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This week we offer you two excellent articles. One, by John Taylor Gatto, "The Richest Man in the World Has Some Advice for Us about College . . ."sheds light on the true value a college degree may or may not have on employment. Our second article, very timely in the current economy, is by Dr. Mary Hood, "How To Turn Being Broke Into a Unit Study". We continue to ask you to patronize our advertisers whenever possible and it will be appreciated if you tell them where you heard about them -- us! As always, thank you for reading our publications.

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TRISMS Curriculum
By Karen Caroe

Teaching Method? Learning Style? Unit Study? Classic Curriculum? Aaarrggghh!!! When I started homeschooling eleven years ago, these words confused and terrified me. Just as I began to get a grip on the homeschooling vernacular and settle into a routine, I was broadsided by another set of words . . . MIDDLE SCHOOL! HIGH SCHOOL! All of a sudden, the doubts and confusion I experienced as a new homeschooler came flooding back to me. I have found this to be a common experience among homeschoolers and it is during this time that many families decide to put the children in public or private school. Oddly enough, it is also the time that many families decide to begin their homeschooling journey. Whether you are a veteran or a novice homeschooler, I believe the TRISMS Unit Study Curriculum is the most economical, user-friendly curriculum available to middle school and high school students.

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Movies As Literature

The Richest Man in the World Has Some Advice for Us about College
By John Taylor Gatto

(P.S. He didnít take it himself)

1. William Faulkner
On April 12, 2005, the August "New York Review of Books" pronounced William Faulkner "the most influential innovator in the annals of American fiction," a man well-deserving of his Nobel Prize. Faulkner, a high school dropout, was later able to enter the University of Mississippi on a special waiver for ex-WWI servicemen. After a single year there he dropped out with a ĎDí in English. Between that time and his Nobel Prize he never returned to college.

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University Of Miss


Math and Movement for Productive Playtime
By Joseph Grayhaim

Whether your child is a kinesthetic (action-based) learner or not, s/he will love doing basic math with Math and Movement, an excellent supplemental tool for mastering basic math facts. The programís creator, Susie Koontz, really hit upon a brilliant idea with M and M, aiming for the most-popular childhood activity -≠ play - and combining it with one of the most important basic academic subjects.

Math and Movement covers these aspects of math: Addition, subtraction, telling time, skip-counting, multiplication, division, fractions, factoring, positive/negative numbers, Cartesian coordinates, money, unit circle, place value, decimals, percents, rounding and probability.

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Math and Movement

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How To Turn Being Broke into a Unit Study or Depressions Don't Need To Be Depressing!
By Mary Hood, Ph.D.

I mentioned the influence I had from my mother, then 92 years of age, and my grandmother, who died back in 1922. Two weeks after writing the article, my mom passed away. Naturally, Iíve spent the last few months reassessing all the things I learned from past generations. After all, now it is time for me to take up that mantle...now Iím the older generation!

One of the most powerful lessons I learned from my parents was the ability to live with few material possessions. It certainly is a helpful lesson for getting us through the current economic situation. The generation that lived through the Great Depression took care of whatever they had. In my motherís household, it mattered which way you rolled the cord up for the toaster; how often you oiled the moving parts on the sewing machine; which way the pots were stacked in the cabinet. Everything was done for one purpose: To conserve resources and keep everything in good shape.

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Math Without Borders

Troy University

Read It Once Again - Full Year Preschool Literary Curriculum
By Michael Leppert

Read It Once Again offers 30 different sets of material, each one based a book such as Big Red Barn, The Gingerbread Man, The Little Engine That Could, etc. Each program includes two 3-ring binders of lessons and a CD of reproducible art that coincides with the lessons.

While Read It Once Again was developed to teach young children with learning disabilities and language delays, it can be used effectively in regular preschool settings.

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Read It Once Again

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