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By Heather Idoni

Added Thursday, August 06, 2009

                The Homeschooler's Notebook
     Encouragement and Advice for Homeschool Families
   Vol. 10 No 57                         August 6, 2009
                      ISSN: 1536-2035                              
   Copyright (c) 2009 - Heather Idoni, FamilyClassroom.net

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  Notes from Heather
  -- Follow John Quincy Adams!
  Helpful Tip
  -- A Book and Science Project
  Winning Website
  -- Online Creation Science Books
  Reader Question
  -- Computer Skills Course?
  Additional Notes
  -- Newsletter Archives
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       Notes from Heather

  Follow John Quincy Adams on Twitter?  For Real?  Yes!


  Starting a few days ago on August 5th, the Massachusetts Historical
  Society began offering up excerpts from John Quincy Adams' line-a-day
  diary as 'tweets' on Twitter.  The diary entries track his voyage
  to Russia, which he began on Aug. 5, 1809, exactly 200 years ago.
  The daily journal he kept of his trip -- and his subsequent work
  as the first American ambassador to Russia -- will be shared one line
  per day on Twitter.

  "We'll be posting [Adams'] exact words (his entries really do work
  perfectly as 140-character tweets), and, where possible, we will
  augment the posts with maps showing his location (thank him for
  providing regular latitude and longitude readings), links to longer
  diary entries, and other information," Jeremy Dibbell, a librarian
  with the Massachusetts Historical Society, wrote in a blog post.
  "His short entries are surprisingly rich, full of wonderful details
  about his reading, meals, weather, and shipboard activities."

  What fun, eh?

  You can 'follow' former President Adams on his Twitter account at:


  Enjoy! :-)

  -- Heather

  (Kudos to Jodi W. in Iowa for sharing the news of this fun project!)


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



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      Helpful Tip

  Great Book and Science Project in One!

  "I came across Avi's book 'The Secret School' in Elizabeth Wilson's
  'Books Children Love'.  In the book a student brings a crystal radio
  to school to show the students how it works.  So I thought it would
  be cool to build one.  Interestingly enough I was able to purchase
  a crystal radio kit from Rainbow Resource.  Guess what helps to power
  the radio?  A Slinky of all things!" -- Kathy

  Kathy is a member of the Charlotte Mason Yahoo Discussion Group.

  I am not the moderator -- just a member -- but I do recommend this
  group for those who enjoy learning and sharing ideas about educating
  with Charlotte Mason's methods. -- Heather

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

      Winning Website

  Creation Science Books Online

  Answers in Genesis has put the complete text of several popular
  titles on their website!  Books include "The New Answers Book",
  "Evolution Exposed", "War of Worldviews", and others.  They have
  made several booklets available their site as well.

  -- Cindy, www.HomeschoolingFromTheHeart.com

      Last Issue's Reader Question

  "Does anyone have experience with, or know of, a good basic course
  in computer skills?  Thanks." -- Mary Beth

      Our Readers' Responses 

  "Alpha Omega offers Computer Literacy courses for a variety of
  computer programs:  Excel, FrontPage, Outlook, PowerPoint, Access,
  Word, and Windows.  My daughter used the Windows program in high
  school and enjoyed it.  She recommends that I order PowerPoint and
  Word for her siblings because those programs are widely utilized
  in college papers and presentations.  The programs are reasonably
  priced at $22 which includes the CD, 2 LIFEPACS, and Test Key.  You
  can easily reuse the program for subsequent students by replacing
  the LIFEPACS at $4.50 each.  Happy computing!" -- Noreen

     Answer our NEW Question

  "Hi -- I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for encouraging
  books for larger Christian families?
  Currently I have a 12 year old, a 17 year old, and a 16 months old.
  We are planning to adopt again and I want to get tips on how to
  homeschool a large family, especially help with organization and
  Also, my 12 year old son is starting to go through puberty, which
  is another change.  Please pray for my strength in the Lord!"
  -- Bonita


  Do you have a book suggestion or some encouragement for Bonita? 

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