SmartyCards and Science Contests

I thought I’d post a few links to resources around the web. Some are for specific to homeschoolers and others are good for kids of any age. Enjoy!


Sylvan Dell Publishing E-books: 35 E-books available for you to view online absolutely free of charge. This set of books can be read in either English or Spanish. Books feature science, math, and nature themes.

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Free Spanish Lessons Online: offers Lessons, Printables, and more. Suitable for all ages – even mom and dad!


6a00d8341c2f3853ef01127920362928a4-320wi SmartyCard: an online learning area for kids 3rd – 6th grade. They get rewarded for playing the games and learning! Sweet! Rewards include: games, iTunes gift certificates, Webkinz, and more.

A trial account is available and then you can purchase a SmartyCard to extend the fun and learning.

Here’s the description from their site: ( )

SmartyCard allows kids to earn stuff they want by completing educational and grade appropriate activities. The rewards include subscriptions to their favorite virtual world or physical rewards such as books, video games, DVDs and toys.
SmartyCard is best for kids in grades 3 to 6, though some younger kids may love the challenge. With SmartyCard, kids learn, earn and play!

If you want to learn more about SmartyCard, Techmama has a great post about it on her site. Here’s the link: SmartyCard “Educational” Online Gaming


Build a Robot: Lastly, here’s a fun blog entry that teaches you how to build a robot your kids will enjoy over and over again. But if you take this basic premise, you can build on this for other things as well. Love that sheet pans are magnetic!


Last, but not least a contest open to HOMESCHOOLERS!!!!


Discovery & 3M’s Science Competition is open to all homeschoolers, grades 5-8!

Sign-up before May 20th!

The winner of the Young Scientist Challenge receives $50K in U.S. Bonds!

Here’s the synopsis from their site:

Do you have what it takes to be America’s Top Young Scientist? Discovery Education and 3M are looking for a few great students to inspire us with their enthusiasm for science, so show us what you’ve got! Create a short (1-2 min.) video about one of this year’s scientific topics and YOU could win a trip to New York City to compete in the Discovery Education 3M Young Scientist Challenge finals.


What great resources have you found around the web??


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