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Welcome to the Holiday issue of The Way Home
IN THIS ISSUE:
 

Stop! In the Name of Life by Richard J. Prystowsky
Glitter Snow Globe Art Activity/Gift Idea by MyLinda Butterworth

Math Drawings - Good Stuff For Teachers
Review by Linda K.Foster
Click Drivers Ed Review by Linda K. Foster
eDriveStar.com Review by Linda K. Foster
Of Horses & Carts by Frode Jensen of Wordsmiths
ScienceWorks
Wall Words
Carrol Caldwell, Owner of Wall Words, Inc.


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Stop! In the Name of Life
by Richard J. Prystowsky

The other day, I was sitting with a younger colleague of mine at an end-of-the-school-year social gathering. She had brought along her two-month-old baby boy, her first child. At the same gathering, my 17-year-old son, who attends the college where I work, was socializing with his classmates. Thinking about my son when he was an infant, I told my colleague that I recall being able to place my thumb at the nape of my son’s neck and reach his waist with the tip of my pinky. I was tempted to ask my colleague if I could try doing this with her baby, but I decided simply to enjoy the memory of my son’s infancy.

The week before this gathering, my wife and I attended our older daughter’s graduation from the University of Alabama, where she received a PhD degree in social work. At a celebration party held in our daughter’s honor, I had a flashback: I recalled a beautiful spring afternoon when my daughter was perhaps nine or ten years old. She and I had impulsively decided to take a car ride together, heading nowhere in particular. We spent much of the car ride repetitively playing a game in which she would ask me first what my favorite animal was, then what my favorite color was, and finally what my favorite number was, and then would proceed to tell me that I was (for example) a blue horse with 17 legs.

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Trim and Tassels


Math Drawings - Good Stuff For TeachersMath Drawings
Written by Mary Smale

$24.95, Available at www.MathDrawings.com

Review by Linda Foster

Math Drawings by Mary Smale is an exciting multi-disciplinary method of incorporating art with math allowing students to create entire pictures using only basic geometric shapes. For over 30 years, Mary Smale taught algebra and other math disciplines in high school and middle school. During this time, she developed her unique math-based art lesson, originally used as a reward system for her 8th grade students.

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The Dow's Schoolroom


Click Drivers Ed: Specializing in California....only 35 Dollars
A DMV Approved ProgramClick Driver's Ed
Review by Linda K. Foster

ClickDriversEd.com is an approved online driver education program which is licensed by the California Department of Motor Vehicles to provide quality online driver education and professional instruction for teens to obtain their driver’s licenses. The course meets California’s Provisional Instruction Permit requirements for students under 18 years of age. Because driver safety is the major concern at clickdriversed.com, this specially priced ($35!) program was designed to, and succeeds in, instilling proper knowledge, attitude and skills necessary to become a safe and responsible driver. AND, it’s all done from the convenience of home, at a pace comfortable for each student.

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eDriveStar.com – Your Safety Is Our First Concern! Nevada
Review by Linda K. FostereDriveStar

eDriveStar is an approved online driver education program which is licensed by the Nevada Department of Motor Vehicles to provide quality online driver education and professional instruction for teens to obtain their driver’s licenses. The course meets Nevada’s Provisional Instruction Permit requirements for students under 18 years of age. Because driver safety is the major concern at eDriveStar.com, this reasonably priced ($70) program was designed to, and succeeds in, instilling proper knowledge, attitude and skills necessary to become a safe and responsible driver. AND, it’s all done from the convenience of home, at a pace comfortable for each student.

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Conceptual Learning


globeGlitter Snow Globe Art Activity/Gift Idea
from Just 24 Days Till Christmas, a book by MyLinda Butterworth,
Please visit their website Day to Day Enterprises

Materials List:

glitter, any color
jar with a lid (baby food jars are great)
Low melt glue gun
small figurines or Christmas ornaments
plastic leaves or flowers
acrylic paint

Instructions:
1. Paint the lid, then set aside to dry.
2. Glue the figure and any decorations inside the lid with glue gun, making sure that you stay within the rubber seal area. Let dry completely.
3. Put water and glitter into jar.
4. Place figure into the fluid and tighten the lid. Run a bead of hot glue along outside jar edge to seal, then set aside to dry.
5. Shake gently to watch the snow fall.

Note: It used to be that you could buy moth flakes, and they made the best snow inside the domes. If you can find them at a hardware store use the same amount of flakes as you use glitter.


Of Horses & CartsWordsmiths
by Frode Jensen of Wordsmiths

Ah, another one of those odd titles it seems. Stick with me, and it will all become clear. Often I am asked what I would recommend for a student so that he/she can improve his/her writing. My response is normally to find out the grade level of the child. High school level students should be expected to write papers of some length and be able to do some reading and thinking about the subject before writing about it. However, I have found in conversing with many moms, and professional teachers as well, that expectations for younger children are quite high.
Now let's get down to the real problem. Too many people want to jump to the goal of good writing without teaching their students how to do some of the preliminary work necessary to becoming a good writer. This is where the horses and carts image comes in. I'll deal with it momentarily.

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Pennywise Learning


ScienceWorks

ScienceWorksScienceWorks has produced an exciting line of educational products designed for science teaching and learning since 1988. The highly skilled team at ScienceWorks includes teachers and specialists with backgrounds in authoring science books, state and local recognition as educators, and over 100 years of combined experience in science education and specialized areas.

The goal of the ScienceWorks team is to create quality products that will empower educators and students to maximize technology and learning.

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Wall Words
Carrol CaldwellWall Words
Owner of Wall Words, Inc.

I've always loved the written word. Almost more than the meaning, I love the shape and grace of text. How wonderful that the same word can look so different but means the same thing in one font to the next. Words become symbols and a form of art. Expressive phrases allow you to share with others inspiring, thought-provoking humorous or reflective sentiments. Words convey your intellect, your philosophy, and can even serve as a window to your soul.

Unlike a photo or painting, words allow you to use your imagination. My friend, Julie, says: "A well-chosen phrase is worth a thousand pictures when it's applied to walls and furnishings." Of course, she is a writer and also a lover of words.

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