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The Way Home 3.04.11

Dear Readers:

This issue of The Way Home, we present you with articles that deal with teens and college. Shannon Clair (a 2009 graduate) continues her saga of attending Princeton, with Part 2 of Looking Back After a Year of College. Then, Diane Flynn Keith, one of homeschooling’s most popular speakers and writers, offers her observations in Exploring the Ultimate Urban Legend: Homeschooled Teens. We consider both of these articles to be among the best in our vaults and we hope you enjoy them and gain useful insight from them. Thank you for reading our publications.
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Fundraising with Hope and Purpose
By Diane Novack, Community Coordinator Green Tree Fundraising

We all want opportunities to do more for our children educationally, socially, economically and spiritually. One of the stepping stones to more activities is money to do things, buy enhancing tools, pay for field trips, the list is endless.

Now, Green Tree Fundraising can help you do those things. We offer Eco-friendly fundraisers that help you as the educator/leader, help children learn while they earn, help Mother Earth breathe and reuse wastes better. Fundraisers with Green Tree win/win/win for all involved.
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Looking Back After A Year of College, Part 2
by Shannon Lee Clair, Princeton University Class of ’09

Shannon homeschooled from second grade through high school in Los Angeles, CA. This is the second of a series of articles reflecting on her experiences homeschooling and making the transition to college.

The noise in the room was overwhelming. In the centre, under the dim, pink light, a circle of partiers was drunkenly singing Bohemian Rhapsody and snatches of other classic rock-n-roll. Ridiculous laughter and shouted conversations, enlivened by various specially named drinks full of vodka and Bacardi, filled the rest of the room. As the hour progressed, other “Street” goers began to crowd into the room, bringing with them a cloud of headache inducing smoke. “Well,” I thought to myself, after wrapping up an interesting, but gradually descending conversation, “it’s time to go.” And so I left the cast party (in celebration of a theatre production wrap-up), to return to my peaceful, quiet room and my studious, quiet roommate, who was just closing her computer and getting ready for bed.
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Columbia College

About Online Campus If work, military or family obligations have kept you from attending a traditional college, you are an excellent candidate for pursuing your college degree online. The Online Campus at Columbia College offers you an affordable and convenient option for earning your college degree.

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Homefires: Exploring the Ultimate Urban Legend: Homeschooled Teens
by Diane Flynn Keith, Editor of www.Homefires.com, the Journal of Homeschooling Online

I knew most of the kids in my local homeschool support group from the time they were second-graders. So, when the pliable little-boy-bodies gave way to broad backs and biceps of rock-solid muscle, and the previously waist-less, little girl bodies took on the form of Botticelli’s Venus, it took some getting used to. The changing bodies brought new and different energy, attitudes, thought, and behavior – and along with it, parental anxiety. This was a surprise to me and many of my homeschool friends who believed the ultimate urban legend – that homeschooled teens are immune to the pressures, social expectations, and behavior dictated by pop culture in America.

How did this myth evolve? I think it began many years ago with the teens that were targeted by the media (including the homeschool media) as fine examples of what homeschooling produces.
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eHarvey Distance Learning College Prep High School

Since 1916, the Harvey School in Westchester, New York has served as a bricks-and-mortar English-style, fully accredited (by NYSAIS), college preparatory school for students of varying abilities and learning styles who wish to have the best possible education.

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Fundraising with Hope and Purpose

By Diane Novack, Community Coordinator Green Tree Fundraising

We all want opportunities to do more for our children educationally, socially, economically and spiritually. One of the stepping stones to more activities is money to do things, buy enhancing tools, pay for field trips, the list is endless.

Now, Green Tree Fundraising can help you do those things. We offer Eco-friendly fundraisers that help you as the educator/leader, help children learn while they earn, help Mother Earth breathe and reuse wastes better. Fundraisers with Green Tree win/win/win for all involved.

A local Boy Scout troop held a Reforestation Fundraiser. They earned money for their camping trip including camping fees, purchase of much-needed new equipment and food costs for the trip. Plus, they are planning to plant trees as an activity in their local burn area, over and above the planting Green Tree does through the National Forest Foundation.  AND they are earning several belt loops in the process.

With our flagship Reforestation project, trees are sold for $15, the group (you) keeps $10 and sends $5 to Green Tree. Green Tree in turn, sends a portion to the National Forest Federation who plants native trees all across the country in forest and wetlands that have been destroyed for any number of reasons. After the trees are planted, at the optimal time of year for that area, a certificate is e-mailed to the supporter announcing that a tree was planted in their name in a particular forest. You have a fantastic profit margin, and there is no distribution. Your fundraising kit is sent to you free of charge and I, as Community Coordinator, am here to answer any questions and support you in any way I can.  http://www.greentreefootprints.org/#a_aid=095phM2VYv4nb

A private school was in need of new playground equipment. They decided to have the Stainless Steel Bottles imprinted with their School Logo with profits up to 66%. They held their regular two-week fundraiser and chose to purchase 50 additional bottles to have on hand for purchase. They sold the extra bottles within two weeks and wished they had ordered more. Their new playground equipment was almost totally paid for with just one fundraiser. They have booked another Fundraiser for two months down the road to hopefully finish paying for the equipment. This time they chose the Greeting Card with Wildflower Seeds Imbedded that are handmade from 100% recycled paper along with the Soy ink printed Wrapping Paper which is also made from recycled paper. Those items range from $5 to $9 each and yield $2-$5 each.

Green Tree has several Fundraisers to choose from and a group could have 2 or 3 in a relatively short time for special projects, day-to-day costs or to simply have a financial reserve. Individual families could get together and share a fundraiser or one of the homeschooling groups could organize a larger group.

Schools of all sizes or separate classes or classrooms can organize fundraisers. There is something for everyone and there are no limitations or minimums. Whatever the need — art supplies, computers, trips, books — there’s a way to finance it.

All Fundraisers are 100% no cost to you and all yield very high profits. They usually run about 2 weeks and you can have your money in that short a time.

Other options are Green and Clean items and Reusable Shopping bags, plus Tucker Wraps which are recycled Cotton Wraps for sandwiches and snacks. Also hard-to-come-by Cotton Produce bags that are perfect for storing vegetables, fruits, bulk items, toys or cosmetics.

In addition, we offer educational materials that help link the fundraising activity to the class room and/or outdoor studies. And as your Community Coordinator, Green Tree Fundraisers gives me an ADDITIONAL 5% of the amount you send to Green Tree, over and above the profit you have already earned as a Root Fund to put back into the community in the form of Garden Equipment, Art Supplies, Educational Materials, Actual Tree-Planting Activities Locally, Playground Equipment……Whatever you would like to have to enhance your community.

We all succeed here, because about 18 months ago a group of parents decided there must be a better way to fundraise than the traditional candy, gift items, not-so-recyclable wrapping paper, etc. that we’ve all seen. That group of active (like you) parents and teachers founded Green Tree Fundraisers and through Community Coordinators like me, are able to offer Mother Earth-sustaining options while being able to also sustain our own growth, education and consciousness.

Call or e-mail me or visit my website for more information.  All Fundraisers are 100% no cost to you and all yield very high profits. They usually last about 2 weeks and you can have your “fun” money that quickly.

“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago.  The next best time is NOW.  Chinese Proverb

Diane Novack
Green Tree Community Coordinator

diane@greentreefootprints.com
909-282-5438 or 909-725-4026

Taking positive footsteps through Eco-Friendly fundraising for schools, groups, teams, organizations , http://www.greentreefootprints.org#a_aid=095phM2VYv4nb.

Green Tree believes in stepping lightly upon the earth, leaving positive footprints for generations to follow, one tree at a time.

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The Way Home 2.25.11

Dear Readers:

In this issue, we bring you an article by a past favorite contributor – Cafi Cohen, who wrote a regular column for us a few years ago. Cafi was also a favorite speaker at our Los Angeles homeschool conferences. Her specialties include using one’s family genealogy as the focal point of historical study, creating home-made transcripts and college admissions. In this article, Cafi discusses what surprised her the most during her first year of homeschooling. In our second main article, Sonya Nelson discusses that change in our society from the close-knit quality our parents and grandparents enjoyed 40 or more years ago and the isolationist world most of us inhabit today. We invite you to visit our newest website, www.homeschoolmagazine.com regularly, to see the new developments we are creating to enhance your homeschooling experience. Thank you for reading our publications.
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Turn Knowledge into College Credit

Homeschoolers deserve to get credit for all the hard work they do. college credit. How can your student build up an impressive transcript that documents advanced learning? How can you inspire your self-motivated teen? Consider all the benefits of credit-by-examination programs. These programs allow homeschooled students to earn college credit in undergraduate subjects while still in high school. There are two other big advantages: your student saves time on the path to higher education and you save significant dollars in college tuition costs.
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Cafi’s Commentary
by Cafi Cohen, homeschooling mom of 2 grown children; author of “And What About College?” and many other excellent homeschooling articles.

Someone recently asked me, “Your first year of homeschooling, what surprised you most?” Before reading on, think about your own response to that question. What do you find most surprising about home education? What – good or bad – has come to pass that you did not anticipate?

First, a little background. My husband and I began homeschooling our sixth-grade daughter, Tamara, and seventh grade son, Jeff, in the late 1980′s. We had recently moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico from San Antonio, Texas, courtesy of my husband Terry’s affiliation with the United States Air Force.

Both our children had always done well in school, earning A’s and B’s in honors and gifted tracks. While not the most popular kids in their classes, they both had many friends. In addition, they took music lessons, swam competitively, and sang in a church choir. A full life. If you saw Jeff and Tamara then, you would have said, “They have everything going for them.”
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Michigan Technological University Pre-College Outreach

When was the last time you had the opportunity to walk on water? Students attending the recent Einstein Project Science Expo in Green Bay, Wis., can tell you all about it; they spent the day dashing, running, and dancing across the surface of a non-Newtonian liquid called oobleck, a sticky white substance that will grab your feet and hold them fast if you dare to slow down.

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Where Has the Village Gone?
by Sonya “Sonni” Nelson

Thirty-six years ago, when I was born, my parents knew very little about child-rearing. They relied on the gentle guidance and advice of a network of family and extended family members. The method of my upbringing was the epitome of the African proverb “It takes a whole village to raise a child.” In addition to my parent’s dependence on the wisdom from the village, my sister and I have come to trust in those same sources as a more-than-adequate support system for our own lives. To the contrary, over the years the village has been reduced to but a thought of former days. In an effort to be independent and bring up a self-sufficient generation, we have severed all ties in our communities, allowed even the simplest of things to become quandary, given power to those incapable of mature behavior and depreciated the importance of our most valuable commodity – our children.

For example, it is no longer imperative for a family to forge relationships within the community. The 90s idea of becoming rooted in one place suggests an inability to progress or to move on to bigger and better things.
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Fundraising the Eco-Friendly, Sustainable Way
By Diane Novack, Community Coordinator, Green Tree Fundraisers, diane@greentreefootprints.com

Would you like to attend an event or take a trip or buy art supplies/computers/play equipment (the list goes on and on) but just don’t have the money? Well, here is an exciting opportunity to do those things that costs you nothing, is fun AND educational AND Earth friendly.
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