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With all of the controversy in the news about breastfeeding, we felt that it would be timely to run one of our articles from the vault of The Link. Therefore, we bring you Michelle Bru's article Breastfeeding -- Good for Your Baby's Brain. Our other article is from Catherine Levison, homeschooling mom of five and popular author and speaker on the Charlotte Mason Method. Catherine's article deals with Book Selection, a central tenet of the Mason Method. Please patronize our advertisers. They make our magazine and E-newsletter free to you, just like radio and T.V. are. When you need a product look to them first and tell them where you saw them. They and we will appreciate it. As always, thank you for reading.

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Easy Grammar Systems - Grammar texts for grades 2-12 Assessed by Jennifer Nairne

Easy Grammar Systems has developed a series of texts for students that finally make the English language approachable for everyone.Struggling students, English Language Learners, accelerated students - all children can benefit from using this innovative approach to grammar instruction. In one study, conducted of students using the texts, 85% increased their test scores by at least 20%; almost half of the students bumped their test grade up one level. This is most likely due to the strong emphasis on content mastery found throughout the Easy Grammar Systems series.

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Breastfeeding - Good For Your Baby’s Brain
By Michele C. Bru La Leche League Leader

An interesting fact that most of us probably don’t know is that the human infant’s brain is only about 25% of its adult weight at birth. Most other mammals are born with 60-90% of their adult brain size. Dr. James McKenna, a Professor at Notre Dame University, has done extensive studies on the mother-infant breastfeeding relationship. His scientific studies of mothers and infants sleeping together have shown how tightly bound together the physiological and social aspects of the mother-infant relationship really are. He goes on to say that “most other young mammals become independent of their parents within a year, whereas humans take 14 to 17 years to become fully developed physically, and usually longer than that to be fully independent.” This means that 75% of the baby’s brain will still be developing and growing after birth. Why is that you may ask? If the baby’s brain were fully developed at birth, then baby’s head would not fit through the birth canal. So here we have this newborn baby whose brain needs to grow 75% larger. Well, it would be obvious at this point to stress the need for good nutrition for your baby’s brain. But the question one must ask is does artificial baby milk, which is based on cow’s milk, contain the right ingredients for my developing baby’s brain? I submit to you that it does not. Every year formula companies are trying to enhance artificial baby milk with a new ingredient that they find in Mother’s milk. In this article, I would like to explore two essential fatty acids and how they affect the developing brain of your baby.

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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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In an English Garden: Book Selection the Charlotte Mason Way
By Catherine Levison

Homeschoolers across the country have adopted a "real life" view of education because they have seen it work. Real experiences have a way of teaching that reaches past reading about experiences in a book. For example, I’ve tried to learn the metric system from math books for most of my life. Basically this has resulted in my having a hazy, at best, acquaintance with the subject. When I travel to Canada I’m living the metric system every time I ask directions, drive to my destination or purchase grocery items. What a contrast-my learning rate jumps immediately and I have true retention. important to a manager.

Homeschoolers have also noticed the value of "real" books, sometimes called whole books and living books. An entire book on one subject affords far more retention than a short paragraph in a textbook. Living books have facts in them just like any textbook would, but they also feature people living through ocean exploration, wars, scientific discoveries, etc. When children read about people’s lives in a book they tend to care and become connected, then they hang on to the facts far better than they do when they read boring, lifeless entries in other types of books.

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By Jennifer Nairne

Many parent-teachers turn to homeschooling, not out of choice, but out of necessity. Whether the child is gifted, has special needs, or struggles academically, parents choose to homeschool children who are unable to fit into the traditional "read, memorize, test" approach to learning, commonly found in public schools. Neither of my children fit the mold and it was torturous to watch their love of learning die, as they increasingly resented having to attend school each day.

After making the commitment to homeschool your children, it can be terribly intimidating. What content do you teach? What curriculum should you use? When should you teach specific skills? What kind of learner is my child? What type of curriculum is best for my homeschooler’s learning style? Just a quick search online for "educational products" will show hundreds of stores and thousands of websites competing for your attention.
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