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Foolproof Fudge, Value of Boredom, Learning Styles

By Heather Idoni

Added Friday, December 21, 2007

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 8 No 98 December 21, 2007
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2007 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

Welcome to the Homeschooler's Notebook!
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Notes from Heather
-- Reader Input... and FUDGE!
Helpful Tips
-- The Value of Boredom
Winning Website
-- MacroHistory
Reader Question
-- Learning about Learning Styles
Additional Notes
-- Searchable Archive
-- Our Email Group
-- Sponsorship Information
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Notes from Heather

Have a wonderful Christmas! Our next issue will be on Friday,
January 4th. -- Heather

P.S. Our family is supporting Congressman Ron Paul in his bid
for the Presidency. If you are interested in reading about
where he stands on homeschooling, here is a good synopsis:


Another Answer for Becky's Question - 12/17 Issue

Reader Recommends Trisms

"I think boys are pretty independent in their learning, especi-
ally once they get to the Jr. High level. It makes sense if
you think about it. Both of my boys who are now in high school
are extremely independent in their learning, which is bittersweet
for me. One curriculum you might want to check out for your son
is Trisms. It's a research and history-based unit study, but is
done in a very independent way. YOU, however, decide how inde-
pendent you want him to be while using it, and it can be extremely
flexible. They have different volumes for each year from 7th
grade through high school. Our 15 year old son is using it now,
and is doing extremely well and loves it! He's definitely getting
a very thorough education while using this, and he doesn't have
to wait for mom to be ready; he just gets up and and goes right
to his learning -- because his unit is all planned out and copied
-- and he works on it at his pace within the time limits we set
together. This is teaching him some extremely valuable skills
that he'll need for college. We are extremely pleased with
Trisms. Their website is www.trisms.com." -- Tracy in Western NY


Fast and EASY Fudge!

If you need a last-minute gift idea, why not make a variety of
fudge for family or friends?

Being 7 months pregnant right now, I'm not up for standing in the
kitchen for long periods of time (5 minutes standing in one place
just about does me in the way the baby is usually positioned!)

My friend Jodi in Iowa (in between answering countless political
phone calls, poor thing!) found this amazing 5 minute recipe for
me online. It is sooooo easy and fast!!

You can vary it with semi-sweet, butterscotch, peanutbutter, or
white chocolate chips... add any kind of nuts, mini-marshmallows,
peanutbutter, marshmallow creme -- and any type of flavored extract
for variety. You can use a double boiler, heavy saucepan, or
microwave. I used a microwave with a 4 cup glass measuring cup.


Foolproof Chocolate Fudge

3 cups semisweet chocolate chips
1 (14 ounce) can sweetened condensed milk
1/2 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1 1/2 teaspoons vanilla extract

Line one 8 or 9 inch square pan with wax paper. Over low heat,
melt the chocolate chips with the condensed milk. Remove from
heat and stir in the chopped nuts and vanilla extract. Spread
mixture evenly into the prepared pan and chill for 2 hours or
until firm. Once firm, turn fudge onto cutting board, peel off
waxed paper and cut into small squares.

Original recipe found at:


Do you have comments to share? Please do!

Send your emails to: heather@familyclassroom.net



Helpful Tip

The Value of Boredom

"When children have time and nothing is planned, they will not
take a nap! They think up what they want to do. Let children
have downtime. Let them be bored! Boredom is a better friend
than you think. One rainy afternoon some homeschool children
wadded up junkmail to make 'balls' for an indoor volleyball game.
They played on their knees as they weren't allowed to run in the
house. They used a torn sheet for a net. After endless hours
at the new game, weeks of refining the rules and borrowing knee-
pads, two of them switched to juggling! The third, fascinated
by the aerodynamics of the wadded up paper, picked up a science
book the family had and started to read it. Mom's contribution?
Being there! Limiting their media. And, collecting books on
all kinds of subjects, at all levels."


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

Winning Website


I recently stumbled on a neat site that features historical maps,
listed by time period. These are not outline maps for labeling,
but they can still be viewed or printed for notebooks, reports, etc.
Also listed are people, events in a timeline fashion, along with
country profiles. There is A LOT of info on this site!


-- Cindy P. - www.HomeschoolingFromTheHeart.com

Last Issue's Reader Question

Note: This question references a reader question from an October
issue of our newsletter. Answers to Trish's question and also
Michelle's comments ("Don't Kill the Clam") can be found in the
following issues archived at our Homeschooler's Notebook website:



"As I read some of the responses to Trish's dilemma, I felt a pang
or two. My son and I have been 'butting heads' for awhile now.
While reading Michelle's comments regarding her daughter, I wondered
to myself if maybe I need more info on what type of learner my son
is. How do you find this out? He loves high-tech things like robots,
plus he is into space adventures, etc. He loves playing with his
Mega-Bloks... and he can reconfigure almost anything he sees or reads
about (that he finds interesting). The basics he does NOT like --
grammar, math, history, etc. How can I get him 'on board' with this
journey? Thanks for any and all suggestions/responses."
-- Debora in Georgia

Our Readers' Responses

"To save the headaches, you might want to try 'cheating'. You
didn't say how old your son is, but these things work for most
ages as long as he knows his basic math facts. For reading,
grammar and history, keep it on the subjects he loves. Have him
re-write stories about space adventures or write his own stories,
whichever he prefers. Have him do math for mega-block projects
(how many blocks will it take if you just use blocks with four
or eight pegs on them -- can you do it with just blocks that have
12 pegs on them, etc.)

For finding out what kind of learner you have, below are some
websites to check out. You can also find books at the library
or your local large bookstore about this.

http://www.ldpride.net/learningstyles.MI.htm - testing
http://www.ttuhsc.edu/SOM/Success/LSTIntro.htm - testing
http://www2.gsu.edu/~dschjb/wwwmbti.html - mostly information

Most of all, don't give up. Eventually it all comes together and
they end up just fine. Contact me if you want for more informa-
tion on alternative learning. I had to do it with my one daughter.
She was not going to do her math and English without a fight,
but when I turned it into a cooking or dressmaking problem, it
went without hassles for the most part. My email address is
melindas.rose@gmail.com. Take care, Debora." -- Melinda U.


"The book THE WAY THEY LEARN by Cynthia Tobias is excellent.
Truthfully, if you type in 'learning styles' to your web browser
you will get a ton of info. I would even say too much. There
are many levels in which people learn and children at a young age
cannot be specifically determined and are not even done developing
in this area. That is why they move so much, get into things,
ask a ton of questions, and more.

As for some specifics: You have the basics - Visual, Kinesthetic,
and Auditory. You also have Global thinkers, and... I forget the
word but it is means those that are more detailed-oriented and not
big-picture (Global). There are many others. I prefer the below
sites and the above book. They have immensely helped me!


I squish the clam a lot less nowadays. :-)" -- Michelle in Oregon


"The very best book on the subject of learning styles that I've
found is called 'Discover Your Child's Learning Style' by Mariaemma
Willis and Victoria Kindle Hodson. There are many good books on
the subject, but this one is the most comprehensive, thorough book
that I've ever seen. There is a profile that you do with your
child (and your entire family) in order to find out how best your
child learns. Their website is:

They have a free email newsletter for which you can register as
well. I read mine over, and give the profile every couple of years,
because their profiles do change some with passing time. It's one
book that I refer people to often, but don't ever lend out, because
I use it that much to be able to effectively teach my children at
home." -- Tracy in Western NY

Answer our NEW Question

"My oldest daughter is 16. She has always worked far beyond her
age/grade level, has completed all of her high school coursework,
and we'd like to graduate her. However, the age for compulsory
attendance in Ohio is 6-18. If we graduate my daughter with a
homeschool diploma at age 16, are we facing possible truancy issues
with the local school district? Our district is not homeschool
friendly. We homeschool independently, therefore the diploma
would be one we'd issue ourselves (no umbrella schools, etc.)."
-- Candace

[Editor note: I know this is sort of a legal question, but do any
readers from Ohio have some experience to share along these lines?
We'll have the usual disclaimer about seeking legal advice, etc. :-)
-- Heather]


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