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In this week’s issue, we bring you two very useful articles. First, is “The Unconventional Learner”, by Dr. Sylvia Cadena Smith, regarding recent findings about reading and its learning, from brain research. Our second article is “What Kind of Computer Does Your Student Need?” by Chris Yust of Homeschool Programming. We hope you benefit from our articles and from our advertisers as well. Serious homeschooling families are on the lookout for products and services to enhance their children’s learning experience and we do our best to bring you helpful information in this regard. Thank you for reading.

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Brain In A Bag
By Michael Leppert

Brain in a Bag is a simple but effective kit of unique items, designed to help the user develop Whole Brain Thinking -- shown by scientists to explain why some students and athletes seem to function in the Zone more often than others. To be in the Zone is a right hemisphere ability -- also called subconscious functioning. Most people don't get into the right brain. Imagination is a right-brain function. These well-known people can see things unfolding in slow motion, seem to know what is going to happen before it does and perform with apparently less stress and effort while obtaining superior results.

Some of history's whole brain thinkers are obvious -- Leonardo DaVinci, Michelangelo, Albert Einstein, Benjamin Franklin, Bob Cousy, Michael Jordan, Wayne Gretzky, Peyton Manning, Pete Sampras, Roger Federer and other tennis players, Thomas Edison and many more. They all are, or were, ambidextrous and the good news is that anyone can become ambidextrous with the result being that s/he will be developing the right hemisphere and ultimately, the whole brain.

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The Unconventional Learner™ : Hidden in Plain Sight
By Sylvia R. Cadena Smith, Ed.D.

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Students who perform below their intellectual capabilities are often considered underachievers, lazy, or just not very smart. These students tend to be among a hidden group of learners that have difficulty with visual processing of information delivered via conventional means (i.e., in a manner typical of traditional classrooms). Frequently, these students are mislabeled as being unwilling or incapable of learning when, in fact, they can learn, but are ‘unconventional’ in how they process information.

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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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What Kind of Computer Does Your Student Need?
By Chris Yust, Homeschool Programming, Inc.

Summer Shopping Season is Coming
As we roll into summer and begin looking ahead to the fall school year, many parents are thinking about purchasing some sort of computer for their students. Perhaps it’s time to upgrade the old family heirloom computer, or maybe your student is ready for their very first laptop. There are many options on the market today, and smaller portable devices seem to become more capable with each passing year. Which platform is best for your family? In this article we’ll outline three major choices: a desktop computer, a laptop, or a tablet.

The Traditional Desktop
Most of us started out on traditional desktop computers. This is your most powerful option. Desktop PCs have all the bells and whistles, including big hard drives, the latest CPUs, and large wide-screen monitors. This is the best choice if you do a lot of typing and prefer a full-size keyboard and mouse, or if you want to play the most demanding games or run the most intensive applications. Personally, I still prefer a desktop PC for most of my work. Of course, desktops are not portable. In today’s mobile society, many people like to take their computers with them wherever they go.

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Math Without Borders - High School Math Courses
By Jennifer Nairne

High school mathematics can be an incredibly intimidating subject for parents teaching their own children.Traditional math textbooks are not meant for independent study and most students struggle unless they have guidance. But unless you have the training and experience, it can be difficult to fill in that role of "math teacher". And many of the most popular courses for homeschoolers lack depth and complexity. A lot of students get bored quickly and they lack the preparation they need for success in college.

David Chandler has created Math Without Borders - a series of Home Study Companion video lessons to accompany the most rigorous and thorough math textbooks available, while maintaining a student-friendly approach. He is an experienced teacher of mathematics, but has also taught physics, astronomy, and computer programming. And after working with homeschool families at a charter school, Mr. Chandler wanted to develop the materials and resources families need to teach high school math at home.

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