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Wall Street Journal Weighs in on the Book Ban

By Heather Idoni

Added Thursday, January 15, 2009

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 10 No 4 January 15, 2009
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2009 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

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Notes from Heather
-- Wall Street Journal on CPSIA
Helpful Tip
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Winning Website
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Reader Question
-- Home Economics Curriculum?
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Notes from Heather

The Wall Street Journal on the Disposal of Children's Books


Today's print edition of The Wall Street Journal has a great
article about the controversial and confusing CPSIA lead
regulations and the impact on children's items, including books.

"Under a new law set to go into effect February 10, unsold toys,
along with bikes, books and even children's clothing are destined
for the scrap heap due to an overzealous law to increase toy safety."


More and more mainstream news sources are reporting on the
potential devastation of small businesses by the CPSIA requirements.

You can bookmark this page to check for updates as I add them
throughout the coming weeks:



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Helpful Tip


"If anyone needs a quiz or practice for any subject, here is
a wonderful site. My 6 year old loves the math fishing game.
He thinks quicker in competition with something than when he
has a worksheet in front of him. He is very competitive by
nature. Hope some of you find this site helpful. I did!"

-- Amanda in Alabama


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Winning Website

Ambleside Online - www.amblesideonline.org

With budgets tightening everywhere, I thought it would be nice to
find sites that you could use to homeschool for free. Ambleside
Online is one of those sites. A cooperative effort of homeschool
parents from around the world, the course of study outlined on
this site is based on the educational philosophy of the 19th
century educator, Charlotte Mason. A complete curriculum is
provided for each grade level and online texts are used as much
as possible. The only thing you will need to add is math! Though
not for everyone, those who are interested in using literature in
their studies, or curious about what the 'Charlotte Mason Method'
is all about, will find lots of great ideas here.

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

Last Issue's Reader Question

"Hi, everyone -- my daughter will be graduating from high school soon
and I was wondering if anyone could recommend a good home economics
course. Thank you so much." -- Bonita

Our Readers' Responses

"Hello Bonita -- Congratulations on your daughter graduating
from high school. I have 3 children (2 boys and a girl) -- 2
have already graduated from homeschool high school. They are
24 and 22. My youngest who will turn 17 this next month graduates
this year. We didn't use a formal home economics course. What
we did was what the public school now titles their home economics
courses -- 'Life Skills'.

Both my husband and I love to cook so it was natural to teach
them all how to prepare meals. They all helped plan menus, shop
and prepare the foods. We had gardens and canned and froze
vegetables. They each were responsible for cleaning their rooms
and helping out around the house. They learned to do laundry,
wash dishes, vacuum, etc. They mowed the lawn and raked leaves.

They were all involved in our local 4-H so this covered sewing
and even more cooking, arts and crafts, woodworking. My husband
taught them each how to change the oil in their cars. I have
throughout the years done daycare for friends, so each of my
children had on-the-job childcare training.

Each child had an allowance or an outside job and had to learn to
save their earnings. They had their own checking/savings accounts.

My youngest did take a course at the local high school called
'The Science of Nutrition', and he really enjoyed that. It was
a great addition to our cooking classes.

I truly believe that you have the best education when it comes
to home economics. You are a mom so you have already had many
years of on-the-job training. You have to take care of your family,
run a household, and home school your child. These are all 'life
skills' she will need once she leaves your home. What better
teacher can she have then she has had with you? Good luck and
God bless." -- Barbi


"Bonita, I think the best resource would be your county extension
office. Their resources are free, and include every area of home
making that you could think of. Most county agents are very
pleased to share their materials with you, and will send you home
with more than enough to meet your needs.

You might also like to take a look at 'Training Our Daughters to
Be Keepers at Home' by Ann Ward. It is available from several
homeschool suppliers, including Urban Homemaker, www.urbanhomaker.com
and also from Amazon. It covers cooking, sewing, gardening, home
management, health, and much more. It is a seven year course,
but if you have fewer than seven years, you can pick and choose
the most important topics to for her to complete. She could use
the book as a reference for the rest of her life." -- Mary Beth


"Alpha Omega and Christian Light Education both offer a good Home
Economics course. Each curriculum offers 10 workbooks that cover
various topics. If you don't want to spend the money, all you
need to know is what they teach and come up with a hands-on life
course. For example, Alpha Omega's course covers the following:
Personal Hygiene and Appearance, What's Cookin', Let's Eat, The
Clothes You Wear, The Clothes You Sew, Interior Decorating, Your
Home and You, Financial Freedom, Child Care and Development,
Relationships. I've used both curriculums and like both. However,
Alpha Omega's course is slightly more colorful and modern. In
Christian Light, the sewing section teaches you how to specifically
sew their kind of clothing. So, when we used that, we made the
dress fit a doll."

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"What lapbook resource would your readers recommend?I would like
a book with lots of different ideas. Thanks." -- Nancy G.


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