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What's in Practical Homeschooling #76?


  • 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.


  • 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!


  • 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


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


  • 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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