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Computer-anything represents one of the most important areas of study for children today. We strive to bring our readers the best information possible to improve their homeschooling experience and have a positive outcome. Therefore, this week we bring you “Making Sense of Computer Degrees” by Andrea Yust of Homeschool Programming. Andrea’s article will shed light on the myriad of degrees available and how to help your child choose the optimum one for him/her. Our second article, “Midlife Crisis Begins in Kindergarten” by Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis, M.S., provides equally-useful information in the realm of learning styles, non-labeling of children – or parents – and ways to avoid the pitfalls that institutional school creates. Please patronize our advertisers, not just for the free offers, but for any product that interests you. Thank you for reading our publications. Michael Leppert

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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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Mid-Life Crisis Begins in Kindergarten
By Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis, M.S., http://learningsuccessinstitute.com/

[Copyright 2014 by Mariaemma Pelullo-Willis, M.S. All rights reserved.]

I recall a number of years ago, I was enjoying the Kennedy Center Honors. As always, it was a wonderful show — the lives of the honorees were reviewed and someone close to them shared personal stories and comments with the audience. Of course, I was not expecting to hear anything remotely related to education or home schooling but, once again, I experienced that bits of wisdom or inspiration can come from the unlikeliest of places or situations.

You see, Bill Cosby was one of the honorees. And, it seems, that Bill was somewhat of a behavior problem in school. One of his teachers complained that he seemed to think it was his job to entertain people inside and outside of the classroom. He had potential but . . . (!) Bill’s mom preserved his 6th grade report card (which hangs framed in his home) on which his teacher noted that he was a “disruptive force” in class. If this describes Bill Cosby I shudder to think what teachers wrote about Robin Williams!

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Incorporate Your Own Material -- History, the Bible, etc., into ACE Reader Pro, Reading Program!

ACE Reader Pro Deluxe is an inventive and unique program in the reading-improvement world. It contains a number of features that set it apart from any other product available. The first feature is the Online Reader Expert Mode that allows users to download their own material into the software and use it for increasing speed and comprehension!

ACE Reader Pro Deluxe allows homeschool parents to enjoy the flexibility of downloading reading materials appropriate for use in their particular homes. Parents can use this option to incorporate history, literature, the Bible and Bible study lessons, etc. into the reading program and then exercise full control over what and how their children read.

Also standard with AceReader Pro Deluxe are the built-in editors that allow customization of the drills, tests and games, using imported text and the readability statistics analysis tool that gauges the complexity and grade level of the text. Parents won’t have to wonder whether or not the text they import is age-appropriate for their child. This program will automatically calculate the information for them.

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Making Sense of Computer Degrees
By Andrea Yust of Homeschool Programming, http://www.homeschoolprogramming.com

Understanding Your Undergraduate Options

Is your student thinking about a career in computers? Great! Today’s job market for software engineers and computer programmers is excellent and projected to grow steadily over the next decade. When entering college your budding programmer will be faced with a wide selection of confusing college degrees. This article will shed some light on the differences between the most common computer-related degrees programs.

It's important to realize that every college or university will put their own special twist on every degree. So be sure to carefully study your school’s undergraduate catalog to fully understand the topics covered in each degree. In addition, students are usually allowed to select areas of interest within the degree, so each experience is very personal!

Computer Science

The classic Computer Science (CS) degree is what most people think of when talking about computer programmers. Computer Science courses will include all major areas of programming, from theory to applications. Students may learn about low-level assembly, higher level languages, databases, network programming, object-oriented programming, operating systems... the topics are quite varied!

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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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