#1. April 14, 2010
You might recall me mentioning that my brother and I put Mom in an Alzheimer’s facility a year ago. She’s doing well. She loves her new home (isn’t that great and somewhat amazing?) and is still fairly high-functioning. But the disease is progressing, and over the year she’s lost a number of skills, such as using a calendar, and her short term (2 or 3 minute) memory is even worse than it was last year.
Over the years I often toyed with the idea of writing about my vivacious Mom and our difficult relationship. As I collected her things from her home, an idea struck me. Why not approach our relationship from a completely different angle. I should blog about her costume jewelry!
Mom’s a fashionista and a jewelry maniac. She had a passion for collecting bold jewelry from around the globe and around the corner. When I mentioned my idea to my sister-in-law, she instantly loved it. And so, we’ve started this adventure together. She’s a professional photographer, and I’m a professional blogger. Together we are going on a one-year journey through my mother’s jewelry box. You can join us at MyMothersJewleryBox.com.
Here a few things you should look for when you get there:
1) Sign up for our newsletter so you’ll get a weekly update.
2) Submit a personal story about your mom’s jewelry (come on girlfriends, you know you have a memory or two about your mom’s jewels!)
3) Peruse the Photo Gallery for pix of me, Mom, and the bling.
4) Read the About page to learn more.
5) Please leave comments here. I want feedback!
See ya on the Net,
Barbara J. Feldman
"Surfing the Net with Kids"
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Flashcards are a standard study tool, and are implemented on many sites as an interactive tool, but today’s focus is just on sites where you can print flashcards for old-fashioned offline use. This week’s collection includes a variety of sites that focus on a single topic (such as math or English), several flashcard creation tools, and a few community sites where you can use flashcards shared by members.
Aplus Math Flashcard Creator
In addition to oodles of interactive math flashcards, Aplus Math hosts two flashcard creators for designing and printing custom cards. The first, Flashcard Creator, prints a set of twelve cards (four cards per page) for any operation (addition, subtraction, multiplication, division) and any set of operands (one through twelve). The second tool, called Custom Flashcards, lets you design math flashcards individually by inputting each problem (two operands and an operator). Each tool also lets you choose between four print sizes, from small to extra large.
There are thousands of printable color flashcards in PDF format for learning English (or any other language) here at ESL Flashcards. The cards come in a variety of sizes, but they all have an image on one side, and are blank on the flip side. Topics include adjectives, alphabet, body parts, clothes, colors, emotions, occupations, sports and more. The large size is perfect for showing an entire class, and the smaller sizes can be used for games such as Go Fish.
FlashcardDB is my pick of the week because of the many ways it can be used. You can create your own flashcards, or use an existing set created by a community member. Online study can be paced by either the Leitner or Graded Spaced Repetition systems, which are two different algorithms for studying harder items (those with incorrect answers) more often than easy items (those you’ve answered correctly.) In addition to the print function, Flashcard DB also offers a multiple-choice interactive quiz for all the flashcard sets.
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