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Dear Readers:

One of the pleasures of publishing this E-newsletter is bringing you information that we think is useful and valuable, not only in an academic sense, but in a lifestyle sense. Our first article, "Financial Education Needs a Facelift" by Elisabeth Donati, owner of Creative Wealth, is one such article. Ms. Donati touches on a number of points that will prove to be significant to our children’s generation. Our second article, "Ecology Project International - Academic & Cultural Exchange Field Programs" by Jennifer Nairne, informs you of a unique idea in cultural exchange programs. We hope this information is valuable to you and as always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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MATH DRAWINGS - Good Stuff For Teachers
By Emerson Sandow

Math Drawings by Mary Smale is an exciting multi-disciplinary method of incorporating art with math allowing students to create entire pictures using only basic geometric shapes. For over 30 years, Mary Smale taught algebra and other math disciplines in high school and middle school. During this time, she developed her unique math-based art lesson, originally used as a reward system for her 8th grade students.

Mary soon found that she was able to disguise new and old math vocabulary as instructions for drawing and, for the first time in her teaching career, she had 100% participation in her math lessons. Her students were able to combine their love for drawing with basic geometric principles to create "works of art". Mary later taught math and art on television for 2˝ on the Los Angeles based KLCS-TV program "Homework Hotline Teacher" and was ultimately convinced to write Math Drawings so her principles could be used by teachers in their art, history and special education classes.

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Financial Education Needs a Facelift
By Elisabeth Donati, www.creativewealthintl.org

A large percentage of parents believe that the only way their children are going to succeed in life is by going to college in order to get a good, safe, steady job with great benefits. Those jobs, however, are harder to come by these days.

In addition, you’ve probably noticed that life has changed in the past couple of decades and so has the way we work for a living. The state of our economy, increased global competition, and the ability to make money via the Internet have tweaked what used to work for a large percentage of Americans. We must begin to prepare our children for other ways of ‘making it’ in the world.

What if we begin looking at college as "A" way and not "THE" way to prepare young adults for life. These are just a few of the issues about depending on a college degree these days:

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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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Ecology Project International - Academic & Cultural Exchange Field Programs
By Jennifer Nairne

There are a variety of very good student travel programs available to homeschoolers. All of them offer incredible opportunities to be immersed in a curriculum, rather than simply studying it. In reality, quite a few of these programs offerstudents little more than an extended field trip - mostly classroom-based learning that includes visits to notable areas of interest. Others focus on adventure over learning, focusing on recreational activities with very little in the area of meaningful learning experiences. After searching through what seemed like a mountain of companies specializing in educational tours, I came across a different kind of group offering educational travel - Ecology Project International. Instead of focusing on recreational activities kids enjoy on vacation, EPI tailors their curriculum to offer programs that incorporate equal parts adventure, inspiration, fun, and education. In a recent interview with Ecology Project International, I learned more about the transformative work they do around the world.

Ecology Project International goes way beyond the traditional educational travel programs. With the ambitious goal of changing the world, they empower young people to take an active role in conservation efforts. Students get to engage in "real" scientific field work that is applied to a variety of ongoing research projects. They work with scientists to protect endangered species, collect vital data, and participate in the restoration of native habitats. And each site partners with local students who continually work on local conservation efforts, data collection, and ecological restoration. The ultimate result is long-term sustainability efforts by students all over the world to address real-world conservation issues. And your student will have the adventure of a lifetime.

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Independent Study High School - Online, accredited, university-based high school
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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