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Dear Readers:

In this issue of The Way Home, we bring you an excerpt from the popular book by my wife and myself, The Homeschooling Almanac 2000-2001, The Parental Approach. We hope it is useful to you, especially if you are in your first year or two of this wonderful journey of 100% parenting! Our second article "College Admissions & Homeschoolers" is by a very knowledgeable homeschool mom of two grown children, Cafi Cohen. If you -- or a family member -- have concerns about the college admissibility of homeschooled students, Cafi's article will be a welcome source of information. We wish all of you the happiest of holidays and thank you for reading our publications.

Michael Leppert

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How To Teach Your Child Empathy
By Deborah King, Final Touch Finishing School, www.finaltouchschool.com

When was the last time you walked into a cafeteria and scanned the room for a friendly face? This is an everyday dilemma that children in schools face. While many look forward to the opportunity to connect with friends, others dread the ringing bell because they know they will sit alone and endure thirty minutes of painful gossip and, for some, physical attacks.

The lack of civility that results in bullying is a daily experience within our homes, schools, communities, and workplaces. The wounds created by these acts leave lasting scars and hardened hearts.

Empathy and trust are cornerstones of civility. And like most life skills, they are learned by example.

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The Parental Approach, Part 1
By Michael and Mary Leppert

While writing this book, we met people from all different walks of homeschooling. We discovered - as wed expected - that few parents rigidly follow any particular approach in and of itself. Most do, however, want their children to learn certain things, such as the three Rs and other academic subjects based on the nature of their children and family as a whole. Some parents, when asked which approach they use, said, "I guess we just teach them what we think that they need to know."

Our family handles homeschooling in much the same way. As our sons parents, we surround him with an environment we think is wholesome and suitable. We create the setting and choose from a variety of styles and philosophies. One hundred years ago, when parents raised their kids with little outside influence, this approach would have needed no explanation or name.

We have realized that we homeschool Lennon with what we call the parental approach. As his parents, we believe in the traditional idea of the three Rs, the flexibility of the unschooling approach (see chapter 6), and the creativity of the eclectic approach (see chapter 7). The following scenario provides an example of our lifestyle. One evening we were working in our little office, the extra room in our house. While we were all there, Lennon converted a vacant desk into a science lab, pulled out some Wild Goose kits hed used three years ago, and made slime - all the while joining in on our conversations about this book.

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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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College Admissions and Homeschoolers
By Cafi Cohen

Virtually all colleges and universities accept homeschooled applicants. Some may require extra documentation or entrance testing, such as the SAT II, that is not required of institutionally-schooled students, but the fact that a student was homeschooled does not bar him/her from entrance.

SAT II Subject Tests (formerly called Achievement Tests) are given in high school subjects like biology, Spanish, writing, physics, U.S. history and so on. Usually only very selective colleges such as Harvard and Stanford require these tests -- of all applicants.

Unfortunately, a few less-selective colleges and universities are now requiring SAT II Subject test scores from homeschoolers, but not from other applicants. Or they require more SAT II scores from homeschoolers. Universities in this category currently include the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame (IN), Rice University (TX), Rhodes College (TN), and University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

On the positive side,these universities represent less than 5 percent of colleges and universities.

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From PowerScore: The SAT and ACT: What You Need to Know
By Victoria Wood

Applying to college is a confusing process, especially for students who dont have access to a full-time guidance counselor, so to help you out here are our answers to some of the most common questions people ask about their college admissions tests.

Which test should I take - the ACT or the SAT?

The answer is simple: Both! The tests are very different, so it is a good idea to try them both and submit the score that best conveys your academic abilities. If you are limited to taking only a single test, take a free, timed practice test of each (see below) and then choose the test you find to be easier.

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