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Dear Readers:

This week we offer you two valuable articles that center around literacy in different ways. From Andrew Pudewa, a much-sought-after speaker and workshop presenter (as well as a homeschooling dad of 6), we have “Thoughts On Creativity”. Andrew’s writing programs are very popular and successful. Our second article is by a long-time Reading Specialist who has been a teacher on a Reservation in Arizona the past two years, Valerie Schuetta, and her article about teaching your child to read, “Let’s Start At the Very Beginning”. We intend for these articles to improve your homeschooling and living experience. As always, thank you for reading what we publish.

Michael Leppert

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Thoughts on Creativity
By Andrew Pudewa

Today, as perhaps never before, our society purports to value creativity in education. Touted as the solution to economic, social, and environmental problems, creative thinking has become a primary objective for many educational institutions and homeschool families. Especially in the area of writing, creativity seems to be both the key and the goal. “Be unique! Be creative! Be original! Just make it up!” That which appears to engender creativity is considered good; that which fails to do so, is bad. Therefore, activities which promote basic skills (such as copywork, memorization, rote learning, drill) are often put aside in favor of activities which appear more spontaneous (story starters, free writing, journaling, etc.).

I've heard parents and teachers say things to children like, “First, just get your thoughts down...” or “Write whatever comes into your mind...you can edit later.” Unfortunately there are two fundamental problems with this approach: 1) It promotes undisciplined thinking and therefore bad writing; and 2) It misrepresents the activity of thinking and writing.


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Let’s Start From the Very Beginning
By Valerie Schuetta, M.Ed Reading Specialist

When I was first approached about writing an article on how to teach your child how to read I had mixed feelings. My first reaction was excitement. After all, talking about the strategies I use to teach reading to my students is one of my favorite topics of conversation. My children, however, will only ask me questions on a “need to know” basis because they know I can go on and on, even when their eyes start to roll and they are ready to scream “Enough!” I think they have become immune to my contagious enthusiasm.

My second reaction was “Where do I start?” I pondered this dilemma in my head for quite some time before I realized the answer was simple: To quote one of my favorite movies, The Sound of Music, I should start at the very beginning because it’s a very good place to start. When you read, you begin with ABC. Were Rogers and Hammerstein reading specialists? I doubt it! It really is that simple.

The teaching of reading and the arguments between educational philosophers about the way it should be taught has gone through a myriad of changes over the years. Students using a hornbook back in the 1600’s would be astounded if they could peer into the future and see today’s children learning how to read using computer programs, manipulatives, and text full of colorful illustrations. Likewise, a student in today’s high-tech classrooms would probably view the primitive ways children were taught to read in the past as laughable. Although there have been many changes over the years, one fact remains true: Children learn to read in a variety of ways. All children have different learning styles. What works for one child, may not work for another. Therefore, one method should not be taught to the exclusion of another. There should be an equal balance.

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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.

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