Surfing the Net with Kids FREE Newsletter
Table of Contents
2. Sponsor’s Spot: Safe Email for Kids
3. Weekly Topic: Gardening
4. Note from a Reader
5. Related Games
6. Quote of the Week
7. Classified Ads
8. Subscription Management
#1. April 28, 2004
As an older parent, I’ve always crowed that having young kids has kept me young. One of the ways they do this is by keeping us in touch with trends in popular culture. If it wasn’t for my twelve-year old daughter, I would never be an American Idol fan. I don’t watch much network television, but Erica’s interest in the show has gotten me involved too. One thing I do keep an eye on, however, is trends on the Internet. And according to my sources, “American Idol” is a hot search term, and getting hotter.
I don’t have a favorite contestant yet, and I haven’t ever voted. But I do watch. How about you?
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See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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by Barbara J. Feldman
Gardening Printable (** for premium members only)
Spring is here and it’s time to get out of the house and into the garden. I’ve learned that most adult gardeners started their hobby as children. And the good gardening experiences we give our kids today become great gardening memories tomorrow. Hopefully, these five site picks will inspire your family (or your classroom) to put down your keyboards and plant something tasty, beautiful, or both.
Composting for Kids
“Composting is fun! It’s also easy. Let’s learn about how we make compost and how we use it to grow beautiful gardens.” Learning how to compost was one of the very first tasks I took on when we moved into our big-yard house. Not only is it satisfying to create our own nutritious mulch for the vegetables and flowers, but it is also ecologically and economically sound. Kids (and parents) can learn how in this simple slide presentation.
FamilyFun: Gardening Projects
These six fun craft projects take gardening one step further. For example, craft number two is a sock mouse for your cat with catnip you’ve grown yourself. My favorite is a practical joke done with a pickle. “The object here is to astound your friends with a little horticultural sleight of hand. They’ll be in a pickle wondering how you managed to squeeze that great big vegetable through that skinny little bottleneck.” Click through to page six to learn more.
Built by the National Gardening Association for both families and teachers, KidsGardening.com is my pick of the day. It offers great primers (see Parent’s Primer and School Greenhouse Guide), searchable articles and FAQs, curriculum, and a free monthly newsletter titled KidsGarden E-mail News. For e-cards and beautiful floral wallpaper, jump over to sister site Garden.org (you’ll find a link at the bottom of any page) and look for “Free Stuff” in the left-hand column.
#4. Note from a Reader
“Surfing the Net with Kids is the Web equivalent of the kids’ version of TV Guide that you always wished for but never had.” Dummies Daily Internet Tips
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#5. Related Games
Garden Coloring Book
Printable Butterfly Word Search
http://www.surfnetkids.com/printables/Word_Searches/butterfly-ws.pdf (** for premium members only)
Garden Tool Concentration
(Learn how to make games just like these with my step-by-step manual. )
#6. Quote of the Week
A Minute of Inspiration: Light a Fire Movie
Daily Education Quote via Email
“Do not train children to learning by force and harshness, but direct them to it by what amuses their minds.” ~~ Plato (427BC – 347 BC) Greek philosopher, a student of Socrates
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