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In this installment of TWH, we bring you sage advice about choosing your child's guardian from a homeschooling mom and attorney, Dierdre Wachbritt and an article about Berkshares, a local currency developed in the Berkshire region of Western Massachusetts, to stimulate the local economy and offer stability beyond what the Fed can.Please note our free offers, too. Thank you for reading our publications. We strive to offer you information that enhances your homeschooling/home-living.

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Press for Learning’s Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding Science Curriculum

Science is such a broad landscape that many teachers and parents can be completely stumped as to what to teach, when to teach it, and where to start. Press for Learning’s curriculum, "Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding" (BFSU) lays out lessons that address and integrate all the major areas of science and build understanding in a logical systematic manner.

Developed by career scientist, teacher, and observer of how children learn, Dr. Bernard Nebel, BFSU sets out a logical, step-by-step path in three volumes, that allow the teacher to confidently go forward with teaching, knowing that the appropriate grade level will be covered and the sequence will lead to successful learning.

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Berkshares - A Revolutionary Economic Response from the Cradle of the Revolution!
By Emerson Sandow

It does not surprise one that a revolutionary idea in dealing with a sagging economy comes out of the Berkshire region of Western Massachusetts. This land of beautiful rolling hills and quiet valleys lies between Boston and Albany, NY, and saw much secret activity during the pre-Revolutionary period of America. Many of the Founders traveled through – and stayed overnight – in the Berkshires’ many inns and no doubt, plans were whispered that ultimately gave us our United States.

Now, a group of businessmen have devised a brilliant but simple plan to stimulate and protect the commerce of local merchants and services: BerkShares! Berkshares keep the “money” in the local pockets and provide a slight discount to users over US dollars. For instance, a $1 coffee costs 1 Berkshare, even though the Berkshare is valued at $.90. Of course, this is hardly felt, and the important factor is that the value of Berkshares can be controlled by the people of the region, while Washington and the Federal Reserve control the value of US dollars.

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Don’t Dismiss Canned Curriculum!
By Curt Bumcrot, MRE

I used to look down on "canned curriculum." I think my attitude came partly from my first teaching experience at a private school in Southern California. I didn’t have a teaching credential when I was hired. In fact, I was still about a year of "course work" away from finishing my bachelor’s degree. In spite of this I was offered a position as a second grade teacher. The school granted me, as well as the rest of the teaching staff, an amazing amount of freedom. We were encouraged to innovate and create interesting lesson plans to reach the learning objectives for our particular grade levels. Along with this freedom came two full-time teachers whose sole task was to source instructional materials from a "mini warehouse" on the school campus for us.

Three years later I accepted a teaching job in Oregon. This school ran differently. To accomplish their objectives a "canned curriculum" was used. What I mean by "canned" is that the curriculum guide had a very specific plan that told you what to teach and when to teach it for every day of the school year. It was timed to the minute and even told the teacher when the students should take a break and use the restroom. No kidding! I balked at using it, and eventually replaced it once I took the elementary principal position.

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4 Steps to Choosing Your Child's Guardian - and Finding Yourself!
By Diedre Wachbrit Braverman, Attorney at Law

Choosing a person or family to care for your children is difficult. In fact, for many families, it's the hardest part of planning their estate. It's not easy to think of anyone else raising your child, no matter how loving they might be. Yet, you can make a tremendous difference in your child's life by planning ahead. And you have nothing to lose except a few moments thinking about what you value most in life, and in what constitutes proper child-rearing.

Anyone with a child under the age of 18 must consider who would raise that child if they were unable to. Of course, we all imagine the worst case scenario -- our own premature deaths -- when we mull this over. But there is a less tragic and more common situation in which naming a guardian is crucial: Incapacity. If you and your spouse were unable to care for your children for a time, who would watch over them while you recovered your abilities? How would their education be supported? The younger your child, the more crucial this choice is, because very young children cannot form or express their own preferences about caregivers. Yet young children are not the only ones who benefit from careful parental attention to guardianship. Children close to 18 years old will be legal adults soon but, as you well know, a parent's job does not end when the child reaches 18. By naming and talking about your choice of guardian, you can encourage a lifelong bond with a caring family.

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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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