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Happy 2013 to all of you! We hope that you have a prosperous and enjoyable year and that for those of you just beginning the adventure of homeschooling, we will do our best to bring you useful and entertaining information to help you! In this issue, we have another article by Cafi Cohen, Networking, in which she offers some advice about how to not be isolated as a homeschooling family. Our second article is very interesting, especially to families with a child with autism -- Jennifer Nairne's iPad Apps and Children with Autism. We ask that you patronize our advertisers, because we choose them for their value to homeschooling families and because they make it possible for us to offer you our print publications and electronic resources free of charge. As always, thank you for reading our publications.

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Math Without Borders - High School Math Courses
By Jennifer Nairne

High school mathematics can be an incredibly intimidating subject for parents teaching their own children.Traditional math textbooks are not meant for independent study and most students struggle unless they have guidance. But unless you have the training and experience, it can be difficult to fill in that role of "math teacher". And many of the most popular courses for homeschoolers lack depth and complexity. A lot of students get bored quickly and they lack the preparation they need for success in college.

David Chandler has created Math Without Borders - a series of Home Study Companion video lessons to accompany the most rigorous and thorough math textbooks available, while maintaining a student-friendly approach. He is an experienced teacher of mathematics, but has also taught physics, astronomy, and computer programming. And after working with homeschool families at a charter school, Mr. Chandler wanted to develop the materials and resources families need to teach high school math at home.

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Math Without Borders

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Networking
By Cafi Cohen

In person, and via the web, telephone, and snail mail, I probably talk to fifty to one hundred homeschooling families each month. During these discussions, I repeatedly hear the same query: Where can I find ____________ ?

Fill in:

  • An independent-study school for high-achieving teens
  • Flying lessons
  • Book with hands-on math units
  • Driverís training
  • Mentor for wildlife studies
  • Teen homeschool pen-pals
  • Inexpensive telescopes
  • Free, on-line Spanish course
  • Camp for homeschooled teens
  • Remedial Spelling Program
As a military family, we moved a lot when we were homeschooling. As a result, we all learned to find resources fast. In addition, as an information junkie, I enjoy networking for other homeschoolers. But I can only do so much. I face the age-old choice - give you a fish or teach you to fish. This article is an attempt to teach you to fish, to teach you to network.

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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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Literacy Unlimited

Lyrical Learning

iPad Apps and Children with Autism
By Jennifer Nairne

"Autism Spectrum Disorders" is a phrase used to describe a range of complex developmental disabilities, usually "classic" autism, Asperger syndrome, and "atypical autism". Although different people may exhibit symptoms with similar features, for reasons not yet understood, the degree of severity can vary drastically. Behavioral problems and repetitive actions are typical to many, but challenges in communicating in socializing are shared by nearly every individual ďon the spectrum.ĒAbout 1 in every 88 American children is on the autism spectrum, according to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and around 25% of those children are completely nonverbal. Thankfully, technological advances have made enormous strides in providing families with the tools and resources they need to support their kids with special needs.

The iPad has revolutionized the way in which many families function every day. These families rely on apps being developed that allow their children to engage in life.Even young children are able to interact and express themselves in ways we never thought possible before the introduction of the iPad.

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Professor Toto
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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 re≠marks 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." Remem≠ber 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" orÖ.

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Letters Make Words

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