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By Heather Idoni

Added Monday, December 06, 2010

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Vol. 11 No. 72, December 6, 2010, ISSN: 1536-2035
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© 2010, Heather Idoni - www.FamilyClassroom.net
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IN THIS ISSUE:
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Notes from Heather
-- Best Homeschooling Sites
Winning Website
-- www.GuestHollow.com
Helpful Tip
-- For Those with a Struggling Learner
Reader Question
-- Lives and Music of Great Composers?
Additional Notes
-- Newsletter Archives
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Notes from Heather
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The Best Info Websites for Homeschooling

Although I know a lot of our readers actually *found* our Homeschooler's Notebook through TheHomeschoolMom.com website, I just want to give it a little plug for those who may not know about it! It is a really comprehensive, up-to-date resource for homeschooling families. They have hand-picked resources including homeschooling lesson plans, unit studies, software, webquests and more. They have an extensive database of support groups, classes, conventions, and other local resources. They also have thousands of hand-picked homeschool lesson plans and activities as well as articles, planners and freebies for homeschool moms. For those just beginning homeschooling, they have a "Getting Started" page, which includes information about how to start homeschooling.

The following 3 sites (in my opinion) are among the best on the internet for great homeschooling info:

The Homeschool Mom
A to Z Home's Cool
Jim McGinn - The Homeschool Guide

Keep them not only for reference, but to browse and read for "continuing education" in your spare time, too.

Do YOU have some favorite websites you always go to for getting the info you need? Tell me about them!

-- Heather

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Helpful Tip
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Do you have a struggling learner? Get help and encouragement from Stephanie Buckwalter!

There are many websites devoted to gifted kids, learning disabled kids, and kids with specific diagnoses. But there are not many dedicated to the child who is only slightly behind -- enough to be struggling, but not enough to qualify for full-blown special education. This site is designed to help those parents whose children seem to be straddling the line between struggling and success. Stephanie Buckwalter has personal experience with homeschooling struggling learners like this and want to help others avoid the long road that she had to travel before she found solutions.

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Last Issue's Reader Question
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"Does anyone have any resources -- preferably something audio so I can play in the van while we're traveling -- for teaching multiple-age children about the lives and music of the famous composers?" -- Christina

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Our Readers' Responses
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"Christina -- There are CDs that are outlines of different composer's lives accompanied by music!

The Story of Bach The Bach CD is the only one I've listened to so far, but they have many others. They are reasonably priced at under $8. Here is my review:

http://www.amazon.com/review/R31H67EKMELK7U/ref=cm_cr_pr_perm?ie=UTF8&ASIN=B000001KCL&nodeID=&tag=&linkCode=

I hope this helps!" -- Mandy

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"This series is very good. My kids and I thoroughly enjoyed them, AND learned a lot!

Mr. Bach Comes to Call

Click on the link above and scroll down to see more from the series." -- Megan

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"We've enjoyed listening to some of the Classical Kids recordings, produced up here in Canada! Maybe they're available in the U.S. as well, but here's a website where you can see them:

http://www.childrensgroup.com/product.php?mode=cat&cid=classic_eng

They do a great job of dramatizing the stories of the various composers, weaving in a little fiction to make it more fun for young listeners." -- Corina in Ontario

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I love the Beethoven's Wig CDs.

They are fun and the words often tell little tid bits about the composers. (Not all the time, sometimes they are just silly). It is a fun way to become familiar with famous composers and their pieces." -- Sandy

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