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Can you teach reading at home? In the early years of homeschooling this question was on an ever-present loop from others. No matter who I talked to whether they were family or strangers everyone wanted to be sure I could teach my child how to read. Now I chuckle and think sure I can teach my child to read, it’s more a matter of how do I find ‘the’ reading & phonics curriculum out of the slew available.

This top 10 list gives you ideas from other Teach Them Diligently families that have used these materials to teach their child or in some cases many children to read. We want you enjoy this exciting time of life. Watching the glimmer of understanding and joy fill your child’s eyes as they read for the first time is one of those life moments you won’t forget.

We asked our fellow homeschooling Teach Them Diligently families what do you recommend as an Elementary Reading & Phonics curriculum choice? We compiled their choices about this and 39 other levels and subjects of curriculum in our FREE Homeschool Family Favorite Guide .

TOP 10 choices for Elementary Reading & Phonics Curriculum

  1. Explode the Code (linked to the book at CBD)
  2. All About Reading
  3. Abeka
  4. Teach Your Child to Read in 100 Easy Lessons (linked to the book at CBD)

What a delight we have so many options to homeschool our children through the early years of learning. If you have a wiggly child that just can’t sit still many curricula give you ideas on how to fold in something like jumping on a trampoline while singing the alphabet song. Arts and crafts that work on little fingers agility making writing easier while reinforcing phonics and word families. On the opposite end of the wiggler spectrum and you have a snuggler that wants you to read everything to them we can find curriculum to fit that too.

  1. Language Lessons for a Living Education (by Masterbooks)
  2. First Language Lessons (by Well-Trained Mind)
  3. Easy Grammar
  4. Sonlight
  5. Bob Jones University Press Phonics and Reading
  6. Rod and Staff

Let’s not forget that each child is unique and is maturing at their own rate. This can mean we try to start homeschooling at age 5 fall like the ‘local school’ but our son just doesn’t get it or can’t sit still long enough for a lesson. There is plenty of time to take a deep breath and wait. Try again in a couple weeks and for now focus on something else like science and dinosaurs.

Don’t allow the pressure of proving yourself as a homeschooling mom and teaching reading to push you or your child into trying to keep up with an artificial learning timeline.

The early years of homeschooling can be filled with fun. Read a louds on rainy days. Using finger paints with your child working on letter sounds. God gave you these wonderful little minds to tend and guide. Do so with a gentle hand and a prayer on your lips.

Homeschool Family Favorite Guide Free downloadable

This is just the beginning of many home education curriculum recommendations. Here is our FREE downloadable Homeschool Family Favorite Guide with many other top 10 recommendation by fellow homeschooling families.

If you would like to read more about learning to read Click below:

Tips for Introducing a Love of Reading

Top 10 Homeschooling Preschool Curriculum Choices 

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Parents install filtering or blocking software to protect their kids, but it isn’t doing what they hoped.

There are three big problems with filtering today’s devices. But a few changes can help you better protect your family online. Here’s a quick review of three problems and solutions that can help.

First, filtering or blocking software was designed for browsers like Chrome and Safari. But 90% of our time on a smartphone or pad is spent within apps like Facebook, Twitter, and the list goes on and on. Unfortunately, filters don’t block inappropriate content within apps, and recent reports show there is an abundance of sexual media and pornography in social media and other apps.

Second, the majority of websites have become encrypted. Look at the address bar of your browser when you go to the Teach Them Diligently blog and you will likely notice a small padlock before https://, which means the connection between your browser and the Teach Them Diligently blog is secure and encrypted. This encryption used to be considered expensive and reserved for credit card and banking websites. Now encryption is commonly used across the web, and search engines give preference to secure sites over unsecure sites in their search results.

The good news is that encryption keeps people from eavesdropping on your online activity. The bad news is that encryption has made the individual pages of the Internet blind to filters and to most accountability software. Today, filters block at the domain level, rather than blocking individual pages. You either block all of Pinterest, YouTube, or some other website, or you allow all of a website. Parents often believe that when they use a filter it will block the nudity on a Pinterest page or other webpage but allow access to good stuff like pie recipes. Not true. Filters either block all of an encrypted website or allow all of that website.

Third, filtering alone is ineffective. The grass always looks greener on the other side of the fence, and tweens, teens, and adults beat up filters until they find a way around them. And these days, because of the reasons listed above, it’s easier than ever before.

That’s the bad news. Here is some good news.

Covenant Eyes released a new technology on March 5 that monitors popular smartphone and computer screens for pornography and sexual media. If such media appears on a screen, blurred screenshots (we don’t want to expose other people to porn) are sent to you in a scannable report. You can learn more about how it works and receive 30 days free through this link.

Covenant Eyes also provides blocking software, because we don’t want our kids accidentally running into porn because of a mistyped word. The blocking will also lock Google, Bing, and Yahoo into a safe search mode, so that your search results are cleaned up. YouTube is also locked into Restricted Mode so that explicit videos can’t be watched.

Finally, none of this works without Mom and Dad. In our online culture today, there is no such thing as set it and forget it. There is no parental control that replaces parenting, no toggle that replaces talks. Covenant Eyes is a tool that engages parents to have ongoing conversations with their kids about what they see and do online. Use the reports to have ongoing conversations with your kids about how they spend their time online.

Many parents are fearful of getting started or are not sure what to do. That’s why Covenant Eyes provides free phone support 8 a.m. to midnight EST Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. EST on Saturdays. The aim is to empower parents to protect their home today, because it’s so easy to procrastinate. Need help? Call 877-479-1119, and guard your home today with 30 days free.

 

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Sam Black is passionate about helping parents guide and protect their kids online. Sam is a vice president at Covenant Eyes Internet Accountability, and the author of “The Porn Circuit: Understand Your Brain and Break Porn Habits in 90 Days.” He joined the Covenant Eyes team in 2007 after 18 years as a journalist. He has edited 16 books on the impact of pornography and how to protect our families. He has been married for 23 years and is a father of two.

 

 

 

 

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There’s so much to learn from the past—and even more to explore in the world. Why not make your history and geography studies a culinary adventure!

Here are three ways to do that based on actual topics covered in the Abeka History and Geography program.

1. Cowboy Pockets

As children learn about the people who made America great in our 2nd grade textbook, Our America, they’ll discover patriots, explorers, native Americans, and cowboys. This treat imagines the kind of meal a group of caballeros might have put together around an open campfire.

(Of course, they might have used a cut of beef or wild game, but our recipe calls for ground beef.)

Ingredients:

  • 1 lb. ground beef, shaped into patties
  • Onion, peeled and sliced
  • Potatoes, sliced thin
  • Carrots, sliced thin
  • One 12” x 12” sheet of heavy duty aluminum foil per serving
  • Salt, pepper, and garlic powder to taste

 

Place first four ingredients on foil sheet.

Season with salt, pepper, and garlic powder.

Fold foil into a pouch until sealed.

Bake at 350º for 45 minutes.

Serves 3-4

 

(For the complete pioneer experience, make this meal next time you camp or have an open fire. Rake aside some hot coals and set pouches directly on them at the edge of the fire for around 30 minutes.)

Our America can be purchased individually or as part of a full-grade or subject kit.

 

 

2. Chocolate Mousse

The Eastern Hemisphere is the focus of history and geography studies for 7th graders. In World Atlas and Geography Studies of the Eastern Hemisphere (which works in conjunction with History of the World and other texts), they’ll identify and label important cities, countries, rivers, mountain ranges, and deserts. And with this recipe, they’ll also get a taste of a traditional French dessert!

Ingredients:

  • 2 cups heavy cream
  • 10 oz. dark (bittersweet) chocolate, crushed into tiny pieces
  • Chocolate shavings for garnish

 

In a double boiler, slowly heat chocolate pieces.

While chocolate is melting, beat heavy cream until peaks just begin to form.

Fold melted chocolate into cream without overmixing.

Divide equally into serving cups and chill at least one hour.

Sprinkle shavings onto mousse just before serving.

Serves 4

 

World Atlas and Geography Studies of the Eastern Hemisphere can be purchased individually or as part of a full-grade kit.

 

3. Orange Kumara Chips

Fifth graders learn about international lands and cultures through Old World History and Geography. This yummy side dish from New Zealand can go with lots of meals. And don’t let the name throw you off – kumarais Maori for sweet potato.

Ingredients:

  • 2 kumara (sweet potatoes), medium and unpeeled
  • 2 Tbsp Olive oil
  • 1 Tbsp Salt
  • 1 lime, zested
  • 1/8 tsp chilli powder
  • 1/8 tsp paprika
  • 1/8 tsp red pepper flakes
  • Black pepper to taste
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh cilantro

 

Place kumara in a pot of water and bring to a boil, then reduce heat and simmer 15 minutes.

Drain and let cool.

While kumara is cooling (about 15 minutes), preheat oven to 375 degrees and combine salt, lime zest, chili powder, paprika, red pepper, and black pepper.

Slice kumara into wedges and place on rimmed baking sheet.

Brush with oil and sprinkle spice mix.

Bake for 20 minutes or golden brown.

Sprinkle with cilantro before serving.

Serves 4

 

Old World History and Geography can be purchased individually or as part of a full-grade or subject kit.

 

 

 

 

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Enjoy this roundup of selected stories from God’s World News—the unique Christian current events program for kids. Help your children learn to read age-appropriate news stories critically, to sift for the truth, and to relate knowledge and biblical wisdom to daily life.  

Open: Shipwreck!

An ancient shipwreck near the Greek island of Alonissos is open for exploring. The Peristera shipwreck will now become the first ancient shipwreck accessible to the public in Greece. Even folks who dive just for fun can swim up and take a peek. Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/4006

In this photo taken on Sunday, April 7, 2019, divers visit a 5th Century B.C. shipwreck, the first ancient shipwreck to be opened to the public in Greece, including to recreational divers who will be able to visit the wreck itself, near the coast of Peristera, Greece. Greece’s rich underwater heritage has long been hidden from view, off-limits to all but a select few, mainly archaeologists. Scuba diving was banned throughout the country except in a few specific locations until 2005, for fear that divers might loot the countless antiquities that still lie scattered on the country’s seabed. Now that seems to be gradually changing, with a new project to create underwater museums. (AP Photo/Elena Becatoros)

 

Fresh Food for Fido

U.S. pet owners are feeding more and more fresh food to their dogs and cats. Kibbles for Fido? Nope. These days, he’s getting diced chicken with sweet potatoes and spinach!  Is this a good idea? Or is it taking pet care a little too far? Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/4000

In this March 15, 2019, photo Dr. Lindsey Bullen pets Benko, a golden retriever with weight issues, during a visit at the Veterinary Specialty Hospital in Cary, N.C. Bullen says she gets several questions a day from clients interested in fresh and homemade pet food. (AP Photo/Allen G. Breed)

 

Will Experts Endorse Low-Carb?

Fans of low-carb eating are hoping for changes in the new U.S. dietary guidelines. They say low-carb’s inclusion could influence what nutrition advice doctors give—and shape government food programs like school lunches. But does low-carb work for everyone? Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5236

   

 

Colleges Say Failure Is Normal

On many college campuses, instances of stress, depression, and other mental health problems are rising. Experts say today’s students are facing very different challenges from what their parents did. Now a growing number of U.S. colleges have begun teaching an important life skill: how to fail. Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5237

In this March 5, 2019 photo, panel members, from left, Angela Giordano, Natalie Baucum, Mike Duggan, Fred Ledley and school counselor Peter Forkner participate in an event at Bentley University, in Waltham, Mass., where professors and alumni shared some of their worst setbacks to illustrate that even successful people sometimes fail. A growing number of U.S. colleges are trying to “normalize” failure for a generation of students who increasingly struggle with stress, anxiety and the ability to bounce back from adversity. (AP Photo/Elise Amendola)

Spike in Dolphin Deaths

A Greek marine conservation group is reporting a “very unusual” spike in dolphin deaths in the Aegean Sea. The deaths coincide with military drills in the area. Researchers want to know whether nearby countries are following international rules about sonar and other undersea noise-makers. Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5240

In this photo provided by Archipelagos Institute of Marine Conservation members of Archipelagos institute carry a dead dolphin at a beach of Samos island, Aegean sea, Greece, on Saturday, Feb. 9, 2019. A Greek marine conservation group says a “very unusual” increase in Aegean Sea dolphin deaths over recent weeks may be linked with recent Turkish naval exercises in the area. A total 15 dead dolphins have washed up on the eastern island of Samos and other parts of Greece’s Aegean coastline since late February, according to the Archipelagos Institute.(Bre-Anne Smith /Archipelagos via AP)

 

 

 

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Making the transition into homeschooling can be a tough one. In the midst of a decision that will affect your child’s future, it’s natural to experience a flood of questions concerning your child’s well-being. If you’re on the fence about deciding whether to homeschool your child or keep them in a public or private school system, we are here to help. We’ve worked to create a curriculum that allows your child to get the most out of his or her homeschool educational experience.

1. Positive Environment

No more noisy classrooms, rambunctious classmates or other unnecessary distractions that can easily lead a formative mind away from an important lesson. You are now in complete control of what your child will be exposed to, and there will be no question about what’s going on at school. Is there a more stable way to educate a child than within the comfort and security of your home?

2. Teachers Who Care

Parents understand God’s love for His children in a special way. For parents, nothing is more important than the well-being of their children. In a homeschool environment, every student has the most dedicated teacher on the planet: their parents. Since the moment you brought your children home from the hospital, you’ve been watching them learn about themselves and develop their own incredible, unique personalities. And that makes you the most dedicated and qualified teacher they could have.

3. Individualized Education

Everybody learns differently. It’s true no matter a person’s age – we each interpret and retain information in our own unique way. And this is even more valid when we talk about the young mind trying to comprehend important lessons in the classroom and the outside world. Let’s say a child in a public or private school classroom of 25 is excelling in English but struggling with geometry. This young student is a poetic and masterful writer, but math has never been his forte. The teacher, who can’t slow the rest of the class down for one student, has to push on with her predetermined lesson plans.

This would be much easier to control in a homeschool environment. When you have the capability to move at a speed tailored to your child’s understanding, he is going to learn more efficiently. Plus, you can dive deeper into specific interests to further develop his strengths.

4. A Solution To A Problem

Although many families choose to homeschool their children long-term with great success, there is a wide range of reasons a family might choose to homeschool a child. The Abeka community is diverse, with families who use a variety of methods to teach their children at home – some are parent-led, some eclectic, and others use our streaming lessons called Abeka Academy. But for many other families, homeschool is simply a solution to a temporary problem. For instance, if the environment at school is rough for your fifth-grader, but there is only one year left until a change of scenery in middle school, your child may only need to homeschool for one year. Or, if your child needs to be held back because a certain subject is challenging him or her, a single year of one-on-one time with that challenging subject might do the trick. Homeschool can be a solution to a problem and is not always a permanent landing pad for every child’s educational journey.

5. Better Teaching Materials

According to recent studies from the National Home Education Research Institute, homeschool students continue to outperform their public and private school counterparts, scoring above average on achievement tests. Regardless of the parent’s level of formal education, options like Abeka Academy and parent-led teaching provide the support system you need as a homeschool teacher. And any additional help you may require is just a click or a phone call away.

6. Build a Relationship With God

Homeschool parents have the freedom to incorporate Bible study into their daily lesson plans. There are no barriers or restrictions preventing your child from gaining spiritual knowledge and a traditional education. Abeka’s curriculum is founded on Biblical principles and includes scripture throughout. You’ll have opportunities to instill God’s truth and love into their hearts and minds seven days a week.

The unique opportunity to spend time with your child every day and enjoy watching their minds grow is not one that everyone has, and it’s not the right solution for every family. But for moms like Ruth Tinsley, it’s been a blessing. To learn more about how to decide if homeschool is the right path for your family, please reach out to us. We’d love to help.

 

 

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Enjoy this week’s roundup of selected stories from God’s World News—the unique Christian current events program for kids. Help your children learn to read age-appropriate news stories critically, to sift for the truth, and to relate knowledge and biblical wisdom to daily life.

 

New Gerber Baby

One-year-old Kairi Yang from North Carolina is Gerber’s 2019 spokesbaby. This year’s contest had the most entries ever—544,000. Contest officials said the winner has “the look of wonder in her eyes.” Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/3966

This undated photo provided by Gerber shows Kairi Yang from Hickory, N.C. Kairi was chosen by Gerber as the winner of its ninth annual photo search. In an interview on NBC’s “Today Show,” Kairi’s parents said they are Hmong, and their family had immigrated to North Carolina from southeast Asia. (Courtesy of the Yang Family/Gerber via AP)

 

Race Against Bugs

Loggers are cutting down ash trees in a race against a fast-spreading beetle called the emerald ash borer. The non-native bug is chewing its way through trees from Maine to Colorado. Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/39638

FILE – In this file photo dated Saturday Aug. 23, 2003, Seagulls mill around in search of food as a whale is hauled onto a fishing boat after it was killed in the Atlantic Ocean off the west coast of Iceland. Iceland’s whaling industry will be allowed to hunt up to 2,130 whales over the next five years, it is revealed Saturday Feb. 23, 2019, under a new rule issued by the Nordic nation’s government. (AP Photo/Adam Butler,FILE)

 

Goodbye, Mr. Merryman

Jerry Merryman was one of three men who invented the handheld calculator. He designed the circuits for the new invention in just three days while working for Texas Instruments. Mr. Merryman, 86, passed away February 27.  Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/3972

CORRECTS AGE TO 86 INSTEAD OF 68 – This 1997 photo taken by Phyllis Merryman shows Jack Kilby and Jerry Merryman, right, at the American Computer Museum in Bozeman, Montana. Kilby, Merryman and James Van Tassel are credited with having invented the handheld calculator while working at Dallas-based Texas Instruments. Merryman died Feb. 27, 2019, at the age of 86. (Phyllis Merryman via AP)

 

Sinking Sand in Iran

The area around Tehran, Iran, is literally sinking. Stressed by a 30-year drought and hollowed out by excessive water pumping, the parched landscape near Iran’s capital has begun to open in massive sinkholes. Read more: http://teen.wng.org/node/5204

This frame grab from an Aug. 8, 2018 video provided by Iranian Students’ News Agency, ISNA, shows an aerial view of a massive hole caused by drought and excessive water pumping in Kabudarahang, in Hamadan province, in western Iran. Some sinkholes formed in western Iran are as deep as 60 meters (196 feet). (ISNA via AP)

 

Granny Jela’s Cooking Show

An unlikely celebrity is cooking up traditional Serbian food on YouTube. Granny Jela (69-year-old Jelena Petrovic) has put her life-long experience to good use by launching an online cooking tutorial from her home kitchen. Fans are eating it up. Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5206

Jelena Petrovic places the tray with food into the oven in her home in Jagodina, Serbia, Tuesday, Feb. 12, 2019. Serbs looking for ideas are increasingly turning to the Balkan country’s hit chef Granny Jela, an elderly lady who has put her life-long experience to good use and launched an online cooking tutorial. Jelena Petrovic’s YouTube channel and blog dubbed Granny’s Kitchen have had over 50 million of views and nearly 150,000 subscribers who check in daily for a new recipe of home-made food. (AP Photo/Darko Vojinovic)

 

Coyote Fur in Demand

Coyote fur is high fashion, and demand for pelts continues to grow.  The animals’ pelts provide lush trim on the hoods of stylish winter parkas. Read more: http://teen.wng.org/node/5202

In this Feb. 14, 2019 photo, a woman in New York wears a Canada Goose coat with a hood fur trimmed with coyote fur. Coyote pelts are in big demand to provide the lush, tawny-tinged arc of fur on the hoods on Canada Goose coats and their many global imitators. Canada Goose parkas are credited with the uptick in demand for coyote fur. (AP Photo/Frank Franklin II)

 

 

 

 

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Do your children ever get bored during their homeschool day? Do you feel like you need to liven up their school days with activities that keep their attention?

Here are 20 ideas from our education advisors to bring more fun into your homeschool classroom.

Preschool and Kindergarten

Edible Counting: Use cereal, raisins, or chocolate chips to teach your child how to count. Have him count aloud each time he takes a bite. Continue to add more treats as he learns to count higher. Counting will be fun—and yummy—as he eats his way through the numbers.

Walk the Line: Take a roll of paper towels and spread it on the floor, leaving the paper towels all connected. Then write alphabet letters or numbers in order on each square. Let your child walk on the line to learn the order, then split the paper towels up and let her put them in order.

Play with Magnets: Ask your child to place specific magnetic alphabet letters or numbers on the refrigerator to aid recognition.

Connect-the-dots: Use dot-to-dot pictures to help children count as they connect the dots.

Tell Me a Story: Have your child tell you a story that you can write down. Then ask him to draw pictures to illustrate the story.

Grades 1–3

Hands-on Math Skills: Let children practice addition and subtraction skills while playing. They can count Legos as they build or subtract candy from a bowl during snack time. Their limitless imaginations can provide hours of addition and subtraction fun.

Tower of Words: Use magnetic words or word cards to create fun poetry and silly sentences that help increase your child’s ability to construct sentences on her own.

Creating Classmates: Let your child bring a doll or two to reading class. Then ask her to read to this new “classmate.” Visualize It: As you read a story aloud, have your child draw a picture of what is happening in the story.

Finding the Order: Ask your children to do a simple task, such as making a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, with step-by-step directions. Then take pictures of them doing each step and print the pictures. Ask your children to paste the photos in order and write directions that go with each step. This shows your child how a process is needed to accomplish a task.

Grade 4–6

Coupon Counting: Let your children clip a coupon and figure out how much money they would save if the coupon were used. Couponing teaches math skills and how to budget money at the same time. You can even let them use a coupon at the grocery store to buy a snack or special treat.

Storyboard Fun: Ask your child to choose a favorite topic that he enjoys. Then give him a stack of 3×5″ cards to use for creating storyboards or word clusters. In no time, he will learn to brainstorm and organize thoughts for his writing.

Be a Reporter: Let your child create her own newspaper. She can interview family members or friends for stories. After writing the stories, she can glue pictures next to each article.

Nature Scrapbook: Help your child scrapbook the natural habitat in your area. Include leaves, twigs, flowers, nuts, seeds, and bird feathers found on nature walks. After pasting each piece on a page of a notebook, let your child research and write about what he finds.

Dress Up Fun: Pick a day of the week and have children dress up like a person from history. That day’s lesson can be focused on a specific time period and how people lived during that era.

Grades 7–9

Time for the News: Record your children pretending to be anchors for the evening news. They can find stories their history or science books for the newscast. Make it even more fun by showing the newscast to the entire family!

Baking with Math: Let your children choose a recipe from a cookbook. Then tell them to double or half the recipe. They have to figure out how to adjust the recipe to the correct measurements. You can also give them 1 or 2 measuring cups (½ and ¼ work well) and tell them to measure everything with those cups to improve their understanding of fractions.

Taste of Culture: Choose a foreign country to study and let students make a dish from that country. As they share the dish with the family, they can share facts about the country. This helps them learn the culture of the country through the food.

Build a Diorama: As part of a book report assignment, ask your student to create a diorama of his favorite scene in the book. Use shoeboxes, cereal boxes, play dough, and other small pieces to create the scene.

The Play’s the Thing: Help children stage a play, based on a book they’ve read, for family members and friends.

 

 

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Enjoy this week’s roundup of selected stories from God’s World News—the unique Christian current events program for kids. Help your children learn to read age-appropriate news stories critically, to sift for the truth, and to relate knowledge and biblical wisdom to daily life.

 

Lincoln’s Land

A retired farmer in Charleston, Illinois, is selling his family’s 590-acre farm. It includes a 30-acre plot once owned by Abraham Lincoln. Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/3882

Farm ground once owned by Abraham Lincoln in southern Coles County near Lincoln Log Cabin State Historic Site is set to be sold at auction on Tuesday. (Dave Fopay/Mattoon Journal Gazette via AP)

 

Skip the Checkout Line!

Store owners are shopping for a way to get rid of checkout lines since Amazon opened its first cashier-less store a year ago. Now stores around the world are adopting technology that can end checkout lines—and possibly shoppers’ privacy. Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/3881

In this Jan. 22, 2018, file photo, a shopper departs an Amazon Go store in Seattle. Get ready to say good riddance to the checkout line. A year after Amazon opened its first cashier-less store, startups and retailers are racing to get similar technology in other stores throughout the world, letting shoppers buy groceries without waiting in line. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

 

Too much toothpaste!

A study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention concluded about 40 percent of children ages 3-6 use more than the recommended pea-sized glop of toothpaste. That could mean streaky or splotchy teeth when they grow older. Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/3880

This Wednesday, Oct. 28, 2009 file photo shows toothpaste on a toothbrush in Marysville, Pa. A report released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019, says too many young kids are using too much toothpaste, increasing their risk of streaky or splotchy teeth when they get older. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

 

No More Doctor’s Office?

Doctors have used “telemedicine”—video calls instead of office visits—for years. It especially helps patients in remote areas. But the practice is becoming more mainstream to reduce the time and cost of in-person visits. Read more: https://kids.wng.org/node/3877

In this Jan. 14, 2019 photo, Caitlin Powers sits in the living room of her Brooklyn apartment in New York, and has a telemedicine video conference with physician, Dr. Deborah Mulligan. Widespread smartphone use, looser regulations and employer enthusiasm are helping to expand access to telemedicine, where patients interact with doctors and nurses from afar, often through a secure video connection. (AP Photo/Mark Lennihan)

 

Eel Smugglers Not So Slippery

Croatian police say two South Korean citizens were arrested after trying to smuggle about 252,000 live eels out of the country in eight suitcases. The slippery critters are a delicacy in Asian cuisine. Read more: http://teen.wng.org/node/5106

This Feb. 6, 2019 photo provided by Croatian Police on Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019 shows one of eight suitcases containing eels seized at Zagreb international airport in Croatia. Croatian police say two South Korean citizens have been arrested after trying to smuggle about 252,000 eels out of the country. The two aged 38 and 47 were caught with the young fish packed in 8 cases at the Zagreb international airport on Wednesday. (Croatian Police via AP)

 

Apple Fixes Eavesdropping Bug

Apple has released an iPhone update to fix a software flaw that allowed people to eavesdrop on others. Read more: https://teen.wng.org/node/5098

Grant Thompson and his mother, Michele, look at an iPhone in the family’s kitchen in Tucson, Ariz., on Thursday, Jan. 31, 2019. The 14-year-old stumbled upon a bug in the iPhone’s FaceTime group-chatting feature on Jan. 19 while calling his friends to play a video game. With the bug, a FaceTime group-chat user calling another iPhone, iPad or Mac computer could hear audio, even if the receiver did not accept the call. (AP Photo/Brian Skoloff)

 

“Army Strong” to Get Stronger

The U.S. Army is developing a new, more grueling and complex fitness exam that adds dead lifts, power throws and other exercises designed to make soldiers more fit and ready for combat. Read more: http://teen.wng.org/node/5104 

In this Jan. 8, 2019, photo, U.S Army 1st Lt. Mitchel Hess participates in a weight lifting drill while preparing to be an instructor in the new Army combat fitness test at Fort Bragg, N.C. The new test is designed to be a more accurate test of combat readiness than the current requirements. (AP Photo/Gerry Broome)

 

 

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