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The Animal School - Personality and Learning Style

By Heather Idoni

Added Friday, June 09, 2006

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 7 No 23 June 9, 2006
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2006 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

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Notes from Heather
-- The Animal School
Letter from a Reader
Kids' Corner Question
-- An Animal for You?
Helpful Tips
-- Some Good Sites
Question of the Week
-- Your Questions
-- Your Answers
Editor's Pick
-- Flood the World
-- Subscriber Information
-- Sponsorship Information

Notes from Heather

The Animal School

This past week one of our readers sent me a link to a slideshow
style presentation that is an excellent illustration of the different
ways children's personalities affect their learning styles... and
how institutional schooling fails so many children. It has a lot to
say to homeschooling parents, too. We can so easily fall into
the trap of allowing certain "schoolish" expectations to cause
stress and anguish in our kids. This is worth discussing!

If you can view "flash", use this link -- it is the best way to view it:


If you need to view the "text only" version, it is here:



Want to talk about "The Animal School"? Write to me!




Letter from a Reader

"Thanks so much for your "e-zine". Yours is so helpful and
supportive - excellent in its tangible quality and in its spirit.

Thought you'd want to know I followed through on your ad for
New Harvest Homestead. Their publication has truly been a
hit already with me and my husband. After reading and relish-
ing their sample issue #1, yesterday I ordered their 5 back
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I can't wait to sit down later today and read. For me, their
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I think all homeschoolers who aren't offended by things spirit-
ually based would enjoy this look at practical ways to save
money and immerse your children in a less complex lifestyle
full of learning and growing.

Thanks so much for your hard work and for introducing us to
Guy and Lisa." -- Judy R., Crawford, Texas

Kids' Corner Question

Here is a question for your children to answer this week:

"If you could think of an animal that is like your personality,
what animal would it be... and why?"

Tell me all about the animal that is most like you!

Send your emails to: HN-answers@familyclassroom.net

Helpful Tips

from Bonnie Jean:

"I have found a couple of web sites that have really helped me
out and might help your other readers...

One is www.flylady.net

and the other is www.savingdinner.net

They help you with tasks that sometimes can be overwhelming;
and I believe they have a list of special tips for homeschooling
families if you look in their Table of Contents section."


Do you have tips or ideas to share with our readers?
Send to: HN-ideas@familyclassroom.net

Last Issue's Reader Question

Joanne writes:

"I have a just-turned-fifteen-year-old daughter who took the
ACT for the first time this year. She made a 26 on her over-all
English score, but only an 18 on the reading part. I was floored,
because she is never without a book. She reads constantly. I
know she is a good reader. In asking her what happened with
the reading part of the test, she told me that she reads so
slowly that she was only half way through with that part of the
test when the time limit was up. How can we speed up her
reading without her losing comprehension? Also, any sugges-
tions on improving the math & science part of the test? This is
the area all my children (six of them) have scored the lowest."

Our Readers' Responses

"I was just reading some articles on this very problem. I tutor
high school children in reading. One way to increase fluency
was to do timed readings until speed is increased. Also try to
see if your daughter is scooping words together or reading every
word. The article was Developing Reading Fluency. It was a
very detailed article on how to increase fluency." -- Renee


"Look for a "speed-reading" course. I'm not sure exactly how
they work, but if she can train herself to read faster (without
losing comprehension, of course) it will benefit her in all subject
areas." -- Sherry A.


"You may want to try a McCall-Crabbs Standard Test Lessons
in Reading. We have 5 volumes in 1. For these tests, you set
the timer for 3 minutes. The student reads the passage, then
answers 8-12 questions before the timer goes off. After you
score the answers, the student immediately knows what grade
level they scored at. Quick, immediate feedback, and easy to
administer. The book tests as low as 2-4 grade and as high as
grade 18. Be careful which version you order. They redid them
in the 1970's and dumbed them down. We got ours through
Christian Book Distributors, published by Back Home Industries.
The copy right dates in it are 1926, 1950, and 1961, so this is
an older curriculum." -- Maren R.

Answer our NEW Question

Cyndi writes:

"I have an 11 year old daughter who will be in 8th grade in the
fall. She wants to be a vet when she grows up. I have been
considering doing a unit study of some kind with her in the fall --
maybe on veterinary science or something like that -- some-
thing that would allow her to learn more about animals and that
career field. I have searched and searched for a unit study, and
I am coming up empty-handed. Do you know of any out there?"


Do you have some ideas for this mom?

Send an email to: HN-answers@familyclassroom.net


Do you have a burning question that you can't ask just anyone?
Send it to HN-questions@familyclassroom.net and we'll see
if our readers can help you out.

Editor's Pick

Flood Maps

What do you think about the possibilities of global warming?
Do you think it is bunk... or maybe there is some truth to it?

Whatever your views, you will find this map very interesting.

Go anywhere in the world, raise "sea level", and see what
ends up under water! Raise it from 1... to 7... to 14 meters.

Have fun here:


The main page starts out zoomed in on Great Britain, but
you can move all over the map of the world.

[**Note: This is not intended to start debate about global
warming, so please don't send me any emails about that!
I just found this site fascinating. My mother lives in
Hollywood, Florida, so the topic is quite *hot* down there!
Be sure to check out what happens to South Florida when
the level is raised just 6 meters.]

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Email: heather@familyclassroom.net

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