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Here we are, the last month of summer vacation, if you follow the school calendar. For some families, who are considering homeschooling for the first time, crunch time is looming. In an effort to offer timely information to those families, and of course, to even seasoned veterans, we offer two especially useful articles this week. First, from Michelle Barone, MA, LMFT and homeschooling mom of two grown children, we have “Turn the Critic Off!” This is great advice for everyone to savor and take to heart! Our second article is “Relaxed Homeschooling – One Alternative To Unschooling.” Both of these articles provide in-depth knowledge based on experience. May they serve you well. As always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert


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Press for Learning’s Building Foundations for Scientific Understanding Science Curriculum

Science is such a broad landscape that many teachers and parents can be completely stumped as to what to teach, when to teach it, and where to start. Press for Learning’s curriculum, “Building Foundations of Scientific Understanding” (BFSU) lays out lessons that address and integrate all the major areas of science and build understanding in a logical systematic manner.

Developed by career scientist, teacher, and observer of how children learn, Dr. Bernard Nebel, BFSU sets out a logical, step-by-step path in three volumes, that allow the teacher to confidently go forward with teaching, knowing that the appropriate grade level will be covered and the sequence will lead to successful learning.

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Turn The Critic Off!
by Michelle Barone, MA, LMFT, DCEP, http://michellebarone.com/

Making any sort of social decision that is outside the mainstream brings with it some feelings of insecurity and fear. We open ourselves to a certain amount of frowning and tongue clucking. Sometimes, these critics may even be our own voices. But when we arm ourselves with good information and friendly support and face these fears, we will grow not only as courageous parents, but also as human beings.

When we choose to homeschool, we make a decision that some may perceive as a personal attack on the public school system or personal laziness, or misinformed hubris. Once again, we must strengthen our resolve with information and support. This is a good opportunity to model courage of conviction for our children. When they see us as paranoid and fearful, it may create a negative atmosphere in the family and interfere with our potential for joyful living and learning. When they see us as bold and confident, they can open themselves up to their learning with a sense of freedom and possibility.

I see fear, doubt and worry dogging many homeschooling families. Here are some of the worries and fears that I hear expressed almost daily in my work with families:

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Nelson Academy of Agriculture

Our Land Publications
By Joseph Grayhaim

Homeschooling families tend to value truth and accuracy in the curricula and materials they use. Political correctness, subjective judgments and other intrusions and distortions of fact are typically not welcome in the homeschooling environment - the avoidance of such obstacles to understanding is what makes many families opt for homeschooling to begin with.

Our Land Publications offers four periodic sets for the study of history and geography, each one centering upon a state: California, Texas, Illinois and Indiana. The homeschooling family can utilize a set as the core curriculum study or as a supplement to another book - especially in areas where certain textbooks are required for use.

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Relaxed Homeschooling: One Alternative to Unschooling
By Christine Ajayi

Have you been considering an unschooling approach, but aren't quite comfortable with the philosophy that your children should lead (you for) their entire education? You want to allow them some freedom and to involve everyday living in their lessons, but you're worried about adequately covering the core subjects. Maybe the method you are really looking for is relaxed homeschooling. This method incorporates some structure, while offering a great deal of flexibility.

First, ask yourself why you are leaning away from unschooling. Have family and friends shown doubts that your children will learn enough unless you impose structure in your homeschool? Or are you worried that by unschooling you will be unable to prove that you're meeting state requirements? While both scenarios can be difficult to work through, neither is impossible.

Support from family and friends is important, especially on those days when you feel overwhelmed. However, you don't need their permission to unschool or even to homeschool. Opinions offered by well-intentioned relatives may leave you feeling inadequate to even teach your children. Try not to let it. A teacher's certificate is not necessary to homeschool your children and most homeschoolers don't have one. It is not necessary because you don't need training for classroom management to teach only a couple of children.

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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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