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This week, we offer two articles that oddly seem to share a common theme: Self-reliance. The first is Piecefully Yours, about Civil War quilts. We bring this to you because since autumn's approach, quilting might serve double duty as the perfect activity to incorporate into a unit study about the Civil War -- and make a warm gift or two for the winter! Our second offering is by me, about Self-Reliance: True Social Security and how it relates to homeschooling. Please patronize our advertisers, as they make it possible for us to bring you our publications free of charge and their products & services will be of value to you, if and when you need them. Thank you for reading.

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Math Drawings by Mary Smale is an exciting multi-disciplinary method of incorporating art with math allowing students to create entire pictures using only basic geometric shapes. For over 30 years, Mary Smale taught algebra and other math disciplines in high school and middle school. During this time, she developed her unique math-based art lesson, originally used as a reward system for her 8th grade students.

Mary soon found that she was able to disguise new and old math vocabulary as instructions for drawing and, for the first time in her teaching career, she had 100% participation in her math lessons. Her students were able to combine their love for drawing with basic geometric principles to create "works of art". Mary later taught math and art on television for 2Ĺ on the Los Angeles based KLCS-TV program "Homework Hotline Teacher" and was ultimately convinced to write Math Drawings so her principles could be used by teachers in their art, history and special education classes.

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Self-reliance: True Social Security & a Fruit of Homeschooling
By Michael Leppert

All of my life I was never able to understand how an American could embrace socialism or communism . . . having someone else controlling his/her destiny in virtually every respect, in exchange for "security" - of work, housing, school, health care, food, etc.

Long ago, I read an article by Nathaniel Branden, "Reflections on Self-Responsibility and Libertarianism"and it opened my eyes and my understanding. In his article, Mr. Branden discussed the fact that a free society cannot guarantee results of an individualís efforts, nor abolish all risk and uncertainty from citizens' lives.

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Piecefully Yours - the Art of Quilting - Perfect Autumn Crafting
By Julie M. Higginson


"April 15, 1861. The storm has broken upon us. The Confederates fired on Fort Sumter, just off the coast of South Carolina, and forced her on April 14 to haul down the flag and surrender. President Lincoln has issued a call for 75,000 men and many are volunteering to go all around us. How strange and awful it seems."

When the war began in April, 1861, the armies were hardly prepared. Regiments often required that soldiers supply their own guns, uniforms and bedding. Many men caught the train to battle with a treasured patchwork quilt or a hand-woven blanket in their packs. Women sent their handmade bedding with the men they loved, but soon realized that the rebellion might just last longer than the three months for which their men had enlisted. The women quickly mobilized to form Soldiers' Aid Societies or, for those in rural areas, local sewing circles.

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Talking Fingers by Michael Leppert

Fortunately for all homeschoolers who enjoy using their computers as educational assistants, software designers never seem to rest! There are great educational products constantly being developed for our Macs and PCs. No matter what topic one wishes to study or teach his/her child, there is a software program to assist.

Talking Fingers, Inc. is one of the most innovative software companies in the educational field. From their website: "The Talking Fingers approach is based on a simple idea: text is speech made visible! We use our mouths to talk, to make the sounds of words. We use our fingers (with a pencil or keyboard) to represent those sounds on paper. When children learn to link speech sounds with letters, they can use the alphabet code to write any word they can say. Their fingers are 'talking'".

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