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This week in the “not-back-to-school” edition, we offer two completely different articles for your reading pleasure and to enhance your homeschooling journey. First, is “Getting An Education” by John Taylor Gatto, noted 30-year veteran NYC junior high teacher. Our second offering, “The Lighter Side of Preparedness” is by Glenda Lehman Irving, of Lehman’s Hardware in the heart of Ohio Amish country. As you embark on another school year, we hope you include all of our publications in your “Resources” tool kit and please let us know if we can assist you with any information for your homeschooling work. Thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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Movement Matters Guides for Incorporating Fun Physical Activities for Young Children
By Jennifer Nairne

No parents want their children to be unhealthy. Despite the obviousness of that statement, childhood obesity continues to spread in more and more households throughout the nation. Overweight preschoolers are likely to continue their unhealthful living patterns through adolescence and into adulthood, yet there are very few opportunities for young children to be introduced to formal physical activities designed to help them become good movers, with a life-long interest in recreational physical activity. Kids’ first experiences are usually through Physical Education in public schools, long after they have developed poor habits. Most homeschoolers join organized sports at about the same age and for the same reasons, but the same problems remain. But incorporating formal physical activity into your homeschool curriculum does more than promote a healthy lifestyle for your children. It gives them the opportunity to practice their emerging fundamental movement skills during the developmentally appropriate stages of their lives.

Dr. Diane H. Craft has dedicated her professional career to promoting and improving physical activity opportunities for children. And because she is a committed advocate of inclusion, Dr. Craft develops activities that are adaptable for children with and without special needs. Her efforts have led to the publication of several books detailing movement activities that incorporate all preschool children, regardless of abilities, in structured play, designed for their needs.

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The Guerrilla Curriculum: How to Get An Education In Spite of School
by John Taylor Gatto

An intelligent and sensitive woman named Mary Wallech, when asked by her grown son Martin, my good friend, to consider the possibility that America’s wars were never fought for the reasons offered by great newspapers and television stations, replied simply, "It’s better not to know." I recall Mrs. Wallech to you not to explore any implications of her thesis or that of her son, but to underline for all of us how difficult it is to come to terms with the concept "education," how slippery.

Was Mary Wallech content to remain ignorant, simply to be the peasant cut off from the larger world that her immigrant ancestors were, or was she wise beyond her years in understanding that the pursuit of forbidden knowledge often ruins the seeker, that the malice of the great ones who seek to fool ordinary people is unfathomable at bottom, another of the eternal deficiencies of human nature? That attending too closely to unraveling their deceits can unravel, instead, one’s faith in the ultimate goodness of the universe? That the loss of faith is a worse harm than being gulled?

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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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The Lighter Side of Preparedness: Disaster Preparedness
By Glenda Lehman Ervin

I’m bored.”

“There’s nothing to do here.”

“How much longer do we have to wait?”

No, these are not the comments from the back seat as you travel down I-77 on your summer vacation. But they could be the comments of your children, stuck in your home with no power or play dates for several days.

In this article we’re going to explore the lighter side of the Temporary Off Grid Existence. (As an aside, here in Amish country we often use the term off-the-grid to refer to our neighbors who are not “attached” to the electrical grid that gives many us power. They are self-sufficient because they don’t rely on traditional forms of electric power. Hence the Off-Grid reference.)

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Ivy Bound



Learning various fraction operations can be very difficult. In essence, it’s not the concept of the fraction that is difficult — it is the various operations (addition, multiplication, subtraction, simplifying, etc.) that make fractions difficult. Typically, children are taught to memorize innumerable rules that do not connect with anything else, about the operations. This generally leads to a blind following of the rules without any understanding of how or why they apply

Dr. Loyd’s Fraction Kit is an easy-to-use, hands-on mathematics manipulative designed to unravel the mystery of fraction operations and explain how they really work. Inventor, Dr. Loyd is the author of numerous academic articles and books and a commercial mathematics readiness test. With over 37 years of experience teaching instructors, school teachers and students, he is a highly-qualified and respected national and international workshop presenter and has developed an engaging and successful method of fraction instruction.

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