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Happy Labor Day weekend to you all. This officially marks the end of summer and we hope that you accomplished everything that you hoped for back in May or June! This issue, we bring you Part 2 of “Volunteering” by Cafi Cohen and “College and Friendship” by Jean Burk of College Prep Genius. We strive to bring valuable information and resources to our readers in all of our publications and we thank you for reading.

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BookShark – Full curriculum for K-8
By Janet Esposito

Learning should be engaging, rewarding, and fun. However, as many homeschooling families can attest, it is challenging to constantly find activities and academic programs that fulfill the promise of what learning should be like. Oftentimes, parents are struggling to force their student to complete work they find “boring” and require additional activities and resources for parents to seek out and plan for themselves. These experiences do not reflect the goal of many homeschooling families: To become active participants in their child’s education and to offer their kids that learning environment that is engaging, rewarding, and fun. Instead, parents are constantly planning and endlessly struggling. There is a better way – BookShark.

BookShark is a secular, literature-based homeschooling curriculum for grades K-8. The entire academic program utilizes multiple literature-based resources to learn each subject from a variety of viewpoints. The goal is to promote crucial skills your child will use throughout adulthood: “To think broadly, research widely, and act wisely.” Students are challenged to develop interconnections between subjects, actively demonstrating a “whole learning” approach. This allows students to better understand all academic subjects, while developing strong listening skills, building communication skills, enhancing critical thinking skills, and encouraging an overall love of reading.

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Volunteering, Part 2
by Cafi Cohen


Volunteer programs in libraries, hospitals, and museums are especially easy to access as a homeschooler. Why? Homeschooled kids can work as volunteers during hours that most other kids attend school. When we lived in Albuquerque, the children’s hands-on room of the science museum specifically recruited homeschoolers to help out with school tours and maintenance during the day.

Established volunteer programs usually require no experience in the field. Hospitals, libraries and similar facilities, expect to train volunteers. They will usually have an award system to recognize time of service and special achievements. Often, participating in established programs is the easiest way to begin volunteering.

Of course, the exception to this statement is that established programs usually have age restrictions. Often the youngest age they will accept is 12 or 13. And you may have a ten or eleven-year-old who is ready for a volunteer responsibility. What then?

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Dollar Homeschool – Home of the Eclectic Education Series
By Ann Phillips

The Eclectic Education Series was used almost exclusively for education in the United States for more than 50 years. It was comprised of several textbooks, all authored by experts in the top of their fields of the day. McGuffey Readers, Ray’s Arithmetics, Pinneo’s Grammars, Thalheimer’s Histories, and Norton’s Sciences, educated roughly one-hundred million students. After disappearing from classroom use after WWII, they have been popping up in homeschools across America. Aaron Jagt is the man responsible for the recent resurgence in popularity of the Eclectic Education Series.

Homeschooling has always been a part of Mr. Jagt’s life. He began using the popular Christian homeschooling method, the Robinson Curriculum, when he was seven. Following the self-teaching methodology of the Robinson Curriculum, Mr. Jagt acquired ownership over his education. By gaining the tools he needed to learn any subject, he felt a new sense of confidence in his ability to pursue his dreams. This sense of empowerment laid the foundation for his adult life and future career in the education field.

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College & Friendship
Courtesy of College Prep Genius, http://www.collegeprepgenius.com

One of the best portrayals of friendship can be found amongst the characters of A.A Milne’s famous children stories Winnie-the-Pooh and the House at Pooh Corner. The bond between Christopher Robin and his stuffed bear speaks to children of all ages. We all long for the simplicity of the Hundred Acre Wood and the friendships that can weather any trial; especially during those scary times of facing heffalumps and woozles. Solid friendships are an essential factor of success. Everyone needs friends.

While strong relationships are the cornerstone of a fulfilling life, they can be a stumbling block during the final season of high school. For many students, the friendships of high school were forged long before graduation. It is not uncommon for a group of friends to have been together since middle, elementary, or even kindergarten. It can be extremely difficult to part ways with someone after spending every school day together for nearly 12 years. Separation anxiety is a very real aspect of the college decision. Despite whatever opportunities higher education might offer, the idea of leaving an important person or persons behind is often unbearable.

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AVKO Why Be An AVKO Member? Benefits Abound for Dyslexia, ADD, ADHD Learning Help for Only $25!
By Joseph Grayhaim

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For 40 years, Don McCabe’s AVKO Educational Research Foundation has been accomplishing its stated mission to bring literacy to all people, regardless of learning disabilities or challenges, with free or low-cost materials.

AVKO offers a special individual Membership package of benefits that make it worth much more than the price of $25. Members receive over $700 worth of FREE e-books, including these great titles:

• The Patterns of English Spelling (All 10 Volumes) with Word Families in Sentence Context
• To Teach a Dyslexic
• Starting at Square One

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