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Dear Readers: In this installment of The Way Home, two more articles grace our pages. First, Michelle Barone, MA, LMFT, offers "The Myth of the Perfect Family". We all need to read something like this every few months as a reminder! Our second article is "What Is the Effect of a Classical Education?" a very pithy piece that may remove some of the mystique that surrounds this method of homeschooling. Please tell your friends about our free magazine, which is also available for the iPad, and this E-newsletter. As always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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Great Homeschool Conventions Brings Homeschoolers Three Exciting Events Nationwide in 2014

The year 2014 will be an exciting conference one for homeschoolers who attend one of the three locations of Great Homeschool Conventions (GHC): Greenville, SC; Cincinnati, OH and Ontario, CA (https://www.greathomeschoolconventions.com). Each conference will offer over 200 speaking sessions & over 200 vendors.

The team at GHC has prepared excellent resources at all three that will serve and entertain their attendees, giving them the boost that such an event is so valuable for. Rubbing elbows with other homeschooling families, hearing great speakers live and having access to great vendors all in one weekend, is powerful and uplifting for months afterward.

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The Myth of the "Perfect" Homeschooling Family
By Michelle Barone, M.A. MFT

You know they are out there: Families that homeschool perfectly. The children dutifully do their schoolwork, act in plays, mentor with famous paleontologists, volunteer at homeless shelters, read books for fun and wear shoes all the time. The mom manages to get three well-balanced and delicious meals a day on the table, keep an attractively cluttered house, drives her children to all their sports, classes and part-time jobs. She looks great, and even takes ‘cello lessons in her spare time. The dad is patient and kind, makes lots of money, but tells everyone he thinks his wife is the hardest-working member of the family. They even manage to have dates and sex together. This is the perfect family. You, on the other hand, worry about the health department finding out about your kitchen floor, your kids watch way too much television, and your nine-year-old isn't reading yet, but he is quite good at teasing his little sister. You homeschool your children because you want the best for them, and you know sending them to school would only create more problems. You have read all there is to read about learning and homeschooling, but you still question yourself, compare yourself with that "perfect" family.

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Discovering Intelligent Design – A Journey Into the Scientific Evidence
Review By Michael Leppert

“Intelligent Design: A scientific theory that holds that many features of the universe and life are best explained by an intelligent cause.” Discovering Intelligent Design, p. 17

“. . . when most people say “scientist” they mean “technician.” A technician is a highly-trained person whose job is to apply known techniques and principles. He deals with the known. A scientist is a person who seeks to know the true nature of physical reality. He deals with the unknown. In short, scientists discover and technicians apply. . . it is no long evident whether scientists really discover new things or whether they create them.” (Italics in original) -- Gary Zukav, The Dancing Wu Li Masters, p. 9 (Bantam Paperbacks, August, 1980)

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What Is the Effect of a Classical Education?

People often associate the phrase "classical education" with a kind of elite intellectual endeavor, as if a classical education is only for especially bright students. I think this is because a classical education is perceived to be an almost entirely intellectual pursuit. It is not. In fact, an overemphasis on the intellect -- and a narrow part of the intellect at that -- at the expense of the rest of the human person, is one of the grave faults of modern education. Classical education is concerned with the whole person -- his whole intellect, his emotions, his passions, his appetites. These do not exist separately in a human being but, rather, are integrated in each person. A complete education addresses all of these attributes both in regard to the materials used in education and in the way education is pursued. If education is simply about knowing things we will go about it in a particular way. If it is more properly about understanding things, we will go about it in a very different way. Is it more important to know the facts or to understand what they mean? I suggest it is the latter. That does not mean that possessing information is not important. To understand the facts one must first know them. But who better understands what a horse is, the girl who knows facts about horses -- quadruped, single-toed, eleven-month gestation, vegetative diet -- or the girl who lives with horses, takes care of them, touches them, speaks to them? Which girl would you want to take care of your horse? The second girl knows the facts but she also knows something else. Absent direct experience of horses, is there a way to obtain the kind of understanding that the second girl possesses? Or to obtain that kind of understanding about any human experience and about what things are whether we are in the realm of materiality or the realm of ideas?

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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?

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