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Dear Readers:  After all these years of producing The Link andnow Homeschool Magazine.com, it is still excit-ing to send o...
Is Your Child Employable?A          lthough the na-      job seeking, interviewing,       “Not only do they have        in...
Give your Child an edge         in a tight Job Market                          Employability Skills Training Combo  Prepar...
Homeschooling Intrigues Me - Where Do I Start?By Greg and Moira Bell                                                 of ti...
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Primary Sources and a Virtual Congress   THE CENTER ON                                  – New Resources from the Center on...
ments – Explore the roles          Create lists of activitiescitizens have played in         to assign to students orkey 1...
Why Can’t Saltwater Fish                                     Live in Fresh water?                                     By C...
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Celebrating Our Children and Ourselves                                     By Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis, M.S.,             ...
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Looking for the Best in                     When All Else Fails, Play a Game!                                             ...
Do Smart People Play Chess or Does                                                                      CREATIVEPlaying Ch...
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  1. 1. Pa sch ning g 8 lin M ge oo m gin HO ESCHOOLHo Be e agazine.com Yes, My Grown Celebrating Our How Much Homeschooled Children and History Do Children Are Ourselves Kids Need? Odd -- And Page 14 Page 16 Yours Will Be Too! Page 18 Ad & Article Index Page 4
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Ad Index Ace Ministries .............................. 17 Hemisphere Travel ....................... 56 Online Science Mall..................... 77 American Science Surplus ........... 47 Herbal Healer ............................... 27 Our Learning Folio ...................... 70 Apologia....................................... 29 Hewitt Homeschooling Resources73 Pearson VUE ................................ 88 Apprentice Doctor ........................ 55 Hilaria & Ludi .............................. 86 Peterson Direct ............................. 53 Art Instruction School .................... 2 History at our House .................... 50 PhonicsQ ...................................... 30 Bilingual Press ............................. 71 Home Tutoring Plus ..................... 72 Portland State University ............. 39 Birdcage Books ....................... 23,66 Homeschool Spanish Academy.... 71 Practical Learning Online ............ 34 BluTrack....................................... 83 Hugg A Planet .............................. 61 Professor in a Box ........................ 49 Bright Lines Paper ....................... 16 iPrep Press.................................... 40 Rod & Staff Publishing ................ 31 Building Blocks ........................... 83 Ivy Bound..................................... 34 Schola Publications, Inc. ......... 18,68 Cedar Valley Publishing ............... 47 Keen Skills, Inc. (QuickCert)......... 7 Schoolside Press........................... 81 Center on Congress ................. 10,11 Kitchen Specialties....................... 60 ScienceWorks ............................... 85 Children’s Software Online.......... 34 Kits For Kids ................................ 12 Scotto’s Place .......................... 30,77 College Plus ................................. 54 Laura Ingalls Wilder Museum ..... 16 Sea Mineral .................................. 79 Continental Academy ................... 16 Laurelwood Books ....................... 28 Sierra Madre Games .................... 84 Crafty Secrets ............................... 59 Learning By Grace ......................... 3 Sing N Learn ................................ 83 Creative Crafthouse ..................... 21 Lekha Publishers .......................... 67 Soft Star Shoes ............................. 45 Creekbed Tech......................... 46,76 Literacy Unlimited ....................... 74 Stanford University ...................... 37 Curriculum Design for Excellence32 Little Pim Company ................ 30,46 SuperCamp................................... 78 Databased Intelligence, Inc.. ........ 48 Maestro Learning, Inc. ................. 84 Swansbury, Inc. .............................. 6 Dee Walden Learning Solutions... 85 Maine Cloth Diaper Company ..... 23 Talking Fingers .............................. 9 Design a Study ........................ 23,79 Math Mammoth ........................... 72 Tattler ........................................... 26 Dianne Flynn Keith ...................... 61 Michigan Tech University ............ 87 The McHale Report...................... 35 Discovering Music.net ................. 40 Microscope Store, The ................. 13 The Oaks Private School.............. 67 Earth & Sky Magazine ................. 57 Middle School Science Activities 78 The Writing Musician .................. 41 eHarvey ........................................ 18 Monart School of Arts.................. 24 Toy Garden................................... 74 E-Tech .......................................... 36 Montessori Services ..................... 52 Troy University ............................ 61 Excellence In Education .............. 20 Moonjar ........................................ 13 University of Nebraska ................ 38 FACE............................................ 79 Mother Board Books .................... 66 Wall Words ..............................62-63 Find the Fun ................................. 80 National Institute for Genealogical Websters Academy ....................... 15 Fire Station Buddies, Inc.............. 64 Studies .......................................... 58 Wholesale Chess .......................... 76 Folkstyle Productions................... 15 Needak Manufacturing................. 19 Winsor Learning, Inc. .................. 75 Fraction Kits................................. 86 NEMC National Educational Music Woodloch Resort .......................... 44 Gotham Writer’s Workshop ......... 26 Company ...................................... 40 Wordsmiths Jensen Grammar ...... 80 Haan Crafts ............................. 68,85 New Jammies ............................... 14 Workbox System .......................... 35 Harris Communications ............... 22 Noodle Head Inc .......................... 14 Writing C.L.A.W, Inc. .................. 47 Article Index Is Your Child Employable .............. 6 Scheduling a Charlotte Mason Day by Woodloch Resort .......................... 42 Homeschooling Intrigues Me - Where Do Sheila Carroll and James Carroll . 22 History of US Series by Joy Hakim I Start? by Greg and Moira Bell..... 8 Non-Judgmental Drawing: The Monart Review by Michael Leppert ......... 43 Primary Sources and a Virtual Way by Mona Brookes................. 24 Waiting for “Superman” by Stacey Congress....................................... 10 Art Instruction School .................. 26 Kannenberg .................................. 46 Why Can’t Saltwater Fish Live in Fresh Writing With Sharon Watson.com 30 Dr. Maria Montessori by Linda K. water? by Connor Bernstein......... 12 AHA! Unit-based Instruction by Dr. T. Foster............................................ 52 Celebrating Our Children and Ourselves Roger Taylor and Dr. Beverly M. What Do You Mean by by Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis, M.S.14 Taylor ........................................... 32 “Normalization?” ......................... 53Rock ‘n’ Roll How Much History Do Kids Need? by Ivy Bound SAT and ACT Prep ..... 34 Hemisphere Educational Travel by Scott Powell ................................. 16 You Bought it, Let’s Use It! by Sue Michael Leppert ........................... 56 Yes, My Grown Homeschooled Children Patrick .......................................... 35 Giant Energy Bubbles in our Milky Way Are Odd by Diane Flynn Keith .... 18 The Increasing Prevalence on Online Galaxy by Beth Lebwohl and Deborah When All Else Fails, Play a Game! by Learning in Education .................. 36 Byrd.............................................. 57 Carolyn Forte ............................... 20 Michigan Technological University Pre- Genealogy: A New HomeSchooler Do Smart People Play Chess or Does College Outreach ......................... 40 Opportunity by Louise St Denis, National Playing Chess Make People Flink Learning by Emerson Institute for Genealogical Studies 59 Smart ............................................ 21 Sandow......................................... 42 Our Learning Folio ...................... 70 Page 4 HomeschoolMagazine.com • (805) 499-3306
  4. 4. Dear Readers: After all these years of producing The Link andnow Homeschool Magazine.com, it is still excit-ing to send our magazine to so many homeschool-ing families and those interested in alternative HO M ESCHOOL agazine.com Editor-In-Chief: Mary Lepperteducation. mary@homeschoolmagazine.com While I realize that homeschooling is not “for”everyone, more than ever, I believe it is the best Managing Editor:way to raise children. Not only does it provide for michael@homeschoolmagazine.comthe best academic environment, because it im- Publisher: Mary Leppertparts to children an interest in life and finding outabout all sorts of things, it also weaves the deep Layout: Lennon Leppertand close fabric of family that has been significant Advertising Sales:to the human race throughout history. mary@homeschoolmagazine.com I am proud to be a part of this homeschoolingworld and to be able to bring great information General Office: info@homeschoolmagazine.comto all of you who wish to read our publications. Editorial & Advertising Offices:In this issue, we are pleased to offer you usefuland interesting articles from a variety of origi- 3541 Old Conejo Rd, Ste 112nal sources. Diane Flynn Keith, homeschooling Newbury Park, CA 91320mom of two grown sons and well-known editor Main Number: (805) 499-3306of HomeFires.com, puts your “socialization” is- Toll Free: (855) 499-3306sues to rest with “Yes, My Grown Homeschooled Fax: (805) 499-3303Children Are Odd -- And Yours Will Be Too!”Carolyn Forte, homeschooling mom of two grown Web: www.HomeschoolMagazine.comdaughters, owner of Excellence in Education HomeschoolMagazine.com reserves the right toand educational game expert, presents “When refuse advertising space at its sole discretion.All Else Fails, Play a Game.” Conner Bernstein,15-year-old homeschooled entrepreneur offers To Receive a copy of HomeschoolMagazine.comhis Science Experiment. Homeschooling dad & in the mail for free, send your address to:history teacher, Scott Powell, answers the ques- subscriptions@homeschoolmagazine.comtion: How Much History Do Kids Need? We alsohave articles on genealogy, Congress and art. Fi- Our Missionnally, we offer a new piece by regular writers, the HomeschoolMagazine.com’s mission is to provideLearning Success Coaches™, Mariaemma and information and resources to anyone interestedVictoria. in homeschooling, regardless of religious or non- Please e-mail me at mary@homeschoolmaga- religious beliefs, teaching philosophy or any otherzine.com, if you have suggestions for articles or agenda. While we do our best to scrutinize all adstopics you would like addressed, or have written and material submitted, we cannot make guarantees; therefore, we do not accept responsibility for adan article – and we do pay for articles we publish. content or product quality. We reserve the rightI will be pleased to consider them for the future. to refuse any and all advertising at our discretion.Love, Mary Leppert The entire contents of this publication, including artwork and all editorial, are copyright 2010 by HomeschoolMagazine.com. All rights are reserved. (855) 499-3306 • HomeschoolMagazine.com Page 5
  5. 5. Is Your Child Employable?A lthough the na- job seeking, interviewing, “Not only do they have individually or in a combi- tionwide unem- acceptable work habits, to find a job,” Hoernlein nation pack). ploy ment rate coping with criticism and continues, “but, then, po- T h e E m ploy a bi l it yaverages about 10%, that career management. Plus, tential employers put them Skills and Microsoft Of-rate for 2009’s high school the course’s interactive through a battery of tests f ice Training coursesgraduates is as high as exercises will ensure your to prove they have both the range from $99 - $299,35% (according to the U.S. child has his or her own knowledge base – and the are designed for self-pacedDept. of Labor). This star- resume and networking ability to use the tools – to learning and are availabletling statistic is a wakeup list ready to go by the time do it.” through the Internet or oncall that our school-aged it’s over. No matter the type of DVDs. This makes learn-children have to do more With more than 15 mil- job, at the overwhelming ing inexpensive, flexiblethan earn an education so lion people out of work, majority of corporations and convenient; whetherthey can someday perform your child needs every those “tools” include Mi- you prefer to guide yourthe job they want; they also edge he or she can get to crosoft Office’s Excel, child through each lessonneed to learn how to find, be competitive in a tight PowerPoint, Outlook and or let him or her learnsecure and keep it. job market. Sharp employ- Access. around other studies and T h at’s wh at m a ke s ability skills can help him These writing, database, recreation.QuickCert’s new Employ- or her stand out to hiring presentation and emailing Find out how QuickCertability Skills Training so managers filling a limited computer programs are can help prepare your childtimely. Developed and number of jobs … so can sometimes taught as school today for the career he ortaught by a 30-year Hu- strong and demonstrable curriculum; but not always. she wants tomorrow. Callman Resources vet, the computer skills. And when they are, it’s not one of their Career Advi-12-lesson course provides “Young adults new to necessarily done so with sors at (888) 840-2378 andstudents with the know- job hunting have it tough,” on-the-job use in mind. For mention this article; or gethow they need to secure says Ku r t Hoer nlei n, these reasons, QuickCert started with a free demolong-term employment; QuickCert CEO and father also provides training for lesson by visiting www.and includes insider tips to Barry (a recent high Microsoft Office’s entire QuickCert.com/Home-on resume preparation, school grad). suite of applications (either School. Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting The premier, yet economical program for all ages See it all at www.bfhhandwriting, or call 410-272-0836 Page 6 HomeschoolMagazine.com • (805) 499-3306
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  7. 7. Homeschooling Intrigues Me - Where Do I Start?By Greg and Moira Bell of time with their age MAY FACE(20-year veteran homeschooling parents of seven) mates to develop impor- Be prepared for theN tant social skills? unleashing of adult peer owadays, it is solving opportunities, What do well-social- pressure if you decide rare to meet an wh ich a r e t hei r ow n ized kids look like any- to pursue homeschool- American par- best tutorial. way? ing. This is a hot issueent who hasn’t at least Yo u m ay s t a r t h o - • Are they the teens and one that causes peo-heard of home school- meschooling thinking you see hanging around ple to react defensivelying. Those looking at about “academics” and the mall? about their own schoolho m e s cho ol i ng f r om “subjects”, but as you • The kids who take choices, no matter howt he out side rout i nely progress, you’ll discover weapons to school and gracious you may be.express two chief con- that the essence of suc- use them? Try not to be shockedc e r n s: 1) “ H o w c a n cessful homeschooling • The kids who dis- when you’re hit with un-homeschooling parents is less about “school- cuss last night’s sitcoms solicited judgment. It’stolerate being with their i ng” a nd more about as though the actors and wise not to announce akids 24 hours a day?” “ h o m e ”. Yo u m i g h t situations are real? decision to homeschooland 2) “What about so- realize that families are • Those subdued with until you’ve done thecialization?” the building blocks of d r u g s t o m a ke t h e m research you need to SO W H AT IS HO - human life and see that “manageable”? become firm in the ideaMESCHOOLING R E- each child is constituted • Those that pressure and observe for awhile.ALLY? differently right from each other to look, act, You will be char t i ng In a nutshell, home- the beginning and their speak, and believe just your own course. Whatschooling is the process s t yle of nu r t u r e a nd like the rest of the ado- other people think ho-whe r e by r e s p o n si ble needs are unique. lescent herd? meschooling is may beparents choose to train, AT HOM E W I T H When we’re willing to quite unlike your expe-equip, and launch their MY KIDS ALL DAY?!! face the facts, it’s obvi- rience. Many critics areow n c h i l d r e n a s r e - Much of the surliness ous that a well-social- silenced when they seesponsible, literate, and that kids exhibit toward ized person is one who your children thrivingskillful on-going adult parents and siblings is can respect and interact and learning.learners. It differs from an outcome of spending w it h t hose older a nd If you’ve ha d ch il-traditional public/pri- too much t i me ever y younger than himself; dren in school and arevate schooling in that day receiving the verbal m o r e k n owle d ge a ble br i ngi ng t hem home,parents are the direct a nd e mot ion al abu se and less so. give yourself and themoverseers of the child’s of other children in an Some say that chil- a g r a c e p e r i o d of 6l e a r n i n g p r o c e s s . It i n st it ut ion al set t i ng. dren need to be with a months to decompress.results in family glue When your kids realize room full of age mates When your kids realizerather than family frac- they have innate value all day to learn to “face they have you all day,ture, fostering real-life and uniqueness that is real it y” a nd toug hen ever y day, and sensematurity, from a young not being th reatened, up. This does not har- that your attention isage, and can be cus- they change for the bet- monize with the “real t u r ne d t owa rd t he m ,tomized to the learning ter. world” adults inhabit. they will need you less!style of each child. It SOCIALIZATION You do not work with Don’t envision yourselffosters genuine social What’s the real ques- others your age, or so- chained to your kitcheng races th rough inter- tion behind “What about cial or economic back- t able, t e a ch i ng m at haction with people of socialization?” Are we g rou nd; why should facts ‘til you’re blue inall ages. It is bursting laboring under the no- children? the face.with real-life problem- tion that kids need lots C R I T I C I S M YO U continued on page 50 Page 8 HomeschoolMagazine.com • (805) 499-3306
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  9. 9. Primary Sources and a Virtual Congress THE CENTER ON – New Resources from the Center on Congress CONGRESS G ive students the artifacts, and more. TPS real story about resources, offered free of at Indiana University historical events. charge to all educators, are Help them understand how organized in collections our government works around five themes: and what it’s like to be a Public Criticisms of Con- Member of Congress. Find gress: A Look at American new, engaging resources to Political Cartoons – Get a teach about Congress, rep- historical perspective on resentative democracy, and the place of political car- citizen participation. toons in our representative The Center on Con- democracy, explore public gress at Indiana University criticisms of Congress, and (www.centeroncongress. develop your own views org) has developed a rich about Congress. collection of resources – in- Critical Thinking: Ana- teractives, lesson plans, pri- lyzing Congressional Floor mary source sets and more Debates – Examine the – that gives students unique main components of an access to primary sources, effective, thoughtful argu- www.centeroncongress.org bringing government and ment in Congress, analyze history to life – and takes examples of Congressional YOUR SOURCE FOR them inside the workings debates, and learn how to TEACHING ABOUT CONGRESS of our government to ex- present a case on a particu- perience first-hand what lar issue. • Interactive learning modules it’s like to be a member Consensus Building • Facts of Congress short videos of Congress through the and the Virtual Congress • Videos on compromise and Virtual Congress. To help – Delve into consensus how Congress works educators learn more about building in the legislative • Lesson plans these resources and how process by examining • Teaching with Primary Sources to use them, the Center is historical examples and ex- offering a series of webi- perience the process first- • Virtual Congress nars throughout spring and hand by taking on the role • and more… Visit summer 2011. of Members of Congress democracykids.org The Center’s Teaching with Primary Sources within a virtual world – the Virtual Congress. (TPS) project (www.tp- Still in development are “Our mission is to improve the scongress.org) is designed two more themes: The public’s understanding about to help teachers access and Impact of Congress: A Congress and to encourage civic use the digitized online Look at the First Congress, engagement.” primary source materials 1789-1791 – Examine bills of the Library of Congress passed in the first Congress THE CENTER ON – documents, photographs, that still impact our lives CONGRESS AT INDIANA UNIVERSITY maps, speeches, cartoons, today; and Importance letters, songs, journals/ of Citizen Participation: diaries, autobiographies, American Social Move-Page 10 HomeschoolMagazine.com • (805) 499-3306
  10. 10. ments – Explore the roles Create lists of activitiescitizens have played in to assign to students orkey 19th and 20th century groups. THE CENTER ONsocial movements and getinvolved in an issue impor- View, grade, and mark up your students’ work CONGRESStant to you. online. at Indiana University Homeschool educators View and customize les-can use the Center’s TPS sons that are aligned withsite in several ways. Let’s state standards.take a quick tour. Registering on the TPS When you go to www. site also gives you and yourtpscongress.org you can students access to an excit-enter the site as a teacher ing new resource – the Vir-or as a student. To begin, tual Congress. The Virtualenter as a teacher and you’ll Congress is a fully func-be taken to a “TPS Home” tional online 3D replica ofpage. Then you will be the U.S. Congress. In the TEACHING WITH PRIMARY SOURCESinvited to preview the Virtual Congress, you andresources in each theme. your students can take a Engage middle and high school students inSelect a theme and access virtual tour of the Capitol learning about Congress, representativevideos, lesson plans, and and experience role playing democracy, and citizen participation!student interactives – all of as members of Congress:which you can either use or Proposing your own ideas • Lesson plans • Guides for searchingdownload right away. Back for legislation, discussing • Student interactives & using Library • Teacher & student of Congress digitalon the TPS Home page, them in-world with other workspaces collectionsyou will also be invited student-members, andto register. Registration trying to find commonis simple and free, and it ground in order to moveallows you to use the TPS your proposals along. In the THE VIRTUALsite and resources in a Virtual Congress, your stu- CONGRESSunique way. Although you dents can meet up in a safe,can use the TPS resources password-protected online Experience this fully functional onlinewithout registration, by world with students around 3D replica of the U.S. Congress.registering you will get a the community, region, • Take a virtual tour • Involve students inpassword-protected space or country to learn what role playing as of the Capitolon our server — accessible it’s like to be a Member of members of Congressto you and your students Congress.any time of day from any When you take a tour of www.tpscongress.orgcomputer with Internet ac- the Virtual Congress, youcess. Registration provides will find information signs Provided free of charge www.centeroncongress.orga simple and powerful that lead to collections of by the Center on Congressway to choose, assign, and primary source materi- at Indiana University through funding from the For more information:grade the student activities als providing historical Library of Congress congress@indiana.eduavailable on the TPS site – background of the variousa personalized workspace locations in and around thefrom which you can: Capitol – the Capitol Build- THE CENTER ON Provide students with ing, the Rotunda, House CONGRESS AT INDIANA UNIVERSITYtheir own workspaces to do and Senate committeeand save their work. continued on page 85 (855) 499-3306 • HomeschoolMagazine.com Page 11
  11. 11. Why Can’t Saltwater Fish Live in Fresh water? By Connor Bernstein In this article I’m going as stenohaline. There are to discuss a topic that I also euryhaline fish, like thought about a lot when salmon, that can survive I was younger. Have you in salt water OR fresh wa- ever wondered why, ex- ter. Why are fish so picky actly, saltwater fish can’t about what kind of water live in fresh water and they live in? Read on to freshwater fish can’t live find out. in salt water? When I was The key to the answer creating my Insta-pets is osmosis. To explain kit (see end of article) osmosis, let’s start with a and watching the little cell -- the building block guys swimming around of life. Cells are responsi- in their saltwater tank, I ble for the vital functions decided to find out why of all living things. We’re the amount of salt in their made of them, plants are water was so critical to made of them, and so are their well-being. fish. Before I talk about As most of us know, osmosis, let’s take a look there are two main types at two important parts of of fish: Saltwater and a cell: the cell membrane freshwater. Saltwater fish and the cytosol. can’t survive in fresh Think of the cell mem- water, and freshwater fish brane as the “skin” that can’t survive in salt water. In nat ure, they live in different en- vironments (t he ocea n vs. a stream, for example) and in cap- tivity, we keep them in surrounds a cell and think different types of aquari- of the cytosol as the sub- ums. If a saltwater fish stance that fills the cell somehow makes its way and surrounds its contents. into a freshwater aquari- The cell membrane’s job um, it will die after only is to keep ever ything a few hours. Most fish inside safe, and to keep a can survive in just one balance between the lev- type of water. These are els of chemicals (mostly referred to by scientists salts) in the cell and in thePage 12 HomeschoolMagazine.com • (805) 499-3306
  12. 12. surrounding environment. tion below to get a bet- water fish get rid of saltIt’s made up of water and ter idea of how osmosis because they live in such alots of different kinds of works: ®dissolved chemicals that salty envi-a cell needs to work prop- ronment. Freshwa-erly. Cells like to keep the An example of osmosis: ter fish concentrate salt inconcentration of chemi- Water is moving from an their bodies because theycals on the inside the same area of low concentration live in an environmentas on the outside. For of salt, outside the cell, where salt is harder toexample, if a cell that was (notice the cell is smaller) come by.previously surrounded by to an area of high concen- Saltwater fish’s cellsa fairly diluted solution tration of salt, inside the naturally contain a very(like fresh water) is sud- cell. Once the process is high concentration ofdenly exposed to a salty finished, the concentra- continued on page 28solution, the cell mem- tion of salt is the samebrane will allow most of on the outside and insidethe water inside the cell of the cell (now the cellto leave. This makes the is larger because there iscell shrink, and increases more water in it). Before isthe concentration of salts on the left and after is onin the cytosol so that the the right.concentration inside the Fish need a cer taincell becomes equal to the amount of salt in theirconcentration outside the bodies to stay healthy.cell again. Too much or too little can Confusing? Think of it cause problems. Sincethis way: The cell mem- fish’s natural habitats arebrane lets water move always changing, due tothrough it from areas of weather and other forces,low concentration (less they have to be able tochemicals, more water) adapt to small changesto areas of high concen- in salinity by controllingtration (more chemicals, how much salt is presentless water). This helps in their bodies. This iskeep the concentration called osmoregulation,of chemicals the same on and it’s one of the func-the inside and outside of tions of the kidneys, fora cell. both fish and people. The Check out the illustra- gills and kidneys of salt- (855) 499-3306 • HomeschoolMagazine.com Page 13
  13. 13. Celebrating Our Children and Ourselves By Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis, M.S., How can we celebrate all 100% Organic Cotton Learning Styles Specialist for School & Life Success of our children and ensure T that they see themselves as he New ebrate their children for the marvelous individuals Ye a r who they are. Every single they are? Here are a few has be- one of our children has ways: gun! For many unique gifts and unique 1. Celebrate your chil- of us that means contributions to make dren for who they are, leaving behind the holiday to our world. If children NOT for the quality or parties, perhaps making are not celebrated and quantity of their school New Year resolutions and, ack nowledged for the work. in general, looking for- wonders that they are and 2. Get into the habit ward to new beginnings. for their unique contribu- of pointing out what is 20% o Checkout Perhaps we are getting tions, they will not be able RIGHT about your chil- Code: ready for the next round to discern their natural dren. HmSch20 of parties and celebrations: gifts and talents and their 3. Acknowledge their birthdays, Valentine’s Day, true “calling” during their interests, talents, and the graduations, etc. We love growing-up years. contributions they make to to celebrate! Too often, children are the family. As we move into 2011, evaluated in terms of how 4. Encourage them to newjammies.com I challenge parents (and they perform in school, pay attention to their own teachers!) to really cel- and only those who do positive characteristics and “well” receive acknowl- actions. edgment. Children quickly 5. Teach them to rec- lose heart when day after ognize their accomplish- day they don’t do well ments. on assignments, or fail a Compare these two sets test, or are told they are of comments: not measuring up. Or, “When are you going to they become unmotivated get it right?...Well, if there’s Get out and play! and even depressed when a way to mess it up you’ll urged to go in a direction find it...You’re so clumsy...I Travel & Adventure that is counter to their tal- know you’ll lose it...You’ll ents and natural gifts -- in probably forget like you many cases, the adults in a always do...” child’s life force the child “Wow, thanks for re- into a career or life of the membering to pick that Pawparazzi adult’s choosing. up...I noticed you put Jelly Flyers The adults in a child’s your ring in a safe place... life need to be mentors, Thanks for helping your guides, coaches…helping brother...That was tricky that child discover who he/ and you managed to get it Fun Kits she is. We are to celebrate done...I admire your will- our children in our hearts ingness to do a few math noodleheadfun.com as well as outwardly with problems even though you Creative Fun for Active Kids! support and encourage- really dislike math...” ment.Page 14 HomeschoolMagazine.com • (805) 499-3306
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  17. 17. Yes, My Grown Homeschooled Children Are Odd -- And Yours Will Be Too! See what By Diane Flynn Keith real Online I am sick and tired of They stand out from the defending homeschool- crowd, and a trained eye Learning is ing from the ques- can spot them a mile away. all about! tion, “What about social- Now, please understand ization?” Members of that for years I’ve been a The Harvey School has been a bricks and mortar the modern homeschool champion for homeschool- boarding school in New York for 94 years, providing personal attention to each student. movement have insisted ing and have countered for thirty years that home- the socialization argument Now, eHarvey, the online schooled children are well- with rational explanations socialized. We laughingly and practical examples of division of The Harvey refer to socialization as the how homeschoolers are School, brings the “S word.” We deflect the well-socialized. You know same personal socialization question by the drill: attention to your home! insisting it’s a myth. And Homeschool parents yet, it persists. model appropriate social Visit us at We trounced the aca- behavior and teach their demic argument long ago. children how to interact w w w. e H a r v e y. o r g Very few people challenge and get along with others. the notion that home- Homeschoolers inter- schoolers are intellectu- act and play with oth- The PHONICS Road ally curious, self-directed er children and students to Spelling and Reading learners who match or ex- ceed the academic prowess through homeschool sup- port groups at Park Days, of their school-going peers. in co-op classes, and on So, why do you think we field trips, etc. can’t shake the socializa- Homeschooled children tion issue? participate in (and win!) I’ll tell you what I think. math olympiads, spelling The truth is, homeschool- bees, geography bees, sci- ers are not well-socialized. ence competitions, and There. I’ve said it. Some- debate teams. one had to. Homeschoolers join I say this with the great- choirs, orchestras, book est respect and affection clubs, athletic events, and for the homeschooled or they even go to home- Complete 4-year curriculum: unschooled. Nevertheless, school proms! spelling, writing, reading, grammar, in my experience, home- Homeschoolers take composition, and intro to Latin schoolers deviate from the classes and compete aca- norm. They are not well- demically in community For a FREE brochure/sample DVD: socialized in the traditional college, adult education www.thephonicsroad.com school sense. They are odd programs, museum events, Schola Publications Inc, 215 Lake Blvd. #610, Redding, CA 96003 ducks swimming in a big, online forums, summer 530-275-2064 standardized social pool. school, and at camps, etc.Page 18 HomeschoolMagazine.com • (805) 499-3306
  18. 18. Homeschoolers partici- are more likely to be civi-pate in community activi- cally engaged than familiesties such as Scouts, 4-H,Little League, Pop WarnerFootball, AYSO soccer,theater classes, martial arts who send their children to public and private schools. Homeschoolers display fewer behavior problems Get Into Shape!classes, dance classes, etc. than do other children. as seen on NBC’s Homeschoolers volun-teer in the community. Homeschoolers have higher levels of parental “The Today Show” Homeschoolers play interest and communica-with neighborhood kids tion, peer independence, a Rebounding Benefits thefrom both public and pri- sense of responsibility, andvate schools. lowered anxiety levels. Body in 30 Healthy Ways! I’ve also pointed out the Homeschooled childrenadvantage homeschoolers have higher achievementhave because instead of and mastery levels.being socialized by inter- Homeschooled childrenacting with the same 30 have good self-esteem.children in a classroom, Homeschooled childrenwho are the exact same are more socially mature.age, on the exact same aca- Homeschooled childrendemic track, from the same have better leadershipgeographic and socio-eco- skills than other children.nomic area – homeschool- Homeschooled childreners get to interact with who attempt higher educa-people of varying ages, tion are successful.abilities, ethnicities, and Homeschooled graduatessocio-economic diversity experience no prejudice re-on a day-to-day basis in the garding employment.real world. Homeschool graduates I’ve pointed people to- function effectively asward the always-positive members of adult society.research studies that have One research study evenbeen conducted on ho- concluded, “The socializa-meschoolers over the past tion of home-educated Great for the entire familythree decades by the U.S. students was often betterDepartment of Education than that of their schooled A fun exercise for all agesand other government and peers.” The research provesprivate organizations. Here homeschoolers surpassis a random compilation of standard social expecta- Call Todayfindings from the reports: Homeschoolers are notisolated. tions, and in exceeding them, they fall short of social mediocrity. 1-800-232-5762 2675 232 008 1 2675 232 008 1 2675---232---008---1 Homeschool parentsactively encourage their I hate to be the one to break it to you, but there’s Or Order Onlinechildren to take advantage nothing “normal” aboutof social opportunities out-side the family. our kids. Your home- schooled child is odd com- www.needakrebounders.com moc rednuoberkadeen www moc..ssrednuoberkadeen..www Homeschooling families continued on page 60 (855) 499-3306 • HomeschoolMagazine.com Page 19
  19. 19. Looking for the Best in When All Else Fails, Play a Game! By Carolyn Forte of and cook a special din- Homeschooling Support? Excellence in Education ner for Daddy, or play a T here are days when game. Most children love nothing seems to games and a clever mom work. The children can sneak a lot of learning can’t concentrate on math into an otherwise hope- and complain loudly about less morning by inserting the writing assignment. games and activities into They constantly invent the day. Often, physical excuses to leave their work. activity is what is needed. Even their favorite books Children need much more and story CD’s are met with activity than adults, a fact glazed eyes and whines of which is often overlooked discontent. by parents. A physical- You can bluster and activity-break is needed at Bring the Joy of Learning Into bully, trying to force some least once every hour until children reach age 12-14. Your Homeschool With EiE’s... “learning” into their heads Simple games like hop – or you can recognize the obvious: “Today is not a scotch, Frisbee, catch, jacks, • Books day for formal academics.” marbles, juggling, jumping rope, foursquare or shoot- • Products When faced with this situ- ation, many homeschool ing baskets are wonderfully • Games moms will dig in their refreshing for both mind heels and demand compli- and body. Childrens’ bod- Huge selection of ance, turning the day into a ies were not designed to sit quality books and contest of wills of Olympic still for very long; if we try materials in all proportions. I remember to fight the creator’s design, many such days when my we’re asking for trouble. subjects that are blood started to boil with Active games develop both both interesting frustration. I knew I faced mind and body. Accurately and educational, catching a ball or pick- a choice: Continue to fight at all reading and ing up jacks develops and the reality of childish bio- educational levels! rhythms, accomplishing refines hand-eye coordina- New online nothing more than ruining tion and fine motor skills – everyone’s day, or take an important component in catalog! charge of the situation by penmanship, math and any changing gears and doing writing activity. Log-on today at: Games can teach many something else. Happily, www.excellenceineducation.com I learned early to take the of the skills practiced in Our website has many articles of second option. workbooks – without the interest to all homeschoolers! There are many pos- complaints. A few minutes sibilities for a change of spent playing a game with 2640-A7 S. Myrtle Ave. Monrovia, CA 91016 pace: Bake some cookies dice or cards can accom- Store Hours: M-F 11am-5pm and take them to a friend plish more than the same or neighbor, take an im- amount of time working (626) 821-0025 with flash cards. This is promptu field trip, go to Over 25 years’ experience in homeschooling the park for awhile, plan continued on page 74Page 20 HomeschoolMagazine.com • (805) 499-3306
  20. 20. Do Smart People Play Chess or Does CREATIVEPlaying Chess Make People Smart CRAFTHOUSEW ith all the tech- chess first began.” nolog y out Nobody really knows there, it is a bit just how old the game ofironic that Chess, arguably chess is. However, Mrs. Handcrafted Woodenone of the oldest games in Graham said, some experts Puzzle & Gamesthe world, is still leaps and claim that chess is more FOR HOMESCHOOLER’Sbounds ahead of today’s than 2,000 years old. Someelectronic games in help- evidence suggests that Traditional and Uniqueing youth improve their chess, in its earliest form, designs forcognitive skills and learn was played in India in the - Focusreal lessons about life, ac- 6th century AD and fromcording to Lyndia Graham, there spread around the - Determinationmanager of Wholesale world. Of course, over the - Problem SolvingChess. years, the pieces and rules - Spatial Visualization “Chess not only teaches changed somewhat. In the - Math skillschildren critical analyti- 15th century, chess began & more all while having FUNcal skills, but it teaches to more closely resemblethem about choices–that the game we now play,each action is followed by she added. But chess re-a natural—but very real– ally started taking off in theconsequence and that each 1800’s when tournaments,of those choices must be chess clocks, champion-carefully considered” she ships, and titles like Grand-said. “Chess can help the master were introduced.IQ, memory, pattern rec- Chess is now the mostognition, analytical skills, popular game in the world Math Gamesoverall comprehension, as and growing especially fast Dexterity andwell as develop patience.” among children, as schools “It is an ideal game to and parents recognize Creativity Puzzlesuse in a homeschool settingbecause the implications the social and intellectual benefits associated with the Classic Wooden Gamesof choice and consequence game. There are hundredscan be casually discussed of millions of players inand reinforced in a positive, thousands of clubs around Call us for help onbut fun setting,” she said. the planet. Women and selections and how“Bad choices — or chess girls are learning chess in to teach with traditionalmoves — have immediate record numbers. Younger puzzles & gamesconsequences and will im- and younger players arepact the rest of your game achieving Grandmaster— or the rest of your life. status and a few are not AND MUCH MUCH MORE!!There are rules of play that even teenagers yet, shemust be followed, or the said.end result is not what you The overall skill level Dave Janellewant. It’s an age-old lesson of chess players is also in- www.CreativeCrafthouse.comas relevant today as when continued on page 86 352-683-6649 (855) 499-3306 • HomeschoolMagazine.com Page 21
  21. 21. Scheduling a Charlotte Mason Day By Sheila Carroll and James Carroll I magine that it’s Mon- D o e s t h is s c e n a r io day morning. It’s about sound possible to you? It 9AM, and after fin- is. Charlotte Mason under- ishing their chores, your stood how children really children sit down at the learn and laid out a set of kitchen table and begin principles to make it pos- school. Because they have sible to inspire children to learned that all real learn- learn by their own self-ef- ing begins with disciple- fort. To bring this wonder ship, they study the Bible about, the teaching parent with you. Following that, must first understand his each knows they must or her role. “The children, check their schedule of not the teacher, are the re- readings and written work sponsible persons; they do to be sure of the learning the work by self-effort.” for the day. Your chil- There is a table at the dren look forward to this end of this article outlining because each book they a 4th grade student’s day read is full of interesting and week. Don’t rush to it. and memorable events of First take in the principles history, science, nature or that lead to the creation of “Education is not the filling of a bucket, but the lighting of a fire.” —William Butler Yeats people. such a schedule. As they complete a sec- Charlotte Mason taught tion of work they come that when books are many, to you for oral narration. varied, and living, the Science, by your choice, child is able to take up the is a family learning time ideas in them like a plant and so the books are read taking nutrients from the aloud together and the soil. The result is “full whole family narrates. happy living, resource- History is also a family af- fulness, expansiveness, fair, in fact, the book you expression, power of ini- are currently reading is tiative, serviceableness— so interesting the children in a word, character.” are talking about how Charlotte Mason believed they can “hardly wait” till children learn best when after lunch for family read given abundant, high- aloud. quality books; time in thePage 22 HomeschoolMagazine.com • (805) 499-3306
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  23. 23. Non-Judgmental Drawing: The Monart Way By Mona Brookes ply come from what one but if you praise t he ent teachers. It wasn’t has been told is “good” actual drawing it begins until after graduation Author: Drawing with o r “ b a d ”. W h a t yo u to control the student’s that I was finally free Children and Drawing for think is bad art might experience. They lose to explore what I really Older Children and Teens Founder: Monart Drawing be seen i n Nat ional focus on their experi- liked and find my own Schools Museums and is worth ence and get consumed creativity. T millions. w it h lo ok i ng for t he his article needs W hen I talk about praise. When teaching to be understood non-judgment, the av- a dva nce d t e ch n ique s f rom t he ba sic erage person assumes l i ke p e r s p e c t ive a nd premise that I do not I am referring to criti- shading, a teacher needs believe that there is “a cism. But if there re- to show the student the r ig ht way t o do a r t ” ally is no such thing correct skills, but once and that “everyone can a s “go o d ” o r “ b a d ”, those skills are learned learn to draw”. I realize then I see no need to the student should have that there is a right way i m p o s e o p i n i o n s o r the right to disregard to do many subjects; preferences on a child. t h e m , t h e s a m e w ay l i ke pl ay i ng a s o ng, When I explain this to many famous artists do. solving a math problem, a child who is fishing As a serious art stu- or reading a language. for compliments, they dent, I knew I had to Inspired by “Arty” However, if you f re - truly understand, seem f ind out the teachers’ a stuffed toy q ue nt a r t ga l le r ie s I relieved, and quickly prefe re nce s a nd p e r- challenge you to tell me become more creative for m i n t hat st yle i n what is “really” right or and confident. Yes, I am order to get good grades wrong or good or bad actually suggesting that a nd receive pr aise. I a r t. T here is end less you refrain from prais- eventually noticed that variety in preferences ing a child’s drawings. the same piece of work and judgments in the You can praise a child could end up with praise visual arts. Sometimes for the way they work, or criticism from differ- eduarts_HSM_onethird.pdf 12/7/10 11:34:00 AM Hollan-Age 5 these preferences sim- C Drawing M Y thru the AlphabetCMMYCY by Mona Bro Author of Drawin g with Childre okesCMY n and Founder of Drawing Schools For Ages 3 – 8 K Page 24 HomeschoolMagazine.com • (805) 499-3306

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