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Dear Readers:

In this issue of TWH, we offer you an excerpt from The Homeschooling Almanac, 2002-03, written by my wife, Mary and myself – Frequently Asked Questions, Part 1. We will run Part 2 next week. For any families on the threshold of this wondrous way of life, these answers may provide important information regarding the universal concerns all of us have when we start out. Our second article is by famed writing instructor, Andrew Pudewa, of the Institute for Excellence in Writing, “You Don’t Have To Like It”. With that title, it is not hard to guess where Andrew goes from there! If you ever want to receive a quantity of our magazine, Homeschool Magazine.com, for an Information Night or for your support group, we will send you as many copies as you want, free of charge; just e-mail me your request at the Newsletter Signup area. Please tell your friends about our magazine, our websites and The Way Home, to enhance their parenting and homeschooling. As always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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Writing and Your Child's Learning Style
By Sharon Watson

Teaching writing can be tough. Teaching writing to children who aren’t getting it is super frustrating. What can we do to help our children understand the tasks of writing?

My firstborn loved to fill out workbooks, and I said to myself with great pride and much patting of the back that this homeschooling thing was going to be a breeze. Then came my second born. He hated workbooks. The task of writing was difficult, and the workbooks bored him. I was stymied. I had to find a way to teach him, but workbooks were all I knew.

Then I learned about Howard Gardner’s theory of multiple intelligences and read Dr. Thomas Armstrong’s In Their Own Way: Discovering and Encouraging Your Child’s Multiple Intelligences, and my style of teaching changed dramatically. Just in time, too, because when my third-born entered the educational arena, her cluster of learning styles (or intelligences) was different from her brothers. I had to learn new methods of teaching so my daughter could understand the material. When I adapted my teaching styles to the way my children received the information, I felt I was respecting them and the way they were made. Suddenly, the things that had seemed impossible were achievable.

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You Don’t Have to Like It…
By Andrew Pudewa

I don’t really like to write. When I tell people that, they often express surprise, assuming that since I travel the country giving seminars on how to teach writing, I must somehow enjoy doing it. Fact is, I don’t. What I do like is having written something—being done with it and believing that someone else will gain from having read it. But the writing itself is hard work, and I don’t much enjoy it. German author Thomas Mann observed: "A writer is somebody for whom writing is more difficult than it is for other people." Probably that’s true in any discipline—music, art, or dance—and perhaps I presume to identify myself as a writer simply to excuse the difficulty I have in doing it. Nevertheless, for me it’s work.

Students, though, are sometimes relieved to hear that I don’t actually like to write, nor do I expect them to either. I tell them it’s not necessary to like writing. But I do let them know they need to learn to do it decently well, because when they can, they will be better prepared to excel in whatever career they undertake, be it engineering, mothering, soldiering, or garbage collecting. In any field, those who are competent at what they do will usually be needed, but it is those who are good at the job and able to communicate the concepts involved in the work that will rise to positions of influence and leadership.

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Math Without Borders - High School Math Courses
By Jennifer Nairne

High school mathematics can be an incredibly intimidating subject for parents teaching their own children.Traditional math textbooks are not meant for independent study and most students struggle unless they have guidance. But unless you have the training and experience, it can be difficult to fill in that role of "math teacher". And many of the most popular courses for homeschoolers lack depth and complexity. A lot of students get bored quickly and they lack the preparation they need for success in college.

David Chandler has created Math Without Borders - a series of Home Study Companion video lessons to accompany the most rigorous and thorough math textbooks available, while maintaining a student-friendly approach. He is an experienced teacher of mathematics, but has also taught physics, astronomy, and computer programming. And after working with homeschool families at a charter school, Mr. Chandler wanted to develop the materials and resources families need to teach high school math at home.

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Math Without Borders


Frequently-Asked Questions About Homeschooling Part 1
By Michael Leppert

As homeschooling parents and disseminators of information about homeschooling, we are constantly asked questions by parents considering homeschooling their children, or by the just-plain-curious. Here we offer our responses to some of the questions that come up most frequently.

Q What about socialization?

A Parents need to consider that in the average school day of 6 hours, the child spends approximately 1-½ hours "socializing"— two 15-minute recesses and 1 hour at lunch. The rest of the time the child usually sits at his desk, separated from other children by the invisible wall of "good behavior." Plus, as the school atmosphere becomes increasingly restricted and dangerous, the socialization that occurs is not particularly "social."

Homeschooling parents, on the other hand, often find their children have “too much” socialization—weekly park days, skate days, and field trips. Besides planned events, children who live in urban or suburban areas come in contact with people all day long. Most neighborhoods, which is where a child’s playmates usually come from (and always have), include children of varying ages, whether homeschooled or conventionally schooled (that is, attending public or private school). Families in rural areas have to take steps to ensure that their children—whether homeschooled or not—come in contact with others on a regular basis. The fact is, children taught at home have more time to socialize freely without being told what to play, when to play, and where to play. If organic, pure socialization is to take place, it is in the homeschool setting.

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Homeschooling with Videos
By Mimi Rothschild

If a picture is worth a thousand words, how much is a video which is made up of millions of pictures worth?


Technology has propelled homeschooling out of textbooks at the kitchen table to anywhere there's an Internet connection. Whether it’s on a smartphone, tablet, notebook or laptop, homeschoolers boundaries -- while always grander than traditionally schooled kids -- have now soared into the stratosphere.

With massive resources like the newly launched BRAINTOPIA HomeSchooleLibrary....

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