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This issue we have 2 FREE offers for you, so please take advantage of them to enhance your homeschooling adventure. We believe in music as a fundamental necessity in homeschooling, especially because of the recent research that has found that early music learning contributes to later skill in math and overall brain development.

The first of our articles is Help in Math by Hal Schneider, which you may want to keep handy for early in 2013, as you address the new homeschooling year. Our second article, In Honor of Mothers, is by a very interesting and knowledgeable man, Dr. Richard Prystowsky. Richard homeschooled his two grown children and is also a professional college educator in Ohio. We offer you the advertising and articles to aid your homeschooling endeavors, so please patronize our advertisers and read the articles for the specific help they offer. Thank you for reading.

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"Emotional Intelligence" or "EQ" is a term we are hearing very often in the field of personal psychology and self-improvement.Thirty-year professional Eileen Healy defines it as: "A person's ability to recognize one's own emotions and those of others and to respond appropriately to those emotions." She goes on to say that if you are an emotionally intelligent person, you can tell the difference between feeling angry and feeling disappointed, for instance, and how to deal with these two different emotions in a positive and self-nurturing manner. Having a high EQ can enable you to thrive and get along in the uncertain world of today with a minimum of struggle.

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Succeeding In Homeschooling of Mathematics
By Hal Schneider

Most homeschooling parents will agree with the proposition that, of all subjects, mathematics has proven to be the most difficult. Most parents of non-homeschooled students would also chime in: 'Right On !'. Unlike many other subjects, a very common lament of Math is: My child simply doesn't get it!

Most parents, if they are honest about it, will also admit: I never really got it either! Which is, of course, a contributing factor to the problem.

Yes, Math is different because of the various concepts that need to be truly understood (vs. being exposed to and remembering facts of other subjects such as History, Geography, and English). Unless a student is properly taught the 'fundamentals' of Math early in the process, success becomes 'iffy'. To me, 'fundamentals' is much more than remembering facts such as the multiplication tables or the learning the concepts of basic arithmetic (e.g. adding and subtracting).

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Every homeschooling situation is different and the needs of each child can vary drastically. Most parents have chosen to homeschool their children, while others have been forced to find alternative education for students who do not have a positive "fit" in the public education system. Unfortunately, many of these children encounter disciplinary problems due to this inability to conform and are sent on a swift downward spiral. These parents are frustrated, overwhelmed, and are left with nowhere to turn for the education their children need. In a U.S. Department of Education study released last year, adults with a high school diploma earned an average of $9,000 a year more than their peers who did not earn a diploma. Compound those earnings over a lifetime and it is very easy to imagine the years of struggle and hardship for those non-traditional children.

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In Honor of Mothers
By Dr. Richard Prystowsky

When I was a child, although I was eager to learn some things, for some reason I steadfastly did not want to learn how to ride a bike without training wheels. My mother, however, wanted me to accomplish this task, even though I myself was neither in a hurry to ride a bike without training wheels nor concerned that I had not yet reached this developmental marker of "growing up." For one thing, I liked the security of knowing that, as long as my bike had training wheels, I wasnít going to take a spill while riding it.

My own fears and desires notwithstanding, one day my mother made the effort literally to send me on my way. After my training wheels were removed from my bike (Iím not sure who removed them), I climbed onto the seat of what now had become my "two wheeler." My mother stood behind the bike, steadying it so that I wouldnít fall. Although I was quite nervous, I was willing to give this experiment a try, knowing that my mother was standing behind me, helping to insure my success. As I slowly began to pedal, I could tell that she was keeping up with me, and I could feel her steady the slightly swaying bike.

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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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