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Dear Readers of The Way Home:

When we began publishing our magazine in 1995, we wanted to bring to readers the work of John Taylor Gatto, John Holt, Sam Blumenfeld and other deep thinkers on the topic of institutional schooling and its negative effects on American society. In this issue, Carolyn Forte stirs the fires of thought once again with her article “Copy of a Counterfeit”. We wish every American could read this article and those she references, as an aid to restoring our sense of liberty. In a more commercial vein, we offer you an article by computer engineer, Chris Yust, about “AP Exams for Homeschoolers.” May these pieces serve you well. As always, thank you for reading.

Michael Leppert

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

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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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College Credit for Homeschoolers with the AP Computer Science Exam
By Chris Yust, copyright 2012-2014 Homeschool Programming, Inc., http://www.homeschoolprogramming.com

Every spring, many public and private high schools offer “Advanced Placement*” (or AP) exams to their students. Those who score well on a specific exam usually qualify for college credit in that subject area. This can be a great way to trim time and costs from a student’s college career.

These same schools typically offer dedicated AP courses to prepare their students for the individual AP exam subjects. However, these preparatory classes are not a requirement for taking the exam. Any student who believes that he or she has mastered the subject material may take an AP exam. This means that homeschool students have an equal opportunity to take advantage of the amazing benefits that AP exams provide!

In this article I'll tell you how homeschoolers can prepare and register for the AP exams. We'll begin with an overview relevant to all AP exams, and then focus on my special passion, which is Computer Science!


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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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Copy of a Counterfeit
By Carolyn Forte, www.excellenceineducation.com

Christian homeschool parents almost universally assert their intention to provide their children with a Christ-centered education. They carefully select books and materials with a Christian worldview and actively seek guidance from Christian homeschool leaders. They worry about “doing it right” and “picking the best curriculum,” as they survey the vast array of choices in catalogues, web sites and curriculum fairs. Many stretch the family budget to buy curriculum packages complete with tests, workbooks and even videos or satellite classes.

They are often aware of the problems in the schools, especially when it comes to worldview issues, but few recognize the inconsistency in copying the system they claim to have rejected. They readily replace secular textbooks with Christian materials, but seldom do they examine critically the methods used. In ignoring the methodology, Christians have allowed the secularists to have the last word, for the methods used in today’s textbooks, whether secular or Christian, actively promote a secular worldview by advancing a humanist/socialist model for child training and learning.

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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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