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This week we bring you news of an exciting homeschooling conference in Ontario, California, June 12 to 14, 2014, presented by Great Homeschool Conventions. We also present Part 2 of Alison McKee’s excellent article “Finding Mentors”. We appreciate your attention to our publications and if you or anyone you know, has an article pertaining to homeschooling, please e-mail it to mary@homeschoolmagazine.com. We pay $45 for any article published. Thank you. Michael Leppert

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Great Homeschool Conventions Brings California Homeschoolers an Exciting Event in Ontario June 12-14, 2014

The year 2014 will be an exciting conference one for homeschoolers who attend the California edition of Great Homeschool Conventions (GHC), in Ontario. (https://www.greathomeschoolconventions.com). The 2014 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.

A few of the great speakers presenting at the California convention this year will be headliner, Michael Medved, well-known conservative talk radio host, social commentator and experienced homeschooling dad; Heidi St. John, homeschooling mom of seven and a popular author, speaker and co-minister

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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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MATH DRAWINGS - Good Stuff For Teachers
By Emerson Sandow

Math Drawings by Mary Smale is an exciting multi-disciplinary method of incorporating art with math allowing students to create entire pictures using only basic geometric shapes. For over 30 years, Mary Smale taught algebra and other math disciplines in high school and middle school. During this time, she developed her unique math-based art lesson, originally used as a reward system for her 8th grade students.

Mary soon found that she was able to disguise new and old math vocabulary as instructions for drawing and, for the first time in her teaching career, she had 100% participation in her math lessons. Her students were able to combine their love for drawing with basic geometric principles to create "works of art". Mary later taught math and art on television for 2˝ on the Los Angeles based KLCS-TV program "Homework Hotline Teacher" and was ultimately convinced to write Math Drawings so her principles could be used by teachers in their art, history and special education classes.

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Unschooling Ourselves: Finding Mentors for Our Children, Part 2
By Alison McKee

In “Finding Mentors for Our Children, Part 1” (The Link, Vol 8, Issue 3) I discussed the natural process of helping our young children find mentors and establish relationships with them. In that column I discussed how unschooled children are included in the true routines of daily life. Thereby, they come with us to the library, grocery store, theater and other community venues. Through regular visits to these places, young children sometimes become familiar with adults who take a special interest in a child’s budding curiosity about library books, stocking grocery shelves, theatre and the like.

Under our protective watch, our unschooled children, and some adults they have regular contact with, form a very special friendship bond that can be looked on as a child’s first mentor. Over time, children who are continually exposed to community life begin to find, for themselves, things which fascinate them and draw them towards forming their own mentoring relationships. With no real effort on our parts, though with some parental guidance and supervision, young, unschooled children find mentors who are willing to guide them as they develop their interests. When children cease to be children, and instead teeter on the brink of adolescence and young adulthood, finding mentors for them can become quite a different task.

In this column I am going to explain more thoroughly what I mean. Once again, I will draw heavily on my children’s experiences and those of other families who have traveled this road and shared their experiences with me.

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English From The Roots Up
By Linda K. Foster

I can’t count the number of times in my life that I’ve said, "it’s Greek to me" meaning, of course, that I didn’t understand something. After reading English From The Roots Up, developed to provide a foundation for the English language through the study of root words, I realized that not only the things I don’t understand, but, also, most of the things I do understand are "Greek to me". "Just as phonics helps children figure out what words are, Latin and Greek help them figure out what words mean." This quote by Joegil K. Lundquist, author of English From The Roots Up provides a simple explanation for learning the Latin and Greek roots for English words. In the introduction, Ms. Lundquist opines, "Without an early working knowledge of these indispensable components of their language, children are handicapped in their ability to use words well."

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