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Martin Luther King, Jr. - Average Student, Late Bloomer?

By Heather Idoni

Added Monday, January 18, 2010
Vol. 11 No. 5, January 18, 2010, ISSN: 1536-2035
Copyright 2010, Heather Idoni - FamilyClassroom.net

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Notes from Heather
-- More About Our Webinar
Helpful Tip
-- Martin Luther King, Jr.
Resource Review
-- New Homeschool Magazine
Reader Question
-- Career with Lego?
Additional Notes
-- Newsletter Archives
-- Sponsorship Information
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Notes from Heather

Our High School Webinar is THIS THURSDAY, January 21st!

The response to the invitation for Lee Binz's free webinar on
credits, grades and transcripts has been great! :-) If you haven't
yet, hurry and reserve your spot for this not-to-miss webinar!

Here is the link, in case you missed it before:


And make sure to read Lee's note below to get a sense of her heart
for homeschoolers and the impressive personal journey her family
made through the high school years.


Homeschoolers should build each other up -- but too often we tear
each other down...

"Lee, I am so so so thankful to God for you. I spent the morning
becoming confused and in despair over math and science next year.
I was reading a homeschool forum trying to decide what to do for
science next year. Some of the moms had the idea that you HAD to do
certain things or your child's college career, not to mention life,
would be ruined if you didn't do things a certain way. I finally
remembered many of your encouraging, reassuring words regarding
individuality -- and turned off that silly forum." -- Christy

From Lee --

A few days ago I wrote about how angry I was with organizations that
try to scare parents away from homeschooling high school. I was
feeling pretty good until I got the email above. Suddenly my anger
was turned to sadness.

While I was very grateful to receive such a beautiful encouragement,
I was also sad. Sad because I realized it wasn't just professional
educators and government-run agencies that discourage parents... we
also do it to each other.

Not much has changed in the homeschooling world in the last few years.
You see, a short time ago I was in Christy's exact situation. I was
fed up, frustrated, confused and despairing over homeschooling my
kids through high school. It seems that discouragement was around
every corner, whether it was the forums, blog comments, advertisements
or even just casual remarks at dinner parties. The world, it seemed,
did NOT want my husband and I to continue homeschooling through high

But I have a stubborn streak, and such talk made me more resolute
to prove the naysayers wrong. My way of dealing with this sort of
challenge is to do research. And that is exactly what I did!

To make a long story short, in 2006, we graduated both of our boys
after homeschooling independently for 8 years.

Far from us ruining their lives, both of my boys earned full-tuition
scholarships from their first choice university, which saved our
family over $184,000 in tuition expenses!

Now my mission as The HomeScholar is helping all parents homeschool
high school. The primary way I do this is through education. That
is why I am delighted that Heather has asked me to present this
information for her readers. On Thursday, January 21, 2010, I am
holding a FREE one-hour instructional webinar called "Credits and
Grades and Transcripts, OH MY!!"

You will learn all you need to know about determining high school
credits and assigning homeschool grades. You will also discover an
ultra-EASY, super-QUICK way to perfectly document your homeschool
with a transcript that will IMPRESS and AMAZE the colleges.

Whether you currently have a high school student or you are just
wondering about homeschooling high school, this webinar is an event
you shouldn't miss! It will give you the confidence you need to
withstand those who may try to discourage you in the future.

Please take a moment to click on the link below and register your
spot today. Space is limited, but there is still room to join! We
are cooking up something really special for the people who attend
this presentation LIVE, so make sure you sign up today to reserve
your spot!!

Here is the information you need:

Title: Credits and Grades and Transcripts! Oh, My!!!

Date: Thursday, January 21, 2010

Time: 5 PM - 6 PM PST (8 PM - 9 PM EST)

Reserve your Webinar seat now at:

(After registering you will receive a confirmation email containing
information about joining the Webinar.)


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


Distractible Children and Spelling...

"As a mom of distractible and active children (sizzlers!), I love
reading Carol Barnier's books on teaching distractible children.
The 'All About Spelling' curriculum is exactly what she recommends
for those distractible children: hands-on, short lessons, fun games,
variety, mixing oral work with written work." -- April E.

Find out more about "All About Spelling"!


Interested in Carol Barnier's books?  Read about them here:

How to Get Your Child Off the Refrigerator and On to Learning


Helpful Tip

Was Martin Luther King, Jr. - Average Student, Late Bloomer?


Here is just one more reason not to stress over grades or academic
performance in a certain subject area... you never know what your
child may accomplish later in life!

Case in point: When King was in high school, he attended an oratory
contest in Valdosta, Georgia, where he took second prize. However, it is
reported that he received a "C" in his public speaking class. He then
went on to deliver one of the most famous speeches of all time! :-)

For Martin Luther King, Jr. Day -- Here is a gathering of current
links to information and activities for learning about the most
famous American Civil Rights leader in history:




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

Resource Review

What: Today's Home Educator (THE) Homeschool Magazine
For more info or to order: http://www.homeeducationmag.com/


Recently I received review copies of a brand-new homeschooling
magazine -- Today's Home Educator. It is an inclusive homeschool
mag - with a twist! I immediately saw it was not like any other
homeschool magazine I had ever seen. It is more of like a surprise
package packed with outside-the-box educational tools! The first
2 issues have complete unit studies (Chocolate and Legos in one)
and then article after article with tips, games (grammar games in
one issue), science and history mixed together with diverse topics --
and all on full-color glossy pages with LOTS of photographs and
step-by-step guides. For those who enjoy a boost of inspiration
to liven up their homeschooling, you will find it here! :-)

I was also given a special coupon code for our readers. Use the
code "NOTEBOOK" to receive $10 OFF the annual subscription price!
(Coupon is good through the end of January 2010.)


-- Heather

Last Issue's Reader Question

"I have a 12 year old that I'm preparing a high school plan for next
year. He's really into Legos and right now is really interested in
the possibility of a career with Lego. Does anyone have any tips to
point me in the right direction? I'm browsing through Lego.com's
job listings to try and get some ideas as well. He's very smart and
excels in everything he does. Thanks for your help -- I appreciate
it!" -- Beth

Our Readers' Responses

"I would definitely get him involved with their Mindstorms and in a
First Lego League if he isn't already. This might be a bit costly,
but it would be worth it. Many 4H clubs have FLL groups.

There are a ton of educational projects to do with Legos. Look on
their site for the teacher's packs and lesson plans.

Get him a 'brick creator' program so he can build and design Lego
and block constructions on the computer. I'd also have him learn
Computer-Aided Drafting (CAD) and some basic programming languages.

Perhaps he could form a Lego club at a local school and help youngsters
with their creations, hold competitions, etc." -- Julie C. in Illinois


"It might be fun for the boy to write a letter to the CEO of Lego
and ask what he needs to do to have a career there. Perhaps if he
has some pictures of his designs and structures, he could make a mini
resume for the future. I read an article a few years back and it
talked about how working at Lego was a most coveted job:


You could write to the subject of the story in Carlsbad, CA, too,
and find out about her career journey. There is also a Lego Land in
California which might provide some leads. Your son could make this
a project to combine his writing skills and photo skills." -- Gloriana

Answer our NEW Question

Question for our 1/21 High School issue:

"I have been homeschooling for close to twenty years. In the past
we have used a correspondence course for high school. I really am
not happy with the one we have used and would like to try another
approach. There are so many wonderful options available now that I
would like to try. Do you try for a GED or how?

Also, what are some good ways to motivate an extremely unmotivated
thirteen year old girl. She doesn't want any help and just isn't
working up to her potential. She is bright and retains, but doesn't
enjoy any part of school! I am using a modified Sonlight indepth
American History, Rosetta Stone, Spell Doctor, WriteShop, and YourTutor
for pre-algebra. I am getting frustrated because I know she is capable
of so much more." -- D.H.


Would you like to take a stab at one or more of D.H.'s questions?

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

Ask YOUR Question

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Send it to mailto:HN-questions@familyclassroom.net and we'll see
if we can help you out in a future issue!

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