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Dear Readers: This edition we offer you a bit of fiction by Mary and me, that will strike a chord in many of you. All who homeschool for social and parenting reasons will relate to the story of Samuel Smith, American. Our second article is by the popular conference speaker, writing teacher and developer of Excellence in Writing, Andrew Pudewa, and a Q and A of pertinent questions on writing. We hope these articles will enhance your homeschooling experience and thank you for reading our publications.

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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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Samuel Smith, an American
by Mary and Michael Leppert

Before you read this story, please suspend your sense of the unrealistic, as the past and present are being mixed for effect. If you would, just relax your mind for a moment, vividly picturing as you read. Samuel Smith is 6 feet tall, weighs 195 solid, muscular pounds and is 43 years old. Samuel wears rough clothes and boots, as befits one who works for a living, and he has a strong, calm gaze that has seen faraway things. His thick, brown hair never quite stays combed, but sticks out on its own, especially when he works and perspires. Samuel is quite literate, having read The Federalist Papers and understood them enough to discuss and debate them with his neighbors. The time is 1790, in the United States, nearly 20 years after the Declaration of Independence lit the fire of war between the Colonies and the Mother Country, Britain.

Samuel is a blacksmith and also a carpenter by trades, but he can do some farming and can produce all of the man-made necessities of life for himself, his wife and five children, three boys and two girls, ranging in age from 5 to 17 years old.
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Computer Science for High School Students
By Chris Yust, Homeschool Programming, Inc.

Do you have technically-inclined students who might want to pursue a career in computing? The future has never been brighter! In this article we will explore the golden opportunity awaiting graduates with Computer Science and related degrees. We will also help decipher what the different types of degrees mean and how a high school student can prepare for a computer-related major.

You might think that all computer jobs have been outsourced overseas. That's simply not true! Research from ZDNet and the US Bureau of Labor Statistics shows there is a real shortage of trained professionals to fill the computing needs of local technology companies. Throughout the recent economic downturn, computer jobs have seen steady growth and salary increases.
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Excellence In Writing
by Andrew Pudewa

Q: I have a 10-year-old son. He does not want to write at all. So far I have been pretty relaxed about it, but at what age should I force him to begin writing? What if he never wants to do it?

I think that children can (and probably should) start learning to write when they are able to read (somewhat independently), copy words (somewhat independently), and attempt to make sentences. This usually happens around the age of ten, but not always. Until then, be sure to encourage the child to dictate to you: letters, stories, poems, whatever they might want to say but don't have the maturity to really write themselves. This is very important for nurturing the enjoyment and confidence that creative "writing" will engender later on. Be their secretary, and get excited about what they want to tell you.

One of the big problems, however, with young boys and writing is that their brains are so much faster than their hands. This is a good problem, of course, because we would not want our son to have a brain as slow as his hand, but it can create frustration when we feel like we really must get him to write more, and if we don't start soon, there won't be much time left before he's all grown up, and it's too late! Let me suggest two possible ideas, which are somewhat connected.

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Sparkle Labs - Discover Electronics Kit

Sparkle Labs is the brainchild of Ariel Churi and Amy Parness, graduates of NYU. They had worked on projects together in school and wanted to continue that working relationship beyond and Sparkle Labs was born!.

One of their products, The Discover Electronics Kit comes packed with material for your budding electronics person. S/he can spend hours assembling the projects in the 32-page Instruction Manual and learning about electronics and electricity at the same time. The projects are powered by four AA batteries (not supplied), so they are safe, but still demonstrate the qualities of electricity as explained each step of the way.
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