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What's in Practical Homeschooling #76?

FEATURES

  • This year homeschoolers won the Scripps Spelling Bee, the National Geographic Bee, the Intel Foundation Young Scientist Award, AND the first-ever National Vocabulary Championship. See our interviews with winners and/or their parents to see how they did it.
  • 2007 Reader Awards nomination ballot. Nominate your favorite homeschool products in dozens of categories. 10 of you will each win a complete set of all 5 boxes of BOB Books!
  • Patrick Henry College update. What's been happening at the very first "college for homeschoolers"?
  • The rules of high school are changing. Find out about new graduation requirements and more.
  • Famed phonics author Mary Pecci explains how to free your children from the "sight word trap."
  • Want to add more exercise to your homeschool WITHOUT adding any equipment or taking out a gym membership? Here's how!
  • How a Canadian family with one high-schooler and a Michigan family with 4 kids from toddler age to 7 years old handle their homeschool days.
  • Science and engineering triumphs by more homeschooled students.

COLUMNS

  • Educational inventor Frank Armbruster details what speaking skills you can expect from your children, and at what age.
  • How to homeschool your third grader on a shoestring, by Melissa Morgan, co-author of Homeschooling on a Shoestring.
  • Canada's National Educator Literacy Award winner Michael Maloney shares fun ways to tie geography study to everyday life.
  • M.I.T. graduate (and holder of an M.A. in Math) Bill Pride shows how to lay a good foundation for science study.
  • Education expert Sam Blumenfeld explains why almanacs have been around for centuries and how you can use these "blasts from the past" in your homeschool.
  • Homeschool superstar (and CalTech student) Austin Webb is joined by his mom, Jeannette, as they reveal that amazing academic success does NOT require tons of early academic pressure.
  • Does learning at home make it harder to get along with people from other backgrounds and cultures once you graduate? According to homeschool graduate Magda Pride, it's just the opposite!

NEWS

  • What's going on at the 400th anniversary of the founding of Jamestown?
  • Creation Museum opening
  • College gains accreditation
  • Novel way for homeschoolers to have top-flight phys ed courses... with the help of local college students!
  • What set of tests are more and more high schoolers taking each year?
  • Save the butterflies with this backyard kit!
  • Nifty vacation travel widgets
  • Update on required Islamic instruction in the PUBLIC schools
  • Public school field trip goes horribly wrong
  • What your kids download can cost you

SPOTLIGHT REVIEWS

  • A classic worldview curriculum gets a fresh new update
  • A robot your child can program to write
  • A Christian family training course

MORE REVIEWS

  • Workbook for college planning
  • Etiquette course for children and teens
  • Barron's Painless Jr series
  • Software that teaches you how to win at chess
  • Learn about true beauty with this reversible doll
  • Janice VanCleave's two newest books

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