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This week, we offer you an article by me, "Am I Qualified To Teach My Own?" which I hope will quell serious doubts as to a prospective homeschooling parent's ability to teach his/her own children vs. a teacher's ability. Our second article, "Common Mistakes and Some Options for Teachers" is by Andrew Pudewa, homeschool dad of six, an excellent teacher and much-sought-after conference speaker. He is the Director of The Institute for Excellence in Writing. Please patronize our advertisers. We choose our advertisers because of our perception of their value to our readers. Behind every company is a family or a group of people who have a dream -- their product(s) -- and we wish to help them and you in this great lifestyle we share -- homeschooling. As always , thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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English From The Roots Up
By Linda K. Foster

I canít count the number of times in my life that Iíve said, "itís Greek to me" meaning, of course, that I didnít understand something. After reading English From The Roots Up, developed to provide a foundation for the English language through the study of root words, I realized that not only the things I donít understand, but, also, most of the things I do understand are "Greek to me". "Just as phonics helps children figure out what words are, Latin and Greek help them figure out what words mean." This quote by Joegil K. Lundquist, author of English From The Roots Up provides a simple explanation for learning the Latin and Greek roots for English words. In the introduction, Ms. Lundquist opines, "Without an early working knowledge of these indispensable components of their language, children are handicapped in their ability to use words well."

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Am I Qualified To Teach My Own?
By Michael Leppert

This is one of the most elementary questions that parents ask when contemplating whether to homeschool or not. Most of us assume that school teaching requires skills that we mere parents do not possess because we have not been trained. But the seasoned homeschool parent realizes that these skills have more to do with crowd-control and the imparting and monitoring of knowledge to 30 or 45 children that are not one's own. In most homeschooling households, the student-teacher ratio is 2:1 or 3:1 at most. Any teacher would love to work in such an environment! Plus, discipline should not be as much a problem for a parent as it is for a teacher.

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Peterson Directed Handwriting
By Randy Nelson

Letters are taught much like you would teach a line dance or aerobic exercise routine. The strategy is easy to use. The teacher handbook provides a daily lesson outline that focuses on process instruction - where to start, which way to go AND how to move.

The basic lesson includes four steps: Illustrate & Describe, Air Writing, Finger Tracing and finally, Write & Say. "Action Words" create a rhythmic template for the movements during all four steps.

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Peterson Handwriting

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Common Mistakes and Some Options for Teachers
By Andrew Pudewa

Weíve all suffered it at one time or another: Frustration about writing assignments. Either on the receiving end, or perhaps now on the giving end, there can be a few distinctly discouraging aspects to teaching and being taught writing. The tough questions include:

What to correct and how to give a grade?

  • How much help is too much?
  • Isnít the assignment clear enough?
  • Why donít students find their own errors?
Because we are so much a product of our environment, our style of instruction often becomes a reflection of how we were taught, and consequently the "sins" of our teachers can easily be passed on to our own students if we are not diligent in evaluating and honing our teaching skills.

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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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