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Greetings, dear Readers. In this issue, we offer you "Six Ideas To Encourage Summer Reading" to aid you in avoiding that summer drop-off that occurs with schooled children. Our second article is "College Admissions and Homeschoolers" by Cafi Cohen, a homeschooling mom of two grown children and author, lecturer and hand-bell choir director! We hope these articles bring you inspiration and upliftment. As always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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Common Ground Center - Uncommon Family Camp Fun in Vermont
By Emerson Sandow

Homeschooling families enjoy being families. Parents are not in a rush to get rid of the kids and be free of them. Sometimes it can be difficult to find activities that are truly geared for grownups and children to enjoy together. Camp Common Ground in Vermont offers just that – in an eco-friendly community spirit.

The Camp has the following 4-week-long sessions this summer: 2013 family camp weeks begin on:

  • July 20, 2013
  • July 27, 2013
  • August 3, 2013
  • August 10, 2013

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Six Ideas To Encourage Summer Reading

When summer break comes around, you couldn't stop some book-loving kids from reading if you wanted to. But what about children who still struggle to read? What can you do this summer to encourage them? Here are six simple ideas:

  1. Keep reading!
    Even if you take a well-deserved break from other studies, most children benefit from continuing to read every day. This could mean sharing a read-aloud together at bedtime, having your children read to you, or setting aside 20 minutes a day for everyone to grab a book and read silently.

    This steady little bit of work each day can pave the way for a reading breakthrough. It also keeps your kids from losing whatever reading confidence they've built up over the school year.

  2. Read to a dog
    Several different studies show that reading out loud to dogs can help kids gain confidence and fluency in reading. A quick Google search for "Reading to Rover" will turn up interesting studies and various library programs around the country.

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Organic-Certified Feed for Chickens and Rabbits. Naturally, From Modesto Milling

Healthy eating is becoming more important to American consumers; no longer considered a fringe matter, what goes into food and therefore, what goes into the human person, is vitally significant, as dangerous additives, genetically-modified foods and overuse of some ingredients comes to the information forefront. Health-conscious consumers realize that when considering organic food items, the matter goes beyond produce and grains. What a potential food animal is fed is just as important.

If you raise your own rabbits or chickens, for the sake of your animals and your family, the meat and eggs should be as organic as possible. Consider Modesto Milling as your organic feed supplier.

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College Admissions and Homeschoolers
By Cafi Cohen

Virtually all colleges and universities accept homeschooled applicants. Some may require extra documentation or entrance testing, such as the SAT II, that is not required of institutionally-schooled students, but the fact that a student was homeschooled does not bar him/her from entrance.

SAT II Subject Tests (formerly called Achievement Tests) are given in high school subjects like biology, Spanish, writing, physics, U.S. history and so on. Usually only very selective colleges such as Harvard and Stanford require these tests -- of all applicants.

Unfortunately, a few less-selective colleges and universities are now requiring SAT II Subject test scores from homeschoolers, but not from other applicants. Or they require more SAT II scores from homeschoolers. Universities in this category currently include the Georgia Institute of Technology, University of Notre Dame (IN), Rice University (TX), Rhodes College (TN), and University of North Carolina, Wilmington.

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Mayan Unit Study
By Michael Leppert

The Mayans were, by our Western standards, one of the most advanced native peoples that ever lived. We hear of the Egyptians and their building skills and advanced culture, but until recently, seldom have we heard of the Mayans in this light. They werea fascinating and mysterious people who achieved far more in the realms of math and science than the Egyptians - and were expert builders in their own right. One Mayan structure, The Pyramid of the Sun, has a base as large as the Great Pyramid of Giza!

The ancient Mayans lived in the Yucatan Peninsula area of what is now Mexico and southward to the Central American countries of Guatemala, British Honduras, and portions of Hondurasand El Salvador. Their kingdom’s first period lasted from 1000 B.C. to 900 A.D. This period was lived in the tropical rain forests of the area and included building large pyramids and well-planned communities with other structures where the people lived and worked. These cities were mysteriously abandoned and the Mayans moved north into what is now Mexico and mingled with the Native Peoples there for second Mayan period, which lasted from 900 A.D. to 1500 A.D., when the Spanish defeated them.

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