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MORE Top 10 Signs You're Doing a Good Job Homeschooling

By Heather Idoni

Added Monday, September 17, 2007

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 8 No 72 September 17, 2007
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2007 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

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Resource Review
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Reader Question
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Notes from Heather

One of our readers was inspired to send in her own 'top 10 ways
to know you're doing a great job homeschooling'. I like these,
too! They might not all apply to you (or make perfect sense to
you), but perhaps you can relate to a few of them! :-)


10 -- During the first week that school starts back the your local
librarian is impressed that your child is still interested in
checking out 7-10 books at a time.

9 -- When your daughter wears clothes with a designer's name on it
she is offended that someone else's name is on her clothes.

8 -- When you tell your children to grab your bibles they don't reply,
"Today is not Sunday".

7 -- When your mother thinks that your children are so 'smart' simply
because they were breast fed.

6 -- Your children think that saying, 'shut up' is using bad words.

5 -- When you can convince your children to view household chores as
a part of school.

4 -- When you go out to your car it is not covered with egg yolk.

3 -- When the mail carrier comes to the door (for those that live in
the big city) your children don't try to leave with him.

2 -- When your children are so impressed with your knowledge of the
lesson that they think you know everything.

1 -- Your husband brags to all your family and friends about the
great job that you are doing.

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One of our long-time readers, JoJo Tabares, wrote to let us know
about a LIVE show she is recording this week. Here are the details.
Sounds like great fun!


"On my podcast this coming Thursday (9/20), I am having a Back to
Homeschooling Show. On it, I am inviting homeschoolers to come and
share the all time dumbest question they have been asked about
homeschooling. The show is recorded live on Thursdays at 8am PST/
11am EST. It's an hour-long show. It is a Christian show so there
will be commentary in the beginning on some news items pertaining
to the persecution of Christians. You can check it out here:


I would love for homeschoolers to come and share their all time
silliest question and how they handled it! The show will focus on
the funny aspects of the questions and how to answer in grace."


Podcast of our Homeschooler's Notebook???

Speaking of *podcasts*, I am thinking of doing one for the newsletter
-- probably starting out with one per week. Please write and let
me know if this is something you would listen to! I think it would
be fun to kind of read the newsletter aloud with commentary. Not
sure what the demand would be, though. ;-)

Please send any feedback to me at: heather@familyclassroom.net


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Helpful Tip

Spelling Test Paper

"To save time on spelling tests, I made a two column table on my
word processor and typed the numbers to the left side of each
column. This way, we didn't have to waste time numbering the paper
beforehand. I printed these in advance, so that I could grab one
as needed. One year I even printed them on a bunch of different
colors and allowed my daughter to choose a color when it became
test time!" -- J.P.S.


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

Resource Review

The Pages of Time - Notebook Timeline Pages and Literature List
For more info: www.HomeschoolingFromTheHeart.com

Okay, so this isn't an impartial review - it really is a shameless
plug for my newest product! :-) My prayer is that it will be a
blessing to many families! -- Cindy


Give your child the "big picture" of history - use a timeline!

Timelines are a wonderful way to see all of history at a glance!
They help you see history by the slice - what was happening at
various places in the world at the same time. Timelines help the
most visual of learners grasp the abstract idea of "time" in a
hands-on way. Your kinesthetic learner will benefit from the cutting
and coloring of the figures. They are wonderful for the auditory
learner as each figure has a descriptive text to remember key points
of each person or event. Best of all, they inspire a love of learn-
ing about the people and events that made a mark in the world,
reinforcing that knowledge by taking part in putting the "puzzle"
of history together!

The Pages of Time is a set of dated notebook pages for creating your
own book of history! Dates range from 5000 BC to 2020 AD. All you
need to build your timeline is a 1.5 - 2 inch binder and page pro-
tectors. It comes in both a printed version and as an instant ebook

If you purchase the printed version, each page protector will hold
one printed page. When you are ready to add your own drawing or
pre-made figures, just remove the page and apply figures with a glue
stick. One of the benefits of using Timeline Notebook pages is the
ability to add more pages, maps, drawings, reports and more. Each
child should have their own timeline notebook and each "book of
history" they create can be uniquely their own!

In addition to the dated timeline pages, The Pages of Time also pro-
vides a chronological suggested reading literature list. While not
exhaustive, I hope it will encourage you to enhance your history
studies with literature! (For a thorough, chronological list of
literature for studying history, I highly recommend 'All Through
the Ages' by Christine Miller.)

-- Cindy Prechtel, www.HomeschoolingFromTheHeart.com

Last Issue's Reader Question

"My second-born (son, 19) has always struggled with learning issues.
He has been primarily homeschooled, but never attended any public

The Lord seems to have gifted him with an intuitiveness in automotive
repair. He is working to gain admission to a local Junior college to
pursue training in this area. He needs to pass his GED, and has
passed all sections except in the area of writing. It is this area
where his weaknesses/learning differences are most evident (dysgraphia,
visual processing disorder, etc.). He has NOT taken the test 'with
accommodations' since that request would have to be processed and
approved by the local/state department of education. Also, once he
passes his GED, there are other tests that he will have to pass to
gain full-time student status.

I have been using The Princeton Review GED 2007 to work with him but
wondered if anyone had any other suggestions that might be more speci-
fic to his needs. Any other resources for test-taking skills that we
might consider would be appreciated. Thank you." -- Elise

Our Readers' Responses

"I don't know much about taking the GED, but my brother in law is
working on his, and I believe his tests are done on the computer.
Does your son's written portion have to be handwritten? If not, that
might at least help with the dysgraphia. There is also a small, port-
able keyboard called an AlphaSmart - basically a word processor, that
is very helpful for composing writing. Even if that counts as an
'accommodation' for the GED, it might be helpful for later written
work. http://www.alphasmart.com/Retail/specialneeds/

A website you might find helpful for study and test taking strategies
is http://www.studygs.net/

Hope this helps!" -- Laurie

Answer our NEW Question

"My husband and I are going to be adopting a baby and we are 44 and
43 years old. I have a 10 year old and a 15 year old. I was truly
excited until I began to think about how old I will be when the child
we adopt turns 20 and we will be 64 and 63 years old. That is a
little scary to think about! I was wondering -- are there any other
older homeschooling moms who can give us some encouraging words and/or
articles or books to possibly read?" -- Bonita


Do you have an encouraging experience or resource to share with Bonita?

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

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