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High School News, Mr. Pointy Nose, Figures in Motion

By Heather Idoni

Added Monday, March 30, 2009

The Homeschooler's Notebook
Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
Vol. 10 No 25 March 30, 2009
ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright (c) 2009 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

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Notes from Heather
-- High School Special Issues
Helpful Tip
-- The Mr. Pointy Nose Stories
Resource Review
-- Figures in Motion
Reader Question
-- Spelling Programs for Dyslexia?
Additional Notes
-- Newsletter Archives
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Notes from Heather

Coming in April -- Special HIGH SCHOOL Issues of our Notebook!


Once or twice a month we will have an issue completely dedicated
to homeschooling high school topics. Whenever I have enough good
content for an issue, I will plan the reader question to coincide
with answers in the 'High School' issue -- so please send in those
questions! Whether it has to do with planning for transcripts,
college prep, curriculum recommendations/questions, or just assurance
that you really CAN home school through high school -- your questions
will be put to the whole group and the answers will be published in
the newsletter. (Subject to editing and review for accuracy in some

Send your questions to: hn-questions@familyclassroom.net


High School Homeschooling - BOYS

After many requests from our HomeschoolingBOYS Yahoo email group,
we also have started a special boys' group -- JUST for high school
topics. Introducing HomeschoolingBOYS -- HIGH SCHOOL! Primarily
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high school to college prep, alternative education (ie Technical
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Reader Feedback on Robyn's Question/Answers

"I love the answers folks gave Robyn and I wanted to add that I
also use Spectrum workbooks (one of the answers focused on that
material) -- but I purchased mine through a Christianbook.com
homeschool sale catalog. Christianbook.com has a homeschooling
section with great sale prices -- sometimes just a couple dollars
for a popular educational CD-Rom -- and it is easy to sign-up online
to receive their emails and/or paper catalogs. I was surprised
that they offer such a large variety of products for homeschoolers!
Check it out!"


-- Christina in New York State


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



Helpful Tip

"I just wanted to take a moment and share two of my all-time
favorite homeschool stories/articles. Some of you may recognize
these. I'm proud to say that the author is from my own state of
Georgia and she used to be on my state homeschooling email list.

Tammy Drennan homeschooled her own sons from 1985 to 2003. She
has worked as a homeschool leader, tutor, workshop leader and
writer since 1986. You can visit her blog at:


-- and her website at http://www.homeschoolstarter.com

Two of my favorite stories of hers have now been posted at
Homeschool-Articles.com They are:

Mr. Pointy Nose -

Mr. Pointy Nose Returns -

If you haven't ever read them, please do and be encouraged in
your homeschooling. And feel free to share them!"

-- Kelly Ling
Homeschool-Articles.com - http://www.homeschool-articles.com
HomeschoolTopSites.com - http://www.homeschooltopsites.com


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

Resource Review

Figures in Motion
Famous Figures of Ancient Time
Author: Cathy Diez-Luckie
For more information or to order: www.figuresinmotion.com

Figures in Motion is a new series designed to help parents and
teachers bring history to life. The Famous Figures of Ancient
Time book provides figures of 20 prominent people from history
for your child to 'bring to life'. Younger children will need
some help, while mid and upper elementary will be able to assemble
the figures themselves. Each figure is provided in two formats:
cut and color, or pre-colored (just cut and assemble). All you
need are scissors, a hole punch and eyelets or brad fasteners.
Each figure has clear instructions for assembly. The pages of the
book that contain the figures are made of durable card stock. Each
figure has several joints that make movement easy and fun.

After being assembled, kids can act out scenes they have learned
about in their history studies. There is a brief biography section
introducing each person presented as a 'figure in motion'. These
figures make a great activity for students to do while mom reads

Studying a different time period? Figures in Motion has several
more titles planned - check their website for more information.

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

Last Issue's Reader Question

"Hi -- We are new to homeschooling. I have a very active son in 3rd
grade and he is slightly dyslexic. I have heard that the 'Sequential
Spelling' program would be a great help. Does anyone know any other
programs that would help with this challenge?" -- Nicole

Our Readers' Responses

"I'm using 'All About Spelling' for my reading-challenged son. It
has letter tiles that I put magnets on and my son spells words on the
magnetic white board. After spelling the words there, he spells them
on paper." -- Vickie


"Nicole -- I am using the Barton Reading and Spelling system with my
daughter. The Barton web sites have a lot of great information:

http://www.dys-add.com -and- www.bartonreading.com

If you decide to go with Barton, you can buy each level one at a time
and then sell them to people who are on levels lower than yours. I am
always checking eBay for the next level.

Good luck finding what works for you and your son." -- Joan

Answer our NEW Question

"I need help teaching money math to my homeschooled grandson. (I'm a
homeschooling Nana). He's almost 8 and in 2nd grade. He enjoys math --
and is advancing well -- but I am simply not sure how to teach money
math. I've purchased a money drawer with coins that look so real you'd
think they were until you pick them up -- and he enjoys 'playing' with
this, but HOW do I teach adding the coins and bills, subtracting, etc.?
I've hit a brick wall on this one and welcome suggestions." -- Jayne


Do you have some practical ideas for Jayne as she teaches her grandson?

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

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