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In this issue, apropos to the season, we offer you "A Child's Garden" by Laurisa White Reyes, in which she offers detailed ideas and instruction into planting a garden with your child! Our second selection, "Some Thoughts on Creativity" is from Andrew Pudewa, writing instructor, popular conference speaker and teacher to teachers. We hope you are able to read TWH in quiet moments and that these offerings of ours add to your experience as people and as homeschooling parents. Thank you for reading.

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A Child's Garden
By Laurisa White Reyes

Each year as leaves begin to bud on barren branches and the color green subdues the muted grays of winter, my kids and I pick ourselves up off the sofa and head outdoors. An activity that has managed to wind its way up to the top of our "Favorite Things To Do" list is planting a vegetable garden.

We live in the high desert of Southern California, about an hour north of Los Angeles. Here the winters are mild but the summer heat can often be unbearable. As a result, we are able to plant early in the season without too much fear of frost, and we can enjoy harvesting the fruit of our labors well into July. By early August, the planting season is over and the verdant green of our garden turns to brown.

The benefits of this ritual are threefold: First, the vegetables we harvest add variety to our usual fare. Sautéed green beans with toasted almonds, vine-ripened tomatoes sliced and generously sprinkled with garlic salt, and spiced quick-breads made with freshly grated zucchini are some of our favorite treats.
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By Ricki Linksman

Parents, does your child or teen have ADHD or ADD or is he or she a kinesthetic learner? Are you frustrated because you do not know how to help him or her improve in reading, comprehension, learning, memory, study skills, test-taking, or in raising reading levels? There is hope. You can turn your frustration and hopelessness into relief and joy as you find that your child or teen with ADHD or ADD or who is merely a kinesthetic learner can learn and be successful! You can help your child be a successful student, raise self-esteem and motivation, develop a life-long love of reading, and improve parent-child or teacher-child communication by knowing how your child learns and studies best!
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Thoughts on Creativity
By Andrew Pudewa, Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW)

Today, as perhaps never before, our society purports to value creativity in education. Touted as the solution to economic, social, and environmental problems, creative thinking has become a primary objective for many educational institutions and homeschool families. Especially in the area of writing, creativity seems to be both the key and the goal. "Be unique! Be creative! Be original! Just make it up!" That which appears to engender creativity is considered good; that which fails to do so is bad. Therefore, activities which promote basic skills (such as copywork, memorization, rote learning, drill) are often put aside in favor of activities which appear more spontaneous (story starters, free writing, journaling, etc.).

I've heard parents and teachers say things to children like, "First, just get your thoughts down…" or "Write whatever comes into your mind…you can edit later." Unfortunately there are two fundamental problems with this approach: 1) It promotes undisciplined thinking and therefore bad writing; and 2) It misrepresents the activity of thinking and writing.
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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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