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The first of our two articles this week is from David and Micki Colfax, pioneers in modern homeschooling, who had 3 of their 4 sons graduate from Harvard and Yale and go on to be doctors and lawyers. Their eldest son was the poster child for homeschooler admission into college in the 1980s. David & Micki wrote a regular column for our print publication and every so often we present some of the best of those Colfax Corners. Our second article is by Lexercise, a company that specializes in aiding children with dyslexia and other reading difficulties to read well. Thank you for reading our publications.

Michael Leppert

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Little Pim: Fun with Languages — Spanish, Volume II: Discs 4, 5, 6
by Santiago Soto

This story of two young adults coming of age in the frontier Southwest of Arizona Territory, captures the beauty, mystery and rugged nature of the land and the people who brave it. It is a romantic story not only of two people, but of many others around them, and their love affair with the unique lonely solitude and freedom that makes the Western U.S. so different from the East – or anywhere else on earth.
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The Colfax Corner
By David & Micki Colfax

I have heard you speak at homeschooling conferences about college admissions, where you've said that at some point it becomes necessary for the homeschooler to find out what is required to do well on the admissions tests and to spend a lot of time preparing for those tests. Isn't that a repudiation of what homeschooling is all about? We've homeschooled our children right through college and wonder why you didn't do the same. A.V., Vancouver, B.C.

Several good points are raised in this question and we'll try to do it justice, starting with your last point. We suppose that if our boys had not left home at 17 or 18 and continued to live and work on the ranch, reading, writing, and talking for the next four or five years much as before, they might have learned as much, and in some ways more, than they would at college. Indeed, if they hung around for another few years they almost certainly would have learned infinitely more than they would have in most contemporary graduate programs in sociology or English! And that's why we told each one, as he headed off to college, that his education was done, that now they were going off to get credentials.
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The Adventures of Charlee Rae and Billy True
by Michael Leppert

This story of two young adults coming of age in the frontier Southwest of Arizona Territory, captures the beauty, mystery and rugged nature of the land and the people who brave it. It is a romantic story not only of two people, but of many others around them, and their love affair with the unique lonely solitude and freedom that makes the Western U.S. so different from the East – or anywhere else on earth.
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Brain Science & Technology Team Up to Help Struggling Readers & Writers
By Sandie Barrie Blackley, MA/CCC-SLP, ASHA Fellow

The statistics are daunting and the challenge is huge: almost 40 percent of fourth-grade students in the United States read below grade level; many more struggle with subtle writing and spelling roadblocks. As a homeschool parent, how do you make sure your child does not become part of that statistic? In addition to the right materials and a good attitude, it's also a matter of understanding your child's brain!

Most people learn to read and write quite effortlessly. Modern brain science shows that in the first three years of formal education, specialized circuits in the left brain develop lightning-fast interconnections that link speech sounds, letter symbols and meaning. By the fourth grade, this neural network allows reading and writing to "run in the background," leaving the bulk of the child's cognitive resources free to send and receive information. Neuroscience also reveals what is different about the brains of people who struggle with reading and writing, including inherited factors, and pinpoints instructional routines that establish more efficient brain activation patterns. Still, sorting out how to help a struggling reader or writer can be overwhelming and stressful for parents.
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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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