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Dear readers: This issue of our E-newsletter, we bring you two more articles to aid you in your homeschooling and child-rearing journey. First, an article by my wife, Mary and me, about “Where Is the ‘Real’ World?” No doubt, you have heard skeptics of homeschooling ask you the “real world” question; we hope our piece is helpful. Our second article, “If You Vaccinate, Ask 8” provides information about vaccine awareness and information every parent should know about monitoring post-vaccination behavior and reporting any symptoms listed in the article. Please patronize our advertisers as they offer high-quality goods and services, and they help us make our magazine and E-newsletter free of charge. As always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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BookJewelry – Create a Unique Gift or Dress Up Your Next Read

Anyone who loves books for their own sake, can appreciate this novel accessory – a piece of fine jewelry as a Book Mark! Book Jewelry specializes in beautiful and very affordable book marks of colorful ribbons, various metals and beads of glass or crystal.

These fine book marks can be customized to any theme and company colors for promotional purposes and they make wonderful gifts for that bookophile in your life. They also can be used for fund raising, as they sell very well, and the Book Mark can be customized to the specific theme and colors of the organization for which the funds would apply.

You can create your own individual design for that special someone – or yourself – using their existing materials. For instance, they offer charm-bracelet-like metal pieces – a variety of Dragons; birds, including a beautiful Eagle, Cardinal, Dove, Heron and many more animals; cell phones, ballet slippers and a wide range of different items that you can combine with ribbons and beads of your choosing to create a truly personalized gift or Book Mark that shows your individual personality.

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Where Is The "Real" World?
By Michael and Mary Leppert

“If you homeschool your kids, how will they ever experience the "real" world?"

Is this a familiar question? The matter of "real" world compatibility is one that we have thought about a lot, and after "homeschooling" our son to adulthood, it has definitely resolved itself in our minds: We know we have done the right thing by homeschooling our son, because we have kept him in the real world. In our case, the homeschooled life that often feels disorganized and chaotic has provided our son with experience in business, experience dealing with folks of all ages and numerous hard days of REAL life.

There are many homeschoolers who live as we do, starting their own businesses, working out of their homes and living lives like Colonial Americans did. One of the many frustrations that I, Mary, hear a lot is from moms who feel that very little academic work gets done because their kids spend the whole day helping with grocery shopping, cooking, helping siblings, doing household chores, etc. What better experience with real life is there?

A young person gets to deal first-hand with running a home; dealing with long-term relationships with those in his or her own family; solving problems and the myriad of other "real" situations that pop up every day. Somehow the same amount of academic work gets done in between the cracks of "real" life as gets done in institutional school, where much of the time is spent lining up, controlling the crowd and dealing with unruly children and discipline problems – about 80% on the average! We homeschoolers are very fortunate to have our children’s non-academic time be filled up with "real" life!

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DJ Inkers: Clipart, Fonts & More
By Melissa Stepan

Whether you’re a school teacher, homeschooling mom or simply someone with artistic desires and scrapbooking interests – you will be pleased to know that you can find all the ideas and tools you will ever need at www.djinkers.com. Visit the website and view samples of cards, scrapbooks, tags, stationary, school ideas and more. Log on to their DJ Learning Center and get tips and hints on how to use DJ Inkers products such as clip art, stamps, fonts and scrapbooks supplies.

DJ Inkers, began in 1990 and experienced immediate success with their first Cut & Copy books. It was the only clip-art book with a distinct and whimsical style that was available in a craft store. DJ Inker's darling clip-art is now available for easy creating on your computer, along with their award-winning designer fonts. Both clip-art and fonts are available on CD or instantly with a digital download.

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If You Vaccinate, Ask 8! - What You Need to Know Before & After Vaccination
[Reprinted with permission from the National Vaccine Information Center, http://www.nvic.org.]

Under the National Childhood Vaccine Injury Act of 1986, over $2 billion has been awarded to children and adults for whom the risks of vaccine injury were 100%. Vaccines are pharmaceutical products that carry risks, which can be greater for some than others. NVIC encourages you to become fully informed about the risks and complications of diseases and vaccines and speak with one or more trusted health care professionals before making a vaccination decision.

Am I or my child sick right now?
Have I or my child had a bad reaction to a vaccination before?
Do I or my child have a personal or family history of vaccine reactions, neurological disorders, severe allergies or immune system problems?
Do I know the disease and vaccine risks for myself or my child?
Do I have full information about the vaccine’s side effects?
Do I know how to identify and report a vaccine reaction?
Do I know I need to keep a written record, including the vaccine manufacturer’s name and lot number, for all vaccinations?
Do I know I have the right to make an informed choice?

If you answered yes to questions 1, 2, and 3, or no to questions 4, 5, 6, 7 and 8 and do not understand the significance of your answer, you may want to review information on NVIC's website with links to other websites and resources so you can better answer these questions, designed to educate consumers about the importance of making fully-informed vaccine decisions. Click here to learn more about the role of informed consent in vaccination.

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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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