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This week’s edition of TWH features a very helpful article about "Buying Used Curriculum" by Mary Ellen Tedrow, homeschooler and longtime owner of a used curriculum store in Virginia. Our second article is by Hallie Kemper, entitled "Why We Homeschool", in which she offers tales of her excursion through shopping for an appropriate school for her children, finally deciding on homeschooling as the only viable way to go. The opinions of teachers she talked with are very eye-opening and provocative. Please patronize our advertisers and thank you for reading our work.

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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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Buying Used Curriculum
By Maryellen Tedrow,www.Laurelwoodbooks.com

When to do it. How to find it. Why do they do that? What to avoid.

So you’ve decided to take your children out of school and teach them yourself.

Or you have children who are just now school age and want to educate them at home. You are about to enter the ranks of the homeschooler.

You say "whew" that was a major decision! Now you realize you need the material to begin the job. You start by gathering your thoughts, looking through all the wonderful catalogs you have picked up, sent away for, or been given by your friends. You have a list, a very long list. You decide that you are going to provide a quality education and you say cost is not an issue. Then, reality hits. You can’t afford the things on your list. What should you do? Give up? No, no, absolutely not. There is always a way. Don’t feel defeated. Don’t even feel depressed. If you had all the money in the world, and you could buy everything on the market, you wouldn’t be able to use it all. So, start by doing these things.

First, take your wish list. A wish list is everything you think you would like to have. Then prioritize. Use colored highlighters, one color for things you want, no matter what. Use another color for second choice items, and a third color for things you would like but could do without if necessary. Mark the things you wouldn’t mind getting in used condition (we will talk about this later), perhaps with an asterisk. Then talk with your spouse. What kind of budget can you realistically afford? An additional way to prioritize is buying over a period of time. You don’t have to buy it all today. You may be able to buy some items part of the way through the school year. Decide which things you need right away and which things could wait a few months.

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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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Why We Homeschool
By Hallie Kemper

When our kids were young, we believed we would be sending them to public school as soon as they were old enough. After all, both my husband and I went to public schools and turned out okay.

Then, when our daughter, Danielle, and our son, Nick, were still toddlers, I went to a community meeting held at our local school. The end of the meeting featured a meet-and-greet time, and I struck up a conversation with a woman who had been teaching there for over twenty years. Perfect! Just the person I needed to speak with.

I explained that this was our neighborhood school, and we were considering sending our daughter here in a few years. She took a step closer to me, grasped my arm and looked at me sternly. “Why would you do that to your child?” she demanded. Stunned, I stammered, “Oh, uh, I guess I won’t then.” What else could I say? Someone else in the room took her attention, and, still stunned, I went home to consider her comment. Honestly, that school was not my first choice anyway, but her vehemence took me aback. What about other schools and other teachers? Surely they didn’t all feel the same way.

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American Academy - Christian-based Homeschool Academy, pre-K-High School

By Ellen Meade

The variety of Christian-based homeschooling resources has grown exponentially over the last few years. Homeschooling support groups, online curricula, and subject-specific materials can be readily found. However, it has become more difficult to find traditional, comprehensive, Christian-based curricula for home study. Lesson plans are often complex and require intense preparation or expensive materials - time and money are two things that are in short supply for many families. Ask yourself: Do you believe education should come before socialization? Do you believe homeschooling curricula should develop a strong Christian character? Do you want your child’s education to instill a love for our country and a desire to perpetuate our American heritage?

American Academy has developed an entire academic program emphasizing the development of personal character and Christian family values. The Founder and President of American Academy, Marvin L. Reynolds, has more than 30 years of educational experience. His deeply-held Christian convictions form the backbone to the educational goals of American Academy. The staff, including Mr. Reynolds, are ready to support parents in their homeschooling endeavors. In addition to offering parents guidance and educational expertise, American Academy provides record-keeping -- report cards, transcripts, diplomas, and graduation services. From curriculum, to socialization, American Academy is ready and eager to help every parent become a successful homeschooling educator.

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