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Most homeschoolers do not take a vacation from intaking knowledge, as their schooled counterparts often do. To aid you in your summer reading ideas, this week we offer you: “Six Ideas To Encourage Summer Reading”. Also, this is the time of year when outdoor activities increase and if you are looking for ways to economize and add an interesting family hobby, our second article is “Raising Backyard Chickens”. We hope you are having an excellent early summer, forgetting about the deep-freeze of last winter. As always, please patronize our advertisers and thank you for reading our work!

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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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Six Ideas To Encourage Summer Reading

When summer break comes around, you couldn't stop some book-loving kids from reading if you wanted to. But what about children who still struggle to read? What can you do this summer to encourage them? Here are six simple ideas:

1) Keep reading! Even if you take a well-deserved break from other studies, most children benefit from continuing to read every day. This could mean sharing a read-aloud together at bedtime, having your children read to you, or setting aside 20 minutes a day for everyone to grab a book and read silently.

This steady little bit of work each day can pave the way for a reading breakthrough. It also keeps your kids from losing whatever reading confidence they've built up over the school year.

2) Read to a dog Several different studies show that reading out loud to dogs can help kids gain confidence and fluency in reading. A quick Google search for “Reading to Rover” will turn up interesting studies and various library programs around the country.

It seems that kids love the fact that the dog won't judge them, won't correct them, and listens with endless patience. Plus, these pets tend to calm children who would otherwise be nervous about reading out loud.

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The Reading Game – Learn-to-Read Game for Ages 4 and Up
By Janet Esposito


The Reading Game is an amazing tool for all homeschoolers learning to read. Whether you have a pre-schooler, who is ready to move on from pictures, or if you’re teaching the basics to your kindgartener, or even if you are looking for resources for your struggling reader – The Reading Game is for you.. After completing all the levels of The Reading Game, your student will be able to read 180 new sight words. And it meets criteria for four skill sets in the Common Core Standards for Language and Literacy Arts. Although it may sound too good to be true, this program has been field-tested in a variety of settings (both in public school and homeschool settings) with amazing results.

There are six color-coded levels to progress through in The Reading Game: Skunk (red), Snake (orange), Bear (yellow), Penguins (green), Unicorn (blue), and Zebra (purple). Each character has cards to play the “matching game,” 3 large flashcards, and a book. All the materials are extremely well-made, user-friendly, and contained within a small box. The stories are fanciful and fun – perfect for sparking your young reader’s imagination.

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Raising Backyard Chickens
By Linda K. Foster

Rising food costs and an interest in the ethical origin of food, is leading more and more people to raise their own chickens. There are numerous reasons for raising backyard chickens: They are educational, environmentally friendly, and are a sustainable and local food source for eggs and meat.

Chickens can be an enjoyable hobby or they can be a learning experience for 4-H or FFA projects. Raising chickens teaches personal and social responsibility, helping to reduce the carbon footprint.Naturally-grown and drug-free chickens are higher in Omega 3 fatty acids and are a source of lower fat protein than commercially-raised chickens.

Environment benefits include reduced waste production, as chickens can be fed kitchen scraps; minimal carbon footprint, as there are no delivery miles incurred, and they can be raised organically without the use of harmful pesticides.



Chickens are relatively low-maintenance creatures, requiring less than one-half hour per day to replenish their food and water and assure their bedding is dry.

Space/How Many

Cooped (housed) chickens require at least six square feet per bird in an outside run. Chickens are natural foragers and the more space they have to forage, the healthier and more content they will be. Healthy, happy chickens provide tastier eggs and meat. With space in mind, it should be remembered that chickens are social and do need company, so a minimum of two birds is recommended to start.

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Easy Grammar Systems – Grammar texts for grades 2-12
Assessed by Jennifer Nairne


Easy Grammar Systems has developed a series of texts for students that finally make the English language approachable for everyone. Struggling students, English Language Learners, accelerated students – all children can benefit from using this innovative approach to grammar instruction. In one study, conducted of students using the texts, 85% increased their test scores by at least 20%; almost half of the students bumped their test grade up one level. This is most likely due to the strong emphasis on content mastery found throughout the Easy Grammar Systems series.

The key features of the Easy Grammar texts is author Wanda C. Phillips’s use of the “prepositional approach” and encouraging students to engage with grammar “hands-on”. While she is not the original developer of the prepositional approach, Dr. Phillips immediately understood how to translate it into a classroom environment. By combining this innovative approach with various other methods that she found effective in her years as a teacher, Dr. Phillips developed a series of texts that ensure every student will master the concepts and succeed in grammar.

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