# Beautiful Math: Visualizing Music

If we want to teach our children to think mathematically, we need to model and encourage asking questions. For instance:

• What is the difference between the rectangular sounds and the round ones?
• At 5:20, the orange notes (violin) change to a different shape. Why? What change in the sound does this represent?

What questions does the video inspire for you? I’d love to hear your comments!

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# Good News for a Change

As I was checking through archive posts and clearing out the dead links, I found a couple of links that I thought would be dead but which are still good. So I am re-posting them here, for your browsing pleasure:

## Free Shakespeare for Fun and Copywork

CurrClick (which carries the Math Mammoth workbook series) is offering Quotations from Shakespeare’s Plays as a free download. This ebook includes copywork tips from Charlotte Mason and about 30 pages of passages from Macbeth, King Lear, Much Ado About Nothing, etc.

[And if you are planning a study of the Bard, you won’t want to miss the many other Internet resources in my original post.]

## Great Leaders in a Crisis: Lincoln, Churchill

What does it take to lead your nation through a crisis? Character, determination, wisdom, the courage of your convictions. What can we learn about leadership from those who have been there, done that?

Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill are two of these great leaders — men whose courage and conviction took their nations through challenging moments and forever altered the course of Western civilization…

The Teaching Company (one of my favorite resources for homeschooling high school) is offering two free lectures for the downloading: Great Leaders: Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill.

[More details in my original post.]

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I admit, it doesn’t really have anything to do with math, but it looks like a fun way to spend a snowy afternoon:

According to the authors:

Jet black ink should be used, and a good quality of unglazed paper. The ink should not be too thin. The table should be protected from accident with several thicknesses of newspaper. . .

For a specially invited Gobolink party the company may dress in any grotesque fashion, remembering only that both sides of their costume shall be the same, this being a feature peculiar to Gobolink attire.

# Free Books? What’s the Catch?

[Photo by Jayel Aheram.]

When I first read about Swagbucks, I figured there had to be a catch. How could they give away \$5 Amazon.com gift certificates just for using their search engine? But over the past 12 months, I’ve collected \$45 worth of free books, just for doing searches I would have done anyway. I bought a couple of Christmas gifts and an Ed Zaccaro book to supplement Kitten’s schoolwork.

If you’d like to try it out for yourself:

# Homeschool Kids Write

No, it’s not math, but it looks like a great way to kick-start Princess Kitten’s long-neglected blog. She sat down at the computer and browsed the links to other kids’ posts for over an hour last night, occasionally laughing out loud. Then she opened her Dashboard and started to type a response to the green assignment.

I’ll have to let her know there’s a new post up today. Check it out:

• Homeschool Kids Write

Maybe I can even get her to send something in to the next Homeschool Kids Blog Carnival. It’s worth a try…

## Update

Unfortunately, Homeschool Kids Write has disappeared from the web. The Wayback Machine link gives a taste of what the site was like, but It’s just not the same without the Mr. Linky connections to all the children’s writings.

Kitten did three of the writing assignments. And not only did she enter the Homeschool Kids Blog Carnival, she even hosted one edition!

My baby is growing up…

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# Great Leaders in a Crisis: Lincoln, Churchill

[Photo by Sid Webb.]

What does it take to lead your nation through a crisis? Character, determination, wisdom, the courage of your convictions — as we in America prepare to cast our votes for a new president, perhaps we should look backward as well as forward. Not only backward in our candidates lives, at the circumstances and experiences that have shaped their character, but farther back into history. What can we learn about leadership from those who have been there, done that?

Once again, The Teaching Company (one of my favorite resources for homeschooling high school) is offering two free lectures for the downloading:

Great Leaders: Abraham Lincoln and Winston Churchill

# Dinosaurs and the Global Economy

[Photo by Mykl Roventine.]

One of my favorite resources for homeschooling high school is The Teaching Company. TTC often lets out free sample lectures, and right now they are offering two that you may download and enjoy at your convenience:

The Search for What Killed the Dinosaurs

Will China and India Dominate the 21st-Century Global Economy?

But these offers expire soon, so act quickly! [Still good in 2011. Woohoo!]