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Dear Readers:

In this issue, we offer more pithy information to aid you in your homeschooling, home-centered living. First we have "Homeschooling the Late Bloomer" by Carolyn Forte, noted former school teachers, author, lecturer, homeschooling mom of two grown daughters, homeschool counselor and co-owner of Excellence In Education Resource Center in Monrovia, California. Carolyn’s insight and humor bring valuable knowledge to parents who may have anxiety about a late-blooming child. Our second article "Kicking Your Brain ‘On’ for Academics Through Exercise" offers a thumbnail glimpse into this fascinating new connection between physical activity’s positive effect on the brain and in turn, on one’s ability to learn after such activity. We are pleased to be able to bring you such excellent information and we hope you share The Way Home with your fellow homeschooling parents. As always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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Math Without Borders - High School Math Courses
By Jennifer Nairne

High school mathematics can be an incredibly intimidating subject for parents teaching their own children.Traditional math textbooks are not meant for independent study and most students struggle unless they have guidance. But unless you have the training and experience, it can be difficult to fill in that role of "math teacher". And many of the most popular courses for homeschoolers lack depth and complexity. A lot of students get bored quickly and they lack the preparation they need for success in college.

David Chandler has created Math Without Borders - a series of Home Study Companion video lessons to accompany the most rigorous and thorough math textbooks available, while maintaining a student-friendly approach. He is an experienced teacher of mathematics, but has also taught physics, astronomy, and computer programming. And after working with homeschool families at a charter school, Mr. Chandler wanted to develop the materials and resources families need to teach high school math at home.

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Homeschooling the Late Bloomer
By Carolyn Forte

More than thirty years ago, as a college student, I worked as an aide at Carl Harvey School for the Orthopedically Handicapped in Orange County, California. During two summers working with severely handicapped children, I learned that "experts" can help and advise, but that the very best results come only with the efforts of dedicated parents who are willing to spend limitless hours with their handicapped children. Conversely, I learned that any parent who gives a school or therapist all the responsibility for educating or training his child, physically or mentally, had better seriously lower his expectations. One would think that this kind of information was a given for most homeschoolers. Most of us are homeschooling at least in part because we have rejected the "experts" and decided that we can do a better job ourselves. It is clear, however, to anyone watching the homeschool movement today that the "experts" are moving back in and therein lies the danger.

The definitions and types of handicaps have exploded since the 1960’s. Where once we thought of a child who was deaf, blind or physically handicapped as disabled, we now have a disability to fit almost everyone and a host of "experts" to match. This proliferation of "disabilities" makes a handsome addition to the GNP but it leaves a lot of pain and agony in its wake.


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TRISMS Curriculum
By Karen Caroe

Teaching Method? Learning Style? Unit Study? Classic Curriculum? Aaarrggghh!!! When I started homeschooling eleven years ago, these words confused and terrified me. Just as I began to get a grip on the homeschooling vernacular and settle into a routine, I was broadsided by another set of words . . . MIDDLE SCHOOL! HIGH SCHOOL! All of a sudden, the doubts and confusion I experienced as a new homeschooler came flooding back to me. I have found this to be a common experience among homeschoolers and it is during this time that many families decide to put the children in public or private school. Oddly enough, it is also the time that many families decide to begin their homeschooling journey. Whether you are a veteran or a novice homeschooler, I believe the TRISMS Unit Study Curriculum is the most economical, user-friendly curriculum available to middle school and high school students.

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Kicking Your Brain "On" for Academics Through Exercise

There is a revolution occurring in education -- slowly, as all institutional changes do -- that homeschoolers need to be informed of. It is the connection between vigorous exercise BEFORE learning, that creates a heightened state of attention.

Developed and explained by Dr. John Ratey, a clinical psychiatrist at Harvard Medical School in his book "Spark: The Revolutionary New Science of Exercise and the Brain", wherein he presents an understanding of neurobiology with worldwide research to inspire the reader to embrace exercise as a means to achieve optimal brain performance.

Dr. Ratey and the late Phil Lawler, high school teacher/coach in Naperville, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, presented Dr. Ratey's concepts to Mr. Lawler's young students to great effect.

Vigorous exercise BEFORE learning helps create a heightened state of attention.Scientific fitness studies document academic improvement linked to movement and exercise, generating worldwide interest in the Sparking Life movement.

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Fire Station Buddies - Fundraising To Benefit Volunteer Fire Departments
By Karen McHale, illustrated by Simon Goodway

Author Karen McHale, an engineer, emergency planner and volunteer firefighter, has writtena book relating to emergency awareness.

Fire Station Buddies, was conceptualized as a series of books to inform and interest children in emergency safety and response, as well as to raise funds to aid the volunteer fire departments around the country.

These are Books 1 and 2 of that planned series and Ms. McHale also offers the opportunity for your child to become a Fire Station Buddy by visiting the website, www.firestationbuddies.com.

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