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Greetings, readers of The Way Home.

In this issue of TWH, we offer you two articles that can be useful to you, in quelling your doubts and giving you some ideas of your own homeschooling approach. First is "Outside of Home Activities" by Sandra Holland. Sandra’s article may pique your awareness of resources you have right in your own back yard to enhance and expand your child’s life view and knowledge base. Our second article "Dealing With Our Doubts" is by unschooling pioneer, Alison McKee, who has written two excellent books and many articles about unschooling. Please see her website url at the end of the article. As always, thank you for reading our publications. May you have a Happy Memorial Day.

Michael Leppert

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Cool ID Tags

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 person’s 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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Outside of Home Activities
By Sandra Holland

New home-educating families sometimes are at a loss as to how to prepare activities for their children. Other than the usual support group, field trips and piano lessons, how does a class of one, or a class of multiple ages, find things to do?

You just about can't get around the fact that children of different ages like and have the aptitude for different activities. So, it is best to break down the activities into pre-school, elementary, junior high and high school, just the way the institutional schools do. This does not mean that they are hard and fast divisions, but they help. It is possible for a first-grader to go on a field trip with a seventh-grader and for a 15-year-old to enjoy a presentation intended for adults.

Toddlers will enjoy story time at libraries and books stores. Museums, particularly children's museums, have activities for very young children. The age group that the public school calls "preschooler" can also be taken on simple field trips such as to the zoo, a dairy farm or other site devoted to nature explorations.

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Nelson Academy of Agricultural Science
By Michael Leppert

If your child is interested in agricultural and/or veterinary pursuits, the Nelson Academy of Agricultural Science offers the perfect study solution — online agriculture courses! Or, maybe your child simply has an interest in taking an agriculture science course . . . Nelson Academy again provides the solution.

Mr. Leroy Nelson, founder of Nelson Academy, taught agriculture and advised FFA chapters for more than 15 years in his home state of Montana, and a five of his student FFA advisees are Montana state officials for the FFA. Since 2004, he has been the superintendent of the Opheim, MT, school district.

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Dealing With Our Doubts
By Alison McKee, unschooling pioneer

Years ago a friend said to me, "We don't know how to homeschool." In response, I remember being dumbfounded. Her children, like mine, had never been to school and both of us had teens. Needless to say I asked her to clarify what she meant. "We have all been educated in school. We unconsciously work from the school model. Our children have never been to school and therefore know more about what it means to be homeschooled than we do." To this she added, "We need to follow their lead. When they want to learn something we should listen to them and follow that advice."

I knew from experience that my friend was correct, and I also knew how difficult it was to follow that advice. At that time in our homeschooling venture, our difficulty was learning to accept that what our family did and how our family lived was the normal way to live. On the surface I understood that the institution of school, a human creation, was, in fact, an institution which removed learning from its natural realm of the greater world and put it within the confines of brick buildings. I was well aware of the fact that the mammoth educational institution, so pervasive throughout the world, often caused me to forget that this humanly created institution was still in its infancy.

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Handwriting, The Write Way
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Learn to write for lifelong pleasure and reward. Learn to write logically. Learn to write in a linear manner. Start with basics. Then, progress step-by step to fluent, legible handwriting. What are basics? Capital letters? No. Lowercase letters? No. What then?

Young children should first learn to love writing. Playful activities that focus on good writing habits are the key. Older students and adults can fix problem writing. They too can enjoy writing.

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