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By Heather Idoni

Added Thursday, June 2, 2011
Vol. 12 No. 26, June 2, 2011, ISSN: 1536-2035
(c) 2011, Heather Idoni - www.FamilyClassroom.net

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Notes from Heather
-- Traveling, Traveling...
Helpful Tip
-- Free Grammar/Writing Curriculum
Winning Website
-- Science of Cooking
Reader Question
-- Online Writing Tutor?
Additional Notes
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Notes from Heather

Convention Update

We are on the road again! :-)

After enjoying a few days in sunny Florida at FPEA with Gus and Shirley Solis of Lifetime Books and Gifts, we are now looking forward to exhibiting (starting today!) at ICHE in Naperville, Illinois, and then traveling on to Des Moines, Iowa, Akron, Ohio -- and *maybe* even Louisville, Kentucky! That will make 10 conventions this year; twice the amount we have ever done in the past! If you are planning on attending any of these homeschool conferences, please be sure to stop by Beloved Books and say hello! :-)

What I've enjoyed most about traveling this year has been the opportunity to spend so much one-on-one time with 2 of my older boys, Carman (almost 19) and Angelo (15). We've had wonderful conversations and listened to great audio stories on the road together. Some of the great literature we've enjoyed includes the Little Britches series by Ralph Moody and Laddie by Gene Stratton Porter. I had never gotten all the way to the end of the Little Britches series before. The last few books, The Dry Divide and Horse of a Different Color are highly recommended for entrepeneurship training and business math for older students! Amazing true stories from Ralph Moody's life -- he was born around the turn of the 20th century.

This has been an interesting (and busy!) season of our lives. My husband, Jim, just graduated from nursing school and will be starting a new job this week. The Lord has sustained us miraculously through this season and we are so thankful!

And thank YOU for supporting us by continuing to subscribe to the Notebook, even though our issues have been less consistent over the past few months. Your patience has been greatly appreciated!

Blessings --


Your feedback is always welcome! -- mailto:heather@familyclassroom.net

Helpful Tip

Free Grammar/Writing Curriculum - http://www.sfreading.com/resources/ghb.html

The Scott Foresman site is offering a free grammar and writing curriculum for grades 1-6 in downloadable/printable PDF files.

Winning Website

The Accidental Scientist - The Science of Cooking!


Explore recipes, activities, and Webcasts that will enhance your understanding of the science behind food and cooking!

Reader Question

Online Writing Tutor?

"Could someone please direct me to an online writing tutor for my 12th grader? I need someone to edit his papers and give constructive criticism. I am afraid that I am not guiding him correctly. Thanks." -- Lydia G.

Our Readers' Responses

"I can highly recommend www.WriteGuide.com. We used their services this year for both of our children and will use them again next year as well. One-on-one tutoring with excellent instructors. Completely individualized instruction and constructive feedback. This is easily one of the BEST things we've spent money on in the 9 years we've been schooling - and is well worth the price tag." -- Deb W. in New Hampshire


"Lydia -- You may want to look into www.writeguide.com. For a monthly fee, you will be assigned a writing consultant that will work with your son on any writing project. If you don't have a specific project in mind, the consultant will assign one based on the writing objectives." -- Heidi


Personal Help from Our Readers!

-- Karen Lange, a regular contributor to our Homeschooler's Notebook, offers tutoring services and even "spot" coaching for high school students -- looking over an assignment or two, giving editing and constructive input. Her co-op website offers some background and testimonies from happy parents! Take a look at http://hswritingcoop.bravehost.com. Karen can be contacted via her email address: klange61 (at) hotmail.com.

-- Kathy Born, one of our long-time readers, also offers tutoring for writing, as well as for other academic subjects. See her site at http://scriptorvox.wordpress.com/ for more info.

-- Ashley Talbert, another of our Notebook readers, teaches writing at Ashford University and tutors on the side. She charges a flat rate of $30 an hour. Her phone number is (702) 232-9518.

And another reader also recommended the following website: www.WriteAtHome.com.

New Reader Question

Economics for a Pre-Teen?

"My son is very interested in money, being debt free, how loans work, budgeting, what the market is, basic economics, etc. Has anyone used any books or programs that they really enjoyed that were not extremely expensive? Thanks!" -- North Texas Mom


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