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Dear Readers: In this installment of TWH, our two articles address parenting from different angles. First, we offer Part 2 of Catherine Levison’s "Parenting 411", continued from last week. Our second piece, "Teen Style Socialization" by Erin Chianese, the mother of two now-grown homeschooled daughters, speaks to parenting of teens. We hope these articles offer you guidance in your own homeschooling and/or parenting journeys and as always, we thank you for reading our work. Please tell your friends of our print/digital magazine, that is free of charge and of our 3 websites as well.

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By Joseph Grayhaim

Homeschooling families tend to value truth and accuracy in the curricula and materials they use. Political correctness, subjective judgments and other intrusions and distortions of fact are typically not welcome in the homeschooling environment - the avoidance of such obstacles to understanding is what makes many families opt for homeschooling to begin with.

Our Land Publications offers four periodic sets for the study of history and geography, each one centering upon a state: California, Texas, Illinois and Indiana. The homeschooling family can utilize a set as the core curriculum study or as a supplement to another book - especially in areas where certain textbooks are required for use.

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Realistic Charlotte Mason: Parenting 411, Part 2 of 2
by Catherine Levison

Children need to learn to make their own choices under the watchful eye of their parents. If they do not learn how to make decisions they will remain helpless. If you are always telling them what to do and when to do it, they will stay in a state of dependence on you.

As far as other chores are concerned I believe the same principles apply and clarity is the key. Children thrive when they know what exactly is expected from them. Declare the chore and have them complete the chore, it’s that simple. Chore lists work well in large families. At our peak we had a family of seven and that is a lot of work — one person could easily crack under that kind of pressure. Having found the kitchen timer to be a useful tool during the school hours, I gave it a try during the house-cleaning moments. Set the timer and everybody jumps in, all at once and with concentration. This sense of fairness is also important to children. To observe mom and their fellow brothers and sisters all working feverishly for the same amount of time, really takes care of the complaints. Sometimes they clean independently without the entire group and sometimes they would fail to comply. My husband, being somewhat artistic, drew a chart using cardstock. Removable tags had each child’s name written on it and if the chore was not completed, the name was removed from a slot and placed into the hand-drawn dog house. It was cute, so cute in fact that my kids told the neighbor kids and soon other parents started asking me to see my “dog house” chore chart.

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Ivy Bound wishes to introduce parents of homeschool teenage children to the services that we provide. We are familiar with home schooling and believe we can help, by providing additional assistance in required exams for college acceptance or for academics, especially with math and the sciences.

Ivy Bound is a test prep firm specializing in SAT and ACT preparation designed to improve a student’s college acceptance and scholarship potential. We now have more resources than any other national company for helping students excel in these tests. Not only do our tutors have a top 1% score in these tests, but we have developed our own materials specifically to enhance student’s test taking strategies.

Our instructors are intelligent, talented, and trained in our program and method of teaching. Our experience allows our instructors to quickly evaluate a student’s strengths and weaknesses, and mold the lesson plan to focus on the needed areas of improvement. There is a definite strategy involved in studying for and taking these tests. While that strategy may differ across individual students, there is always a way to help each student realize their maximum test-taking potential.

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Between 12 & 20 - Concerning Teen Homeschoolers: Teen Style Socialization
by Erin Chianese

The irritating S-word. It rears up its pesky head at every stage of our homeschooling. Like an itch, it begs attention: Does my child have enough socialization in his life? How do I help in her a social realm? When our kids are young it is pretty easy to deal with: Make play dates with the kids your children enjoy; start a club with a theme that your child is interested in. Then kids hit the teen years and they want to arrange their own social calendar. It gets harder for parents to see that they are helping. The S-word’s itch still persists. Things seem more serious. Teens will soon venture out into the world and fend for themselves. Just as we worry if our teens have the proper academics to get into college, we worry if they have enough social skills to deal with whatever they may encounter. Will they get along with coworkers and roommates and partners?

Most people think of friendship when they hear the word, socialization. Parents often worry: “How many friends does my child have or how deep is the friendship?” Many of us knew most of the kids in our high schools and considered them friends. This experience is what we base our measure of social success on for our teens. Added to this is the prevalent, ill-conceived notion that kids are automatically socialized when they go to school. These nagging ideas need to be dispelled. We need to remind ourselves that our kids are enjoying a different lifestyle and they are not basing their measure on our model. This is hard to remember but in every aspect of homeschooling we need to consult our kids on their own expectations, needs, and wants, including their own socialization.

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Introduce Handwriting, Now or Later?
by Nan J. Barchowsky,(of Barchowsky Fluent Handwriting) http://www.bfhhandwriting.com/

"When do I begin to teach my son/daughter to write?" This question comes up often. You know your child as no one else does, so with some help from this article you can answer the question.

Wait. Do not be anxious. Wait until the child understands the meaning of writing, why the marks we make on paper mean something to ourselves or someone else. A child may be five before he or she comprehends that an assemblage of letters creates a message. Even with a seemingly late start the child will learn to write with no set back to academic progress. In some countries children are not expected to read and write until age seven. It is the long run, the end result, to which we teach. Unless a child is ready, no jumpstart in any instruction -- handwriting included -- will matter in later grades.

Writing letters and words at too early a stage in development can have negative effects.

Wait until your child can hold a marker comfortably before teaching letter formation. The tripod hold is considered ideal; the forefinger controls the movement. Call the forefinger the "writing finger." Some small hands may be ready to write, but need the third finger on the shaft of the writing tool for support. Tolerate that position for awhile, but gently encourage your child to drop the third finger down underneath the shaft. The writing finger is on top, with the writing tool resting on the thumb and third finger.

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