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Our two feature articles this week offer you input and help in Reading and in Computer Programming! Hans Dekker, founder and CEO of DynaRead provides the first of a three-part article on “Reading Struggles.”If your child is having trouble with reading, let Hans’ information guide you to a possible solution. Chris Yust, of the Homeschool Programming company has written “Web Design for Kids”. We hope these two articles provide you with entertainment and help in your homeschooling journey. 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 2½ 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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Math Drwaings


Web Design for Kids!
By Chris Yust, Homeschool Programming, Inc.

In this highly-technological age, you may find that your children spend quite a bit of time on the Internet! They may be working in online classes, researching topics for papers, updating their social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter, or just surfing the web. Regardless of what your children enjoy doing when they are online, chances are they have shown some interest in creating their own websites. Fortunately, basic website design is something that just about anyone can learn with no expensivesoftware!

Getting Started

When you view a website, you are typically using a piece of software called a web browser. The most common web browsers on the market today are Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, and Safari. These browsers all speak a common “language” called HTML. While these letters may seem mysterious, the language itself is something that can be easily learned and understood by computer-literate children.

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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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Peterson Handwriting


Reading Struggles Series - 1.What is Reading?
By Hans J.A. Dekkers

Reading: What’s the big deal?

As you are reading these opening words, your eyes and multiple parts of your brain are beautifullyworking together. Word after word gets somehow spoken inside your mind. This process demonstratesautomaticity: we read without consciously thinking about the act of reading. Words like perspicaciousor excogitate will most likely stop automaticity in its tracks – forcing us to sound them out.

Another example:The word deos. Phonetically you read de-os. Now take this sentence: Raednig this deos not raelly pose a porlbem. You read the selfsame word deos again, but this time around you read:does.

Both examples illustrate how remarkable a process reading really is. We readers take it for granted.For children who struggle with reading, reading in their mother tongue is more like us trying to read e.g. Latin: Indicabotibi o homo quid sit bonumet quid Dominus (Mic. 6:8).

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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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Camp Common Ground

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