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One of our goals with The Way Home and all of our publications, is to provide you with intelligent and useful information to benefit not only your homeschooling life, but your family-centered life, too. To that end, in this issue, we offer a very pithy article on Disaster Preparedness, by Glenda Lehman Ervin, of Lehman’s Hardware in Kidron, Ohio, near Cleveland. Our second article, just as useful and on point with family living is Realistic Charlotte Mason by Catherine Levison of Seattle. As you wilt in these dog days of summer, we thank you for reading our publications and hope you can stay cool and comfortable. . . for many of you, Autumn is not far away!

Michael Leppert


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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?

American Academy has developed an entire academic program emphasizing the development of personal character and Christian family values. The Founder and President of American Academy, Marvin L. Reynolds, has more than 30 years of educational experience. His deeply-held Christian convictions form the backbone to the educational goals of American Academy. The staff, including Mr. Reynolds, are ready to support parents in their homeschooling endeavors. In addition to offering parents guidance and educational expertise, American Academy provides record-keeping -- report cards, transcripts, diplomas, and graduation services. From curriculum, to socialization, American Academy is ready and eager to help every parent become a successful homeschooling educator.

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Realistic Charlotte Mason - How My Journey Began
by Catherine Levison

Nearly twenty years ago I met my first homeschooling parent. We were introduced to one another in a parking lot. I was a working mother of two, she was the homeschooling parent of five children. I was positively dumbstruck by the lifestyle she had chosen and I am fairly certain my attitude and facial expressions showed it. No, I was not hostile toward her choice but I was bewildered. Stupidly, I asked her a series of questions which she answered graciously and confidently. She provided me with the opportunity to see for myself that people, real people, were taking on this responsibility. Up until that point I had only heard of homeschooling through the media and it had remained a mere concept in my mind. She put a face to what was then only recently legalized in my state of Washington. What the two of us did not know that day was how drastically both of our lives were to change and how quickly those changes were coming.

Within a year I had a complete conversion from working mother with one child in public school and one in diapers, to the very different life that is homeschooling. The brief meeting in the parking lot in no way prepared me for the task and I never had another opportunity to talk with the woman I met there. No, I was on my own and I was at a loss right from the beginning. Phone calls were placed to my State Authorities, pamphlets and catalogs were delivered and I had begun the process of research.

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Analytical Grammar – 2-year or 3-year course, books & DVD lessons and reinforcement & review materials, Gr 6-12

Analytical Grammar (AG) is a complete, broad spectrum series of books that cover every level of this important academic subject from 4th Grade to high school and beyond! Nothing is more important for academic and professional success than the myriad skills that come under the umbrella of “grammar”. If a student is mathematically challenged, there are calculators; if you are grammatically challenged, there is no pocket help and it is quite visible and significant. Your intelligence and knowledge will shine through a highly-developed ability to write, and grammar is the underpinning of all writing.

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Disaster Preparedness - Top Three Ways to Prepare Yourself for a Disaster
by Glenda Lehman Ervin, www.lehmans.com (Item numbers refer to the Lehman’s Catalog items.)

Tornado in the forecast? Snowstorm on its way? Or perhaps those nasty rumors of another terrorist attack got you worried? With a little planning and foresight you can weather (pun intended) any storm. The first thing you need is a kit of emergency essentials. And let’s face it; most of us are embarrassingly unprepared for even a power outage. There are three steps to being ready for a disaster, man-made OR mother-nature made:

1) Prepare a kit
2) Make a plan
3) Stay informed

Number One: Prepare a Kit

You must have supplies on hand prior to the disaster. Food and water, both listed below, are essential, but there are other items that should be in your kit. The kit should be light and easy to carry so that you can take it with you.

• Water is essential for life (see below for details on amounts). Lehman’s recommends Katadyn emergency tablets, Item No.8013692, $16.95, to clean the water and the water storage bags, Item No. 6684112; $8.95, to store the water.
• Food, at least a three-day supply of non-perishable food. Canned food is best.
• Hand-cranked radio and flashlight (LED Wind-up Flashlight, Item No. 2071000, $19.95; Coleman Hand-cranked Radio, Item No. 35105, $49.95 )
• First Aid kit
• Whistle to signal for help
• Dust mask or cotton t-shirt, to help filter the air

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Family Tools - Winning the Chore War
By Cheryl Eliason, www.familytools.com

Asking kids to do “chores” has a way of conjuring up a negative response. A child might easily digress to thoughts of work, drudgery, labor or punishment. So how does a mom effectively get her kids to do “chores” without the battle of wills? The fact is, there’s a lot to do to run a household, and most moms will require their children to be part of the solution to sharing the work. As you have most undoubtedly learned, a house goes from order to disorder quite easily...the milk is spilled, the toys are scattered, the sticky fingers leave residue. Keeping up with housework is a constant challenge that often meets with resistance -- our will/desire to get some help versus our child’s will/desire – to resist and continue playing or having fun.

There are several possible scenarios to getting work around the house done. We might yell, scream, pout, or manipulate our kids to help out. We might conclude it’s easier to just do the work ourselves, resenting it and resenting them. Some may give up and hire a housecleaner. Perhaps we just live in chaos. OR . . . might we find a way to incorporate structure and routine to systematically get our children to help without a war of wills? Could we even find creative ways to make work fun?

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