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By Heather Idoni

Added Thursday, June 10, 2010
Vol. 11 No. 30, June 10, 2010, ISSN: 1536-2035
© 2010, Heather Idoni - www.FamilyClassroom.net

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Notes from Heather

While browsing the internet for content for our high school issue, I came
across an entire magazine issue devoted to homeschooling high school!
It is a faith-based publication that Christian homeschoolers will really enjoy,
and there is also a lot of great practical information and common sense
insight for everyone.  It is from Heart of the Matter.

You can view the magazine in 3 ways:

Click here to be taken to the flipbook version, where you can click and turn
the pages as you would a print magazine. Be sure to turn your sound on!

Click here to download the magazine in pdf format.

Click here and scroll down to view the articles in blog format.

Enjoy! :-)

-- Heather 


Do you have comments to share?  Please do!

Send to: mailto:heather@familyclassroom.net


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someone to point the way.  Someone who had already figured it out and all I
need to do is follow.  Thank you so much for investing your time and talents
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homeschool graduates who have been there? In this e-book, 20 graduates share how
thankful they are for the opportunity they had to be homeschooled, and they want
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inspiring e-book is a must for every homeschooling parent! If you need a little
motivation, let 20 homeschool grads come into your home and say, "Thank you!"


Winning Website

Driving Basics for Teens -- http://www.libertymutualteendriving.com/teens/

Liberty Mutual Insurance has developed a section of their site specifically
for new drivers.  There are driving tips, short video clips, and quizzes.
There is also a section that discusses car maintenance and, of course,
insurance and accidents.  Parents have their own section with tips and ideas
for communicating specific rules and guidelines for your new driver.

Cindy Prechtel, www.HomeschoolingFromTheHeart.com


Do you have a website, tip, idea or experience to share with our readers?

Send to: mailto:HN-ideas@familyclassroom.net

Last Issue's Reader Question

"I am looking for a high school curriculum.  I have been loosely using The Well-Trained
Mind since first grade with my daughter. She is 14 years old now. We are looking for
a low key curriculum that will cover everything that she would need to meet High School
credits." -- Debbie

Our Readers' Responses

"Debbie, I don’t know if you’d consider this 'low key', but look into
Tapestry of Grace.  It’s a unit study approach that can cover many high
school credits when done at the rhetoric level.  TOG has wonderful support
for users, print or digital versions (or both), connections to both local
and virtual co-operatives, and a wonderful scope and sequence.  I can’t
wait to start it this fall with my high schooler." -- Julie C. in Illinois


"Have you considered An Old Fashioned Education?  The program is free and
uses mostly public domain books, making it amazingly affordable.  It is
completely customizable... you use only the parts that suit you, start at
whatever level seems the best fit, and leave out the things that you find
objectionable." -- Tracy S.


"I've been anxiously waiting for the answer to this particular question,
because I've been looking for a high school curriculum that fits us for a
year now.  I've been researching different publishers, making up my mind
on one, then changing it when I see something I think is better -- about
3 or 4 times now.  Well my son will be starting high school in a couple of
months, and this morning I received a newsletter for homeschoolers that
couldn't have come at a better time -- I was starting to feel panicked!
The resource in the email from which I decided to buy our core curriculum
is Oak Meadow.  I've read through the descriptions on most of the subjects
and I am very pleased.  It is similar to the direction we've been taking
these last few years, along with a few supplemental elective courses.  For
example, we'll be using The Learnables for foreign language and ordering
from R.O.C.K. Solid for some other electives, but there are many places
you can get elective materials because of the wide variety of elective
courses out there.

I hope this has helped and is not too late. I only found it this morning
and it's a huge help to me!" -- Tammie

Answer our NEW Question

Keeping Things Organized

"After 5 years of homeschooling my four children, I am starting to become
buried in school stuff.  I used to keep most of it in my bookshelf in my
room (Ikea 4x4 cube shelf), but I am growing tired of the mess everywhere
in my house.  I don't have a dedicated room and there isn't a lot of extra
space to put things.  I have a small shelf that I use for current supplies,
but it seems to grow daily and now consists of piles in front of the
bookshelf.  I have gotten boxes to store some of my curriculum that I'm
not using at the moment, but what do I do with the 4 different curriculums
that I am using?  How do you store your stuff?  How do you store your pens,
pencils and erasers so you don't get the daily 'I can't find ____ -- Where
is my ______?'  I have a basket for them, but they never seem to be
returned." -- C.


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