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In our never-ending quest to bring you valuable and interesting articles, this week we offer you two very different pieces. First, is "Choosing An Asian Language" by JD Wilson of Tuttle Publishing. This article may prove valuable to families whose children are seeking a foreign language not European based. Our second interesting article is "Thoughts On Creativity" by Andrew Pudewa of the Institute for Excellence in Writing. Please remember that if your support group would like to receive a quantity of our print magazine, we happily send them free of charge. Thank you for reading our publications.

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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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Which Asian Language Is Right for Your Child?
By LJ.D. Wilson

Now is the best time in history to introduce your child to an Asian language. The combination of better, more powerful learning materials, college opportunities for students whoíve studied an Asian language, and myriad career paths for Asian-language speakers are keeping Asian-language instruction hot even as foreign language learning in general is in retreat.

But which to choose? What Iíd like to do in this article is to review some of the benefits of teaching an Asian language and offer some insights about which may be right for your young, aspiring Asia-bound scholar, businessman, or diplomat.

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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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Thoughts on Creativity
By Andrew Pudewa, Institute for Excellence in Writing (IEW)

Today, as perhaps never before, our society purports to value creativity in education.Touted as the solution to economic, social, and environmental problems, creativethinking has become a primary objective for many educational institutions andhomeschool families. Especially in the area of writing, creativity seems to be both the key and the goal. "Be unique! Be creative! Be original! Just make it up!" That which appearsto engender creativity is considered good; that which fails to do so is bad. Therefore,activities which promote basic skills (such as copywork, memorization, rote learning,drill) are often put aside in favor of activities which appear more spontaneous (storystarters, free writing, journaling, etc.).

Iíve heard parents and teachers say things to children like, "First, just get your thoughtsdown..." or "Write whatever comes into your mind-you can edit later." Unfortunatelythere are two fundamental problems with this approach: 1) It promotes undisciplinedthinking and therefore bad writing; and 2) It misrepresents the activity of thinking andwriting.

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By Jennifer Nairne

It may be hard to believe, but summer is quickly approaching. Although a large portion of the country continues to shovel out of record-breaking snowfall, we all know that planning ahead for the summer saves money and a lot of time misspent worrying about it. I would know because I am an expert in procrastination. We take a long break over the hot summer months from "school", but I try to seek out any opportunity to keep learning and education part of our daily routines. Yet I always seem to wait until the last minute to find structured or organized activities for the kids to join. My kids end up participating in programs that cost a fortune (because I waited too long) and fail to engage their interests (because I waited too long). The resulting battles, tears, and money lost over the years have finally made an impression. I have decided this year will be different.

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