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Our edition of TWH this week offers two very pertinent articles by two of our featured speakers at The Link Homeschool Conference 2015. First, Eileen Healy, expert Emotional Intelligence counselor and author has penned Why Does My Homeschooled Child Need To Be Taught About Social Emotional Intelligence? Eileen will do a live presentation of the same title. Our second article by Dr. Mary Hood, is Common Core: One Homeschooler’s Perspective. Given the fact that Mary has a PhD in Education and has taught in public schools as well as homeschooled her 5 grown children, her views are very broad and objective. Please attend our Conference if you live near Westlake Village, CA (48 miles NW of downtown L.A.). You can see all of the information by clicking on our ad below. If you have any questions, do not hesitate to call or e-mail me, Michael Leppert, 805-497-6900, michael@homeschoolmagazine.com As always, thank you for reading!

Michael Leppert

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Since 1995, The Link Homeschool Magazine has been the premier non-religious/non-secular alternative education publication in No. America. We respect all philosophies and styles of homeschooling and home-centered life. Hard copy and digital editions are FREE and we never rent or sell any of our lists.

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By Alexis Kindig

With all due respect to the translation itself, the books of the KJV are quite out of order! The fact is, King James and his team of 54 translators missed a golden opportunity to produce a complete Bible in which the books follow the original canonical order. And it’s not like they didn’t know; the inspired manuscript order was widely know among scholars. Why was the order ignored? Political expediency? A fear of offending the “doctrinal sensitivities” of the Church of England? Matthew Poston’s alter ego is a cartoon professor named Mr. Science Teacher, but his passion for his students and his subjects is absolutely real.

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Why Does My Homeschooled Child Need To Be Taught About Social Emotional Intelligence?
by Eileen Healy, MA, LMFT (Speaker at The Link Homeschool Conference Feb 27-Mar 1, 2015)

“I know I need to teach my child English, math, history, spelling, and the other core subjects but why do I need to worry about teaching him/her about social emotional intelligence?”

Social emotional intelligence has been proven to be more important to teach our children than any of the core subjects. Why is that? Our children will need a certain proficiency in their core subjects but need to relate and adapt to the rest of the world outside the home. Emotional intelligence is the ability to understand one’s own emotions and the emotions of others and to respond to those emotions in a healthy way. Children with a high emotional intelligence know how to manage their emotions and how to respond to others in a healthy way. Your child will need to know how to intra-relate and interrelate to himself and others throughout his life. Research continues to report that a high emotional intelligence in a child is the best predictor of success in life for a child -- even more than a high IQ.

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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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Common Core: One Homeschooler's Perspective
By Mary Hood, Ph.D. (Speaker at The Link Homeschool Conference Feb 27-Mar 1, 2015)

By now, most of you have probably heard something about Common Core. Many parents first noticed something was different when their small children began having difficulties with the math problems associated with the curriculum that is linked to Common Core. Even children who had been getting very good grades in math in the past were suddenly failing. As a result of night after night of meltdowns, many parents have recently made the decision to pull their children out of the public schools to teach them at home. A lot of these parents would never have dreamed of homeschooling just a short time ago.

Common Core, though, is much more than just a "new" way of doing math that makes it difficult for parents to help children with their homework!

So what, exactly, is it? By definition, Common Core is a set of national standards in language arts and math instruction. When I first heard about it, and started hearing an outcry from public school parents, I thought they probably were overreacting. After all, what is so wrong about having a consistent set of standards?

Then I started researching it, and realized it was about a lot more than just a set of standards. At that point, I thought it probably was just a phase. I've been around education for fifty-some years, and have seen many instructional fads come and go.

Then I researched it a little more, and wound up quitting my job in order to have more time to help combat Common Core and assist the newcomers making the switch to the field of homeschooling!

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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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