With creative people, truly new horizons open up.
~ Dietrich Fischer-Dieskau
I feel like my little universe has been expanding lately.
Artist’s dates at the Home Depot have been a regular occurrence for a really long time now. Stretching my idea of where to find art supplies was a wonderful and exciting deal for me…
Since then, I’ve been reaching new heights in discovering alternative resources for all kinds of stuff.
Free at the Library
For instance, I can access digital downloads of ebooks through my library. I can check out a digital edition of a book, and it goes through my Amazon account and onto my device for two weeks. At the end of my loan time, I can renew the loan or let it end and leave my device.
We’ve been doing that for some time as well. But while I was perusing the library website the other day, I found that I can through my library membership, access Mango. Really?? Did you know that??
Learn a Foreign Language
I almost paid a fair amount of money to get a year’s subscription to Mango so that the hubs and I can learn Italian together. And the kids want to learn Spanish.
And through my library membership, I set up our profile and we can all learn any language we want and it keeps up with our progress and everything. Just like I bought our own program!!
Maybe I’m a bit late in this game, but I am truly filled with wonder and awe. I have been exploring the library website more now and have found several other very helpful resources for my kids’ schooling. For. Free.
Fun Live Shows
We’ve also been going to the library for super-fun and interesting live presentations. We’ve seen live animals, including a giant tarantula and a kangaroo. We went and watched a live story teller. We just had a presentation all about local beekeeping. Seriously. And all free.
Homeschool Co-Op, Not Just for Homeschoolers
The other amazing and free resource that we’ve been having tons of fun with is an ezine called Click Schooling, through Homeschool Buyers Co-Op. (Affiliate Link)
Some of you might not be homeschooling anyone. Maybe you know someone who is. Or maybe you have kids in brick-and-mortar school. Or you know other families with kids.
Let me tell you, it is really really cool. The Co-op is a great place to find information on educational material and curriculum. It’s a great place for people to connect and find fabulous pricing on all these materials, because the Co-op buys as a group, as a large body. Kind of like a school district. And with size comes better pricing. That better pricing is extended to all of its members. And joining is free. Following my link and joining for free does earn me smart points that my family can use towards educational materials.
But the part I seriously LOVE: the ClickSchooling e-zine. You can choose what subscriptions you want in your profile when you join.
A New Free Website Resource Every Day
ClickSchooling ezine comes out each day with whatever that day’s scheduled topic is. Like Wednesday is language arts day.
And the email will have a link and some info to a free website to go and learn something. Free. Cool. Educational. Not just for the kids. I go to all of these sites and learn stuff. More than my kids.
I know, I know. I’m supposed to be schooling my kidlets. But I am having so much fun on these sites 🙂 I have visited the live shark reef exhibit at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, and I went back to watch the live demonstration at feeding time last week.
I’ve watched how airplanes are made. I learned all about Alaska. I played with some art lessons on some of my fave artist and made art in their style! And I brushed up on my grammar, which is helpful for my writing. Sort of, lol.
I’m telling you, this cool resource is worth its price of admission. Or lack of price, really.
And Now for Some Art
I have a few other tidbits I’ve been learning about finding cool stuff and I’ll keep ’em coming. But for now, I’ll leave you with this: a couple of pics of three little canvases I made on some of my hubs’ scrap wood I found in the garage 🙂
I LOVE LOVE LOVE having a hubby that leaves his scraps lying around!!
Prompt: Do you use “trash” to make art??