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What's in Practical Homeschooling #71?

FEATURES

  • A spelling coach's view of how she took her homeschooled student to the Scripps National Spelling Bee
  • Some kids don't fear public speaking - they positively REVEL in it! Come with us to the 10th Annual NCFCA Debate Tournament.
  • No debate club in your town? Here's one you can join online.
  • The Internet is a jungle. Here's how to "E-Proof" your kids.
  • You've heard of co-op classes. Here's the next logical step.
  • "Day at Our House" diaries from an Oklahoma family and a North Carolina pastor's family.
  • Homeschool success stories: major essay contest winners, Civil Air Patrol's highest cadet award, and a seven-year-old who helped construct a radio that orbited the earth

COLUMNS

  • Schools canceling summer vacation? An awful proposal leads to some thoughts on what kids learn when their every minute isn't programmed for them, by PHS publisher Mary Pride.
  • Homeschool success story Austin Webb has a perfect 1600 score on the SAT and was named the top all-around National Merit Scholar, among too many other achievements to list. Austin serves up some great tips for how to present your college application in a way that makes you stand out - even if you're NOT a super achiever like him.
  • M.I.T. graduate Bill Pride explains what high-school and college biology courses are all about, including AP courses and high-school graduation requirements, and four different ways homeschooled students can earn credit for high-school biology.
  • How to prepare your preschooler to be ready to read. By Melissa Morgan, co-author of Homeschooling on a Shoestring.
  • Education expert Sam Blumenfeld suggests how reading biographies can help your children face life's challenges.
  • How to use deductive reasoning to unlock meaning from what you read - including what appears in the reading comprehension area of standardized tests. A mini course in logic, from Canada Post Literacy Educator of the Year Michael Maloney.
  • Mary Biever shares the blessing of a homeschool "summer sabbatical."

NEWS

  • New Zealand breakthrough may be the solution to Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.
  • If you live in one of these 10 states, and are enrolled in a program that provides student ID cards, here's how to get HUGE discounts on Microsoft products.
  • Time for this year's 2006 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest!
  • New website shows you where to find local charities so you can donate your "stuff" (and don't forget to take the tax deduction!).
  • If your kids love to poke around outdoors, here is a new series of backpacks that comes pre-stuffed with everything a young scientist or explorer needs.
  • New to your area? Looking for fun family attractions? This site helps you find them . . . fast!

SPOTLIGHT REVIEW

  • Find out what the eight-year-old online Potter's School program is all about, and why it has a waiting list.

MORE REVIEWS

  • If your child wants to learn a foreign language (or Latin, for that matter), we've reviewed eight new courses and learning aids you might want to know about.
  • Want to be a stay-at-home mom? This book has ideas for how to break free from the "rat race."
  • Would you or your children like to make your own Super Bubble Ooze, Scrach and Sniff Watercolors, or Spaghetti Ice Cream? Glop and goop galore awaits with the recipes on this DVD!
  • A quirky special-effects crew shows kids HOW they design and put together an episode of children's TV. Fun!
  • What you never knew about the Bill of Rights - this little book will tell you.
  • Scripture memory a new way.
  • From the Mythbusters TV science show: their newest book

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  • Letters from our readers
  • Contests for subscribers
  • Envelope Gallery of homeschooled kids' art
  • Our full-color Home Life Catalog
  • Ads with special offers

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