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This week, we have more Colfax Corner for you, continuing what we began last week and our second article is by Dorothy Bennett, MA Ed: "The Essential Academic Learning Skills".We hope these articles provide you with useful information and peace of mind. Doubting the good sense of what you are doing is one of the aspects of homeschooling that takes time, information and knowledge to put to rest. Please tell your friends about our publications - print/digital magazine, websites and this E-newsletter. As always, thank you for reading our work.

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Benefits Of PicoTurbine's Alternative Energy Education
By Abhishek Agarwal

Young people need to be educated about the production of alternative energy and the most successful way, as witnessed by the writer, is by using the PicoTurbine Companyís books, projects and kits. PicoTurbine has produced these products in order to educate young people about the environment which they will inherit by looking at the advances in alternative or renewable energy, the seeds of their future. If we are to change the future world for the better, then it starts right here and now with the advent of the "green" energy systems.

There is an old adage which states: "Tell me, and I will forget. Show me, and I might remember some of it. Involve me, and I will master it", which has been tried and tested. It has become a core concept of PicoTurbine in producing kits which encourage young people to learn hands-on by the activities that are suggested, so they can see for themselves. One such suggestion by the company is the demonstration of how wind energy can produce heat (a specialty of the company), which uses a "picture wire" as the heating element.

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The Essential Academic Learning Skills
By Dorothy Bennett MA Ed.

What learning skills are important for young children to practice? Letís start with a few we constantly hear about: attention and concentration.Howto attend and then concentrate on a parent or teacher, not just a computer, iPad, or gaming system.

Relaxed-Body Alert-Mind

The ability to learn without tension & anxiety is the first foundation. We cannot learn easily when we are tense, nor will children want to attend to something they are anxious about.

You have several tools to start the learning behavior of body-relaxed mind-alert. If you have little inquisitive high-energy children use soothing or calming music and teach them to breath with you. You can also use the P.A.C.E. sequence from Smart Moves, Brain Gym exercises, or Brianís Back from EFSAP. Do not allow slouching, we can be relaxed and still have our body in the learning posture (spine straight, feet on the floor in a chair, or cross-legged on the floor).

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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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The Colfax Corner
By David and Micki Colfax

The Colfaxes are the authors of Homeschooling for Excellence and Hard Times in Paradise, available from Amazon. Their four sons were homeschooled on a goat farm in Mendocino County, California in the 1980s. Three of the sons graduated from Ivy League colleges and "made headlines" as homeschooled success stories.

Q: I have heard you speak at homeschooling conferences about college admissions, where youíve said that at some point it becomes necessary for the homeschooler to find out what is required to do well on the admissions tests and to spend a lot of time preparing for those tests. Isnít that a repudiation of what homeschooling is all about? Weíve homeschooled our children right through college and wonder why you didnít do the same. A.V., Vancouver, B.C.

A: Several good points are raised in this question and weíll try to do it justice, starting with your last point. We suppose that if our boys had not left home at 17 or 18 and continued to live and work on the ranch, reading, writing, and talking for the next four or five years much as before, they might have learned as much, and in some ways more, than they would at college.

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Cool ID Tags
By Linda Pliagas

No parent wants to think about their child going missing, but if adults prepare for emergencies accordingly, a sense of calm will prevail during times of chaos.

Cool ID Tags (www.CoolIDTags.com) makes it easy and affordable for parents to take necessary precautions, and the company makes the identification tags cool so that kids want to wear them.

Besides the traditional style of wearing the ID tag on a chain around your neck, these specialized tags can also be attached to shoes, a personís wrist or clothing. They can also serve as nifty luggage tags. The ID tags are lightweight yet sturdy and extremely affordable: One tag is only $7.95 and three tags are only $19.50.

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