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Katrina Relief from Homeschoolers

Homeschoolers Helping Katrina Victims. How various individual homeschoolers and programs are assisting Katrina Victims By Ann Zeise September 12 Income Donation I promise to donate all proceeds made on this site on Monday, September 12, to one or several relief organizations that promise to give the greatest proportion directly to relief and not overhead....
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Taking a Reading on Children’s Reading

A Way To Gauge. By Drew B. Saunders, Education Communications, PBS No matter what new educational theories come down the pike, all parents and teachers instinctively know that the most important learning skill a child must possess is the ability to read, and to read well. Reading is at the core of learning, and parents...
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National Geographic Bee Contest Eligibility 05′

Homeschoolers may participate! Here’s how! Minnesota Boy Wins 2005 National Geographic BeeNEW The National Geographic Bee champion for 2005 is Nathan Cornelius of Minnesota. The homeschooled 13-year-old from Cottonwood, in the southwestern part of the state, edged out Rhode Island’s Karan Takhar, a 14-year-old eighth grader at the Gordon School in East Providence, in...
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FDR A Presidency Revealed Resources for Teaching

“FDR – A Presidency Revealed” Franklin Delano Roosevelt devoted much of his presidency to providing all Americans with a vibrant and well-rounded education. The FDR: A Presidency Revealed gives us a glimpse of this amazing man. Franklin Delano Roosevelt is a president worthy of study. In this article, we’ll suggest several methods to broaden and...
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MacWorld SF 2005 Report

Tips and Neat Stuff for Homeschoolers from Apple and other vendors by Ann Zeise I’ve been at MacWorld SF most of this week and thought I’d report back what I saw and heard that might most interest homeschoolers and homeschool webmasters. For those of you on Macs and looking for a “buy,” BBEdit is having a...
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Homeschoolers Plan to Help Tsunami Victims

by David Albert From: David Albert & Ellen Sawislak Date: Sun Dec 26, 2004 3:39 pm Subject: OT Tsunami Dear homeschooling friends ­ By now, many of you have read about the tsunami that has just hit the coastal areas of the Bay of Bengal. I am particularly sad to report that areas of the coast of southeast...
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Homeschoolers for Kerry and Edwards

Learning By Doing – Political Systems Teach your children how to work the political system by actively participating with some of the excellent activities and lessons suggested here. Fall 2004 is a good time to do this. By Ann Zeise While this page is particularly supportive of Kerry, I also have great non-partisan activities...
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High Interest Approachable Vocabulary

Suspense Series for Tentative Readers by Ruth Pell Published with permission of Tammy Takahashi Editor – California HomeSchooler Newsletter/Magazine HomeSchool Association of California “A hand was there in the mud. On the hand was a ring with a big red rock. By the hand was a locked bag. It was spooky!” Thus begins The Swamp,...
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Democrats Homeschool, Too

Democrats Homeschool, Too

I've been getting questions via email asking if liberals and Democrats homeschool, too. It is time for the Democrat Party to realize that, yes, many of their faithful have decided to homeschool their children. Homeschooling is also a liberal reaction when one's child just isn't thriving in public school.
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Avoiding Hotel Food

How to survive at a homeschool conference with starving children in a hotel room where all the food is way too expensive for your budget. By Nancy Friedland Bring: Ice chest (refill with the hotel ice) Paper goods: plates, bowls, cups, forks, spoons, knives, napkins and/or paper towels. Serving bowls to hold things like...
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Back to School

It is Back to School Time By Connie Colten Back to School Back to school. Does that phrase make you and your kids feel like there is a party and you aren’t invited? The retailers hit the media with their usual wham-bang to entice shoppers to the stores. Most of us parents did return...
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Working from Home and Homeschool

Keeping the Income Coming From web development, to sewing, from legal work to farming, parents have figured out ways to continue personal development and increase income while still homeschooling their children. by Ann Zeise & members of the Email List From:Scrapsensations I haven’t even started homeschooling yet but I will be in July! yeah me!...
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Americans leave school to study with their parents at home

A Brazilian Take on American Homeschooling. by Mariana Leite Published in the Diário de S.Paulo, Brazil, February 15, 2004. Republished here with permission from Ms. Leite. Translated from Portugese by Lara Fountain and annotated by Ann Zeise. Americanos deixam a escola para estudar com seus pais em casa Americans leave school to study with their parents at...
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Theatre For Kids

Information on the various types of Theatre Dateline: 2/9/04 by Peggy Burgi Reprinted with permission from the California HomeSchooler, the bimonthly publication of the HomeSchool Association of California (HSC). If you have always wanted to be a stage mother or father, there are ways to get your kids involved with theater: Children’s Theater, and Community Theater...
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How Natural Reading Happens

How Natural Reading Happens

Reading Can Happen Naturally by Susan Viator During the summer between kindergarten and first grade, our son Matt learned to read. He went from not reading anything to reading everything overnight. He read cereal boxes and billboards and parts of the newspaper. He read his animal books, his stories about the solar system, and the greeting...
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Protection Online

Online Security by Ann Zeise Privacy online is gone, yet the game of over protection goes on, seldom working. As I write this back in April, homeschool mail list posters have been fuming over these events: Amazon.com being sued for not protecting child product reviewers enough; AOL and other providers protecting everyone so much...
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Online Shorthands

aka. Acronyms By Ann Zeise For those new to online message boards who want to understand the lingo here, and for those of you who have been online awhile, but run across a new one or want to increase your online vocabulary, I’ve a set of bookmarks here in our Yahoo Group to help you along....
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Google for Homeschool Resources

By Ann Zeise Google.com has become the search engine of choice. I use it to research homeschool information for my website and for our homeschooling. Google has grown to be far more than an ordinary search tool. Here are some tips to make you a power user. First, set up Google preferences from the home page. I...
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Falling Through the Cracks

Learning Disability? Or “School Disability”! By Ann Zeise A mother wrote to me…. I have three children and all three of them are doing poorly in school this year. My oldest daughter, who is very smart, is not fairing well. I had a meeting with five of her teachers the other day and left...
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Early Days of AOL Homeschooling Forums

Early Days of AOL Homeschooling Forums

By Ann Zeise December 2002 marks my 13th year online. I had seen a November 1989 magazine offering a charter membership to some sort of thing called America On Line, and since I had recently inherited a free 1200 baud modem from someone, and had hitched it up to my MacPlus, I was looking...
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