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In this installment, we offer an excellent piece by Cafi Cohen, College Admissions & Homeschoolers. Cafi is the mother of 2 grown homeschooled children and a popular author and conference speaker. Our second article, Education Dream, is by Kathleen Sabo, owner of Uplifting Education, in which she discusses the reality and potential of technology on education.

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Electronic & Robotic Kits: An Old School Way to Learn About Today's Technology

When looking to incorporate Science into any age curriculum, hands-on/minds-on experience is always preferable to textbook learning. Carl's Electronics knows this first- hand. Carl's Electronics has over 15 years experience offering an extensive catalog of educational kits and labs, covering all price points and skill levels. Our kits & labs involve learners in many different ways: organizing, building, observing, investigating, problem-solving, following procedures, planning, & decision making.
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College Admissions and Homeschoolers
By Cafi Cohen, homeschool mom, author, lecturer, bell-choir director

Virtually all colleges and universities accept homeschooled applicants. Some may require extra documentation or entrance testing, such as the SAT II, that is not required of institutionally-schooled students, but the fact that a student was homeschooled does not bar him/her from entrance.

SAT II Subject Tests (formerly called Achievement Tests) are given in high school subjects like biology, Spanish, writing, physics, U.S. history and so on. Usually only very selective colleges such as Harvard and Stanford require these tests — of all applicants. Unfortunately, a few less-selective colleges and universities are now requiring SAT II Subject test scores from homeschoolers, but not from other applicants.

Or they require more SAT II scores from homeschoolers. Universities in this category currently include the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame (IN), Rice University (TX), Rhodes College (TN), and University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

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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.
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Education Dream
By Kathleen Sabo

How did our society come to the point where oftentimes a number of students of the same age are placed in chairs behind desks with a teacher in the front of a classroom trying to educate them for hours on end, in spite of behavior, attention, interest, skill, and communication obstacles or inadequacies? In the age where there is an information highway, most of our youth are still being pulled by horses, with only a glimpse of the rocket power of technology in the distance.

There is no time to wait for the streams of change to affect our educational system when the tsunami of financial crisis, emotional apathy, and intentional self-fulfilling passions are drowning out the voices of positivity, ingenuity, and awareness.

We as a people can't stand on the assumption that educators can impart their wisdom to bored eyes and ears. Let us not expect our children to hunger for knowledge without an appetite or seek higher education without purpose. Getting from one grade to the next to a degree is not the meaning of life, unless it's rooted in the passion of unique brilliance expressed in heart, desire, and creativity.

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Art Trek – Community Art Center
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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