Dear Fellow Homeschoolers:
My name is Wendy Jewell
and I am the parent of a homeschooler.
I would like to introduce you to The MY HERO Project
and its FREE, interactive Web site, myhero.com, which
celebrates the best of humanity, locally and globally.
Parents can use this program to help their children
discover that heroes come from all walks of life
and all corners of the world. Heroes can be their
Grampa, the kid next door, or someone we've all heard
of like Earthkeeper Hero Robert F. Kennedy, Jr.,
or Angel Hero Mother Teresa.
The MY HERO Project is
designed to help children of all ages understand
the various ways one can contribute to society and,
in the process, realize their own potential to make
a difference in the world. Anyone can be a hero.
Kids and adults write stories, create and upload original art,
produce short films and upload audio about who and what inspires them --
then share it with the world on the MY HERO Web site.
The MY HERO Teacher's Room features lesson plans for every grade level,
giving you the tools you need to incorporate MY HERO
into your lessons with a minimum of setup time. A
calendar alerts you to special events like
Earth Day, Freedom of the Press Day and Black History
Month. Parents can use these features as content
for lessons on specific themes that their children
may be exploring throughout the year. There are selected stories and resources to
get you started. The LINKS page
on the site provides a great list of links to other
online learning opportunities such as iEARN (International Education
and Resource Network), the largest K-12
global learning community in the world.
You can participate in
The MY HERO Project in a variety of ways, regardless
of the age of your child or how you choose to homeschool:
1. CHECK IT OUT: Go
to www.myhero.com and
explore. Read and discuss the historical, contemporary
and hometown heroes that fall into hero categories
like Peacemaker, Earthkeeper, Scientist and many
more. For current events, see "HEROES IN THE NEWS" on
the home page, which features stories from the Associated
Press about today's heroes around the world.
2. CREATE: In
this section MY HERO provides a Web design program
that walks you through the steps of building an online
tribute to your hero using text, images and links.
The Organizer program
in the Teacher's Room offers a template so that your
group's stories can appear together online.
3. GALLERY: The
MY HERO Virtual Art Gallery is a place where everyone
from crayon-toting toddlers to established artists
can create and submit original works of art portraying
heroism as they see it. Click on GALLERY and
follow the easy steps to upload your art. Or email firstname.lastname@example.org for
suggestions on how to use the GALLERY with
your current lesson plan or project.
4. SHORT FILM FESTIVAL: This
section gives your homeschooler(s) the opportunity
to tell their MY HERO story with digital media tools
and Internet technology. Students of all ages are
invited to create and submit short films about the
people who have inspired them.
5. AUDIO: Share your original music and unique voice on
MY HERO Audio to bring your hero stories to life.
6. GUESTBOOK: The
MY HERO Guestbook is a great place to write a few
sentences about someone who has made a difference
in your life. The Guestbook provides
a fun and engaging opportunity to introduce students
to the computer. Once their stories have been submitted,
their entries can be shared with fellow homeschoolers,
family and friends just by typing the student's name
into the Guestbook search engine.
7. FORUM: This program features essays that explore the theme of heroism and other
topics, and invites young people to share their opinions with others
around the globe.
The MY HERO Project invites
you to participate as a group or with just one child.
It's easy to access and become a part of this global
learning community. Check out the Web site at: http://myhero.com ,
and if you have any comments or questions, email
them to email@example.com.
Have a great time!
Homeschooler, Ontario, Canada