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Happy 2015 to all! We hope your holiday season was enjoyable and that this new year is exciting in its possibilities! In this issue, we present an excellent article by Carolyn Forte, a games-master herself, writing about “Effective Teaching With Games” and our second article revises a tradition we had in our print magazine a few years ago – Great Documents in American History. This one is President Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech of January, 1961. We are so close to the anniversary, it seemed fitting. Next week we will run Dr. Martin Luther King’s “I Have a Dream” speech. Both of these pieces were delivered by master orators and can serve as excellent models of public speaking to our children! Remember our upcoming Conference in late February! As always, thank you for reading!

Michael Leppert

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BioCorp Preserved Specimens for Disection
By Albert McQueen

BiologyProducts.com, the website of BioCorp, is a one-stop shop for all biology- and anatomy-lab supplies. If you plan on having your student perform a dissection, or if you just need an anatomical model or display, you can find what you need here.

BiologyProducts.com offers a wide range of preserved specimens, from earthworms up to cats and just about everything in between, including jellyfish, barnacles, spiders, crayfish and turtles. Many specimens are available in both plain form and with the arteries and/or veins injected with dye for easy identification.

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Effective Teaching With Games
by Carolyn Forte

If education is interesting and exciting it is more effective than that which is dull and boring. Adults don’t naturally gravitate to the most uninteresting book or movie, yet we often expect our children to learn from materials that would put an insomniac to sleep. The reasons for this are rooted in habit and convention with just a hint of conspiracy: Train the masses to do boring, repetitive tasks for long periods of time and they will make docile workers for the industrial economy. After years as a classroom teacher and many more years teaching my own children, I remain firmly convinced that games of all kinds enhance learning and encourage intellectual development.

For millennia, education has been free form, as fluid as a mountain stream. In the last two centuries the river of education has been blocked by the dam of government controls, strictly contained and regulated. A couple of decades ago, homeschoolers found a way around the dam. It was tough going and many gave up and went back to the familiar waters behind the dam, but those who persevered found an exciting, exhilarating and beautiful world. They found many directions they could take and many tools and methods that could be used to good effect. As homeschooling has become more common, many homeschoolers have begun to return in increasing numbers to the style of the modern school curriculum. Textbooks, teacher manuals, tests, schedules, and prescribed courses -- all the trappings of the school worldview have become common in the homeschool world.

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Buckets Gone Wild

Mr Science Teacher


Ivy Bound SAT and ACT Prep

Ivy Bound wishes to introduce parents of homeschool teenage children to the services that we provide. We are familiar with home schooling and believe we can help, by providing additional assistance in required exams for college acceptance or for academics, especially with math and the sciences.

Ivy Bound is a test prep firm specializing in SAT and ACT preparation designed to improve a student’s college acceptance and scholarship potential. We now have more resources than any other national company for helping students excel in these tests. Not only do our tutors have a top 1% score in these tests, but we have developed our own materials specifically to enhance student’s test taking strategies.

Our instructors are intelligent, talented, and trained in our program and method of teaching. Our experience allows our instructors to quickly evaluate a student’s strengths and weaknesses, and mold the lesson plan to focus on the needed areas of improvement. There is a definite strategy involved in studying for and taking these tests. While that strategy may differ across individual students, there is always a way to help each student realize their maximum test-taking potential.

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President John F. Kennedy’s Inaugural Speech

“Vice President Johnson, Mr. Speaker, Mr. Chief Justice, President Eisenhower, Vice President Nixon, President Truman, reverend clergy, fellow citizens, we observe today not a victory of party, but a celebration of freedom--symbolizing an end, as well as a beginning--signifying renewal, as well as change. For I have sworn before you and Almighty God the same solemn oath our forebears prescribed nearly a century and three quarters ago.

The world is very different now. For man holds in his mortal hands the power to abolish all forms of human poverty and all forms of human life. And yet the same revolutionary beliefs for which our forebears fought are still at issue around the globe -- the belief that the rights of man come not from the generosity of the state, but from the hand of God.

We dare not forget today that we are the heirs of that first revolution. Let the word go forth from this time and place, to friend and foe alike, that the torch has been passed to a new generation of Americans -- born in this century, tempered by war, disciplined by a hard and bitter peace, proud of our ancient heritage -- and unwilling to witness or permit the slow undoing of those human rights to which this Nation has always been committed, and to which we are committed today at home and around the world.

Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, in order to assure the survival and the success of liberty. This much we pledge -- and more.

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Dynamic Literacy

Math Nook

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Destination Science - Summer Day Camps for Grades K-6
By Jennifer Nairne

It may be hard to believe, but summer is quickly approaching. Although a large portion of the country continues to shovel out of record-breaking snowfall, we all know that planning ahead for the summer saves money and a lot of time misspent worrying about it. I would know because I am an expert in procrastination. We take a long break over the hot summer months from "school", but I try to seek out any opportunity to keep learning and education part of our daily routines. Yet I always seem to wait until the last minute to find structured or organized activities for the kids to join. My kids end up participating in programs that cost a fortune (because I waited too long) and fail to engage their interests (because I waited too long). The resulting battles, tears, and money lost over the years have finally made an impression. I have decided this year will be different.

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Destination Science

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