RAHL members have many ideas, opinions and special talents
to share. This page is devoted to their "voices".
Feel free to send your expression, whether it be a short story,
poem, book report, artwork, essay, etc. to firstname.lastname@example.org
for publication on this page. Also, this is a terrific place
to post field trip ideas, community service projects or any
Annual HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR
On Novemer 29 we held our Second Annual Holiday Craft
Fair, which proved to be an even bigger success than the one
we had in '04! We had a fantastic turnout, with much "oohing
and aahing" heard amongst the gentle sales pitches and
lip smacking. We'd like to thank Linda for taking the time
to capture the excitement in the following pictures
of our budding entrepreneurs (click on the picture below or
the highlighted link to see the entire photo album):
ADV Holiday wish list
RAHL has been involved with Alternatives to Domestic Violence's
Holiday Donation Program for several years now. Click here
to view their Holiday Wish List and read the letter about
their Annual Holiday Store. If you would like to donate any
new items, please bring them to the November 21st or December
5th park day. One of our park day attendees will then gather
the donations and drop them off at the collection site. Thank
you in advance for your generosity!
The Living Desert adopt! program
Due to RAHL's generosity we were able to participate in The
Living Desert's Adopt! Program again this year. We raised
enough to adopt TWO animals, and decided on a Burrowing Owl
and an Indian Star Tortoise. If you'd like to take a look
at the adoption materials we received, please click on the
To see the Adoption Certificate and a picture of the Indian
Star Tortoise, click here
To see the Adoption Certificate and a picture of the Burrowing
Owl, click here
If you happen to be at the Living Desert, look for our name
on the plaques located by the Animal Hospital. Our adoption
runs from May 2006 to May 2007.
Recent RAHL Discussion Group Notes
Here is the recipe of the stuffed jalapenos - so easy to make!
about 10 jalapenos sliced lengthwise in half seeds removed
8 oz cream cheese softened
4 bacon slices cooked crispy and crumbled
Mix cream cheese and bacon. Stuff into jalapeno halves and put in baking pan. Bake at 350 F for 30 minutes. Eat! Yum!
Book we talked about:
Teach Like Your Hair's on Fire by Rafe Esquith (This teacher works in LAUSD. His classroom is registered non-profit and are known as the Hobart Shakespeareans. Great book!)
Below is a list of the "learning" materials we
shared at our lively Discussion Group "The Many Facets
of Homeschooling". (Thanks to Linda for taking such thorough
Leslie: SET (a game of sequencing and sets), Material World
- a book that introduces us to many, many different cultures
and lifestyles with wonderful pictures, available from
Chinaberry Books. This was a very popular recommendation.
Gretchen: All Through The Ages, a list of Literature for History
by Christine Miller
A Series of Books - The World of ...., by Genevieve Foster
The Elementary Spelling Book by Noah Webster, M.D.
Kari: AlphaPhonics - A Primer for Beginning Readers by Samuel
Blumenfeld. Kari says she's used this with all her children
and even though she no longer uses it she can't part with
Marieli and Rick: Making the Grade (available for all the
different grade levels). Available at Costco. Details all
the subjects and topics required for a particular grade. Marieli
said it's so detailed it took her 3 days to get through one
http://www.nytimes.com/learning/ for current events and related
Michelle (Shirley): www.enchantedlearning.com for lots of
interesting printable books, worksheets, games, etc. (small
Michelle (Palmer): Learning Through History magazine - monthly
publication available through subscription - 1 year $29.99,
2 years $54.99
www.learningthroughhistory.com will get you to the correct
site to check this out
Erin: Talked about several books. Holling Clancy Holling
- Tree in the Trail, Paddle-To-The-Sea, and others.
Another author was mentioned - in my notes I have G A Harty
and Beautiful Feet study guide. Maybe Erin can expound on
this for clarification.
Paige: Boomerang Tapes - www.boomkids.com . Monthly 70 minutes
tapes designed for kids 6-12. Check out their website and
get a sample tape for just $5.
Kathy: Daughter Jessie really enjoys her Franklin Homework
Helper - of course she doesn't use it for Homework (ughhhh!).
Cartoon books are great for reading fun.
Linda: www.pbs.org - for unit studies
www.school.discovery.com/lessonplans for lesson plans
Marge: A series of magazines from Cobblestone - covering
the areas of American history (COBBLESTONE), geography and
world cultures, (FACES), world history (CALLIOPE), science
and space (ODYSSEY), African American heritage (FOOTSTEPS),
studies / reading (APPLESEEDS), and archaeology (DIG). I believe
Marge also mentioned a series of monthly magazines that started
for the very young child and progressed through the ages.
Sandra: Numberquest - math game from DK can be played at
several levels to practice + - X %, Gizmos & Gadgets -
PC game for elementary level. Uses a variety of subject puzzles
(math, science, social studies, languages etc) to obtain parts
to build a car or aircraft, solve more puzzles get better
parts, more likely to win the race. Dungeons & Dragons
- any version of the books, games, online games. Tons of vocabulary,
stategy, math, reading and a much improved understanding of
historical time periods.Typing Through Time - PC typing practice
program. Principals of Alchemy hypertext book. And one of
my favorites for learning the elements http://www.privatehand.com/flash/elements.html
(warning - it's addictive to learn)
RAHL members recommend the following websites. Click, explore,
- An excellent article written by Wes Beach, the teen adviser
for HSC, and author of “Opportunities After “High
School”: Thoughts, Documents, Resources
- Science website providing interesting facts and fun activities.
– A wacky website for planning vacations.
- For all your math related questions.
- For fun, accessible science news.
– News on science, technology, future developments,
- Dedicated to teaching about the Bill of Rights and exploring
the philosophy which informs that document.
- Developed by Vancouverite Andreas Nothiger, HyperHistory
uses graphics, timelines, and maps to present the last 3000
years of world history.