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This week our two articles deal with two very different topics. First, is "Bringing Computer Science to Your Homeschool World" by Chris Yust. The other is "Unschooling Leads to Self-Motivated Learning" by Alison McKee. Even with the proliferation of computer technology surrounding all of us, there is still room for the unschooling style in homeschooling! As always thank you for reading our publications.

Michael Leppert

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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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Bringing Computer Science to Your Homeschool World
By Chris Yust, Homeschool Programming, Inc.

You no doubt already have the basic subjects covered in your curriculum: Reading, writing, math, history, arts, science, geography, social studiesÖall of these things have an endless variety of resources available to you! None of them are likely to be that intimidating to teach either; after all, those topics were part of your own fundamental education! But how are you going to handle Computer Science? Today this critical subject is more important than ever, yet many teachers and homeschool parents are not sure how to get started!

Growing Up in the Digital Age

Kids in school today have never known life without the Internet, laptops, cell phones, and a dizzying array of computer games. Your students may be more techno-savvy than you are! Using email, word processing programs, web browsers, and social networking tools are probably second nature to your plugged-in children. But how much do they really understand what is going on underneath the exterior?

Who is writing all the software that your kids are using? Computer scientists or programmers are the ones driving these innovations! Computer programmers understand the tools, languages, and techniques needed to create new software. While this may sound like an arcane, difficult subject, in reality computer programming is very accessible to every student! Modern, easy-to-use programming languages and robust, free development environments can be used by anyone with the proper training.

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UBuildABook - Yearbooks for Homeschool Groups
By Jessie Shaneman

One favorite school tradition that has been around for a long time is the school yearbook. The yearbook is a timeless treasure that documents and records a studentís high school memories. It allows a person to remember his/her past: The hairstyles, the clothes and the people who shaped and formed their youthful minds and personalities. For some time, yearbooks were only distributed among institutional public or private schools. Now that homeschooling and charter schools are becoming more and more popular, they create their own yearbooks. The following paragraphs will explain how to make an easy and successful yearbook for your homeschool group.

The first step is volunteers. Volunteers are very important to the yearbook process. They can take the orders, keep track of the money, organize when and where pictures need to be taken, and most importantly they can proofread. Thereís nothing more disappointing then looking through the yearbook and finding your name misspelled. Now, sometimes volunteers are hard to come by. Parents are busy with the job of their childrenís education and they just donít have the time.

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Study Dog

Unschooling Leads to Self-Motivated Learning
By Alison McKee

How often have you considered the unschooling option, only to put such thoughts aside because you donít think your child is the self-motivated learner that one needs to be in order to make unschooling work? Maybe you think this way because your child is similar to this one: A five-year-old who spends hours of time absorbed in imaginative play. Heís so absorbed that he doesnít hear you when you ask him to dress, so you raise your voice to get his attention. With some effort, he brings himself to the present moment and promises to be ready in a few minutes. As you leave the room, you notice the few books that are scattered about. They are basically picture books about trucks and other large construction equipment. You lament, "Trucks, trucks, trucks! How could I ever unschool this child who seems to lack motivation to learn much of anything at all?"

Or, maybe your child is like this one: A ten-year-old girl whose interest in academic tasks is becoming unmanageable. She doesnít show signs of being self-motivated at all where academics are concerned. How could unschooling work when she prefers imaginative play, her books on tape and singing songs to accompany both of these activities? Sometimes she even memorizes favorite parts of her favorite books. Unschooling a child like this? Ridiculous! Indeed, her lack of motivation is making you quite nervous.

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Continental Academy - Online High School Diploma Program

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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