weak Nuclear Force (causes radioactivity)

I was concerned about the availability of science resources.  I have found quite a few resources.

If you have an interest the video is here.  It is about 15 minutes.