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In this installment of The Way Home, I am pleased to offer you an article I wrote awhile back, "Homeschoolers Are Like Small Towns." I firmly believe this statement and hope that the financial events of the last four years will aid in the revival of the sense of individuality and uniqueness that our country offers and so many of us appreciate. Our second article, by C.B. Ball, "History 101: Ancestry -- Learning History Through Your Own Family Tree" offers a great deal of information about one's ancestral search, how it enlightens one's overall historical view and how it might impact today's familial understanding. There is also a resource and book list at the end of the article that is very helpful. We hope that TWH aids you in your adventure of homeschooling. Thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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Allsaid & Dunn - The Reading Game

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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Homeschoolers Are Like Small Towns
By Michael Leppert

Go to any small town in America and you may see a proliferation of locally-owned businesses. "Mom and pop" restaurants, drycleaners, gas stations, stationers . . . corporate America hasn't completely wreaked its damage on Main Street, yet. Sole proprietor businesses are just like the people who own them – they have a unique, individual quality that often reflects the owner's personality. In a sole-prop restaurant, when you sit down at a table for a meal, the person waiting on you might the boss – or is doing the cooking. In some rural areas of the country, such businesses may seem quirky or eccentric, but to many of us, that is the very quality that makes such a business endearing and worthy of patronage.

On the other hand, corporate entities tend to have a slick, fabricated, designed look and feel. Plus, the "owners" are usually very far removed from you. Some corporations pride themselves on having a consistent floor plan and décor in every single location. This often lowers costs, and seems helpful to one who travels a great deal. Think of any national wholesale department store or restaurant chain, and you know how it is: You could be dropped blindfolded in the middle of any American city, walk into a local chain location and go right to the appropriate area of the store where a particular household, automotive, clothing item or menu selection can be found.

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Institute for Excellence in Writing – Creative Writing from K-12

Andrew Pudewa, the creator and director of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, is one of the most popular conference speakers and experts on the teaching of creative writing in America. Mr. Pudewa gives seminars, workshops and lectures to teacher groups all over the country and his complete writing program is easy and enjoyable to use for both teachers and students. The father of seven, Andrew brings a youthful joie de vive but serious intelligence to the field of creative writing and his bright approach is irresistible to virtually any student.
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HISTORY 101: Learning History Through Your Own Family Tree
By C.B. Ball

How much broader a topic could there possibly be? Even if you break it down to smaller components, you would still have endless amounts of information to cover. So, to say you are studying "history" is a vague statement at best. In public schools, what subjects are taught when, and which specific details are presented, are decided for us. Someone else chooses what in our past is worthy of studying and what is not. As homeschoolers, however, the choice is ours. The key, then, is to narrow the choices down to bite-sized topics. One of my biggest complaints about public education is the tendency to skim through history in order to fit it into a neatly-wrapped, school-year package. In California, one year is devoted to California History , another is devoted to World History, another to American History, and so forth, often omitting important facts. Yet each general subject can, in reality, be broken down into much smaller bits allowing for easier digestion of the material presented and more time to savor every morsel.
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The Collective Sound - Summer Camp for Young Musicians
By Jennifer Nairne

Most music lessons teach a child to read music, but there are not a lot of resources to teach children how to create music. There is value in learning how to play classical pieces and kids love imitating their favorite pop stars – all of which can be learned through traditional music education. Traditional music education for homeschoolers often means learning music theory from books and parent-teachers look to private instruction for improving technique. Unfortunately, this rarely encourages those students who look to music as a form for self-expression. Even the most dedicated instructors seldom have access to the latest composition software or incorporate the latest technological advances in recording.
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