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Greetings, readers of The Way Home.

This time around, we offer you a very important article about the 8 Multiple Intelligences by Valerie Schuetta, M. Ed. These 8 intelligences are the foundation of the Learning Styles approach in homeschooling. When you know your own learning styles and those of your child, it makes homeschooling much more effective. Not know this information may present you with trying to fit a round peg (your child) into a square hole (a learning style totality foreign to him/her). Our second offering is The Colfax Corner, a regular feature of our newspaper, The Link. David & Micki Colfax homeschooled their 4 sons in Northern California in the 1980s and 3 of the boys entered Harvard and Yale -- among the first modern homeschoolers to do so. We hope you find value in these articles and that you tell your friends about The Way Homeand Homeschool Magazine as well. As always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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Sing 'n Learn
By Michael Leppert

Typically, the very best homeschooling supply companies are those that are owned and operated by homeschoolers themselves. We understand subtle nuances that are significant to homeschooling families, but that other companies might not even notice. Sing ‘n Learn is such a company. It was founded by a homeschooling couple, Fred and Sarah Cooper, who were on the cutting edge of the modern homeschooling world, beginning to teach their oldest son in the mid 1980s and their second son shortly thereafter. Both boys never attended school until college.

The Coopers quickly learned the value of coupling music with pieces of information to be learned and they created their company to supply such products. They now offer over 900 products from over 100 publishers. They produce some of their products themselves and others they obtain from outside. But in all, they maintain their mission of using music, as well as auditory products such as stories, as the means of making learning fun.

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Teaching the 8 Multiple Intelligences
By Valerie Schuetta, M. Ed. Reading Specialist

Howard Gardner (Frames of Mind, 1983) defines multiple intelligences as "a small set of potentials of which all individuals are capable by virtue of being human." The following activities include the eight intelligences, their definitions, and differentiated instruction learning experiences that can be used for each intelligence. The eight multiple intelligences should not be confused with learning styles. Learning styles focuses on the many ways people think and feel as they solve problems, create products, and interact. This can be traced to heredity, the way we are brought up, and the environment in which we live. Learning Styles also suggest that how much students learn has more to do with whether the academic experience is adapted toward their style of learning than whether or not they are "smart". (Brady, 2006).

Multiple Intelligences are the focus of the content and product of learning. Barbara Prashnig (The Power of Diversity, 2004) writes that Learning Styles can be defined as the way humans prefer to concentrate on, store and remember new and/or difficult information, while Multiple Intelligences is a theoretical framework defining/understanding/assessing/and developing people’s different intelligence factors. In simpler terms, Learning Styles and Multiple Intelligences are the input and output in children’s learning cycles.


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By Jennifer Nairne

While politicians and policy-makers debate the current condition of public education in the United States, "we the people" are left to fend for ourselves. And for parents of high schoolers, this is an immediate crisis - not some abstract exercise in political philosophy. How can a child get into college if the classes needed aren’t even being offered at the local school? Every child deserves the opportunity to realize their fullest potential and become the productive citizens we need to keep our country moving forward.

And although families participating in alternative schooling and homeschool can offer their children learning opportunities that their peers in public schools cannot even imagine as part of their curriculum,college admission boards remain wedded to the traditional public school format. Many homeschool families have reported their misguided, though well-intentioned, attempts at preparing their student, and their often sadhorror stories of the biased college admissions process.

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The Colfax Corner
By David and Micki Colfax

Q: My homeschool son is 15 and isn’t interested in going to college. Where can we find out about apprenticeships? B.Y., Albuquerque, NM.

A: Apprenticeships are appealing to homeschoolers for a number of reasons, not the least of which is that they provide young people with an opportunity to participate in a meaningful way in the real world of work, and to learn about themselves and the world in the process. John Gatto, teaching in New York’s schools, found that his students who were given an opportunity to work in a variety of commercial and industrial settings, usually as unpaid and short-term apprentices, almost invariably acquired a wide range of valuable skills and attitudes. Many homeschoolers have part-time jobs or make it part of their educational program to work on a voluntary basis in places such as hospitals, senior centers, fire departments and radio stations, not only to learn new skills but also to see if they might be interested in working in these fields. If you are interested in a long-term, more intensive apprenticeship, the best thing to do is to contact people who work in the field to find out what is available and what the entry requirements are. Those interested in the more traditional crafts should contact the unions directly, which are listed in the yellow pages under “Labor Organizations”. Don’t be disappointed if they don’t seem very encouraging, however, for many of the few programs now available want applicants who have completed a high school industrial arts program. I’d suggest that your son make an appointment with the folks in charge of the programs he’s interested in and be prepared to convince them that he’s a quick and independent learner and therefore a better choice than someone who may have gone through a conventional high school program.

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Peterson Directed Handwriting
By Randy Nelson

Letters are taught much like you would teach a line dance or aerobic exercise routine. The strategy is easy to use. The teacher handbook provides a daily lesson outline that focuses on process instruction - where to start, which way to go AND how to move.

The basic lesson includes four steps: Illustrate & Describe, Air Writing, Finger Tracing and finally, Write & Say. "Action Words" create a rhythmic template for the movements during all four steps.

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