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All Through the Ages, National Geographic, Now Showing!

By Heather Idoni

Added Monday, December 18, 2006

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 7 No 61 December 18, 2006
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2006 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

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-- Now Showing!
Helpful Tips
-- National Geographic
Resource Review
-- All Through the Ages
Our Reader Question
-- Troubled Mom
Additional Notes
-- Archived Newsletters
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Notes from Heather

Now Showing in a Theatre Near You

I'm going to do something you will *rarely* ever see me do --
Make some movie recommendations!!

I know it may be hard to get out on a date, especially if you have
very young children and none old enough to babysit -- and also
at this busy time of the year -- but I have 2 really great movies to
recommend to you!

The first one is "The Pursuit of Happyness".

I can't find a single review that will help you understand why this
'based-on-a-true-story' movie is so amazing... so don't read any
of them or it will just be spoiled for you. What if I just offer you
a money-back guarantee? (PG-13 for mild language... but I think it
really could have been a PG -- except for one graffiti encounter
with the 'f' word that is handled very well. Any other bad language
must have been in the background because I don't remember it.)

The second recommendation you can take the WHOLE family to.
Of course, I'm talking about "The Nativity Story". Wow... just a
wonderful, quite Biblically correct movie. My 14 year old and I
went to it together and he remarked at the end, "That's it?? It's
over?? Do you think they'll make a sequel??!!" :-)

Have a wonderful Christmas! I'm taking a break to spend time with
my family and our next issue will be December 29th.


Do you have comments to share? Please do!
Send your emails to: heather@familyclassroom.net



Helpful Tip

"I would like to share with everyone a great resource I have found
for lesson plans and an abundance of information regarding history
and geography. It's NationalGeographic.com. I know that many of
you reading this right now may already use this site as a resource,
so please bear with me.

On this page -- http://www.nationalgeographic.com/education/ -- you
can obtain lesson plans and reference materials for grades K-12! I
have been struggling with history/geography with my boys simply
because to me it is boring. (I'm a physics nut!) However this site
has me excited. You can actually choose the topic you want to
study and the grade levels that you are teaching.

We have been subscribing to N.G. Magazine for 17+ years now,
but I found using it as a resource for home schooling required a
lot of research time on my part; reading, making worksheets and
printing copies so the boys would have some worksheets. National
Geographic has cut down all the time consuming research work
and lets me focus on what it is that I like to do, hang out with my

Just an FYI I thought I would pass along. I hope others will find
this site useful too." -- Linda E. in Montana


Do you have an idea, experience, or tip to share? Please write!
Send to: HN-ideas@familyclassroom.net

Resource Review

All Through the Ages - Literature Through History
Available to order from www.homeschoolingfromtheheart.com

I confess, I LOVE history and we enjoy studying history using
great books whenever possible. I've heard of Christine Miller's book
several times over the years, but thought I could manage just fine
using my library, catalogs from trusted homeschool suppliers, etc.
After reviewing All Through the Ages - History through Literature
Guide, I can honestly say I wish I would have purchased this resource
a long time ago! It would have saved me so much time and, I believe,
made our study of history more meaningful. I'm not good at putting
together books with their time periods, or even remembering to think
about what else was happening during the same time period we are
studying. I constantly had to refer to multiple sources to figure out
"what comes next" in the great timeline of history, hoping I wasn't
missing some gem that would really open my children's eyes to the
person or event being studied.

All Through The Ages has 318 pages packed with book lists, timelines
and more! There are over 5600 of the best living books and great
literature arranged not only chronologically, but also by geographical
region and reading level. Here's a sneak peek into this wonderful
resource: first, you'll find Chronological History, this includes World
and American history beginning with Creation and continuing through
1999. Each section begins with a list of resources that provide an over-
view of the particular time period, lists the titles in groups by read-
ing level, and then provides a timeline for quick reference. Next comes
the Geographical History section where you'll find both fiction and
non-fiction resources for studying the history of whole continents as
well as individual countries. The most unique sections are next -- the
History of Science & Mathematics, History of the Arts (both visual
arts and music), and Great Books of Western Civilization & the
Christian Tradition. The latter section includes a description of what
are considered the greatest books in the areas of philosophy "The
Great Discussion", literature, poetry and drama.

The beginning of the book features helpful advice from the author. I
appreciate Christine's wise counsel about choosing and using litera-
ture to teach our children. She provides insight and encouragement
for those of us who desire to use living books, but wonder just how
to incorporate them into our schedule. Although she writes from a
distinctly Christian perspective, the author recognizes the need for
older students to read and understand the great literature that has
shaped our culture. She is careful to note those titles that fall into
this category and explains why they are included in her book. This
exhuastive volume is extremely user-friendly, from the way each
section is arranged to the comprehensive index, you'll be able to
find just the resource you need quickly and efficiently - that is IF
you can keep yourself from "oohing and ahhing" over all the books
listed on each page!

No matter what style of learning you employ in your home,
All Through the Ages is a book you will turn to again and again,
adding depth and understanding across the curriculum. Highly

Last Issue's Reader Question

"I am troubled and was wondering if anyone has been though this
and if you have any advice.

We homeschooled my 3 oldest children for two years (2004-5 and
2005-6). We have moved to a better area and my husband wanted
to try out the local public schools. Though the school is much better
than what we left behind, I still feel like homeschooling is better.

I really enjoyed teaching and learning with the kids, they were less
stressed and were able to work at their own pace. I was hoping to
get used to it but it still bothers me very much that the kids are at

My husband is a great man but wants the kids to experience the
real world and have a positive influence on those around them.
Any suggestions? Thanks to you all!" -- Troubled Mom

Our Readers' Responses

"The comment I want to make is this: Your husband needs to under-
stand that school is not the real world. Otherwise, high school
seniors wouldn't sign each other's yearbooks with 'Now we are off
into the real world'. Most times, students graduate and have no idea
what the real world is like. With homeschoolers it's different. They
are home every day and know what it takes to run a household.
They can work at their own pace which is a tremendous help. As far
as being a positive influence on other kids, that's usually not the
case. The other kids wind up being a negative influence on your
child and can bring him down." -- Laura in NC


"This decision should not be done quickly or without much prayer.
I'd ask your husband to pray very intently about it before making any
decisions; then if he still feels really strong about it, go ahead and
place them in a couple of classes for the year. They can be a part-
time student, like music or PE, depending on your state. Do it
gradually. It can be quite a shock to kids to be put in for the whole
day." -- Melinda in CO


"I'd like to first mention that I'm on your side! I believe that in
the majority of circumstances that homeschooling is the best choice.
However, as hard as it may be you need to honor your husband. In
honoring him you need you support and not question his decisions.
If he asks for your opinion give him a solid list of the benefits of
homeschooling otherwise bite your tongue as he needs you to support
him and his decisions. You could also pray for God's intervention!"
-- Laurie V.


"Public school is not 'real world' experience. It is an artificial
classroom environment, where children are instructed in the methods that
the teacher chooses to use, associate only with same-age peers, and have
to conform to an unnatural social construct. Your kids have far more
'real world' experience if they are out in the real world with you.

As far as having a positive influence on others, there are many ways
to serve the community and make friends than just by attending public
school." -- Pam W.


"Follow your husband's lead. Pray about it and trust God to lead him.
The heart of the king is in the Lords hands. Trust the Lord to lead
your husband correctly. I learned this by not doing it. I hope and
pray you will make the right choice." -- Brenda B.


"70% of children who are homeschooled through high school retain the
faith their parents teach them. A study was done that came up with the
numbers -- I've searched email for an hour to find it to no avail, but
if you really need it I will look more. I think that we have all heard
the numbers from Dobson of kids in public school -- it is not a good
thing." -- Diana M.

Answer our NEW Question

"Do any of you have any homeschooling organization tips to share? I seem
to have the most trouble keeping up with the lesson plans. I have 3 boys
all about 3 years apart and the planning is an enormous job for me. I
have found myself letting it get behind then struggling to catch it up.
It is required by law in my area to have a lesson plan. One lady
suggested to me to use note cards that way if a lesson changes, I don't
have to rewrite the whole week's lessons. I loved that idea. Share your
other organization ideas please! I really need them." -- Deanna


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Please send your answer to: HN-answers@familyclassroom.net

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