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The “Learn to Play” music learning program from Barr None Music Publishers is designed especially for homeschool families. It’s shockingly affordable. Entire families can learn to play all the instruments they want —at home—for just $19.95 month with no long-term commitment. The program includes “live” online classes and nearly 1,000 step-by-step videos, all free on demand. The program is being used by individual families, homeschool co-ops, and both Christian and Charter schools. Students learn to read and play music proficiently in an easy-to-learn format, using some of the world’s most beloved music, including our American heritage folk songs, fiddle tunes, children’s songs, classical, bluegrass, and much more. There’s even a “Tiny Tots” violin program for ages 3-7. One amazing feature of the “Learn to Play” program is that all the music for all the different instruments matches, so the entire family, co-op, and school can all play together! This includes piano, guitar, ukulele, violin, fiddle, mandolin, flute, re-corder, banjo, harmonica, dulcimer, ocarina, drums & rhythm instruments. Start a family band, if you like! For more information, go to their website: https://www.learntoplay.biz/ or you can call to request a free catalog at (502) 413-5443. They even answer their phone!

The Reading Game ??Learn-to-Read Game for Ages 4 and Up

By Janet Esposito


The Reading Game is an amazing tool for all homeschoolers learning to read. Whether you have a pre-schooler, who is ready to move on from pictures, or if you’re teaching the basics to your kindgartener, or even if you are looking for resources for your struggling reader ??The Reading Game is for you..Cheap Nike Free Run Shoes Online After completing all the levels of The Reading Game, your student will be able to read 180 new sight words. And it meets criteria for four skill sets in the Common Core Standards for Language and Literacy Arts. Although it may sound too good to be true, this program has been field-tested in a variety of settings (both in public school and homeschool settings) with amazing results.

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Will It Matter in Ten Years?

By Karen Lange

With the emphasis on good penmanship waning, many parents are asking if it’s a necessary subject for their homeschooling. They recognize the connection between handwriting and fine motor skills but wonder, with technology advancing daily, will it be necessary for the future?

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Thoughts on Creativity

By Andrew Pudewa

Today, as perhaps never before, our society purports to value creativity in education. Touted as the solution to economic, social, and environmental problems, creative thinking has become a primary objective for many educational institutions and homeschool families. Especially in the area of writing, creativity seems to be both the key and the goal. “Be unique! Be creative! Be original! Just make it up!” That which appears to engender creativity is considered good; that which fails to do so, is bad. Therefore, activities which promote basic skills (such as copywork, memorization, rote learning, drill) are often put aside in favor of activities which appear more spontaneous (story starters, free writing, journaling, etc.).Beats by Dre headphones For Sale

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Grammar and Creative Writing

By Daniel Schwabauer

Q: Should we throw out grammar, spelling, and rules during the creative process?

A: Yes.

I was fifteen the first time I drove a car. Mr. McAfree, my Driver's Ed teacher, slid into the vinyl-clad passenger seat as Craig Sulley, another student, buckled up in the back. Even though McAfree was nearing retirement, he looked uncomfortable. I chalked it up to lack of self-confidence and revved the engine before pulling out into traffic.

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Am I Qualified To Teach My Own?

By Michael Leppert
This is one of the most elementary questions that parents ask when contemplating whether to homeschool or not. Most of us assume that school teaching requires skills that we mere parents do not possess because we have not been trained. But the seasoned homeschool parent realizes that these skillshave more to do with crowd-control and the imparting and monitoring of knowledge to 30 or 45 children that are not one's own. In most homeschooling households, the student-teacher ratio is 2:1 or 3:1 at most. Any teacher would love to work in such an environment! Plus, discipline should not be as much a problem for a parent as it is for a teacher.

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Yes, My Grown Homeschooled Children Are Odd ? And Yours Will Be Too!

By Diane Flynn Keith
I am sick and tired of defending homeschooling from the question, “What about socialization?” Members of the modern homeschool movement have insisted for thirty years that homeschooled children are well-socialized. We laughingly refer to socialization as the “S word.” We deflect the socialization question by insisting it’s a myth.? And yet, it persists.

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Cursive Curiosity

by Nan Barchowsky
You and I heard the news: Cursive is out. My curiosity was aroused. Would no handwriting be taught in US schools? I doubt you would buy that for your children! Handwriting is just too important.

Three basic methods of handwriting are taught today -- or was that yesterday? There?s print-script (manu?script or ball-and-stick), cursive italic, and conventional cursive where all letters are joined within words.

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Free College Can Happen to You

by Jean Burk
Full Scholarship ? two words that could change your life. Getting free college can be like winning the lottery. Imagine throwing away several trash bags full of college scholarships that come in the mail. This is what happened to us. But for some families, getting just one scholarship offer could be the difference between junior college and the perfect university.

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The Unschooling Method

By Michael and Mary Leppert[A partial excerpt from The Homeschooling Almanac 2000-2001.]

In the late 1960s, Boston educator John Holtcame up with some ideas about learning that startled many of his colleagues and formed the basis of the unschooling movement in homeschooling. After formulating his basic theories that children are naturally curious and will lead themselves in exploring and finding out about the world around them, Holt worked to bring about school reform, attempting to implement his ideas in the classroom setting to which he was accustomed.

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