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By Heather Idoni

Added Monday, May 03, 2010
Vol. 11 No. 24, May 3, 2010, ISSN: 1536-2035
© 2010, Heather Idoni - www.FamilyClassroom.net

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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.

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"The History Channel this past Sunday aired their new series, America,
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.  I haven't been able to watch it but did see this posted
on a homeschool group.  I wanted to pass it along to anyone who might be
interested in getting it.  Just go to the link before July 1, 2010 and
they should mail it to you by this fall." -- Olga

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Plane Math -- www.planemath.com

Created with a desire to encourage students with physical disabilities
in grades 4 - 7 to pursue aeronautics-related careers, this cool site
uses technology to allow students to use math skills while learning
about aeronautics. Activities things like teach how to fly a plane
and reinforce math skills, so students can see how math is used in the
field of aeronautics. Though designed with students with physical
disabilities in mind, any student can benefit from the fun and
education activities.

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Last Issue's Reader Question

"I am looking for a new Grammar/Spelling curriculum for a 3rd grader and
a 5th grader. I currently use Learning Language Arts through Literature
and have to fight my kids to open their books. I'd love some suggestions
on curriculums that are fun and have short sections to keep it from getting
boring. Also, material that is self-guided by the student would be a plus.
Right now I am jumping back and forth between my kids trying to answer
questions and direct their work. Thanks for any suggestions!" -- Janine

Our Readers' Responses

"I use Daily Grammar and Easy Grammar for grammar.  It takes about 15
minutes a day and my second grader can do it by himself.  I might have
to explain a new concept, but mostly he works independently.

We use Modern Curriculum Press (MCP) for spelling.  It allows him to
work on his own and explains the 'rules' of spelling, as well as giving
him weekly spelling lessons.  The weekly lessons are only about 4 pages
long, so he doesn't feel like the lesson is endless.  I also use the
MCP phonics program.  All of these books mesh together nicely, to give
him a well-rounded language arts class." -- Glenda


"We are using Growing with Grammar this year and my kids really like it.
It is also self-guided and easy to use.  They also have just come out with
a Spellling and Vocabulary curriculum which I plan on using next year
along with the grammar program.  They are also very reasonably priced.
Check it out at  www.growingwithgrammar.com.  You can also look at sample
pages on their website." -- Stephanie


"Hi -- I recently remembered a link I had received from The Old Schoolhouse
Freebie Friday newsletter.  I am planning to use these study guides with my
daughter later this year.  Each study guide includes background information
and reproducible activity pages for students.


Hope this helps." -- Melissa

Answer our NEW Question

"Hello Homeschooling Parents!

My husband and I home school our two oldest kids, ages 7 and 5.  Our kids
are very social, talk a lot and do a lot of role plays in the house.  They
are friendly with their neighbors and those they know.  But when they go
somewhere, especially if the place is crowded with many strange faces, they
feel so shy to say a word.  I mean, just ONE word!

How can we get them to speak without forcing them?  What kind of public
speaking skills materials do you suggest we use for them?  Skills that are
attractive and child-friendly will greatly be appreciated." -- Maryam


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