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Reader Feedback, A Book in Time, Handwriting Help

By Heather Idoni

Added Friday, June 13, 2008

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 9 No 47 June 13, 2008
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2008 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

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Notes from Heather
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Helpful Tip
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Winning Website
-- A Book in Time
Reader Question
-- Handwriting Help
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Notes from Heather

Reader Feedback for "Are You Paying Attention?"

"I loved Karen's article. It was so true for both me and my
children. I really saw this first hand when we started, really
started, science for the first time last month. They had to
make an educated guess about what would happen with an experiment.
They were annoyed that I asked them.

'Just do the experiment Mom', they kept saying. It took about
a month before they could come up with various ideas! First
they did not want to guess, then they would only give the same
answers based on what had happened previously.

I have also had to learn to rest -- truly and actively rest --
while I am waiting for their brains to work. In the past I
would 'help'. It *is* helping, isn't it? LOL!"
-- Michelle L. in Oregon


"Thanks for sharing this article! Many don't think that communi-
cation skills are important for every day life but the truth is
that almost everything we do and even everthing we don't do
communicates something about us to others. Just about 87% of
what we do all day is communication related.

Listening is a vital skill we need to teach which can be time
consuming to plan or boring to talk about for children - especially
young children. If your readers might be interested in a study
they can follow instead of trying to figure out a plan to fit into
their homeschool year, I have several books they can use that are
easy to follow, quick and fun lessons. Listening is a critical
communication skill so most of our studies address this. Here are
a few with focus on listening and paying attention:

The Play Book: (fun activities for young children)

Say What You Mean for Preschoolers:
(basic listening and communication skills PreK-1st grade)

Know Your Audience:
(listening and persuasion study)

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35% off this month! Just order as usual and use voucher code
506083535 at check out and it will take 35% off automatically."

-- JoJo Tabares, http://www.ArtofEloquence.com


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



Helpful Tip

Terrestria Chronicles Author Offers Free Books!


"Speaking of free books to download, Ed Dunlop, at
www.dunlopministries.com has at least 3 free books to download.
Two are Christian mysteries for kids. The other is called
Thunder Mountain, and is an allegory of the Christian life for
ages 10 and up. I've read his series, The Terrestria Chronicles
(an allegory like Pilgrim's Progress) and they are awesome.
Convicting and encouraging!" -- Sarah in VA


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

Winning Website

A Book In Time

Build or supplement your history curriculum using the web and
literature! Chronological listing of history books, crafts, maps,
timelines, and other activites allows you to supplement your history
textbook with a variety of resources (some are for purchase, but many
are free). The book list is not exhaustive, but it should provide you
with a good starting point. Of course, if you click on the book title
you can purchase, or just make a list and head to your library. :-)

-- Cindy Prechtel, http://www.HomeschoolingFromTheHeart.com

Last Issue's Reader Question

"When my 17 year old daughter addressed her graduation announce-
ments I realized I had dropped the ball on teaching cursive/neat
handwriting. I would like to mend my ways with my other two
children -- a 12 year old and a 15 year old. Does anyone have
suggestions for teaching teens cursive/neat handwriting that
could easily be added to our school year during 2008/2009?"
-- Kathy in CA

Our Readers' Responses

"I have found 'Handwriting Without Tears' is one of the best
handwriting curriculums. We used it with my oldest and then
we used the handwriting that came with our boxed curriculum.
My second daughter's handwriting was horrible so I ordered
'Handwriting Without Tears' for her and just had her do a page a
day and her handwriting improved tremendously. I then ordered it
for my other children as a supplement to their regular curriculum.
It isn't a fancy handwriting curriculum. It just teaches the
basics and I for one don't write the way my teachers taught me in
school. I think we all develop our own style. This curriculum
allows for that." -- Michelle H. in Kansas


"Hi, my suggestion is to try Joy Marie Dunlap's books from Light
Home Publications -- www.lighthome.net -- they are excellent and
informative. There are many designed for older students. My
nearly 13 year old son is doing them this year and he really
dislikes writing, but does these without complaining!"
-- Michelle in Australia

Answer our NEW Question

"My son will be 13 next month. I want to plan a special cele-
bration for him. Have any of you done 'blessing ceremonies' or
anything really special for your sons? Please give me some ideas.
I know this is not a school-related question, but I figured that
life is learning and this is a special milestone in his life.
Thanks." -- Wendy in Cape Town, South Africa


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