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In this issue, we present two diverse articles for your homeschooling edification. First, prolific author and homeschool mom, Lisa Rivero, discusses identifying and nurturing creative learning, which is what takes place when you are engaged and excited about a topic. Secondly, we offer Laurisa White Reyes’ article about using the kitchen to teach science, including the mysteries of pickling and bread. As always, we hope you enjoy and benefit from our work and thank you for reading!

Michael Leppert

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Nelson Academy of Agricultural Science
Affordable, high-quality agricultural courses for homeschoolers.

by Michael Leppert

If your child is interested in agricultural and/or veterinary pursuits, the Nelson Academy of Agricultural Science offers the perfect study solution – online agriculture courses! Or, maybe your child simply has an interest in taking an agriculture science course . . . Nelson Academy again provides the solution.

Mr. Leroy Nelson, founder of Nelson Academy, taught agriculture and advised FFA chapters for more than 15 years in his home state of Montana, and a five of his student FFA advisees are Montana state officials for the FFA. Since 2004, he has been the superintendent of the Opheim, MT, school district.
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The Subtle Shades of Everyday Creative Learning

by Lisa Rivero

When our son was seven, his art teacher took me aside to show me one of his paintings. The assignment had been to choose an object in the room, study it carefully, then draw or paint the object just as it appeared. I looked at my son’s painting: it was brown, different shades of brown, but definitely just brown, with no discernable shapes. Of course, I didn’t voice my thoughts, but it seemed obvious to me that, compared with some of the other children’s drawings, which were of recognizable objects, his work didn’t stand out as being creative or even skillful. Then the teacher pointed out that he had drawn the sunlight reflected off the seat of one of the wooden chairs, and the closer I looked, the more amazed I was at his ability to capture, most creatively and subtly, the essence and variances of the shine of the wood and the slight depression in the seat.

Sometimes we have to look closely to catch creativity in action, especially in young children who don’t always have the skills to realize or communicate their intentions and ideas. If we value creativity only in the fine arts or in once-in-a-lifetime creative products -- a Beethoven Symphony or Van Gogh’s Sunflowers -- we may fail to appreciate creativity’s everyday complex shades of brown -- the verbal creativity of a talkative four-year-old, the imaginative creativity of a child who lives in a complex fantasy world of his own making, or the inventive creativity of a one-of-a-kind Lego design.
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Professor In A Box, has a new interactive software course, Principles of Marketing, that joins their popular Financial Accounting course in allowing high school students to prepare to earn college credit for the two topics of study.

CLEP, the College Level Examination Program, offers exams-for-credit to high school students who wish to “proficiency out” of taking the college class – at a significant savings from the cost-per-credit of the campus classroom tuition. Professor In a Box’s two DVD-based courses prepare students to take the CLEP exam for Financial Accounting or the Principles of Marketing.
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Cooking Up Science

by Laurisa White Reyes

Turning the kitchen into a classroom is common enough. I often hear of homeschoolers using recipes as math lessons. At one time, public schools included cooking in home economics. Young cooks can even learn about world culture through cooking. But the one subject that is the very heart of cooking is the one about which I hear very little. The fact is, the kitchen makes for a perfect laboratory for the study of science and can be taught on many different educational levels. Young children can come to understand how applying heat or introducing certain elements to food changes it, while older children and teenagers can learn about the chemical components of certain foods and how they interact with each other on the molecular level. No matter how you approach it, the science of cooking is both educational and fun.

There are many different lessons that can be derived from cooking. Every time we prepare food, we are, in effect, performing a science experiment. Foods change when certain elements are introduced into them, be it heat, energy (such as beating or stirring), or other foods. Cooking an egg or popping popcorn are simple demonstrations of how heat changes the properties of food. To demonstrate how energy changes food, place a cupful of shelled peanuts, a pinch of salt, and two or three tablespoons of butter in a Ziploc bag. Use a mallet or rolling pin to crush the peanuts to make peanut butter. Another example is to take a pint of heavy cream and shake vigorously for several minutes until the sloshing sound stops. Open the container and you will discover a lump of fresh butter. To change the way a food tastes, add sugar, salt or lemon juice.

Below is a discussion of several specific types of foods that are ideal examples of cooking science. Much of the information in this article is found at http://www.exploratorium.edu/cooking/candy/index.html. Check them out for a lot more on the subject of science in the kitchen!
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Final Touch Finishing School - Ensure Your Best First Impression

In this modern, hurry-up world, we see many former skills and abilities slipping away into ultimate extinction. Among these are cursive writing – and the ability to read it! – answering one’s phone, returning phone calls, communicating with other human beings in a real flesh-and-blood fashion and basic manners and deportment. Many of us see ourselves and our world descending into a rude and obtuse environment where basic manners have been lost.

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