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Dear Readers:

This week’s edition of The Way Home features some great advice and insight by a homeschooling mom of two grown children and a family therapist -- Michelle Barone’s “The Myth of the Perfect Homeschool Family.” This is an article to keep handy for those “dark moments” when your inner critic is driving you crazy! Our second article is seasonably timely, as this is the time when yearbooks are being thought of, and Jessie Shaneman-Anderson offers her knowledge in “How To Create a Home School Yearbook.” Thank you for reading our publications; we appreciate it.

Michael Leppert

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The Accredited Apprentice Doctor® Summer Camps 2012

To all prospective medical professionals in grade 10 to 12 who dream of the medical profession:
Come and enjoy a week dedicated to your future career in medicine – learning and doing a large variety of medical things using the accredited and acclaimed Apprentice Doctor® Course material and receive high school science credits! The Medical Camps 2010 and 2011 have been hugely successful and registration for the 2012 Camp is now available.

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The Myth of the "Perfect" Homeschooling Family
By Michelle Barone, M.A. MFT

You know they are out there: Families that homeschool perfectly. The children dutifully do their schoolwork, act in plays, mentor with famous paleontologists, volunteer at homeless shelters, read books for fun and wear shoes all the time. The mom manages to get three well-balanced and delicious meals a day on the table, keep an attractively cluttered house, drives her children to all their sports, classes and part-time jobs. She looks great, and even takes cello lessons in her spare time. The dad is patient and kind, makes lots of money, but tells everyone he thinks his wife is the hardest working member of the family. They even manage to have dates and sex together.

This is the perfect family. You, on the other hand, worry about the health department finding out about your kitchen floor, your kids watch way too much television, and your nine-year-old isn’t reading yet, but he is quite good at teasing his little sister. You homeschool your children because you want the best for them, and you know sending them to school would only create more problems. You have read all there is to read about learning and homeschooling, but you still question yourself, compare yourself with that “perfect” family.
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How To Make A (Home) School Yearbook
by Jessie Shaneman

One favorite school tradition that has been around for a long time is the school yearbook. The yearbook is a timeless treasure that documents and records a student's high school memories. It allows a person to remember his/her past: The hairstyles, the clothes and the people who shaped and formed their youthful minds and personalities.

For some time, yearbooks were only distributed among institutional public or private schools. Now that homeschooling and charter schools are becoming more and more popular, they create their own yearbooks. The following paragraphs will explain how to make an easy and successful yearbook for your homeschool group.

The first step is volunteers. Volunteers are very important to the yearbook process. They can take the orders, keep track of the money, organize when and where pictures need to be taken, and most importantly they can proofread. There’s nothing more disappointing then looking through the yearbook and finding your name misspelled. Now, sometimes volunteers are hard to come by. Parents are busy with the job of their children’s education and they just don’t have the time.
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The process in teaching a child to read should be simple, fun, and effective. The Reading Game by Allsaid and Dunn, incorporates all three of these elements into a learn-to-read game for children ages four and up with guidance from a teacher or tutor.

The contents of the game include six decks of color-coded playing cards that correspond to an animal-themed story book. They are: red with skunk, orange with snake, yellow with bear, green with penguins, blue with unicorn, and purple with zebra. Within each colored/animal deck of 60 cards, there is a subset of 10 cards, each labeled from 1-6. It is by playing with each of the colored/animal decks that a child can play his way to learning and retaining some of the most-commonly-used words in the English language.
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