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This week, we offer two more articles that are on-point with different “problems” facing homeschooling families. First, Cafi Cohen discussed “School Decompression” which means that if you remove your child from school to teach him/her at home, there is a period of adjustment from the pressure of such an institutional atmosphere that requires a period of decompression. In our second offering Dr. Mary Hood, a very popular Christian homeschooling mom and professional educator, discusses many of her experiences raising and homeschooling her five children. We offer you these articles from experienced homeschooling parents to bring you light on the path of home-centered living aka homeschooling. Please patronize our advertisers and let them know where you saw their ads! As always, thank you for reading,

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Nelson Academy of Agricultural Science
By Michael Leppert

If your child is interested in agricultural and/or veterinary pursuits, the Nelson Academy of Agricultural Science offers the perfect study solution — online agriculture courses! Or, maybe your child simply has an interest in taking an agriculture science course . . . Nelson Academy again provides the solution.

Mr. Leroy Nelson, founder of Nelson Academy, taught agriculture and advised FFA chapters for more than 15 years in his home state of Montana, and a five of his student FFA advisees are Montana state officials for the FFA. Since 2004, he has been the superintendent of the Opheim, MT, school district.

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Decompression from School FAQ: Frequently Asked Questions
by Cafi Cohen

"He just won’t do anything!" say the parents of new teenage homeschoolers. Novice homeschooling parents always begin with such high hopes. They envision their children industriously attacking thoughtfully-selected curriculum, running a business, publishing a book, graduating early, and winning big scholarship money – or at least catching up in math!

Some of those things may happen, but – in the first days and weeks and months of homeschooling – reality bites. Most new homeschooling families with teens deal with an adjustment period I call decompression.

What is Decompression?

During decompression, children and parents detoxify from the deleterious effects of full-time institutional education. To understand the transition period, consider the days of students in school. Most teenagers – with anywhere from 6 to 10 or more years of school behind them – have been conditioned to:

Do what they are told all the time;
Work within a schedule of bells and whistles;
Ignore their interests and talents;
Attend to meaningless subjects;
Work for grades;
Work in groups, and so on.
In short, school has taught them that life and something called "education" – which may or may not involve learning – happens with or without their participation.

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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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Regaining the Spirit of the Pioneers
By Dr. Mary Hood, Christian homeschooling mom

In 1982, our family faced a dilemma. My five-year-old son who had been relatively happy during his few experiences in pre-school, was supposedly “ready” to move on to first grade. I had been given many warnings of an impending problem over the years. You see, I’d made the “mistake” of letting our young son learn to read before it was educationally appropriate. So here I was, with a five-year-old who could read (on almost an adult level), but who, in all other respects, was a typical little boy, not really ready for a school-like environment.

“Don’t worry, Mrs. Hood”, the principal smiled condescendingly. “He will probably test into our gifted program in April.” (This was August!) ...”And then he will receive two full hours of special instruction a week. In the meantime, it won’t hurt him to go over some things again.” Let’s see, I mused, which would he prefer . . . phonics or Jules Verne (his favorite author). It didn’t compute in my mind, so I knew it wouldn’t work for my son, either.

A search in the library (a real search, in the days before the Internet, walking up and down the aisles) led me to the works of Dr. Raymond Moore (Better Late than Early), and John Holt (Teach Your Own). We soon made the decision to jump into the world of homeschooling, but that world did not resemble the movement as you know it today.

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Ivy Bound SAT and ACT Prep

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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