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By Heather Idoni

Added Monday, June 21, 2010
Vol. 11 No. 33, June 21, 2010, ISSN: 1536-2035
© 2010, Heather Idoni - www.FamilyClassroom.net

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Notes from Heather
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Winning Website
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Helpful Tip
-- Send Your Face into Space!
Reader Question
-- Chemistry for Middle School?
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Notes from Heather

Free Legal Services

Here is some great news from Barbara Frank's blog!  I've been hearing
a lot about Homeschool Legal Advantage, which is a new legal service
for homeschool families - similar to HSLDA, but with a twist and the
first year FREE.  I've heard they now have over 10,000 members signed
up and the buzz is continuing to build! :-)

From Barbara's blog:

"I recently received an email from Christine Field, who’s a fellow
homeschooling mom and an attorney. She shared some exciting news:

    'I work for a legal ministry called Homeschool Legal Advantage, a
    ministry of the Christian Law Association. CLA has been representing
    clients (including lots of homeschoolers!) in matters of faith and
    religious freedom for 40 years.

    Homeschool Legal Advantage represents a new idea in legal services
    for homeschoolers. We operate on a donations basis, rather than a
    yearly premium.  The face of homeschooling is changing, and we believe
    the delivery of legal services to homeschoolers should change too.

    We offer first year members a FREE membership! For that membership,
    you receive 24-hour-a-day access to an attorney. We help parents
    resolve challenges to their homeschooling, up to and including
    litigation if the matter is a direct constitutional challenge to
    homeschooling. If you are pleased with your first year of service, we
    ask you to renew on a suggested donation basis. As 'legal missionaries'
    we are blessed to be of service to the homeschool community.

    In addition to access to legal services, first year members receive
    a FREE LAST WILL & TESTAMENT. We are committed to the right
    to life and the preservation of the family, and that commitment begins
    pre-birth and extends to death. This will is a demonstration of that
    commitment and another valuable service we can provide for home-
    schoolers. Think about how much it would cost you to hire a private
    lawyer just to draft your will! We offer you your membership and the
    will – for FREE.

    Sign-up is easy. Just visit our website and click on JOIN NOW. You
    will be asked for a coupon code. Enter CLA (which stands for Christian
    Law Association) and we will send you a membership card, along with a
    form for you and your spouse to fill out for your will. In a few weeks,
    our attorneys mail you your will, ready to execute according to the
    laws of your state.

    How can we afford to do this? The Lord has provided for the Christian
    Law Association ministry for 40 years and we rely on Him as we increase.

    It’s time for a new look at legal services for homeschoolers.  Check
    us out at HomeschoolLegalAdvantage.com. '"


Traveling to Ohio

My son and I will be at CHEO in Akron, Ohio this weekend with our business,
Beloved Books.  Come and visit if you are attending! :-)

-- Heather


Do you have comments to share? Please do!

Send to: mailto:heather@familyclassroom.net


    New from Barbara Frank!


Helpful Tip

Fly Your Face in Space

"NASA wants to put a picture of you on one of the two remaining space shuttle
missions and launch it into orbit. To launch your face into space and become a
part of history, just follow these steps:

First... Select the Participate button at the bottom of this page and upload your
image/name, which will be flown aboard the space shuttle. Don't have a picture
to upload? No problem, just skip the image upload and we will fly your name only
on your selected mission!

Next... Print and save the confirmation page with your flight information.

Later... Return to this site after the landing to print your Flight Certificate -
a commemorative certificate signed by the Mission Commander. You can also check
on mission status, view mission photographs, link to various NASA educational
resources and follow the commander and crew on Twitter or Facebook."


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

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

Winning Website

Homeschool Schedule and Planning - http://www.homeschoolskedtrack.com
Created by a supportive husband to help his wife in her efforts to keep
track of lessons, activities, grades, etc., this online software is being
offered at no cost to homeschool families.  Since all your records are
online, you don't have to worry about losing your calendar and grades if
your computer crashes. Your records can be accessed from any computer and
you can even set it up so your children can log in and enter their work,
or check their schedule.

Cindy Prechtel, www.HomeschoolingFromTheHeart.com

Last Issue's Reader Question

"Can anyone recommend a chemistry curriculum for a middle schooler?
My 7th grade son wants to take chemistry in the fall." -- Bonita

Our Readers' Responses

"Bonita -- Homeschooling is not like schooling a child in an institutional
school.  That said, please forget about age and grade levels regarding
curriculum.  Instead think about interest, abilities, self discipline, and
level of independence.

Your son may very well be ready to do high school level work and, if so,
Apologia would be a great fit.  There is a wonderful book that complements
this material that will save time and writing of lab work, practice questions,
etc. from Knowledge Box Central.

I started doing some high school level with our son when he was in 7th grade
and he just graduated high school with 33 college credits under his belt
(dual enrollment).

Another alternative is to have him work on high school level but also be
preparing him to CLEP out of chemistry.  There are families doing just this
with children as young as 12.  Most of the kids have no clue they are doing
material that is college level.  For more info:  http://ClepPrep.tripod.com

Much success in your home school adventure." -- Judy in Florida


"I recommend TOPScience.  The organization supplies what you need to do the
work, but uses the inquiry learning method, which I really like and is what
has been touted in the professional educational realm for more than twenty
years now.  My son (in 4th grade at the time) went through part of the
chemistry lessons when I taught chemistry to a small group of children at
a co-op, and I am surprised at how much he has retained from the material.
My husband, who was a math major in school and a science buff, also found
TOPScience to be a very good program for teaching the sciences." -- Julene

Answer our NEW Question

High School for a Struggling Learner

"I have a son that has Asperger's, OCD, high anxiety, learning disabilities
and trouble with memory retention.  Needless to say, my son hates school.
He is a Sophomore.  Does anyone have any thoughts or ideas about the best
curriculum I should be using with my son?  I have done SOS, Life Pacs, and
making up my own curricululm.  I still feel like I'm not getting through to
my son.  Because school is so difficult for him, he wants to avoid it.  Math
and English classes are extremely difficult.  If anyone has any ideas as to
the best way to teach my son what he needs to know to succeed in this world,
please let me know.  Thank you!" -- Sharlynn


Do you have some suggestions or experience to share with Sharlynn?

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

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