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I Thought I’d Be Taller – Demonstrating the independent
thinking so familiar to
Letting Go of Picture-Perfect homeschoolers, Connor Bernstein,
– Ann Lloyd, Ph.D. shares her thoughts on how life –
14-year-old science whiz, has
including homeschooling -- is not what we dream as
created his own line of science kits, built from the young
children, and that adult life can be downright difficult, but that we
person’s perspective and about to be marketed nationwide!

can and should still dream, realizing that life can be great.

Mind the Gap Weapons of Mass Instruction
Veteran homeschooling mom Diane Flynn Keith, In this excerpt from his new book, John Taylor
uses the warning of London’s Subways to watch Gatto brings us more vivid information about
for the spaces between the car and the platform as a focus mass education and its shadowy agenda for
point for avoiding the “holes” in your child’s education. social control.

Homeschooling, Pop Culture

and Creative Expression
Elizabeth Michalak, a homeschooled 10 28
young woman of 21, relates her childhood unawareness of
pop culture icons and how that “shelteredness” has been a
College Experience for
Gail Lewis, of College Goals, discusses the
valuable experience of high school-age homeschoolers enrolling
boon to her creative life as a songwriter and musician. in college early, rather than wasting time with high school subjects

they may already be knowledgeable of.
Christian Classical Education

– Is It for You? Making Homeschool Work Better with Field
Marlin Detweiler, founder and president
of Veritas Press, provides an in-depth explanation and Trips
discussion of one of the most popular and effective Dawn Hauff, experienced
homeschooling styles – Classical, also known as the Trivium. homeschooling mom and field

tripper in Idaho offers an excellent article about
Mating Without Dating, Pt 2 planning and fulfilling field trips, including some
Moira Bell, homeschooling mom of unusual ideas for great supplemental trips.
six, continues with her own daughter’s

story and the experience of observations
and ideas about sidestepping the pitfalls of dating, and Lessons From the Road
actually seeking a life-mate instead. and speaking of “Field Trips”

Lauren Brenner Katz recounts her
Measuring Handwriting Fluency experience making a field trip out
Rand Nelson, handwriting expert and owner of a rock concert in San Francisco, demonstrating
of Peterson Directed Handwriting, provides that homeschoolers can think quickly on their feet!

detailed information and suggestions for aiding your child in
improving handwriting, while eliminating much of his/her
frustration and resistance to this still-important skill.
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opposed to avoiding “damaging” a child’s self-esteem by Amy Ankrum, of the Wilder Museum, presents
not correcting his errors and not making him accountable to the why’s and how-to’s of using this great set
certain standards of excellence in learning. of American “history” books to youngsters as
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Patterns in I Thought I’d be Taller...
Arithmetic Letting Go of Picture-Perfect
A series of
3 books for By Ann Lloyd, Ph.D. lege. I met my dark-haired prince endless overtime would rile any

home school and married him that same year. teacher’s union. Often we must
and classroom y sister is 5’ 9” – tall
Our castle, however, had a few work for days with little sleep,
teachers about and thin. My mother
problems. For starters, it closely support, or recognition. Yet, as
how to teach is 5’ 8”; my father, 5’
arithmetic resembled a two-bedroom apart- adults, we are inevitably called
11”. Unfortunately, I stopped
using an in- ment in Jersey. I had three chil- to do things that we’d rather not.
growing in 8th grade. It’s not that
quiry method. dren in four years, and wasn’t able Things that aren’t easy. Things
I’m short, it’s just, I thought I’d be
to have any more. In addi- we don’t enjoy. But the truth is,
taller. Granted, I also thought I’d
tion, my prince gave you don’t have to love
be an Olympic gymnast, but that’s
no indication that every aspect of ho-
beside the point. As a child, I’d
he wanted to
The meschooling to
planned to marry Prince Charm- truth is,
stay home to be a successful
ing and live in the castle. My
dark-haired, brown-eyed prince
raise them. homeschooling, like homeschooler.
“Unlike a lot of educational My beauti- dieting or exercising, It’s OK to get
would raise our six children (three
activities these are as much fun ful gowns frustrated. It’s
for me as for my daughter.” boys, three girls), while I worked. is not always fun.
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on planes, trains, and
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to go! few years ago my fam-
it’s not just the tourists who
ily took a field trip to
wear them. There was a movie
England. I didn’t say
made called “Mind The Gap”
“vacation.” We didn’t take a
in 2004. I’ve never seen it, but
single vacation in all the years
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describes it this way, “Five
took lots of “educational field
seemingly unrelated people
trips.” Calling it that helped to
Little decide to take huge risks in
justify the cost.
Bag Buddies their personal lives in an ef-
pals can tag One thing my sons found
fort to find happiness.” Hey!
along on particularly amusing in Lon-
That description could apply
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to just about any group of ho-
Gap.” It is somewhat synony-
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Fear of gaps causes them to
those who see and hear it.
slavishly and unhappily adhere
Songs and video games con-
to a school model, scope-and-
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Gap.” T-shirts are imprinted continued on page 60

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Homeschooling, Pop Culture
A HOT NEW S R FOR 2010 and Creative Expression
By Elizabeth Michalak into their own hands. They also

her? Who’s that?” chose not to follow a strict cur-
I asked this un- riculum, but instead decided
fortunate question to trust their own -- and our
as a twelve-year-old spending -- natural instincts about what
Halloween with my mother’s and how we needed to learn.
This is not to say that they

– 12 M O NTHS! family in Port Richey, Florida.

As a last-minute addition to subscribed entirely to the view

12 BOOKS my satin-and-lace Princess

costume, I had added a wig
of child-based learning; they
were very clear that certain
of long black curls that fell to subjects were not negotiable,
my waist. My uncle’s casual especially English and Math.
comparison of my appearance Their main concern was that
to the well-known pop singer the acquisition of this neces-
prompted my clueless and sary knowledge left time and
rather embarrassing question energy to explore, create and
-- a question that clearly illus- discover what we were pas-
trates my childhood insulation sionate about.
ch 2010
2010 Book 3 – Mar from pop culture. I grew up During my early childhood
Book 2 – Feb.
Book 1 – Nov
. 2009
in a home that lacked a T.V. we were blessed to be a part
iracy36 5us.com of an established homeschool
and computer for a number of
years and that only acquired a group in Ft. Collins. Composed
high-speed Internet connection of families like ours, this group

D C H E C K O UT THESE more recently than I care to offered support, information

AN R N E TITLES: admit. But my educational en- and plenty of “field experi-
GREAT U S B O vironment was still more sig- ence” for my parents to draw
nificant in contributing to my from, and for my sister and
social insulation -- I never saw me it created a social network
the inside of a classroom until I outside of the standard school
sat in on a few college classes system. However, the year I
as a teenager. Homeschooled turned six our family relocated
from the beginning of my edu- to Crestone, Colorado, a small
cation, I was spared the daily town offering limited social
barrage of input from so-called opportunities in general and
“popular culture”, and I believe nothing at all in the way of a
this has shaped the course of homeschool community. I was
my vocation and career choice, slightly distressed at finding
namely the development of a myself in this new environ-
personal creative voice as a ment, but in retrospect it simul-
musician and songwriter. taneously allowed and required
My experience as a young me to look to myself and not
homeschooler started in my my peers to decide what was
childhood home 17 miles out- interesting, impor tant and
side of Ft. Collins, Colorado. valuable.
Unwilling to leave my educa- As a child I wasn’t excep-
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Christian Classical Education –
Is It for You?
grammar stage and seeks to help
By Marlin Detweiler

the learner understand how and
’ve written and spoken fre- why they relate. Just how was the
quently on classical Christian War for Independence related to
education and I never tire of the War Between the States? Or,
doing so—it’s that important. what was the connection between
However, it’s a bit tricky to ad- Alexander and Socrates? The
dress both folks who are new to rhetoric stage builds on the factual
the idea and those who are veter- mastery of the grammar stage and
ans in the same effort. Let’s give the logical connections made in
it a try. the dialectic stage. It is character-
I was first introduced to this ized by taking this mastery and
educational model when R.C. teaching the learner to be win-
Sproul recommended I read Re- somely articulate and persuasive
covering the Lost Tools of Learn- when discussing a topic. Listeners
ing by Douglas Wilson. This book are more easily persuaded when
impresses the reader with both the material is presented to them in an
superiority of the classical model enjoyable way.
and the necessity of a Christian Classical education should also
education for children of Christian be understood to include certain
parents. It was both convicting content. Today, as was common
and motivating. in classical education of the past,
Calling something superior learning Latin is very important.
today is both bold and politically Here we must understand that we
incorrect so an explanation is in are not primarily learning Latin
order. as a foreign language instead of
The term classical when used Spanish or French. A large ma-
in education has become quite jority of our English vocabulary
popular. When an idea becomes comes from Latin. So, knowing
popular, many seek to use and Latin helps us master English
even redefine the term to vari- vocabulary. Additionally, Latin
ous ends. Consequently, defining helps master English Grammar,
the strain of classical education Latin is logical and teaches us
promoted here is necessary. The how to think, Latin is the key to
definition pertains to both method many modern languages, and,
and content in education. pragmatically speaking, Latin
Classical educational method students perform exceptionally
(pedagogy) makes use of the first well on standardized tests for col-
three of the seven liberal arts -- lege entrance. Summarily, Latin
grammar, dialectic (or logic), and is a tool of leverage for mastering
rhetoric. In times past it was un- our own language -- a key to the
derstood that the learning of every grammar stage.
discipline or subject involved first In addition to making connec-
getting the basic facts (grammar). tions, the dialectic stage should
As an example, the Who, What, include the study of logic as a sub-
Where, and When of history ject. Studying formal and informal
would be the “grammar” of his- logic results in the student’s learn-
tory. Notably absent, for now, are ing to think clearly and error-free.
the How and Why. The second You’ve no doubt heard it said, “We
stage, the dialectic stage, takes just don’t teach children to think
the mastery of the facts in the continued on page 54

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Mating Without Dating
Get Into Shape!
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“Finding a Suitor to Suit Her”
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“The Today Show” Warning: This article addresses an emotionally-

charged issue and is designed for those who
realize modern dating practices are a snare. It also

Rebounding Benefits the presupposes the presence of a caring father figure in

our young people’s lives. If that is not the case in your
Body in 30 Healthy Ways! family, don’t be discouraged, you and your students can
still avoid the dating trap.

his summer we joined 25 clear of dating before this story
teens and parents who did unfolded, I might be now, simply
a book club together on on the basis of the deep bond that
The Dating Trap by Martha Rup- resulted from our son-in-law’s
pert. The youth were surprised dating-free approach.
that every parent in the room, to From the outset, know that we
a one, did not look back fondly are not interested in arranged
on their dating years. In the same marriages, nor do we think the
way that many of us realized issue is one of dating vs. not
something was amiss in modern dating. More fundamentally, we
education and began to explore long to see young people raised
home schooling, we are finding in an atmosphere not of rules
young people and their parents (such as “against dating“), but of
across the country are seeing love, respect and acceptance, so
something is awry in modern they don’t go looking for those in
dating and wondering if there all the wrong places. Our goal is
isn’t some better path toward that they see for themselves that
marriage. dating, rather than fostering love,
My last column in The LINK promotes false fronts, broken
was entitled, “Mating without heartedness, and rejection.
Dating Part 1 - Why Dating Allow me to set the stage. At
Great for the entire family Doesn’t Take Us Where We Want
To Go.” I unmasked the dark side
age 20, Crystal had finished her
homeschool studies and gone

A fun exercise for all ages of dating (which modern media

conveniently fails to mention)
three times to Costa Rica to as-
sist a jungle doctor there. She
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follow. Not that it was easy, but Five months after we met them,
she decided she would trust God Ian called my husband, Greg, and
and continue to grow as a person, asked to get together to discuss
waiting until the right man came his interest in Crystal. “Whoa,
into our lives. She had the chal- Nellie!” I thought, “Where did
lenge of fending off unwanted that come from?” Ian had never
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the men from the boys, the lusters Ian had carefully guarded him- The difference between the right word and the
from the lovers. self, not to awaken Crystal to his almost right word is the difference between
Our family began hosting and interest before speaking to her lightning and a lightning bug.
attending family “vintage” danc- father and receiving genuine per- —Mark Twain
es, such as those from the Civil mission to pursue her. I use the Writing is critical to so many aspects of our lives—
War era, where period clothing term genuine permission, since finding and keeping a good job, expressing our beliefs and
was worn and many types of it is so rare that a suitor humbly passions, communicating crucial information. We may not be
formal dances were enjoyed. submits himself to a father’s novelists or journalists—but most of us will write a report for
our boss, a letter to the editor, or kind words to a friend.

We wanted our children to cherish being Help your children prepare for a life of writing, to say
exactly what they mean in a way that others will note and
married, not getting married (something remember.
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Ian. Interest in these dances grew sion to pursue a relationship that deep into authors like Dickens, Twain, Chaucer,
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seeing Ian’s family socially with put on any brakes.
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By Frode Jensen to mark an error with a red pen,

t has been popular for some it is necessary to help prevent the
time to decry the use of the student from making the same
red pen on student papers. It’s mistake again. What a defense for
all about self-esteem and how the correcting mistakes. While the
children don’t need such negative student’s ego may take a bit of a
influences pressed upon their hit for the moment, if the student
tender consciences. Such poor learns from his mistake, he won’t
teacher behavior might indelibly be taking future hits in that de-
influence the child to grow up partment.
recognizing less of his full human Tammet’s statement is a ra-
potential. The educational psy- tionale for quality teaching and
chologists would have everyone clear materials. The teacher’s job
believe their pronouncements as is to teach, to put the information
truth. forward in such a fashion so as to
As a youngster, I remember the help the student learn the material,
new system of every participant to master it. After having taught
getting a ribbon. At the time it was the material, the teacher is then
called the Danish system. Every- to assign and correct the student’s
body was a winner; nobody was a work over what has been taught,
loser. Well, it all sounded good in and hopefully learned. In the
theory, and all the children were process of reviewing the student’s
supposed to be happy, but practi- work, the teacher should praise
cally speaking, the system did what can be praised and note the
not work or prove helpful in the errors that occur.
long run. When dealing with objective
The following quote is from facts, the process is straightfor-
Daniel Tammet, who is autistic. ward. In math, for instance, the
He has some handicaps, but he has student either gets the right an-
made his way in life and offers the swer or he doesn’t. Content-driven
following: “Obtaining guidance subjects lend themselves to objec-
from experts in the subject you tivity. It is the same in English to
are learning helps you to both some extent.
develop the conceptual frame- Let’s take writing as an ex-
work necessary to master a field ample. The student has read a
of study and avoid many of the piece of literature and has been
potential discouraging pitfalls that asked to write about it. Hopefully
can lead to discouragement. Get- the assignment has indicated the
ting feedback on wrong answers structure of the response, a five-
allows the brain to eliminate them paragraph essay perhaps. The as-
from its bank of possible future signment should also have given
responses. Consequently, learners direction on what the focus of the
can ignore poor choices and focus response should be. Maybe the
their attention on good ones.” (p student is to discuss the plot and
33 Embracing the Wide Sky). explain the movement of the story
He’s talking about teachers and through the problem to the resolu-
students here. He’s saying that it is tion. Perhaps the student might be
the teacher’s job to tell the student directed to describe three char-
where his mistakes are. He’s say- acters from the story, the hero,
ing that not only is it acceptable continued on page 83

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education. At the end of 8th grade, I had to
So that’s where I want to take decide what to do with 9th grade.
Kits for Kids. Now I’d like to It seemed as though I had two
tell you a bit more about myself. options: I could go back to public
I’ve always been intrigued with high school full time, or I could
science and discovering more homeschool full time. However,
about the world around me. I also I knew I would not have enough
have a passion for teaching oth- time to work on Kits for Kids if
ers. When I was younger, I did I went to a regular high school. I
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and went through a bazillion sci- more time with kids my own age.
ence kits. In third grade, I taught My mom and I decided to think
my class about polymers, and outside the box, and I ended up
in fourth grade taught my class attending a charter high school in
about siphons. Let’s not men- the morning and homeschooling
tion the hours my friends spent the rest of the day. This is a great
playing with me and my science schedule because I have time to
“discoveries”. be with other kids my age in the
Frustration with the science morning, but I come home and
kits I purchased drove me to I have time to focus on Kits for
create my own when I was nine Kids and other educational ac-
years old. Most kits on the market tivities that I would not normally
didn’t (and still don’t!) include be able to do. For example, one
even half of the materials needed outstanding opportunity I had
to complete any of the experi- was taking a General Biology
ments that the boxes described. class at a local community col-
The instructions were generally lege, which I loved. I completed
hard to follow, and lacked a kid- the class with three college credit
friendly explanation of how and hours. Thanks to a homeschool
why the experiment(s) worked. connection, I was able to take a
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what I got, and I always felt let at the University of North Caro-
down when I didn’t see the value lina’s Kenan-Flagler business
in what I had just purchased! school and received 4.5 college
I started homeschooling full credits. This course really gave
time in 8th grade because the me the knowledge I needed to get
public schools weren’t able to pro- my business off the ground. The
vide the kind of science education workload was intense and fast
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teachers made their best effort, a much higher academic level. If I
but accelerated science was just hadn’t been homeschooled, there
not available. Despite all the ben- is no way I would have been able
efits I could see, the decision in 8th to take this class. Homeschooling
grade to start homeschooling was has been an inspiration to my
a tough one. I didn’t know what to mom and me.
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the much-anticipated new book don’t matter very much, as long as how far “the lessons of school” and of short duration, than ever
by one of America’s foremost you remain content to memorize are from education. Look around they have been under the long-
social and educational observ- somebody else’s definition of the you at America, as he did Europe: term compulsion scheme in place
ers/commentators, John Taylor thing, but reflecting seriously on Did you own schooling teach you right now.
Gatto, entitled “Weapons of Mass what someone else says about it how we got this way? Whether it will ever again be
Instruction”. isn’t worthless. It can bring you The next two offerings are my possible to take an education eas-

hat is Education? closer to your own truth – as Su- own. On October 23, 1991, I got ily, in Massachusetts or any other
Kant’s Questions preme Court Justice Potter Stew- an invitation to give testimony state, will depend upon political
and the Epic of Eu- art said about pornography, “I to the U.S. Senate Committee on decisions made by those – like
rope can’t define it, but I know it, when Labor and Human Relations. The yourselves – who hold power in
The great German philosopher, I see it.” With that in mind, I’m subject: Speculation what schools trust for the rest of us. I mean
Immanuel Kant, posed four ques- going to offer you no comprehen- in the year 2000 were going to no disrespect, only to signal my
tions he believed were are the sive definition, but three “probes” look like. Although I’ve polished personal sadness when I say I
hearf of any educational quest: into the mystery: One from an un- prose, grammar and syntax a little don’t think those decisions will be
What can I know? usually acute travel writer named to spare myself embarrassment made. My reasons for pessimism
What may I hope? James Salter; one from a state- that an old English teacher would stem from knowing that failure is
What ought I do do? ment I gave to a Senate committee write so sloppily, the argument built into our political system be-
What is Man? seventeen years ago; and one from remains as I delivered it. And the cause it forces our political leader-
It’s surely one of the great iro- a free verse scribbled on a legal reader will note that the future, ship to depend for its election on
nies of modern life that Germany, pad while I was wrestling with the as I foresaw it a decade down the the same financial interests which
a national culture which revered idea for a letter I intended to send line, happened right on schedule. profit from schools staying the
Kant as the ultimate ubermensch, to my granddaughter, Kristina, Senator Ted Kennedy of Massa- way they already are. Schools are a
created a form of youth training which you’ll find as Chapter Nine chusetts was the committee chair: most lucrative source of contracts
which virtually extinguished phil- in this book. “Senator Kennedy, distin- and an enormous jobs project with
osophical curiosity at home, and James Salter was looking for a guished committee members, sinecures for friends and relatives
aggressively exported its system way to capture in words the admi- guests: What we should most fear of your campaign donors. Don’t
throughout the world in the nine- ration he felt for the continent of is that school in 2000 will look ex- chalk that up to cynicism: Un-
teenth and twentieth centuries. Europe and its history. He began actly like school in 1990. School less you acknowledge why your
You need only Google Horace by saying that Europe helps to in 1990 is almost exactly like hands are tied in regard to school
Mann’s famous “Seventh Letter to clarify Kant’s questions: school was in 1890. Keep in mind, change, you’re certain to make the
the Boston School committee” to “The thing it finally gave me however, that if we moved back same mistakes year after year in
dispel any lingering illusions that was education, not the lessons almost another hundred years, to counterfeit reforms.
American compulsory schooling of school but something more 1790, the echoes would vanish. Change isn’t likely to be pos-
is a home-grown product, or that elevated, a view of how to endure: In 1790 it was still possible to sible from any political center for
it aims to transmit “basic skills” as how to have leisure, love, food become educated in America be- the same reasons, but it can come
those are generally thought to be. and conversation; how to look at cause school didn’t preempt all the from defiant personal decisions
At root, it is German. nakedness, architecture, streets, time of the young, nor did it act made by simple men and women
All of Kant’s questions must all new and seeking to be thought as a leech upon family life then; who won’t stand still for their kids
be grappled with before a useful of in a different way. In Europe it didn’t impose servile habits being outraged any more – like
curriculum can be set up to reach the shadow of history falls upon on the growing up time; it didn’t the revolution of homeschoolers
the ends you wish. But if you duck you and, knowing none of it, you indoctrinate young minds with a taking place nationwide. This
this work, or are tricked into ced- realize suddenly how small you burden of too many pre-thought system has had a century to prove
ing it to an official establishment are. To know nothing is to have thoughts. itself, that’s enough. It didn’t work
of specialists (or coerced into do- done nothing. To remember only It was still possible to take an at the start except in house-gen-
ing the same thing), it shouldn’t yourself is like worshipping a dust education in 1790 because too erated fairy tales; it doesn’t work
surprise you to find yourself and mote. Europe is on the order of many people weren’t around pre- today, and it won’t work better in
your children broken on the wheel an immense and unfathomable tending to give you one, forcing the future.
of somebody else’s convenience, classroom, beyond catalogue or you to accept what they offered But if we can pry the boot of
someone else’s priorities. description.” under penalty of law. In your own the political state off our necks, by
You’ll never come close to the Confronted with the mighty Massachusetts, Senator, more citi- the year 2000 here’s what might

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begin to emerge. First we’d have compelled to bet on schoolteach-
a long, loud national, regional ers, principals, superintendents,
and local debate whose purpose college professors, etc., every
would be to establish the range of day without being given access
acceptable definitions of an edu- to this “valuable” information.
cated person. What kind of lunacy is that? High
Professional pedagogy has standards and standardization are
never done that except in the two very different things, but you
airiest generalizations because have been deliberately led by the
it knows better than to have its rules of Newspeak to regard them
hands tied to commitments it can’t as the same, just as you’ve been
deliver. At the most arrogant end conditioned to think of education
of the institutional spectrum we and schooling in the same breath.
have public enemies like James The long, loud, angry na-
Bryant Conant, the WWI poison tional debate I’m calling for,
gas specialist and longtime presi- Senator, would settle school’s side
dent of Harvard, who announced of the bargain by producing a list
in 1959 that education is “what- of valuable human competen-
ever a school delivers.” Dr. Co- cies schools would guarantee to
nant was annoyed that any mere enhance – or lose their ability to
citizen might think he had the command attendance with the
right to question decisions made police power of the state.
by experts like himself. What he That said, let me give you my
demanded for himself, in essence, own list:
was the right to say, “Education is • Educated people are seldom
whatever I say it is.” at a loss what to do with time; be-
But a public definition of the ing alone is often a blessing to the
goals of mental and character educated because they like their
training can’t be avoided. If we, own company. Time doesn’t hang
the people, don’t agree on ends heavily on their hands.
there is no way on earth to make • Educated people can form
beginnings – would you set out by healthy attachments anywhere
car on a 12-year journey whose because they understand the dy-
destination was “out there some- namics of relationships.
where”? • Educated people are aware of,
The principal target of school accept and understand the signifi-
time at present, a target many cance of their own mortality and
self-satisfied men and women each of its seasons. They learn
congratulate themselves upon from each moment, they gain
knowing, is the production of high insight all their ages, even to their
standardized test scores – which last minutes on earth.
correlate with almost nothing of • Educated people possess a
value. Every president of the Unit- hard-won personal blueprint of
ed States, since such testing was value. They accept no prepack-
launched, has had a mediocre to aged marching orders without
poor standardized test score; the passing them through the test of
same is more true than not among critical review. But they are also
corporate executives. If the scores aware of a larger, human com-
had any meaning wouldn’t they be munity and its values; are knowl-
a common piece of data demand- edgeable about values in different
ed by consumers? Would you bet cultures.
on a horse without consulting its • Educated men and women
past performance charts, reduced enjoy power to create new things,
to mathematical data? Yet you are continued on page 78

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College Experience for
Homeschooling High-School
Students. Why It’s a Great Idea
By Gail Lewis cated environment of college.
“If you want a place in the It is important, however, to
sun, you must leave the shade recog nize that the college
of the family tree.”1 environment itself is a very
In our sunny tropical state, valuable place in which to de-
we regularly remind ourselves velop the vital skills of an in-
of a common pidgin saying: formed and thinking citizen:
“Lucky we live Hawaii!” I The ability to make informed
believe that homeschoolers decisions, to acknowledge and
can reflect in a similar way on appreciate a range of perspec-
their good fortune not to have tives, to manage conflict con-
to waste time in high school, structively, to contribute pro-
learning things they already ductively to one’s society and
know or developing views of maintain a sense of personal
k nowledge-acquisition that and civic responsibility.
they will have to unlearn once “Lucky I homeschool!” Not
they get to the more sophisti- only are homeschoolers free
from the constraints of rigid
1 O s a ge s ay i n g. ( T h e
schedules and petty school
Osage Nation is a Native Ameri-
can tribe in the United States) rules, they are in a position
to develop more intellectual

perspectives than their high
school-attending peers, and
thus prepare better for what

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Experienced - 14 Years as Ivy League Dean Magolda concerning what she
Parent of five homeschooled college grads
ter ms “self-authorship.” In
Caring counsel & guidance for
students & parents
my view, “self-authorship” is
another way to define home-
schooling – gaining the ability

to develop one’s own balanced
and meaningful perspective
and act accordingly.
faster • for less • for sure Baxter-Magolda asserts that
self-authorship requires the
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inside the dam, and see the power
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When planning a field trip, you
thing to know, I wouldn’t have
should have an idea of how many
thought that a fireman could look
will be going, what age groups
scary to a child!
are welcome, how much time is
They let the kids sit in the
allowed. I made some mistakes in
equipment and they sounded
planning, when others came with
their sirens, and slid down their
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The last field trip I will mention
the field trip, as for instance, a
was a trip to a dam. We got to go

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university may give a world view of water on fires and retardant
instead of a Christian view. Try planes drop their red retardant
to always remain polite, as you over hot areas to cool them down,
are a guest, and are making an so the fire-fighters could go in and
impression of who homeschoolers put them out. It has been an unfor-
are. Try to get, and relay as much gettable experience, that I am now
information as possible, and try able to share with others, and try
to keep your group small, with to “give back” some of what we
people who are dependable, espe- have received.
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sensitive. Don’t let your group get bear, and mountain goats up on
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Lessons From The Road
By Lauren Brenner “educational” if there’s a writ-

all it ‘temporary in- ten assignment, right?)
“Probably the most comprehensive sanity’, but when my “For the record, let’s make a
teenager asked if I’d list of what you learned on this
tool for teaching expository writing
take her and a friend to San trip,” I said. After a few min-
at the lowest price!” -Cathy Duffy utes of deliberation, the girls
Francisco to see their favor-
ite singer, Regina Spektor, in unanimously agreed on the
most educational and positive
Why Are People concert, I said “Okay!” and
aspect of the weekend. Surpris-
bought concert tickets for my
Making Such a Fuss two kids and their friend, Gina, ingly, it had nothing to do with
the concert, nothing to do with
telling myself that these days
About This Book? of maternal inclusion are surely touring the city, nothing to do
numbered and not to be taken with shopping, either. (Note to
a. It’s a top 100 pick lightly. teenage girls: The “Forever 21”
by Cathy Duffy. The road trip from Los An- store in San Francisco is three
stories high!) On the contrary,
b. Students are writing Supplemental geles to San Francisco was four
it related to something not
DVD Now Available! hundred and some-odd miles,
better because of it. planned, not desired, and not in
and I wasn’t even sure I liked
c. Teachers love the analytical keys. Regina Spektor. But I agreed our budget, either. Yet there it
d. Ever yone recognizes its practicality. to do it with the understanding was, top of the list:
e. All of the above. that we justify this indulgence “DON’T PARK IN A
by referring to it as a “field TOW-AWAY ZONE!”
*Correct Answer: “e. All of the above!” trip,” and that we make the Gina was the one to first blurt
obligatory visits to the Golden it out. We all yelled “YES!”
•Paragraphs • five paragraph essays G at e Br idge, Fishe r m a n’s and literally rolled on the floor
• Research Papers • Resumes Wharf, China Town, Lombard laughing, realizing that our
•Business Letters • Book Reports Street (“the crookedest street towed car had indeed been a
• Answering Essay Questions: in the world!”), Haight Ash- positive (although overpriced)
bury, and other notable “Points exper ience, t ha n k s to ou r
It’s All Covered of Interest.” “field trip” perspective where
everything is grist for the edu-
and put to work in.. The girls were surprisingly
cational mill.
cooperative. Then again, they
Jensen’s Format Writing! knew on which side their bread We’d been in San Francisco
was buttered, and this resulted two days when we decided to
in my willingness to wait with have lunch in China Town.
them two hours after the con- After driving 20 minutes in
cert to catch Regina Spektor as the wrong direction, (my car’s
she exited the back stage door at navigational system misguided
1:00 a.m. The girls were beside us to a beautiful field of red-
themselves with glee, and were woods) we finally arrived, and
certain that this face-to-face took great pains to memorize
meeting with their latest musi- the name of the street so we
We also carry other books and writings on: wouldn’t get lost again. After
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I knew I had to do something
fast to prevent this trip from be- where we’d parked.
call: 541-476-3080 ing filed in the “vacation” sec- But we couldn’t find the car.
or visit our website: www.jsgrammar.com tions of their memory banks. That’s when we read the
So on the final night of our stay, “No Parking After 3 P.M.”
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moaning about how badly I navigational system takes you
messed up, how stupid I felt, in the wrong direction (enjoy
how much money this mistake the view!).
was going to run me, and how As we worked on the “What
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experience of many schooled though the two were closely
students who are ‘forced’ to interlinked in the experiences
accept the teacher’s choice of of college by high-school-
what to believe, in order to get aged students, as they are of
the best grades. The school course in college students of
setting has a more limited def- traditional age. Naturally, the
inition of knowledge than one Running Start students made
finds in homeschooling, and huge strides in their cogni-
of course in the college en- tive skills but more important
vironment. I began my study were the leaps in progression
of the Running Start Program in terms of their readiness for
in the belief that early college new challenges, the growth
experience would have great of a personal identity and the
cognitive benefits for students beginning of a commitment to
ready for higher intellectual ‘self-authorship.’
challenge than they could re- I chose to conduct my re-
ceive in high school. A desire search study on the experi-
to move ahead faster and gain ences of students in the Hilo/
these cognitive benefits are Puna area of the Big Island of
probably also the main rea- Hawaii who were taking part
sons why many homeschooled in concurrent enrollment in
students begin taking Com- college/high school through
munity College or four-year the Running Start early ad-
college courses during their mission program, attending
high school years. continued on page 50

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Mating Without Dating - Part Two
continued from page 15 He was also realizing he really
tory, beliefs, goals, perceptions enjoyed a woman who challenged
of married life and how it works, and sharpened him as Crystal
employment, and spending hab- did.
its. Several key questions had Greg and I both felt a bit over-
already been answered inadver- whelmed and wanted time to
tently over the months of family pray, think, and talk. We gave
friendship - such as his perspec- Ian some further questions we
tive on dating, home schooling, wanted to talk about at a future
family planning, and whether his date. We did not go easy on him.
wife would be expected to work Our daughter had entrusted to
outside the home. her dad a list of things that were
Our evening together spanned important to her in a future mate.
four hours and it was appar- We owed it to her (and to Ian)
ent this young man had looked to screen him well and not open
closely at our daughter and found an emotional gateway between
her lovely inside and out. It was them, if he lacked major elements
also clear that he was ready for of the things Crystal had decided
marriage and shared Crystal’s she needed in a husband.
core values. We drove away from He had obviously been studying
that meeting struck rather silent. her for months and made it clear
My husband and I were in deep that he was not asking permis-
thought. Finally he asked me, sion to evaluate her up close and
“Are you thinking he might actu- decide if he liked what he found -
ally be the one?” “Yes.” I replied that assessment was behind him.
- although I had not gone into the He had the boldness and fortitude
evening with any such thoughts, to say that he knew he desired to
and we both knew the decision marry her. What he wanted was
would be Crystal’s to make, not to give her a chance to evaluate
ours. him in detail and determine if she
Ian had impressed us greatly. would have him. That he was man
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depth and maturity had been of vulnerability and risk spoke
honed in the painful years of volumes about his character and
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au r a’s how-to chap - Ingalls hoped for a better life
Self-teaching ters on molding bul- for their f r iends and their
lets, making cheese, children. They sacrificed and
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• Vision problems The adventures and hands- on the plains would eventually
• Hyperactivity on experiences th roughout become Walnut Grove with
Laura Ingalls Wilder’s “Little the meandering Plum Creek
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• Dyslexia and how hard work can bring family worked the land and
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Math, Reading and Science, etc. comes to life off the pages Ingalls’ family began long
while visiting Walnut Grove. before they arrived in Walnut
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Charles was born on January
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1862 sent thousands westward a Norwegian settler, Anders

with hopes of free land and Haroldson (Laura’s Mr. Han-
more opportunity. The Civil son), who lived about a mile
War raged through 1865. north of town, wanted to sell
Mary and Laura were born his land. Charles bought the
ne a r Pe pi n , Wiscon si n i n 172 acres of fertile land along
the Ingalls’ log cabin. Mary w it h t he d u gout o n Plu m
Amelia arrived on January 10, Creek. Charles’ plans were
1865 and Laura Elizabeth on solid. Charles began working
February 7, 1867. In the fall of his plow and ox team, turning
1868 the Ingalls family moved up the sod for wheat fields.
to Montgomery County, Kan- With a large crop, their future

Laura Ingalls Wilder

sas just 13 miles outside of was assured. Caroline kept
Independence, where their house in the dugout with Mary
daughter, Caroline Celestial and Laura’s help.
“Carrie” was born on August During the summer of 1874,
3, 1870. Hearing a r umor
that the government planned
Charles and Caroline helped
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Osage Diminished Reserve. nut Grove. On December 20, Ingalls & Wilder families. Exhibits
The man who bought their log 1874, a new bell rang out over include: Laura owned items, TV
cabin could not pay for it, and the prairie, announcing the series memorabilia, and life-size
the Ingalls moved home to dedication of the newly-built dugout structure all within a multi-
Wisconsin. church. In Spring of 1875, building complex. Visit the Plum
In October of 1873, Charles Charles moved the family into Creek Dugout Site and Pa’s Bell.
once again sold the family’s a new house that was built of
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Sun. 12 p.m.-5 p.m.
Peter and Aunt Polly Ingalls. thought a house would be a April & Oct.
On February 7, 1874, Laura’s wise investment. Eleck Nelson Mon.-Sat. 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
7th birthday, the two families assisted Charles in building Sun.12 p.m.-4 p.m.
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Peter chose a far m on the Mary and Laura would have New exhibits every year
Zumbro R iver but Charles attended this school.
continued west. Laura heard Swar ms of g rasshoppers
her first train whistle on this (locusts) devoured all the area
jo u r n e y. C h a rle s b r o u g ht crops and gardens in 1875. “I
the family to a new pioneer have lived among uncounted
town called Walnut Station. millions of grasshoppers,”
This town had a railroad and Laura later wrote, “I saw their
several businesses and resi- bodies choke Plum Creek. I
dences. Charles learned that continued on page 58

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Christian Classical Education – Is It for You?
continued from page 12 influence because he can exert sense of rhetoric, all-the-while
anymore.” Teaching logic is the power and influence. having no moral scruples nor
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Rhetoric becomes the capstone to repeat their mistakes. standard do we determine what
discipline in classical education, What’s even more amazing in ought to be? This “oughtness,”
and it is taught, naturally, during classical education is that it neatly as C.S. Lewis calls it in Mere
the rhetoric stage. This discipline coincides with child develop- Christianity, is a God-given sense
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grade, they become more pert or one needed to consider. Not any-
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High-School Students. Why It’s a Great Idea K -12 s tu d e nts a ro u nd t he worl d
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Mating Without Dating - Part Two
continued from page 49 protector/provider father in order
enjoying making their nest, and to ask for her hand. The father
functioning as a team. All their knew his daughter’s needs and
romantic dreams and longings had every right to evaluate the
have found their outlet in one man’s suitability (same root word
chosen and deep unity.
Looking back, we can see that
as suitor). You could liken it to the
progressively tough interviews
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Why Teach Laura Ingalls Wilder to Boys and Girls
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Reverend Leonard Moses was ordained minister of the Congre-
saw them destroy every green thing on the face of the earth.” gational Church. Laura earned the treasured reference Bible by
Charles walked 200 miles east to find work. His crops had been participating in the afternoon ministry at the Methodist. Later
destroyed and the family needed money. This would be the first that spring, Charles opened a butcher shop. Charles became a
of several grasshopper plagues. On return to Walnut Grove, trustee in the congregation. Mary, Laura and Carrie enrolled
Charles moved his family into town to avoid the harsh blizzard for both the spring and summer terms of school in 1878. Still,
weather and to allow the girls to still attend school. On No- for many, each day was a challenge for survival. The people
vember 1, 1875 the Ingalls family grew. Charles Frederick was of Walnut Grove were a hardy lot. They had survived raging
born. Laura and Mary fondly called him Freddie. prairie fires, frigid winters, hard births, plagues of grasshop-
In the spring of 1876 the Ingalls moved back to their frame pers and the loneliness of isolation and separation from their
house by Plum Creek. Charles planted a small field of wheat. He families.
was unsure what nature would bring. The grasshoppers once March, 1879 Charles helped organize the village of Walnut
again covered the area, destroy- Grove and was elected Justice
ing vegetation and the clothes of the Peace. Mary fell ill with
off the line. William Steadman, scarlet fever in the spring of
a friend from church, purchased 1879. By July, 1879, Mary was
a hotel from William Masters entirely blind. Laura became
in Burr Oak, Iowa. He asked Mary’s eyes and described the
Charles to bring his family back world to her sister. Charles
east to work at the hotel in the loved to play the fiddle. Laura’s
Fall. On July 10, 1876 Charles books are filled with referenc-
sold the 172-acre farmstead to es to religious, patriotic and
a new settler named Keller. The children’s songs. It provided
Ingalls family once again loaded a release and a way to express
up the covered wagon and trav- joy and share time together.
eled east to live the rest of the Cha rles was restless a nd
summer with Charles’ brother, wanted to move further west.
Peter Ingalls. Baby Frederick His sister, Docia, arrived and
was ver y ill. On August 27, told Charles of a job working
1876, the “awful day” as Laura Ingalls Wilder later wrote, baby for the railroad. The pay was good, at fifty dollars a month.
Freddie died. It is said he is buried near South Troy, on land He left Caroline and the girls in Walnut Grove while he earned
Peter Ingalls owned. enough money to bring them to Dakota Territory. In September
The family moved to Iowa. Burr Oak was an older town that of 1879, Caroline and the girls said goodbye to their friends.
was a crossroads for travelers. The family lived on the first They took the train from Walnut Grove to the end of the line
floor of the Burr Oak House (now known as the Masters Hotel). in Tracy. They traveled to Dakota Territory where more adven-
Caroline cooked, cleaned and laundered with Mrs. Steadman tures awaited. They did not return to Walnut Grove.
and a hired girl. Charles worked odd jobs at the hotel. Dur- Milking cows, schoolyard games, vanity cakes and lemonade
ing the winter of 1877 Mary, Laura and Carrie continued their are but a few of the activities Laura describes in her book On
schooling. Grace Pearl, the last Ingalls child, was born on May the Banks of Plum Creek. Historical events such as the Home-
23, 1877. No matter how hard they worked, they were not able stead Act, the building of the railroad west and the start of new
to make ends meet. In the Fall of 1877 the Ingalls returned to pioneer towns allows children to research new subjects. What
Walnut Grove. is a badger? How do you make homemade butter? What else
They lived with the Ensign family until Charles could build a can you use a coffee grinder for? These are all questions an-
new home. Charles continued to work at various carpentry jobs swered within the pages of Laura’s “Little House” series. Her
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10 Subjects You Can Teach While Creating a Yearbook

s a home educator, you have the option to teach your portant. This can also spark a conversation about time manage-
children through unique experiences. Why not utilize ment with your children. To ensure that yearbooks are delivered
a yearbook as a way to introduce new subjects into by the date you set, forms and materials need to be turned in by
your curriculum? Creating a yearbook will give your predetermined deadlines.
children or homeschool group a chance to learn about photogra- 6. Sales
phy, computer skills, graphic design, journalism, time manage- Once you decide to produce a yearbook, your children will
ment, sales, business, advertising, budgeting, and teamwork. need to sell all the copies you’ve ordered. They can practice sales
First, you need to select a yearbook company. You can count on techniques by selling yearbook copies to other homeschool chil-
Memory Book Company (www.memorybook.com/homeschool), dren in the group, family members, or clubs that will be featured
a homeschool yearbook specialist with more than 20 years of ex- in the yearbook.
perience, for quality, value, and performance. Plus, they offer an 7. Business
easy online design program that allows you to create yearbooks The yearbook can be treated as a business project, and children
from your home computer. And they’ll provide help and tips to can manage the operation from start to finish.
guide you every step of the way. 8. Marketing/Advertising
Here are some ideas on how you can incorporate new subjects A great way to offset costs is to sell advertising space in your
your children can use while creating a yearbook. yearbook. Children can visit local businesses to sell ads, or ap-
1. Photography proach homeschool families and ask them to purchase space to
Pictures are an essential element of a yearbook. Your yearbook publish words of encouragement for their children. Overall, it is
pages should be filled with individual pictures and group activity a great way to learn how to sell, create, and produce advertising
pictures. Have children practice their photography skills by tak- materials.
ing the pictures. They should learn how to take a quality picture 9. Budgeting/Economics
with either a traditional or digital camera by considering the Teach children how to manage a budget. Start by analyzing all
subject matter, lighting, shadows, background and composition yearbook costs, and determine how to create revenue while re-
to ensure they all work together. maining profitable. Have them monitor expenditures and report
2. Computer Skills periodically on their progress.
Creating a yearbook also requires computer skills. After the 10. Teamwork
pictures have been taken, children can learn how to transfer The yearbook is a team effort, and your children will learn
the images to the computer or how to scan images. Then, teach to work with others to accomplish a goal. They can also learn
children how to upload pictures, re-name files, locate files on the effective management techniques to engage and motivate their
hard drive, and more. teammates.
3. Graphic Design What can a yearbook mean to your family?
Designing a yearbook gives children the opportunity to ex- For some it can serve as a way to look back on childhood
press their creativity. And they’ll learn important design ele- memories and friends. For others, it is a chance to show relatives
ments such as page layout techniques, bleed requirements, back- achievements and accomplishments. Regardless of whether you
ground and image placement, and the organization of pages with pull out a yearbook twenty years from now or if you proudly
the yearbook ladder. And don’t forget the yearbook cover – have present it this year so grandparents can see what their grandchil-
your children create a cover design and hold a contest to pick the dren have done, a yearbook is a tradition that brings people to-
winner! gether. Your children should have a yearbook to remember their
4. Journalism homeschool experience.
Aspiring writers can showcase their talent by creating stories What yearbook company can you trust?
and captions for activity pages. You can also have your children Memory Book Company is the most dependable yearbook pub-
write an introduction or dedication for the beginning of the year- lishing team. With experience preserving memories for schools
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Mind the Gap – Watching for “Holes” in Your Child’s Education
continued from page 8
gaps in education from one person to the next are a social engi-
sequence curriculum that satisfies “national standards.” They neer’s nightmare. If the majority of the population isn’t indoc-
think it will ensure their children won’t have any “holes” in their trinated with the same agenda and curriculum, it is difficult to
education. Or, they sign up with a charter school home study predict and manage their behavior.
program believing that reporting to a teacher-facilitator every 20 Standardized Curriculum
days or so will guarantee their child has a “complete” education. Let’s imagine, for a moment, that a presidential proclamation
They may have begun to get off the school train, but they are decreed that every student must build a Mission out of sugar-
trapped in suspension over the gap, too fearful to land firmly at cubes in the 4th grade. Now let’s suppose those fourth-graders
the homeschool station where educational freedom awaits. are all grown up. If you were to hand those adults a box of sugar
Can following a curriculum guarantee there won’t be gaps in cubes and ask them what they could do with it, what do you sup-
a child’s schooling? Is a transcript from a public charter school pose would be their first answer? Duh, build a Mission? Would
proof that there aren’t any cracks in a child’s education? any of them first suggest adding a few drops of methyl salicylate
No! And if you think so, you’re delusional! No one has a com- to the cube and then hammering it in a darkened room to dem-
plete education. No one ever has, and no one ever will. You can onstrate triboluminescence? Heck, would any of them suggest
learn some of the curriculum all of the time, and all of the cur- using a sugar cube to sweeten their coffee or tea?
riculum some of the time, but you can’t learn all of the curricu- The point of standardized curriculum is to standardize people.
lum all of the time! You can’t learn everything there is to know. They are much easier to manage and control if they think and
And I certainly don’t mean to imply that any “curriculum” is act alike.
even worth knowing. As Albert Einstein said, “Education is We hear a lot from politicians about closing educational
what remains after one has forgotten what one has learned in achievement gaps. Depending on which special interest group
school.” they are addressing, you’ll hear rhetoric about closing the gen-
I’ve noticed that the parents who are fixated on minding the der gap, racial gap, economic gap, and opportunity gap as they
gap in their child’s education are usually relatively new to home- all (we are told) negatively impact the goal of public education.
schooling. Those that have been around a while seem reconciled Lately, the government tells us that closing all of those gaps be-
to the fact that there are gaps in everyone’s education. Compare gins with preschool.
your own education to anyone else’s and you’ll see that it’s true. Our government isn’t the first to suggest it. Political regimes
Building a Sugar Cube History (the Nazis and Communists, for example), have come and gone
Did you know that if you went to school in one state and your knowing the meaning of Proverbs 22:6: “Train up a child in the
spouse went to school in another state, you didn’t have the same way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.”
history lessons? One of you has a “gap” in their education. It’s The absorbent minds of young children are highly susceptible to
true! I was conducting a workshop on homeschool resources at a government control. Indoctrinate babies with the state pablum
Link Homeschool Conference and mentioned that fourth graders of social and political philosophy wrapped up in standardized
in California public schools study California history. Students curriculum and they will be loyal to their Government Nanny
learn about the California Missions and, for some reason, build forever.
sugar-cube facsimiles. So, why are you minding the gap? What is it exactly that you
One mom interrupted and said, “I’m from Pennsylvania, and are afraid your child will miss? Reading? Writing? Arithmetic?
we studied Pennsylvania history and built sugar-cube steel Building Missions with sugar cubes? Face your fear. Give it a
mills.” A dad spoke up, “I’m from Alaska and we built sugar- name. Make a list. Then really look at that list and determine
cube igloos.” Someone else said, “We didn’t study Missions what is most important in order to give your child the educa-
either, we studied Egypt and made sugar-cube pyramids.” tional foundation that will allow him or her to become an au-
As you can see, it isn’t studying history that matters, it’s build- tonomous, self-directed learner. If that is your goal, following
ing something with sugar cubes that seems to be of universal a curriculum and agenda created by the state (or anyone else) is
importance across national curriculum standards for fourth counter-intuitive.
graders. Learning to Read
If you keep thinking along these lines, you can see that the We’d probably all agree that learning to read is important.

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John Taylor Gatto, the author of “Dumbing Us Down,” who community.” If this free-style method of learning works so well
taught in New York schools for 30 years, reports that it only for third-world children, perhaps more homeschoolers should try
takes 100 contact hours to teach a child to read. If that’s true, is it. Abandon the school model. Quit worrying about gaps and get
it necessary to have “reading” as a required subject for an hour a on with the joy and adventure of learning.
day, for 180 school days each year, for fourteen years, from pre- Learning Math
school through high school? If not, why would you insist upon it As for arithmetic, the majority of people need to understand
in your homeschool? enough consumer math not to be cheated, fooled, or kept perpet-
We’d also concur that writing is an important skill to learn. ually impoverished in a credit-card world. In a consumer culture
In our society you must have the skill to communicate your it’s interesting that we don’t think kids need lessons in how to
thoughts legibly to someone else, in writing. The debate rages spend money. It’s mystifying (and oh-so-telling) that we don’t
about what to teach first — printing or cursive. In 2003, I con- give them lessons in how to manage money, either.
tacted Dr. Steve Graham of the University of Maryland, who has Once your child understands elementary math processes, then
conducted research studies on handwriting, and he said there teach your kids to review and balance bank statements. Show
isn’t any conclusive evidence that shows one style is preferable them how to decipher financial statements. Learn to calculate
over the other, in terms of legibility and speed. If that’s true, why compounded interest on credit card balances and loans. Show
do some homeschoolers -- who can opt out of school agenda -- them how to invest their money. Take Robert Kiyosaki’s advice.
insist on teaching both? Rather than learning two ways to write, He’s the author of “Rich Dad, Poor Dad” and encourages parents
it may be more productive to learn one way to write along with to give their children a financial education. Help them under-
typing. Keyboarding will be a more useful secondary skill, over- stand that it is far better to have your money work for you, than
all. Your child is more likely to learn it quickly if you don’t turn to have to work forever for money.
the activity into drudgery with compulsory, schoolish lessons. Next up, what would happen if your son or daughter never
In fact, take a page from Nicholas Negroponte’s book. A for- built a sugar-cube Mission or anything at all from sugar cubes?
mer director of the MIT Media Library, he founded the non-prof- Would their lives and ability to learn be stunted? Of course not,
it organization, One Laptop Per Child. Their goal is to provide that’s ridiculous. Let go of your fear and quit minding the gap.
every child in the third world with the XO Laptop computer for Homeschoolers have embraced the idea that school is not the
free. Acknowledging that traditional schooling is too slow and only place where one can learn socialization skills. Perhaps
ineffective, their mission statement includes this: more should question whether following schoolish curriculum is
“Any nation’s most precious natural resource is its children. the only way to get a “complete” education.
We believe the emerging world must leverage this resource by As you disembark the linear school train, don’t spend all of
tapping into the children’s innate capacities to learn, share, and your time minding the gap. You may miss the wonderful sights,
create on their own. Our answer to that challenge is the XO lap- sounds, and learning opportunities that abound in the liberated
top, a children’s machine designed for ‘learning learning.’” and abundant landscape of your homeschool destination.
In a recent interview on the 20/20 television program, Negro- D.F.K. L
ponte reported that children in emerging nations learn to use
the computer with very little instruction. They aren’t required About the Author:
to take endless lessons in computer classes. They are simply Diane Flynn Keith homeschooled her two sons for 14 years in
provided with a computer (the XO Laptop) and intuitively figure the San Francisco Bay Area. She produces Homefires.com an
it out, or are mentored by friends who quickly show them how online journal and resource center for homeschool families. She
to use it. Negroponte claims it opens their world to unlimited offers support and encouragement to thousands of homeschool
knowledge while expanding their creative and problem-solving families through her numerous free e-lists at Yahoo Groups. (To
potential. The reporter who interviewed him double-checked join the lists visit: www.homefires.com/support.asp.)
with a professor who insisted hours of instruction and supervi- Diane is the author of the book, “Carschooling: Over 350 En-
sion should be given. I guess he’s afraid of the potential this tertaining Games & Activities To Turn Travel Time Into Learn-
project has for informational gaps among the laptop learners. ing Time,” published by Random House. (www.carschooling.
Nevertheless, Negroponte says that children in the most re- com) She is also the publisher of ClickSchooling (www.home-
mote regions of the world are being “given the opportunity to fires.com/free.asp) - a FREE daily e-service that provides rec-
tap into their own potential, to be exposed to a whole world of ommendations for great educational websites on the Net.
ideas, and to contribute to a more productive and saner world Copyright, 2007, by Diane Flynn Keith. All rights reserved.

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How To Encourage Motivation

ear Learning-SuccessTM Coaches: about ten more years to learn the academic skills that he
What can I do to motivate my eight-year-old needs. Let him progress at his own pace. Not only will he
son to learn? Although he asks a lot of questions enjoy the learning process, he will make steady progress.
and is very curious about reptiles, animals, and Dear Learning-Success(tm) Coaches:
insects, he’s not interested in school subjects. I’ve tried all My daughter is seven years old and is not reading yet. She
kinds of rewards and punishments, but I’m tired of think- is very interested in books, loves looking at the pictures,
ing of new ways to get him involved in his studies. Isn’t he likes to listen to stories, and she is very good at retelling
ruining his future? and discussing them. Would I be able to help her with her
Thanks, Cathy reading if I knew more about her learning style? Thanks,
Dear Cathy, Kris
The truth about motivation is that kids have it in abun- Dear Kris,
dance. It is their nature to be interested in the world and Reading is a developmental skill. Some people are ready
motivated to learn about it. at four years old, some won’t be ready to learn until they are
There are several ways to encourage and enliven a child’s eight, nine, or ten years old. There is nothing that we can
natural desire to learn. Over and over again, we find that the do to make someone learn a skill that they are not ready for.
eager learner is revived when a child’s strengths are accen- The incredible stress we put on our children to start to read
tuated and when they have freedom to pursue their interests. at four, five, or six years old is counterproductive as well as
This is a wonderful opportunity to turn your frustration and damaging to their self-esteem. and blocks further learning.
confusion into learning success for your son. Until we learn this as a society and start to work with the
Here are a few suggestions: developmental readiness and learning styles of each child,
Stop relying on rewards, punishment, threats, and lec- more and more children will continue to be left behind.
tures. They aren’t working for you, and research shows that You can help your daughter become a good reader by:
they won’t work. 1. backing off
Find out your child’s learning style and yours also. The 2. reading to her often
more knowledge you have about what works for him and 3. providing tools that work for her learning style
what works for you, the more understanding and f lexible Your daughter is giving some clues that she is a Visual-
you can be. Picture learner. This means that she needs to have pictures
You and your son can choose a curriculum based on his integrated WITH letters to learn phonetic sounds.
learning style, especially his interests. The curriculum that If she likes to draw, she can draw pictures, tell you the
looks interesting to you isn’t likely to appeal to (or to be ap- story about the picture, and you can write it for her. She
propriate for) him. might want to experiment with typing the story from what
Suggest that your son “major” in things he enjoys. This you have written or write part of it herself.
means that he will spend more time doing the kinds of ac- What is most important is that you provide her with many
tivities that he enjoys and less time doing the activities that opportunities to have successful, fun experiences with print
aren’t as enjoyable. It sounds as if reptiles, insects, and ani- and pictures in relationship to one another.
mals are his major interests right now. We know of many students who did not read until they
You and your son can determine daily schedules together. were 13 or 14 years old. Within a year or two there was no
You will be surprised by how creative and receptive he is difference between their abilities and those of children who
likely to be when he knows that he has a say in the things began reading at ages five or six.
that affect him most. c o py r ig ht 2 0 03 V K Ho d s o n & M PWi l l i s / L e a r n i n g-
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Am I Qualified To Teach My Own?
By Gary Grammar
[Ed. Note: This article is a number of years old, but we feel I do not wish to demean the work involved in such an un-
the underlying reasoning is still relevant. It is possible that dertaking. (I do not believe that I could do it.) However, I
all states have higher standards for teachers than was the wish to point out that this work is not particularly intellectual

case in 1998.] in nature. This sort of teaching is more crowd control and
n July 2, 1998, a story out of Massachusetts was schedule maintenance than it is Plato strolling through the or-
carried by the Associated Press describing the chards of Greece switching on the cranial lights in the minds
failure of 56% of the aspiring teachers of that of his students.
state in the reading and writing portion of the When it comes to teaching one’s own child, love enters
teacher exam. into the picture. The loving parent teaches her child anyway,
The governor referred to the failed test-takers as idiots and tying shoes, eating with utensils, dressing, etc., why let an
the state head of education suggested lowering the standards intrusive government program interfere when it comes to
for prospective teachers. (Somewhat like intellectual limbo academics? Massachusetts’ 56 Percenters prove the folly of
dancing: “How low can you go?”) The teachers’ unions con- Mass Ed. Unless one has more than three children, there
sidered this music to their ears, while much of the state legis- is little crowd control to consider, and at home, time is on
lature fumed along with the governor. the parent-teacher’s side. You have a full 16 hours in which
Most of the reason for the hubbub was that this exam was to switch on the cranial lights of your students and bring
not particularly difficult. The “56 Percenters” missed spell- to them an abundance of wonderful information! Although
ing words a nine-year-old is expected to know, could not some times of day are more suited to brain activity than oth-
write in complete sentences and failed to correctly define a ers, the home-teaching parent has the clear advantage over
noun or verb. No matter how sympathetic one might want to the school teacher.
be, this really is inexcusable! These college grads are sup- When do you suppose school teachers are going to read the
posed to become teachers —having completed the degree same newspapers as the rest of us, realize that we are very
portion of the certification process, the remainder should aware of the 56 Percenters (and other aberrations of institu-
be a cakewalk, intellectually. Many homeschooling parents tional teaching) and come clean that “Yes, of course, parents
can attest to the fact that members of the teaching occupa- are just as qualified as school teachers to teach their own.” If
tion strongly question (and doubt) if parents are capable of you, or any homeschooling parent you know, has a problem
teaching their own children. I have never met a homeschool- with f lak from a school teacher I suggest you visit your local
ing parent whom I thought could not spell on the level of a newspaper’s morgue and obtain the July 2, 1998 story about
nine-year-old. Nor have I ever met one who could not write the 56 Percenters in Massachusetts. Clip it out, photocopy it
in complete sentences —even if simple sentences —at least and distribute it to every homeschooling family you know.
they are complete. Also I am confident that every such parent The next time a school teacher asks you if you are qualified
I have ever met would be able to define a noun and a verb. to teach your own child, hand him a copy of the article and
This is very poignant because one often overhears prospec- ask “How could I not be qualified?” Then — right before his
tive homeschool parents expressing, with worry lines creas- eyes — perform a demonstration of your ability: Spell four
ing brows, “What if I am not qualified to teach my children?” or five words your nine-year-old can spell. Write a paragraph
This statement takes on new meaning in light of the Massa- composed of three short, but complete sentences (with a
chusetts 56-Percenter performance. What exactly is “quali- subject and a predicate) and then write out the definition of
fied to teach your children”? a noun: (A word that names a person, place or thing.) And
A teacher’s job in public school is to move a group of 30 to then a verb (A word that shows action or being.) Hand him/
40 children through time, on time. If the school administra- her the sheet of paper demonstrating that you have English
tion has decided that the 5th grade classes must be on page skill enough to pass the Massachusetts exam and await his
65 of the math text by Thanksgiving break, then the teacher’s response. G.G.
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Enjoying the Process
By Mary Hood, Ph.D.

n the early childhood profession, there is a distinction to get more and more upset, contemplating the garbage can
made between “process” and “product” when work- with a huge wad of uncooperative dough in my hand, it sud-
ing with kindergarten students. In an arts and crafts denly dawned on me that I was being ridiculous. What was
program for preschoolers, one popular project is shav- the point of this whole project, anyway? Was it really to wind
ing cream art. In this project, the teacher gives each of the up with a beautiful plate of heart-shaped cookies, made out
children a metal tray, a can of shaving cream, and some of white f loor, white sugar, red sugar and butter, in order
powdered paint. The children smear the shaving cream all to clog the arteries of the adults in the family and send any
over the tray, shake on the paint, and use their hands to swirl visiting children into sugar fits so I had to scrape them off
the colors throughout the shaving cream, making a very at- the ceiling? No. The real reason I was doing it was because
tractive mess. As soon as they are finished, the trays are I missed the experience of making cookies with my children
washed off, and nothing remains to show their parents at the now that they are grown up, and wanted to recapture that
end of the day. The emphasis is on the creative process, and feeling. I went back to the process, enjoyed the experience of
is an example of the purest form of art. On the same day, messing everything up, and wound up with cookies that were
the children may make pictures of snowmen, using pre-cut somewhat less photogenic and holiday-appropriate than I had
shapes that were actually created by the teachers. Each pic- planned, but eaten with gusto just the same.
ture comes out virtually identical and the parents are handed Of course, this leads to the next process we all should learn
a product suitable for hanging on the refrigerator at the end to enjoy: Weight control. Again, too many adults get focused
of the day. on a specific product they want to create: A slimmer, young-
There is a place for both types of experiences, both in early er-looking body, a particular Hollywood-created image, a
childhood education and in life. Too often, however, we place certain number on the scale. We try to stay on diets, exercise
more emphasis on the ultimate product, and forget to value like crazy for a few days, and then, too often, give up when
and enjoy the process itself. For example, when children are the scale starts to head the other way, despite our sporadic
learning to read and write, too often parents and teachers efforts to stay on track. What if, instead of focusing on the
emphasize the grade levels they have achieved on a standard- product, we found a way to enjoy the process, instead?
ized test, the number of vocabulary words they have learned, I have finally found something I actually enjoying doing on
or the number of books or pages they have read in a par- a daily basis, trotting through the woods with my dog. I can’t
ticular week. It often isn’t until a mother is raising her fifth really call it running because I’m just not as fast I was in my
child, or has become a grandmother, that she finally learns to younger days. It’s definitely more cardio-friendly than walk-
fully appreciate the experience of sitting next to a child and ing, though. The process looks just silly enough to make the
watching him or her struggle to fit together sounds, know- younger runners smirk and yet attract admiring looks from
ing that all too soon, that child will be off to college, writing the elderly folks who are out for their leisurely strolls. It
term papers. Many potentially joyful moments are lost when doesn’t matter to me what any of them think, because I have
the product is assigned a higher priority than the enjoyment found the exact pace that is right for me. Because I am genu-
of the process. inely enjoying the process, I have stuck to my exercise plan
I started thinking about this idea of enjoying the process for several years now. Even though my weight still f luctuates
when I was making Christmas cookies for Valentine’s Day. a bit, it really doesn’t bother me anymore because I am much
I was planning to use the recipe for Christmas cookies, cut more focused on the health aspects of weight control and the
them into heart-shapes and decorate them with red sugar. Un- enjoyment of being in the woods with my dog than I am on
fortunately, at the crucial moment, I couldn’t find the heart- the image I present to the outside world. If I had attempted
shaped cutters. They eventually wound up as red gingerbread to create the same product through a process I didn’t enjoy,
men, without the gingerbread. At the start of the process, the such as going to a gym to use exercise equipment, I would
dough was too sticky, and kept clinging to the rolling pin. At have given up long ago.
one point I started to get so frustrated I almost threw away The other aspect of weight control is diet. This has been
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Stop! In the Name of Life
By Richard J. Prystowsky

he other day, I was sitting with a younger colleague of his love song to Sean.
mine at an end-of-the-school-year social gathering. She had As did John Lennon, many of us homeschooling parents desire to
brought along her two-month-old baby boy, her first child. stop running through life so that we can spend extended amounts of
At the same gathering, my 17-year-old son, who attends the meaningful time with our families. But sometimes I wonder if, as
college where I work, was socializing with his classmates. Thinking Shakespeare’s Hamlet might say, we honor this desire more in the
about my son when he was an infant, I told my colleague that I recall breach than in the observance. I wonder if, for example, we often place
being able to place my thumb at the nape of my son’s neck and reach more importance on our children’s academic success than we place on
his waist with the tip of my pinky. I was tempted to ask my colleague our families’ just being together, enjoying each other’s company.
if I could try doing this with her baby, but I decided simply to enjoy the Whatever our reasons for homeschooling, we need to understand
memory of my son’s infancy. that even the best curriculum, workbooks, book report projects, lesson
The week before this gathering, my wife and I attended our older plans, or, at the other end of the spectrum, unschooling (in)activities
daughter’s graduation from the University of Alabama, where she are of secondary importance. Of primary importance is our ability to
received a PhD degree in social work. At a celebration party held in take advantage of the daily familial miracles that present themselves
our daughter’s honor, I had a flashback: I recalled a beautiful spring to us in each moment of our daily lives.
afternoon when my daughter was perhaps nine or ten years old. She When a mother takes her ten-year-old son for a walk, for example,
and I had impulsively decided to take a car ride together, heading no- she might want to show him a tiny flower growing in the crack between
where in particular. We spent much of the car ride repetitively playing two slabs of concrete sidewalk. She could ask him to look closely at the
a game in which she would ask me first what my favorite animal was, flower so that he experiences the miraculous wonder of the universe
then what my favorite color was, and finally what my favorite number that is contained in that tiny flower. Just by sharing this experience
was, and then would proceed to tell me that I was (for example) a blue with him, she will help him to understand that the entire cosmos came
horse with 17 legs. together to help grow the flower, whose life has no beginning and no
Both of these flashbacks serve as a reminder to me that life is always end, “because,” the mother might say, “nothing in the world comes
in transition and that, as parents, if we are not present with and for into being out of nowhere, and, when this little flower dies, it merely
our children, we will miss the many opportunities offered to us to be becomes mixed into the ground and the air and therefore continues
fully there with them. I recall that, when I stretched my hand across its existence elsewhere.” The mother might also say, “Look closely at
my son’s back, I experienced an awe at his miraculous being that this flower, whose appearance is itself the miracle of life,” a miracle
remains with me to this day and that I was able to experience again that the mother, herself fully present for this experience, understands
as I watched him mill about, chatting with his friends. I also recall is helping us to grasp the notion of life’s continual state of being and
that, when my daughter and I took our drive, I played the guessing becoming. If the mother has a spiritual life and wants to teach her son
game with her with fervor, carefully considering each choice that I about God, she could do no better than to have her son be fully there
made, game after game. Every moment was a miracle. Each moment with the flower and to be there herself, fully, with and for her son.
we were fully alive, greatly enjoying each other’s company. I felt this The Vietnamese Zen Buddhist monk, Thich Nhat Hanh, teaches
intense “aliveness” again when we celebrated together her recent aca- that we ourselves are like flowers. To help our children grow, we need
demic achievement. to nourish them as we would nourish seedlings that we hope will
An old Jewish proverb states that “man plans and God laughs.” John manifest into beautiful flowers: By watering our children’s seeds of
Lennon has given us a trenchant modern version of this wisdom in his happiness, joy, compassion, and other positive qualities and attributes.
famous line “Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making Thich Nhat Hanh refers to this process as “selective watering,” in
other plans.” Fittingly, this line appears in the song “Beautiful Boy which, in ourselves and others, “[w]e water only the good seeds and
(Darling Boy),” John’s beautiful love song to his then-young son Sean. refrain from watering the negative seeds,” such as fear and violence
When John took some time off from what had been an extraordinarily (Peace Begins Here, p. 45).
demanding musical career, he didn’t hide the fact that he wanted to Life is always in transition. Our children are always growing. We
spend time being with his family. As he always did when he wrote cannot stop these processes, whether or not we would want to. But we
from his heart, John deeply understood what he was writing about in continued on page 101

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Teton Science Schools

By Carol Sacher
eton Science Schools turns the word ‘science’ into a • Witnessing the effects of regional geologic forces.
verb by Actively Engaging Students in the Process of • Service-learning stewardship projects
Learning. • Hiking, skiing or snowshoeing in the Tetons
“Tell me and I will forget. Show me and I may re-
member. Involve me and I will understand.” -- Chinese Proverb According to Joe Petrick, Educational Programs Coordina-
Located near the wildly-beautiful environment of Grand Teton tor, Teton Science Schools has a strong focus on field research.
National Park in northwestern Wyoming, Teton Science Schools He continued by describing one ongoing field research project
offers groups of homeschoolers (and their families) an almost where the students are using GPS units (Global Positioning
indescribable opportunity to participate in the study of geology, Systems) to track and document the distribution of pica, a small
plant and animal habitation and ecology. Since 1967, Teton Sci- rabbit-like animal. The students are then encouraged to develop
ence Schools have educated and inspired thousands of children, questions and a hypothesis, collect data, synthesize the data,
youth and adults about the natural and cultural history of the create and share their presentation, which encourages asking ad-
area through place-based, field science experiences. ditional questions. The information gathered is actually used by
School & Youth Groups researchers in the Greater Yellowstone Ecosystems and beyond.
Throughout the year, Teton Science Schools not only offer Summer Youth Adventures
a variety of outdoor educational programs for children of all Teton Science Schools offer nearly 40 summer adventure ses-
ages but they also custom-design three-to-seven day “hands-on/ sions, which provide a huge variety of educational activities for
minds-on” programs to meet the needs, interests and objectives individual kids of all ages. Six to seven-years-old kids can spend
of any group, whether the goal is to foster leadership skills or five days learning about amazing animals and their habitats, us-
create and build awareness of place-based education using the ing the tools of a naturalist and their own senses as they safari
Greater Yellowstone Geo-ecosystem as a classroom. across this incredible valley -- Jackson Hole.
“Whether studying elk migration, sage grouse populations, One of the many summer programs for older kids (12-15 years
wolf and bear behavior, wetlands habitat or wildflower produc- of age) offers a spectacular opportunity for future adventure/
tion, this area is a laboratory rich with wildlife and wildland nature writers by attending the five-day Adventuring Authors.
variety.” Using this area and its vast, natural wealth as its “class- By observing and absorbing outdoor life, these students will in-
room”, Teton Science Schools are able to provide an unforgetta- terpret, express and record their visions as poems, short stories
ble, educational, hands-on learning experience for youth groups or research papers.
of all ages and ability levels! As Nick Delmolino, Marketing Coordinator, points out, “Your
“The level of instruction at Teton Science Schools is phenom- child may not have graduated from high school yet, but this sum-
enal,” said, Martha Daltoso, a homeschool mom who has orga- mer they can join a university . . . the University of Nature at
nized groups of homeschoolers to attend Teton Science Schools. Teton Science Schools. With over 100 courses and multiple dis-
“Yet, they are able to customize the program to handle not only ciplines for students entering Kindergarten through 12th grade,
kids of all ages but also different ability levels,” she continued. Teton Science Schools offers some serious fun!”
“It is real-life learning. These kids return home ready to share Professional Staff
their knowledge because they are so ecstatic about what they’ve Whether students enroll in one of the school and youth group
learned and how they learned it.” programs or one of the summer programs, it is the mission of
With a wide array of existing programs and the custom-de- Teton Science Schools’ staff to ensure that all students -- kids
signed programs, the students may participate in a magnitude of and parents -- leave with a profound understanding and appre-
activities, such as: ciation for this area’s unique eco-system and how to apply those
• Ecological field research with plants transects, water quality lessons to their own local environment.
testing, or snow science With over 25 years of experience in environmental, outdoor
• Exploration of the effects of fire, glaciers and earthquakes and science education, Jack Shea, Executive Director since
on the land 1988, selects staff and faculty that not only have college degrees
• Wildlife tracking and animal adaptation studies and often advance degrees but have extensive experience teach-
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Notes on the Charlotte Mason Method

By Catherine Levison
ature Study they need a name for it. So we teach them the correct term like pollen
Charlotte Mason wrote extensively on various educa- or antennae instead of “sticky-up-thing.”
tional philosophies and she held to an unusual emphasis Nature Walks
of taking children outside every day to be in direct contact One afternoon a week take the children out for a nature walk. These
with nature. She really means every day, and she lived with the less- are not instructive walks because we want them to observe with very
than-perfect weather of England. The objective is to help the child little direction from us. One reason is that science should be studied in
learn to be observant. The parent can relax, sit on a blanket, bring an ordered sequence, which is not possible with the randomness you
a project or a book along, and make this a leisurely outing, casually will encounter out walking. The parent may be asked questions, and it
point out scenery around your children. Charlotte suggests we ask is permissible to answer; that’s why it is recommended we adults work
them “Who can see the most and tell the most about . . .” any plants, on our nature knowledge somewhat. There is nothing wrong with not
insects, or anything nearby. This appears to be a form of narration to knowing and looking it up at home in a field guide. You can invite a
me. With as little talking as possible and absolutely no lecturing, at- naturalist to come with you, provided you can locate one and they
tempt to have them notice the geography of the area, the position of agree to follow the Mason’s method (e.g. , not lecturing the children)
the sun, the weather, and the clouds. to some degree. I have used private property for these walks, with
In order to foster the power of observation you need to take your permission, and often the owner enjoys supplying a little information
children to places where they will find things worth observing. Char- about the plant life or animal life of their area. Try to visit the same
lotte wanted children to have beautiful memories of their childhood area quarterly to note how the seasons have altered the life.
stored for their old age and thought too many of us have blurry memo- Tree Observation
ries due to the fact we did not slow down and really look at things. To A good time of year to begin observing trees, according to Ed-
remedy this, she suggests that on rare occasions we have the child take ward M. Tuttle, is in the winter when the trees are bare. He wrote
a mental photograph of some scenic landscape. Have the child look, an in?depth article for Charlotte Mason on how to study trees. This
then shut their eyes and describe the scene. If it is too blurry in their approach could be used on trees in your yard as well as trees in the
minds, have them open their eyes, look again, and make a second at- forest, I believe. You can sketch the tree, noting the branches and
tempt. the bark. Mr. Tuttle also wisely suggests we observe what birds and
Getting outside this often can be difficult, I know. I live with rainy insects live in the trees we are visiting. He suggests we find out what
coastal conditions, and I tend to not be an outdoor person. However, purpose trees are used for, such as syrup, nuts, or the wood.
there is refreshment and a literal re?creation involved that makes this Mr. Tuttle also suggests getting sample pieces of woods in length-
worth the effort. Living in an urban or suburban area is going to make wise and crosswise cuts and then comparing the natural state of it to
finding a natural setting more difficult. Our family has done a fair the “finished” state of being oiled and polished. You could try collect-
amount of nature observation in our cultivated suburban yard, and ing samples from your local lumberyard. One source I’ve found for
one advantage I can think of is that I know the names of the trees mail?order wood samples is a company called Woodcraft. They offer
we’ve planted. If planning regular trips out of the city seems impos- a Wood Identification Kit that includes fifty 4”x 9” samples (for under
sible to you, start small, and don’t be discouraged. Cities always have $30.00). It comes with a list of species, botanical names, and country
parks and arboretums. Maybe you can plan a family vacation with a of origin. You can write for their catalog at 210 Wood County Indus-
new outlook of getting to more natural places. trial Park, P. O. Box 1686, Parkersburg, WV 26102?1686 or call them
A side benefit of observation is recognition. Charlotte Mason wrote, at 1?800?535?4482. They have retail outlets in various major cities
“[in] science or rather nature study, we attach great importance to throughout the country, which you’ll find listed in the catalog.
recognition.” Some examples Charlotte provided are plants, stones, Other ways to Study Nature
constellations, birds, field crops, and leaves. On the other hand the Some other science ideas are pressing and mounting flowers on
schools using Mason’s philosophy say they were “extremely careful cardboard. Write their names and where and when you found them.
not to burden the verbal memory with scientific nomenclature.” How I recently saw a photo?album used to store pressed flowers. Having a
then does the recognition process develop? By being careful to “teach field guide to identify flowers and flowering trees is very helpful. A
the thing before the name” as an article in Charlotte Mason’ periodi- calendar devoted to nature observation could be kept with simple en-
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By Kay Miller, Career Counselor
s a career counselor, I talk to a lot of parents of high the customers the most? Or does she like to help display the
school (and college) kids, worried and frustrated merchandise? Would she like to help decide what the store buys
that they don’t have a clue as to what they want to to in turn sell, or is she interested in design? Would she like to
“be” when they grow up. Chances are, their parents have her own store?
didn’t know either, when they were their kid’s age! How can How she answers these questions will determine what type
kids possibly know what career they want to pursue, when their of further education or training she needs to develop the skills
knowledge of their options are limited to what they see on T.V. she’ll need to reach her dreams. It MAY be college in the form
or at school? of a Business or Marketing degree. Or it may be a vocational
Instead of expecting their kids to select a career goal, parents school in fashion design and merchandising. Either way, she’s
should instead help their kids identify their natural abilities and much more likely to pursue additional education if she sees how
interests, taking into account their distinct personality to dis- it will help her reach her (and not your) dream.
cover a direction, and not an end goal, to pursue. If you read the You may be thinking, that mom has nothing to worry about
stories of many successful people, you’ll see their path looks because her daughter has a job, and maybe even some very re-
more like a meandering river rather than a straight highway. alistic options. But consider this next question:
Besides adjusting your expectations of your kid’s career Q: My son only wants to do music and theater. What sugges-
goals, let’s also redefine “work.” Work is often seen as drudg- tions do you have regarding college?
ery, something you have to do, and certainly not something you A: Let’s set aside the college question for now and start with
like to do. Common expressions support this idea. “Work is a his interests in music and theater. Chances are your son likes
four-letter word.” “Thank God it’s Friday.” And these concepts to sing and act. He likes a lot of attention. He’s probably the
are supposed to inspire and motivate our kids? I don’t think so! “life of the party,” is very outgoing, and makes friends easily.
A better, more inspiring definition may be: His personality is going to be very useful, especially on a job
Work gives each individual the opportunity to use their best interview, but also in any career that requires leadership.
skills, doing what they love to do, in order to realize their full- But let’s discuss his interests and how to develop his natural
est potential. talents. Get him involved in his school’s choir and theater. If
I know what you’re thinking: “We need to be practical.” But he’s homeschooled, this may be more difficult, so you may
how practical is it to force your kids to do something they don’t need to involve him in a church choir, or community chorus
want to do, or for which they are not suited? Think of the kids or theater. These activities will help him learn technique, and
who went to college and dropped out without ever finishing. also provide him with valuable performance experience. If he
Think of the wasted time and money. In fact, look at one ques- doesn’t play a musical instrument, encourage him to learn gui-
tion I received from a frustrated parent: tar or piano. It will help him learn music theory and how to read
Q: I paid a fortune for my daughter to attend a 4-year uni- music. He’ll also be able to accompany himself.
versity. She did not finish because she is very interested in the I’m sure you’ve heard the of Marsha Sinetar’s career develop-
fashion world, landed a high paying job in a boutique in Bev- ment book Do What You Love and the Money Will Follow (it’s
erly Hills and does not want to return to school. What do you a good read and I highly recommend it). In it, she tells numer-
think I should do? ous real-life stories of people who followed their dreams, but
A: First, be thankful she found a job in these tough economic they all had to work very, very hard. In other words, loving the
times, and especially grateful because it’s “high-paying.” work wasn’t enough; preparation, planning and hard work are
Second, stop harping on college. Chances are, this was your also absolutely necessary to realize your dreams.
dream, not hers. Third, praise her for her job success. This Even if your son doesn’t pursue either interest professionally,
means asking and then REALLY listening to her talk about her training and participation in these areas will give him hours of
job; what she likes about it, what she’s learning, and where she enjoyment throughout his life. Performing will give him confi-
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lead a meeting. MUST go to college. But if he loves to fix or build things, then
But let’s assume that he actually wants to go to college and a trade or vocational school would more likely offer the training
major in Music or Theater Arts. At least he wants to go to he’d need to succeed. There are numerous private vocational
college! Choosing the right college is very important (and a schools, as well as training through adult education facilities.
specialty of counseling in and of itself – college counseling). Don’t forget community colleges, which not only offer transfer
Regardless of the college, he’ll be required to take general edu- to four-year colleges and universities, but also offer a variety of
cation courses such as English, psychology as well as courses vocational training programs.
in the arts. He may decide that he really doesn’t have the pas- I was intrigued with this parent’s question about her son’s
sion or the talent to pursue this professionally (especially as he future after college:
meets other very talented kids). He may then settle on another Q: My son is applying to graduate schools. The competition is
major, without losing much time in the process. His chances so fierce, I’m concerned with the emotional repercussions from
of actually graduating are greatly enhanced, because he’s had the grueling process. How do you think it can be handled?
a chance to explore his options and choose one that suits him A: My first thought is, you’re kidding, right? If you think ap-
well. And if he does have the passion and talent, wouldn’t you plying for graduate school is tough, try getting a job fresh out
rather he graduate with a major in Theater Arts than drop out of college, without any professional work experience.
and never finish at all? But, back to your question. The first consideration is: What’s
In case you’re not convinced, let me tell you the story of his goal? Is it to postpone entry into the real world and avoid
“Matt” (not his real name) whose parents sent him off to a four- actually proving his value to a business? Or is graduate school
year university right out of high school. He wanted to major in necessary to realize his dream?
music, but his parents wanted Let’s assume it’s the latter.
him to be “practical.” So he Going through “the gr ueling
struggled the first two years, process” of applying to gradu-
finally settling on Environ- ate school is great preparation
mental Science, perhaps in- for life: Working hard for some-
fluenced by Al Gore’s movie thing you want, dealing with re-
“An Inconvenient Truth.” He jection and disappointment, and
quit his junior year because persisting no matter what. Over-
he just didn’t like it, and was coming obstacles like this is the
failing his classes. He is now BEST (and possibly ONLY) way
back living at home, working to develop true self-esteem. It
at a pizza parlor and taking can’t be developed by receiv-
classes at a local community ing praise and awards just for
college taking - you guessed breathing or showing up. Some
it – music classes! He has a schools won’t give out awards
lot of catching up to do, but for good performance, unless
he loves going to school, even EVERY student gets an award.
though he has to juggle working with his class schedule. But Unfortunately by the time they graduate from college, a great
think of the tens of thousands of dollars wasted in tuition that majority think they are entitled to the best, high-paying jobs,
will never be recovered, not to mention the three years he spent without “paying their dues.” No wonder so many college gradu-
going to a university that his parents – not he – wanted. ates return home, unable to become independent, autonomous
College is not for everyone; so what about trade, or vocational adults.
schools? Consider this parent’s question: So, encourage your son. Tell him he can do it. But HE needs
Q: In this economic climate, it seems like a trade school to do the work. Do NOT bail him out if he isn’t willing to do
would be more advantageous and practical than a four-year the work himself. Give him ideas, but let him follow through
school. What do you advise? and do the work himself, or help him identify and approach an
A: Regardless of the economy, the type of education I rec- expert who can help him succeed.
ommend should be determined by your student’s interests and Do you have a question for Kay? Email them to: careers4stu-
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Create Your High School Transcript in Five Easy Steps

By Janice Campbell
like to make things simple. There are few things sadder his or her learning style, plans for the future, and the resources
than a homeschooling parent who would like to home- you have available. Just as in earlier grades, you’ll find that
school through high school, but is considering giving learning happens more easily when information is presented
up because keeping high school records and creating a in a way that is appropriate for the student’s learning style.
transcript sounds like an insurmountable challenge. I’ve been Auditory learners do well with audio and video resources; vi-
through the process four times with my own sons, and I’d like sual learners do well with books; and kinesthetic learners do
to share the basic steps that helped make recordkeeping simple. best when they can move around and experience learning in a
If you’re like me and you’d rather spend time with people than hands-on way. Each of the required subjects can be covered in
paperwork, you may find this five-step process helpful as a way that fits the learner.
well. If your student is college-bound, or if he or she will be earn-
Cr e at e a Tr a n s c r ipt: Five ing college credits while in high
Simple Steps school (my book, Get a Jump Start
1 Understand the purpose of on College, explains how and why
the transcript and basic format- “Your goal in creating descriptive to do this), you must not only keep
ting guidelines. class names is to provide a clear excellent records, but you also
2 Create a plan that covers need to ensure that the classes
core high school requirements picture of your student’s academic you’ve planned meet or exceed the
in a way that is appropriate for interests and strengths.” admission requirements of the col-
the st udent’s lear ning st yle, lege your student hopes to attend.
abilities, and goals. Most colleges list these require-
3 Accumulate essential records ments, along with the academic
using Subject Worksheets and other organizational tools. profile of the average student admitted, on the college website.
4 Create a blank transcript form on your computer and fill it State graduation requirements are minimums — it is the col-
in, semester by semester. lege’s expectations that should guide your high school plans.
5 Calculate grades and record the grade-point average for Keep Essential Records
each semester as it’s completed. I suggest creating a Class Profile, with an outline of readings
The Purpose of the Transcript and assignments, as a plan for each specific course. You may
If you understand the purpose of the transcript, you can keep also record extra activities and readings by subject, on a form
exactly (and only) the records you need. A well-made transcript called the Subject Worksheet. In addition to Class Profiles and
is similar in form and function to a résumé. In just one or two Subject Worksheets, have your student keep reading and ac-
pages, it briefly summarizes knowledge and experience in a tivities logs so that you’ll be able to include extensive topical
way that allows an evaluator to easily compare your student reading and non-traditional activities on the transcript. Other
to others. A transcript can also be a marketing tool that helps items to keep, include representative copies of student work,
a college admissions officer see the breadth and depth of your certificates and awards, and test scores. Keep these organized
student’s experiences. in a notebook, and you’ll have easy access to everything you
Create a Master Plan need to create a transcript, and to provide supporting evidence
There are core subjects that need to be covered on every high for the grades you grant.
school transcript (see sidebar), and there are many ways to ful- Create and Fill In the Transcript
fill these basic requirements. You can choose traditional text- There is a children’s song that has the line, “Little by little,
books, a literature-based curriculum, satellite school, classes in inch by inch; by the yard, it’s hard; by the inch, what a cinch…”
a co-op or community college, or other options. As you create and it’s so true. If you fill in the transcript semester by semester,
your high school plan, be sure to talk with your teen to discover you’ll find that it’s quite easy. If you wait until the night before
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(but you can do it). If you’re late in starting to keep records or C=2, and so forth. If the student is taking honors or college-
create the transcript, don’t waste time feeling guilty — just get level classes, the quality points assigned would be weighted, or
started! There’s a reason that Transcripts Made Easy begins have an extra half or whole grade point added, so that ‘A’ would
with instructions for exactly where to start in the process, de- equal 4.5 or 5 quality points.
pending on what grade your student is in—recordkeeping is a To calculate the cumulative grade point average, add together
job that is easy to postpone. all the semester grade point averages and divide by the number
When your student begins to fulfill high school requirements, of semesters. Do not add the current semester to the previous
create a blank transcript form on the computer. The three sec- cumulative grade point average, or your total will not be cor-
tions you’ll need to include are: rect. To make the process extra simple, you may want to visit
* Identification Section: Contact information for the student the free GPA calculator at www.FreeGPACalc.com. No matter
and school; how you figure the final grade point average, you can be sure
* Course Record Section: The main body of the transcript, that each college that receives your transcript will refigure it to
containing the list of courses studied, grades received, and ensure that all student transcripts they receive are calculated in
quality points earned; the same way.
* Basic Information Section: The grading scale, key to ab- Remember the Goal
breviations, and brief notes about important test scores and If you’ve been worried about recordkeeping through high
awards, and a signature line for the certifying parent. school, I hope you’ll find that these steps take some of the
There is no “one right format” — you may choose to orga- mystery out of the process. Remember that while recordkeep-
nize by semester or by subject. As long as all three sections are ing and transcripts are important, the ultimate goal of the
included, the format is clean and uncluttered, and standardized high school years is help your teenager grow into a mature,
test scores support the grades you have given, your student’s well-grounded adult with a
transcript will meet the goal of showcasing your student’s aca- solid academic and spiritual
demic history. foundation. As you include Minimum requirements
Grades and Credits your teen in the planning and for high school graduation
At the end of each semester, record classes and grades on recordkeeping process, you usually include:
the transcript. Rather than listing just “English” as the class can move together toward this
name, choose a title that offers specific information about what goal. I think you’ll find that English
the student has learned. For example, if you list “English III: homeschooling through high (including literature) 4
Survey of American Literature,” this identifies the class as the school can be a time of encour-
student’s third year of high school English, and clearly states agement and blessing for your
Math (Algebra I and
what was covered. Similarly, “Multivariable Calculus” is more entire family.
descriptive than “Math III,” and “Western Civilization to 1608” higher) 3-4
is more specific than “History.” Your goal in creating descrip- Bio: Janice Campbell is the
author of Transcripts Made History, Government,
Easy, Get a Jump Start on Col- Geography (also called
lege, Excellence in Literature, Social Sciences) 2-3
“State graduation requirements a classics-based, college-prep
are minimums — it is the college’s English curriculum for home- Lab Sciences (Biology,
expectations that should guide your schoolers, as well as Evaluate Chemistry, Physics) 2-3
Writing the Easy Way. She is
high school plans.” also Director of the National
Foreign Language 2-3
Association of Independent
Writers and Editors (w w w.
tive class names is to provide a clear picture of your student’s NA I W E .c o m) Vi s it w w w. Arts (Visual and/or
academic interests and strengths. Eve r yd ay-E d u c at ion .c om Performing) 1
Assign grades for each class as the student finishes the se- for more articles and a free
mester. Each letter grade has a numerical equivalent that is newsletter on homeschooling Electives 1-3
used to calculate the grade point average (GPA): A=4, B=3, through high school.

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Grammar and Creative Writing

By Daniel Schwabauer

Should we throw out grammar, spelling, and rules you’ve driven a car.
during the creative process? We make the same sort of mistake as parents and teachers when
A: Yes. we ask kids to do too many things at once.
I was fifteen the first time I drove a car. Mr. We’ve trained our legs where the brake pedal is, and now we
McAfree, my Driver’s Ed teacher, slid into the vinyl-clad passen- don’t have to think about braking. As soon as we see a deer in the
ger seat as Craig Sulley, another student, buckled up in the back. headlights, we hit the pedal.
Even though McAfree was nearing retirement, he looked uncom- The same thing is true with language. We form words and sen-
fortable. I chalked it up to lack of self-confidence and revved the tences out of habits that are carefully cultivated over a lifetime.
engine before pulling out into traffic. We don’t realize, or we have forgotten, that children are at various
For ten minutes or so everything went smoothly. I followed his levels of habit formation. They have to think about how certain
instructions quickly and with perfect attention to detail. And then words are spelled, what sort of symbol to put after a question, and
it happened. We were charging along a busy four lane street in how to conjugate verbs.
Kansas City when Mr. McAfree made a rookie mistake so silly This is why creative writing assignments are often difficult and
that it still surprises me. discouraging for students. When we require good grammar and
“Turn right at the next street,” he said. creativity in an assignment, we’re essentially demanding that the
Clearly a mistake. He should have known that I would figure student be simultaneously creative and analytical. But the brain
“next” meant “very next” and not “the next one after the one that isn’t wired to do both at the same time. Now, it’s true that talented
is right there in front of you.” people can sometimes jump between both activities with the
Also, he failed to tell me to slow down. speed of an Intel processor, but this is a lot to ask of a student still
I yanked the wheel hard to the right and felt myself slipping the learning the complexities of the English Language.
surly bonds of earth as the school’s frost-blue Dodge Omni heaved Telling a kid to be creative and not have any spelling mistakes
itself sideways onto two wheels. For a brief moment I felt like the or punctuation errors is going to result in that kid concentrating
Captain of the Titanic just after hearing the word “iceberg.” on grammar. In most cases it will also make the kid think, “Writ-
McAfree clutched the door handle with both hands and dropped ing is boring.”
his jaw to scream. I am sorry to say that it wasn’t a very manly Instead, it is far more fruitful to teach creative writing as a
scream. He was making the same sound angry yaks use when two-stage system. The first stage is the rough draft. While your
they charge hyenas in nature documentaries. child is writing the first draft of a story, let her write however she
I figured by the color of his face that he wasn’t feeling well, so I pleases, without needing to worry about the mechanics of writ-
pulled over to let him out. But instead of throwing up, he pointed ing. Make sure she knows her rough draft will not be graded.
a finger at me. Once she’s finished, ask her to go back over the story, looking for
“WHAT ARE YOU DOING!” he yelled. It sounded more like any story problems, places she needs to add or subtract in order
an accusation than a question. to make the story more interesting. Once the story events happen
I wasn’t sure why he was yelling, but I could tell by the way he the way she wants, go on to the second stage.
fingered his rosary that he was unhappy. “Turning right,” I said. During the second stage, she should look for mechanical prob-
“WHY DIDN’T YOU SLOW DOWN!” lems: Spelling and punctuation errors, run on sentences, etc. This
A trick question disguised as a statement. I turned around and is an analytical process that’s quite different from the process of
looked at Craig, who was grinning like a well-fed dolphin. He just story creation. And that’s good news for you. It should be easier to
shrugged and twirled one finger by his ear. help her at this point, since the rules for grammar are fixed. You
“Um...” I said, “because you didn’t tell me to?” will be able to point out mistakes in need of correction. “Cat,” for
Mr. McAfree’s real mistake was assuming I would slow down instance, is always spelled with a “C”, not a “K.” And since her
reflexively, without needing to make a conscious decision to do brain is not trying to generate new, creative material, she may feel
so. But slowing down for a turn is only a reflex after you’ve done the revision process is a bit easier. Her mind can safely downshift
it a thousand times. It can’t possibly be a reflex the first time into revision mode.
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communicate more lucidly and eloquently with pen in hand.
leave a distinct trace: No dried-out markers, no crayons that are more It is simple logic. If handwriting flows well for students they will
wax than pigment. Save yellow for drawing blond hair; its mark is too enjoy writing. Too many students with great ideas are reluctant to put
wimpy for writing. pen to paper.
Always use short tools. Cut pencils in half or use golf pencils. Pens In practical terms, math problems are hard to solve if characters are
and pencils are designed to fit adult hands. They balance well for us, illegible. Notes that one needs to refer to later are useless unless they
but in a young child’s hand the weight is too great at the back end can be read. Also, note-taking must be fast enough to cover the es-
of the tool. This should give you a start, and inspire you to try other sence of a lecture. Technologies are out there to cover these problems,
play. but they are not always available and up and running. As adults, our
MOTOR MEMORY need to write continues. There are notes, forms to fill out, letters of
Motor memory is best developed with rhythmic exercises. Write congratulation, sympathy and more that are not appropriate for e-mail.
them in the air. Write them to music. Emphasize rhythm. Write them Most of us are careless when texting and sending e-mails, and we lose
with the eyes closed. When children close their eyes to write they can the subtleties of expression that work so much better by hand.
better feel what their minds are telling their hands and fingers to do. WHAT METHOD TO USE?
BFH uses three basic, pre-writing patterns: , and Below you see a typeface in the copperplate method. It’s beauti-
This is just four downstrokes with a light lift up between each ful. It is the ancestor of our modern conventional cursive. I include it
downstroke. The pattern controls letter size, slant, spacing and consis- for its history. It is not a method to teach or emulate unless you are a
tent letter formation. The pattern might be incorporated into a picture. calligrapher. Remember, Matlack was a professional scribe. Literate
Grass? Flower stems? Or, how about puppy fur? persons in the 19th century spent many hours practicing penmanship
This pattern and the next both support consistency. with copperplate styles, keeping journals and writing letters. In the
This one relates to the counterclockwise movement of half of the latter part of the 19th century Austin Palmer simplified handwriting,
lowercase letters and some numerals. and that is essentially the method used today for conventional cursive
This relates to letters and numerals with clockwise movement. writing.Who among you holds a pen like the image at the left? It is the
The patterns teach directionality too, especially if the child chants, proper hold for copperplate and Palmer. Notice that two fingers only
“Down and down and down…” while writing them. BFH letters and ride along as one writes. The wrist is off the table or paper, meaning
numerals all start at their tops and move down. that all the movement is in the arm. That is how one can successfully
Handwriting is a complex skill, more so than reading. Reading re- write with all letters in every word connected. Unfortunately, when
quires recognition of letters and their assemblage into words. To write, most of us write with the hold shown at the right, or worse with a tense
one must know how to form the characters, put them together into hold, letters go off slant, become inconsistently sized, and wander off
words and sentences (all with spelling, grammar, etc. in place). Then the baseline as we try to connect all letters within words.
the message can be transmitted from mind to paper. If characters are Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting complies with the way we hold
grouped according to directional and rhythmic movements, the task our hands now, especially if it’s the tripod hold. Movement is princi-
becomes easier and more efficient. pally in the fingers, and somewhat in the hand and wrist.
Of course, students should sit up in a comfortable position. The non- I developed Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting with elementary
dominant hand should steady the paper. Handwriting may be legible school children, always searching for the easiest and most natural
with a tight and poor hold, but it will never attain the speed one needs movements for them. The method has proved successful for those
for automatically committing thoughts or messages to paper. adults who learned it as children.
WHY TEACH HANDWRITING? There is no transition from print-script to conventional cursive be-
Do children need handwriting instruction when computers can be cause letter formations never change. Children can learn all the basic
used for communication? For several years many believed handwrit- letters and join them up by the end of first grade. They have learned
ing was becoming obsolete. Now, it seems that attitudes towards BFH italic cursive writing. They are happy with their progress and are
handwriting are shifting. In a recent article in “American Educator” well on the way to being eager writers. All that is needed is practice
Dr. Stephen Graham a professor of Special Education at Vanderbilt until handwriting becomes automatic.
University wrote, “…researchers …have found that, done right, early OLDER STUDENTS AND ADULTS
handwriting instruction improves student’s writing. Not just its leg- Many learn a form of print-script or manuscript first. Formations
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Macaroni Kid – A Brilliant Money Maker for Moms Nationwide

ake Money Publishing Your Local Events Online money, thanks to the way Nicki and Joyce set it up. The Publisher
When Joyce Shulman and Nicki Hemby con- Moms keep all the money from the local ads they sell or trade for.
cocted the idea for a community- based e-newsletter As one Publisher Mom said, “I have two kids who take different
of kids events and family activities in their home- classes every day after school and I don’t pay for any of them,
town, they never imagined they’d be empowering moms all over thanks to Macaroni Kid”.
the country, but that’s exactly what happened when they founded The founders also wanted to make it easy for moms to start their
Macaroni Kid. own editions of Macaroni Kid, so there is no start-up fee and no
In the Summer of 2008, Joyce and Nicki started emailing and long-term contracts (they know life gets in the way sometimes).
posting a weekly listing of events in Southampton New York Publisher Moms just pay a small monthly hosting fee. That in-
where they live. Local newspapers listed only a fraction of the cludes the website, start-up instructions, personal support from
things going on, and they knew there had to be a better way. With Joyce, Nicki and Eric (Joyce’s husband who helps Publisher Moms
virtually no Internet experience, they found a way to inform other with their advertising questions), as well as membership in the
moms and the word started to spread. From mom to mom word of wonderfully supportive “club” of other Publisher Moms who share
mouth they found new subscribers and realized they were truly tips on making Macaroni Kid a success for all. Publisher
filling a need that they themselves had felt. And as their read- Moms also receive free care packages from various
ership grew, advertisers came on board and Joyce and Nicki companies with new products to review and
were thrilled to earn some extra money and trade for things write about.
they used to buy for their kids. The first questions the Founders are asked
Macaroni Kid reached something of a tipping point by women who are interested in starting
when one of their friends in New York City said “Hey, I their own edition is “Do I have to know a lot
want to do this for my neighborhood.” Then a friend in New about computers?’ and “How hard is it?” The
Jersey said the same thing. So Joyce and Nicki went to a answers are pretty simple, if you have figured out
web designer friend and together they figured out a way your Facebook account, you can publish Macaroni
for Moms all over the USA to publish their own edi- Kid. To be a successful Publisher Mom the most
tion of Macaroni Kid. important thing is to have the desire to do something
Since then, Macaroni Kid has that will make a difference in your community and
grown to a family of nearly 100 the ability to follow through with something you
editions in communities from started. That’s it.
New York to Knoxville, and While it was pretty apparent to Nicki and
Miami to Santa Monica. Joyce that they were filling a need of readers,
Each edition is written and after a while, they realized that they were
published by a local “Publisher Mom” filling a need of the Publisher Moms that
who lives in the community she covers. Each went way beyond the extra money and free
week, she gathers the latest scoop about events and goodies. For each Publisher Mom ,it’s
activities of interest to moms in her area and writes something different: For some, it’s the
them up via Macaroni Kids’ easy to use website. The need to hear “Great job” every now and
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the Publisher Moms. thing and succeed.
Joyce and Nicki call publishing Macaroni Kid Joyce and Nicki are always happy
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Connie Crawford Leads the Way in Bringing Fashion Design &
Sewing to the Homeschooling World

By Michael Leppert
n the world of fashion design, creation and sewing, there is a an important added asset for students, new start-up manufacturers, or
new wave of interest and excitement which extends to the ho- those with a smaller cottage industry.
meschooling world. Sewing has traditionally been a popular Another added feature of this new edition of A Guide to Fashion
“cottage” activity for homeschoolers and many homeschooled Sewing are the illustrations, which have been updated and colored to
students learn to make their own clothes and home décor items as help the reader more easily identify the sewing steps and show more
part of a well-rounded education. The new interest and attention to the precisely what to do at each step of the sewing process. A Guide to
world of fashion design is fanned by the T.V. reality show Project Run- Fashion Sewing continues to provide easy-to-read text with step-by-
way and a variety of spin-off shows that focus on the world of fashion step sewing instructions and illustrations. The information progresses
design and creation in all of its facets. from basic theory to simple sewing techniques, concluding with more
Homeschooling devotees of sewing and fashion design will find just complex techniques and applications. It assists students and those
the instructional assistance they need in the extensive line of books with sewing experience to create simple and more complex, fashion-
and DVDs by Ms. Connie Crawford. Connie Crawford, through her able, professional-looking garments. This text also provides a compre-
company, Fashion Patterns by Coni, is one of the leading experts in hensive sewing course of current fashion industry sewing methods.
the field of fashion design and sewing, having 23 years of teaching The first 5 chapters of Fashion Sewing provides basic information
experience at the prestigious Fashion Institute of Design & Merchan- about sewing supplies and equipment, measurements, commercial
dising (FIDM) in Los Angeles; her pattern line with Butterick; her patterns, fashion fabrics, and fitting. Because fitting is an important
“Signature Collection” of patterns; her many textbooks and her lec- element in making successful garments, the fitting section in Chapter
ture/workshop programs in the consumer side of the market and her 4 has been expanded for this Fifth Edition. These fitting techniques
reputation for fit and design for women of all sizes. illustrate the method of fitting a design in the same manner in which
One of the cornerstones of Ms. Crawford’s teaching is that “When a designer follows in the fashion industry. Chapter 5 illustrates how
learning how to sew, a student needs to understand how to assemble to assemble any garment. These sewing techniques are also referred
a garment and how to sew each and every item within the garment.” to as “Unit Method of Construction.” The remaining 17 chapters of
This approach teaches the student to be methodical, stimulates ab- this book illustrate the step-by-step sewing instruction of the various
stract thinking and provides real-world insight into how “things” are items within any garment.
made. In this way, studying the art of sewing and design serves as the The new layout of the Fifth Edition highlights STUDIO TIPS.
instructional springboard for many other subjects. Math, hand-eye These STUDIO TIPS focus on the important features that are used
coordination, history of three different types -- the social history of within the fashion industry. A Guide to Fashion Sewing will interest
clothing, the history of the development of fabric making and dyeing anyone who desires to learn more about fashion sewing.
-- which is also geographic -- and high fashion. All are vital aspects Another great cutting-edge product offered by Connie Crawford is
of Man’s existence, growth and development and have as their center, her instructional DVD, Studio Sewing Skills, which provides students
sewing and fashion design. with efficient techniques to learn to sew in this fast-paced world. This
In keeping current – and actually being ahead of the curve – in June, DVD allows students to learn at their own pace. These sewing skills
Ms. Crawford is releasing the Fifth Edition of her popular fashion are designed to build knowledge progressively, while the student
industry book, A Guide to Fashion Sewing. This book outlines the learns the basics of sewing as well as how to assemble a garment in a
information needed to learn how to assemble any design of a garment. logical and time efficient sequence. Students will complete a project
With over 2000 colorful illustrations and young fashion drawings, that encourages them to sew more and more. A companion Student
the new seamstress will have no trouble in following this step-by-step Packet of practice exercises is also available.
book. Homeschooling families who are familiar with the broad value of
One of the goals in preparing this new edition was to include an up- sewing, as well as neophyte seamstresses, will rejoice at the tremen-
to-date textiles reference chapter. In addition, a big plus is Appendix dous resources and wonderful world of creation that Ms. Crawford’s
C, Fabric Resources, as well as entries for major fabric stores through- instructional DVD, books, patterns and materials offer.
out the U.S. This appendix is a resource guide of wholesale fabric Please visit Connie Crawford’s website, www.fashionpatterns.com
suppliers who do not require large minimum purchases! This list is and be inspired! M.j.L.

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Published by Terrific Science Press
By Linda K. Foster

Middletown, OH.

he world of chemistry is a fascinating subject that nat- engaging activity, students explore and compare the behavior
urally causes awe and wonder. While often considered of water drops on spoons coated with Magic Sand and spoons
complicated, chemistry, simply put, is the study of coated with regular sand and then learn the contrasting behavior
matter and how it interacts. Chemistry With Charisma of Magic Sand in a non-polar substance such as hexane, veg-
shows how this can be incorporated into daily life and be thor- etable oil or mineral oil.
oughly enjoyed by students of all ages and backgrounds. Volume 2 affords 28 additional unique and exciting lessons
Many students might ask, “Why do I care? Why should I that are tied to the students’ world and meaningful to them.
study chemistry?” Chemistry With Charisma seeks to answer In “Fired Up”, students watch the teacher eat a small “candle”
this question by offering lesson plans that “capture and keep made from an apple cylinder and a nut sliver as a “wick”. They
attention”. It also poses a larger question, “Where would we be then explore the concepts of calorimetry, discrepant events, ex-
without chemistry?” and engages students in diverse experi- perimental design and heat energy. “Observing Candles” offers
ments designed to motivate them to investigate the world around a chance to collect evidence to identify the reactants and prod-
them. ucts when a candle is burned. In this lesson, students learn such
Both volumes offer well-organized chapters with engag- concepts as chemical reactions, combustion and conservation
ing, hands-on lessons that use toys and everyday materials of mass. Sounding like an episode of CSI, “Scent of a Mystery”
to encourage students to think like a scientist. Chapters are asks students to identify some unknown odors and the familiar
well-written and contain a succinct overview of planned experi- scent that results when they are mixed. Health conscious stu-
ments, key concepts, National Science and Education Standards dents will appreciate “How Much Sugar in Your Soda”, an ex-
met by each experiment, a list of materials, clearly written pro- periment involving construction of two types of hydrometers for
cedures and instructor notes. While a list of answers to student making density measurements. Perhaps one of the most popular
questions is included in each chapter, teachers are encouraged chapters in Volume 2 is “Micro-Rocket Challenge”, an oppor-
to challenge students to expand their observations beyond the tunity for students to find the ratio of hydrogen and oxygen that
basics. will propel a micro-rocket the furthest.
Volume 1 consists of 24 meaningful and inspiring lessons de- Since chemistry is a process, not just a collection of facts,
veloped to encourage the use of a variety of tools and teaching students should be encouraged to do what real chemists do:
methods to help students comprehend, process and demonstrate make predictions, design and modify experiments, make ob-
an understanding of abstract concepts and phenomena — and servations, and draw reasonable conclusions. Both volumes of
to have fun in the process. In “Syringe Investigations”, students Chemistry With Charisma convey the methodology of scientific
use a common gadget to illustrate the relationships of pressure investigation in a way that allows students to develop the funda-
and volume of gases. The effects of gas volume and pressure mental skills necessary for scientific inquiry and the scientific
are further examined in “Toys Under Pressure,” a unique expe- way of processing information.
rience investigating whoopee cushions and exploding straws. Chemistry With Charisma is a concise, interactive guide of-
In “Creaking Plastic Bottles”, students learn the difference fering a fresh approach to a fascinating subject. It is a “thinking
between what happens to a helium filled Mylar balloon that sits outside the box” approach to chemistry and a chance for stu-
in a car for hours on a very cool or a very hot day. Younger stu- dents to see that, through experience, the scientific method be-
dents are challenged to figure out how a hand boiler works in the comes more than a list memorized from a textbook; it becomes
appropriately title chapter, “Investigations with Hand Boilers”. a working system that is an integral part of their lives.
Older students continue the lesson to learn how the hand boiler For more information on Chemistry With Charisma, Volumes
can be used as a closed-system, mini-distillation apparatus. Fi- 1 and 2, please visit www.terrificsciencepress.com. L.K.F.
nally, who could resist a chapter entitled “Magic Sand”? In this

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Homeschool Mom Turns Author
By Tammy Raden

ow many of us go through life letting the fear of at Moorpark College (California) and just made the dean’s list.
failure stop us from pursuing what we should or My twins are getting ready to graduate -- a year early I might
want to be doing? I know I did. That is until a add, and received perfect scores on their exit exams.
life-changing event happened to me. This one act I needed to find something to occupy my time. I decided to
changed the way I see others and myself in this world. take that same attitude I had toward homeschooling and apply
My son was having difficulty in school. He was a great kid it to turning my stories into books. I knew that if I could suc-
and tried extremely hard in his classes, but reading was dif- ceed at homeschooling I could succeed at anything, as long as
ficult for him. His teachers tried to help but each school year I was willing to give it my all. That’s when I decided to take
became harder. Finally we found out that he had dyslexia, but my stories and try publishing them. I figured I couldn’t ask
the school did not have the resources to help. I will never for- someone else to believe in me unless I was willing to believe
get the frustration I felt when I was told by the principle that in myself. So, I decided to self-publish my books. The hardest
they couldn’t help him. I found out on that day how the fear of part about this new venture was drawing the illustrations. As a
failure doesn’t seem that important when others have already child, I always loved to draw, but it seemed scary to illustrate
failed you. I also learned that it was okay to take the power of a book. So, I sat down and attempted to draw my first illustra-
what happens to my child from others and give it to myself. I tion. It took me several attempts but finally I had a picture
figured I could only go up, since they felt my child had already I was proud of. Once I got my family’s approval of that first
hit bottom. illustration I kept going and before long I had my first book
That day I awoke to the possibility there might be another ready for publication.
way of doing things. So I did the only choice I had left I pulled My Dog Blue is my first book. It is a rhyming story about a
all three of my children out of school and decided to try my little boy who can’t get his dog to follow his commands. But
hand at homeschooling. Sure, I was scared, but I figured I had instead of giving up, he decides to look for the uniqueness in
something the school didn’t have: The determination not give his dog, something that makes his dog special, too. I wrote this
up on my children. It was a lot of hard work and dedication, not story to show my kids you could take any situation and find
only from me but from my children and husband too. Before the positive in it. Sometimes you just have to be willing to see
long, we learned how to battle my son’s reading issues. We things from a different perspective. My Dog Blue was released
kept trying new ideas; some worked and some didn’t, but we in October, 2009 and Every Time I Want to Play, Brother and
never gave up. Eventually he learned how to work around his Sister Get in My Way was released in March, 2010.
dyslexia. It wasn’t just my oldest that benefited from home- All of my stories are written in rhyme because I believe a
schooling, all three of my children loved being homeschooled. rhyming story can better hold the attention of younger chil-
It made for a fun-loving, safe environment and they excelled dren. This allows them to get more out of the story. I have vis-
from the experience. The learning was not the only thing we ited over thirty local preschool and elementary schools, sharing
saw improvement in. The confidence they gained by constantly my books. It is so much fun to see the reaction of the children
being surrounded by a positive influence helped them to grow and how it compares to the way my own children related to
into strong, confident young adults. the stories. It is my hope that I am able to give parents and
Another positive that came from homeschooling was that I children a positive interaction through my stories. The most
spent a lot of time with them. This gave me a better understand- important thing I have learned from my experiences -- whether
ing of what problems they faced in life. I took these challenges it is homeschooling or creating children’s books -- is that we
and created stories for them. I did this so they could learn from all have the capability to be successful. All we need to succeed
the characters in the story how to handle the same situations, is the knowledge that not one of us is more or less capable than
but with a positive outcome. This became an entertaining way anyone else in this world. We just need to believe in ourselves,
to teach them important life lessons. Before I knew it I had writ- work hard at the goals we set and don’t let the fear a failure
ten over eleven stories. As time went by, I realized that making stop us from going after our dreams. I hope I have inspired you
the choice to homeschool my children was the best decision I to go after your dreams. I know I am happy I went after mine.
ever made. My children benefited greatly from it. My oldest is T.R.

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Letting Go of Picture-Perfect
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saying goes “I know the Lord to put our children first.  Let’s face
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Mating Without Dating - Part Two we asked him confirmed to him
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continued from page 57 that, he engendered from her the and that we valued and esteemed unique, but there is a culture of
without any coaching or limits respect, admiration, and respon- him for showing us so much re- honor we can cultivate from the
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doubt, the fact that Ian closed the me?” eled in pursuit of much better a wife -- embracing expanding
door on abandoning the relation- Ian said two things stood out to ending destinations. responsibility at home and in your
ship before it even began was the him as he came seeking Crystal’s My hope in penning this col- work, knowing yourself spiritu-
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her father and wait for his permis- ficed for. Store up all your roman-
sion to seek her hand. When that tic ideas and longings to pour out
is received, commit yourself to over your husband within your
her and provide the safety of your marriage for the rest of your life.
dedicated love within which her Copyright, © Moira Bell 2009.
heart can open up safely.
To our daughters: Be yourself Greg and Moira Bell have three
and pursue the things that interest emancipated young adults and
you. Never posture or perform for three homeschool students still
a man’s attention. Let him notice living at home. They are finishing
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continued from page 78 tage (to the controlling parties), but
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at least as good as the one they wealth of its vitality – as it bled
experienced while fully alive; if the once-powerful Soviet Union
possible, a better one. – and leaches from the economy
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as they try to picture themselves many adults are self-absorbed and
with my brood. I certainly have unwilling to make sacrifices?
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attitudes lay the foundation of particular, is a major step in the
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A Mother's Thoughts on
Freedom-Based Education
By Kathy Richardson

to those who structure a few
wa ke t o sle e p a nd activities and ending with those
take my waking slow who have their children spend
I learn by going where structured time and lessons on
I have to go” each subject. It seems to me the
Theodore Roethke’s words terminology isn’t the important
are written on a 3x5-index card issue here. Instead, each fam-
and taped on our bathroom ily has to make decisions about
wall. The second line is circled their children’s education, based
in pencil and a note added by on the children themselves,
my 15-year-old homeschooler: family values and beliefs and
“Think about this, think about time and money available.
me.” The teacher teaches the learn-
Her words are meant to re- er . . . the learner teaches the
mind me, again, that although teacher. I taught my daughter
I call our method of education to use the word processor. She
“unschooling” and claim to taught me some sign language.
allow her freedom of choice A computer web page teaches
in what and how she learns, her tabulatures for playing
there is within me a history of certain songs on her guitar.
formal public schooling and a She teaches an acquaintance
strict family upbringing, both guitar-playing techniques. We
of which constantly threaten to are all teachers and we all have
topple my tower of good inten- to remain open to a lifetime of
tions. learning.
Patrick Farenga of Holt As- Public school requires seven
sociates and Growing Without hours per weekday of formal ed-
Schooling tells us in Schooling ucation. I offer my daughter the
At Home (John Muir Publica- opportunity to learn 24-hours
tions, 1990) of John Holt’s coin- a day, seven days a week, 365
ing of the word “unschooling” days a year. Our minds do not
to contrast home schools from operate like a store, open 9:00
public and private schools. a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Nowadays, those who teach An acquaintance told me of
their children at home are divid- his 10-year-old grandson’s re-
ed by some into the homeschool- peated failures in schoolwork
ing camp and the unschooling and his particular difficulty with
camp. I see the two terms as anything in worksheet form.
situated at opposite ends of a His beloved grandson appeared,
long line of families who love according to the school’s official
their children’s company and terminology, which Grandpa
want to be deeply involved in was taking as gospel, to be
their education. headed down a path to nowhere
In our area, we have about 20 unless they (the school) stepped
families who call themselves in with all kinds of special help.
unschoolers, but I have noted I asked the grandfather what
that they, too, range from fami- the youngster liked to do. Was
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reading or interpreting the as- today’s young generation for
sembly directions? If you are not present and future technologies.
proficient in such endeavors, as I A homeschooler, particularly
am not, such directions confuse an unschooler, has a distinct
you. You have to wonder what advantage in being allowed the
frustrations and confusions this freedom of pursuits of his/her
boy was facing each time he own choosing, as opposed to a
worked on a model. school-determined, time-limit-
Was I surprised to learn that ed curriculum. Patricia Joudry
he did not need the assembly in And the Children Played
directions; he just figured it out (Tundra Books, 1975), reminds
in his mind and did it? No, I was us: “Some people think that if
not surprised. Thomas Arm- you’re going to educate your
strong leads you to “discovering children at home, you have to
and encouraging your child’s be constantly ready with black-
personal learning style” in Their board and pointer” (for the year
Own Way (G.P. Putnam’s Sons, 2000, substitute the word “com-
1987). He says that your child puter”). “Not a bit. You have to
may employ several or all of do something much harder than
these learning styles - never just that. Mind your own business.”
one. Schools tend to teach to one Joudry’s daughter Stephanie
or just a few of the seven learn- expressed the desire to make
ing styles: Linguistic, Spatial, a dress. When you are a hit-
Kinesthetic, Logical-Mathemat- and-miss seamstress, you hold
ical, Musical, Interpersonal and your breath, hoping no child of
Intrapersonal. The 10-year-old yours will decide to learn some-
boy sounds like he is highly kin- thing you typically approach as
esthetic. My daughter is mainly Joudry says, “with the throw-
musical. it-together-and-hope-method.”
Over the weeks following our Unschooled Stephanie read the
initial discussions, Grandpa and pattern directions and made the
I continued to debate education dress - the first of many - re-
in terms of learning what the quiring nothing more from her
schools require versus what you mother/teacher/facilitator than a
are truly interested in learning, quick drive to town and a bit of
as well as ways you learn best. cash for pattern and material.
The last I heard, his grandson Joudry admits she should have
had started in special classes known this would happen, since
where he was doing computer- a few years earlier she’d men-
ized worksheets and having no tioned to Stephanie her wish
problems at all. I see computers that someone else would help
as more hands-on, (kinesthetic) out with the family cooking.
and they often come with sound, Stephanie’s wordless response
which could also be a welcome was to immediately go into the
stimulus in this boy’s case. kitchen, get out cookbooks and
Is a computer necessary in start cooking. Stephanie became
every home? What about ho- an expert cook, specializing in
meschoolers who don’t have lavish birthday cakes.
daily access to them? Just as Until age 12, my daughter’s
a parent’s lack of training and contact with computers was
accreditation as a schoolteacher limited to what was offered at
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A Mother's Thoughts on Freedom-Based Education
continued from page 95 child is interested in learning, is
the public library . . . one with able to excel at, or even under-
few capabilities and no Internet stand. These facts and figures
access. After spending a time are, instead, what state educa-
in her older brother’s home tion bureaucrats decide students
•Offering courses for K-12 students with (a month-long vacation in the should know. Do these aptitude
an emphasis on Individualized Learning.
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year), she returned home quite of one’s knowledge or intelli-
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Association of Private Schools.
needs or wants knowledge, she how much one does not know
The School for Home Schooling Families
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Recalling these earliest com- ticular test?
Tamanu Sun puter experiences, she simpli- As a prerequisite to kinder-
Common Sense Swimwear fied the matter: “There was a garten my now-grown public-
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stays at her brother’s home, pretend to be going out to lunch
www.tamanusun.com she has only occasional access with one of his parents, pick up
to computers in the library or a tiny tray and load it with lunch
a friend’s house. At 15 she has for the two of them. “And what
recently started a part-time, did you get?” I asked. “Three
paid position in a non-profit hamburgers, three French fries
agency, where she spends the and two soft drinks.” he said.
majority of her three hours daily I cringed slightly, wondering
upgrading her computer skills how those numbers would be
and passing on that knowledge evaluated and, at the same time,
to adults who come in to access wondering why he’d chosen
the Internet and computer, GED three hamburgers and three or-
and typing tutorials. ders of fries for only two people.
Attending a school board I asked him. His simple answer:
meeting early in the school year, “So we wouldn’t have to go back
I couldn’t help but notice that a to the counter and wait in line if
large portion of the agenda dealt we wanted seconds.”
with student aptitude testing and Aptitude tests are cut and
comparisons of the students’ test dried, multiple choice, only one
scores within that school system right answer . . . no alternatives,
for the current and previous no options, no allowance for
years, as well as with students in thinking ahead.
other schools in the state, other When my daughter was two-
schools nationwide and with years-old, we installed a full-
state scoring expectations. length mirror on the living room
Prior to aptitude testing, class- wall near her toy shelves. On the
room studies are concentrated mirror was a picture of her hold-
on those facts and figures which ing a sign that read: Help me to
will be included in future test- help myself. K.R. L
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continued from page 64 from listening carefully to
more of a problem for me

the ideas of others. No mat-
because I have always genu- ter what, each individual will
i nely enjoyed t he process need to process this informa-
of eating ice cream, cook- tion on their own, and arrive
ies, and large quantities of at t hei r ow n conclu sion s.
chocolate. However, as my Other than planting seeds for
s o n s a n d d a u g h t e r s h ave thought, there is little I can
become more and more in- do to speed up the process
terested in nut r ition, they for them anyway. There is an
have gradually helped me to old saying that “God doesn’t
learn to read labels, consider have any grandchildren.”
the fat content of the foods I And speaking of grandchil-
put into my body, and reduce dren, I am looking forward
the number of times a year to the days when I will be
I go on white sugar-baking able to put my new-fou nd
sprees. I am gradually learn- wisdom to work once again.
ing to enjoy the process of My mother used to say, “You
thinking through what I am get so soon old, and so late

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days when my blood sugar moms, or moms-to-be, I hope
level helps me to concentrate you will make an effort to
instead of bouncing off the enjoy the processes you are
ceiling. sharing with your children

your way.
Thinking through deeper today. Don’t waste potential-
issues, including religion, ly joyful moments worrying
philosophy, and the ultimate about products which will
meaning of life and death, almost certainly develop in
is also a process. We should due time, when the children
all try to recognize that ev- are ready.
eryone needs to go through I n my favor ite musi-
these processes on their cal, “Fiddler on the Roof ”,
own. Once we believe that there is a song that called,
we have discovered the truth “ S u n r i s e - S u n s e t ”, w h i c h
for ourselves, there is a huge says, “Sunrise, sunset. Sun-
tendency to want to take that rise, sunset….Swiftly f ly the
product and hand it on a plat- years…
ter, pre-formed and suitable One season following an-
for framing, to everyone we other, laden with happiness
meet. While it is always fine and tears”
to share, it is much better to Learn to focus on and to
enjoy the process of listen- savor the processes you are
ing to others, while helping g o i n g t h r o u g h e a c h d a y,
them to think through their whether you are in the midst
own ideas on the subject. I of joy or sor row, and con-
figure that if I am correct in cent rate less on products,
my own view of the tr uth, e s p e c i a l ly t h o s e t h a t a r e
then that truth will be able to rooted in the expectations
stand up to analysis and criti- of others, and I believe you
cism f rom others. If there will have discovered one of
are areas where I am still the most important secrets of
in error, I may also benefit all. M.H.
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He continues: “You touch every- our children understand both
continued from page 65 view. Talking about her qualifica-
can stop our relentless running thing that is there — the leaf, the how to be present for and thus
tions, the Old Woman had told
away from life so that we can be pebble, the little flower, the sound how to enjoy the deep mystery
the queen, “There is only One
present as much as possible for of the bird. You are completely of even the simplest of thorn-
who knows all. I seek that One,
both our own and our children’s free from the desire to run [from bushes.” R.P.
and I shall endeavor to share that
lives. Otherwise, when our chil- point A] to point B” (Peace Be-
search with your children.” And
dren become adults — or even gins Here, p. 59). Dr. Richard Prystowsky and
then she added: “Along the way,
young adults — we might experi- Ultimately, when we practice his wife, Charlie Miles, home-
perhaps we will discover together
ence feelings of regret as we real- being fully alive in the present schooled their two younger chil-
the wisdom of the One whose
ize that our children have grown moment, we understand that life dren, both of whom are now in
voice calls out even from the sim-
up and that we missed out on so itself is our curriculum and that college. Formerly a profession of
plest of thornbushes” (p. 93).
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May your journeys with your
In his beautiful book The moment is our ongoing project. Valley College, Richard currently
own children also be filled with
Twenty-Two Gates to the Garden, If we cannot come home to this is the Division Chair for Math,
the joy of discovering life’s
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first” approach, and develops locked a door we just couldn’t get
skills a little at a time. open until now. So, I thank you,
It’s relevant.  Kids learn to Mr. Marks, for putting together
write in a structured way about such a fine program.”
their world and experiences, “I have to tell you that as a for-
instead of writing from generic mer high school English teacher,
prompts. I am very impressed with the
It’s college-preparatory.  All Writing Strands texts. I find
the preparation for college writ- them far superior to any writing
ing is here. We cover creative, textbook I have ever encoun-
argumentative, research and re- tered. My philosophy of teaching
port, and explanatory writing. writing has always been that one
It’s age-appropriate.  Work- learns to write by writing, not by
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has afforded me the opportunity works. As we move our muscles, the Center for Disease Control learning process. Activities and
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heavily influenced by our ability for learning proper letterform the brain, it will make learning ful completion of schoolwork.
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from our environment, under- Research supports that learning ing makes interested students learning is particularly helpful
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What Type of Learner Is
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By Michael & Mary Leppert ing styles, and then implement

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“learner” your child is your findings.
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foreign ground for most par- also be used in the home to
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contemplating homeschooling. family, we can build a healthy
“Learning styles” is a way of family of individuals with a
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as children -- that recognizes in turn, can go into the world
that we all perceive and process and work with other people
information in unique ways. with different personalities and
Discovering your own or your learning styles and, in general,
child’s learning styles is time- be tolerant, understanding, and
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The majority of schools and Child’s Learning Style
teaching institutions are barely Before we knew anything
starting to consider “learning about learning styles, we real-
styles” as a meaningful way to ized that certain ways of learn-
analyze how children learn, and ing would make it possible for
few have a clue how to use the our son to really learn—have
information. Given the limita- the knowledge at his fingertips
tions of mass-schooling, school “forever,” the authority to dis-
systems that choose to analyze cuss it, and the ability to use it
and sort children by their learn- when necessary and repeat it
ing styles may find it a logistic when desired. If his particular
impossibility to accommodate learning way was not followed,
all learners. Or perhaps it could the “learning” would be like
be done along the lines of the writing in water—gone imme-
magnet school method. For diately after he went through the
instance, all students whose in- motions.
telligence is predominantly lin- For example, the math book
guistic could attend one school, we first used introduced skip-
those with primarily musical in- counting (1, 3, 5 . . .) by each
telligence another, and so forth. number from 1 to 9 as pre-
Still, given the highly individual paratory practice to learning
nature of learning styles, it’s multiplication. The author said
unlikely that institutions like that multiplying these simple
public schools will ever use this numbers is the same as fast
valuable tool. addition, and skip-counting
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visit a counselor who specializes beanbag, each one saying “his”
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continued from page 126 shift. Around age 4-5, children
ing that people would comply with have no idea that attention must
rules that intruded on the personal be focused, while 6-7 year olds
domain (such as what to play with, understand the concept of focus
what clothes the child likes and and know how distractions disrupt
dislikes). However, in situations the focus. What a large body of
Mr. Everybody’s Musical Apartment involving moral rules, predictions research tells us is that children
of compliance with those rules acquire a basic understanding of
significantly nearly doubles from attention during the late preschool
age 4 to 7. 7-year-olds are twice as and early elementary school
likely to follow rules for morally years.
essential situations than 4-year- Attentional focus is largely me-
olds (a situation may be taking diated by the child’s neurological
a toy away from a child who is abilities. The brain takes nearly
threatening another child with that 30 years to develop, so what is not
toy). Another related finding is that developed at age 5? Age 7? The
older (7 & older) children tend to answer is, a lot. Attentional focus
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class will include a child who has an skills. “Some of his first vocalizations were bourine requires eye-hand coordination and
obvious physical or mental disability. in class,” she said, “where they do repetitive enhances small, fine motor development,” she
Parents of young children with “special needs” music sounds, rhythms, and tonal patterns. All explained. “Swinging in beat to the music and
are often attracted to music classes as therapy, of a sudden one day, when he was two-and-a- waving scarves improves rhythmic coordina-
with an eye to helping their children develop. half, Harrison was able to do that.” tion and other gross motor skills. Even simple
And while there may be controversy over Music therapists, in fact, have long drawn rocking sends incredible amounts of informa-
whether music will make you “smarter,” there on the power of music to aid in language de- tion to the brain. When you shift your weight,
is no doubt that music and movement together velopment. A common example is the way you are actually falling and recovering.”
aid in child development. they work with stroke victims who have lost An important developmental byproduct of
Think of it this way: The brain feeds on function in the brain’s language areas but not the Music Together curriculum, Janet said, is
stimulation, and there are few, if any, activities in the areas which control music. “People who that learning to enjoy and make music, often
that provide stimulation to so many nerves at have strokes can often remember lullabies and gives a special-needs child “appropriate leisure
once, as music. In addition to its most obvious early childhood melodies, so what you do in skills” that can help her function more fully
roles in encouraging appreciation of and pro- working with them is to pull the words out in society. “The music experience is often a
ficiency in music, music instruction has been through rhythm and melody,” explained Janet special-needs child’s first opportunity to be
shown to be influential in nearly all the ways Campbell, a Music Together teacher in New able to participate fully as a member of a group
children develop. It facilitates language acqui- Jersey and a certified music therapist. “You in a recreational way,” she said. “After all, a
sition, hones fine and gross motor skills, pro- teach them to sing, ‘I want my razor’ or ‘I want function of music is to enrich life, which is
motes socialization, and encourages emotional a drink of water.’ They can’t say it, but they can developmental in and of itself.”
growth. Kenneth K. Guilmartin, the founder sing it.” As Joan Hammond explains it, music is vital
and director of both Music Together and its The same theories are often applied by not only because it promotes Harrison’s devel-
Lab School in Princeton, New Jersey, puts it music therapists when they work with young opment directly, but also because it makes her
this way: “Music and movement classes are de- children. A standard music therapy practice, son happy. When he is upset, playing a cassette
velopmental for all young children, regardless she said, is to couple lyrics about everyday tape calms him down. When he listens to a
of whether we think of the child as “normal“ or needs and home life with familiar tunes. Sing- song, his attention span increases noticeably,
not, “talented“ or not. ing “this is the way we tie our shoe, tie our thereby facilitating further development.
No one knows what a profoundly disabled shoe, tie our shoe” often helps teach children “I can’t say enough about how important
child is actually hearing or whether she is to accomplish tasks that they are unable to do it is with a developmentally impaired child
experiencing a song differently from the “nor- otherwise, Janet said. to find what makes him tick,” Joan said. And
mal” child next to her, but she can enjoy the ex- Another common technique of professional with Harrison, the spark that lights him up is
perience just as much — and may be getting as music therapists is improvisation, which is music. “When you find whatever makes him
much, or more, from it. As Ken says, “Music important for children’s growth. “It develops tick, then you find the child,” she explained,
intelligence is one of many independent intel- the child’s sense of self, sense of control,” “and you bring out things in him that you never
ligences human beings have. A child might be explained Ashley Scott, a certified music thought possible.”
at the low end of the bell curve in one type of therapist and a Music Together teacher in Music Together is an internationally-recog-
development — say, his ability to speak — and Virginia. In Music Together classes, she said, nized early childhood music and movement
be at the high end of the bell curve when it improvisation happens often during the play- curriculum for babies, toddlers, preschool-
comes to music-making.” alongs. “I can play the way they play. If they ers, kindergarteners, and the adults who love
A powerful example of the developmental are banging their cymbals on the floor, I can them. Originally offered to the public in 1987,
potential of music-making is Harrison Ham- bang my tambourine on the floor.” In this way it pioneered the concept of a research-based,
mond of Plainsboro, New Jersey, who started she meets each child at his level and affirms his developmentally appropriate early childhood
attending Music Together classes when he was contribution by mirroring it. “My goals are to music curriculum that strongly emphasizes
just six months old. Born very prematurely, he develop children’s fine and gross motor skills, and facilitates adult involvement.
had mild cerebral palsy at five years old, could to work on their speech and language develop- Music Together classes are now offered in
not walk unaided, and had difficulty with fine ment, to develop socialization, and to work on more than 2,000 communities in over 30 coun-
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