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The Hour of Code™

Try an Hour of Code™ with Khan Academy

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In a galaxy far, far away, programming droids is something everyone can do…

“The ‘Hour of Code™’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week[csedweek.org] and Code.org[code.org] to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.”

The Hour of Code is a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries. Anyone, anywhere can organize an Hour of Code event. One-hour tutorials are available in over 45 languages. No experience needed. Ages 4 to 104.

Are you ready to master the digital domain?

Learn about algorithms, how to make an app, or how the internet works with The Hour of Code

Computer programming can be learned early on and is considered by many as fundamental as reading and writing.

Teaching kids to code opens up logic and reasoning, and can give them the experience of creating fun and helpful applications.

“Your child doesn’t have to be computer science engineer. Maybe they want to do something else. But in our world today this is going to be basis for everything we do.”  ~ Math & Science Teacher


FREE TEACHING RESOURCES

Try a one-hour tutorial designed for all ages in over 45 languages. Join millions of students and teachers in over 180 countries starting with an Hour of Code. Over 200 tutorials and lesson plans. Try this year’s new tutorials!

Khan Academy has 3 areas of tutorials for the Hour of Code.

Khan Academy offers several tutorials for the Hour of Code for your child (and you!) that don’t require any coding experience:

  • Drawing with code: Learn to program using JavaScript, one of the world’s most popular programming languages (ages 8+).
  • Creating webpages: Learn to make your own webpages using the basics of HTML and CSS (ages 10+).
  • Creating SQL databases: Learn the fundamentals of databases using SQL to create data tables and query the data (ages 12+).

 

Algorithms? Loops? Conditionals?

Think computer programming is too hard?

Giving commands to a computer, which is what programming is all about, is just like giving commands to a dog. CodeHS lets you learn how to code with Karel the Dog — a fun, accessible, and visual introduction to text-based programming that teaches fundamental concepts like commands and functions to absolute beginners. 
http://hoc.codehs.com/

Codecademy is an interactive, student-guided introduction to the basics of CS through JavaScript that’s used by tens of millions of students around the world. We’ve prepared a no-hassle Hour of Code experience with accompanying quizzes, slides, and a completed project for students at the end. http://hourofcode.com/cdmy

Code Combat lets you defeat ogres to learn Python or JavaScript in Code Combat, an epic programming game! http://codecombat.com/hoc

There’s a whole lot more listed at Computer Science Education Week

Want to keep learning? Go beyond an hour

No device or internet? Try ‘unplugged’ computer science

Thinkersmith has lessons that use paper and pen, decks of cards, and simple materials to teach children the connection between symbols and actions, as well as the invaluable skill of debugging.

Got PCs with slow (or non-existent) internet access? Download the Blockly tutorials that were the precursor of the Code.org tutorials – a single 3MB ZIP file can be loaded onto any computer or used off a memory stick

Kodable designed the fuzzFamily Frenzy to use plain paper as an introduction to programming logic for kids 5 and up.

Project Guts has this “unplugged” activity that helps students learn how modeling and simulation works by having a group of students play different versions of the Rock / Paper / Scissors game, and see the results as different modeling experiments.

So, there you have it.

Now get out there and code!

The ‘Hour of Code’ is a nationwide initiative by Computer Science Education Week andCode.org to introduce millions of students to one hour of computer science and computer programming.

 

Artips – Free Art History Resource

Here’s a great little resource to learn art history.

Artips is a free art history newsletter sent out three times a week.

Artips is short and sweet.

Whether you’re an expert or an amateur, Artips brings more art into your life.

Their stories are free, fast and fun. Each takes only a minute to read and is accessible on any device (phone, tablet or computer) at any time.

More than 200 specialists hunt non-stop to uncover secrets about the great masters and eye-opening details about works of art from Antiquity to modern times. Every Artip is validated by their resident Art History specialist before it arrives in your inbox to enlighten your day!

Want to see what Artips looks like? Check out these examples.
American Gothic

Grant Wood’s “American Gothic” with it’s pitchfork and no smiles incensed the locals of the day. Read more by clicking the image.

Édouard Manet

Manet, Monet, and Renoir battled it out on beautiful summer day in 1874. Read more by clicking the image.

Artips.
It’s a nice little freebie for your brain.

 

Home School Legal Defense Association

Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools is now part of HSLDA’s Discount Group Program!  Individual families who belong to our SW Wisconsin Community of Homeschools membership group save $20 on their HSLDA membership fee, paying $100 instead of $120.

What does joining HSLDA do for me?

  • Protects your right to homeschool and defends your family. A lawyer is on call 24/7.
  • Provides fast help by phone or email: Get direct answers to your specific questions about home education. Veteran homeschooling parents are available to answer your questions and help you find resources for teaching your children:
    • Toddlers to Tweens (PreK-8th grade)
    • High school (including preparing for college or career paths)
    • Struggling learners (special needs/gifted and talented)
  • Preserves homeschool freedom for all families by promoting homeschooling nationwide, as well as by working with state homeschooling groups to pass homeschool-friendly legislation and stop unfavorable bills at the state and federal levels.
  • Partners you with the cause: Although homeschooling is recognized in every state, HSLDA receives phone calls each day from families whose right to homeschool is being challenged or discriminated against by school officials, social workers, employers, colleges, armed services recruitment officers, and government bureaucrats. The customizable nature of homeschooling defies the educational elite’s ideal of mandatory, uniform indoctrination—making parental choice in education a target for elimination. By joining HSLDA, you are supporting families who are fighting for their right to homeschool today and standing together to preserve homeschooling freedom for tomorrow.

SW Wisconsin Community of Homeschools recommends that homeschooling families join HSLDA.

Even if you never experience legal trouble yourself, your HSLDA membership will help enable other homeschooling families to get the legal help they need and will help defend our right to homeschool here in southwest Wisconsin.

Membership in HSLDA also gives you personal access to the legal staff; HSLDA’s experienced high school, struggling learners, and early years consultants; selling privileges at the HSLDA Curriculum Market; and discounts through HSLDA’s PerX program. (For more information about HSLDA’s many benefits, see http://www.hslda.org.).

SW Wisconsin Community of Homeschools members SAVE $20 off the HSLDA membership price when you enter our Discount Group code on the HSLDA membership form!

Building a Community of Homeschools

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Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools
R
egional Membership Group

We’re building a community to help and support home education in southwest Wisconsin! Membership is open now in the Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools regional group. The group is open to any home educating family in the general area of southwest Wisconsin whose children are-will be-have been learning at home through any method of homeschooling.

Here’s what you get as a member:

  • Email notifications and reminders
  • Forums (searchable and archived)
  • Registration sign ups
  • Printable Membership Cards
  • Classified ads
  • Calendar listings
  • Shareable links and resources
  • Discount on WPA Membership
  • Discount on HSLDA Membership

Our membership year runs from October through October. Membership fee is $8.50 per family. You may join at any time, however the fee is not prorated and late charges may apply.

Are you part of a local homeschool support group?
The SW Wisc Community can
include local support groups within our regional network membership. Your local group maintains its own identity and image, and controls its own forums and event sign ups. Imagine how this could streamline your field trips and coop classes! Plus each individual can access the complete membership site.

Let’s find answers, help each other and build friendships.


The more of us banded together can make an impact for all of us.

Southwest Wisconsin Community of Homeschools
www.homeschool-life.com/wi/swischomeschools 
https://swischomeschools.wordpress.com/

 

600 Years Ago: The Battle of Agincourt

The date was October 25th in 1415. The place was a field outside a small village in Picardy, France.

In August 1415, King Henry V claimed the throne of France and landed an army in Normandy. Two months later, outside the small village of Agincourt in Picardy, he was preparing for certain defeat. On 25 October his exhausted, starving and ailing troops faced a far larger French army, whose soldiers were fresh for combat and determined to destory their opponents. But what was to take place in the following 24 hours, it seemed only the miraculous intervention of God could explain.  “24 Hours at Agincourt” by Michael Jones

This month marks the 600th anniversary of the pivotal battle in the Hundred Years War when King Henry V and the English army whipped the French thereby changing the course of English history.

“The English army had walked 200 miles and was totally exhausted. Henry’s thousand knights had virtually no food left; his 5,000 archers were living off foraged berries. They were two days from Calais, but a French army of (a best-guessed) 25,000 men had camped ahead of them on the road. That night, Henry confessed his sins and heard Mass. The next morning — October 25, 1415 — he and his men lined up for battle a thousand yards in front of the French.”
Read more.

We few, we happy few, we band of brothers

For many of us, we can credit (or blame) Shakespeare’s History of Henry V (1598) for our knowledge of this historical battle.

“Henry was not only marching to one of the most important battles in European history, he was marching toward one of the defining moments in the English language: the Battle of Agincourt, and the Band of Brothers speech.”

Inspired Commemorative for #Agincourt600

First City Shakespeare worked with U.S. veterans to record Shakespeare’s famous “band of brothers” speech for the 600th anniversary of the battle of Agincourt. Some of the vets have acting experience, some do not. The backdrops are military and historic sites in Pensacola, Florida.

It’s humbling to hear retired and active military folk speak the lines beside the chosen location shots. Give it a look. You can watch it here.

Battle of Agincourt Remembered

More to the story than Shakespeare?

Shakespeare wrote his play almost 200 years after the real events. So, although the historical significance and character of King Henry are part of Shakespeare’s dramatization some of the facts are a bit inaccurate.

The good news is that regardless of your love (or hate) of Shakespeare, there’s much that has been unearthed in the 600 years since the famous battle.

*Agincourt* – pronounced “ADGE in court” (English) or “azh een CORE”
(French).

Image of the battle of Agincourt is taken from Wikipedia and is in the Public Domain

The Battle of Agincourt is one of the most famous battles in history and one of the most important English victories.

With much ado on the 600th anniversary you may use all sorts of free resources available on the Agincourt 600 website to learn more about the historical context,  medieval army strategies and weaponry, background on the Crown Jewels and the crystal scepter, geography, battle re-enactments, facts – and secrets!

The Battle of Agincourt still captures the imagination today, but why are stories still told about Agincourt? And do these stories represent what really happened on the battlefield?

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Starting Oct. 19th, 2015, you can learn more about the Battle of Agincourt, exploring its history and legacy, with this free online course.  The two week course will be led by the foremost academic expert on the battle, Professor Anne Curry.  The course will coincide with the anniversary of the battle and will feature contributions from a range of experts on Agincourt.

The course content is aimed at both early undergraduate-level students and those with an interest in the Battle of Agincourt, medieval history in general, and medieval guns and other weaponry. It does not require any previous knowledge of the subject and is offered at your own pace.

Course Highlights

  • WHY DO YOU FIND THE BATTLE OF AGINCOURT INTERESTING?

    We asked some researchers into the battle why found Agincourt interesting. This video shows some of their answers. How would you answer the question?

  • HOW DO HISTORIANS FIND OUT INFORMATION ABOUT MEDIEVAL ARMIES?

    Original muster rolls & indentures are primary sources of information about past events. Watch Professor Anne Curry talk about how historians use them

  • TYPES OF TROOPS ON THE MEDIEVAL BATTLEFIELD

    In this article, researcher Dan Spencer describes the types of people who comprised a medieval army.

    To culminate the 600 anniversary festivities…

    On the weekend of October 25th, 2015 if you happen to actually be in England, you are in for a special series of events to commemorate the 600th anniversary of this battle.

    The rest of us will await media coverage. (sigh)

More:
“We Band of Brothers” by Josh Gelernter, National Review, October 17, 2015
History of Henry V (1598)
The long road to Agincourt

The Battle of Agincourt: A Vivid History
AGINCOURT 1415 University of Southampton
Agincourt 600
600th Anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt Conference Recordings

100+ of The World’s Great Novels as Radio Programs

Since 2005, Learn Out Loud has curated an online catalog of over 40,000 of the best audio books, podcasts, free downloads, and videos you can learn from.

Learn Out Loud’s popular Free Audio & Video Directory section features over 5,000 audio books, courses, lectures, interviews, speeches, and more to choose that will help you turn your  time spent commuting, exercising, doing chores, etc. into ‘learning time’.

Three times a week, they send an email to subscribers offering a free audio or video learning title that has been added to the site.  Learn Out Loud’s “Free Resource of the Day Email” is a great way to discover new audio & video educational content.

The World’s Great Novels

by NBC University Theatre 

Today, Learn Out Loud is featuring “The World’s Great Novels” radio series put on by The NBC University of the Air in 1940s.

These dramatized radio novels generally ran an hour long and serve as great introductions to these works of literature.

Everything from Voltaire’s Candide to George Orwell’s 1984 with a full cast along with a narrator…

For you to download – for free!

The books can be streamed on audio from Archive.org or downloaded as a whole or individually. To download the individual episodes on Archive.org click “SHOW ALL” under “DOWNLOAD OPTIONS” and you’ll be able to select the MP3s of the titles you want to download.

Please note, that although these are billed as classic literature, it is always recommended that parents preview all selections for appropriateness.

Here are some of the works featured along with their running times:

A Farewell To Arms – 59:28
Candide – 29:45
Peter Ibbertson – 29:46
The Purloined Letter – 29:44
Lord Jim – 59:29
They Stooped to Folly – 59:29
Of Human Bondage – 59:29
A Passage to India – 59:28
Three Soldiers – 59:29
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan – 59:32
Alice in Wonderland – 59:29
The Grapes of Wrath – 59:32
Tom Jones – 59:30
Pride and Prejudice – 59:30
Tales of Edgar Allen Poe – 59:32
The Pickwick Papers – 59:32
Jane Eyre – 59:29
Moby Dick – 59:29
The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn – 49:59
The Red Badge of Courage – 59:29
The Ides of March – 59:32
Point of No Return – 59:29
The Crusaders – 59:29
1984 – 55:02
For Whom the Bells Toll – 59:32
Point of No Return – 59:29
Great Expectations – 59:32
After Many a Summer Dies the Swan – 54:58
The Doctor in Spite of Himself – 59:32
Hedda Gabler – 59:31
Lost Horizon – 59:30
Don Quixote – 59:29
Northanger Abby – 29:46

Introduce yourself to one of these great books today!

The World’s Great Novels

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Reverse Summer Learning Loss: TenMarks Free Math Program

TenMarks Free Summer Math Program for Families

If you’re looking for a way to keep your kiddo’s math skills sharp this Summer, give this a try…

Check out this free program from Amazon – TenMarks.

It’s individualized for every student and they spend just an hour a week online. http://www.tenmarks.com

TenMarks online program (a $39.95 value!) is free this summer,
and any student in First Grade through High School can participate.

All you need to do to start, is enter your name, zip code, email, and your child’s name and a grade level.

No credit card needed!tenmarks online math skills free summer 2015

Your student will be assigned a login and password.

After logging in, the student will take a diagnostic assessment that covers core topics from the last school year.

The TenMarks online program is adjustable to fit your student’s level.

Getting Started:
1) Give username and password to your child.
*Note: if you are using the same browser as your child, please be sure to log out of your parent account before having your child log in to the student account. 2) After logging in, your child will take a diagnostic assessment that covers core topics from the last school year.
2) Create custom rewards to help encourage your child. Custom incentives motivate your child to build their math skills and confidence.  The rewards are personal and totally up to you… pizza, video games, puppies, a visit to the zoo — anything from stickers to tablets!
NOTE: TenMarks and Amazon are not involved in providing rewards. Rewards are completely up to you to create and give to your child.

Follow or Modify Your Child’s Program

  • Keep track of your child’s progress on the Reports Page.
  • Optionally, add and remove topics or change the order of your child’s program on the Assignments page.
  • If the program is too challenging or easy, you can reset the program with a different grade level.

Students Earn Points and Level Up

  • Students can track their own progress.
  • Every assignment completed earns an extra 100 points plus a performance bonus.
  • Jam Session questions earn an extra point for every correct answer.

Motivate Your Child and Watch Their Progress!

    • Create multiple rewards which your child will earn in sequence.
    • Come back to watch your child’s progress.

NOTE: TenMarks and Amazon are not involved in the fulfillment of any reward.

Conservation Poster and Photo Contests

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NACD Close Up Conservation Photo Contest Winner 2013

National Conservation Poster, Speaking, and Photo Contests

The National Association of Conservation Districsts (NACD) and the NACD Auxiliary annually partner to host the National Poster Contest and the Photo Contest.

Contests provide an excellent opportunity for students to enjoy healthy competition while learning about conservation.

Each area has a local district that sponsors the area contests. Not all districts sponsor Poster, Photo, and Speaking Contests.  Please check over all the contests and details. You’ll need to contact your local conservation district for entry information on each of the contests. Depending on your local area conservation district, the deadlines and entry requiremnts may vary.

2015 Poster Contest

2015 NACD Conservation Poster Contest

The annual National Conservation Poster Contest provides K-12 grade students an opportunity to convey their thoughts about soil, water and related natural resource issues through art.

The contest is open to public, private or home school students. Each year, the poster contest starts at the district level. Individuals and teachers with questions regarding district contests should contact their local district. 

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<– * Here’s the link for the Wisconsin  NACD County Offices. *

The top posters in each district for each age category will go on to the state competition, and could even go on to the national competition and win cash prizes!

The posters can use any 2-dimensional media and must be between 8.5″ x 11″ and 22″ x 28″ in size.  “Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators” must be somewhere on your poster.  Have fun creating!

 

2015 Poster Contest Theme: Local Heroes – Your Hardworking Pollinators
Poster Categories by grade:          K-1         2-3         4-6         7-9         10-12
The contest is open to public, private or home school students.
Local districts or states may have different categories or rules for their contest.
Rules and Resources for 2015 Conservation Poster Contest
List of rules. |PDF|
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What Makes a Good Poster? | PDF |
National Visual Arts Standards
Logo in jpeg or tif/gif – Local Heroes Your Hardworking Pollinators

Vernon County residents, please contact  Sarah McDowell at smcdowell@vernoncounty.org  by or before December 1, 2014 if you have any interest in this fun conservation Poster Contest opportunity.  The posters will be due to the Vernon County Land & Water Conservation Department office on Friday, January 23rd  and the state competition is the first week of March.  2015 Poster Contest Entry Form
* UPDATE 10/02/14 —  In addition to the Poster and Photo contests, in Vernon County, there is an option for 5th-12th grade students to participate in a Conservation Speaking Contest.
Vernon County Conservation Speaking Contest
2015 Vernon Speaking Contest Guildlines
Entry Form

2014 Conservation Photo Contest Winner Youth (Lake County SWCD)

2013 Conservation Photo Contest Winner Youth, Indiana

 

Photo Contest
 (2014)

 

 

 

A picture can be worth even more than a thousand words. Good photographs can lend a helping hand to numerous projects: they strengthen publicity for a fund-raiser, make a newsletter more appealing and reveal the beauty of wetlands to children. The Photo Contest recognizes effective use of photography.

This contest is open to any amateur photographer of any age. Enter up to 5 total photos per person in the following four categories: Conservation Practices, Close Up Conservation, Conservation in Action, and Ag/Conservation Across America.  All photos must be taken within your district.

The top three in each age category will receive a prize and will move onto the National Competition.

Vernon County Residents: Vernon County Land & Water Conservation is offering the Conservation Photo Contest this year.  This is a great way to get your students outside so they can catch a snapshot of the beauty of nature and farming that is all around us!  All photos are due by November 1, 2014. All photos must be taken in Vernon County, WI so we can showcase conservation in our area of the state. Contact Sarah McDowell <smcdowell@vernoncounty.org> for the forms and details for Vernon County.
2014 Vernon Co. Photo Contets Entry Form
2014 NACD Photo Contest Details

Conservation Photo Winner 2015 1st Place, Youth, Illinois

2013 Conservation Photo Winner, Youth, Illinois

Remembering Ben Logan…

“Once you have lived on the land, been a partner
with its moods, secrets, and seasons, you cannot leave.
The living land remembers,
touching you in unguarded moments, saying,
‘I am here. You are part of me.'”
~Ben Logan (1920-2014)
The Land Remembers: The Story of a Farm and Its People, 1975

Author Ben Logan relaxes in his old family farmstead near Steuben in Crawford County in 2006 Photo Credit-Gary Porter, Journal-Sentinel

GAYS MILLS – Ben Logan, the author of the memoir “The Land Remembers,” died very peacefully on Sept. 19, 2014, in Viroqua. He also wrote “Christmas Remembered,” “The Empty Meadow,” and other works.  “Ben was born in Seneca in 1920. He grew up on a ridge top farm his mother called “Seldom Seen.” He spent most of his life away from Wisconsin, but carried Seldom Seen and the people who were part of it with him wherever he was. In his writing, Ben brought the stories and feel of a place he loved to many thousands of readers. It was his hope that readers could carry this feeling beyond one small corner of Wisconsin, to build a broader appreciation and care for the land and its people.”

“Ben’s writing about the land had a touch of romance – but it was never sentimental. He had the hard, honest insight of someone who grew up knowing how a falling tree limb could kill a person, how the wind bit on a long winter day of working outside. There is a small valley – Ben called it Lost Valley – running southeast from the farm house at Seldom Seen. Ben often told the story of a time when he was wandering there as a boy, hearing the distant cry of a wolf, finally seeing it loping across the valley, paying him no attention – raw, solitary, majestic nature. And so the boy, who saw the last wolf through the blowing snow down in Lost Valley, is going home for the last time. ”   Read more

“Ben Logan leaves a legacy of both words and actions.  That legacy will live on in the land and farm he worked to protect. And it will live on in the stories he told of the family farm and stories told by the generations to come who will farm the land.  In his obituary, Logan’s family writes that his connection to the land and his community were two things that helped him survive his service in the U.S. Navy during World War II. When he was in college, Logan studied under the preeminent conservationist of the time, Aldo Leopold, who Logan said bristled against his emotional attachment to the land.”  Read more.

The family suggest memorials be made to Valley Stewardship Network .
Services will be held Oct. 26, 2014 at the Gays Mills Community Center. Visitation will be held from 2 to 3 p.m., when a celebration of life begins.

Seldom Seen Farm, the beloved ridgetop landscape in Wisconsin’s southwestern corner that was the setting of the “The Land Remembers,” will be forever protected as part of an agreement signed with the Mississippi Valley Conservancy.

‘The Land Remembers’ still resonates with readers

Caroline Beckett, publisher with Itchy Cat Press of Blue Mounds, said her organization became the eighth publisher of the book in 2006. “‘The Land Remembers’ continues to interest and affect readers from all over,” she said. “We get many orders from book clubs, bookstores and individuals curious about life on Seldom Seen hilltop farm in the Kickapoo River valley of southwestern Wisconsin. Logan’s connection to the land and nature’s rhythms are a welcome relief to today’s wired and jangling world.”  Read more.

 

Living Books for Education

“The Land Remembers” is what educator Charlotte Mason would call a “living book”.A living book is a “whole” book,  one rich in thoughts and nutrition – with ideas that reach out to you.   A living book feeds the spirit, without having to be highly spiced or  dumbed-down for the masses.

A few years ago, we used “The Land Remembers” in our homeschool studies in a unit on local Wisconsin history.  I have since heard that local high schools used it in their Literature classes.

Maybe it’s time for us to pull it back out and give it another reading.

Some friends of ours hiked down to Lost Valley four years ago when it was put in the Mississippi Conservancy, and met Ben Logan there, even took photos of him with their kids…
For those of you near Seldom Seen Farm, relish your part of the land and the memories.And please be gracious in directing strangers looking for it’s location.

It may be just a homeschool family on a field trip finding their way to Lost Valley to be immersed in the land.

The Land Remembers: The Story of a Farm and it's People: Ben Logan

The Land Remembers by Ben Logan Book Photo: Stock Image

“The Land Remembers: The Story of a Farm and its People” by Ben Logan is the heartwarming autobiographical story of Logan’s early life in the 1930s on Seldom Seen Farm, located on a hard-to-reach ridge near Gays Mills in Crawford County. The book, originally published in 1975, has an eighth edition released in 2006 with an afterword from Logan.

The New York Times Book Review:
“What drew me so irresistibly through The Land Remembers?… You feel nostalgia when the details of the world are so precisely concrete and right that by the time the author tells you his own reactions to that world you feel you already know it just about as well as he does. . . . It’s not nostalgia for my own past that The Land Remembers made me feel; it’s nostalgia for a world he makes me wish I’d known.”

Hoard’s Dairyman
Book Review: “This book creates an urge to go back to the time that author Ben Logan references. Logan grew up in the southwest Wisconsin hill country. After a strong career writing in New York City, he returned to his home and now resides in Viroqua at the age of 90. The Land Remembers explains what life was like in the “driftless area,” where the glaciers were unable to flatten the land to resemble neighboring Iowa and Illinois.”

Book reviews of The Land Remembers were originally posted in 2011.

Notebooks For Students: Discount Laptops for Homeschoolers

Press Release – Notebooks For Students Allows Discounts to Homeschoolers

Microsoft Education Product Policy allows nonprofit Notebooks For Students (NFS) to offer in-classroom technologies (previously reserved for traditional public school facilities) to Homeschool families.

Based on Microsoft Education Product guidelines, the NFS Board voted to categorize homeschool families as schools and to implement Homeschool Group Purchasing to facilitate access of in- classroom technologies for individual Homeschool families.

WOW!
This means that homeschool families are now able to purchase computers and software at the same wholesale pricing available to public schools!!

David Puzo stated, “Our organization is only three years old. In that time we have stressed moving forward to meet the technology needs of all education providers. First we addressed colleges and individual students. In 2012/13 we moved on to k-12 public schools and off-campus learning centers in all settings (daycare, church, Title 1 funding, etc). In 2014 NFS is implementing a program which will greatly increases access to in-classroom technologies for individual Homeschooling families.”

Homeschool families can purchase from Notebooks For Students as individual families or order as part of the SW Wisconsin Homeschool Community Group Order. Contact SW Wisconsin Homeschools for details. Additional discounts are available through the group order.

Families ordering will have to provide homeschool affidavit, notice of intent or other form (depending on the State of residence), to be able to receive the discounts on full laptop packages and software.

To see the items available and pricing, please visit;  http://notebooksforstudents.org/Inventory.htm

*About Notebooks for Students*
Notebooks for Students is a nonprofit private operating foundation located in Carlsbad, Ca. Incorporated in 2011, our mission is to address the ever-growing Digital Divide within the national student body by increasing the availability of computers to all education providers and their students.

Let us know if you would like to get an extra discount by purchasing your family’s next computers as part of SW Wisconsin Homeschool Community Group Order. Contact SW Wisconsin Homeschools for details.