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In this issue we offer you a very informative article by two experts in the field of Learning Styles homeschooling, Victoria Kindle-Hodson& Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis. Knowing your child's (and your own) learning styles profile will greatly aid you in developing your own teaching methods and styles. Our second article dovetails with the Learning Styles approach and is on point for this time of year, when many families are newly entering the world of homeschooling -- Gaining Confidence As a Homeschooler by Lynn Griesemer . Please remember to patronize our advertisers -- they make it possible for us to provide you with our print magazine, our websites and this E-newsletter, for free. We strive to bring you the finest products and editorial content we can and these advertisers are among our choices. We hope you have a pleasant Labor Day holiday and, as always, thank you for reading.

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Six Ideas To Encourage Summer Reading
By Sarita Holzmann, Sonlight, President & Founder

When summer break comes around, you couldn't stop some book-loving kids from reading if you wanted to. But what about children who still struggle to read? What can you do this summer to encourage them? Here are six simple ideas:

1. Keep reading! Even if you take a well-deserved break from other studies, most children benefit from continuing to read every day. This could mean sharing a read-aloud together at bedtime, having your children read to you, or setting aside 20 minutes a day for everyone to grab a book and read silently.This steady little bit of work each day can pave the way for a reading breakthrough. It also keeps your kids from losing whatever reading confidence they've built up over the school year.

2. Read to a dog Several different studies show that reading out loud to dogs can help kids gain confidence and fluency in reading. A quick Google search for "Reading to Rover" will turn up interesting studies and various library programs around the country. It seems that kids love the fact that the dog won't judge them, won't correct them, and listens with endless patience. Plus, these pets tend to calm children who would otherwise be nervous about reading out loud.So if you have a cooperative dog at home, consider encouraging your children to read one-on-one to their furry audience.
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Discover Your Child's Learning Style
By Mariaemma Pelullo-Wills & Victoria Kindle-Hodson

Children begin life as successful learners! They are born with incredible eagerness and ability to learn. After 50 years of combined experience working with students, we are convinced that parents are the most important teachers in a child's life. In the book, Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius, Thomas Armstrong states, "One of the most consistent research findings is the important role that parents have in educating their children. In program after program, where parents are closely involved in their children's learning process, there has been a dramatic improvement in student motivation and achievement."

There is a Swahili Proverb that says, "The greatest good we can do for others is not just to share our riches with them, but to reveal their riches to themselves." And, as Dorothy Corkill Briggs says, "When children know uniqueness is respected, they are more likely to put theirs to use." (from Awakening Your Child's Natural Genius by Thomas Armstrong, 1991) Each child has unique gifts to contribute to the learning process. It is our job, as parents and teachers, to help kids know what their gifts are and how to nurture them.

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The Fine Line between ADHD or ADD and Kinesthetic Learners
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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Gaining Confidence as a Homeschooler
By Lynn M. Griesemer

We began homeschooling our children in 1994 when our son was seven (first grade) and our girls were four, three and one. I was never interested in purchasing a curriculum from the experts or the teaching professionals. I felt capable and competent enough to design and implement our own plan, which would be tailored to our priorities, interests and goals.

I discovered that the unschooling approach (or self-directed learning) fits in with our philosophy of raising children. I have observed that people seek out, learn and remember those things which are important to them. Adults who decide what to teach children for six hours a day are acting as dictators and the authoritarian style of education is one I am not comfortable with. What gives us the right to cram stuff into the minds of our children? It is disrespectful and manipulative.

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Dollar Homeschool

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Significant Scribbles
By Nan Barchowsky

Scribbling is a key factor in pre-writing. Watch! Watch a child's completely independent marks for clues as to how the hand moves to create images. Independent means that the child voluntarily picks up anything that will make a mark. Paper may be handy, or a stick may be the tool of choice for scratching in some sand. Be patient as you observe and find clues to handwriting. Make no verbal re­marks about the images. You might suggest starting the image over on the left, or at the top, especially if the child says he or she is "writing." Remem­ber the child may be imitating you when you have pen in hand, apparently doing something important. Resist the temptation to say, Oh, that looks like an "a," a "B" or….
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Letters Make Words

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