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Dear Readers:

In this issue we present you with two articles of very different natures. First, is an article by my wife, Mary, and me, "What To Consider Before Homeschooling". It is an excerpt from our book "The Homeschooling Almanac 2000-2001" which we are updating and will make available as an e-book in the future. The second article is "72-Hour Food Planning". With the wildfires raging throughout the West, tornadoes and heavy rains in the upper Midwest and other natural disasters always on the periphery, we feel it helpful to provide you with such information at your fingertips. Thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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Things to Consider Before Homeschooling
By Mary & Michael Leppert

No matter what one's spiritual background and beliefs may be, the fact is that humans are mammals and mammals raise their young, teaching life skills and the ways of the species until a level of life-independence is reached and the offspring can survive and thrive on his own.

In this regard, human parents have the responsibility to teach and raise their young to this point of life-independence. Therefore, the greatest benefit parents can provide their children is to be the teachers of academic as well as life skills, providing seamless continuity. What brings many people to homeschooling is a psychological "tap on the shoulder" that leads them to realize that they want to nurture and care for their children's education for the child's peace of mind, safety and success.

The tap can come from a bully at school, a drug problem in the school system, a lack of academic progress by their child, or a myriad of other situations. To provide safety, security and total focus to the child's learning experience, these distractions are best removed from the child's world. Plus, each family is a sovereign entity and its culture is unique. Children benefit from having this uniqueness celebrated and nurtured.

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72-Hour Food Planning

A crisis or emergency is a high stress time for everyone. It is especially important to have high energy foods available during these times. Food that is high in calories (even empty calories) is recommended for these times. If you plan ahead, you can have meals that are not only high in energy, but also nutritious.

You can live several days without food if you have water to drink, but you won't be very comfortable when you are used to eating three meals a day plus snacks. Besides the nutritional benefit you gain from the food, there is also a positive psychological benefit of doing things the way you did before a disaster. Eating three meals a day will help make the stressful time seem more like normal.

Food will probably be provided at an emergency shelter for you and your family, but government officials and relief agencies usually take 72 hours to get set up. You have the responsibility to be self reliant and plan your own meals for those three days. Foods that are lightweight, compact, and require little preparation are the most suitable for your 72 hour kit. Since an emergency situation is not the time to try out new and unusual foods that your family is unaccustomed to, you should try out your emergency foods before you need them. Whenever possible, stick to simple tastes that you are used to.

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By Jennifer Nairne

Recently I stumbled upon a secret garden in Newbury Park. Hiding in plain sight amongst the seemingly endless rows of businesses in the industrial complex, it doesn't look very special. But just beyond the tinted door lies a warehouse of creativity where little imaginations have the space to grow.

Art Trek, a new center across from Amgen in the industrial complex of Newbury Park, is looking to offer homeschoolers a place to learn about Art in a fun and engaging way. With 30 years of teaching experience, as well as chairing the Hands-on Activities for the annual Thousand Oaks Arts Festival, Nan Young opened the Newbury Park center about eight months ago.
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